• Body: Professional NewsBy Meg Mills and Catherine Hayden Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2020) The University of Kentucky Advising Network has announced the recipients of the 2020 Ken Freedman Day of Recognition Awards.

    The UK Advising Network is open to all UK employees whose interests and work are related to academic advising. The network also supports those in advisor roles by coordinating opportunities for professional development, networking, awards and recognition.

    Ken Freedman helped establish the UK Advising Network in 1986 and served as a professional advisor at UK until his death in 2001. The Ken Freedman Outstanding Advisor Award is presented each year in his honor to one full-time professional advisor and one faculty advisor for outstanding service.

    Additional awards are given out annually at the Ken Freedman Day of Recognition in early May. This year’s luncheon was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and awards were announced via email to the Advising Network.

    Winners of the 2020 Ken Freedman Day of Recognition Awards include:

    • Innovative Advising: College of Communication and Information Advising Team
    • Advocate in Advising: Shari Veil, College of Communication and Information
    • Outstanding New Advisor: Rachel Dixon, College of Communication and Information
    • 2019-2020 Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Conrad Davies, College of Communication and Information
    • Empowerment Leadership in Administration: Sara Price, UK Office of Undergraduate Admission
    • The 2019-2020 Outstanding Professional Advisor: Bethany Fugate, Gatton College of Business and Economics

    CI Advising Team: Innovative Advising

    “CI Advisors sought a way to work with orientation attendees that helped them not be overwhelmed at the amount of information presented to them, a way to continue to provide information after orientation and through the summer and a way to provide content that was easily accessible to students. After creation of a common Canvas shell for incoming CI students for the 2018 summer orientation period, a survey of students showed that nearly 90% reported a positive response to prompts about understanding registration, UK Core, college credits and Canvas in general.” Nomination by Suanne Early.

    Advocate in Advising, Friend to the Community: Shari Veil 

    “Shari Veil far exceeded my expectations by being an unshakable force in the college, and an unmatched leader and advocate for the people she works with. I have found that her door is always open, no matter who you are, tenured, untenured, faculty, staff or student." Nomination by Suanne Early.

    Outstanding New Advisor: Rachel Dixon

    “Rachel goes above and beyond to encourage, uplift and advise me every time I meet with her,” a student said.  Another added, “Because of her help I feel supported and more excited about my major after each visit.” Nomination by Suanne Early

    Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Conrad Davies

    “He has personally learned the names of each of his students and believes that a personal touch aids in the learning experience. He has spent countless hours outside of his classes counseling and coaching his students.” Nomination by NaTasha Drake.

    Empowerment Leadership in Administration: Sara Price

    “Sara is invigorated by students’ passions, and she works tirelessly to see those passions burst into glorious life at UK, assisting however she can on both an institutional and a personal level.” Nomination by Cory Hershberger.

    The 2019-2020 Outstanding Professional Advisor: Bethany Fugate

    “Bethany is more than an adviser. She is a human being who shows empathy for her students, compassion for her job, and delivers excellent academic support. She is one of the reasons I stay on track towards my degree.” Nomination by Brandon Staten.

    Organizational Unit: Business and EconomicsCommunication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary:  The University of Kentucky Advising Network has announced the recipients of six 2020 Ken Freedman Day of Recognition Awards.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Amy Brooks Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 22, 2020) — This year marks the sixth consecutive year that a student from the University of Kentucky Department of Integrated Strategic Communication in the College of Communication and Information brought home top honors in the logo design competition for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference.

    Recent ISC graduate Justin Alcala’s design garnered the first-place score in this year’s competition. His logo, which features New Orleans’s distinctive fleur-de-lis, will be the primary brand identity for the 2021 annual conference in that city. Alcala will also receive a $100 cash award.

    AEJMC’s annual logo contest, sponsored and judged by that organization’s Visual Communication Division, is a national competition for original student graphic designs. Winners' logos appear on all print and web promotional materials for the conference.

    “I would not have been able to create an award-winning logo without the help of [ISC Professor Adriane] Grumbein,” Alcala said. “She always drove us to keep researching, sketching and brainstorming. It pushed me to create a polished logo that ... incorporated the history and culture of New Orleans.”

    Grumbein, who has led multiple students to victory in the logo competition, described the joy of watching their work rewarded. “Every time I see one of my students' logos show up on an email, mailer or website representing the AEJMC annual conference, my heart does a happy dance," she said. "I know that behind each winning logo is a student who has worked tirelessly to research, conceptualize, create and refine a design solution."

    Asked to speculate why ISC students have historically dominated the AEJMC contest, ISC Department Chair Chike Anyaegbunam called their success “a testament to the caliber of education they receive from the department."

    “Our faculty don’t just teach our students the principles and fundamentals of the discipline,” Anyaegbunam added. “They also provide the students with opportunities to practice the art and craft of ISC with real world clients and organizations.”

    AEJMC is a nonprofit educational organization for educators, students and professionals in journalism and mass media. Its mission is to promote the highest standards for journalism and mass communication education, foster communication research, encourage multiculturalism in the classroom, and defend and maintain freedom of communication. The VisCom Division was created in 1982 and seeks to recognize exceptional creativity and visual communication research.

    Recent ISC graduate Justin Alcala’s design.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: This marks the sixth consecutive year that a student from the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication in the College of Communication and Information brought home top honors in the logo design competition for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Beth Goins, Ryan Girves, and Meg Mills Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 20, 2020) — Concrete walking paths meander through the University of Kentucky landscape, while bike racks dot the architecture of building fronts. Passing through campus, one might see people zooming along on skateboards, rollerblades or bikes, or jogging past pedestrians. At the impressive new student center, tall windows in one section reveal a large space reserved for exercise. 

    These details, visible at a glance, are just the beginning. Health initiatives woven throughout life on the UK campus for students and employees led UK to be one of only 77 institutions in the world to be recognized as a gold campus by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise is Medicine® initiative in June.

    Through a leadership team made of health care providers, faculty, staff, fitness professionals and students, UK became an Exercise is Medicine® campus this year. Carrie Davidson, an exercise specialist for UK Human Resources and manager of the MoveWell fitness program on campus, served as the committee advisor and will soon co-chair the national ACSM committee. She is a graduate of the UK College of Education doctoral program in health promotion.

    Beyond health promotion on campus, as well as events and educational activities, the initiative includes measuring physical activity as a vital sign in health care, with referral to a qualified fitness professional when needed. This means that in addition to checking the usual signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate and weight, patients are asked about physical activity as a measure of overall wellness.

    This process has been in place in the student clinic for some time, and recently the committee and UK Health and Wellness implemented a pilot program to include physical activity as a vital sign in the UK HealthCare Women’s Health Clinic. The MoveWell fitness program served as the referral source.

    During check ups at the clinic, health care providers ask patients whether they get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. Those who say no are referred to UK Health and Wellness for a series of three appointments.

    “The pilot has been very successful,” Davidson said. “There was a statistically significant increase in the number of minutes per week of exercise in the Women’s Health Clinic patients, so this was exactly what we wanted — for people to increase their amount of physical activity.”

    Rosie Lanphere, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion in the College of Education, will serve as the advisor to the UK committee beginning this fall.

    “We have worked for more than a year on this, and I am thrilled to see it come to fruition,” Lanphere said.

    A number of UK employees worked on the initiative, along with several students including UK Campus Fitness Director Casey Gilvin, Kinesiology and Health Promotion (KHP) lecturer Jennifer McMullen, UK HealthCare physician Kimberly Kaiser and KHP alumnus. UK exercise specialist Ryan Mason and nurse Karalee Mlack worked with KHP students Zach Lyons, Anna Zeek, Elizabeth Meston, Amanda Zoeller and biology major Amity Lumpp.

    Davidson said student involvement has a number of benefits.

    “The students helped to gather all the activities, events, and promotions to be able to register our campus and apply for recognition,” Davidson said. “They help to promote physical activity and become ambassadors of sorts for health in their areas on the student side of things. We are hoping to expand this partnership with students in the future.”

    “We are thrilled to recognize these campuses’ commitment to make movement a part of daily campus culture and give students the tools to cultivate physical activity habits that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Robyn Stuhr, vice president of Exercise is Medicine. “These campus programs are nurturing future leaders who will advance a key tenet of Exercise is Medicine — making physical activity assessment and promotion a standard in health care.”

    For more information about health and wellness initiatives on campus, visit www.uky.edu/hr/wellness for faculty and staff and https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/university-health-service/health-education for students.

    Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEducationGraduate School

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Through a leadership team made of health care providers, faculty, staff, fitness professionals and students, UK became an Exercise is Medicine® campus this year. Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Tony Neely Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 15, 2020) — A total of 90 Kentucky Wildcat student-athletes earned a place on the 2020 Southeastern Conference Spring Sports Academic Honor Roll, announced last week by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.

    UK had 23 baseball players on the list, most from any school in the league in that sport. In addition, UK had seven athletes from men’s golf, six from women’s golf, 13 softball players, three men’s tennis players, four from women’s tennis, 13 men’s track and field athletes and 21 from women’s track and field. The SEC spring honor roll is based on grades from the 2019 Summer, 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring terms.

    Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed on his/her institution’s NCAA Sports Sponsorship Form is eligible for nomination to the Academic Honor Roll. Among other criteria, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above at the nominating institution.  

    Kentucky – Sport – Major

    Carson Coleman – Baseball – integrated strategic communication

    TJ Collett – Baseball – communication

    Braxton Cottongame – Baseball – undeclared

    Elliott Curtis – Baseball – psychology

    Breydon Daniel – Baseball – communication

    Cole Daniels – Baseball – community and leadership development

    Alexander Degen – Baseball – social work

    William Gambino – Baseball – management

    Trae Harmon – Baseball – marketing

    Daniel Harper – Baseball – management

    Mason Hazelwood – Baseball – elementary education

    Cameron Hill – Baseball – community and leadership development

    Tanner Holen – Baseball – kinesiology

    Brendan Hord – Baseball – civil engineering

    Ben Jordan – Baseball – communication

    Coltyn Kessler – Baseball – communication

    Trip Lockhart – Baseball – communication

    Dillon Marsh – Baseball – accounting

    Justin Olson – Baseball – communication

    James Ramsey – Baseball – communication

    Hunter Rigsby – Baseball – undeclared

    Austin Schultz – Baseball – communication

    Jaren Shelby – Baseball – communication

    Jacob Cook – Men's Golf – management

    Alex Goff – Men's Golf – finance

    Allen Hamilton – Men's Golf – economics

    Jay Kirchdorfer – Men's Golf – management

    Matt Liston – Men's Golf – finance

    Zach Norris – Men's Golf – finance

    Garrett Wood – Men's Golf – management

    Ryan Bender – Women's Golf – marketing

    Josephine Chang – Women's Golf – biology, kinesiology

    Sarah Fite – Women's Golf – kinesiology

    Rikke Svejgård Nielsen – Women's Golf – agricultural and medical biotechnology

    Casey Ott – Women's Golf – psychology

    Sarah Shipley – Women's Golf – integrated strategic communication

    Renee Abernathy – Softball – human health sciences

    Grace Baalman – Softball – art studio

    Jaci Babbs – Softball – mathematical economics

    Emma Boitnott – Softball – neuroscience

    Autumn Humes – Softball – kinesiology

    Lauren Johnson – Softball – integrated strategic communication

    Mikayla Kowalik – Softball – finance

    Alexandria Martens – Softball – integrated strategic communication

    Mallory Peyton – Softball – human health sciences

    Meghan Schorman – Softball – marketing

    Tatum Spangler – Softball – animal sciences

    Larissa Spellman – Softball – management

    Bailey Vick – Softball – accounting

    Cesar Bourgois – Men's Tennis – marketing

    Ying-Ze Chen – Men's Tennis – economics

    Jonathan Sorbo – Men's Tennis – management

    Lesedi Jacobs – Women's Tennis – accounting

    Akvile Parazinskaite – Women's Tennis – diplomacy and international commerce

    Anastasia Tkachenko – Women's Tennis – management

    Diana Tkachenko – Women's Tennis – management

    Dylan Allen – Men's Track and Field – marketing

    Cole Dowdy – Men's Track and Field – biology

    Tanner Dowdy – Men's Track and Field – political science, finance

    Joseph Jardine – Men's Track and Field – marketing

    Matthew Peare – Men's Track and Field – communication

    Jacob Smith – Men's Track and Field – journalism

    Joshua Sobota – Men's Track and Field – management

    Dwight St. Hillaire – Men's Track and Field – communication

    Gabriel Szalay – Men's Track and Field – marketing

    Matthew Thomas – Men's Track and Field – marketing, finance

    Trevor Warren – Men's Track and Field – economics

    Benjamin Young – Men's Track and Field – mathematical economics, accounting

    Lincoln Young – Men's Track and Field – digital media design

    Nicole Bagby – Women's Track and Field – psychology

    Celera Barnes – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Perri Bockrath – Women's Track and Field – psychology

    Rachel Boice – Women's Track and Field – biology

    Riley Caudill – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Alison D’Alessandro – Women's Track and Field – mathematics

    Ellen Ekholm – Women's Track and Field – marketing

    Nicole Fautsch – Women's Track and Field – marketing, psychology

    Carly Hinkle – Women's Track and Field – animal sciences

    Kaitlyn Lacy – Women's Track and Field – accounting

    Molly Leppelmeier – Women's Track and Field – computer science

    Mallory Liggett – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Lainey McKinley – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Sara Michels – Women's Track and Field – journalism

    Janie O’Connor – Women's Track and Field – family sciences

    Madisyn Peeples – Women's Track and Field – elementary education

    Masai Russell – Women's Track and Field – communication

    Caitlin Shepard – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Abby Steiner – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Kelli Walsh – Women's Track and Field – finance

    Kamilah Williams – Women's Track and Field – journalism

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtHealth SciencesPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommerceSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: A total of 90 Kentucky Wildcat student-athletes earned a place on the 2020 Southeastern Conference Spring Sports Academic Honor Roll, announced Friday by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Amy Brooks Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2020) University of Kentucky's Department of Integrated Strategic Communication students in Naomi Maloney’s Spring 2020 Advertising Creative Strategy & Execution I class recently partnered with UK’s Center for Interprofessional Health Education (CIHE) to develop a campus and community‐wide Opioid Awareness Day (OAD). OAD, originally planned as a February 2020 event, has been rescheduled for the week of Sept. 15 in the wake of COVID-19 cancellations.

    OAD activities may range from one day to a week-long program, depending on Fall 2020 public health guidelines for the UK campus. Student-led activities proposed by the OAD team include a mobile pharmacy, a showcase of models for care and pain management, displays by Fayette County Fire and EMS teams, presentations on Kentucky’s Good Samaritan law, AMA ("Ask Me Anything") booths, access to Health Department and needle exchange materials and community panels featuring members of Operation UNITE and the Kentucky State Police Angel Initiative.

    OAD is the brainchild of Neil Horsley, a UK College of Medicine M.D. candidate and president of MedRed, CIHE’s student association dedicated to fighting the substance abuse disorder epidemic in Kentucky. Horsley describes Opioid Awareness Day as “a campuswide effort to raise awareness of those suffering from substance use disorders (SUDs) both on campus and across our Commonwealth.” Horsley notes the importance of opioid awareness marketing that is “both intriguing and nonjudgmental in its approach.” He calls the efforts of Maloney and her students “tremendous,” adding that the ISC team members “reflect not only their dedication to helping those suffering from SUDs on campus and in our Commonwealth, but also demonstrate the incredible change that can be brought about when interprofessional education is utilized to its fullest extent. They are excellent ambassadors of both the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication and the College of Communication and Information as a whole.”

    Maloney shares her collaborators’ enthusiasm for the partnership and its potential for opioid harm reduction in the Commonwealth. “It was empowering and gratifying for our ISC 331 students to develop advertising ideas that will engage their fellow UK students and convince them to participate in Opioid Awareness Day,” she says. “Not only did these ISC students learn more about opioid use disorder (OUD) and the stigma surrounding it, they were able to see how their talents have the potential to save lives. I am enormously proud of how seriously and creatively they approached the project and of the final advertising work they produced.”

    Long before the coronavirus ravaged communities worldwide, UK and Commonwealth communities grappled with the impact of opioid use. Though the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy cites a peak of over 1,400 opioid-related deaths in 2017, the office also says there is cause for hope.

     According to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet: 2019 Overdose Fatality Report, "In 2018 ... the Commonwealth ...saw signs that the overall trend in overdose deaths may be changing direction. For the first time since 2013, overdose deaths among Kentucky residents declined, falling from 1,477 in 2017 to 1,247 last year — a 15 percent decrease equivalent to 230 lives. When the totals include individuals who died in Kentucky but were not residents, the decrease is similar — 1,566 in 2017 reduced to 1,333 in 2018, a decrease of 233 deaths."

    The report attributes this decline to “a number of program and policy initiatives underway in Kentucky, including the statewide use of prescription drug monitoring programs, expanded availability of naloxone and substance abuse treatment, and the enactment of laws specifically addressing the availability of prescription medications.”

    James A. Ballard — an OAD planning team member, director of the Center for Interprofessional Health Education, and associate professor in the UK Department of Family and Community Medicine — says initiatives like UK’s Opioid Awareness Day can contribute to this positive trend. “The health of patients and communities is impacted by so much more than the care they receive in clinics and hospitals. True health care, as opposed to disease care, calls for more expansive collaborations beyond the medical professions. I think all the students came away from this experience with a much deeper understanding of the power of working beyond silos and how it can positively impact individuals and communities.”

    UK faculty and staff contributing to OAD planning include Shelley M. Ferrin (health education coordinator and IP education specialist, Center for Interprofessional Health Education), Kakie Urch (associate professor of Multimedia, School of Journalism and Media), as well as James Ballard and Maloney. The Executive Planning Committee members are Rachelle Aker, Madeline Aulisio, James Ballard and Shelley Ferrin (CIHE); Justin Blevins, Kenyatta Jeter and team (Residence Life); Trish Freeman and Doug Oyler (College of Pharmacy); Physical Therapy and Public Health students Nichole Windsor and William McIver; Chief Medical Officer Phil Chang; Katrina Nickels of Bluegrass Care Navigators; Andrea James of the Lexington Mayor’s Office; and Horsley and Michelle Lofwall of College of Medicine and MedRed.

    The Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, part of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, offers students professional preparation for careers in the areas of advertising, public relations and direct response communication. For more information or questions regarding ISC, please contact ISC Project Manager Amy Brooks at amy.brooks@uky.edu.

    Poster made by ISC students.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Department of Integrated Strategic Communication students in Naomi Maloney’s Spring 2020 Advertising Creative Strategy & Execution I class recently partnered with UK’s Center for Interprofessional Health Education (CIHE) to develop a campus and community‐wide Opioid Awareness Day (OAD).
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Meredith Weber Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2020) The University of Kentucky Alumni Association recently announced its 2020-2021 Board of Directors’ officers during its annual Summer Workshop. This year’s officers are Hannah Miner Myers, president; Mary Shelman, president-elect; Antoine Huffman, treasurer; and Jill Smith, secretary. The new slate officially takes office today and will serve until June 30, 2021.

    Hannah Miner Myers of Madisonville, Kentucky, has been elected president of the UK Alumni Association. She graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in middle school education from the UK College of Education. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and served as student ambassador on the Student Development Council. Myers has a second bachelor’s degree in interior design and a double master’s degree in education and education administration. She served eight years on the City of Madisonville City Council and is serving her second term on the Hopkins County Fiscal Court as a magistrate for District Seven. She is an active community member and has served as a member of the Economic Development Council and Community Foundation board, past chairwoman of the Chamber of Commerce tourism board and past president of the Cardinal Garden Club. Myers has served as an adjunct professor of education on the Murray State University regional campus in Madisonville. She is a UK Alumni Association Life Member, UK Fellow and is active with the Hopkins County UK Alumni Club. She also is a fitness instructor, spinning instructor and marathon runner.

    Mary L. Shelman of Belmont, Massachusetts, was elected president-elect of the UK Alumni Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1981 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1987. She has been serving as treasurer of the UK Alumni Association this past year and has held several committee leadership positions including chairwoman of Budget, Finance and Investments, Nominating for Board, Diversity and Group Development, and Alumni Service Awards committees. She was also vice-chairwoman of Communications, Membership, and Nominating for Board committees. Shelman is an internationally recognized thought leader on the global ag-tech and agri-food system. She has consulted, taught and presented at conferences in 20 countries. She is past president of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association and past president of English At Large, an adult literacy organization. She is a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association and a Wildcat Society member. Shelman is a native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

    Antoine S. Huffman of Prosper, Texas, was elected treasurer of the UK Alumni Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications in 2005. While at Kentucky, he was a three-year starter for the Wildcats football team, becoming a UK NCAA record holder. He was also a member of the UK Athletic Association Board of Directors. He served three years as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president, two years as chairman for the UK Athletics Outreach Committee and was a member of the ODK National Leadership Honor Society. In 2005, Huffman became the first African American to be crowned UK Homecoming king. He is active in the community with Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army, and is a motivational speaker at local churches, schools and special regional events. In 2002 to 2005, the Atlanta, Georgia, native was nationally recognized for his community service, academics and athletic achievement. In addition, he was a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy. He received the ARA Sportsmanship Award, two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America, four-time NCAA Academic All-American, four-time SEC Academic honor-roll, and member of the Good Works Team. Huffman has served as chairman for the Membership, Communications, Club Development, and Nomination committees within the UK Alumni Association and served two terms as president of the Greater Nashville UK Alumni Club. He is in the medical field as a regional director of sales for the southwest and he is a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association.

    Jill H. Smith of Lexington, Kentucky, is secretary of the UK Alumni Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Kentucky in 2005 and a master’s degree in career, technical and leadership education from the University of Kentucky in 2011. She joined the UK Alumni Association in 2006 as a program coordinator and held four other positions at the association before becoming executive director in February 2020. She also serves as associate vice president for alumni engagement and secretary of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors. She has been an active volunteer with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education at both the state and district level. She is an advisor to the Delta Rho chapter of Delta Delta Delta and an active participant in Lexington area Tri-Delta alumni activities. She is a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association and UK Fellow and serves on several university committees. 

    King Alumni House on the UK campus.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringGraduate School

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Ann Blackford
    ann.blackford@uky.edu
    859-323-6442 Summary: This year’s officers are Hannah Miner Myers, president; Mary Shelman, president-elect; Antoine Huffman, treasurer; and Jill Smith, secretary. The new slate officially takes office today and will serve until June 30, 2021.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Adrian Ho Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 30, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Libraries recently awarded 10 Alternative Textbook Grants to UK faculty who will replace traditional commercial textbooks with open educational resources, library-licensed materials or original content created by the faculty themselves. The grant recipients teach a variety of subjects, ranging from law and biology to history and clinical leadership and management.

    Held annually since 2016, the Alternative Textbook Grant Program has provided UK instructors with opportunities to customize their course contents by switching to materials that are more affordable and readily available to students. Thirty-nine grants were awarded from 2016 to 2019. According to grant recipients’ feedback, the program saved nearly 9,000 students over $1.14 million. In other words, each student who enrolled in a course taught with an alternative textbook saved about $129.

    After teaching with alternative textbooks, grant recipients have shared inspiring comments about their experiences. “This is a fantastic program. It encouraged me to create public domain open access teaching materials that have already saved UK students ~$20,000 and hopefully will generate even greater savings in the future,” Brian Frye, Spears-Gilbert Associate Professor of Law, noted.

    “Having relied on my open source textbook has made my current start into the online teaching world due to COVID so much easier,” Regina Hannemann from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering said.

    This year's 10 grant recipients are:

    • Molly Blasing, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences;
    • Christopher Bradley, J. David Rosenberg College of Law; 
    • Andrew Byrd and Brenna Byrd, Department of Linguistics and Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences; 
    • Emily Croteau, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences; 
    • Stephen Davis, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences;
    • Fatima Espinoza Vasquez, School of Information Science, College of Communication and Information; 
    • Brian Frye, Rosenberg College of Law; 
    • Anita Lee-Post, Department of Marketing and Supply Chain, Gatton College of Business and Economics;
    • Stephen Voss, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences; and
    • Brandi White, Department of Clinical Leadership and Management, College of Health Sciences. 

    Some grantees have created or enhanced their own course content thanks to the support of the program. In the spirit of open knowledge sharing, they have graciously made their materials freely available online to instructors and learners around the world. These free educational resources include:

    Faculty interested in finding alternative textbooks for their courses are encouraged to contact the academic liaisons for their departments or Adrian Ho, UK Libraries director of digital scholarship, for more information. An online guide is also available for consultation anytime.

    Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationHealth SciencesLawLibraries

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: The grant recipients teach a variety of subjects, ranging from law and biology to history and clinical leadership and management.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Whitney Hale Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 25, 2020)

    My first doctor appointment in years.

    It took abnormal breathing and virtual convenience.

    I’m working from home.

    I’m young. I’m healthy otherwise.

    I might have COVID-19.

    Oh wait, my partner works on campus. He could spread this thing.

    I’m self isolated and don’t need to be tested now.

    Save the tests for those who need it.

     

    Living with low immunity is scary.

    If I was older, I could die.

    When I’m older, if this happens again, I’m at risk.

    There’s so many people living with fear right now.

    I have fear and I’m young!

     

    So many people have this. So many people must be struggling too.

    Yet I feel so alone.

     

    Told my mom.

    Told my grandparents.

    Now my family knows.

    And with those words, coronavirus survivor and University of Kentucky communication doctoral student and College of Communication and Information instructor Leanna Hartsough, a 27 year-old, captured just part of her personal journey amid the COVID-19 pandemic in an excerpt from her poetic diary-style entry titled "The Uncertainty."

    In a 24-hour news cycle filled with statistics, it is more often than not that the more personal accounts, like Hartsough’s, have the power to break through the myriad of information being offered on TV and the internet to reach the viewer’s heart on the other side of that screen. It is testimonies like this that a new collection at University of Kentucky LibrariesSpecial Collections Research Center (SCRC) is hoping to amass from everyday Kentuckians through “In This Together: Documenting COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.”

    As part of this initiative, UK archivists are actively soliciting and cataloging stories of individuals in self-isolation or on the front lines providing essential services during the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to record history while it is unfolding across the state, and the world around us. Beginning in April, the SCRC started accepting submissions from individuals who live, work or study in Kentucky.

    "We typically think of archives as places to study the distant past, but archivists work to ensure we build contemporary and historic collections for future examination. We are in an historical moment right now and technology allows us to ask our community to take an active role in creating collective history in real time. It is an unprecedented chance for us to preserve the collective voices of Kentuckians," Associate Dean of SCRC Deirdre Scaggs said.

    From coronavirus-themed poetry and photographs of remote education and store signage on relatively empty streets to written and oral accounts of personal living experiences, UK Libraries has already received several submissions that have captured the interest of archivists. One special account, included photographs and the story of the roller coaster of emotions new mother Megan Lucy, a faculty resources coordinator in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, experienced as she delivered her daughter Cecilia the weekend Kentucky began to implement restrictions and March Madness was canceled. 

    And with this archival material being collected by a university research library system, the SCRC has also made a concentrated effort to pull together submissions that focus on what this time has been like for members of the Big Blue family, including Wildcats who were asked to return home from Spring Break to finish their college semester. Among these UK accounts is a selection of blog posts from a class who documented their own pandemic experiences as part of their final project. Another special submission is a painting by 2020 biology graduate Duha Jassim, a student assistant in the Agricultural Information Center who minored in art studio. In addition to art, campus photos and written accounts, archivists also received oral histories like one recorded by Rachel Combs, alumna and public services manager for UK’s Science & Engineering Library, who shared her feelings as she watched changes on campus, at home and around the state during the first week of Kentucky’s healthy at home order. To hear Combs’s account, play the audio file above.

    While some restrictions have lifted, other states have seen an uptick in numbers making it evident that the pandemic is not over. For this reason, the work continues. UK Libraries SCRC archivists are encouraging Kentuckians to continue to share their COVID-19 stories. Currently, nine Central Kentucky counties are represented by the collection, but SCRC would like to receive submissions from citizens across the Commonwealth. Whether it is your concerns about society’s response to recommendations or your first travel experience in Kentucky, or beyond the state’s borders, since the start of quarantine, UK Libraries wants to hear from you.

    "How has the pandemic continued to impact your life? Let us save your experiences so that history tells YOUR story. Please continue to submit or start contributing now," Scaggs said.

    To participate in “In This Together,” send submissions of such COVID-19 related archival materials as:

    • uploaded photographs, videos and/or art;
    • oral histories and other audio recordings; and/or
    • provided written content (diary or journal entries, documents related to pandemic, etc.).

    Make submissions of information at the following JotForm: https://form.jotform.com/201004347258043. For non-English speakers, UK Libraries has also provided Spanish instructions on how to submit to the collection at http://libraries.uky.edu/juntos-en-esto.

    In particular, UK Libraries SCRC urges Kentuckians to consider submitting more photos. The medium will give future users a better idea of the impact the pandemic has had on community landscapes and friend and family relationships, as well as a visual representation of strategies employed to fight COVID-19 like masks, social distancing or different kinds of virtual presentations.

    “If you’ve taken a photograph of a park or sidewalk art or people social distancing — these are all things we want to document,” said Megan Mummey, assistant director of collections.

    The Special Collections Research Center at UK Libraries sustains the Commonwealth's memory and serves as the essential bridge between past, present and future. By preserving materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of Kentucky, the center provides rich opportunities for students to expand their worldview and enhance their critical thinking skills. Special Collections Research Center materials are used by scholars worldwide to advance original research and pioneer creative approaches to scholarship. UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Initiative and ExploreUK.

     

    * Read Leanna Hartsough's "The Uncertainty" in its entirety below. Hartsough shared it to spread awareness of young, otherwise healthy individuals who can also struggle with the sickness.

    The Uncertainty

    By Leanna Hartsough

     

    I don’t know what this is, but this sickness isn’t a cold.

    My body hurts. Head to toe.

    Headache. To ear ache.

    Tummy ache (something I’m used to.)

    Feet and all muscles are sore.

    I have to work but I have to feel better. I guess I’ll focus on both.

     

    This day is so long. I’m hot but I’m normally cold.

    This night is so confusing. I’m now cold but sweating.

    This night is so abnormal. I can’t sleep yet my body restricts movement.

    Maybe this is serious.

     

    Next day, still sore.

    I can actually eat without forcing it.

    Wow am I full.

    Wait, that might not be fullness. It’s hard to breath.

    Air is restricted. Forcing it-- there’s resistance.

     

    My first doctor appointment in years.

    It took abnormal breathing and virtual convenience.

    I’m working from home.

    I’m young. I’m healthy otherwise.

    I might have COVID-19.

    Oh wait, my partner works on campus. He could spread this thing.

    I’m self isolated and don’t need to be tested now.

    Save the tests for those who need it.

     

    Living with low immunity is scary.

    If I was older, I could die.

    When I’m older, if this happens again, I’m at risk.

    There’s so many people living with fear right now.

    I have fear and I’m young!

     

    So many people have this. So many people must be struggling too.

    Yet I feel so alone.

     

    Told my mom.

    Told my grandparents.

    Now my family knows.

     

    Some family members say, “Sounds like you have anxiety.” “Sounds like you’re stressed.”

    I empathetically listened. I disagreed yet listened.

    My family doesn't want to hear that their close relative has this.

    They want to believe it’s not the case.

    I don’t want to scare them. I want to talk to them when I have good news.

    My partner I live with doesn’t want to believe it.

    We’re socially distant because I keep socially distant.

     

    Well here’s to stocking up on immunity boosters.

    Every day.

    Thanks to my mom and my partner.

    My mornings are dedicated to health.

    Once I have enough energy, I can begin to work.

    I push through it. I have things due.

     

    I came to terms with this.

    When I recover, I will have less fear.

    Less fear of getting it.

    Less fear of spreading it.

     

    Day 4 and able to workout at least. Some movement helps.

    Next day Sunday yoga, my legs shake during poses I do frequently.

    Next day Monday ab work, easy workout, I’ll be fine.

    After workout, legs shake. Can barely walk.

    Felt like I ran stadium stairs. I didn’t even think I worked my legs?

     

    One week in, I feel heavy. There’s resistance in every step.

    How much do I weigh any way? It feels like 384750234lbs.

    Oh wow, I lost 4 lbs.

     

    The only COVID-19 symptom I didn’t get was the cough.

    Nevermind, I have the cough.

    I can’t think of a reason why I don’t have COVID-19.

    Maybe this isn’t so uncertain?

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    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: In a 24-hour news cycle filled with statistics, it is more often than not that the more personal accounts have the power to break through the myriad of information being offered on TV or the internet to reach the viewer’s heart on the other side of that screen. It is this type of testimony that a new collection at UK Special Collections Research Center is hoping to amass from everyday Kentuckians through “In This Together: Documenting COVID-19 in the Commonwealth.”Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills, Amy Jones-Timoney, Brad Nally, and Kody Kiser Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2020) — “We turn passions into professions” is the new, fitting motto for the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information. The college — which houses the Department of Communication, the School of Journalism and Media, the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, the School of Information Science, and the Graduate Program in Communication — provides the building blocks for its students, faculty and staff to be lifelong learners.

    On this campus walk, watch why it's so important to UK College of Communication and Information Dean Jennifer Greer to help her students turn their passions into careers they love.

    “Regardless of which path you take in the college, we translate to the students how interconnected and how vital communication and information are in everything that we do,” Greer said. “Our students are innovative thinkers, creators and doers, and they find a home here.”

    Greer became dean of the UK College of Communication and Information in the summer of 2019. Before coming to UK she served as associate provost at the University of Alabama, a position she held since August 2014.

    Greer has been recognized for her excellence in teaching, having won college-wide teaching awards at Nevada and Alabama. She was also honored with a university award for excellence in academic advising at Alabama.

    Video produced by UK Marketing and Brand Strategy. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon. of Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: “We turn passions into professions.” On this campus walk, watch why it's so important to UK College of Communication and Information Dean Greer to help her students turn their passions into careers they love.Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Jenny Wells-Hosley Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 19, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved the University Research Professorships for the 2020-21 academic year.

    The purpose of the University Research Professorship program is to recognize and publicize research accomplishments of scholars across the full range of disciplines at UK. The award amount is $10,000 for one year, to be used to further the research, scholarship and creative endeavors of the awardee.  

    “It is truly gratifying to recognize these distinguished experts who have made significant contributions in so many different fields of research at the University of Kentucky,” said Lisa Cassis, UK’s vice president for research. “The University Research Professorship Awards honors members of our faculty who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural and economic challenges in our region and around the world.”

    The University Research Professors Program recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research, scholarship and creative endeavors within each college that nominates a faculty member. College leadership developed criteria for excellence in research and scholarly activity within their area of expertise and then nominated faculty who excelled at these criteria.

    The 2020-21 University Research Professors are:

    • Seth DeBolt, Horticulture, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment;
    • Amy Murrell Taylor, History, College of Arts and Sciences;
    • Renée Fatemi, Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences;
    • H. Dan O’Hair, Communication, College of Communication and Information;
    • J. Todd Hastings, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering;
    • Rae Goodwin, Art and Visual Studies, College of Fine Arts;
    • Haipeng (Allan) Chen, Marketing, Gatton College of Business and Economics;            
    • Kathryn L. Moore, J. David Rosenberg College of Law;
    • Susanne Markesbery Arnold, Markey Cancer Center, College of Medicine;
    • Linda Van Eldik, Sanders Brown Center on Aging, College of Medicine;           
    • Kristin Ashford, College of Nursing;
    • Steven G. Van Lanen, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy; and
    • Erin Abner, Epidemiology, College of Public Health
    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEngineeringFine ArtsLawMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic Health

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: The purpose of the University Research Professorship program is to recognize and publicize research accomplishments of scholars across the full range of disciplines at UK.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Ann Blackford Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 17, 2020)  University of Kentucky alumnus Michael Gorrell, who graduated in 2015, grew up in McLean, Virginia, where not many UK fans could be found. However, the home he shared with his parents, Warren and Catherine, and his sisters, was true blue.

    Warren Gorrell, a Washington, D.C. attorney, grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where many of his family members still reside today. Michael describes his father as a hardworking man, and says Saturdays spent watching UK football and basketball games were a way for them to spend time together. Watching UK sports was not the only Big Blue influence Michael received growing up. Every summer, he would travel to the heart of Kentucky Wildcat country to spend several weeks with his grandparents in Lexington. Growing up loving the UK Wildcats was a way of life. He remembers most of his friends in high school were Duke or UNC fans while he fiercely defended UK, especially around March Madness when the talk between friends at school heated up.

    It’s not surprising that Michael Gorrell would choose to attend UK considering he was raised a Cat fan, but he also said he chose UK for their great academic and social offerings. While Michael’s parents were not UK graduates, his grandfather John did attend UK, graduating in 1954 with an engineering degree, thus making Michael a second-generation UK graduate.

    “Education and charitable giving have always been important to my parents. My father and grandfather were the first in their family to attend college,” Michael Gorrell said. “My father always led by example instilling in my sisters and me the importance of education and giving back.” 

    The Gorrell Family Charitable Fund was created in 2012 for Michael and his sisters to continue their family’s legacy of charitable giving, including giving to UK through the Gorrell Family Scholarship.

    It was at UK that Michael not only earned a degree in history, but he also met the woman with whom he would share his life. Michael met Lauren Kamas, a 2013 integrated strategic communication (ISC) graduate, while they were both students. They were married in 2017 in Lauren’s hometown of Louisville. The couple now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Lauren works for Dyno Nobel, an industrial and mining explosives manufacturing company, and Michael works for a tech company.

    Michael says that he and Lauren have been very fortunate in their lives to be able to attend the college of their choice without hardship, and they have been given many opportunities not available to everyone, something they don’t take for granted.

    Since graduating from UK and establishing themselves in their careers in Salt Lake City, Michael and Lauren have become more involved in the work of the Gorrell Family Charitable Fund and began thinking about where they could make a difference by giving.

    “When we started thinking about where to contribute, UK immediately came to mind because we feel so connected to our alma mater, and it was such an influential part of our lives,” Lauren Gorrell said.

    Recently, Michael and Lauren bestowed a gift to UK to benefit students in need who are first-generation college students in their families. With their initial donation, the Gorrells want to watch how the Gorrell Family Scholarship unfolds and takes shape to determine where they can take it.

    In the report “First-Generation Student Success: A Landscape Analysis of Programs and Services at Four-Year Institutions,” the authors note that first-generation students account for nearly one-third of college undergraduates. The higher education literature details the challenges first-generation students face in accessing financing and completing higher education.

    Robert Hayes, director of Student Transitions and Family Programs at UK, was a first-generation college student and now works with other first-gen students. He knows firsthand the impact gifts like the Gorrell Family Scholarship can have on a student.

    “I fondly recall the support that was offered to me — well before I knew I needed it,” Hayes said. “One example that stands out to me is that of a teacher I had in middle school gifting me a backpack for my journey to college once I had graduated from high school. This might not seem like much, but this kindness helped carry me to a college degree. She knew what I didn't. I kept that backpack all through undergrad and it served as a humble reminder of the efforts that others had put into my education. That gift meant not only that I would be better equipped for college, but it was the symbol of belief in me — that I really could do this. 

    “It brings me the greatest joy to see this young alumni couple offer much needed support to our first-generation students. I am sure that those students who benefit from this generosity will reflect similarly as I still do on the teacher who helped me along my way.”   

    The importance of first-generation student success has never been more critical. In 2020, 65% of all jobs will require some level of postsecondary education. In addition to improving employment opportunities and earning prospects, higher education also correlates with better health, greater civil preparation and more tax dollars.

    “We hope that leading by example and giving other students opportunities like we had will put them in a position to go back into their communities and pay it forward,” Michael Gorrell said.

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    Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign is a comprehensive campaign focused on increasing opportunities for student success, funding innovative research, improving health care, strengthening our alumni network, and supporting our athletic programs. For more information about Kentucky Can, visit kentuckycan.uky.edu.

    Summary: University of Kentucky alumnus Michael Gorrell, who graduated in 2015, grew up in McLean, Virginia, where not many UK fans could be found. However, the home he shared with his parents, Warren and Catherine, and his sisters, was true blue.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 11, 2020) — Grehan Associates, a student-run marketing and communications firm at the University of Kentucky, has been awarded a National Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) affiliation. The firm is housed in and advised by the College of Communication and Information, but firm membership is open to any student at UK.

    Currently, there are only 28 other firms nationwide with this distinction. UK’s Grehan Associates joins the ranks of Florida, Alabama, Ball State, Purdue, Ohio State and other prestigious programs in earning national affiliation.

    The firm’s 2020-21 membership totals 34 students from five different colleges (Gatton College of Business and Economics, College of Communication and Information, College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Agriculture, Food and Environment) across UK’s campus.

    To earn PRSSA national affiliation, a student firm must complete a rigorous application process. The application must illustrate how the firm meets or exceeds a list of standards including PRSSA connection, professionalism, measured impact and results and organizational structure.

    Part of that organizational structure includes a student firm director. The current director is Shannon Strivieri, a finance and marketing double major. She took over as firm director in 2018, from founder and former director, Morgan Haas. Since assuming the role of firm director, Strivieri has had her eye on national affiliation and is finally seeing her dedication pay off.

    “When I took over the firm my junior year, I was terrified,” Strivieri admitted. “It is a lot of pressure to succeed but I could not have done it without all of our current and former members along the way. Achieving the national affiliation will be forever one of my highlights during my time at UK. Grehan Associates has opened up opportunities for me in regard to internships and post-graduation plans that I could only have dreamed of before I joined,” Strivieri said.

    “Saying I am proud of these students would be a huge understatement,” Grehan Associates advisor Catherine Hayden said. Hayden, the communications director for the College of Communication and Information, has been the firm’s advisor since its inception.

    “I remember talk of creating a student-run firm in my undergraduate days here at the University of Kentucky. Everyone was onboard and excited, but we just couldn’t get it off the ground. So, I know what a monumental effort and achievement this is for these students,” Hayden added.

    Grehan Associates also added a co-advisor, Natalie Partin, a PR account executive with Team Cornett, a full-service agency in Lexington, Kentucky. Partin is also the president of the local Thoroughbred Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Her involvement in Grehan Associates has been beneficial in helping firm members bridge the gap between student and professional.

    Clients who partner with Grehan Associates receive assistance with social media promotions, event planning, public relations and graphic design needs. Clients thus far have included both local and national clients — GiveButter, Girls Girls Girls Burritos, Wildfire Yoga, Farmbot.Wildcats, Pivot Brewing and On Purpose 86400 by Susan Priest Richlak and others.

    The revival of Grehan Associates began in earnest in 2016, and the firm was recognized as a student organization in April of 2017. The first executive board of Grehan Associates took office in December of 2017, with the first official firm meeting taking place the following month in January of 2018.

    Even with its relatively short history on campus, Grehan Associates is making a name for itself by providing fantastic opportunities for students and clients alike.

    For more information about Grehan Associates visit https://www.grehanassociates.com/.

    Grehan AssociatesOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Grehan Associates, a student-run marketing and communications firm at the University of Kentucky, has been awarded a National Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) affiliation, one of only 28 other firms nationwide with this distinction.Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: ResearchBy Mallory Powell Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 10, 2020) – A new pilot funding program for multidisciplinary COVID-19 research at the University of Kentucky has launched in record time and funded 12 pilot projects in as many weeks. The program is a collaboration of the UK CURE Alliance and Center for Clinical and Translational Science, which together moved the funding mechanism from concept to first award in 20 days.

    Grants are awarded in three categories of COVID-19 research — health and biomedical science, materials and methods, and social science — each with their own expert review committees. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    “The rapid funding of these project is critical to allowing UK’s researchers to effectively address the COVID-19 crisis,” said Rebecca Dutch, PhD, professor of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, who leads the CURE Alliance. “The already funded projects highlight the wealth of research expertise here on campus, and the ability of those experts to rapid deploy their experience to help face this crisis.”

    The rapid operationalization of the COVID-19 pilot funding relied on utilizing the CCTS’ existing pilot program, which, in accordance with the center’s mission to accelerate discoveries for health, manages a broad portfolio of pilot programs across campus and with other institutions.

    “What allowed the process to go so quickly was leveraging infrastructure we already had in place,” said Joel Thompson, PhD, research development director for the CCTS. “We didn’t reinvent the wheel. We took a CCTS process and adapted it to respond to this crisis.”

    To date, the following COVID-19 research projects have received pilot funding.

    Core 1: Health and Biomedical Science

    • Konstantin Korotkov, PhD, College of Medicine, Inhibitors of Papain-like Protease from SARS-CoV-2
    • Charles Lutz, MD, PhD, College of Medicine, Hypoxia-Induced Dysfunction of Virus-and Fibrosis-Fighting Human NK Cells-A Proposed Cure
    • Peter Nagy, PhD, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Identification of Cellular Targets of Human SARS-COV2 in Yeast
    • Jeremy Wood, PhD, College of Medicine, Dissecting the Underlying Mechanisms of Hemostatic Dysregulation in COVID-19 Patients

    Core 2: Materials and Methods

    • Bradley Berron, PhD, College of Engineering, Hand Sanitizer Production: Bottleneck Analysis and Remediation
    • Louis Hersh, PhD, and David Rodgers, PhD, College of Medicine, Production of Single Chain Antibodies (Nanobodies) to SARS-CoV-2 Spike Glycoprotein and its Receptor Binding Domain
    • Steven Van Lanen, PhD, College of Pharmacy, RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase as an Antiviral Target
    • Daniel Pack, PhD, College of Engineering, Proton-Sponge Polymers for Inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 Infection
    • Jerold Woodward, PhD, and Siva Gandhapudi, PhD, College of Medicine, Identification and Characterization of Virus Specific T Cells in Humans Exposed to SARS-COV-2

    Core 3: Social Science

    • Lance Bollinger, PhD, College of Education, Effects of COVID-19-Induced Social Distancing on University Employees' Physical Activity
    • Joshua Douglas, JD, Gatton College of Business, The Impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 Elections in Kentucky and Beyond​
    • Andrew Pliny, PhD, College of Communication and Information, Testing Different Contact Tracing Procedures for Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 

    For more information, including RFAs, project descriptions, and an updated list of awardees, visit the COVID-19 Pilot Program webpage.

    Organizational Unit: Business and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringMedicinePharmacy Contact Mallory Powell
    mallory.powell@uky.edu
    615-828-0000 Summary: The program is a collaboration of the UK CURE Alliance and Center for Clinical and Translational Science, who together moved the funding mechanism from concept to first award in 20 days.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Whitney Hale Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2020) — University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that five recent UK graduates and alumni have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. The UK recipients are among approximately 2,100 U.S. students who will travel abroad for the 2020-21 academic year.

    Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected based on academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 160 countries.

    The UK students and alumna awarded Fulbright grants are:

    In addition, two alumni received Fulbright honors. Jakob Burnham, a history doctoral student at Georgetown University was awarded the 2020 Fulbright-Nehru Open Study/Research award from India. Burnham, who applied for his honor through Georgetown, is a native of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. He earned his UK bachelor’s degrees in international studies and modern and classical languages/French and Francophone studies in 2016. David Wakaba, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, applied for his Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) with the assistance of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. He will teach in South Korea. Wakaba earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UK in 2018.

    Evan Lenzen, the son of Jeffery Lenzen of Woodstock, Illinois, and Tracy Lenzen of Barrington, Illinois, is a recipient of a Fulbright ETA to teach in the Ukraine.

    Lenzen is excited for the opportunity to teach and get experience of his own using his studies in Russian. “This scholarship will further my experience in the Eastern European regions and will be a great way for myself to build upon my Russian and Ukrainian languages. This will also be a great way to kick-start a career in foreign services.”

    The Fulbright recipient credits UK mentors for preparing him for this experience abroad. “Professor Anna Voskresensky has been an incredible source of inspiration and drive for myself to seek out Russian and Eastern European culture. Without her I would never have been introduced to this area that excites me so much,” Lenzen said. “Mr. Anthony Dotson of the Veteran's Resource Center at the University of Kentucky gave me the inspiration for my supplementary project aimed at working with veterans. I plan on structuring the work much like his course at UK.”

    Upon completion of his Fulbright, Lenzen plans to attend law school.

    Anthony Trufanov, the son of Olga Kuzina and Dimitri Trufanov, of Hawthorn Woods, Illinois, is the recipient of one of only two Fulbright Debate Coach/Trainer Awards in Taiwan. As part of this award, he will spend 11 months coaching and building up debate programs in the country’s top schools; building up a debate circuit and operating local tournaments; training others to coach; and organizing a debate camp.

    A national debate champion at UK, Trufanov is well-suited to take on this challenge. “I've been on the debate team here at UK for all four years. My time with the team was the highlight of my college experience. I've learned and accomplished a lot. But a core component of the team's mission with which I have had only limited opportunity to engage is expanding access to debate, both in the U.S. and internationally. I’m excited to be a part of spreading debate around the world. I believe exposure to debate can be transformative and am honored by the chance to help make that happen for more people.”

    In addition to debate at UK, Trufanov has also been active in a variety of projects related to his studies. As part of his political science capstone, he explored military modernization through international arms purchasing contracts as an avenue of diversionary foreign policy. Trufanov also worked on an independent research project about what public statements issued by Soviet authorities during the Cuban missile crisis can tell us about the impact of communist doctrine on Soviet nuclear policy. Each summer of college, he worked at debate institutes at Northwestern University, Georgetown University and Dartmouth College.

    Trufanov credits debate coach Dave Arnett for bringing this specific Fulbright to his attention, as well as two other coaches, Lincoln Garrett and Casey Harrigan. “Debate at UK wouldn't exist, and certainly wouldn't be the amazing opportunity that it is, without their efforts.”

    Like Lenzen, he is also grateful for the opportunity to study with Voskresensky, who “ignited a passion and curiosity about my culture and about teaching … that are likely to have an enormous impact on my future. I can't hope to match her level of dedication to her students, but hopefully I can at least honor it.”

    Upon completion of his Fulbright experience, Trufanov would like to pursue a master's degree in security studies.

    Shelley Zhou, daughter of Dr. Heshan Sam Zhou and Dr. Xiaomei Rao, of Louisville, is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant, which she will use to expand her graduate research on the history of illustrated children’s stories in China.

    “My Fulbright U.S. Student Grant will allow me to expand my master’s research on the history of illustrated Chinese children’s stories (lianhuanhua) at Fudan University in Shanghai, China,” Zhou said. “As a wheelchair user, I also hope to engage with Chinese people who have disabilities. By communicating freely with people in Shanghai, I will be able to both advance my research and help Chinese wheelchair users create more accessible spaces for themselves.”

    History was Zhou's passion from an early age. “Since cerebral palsy limits my mobility, I have loved reading and history since childhood. My parents emigrated from China to the United States; studying modern and contemporary Chinese history has helped me begin to better understand their experiences (as well as the experiences of their generation in China more generally).”

    A recipient of a 2015 Critical Language Scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese in Beijing, China, Zhou holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in history from UK. During her undergraduate years, she completed two research projects on youth and education during China’s Cultural Revolution. Her master’s thesis specifically explored Chinese children’s stories from the 1960s-1970s.

    Zhou believes these research experiences and mentorship from graduate advisors, Karen Petrone and Emily Mokros, in the UK Department of History, and Liang Luo, in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures has prepared her for her next chapter. “Each of them has helped me grow as a scholar and a person throughout my years in college and graduate school so far. From reading through my essays to coaching me through some anxious moments, they offered their support at every step of the Fulbright application process and beyond. Thanks to their mentorship, I feel well prepared to continue my research at Fudan.”

    After completion of her Fulbright, Zhou plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Chinese history.

    In addition to the four UK Fulbright recipients, one UK alumna was named an alternate for a Fulbright/America for Bulgaria Foundation English Teaching Assistant Award. Lauren Jacobson, a 2019 political science and psychology alumna and Peace Studies Certificate recipient with a minor in international studies, is a native of Paris, Kentucky. UK had 10 semifinalists for 2020-21 Fulbrights.

    Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics and won such prestigious honors as the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Foundation Award, and the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education. For further information about the Fulbright Program, visit the website http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

    UK students who are U.S. citizens may apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships through the university’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. Part of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Student and Academic Life, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with the office well in advance of the scholarship deadline. Staff is available for virtual appointments to discuss opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year and beyond.

    of Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationGraduate SchoolStudent and Academic Life

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: The UK recipients are among approximately 2,100 U.S. students who will travel abroad for the 2020-21 academic year.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 2, 2020) —The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, housed in the College of Communication and Information, has once again finished in the top 10 for the sixth year in a row. The National Debate Tournament Committee ranked the partnership of Genevieve Hackman (senior) and Christopher Eckert (freshman) as the #10 team in the nation.

    Unfortunately, UK Debate, the 2019 National Debate Tournament (NDT) champions, was not afforded an opportunity to defend its title as the National Debate Tournament was canceled for the first time in its 74-year history.

    Despite cancellation of the NDT, UK Debate has focused its efforts on helping high school debate adapt to the new, unique competition environment. The team helped transition the 48th annual Tournament of Champions (TOC), hosted by UK, to an online platform. Nearly 1,100 students from 300 high schools, 37 states and four countries competed at the 2020 UK TOC. This was the first time in history that a speech and debate national championship was hosted on an online platform.

    “I couldn't be prouder of the team this year,” said David Arnett, the director of debate at UK. “They competed with the very best in the country and proved yet again that Kentucky is among the debate elite. Maybe more than anything, I'm proud of the character they showed in the midst of this crisis. Even after their college national championship had been canceled, they came together to host the high school national championship online. Sometimes there is more to debate than winning, and their efforts made a huge difference for high school students across the country.”

    With less than a month to make the move online, the results of the TOC exceeded all expectations. The 10,000 speeches were delivered in a virtual classroom building utilizing Zoom — serving as proof that competitive speech and debate can adapt and thrive under these challenging conditions. 

    UK Debate hosts four tournaments on campus annually and is making contingency plans to host as many of those online as necessary. Additionally, the team has launched a digital initiative to support other high school and college tournaments transition online. To find more information on the Digital Speech and Debate Initiative please visit www.digitalspeechanddebate.com/.

    UK hosts more speech and debate tournaments than any other academic institution, and it is vital that they be prepared to continue the leadership role. In 2019, UK brought 3,900 people to Lexington across four events. A recent economic impact analysis conducted by VisitLex, concluded that these tournaments contributed $3.5 million to the Lexington economy.

    For more information about UK Debate, visit https://ci.uky.edu/UKDebate/.

    Tournament Of Champions 2020, hosted by the University of Kentucky Debate Team of Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, housed in the College of Communication and Information, has once again finished in the top 10 for the sixth year in a row. Despite the cancellation of the National Debate Tournament this year, UK Debate has focused its efforts on helping high school debate adapt to the new unique competition environment.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Kathy Johnson Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2020) — A documentary film about a World War II hero from Kentucky will air on Kentucky Educational Television on Memorial Day and two other days that week. The film, “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner,” was executive produced by Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues within the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information. A schedule of the airing dates for the film can be found on the KET website here: www.ket.org/program/from-honor-to-medal-the-story-of-garlin-m-conner/.

    On Jan. 24, 2020, UKNow ran the story below about the film, the man it honors and the decades long effort his friends made to secure a U.S. Medal of Honor for Conner. This story was written by Al Cross.

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    Seventy-five years ago today, a soldier who had been in combat for more than two years, suffering many wounds and earning four Silver Stars, offered the ultimate sacrifice — calling in artillery on his forward position, to save his battalion.

    Garlin Murl Conner survived that day in a ditch in the French province of Alsace and came home to a Kentucky farm with no electricity or running water. He had a family, gave them a good life and was a leader of his fellow farmers and veterans. He suffered in body and mind from his Army service, but said very, very little about it.

    Only after Conner died in 1998 was his story told — first by a rank stranger who became his greatest advocate and inspired others to join his campaign to get Conner the Medal of Honor. Led by a neighbor who wouldn’t take no for an answer, they struggled for 20 years to break through the Army bureaucracy, losing at every turn — but remaining inspired by Conner’s battlefield examples of determination and resolve.

    In the end, in an amazing turn of events, they won. And now their story is being told, along with the story of Lt. Conner, who we now know may have been the most decorated American soldier of World War II.

    “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner” is an hourlong documentary to be released in March by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues within the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. It will tell the story of Conner’s life and the campaign to honor him.

    “He was a combination of Kit Carson and Davy Crockett,” says Walton Haddix of Albany, Kentucky, who took up the campaign begun by Richard Chilton, a Green Beret veteran from Genoa City, Wisconsin, who met Conner and learned his story while researching the service of his uncle, who died at Anzio under Conner’s command.

    “He cared about his men more than anybody I ever knew,” Chilton says. “If you want to save your life, go out with Murl. Don’t go out with anybody else.”

    The documentary is sponsored by private donors and the Veterans Trust Fund of the Kentucky Department for Veterans Affairs, which assisted the Conner team’s legal efforts at the direction of then-Commissioner Heather French Henry, whose cause was veterans when she was Miss America.

    She says in the documentary, “Just to know that you are part of this great mission that has lasted so long, and that you could at some point in your future, tell your kids, tell your grandkids, that once upon a time you were part of this fight ...”

    The fight ended June 26, 2019, when President Donald Trump presented the Medal of Honor to Conner’s widow, Pauline Conner. She still lives on their small farm in Clinton County, just down the road from their son Paul. She said in a speech at the Pentagon the next day, “This is what Murl would want me to say: God bless these United States of America.”

    A trailer and a “teaser” for the documentary is online at www.honortomedal.us, along with information about Conner and some of the major players in the effort to get him the nation’s highest military honor.

    The film is written and directed by Jeff Hoagland of Lexington, who has helped produce, write and edit documentaries that appeared on KET, the American Heroes Channel (formerly the Military Channel) and the National Geographic Channel. The associate producer is Janet Whitaker, formerly of KET and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. The institute’s director, UK School of Journalism and Media Professor Al Cross, is executive producer.

    Garlin M. ConnerOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Summary: The film, “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner,” was executive produced by Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues within the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Danielle Donham Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 13, 2020) — Two University of Kentucky faculty members are recipients of The Graduate School’s distinguished annual awards for exemplary research in the last four years and outstanding contributions to graduate student mentoring and graduate education.

    Sherali Zeadally, associate professor of information communication technology (ICT) in the School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information, was presented the 2020 Albert D. and Elizabeth H. Kirwan Memorial Prize. The prize is bestowed each year to a faculty member in recognition of their outstanding contributions to original research or scholarship, with an emphasis on work produced four years prior to the award.

    Mark Coyne, a professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, was presented the William B. Sturgill Award, an honor given each year to a graduate faculty member who has provided outstanding contributions to graduate education at UK.

    Sherali Zeadally

    Zeadally’s expertise is in the areas of cybersecurity, privacy, Internet of Things and computer networks. His research accomplishments have been recognized worldwide, and he has received several research awards nationally and internationally. He has also earned several highly prestigious fellowships and visiting professorship awards from various universities around the world.

    In 2016, he became the first University Research Professor in the College of Communication and Information. In the past four years, he has published 160 peer-reviewed publications which include 145 peer-reviewed journal/magazine papers and nine book chapters. He has also co-authored one book and edited another in the past four years.

    Zeadally is appreciative of his faculty colleagues and research students for their research collaborations.

    “I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my nominators Professor Bobi Ivanov and Professor D. Manivannan who have always supported and encouraged me in my research over the years,” Zeadally said. “Finally, I would also like to thank my colleagues Zixue Tai, Nancy Harrington, Derek Lane, Anthony Limperos, and Namjoo Choi in the College of Communication and Information for their continuous support.”

    The Kirwan Memorial Prize was established in 1995 and recognizes its namesakes' collaborative research efforts, as well as Albert Kirwan's endeavors in creating an environment at UK that promotes high quality research and scholarship.

    Serving as head football coach from 1938 to 1944 and later dean of men, "Ab" Kirwan was a distinguished faculty member and scholar in the field of Southern history, dean of The Graduate School and served as university president from 1968 to 1970.

    Elizabeth Kirwan was awarded the Sullivan Medallion in 1973 for her service to UK and the Lexington community. She held executive roles across more than 10 organizations, including president of the UK Woman’s Club and chairwoman of the Lexington Parks and Recreation Board.

    Mark Coyne

    During his time at UK, Coyne has integrated three separate graduate programs — Crop Science, Soil Science and Plant Physiology — into one single program, Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences (IPSS). His research focuses on nitrogen cycling, soil ecology, soil structure and management, and waste management.

    Coyne serves on the Applied Soil Ecology editorial board and formerly served as editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality.

    “I have been blessed throughout my career with understanding colleagues, great students, and the opportunity to help make UK a better place than when I arrived,” Coyne said.

    In addition to teaching, Coyne has mentored more than 30 master’s and doctoral students across almost 30 years at the university and has served on more than 50 graduate student committees. 

    “Mark has done such good work, from the time he served as DGS for the Soil Science program, through the development and implementation of the IPSS program, putting graduate students and their education first,” shared nominator David Van Sanford.

    Established in 1975, the Sturgill Award is named in honor of alumnus William B. Sturgill, who contributed to higher education through organizing and serving as president of the Hazard Independent College Foundation, in addition to working with legislators to develop the community college system across the Commonwealth.

    Sturgill, who died in 2014, was born in Lackey, Kentucky, and graduated from UK in 1946. He was involved in a variety of businesses, including executive and owner of several coal operations, East Kentucky Investment Company, Fourth Street and Gentry Tobacco Warehouses and the Hartland Development Project. Sturgill served as both secretary of energy and secretary of agriculture under Gov. John Y. Brown Jr.  He served 18 years on UK's Board of Trustees, including serving as chair for 10 years. The Sturgill Development Building is named in his honor.

    Additional distinguished nominees for the 2020 Albert D. and Elizabeth H. Kirwan Memorial Prize:

    • Tae Hyun Baek, associate professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, College of Communication and Information;
    • Haley C. Bergstrom, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, College of Education;
    • Brian A. Bottge, the William T. Bryan Endowed Chair in Special Education Technology in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education, College of Education;
    • Sumit R. Das, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences;
    • Andrew N. Pilny, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, College of Communication and Information;
    • W. Brent Seales, professor and chair in the Department of Computer Science Department, College of Engineering; and
    • Jason Unrine, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

    Additional distinguished nominees for the 2020 William B. Sturgill Award:

    • Arthur G. Hunt, professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; and
    • Ann E. Kingsolver, professor in the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences.

    More details about the awards and a list of all previous winners are available here.

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentCommunication and InformationGraduate School

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Danielle Donham
    danielle.donham@uky.edu
    859-562-2660 Summary: Two University of Kentucky faculty members are recipients of The Graduate School’s distinguished annual awards for exemplary research in the last four years and outstanding contributions to graduate student mentoring and graduate education.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: ResearchBy Chaney Willett Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2020) — The Kentucky Conference on Health Communication (KCHC), which was supposed to be held April 2-4, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington, made the swift change to a virtual conference amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    KCHC 2020 focused on intersectionality and interdisciplinarity in health communication research. Despite challenges faced globally, the 2020 conference accommodated 280 attendees, 200 presenters and included representation from 115 organizations, 31 states and nine countries.

    We had the whole conference planned and ready to go when it became clear that an in-person conference would not be possible. We made the decision to go virtual on March 7 and went live on April 2. I’m just lucky to have an amazing technology staff, especially our department’s Director of Research and Instructional Technology Scott Johnson,” said Nancy Harrington, KCHC director and associate dean for research in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information.

    Hosted by UK CI's Department of Communication, this biennial conference promotes health communication research and discusses health communication challenges. This year, however, this discussion format looked atypical.

    KCHC 2020 adapted to be held on Zoom, a screen-sharing and virtual presentation software that is now being used across the country to hold classes and meetings as the COVID-19 pandemic keeps people sheltered at home, away from schools and offices. Participants in the conference were able to interact with presenters live to participate in scholarly discussions and presentations.

    Daniel O’Keefe, professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, claims that KCHC 2020 has set the bar high for virtual events in the future.

    “The conference itself was a model for how to do online conference. I’m sure the International Communication Association will be doing their best to manage the complexities of such a large event scheduled for a time zone distant from so many participants, but KCHC has set the bar,” said O’Keefe.

    Even though social distancing inhibited convening in-person, the keynote, other invited speakers and paper and poster presenters were able to share their works with the health communication community via presentations through Zoom.

    Katharine Head, who earned her doctorate in communication at UK, also commends the conference for adapting so quickly. “I have to say, I was amazed at the strong quality of the conference in the virtual space, and I'm grateful to Dr. Harrington, Scott Johnson and the rest of the KCHC team for putting such thought and hard work into making sure the usual high caliber of the conference was translated into this online platform. With a few minor tech glitches, which, let's face it, is the norm in most of our worlds these days, the conference experience was seamless, and the quality of the work shone through,” Head said.

    Head aided in the planning of KCHC and now serves on the KCHC External Advisory Board.

    The Kentucky Conference on Health Communication made the swift change to a virtual conference amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The Kentucky Conference on Health Communication made the swift change to a virtual conference amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 1, 2020) — Journalism students in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media have always worked hard to produce, anchor and edit a daily 30-minute live newscast that airs live Monday-Thursday as part of the Student News Network on Spectrum cable channel 184.

    With most universities across the country, including UK, moving to fully online instruction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, the challenge became how to do all of these in-studio, in-person tasks remotely to keep the broadcast on air.

    Watch the video above to see what a day in the life is like for the students in the UK College of Communication and Information who produce the newscasts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Video by Ben Branscum, College of Communication and Information student and student worker for UK Marketing and Brand Strategy. Journalism students in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media meet virtually.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Watch the video above to see what a day in the life is like for the newscast students in the UK College of Communication and Information post-covid.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Jenny Wells-Hosley and Danielle Donham Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2020) — As this nontraditional spring semester comes to an end, the University of Kentucky community is coming together to recognize and celebrate its May graduates in nontraditional ways. Beginning this week, the university and its colleges will honor the 2020 graduates with virtual ceremonies, special video and radio addresses, and social media engagement.

    Please note, these celebrations are not a replacement for the traditional UK Commencement Ceremonies. While the May ceremonies have been postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the university is fully committed to honoring the May 2020 graduates at an appropriate time, when it can be done in a safe and healthy way for everyone. Our graduates have earned their moment to wear their graduation regalia and walk across a stage — a symbolic statement that they have worked hard for and certainly deserve. More information about the rescheduled ceremony will be communicated in the coming weeks.

    But for now, UK will celebrate its graduates during what would have been the week leading up to Commencement, one of the university’s most cherished traditions. And while campus is mostly empty right now, various buildings will still light up blue next weekend, per tradition, in honor of the graduates.

    WRFL Radio Honors the Graduates

    From Sunday, May 3, through Saturday, May 9, UK’s student radio station WRFL 88.1 FM will host two broadcasts each day featuring the reading of all undergraduate, master’s, professional and doctoral students’ names who applied for a May 2020 or August 2020 degree (August graduates typically participate in UK's May Commencement Ceremonies).  

    Graduates, students, parents and other listeners can access the broadcasts via radio at 88.1 FM or via streaming from the WRFL website: http://wrfl.fm.

    At 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, UK President Eli Capilouto and UK Student Government Association President Michael Hamilton will give special addresses to the graduates. For more information and to see a full schedule, visit https://uknow.uky.edu/campus-news/uk-wrfl-broadcast-special-graduate-celebration or go.uky.edu/grad2020.

    #UKGrad: Celebrate via Social Media

    UK will highlight special graduate stories and messages from student leaders and President Capilouto on its social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) throughout the week. Graduates are encouraged to share their special moments at home by using UK’s traditional Commencement hashtag, #UKGrad.

    On Facebook, graduates, parents and families are encouraged to upload special UK grad profile photo frames that have been created by the university. They can be found by going to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes and searching "UK grad.”

    There will also be Instagram story frames available this week, and opportunities for graduates to engage with the university Instagram account by sharing their personal stories, saying farewell or just providing some encouraging words to fellow graduates.

    College Celebrations

    UK’s individual colleges and departments are also honoring their graduates in various ways, including special video messages, social media engagement and commemorative gifts. Learn more about each college’s plans below, or by contacting a college directly.

    • College of Agriculture, Food and Environment CAFE will present a congratulatory video for its graduates featuring alumni, faculty and Dean Nancy Cox. Graduates can also expect to receive a special gift in the mail, including a confetti launcher, a commemorative print and a business card holder. Departments within the college will have additional celebratory moments.  
    • College of Arts and Sciences Many of the college’s departments will host virtual celebrations, and the college will present a congratulatory video to its graduates next Friday with a special message from Dean Mark Kornbluh. For more information, visit https://www.as.uky.edu/graduation-celebrations-for-may-2020.  
    • Gatton College of Business and Economics The Gatton College will host a virtual senior celebration at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9. This event will be livestreamed on Facebook with their names scrolled and video messages from the dean and faculty. Parents and families are encouraged to view the livestream. Seniors are encouraged to use the hashtag #GattonSeniors2020 for social posts the next two weeks. Seniors can also sign up to receive a free baseball hat that will be mailed to them in May.  
    • College of Communication and Information The college will hold virtual celebrations with video messaging for its departments on May 8. View a schedule here. The college will also turn over its social media channels in May to honor 2020 graduates with photos and memories.  
    • College of Dentistry The college is currently making plans to honor its graduates at a later time.  
    • College of Design Each program in the College of Design will hold its own virtual celebration with end-of-the-year awards. They have been collecting images of student work to post virtually, along with each awardee's name. This will be looped on the college’s website as it becomes available.  
    • College of Education Photos and quotes of College of Education graduates will be featured on the College of Education’s Instagram. There will also be a congratulatory video presented to their graduates.  
    • College of Engineering The college will host a virtual induction ceremony at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7.  
    • College of Fine Arts Graduates will receive a digital card with video content from chairs and Dean Mark Shanda. They can also expect to receive a mailed card with a lapel pin that features their area of study on it.  
    • College of Health Sciences The college will hold a virtual ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, featuring the dean and two student speakers. Graduates are encouraged to wear their cap and gowns during the Zoom call. A virtual yearbook is also being created, expected to go live by May 8. Individual departments will also host ceremonies.  
    • College of Law The college will present a video tribute to its students, featuring photos of each 2020 graduate. The video will include messages from the dean, faculty and alumni.  
    • College of Medicine A video with messages from the dean and the vice dean will feature slides of each 2020 graduate. Graduates will also be acknowledged via social media.  
    • College of Nursing A video for graduating seniors will be released May 8. The video will include remarks from the dean, class president, a student speaker and an award announcement. Graduate students will have a Zoom celebration.  
    • College of Pharmacy An email and video message from the dean, faculty and staff will congratulate the May 2020 graduates. A digital program will be available May 8. The college is also making plans to honor its graduates at a future time.  
    • College of Public Health The college will host a virtual ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8. The event will also include recognition of student and faculty award recipients.  
    • College of Social Work The college will recognize graduates with an honors and awards ceremony 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30. The event will stream live on the college’s YouTube channel. One student from the graduating cohort will be selected for the Outstanding Student award.  
    • Lewis Honors College The college will host a virtual awards ceremony and presentation of the Lewis Honors medallions to its students on May 7, featuring remarks by the dean. The medallions will then be mailed to the graduates.

    These are unprecedented times, but the University of Kentucky is here to support its graduates — its future alumni — as they embark on their next journey. For more information about career services, graduates are encouraged to contact the Stuckert Career Center.

    UK will always be a place its students and alumni can come back to and call home. For more information about keeping in contact with the university after graduation, contact the UK Alumni Association.

    Beginning this week, the university and its colleges will honor the 2020 graduates in nontraditional ways, including a live radio broadcast by WRFL, virtual ceremonies, special video messages and social media engagement. Mark Cornelison | UK PhotoOrganizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: Beginning this week, the university and its colleges will honor the 2020 graduates in nontraditional ways, including a live radio broadcast by WRFL, virtual ceremonies, special video messages and social media engagement.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Chaney Willett Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2020) During the Spring 2020 semester, the University of Kentucky established the first Social Media Ambassador Program geared toward enhancing the University of Kentucky social media channels.

    Upon completing an application and interview process, eight students from various disciplines were selected to be ambassadors.

    Ambassadors are encouraged to create student-centered content for various platforms like Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. These students are responsible for brainstorming and submitting creative ideas.

    The social media ambassadors include:

    • Lennox Brinks, agricultural economics, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; 
    • Shauna Claiborne, journalism, College of Communication and Information;
    • Katelyn Dougherty, integrated strategic communication, College of Communication and Information;
    • Sofia Espinoza, integrated strategic communication, College of Communication and Information;
    • Nick Joseph, marketing and management, Gatton College of Business and Economics;
    • Jeremy Middleton, integrated strategic communication, College of Communication and Information;
    • Mary Glenn Powell, integrated strategic communication, College of Communication and Information; and
    • Chaney Willett, integrated strategic communication, College of Communication and Information.

    “We want to appeal to current students while also trying to recruit new students, so it is essential to create content that each audience is interested in,” said Blair Conner, UK social media manager.  

    According to Katelyn Dougherty, a senior in the College of Communication and Information, the program has given her the tools to feel completely at home in this position. “In my years at UK, CI has prepared me to take on being a social media ambassador through my coursework and several opportunities within the college.”

    Tasks for these students include keeping up with the latest social media trends and transforming them into relevant content for the UK community.

    Being the first year for the program, the social media ambassadors are paving the way for the continuation of this program and working to adapt to all scenarios. With the recent transition to online learning, the ambassadors are interested in keeping the campus connected through the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Just because we are no longer on campus doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected, and the nature of social media allows us to do so. We’re using hashtags like #LearnAnywhereUKY, #TeachAnywhere and #WorkAnywhereUKY to show that we are still a united university,” Espinoza said.

    The ambassadors are looking forward to returning to campus, but until then, they are keeping the university connected through social media.

    For any questions about the program, contact Blair Conner at social@uky.edu.

    A post by the Social Media Ambassadors in response to COVID-19.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: During Spring 2020, the University of Kentucky established the first Social Media Ambassador Program geared toward enhancing the University of Kentucky social media channels.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Catherine Hayden Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2020) — Jeannette Sutton, an associate professor of communication in the College of Communication and Information, has recently been awarded more than $93,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study risk communication on Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic. She’ll explore how public health, emergency management and government agencies can best communicate about risk and public health in a continuously evolving information landscape.

    Sutton is the first UK researcher to receive funding for COVID-19 related work as part of the NSF's Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant program, which enables the agency to quickly process and support research that addresses an urgent need.

    Sutton is also supported through the NSF-funded Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) Network and the CONVERGE facility housed at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder to lead a working group on Longitudinal Risk Communication.   

    Sutton’s prior research about messaging during acute onset events, such as tornados, hurricanes wildfires, and geographically limited public health outbreaks, such as Zika and Ebola, established that the effectiveness of messaging on Twitter was dependent on employing distinct message design strategies. Her research has shown that message content and delivery style were key to increasing message sharing among the public. As COVID-19 poses a risk not seen in decades in terms of the potential of destruction to the American public and its economy, more research is needed in this area.

    “Because social media, and our communication ecology, is so vast, where we are faced with competing narratives and a lot of ‘noise,’ it is important to be able to use research methods that help to identify the patterns and relationships between different communication strategies on different platforms. We hope that our research will contribute to greater knowledge about how organizations are engaging the public and lead to better message design,” Sutton said.  

    Sutton has already begun to identify how communication patterns have changed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Initially, when knowledge of the COVID-19 threat was limited, early messages focused on protective actions that an individual or household could take. Communication patterns quickly shifted to messaging campaigns aimed at motivating people to think about their neighbors, not just themselves. “Such strategies likely reflect the public mood, and we expect that there are going to be more changes to come as the event draws out over time," added Sutton.

    Sutton and her co-investigator, Carter Butts from the University of California, Irvine, plan to analyze official communication from state, local and national public health and emergency management Twitter accounts and the public’s interaction with and reaction to those messages. Their analysis will provide guidance for effective warning, informing and engaging the general public during a pandemic. This guidance will help establish tools and best practices those agencies need to support effective interventions that save lives, reduce economic losses and protect the security of the nation against health threats, both now and in the future.

    Jeannette SuttonOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Jeannette Sutton, director of the Risk and Disaster Communication Center and associate professor of communication in the College of Communication and Information, has recently been awarded more than $93,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation to study risk communication on Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Tony Neely Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2020) — A total of 66 University of Kentucky student-athletes earned a place on the 2020 Winter Sports Southeastern Conference (SEC) Academic Honor Roll, announced recently by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. UK had the fourth-highest number of honorees in the league. 

    The 2020 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2019 spring, summer and fall terms. UK’s gymnastics team had 12 student-athletes on the honor roll and women’s basketball had eight, both of which are second-most in the league in those sports. Women’s swimming has 24 honorees, third-highest among league schools in that sport. In addition, men’s swimming has 15 on the honor roll, rifle has six and men’s basketball has one. Among other qualifications, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding academic year or a cumulative 3.0 GPA, and completed at least two semesters of academic work, in order to be named to the list. 

    Along with the academic success, Kentucky teams also had success in the arenas of competition. The undefeated rifle team won the Great America Rifle Conference regular season and tournament championships and was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Men’s basketball had a 25-6 record while winning the SEC regular-season championship. Women’s basketball went 22-8 and was third in the SEC in the regular season. Still in the regular season, gymnastics was 7-5 overall and fourth place in the SEC. Women’s swimming ranked No. 15 in the nation and the men’s team was receiving votes in the rankings. All NCAA championships were canceled in the winter sports.

    2020 SEC WINTER SPORTS HONOR ROLL

    Kentucky – Sport – Major

    Zan Payne - Men's Basketball - Undeclared/Exploratory Studies in Agriculture

    Ogechi Anyagaligbo - Women's Basketball - Public Health

    Blair Green - Women's Basketball - Kinesiology

    Sabrina Haines - Women's Basketball - Journalism

    Keondra McKinney - Women's Basketball - Social Work

    Amanda Paschal - Women's Basketball - Media Arts & Studies; Psychology

    Kameron Roach - Women's Basketball - Kinesiology

    Jaida Roper - Women's Basketball - Psychology

    Tatyana Wyatt - Women's Basketball - Psychology

    Josephine Angeny - Gymnastics - Communication

    Madison Averett – Gymnastics - Kinesiology

    Anna Haigis - Gymnastics - Psychology

    Mackenzie Harman - Gymnastics - Human Health Sciences

    Mollie Korth - Gymnastics - Kinesiology

    Alaina Kwan - Gymnastics - Journalism

    Katherine Marianos - Gymnastics - Marketing

    Megan Monfredi - Gymnastics - Psychology

    Cally Nixon - Gymnastics - Psychology

    Arianna Patterson - Gymnastics - Digital Media and Design

    Hailey Poland - Gymnastics - Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles

    Allison Snyder - Gymnastics - Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology

    Richard Clark - Rifle - Kinesiology

    Ian Foos – Rifle - Social Work

    Ruby Gomes - Rifle - Psychology

    Mason Joachim - Rifle - Psychology

    Mitchell Nelson - Rifle - Biology

    Hailee Sigmon - Rifle - Career and Technical Education

    Wyatt Amdor - Men's Swimming and Diving - Marketing, Finance

    Kyle Barker - Men's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Louis Barker - Men's Swimming and Diving - Management

    Daniel Blake - Men's Swimming and Diving - Mechanical Engineering

    Connor Blandford - Men's Swimming and Diving - Computer Science

    Glen Brown - Men's Swimming and Diving - Accounting

    Jason Head - Men's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Trent Lakes - Men's Swimming and Diving - Accounting, Finance

    Chase Lane - Men's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Daniel Orcutt - Men's Swimming and Diving - Management

    Hank Siefert - Men's Swimming and Diving  - Finance

    Nick Smith - Men's Swimming and Diving - Management

    Alex Taylor - Men's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Peter Wetzlar - Men's Swimming and Diving - Accounting, Finance

    Danny Zhang - Men's Swimming and Diving - Management

    Bailey Bonnett - Women's Swimming and Diving - Elementary Education

    Emma Dellmore - Women's Swimming and Diving - Public Health

    Lauren Denham - Women's Swimming and Diving- Community and Leadership Development

    Lauren Edelman - Women's Swimming and Diving - Management, Marketing

    Riley Gaines - Women's Swimming and Diving - Human Health Sciences

    Ali Galyer - Women's Swimming and Diving - Marketing

    Jaida Garrett - Women's Swimming and Diving - Psychology

    Izzy Gati - Women's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Hayley Griesser - Women's Swimming and Diving - Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Parker Herren - Women's Swimming and Diving - Political Science

    Jaclyn Hill - Women's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Cara Hudson - Women's Swimming and Diving - Clinical Leadership and Management

    Olivia Huffman - Women's Swimming and Diving - Psychology

    Kyndal Knight - Women's Swimming and Diving - Marketing

    Morgan Lakes - Women's Swimming and Diving - Human Health Sciences

    Sarah Loheide - Women's Swimming and Diving - Human Nutrition

    Caroline McCleary - Women's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Elizabeth Merriman - Women's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Payton Neff - Women's Swimming and Diving - Psychology

    Alex Nelson - Women's Swimming and Diving - Psychology

    Kelly Rodriguez - Women's Swimming and Diving - Marketing

    Asia Seidt - Women's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Sophie Sorenson - Women's Swimming and Diving - Marketing

    Caroline Szydlowski - Women's Swimming and Diving - Public Health

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtHealth SciencesPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: A total of 66 University of Kentucky student-athletes earned a place on the 2020 Winter Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Catherine Hayden Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2020) — "Black in Blue," the feature-length documentary film that tells the untold story of the four University of Kentucky football players who broke the color line in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), will receive its broadcast premiere on Kentucky Educational Television at 9 p.m. tonight (Monday), April 20.

    In addition to the April 20 broadcast, the documentary will air on KET and KETKY seven more times over the next two weeks. Viewers can find those air dates here. The film will also be available to public television stations all across America. Viewers outside Kentucky should contact their local PBS station for more information.

    "Black in Blue" tells a remarkable story of triumph, tragedy and redemption. A little over 50 years ago, every athlete in every sport at every school in the SEC was white. On Sept. 30, 1967, that changed forever when UK football player Nate Northington entered the game against the Mississippi Rebels and became the first black athlete in the SEC. But Northington’s breakthrough was over-shadowed by tragedy. That morning he learned that his best friend, teammate and fellow civil rights pioneer, Greg Page, had died.

    A despondent Northington left the team and UK, but two other black players at Kentucky, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg, picked up the baton of change, facing racism on trips into the South. Ultimately, their courage and the bonds of loyalty between black and white teammates would make Saturdays in the South the most integrated day of the week.

    The four remarkable men who broke the color line —​ Northington, Page, Houston Hogg and Wilbur Hackett —​ are now honored in a statue that stands outside the UK Football training facility in Lexington. However they are not the only heroes of "Black in Blue." Indeed, it was no fluke that this remarkable achievement happened at Kentucky, where the student newspaper, the university board, the president, the coach and even the governor supported the integration of the SEC, which was at the time the symbol and substance of white supremacy in the South.

    "Black in Blue" was directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker and UK graduate Paul Wagner and executive produced by former UK quarterback Paul Karem. The film has an original gospel music score by Kentucky’s own Linkin’ Bridge.

    "Black in Blue" is produced by American Focus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of films about important stories in American life.

    For more information visit www,BlackinBlue.org.

    Statue outside UK's stadium of the four football players who broke the SEC color line in the 1960s. (Left to right) Statue features Greg Page, Nate Northington, Wilbur Hackett, and Houston Hogg. Barry Westerman | Louisville Real Estate Photography.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: "Black in Blue," the feature-length documentary film that tells the untold story of the four University of Kentucky football players who broke the color line in the Southeastern Conference, will receive its broadcast premiere on Kentucky Educational Television beginning 9 p.m. Monday, April 20.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Lindsey Piercy Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2020)  During times of uncertainty, we — as a society — search for answers. COVID-19, first and foremost, is a public health crisis. But it also leaves us with pressing questions — how can I properly manage my mental health? Will the U.S. enter a recession? And what effect, if any, will the pandemic have on the general election?

    The University of Kentucky is home to some of the world’s most renowned thought leaders, and they stand ready to answer those questions.

    From epidemiology and virology to constitutional law and political science — faculty and staff expertise spans a broad range of newsworthy topics. Through a comprehensive database, the UK Office of Public Relations and Strategic Communications is working to quickly connect those experts to statewide, regional, national and international media outlets.

    Through the site, professional journalists and content developers have instant access to resources needed to identify and contact research experts who are eager to share their informed insight across various platforms — including print, broadcast, digital and radio.

    The site works in a few different ways. Users can search the database of experts based on name and subject area. The site also offers profiles of select faculty and staff members that include their areas of expertise and related multimedia content.

    In addition to the profiles, the homepage includes spotlights that highlight timely news topics and names of experts who are available to be interviewed on those topics. For instance, the homepage is currently dedicated to COVID-19.

    Upon visiting the site, you will find Rebecca Dutch, who is considered a leader in the field of virology — the study of viruses — and now serves as chair of UK’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. Reporters will also have access to mental health professionals and experts in economics, constitutional law, foreign policy and social psychology, among others.

    UK will continue adding experts to this resource in an effort to be an even more efficient and effective resource for the media. For more information, you can also visit the PR and Marketing staff website.

    Michael Zilis teaches courses on American government, constitutional law and judicial decision-making. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringLawMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: The University of Kentucky is home to some of the world’s most renowned thought leaders, and they stand ready to answer those questions. From epidemiology and virology to constitutional law and political science — faculty and staff expertise spans a broad range of newsworthy topics. Through a comprehensive database, the UK Office of Public Relations and Strategic Communications is working to quickly connect those experts to statewide, regional, national and international media outlets.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy UKPR Staff Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2020) — It’s been an unprecedented transition — moving every class at the University of Kentucky to a remote learning format, mostly online. 

    Creating a “new normal” for an entire campus community is a daunting task. But together, faculty, staff and students have risen to the challenge — exemplifying what’s truly possible in the face of adversity.

    Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation has offered extended instructional design and technology support. Through the Canvas Learning Management System, faculty are virtually conducting live classes and tutoring sessions, providing interactive discussion boards and assigning coursework with integrated grading capabilities.

    Below you’ll learn how each college is finding creative solutions to address unique challenges. They have different approaches, but each is committed to providing a high-quality education for the more than 30,000 students who are a vital part of the UK family.

    College of Arts and Sciences

    The College of Arts and Sciences is at the heart of the university’s mission to educate students and create knowledge in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematical and natural sciences. That mission drives the efforts of the college as its faculty and staff bring more than 2,200 class and lab sections online. In trying times, UK Arts and Sciences remains dedicated to providing the highest level of instruction and using innovative approaches to engage students. The college’s dedicated support teams are implementing unique solutions for advising and training that will help students, faculty and staff succeed as the university moves to an entirely online spring semester.

    “The liberal arts education our students live and breathe every day prepares them to be nimble problem solvers and excellent communicators — traits that will help them succeed in uncertain times such as these,” Mark Kornbluh, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said. “The college is working hard to make sure our students have an engaging online educational experience this semester. The skills our students, faculty and staff are using during these unprecedented times will have continued benefits for the rest of the students’ academic career and beyond.”

    College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

    Based on the results of the Continuity of Instruction Survey, administrators in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) quickly realized that several of the college’s faculty and staff wanted training in how to use Canvas and Zoom for teaching. With the help of a dedicated team, CAFE was ready to offer virtual trainings within minutes of President Eli Capilouto announcing that UK was transitioning to online/remote instruction.

    “Our college has a true ‘can do’ attitude,” Carmen Agouridis, an associate dean in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, said. “Couple that with the talents and skills of our many faculty and staff, it's amazing what we can accomplish in a short period of time and under challenging circumstances.

    College of Communication and Information

    The College of Communication and Information and its programs enjoy remarkable leadership at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields of communication, journalism, integrated strategic communication, media arts and studies, information communication technology and library and information science.

    The college’s primary mission is to teach students how to communicate effectively and undertake research programs that contribute to the advancement of the Commonwealth and beyond. In the midst of the uncertainty of COVID-19, Dean Jennifer Greer applauds her faculty and staff for their innovative and quick actions to help keep these goals in place for their students. “I’m so proud of the leaders in online instruction that we have in the College of Communication and Information. We offered Zoom trainings for our colleagues and the campus on online instruction within 48 hours of President Capilouto’s announcement,” she said. “Our faculty have been creative in their own classes and generous in reaching out to help others new to online pedagogy.”

    College of Education

    Approximately 75% of students in the College of Education are required to complete field work. During these uncertain times, faculty members have endeavored to ensure those students stay on track. YouTube Live has been a useful tool — allowing for quick communication as Kentucky school districts suddenly closed, directly impacting many of the students in the college.

    When faculty had to inform students about the innovative ways to get hours for student teaching and other field experiences, they turned to YouTube to explain the changes in a livestream. The questions were later added to an FAQ document for students with field placements. Many student teachers are continuing to work with their cooperating teachers and are completing online learning modules to add to their required field hours.

    "During this time, we are being caring and responsive for students," Julian Vasquez Heilig, dean of the College of Education, said. "We want to be flexible enough to meet their needs while keeping them on track in their programs."

    College of Fine Arts

    The necessary response to the COVID-19 situation has impacted every aspect of the lives of the students, faculty and staff in the College of Fine Arts — requiring each one to modify teaching and artistic practice with the new reality of work from home, shelter in place and social-distancing requirements. This response hits artists and scholars especially hard, as the avoidance of human contact and connection goes against their very nature, disrupts artistic focus and creates a palpable, unsettled feeling in artists and their community. The college’s response is to apply the creativity that is inherent in all art forms and take on new approaches in teaching and learning enterprise. UK Fine Arts is basing its adaptations on the core student learning outcomes that form the foundation for classroom, studio and stage experiences. Faculty are using technology to connect with students who have relocated all over the world. Innovative use of online material is adding a depth to the learning enterprise. Best practices are being shared from other colleges and being adopted when appropriate.

    “Despite the fact that we cannot be together, there is a new sense of time that has become available for reflection, inquiry, curiosity, and the resultant insight,” said UK College of Fine Arts Dean Mark Shanda. “Our resilience is being tested, but our mission continues to reflect a fundamental belief stated in our college mission that the arts are essential to the life of the individual and the community.”

    College of Engineering

    The College of Engineering strives to improve the lives of Kentucky industries and the communities they serve. Even in times of uncertainty, the college remains committed to training students to solve the world’s most complex, monumental engineering challenges. With that mission in mind, UK Engineering has been working diligently to move more than 300 classes, and all academic advising, online. Through their rigorous programs and enriching experiences, the college will continue to encourage collaboration and creativity.

    "I’m proud to say, we were ready to launch by March 23," Rudy Buchheit, dean of the College of Engineering, said. "Under the leadership of our most experienced online instructors, and with the commitment of our entire academic and instructional staff, we’re looking forward to continuing the teaching and learning process with our students."

    Gatton College of Business and Economics

    The Gatton College of Business and Economics joins large corporations and small business in stepping up to develop creative solutions to some of the most complex issues. For the first time in the college's 95-year history, all classes and student services are available online. Gatton continues to prepare principled leaders for the global economy, produce influential research and support economic growth in Kentucky and beyond.

    “At Gatton, our students continue to be our main priority as we adapt our blueprint for excellence,” Simon Sheather, dean of Gatton College, said. “We especially want to recognize the Class of 2020 and virtually connect our future graduates with employers through our Graham Office of Career Management.”

    College of Law

    These are unprecedented times, especially for the Rosenberg College of Law. The COVID-19 pandemic is shining a bright light on the critical importance of legal training. Law school instruction is heavily focused on in-person dialogue with students, and the new building has facilitated collaboration. In an effort to sustain that energy, the college is communicating with fellow administrators across the nation.

    “I am witnessing the greatest display of professionalism by our students, faculty and staff as we make all of the necessary adjustments,” Mary J. Davis, interim dean of the College of Law, said. “Law school training is ultimately about helping people through their most difficult times and emphasizing the central role the law plays in maintaining our social structures. We have to count on those structures to work when they are most stressed.”

    College of Social Work

    Long after the pandemic subsides, the social impacts will persist. Even in the midst of chaos, the College of Social Work (CoSW) remains dedicated to ensuring the well-being of vulnerable people across the Commonwealth. To continue those efforts, the college has made additional investments in infrastructure and hardware. The goal is to provide unique training to students, faculty and staff, and to engage in a variety of different alternatives related to field education.

    “In the College of Social Work, we have been operating on a reframe. Our ‘p’ word is no longer pandemic — it is possibility. We have used this as a time to really live into the possibilities associated with online learning and virtual delivery,” Jay Miller, dean of the CoSW, said. “Though certainly challenging, the positive impacts of these investments will far outlast the current situation in which we find ourselves. When this is all said and done, we will be in a position to provide improved, technologically advanced education and training.”

     

    In the coming weeks, UKNow will continue to highlight how colleges and units across campus are transitioning to online classes in creative ways. Additionally, we will continue to share stories from students, faculty and staff over the next several weeks using #LearnAnywhereUKY, #TeachAnywhereUKY, #WorkAnywhereUKY. on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

    Ella Webster, a freshman at UK, does coursework from home due to COVID-19. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolLawSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: It’s been an unprecedented transition — moving every class at the University of Kentucky to remote learning format. Creating a “new normal” is a daunting task. But together, faculty, staff and students have risen to the challenge — exemplifying what’s truly possible in the face of adversity.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Gabriela Antenore Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 13, 2020) The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has selected 12 undergraduate students as new scholars for the Gaines Fellowship Program.

    The Gaines Fellowship is presented in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities. Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK’s campus. The Gaines Center is designed to enrich the study of the humanities at the University of Kentucky.

    This year’s scholars represent six different colleges on campus including: the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Communication and Information; the College of Education; the College of Fine Arts; and the Lewis Honors College.

    UK’s 12 new Gaines Fellows are:

    Cortas was excited to get news of his selection for the fellowship. “I am honored and humbled to have been awarded the Gaines Fellowship. I am thrilled to be able to work alongside, and be inspired by, other young people in our pursuit to better understand the human condition. As someone involved in the sciences and mathematics with a deep appreciation of the humanities, I am excited to expand my horizons and lean into new experiences that this program will offer. I look forward to growing and collaborating with a group of young people with the same drive and passion that I have.”

    As Gaines Fellows, these scholars are required to take a specially designed, four-credit hour per semester seminar during both semesters of their junior year. In addition, each junior fellow must complete a service project to benefit a community, whether it be campus, Lexington, the fellow's hometown, or a community further afield.

    In their senior year, each fellow must complete a major independent study thesis project of six to 15 credit hours. The project must be submitted and defended in front of a thesis committee of three university faculty members and the director of the Gaines Center.

    Any student at the University of Kentucky may apply for a Gaines Fellowship. Students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration. Any undergraduate demonstrating excellence in his or her undergraduate career is encouraged to apply. Applicants must have two years of planned undergraduate study remaining and must have an outstanding academic record.

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEducationFine ArtsArts AdministrationTheatreHonors CollegeStudent and Academic Life

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: This year’s scholars represent six different colleges on campus including: the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Communication and Information; the College of Education; the College of Fine Arts; and the Lewis Honors College.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Maia Dubin Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April. 10, 2020) — For the past five years, University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information students in Integrated Strategic Communication Event Planning (ISC 471), have taken on a client with a significant event scheduled for that semester. This semester, the class was working with The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, to host an event celebrating Arbor Day, scheduled for April 18. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent closing of The Arboretum, the class and event have been restructured to be held online.     

    At the same time that The Arboretum and the ISC class were looking for other event options, Molly Davis, director of The Arboretum, was approached by Fran Dubrowski, director of Honoring the Future, an organization dedicated to harnessing the power of art to educate, empower and engage the public on climate change, about co-sponsoring an online exhibition, "Honoring Trees." This is the first online exhibition for Honoring the Future and members of ISC 471 are the only university students to assist with this event, along with nine other regional arboretums and botanical gardens across the country.

    Not only does the event planning class hold such distinction, but Jamison Cooper, an ISC senior from Atlanta, Georgia, has been invited by Dubrowski to have her original artwork for "Honoring Trees" featured as the visual branding imagery for the virtual exhibit.

    Lloyd E. Herman, founding director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery is the lead curator of "Honoring Trees."

    The exhibit showcases the work of 14 artists from the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on the impact of climate change and the preservation of native trees. “Art can unite and uplift us in turbulent times,” Dubrowski explained.

    ISC 471 is led by Marc Whitt and consists of 28 ISC students, mostly graduating seniors. The class is split into three teams: public relations, event experience and sponsorship and vendors. “Every student is being assigned a specific duty, everyone has to pull together more than normal,” Whitt explained. “The students have an excellent, can do attitude.”

    The sponsorship and vendors team has reorganized to serve as the research and development team to create a social media plan and supporting research to leave with Honoring the Future after the event itself is over. “We have been eager to develop a more comprehensive social media plan and are delighted the students are guiding us in that direction,” Dubrowski said.

    Students on the event experience team are working on a virtual coloring book that parents and teachers could utilize that would feature trees native to Kentucky, with hopes of hosting an exhibit with completed coloring pages at The Arboretum in the future.

    Public relations team members have been pitching stories about this event to media across Kentucky and selected national media outlets, as well as crafting and posting social media content for the event.   

    Although the semester, and the subsequent in-person event may not have gone as originally planned, students have adapted well to this change of pace. “We are grateful that we are given the opportunity to continue because we were very excited about the Arbor Day event and now we’ll be able to pull off a virtual event,” said Dilly Siddiqi, an ISC senior from Nicholasville, Kentucky. The exhibit is now online at www.honoringthefuture.org/honoring-trees and will be on display through the summer.

    The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky, began in 1991 as a joint effort between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, it is located at 500 Alumni Drive, Lexington, Kentucky, and offers more than 100 acres of native plant collections representing the seven geographic regions of Kentucky as well as horticultural display gardens, trails, water features, the Kentucky Children’s Garden, educational programming and seasonal events.

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentCommunication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent closing of The Arboretum, ISC 471 and the event celebrating Arbor Day, have been restructured to be held online.     Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Whitney Hale Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2020) University of Kentucky graduate student Kelly Bilz is one of only nine librarians to be selected for the Library of Congress’ prestigious Librarians-in-Residence Program in the nation’s capital. The program provides the next generation of librarians and information professionals early-career opportunities to gain meaningful work experience.

    As part of the Librarians-in-Residence Program, Bilz will receive on-the-job training and undertake assignments that contribute to the ongoing mission and work of the Library of Congress. She will also take part in enrichment assignments and receive mentoring from professionals, as well as participate in library-wide activities, such as the National Book Festival. Bilz will also be expected to provide information sessions concerning her professional interests and report back to UK on her experiences as part of the program.

    Bilz is currently finishing up her master’s degree in library science at the School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information while serving as a graduate assistant at UK Libraries.

    A 2018 graduate of Ohio University, Bilz has worked in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) since her first year on campus. During this time, she has taught active learning sessions and pulled archival materials for classes visiting the SCRC, as well as helped students locate primary resources for their projects.

    “Kelly has become an integral and indispensable asset to our education program,” said Jay-Marie Bravent, director of Research Services and Education at the SCRC. “She conducts expert research, meets with faculty members, plans and delivers course sessions, curates exhibits, and participates in program assessment. The faculty members and students we serve have only sung Kelly’s praises as an adept, kind and knowledgeable professional.”

    Bilz’ service at UK Libraries has also earned her the 2020 UK Libraries Outstanding Graduate Assistant award, presented each year to a student who exhibits exceptional work and initiative in their field.

    Upon joining the Librarians-in-Residence Program in July, Bilz will begin working in the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, which provides access to cartographic and geographic information from across the world.

    “Working at the Library of Congress has been my dream since I first went there as a junior in college,” Bilz said. “Working at the SCRC has helped prepare me to answer a wide variety of questions and think creatively about how to find answers to them.”

    The Librarians-in-Residence Program will not be the first time Bilz has worked for a national library. She previously volunteered with the National Library of Medicine in 2019 as part of UK’s Alternative Spring Break program.

    Kelly Bilz worked a Special Collections Research Center open house last fall.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationGraduate SchoolLibraries

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: UK's Kelly Bilz is one of only nine librarians to be selected for the Library of Congress’ prestigious Librarians-in-Residence Program in the nation’s capital. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Allie King Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2020) KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion has released its spring 2020 issue digitally in light of the campus response to COVID-19. KRNL L+F, a student-run and nationally recognized division of Kernel Media, released its Spring 2020 issue on March 25, 2020. As of now, the magazine can be found online at https://issuu.com/kentuckykernel/docs/__krnl_lifestyle___fashion_spring_2020. Print copies of the magazine will be distributed on and around campus when campus re-opens after COVID-19 passes. Each magazine that comes from KRNL L+F is a collaboration of more than 20 students’ ideas, talents and time. The staff puts in a lot of work toward highlighting good stories that are relevant to the community. By reading KRNL L+F, you get a taste of the passion and efforts of each member of the staff. Allie King, editor-in-chief of KRNL L+F, released a statement on March 16: “It seems that our time on campus for the year might have come to an end, and we want to share our appreciation for the community that we gleefully embrace and tell stories about each semester. University of Kentucky students create a community with another level of pride and school spirit than any other.” KRNL L+F staff will continue working to provide you with coverage and KRNL L+F content. You can keep up by following along on social media, @krnl_lf. You can visit the website, https://www.krnlmagazine.com, to find stories from the spring 2020 issue and stay updated on new content.

    Cover of KRNL's spring 2020 issue.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Summary: KRNL L+F, a student-run and nationally recognized division of Kernel Media, released its Spring 2020 issue on March 25, 2020.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Catherine Hayden Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 1, 2020) — Journalism students in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media have always worked hard to produce, anchor and edit a daily 30-minute live newscast that airs live Monday–Thursday as part of the Student News Network on Spectrum cable channel 184.

    With most universities across the country, including UK, moving to fully online instruction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, the challenge became how to do all of these in-studio, in-person tasks remotely to keep the broadcast on air.

    Rather than daily meetings to script, plan, edit and produce the newscast, Journalism 404 students, with help from students in the Journalism 302 classes, and led by Andrew Dawson, are now utilizing an online scripting program that allows students to log in and work from home. Students use smartphones and Zoom recordings for video and other resources to gather, produce and anchor the news from home. Students also utilize Google drives to script and edit the newscasts. Chat and comment functions are used to finalize the scripts and shot list. Finally, all of the clips are edited together to make a fully virtual broadcast.

    Putting all of the school’s classes online in just over a week, was a challenge, but putting broadcast journalism classes online was particularly challenging, according to Scoobie Ryan, interim director of the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information. “It’s a real tribute to Andrew Dawson and our students that they are able to pull this off. They’ve been imaginative and ingenious. They’re still a work in progress, but I am so proud of our instructors, staff and students. This is the kind of grace under pressure, service and can-do attitude that the School of Journalism and Media is all about,” Ryan said.

    Dawson echoed the challenge putting classes, which normally meet face-to-face and require group collaboration and input, fully online in a week posed. “While it can be difficult, it is also the best real-world experience our students can get. When our students graduate and interview for jobs, they can tell news directors that they were reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Dawson.

    While this is not an issue limited to the University of Kentucky, Dawson applauds his students’ drive and determination to meet this challenge. “As professional broadcast news organizations are figuring out how to produce newscasts remotely, so are our students. The news doesn't stop, and neither will we.”

    Students use smartphones and Zoom recordings for video and other resources to gather, produce and anchor the news from home. Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Journalism 404 students, with help from students in the Journalism 302 classes, and led by Andrew Dawson, are now utilizing an online scripting program that allows students to produce remote broadcasts.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Katie Sanders and Lindsey Piercy Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2020) In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Kentucky has made the decision to postpone One Day for UK — originally scheduled for April 21, 2020.

    One Day for UK supports the university’s comprehensive campaign, Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign, which increases opportunities for student success, funds innovative research, improves health care, strengthens the alumni network and enhances athletic programs. 

    “At a time like this, we want to be sensitive to everything that our students, faculty, staff, alumni, fans and supporters are navigating,” Mike Richey, vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement, said. “One Day for UK is about coming together to rally around UK and encourage giving to the many wonderful programs that distinguish us. Doing this at the right moment is important. Although we are disappointed to postpone giving day, certainly our priorities right now must be for the safety and welfare of our UK family and the community.”

    With those priorities in mind, UK Philanthropy recognizes the rapid transition to online education and alternative forms of learning — though necessary — will result in additional hardship for many students. To alleviate some of the burden, supporters are encouraged to consider a gift to the Basic Needs and Persistence Fund.

    The fund is the primary way to help students in need. It provides services and support for those experiencing varying degrees of uncertainty around basic needs and/or financial distress, which may otherwise prevent them from continuing their education. The importance of this fund — and the impact it can have — only grows during times of crisis.

    If you would like to support UK students, you can make a gift to the Basic Needs and Persistence Fund here.

    If you know a student who is experiencing hardship, or are a student who is in need, visit the Community of Concern (CoC) website and file a report using the "Report a Concern" tab. Due to COVID-19, the CoC is operating remotely from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached by email at concern@lsv.uky.edu or by phone at 859-257-3755.

    A new date for the second annual giving day will be shared at a later time.

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawLibrariesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommerceSocial WorkStudent and Academic LifeUK HealthCare

    Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign is a comprehensive campaign focused on increasing opportunities for student success, funding innovative research, improving health care, strengthening our alumni network, and supporting our athletic programs. For more information about Kentucky Can, visit kentuckycan.uky.edu.

    Contact Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Kentucky has made the decision to postpone One Day for UK — originally scheduled for April 21, 2020.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Emily Sallee Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2020) — Journalism senior Lauryn Haas has been accepted to Fulbright Germany’s Berlin Capital Program, a weeklong experience that gives 15 young journalists the opportunity to take a closer look at the German media landscape and gain a deeper awareness of the political, economic and cultural environment in Germany and Europe. This year’s participants will explore the role of the media in nurturing democracy.  

    From Toledo, Ohio, Haas has been involved with the Kentucky Kernel since her freshman year and has held numerous leadership positions with the KRNL Lifestyle + Fashion magazine. She is a member of Lewis Honors College, a Patterson Scholar, and has completed internships at Adams Street Publishing Company, TRACE Publicity, Smiley Pete Publishing and Grit Daily Live! She is currently a field technician and content coordinator at Green Forests Work.  

    Writing has been a part of Haas’ life since she was a young child. “When I was considering which major to pursue, I knew I wanted to do something that would allow me to use my voice to share others’ stories,” she said. “The journalism major was perfect for me because I am learning how to utilize my passion for writing in a professional and meaningful way.” 

    Haas credits Kakie Urch, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, for serving as a mentor during her time at UK. “Professor Urch has worked tirelessly to help me find and secure internships, write me letters of recommendation and advise me on my life and my career, and she is always available to talk,” Haas said. “I feel extremely lucky to have her in my corner.” She is also grateful for the mentorship of the Kernel media advisors, specifically design advisor May May Barton.  

    Upon completing her bachelor’s degree in May, Haas plans to start a master’s program in magazine journalism at City, University of London this fall.  

    The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, part of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Student and Academic Life, assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with the office well in advance of the scholarship deadline. Staff is available for virtual appointments to discuss opportunities for the 2020-2021 academic year and beyond.

    Lauryn HaasOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationHonors CollegeStudent and Academic Life

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: Journalism senior Lauryn Haas has been accepted to Fulbright Germany’s Berlin Capital Program, a weeklong experience that gives 15 young journalists the opportunity to take a closer look at the German media landscape and gain a deeper awareness of the political, economics and cultural environment in Germany and Europe.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Gabriela Antenore Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2020) — It’s safe to say that many Kentuckians and collegiate athletic fans are no stranger to the name Jim Host. In his new book, “Changing the Game,” written with Eric A. Moyen and published by the University Press of Kentucky, Host details his entrepreneurial career in sports marketing.

    In “Changing the Game,” Host, a former student and baseball player at the University of Kentucky, describes his achievements in sports radio, management and broadcasting. As a pioneer in college sports marketing, Host is the founder and CEO of Host Communications, a nationally renowned marketing and association management firm located in Lexington. 

    Host Communications ran the NCAA radio network for more than a quarter of a century.

    A 1961 graduate of UK from what is now the College of Communication and Information, Host has frequently been the driving force of innovation in collegiate sports. He invented the concept of bundled licensing, encouraging corporate partners to become official sponsors of athletic programs across media formats. Host and his team developed the NCAA Radio Network and introduced the NCAA’s Corporate Partner Program — employing companies such as Gillette, Valvoline, Coca-Cola and Pizza Hut to promote university athletic programs and the NCAA at-large.

    The book has already accumulated positive reviews.

    "Jim Host is an American icon whose work ethic, honesty, and leadership brought him unparalleled success,” said Bob Vecchione, CEO of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. “It's hard to imagine any former student-athlete who has given back more to the intercollegiate enterprise than Host. This is a must-read for anyone with career aspirations in sports business."

    This memoir is Host’s first complete account of his professional life, including his time in minor league baseball, real estate, politics and the insurance industry. Following his career as a Wildcat, Host oversaw the construction of the Lexington Civic Center and Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center, the Kentucky Horse Park and the KFC Yum! Center.

    The University Press of Kentucky is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at the University of Kentucky, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.

    Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationUniversity Press of Kentucky

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Danielle Donham
    danielle.donham@uky.edu
    859-562-2660 Summary: In Jim Host's his new book, “Changing the Game,” written with Eric A. Moyen and published by the University Press of Kentucky, Host details his entrepreneurial career in sports marketing.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Kathy Johnson Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2020) With the majority of students leaving the University of Kentucky campus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, the Kentucky Kernel will be running one more print edition this academic year, and after that, the student newspaper will be fully online for the rest of the semester.

    "For this unprecedented moment, the Kernel staff decided to turn out one more print newspaper to be distributed on-campus for those students who are moving out and for those faculty that have to continue to work on campus,” said Rick Childress, Kernel editor. “The paper was remotely produced. Those delivering the paper will wear gloves and will do their best to observe social distancing from others.”

    The print edition is out today, Tuesday, March 24. For those who are not on campus, the digital “issuu” version can be viewed here: https://issuu.com/kentuckykernel/docs/kernel_march_24__2020. For the rest of the semester, the Kernel will also offer these digital editions on issuu each week. The Kernel will continue to publish stories online at www.kykernel.com/, and it will continue to communicate through social media and its email blasts. To sign up for an email blast, visit: www.kykernel.com/email_subscription/. You can also follow the Kernel on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

    “I’m not sure if at any time in the Kernel’s more than century-long history has the newspaper been forced to stop printing in the middle of a school year. But with students leaving campus and with local businesses barred from incoming foot traffic, the print Kernel no longer has a place to land,” Childress said.

    He expects the newspaper’s online to be as busy as ever.

    “The Kernel will continue to deliver its 24/7 daily online coverage and is going to ramp up our output of email newsletters so that no matter where you’re waiting out this pandemic, you can still stay up to date on University of Kentucky news,” Childress said. “This pandemic will undoubtedly create new challenges for the university and its students that the Kernel, as the university’s independent student newspaper, will be specially equipped to tell.”

    The last print issue of the Kentucky Kernel for the rest of this semester is out today, and it can be viewed online at https://issuu.com/kentuckykernel/docs/kernel_march_24__2020. The Kernel offers news 24/7 on its website.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Kathy Johnson
    kathy.johnson@uky.edu
    859-257-3155 Summary: The Kernel will continue to publish stories online, and it will continue to communicate through social media and its email blasts. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Kathy Johnson Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2020) University of Kentucky faculty members can receive assistance immediately in shifting their classes to an online format for those two weeks following Spring Break. President Eli Capilouto announced Wednesday that UK will remain open March 23 through April 3, but instruction will be delivered online or through other alternatives rather than in-person classes for that period. The goal is to resume normal course delivery April 6.

    Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation (TLAI) is making consultants available starting Friday, March 13, and continuing through Sunday, March 22.

    TLAI will host daily office hours, both in person and virtually via Zoom. See the schedule and location below. Weekday office hours will include time slots for in-person and virtual conversations. Weekend office hours will be held online. Instructors seeking assistance with Canvas, Zoom, and pedagogical strategies for teaching online are encouraged to attend.

    Faculty librarians and other faculty and staff on campus have also volunteered to collaborate with TLAI, who is creating a roster of faculty and staff who are ready to assist their colleagues with Canvas and Zoom.

     

    Daily Office Hours

    In-person office hours will be held in 502 King Library. Virtual office hours will be held via Zoom at https://uky.zoom.us/j/275350313. These times have been scheduled from March 13 to March 22.

     

    Weekdays (Monday through Friday):

    8 to 10 a.m.: Online via Zoom

    10 a.m. to noon: 502 King Library

    1 to 3 p.m.: 502 King Library

    3 to 5 p.m.: Online via Zoom

     

    Weekends (Saturday and Sunday)

    1 to 4 p.m.: Online via Zoom

     

    Webinars for Online Instruction

    Additionally, faculty in the College of Communication and Information with expertise in these modes of delivery are holding webinars March 13. They can be attended in person and virtually, and the webinars will be recorded and linked from UK’s website (in development) providing central training and resource materials for teaching during interruptions.

    9 to 9:30 a.m.: Online Instruction: Best Practices 

    https://uky.zoom.us/j/484239810

    Renee Kaufmann and Jessalyn Vallade

     

    10 to 10:30 a.m.: Online Instruction: Assignments and Grading

    https://uky.zoom.us/j/831123181  

    Ashley DeWitt

     

    11 to 11:30 a.m.: Online Instruction: Moving Oral Presentations Online

    https://uky.zoom.us/j/492743100    

    Troy Cooper

    Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationLibraries

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Kathy Johnson
    kathy.johnson@uky.edu
    859-257-3155 Summary: Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation is making consultants available starting Friday, March 13, and continuing through Sunday, March 22.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2020) — The staff of the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky's independent student-run newspaper, recently took home several awards and accolades at the annual Kentucky News Photographer Association meeting.

    One of those students was Arden Barnes, who won runner-up for the student photographer of the year. “Being recognized for my work is always a great thing, but really I think doing well at KNPA is a testament to the Kernel and UK’s School of Journalism and Media. We’re competing against some of the best photojournalism schools in the country and being able to match up against those students says a lot about UK’s student photographers,” Barnes said.

    Barnes gave special credit to David Stephenson, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information and Kernel photo advisor, as her mentor. “He answered all of my questions about what I should be doing to make myself a better photojournalist. He pushes us all to be better and gives us tough love when we need it. We’re all better with him around,” Barnes said.

    Stephenson’s advice to these students is to take photos every day and to always carry a camera with you. “It’s hard to do that as a student, balancing classes and finding time to take photos. Practice makes all the difference, and doing it as much as you can will only do good things,” Barnes said.

    “I am so very proud of our Kernel photographers,” Stephenson said. “They work hard and earn every photo they take. They don't do it for class, they do it because they love it. It has been a great pleasure to watch them grow and develop into award-winning photographers.”

    Here is the full list of awards won by Kernel photographers:

    • Spot News: 2nd - Arden Barnes; 3rd - Barnes.
    • General News: Honorable Mention - Barnes.
    • Sports Action: 1st - Jordan Prather; 2nd - Prather; Honorable Mention - Michael Clubb.
    • Sports Feature: 3rd - Prather; Honorable Mention - Prather.
    • Portrait: 1st - Clubb. 
    • Pictorial: 1st - Clubb; 2nd - Barnes; 3rd - Clubb; Honorable Mention - Breven Walker.
    • Sports essay: 1st - Barnes; 2nd - Clubb; 3rd - Isaac Jensen. 
    • Multimedia: 1st - Barnes. 
    • Kentucky Student Photographer of the Year: Runner-up - Barnes. 
    This photo, by Arden Barnes, won 2nd Place Spot News.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The staff of the Kentucky Kernel, the University of Kentucky's independent student-run newspaper, recently took home several awards and accolades at the annual Kentucky News Photographer Association meeting.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 6, 2020) — University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information students earned real-life experience during a 24-hour crisis simulation. Students from the School of Journalism and Media became the Global News Network (GNN), acting and reacting as media would in a time of crisis. Much like real life, global news is fast paced and sometimes high stress, but the role of the media is paramount for information sharing.

    Kakie Urch, an associate professor of multimedia in the School of Journalism and Media said, "The students — from journalism and media, integrated strategic communication and information communication technology — get to feel the real-time pressure of producing accurate multimedia for a website, podcast and television set-up while engaging with international affairs information that is constantly changing.” Urch, who has taught multimedia in Botswana, Zambia, Ireland, Siberia and England, ran this year’s simulation. “Essentially, we, along with the Patterson School graduate students, are spending 24 hours dealing with a crisis as we would as professionals." This was Urch’s 12th crisis simulation.

    This year’s scenario was a fictional issue involving the Americas surrounding the rising threat of mass migration, corruption, political instability, organized crime and the trafficking of illegal drugs.

    Rules are given to the students to help them further their real-life experiences and keep them in their simulation characters. The most important rule for the journalism students was all communication must be through official channels provided to teams by Sim Control, including social media.

    School of Journalism and Media students were set up in two rooms — one as a working online digital newsroom and the other set up in a TV studio setting. The job of the students acting as the GNN was to collect statements, conduct interviews, edit video, write web stories and create a WordPress site that became the central way for everyone in the simulation to gather information. There were also scheduled press conferences throughout the simulation.

    Meagan Wilkins, a junior double majoring in communication and information communication technology, was part of the simulation’s first shift. “My role was a web producer, and I was able to develop the Global News Network website using my learned web development skills. We had a page for pictures, videos, breaking news stories and more. The other journalists would produce the content and then we would upload it to the site,” Wilkins said. “Overall, the experience in the simulation was actually really fun! It was all very exciting and honestly really fun for a required class.”

    The UK Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce hosted the simulation, playing the different countries involved in the crisis — the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras and Guatemala — as part of their DIP700 Wargaming and Simulation class. The simulation allows Patterson students to also gain real-life experience and incorporate skills and knowledge gained from their coursework into the operations based scenario.

    Scoobie Ryan, the interim director of the School of Journalism and Media was the first professor from CI to do the simulation. “Robert Farley of the Patterson School approached me encouraging students to do a story on it. The following year we were all in as participants, and it’s grown ever since. It’s a unique opportunity for our students. Dr. Farley and the people at Patterson manage to come up with some elaborate scenarios that involve situations our students wouldn’t otherwise encounter. It forces our students to think on their feet. It’s been a great experience for them and the school.”

    For more information about the College of Communication and Information visit https://ci.uky.edu/ci/about.

    of Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationPatterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information students earned real-life experience during a 24-hour crisis simulation. They became the Global News Network (GNN) acting and reacting as media would in a time of crisis. Much like real life, global news is fast-paced and sometimes high-stress, but the role of the media is paramount for information sharing.Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Catherine Hayden Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 4, 2020) – The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, who are also the defending National Debate Tournament (NDT) champions, have received a first-round at-large bid to the 74th  NDT. This year it will be be held at James Madison University.

    The NDT committee ranks the top 16 teams in the nation and assigns them an automatic bid to tournament. The order of rankings are kept secret until the opening night of the tournament.

    This year’s team of Chris Eckert and Genevieve Hackman are the 28th UK team in history to earn the automatic first-round bid. They are also the seventh team in the past five years to receive the honor. Eckert is one of just four freshmen in the country to receive the bid.

    Other teams with automatic bids are Baylor, Dartmouth, Emory, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern (2), Rutgers, Trinity, Berkley (2), Kansas, Michigan (2) and Wake Forest.

    The UK Debate Team is led by David Arnett and is housed in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. You can follow the team at https://ci.uky.edu/UKDebate/.

    This year’s team of Chris Eckert and Genevieve Hackman are the 28th UK team in history to earn the automatic first-round bid. Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, who are also the defending National Debate Tournament (NDT) champions, have received a first-round at-large bid to the 74th NDT. This year it will be held at James Madison University.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Aimee Nielson Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2020)  Independent Stave Company and the Boswell Family are giving $1 million to the University of Kentucky to further spirits research at the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The gift will fund a maturation facility that will allow the Beam Institute to experiment with barrel aging spirits produced in its research distillery.

    “The creation of the James B. Beam Institute at the University of Kentucky speaks volumes about the bright future of the spirits industry,” said Brad Boswell, CEO at Independent Stave Company. “My family is honored to be a part of this groundbreaking commitment to distilling education in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky. Independent Stave Company – Boswell Family Barrel Warehouse will be an unparalleled, hands-on experience for students to increase their understanding of the relationship between oak barrels and spirits. We’re excited to see how this knowledge drives innovation in our industry as graduates of this program eventually become the next generation of distillers.”

    Since 1912, Independent Stave Company has crafted quality cooperage products for the wine and spirits industry. The company now exists on six continents and continues to evolve with a commitment to safety, quality and innovation as it meets the growing demand for oak worldwide.

    “Independent Stave Company is the industry leader in American white oak barrel manufacturing, sustainability and innovation,” said Seth DeBolt, director of the Beam Institute. “This generous investment by the Boswell family will greatly enhance the reach of the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky and is an investment in Kentucky’s future.”

    The Independent Stave Company – Boswell Family Barrel Warehouse will provide a modern facility to research bourbon whiskey production and maturation science.

    “Kentucky’s bourbon industry is critically important to the state’s economy, and we are certainly excited and appreciative of the Boswell family’s confidence in this new spirits initiative at UK. The bourbon industry is an important component of our land-grant mission to enhance Kentucky,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, where the institute resides.

    The only one of its kind in the United States, the warehouse will have a 600-barrel capacity and become an interactive classroom and laboratory where students and scientists can tackle real-life industry issues.

    “As the University of, for and with Kentucky, we are grateful for the Boswell family’s generosity,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “This gift further strengthens our commitment to research and workforce development in an industry inextricably linked to Kentucky’s economy.”

    Brad Boswell, CEO Independent Stave Company, announced a unique collaboration with UK for a 600-barrel maturation facility. Photo by Matt Barton/UK Ag Communications.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentCommunication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Danielle Donham
    danielle.donham@uky.edu
    859-562-2660 Summary: Independent Stave Company and the Boswell Family are giving $1 million to the University of Kentucky to further spirits research at the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits. The gift will fund a maturation facility that will allow the Beam Institute to experiment with barrel aging spirits produced in its research distillery.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. ( March 11, 2020) ⁠ The year 2020 kicks off a new decade. What will the next 10 years bring in the areas of health, technology, climate, the economy, politics and more? In a new recurring series, UKNow explores the next decade by asking University of Kentucky experts to discuss and predict upcoming trends in their areas.

    Today, we spoke with Anthony Limperos, an associate dean of graduate programs in communication and an associate professor in the College of Communication and Information, and asked him to look ahead at how esports will shape 2020 and beyond.

    UKNow: What are you watching for or predicting in the coming decade that you think will be of interest or importance in this area?

    Limperos: In 2010, esports really wasn’t something that was mainstream or considered worthy of attention. While professional gaming has enjoyed popularity overseas, it has only recently become a serious and popular item of interest in the United States. Over the past eight years, there has been astronomical growth with global revenues associated with esports topping $1 billion. The U.S. market is responsible for roughly half of that revenue. Even though the numbers tell the story of a burgeoning industry, I believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg. While advertising revenue, ticket sales, and channels dedicated to esports are responsible for the revenue, the audiences that watch esports events are mainly in the Asia region. The bottom line is that United States audiences are not attending to or tuning in as fast as most would expect. If audiences in the United States ever started attending to esports in the same way that they attend to more traditional sports, it could be a game changer. It seems like we have been waiting for this moment for a long time, but the bottom line is that this whole phenomenon is still in its infancy. 

    UKNow: What does UK contribute to this space?

    Limperos: UK commands tremendous name recognition in the area of sports (generally). I feel like that national reputation will be helpful with a budding esports focus. Also, a brand new facility and support from central administration is always a plus in attracting the best talent. In addition, Lexington is a tech centric city with game developers, tech companies, and a countless number of technology researchers at UK. These assets will be helpful in creating a climate that is supportive of esports.​

    UKNow: Name something or some trend you are optimistic about? Something you are concerned with?

    Limperos: The video game industry is a juggernaut, but technological innovation has always been the driver of that success and ultimately what people pay attention to. My greatest hope is that esports are something that will not only occupy a space similar to that of traditional sport, but it will be the next frontier of success for the game industry in general. My greatest fear is that this is a trend that will fizzle out. The game industry is fickle. Game systems come and go and people move on to the next best thing. I sincerely hope that esports become a pastime — something that people care about, attend to, and focus on for years to come. 

    UKNow: What will be the impact of these trends, in your judgment, on Kentucky? The country? The world?

    Limperos: This is really hard to comment on. If things go as planned, I welcome the day that Kentucky accepts students who want to be professional gamers. As mentioned earlier on in my comments, even though esports are popular, I do not believe they have reached their full potential yet. Ultimately, I don’t know if people have the appetite to watch other people play video games. That is the million dollar question. We know there is interest based on revenue alone and the sheer number of people who watch others play games on YouTube and other streaming services, but the future of this phenomenon will depend on whether or not esports become “mainstream.” If they do, the sky is the limit. 

    Anthony LimperosOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Anthony Limperos, an associate dean of graduate programs in communication and an associate professor in the College of Communication and Information, is looking ahead at how esports will shape 2020 and beyond.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Amanda Nelson and Meg Mills Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2020) — Digital technology is putting a new perspective on courses for high school students. With the University of Kentucky’s new dual credit program, taught by both high school teachers and UK faculty members, students can earn both high school and college credits.

    Through a new program at the university, juniors and seniors at some Kentucky high schools can become UK Next Generation Scholars, taking “live” UK classes, in which college instructors help to teach the courses via interactive video.

    Providing high school students with the opportunity to experience college classes and gain college credit early is important in the effort to move more Kentuckians into higher education.

    “We will be working with a diverse population of high school students to increase college-going rates across the Commonwealth,” said Christine Harper, UK's associate provost for enrollment management.

    Typically, in dual credit courses, a high school instructor teaches the college material, but the UK model partners college faculty with high school teachers and allows for virtual “face-to-face” instruction.  

    The dual credit approach was developed by the UK Center for Next Generation Leadership at the UK College of Education.

    “Schools are paying particular attention to what it takes to prepare students to meet the demands of a fast-changing career landscape,” said Lu Young, Center for Next Generation Leadership executive director and associate clinical professor in the UK College of Education. “School leaders who are part of the UK Center for Next Generation Leadership Network tell us they joined the effort to help all students develop 21st century skills and have a smoother transition to college and careers, and we see dual credit as a way to help pave that path.”

    In the decade since the center began at UK, hundreds of Kentucky school leaders have worked with the center to redesign the school experience for contemporary life, learning, and careers.

    “Offering dual credit became a logical next step for these schools as they work to improve the high school experience and better prepare students for college transitions,” said Justin Bathon, co-director of the UK Center for Next Generation Leadership, and an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the UK College of Education.

    Four of the schools that have participated in UK’s Center for Next Generation Leadership Academy are serving as pilot sites for the dual credit initiative: Paris Independent High School, Marshall County High School, Elkhorn Crossing School in Scott County, and STEAM Academy in Fayette County. Additional high schools will be added in fall 2021.

    Students taking dual credit courses from UK will have an advisor from the UK Next Generation Leadership Academy who checks on their progress, helps complete college applications and supporting materials, and promotes a successful transition to college.

    “We believe this is a game changer,” said Patrice Thompson, assistant superintendent at Paris Independent Schools. “Many of our students have never thought of themselves as UK-eligible and we want to change that perception. The wrap-around support provided by an advisor at UK, coupled with support at our school, is more support than our students would ever experience as a freshman at any university. I believe we are setting them up for success and completion of a university degree.”

    Next Gen Scholars will apply for admission to UK as non-degree seeking students. They can take up to a maximum of 10 UK courses while in high school. The UK courses will be delivered both online and by high school teachers who have been trained by UK faculty to teach the curricula. Tuition for courses in the dual credit program, in alignment with state determined dual credit rates, may be paid by either the school or the student, as determined by each district’s policy. Districts will be expected to provide tuition support to qualifying free or reduced lunch students per the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education policy.

    UK dual credit courses are developed and offered primarily by UK academic departments with the support of local high school staff. UK colleges contributing to the available courses include:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Communication and Information
    • College of Design
    • College of Education

    Additional information about UK’s dual credit program can be found at www.uky.edu/sal/dual-credit.

    With the University of Kentucky’s new dual credit program, taught by both high school teachers and UK professors, students can earn both high school and college credits.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationDesignEducationStudent and Academic Life

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Through a new dual credit program at UK, juniors and seniors at some Kentucky high schools can become UK Next Generation Scholars, taking “live” UK classes in which college instructors help to teach the courses via interactive video. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Chaney Willett and Maia Dubin Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2020) —​ The University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the School of Journalism and Media, along with the College of Arts and Sciences, will host the ninth annual UK Regional Spelling Bee. The bee will begin 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the UK Gatton Student Center's Worsham Cinema.

    The Regional Spelling Bee will host 41 participants from across Kentucky, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. The champion will receive an all-expense paid trip to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., as Kentucky’s representative.  

    UK’s Spelling Bee is currently the only opportunity for Kentucky students in elementary and middle school to participate in a spelling competition.

    “Our constituency serves 81 counties and 418 schools. That’s 418 opportunities to emphasize a love for literacy and a love for spelling within Kentucky’s students,” said John Cruz, School of Journalism and Media project manager. 

    Cruz also hopes that this Spelling Bee will spark a passion for UK among the young participants.

    “We’re hoping that students will utilize this weekend as a way to engage with other opportunities on campus, so they feel closer to the university when they begin to consider colleges,” Cruz said.

    For more information, visit https://ci.uky.edu/jam/uk-regional-spelling-bee.

    The Spelling Bee will host 41 participants from across Kentucky, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: UK's Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the School of Journalism and Media, along with the College of Arts and Sciences, will present the event 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Gatton Student Center's Worsham Cinema.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Tony Neely Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2020) — A total of 82 University of Kentucky student-athletes earned a place on the 2019 Fall Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced last Friday by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. UK had the third-highest number of honorees and the Wildcat volleyball team tied for first in that sport. 

    The 2019 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2019 spring, summer and fall terms. UK’s SEC champion volleyball team had 11 honorees, tied for the league lead in that sport. In addition, UK had six representatives from men’s cross country, eight from women’s cross country, 30 from football, 17 from men’s soccer and 10 from women’s soccer. Among other qualifications, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding academic year or a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to be named to the list. 

    In addition to the academic success, Kentucky teams also had success on the fields of competition in the fall. Volleyball advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, men’s soccer advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round, and the football team posted an eight-win season, capped by a championship in the Belk Bowl. 

    2019 SEC FALL SPORTS HONOR ROLL

    Kentucky – Sport – Major

    Dylan Allen – Men's Cross Country – Marketing

    Cole Dowdy – Men's Cross Country – Biology

    Tanner Dowdy – Men's Cross Country – Political Science, Finance

    Gabriel Szalay – Men's Cross Country – Marketing

    Matthew Thomas – Men's Cross Country – Marketing, Finance

    Trevor Warren – Men's Cross Country – Management

    Rachel Boice – Women's Cross Country – Biology

    Kaitlyn Lacy – Women's Cross Country – Accounting

    Mallory Liggett – Women's Cross Country – Kinesiology

    Lainey McKinley – Women's Cross Country – Kinesiology

    Sarah Michels – Women's Cross Country – Journalism

    Madisyn Peeples – Women's Cross Country – Elementary Education

    Caitlin Shepard – Women's Cross Country – Kinesiology

    Kelli Walsh – Women's Cross Country – Finance, Accounting

    Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald – Football – Communication

    Tyrell Ajian – Football – Family Sciences

    Elijah Barnett – Football – Communication

    Tyler Beisner – Football – Undeclared/Exploratory Studies

    Zac Berezowitz – Football – Economics

    Blake Best – Football – Finance

    Tyler Couch – Football – Sociology

    Austin Dotson – Football – Sociology

    Max Duffy – Football – Psychology

    Brandin Echols – Football – Community and Leadership Development

    Darren Edmond – Football – Digital Media Design

    Luke Fortner – Football – Mechanical Engineering

    Colin Goodfellow – Football – Nursing

    Jordan Griffin – Football – Community and Leadership Development

    Drake Jackson – Football – Agricultural Economics

    Zach Johnson – Football – Health Promotion

    Alex King – Football – Family Sciences

    Shawn Lawson – Football – Sociology

    Grant McKinniss – Football – Psychology

    William Nalty – Football – Management

    Joshua Paschal – Football – Family Sciences

    Chance Poore – Football – Undeclared/Exploratory Studies

    Matthew Ruffolo – Football – Clinical Healthcare Management, Finance

    Andrew Schlegel – Football – Finance

    Brett Slusher – Football – Accounting, Finance

    Clevan Thomas – Football – Community and Leadership Development

    Quintin Wilson – Football – Management

    Mason Wolfe – Football – Kinesiology and Health Promotion

    Walker Wood – Football – Agricultural Economics

    Landon Young – Football – Animal Sciences

    John Michael Bandy – Men's Soccer – Clinical Leadership and Management

    Nicolas Blassou – Men's Soccer – Psychology

    Elijah Borneo – Men's Soccer – Kinesiology

    Kalil ElMedkhar – Men's Soccer – Accounting

    Daniel Evans – Men's Soccer – Finance

    Cole Guindon – Men's Soccer – Marketing

    Jackson Hawthorne – Men's Soccer – Communication

    Clay Holstad – Men's Soccer – Chemical Engineering

    Jack Hudson – Men's Soccer – Community and Leadership Development

    Colin Innes – Men's Soccer – Finance

    Leon Jones – Men's Soccer – Chemical Engineering

    Brock Lindow – Men's Soccer – Computer Engineering

    Aime Mabika – Men's Soccer – English

    Marcel Meinzer – Men's Soccer – Communication

    Keyarash Namjoupanah – Men's Soccer – Management

    Bailey Rouse – Men's Soccer – Civil Engineering

    Robert Screen – Men's Soccer – Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology

    Marissa Bosco – Women's Soccer – Psychology

    Gina Crosetti – Women's Soccer – Integrated Strategic Communication

    Taya Edwards – Women's Soccer – Nursing

    Foster Ignoffo – Women's Soccer – Family Sciences

    Hannah Leonard – Women's Soccer – Accounting

    Gretchen Mills – Women's Soccer – Undeclared/Exploratory Studies

    Caroline Newland – Women's Soccer – Nursing

    Emma Shields – Women's Soccer – Marketing

    Sarah Siekkinen – Women's Soccer – Civil Engineering

    Hikari Yamada – Women's Soccer – International Studies

    Caitlyn Cooper – Volleyball – Family Sciences

    Gabby Curry – Volleyball – Management

    Leah Edmond – Volleyball – Elementary Education

    Gabby Goddard – Volleyball – Human Health Sciences

    Madison Lilley – Volleyball – Integrated Strategic Communication

    Kendyl Paris – Volleyball – Kinesiology

    Cameron Scheitzach – Volleyball – Kinesiology

    Kylie Schmaltz – Volleyball – Marketing

    Avery Skinner – Volleyball – Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Alli Stumler – Volleyball – Elementary Education

    Lauren Tharp – Volleyball – Special Education

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    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: A total of 82 University of Kentucky student-athletes earned a place on the 2019 Fall Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced Friday by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Lindsey Piercy Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2020) The University of Kentucky has been named one of the Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars among colleges and universities for 2019-20. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the list annually.

    The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. Since its inception in 1946, the prestigious program has provided more than 390,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, while finding solutions to shared international concerns.

    “We are delighted to see that the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2019-2020 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States,” Marie Royce, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, said. “In supporting their faculty and administrators who pursue Fulbright awards, these institutions benefit from new viewpoints from abroad and new international collaborations, which often lead to discoveries and breakthroughs that have a global impact."

    The program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually and operates in over 160 countries worldwide. Since 1998, more than 100 UK faculty and staff have received Fulbright awards in support of teaching, research, consulting and professional development activities in 48 countries.

    UK had a total of eight Fulbright recipients during the 2019-20 cycle. Below are the recipients, their UK department and their Fulbright assignment:

    • Richard Allday, College of Education, Early Childhood, Special Education, and Counselor Education; Hungary, University of West Hungary.
    • Stefan Bird-Pollan, College of Arts and Sciences, Philosophy; Austria, Sigmund Freud Museum (multiple Fulbright award winner).
    • Thomas Clayton, College of Arts and Sciences, Linguistics Program; Cambodia, University of Kratie (multiple Fulbright award winner).
    • Philip Crowley, College of Arts and Sciences, Biology; France, University of Pau.
    • Alicia Fedewa, College of Education, Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology; Finland, University of Jyvaskyla.
    • Bobi Ivanov, College of Communication and Information, Integrated Strategic Communication; North Macedonia, South East European University.
    • Kimberly Parker Ivanov, College of Communication and Information, School of Journalism and Media; North Macedonia, South East European University.
    • Alex Vazsonyi, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, School of Human Environmental Sciences, Family Sciences; Czech Republic, Palacky University.

    “Career-wise, Fulbright gave me the opportunity to do some extra research and to finish a book," Bird-Pollan said. "I also really enjoyed getting to know the academic landscape in Europe firsthand."

    Additionally, UK has hosted more than 30 visiting scholars from 25 different countries who have chosen to make Lexington their "home away from home."

    "The Fulbright program has always been focused not just on advancing scientific and scholarly knowledge, but rather on advancing intercultural understanding and fostering lasting connections across borders," Tim Barnes, executive director of international partnership and research at UK’s International Center (UKIC) and the Fulbright Scholar Program’s campus liaison, said.

    UKIC serves as the central point for collecting and distributing information about Fulbright opportunities. They also regularly provide workshops and information sessions for faculty and staff.

    Ultimately, participation in the Fulbright program by the UK community facilitates and highlights the importance of global engagement. “Actively participating in the Fulbright program allows UK to be seen as a vibrant, globally engaged public research university that values diverse experiences and cultural perspectives in advancing knowledge creation and education,” Barnes explained.

    “I'm grateful to UK’s leaders for recognizing the value of a Fulbright experience for their faculty and staff and for making it possible for UK colleagues to benefit from these incredible opportunities," Sue Roberts, associate provost for internationalization, added. "The year I spent as a Fulbright Scholar changed my life, and I am sure that what I learned from my time in Finland enriched my teaching back here at UK, and it certainly impacted my research in positive ways too."

    More information about Fulbright opportunities at UK can be found online.

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEducation

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: The University of Kentucky has been named one of the Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars among colleges and universities for 2019-20. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists annually.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Danielle Donham Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2020) — The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) welcomes Ashley Runyon as its newest director, effective March 11. A Kentucky native, Runyon has a history with UPK, including getting her start in publishing as a work study student there.

    Located on the campus of the University of Kentucky, the University Press of Kentucky is a consortium press — the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth — representing all of Kentucky’s public universities, five of its private colleges and two historical societies. 

    "Coming back to the University Press of Kentucky feels like coming home,” Runyon said. “Kentucky and Appalachia are a part of my heritage and publishing the voices and issues of the region is not just a job, but a passion. I'm thrilled to lead UPK into the future of publishing.”

    The University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission — the publication of academic books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields and the publication of significant books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South and Appalachia.

    Runyon earned her bachelor’s degree in integrated strategic communication and master’s degree in communication from UK. After working in various positions in design, marketing, and production at the Lexington Herald-Leader and Blood-Horse Publications, she returned to UPK in 2008 as a marketing manager and then senior acquisitions editor while also coordinating fundraising and development. Most recently, she directed the trade list for Indiana University Press and Red Lightning Books. 

    “Ashley Runyon brings new ideas and new energy to the University Press of Kentucky,” said Larry Holloway, vice provost and provost chief of staff at UK. “I am excited about the potential she brings for leading the press into the future.”

    Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are located at the Thomas D. Clark Building at the University of Kentucky.

    UPK’s editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Its publications in film and military studies have earned the press a national reputation in these fields, with reviews in such media as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and NPR. Nota­ble awards for UPK titles include multiple Frederick Jackson Turner Awards (history), Weatherford Awards (Appalachian studies), and Lillian Smith Book Awards (African American studies).

    The University Press of Kentucky includes Bellarmine University, Berea College, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, The Filson Historical Society, Georgetown College, Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Transylvania University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University.

    of Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationGraduate SchoolUniversity Press of Kentucky

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Danielle Donham
    danielle.donham@uky.edu
    859-562-2660 Summary: The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) welcomes Ashley Runyon as its newest director, effective March 11. A Kentucky native, Runyon has a history with UPK, including getting her start in publishing as a work study student there. Runyon earned her bachelor’s degree in integrated strategic communication and master’s degree in communication from UK. UPK’s editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills and Amy Jones-Timoney Feb. 6, 2020

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2020) ­— Last March, the University of Kentucky Debate Team of Dan Bannister and Anthony Trufanov defeated the University of Georgia to become the 2019 National Debate Tournament (NDT) champions. This was the second win at the NDT for UK and the first in 33 years. The previous winning team was Ouita Michel and David Brownell in 1986.

    To make it to the final round with Georgia UK had to defeat some of the best teams in the country such as Northwestern, Cornell, Berkeley, Michigan and Kansas.

    During the Tuesday, Feb. 4, men's basketball game at Rupp Arena, UK honored both Bannister and Trufanov, along with David Arnett the debate program director.

    Most recently the UK Debate Team, housed in the College of Communication and Information, started their 2019-2020 season off strong by winning the three-day Hoosier Invitational, hosted by the University of Indiana. The UK team is now preparing for tournaments at the Naval Academy and the University of Texas-Austin as they continue to defend their national champion title.

    You can follow the debate team at http://ci.uky.edu/UKDebate/.

    (left to right) Anthony Trufanov, Dan Bannister, Dave Arnett (coach); Mark Cornelison | UKphotoOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: During the Tuesday, Feb. 4 men's basketball game at Rupp Arena, UK honored the 2019 National Debate Tournament (NDT) champions.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Catherine Hayden Feb. 5, 2020

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 5, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team is already off to a strong second semester of their 2019-2020 season by winning the three-day Hoosier Invitational, hosted by the University of Indiana.

    Winning the annual tournament is not a rare accomplishment for UK, the defending National Debate Tournament champions. What is rare, however, is how it was accomplished and with whom.

    The Hoosier Invitational annually features many of the top debate programs in the country. At the end of the tournament, it was the two Kentucky teams left standing in the final round, in which case the tournament declared co-champions. That is rare. Even more rare considering three of the four UK finalists were freshmen.  

    “The team was very prepared and did a great job executing in the debates. For a young squad this was a big step as we try and find our identity,” said David Arnett, director of debate

    The team of Genevieve Hackman (senior) and Christopher Eckert (freshman) were 7-0 and the top seed with impressive wins over Berkeley, Michigan and Minnesota. The all-freshman team of Alan Ivackovic and Christopher Lucas were 6-1 and the second seed after preliminary rounds with some great wins over Dartmouth and Michigan State.

    In the final four round, Hackman and Eckert defeated Dartmouth on a 3-0 decision. Ivackovic and Lucas won a tough 2-1 against a very strong Michigan team. 

    The UK team is now preparing for tournaments at the Naval Academy and the University of Texas-Austin as they continue to defend their national champion title.

    You can follow the debate team at http://ci.uky.edu/UKDebate/.

     

    UK Debate Team. L-R: Maria Sanchez, Sulaiman Jamal, Genevieve Hackman, Chris Eckert, Alan Ivackovic, Saturn Kendrick, Stephani Lopez and Chris Lucas.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team is already off to a strong second semester of their 2019-2020 season by winning the three-day Hoosier Invitational, hosted by the University of Indiana.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Ryan Girves Feb. 3, 2020

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2020) — Next week, the University of Kentucky will welcome nearly 200 employers to campus for the spring semester career fair series. The Engineering, Computer Science and STEM Career Fair will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, and the Business, Communications, Liberal Arts and Humanities Career Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. 

    Both career fairs will be held in the Gatton Student Center ballrooms. The spring career fairs offer students an important opportunity to network and connect with employers representing a wide variety of industries. Participating employers will range from Fortune 500 companies, startups and large regional organizations, to government agencies and nonprofit and service organizations. 

    Employers are interested in connecting with students from all academic majors, and they’re eager to share information with students about internships, co-ops and job opportunities, so students from all class years are encouraged to consider attending. 

    “Our message to students is, don’t miss this opportunity to connect with employers who are spending the day on our campus," said Ray Clere, the director of UK’s Stuckert Career Center. "It’s important to have career options, and career fairs are one of the best places to identify opportunities and make networking connections.”

    No advance registration is required to attend the spring career fairs, but students are encouraged to wear business-professional attire, and to bring multiple copies of their résumé/CV. The spring career fairs are a partnership between Engineering Career Development, the Graham Career Management Office in the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the Stuckert Career Center. Students are encouraged to review the list of employers attending the spring career fairs using UK’s Handshake career management platform and/or the UK Career Fair Plus app available for free through the Apple and Android app stores.

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Ryan Girves
    ryan.girves@uky.edu
    859-323-8464 Summary: Next week the University of Kentucky will welcome nearly 200 employers to campus for the spring semester career fair series.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Al Cross Jan. 24, 2020

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2020) — Seventy-five years ago today, a soldier who had been in combat for more than two years, suffering many wounds and earning four Silver Stars, offered the ultimate sacrifice — calling in artillery on his forward position, to save his battalion.

    Garlin Murl Conner survived that day in a ditch in the French province of Alsace and came home to a Kentucky farm with no electricity or running water. He had a family, gave them a good life and was a leader of his fellow farmers and veterans. He suffered in body and mind from his Army service, but said very, very little about it.

    Only after Conner died in 1998 was his story told — first by a rank stranger who became his greatest advocate and inspired others to join his campaign to get Conner the Medal of Honor. Led by a neighbor who wouldn’t take no for an answer, they struggled for 20 years to break through the Army bureaucracy, losing at every turn — but remaining inspired by Conner’s battlefield examples of determination and resolve.

    In the end, in an amazing turn of events, they won. And now their story is being told, along with the story of Lt. Conner, who we now know may have been the most decorated American soldier of World War II.

    “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner” is an hourlong documentary to be released in March by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues within the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. It will tell the story of Conner’s life and the campaign to honor him.

    “He was a combination of Kit Carson and Davy Crockett,” says Walton Haddix of Albany, Kentucky, who took up the campaign begun by Richard Chilton, a Green Beret veteran from Genoa City, Wisconsin, who met Conner and learned his story while researching the service of his uncle, who died at Anzio under Conner’s command.

    “He cared about his men more than anybody I ever knew,” Chilton says. “If you want to save your life, go out with Murl. Don’t go out with anybody else.”

    The documentary is sponsored by private donors and the Veterans Trust Fund of the Kentucky Department for Veterans Affairs, which assisted the Conner team’s legal efforts at the direction of then-Commissioner Heather French Henry, whose cause was veterans when she was Miss America.

    She says in the documentary, “Just to know that you are part of this great mission that has lasted so long, and that you could at some point in your future, tell your kids, tell your grandkids, that once upon a time you were part of this fight . . . ”

    The fight ended June 26, 2019, when President Donald Trump presented the Medal of Honor to Conner’s widow, Pauline Conner. She still lives on their small farm in Clinton County, just down the road from their son Paul. She said in a speech at the Pentagon the next day, “This is what Murl would want me to say: God bless these United States of America.”

    A trailer and a “teaser” for the documentary is online at www.honortomedal.us, along with information about Conner and some of the major players in the effort to get him the nation’s highest military honor.

    The film is written and directed by Jeff Hoagland of Lexington, who has helped produce, write and edit documentaries that appeared on KET, the American Heroes Channel (formerly the Military Channel) and the National Geographic Channel. The associate producer is Janet Whitaker, formerly of KET and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. The institute’s director, UK School of Journalism and Media Professor Al Cross, is executive producer.

    Garlin Murl ConnerOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Garlin Murl Conner, who we now know may have been the most decorated American soldier of World War II, is the subject of “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner” an hourlong documentary to be released soon by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Al Cross Jan. 24, 2020

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 24, 2020) — Seventy-five years ago today, a soldier who had been in combat for more than two years, suffering many wounds and earning four Silver Stars, offered the ultimate sacrifice — calling in artillery on his forward position, to save his battalion.

    Garlin Murl Conner survived that day in a ditch in the French province of Alsace and came home to a Kentucky farm with no electricity or running water. He had a family, gave them a good life and was a leader of his fellow farmers and veterans. He suffered in body and mind from his Army service, but said very, very little about it.

    Only after Conner died in 1998 was his story told — first by a rank stranger who became his greatest advocate and inspired others to join his campaign to get Conner the Medal of Honor. Led by a neighbor who wouldn’t take no for an answer, they struggled for 20 years to break through the Army bureaucracy, losing at every turn — but remaining inspired by Conner’s battlefield examples of determination and resolve.

    In the end, in an amazing turn of events, they won. And now their story is being told, along with the story of Lt. Conner, who we now know may have been the most decorated American soldier of World War II.

    “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner” is an hourlong documentary to be released in March by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues within the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky. It will tell the story of Conner’s life and the campaign to honor him.

    “He was a combination of Kit Carson and Davy Crockett,” says Walton Haddix of Albany, Kentucky, who took up the campaign begun by Richard Chilton, a Green Beret veteran from Genoa City, Wisconsin, who met Conner and learned his story while researching the service of his uncle, who died at Anzio under Conner’s command.

    “He cared about his men more than anybody I ever knew,” Chilton says. “If you want to save your life, go out with Murl. Don’t go out with anybody else.”

    The documentary is sponsored by private donors and the Veterans Trust Fund of the Kentucky Department for Veterans Affairs, which assisted the Conner team’s legal efforts at the direction of then-Commissioner Heather French Henry, whose cause was veterans when she was Miss America.

    She says in the documentary, “Just to know that you are part of this great mission that has lasted so long, and that you could at some point in your future, tell your kids, tell your grandkids, that once upon a time you were part of this fight . . . ”

    The fight ended June 26, 2019, when President Donald Trump presented the Medal of Honor to Conner’s widow, Pauline Conner. She still lives on their small farm in Clinton County, just down the road from their son Paul. She said in a speech at the Pentagon the next day, “This is what Murl would want me to say: God bless these United States of America.”

    A trailer and a “teaser” for the documentary is online at www.honortomedal.us, along with information about Conner and some of the major players in the effort to get him the nation’s highest military honor.

    The film is written and directed by Jeff Hoagland of Lexington, who has helped produce, write and edit documentaries that appeared on KET, the American Heroes Channel (formerly the Military Channel) and the National Geographic Channel. The associate producer is Janet Whitaker, formerly of KET and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. The institute’s director, UK School of Journalism and Media Professor Al Cross, is executive producer.

    Garlin Murl ConnerOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Garlin Murl Conner, who we now know may have been the most decorated American soldier of World War II, is the subject of “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner” an hourlong documentary to be released soon by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky.
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  • Body: ResearchBy Allison Perry Jan. 23, 2020

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2020)  Last April, the University of Kentucky – partnering with the Commonwealth of Kentucky – was one of four sites selected from across the country for the HEALing Communities Initiative. UK’s grant from the National Institutes of Health totals $87 million, the largest in its history, and is focused over the next three years on reducing opioid-related deaths by 40 percent in 16 counties across the Commonwealth.

    During the Tuesday men’s basketball game, 30 of the researchers and staff working on the HEAL grant were honored on the floor, led by the study’s principal investigator and director of UK’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, Sharon Walsh.

    The opioid epidemic has taken a heavy toll on Kentucky:

    • More than 2 million Americans live with opioid use disorder.
    • Life expectancy in this country has dropped — fueled, in large measure, by drug overdose deaths.
    • Kentucky currently is ranked 5th in the United States for opioid overdose deaths and has suffered through the opioid epidemic since its inception.

    UK’s study is part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, a bold, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. The goal is to develop evidence-based solutions to the opioid crisis and offer new hope for individuals, families and communities affected by this devastating disorder. More broadly, the idea is to see if solutions in different communities across the state can be scaled up and replicated as part of a national approach to the challenge.

     

     

    At Tuesday's basketball game, UK honored a group of faculty and staff who are working to make the lives of Kentuckians better. 30 of the researchers and staff working on UK's record-setting HEAL grant were honored on the floor at Tuesday night's men's basketball game. Mark Cornelison l UK PhotoOrganizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEducationMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthUK HealthCare

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Allison Perry
    allison.perry@uky.edu
    (859) 323-2399 Summary: During Tuesday's men’s basketball game, 30 of the researchers and staff working on UK's record-setting HEAL grant were honored on the floor, led by the study’s principal investigator and director of UK’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, Sharon Walsh.
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  • Body: ResearchBy Allison Perry Jan. 23, 2020

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2020)  Last April, the University of Kentucky – partnering with the Commonwealth of Kentucky – was one of four sites selected from across the country for the HEALing Communities Initiative. UK’s grant from the National Institutes of Health totals $87 million, the largest in its history, and is focused over the next three years on reducing opioid-related deaths by 40 percent in 16 counties across the Commonwealth.

    During the Tuesday men’s basketball game, 30 of the researchers and staff working on the HEAL grant were honored on the floor, led by the study’s principal investigator and director of UK’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, Sharon Walsh.

    The opioid epidemic has taken a heavy toll on Kentucky:

    • More than 2 million Americans live with opioid use disorder.
    • Life expectancy in this country has dropped — fueled, in large measure, by drug overdose deaths.
    • Kentucky currently is ranked 5th in the United States for opioid overdose deaths and has suffered through the opioid epidemic since its inception.

    UK’s study is part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, a bold, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. The goal is to develop evidence-based solutions to the opioid crisis and offer new hope for individuals, families and communities affected by this devastating disorder. More broadly, the idea is to see if solutions in different communities across the state can be scaled up and replicated as part of a national approach to the challenge.

     

     

    At Tuesday's basketball game, UK honored a group of faculty and staff who are working to make the lives of Kentuckians better. 30 of the researchers and staff working on UK's record-setting HEAL grant were honored on the floor at Tuesday night's men's basketball game. Mark Cornelison l UK PhotoOrganizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEducationMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthUK HealthCare

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Allison Perry
    allison.perry@uky.edu
    (859) 323-2399 Summary: During Tuesday's men’s basketball game, 30 of the researchers and staff working on UK's record-setting HEAL grant were honored on the floor, led by the study’s principal investigator and director of UK’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, Sharon Walsh.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2020)  ​Esports is​ the competitive multiplayer video game industry that is taking the world by storm. Erin Simon, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna, has become a huge part of that world. The New Jersey native is currently an anchor and host for "Cheddar Esports," a live esports and gaming news show.

    Cheddar is the leading post-cable news, media and entertainment company with more than 6.5 million views each month. Cheddar also garners hundreds of millions of organic video views monthly across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social and distributed video platforms.

    During her time at UK, Simon was a member of the women’s soccer team. “I actually transferred to UK —​ not only because of athletics but also because of the journalism program,” Simon said.

    After UK —​ and a series of career changes —​ she found her path had shifted from soccer to a different sport.

    “I moved into esports and was covering it from an editorial standpoint,” Simon said. “The NBA started their own esports league, and eventually they asked me to host one of their Twitch programs, which is like a video show for their esports league, NBA 2K League.”

    A day in the life for Simon is communicating and coordinating with people about whether they are interested in coming on their show. She considers it to be the best part of her job because she is able to resonate and connect and build relationships with people in this industry as well as outside the industry.

    “I get a chance to really dive into esports and the different stories and the different communities within it. It's very interesting,” Simon said. “It's kind of like sports in the sense where you have baseball, football, etc. — or even like you think about it, NCAA, you got the SEC, but even within the SEC, there's different universities.”

    Simon hosted host the Esports Speaker Series launch at UK's Gatton Student Center beginning at. As part of the next step in its innovative plan to be a global leader in connecting esports and higher education, UK — along with its partner Gen.G — is kicking off a national speaker series, devoted to the broad range of issues associated with esports and gaming.

    “I'm proud that my alma mater is jumping into this with GenG. I love how UK is not afraid to do different things, and I think it ultimately shows that UK is really about the students and how can we bring more opportunities to the university to expand people's reach or expand their career options,” Simon said.

    Simon has also recently signed with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) — one of the biggest agencies representing thousands of the world’s leading actors, directors, writers, producers, musical artists, comedians, authors, athletes, coaches, broadcasters, teams, leagues, chefs, designers and consumer brands — as a broadcast talent.

    To learn more about the esports initiative at the university, go to: www.uky.edu/esports/. For more information on Smart Campus, visit www.uky.edu/smartcampus/.

    Erin Ashley Simon Erin Simon | Photo by Vinny Dusovic.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Erin Simon, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna and "Cheddar Esports" anchor, hosted the kickoff event for the UK's new Esport Speaker Series.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Jan. 30, 2020

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2020)  ​Esports is​ the competitive multiplayer video game industry that is taking the world by storm. Erin Simon, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna, has become a huge part of that world. The New Jersey native is currently an anchor and host for "Cheddar Esports," a live esports and gaming news show.

    Cheddar is the leading post-cable news, media and entertainment company with more than 6.5 million views each month. Cheddar also garners hundreds of millions of organic video views monthly across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social and distributed video platforms.

    During her time at UK, Simon was a member of the women’s soccer team. “I actually transferred to UK —​ not only because of athletics but also because of the journalism program,” Simon said.

    After UK —​ and a series of career changes —​ she found her path had shifted from soccer to a different sport.

    “I moved into esports and was covering it from an editorial standpoint,” Simon said. “The NBA started their own esports league, and eventually they asked me to host one of their Twitch programs, which is like a video show for their esports league, NBA 2K League.”

    A day in the life for Simon is communicating and coordinating with people about whether they are interested in coming on their show. She considers it to be the best part of her job because she is able to resonate and connect and build relationships with people in this industry as well as outside the industry.

    “I get a chance to really dive into esports and the different stories and the different communities within it. It's very interesting,” Simon said. “It's kind of like sports in the sense where you have baseball, football, etc. — or even like you think about it, NCAA, you got the SEC, but even within the SEC, there's different universities.”

    Simon hosted the Esports Speaker Series launch at UK's Gatton Student Center earlier this semester. As part of the next step in its innovative plan to be a global leader in connecting esports and higher education, UK — along with its partner Gen.G — is kicking off a national speaker series, devoted to the broad range of issues associated with esports and gaming.

    “I'm proud that my alma mater is jumping into this with GenG. I love how UK is not afraid to do different things, and I think it ultimately shows that UK is really about the students and how can we bring more opportunities to the university to expand people's reach or expand their career options,” Simon said.

    Simon has also recently signed with the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) — one of the biggest agencies representing thousands of the world’s leading actors, directors, writers, producers, musical artists, comedians, authors, athletes, coaches, broadcasters, teams, leagues, chefs, designers and consumer brands — as a broadcast talent.

    To learn more about the esports initiative at the university, go to: www.uky.edu/esports/. For more information on Smart Campus, visit www.uky.edu/smartcampus/.

    Erin Ashley Simon Erin Simon | Photo by Vinny Dusovic.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Erin Simon, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna and "Cheddar Esports" anchor, hosted the kickoff event for the UK's new Esport Speaker Series.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Tommy Scott Jan. 21, 2020

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2020) — The University of Kentucky will induct 29 student-athletes into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character on Jan. 29 at a dinner prior to Kentucky’s men’s basketball game against Vanderbilt University, which tips off at 6:30 p.m. 

    The student-athletes will then be recognized on the court at Rupp Arena at halftime of the basketball game.  

    The Society of Character annually honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model. The SOC was founded during the 1998-99 school year and is named for Ham, a longtime UK administrator. 

    The following is an alphabetized list of this year’s induction class and highlights of their accomplishments. 

    César Bourgois, Men’s Tennis 

    • 32nd-ranked doubles player in 2019-20 Preseason ITA Division I Men's National Rankings 
    • Team captain 
    • SEC Community Service Team 
    • Men's tennis representative on the UK Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 
    • Dean's List 
    • Marketing major 

    Glen Brown, Swimming and Diving 

    • 2019-20 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president 
    • 2018-19 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee vice president 
    • 2019 NCAA qualifier 
    • 2019 All-America Honorable Mention in 400-yard freestyle relay 
    • 2019 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll 
    • 2019 SEC Community Service Team selection 
    • 2019 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team 
    • Majoring in accounting
    • Volunteered over 100 hours to community service, including the Humane Society, God’s Pantry and Salvation Army 

    Josephine Chang, Women’s Golf 

    • Scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2021 with degrees in kinesiology and biology 
    • Plans to attend medical school after college with aspirations to work at a nonprofit hospital 
    • Two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar First Team member 
    • Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and appeared on the UK Dean’s List six times 
    • 2019 SEC Community Service Team 
    • Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team member as a junior 
    • Kentucky Heritage Scholarship recipient 
    • Active member in the community, including volunteering with the Salvation Army, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital, Special Olympics, God’s Pantry and the American Cancer Society 
    • Appeared in 25 events in her four-year career, including a runner-up finish at the 2019 Colonel Classic, two top-10 finishes and four top-20 showings; named a captain for the 2019-20 season 
    • SEC Freshman of the Week on March 22, 2017 

    Carson Coleman, Baseball 

    • Three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, majoring in integrated strategic communication
    • Showed his commitment to personal and team development by returning to school for the 2019-20 school year/season despite being selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft 
    • Highly regarded by teammates and coaching staff for his positive attitude and work ethic 
    • Deeply involved with off the field programs including the March to End Alzheimer’s, ALZ/4MOM Foundation, Miracle League, Catholic Action Center, God’s Pantry, NEGU (Never Ever Give Up), Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and elementary school reading programs 
    • Has worked with local community service organizations each of the past three summers as part of his summer baseball leagues 
    • Has pitched in 43 career games with five saves and 68 strikeouts in 48.0 innings 

    T.J. Collett, Baseball 

    • Two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team 
    • Three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, majoring in communication
    • Has been instrumental in UK baseball’s community outreach and service initiatives 
    • Heavily involved with NEGU/Jessie Rees Foundation, whose mission is connecting with families of young cancer patients, bringing awareness to their stories, offering them a network of helpful resources and sending the entire family encouragement during their journey 
    • Spearheaded an effort where members of the UK baseball team deliver Joy Jars to young cancer patients. The jars are stuffed with toys, games and other items to brighten patients’ days 
    • Worked with UK and NEGU to bring cancer-stricken children and their families to home games for behind-the-scenes experiences on game day, including being announced during the game 
    • So highly regarded as a teammate that when he participated in the College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Nebraska, last summer a teammate’s family drove more than an hour to the event just to support him 
    • During his career has been named both National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week for his play 
    • Has persevered through numerous injuries that significantly impacted both his freshman and sophomore seasons 

    Jacob Cook, Men’s Golf 

    • Has appeared in 11 events during his three-year career with his low round, low tournament score and best tournament finish coming during the 2019 fall season 
    • Pursuing a degree in management
    • He’s a three-time Academic All-SEC selection 
    • Serves as the men’s golf representative for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and is heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program 
    • Served on a mission trip to Nicaragua where he played with kids, built a house, visited local schools and made concrete blocks 
    • Other service projects include: Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, God’s Pantry and Salvation Army 

    Tanner Dowdy, Track and Field 

    • Finance and political science major
    • Has interned for the Special Olympics and represented the state at naturalization ceremonies to register new citizens to vote 
    • Volunteered with the Carnegie Center Art Night to assist in making food and cleaning the area to display local art 
    • Has completed at least 65 hours of community service while competing with both the track and field and cross country teams 
    • Tanner has given his time generously to both the Lexington and Louisville communities 
    • Has been on the Dean’s List every semester of his time at Kentucky 

    Nicole Fautsch, Track and Field 

    • Earning both her B.B.A. in marketing and B.A. in psychology 
    • Served on a mission trip to Ethiopia where she helped pass out food and supplies to communities in need, spent time playing with orphans and learned about the importance of sponsorship 
    • Has also volunteered with Walk to End Alzheimer’s where she helped assemble and hand out pinwheel flowers to walkers and volunteered with Jesus Prom at Southland Christian Church where she spent the evening with special needs prom guests to give them a night of fun 
    • Nicole was the student coordinator for Adopt a Family where she organized the track and field team in December to deliver presents to local families in need during Christmas 
    • Has completed over 100 hours of community service 

    Ian Foos, Rifle 

    • Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll 
    • Two-time CRCA Scholastic All-American 
    • Recipient of the Elton E. Mackin Marine Corp League Scholarship 
    • Team Captain for the 2019-20 UK rifle team 
    • Four-year member of the UK rifle team who was part of 2018 NCAA National Championship team 
    • USA Shooting Junior National Champion in 2015 
    • Social work major
    • Heavily involved in community outreach and service projects 

    Luke Fortner, Football 

    • A mechanical engineering major who, along with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and other engineering students, helped design a specially built push cart vehicle to provide a Kentucky Children’s Hospital patient the chance to both accompany the Wildcats on the Cat Walk and attend a game at Kroger Field in a project called “Lift Them Up” 
    • Leads the UK football team in community service hours 
    • Heavily involved in UK football’s weekly visits to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital 
    • Has appeared in 31 career games, starting every game of the 2019 season 
    • His blocking helped UK set team records for rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns, and rushing average during the 2019 season 
    • Three-time UK Dean’s List honoree 
    • Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree 

    Ali Galyer, Swimming and Diving 

    • 2017, 2019 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team 
    • Four-time NCAA First Team All-American (2017-2019) 
    • 2018, 2019 SEC Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll 
    • Marketing major
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 NCAA Qualifier 
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 All-SEC Second Team, 2017 All-Freshman Team 
    • 2019 SEC Silver Medalist in 200-yard backstroke 
    • 2019 SEC Bronze Medalist in 800-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay 
    • 2018 SEC Bronze Medalist in 200-yard backstroke 
    • 2017 SEC Silver Medalist in 800-yard freestyle relay 
    • Volunteered over 200 hours to community service, including the Hope Center, God’s Pantry and Salvation Army 

    Autumn Humes, Softball 

    • 2019 SEC All-Tournament Team member 
    • Two-times elected as a team captain 
    • SEC Pitcher of the Week in 2019 
    • Two-time member of the SEC Honor Roll 
    • 2019 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete
    • Among her numerous service activities was leading a mission trip for college students to Nicaragua in 2019
    • Majoring in kinesiology with plans to attend graduate school in physician assistant studies

    Lesedi Jacobs, Women’s Tennis 

    • 2018, 2019 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll 
    • 2019 ITA Scholar-Athlete, majoring in accounting and finance
    • 2019 and 2016 Ohio Valley Regional doubles champion (main draw) 
    • 2019 ITA National Fall Championships singles and doubles qualifier 
    • 2019 Baylor Invite doubles champion (main draw) 
    • Won eight straight singles matches and 11 straight doubles matches during the 2018-19 regular season 
    • 2016 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships doubles qualifier 
    • Participated in community service projects with the Habitat for Humanity, God’s Pantry, Read Across America, Amachi Central Kentucky and Special Olympics Kentucky
    • Represented UK at the SEC Career Tour

    Leon Jones, Men’s Soccer 

    • Two-time All-Conference USA 
    • Anchored defense that led nation in shutouts in 2018 
    • C-USA All-Academic Team 
    • Dean's List 
    • Chemical engineering major 

    Morgan Lakes, Swimming and Diving 

    • Human health science major on a pre-dental school track 
    • Won the Team Spirit award at the 2019 Kentucky swimming and diving awards banquet 
    • Set career highs in eight events last season, including the 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 200- and 400-yard individual medley, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and the 200- and 400-meter individual medley 
    • Participated in research associated with UK College of Dentistry and has more than 100 hours of shadowing dentists 
    • 2018, 2019 SEC Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll 
    • Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program scholarship recipient 
    • Volunteered over 250 hours to community service, including the Hope Center, Salvation Army and Amachi Central Kentucky 
    • Member of Omicron Delta Kappa 

    Katherine Marianos, Gymnastics 

    • WCGA Scholastic All-American 
    • SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll 
    • Dean's List every semester 
    • Double major in marketing and management 
    • Set to graduate in three years 

    Alex Martens, Softball 

    • SEC All-Freshman Team in 2017 
    • NFCA All-Region Second Team in 2019 
    • Elected as a 2020 UK team captain 
    • UK Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 
    • Interned with Nike in the summer of 2019, working at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon
    • Integrated strategic communication major with an art studio minor

    KeKe McKinney, Women’s Basketball 

    • Traveled with a group of UK student-athletes to Ethiopia in the summer of 2019 for a service trip interacting with people, passing out food and clothes and tried to make a difference in their lives 
    • Has also spent time volunteering with the Kentucky Toyota Miracle League, Gainesway Ministry, Lighthouse Ministry and God’s Pantry Food Bank 
    • A two-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, majoring in social work 
    • A three-year starter for the women’s basketball team that has been a leader since the first day she stepped in the gym. Is having her best season yet as a junior, averaging 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game 

    Lizzy Merriman, Swimming and Diving 

    • Kinesiology major 
    • Set career highs in seven events last season, including the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, 200- and 400-yard individual medley, 50- and 200-meter breaststroke and the 400-yard individual medley 
    • 2018, 2019 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll 
    • 150+ hours of shadowing physical therapists 
    • Volunteered over 150 hours to community service, including the Hope Center, Humane Society and God’s Pantry 
    • Member of Omicron Delta Kappa 

    Megan Monfredi, Gymnastics 

    • SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll 
    • Dean's List 
    • Recorded season-high 9.725 floor routine twice in 2019 
    • Recorded career-high 9.800 floor routine in 2018 freshman debut 
    • Majoring in psychology

    Kendyl Paris, Volleyball 

    • Went to Ethiopia as part of the UK Athletics’ mission trip in the summer 
    • SAAC leadership council 
    • Kinesiology major who earned SEC Honor Roll in 2018 and 2019 
    • Professional school aspirations in physical therapy
    • Part of three SEC Championship teams in her first three years as a Wildcat 
    • Works with Step-by-Step, God’s Pantry, Special Olympics and the George Pruitt Recovery Center

     Kameron Roach, Women’s Basketball 

    • Has been heavily involved in community service since arriving on campus, volunteering with the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League, Immanuel Baptist Church mentoring program, Lighthouse Ministries and more 
    • A two-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, majoring in kinesiology and health promotion 
    • Injuries limited her time on the court last season and early this season, but is recovering and expected to be full speed soon 
    • Best game of her career against Alabama State last season where she scored four points with four rebounds, three steals and one assist, hitting a 3-pointer 

    Bailey Rouse, Men’s Soccer 

    • Started all 21 matches in 2019 
    • Recorded one goal and one assist while primarily playing defense in 2019 
    • Team captain 
    • C-USA All-Academic Team 
    • Dean's List 
    • Civil engineering major 

    Asia Seidt, Swimming and Diving 

    • Kinesiology major
    • 2019 Gold Medalist at Phillips 66 National Championships in 200-meter backstroke 
    • 2019 NCAA Elite 90 recipient, Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team 
    • 2017-18, 2018-19 USA Swimming National Team and U.S. World University Games Team 
    • Eight-time NCAA First Team All-American (2017-2019) 
    • Eight-time NCAA All-America Honorable Mention (2017-2019) 
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 All-SEC First Team 
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 SEC Champion in 200-yard backstroke 
    • 2018 SEC Champion in 100-yard backstroke 
    • 2018, 2019 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and 2017, 2018, 2019 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team 
    • Volunteered over 200 hours to community service, including the Hope Center, Kentucky Aquatics and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass 

    Sarah Shipley, Women’s Golf 

    • Scheduled to graduate in the summer with a degree in integrated strategic communication and a minor in community leadership development  
    • Two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and has been on the Dean’s List
    • Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes 
    • Chosen for the 2018 SEC Community Service Team, she has more than 200 hours of service during her time at UK, including volunteering with the Special Olympics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital and the Salvation Army 
    • Selected for service trips to Panama and Nicaragua 
    • Key member of the UK women’s golf team with 35 college appearances, four top-10 finishes and seven top-20 showings 
    • Won the individual match-play bracket at the East & West Match Play Challenge as a freshman 
    • Two-time tournament champion in the summer of 2019 (Golf Association of Michigan Women’s Championship and 119th Women’s Western Amateur) 

    Avery Skinner, Volleyball 

    • Went to Ethiopia as part of the UK Athletics’ service trip in the summer 
    • Part of three SEC Championship teams in her first three years as a Wildcat 
    • 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team 
    • 2018 Preseason All-SEC Team member 
    • 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award winner 
    • Communication sciences and disorders major

    Larissa Spellman, Softball 

    • SEC Honor Roll and SEC First-Year Honor Roll member 
    • Works with Habitat for Humanity 
    • Has helped with UK Softball’s relationship with the Special Olympics 
    • Assisted with God’s Pantry to help pack sack lunches for underprivileged kids 
    • Interned in the summer with Special Olympics 
    • Management and communication double major  

    Bailey Vick, Softball 

    • 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team 
    • Two-time SEC Freshman of the Week 
    • 2018 SEC All-Defensive Team   
    • Dean’s List in all seven semesters of her educational career 
    • 2018 Scratch Award winner at the CATSPYs 
    • Accounting major

    Landon Young, Football 

    • Has appeared in 36 career games, starting every game at left tackle during the 2019 season 
    • 2019 third-team All-SEC and SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honoree 
    • Named captain of the prestigious 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his impact off the field 
    • Has visited a local nursing home several times, including a pre-Super Bowl party to give joy to the residents; was guest speaker at local churches and elementary schools on seven different occasions, talking about life lessons, fighting through adversities, faith and football 
    • Volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Hope Center and Lexington Christian Church 
    • As an animal sciences major, has volunteered his time for eight straight years at a veterinary clinic in Cynthiana, Kentucky 
    • Participated in a one-week service trip to the Ethiopia in May of 2019. 
    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtHealth SciencesSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The Society of Character annually honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Tommy Scott Jan. 21, 2020

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 21, 2020) — The University of Kentucky will induct 29 student-athletes into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character on Jan. 29 at a dinner prior to Kentucky’s men’s basketball game against Vanderbilt University, which tips off at 6:30 p.m. 

    The student-athletes will then be recognized on the court at Rupp Arena at halftime of the basketball game.  

    The Society of Character annually honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model. The SOC was founded during the 1998-99 school year and is named for Ham, a longtime UK administrator. 

    The following is an alphabetized list of this year’s induction class and highlights of their accomplishments. 

    César Bourgois, Men’s Tennis 

    • 32nd-ranked doubles player in 2019-20 Preseason ITA Division I Men's National Rankings 
    • Team captain 
    • SEC Community Service Team 
    • Men's tennis representative on the UK Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 
    • Dean's List 
    • Marketing major 

    Glen Brown, Swimming and Diving 

    • 2019-20 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president 
    • 2018-19 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee vice president 
    • 2019 NCAA qualifier 
    • 2019 All-America Honorable Mention in 400-yard freestyle relay 
    • 2019 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll 
    • 2019 SEC Community Service Team selection 
    • 2019 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team 
    • Majoring in accounting
    • Volunteered over 100 hours to community service, including the Humane Society, God’s Pantry and Salvation Army 

    Josephine Chang, Women’s Golf 

    • Scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2021 with degrees in kinesiology and biology 
    • Plans to attend medical school after college with aspirations to work at a nonprofit hospital 
    • Two-time Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar First Team member 
    • Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and appeared on the UK Dean’s List six times 
    • 2019 SEC Community Service Team 
    • Women's Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar Team member as a junior 
    • Kentucky Heritage Scholarship recipient 
    • Active member in the community, including volunteering with the Salvation Army, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Shriner’s Hospital, Special Olympics, God’s Pantry and the American Cancer Society 
    • Appeared in 25 events in her four-year career, including a runner-up finish at the 2019 Colonel Classic, two top-10 finishes and four top-20 showings; named a captain for the 2019-20 season 
    • SEC Freshman of the Week on March 22, 2017 

    Carson Coleman, Baseball 

    • Three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, majoring in integrated strategic communication
    • Showed his commitment to personal and team development by returning to school for the 2019-20 school year/season despite being selected in the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft 
    • Highly regarded by teammates and coaching staff for his positive attitude and work ethic 
    • Deeply involved with off the field programs including the March to End Alzheimer’s, ALZ/4MOM Foundation, Miracle League, Catholic Action Center, God’s Pantry, NEGU (Never Ever Give Up), Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and elementary school reading programs 
    • Has worked with local community service organizations each of the past three summers as part of his summer baseball leagues 
    • Has pitched in 43 career games with five saves and 68 strikeouts in 48.0 innings 

    T.J. Collett, Baseball 

    • Two-time member of the SEC Community Service Team 
    • Three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, majoring in communication
    • Has been instrumental in UK baseball’s community outreach and service initiatives 
    • Heavily involved with NEGU/Jessie Rees Foundation, whose mission is connecting with families of young cancer patients, bringing awareness to their stories, offering them a network of helpful resources and sending the entire family encouragement during their journey 
    • Spearheaded an effort where members of the UK baseball team deliver Joy Jars to young cancer patients. The jars are stuffed with toys, games and other items to brighten patients’ days 
    • Worked with UK and NEGU to bring cancer-stricken children and their families to home games for behind-the-scenes experiences on game day, including being announced during the game 
    • So highly regarded as a teammate that when he participated in the College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Nebraska, last summer a teammate’s family drove more than an hour to the event just to support him 
    • During his career has been named both National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week for his play 
    • Has persevered through numerous injuries that significantly impacted both his freshman and sophomore seasons 

    Jacob Cook, Men’s Golf 

    • Has appeared in 11 events during his three-year career with his low round, low tournament score and best tournament finish coming during the 2019 fall season 
    • Pursuing a degree in management
    • He’s a three-time Academic All-SEC selection 
    • Serves as the men’s golf representative for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and is heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program 
    • Served on a mission trip to Nicaragua where he played with kids, built a house, visited local schools and made concrete blocks 
    • Other service projects include: Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics, God’s Pantry and Salvation Army 

    Tanner Dowdy, Track and Field 

    • Finance and political science major
    • Has interned for the Special Olympics and represented the state at naturalization ceremonies to register new citizens to vote 
    • Volunteered with the Carnegie Center Art Night to assist in making food and cleaning the area to display local art 
    • Has completed at least 65 hours of community service while competing with both the track and field and cross country teams 
    • Tanner has given his time generously to both the Lexington and Louisville communities 
    • Has been on the Dean’s List every semester of his time at Kentucky 

    Nicole Fautsch, Track and Field 

    • Earning both her B.B.A. in marketing and B.A. in psychology 
    • Served on a mission trip to Ethiopia where she helped pass out food and supplies to communities in need, spent time playing with orphans and learned about the importance of sponsorship 
    • Has also volunteered with Walk to End Alzheimer’s where she helped assemble and hand out pinwheel flowers to walkers and volunteered with Jesus Prom at Southland Christian Church where she spent the evening with special needs prom guests to give them a night of fun 
    • Nicole was the student coordinator for Adopt a Family where she organized the track and field team in December to deliver presents to local families in need during Christmas 
    • Has completed over 100 hours of community service 

    Ian Foos, Rifle 

    • Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll 
    • Two-time CRCA Scholastic All-American 
    • Recipient of the Elton E. Mackin Marine Corp League Scholarship 
    • Team Captain for the 2019-20 UK rifle team 
    • Four-year member of the UK rifle team who was part of 2018 NCAA National Championship team 
    • USA Shooting Junior National Champion in 2015 
    • Social work major
    • Heavily involved in community outreach and service projects 

    Luke Fortner, Football 

    • A mechanical engineering major who, along with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and other engineering students, helped design a specially built push cart vehicle to provide a Kentucky Children’s Hospital patient the chance to both accompany the Wildcats on the Cat Walk and attend a game at Kroger Field in a project called “Lift Them Up” 
    • Leads the UK football team in community service hours 
    • Heavily involved in UK football’s weekly visits to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital 
    • Has appeared in 31 career games, starting every game of the 2019 season 
    • His blocking helped UK set team records for rushing yardage, rushing touchdowns, and rushing average during the 2019 season 
    • Three-time UK Dean’s List honoree 
    • Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll honoree 

    Ali Galyer, Swimming and Diving 

    • 2017, 2019 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team 
    • Four-time NCAA First Team All-American (2017-2019) 
    • 2018, 2019 SEC Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll 
    • Marketing major
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 NCAA Qualifier 
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 All-SEC Second Team, 2017 All-Freshman Team 
    • 2019 SEC Silver Medalist in 200-yard backstroke 
    • 2019 SEC Bronze Medalist in 800-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay 
    • 2018 SEC Bronze Medalist in 200-yard backstroke 
    • 2017 SEC Silver Medalist in 800-yard freestyle relay 
    • Volunteered over 200 hours to community service, including the Hope Center, God’s Pantry and Salvation Army 

    Autumn Humes, Softball 

    • 2019 SEC All-Tournament Team member 
    • Two-times elected as a team captain 
    • SEC Pitcher of the Week in 2019 
    • Two-time member of the SEC Honor Roll 
    • 2019 Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete
    • Among her numerous service activities was leading a mission trip for college students to Nicaragua in 2019
    • Majoring in kinesiology with plans to attend graduate school in physician assistant studies

    Lesedi Jacobs, Women’s Tennis 

    • 2018, 2019 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll 
    • 2019 ITA Scholar-Athlete, majoring in accounting and finance
    • 2019 and 2016 Ohio Valley Regional doubles champion (main draw) 
    • 2019 ITA National Fall Championships singles and doubles qualifier 
    • 2019 Baylor Invite doubles champion (main draw) 
    • Won eight straight singles matches and 11 straight doubles matches during the 2018-19 regular season 
    • 2016 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships doubles qualifier 
    • Participated in community service projects with the Habitat for Humanity, God’s Pantry, Read Across America, Amachi Central Kentucky and Special Olympics Kentucky
    • Represented UK at the SEC Career Tour

    Leon Jones, Men’s Soccer 

    • Two-time All-Conference USA 
    • Anchored defense that led nation in shutouts in 2018 
    • C-USA All-Academic Team 
    • Dean's List 
    • Chemical engineering major 

    Morgan Lakes, Swimming and Diving 

    • Human health science major on a pre-dental school track 
    • Won the Team Spirit award at the 2019 Kentucky swimming and diving awards banquet 
    • Set career highs in eight events last season, including the 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, 200- and 400-yard individual medley, 100- and 200-meter breaststroke and the 200- and 400-meter individual medley 
    • Participated in research associated with UK College of Dentistry and has more than 100 hours of shadowing dentists 
    • 2018, 2019 SEC Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll 
    • Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program scholarship recipient 
    • Volunteered over 250 hours to community service, including the Hope Center, Salvation Army and Amachi Central Kentucky 
    • Member of Omicron Delta Kappa 

    Katherine Marianos, Gymnastics 

    • WCGA Scholastic All-American 
    • SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll 
    • Dean's List every semester 
    • Double major in marketing and management 
    • Set to graduate in three years 

    Alex Martens, Softball 

    • SEC All-Freshman Team in 2017 
    • NFCA All-Region Second Team in 2019 
    • Elected as a 2020 UK team captain 
    • UK Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 
    • Interned with Nike in the summer of 2019, working at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon
    • Integrated strategic communication major with an art studio minor

    KeKe McKinney, Women’s Basketball 

    • Traveled with a group of UK student-athletes to Ethiopia in the summer of 2019 for a service trip interacting with people, passing out food and clothes and tried to make a difference in their lives 
    • Has also spent time volunteering with the Kentucky Toyota Miracle League, Gainesway Ministry, Lighthouse Ministry and God’s Pantry Food Bank 
    • A two-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, majoring in social work 
    • A three-year starter for the women’s basketball team that has been a leader since the first day she stepped in the gym. Is having her best season yet as a junior, averaging 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game 

    Lizzy Merriman, Swimming and Diving 

    • Kinesiology major 
    • Set career highs in seven events last season, including the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, 200- and 400-yard individual medley, 50- and 200-meter breaststroke and the 400-yard individual medley 
    • 2018, 2019 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll 
    • 150+ hours of shadowing physical therapists 
    • Volunteered over 150 hours to community service, including the Hope Center, Humane Society and God’s Pantry 
    • Member of Omicron Delta Kappa 

    Megan Monfredi, Gymnastics 

    • SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll 
    • Dean's List 
    • Recorded season-high 9.725 floor routine twice in 2019 
    • Recorded career-high 9.800 floor routine in 2018 freshman debut 
    • Majoring in psychology

    Kendyl Paris, Volleyball 

    • Went to Ethiopia as part of the UK Athletics’ mission trip in the summer 
    • SAAC leadership council 
    • Kinesiology major who earned SEC Honor Roll in 2018 and 2019 
    • Professional school aspirations in physical therapy
    • Part of three SEC Championship teams in her first three years as a Wildcat 
    • Works with Step-by-Step, God’s Pantry, Special Olympics and the George Pruitt Recovery Center

     Kameron Roach, Women’s Basketball 

    • Has been heavily involved in community service since arriving on campus, volunteering with the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League, Immanuel Baptist Church mentoring program, Lighthouse Ministries and more 
    • A two-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, majoring in kinesiology and health promotion 
    • Injuries limited her time on the court last season and early this season, but is recovering and expected to be full speed soon 
    • Best game of her career against Alabama State last season where she scored four points with four rebounds, three steals and one assist, hitting a 3-pointer 

    Bailey Rouse, Men’s Soccer 

    • Started all 21 matches in 2019 
    • Recorded one goal and one assist while primarily playing defense in 2019 
    • Team captain 
    • C-USA All-Academic Team 
    • Dean's List 
    • Civil engineering major 

    Asia Seidt, Swimming and Diving 

    • Kinesiology major
    • 2019 Gold Medalist at Phillips 66 National Championships in 200-meter backstroke 
    • 2019 NCAA Elite 90 recipient, Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team 
    • 2017-18, 2018-19 USA Swimming National Team and U.S. World University Games Team 
    • Eight-time NCAA First Team All-American (2017-2019) 
    • Eight-time NCAA All-America Honorable Mention (2017-2019) 
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 All-SEC First Team 
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 SEC Champion in 200-yard backstroke 
    • 2018 SEC Champion in 100-yard backstroke 
    • 2018, 2019 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and 2017, 2018, 2019 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team 
    • Volunteered over 200 hours to community service, including the Hope Center, Kentucky Aquatics and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass 

    Sarah Shipley, Women’s Golf 

    • Scheduled to graduate in the summer with a degree in integrated strategic communication and a minor in community leadership development  
    • Two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and has been on the Dean’s List
    • Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes 
    • Chosen for the 2018 SEC Community Service Team, she has more than 200 hours of service during her time at UK, including volunteering with the Special Olympics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital and the Salvation Army 
    • Selected for service trips to Panama and Nicaragua 
    • Key member of the UK women’s golf team with 35 college appearances, four top-10 finishes and seven top-20 showings 
    • Won the individual match-play bracket at the East & West Match Play Challenge as a freshman 
    • Two-time tournament champion in the summer of 2019 (Golf Association of Michigan Women’s Championship and 119th Women’s Western Amateur) 

    Avery Skinner, Volleyball 

    • Went to Ethiopia as part of the UK Athletics’ service trip in the summer 
    • Part of three SEC Championship teams in her first three years as a Wildcat 
    • 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team 
    • 2018 Preseason All-SEC Team member 
    • 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award winner 
    • Communication sciences and disorders major

    Larissa Spellman, Softball 

    • SEC Honor Roll and SEC First-Year Honor Roll member 
    • Works with Habitat for Humanity 
    • Has helped with UK Softball’s relationship with the Special Olympics 
    • Assisted with God’s Pantry to help pack sack lunches for underprivileged kids 
    • Interned in the summer with Special Olympics 
    • Management and communication double major  

    Bailey Vick, Softball 

    • 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team 
    • Two-time SEC Freshman of the Week 
    • 2018 SEC All-Defensive Team   
    • Dean’s List in all seven semesters of her educational career 
    • 2018 Scratch Award winner at the CATSPYs 
    • Accounting major

    Landon Young, Football 

    • Has appeared in 36 career games, starting every game at left tackle during the 2019 season 
    • 2019 third-team All-SEC and SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honoree 
    • Named captain of the prestigious 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his impact off the field 
    • Has visited a local nursing home several times, including a pre-Super Bowl party to give joy to the residents; was guest speaker at local churches and elementary schools on seven different occasions, talking about life lessons, fighting through adversities, faith and football 
    • Volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Hope Center and Lexington Christian Church 
    • As an animal sciences major, has volunteered his time for eight straight years at a veterinary clinic in Cynthiana, Kentucky 
    • Participated in a one-week service trip to the Ethiopia in May of 2019. 
    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtHealth SciencesSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The Society of Character annually honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Jenny Wells-Hosley Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2019) — Today, the University of Kentucky will honor its Fall 2019 graduates at the December 2019 Commencement Ceremonies.  

    The two ceremonies will begin 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST today in Rupp Arena. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university's YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/IiGmgAyStYo.

    • 10 a.m.: College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Fine Arts; College of Medicine; College of Social Work; College of Public Health; College of Pharmacy; Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
    • 3 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences; Gatton College of Business and Economics; College of Communication and Information; College of Design; College of Health Sciences; College of Nursing

    More than 1,000 students are expected to attend Friday's ceremonies; overall, approximately 1,800 total degrees have been approved by the UK Board of Trustees. August 2019 degree recipients are also eligible to participate in the December ceremonies. More than 900 degrees were conferred for August.

    Doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree recipients are recognized together based on their colleges.

    Parking 

    Due to construction around Rupp Arena and Lexington Center, parking and entry information is limited. Graduates and their guests should arrive at least one hour before the start of their ceremony. View a parking map here.

    Honorary degree

    An honorary degree will be presented at the 10 a.m. ceremony to Porter "P.G." Peeples, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Lexington. Peeples is a 1968 graduate of UK — one of the few African American students to enroll and graduate at that time. The following year, at the age of 22, Peeples was named the director of the new Urban League of Lexington, making him the youngest chapter director in the United States. He has dedicated his life to serving Lexington and its African American community through an over 50-year career of civil rights and social justice advocacy with the Urban League. Read more about Peeples.

    Student speakers 

    In addition to UK President Eli Capilouto, a student representative will address the audience at each of the ceremonies, as per UK tradition. Daniel Beasley, from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is graduating with a bachelor's degree from the College of Social Work. He will give the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Ndeye Matou Amar, from Senegal, West Africa, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences. She will deliver the Commencement address at the 3 p.m. ceremony.

    Graduate stories

    While all graduates are celebrated for their tremendous achievements, many have particularly interesting stories to share about their lives and time at UK.

    • Roger Dittert and his wife’s lives were turned upside down in July 2015 when they unexpectedly lost their unborn child due to pregnancy complications. This seemingly insurmountable loss accompanied by his inherent desire to help others left him with only one path — returning to UK to attend nursing school. As a result of the compassion and expert care Dittert and his wife received in their time of need, he now plans to pursue a career in obstetrics.
    • A car accident left Rachel Centers, a kinesiology major from Jeffersonville, Kentucky, with a severe brain injury. Even years after the accident Centers still suffers from short-term memory loss, reduced speeds of cognitive processing and reaction time, fatigue, depression, sleep deprivation, loss of motivation and mood changes. However, Centers didn’t let those obstacles stop her from fulfilling her passion of earning a degree.
    • Parisa ShamaeiZadeh, from Paintsville, Kentucky, grew up in two cultures — her mother is from Appalachia and her father is from Iran. As a dual citizen of both countries, she spent her childhood traveling back and forth between the two, and says seeing the challenges her father experienced due to his immigrant status is what drove her to pursue a career focusing on how culture affects health. Graduating with a human health sciences degree from the UK College of Health Sciences, she plans to pursue a career in medicine geared toward serving low income, migrant and refugee populations.
    • Stuart Lichtenberg, a native of Morehead, Kentucky, is not your typical college graduate. He started taking classes at UK in 2002, leaving before completing his degree. The years following helped motivate him to return to school, determined to find his niche this time around. His newly discovered passion for agricultural biotechnology led him to not only complete his bachelor’s degree requirements, but also continue on to earn a Ph.D. His time in the lab studying next generation pesticides opened the door for his next adventure: tracking chronic wasting disease (CWD). Stuart Lichtenberg will graduate with a doctorate in integrated plant and soil science from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

    For more information on Commencement, visit www.uky.edu/commencement/fallceremonies.

    Watch live at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. as UK honors its December 2019 graduates. Please ensure your device's software is up to date. More than 1,000 students are expected to attend Friday's ceremonies. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: Today's Commencement Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST. Watch the livestream here.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Jenny Wells-Hosley Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2019) — This Friday, the University of Kentucky will honor approximately 1,800 Fall 2019 graduates at the December 2019 Commencement Ceremonies.  

    The two ceremonies will begin 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in Rupp Arena. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university's YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/IiGmgAyStYo. This link will also be accessible via the UKNow homepage on Friday.

    • 10 a.m.: College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Fine Arts; College of Medicine; College of Social Work; College of Public Health; College of Pharmacy; Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
    • 3 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences; Gatton College of Business and Economics; College of Communication and Information; College of Design; College of Health Sciences; College of Nursing

    Approximately 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for Fall 2019 degree conferral, and over 1,000 are expected to participate in this Friday's ceremonies. August 2019 degree recipients are also eligible to participate in the December ceremonies — over 900 degrees were conferred for August.

    Doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree recipients are recognized together based on their colleges.

    Parking Due to construction around Rupp Arena and Lexington Center, parking and entry information is limited. Graduates and their guests should arrive at least one hour before the start of their ceremony. View a parking map here.

    Honorary degree An honorary degree will be presented at the 10 a.m. ceremony to Porter "P.G." Peeples, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Lexington. Peeples is a 1968 graduate of UK — one of the few African American students to enroll and graduate at that time. The following year, at the age of 22, Peeples was named the director of the new Lexington chapter of the Urban League, making him the youngest chapter director in the United States. He has dedicated his life to serving Lexington and its African American community through an over 50-year career of civil rights and social justice advocacy with the Urban League.

    Student speakers In addition to UK President Eli Capilouto, a student representative will address the audience at each of the ceremonies, as per UK tradition. Daniel Beasley, from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is graduating with a bachelor's degree from the College of Social Work. He will give the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Ndeye Matou Amar, from Senegal, West Africa, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences. She will deliver the Commencement address at the 3 p.m. ceremony.

    For more information, visit www.uky.edu/commencement/fallceremonies.

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: The two ceremonies will begin 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in Rupp Arena. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university's YouTube channel
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Jenny Wells-Hosley Dec. 12, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2019) — As the University of Kentucky commemorates 70 years of integration on campus this year, alumni and friends are also finding ways to contribute to the university's ongoing commitment to inclusive excellence.

    One of these alumni is Mary deGraaf, who has devoted much of her life to volunteering and nonprofit work. She also recently participated in UK's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's (OLLI) Hope and History Civil Rights study/travel group. She said that experience, among others, inspired her to create a fund that would support UK's Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), a division of UK's Office for Institutional Diversity aimed at increasing retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.

    After providing initial funding, deGraaf and her husband provided matching funds to encourage others to give.

    "We both believe strongly in the value of higher education, and in helping those who have not had the same advantages we have," deGraaf said.

    "The CARES Support Fund will allow us to support students in ways that were not possible in the past," said Toni Thomas, director of CARES. "For instance, underrepresented students are sometimes hesitant to study abroad, but we know that it is an experience that is life changing, in a positive manner. Now, we can not only encourage students to study abroad, but we can provide financial support as we encourage them to spread their wings and venture outside their comfort zone."

    In addition to supporting CARES programming, the fund will also support students who may need assistance purchasing books or food, or who cannot afford the Freshman Summer Program (FSP) fee. FSP is a five-week residential academic enrichment program designed to assist students with transitioning from high school to college. The program is targeted to underrepresented student groups, including first-generation and low-income students.

    Mackenzie Plata-Madrid, a UK freshman, said the FSP made her transition to college much easier.

    "I thought FSP was very beneficial because I got to meet new people and get a jump start on college," Plata-Madrid said. "FSP helped me navigate the campus better once I came back for the fall semester. I got to learn about the different resources that can help with my success here at UK."

    "The FSP facilitates building a solid foundation that leads to increased retention and ultimately graduation," Thomas said. "FSP participants enroll in college level courses, engage in activities that allow them to have an understandable introduction to academic expectations through classroom experiences with faculty, learn about and connect to campus resources and begin to develop a sense of belonging and community."

    This gift furthers the goals of Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign, the university’s $2.1 billion comprehensive campaign focused on improving student success, funding innovative research, strengthening health care, growing UK's alumni network and supporting its athletic programs. Kentucky Can aims to improve opportunities for everyone UK serves. By offering increased academic support, donors like deGraaf are removing obstacles for students and improving their ability to succeed.

    As other prospective donors learn about the CARES Support Fund, deGraaf hopes they will recognize the benefit they can provide to underrepresented students in need. 

    "I am very excited to be involved with the CARES Support Fund and will be looking forward to hearing stories about some of the students who are benefiting from it," deGraaf said.

    in 1970, deGraaf graduated from UK with a bachelor's degree in home economics/interior design merchandising, and in 1988, she earned a master's degree in communication. She currently lives in southern Indiana, near Louisville, with her husband.

    Toni Thomas (left), director for UK's Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), talks with a student. A new support fund created by UK alumna Mary deGraaf will support students and programming in CARES. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo. Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentCommunication and InformationDesignGraduate School

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: The fund supports programming in UK's Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), which aims to increase retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Dec. 12, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2019) — Holiday parties, family trips and thoughtful gifts are going to be filling all of our social media feeds in the upcoming weeks. However, you might want to think twice before you post.

    Kakie Urch, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, has eight easy tips to protect yourself — and others — online this holiday season.

    • Don’t post large gift items – We all have new phones or 4K TVs on our wish lists this year. The best advice Urch had was to NOT post photos of those big-ticket gifts. Posting photos of these items makes them “available” to everyone who sees them on your social media and makes your home a target.
    • Wait to post – If you don’t post it, did it even happen? If you are going out of town, Urch urges you to wait until you are safely home to post photos or status updates. If you post them while you are away, people are aware your home is unprotected. The same concept goes for tagging locations in your posts.
    • Be aware of charity scams – It’s the season of giving and everyone wants to help others. However, beware of appeals from scam donation centers. Do your research and make sure wherever you give is a valid source. 
    • Double and triple check – When entering your credit card information anywhere, check to make sure both the Wi-Fi and the website are secure. Urch also suggests giving the gift of an identity theft protection plan.
    • Be aware of your surroundings – Sometimes the door to electronic crimes is opened with a physical crime. If someone steals your wallet, they can easily steal your online presence.
    • Be cautious with Facebook marketplace – Everyone is looking to find a great deal — and Facebook marketplace has a lot of them. If you do decide to go this route to purchase your gifts, make sure you don’t go alone and are clear on the item you are getting.
    • Online Russian roulette – When purchasing items online beware of counterfeit products. Urch says if a deal looks too good to be true, it most likely is.
    • Be kind – The holidays are already a stressful time for everyone — just be kind. Urch urges everyone to be considerate when posting on social media.
    Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Kakie Urch, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, has eight easy tips to protect yourself — and others — online this holiday season.
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Lindsey Piercy and Paulina Zarate Dec. 9, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2019) It's a question that's critical to families and communities across the Commonwealth — how do we tackle the opioid epidemic? The University of Kentucky is bringing 90 scholars, in diverse academic and scientific disciplines from over 40 countries, to campus in hopes of continuing the conversation surrounding addiction and recovery.

    UK's International Center, in cooperation with the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is hosting the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar: Combating Addiction, Dec. 11-14. The event will serve as a converging point on the crucial topic.

    Fulbright visitors will exchange ideas with key researchers and experts — bringing a comparative context to the innovative work being done across Kentucky and beyond. This will allow scholars to examine the crisis of addiction through the lenses of medicine, social constructs, policy, government and the legal system.

    UK is increasingly recognized as a center for innovative multidisciplinary approaches to the treatment of various types of substance use disorders. Addiction is not simply a local issue — it’s a global issue. The U.S. Department of State and IIE recognize that UK, as a globally engaged research institution with a land-grant mission, is uniquely positioned to host the prestigious seminar for the second time.

    “So many people — so many communities — struggle with addiction. To be able to hear what is similar in other countries and what’s different in other countries is vital. It’s important to understand those different perspectives,” Beth Barnes, professor in the UK College of Communication and Information and co-organizer of the seminar, said.

    The event will build upon the state's considerable momentum to tackle the opioid crisis. Last spring, UK was awarded an $87 million federal grant — the largest grant ever awarded to the university — to support innovative research surrounding the epidemic.

    “Our faculty are doing such cutting-edge work on addiction, not just in terms of research, but in terms of pushing research into practice in the community,” Tim Barnes, executive director of International Partnerships and Research in the UK International Center and co-organizer of the seminar, said.

    Throughout the two-day program, scholars will visit various locations around Lexington such as City Hall, the Chrysalis House and UK research facilities.

    Several of the seminar’s events are also open to the general public.

    • 11 a.m.-noon, Dec. 12, Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema: Screening of the Documentary: "The Narcotic Farm."

    In this award-winning documentary, former inmates at America’s first prison for drug addicts tell the untold story of jazz, human drug testing and secret CIA research. From 1935 until 1975, almost every American junkie busted for dope went to the United States Narcotic Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, an ambitious government center dedicated to finding a cure for addiction. This film tells the story of this fascinating institution through rare photographs and film, forgotten press clippings, revealing government documents and historically significant new interviews with prisoners, doctors and guards who were there.

    • 9-10:30 a.m., Dec. 13, Gatton Student Center Ballroom A: Plenary Session by Secretary​ John Tilley, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

    For more information on Fulbright opportunities, visit the UK International Center’s website.

    of Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationUK HealthCare

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: The University of Kentucky is bringing 90 scholars, in diverse academic and scientific disciplines from over 40 countries, to campus in hopes of continuing the conversation surrounding addiction and recovery.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Maia Dubin Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2019) ­— Peggy Noe Stevens, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI) alumna, was recently inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. She is one of only nine female inductees into the hall of fame.

    The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame was created by the Kentucky Distillers Association and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in 2001. It recognizes organizations and individuals that have contributed to the growth, stature and awareness of Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry. This year’s induction ceremony was held during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky, and honored Stevens and five other inductees: Katrina Egbert, Wesley Henderson, Larry Kass, Charles W. Medley and Even G. Kulsveen.

    “It feels fabulous and fulfilling to be inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame, as this designation is voted on by the leaders of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association,” Stevens said. “To be a female inducted gives me great hope for the future of women.”

    Since graduating from UK in 1987, Stevens has become the first female master bourbon taster. She travels worldwide to conduct tasting and hosts educational and entertaining whiskey seminars. “UK prepared me for my career. My focus was on public relations and communication in college, and I believe that foundation of learning has fueled my entire career,” Stevens said.

    In 2011, Stevens founded the Bourbon Women Association, the first female spirits consumer group. When asked why she was inspired to found Bourbon Women, Stevens said, “Being from Kentucky, I knew that women were just as passionate about America’s native spirit as men. The industry was missing this market … We needed to begin a conversation.” The organization provides both consumers and professionals in the industry with educational and networking opportunities. There are currently eight branches, including Louisville, Chicago, Indianapolis, New York, Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C, with members in 26 states nationwide.

    Stevens is president and founder of Peggy Noe Stevens and Associates, an image branding and experiential marketing firm. Alongside two other women, Stevens pioneered the development of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a staple of Kentucky tourism that attracts more than 1 million visitors every year. She’s designed over two dozen distillery brand experiences for consumers, with clients like Jim Beam, Michter’s, Lux Row and Kentucky Peerless. She also served on the National Advisory Board for CI at UK.

    Peggy StevensOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Peggy Noe Stevens, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna, was recently inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. She is one of only nine female inductees into the Hall of Fame.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Chaney Willett and Maia Dubin Wednesday

    LEXINGTON. Ky. (Dec. 4, 2019) — University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information faculty members Bobi Ivanov and Kimberly Parker have been selected to participate in the Fulbright Scholars Program for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    The program awards Ivanov and Parker with the opportunity to spend two semesters at South East European University (SEEU) in Skopje and Tetovo, Macedonia.

    “It is an honor to be selected as a Fulbright Scholar and we are almost giddy, to be honest, that we are here,” Parker said.

    The first semester includes teaching a course in business communication and providing guest lectures across campus in courses such as principles of marketing, marketing management (doctoral level course), research methodology (doctoral and master level sections), introduction to communication science, intercultural communication, and culture of English speaking countries, among other courses. In their second semester at SEEU, Ivanov and Parker will be conducting a research project titled Effectiveness of Inoculation Strategy in Multi-Cultural Developing Country, which is focused on efficacy of inoculation with Albanian and Macedonian populations.

    During their time at SEEU, Ivanov and Parker hope to immerse themselves into the culture of Macedonia.

    “This is a wonderful opportunity for us and our family to enrich our global perspective and understanding,” Parker said. “We are excited to meet new people with unique experiences from ours and learn their stories.”

    Ivanov and Parker also hope to bring new cultural sensitivity, depth and richness back to their students.

    “We hope that we are able to share what we learn during this time with our students at UK. We hope to return as better people, teachers and scholars as a result of our time in Macedonia,” Ivanov said.

    At UK, Ivanov is a professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication. Parker serves as an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information.

    The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program designed to forge lasting connections between people of the United States with those in other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

    Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

    University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information faculty members Bobi Ivanov and Kimberly Parker have been selected to participate in the Fulbright Scholars Program for the 2019-2020 academic year.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information faculty members Bobi Ivanov and Kimberly Parker have been selected to participate in the Fulbright Scholars Program for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Whitney Hale, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Kody Kiser Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2019) The accolades for the Commonwealth’s food scene have been rolling in the last several years, and few leaders are as responsible for growing the state’s culinary landscape as University of Kentucky alumna Ouita Michel.

    At UK's home football game Saturday, the celebrated chef and restaurateur was recognized for her work as one of the original champions of Kentucky’s local food movement.

    A James Beard Foundation Award nominee as Outstanding Restaurateur and Best Chef Southeast, Michel has built a regional restaurant empire that now includes such popular establishments as Zim’s Cafe, HoneywoodHolly Hill InnThe Midway BakerySmithtown SeafoodWallace StationWindy Corner Market and Restaurant and Glenn’s Creek Café.

    Michel majored in political science at UK College of Arts and Sciences and was a member of the debate team, honors program (now Lewis Honors College) and the first class of Gaines Fellows. In 1986, she became only the second woman to win a national debate championship.

    After earning her bachelor’s degree from UK, Michel moved to New York where she graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and met her husband, Chris. The two returned to Kentucky in 1993 for their wedding, and opened their first restaurant, Holly Hill Inn in Midway, Kentucky, in 2000 where she became one of the state’s pioneers of using local-sourced products.

    At UK's home football game Saturday, celebrated chef, restaurateur and UK alumna Ouita Michel was recognized for her work as one of the original champions of Kentucky’s local food movement. Kelley Bozeman | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationHonors CollegeStudent and Academic Life

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: The accolades for the Commonwealth’s food scene have been rolling in the last several years, and few leaders are as responsible for growing the state’s culinary landscape as UK alumna Ouita Michel.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Jillian Gibney Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2019) The deadline to register for the December 2019 University of Kentucky Commencement Ceremonies is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Graduates who do not register by this deadline will need to register in person at Commencement and cannot be guaranteed that their names will appear on the screen during the ceremonies.

    Commencement will be held Friday, Dec. 20, at Rupp Arena. UK holds two ceremonies for December graduates with both ceremonies held at Rupp Arena.

    Friday, Dec. 20:

    • 10 a.m.: College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Fine Arts; College of Medicine; College of Social Work; College of Public Health; College of Pharmacy; Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
    • 3 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences; Gatton College of Business and Economics; College of Communication and Information; College of Design; College of Health Sciences; College of Nursing

    Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on UKNow through YouTube. 

    Graduates may register at www.uky.edu/Commencement by Dec. 6.

    Information regarding caps and gowns, parking and travel, and college receptions is also available on the Commencement website.

    UK's December Commencement ceremonies will be held 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in Rupp Arena. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: Graduates may register online at www.uky.edu/commencement.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Catherine Hayden Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 27, 2019)  The University of Kentucky Staff Senate is launching a university-wide mentorship program that begins in January and runs through June 2020. Applications for the program are being accepted until Dec. 4.

    The Staff Senate introduced a small pilot program earlier this year to gauge interest in mentorship and to lay the groundwork for the large-scale launch. After successful completion of the pilot program, senators felt the time was right to include all UK staff as potential participants.

    The program’s objective is to help staff grow in their career goals by allowing newer staff members to gain perspectives, develop new relationships and grow professionally with leadership from seasoned staff members.

    Full-time (.75 FTE or greater) staff members can apply to be either a mentor or a mentee. The program will match a mentee with a mentor from UK’s staff who has the experience, knowledge and insight to assist the mentee’s professional goals. The program is designed to benefit both parties, not just the newer staff member/mentee. Mentors can also gain leadership skills, be exposed to new ideas and interests, and gain networking contacts.

    Mentors and mentees will have access to a “toolkit” with resources, articles, best practices and other tips to help them navigate the program.

    Additionally, the Staff Senate's monthly “Lunch and Learn” series will feature topics of interest to both mentors and mentees, as well as all UK staff. Topics such as networking and relationship building, personality traits and professional development opportunities at UK will be covered during the mentorship program timeframe. The Lunch and Learn events are open to all UK staff, but will coincide with that month’s meeting agenda for the mentorship program participants. Staff members do not have to be a participant in the mentorship program to attend any Lunch and Learn workshop.

    Misty Wright, application analyst for UK HealthCare, signed up to be a mentee in the pilot program. Wright was looking for advice on a possible career change to pursue the work she would love to be doing. She was paired with a mentor in the strategic communication/marketing area at UK. Wright said her mentor mentioned being nervous about the pairing since Wright had over 20 years of experience, but when her mentor asked her what Wright wanted to gain from the relationship Wright said everything started coming together.

    “We spent time talking over lunch about career details, workflows, and everything in between. I was able to not only get information, but in-person interaction for the work I wish to one day do, and I made a friend along the way,” Wright said.

    Pilot program mentor Julianne Kravetz, a student affairs coordinator in the College of Pharmacy, said she and her mentee experienced the program in both roles, taking turns being both mentor and mentee. 

    “Everyone has something to teach and something to learn,” said Kravetz, who added that both of them benefited from the pairing by getting to know each other personally and professionally

    Mentor/mentee applications for the January 2020 session are due to the Staff Senate Office no later than Dec. 4. The mentorship program application can be found online at www.uky.edu/staffsenate/mentorship-program. Mentor/mentee pairs will be announced in December and the official program will kick off in January 2020.

    For more information about the Staff Senate Mentorship Program, contact Jon Gent (jon.gent@uky.edu) or Caitlin Durbin (Caitlin.durbin@uky.edu) at 859-257-9242

    Staff Senate Mentorship Program is taking applications through Dec. 4.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Gail Hairston
    gail.hairston@uky.edu
    859-257-3302 Summary: UK Staff Senate will launch a university-wide mentorship program in January that runs through June 2020.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Carl Nathe Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2019) — The new dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information came to UK a few months ago from another Southeastern Conference school, the University of Alabama. Her name is Jennifer Greer and she is feeling right at home as a member of the Wildcat family.

    Greer is impressed by the strong and committed faculty and by the talented students she is meeting across the campus.

    On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” UK Public Relations and Strategic Communication’s Carl Nathe talks with Greer about what brought her to Kentucky, her impressions of Lexington and the Bluegrass State, and what she sees ahead for her college.

    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Carl Nathe
    carl.nathe@uky.edu
    859-257-3200 Summary: On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” Greer talks about what brought her to Kentucky, her impressions and what she sees ahead for her college.Section Feature: Section FeatureMedia Embed: <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12012020/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/0033a0/" height="90" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Carl Nathe Nov. 14, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2019) — The new dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information came to UK a few months ago from another Southeastern Conference school, the University of Alabama. Her name is Jennifer Greer and she is feeling right at home as a member of the Wildcat family.

    Greer is impressed by the strong and committed faculty and by the talented students she is meeting across the campus.

    On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” UK Public Relations and Strategic Communication’s Carl Nathe talks with Greer about what brought her to Kentucky, her impressions of Lexington and the Bluegrass State, and what she sees ahead for her college.

    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Carl Nathe
    carl.nathe@uky.edu
    859-257-3200 Summary: On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” Greer talks about what brought her to Kentucky, her impressions and what she sees ahead for her college.Media Embed: <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12012020/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/0033a0/" height="90" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Bridgette Sloan Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2019) — Over the summer, Alex Martens, a senior integrated strategic communication major in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information and a UK softball player, completed a prestigious internship with Nike Inc. at its World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. UKNow talked to Martens to see what it was like working as a Nike intern.

    UKNow: Can you describe the process of applying for the internship, and how you felt when you found out you were chosen?

    Martens: The application process for Nike took about six months and consisted of résumé preparation, cover letter preparation and four separate interviews. After making it past the application stage, I had an interview with a Nike college recruiter on a “get to know you” basis. After this interview I had three separate interviews with different managers in different fields at Nike. I ended up getting a call back in early spring and was offered the position as a global employee communications intern. I was actually getting rehab at our training facility when I took the call. I had locked myself in my trainer’s office and after hanging up, my teammates and I celebrated with hugs. I had never been prouder of an accomplishment — but at the same time I had never been more nervous and scared about the unknown.

    UKNow: What was your internship position and the location where you worked? 

    Martens: I worked at Nike WHQ in Beaverton, Oregon, as the global employee communications intern. In this role I was responsible for sending weekly newsletters to all Nike WHQ employees, planning and creating content for employees, as well as learning and understanding all facets of internal communications at Nike. My department didn't have a specialist, so I took on that role for two months. I also wrote numerous stories for the Nike employee website, Zero. My project for the summer was the “Made to Play Field Day,” which was the most successful employee event of the summer. More than 3,000 employees and their families came together to get active. I was the communication lead for this event, so I was responsible for creating a media shot list, interviewing employees at the event and writing up the story post-event for Zero. Additionally, I took part in the Intern Combine, which was a 48-hour sprint project where interns worked in groups to create a new revenue generating experience for Nike consumers. We researched, brainstormed, prototyped, created and then pitched ideas to a table of NIKE Inc. leadership.

    UKNow: What were your biggest challenges/favorite parts of the internship?

    Martens: My favorite part of this summer was the experience I am going to be able to take with me where ever I choose to go post-graduation. Working for a major corporation like Nike is humbling, yet instills a hunger for success. I packed my bags and moved across the country, not knowing what or whom I would encounter. I made connections and friendships with people that will stay in my life forever in different ways — not to mention a stellar new shoe collection. 

    Follow along with Martens' journey and find more information about UK CI here.

    Alex MartensOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Over the summer, Alex Martens, a senior integrated strategic communication major in the College of Communication and Information and University of Kentucky softball player, completed a prestigious internship with Nike Inc. at its world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Bridgette Sloan Nov. 11, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2019) — Over the summer, Alex Martens, a senior integrated strategic communication major in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information and a UK softball player, completed a prestigious internship with Nike Inc. at its World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. UKNow talked to Martens to see what it was like working as a Nike intern.

    UKNow: Can you describe the process of applying for the internship, and how you felt when you found out you were chosen?

    Martens: The application process for Nike took about six months and consisted of résumé preparation, cover letter preparation and four separate interviews. After making it past the application stage, I had an interview with a Nike college recruiter on a “get to know you” basis. After this interview I had three separate interviews with different managers in different fields at Nike. I ended up getting a call back in early spring and was offered the position as a global employee communications intern. I was actually getting rehab at our training facility when I took the call. I had locked myself in my trainer’s office and after hanging up, my teammates and I celebrated with hugs. I had never been prouder of an accomplishment — but at the same time I had never been more nervous and scared about the unknown.

    UKNow: What was your internship position and the location where you worked? 

    Martens: I worked at Nike WHQ in Beaverton, Oregon, as the global employee communications intern. In this role I was responsible for sending weekly newsletters to all Nike WHQ employees, planning and creating content for employees, as well as learning and understanding all facets of internal communications at Nike. My department didn't have a specialist, so I took on that role for two months. I also wrote numerous stories for the Nike employee website, Zero. My project for the summer was the “Made to Play Field Day,” which was the most successful employee event of the summer. More than 3,000 employees and their families came together to get active. I was the communication lead for this event, so I was responsible for creating a media shot list, interviewing employees at the event and writing up the story post-event for Zero. Additionally, I took part in the Intern Combine, which was a 48-hour sprint project where interns worked in groups to create a new revenue generating experience for Nike consumers. We researched, brainstormed, prototyped, created and then pitched ideas to a table of NIKE Inc. leadership.

    UKNow: What were your biggest challenges/favorite parts of the internship?

    Martens: My favorite part of this summer was the experience I am going to be able to take with me where ever I choose to go post-graduation. Working for a major corporation like Nike is humbling, yet instills a hunger for success. I packed my bags and moved across the country, not knowing what or whom I would encounter. I made connections and friendships with people that will stay in my life forever in different ways — not to mention a stellar new shoe collection. 

    Follow along with Martens' journey and find more information about UK CI here.

    Alex MartensOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Over the summer, Alex Martens, a senior integrated strategic communication major in the College of Communication and Information and University of Kentucky softball player, completed a prestigious internship with Nike Inc. at its world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2019)  Founded in 1908 and independent since 1972, the Kentucky Kernel is the nonprofit, student-run newspaper for the University of Kentucky. The Kernel was recently awarded the 2019 Pacemaker Award for having one of the best student newspapers in the country. The award ceremony took place at the College Media Association and Associated Collegiate Press convention Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C. 

    “Hearing our name called as a Pacemaker winner was so exciting," said Bailey Vandiver, 2018-19 editor-in-chief for the Kernel, the academic year for which the paper was judged. “While winning awards is not our primary goal as student journalists, it’s always great to get this kind of recognition because it means we’re doing the kind of really good journalism that we aim to do.”

    Each year, the National Scholastic Press Association presents scholastic journalism’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker. There is a category for each type of publication — online, newspaper, yearbook, magazine and broadcast. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.

    Last September the Kernel was named one of 46 finalists, out of the 160 college newspapers that entered the competition. This past week, they were named one of the 19 award winners — giving them their first Pacemaker win since 2016.

    “I think winning this award goes to show what we’ve already known: That we have one of the best collegiate newsrooms in the country, and we continue to try to strive for excellence each and every day,” said Ryan Craig, the student media advisor for the Kernel.

    “Winning this Pacemaker further legitimizes the Kernel’s role as our campus watchdog and voice," said Rick Childress, the 2019-20 editor-in-chief for the Kernel. "We’re working hard to bring home another one next year.”

    Along with winning the coveted Pacemaker Award, the Kernel staff received a number of individual awards. A full list of individual awards is below.

    College Media Association Pinnacle Awards

    • Honorable Mention in Best Editorial Illustration: Samuel Meyers
    • Third Place in Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread: Jillian Jones, KRNL Spring 2019
    • Third Place in Best Newspaper Photo Page/Spread: Arden Barnes
    • Second Place in Best Yearbook Division Page/Spread: Autumn Hassell, Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Honorable Mention in Best Multimedia Feature Story: Sarah Ladd and Arden Barnes
    • Honorable Mention in Viral Video: Sarah Ladd
    • Third Place in Best General News Photo: Arden Barnes
    • First Place in Best Photo Package: Arden Barnes
    • Third Place in Best Portrait: Michael Clubb
    • Second Place in Best Sports News Photo: Jordan Prather
    • Third Place in Best Online Sports Section
    • Second Place in Best Arts and Entertainment Story: Bailey Vandiver
    • Honorable Mention in Best Online Ad
    • Second Place for Best Ad Supplement/Special Supplement: Inside UK
    • Honorable Mention in Four-Year Feature Magazine of the Year: KRNL Spring 2019

    Associated Collegiate Press Awards

    • Pacemaker Winner 2019
    • Third Place in In-Depth News Story: Rick Childress
    • Honorable Mention in Feature Story: Jacob Eads
    • First Place in Photo Slideshow: Michael Clubb
    • Honorable Mention in Interactive Graphic: Arden Barnes
    • Honorable Mention in Yearbook Cover: Autumn Hassell, Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Honorable Mention in Yearbook Page/Spread: Autumn Hassell, Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Fourth Place in Sports Photo: Jordan Prather
    • Fifth Place in Sports Photo: Michael Clubb
    • Honorable Mention in Advertising Campaign: Rob Fischer

    Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show Awards

    • Eighth Place in Feature Magazine: KRNL Fall 2019
    • Sixth Place in Yearbook (1-299 Pages): Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Sixth Place in Newspaper Special Section Advertising: Inside UK
    • Ninth Place in Newspaper (Four-year campus, weekly)
    L-R: photo editors Michael Clubb, Jordan Prather, asst. news/lifestyle editor Hailey Peters, former editor-in-chief Bailey Vandiver, former managing editor McKenna Horsley, asst. news/lifestyle editor Natalie Parks, and former opinions editor Sarah Ladd. Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The Kernel was recently awarded the 2019 Pacemaker Award at the National College Media Convention for having one of the best student newspapers.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Nov. 6, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2019)  Founded in 1908 and independent since 1972, the Kentucky Kernel is the nonprofit, student-run newspaper for the University of Kentucky. The Kernel was recently awarded the 2019 Pacemaker Award for having one of the best student newspapers in the country. The award ceremony took place at the College Media Association and Associated Collegiate Press convention Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C. 

    “Hearing our name called as a Pacemaker winner was so exciting," said Bailey Vandiver, 2018-19 editor-in-chief for the Kernel, the academic year for which the paper was judged. “While winning awards is not our primary goal as student journalists, it’s always great to get this kind of recognition because it means we’re doing the kind of really good journalism that we aim to do.”

    Each year, the National Scholastic Press Association presents scholastic journalism’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker. There is a category for each type of publication — online, newspaper, yearbook, magazine and broadcast. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.

    Last September the Kernel was named one of 46 finalists, out of the 160 college newspapers that entered the competition. This past week, they were named one of the 19 award winners — giving them their first Pacemaker win since 2016.

    “I think winning this award goes to show what we’ve already known: That we have one of the best collegiate newsrooms in the country, and we continue to try to strive for excellence each and every day,” said Ryan Craig, the student media advisor for the Kernel.

    “Winning this Pacemaker further legitimizes the Kernel’s role as our campus watchdog and voice," said Rick Childress, the 2019-20 editor-in-chief for the Kernel. "We’re working hard to bring home another one next year.”

    Along with winning the coveted Pacemaker Award, the Kernel staff received a number of individual awards. A full list of individual awards is below.

    College Media Association Pinnacle Awards

    • Honorable Mention in Best Editorial Illustration: Samuel Meyers
    • Third Place in Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread: Jillian Jones, KRNL Spring 2019
    • Third Place in Best Newspaper Photo Page/Spread: Arden Barnes
    • Second Place in Best Yearbook Division Page/Spread: Autumn Hassell, Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Honorable Mention in Best Multimedia Feature Story: Sarah Ladd and Arden Barnes
    • Honorable Mention in Viral Video: Sarah Ladd
    • Third Place in Best General News Photo: Arden Barnes
    • First Place in Best Photo Package: Arden Barnes
    • Third Place in Best Portrait: Michael Clubb
    • Second Place in Best Sports News Photo: Jordan Prather
    • Third Place in Best Online Sports Section
    • Second Place in Best Arts and Entertainment Story: Bailey Vandiver
    • Honorable Mention in Best Online Ad
    • Second Place for Best Ad Supplement/Special Supplement: Inside UK
    • Honorable Mention in Four-Year Feature Magazine of the Year: KRNL Spring 2019

    Associated Collegiate Press Awards

    • Pacemaker Winner 2019
    • Third Place in In-Depth News Story: Rick Childress
    • Honorable Mention in Feature Story: Jacob Eads
    • First Place in Photo Slideshow: Michael Clubb
    • Honorable Mention in Interactive Graphic: Arden Barnes
    • Honorable Mention in Yearbook Cover: Autumn Hassell, Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Honorable Mention in Yearbook Page/Spread: Autumn Hassell, Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Fourth Place in Sports Photo: Jordan Prather
    • Fifth Place in Sports Photo: Michael Clubb
    • Honorable Mention in Advertising Campaign: Rob Fischer

    Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show Awards

    • Eighth Place in Feature Magazine: KRNL Fall 2019
    • Sixth Place in Yearbook (1-299 Pages): Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Sixth Place in Newspaper Special Section Advertising: Inside UK
    • Ninth Place in Newspaper (Four-year campus, weekly)
    L-R: photo editors Michael Clubb, Jordan Prather, asst. news/lifestyle editor Hailey Peters, former editor-in-chief Bailey Vandiver, former managing editor McKenna Horsley, asst. news/lifestyle editor Natalie Parks, and former opinions editor Sarah Ladd. Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The Kernel was recently awarded the 2019 Pacemaker Award at the National College Media Convention for having one of the best student newspapers.
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Bridgette Sloan Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2019) — Roger Bolton, president of the Arthur W. Page Society, will present the James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence Lecture beginning 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the UK Athletics Auditorium of the William T. Young Library.

    Before joining the premier global professional association for senior corporate communication executives, Bolton previously served as senior vice president of communications at Aetna, where he also chaired Aetna’s Council for Organizational Effectiveness, with responsibility to lead culture change in a strategic business transformation.

    Previously, Bolton led IBM’s global media relations and directed communications for the IBM server and software groups.

    Prior to his business career, Bolton was assistant secretary of the Treasury for public affairs under President George H.W. Bush, assistant U.S. trade representative for public affairs under President Ronald Reagan and special assistant to President Reagan in the White House with responsibility for the president’s relations with business and labor.

    Bolton’s awards and honors include the Alexander Hamilton Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Institute for Public Relations, U.S. Treasury Distinguished Service Award, John W. Hill Award for Lifetime Achievement from PRSA-NY, Lifetime Achievement Award from Trust Across the World and 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics from Ethisphere Institute

    Bolton currently serves on the boards of Elon University School of Communications (chair), Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University and ​Darden School of Business Leadership Communication Council.

    Preceding the lecture, the Excellence in Public Relations Award will be presented to Barbara McDaniel, former chief spokesperson for Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America.

    McDaniel’s public relations career has included positions with government agencies, political candidates, a metropolitan chamber of commerce and a global corporation. She has performed a broad spectrum of PR responsibilities, such as media relations, government affairs, crisis communication and speech writing.

    In 2017, McDaniel concluded her 27-year career with Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America. For more than half of that time, she was responsible for media relations and served as the chief spokesperson for manufacturing. One of her primary responsibilities was supporting Toyota’s North American plants throughout the United States by establishing and maintaining solid relationships among the company, community leaders and government officials. McDaniel also was in charge of government relations in several states where Toyota manufactures vehicles.

    While most of her Toyota career was in the manufacturing area, she also did a year-and-a-half assignment as media relations manager with the company’s New York office, which was the holding company for all North American sales, manufacturing and research and development activities. 

    Prior to joining Toyota, McDaniel was communications manager for the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce. She also worked for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where her 10-year career included serving as head of public affairs for the Kentucky Department of Education and as deputy press secretary to Gov. Martha Layne Collins.

    McDaniel's board positions currently include two organizations, the National Center for Families Learning, a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating poverty through multi-generational education, and the Backside Learning Center, a nonprofit that supports equine workers and their families at Churchill Downs. Past board involvement has included the National Association of Manufacturers Public Affairs Steering Committee, the Kentucky Y Youth Association, the Kentucky Press Association and the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturing Association. 

    A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in public affairs from Kentucky State University. She resides in LaGrange, Kentucky.

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the lecture series, which has brought a nationally-known public relations practitioner to UK annually since 2000. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication and the Journalism and Media Alumni Association. The recipient of the Bowling Scholarship will be announced at the lecture.

    The series honors James C. Bowling, the late retired assistant chairman of Philip Morris Companies Inc. He attended UK and later served the university as a member of the UK Development Council. In addition to serving on several national boards, Bowling also worked with the UK College of Agriculture, UK Gatton College of Business and Economics and the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

    Roger Bolton, president of the Arthur W. Page Society, will present the James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence Lecture.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Roger Bolton, president of the Arthur W. Page Society, will present the James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence Lecture.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Bridgette Sloan Nov. 4, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2019) — Roger Bolton, president of the Arthur W. Page Society, will present the James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence Lecture beginning 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the UK Athletics Auditorium of the William T. Young Library.

    Before joining the premier global professional association for senior corporate communication executives, Bolton previously served as senior vice president of communications at Aetna, where he also chaired Aetna’s Council for Organizational Effectiveness, with responsibility to lead culture change in a strategic business transformation.

    Previously, Bolton led IBM’s global media relations and directed communications for the IBM server and software groups.

    Prior to his business career, Bolton was assistant secretary of the Treasury for public affairs under President George H.W. Bush, assistant U.S. trade representative for public affairs under President Ronald Reagan and special assistant to President Reagan in the White House with responsibility for the president’s relations with business and labor.

    Bolton’s awards and honors include the Alexander Hamilton Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Institute for Public Relations, U.S. Treasury Distinguished Service Award, John W. Hill Award for Lifetime Achievement from PRSA-NY, Lifetime Achievement Award from Trust Across the World and 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics from Ethisphere Institute

    Bolton currently serves on the boards of Elon University School of Communications (chair), Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University and ​Darden School of Business Leadership Communication Council.

    Preceding the lecture, the Excellence in Public Relations Award will be presented to Barbara McDaniel, former chief spokesperson for Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America.

    McDaniel’s public relations career has included positions with government agencies, political candidates, a metropolitan chamber of commerce and a global corporation. She has performed a broad spectrum of PR responsibilities, such as media relations, government affairs, crisis communication and speech writing.

    In 2017, McDaniel concluded her 27-year career with Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America. For more than half of that time, she was responsible for media relations and served as the chief spokesperson for manufacturing. One of her primary responsibilities was supporting Toyota’s North American plants throughout the United States by establishing and maintaining solid relationships among the company, community leaders and government officials. McDaniel also was in charge of government relations in several states where Toyota manufactures vehicles.

    While most of her Toyota career was in the manufacturing area, she also did a year-and-a-half assignment as media relations manager with the company’s New York office, which was the holding company for all North American sales, manufacturing and research and development activities. 

    Prior to joining Toyota, McDaniel was communications manager for the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce. She also worked for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where her 10-year career included serving as head of public affairs for the Kentucky Department of Education and as deputy press secretary to Gov. Martha Layne Collins.

    McDaniel's board positions currently include two organizations, the National Center for Families Learning, a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating poverty through multi-generational education, and the Backside Learning Center, a nonprofit that supports equine workers and their families at Churchill Downs. Past board involvement has included the National Association of Manufacturers Public Affairs Steering Committee, the Kentucky Y Youth Association, the Kentucky Press Association and the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturing Association. 

    A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Kentucky and a master's degree in public affairs from Kentucky State University. She resides in LaGrange, Kentucky.

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the lecture series, which has brought a nationally-known public relations practitioner to UK annually since 2000. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication and the Journalism and Media Alumni Association. The recipient of the Bowling Scholarship will be announced at the lecture.

    The series honors James C. Bowling, the late retired assistant chairman of Philip Morris Companies Inc. He attended UK and later served the university as a member of the UK Development Council. In addition to serving on several national boards, Bowling also worked with the UK College of Agriculture, UK Gatton College of Business and Economics and the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.

    Roger Bolton, president of the Arthur W. Page Society, will present the James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence Lecture.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Roger Bolton, president of the Arthur W. Page Society, will present the James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence Lecture.
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Chaney Willett Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2019) — In 1949, Lyman T. Johnson bravely chose to be the first African American student at the University of Kentucky. He overcame obstacles and carved his own path.

    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of integration at UK, the College of Communication and Information (CI) will host a panel discussion titled “Finding Our Place: How Black Americans use Social Media to Carve out Their own Niche,” beginning 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the William T. Young Library UK Athletics Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

    The panel brings together researchers, academics and experts in the field to discuss how underrepresented minorities can use social media to expand and support social ties and function as an extended family when they are far from home pursuing new opportunities, like attending college.

    The panel includes:

    • André L. Brock, an associate professor of black digital media at Georgia Tech. His research examines racial representation in video games, black women and weblogs, whiteness, blackness and digital technoculture as well as groundbreaking studies on Black Twitter.
    • Raven Maragh-Lloyd, an assistant professor of communication studies at Gonzaga University. Her research examines digital media culture specifically relating to race and gender studies. She examines the ways that black and African Americans use established communication channels for surviving, increasing visibility and creating community.
    • DeShana Collett, an assistant professor in the UK College of Health Sciences, where she is the course director for the clinical methods and patient evaluations management courses within the physician assistant program. Her research relates to discourses that center around inclusion and equity, with interest in health and health care equality, particularly intimate partner violence.
    • Brandon Jamal Colbert, the coordinator for social justice education and engagement for UK’s Bias Incident Support Services. He develops and implements social justice-centered programming, workshops and dialogues. He was the inaugural recipient of the LeadBlue Diversity and Inclusion Award, the most recent recipient of the Otis A. Singletary Senior Award for Outstanding Leadership and recipient of the 2019 Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award.

    “It’s important to honor and respect the past as we move forward into the future. The University of Kentucky and our college have made many strides in becoming diverse and inclusive spaces,” said Shannon Oltmann, CI diversity officer.  “We are choosing to commemorate the legacy of integration with a panel that focuses on the unique ways that African Americans have become part of our community and simultaneously carved out their own niches.”

    The panel will give students, academic staff, professionals and researchers a space to discuss amplifying this cultural support of African American students on UK’s campus.

    Each college at UK is hosting events to commemorate 70 years of integration on campus. This event is one way CI has chosen to celebrate the year. Additionally, CI held a book club using Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” story in conjunction with his appearance at UK in August.

    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of integration at UK, the College of Communication and Information will host a panel discussion Nov. 7.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationHealth Sciences

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: To commemorate the 70th anniversary of integration at UK, the College of Communication and Information will host a panel discussion titled “Finding Our Place: How Black Americans use Social Media to Carve out Their own Niche."Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Chaney Willett Nov. 5, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2019) — In 1949, Lyman T. Johnson bravely chose to be the first African American student at the University of Kentucky. He overcame obstacles and carved his own path.

    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of integration at UK, the College of Communication and Information (CI) will host a panel discussion titled “Finding Our Place: How Black Americans use Social Media to Carve out Their own Niche,” beginning 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the William T. Young Library UK Athletics Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

    The panel brings together researchers, academics and experts in the field to discuss how underrepresented minorities can use social media to expand and support social ties and function as an extended family when they are far from home pursuing new opportunities, like attending college.

    The panel includes:

    • André L. Brock, an associate professor of black digital media at Georgia Tech. His research examines racial representation in video games, black women and weblogs, whiteness, blackness and digital technoculture as well as groundbreaking studies on Black Twitter.
    • Raven Maragh-Lloyd, an assistant professor of communication studies at Gonzaga University. Her research examines digital media culture specifically relating to race and gender studies. She examines the ways that black and African Americans use established communication channels for surviving, increasing visibility and creating community.
    • DeShana Collett, an associate professor in the UK College of Health Sciences, where she is the course director for the clinical methods and patient evaluations management courses within the physician assistant program. Her research relates to discourses that center around inclusion and equity, with interest in health and health care equality, particularly intimate partner violence.
    • Brandon Jamal Colbert, the coordinator for social justice education and engagement for UK’s Bias Incident Support Services. He develops and implements social justice-centered programming, workshops and dialogues. He was the inaugural recipient of the LeadBlue Diversity and Inclusion Award, the most recent recipient of the Otis A. Singletary Senior Award for Outstanding Leadership and recipient of the 2019 Inclusive Excellence Recognition Award.

    “It’s important to honor and respect the past as we move forward into the future. The University of Kentucky and our college have made many strides in becoming diverse and inclusive spaces,” said Shannon Oltmann, CI diversity officer.  “We are choosing to commemorate the legacy of integration with a panel that focuses on the unique ways that African Americans have become part of our community and simultaneously carved out their own niches.”

    The panel will give students, academic staff, professionals and researchers a space to discuss amplifying this cultural support of African American students on UK’s campus.

    Each college at UK is hosting events to commemorate 70 years of integration on campus. This event is one way CI has chosen to celebrate the year. Additionally, CI held a book club using Trevor Noah’s “Born a Crime” story in conjunction with his appearance at UK in August.

    To commemorate the 70th anniversary of integration at UK, the College of Communication and Information will host a panel discussion Nov. 7.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationHealth Sciences

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: To commemorate the 70th anniversary of integration at UK, the College of Communication and Information will host a panel discussion titled “Finding Our Place: How Black Americans use Social Media to Carve out Their own Niche."
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Jon Gent Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2019) — Nearly 75 University of Kentucky staff members were honored recently by their colleges and divisions during the 2019 Outstanding Staff Awards (OSA) recognition ceremony. This is the 10th year for the event.

    Sponsored by the President's Office and UK Staff Senate, the Outstanding Staff Awards recognize staff members who have been given an award within their department on a university level. Over 150 people were in attendance to honor the 72 staff members who received departmental awards.

    In addition to the departmental winners, 15 finalists and three winners were named for the campuswide Outstanding Staff Awards. Each award is driven by nominations from either student, staff or faculty.

    Outstanding Staff Award winners and finalists were:

    • Faculty Recognition – Sabrina Brewer (winner), Sheila Brothers, Terri Dawson, Mary Ann Isaacs, Lisa Witt
    • Student Recognition – Grace Johnson (winner), Sandy Anderson, Shelley Ferrin, Zac Lewis, Mark Williams
    • Staff Recognition – Hillary Glenn (winner), Christy Chapman, Michelle Garth, Carol Taylor Shim, Daun Wickline

    Glenn, the staff recognition winner, was also named Outstanding Staff Member of the year. Glenn works in the Pre-Op Clinic in UK HealthCare. She came into the office more than two hours prior to her shift to accompany a patient who had no family through a procedure. She said she felt that people should not have to go through “something like that” on their own.

    “Hillary (Glenn) is the type of staff member we should all aspire to be," Jon Gent, chair of the Staff Senate, said. "All of our winners and finalists show the importance of a job well done, and we’re happy that this event allows us to tell these sorts of stories about the University of Kentucky family.”

    The 72 OSA winners represented over 40 colleges and administrative units across the university. In addition, UK's cardiopulmonary team was recognized for winning the Quilt of Teamwork Award for Nursing Support.

    The 2019 OSA department winners are:

    • Tarin Adams
    • Mitch Barnhart
    • Ann Bassoni
    • David Beach
    • Christina Bevevino
    • Nathaniel “Louie” Bosworth III
    • April Brooks
    • Will Buntin
    • Allison Burton
    • John Caldora
    • Rebecca Charles
    • Kathy Collins
    • Nicholas Cprek
    • Caroline Crane
    • James Crowden
    • John Cruz
    • Chance Davenport
    • Michelle Del Toro
    • Cheikh Diop
    • Deborah Michelle Dunn
    • Lori Eckdahl
    • Jennifer Forman
    • Crista Fornash
    • Danielle Gabbard
    • Sherry Griggs
    • Hugo Hamilton
    • Beth Hanneman
    • Tanya Harper
    • Jacob Heil
    • Jennifer Herrin
    • Tammy Herring
    • Libby Hogan
    • Andrea Howard
    • Keisha Humphries
    • James Hutchins
    • Nicki Jenkins
    • Lynne Jensen
    • Nita Khatiwada
    • Clinton Knight
    • Eileen Kopp
    • Kristie Law
    • Kara Lee
    • Joseph Lohr
    • Michelle Lowe
    • Kimberly Maggard
    • Robby Martin-Curry
    • Brandy Mathews
    • Betty McCann
    • Diane Mier
    • Kristi Moore
    • Robin Notton
    • Mary Payton
    • Jamie Risen
    • Karolyn Roberts
    • Chris Rodgers
    • Alyssa Rose
    • Terri Runyon
    • Jennif​er Sciantarelli
    • Marcia Shrout
    • Patrick Smith
    • Bob Stokes
    • Lindsay Stradtman
    • Kai Su
    • Ward Suthon
    • Lisa Thompson
    • Pam Thompson
    • Chad Tucker
    • Bailey Ubellacker
    • Katy Walker
    • Teri Walters
    • Pat Whitlow
    • Laura Williams

    For more information on Staff Senate, visit their website

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawLibrariesMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthSocial WorkStudent and Academic LifeUK HealthCare

    UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

    Contact Gail Hairston
    gail.hairston@uky.edu
    859-257-3302 Summary: On the event's 10th anniversary, the University of Kentucky Outstanding Staff Awards recognition ceremony honored nearly 75 staff members. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Jon Gent Nov. 1, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2019) — Nearly 75 University of Kentucky staff members were honored recently by their colleges and divisions during the 2019 Outstanding Staff Awards (OSA) recognition ceremony. This is the 10th year for the event.

    Sponsored by the President's Office and UK Staff Senate, the Outstanding Staff Awards recognize staff members who have been given an award within their department on a university level. Over 150 people were in attendance to honor the 72 staff members who received departmental awards.

    In addition to the departmental winners, 15 finalists and three winners were named for the campuswide Outstanding Staff Awards. Each award is driven by nominations from either student, staff or faculty.

    Outstanding Staff Award winners and finalists were:

    • Faculty Recognition – Sabrina Brewer (winner), Sheila Brothers, Terri Dawson, Mary Ann Isaacs, Lisa Witt
    • Student Recognition – Grace Johnson (winner), Sandy Anderson, Shelley Ferrin, Zac Lewis, Mark Williams
    • Staff Recognition – Hillary Glenn (winner), Christy Chapman, Michelle Garth, Carol Taylor Shim, Daun Wickline

    Glenn, the staff recognition winner, was also named Outstanding Staff Member of the year. Glenn works in the Pre-Op Clinic in UK HealthCare. She came into the office more than two hours prior to her shift to accompany a patient who had no family through a procedure. She said she felt that people should not have to go through “something like that” on their own.

    “Hillary (Glenn) is the type of staff member we should all aspire to be," Jon Gent, chair of the Staff Senate, said. "All of our winners and finalists show the importance of a job well done, and we’re happy that this event allows us to tell these sorts of stories about the University of Kentucky family.”

    The 72 OSA winners represented over 40 colleges and administrative units across the university. In addition, UK's cardiopulmonary team was recognized for winning the Quilt of Teamwork Award for Nursing Support.

    The 2019 OSA department winners are:

    • Tarin Adams
    • Mitch Barnhart
    • Ann Bassoni
    • David Beach
    • Christina Bevevino
    • Nathaniel “Louie” Bosworth III
    • April Brooks
    • Will Buntin
    • Allison Burton
    • John Caldora
    • Rebecca Charles
    • Kathy Collins
    • Nicholas Cprek
    • Caroline Crane
    • James Crowden
    • John Cruz
    • Chance Davenport
    • Michelle Del Toro
    • Cheikh Diop
    • Deborah Michelle Dunn
    • Lori Eckdahl
    • Jennifer Forman
    • Crista Fornash
    • Danielle Gabbard
    • Sherry Griggs
    • Hugo Hamilton
    • Beth Hanneman
    • Tanya Harper
    • Jacob Heil
    • Jennifer Herrin
    • Tammy Herring
    • Libby Hogan
    • Andrea Howard
    • Keisha Humphries
    • James Hutchins
    • Nicki Jenkins
    • Lynne Jensen
    • Nita Khatiwada
    • Clinton Knight
    • Eileen Kopp
    • Kristie Law
    • Kara Lee
    • Joseph Lohr
    • Michelle Lowe
    • Kimberly Maggard
    • Robby Martin-Curry
    • Brandy Mathews
    • Betty McCann
    • Diane Mier
    • Kristi Moore
    • Robin Notton
    • Mary Payton
    • Jamie Risen
    • Karolyn Roberts
    • Chris Rodgers
    • Alyssa Rose
    • Terri Runyon
    • Jennif​er Sciantarelli
    • Marcia Shrout
    • Patrick Smith
    • Bob Stokes
    • Lindsay Stradtman
    • Kai Su
    • Ward Suthon
    • Lisa Thompson
    • Pam Thompson
    • Chad Tucker
    • Bailey Ubellacker
    • Katy Walker
    • Teri Walters
    • Pat Whitlow
    • Laura Williams

    For more information on Staff Senate, visit their website

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawLibrariesMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthSocial WorkStudent and Academic LifeUK HealthCare

    UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

    Contact Gail Hairston
    gail.hairston@uky.edu
    859-257-3302 Summary: On the event's 10th anniversary, the University of Kentucky Outstanding Staff Awards recognition ceremony honored nearly 75 staff members.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Claire Dunlevy Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2019) — Integrated strategic communication (ISC) students at the University of Kentucky have been working with the Lexington Philharmonic to plan and host the orchestra's second annual college Student Night concert event. The concert will take place 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Singletary Center for the Arts on UK’s campus. 

    This November marks the fourth year ISC students have been in partnership with the Lexington Philharmonic. The event is organized by students from the ISC 471: Event Planning course, giving students real-world experience planning and executing an event for the community in partnership with the Lexington Philharmonic.

    Student Night events include their Season Series concert, Wind Power, featuring works by African American composer Jessie Montgomery, Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto featuring soloist Richard Deane, and Johannes Brahms’ Second Symphony. Student Night features engaging and fun activities designed for students before and after the concert. Before the concert, activities in the lobby include a photo booth with props and special swag bags for college and university students. 

    "This is our fourth season partnering with students from the Event Planning course, and we have been thrilled with the partnership," says Lexington Philharmonic Executive Director Allison Kaiser. "The perspective they bring as students is invaluable to us as we seek to make the concert experience an inviting one for young people and students throughout the region. We couldn't present Student Night without these talented and passionate young people."

    The 2019-2020 season is particularly exciting, as the Lexington Philharmonic embarks on a music director and conductor search. Three of the six candidates for the position are women, and each Season Series concert opens with a work by a female composer. Each concert is led by a candidate for the position, and following each concert, the audience submits their feedback to help inform the search committee’s decision. The music director and conductor candidate leading Wind Power is Kelly Corcoran, music director and conductor of Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble of Nashville, Tennessee.                        

    The Lexington Philharmonic is a professional orchestra whose mission is "to foster excellence and innovation in the performance presentation of great music; to enrich the lives of our diverse citizenry; to educate current and future audiences and to bring distinction to our community through the orchestra's presence and standing." 

    Preconcert activities will take place in the lobby of the Singletary Center for the Arts, and all attendees are encouraged to join in the fun. Student tickets for this event will be $11 and are available on the Lexington Philharmonic website. Students must have a valid student ID to qualify for the $11 student ticket rate. For those who attend the concert, Bear & The Butcher will offer a dinner special. 

    For more information on this event, visit www.lexphil.org

    Fall 2019 Integrated Strategic Communication Event Planning class.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Ryan Girves
    ryan.girves@uky.edu
    859-323-8464 Summary: Integrated strategic communication students at the University of Kentucky have been working with the Lexington Philharmonic to plan and host the second annual college Student Night concert event.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Lindsey Brady Nov. 11, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2019) — Integrated strategic communication (ISC) students in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky have been working with the Lexington Philharmonic to plan and host the orchestra's second annual college Student Night concert event. The concert will take place 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Singletary Center for the Arts on UK’s campus. 

    This November marks the fourth year ISC students have been in partnership with the Lexington Philharmonic. The event is organized by students from Marc Whitt’s  ISC 471: Event Planning course, giving students real-world experience planning and executing an event for the community in partnership with the Lexington Philharmonic. 

    “The opportunity for ISC event planning students to work with an actual client such as the Lexington Philharmonic is significant. From event conception and planning to execution and evaluation, these students benefit from challenging, real-world experiences throughout the semester,” Whitt said.

    Student Night events include their Season Series concert, Wind Power, featuring works by African-American composer Jessie Montgomery, Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto featuring soloist Richard Deane, and Johannes Brahms’ Second Symphony. Student Night features engaging and fun activities designed for students before and after the concert. Before the concert, activities in the lobby include a photo booth with props and special swag bags for college and university students. 

    "This is our fourth season partnering with students from the Event Planning course, and we have been thrilled with the partnership," says Lexington Philharmonic Executive Director Allison Kaiser. "The perspective they bring as students is invaluable to us as we seek to make the concert experience an inviting one for young people and students throughout the region. We couldn't present Student Night without these talented and passionate young people."

    The 2019-2020 season is particularly exciting, as the Lexington Philharmonic embarks on a music director and conductor search. Three of the six candidates for the position are women, and each Season Series concert opens with a work by a female composer. Each concert is led by a candidate for the position, and following each concert, the audience submits their feedback to help inform the search committee’s decision. The music director and conductor candidate leading Wind Power is Kelly Corcoran, music director and conductor of Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble of Nashville, Tennessee.                        

    Preconcert activities will take place in the lobby of the Singletary Center for the Arts, and all attendees are encouraged to join in the fun. Student tickets for this event will be $11 and are available on the Lexington Philharmonic website. Students must have a valid student ID to qualify for the $11 student ticket rate. For those who attend the concert, Bear & The Butcher will offer a dinner special. 

    For more information on this event, visit www.lexphil.org

    Fall 2019 Integrated Strategic Communication Event Planning class.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Ryan Girves
    ryan.girves@uky.edu
    859-323-8464 Summary: Integrated strategic communication students at the University of Kentucky have been working with the Lexington Philharmonic to plan and host the second annual college Student Night concert event.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meredith Weber Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2019) — A portrait unveiling of civil rights pioneer Lyman T. Johnson highlighted the University of Kentucky's 29th annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Awards Banquet Oct. 11 at the Gatton Student Center.

    The UK Alumni Association Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group honored students and alumni during the awards ceremony as part of the 2019 Lyman T. Johnson Homecoming Celebration. 

    UK’s academic colleges and units selected one African American alum whose faith, hard work and determination has positively affected the lives of people on the UK campus, the city, state or nation. These individuals received the Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award. These units also chose an African American student within their respective colleges/departments whose academic achievement and ability to impact the lives of others warrant them the Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award.

    Taunya Phillips, UK Alumni Association president, emceed the event. Imar Lyman Hutchins, grandson of Lyman T. Johnson, was the event’s keynote speaker. A collage portrait of Johnson created by Hutchins was also unveiled. The piece will be on display at the UK Art Museum through Dec. 8 and will then go to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville as part of its “Inheritance” exhibition. The artwork will then be returned to UK later next year when it will be installed permanently in Lyman T. Johnson Hall at UK. Read more on Hutchins’ artwork here

    In addition, UK President Eli Capilouto, UK Vice President for Institutional Diversity Sonja Feist-Price and Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group President Lee Jackson spoke. 

    Award winners were: 

    College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

    Torch Bearer: Caitlyn McFadden

    Torch of Excellence: Yolanda Jackson

     

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Torch Bearer: Cagney Coomer, Tsage Douglas, Myles Gibson, Myles D. Moody, Wanida Sommersell, Royal S. Todd, Kenneth Trotter Jr.

    Torch of Excellence: Jessica L. Burris, Ricky L. Jones

     

    Gatton College of Business and Economics

    Torch Bearer: Jada Green

    Torch of Excellence: Victoria Russell

     

    College of Communication and Information

    Torch Bearer: Chandler Frierson

    Torch of Excellence: Sabirah Rayford

     

    College of Dentistry

    Torch Bearer: Sandra Onekhena

    Torch of Excellence: Frank Kendrick

     

    College of Design

    Torch Bearer: Montre’ale Jones

    Torch of Excellence: Eugene Poole

     

    College of Education

    Torch Bearer: Rasheed Flowers

    Torch of Excellence: LaDonda Porter

     

    College of Engineering

    Torch Bearer: Mfon-Abasi Itama​

    Torch of Excellence: Dominique R. Wright

     

    College of Fine Arts

    Torch Bearer: Michael Preacely

    Torch of Excellence: Tony Hardin

     

    College of Health Sciences

    Torch Bearer: LaToya Walker

    Torch of Excellence: Shelby Baez

     

    College of Law

    Torch Bearer: Chynna Hibbitts

    Torch of Excellence: Pamela R. Goodwine

     

    UK Libraries

    Torch Bearer: Kyle Desnoyer

    Torch of Excellence: Kingsley Uzodinma

     

    College of Medicine

    Torch Bearer: Ochuko Diamreyan

    Torch of Excellence: Dr. Ima Ebong

     

    College of Nursing

    Torch Bearer: Candace R. Adams, Anansa Thompson, Karlene Woods

    Torch of Excellence: Marsha Hughes-Reese

     

    College of Pharmacy

    Torch Bearer: Jasmine Browning

    Torch of Excellence: Dominique Medaglio 

     

    College of Public Health

    Torch Bearer: Talia Woody

    Torch of Excellence: Angelica Geter Fugerson

     

    College of Social Work

    Torch Bearer: Alexis Bell

    Torch of Excellence: Diatra Allen

     

    The Graduate School

    Torch of Excellence: Brittany Rice, Cheavar Blair

     

    Lewis Honors College

    Torch Bearer: Caylyn Railey

    Torch of Excellence: Dominique Medaglio

     

    For information, contact Hannah Simms at 859-257-7174 or email Hannah.Simms@uky.edu.

    The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit www.ukalumni.net or call 800-269-2586.

    The 29th annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Awards Banquet was held Oct. 11 at the Gatton Student Center. Winners posed for a photo after the ceremony. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawLibrariesMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Gail Hairston
    gail.hairston@uky.edu
    859-257-3302 Summary: Each year, UK’s academic colleges and units select one African American alum whose faith, hard work and determination has positively affected the lives of people on the UK campus, the city, state or nation. These individuals receive the Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award. These units also choose an African American student within their respective colleges/departments whose academic achievement and ability to impact the lives of others warrant them the Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meredith Weber Oct. 25, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2019) — A portrait unveiling of civil rights pioneer Lyman T. Johnson highlighted the University of Kentucky's 29th annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Awards Banquet Oct. 11 at the Gatton Student Center.

    The UK Alumni Association Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group honored students and alumni during the awards ceremony as part of the 2019 Lyman T. Johnson Homecoming Celebration. 

    UK’s academic colleges and units selected one African American alum whose faith, hard work and determination has positively affected the lives of people on the UK campus, the city, state or nation. These individuals received the Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award. These units also chose an African American student within their respective colleges/departments whose academic achievement and ability to impact the lives of others warrant them the Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award.

    Taunya Phillips, UK Alumni Association president, emceed the event. Imar Lyman Hutchins, grandson of Lyman T. Johnson, was the event’s keynote speaker. A collage portrait of Johnson created by Hutchins was also unveiled. The piece will be on display at the UK Art Museum through Dec. 8 and will then go to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville as part of its “Inheritance” exhibition. The artwork will then be returned to UK later next year when it will be installed permanently in Lyman T. Johnson Hall at UK. Read more on Hutchins’ artwork here

    In addition, UK President Eli Capilouto, UK Vice President for Institutional Diversity Sonja Feist-Price and Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group President Lee Jackson spoke. 

    Award winners were: 

    College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

    Torch Bearer: Caitlyn McFadden

    Torch of Excellence: Yolanda Jackson

     

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Torch Bearer: Cagney Coomer, Tsage Douglas, Myles Gibson, Myles D. Moody, Wanida Sommersell, Royal S. Todd, Kenneth Trotter Jr.

    Torch of Excellence: Jessica L. Burris, Ricky L. Jones

     

    Gatton College of Business and Economics

    Torch Bearer: Jada Green

    Torch of Excellence: Victoria Russell

     

    College of Communication and Information

    Torch Bearer: Chandler Frierson

    Torch of Excellence: Sabirah Rayford

     

    College of Dentistry

    Torch Bearer: Sandra Onekhena

    Torch of Excellence: Frank Kendrick

     

    College of Design

    Torch Bearer: Montre’ale Jones

    Torch of Excellence: Eugene Poole

     

    College of Education

    Torch Bearer: Rasheed Flowers

    Torch of Excellence: LaDonda Porter

     

    College of Engineering

    Torch Bearer: Mfon-Abasi Itama​

    Torch of Excellence: Dominique R. Wright

     

    College of Fine Arts

    Torch Bearer: Michael Preacely

    Torch of Excellence: Tony Hardin

     

    College of Health Sciences

    Torch Bearer: LaToya Walker

    Torch of Excellence: Shelby Baez

     

    College of Law

    Torch Bearer: Chynna Hibbitts

    Torch of Excellence: Pamela R. Goodwine

     

    UK Libraries

    Torch Bearer: Kyle Desnoyer

    Torch of Excellence: Kingsley Uzodinma

     

    College of Medicine

    Torch Bearer: Ochuko Diamreyan

    Torch of Excellence: Dr. Ima Ebong

     

    College of Nursing

    Torch Bearer: Candace R. Adams, Anansa Thompson, Karlene Woods

    Torch of Excellence: Marsha Hughes-Reese

     

    College of Pharmacy

    Torch Bearer: Jasmine Browning

    Torch of Excellence: Dominique Medaglio 

     

    College of Public Health

    Torch Bearer: Talia Woody

    Torch of Excellence: Angelica Geter Fugerson

     

    College of Social Work

    Torch Bearer: Alexis Bell

    Torch of Excellence: Diatra Allen

     

    The Graduate School

    Torch of Excellence: Brittany Rice, Cheavar Blair

     

    Lewis Honors College

    Torch Bearer: Caylyn Railey

    Torch of Excellence: Dominique Medaglio

     

    For information, contact Hannah Simms at 859-257-7174 or email Hannah.Simms@uky.edu.

    The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit www.ukalumni.net or call 800-269-2586.

    The 29th annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Awards Banquet was held Oct. 11 at the Gatton Student Center. Winners posed for a photo after the ceremony. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawLibrariesMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Gail Hairston
    gail.hairston@uky.edu
    859-257-3302 Summary: Each year, UK’s academic colleges and units select one African American alum whose faith, hard work and determination has positively affected the lives of people on the UK campus, the city, state or nation. These individuals receive the Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Award. These units also choose an African American student within their respective colleges/departments whose academic achievement and ability to impact the lives of others warrant them the Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Chaney Willett and Maia Dubin Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2019) — University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI) advisors Jordan Hoehler and Ryan Story, along with the entire student services team, have developed a Canvas shell for CI students. The shell provides students with resources and answers to general questions about the college and its specific majors. The approach is now growing outside CI, as Hoehler and Story were recently asked to present their design at a Lunch and Learn with the UK Advising Network.

    Canvas is the academic management system that faculty and students at UK utilize for all aspects of coursework — from student submissions to grading. The shell is a framework for a class or unit, or in this case, a group of student advisees.

    After discussing several different ideas about the lay out of the shell, the advisors decided on a design that accommodates each individual advisor’s personality along with their individual needs and preferences. Along with the customized shells for each advisor, Hoehler and Story created six modules for students — New Student Orientation, First Semester, Pre-Major, Major, Approaching Graduation and CI Academic Success. Each module contains tabs to tips, resources, videos and links to documents a student may need throughout their academic career. The pets of the Student Services team also make an appearance to keep it fun for students navigating through the modules.

    “We want this page to be a one-stop-shop for our students whenever they have questions regarding their major or our college,” Hoehler said.

    In addition to creating a resourceful platform for students, advisors can also send announcements, such as important dates or events, through Canvas to all of their advisees.

    “When looking at the development of the Canvas shell, we wanted our resources to be as easily accessible as cookies on the bottom shelf of the grocery store,” Story said.

    Suanne Early, director of Student Affairs for the College of Communication and Information, believes this new approach strengthens the partnership between the CI advising team and their students.

    “Our entire team has been instrumental in creating a student-centered, user-friendly platform that provides needed resources to students from the time they join our college to graduation,” Early said.

    The advisors began using this Canvas shell in the summer of 2018 with students participating in “see blue.” U summer orientation. The 2018-2019 freshman class was the first implemented into the Canvas shell college-wide, and the remainder of CI students were added in Fall 2019.

    Utilizing Canvas, a platform most students are already using for their classes, is just one more way the CI Student Services team is living their mission to empower all students to take ownership of their academic and personal development by creating a partnership between advisor and student in a supportive and inclusive environment.

    The Canvas shell created by the College of Communication and Information advisors is now growing outside of the college.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI) advisors Jordan Hoehler and Ryan Story, along with the entire student services team, developed a Canvas shell that provides CI students with a resource and answers to general questions about the college and its specific majors. The approach is now growing outside the College of Communication and Information.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Chaney Willett and Maia Dubin Oct. 24, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2019) — University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI) advisors Jordan Hoehler and Ryan Story, along with the entire student services team, have developed a Canvas shell for CI students. The shell provides students with resources and answers to general questions about the college and its specific majors. The approach is now growing outside CI, as Hoehler and Story were recently asked to present their design at a Lunch and Learn with the UK Advising Network.

    Canvas is the academic management system that faculty and students at UK utilize for all aspects of coursework — from student submissions to grading. The shell is a framework for a class or unit, or in this case, a group of student advisees.

    After discussing several different ideas about the lay out of the shell, the advisors decided on a design that accommodates each individual advisor’s personality along with their individual needs and preferences. Along with the customized shells for each advisor, Hoehler and Story created six modules for students — New Student Orientation, First Semester, Pre-Major, Major, Approaching Graduation and CI Academic Success. Each module contains tabs to tips, resources, videos and links to documents a student may need throughout their academic career. The pets of the Student Services team also make an appearance to keep it fun for students navigating through the modules.

    “We want this page to be a one-stop-shop for our students whenever they have questions regarding their major or our college,” Hoehler said.

    In addition to creating a resourceful platform for students, advisors can also send announcements, such as important dates or events, through Canvas to all of their advisees.

    “When looking at the development of the Canvas shell, we wanted our resources to be as easily accessible as cookies on the bottom shelf of the grocery store,” Story said.

    Suanne Early, director of Student Affairs for the College of Communication and Information, believes this new approach strengthens the partnership between the CI advising team and their students.

    “Our entire team has been instrumental in creating a student-centered, user-friendly platform that provides needed resources to students from the time they join our college to graduation,” Early said.

    The advisors began using this Canvas shell in the summer of 2018 with students participating in “see blue.” U summer orientation. The 2018-2019 freshman class was the first implemented into the Canvas shell college-wide, and the remainder of CI students were added in Fall 2019.

    Utilizing Canvas, a platform most students are already using for their classes, is just one more way the CI Student Services team is living their mission to empower all students to take ownership of their academic and personal development by creating a partnership between advisor and student in a supportive and inclusive environment.

    The Canvas shell created by the College of Communication and Information advisors is now growing outside of the college.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI) advisors Jordan Hoehler and Ryan Story, along with the entire student services team, developed a Canvas shell that provides CI students with a resource and answers to general questions about the college and its specific majors. The approach is now growing outside the College of Communication and Information.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills, Aaron Porter, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Brad Nally Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2019) — Two University of Kentucky students have been named 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholars  among the world's best and boldest young leaders, creators and thinkers. Ryan Page, a business and organizational communication major, and Carlos Lewis, an integrated strategic communication major, both in the College of Communication and Information, have been awarded the Forbes honor.

    Each year Forbes accepts between 1,000 and 1,500 students from all over the world. Students apply for the program, and each scholar is chosen based on various criteria including a written statement about how they embody the under 30 tenets of leadership and innovation. All scholars are invited to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit free of charge Oct. 27-30, in Detroit, where the world's best young leaders, founders and creators experience four days of connecting, learning, teaching and building.

    Page, a Nashville native, came to UK and has left no stone unturned looking to make the most of every opportunity to fulfill his goals and create the most successful future possible.

    “If I see something that applies to me, I want to apply for it,” Page said. “Closed mouths don’t get fed, and I don’t want to leave any opportunities behind while I am here in college.”

    Since his time at UK, Page has been part of multiple entities ranging from UK Athletics to the Black Student Union. The skills and knowledge he has acquired from his education at UK and his work in these organizations will be put on full display at the Forbes summit, and he also wants to promote the talent of his entire university.

    "I not only want to showcase myself, but showcase the university as an outstanding and top-tier school."

    His hard-working mentality has now given him the chance to come face-to-face with some of the world’s best in hopes to be the next leader of his generation.

    Lewis was also heavily involved in organizations and attributes his success to resources available at UK. As president of the American Marketing Association, vice president of National Association of Black Accountants, a Student Wellness ambassador and a member of My Brother’s Keeper at the Martin Luther King Center, he took advantage of all UK has to offer.

    However, Lewis says the Stuckert Career Center is the resource he most utilized.

    “Mark Williams at the Career Center coached me and encouraged me to have more meaningful positions on campus. He helped me learn skills I needed to lead others,” Lewis said. “He became my mentor and molded me into a leader.”

    Lewis, an Ohio native, found out about the Forbes Under 30 program at a leadership conference he attended.

    Next week's Forbes Under 30 Summit will feature a private music festival, A-list speakers, investor speed-pitching, industry-focused field trips, a food festival and a day of community service. Speakers will include tennis star Serena Williams and basketball great Kevin Durant.

    “Kevin Durant is one of my favorite players, and I’m excited to see what all he does off the court,” Lewis said.

    Page and Lewis are passionate about their dreams, and they hope this experience will help them broaden their knowledge and abilities to be leaders in their generation and empower the next generation to push for their dreams.

    "I hope that what I am doing today can inspire someone tomorrow to stand up and be a leader in their community, and to never give up on their dreams," Page said.

    Not one, but two University of Kentucky students have been named 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholars. of Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationStudent and Academic Life

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Not one, but two University of Kentucky students have been named 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholars — the best and boldest young leaders, creators and thinkers.Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills, Aaron Porter, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Brad Nally Oct. 24, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2019) — Two University of Kentucky students have been named 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholars  among the world's best and boldest young leaders, creators and thinkers. Ryan Page, a business and organizational communication major, and Carlos Lewis, an integrated strategic communication major, both in the College of Communication and Information, have been awarded the Forbes honor.

    Each year Forbes accepts between 1,000 and 1,500 students from all over the world. Students apply for the program, and each scholar is chosen based on various criteria including a written statement about how they embody the under 30 tenets of leadership and innovation. All scholars are invited to attend the Forbes Under 30 Summit free of charge Oct. 27-30, in Detroit, where the world's best young leaders, founders and creators experience four days of connecting, learning, teaching and building.

    Page, a Nashville native, came to UK and has left no stone unturned looking to make the most of every opportunity to fulfill his goals and create the most successful future possible.

    “If I see something that applies to me, I want to apply for it,” Page said. “Closed mouths don’t get fed, and I don’t want to leave any opportunities behind while I am here in college.”

    Since his time at UK, Page has been part of multiple entities ranging from UK Athletics to the Black Student Union. The skills and knowledge he has acquired from his education at UK and his work in these organizations will be put on full display at the Forbes summit, and he also wants to promote the talent of his entire university.

    "I not only want to showcase myself, but showcase the university as an outstanding and top-tier school."

    His hard-working mentality has now given him the chance to come face-to-face with some of the world’s best in hopes to be the next leader of his generation.

    Lewis was also heavily involved in organizations and attributes his success to resources available at UK. As president of the American Marketing Association, vice president of National Association of Black Accountants, a Student Wellness ambassador and a member of My Brother’s Keeper at the Martin Luther King Center, he took advantage of all UK has to offer.

    However, Lewis says the Stuckert Career Center is the resource he most utilized.

    “Mark Williams at the Career Center coached me and encouraged me to have more meaningful positions on campus. He helped me learn skills I needed to lead others,” Lewis said. “He became my mentor and molded me into a leader.”

    Lewis, an Ohio native, found out about the Forbes Under 30 program at a leadership conference he attended.

    Next week's Forbes Under 30 Summit will feature a private music festival, A-list speakers, investor speed-pitching, industry-focused field trips, a food festival and a day of community service. Speakers will include tennis star Serena Williams and basketball great Kevin Durant.

    “Kevin Durant is one of my favorite players, and I’m excited to see what all he does off the court,” Lewis said.

    Page and Lewis are passionate about their dreams, and they hope this experience will help them broaden their knowledge and abilities to be leaders in their generation and empower the next generation to push for their dreams.

    "I hope that what I am doing today can inspire someone tomorrow to stand up and be a leader in their community, and to never give up on their dreams," Page said.

    Not one, but two University of Kentucky students have been named 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholars. of Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationStudent and Academic Life

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Not one, but two University of Kentucky students have been named 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholars — the best and boldest young leaders, creators and thinkers.Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Aaron Porter Oct. 12, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2019) — Maggie Davis, the daughter of Beth and John Davis of Lexington, and Jonathan Thomas the son of Judy and Mark Thomas of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, were crowned the University of Kentucky Homecoming queen and king during the halftime ceremonies at the UK vs. Arkansas Homecoming football game at Kroger Field Saturday night.

    The winners were determined by student voting earlier this week.

    Davis, a senior majoring in broadcast journalism, political science, and digital media and design, was nominated by the Chi Omega sorority. She is a Singletary Scholar in the Lewis Honors College and is an active member of Chi Omega.

    Thomas is a senior majoring in economics and business management and is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, Cats For Christ and the Economics Society. Thomas was nominated by Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

    Other finalists for king and queen were:

    Joe Walden, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is majoring in psychology and neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. He was nominated by Alpha Phi Omega fraternity and the Center for Community Outreach. 

    Tsage Douglas, a Lexington native, is a senior dual-degree candidate in public health and international economics, French. She was nominated by the Center for Community Research. 

    Matthew Luce, of Downers Grove, Illinois, is a junior majoring in marketing and information communications. He was nominated by the Student Activities Board.

    Andrew Lin, a Lexington native is a junior majoring in chemical engineering and music performance. He was nominated by the Engineering Living Learning Program. 

    Maya Woolfolk, of Louisville, Kentucky, is a biology major in the Lewis Honors College. She was nominated by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 

    Sally Martin, of Owensboro, Kentucky, is a senior in the Lewis Honors College who double majors in marketing and media arts and studies. She was nominated by DanceBlue. 

    Minji Kim, a senior at UK, Kim is from Seoul, South Korea, majoring in nursing and minoring in psychology. Kim was nominated by the Undergraduate Nursing Activities and Advisory Council. 

    Michael Hasis, from Fayette Township, Pennsylvania, is a senior majoring in communication sciences and disorders with minors in family sciences, linguistics and German. Hasis was nominated by the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture club.

     

    of Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationFine ArtsHonors College

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Aaron Porter
    aaron.porterjr@uky.edu
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Maia Dubin Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2019) — Students from the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information have always made a strong showing in the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference’s logo design contest. This year was no different.

    The annual logo contest is a national competition for college students across the country to submit an original design, which will be used as the AEJMC’s logo for its conference and all other promotional pieces the following year. The winner also receives a cash prize.

    Four UK students took honors in the 2019 logo competition with Leah Behling placing first overall. Breanne Everett, Claire Monkman and Kaylee Hoelscher all tied for third place. Behling’s winning design will be used as the official logo for the 2020 conference, which will be held in San Francisco, California.

    For this contest, the students’ AEJMC logo designs are judged solely on the design itself. Judges do not see student, advisor or university names in the judging process.

    This is the third year in a row that a UK College of Communication and Information student has won this logo contest. Adriane Grumbein, assistant professor in integrated strategic communication, has served as the faculty sponsor for all of the ISC students entering the contest.

    “I am thrilled for Leah and so excited to see her logo on all the upcoming conference material. Her design is elegant, timeless and clearly representative of San Francisco,” Grumbein said. “Having a three-way UK tie for third is icing on the cake."

    First place logo design by winner Leah Behling from UK.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Four UK students take honors in the 2019 Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference’s logo design contest.
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  • Body: ResearchBy Jay Blanton Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2019) – Flanked by national leaders in the fight to reduce deaths from opioid use – including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar – the University of Kentucky Monday officially launched the HEALing (Helping End Addiction Long-term) Communities Study – Kentucky.

    “Today’s launch symbolizes – in the most powerful and compelling way possible – what it means to be the University for Kentucky,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We have been called, in collaboration with partners and leaders at the federal and state levels, to turn the tide. Today’s announcement represents that unwavering commitment on the part of Kentucky’s university in partnership with federal and state governments. We ask ourselves at the University of Kentucky:  What is possible? When smart, determined, good-hearted people hear the trumpet sound and link arms in common cause:  Healing is possible. A saved life is possible. A restored dignity is possible. A renewed family is possible. A rebuilt future is possible."

    In April, UK – partnering with the Commonwealth of Kentucky – was one of four sites selected from across the country for the HEALing Communities Initiative. UK’s grant from the National Institutes of Health totals $87 million, the largest in its history, and is focused over the next three years on reducing opioid-related deaths by 40 percent in 16 counties across the Commonwealth.

     “It’s a privilege to join President Capilouto and Dr. Walsh in launching the largest federal grant in UK’s history,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “The HEAL initiative is not only an investment in UK’s cutting-edge research, but it’s also a commitment to the future of families and individuals who need our help to reach long-term recovery. As Senate Majority Leader, I’m bringing national focus to Kentucky priorities, and I’m proud to have partners like Secretary Azar and Director Collins in the Trump administration who share my focus on middle America. Together, we recognize the incredible results this federal grant can have on communities throughout Kentucky, and we remain committed to doing all we can to fight this deadly opioid epidemic.”

    The study is part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, a bold, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. The goal is to develop evidence-based solutions to the opioid crisis and offer new hope for individuals, families and communities affected by this devastating disorder. More broadly, the idea is to see if solutions in different communities across the state can be scaled up and replicated as part of a national approach to the challenge.

    “HEALing Communities is one of the single most important steps of the many that President Trump, Leader McConnell and Congress have taken to confront our country’s opioid crisis,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “We believe we can see impressive results from this effort in Kentucky, but the good news is that, under the President’s leadership and thanks to resources from Congress, the work of local communities is already producing results. Provisional counts of drug overdose deaths dropped from 2017 to 2018, the first drop in more than 20 years, and overdose deaths in Kentucky are down more than 10 percent over the most recently reported 12-month period. Those results are a tribute to people and communities working on the ground — in Kentucky and all across America.”

    Sharon Walsh, director of UK’s Center for Drug and Alcohol Research and the Principal Investigator on the study, said a great deal of work is already underway to help facilitate a successful launch of the grant in the 16 study sites. Significant milestones that have been completed or that will be undertaken in the next several months include:

    UK researchers/staff already are in the field doing pilot work in several communities. About 20 UK researchers across six colleges are involved in the grant. The Kentucky grant is being done in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC). Secretaries Adam Meier and John Tilley, from the state’s Health and Family Services Cabinets and Justice, respectively, attended the announcement Monday.

    • Since the grant announcement in April, UK and the teams from the other national sites have worked to develop a common protocol for all four test sites. The result, Walsh said, will be a more powerful demonstration of effectiveness – supported by more robust data – at the completion of the study in 3 years.
    • The randomization of counties will be completed later this month – a significant milestone that will determine those counties that will begin the community-engagement process to select and deploy evidence-based practices.
    • Existing community coalitions supported by the state in each county will work closely with the research team to assess local community needs and gaps in services. This process will lead to the identification and deployment of locally customized evidence-based practices and resources, Walsh said.
    • UK is working to establish several regional offices that will help in coordinating and guiding efforts in each community.
    • More than 31 new staff have been hired as part of the study. Additional jobs are posted and listed at www.uky.edu/hr/jobs/healingky.

    “This life-saving mission would have sounded like an impossible and unachievable goal a few years ago, but today, we are finally seeing tangible evidence that we can drive down accidental opioid overdoses and prevent addiction before it starts,” said Congressman Hal Rogers, the dean of Kentucky’s congressional delegation from the state’s 5th District. “I believe UK has an effective plan in place, along with critical multi-disciplinary partnerships to disrupt this national crisis. Years from now, I believe this could be a life-saving victory worthy of hanging from the rafters of Rupp Arena.”

    Consider the dimensions of the problem nationally and in Kentucky:

    • More than 2 million Americans live with opioid use disorder.
    • Life expectancy in this country has dropped — fueled, in large measure, by drug overdose deaths.
    • Kentucky currently is ranked 5th in the United States for opioid overdose deaths and has suffered through the opioid epidemic since its inception.

    “Today, lawmakers from across the Commonwealth have joined together to launch the HEALing Communities study, a program that will allow the University of Kentucky to continue to lead the nationwide effort to combat the opioid crisis,” said Congressman Andy Barr, who represents Kentucky 6th Congressional District. “Kentucky has the fifth-highest overdose mortality rate in the nation, so it is imperative that we continue to secure resources for the Commonwealth to combat this tragic crisis. As expected, the University of Kentucky has put together an incredibly talented team to undertake this initiative. I have no doubt that, through their efforts, the goal of reducing opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent in 16 counties - including six counties in the Sixth District - will be reached. Thank you, Secretary Azar and Director Collins, for joining us at UK to kick off this vital project.”

    Sixteen counties in Kentucky that are "highly affected communities" have been identified to be included in the randomized study. They include Fayette, Jessamine, Clark, Kenton, Campbell, Mason, Greenup, Carter, Boyd, Knox, Jefferson, Franklin, Boyle, Madison, Bourbon and Floyd counties. Overall, these rural and metropolitan counties had 764 opioid overdose deaths in 2017 with two-thirds of them involving fentanyl. They also represent about 40 percent of the state’s population of more than 4 million people.

    “Too many Kentuckians have fallen victim to our nation’s opioid crisis. I am pleased that NIH has recognized the research capabilities of the University of Kentucky and has chosen to invest in our local communities to be a key part of their important HEALing Communities study," said Congressman Brett Guthrie, who represents Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District. "This grant will be vital to helping reduce opioid misuse and opioid use disorder to ultimately reduce opioid-related deaths in Kentucky and around the country. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I have proudly worked with my colleagues to pass legislation such as the 21st Century Cures Act and the SUPPORT Act, but the fight is not over. I am grateful to Secretary Azar and Dr. Collins for joining us today in Kentucky to discuss UK’s work and what more can be done to help those with opioid use disorder.”   

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke at the HEALing Communities Study event on Oct. 7. Mark Cornelison | UKphotoOrganizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic Health Contact Kristi Willett
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    859-323-6363 Summary: Flanked by national leaders in the fight to reduce deaths from opioid use – including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar – the University of Kentucky Monday officially launched the HEALing (Helping End Addiction Long-term) Communities Study – Kentucky.Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: ResearchBy Allison Havelda   Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2019) — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of Kentucky nearly $1.4 million over three years to aid in the development of Kentucky’s research computing cyberinfrastructure (CI). ​The project will create a new Kentucky Research Computing team (KyRC), which is being led by Brian Nichols from UK Information Technology Services, James Griffioen with the UK Center for Computational Sciences, and Doyle Friskney with UK Department of Communication and Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. 

    KyRC will focus on the use and development of CI technologies to advance research at universities across the Commonwealth. It will provide Kentucky researchers and institutions with the resources they need to keep up with the rapid change and development occurring in research, particularly given the growing compute and data intensive demands associated with big data collection and analysis. These resources include access to three full-time CI engineers and a community facilitator who will work with leadership teams and IT groups to build on existing expertise. 

    Not only will KyRC work regionally, but it also plans to participate in national efforts including the Campus Research Computing Consortium (CaRCC).

    CaRCC and other national CI groups will share expertise and benefit from the experiences of other CI experts and users. KyRC will also develop educational curriculum and training materials for advanced CI to be used to support STEM activities and training materials for workforce development. 

    “We are constantly aiming to build on a collaborative environment within the University of Kentucky as well as across the Commonwealth,” Nichols said. “Receipt of this grant gives us an opportunity to advance cyberinfrastructure in a lasting capacity.” 

    Project partners include UK, Eastern Kentucky University, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Kentucky Regional Optical Network and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. 

    The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Kentucky $1,399,638 over three years to aid in the development of Kentucky’s research computing cyberinfrastructure.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Chaney Willett Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2019) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication will present its fourth annual Irwin Warren Lecture in Advertising and Digital Media 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the William T. Young Library UK Athletics Auditorium.

    This year’s lecture will be delivered by Chuck Brymer, chairman of DDB Communications Group. Brymer’s lecture is titled “The Power of Creativity.”  

    “Ideas are the fuel, are the engines of a corporation. That creativity is what drives businesses,” Brymer said.

    After 14 years as chariman-CEO of Interbrand, an Omnicon-owned brand, Brymer was named chairman of DDB Communications. Since joining DDB Communications in 2006, the company has seen substantial growth in size and reputation. DDB has been voted one of the top agencies in the world by AdAge, Adweek and Campaign. DDB Communication’s list of clients include Volkswagen, McDonald’s, Samsung, Pepsi and Audi.

    Brymer is a 1981 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Communications, now the College of Communication and Information.

    The Irwin Warren Lecture in Advertising and Digital Media honors the memory of Warren, who was the creator of some of the nation's most successful advertising campaigns. During an advertising career spanning more than 40 years, Warren worked at Doyle Dane Bernbach, BBDO and other leading agencies, before moving to McCann Erickson, the world's largest advertising agency, where he retired as senior creative director in 2006.

    The lecture series was established by Patrick Mutchler, a graduate of the School of Journalism and Media, formerly the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, who worked with Warren while in marketing with Johnson & Johnson.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Chuck Brymer will deliver the Irwin Warren Lecture Oct. 3.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication will present its fourth annual Irwin Warren Lecture in Advertising and Digital Media 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, in the William T. Young Library UK Athletics Auditorium.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2019) — Hundreds of women audition, but only a select group will secure spots in the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders training camp. Even fewer actually make it on the team. Lily Johnson, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna, is one of those few women.

    UKNow caught up with the Tennessee native to share her journey to becoming a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

    UKNow: What is the process of becoming a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader?

    Johnson: For most women the process of becoming a DCC begins way before the first round of auditions. As with anything, preparation is the key to being successful. This means taking as many dance classes as possible, making sure you’re in your best shape, and also studying for the interview and test portions. Once you get to auditions there is the preliminary round, semifinals, and then finals. After finals, training camp begins. Training camp starts with 45 women and lasts a total of 10 weeks to get the final roster of 36 cheerleaders.

    UKNow: What are you most looking forward to about being on the team?

    Johnson: Too many things to pick just one! Entertaining fans, inspiring young girls and boys and creating timeless friendships — just to name a few.

    UKNow: After not making the team at last year’s auditions what motivated you to re-audition?

    Johnson: Being so close to achieving my dream last year, I knew if I didn’t give it another shot I’d always think, “What if?” Getting cut on the last night of last year was obviously tough, but it gave me the motivation and drive to come back even stronger.

    UKNow: What does it mean to you to make the team?

    Johnson: Finally accomplishing my dream and making this team means everything! It’s proof that not everything you want comes easy, but having faith in yourself, a strong support system and an unquestionable work ethic will take you a long way!

    UKNow: You were on UK’s dance team. How did the program prepare you for the Dallas Cowboys?

    Johnson: Being a member of the UK Dance Team definitely put me on the right track for dancing in the NFL. Not only did it give me the experience I needed of performing on a field, it also helped me learn how to successfully balance a hectic schedule!

    UKNow: Did any of your experiences at UK help you along your journey?

    Johnson: Being a fourth generation UK student (following my great grandfather, grandfather, and dad) I grew up loving and supporting UK my entire life, but I had little idea what an impact this school would have on me. My experience at the University of Kentucky completely changed me for the better. My involvement in the UK Dance Team, Alpha Delta Pi, and as a student in general shaped me into the best version of myself. I was able to take that best version of myself to Texas to chase and achieve my dreams. I will forever be grateful for the experiences, memories, and friendships the University of Kentucky gave me!

    Follow Johnson along her journey now on “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” airing 9 p.m. Eastern Time Fridays, on CMT, or on Instagram @lilyjay21.

    Watch a clip from last week's episode featuring UK alumna Lily Johnson on "Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team." of Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Lily Johnson, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna, is one of the few women to make the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading team.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2019)  Tina M. Harris, who holds a doctorate from the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, is a teacher, mentor, researcher and is now the chair in race, media and cultural literacy — the first position of its type in the nation. Harris recently joined Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication as the Douglas L. Manship Sr.- Dori J. Maynard Endowed Chair of Race, Media, and Cultural Literacy.

    The position was created by the Manship and Maynard families to tackle issues of race and culture in the media and to promote cultural literacy. They wanted students to be challenged to think more critically about these topics and be on the forefront of future efforts to facilitate social justice. Harris was approached about the job because of her history with research about diversity and media representations, interracial communication, and race and ethnic disparities and religious frameworks in health communication. She is also the co-author of the leading textbook “Interracial Communication: Theory to Practice.”

    When asked why she considered applying for the position after being on faculty at the University of Georgia for 21 years, Harris said, “When I learned of the many opportunities the position would bring, I just had to take it. It’s not about money. It’s about providing the tools to transform the teaching world.”

    As the chair, Harris is teaching graduate and undergraduate classes every semester, conducting research that advances issues of diversity and social justice in media as well as serving as a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students and junior faculty.

    Harris gained her passion for race and cultural studies from her childhood experiences. Born in Detroit, her family soon moved to Rota, Spain, when she was 4 years old, where she learned an appreciation for racial and cultural diversity. It was not until she was in college that her observations related to race and culture caused her to realize that more research needs to be done that reflects the human diversity oftentimes ignored or underrepresented in the field of communication studies.

    Her teaching inspiration came from a professor at the University of Georgia's Department of Speech Communication (now Communication Studies) when she was an undergraduate who told her she would make a great teacher. Harris said her experience later at the UK College of Communication and Information led to a key part of her career now. 

    “My experience at UK helped me develop my interest in mentoring. It showed me what a mentor should be and what a mentorship should look like in order to help your mentee reach their professional goals,” she said.

    While Harris is excited about the endowed chair position, she is focused more on the impact she can make through this incredible opportunity.

    “It means a lot to be able to translate theory into practice,” she said. “I now have the platform to engage not only students but the community and have access to resources to take my research and apply it outside of my classroom.”

    Harris is also the recipient of more than 30 recognitions and awards for her teaching and research accomplishments, including the University of Georgia’s 2017 Engaged Scholar Award and the Distinguished Josiah T. Meigs Teaching Professor Award. 

    In the future, she hopes to continue her research and help others realize their dreams for improving race relations and having an impact on an increasingly diverse world.

    Tina M. HarrisOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationGraduate School

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Tina Harris is a teacher, mentor, researcher and is now the Endowed Chair in Race, Media and Cultural Literacy — the first position of its type in the nation. Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Maia Dubin Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Association of Black Journalists (ABJ) will be hosting a new event, "Dine and Vote," 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in 315 Blazer Dining.

    The UK ABJ is the on-campus chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. At the University of Kentucky, students of color in the College of Communication and Information are open to join the organization, which hosts biweekly meetings featuring guest speakers and visits to news outlets, all while growing a strong community through planned events and fundraisers.

    Through ABJ, “Our members have graduated and obtained full-time jobs in their respective fields and we want to continue to be a resource that can prepare students for those desired jobs,” UK ABJ President Keyera Jackson said.

    The event will feature a panel that includes three guest speakers. The first panelist is Joshua Douglas, a professor in the College of Law, who recently published a book on the upcoming election titled,"Vote for US: How to Take Back Our Elections and Change the Future of Voting." Clayton Brown, president of Kentucky Young Democrats and UK alumnus, will also be speaking at the event. Meredith Wadlington, an organizer for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, will round out the professional panel of speakers.

    When asked how she came up with this event, ABJ member Tessa Howard said it just “popped into my head.” Howard feels that all students, not just minority students, should know about their voting rights and is very excited to have created this event.

    The panel will discuss topics surrounding the upcoming 2020 election, including voting and constitutional rights. Attendees will be able to ask questions, as well as have the opportunity to register to vote at the event. 

    The event is free and open to the campus community. Light refreshments will be provided.

    The University of Kentucky Association of Black Journalists (ABJ) will be hosting a new event, "Dine and Vote," 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 315 Blazer Dining.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationLaw

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky Association of Black Journalists will be hosting a new event, "Dine and Vote," 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in 315 Blazer Dining.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Chaney Willett Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team had a tremendous start to its competitive season. With a run against 122 teams from 25 states at the Atlanta Season Opener, the UK debaters worked to defend last year’s national champion status.

    The top team of Genevieve Hackman (junior) and Christopher Eckert (freshman) shot out to a 7-1 record in the preliminary rounds including impressive wins over Michigan, Dartmouth and Wake Forest. The team was the fifth seed heading into elimination day on Monday.

    In the round of 32 they defeated Pittsburgh in an impressive 3-0 decision. The round of 16, however, ended with a close 2-1 decision loss to Harvard. Wake Forest was the eventual champion of the Atlanta tournament.

    Each year, all debaters discuss the same topic, which is announced in advance of the season. The topic this year is space policy. 

    “As a debater, you never know if your preparation is going to match up with your results,” David Arnett, director of debate, said. “I really liked our preparation going into the year, and it’s nice to see it being rewarded in competition. Getting off to such a strong start can be hugely motivating as we head into the rest of the semester."

    The team now has a quick turnaround. UK will compete in and host two tournaments next week.

    The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate team is housed in the College of Communication and Information. Follow them at https://ci.uky.edu/UKDebate.

    2019 University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate TeamOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team had a tremendous start to its competitive season and hopes to continue last year's success. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Jay Blanton Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2019) — A new academic year at the University of Kentucky has meant a record first-year class of some 5,400 students and new facilities on campus to support the institution’s work.

    But it also has brought several new academic leaders, who are serving in critical posts and bring with them national reputations in their scholarly fields.

    At Saturday’s UK football game, new deans and interim deans were spotlighted and honored as a showcase of academic leadership and talent at the University of Kentucky. Before each home game, UK honors students, faculty and staff who are demonstrating what is “Wildly Possible” at the University of Kentucky.

    You can see a video above about our new academic leaders.

    Those honored included:

    Mary Davis, interim dean of the College of Law. https://uknow.uky.edu/professional-news/mary-j-davis-named-interim-dean-college-law

    Davis graduated from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in history. She earned a juris doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1985.

    An Ashland Spears-Distinguished Research Professor in the UK College of Law, Davis joined the UK Law faculty in 1991. Previously, she practiced products liability litigation. Davis' experience, which involved management of nationwide litigation, has informed her scholarship in the field. Her recent work on federal preemption of state products liability laws has been cited by the United States Supreme Court.

    Davis has held countless academic and administrative positions. She was elected by the faculty to the Dean’s Advisory Executive committee more than 10 times, was the associate dean of administration and faculty development and the associate dean for academic affairs.

    Davis has been honored with the College of Law Outstanding Teacher award and UK's Distinguished Teacher award.

    Jennifer Greer, dean of the College of Communication and Information. https://uknow.uky.edu/campus-news/jennifer-greer-named-dean-college-communication-and-information

    Greer, a tenured professor with 19 years in academic administration at the University of Alabama and the University of Nevada, previously served as associate provost at the University of Alabama.

    In that role, she handled faculty personnel issues, faculty orientation and leadership programs, and oversaw several academic support and compliance units in Academic Affairs.

    Her other administrative service included nearly three years as an interim/acting dean, seven years as a chair, and four years as a graduate director at her previous two universities.

    She holds a doctorate from the University of Florida, a master’s from the University of Kansas, and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Missouri.

    She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching, winning collegewide teaching awards at Nevada and Alabama. She was also honored with a university award for excellence in academic advising at Alabama.

    Jay Miller, dean of the College of Social Work. https://uknow.uky.edu/professional-news/college-social-work-names-new-dean

    Miller earned his bachelor's degree in social work from Western Kentucky University. He also graduated with a master's degree in social work from Spalding University and a doctoral degree in social work from the University of Louisville.

    After completing his undergraduate degree, Miller worked for Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services and oversaw social service initiatives for the Department of the Army.

    Miller’s academic interests focus on child welfare, youth involvement in juvenile systems and organizational wellness, areas in which Miller has published a number of research papers, books and conducted national and international presentations and lectures. He has been involved in a long line of inquiry that examines self-care among academicians and institutional factors that contribute to overall wellness.

    Miller serves as president of Foster Care Alumni of America – Kentucky, where he consults and leads a myriad research projects and initiatives. Miller also serves as chairperson of the Kentucky Board of Social Work, among a host of other service endeavors.  

    A past recipient of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Paul Grannis Award, Miller also is a 2014 inductee into the College of Health and Human Services Hall of Fame at Western Kentucky University. Miller recently received the 2019 Children’s Bureau Champion Award for his research on addressing workforce issues.  

    Jeffrey Okeson, interim dean of the College of Dentistry. https://uknow.uky.edu/professional-news/okeson-named-interim-dean-college-dentistry

    Okeson has been a full-time faculty member at UK for 45 years. He currently serves as chief of the Division of Orofacial Pain and is the director of the UK Orofacial Pain Clinic, which he founded in 1977. He previously served as chair of the Department of Oral Health Science.

    In addition to his leadership locally, Okeson is a leader in temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain worldwide. He has more than 240 publications in the area of occlusion, TMD and orofacial pain in various national and international journals, and he has written two textbooks on TMD and orofacial pain, which have been translated into 12 different languages. Okeson was named the International Dentist of the Year by the Academy of Dentistry International in recognition of his worldwide efforts in these fields. He has lectured in every U.S. state and 59 foreign countries. 

    During his tenure at UK, he has received numerous awards. He has been honored with UK’s campuswide Great Teacher Award, the Provost’s Distinguished Service Professorship and received the first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Dentistry. He was also recognized as the most outstanding professor in the state of Kentucky with the Acorn Award.

    Julian Vasquez Heilig, dean of the College of Education. https://uknow.uky.edu/campus-news/julian-vasquez-heilig-named-dean-college-education

    Vasquez Heilig received his Ph.D. in educational administration and policy analysis and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University. He also earned a master’s in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from the University of Michigan.

    A prolific scholar, in the last decade alone, Vasquez Heilig has been an author or co-author on nearly 50 peer-reviewed journal and/or refereed articles or law reviews as well as chapters. Topics have been diverse in range and scope, covering issues such as racial equity and teacher preparation among many others.

    He has been honored with more than 30 teaching, research and service recognitions, including a Ford Foundation fellowship, the American Educational Research Journal Outstanding Reviewer award, and named as a Diversity in Education Magazine Multicultural Champion. He also served as the education chair for the California Hawaii State Conference of the NAACP.

    Vasquez Heilig's work in higher education also includes serving on the faculty and as an academic leader at the University of Texas at Austin from 2006 to 2014.

    Doug Way, dean of UK Libraries. https://uknow.uky.edu/campus-news/doug-way-named-next-dean-uk-libraries

    For five years, Way served as associate university librarian for Collections and Research Services at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he provided leadership for the library’s collection development and management, resource sharing and scholarly communications programs.

    During his tenure, he supervised a direct staff of 75 full-time employees and an overall budget of $12 million for the university's general libraries system of 14 libraries that supports more than 4 million visitors per year.

    In addition, Way has written and presented extensively on topics related to collection management, shared print and the future of library collections.

    Before arriving at UW-Madison, Way served as head of collections and scholarly communications at Grand Valley State University. While at Grand Valley State, he also spearheaded a statewide distributed shared print program that resulted in nine state-funded institutions in Michigan working collectively to manage widely held low-use collections.

    Way holds a bachelor's degree in history from Grand Valley State University and a master's degree in library and information science from Wayne State University.

    Kroger Field recognition left to right: Jennifer Greer, Julian Vasquez Heilig, Rossetta Sandidge (previous interim Education dean), Mary Davis, Jeffrey Okeson, Derek Lane (previous Communication and Information interim dean) and Provost David Blackwell. Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationDentistryEducationLawLibrariesSocial WorkUK HealthCare

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jay Blanton
    jay.blanton@uky.edu
    859-257-6605 Summary: At Saturday’s UK football game, new deans and interim deans were spotlighted and honored as a showcase of academic leadership and talent at the University of Kentucky. Before each home game, UK honors students, faculty and staff who are demonstrating what is “Wildly Possible” at the University of Kentucky.Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: ResearchBy Molly Tate Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2019) A true outpouring of human support — that is how Sen. Reggie Thomas described the treatment his wife received at the Markey Cancer Center. As she battled uterine cancer, alumna Lynda Morris Thomas was surrounded by people who cared about her and were invested in her recovery.

    “Everyone was so supportive of Lynda — she received outstanding care from the doctors and nurses — and they made her treatment more bearable,” Thomas said. “Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. They know the effects of cancer and the harm it can do to someone physically, mentally and emotionally. I never want someone else to have to watch their wife, child, parent or loved one suffer and die because of the ravages of cancer.”

    In June, Thomas, his daughter Johanna Thomas, and his mother-in-law Johanna Morris Wood partnered with the University of Kentucky to support cancer research. Their gift will support the Healthy Kentucky Research Building, a new facility on campus where teams of researchers are tackling problems disproportionately affecting Kentuckians, including cancer, cardiovascular diseases and stroke, diabetes and obesity, and substance abuse.

    “The research UK conducts will have an impact nationally and globally,” Johanna Thomas said. “But it will have an even greater impact locally. For years, Kentucky has led the nation in cancer deaths. We want to support our home state and alleviate suffering for Kentuckians and families worldwide.”

    Eradicating cancer and solving complex health problems are major goals of Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign. The university’s $2.1 billion comprehensive campaign focuses on improving opportunities for students, advancing health care and funding innovative research, allowing UK to assemble more research teams, attract talented faculty members and raise $95 million to support the research building. It also strengthens the UK HealthCare system, enabling it to remain the top hospital in the state and nationally ranked in four health care specialties.

    UK is already a leader in cancer care. The ​Markey Cancer Center has been named in the Top 50 national rankings by U.S. News and World Report for cancer care at No. 33. It is the only cancer center in Kentucky designated by the National Cancer Institute, and it collaborates with health care networks across the state to provide world-class care to Kentucky residents in their own communities.

    One of its goals is to care for the whole person, treating patients’ physical, mental and familial needs, which was evident in Lynda’s treatment, Johanna said.

    “The doctors and nurses were very supportive during this difficult time,” she said. “They gave my mother a lot of comfort and peace. She always spoke fondly of how caring and respectful everyone was.”

    Thomas especially appreciated President Capilouto and Michael Karpf, professor of medicine and former executive vice president for health affairs, regularly visiting Lynda.

    The Healthy Kentucky Research Building is special to Thomas, whose district includes UK. Working with his colleagues in the General Assembly, Thomas helped secure funding for the project in 2015. 

    “When President (Eli) Capilouto came to the General Assembly asking for $132.5 million in state funding, we all recognized the need for the building,” Thomas said. “Kentucky has very poor health rankings. We are last or second to last in most areas. We want to change that, and we know this building can help.”

    Since he was elected, Thomas has fought to improve health care and to provide health care to all Kentuckians.

    “Anyone who is sick and needs care should have access to it,” Thomas said. “We should do everything we can to prevent people from suffering. When I look at the way UK and the Markey Cancer Center treated Lynda, it shows that they care about what the patient is going through. I hope everyone can have the same level of care that Lynda experienced.”

    In honor of the gift, a collaborative space on the third floor of the Healthy Kentucky Research Building will be named for Lynda, a fitting tribute to a die-hard Wildcat and proud Lexington resident, Thomas said.

    A native of Washington, D.C., Lynda moved to Lexington after meeting Thomas in college. She went to Wellesley College, and he attended Dartmouth. After getting married in 1980, they moved to Lexington, Thomas’ hometown.

    A devoted community servant, Lynda joined the boards of the Lexington Public Library, the Lexington Children’s Museum and the Lexington Philharmonic. She earned her master’s in communication in 1991 from UK and taught communications classes as an adjunct professor for four years, then joined KET, where she developed continuing education programs for teachers.

    “She was well read, socially engaged and loved a good book and good conversation,” Thomas said. “She valued education, because she wanted everyone around her to continually strive to become better, wiser people. She would be honored that her memory will live in perpetuity at UK and that her name will be associated with helping to find a cure for cancer.”

    To learn more about the Healthy Kentucky Research Building, visit www.research.uky.edu/hkrb. To learn more about Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign, visit www.kentuckycan.uky.edu.

    Lynda ThomasOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationUK HealthCareMarkey Cancer Center

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Kathy Johnson
    kathy.johnson@uky.edu
    859-257-3155 Summary: Sen. Reggie Thomas, his daughter Johanna Thomas, and his mother-in-law Johanna Morris Wood partnered with the University of Kentucky to support cancer researchSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Aaron Porter Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2019) — The Student Activities Board at the University of Kentucky has been a staple in the community since 1942. Although it has gone through name changes, locations changes and leadership changes, the goal has still been the same — to impact and create memories for students at UK.

    This year is no different, as leaders want to leave their mark and provide a home away from home for students through a diverse schedule of events that are educational, entertaining and enriching.

    SAB has nine different committees students can be part of, and through them, students have an opportunity to take on leadership positions within the organization. SAB provides students the ability to gain experience working in different areas in the organization as well. From graphic design work to being the director of cultural arts, this organization allows students to find their niche, and expand their professional skills.

    The student-president in charge of it all this year is Miya Leykauf, a senior majoring in integrated strategic communication and Spanish. Leykauf joined the organization in her sophomore year, after completing a freshman year where she felt something was missing.

    "I was an out-of-state, first-generation student, so when I arrived at UK I was intimidated and nervous about this new experience I was about to take on. I spent most days in my room and felt like I had wasted a big chunk of my college experience because I was too nervous to step outside of my comfort zone."

    After going back to her hometown for the summer, Leykauf decided she wanted a change in her college experience, and SAB provided exactly what she needed.

    "I wanted a place where I could have fun, meet new people and help make an impact — SAB became that place for me. Not only has SAB allowed me to grow as a leader, but it has given me memories and friends that I’ll never forget."

    Now as president, Leykauf looks to expand the work and growth others have built on before her.

    "In order to grow it’s crucial to bring in different perspectives and ideas of how we can make our organization better. When I leave this position I hope that SAB will have seen growth in the sense that more students are being impacted by the amazing experiences that this organization provides."

    SAB puts on over 80 events a year, ranging from silent disco to cultural events, to BINGO nights at the Gatton Student Center. A wide variety of events brings a wide variety of the UK family out, which helps these students build lifelong friendships at any time.

    With every event, SAB's goal is to impact students. They stand firm by their core values; teamwork, enrichment, stewardship and diversity. These four pillars of the organization are what Traditions Chair Victoria Marrow, a senior majoring in public health, sees in every part of SAB.

    "It is nice to see that SAB tries to cater to all types of people no matter your skin color, age, major, religion, etc."

    Marrow has been part of the organization since her sophomore year. Now going into her senior year she credits her lifelong friendships and her ability to grow both as a student and a professional to SAB. The love for the organization goes even further, as SAB was a group she found accepting of her, and of all people as well.

    "I would say if you are looking for an organization that is going to truly accept you for who you are, have amazing advisors that treat you like adults and want you to learn, want to build up your professional skills, as well as learn how to communicate with people better, then SAB is the organization for you."

    With SAB's wide reach, the leaders in the organization serve as some of the most recognized student leaders on campus. Within every member is a person who serves in other capacities on campus, looking to do as much as they can. From sororities to different organizations they are affiliated with, these students understand the weight of the title they hold.

    To Leykauf, being a leader on campus is more than just having a title, it's about working hard, and inspiring other students to step up and do the same.

    "A student leader is someone who steps up to the plate and strives to make a change in their community. On top of serving the UK community, SAB also helps to inspire, promote and enlist students to become leaders that can make an impact."

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    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Aaron Porter
    aaron.porterjr@uky.edu
    859-323-7643 Summary: The Students Activities Board looks to impact students' lives on the University of Kentucky campus. Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meredith Weber Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2019) — The UK Alumni Association has announced the selection of 19 outstanding students as the Alumni Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 academic year. The Alumni Ambassadors are the official student hosts of the University of Kentucky. The cumulative group helps promote UK at university and alumni association events and assists in strengthening students’ roles within the university.

    This year’s Alumni Ambassadors, with class, hometown and major(s) are:

    • Cameron Asher, senior, Manchester, Kentucky, business management;
    • Peyton Bartley, senior, Paintsville, Kentucky, English;
    • Abbey Bruser, junior, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, marketing;
    • Carly Coleman, senior, Columbus, Ohio, psychology/business management;
    • Kathryn Comer, junior, Louisville, Kentucky, biology;
    • McKaylee Copher, senior, Lexington, agricultural and medical biotechnology;
    • Morgan Cornelius, senior, Pineville, Kentucky, family sciences;
    • Callie Hicks, senior, Midway, Kentucky, individualized agriculture studies;
    • Montre'ale L. Jones, senior, Hopkinsville, Kentucky, architecture;
    • Nicholas Joseph, sophomore, Lexington, finance/marketing;
    • Saisindhu Marella, senior, Frankfort, Kentucky, biology/neuroscience;
    • Caitlyn McFadden, junior, Chicago, Illinois, agricultural education;
    • Kennedy Sabharwal, junior, Lexington, biology/broadcast journalism;
    • Jack Sheroan, junior, Lexington, integrated strategic communication;
    • Brittany Shirley, senior, Lucas, Kentucky, business and organizational communication/ marketing;
    • Allison Silvestrini, junior, O’Fallon, Illinois, psychology;
    • Kamryn Stewart, junior, Lexington, political science;
    • Christopher Ubert, senior, Cleveland, Ohio, chemical engineering;
    • Rachel Wagers, sophomore, Lexington, public health.

    The mission of the group is to provide an overall campus involvement experience for elite leaders engaged in the university. This program is a partnership with the Office of the President and the UK Alumni Association to showcase the best and the brightest of UK’s students.

    These students have demonstrated high achievement in their collegiate careers and dedication to the betterment of the university. Ambassadors are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and have various backgrounds, cultures and areas of campus involvement. The Alumni Ambassadors are available by request to work university functions and events. Requests must be submitted two to three weeks in advance of the event and approved by UK Alumni Association staff.

    For more information on the Alumni Ambassadors and requesting an ambassador for an event, go to www.ukalumni.net/alumniambassadors.

    The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit www.ukalumni.net or call 800-269-2586.

    2019-2020 UK Alumni AmbassadorsOrganizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEngineeringPublic HealthSocial Media Title: 2019-2020 UK Student Ambassadors NamedSocial Media Description: 2019-2020 UK Student Ambassadors NamedFacebook Image: 

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Gail Hairston
    gail.hairston@uky.edu
    859-257-3302 Summary: Nineteen outstanding UK students have been selected as 2019-20 Alumni Ambassadors, the university's official student hosts.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Whitney Hale Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2019) As students across the nation head back to school this fall, so will nine recent graduates of the University of Kentucky who have embarked on a new journey teaching in America's inner cities and rural communities. This select group of Wildcats is among the new 2019 corps members chosen to serve in Teach For America, a national program in which outstanding college graduates commit to teach for two years in disadvantaged urban and rural schools. 

    Teach For America places its recruits in the nation's highest-need elementary and secondary schools in many of the country's lowest income communities, both rural and urban, in an effort to close the achievement gap between economically advantaged and disadvantaged children.

     The nine recent UK graduates selected to serve Teach For America are:

    • Abigail Conboy, of Lagrange, Illinois, a history graduate who will serve in Colorado Springs, Colorado;
    • Anne Klette, of Cincinnati, Ohio, a Chellgren Fellow and English and political science graduate who will serve in the Greater Boston Area of Massachusetts;
    • Julia Liss, of Hinsdale, Illinois, a secondary social studies education graduate who will serve in Baltimore, Maryland;
    • Parker Michel, of Chicago, Illinois, a 2018 history graduate who will serve in Indianapolis, Indiana;
    • Kellie Patrick, of Hazard, Kentucky, a family sciences graduate who will serve in San Antonio, Texas;
    • Hannah Scinta, of Louisville, Kentucky, a political science graduate who will serve in Baltimore;
    • Sydney Sims, of Louisville, a 2018 communication and Spanish graduate who will serve in Jacksonville, Florida;
    • Stephanie "Susie" Smith, of Lexington, a Chellgren Fellow and political science graduate who will serve in the Greater Boston Area of Massachusetts; and
    • Emily Stoker, of Cincinnati, a 2018 elementary education graduate who will serve in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Parker Michel was thrilled to be selected for Teach For America. "I am part of an incredible organization that is fighting for educational excellence and equity. This opportunity means that I will have an amazing foundation as an educator, one that will push me to always think critically about the state of education in this nation, and one that will push me to always put my students first."

    Susie Smith agreed, "I am most excited to have the opportunity to gain experience in the classroom while being supported by other corps members and staff members who have a similar passion for equity in different spaces. I know that my relationships with students will change me, and I can't wait to go love on some kiddos (and teach them math)!"

    Teach For America participants receive a first-year teacher's salary and are awarded an AmeriCorps education grant between $5,300 to $6,100 for each year of participation during their two-year commitment (dependent on appropriations). The award can be applied to student loans or the pursuit of further education.

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    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: As students across the nation head back to school this fall, so will nine recent UK graduates who have embarked on a new journey teaching in America's inner cities and rural communities. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2019) — From the Kentucky Kernel to a national award for poetry, a University of Kentucky alumna has taken her writing to the next level.

    UK College of Communication and Information alumna Joy Priest has been awarded the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Donald Hall Prize for Poetry for her first collection of poems. The prize is part of the annual award series sponsored by AWP, a premiere organization for the literary industry. Each year the organization presents one award for creative nonfiction, one award for poetry (the Donald Hall Prize), one award for fiction and one award for short fiction. The Donald Hall Prize is open to poets at any stage of their careers.

    Award recipients receive $5,500, sponsored by Amazon, a reading at the annual AWP conference and publication with the University of Pittsburgh Press.

    Priest, a Louisville native, grew up on the backside of Churchill owns and based her first collection of poems titled, “Horsepower,” around her childhood. 

    “Winning this award is a dream. Now I have to add more onto my dream, because at 30 years old I’ve accomplished the one thing I have wanted to do since I was a child — to write a book and publish it,” Priest said. “I was able to find out the news while I was home in the Bluegrass. I have to give a shout out to other Kentucky writers including Lance G. Newman, Hannah Drake, Mackenzie Berry, and Dorian Hairston.”

    Priest credits her success to her time at UK. “The Kentucky Kernel was one of my homes at UK. I lived at my desk in the newsroom, and that position led directly to my career as a poet,” she said. “I was sitting up one night watching UK professor Nikky Finney receive the 2011 National Book Award. I reached out to her for an interview, and the rest is history. She became the most important teacher in my life, and I have been very blessed to be her student.”

    Priest is also the recipient of the 2014 Kentucky Foundations for Women Artist Residency, the 2015 Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the 2016 College Writers’ Award for the Zora Neale Hurtson/Richard Wright Foundation, the 2018 Gregory Pardlo Scholar at The Robert Frost Place, the 2019 Nikki Giovanni Scholar at the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop, the 2019 Gearhart Poetry Prize from The Southeast Review, the 2019-2020 Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship in Poetry and two Kentucky Press Association Awards.

    Priest hopes to continue her writing success and plans to earn her doctorate in the near future.

    UK College of Communication and Information alumna Joy Priest has been awarded the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Donald Hall Prize for Poetry for her first collection of poems.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: UK College of Communication and Information alumna Joy Priest has been awarded the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Donald Hall Prize for Poetry for her first collection of poems.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 6, 2019)  Reaching over 60,000 people on Instagram alone, University of Kentucky alumna Krista Robertson is making her mark on the social media world.

    Robertson, a 2013 College of Communication and Information graduate, has three things she lives by: working hard, dressing well and traveling often. She has incorporated these into her everyday life — and turned it into a full-time job.  Robertson currently runs her lifestyle blog, “Covering the Bases,” full time. Previously she put her social media skills to work as the manager of social sponsorship for Major League Baseball (MLB) in New York.

    UKNow caught up with Robertson where she talked with us about her success and how UK made it possible.

    UKNow: Where are you from originally?

    Robertson: This is one of the hardest questions for me to answer! New York is the fifth state I've lived in, so I'll give you a quick rundown. I was born in Orange County, California, but we moved to Dallas, Texas, when I was a year old for my mom's job. We lived in Dallas for 12 years before moving to Chicago, Illinois. I moved to Lexington for school (yay!) and lived there for four years. After school, I moved to New York.

    UKNow: Did you have any mentors or people at UK who impacted your undergraduate experience?

    Robertson: My communication teachers during my junior and senior years were all REALLY great. Allison Gordon, Kevin Real, and Cyndy Miller were some of the teachers that had such an impact on my life, but I didn't realize it until after college. I actually think about them often.

    UKNow: Were you involved in any groups, clubs or organizations at UK?

    Robertson: I was in a lot freshman year to try and meet new people and get more involved with the campus. The major three I was involved in were DanceBlue, KCrew and I was in a sorority. 

    UKNow: How did UK impact or inspire you for the future?

    Robertson: It sounds so cheesy but going to UK really just changed my life in a positive way. I would say it was the best four years of my life ¾ one with a lot of ups and downs. I also learned a lot of really valuable life experiences that I use in my day-to-day life. I'm so proud I went to UK — I tell just about anyone who asks that I went there — and I wear it like a badge of honor. 

    UKNow: What was your favorite thing about UK?

    Robertson: I really loved the campus. Especially when the weather was just right, it was magical. Whenever I think back about my time at UK I vividly remember walking around to classes, being with friends, and hanging out in the grass in the bowl. It was just the happiest time!

    UKNow: What is your current job and how did UK help you get there?

    Robertson: I currently run my blog, “Covering the Bases,” full time. UK helped with my writing and communication skills and how to effectively connect with people in a deeper way. It also was a big part of creating the blog since I started it the summer going into senior year. Fun fact one of my senior year study abroad projects was a daily journal that I turned into some of my very first blog posts!

    UKNow: What inspired you to start your blog?

    Robertson: “Covering the Bases” started because I needed a little more oomph in my life. I never knew it would grow into the popular New York lifestyle blog it has today but I'm thankful that it has! It has helped me professionally, guided me emotionally and challenged me mentally. I can't imagine a life without it

    UKNow: Any advice for a current student who wants to be like you or a successful blogger?

    Robertson: Start now! There is SUCH a need and gap in the market for pre-college or in college bloggers.

    To learn more about Robertson or to see a day in her life, visit her blog or follow her social media on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Amazon.

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    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: University of Kentucky alumna Krista Robertson has made her mark on the social media world running her blog, "Covering the Bases." Robertson talks about her success and how UK made it possible. Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: ResearchBy Allison Perry Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 26, 2019) – The University of Kentucky has launched a new website for information, news-related updates and excerpts regarding their recently awarded $87 million HEALing Communities Study (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) cooperative agreement.

    News releases, commentaries and updates regarding the project, funded by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), can be found at uky.edu/healingstudy.

    The four-year cooperative agreement is the largest grant ever received by UK.  The grant was awarded to UK’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, local Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) boards, district and local health departments and consortium members. Kentucky and UK represent one of only four states across the United States selected by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the NIH, for this groundbreaking effort.

    Combining the expertise of 19 UK researchers from across six colleges along with the three other state study site teams in New York, Massachusetts and Ohio, this is a multi-site implementation research study to test the impact of a community-engaged intervention to implement an integrated set of evidence-based practices across healthcare, behavioral health, justice, and other community-based settings.

    The goal is to prevent and treat opioid misuse and opioid use disorder (OUD) within highly affected communities in four states and reduce opioid related deaths by 40 percent over three years. Kentucky is partnering with 16 communities to measure the impact of these efforts. Sharon Walsh, Ph.D., director of UK's CDAR, is the principal investigator of the Kentucky study site and will lead UK’s team of more than 100 total researchers, staff and state and community partners involved in the ambitious project.

    More than 2 million Americans live with an opioid use disorder; in 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose. Kentucky currently is ranked 5th in the U.S. for opioid-related overdose deaths and has suffered through the opioid epidemic since its inception. 

    “The opioid epidemic does not discriminate by zip code, race, income, or any other demographic characteristic,” said Eli Capilouto, President of the University of Kentucky. “The discoveries and solutions we find here – in these communities, from Barbourville to Louisville; from Covington to Lexington to Olive Hill – can be scaled up and replicated… And what works here can work beyond our borders, throughout a country ravaged by the epidemic of opioid use disorder.”

    For ongoing updates about UK’s HEALing Communities study, visit uky.edu/healingstudy.

    Members of the HEAL team. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic Health

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Allison Perry
    allison.perry@uky.edu
    (859) 323-2399 Summary: The University of Kentucky has launched a new website – uky.edu/healingstudy – for information, news-related updates and excerpts regarding their recently awarded $87 million HEALing Communities Study (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) cooperative agreement.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Ryan Girves and Whitney Hale Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2019) ­— University of Kentucky's Carol Taylor-Shim, director of Bias Incident Support Services, and Reinette Jones, special collections librarian and African American studies academic liaison for UK Libraries, will be inducted into the Lexington Fairness Hall of Fame at tonight's awards ceremony.

    Lexington Fairness is an organization that advocates for and educates the community on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Since its conception in 1992, the organization has tirelessly advocated for the LGBTQ community and organized several events that have created new rules and regulations that make life easier for members of the LGBTQ community. Today, the organization continues to grow and work toward increasing visibility to aide in the progression of fairness for those who identify as LGBTQ.

    "This honor means so much to me because this is my community, my family that is saying to me, 'Thank you Carol,'" Taylor-Shim said. "I have always tried to do right by my queer and trans people of color community (QTPOC) and my LGBTQIA community. So, to have this kind of acknowledgement is special. None of us who engage in this work do it for the recognition, we do it because we believe in equity and justice. We understand that none of us are really free unless all of us are."

    Taylor-Shim, who earned her master's degree in social work from UK, came out as queer in 1999 and became involved with Fairness around 2001. She felt a little lost at first, but her new community welcomed her with open arms.

    "Activism for me is showing up in spaces as my full authentic black queer self," Taylor-Shim said. "It also means speaking truth to power, no matter the risk. For someone like me, the risk is incredibly high. Whether it is offering workshops and trainings on the experiences of QTPOC, speaking about how interpersonal violence impacts QTPOC and the LGBTQIA community, or rallying crowds before marches, activism is and always will be a critical part of my life and my existence."

    The selection for the Fairness Hall of Fame was moving for Jones as well. “It is an absolute honor to be recognized by Lexington Fairness," she said. "This is much more than an individual recognition. Many indispensable people of the past set the pace, and we keep it moving. Multiple communities of individuals and organizations are working hand in hand, adding new bricks to a foundation that will one day be spacious enough and safe enough for all of us to be our true selves all day, every day, anywhere. This award is a gauge of the progress we have made in Lexington, Kentucky.”

    Jones, who holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in library science from UK, came out in her 30s after her daughter went to college and was introduced to Lexington's LGBTQ community through a coworker. As a faculty member at UK, she has created a research guide for lesbian studies, and co-founded and continues to manage the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, now in its 16th year of operation. She is also a founding member of UK PrideCats. Four years ago, Jones became involved with Bluegrass Black Pride Inc., where she helps advocate, educate and stand up for the rights of African-American LGBTQ+ people to be a part of both the black and LGBTQ+ communities as the organization's co-chair.

    "I'm proud to be out at UK. … It's allowed me to meet people. It's allowed me to gain access to spaces … and maybe help somebody who doesn't want to be out or wants to come out or wants something different. … I'm really proud to be able to do that, to be able to give back to others regardless of what their race may be," Jones shared in a 2018 interview for the OutSouth LGBTQ* Oral History Project, a collection maintained by UK's Office of LGBTQ* Resources and the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.

    Along with Jones and Taylor-Shim, Lexington Fairness will induct three additional honorees: The 1999 Fairness Steering Committee, Lexington businesswoman and UK alumna Pat Gerhard and Lexington Urban County Council member Susan Lamb. Members of the Fairness Hall of Fame have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ community of Lexington over an extended period of time and are nominated and chosen by the Lexington Fairness Board of Directors.

    Inductees in the Fairness Hall of Fame will be recognized at a ceremony June 28, at Lexington's 21c Museum Hotel. Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationGraduate SchoolLibrariesSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Ryan Girves
    ryan.girves@uky.edu
    859-323-8464 Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: UK alumnae Carol Taylor-Shim, director of Bias Incident Support Services, and Reinette Jones, special collections librarian and African American studies academic liaison for UK Libraries, will be inducted into the Lexington Fairness Hall of Fame at tonight's awards ceremony.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Tony Neely Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2019) — A total of 65 Kentucky Wildcat student-athletes earned a place on the 2019 Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll, announced last Wednesday by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.

    UK had eight men’s golfers on the list, tying for the most in the league in that sport. Softball had 12 honorees, tying for third among league schools. UK also had 15 in baseball, four in women’s golf, one in men’s tennis, four in women’s tennis, nine in men’s track and field and 12 in women’s track and field. The SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2018 summer, 2018 fall and 2019 spring terms.

    Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed on his/her institution’s NCAA Sports Sponsorship Form is eligible for nomination to the Academic Honor Roll. Among other criteria, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or above for either the preceding academic year (two semesters or three quarters) or have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or above at the nominating institution.  

    Kentucky – Sport – Major

    Carson Coleman – Baseball – Integrated Strategic Communication

    Timothy Collett – Baseball – Communication

    Brad Dobzanski – Baseball – Communication

    Marshall Gei – Baseball – Radiation Science

    Daniel Harper – Baseball – Management

    Mason Hazelwood – Baseball – Elementary Education

    Cameron Hill – Baseball – Community and Leadership Development

    Ryan Johnson – Baseball – Communication

    Ben Jordan – Baseball – Communication

    Coltyn Kessler – Baseball – Communication

    Jimmie Lockhart III – Baseball – Communication

    Grant Macciocchi – Baseball – Communication

    Brett Marshall – Baseball – Communication

    Ryan Shinn – Baseball – Communication

    Jacob Thompson – Baseball – Finance

    Jacob Cook – Men's Golf – Management

    Lukas Euler – Men's Golf – Finance

    Allen Hamilton – Men's Golf – Economics

    Matthew Liston – Men's Golf – Finance

    Max Mehles – Men's Golf – Finance

    Fred Meyer – Men's Golf – Management

    Zachary Norris – Men's Golf – Accounting, Finance

    Fadhli Soetarso – Men's Golf – Finance

    Leonie Bettel – Women's Golf – Civil Engineering

    Claire Carlin – Women's Golf – Hospitality Management and Tourism

    Josephine Chang – Women's Golf – Kinesiology, Biology

    Sarah Shipley – Women's Golf – Integrated Strategic Communication

    Grace Baalman – Softball – Art Studio

    Abbey Cheek – Softball – Community and Leadership Development

    Kelsee Henson – Softball – Marketing

    Autumn Humes – Softball – Kinesiology

    Lauren Johnson – Softball – Integrated Strategic Communication

    Alex Martens – Softball – Integrated Strategic Communication

    Mallory Peyton – Softball – Human Health Sciences

    Sarah Rainwater – Softball – Integrated Strategic Communication

    Katie Reed – Softball – Human Health Sciences

    Jenny Schaper – Softball – Communication, Psychology

    Larissa Spellman – Softball – Management, Communication

    Bailey Vick – Softball – Accounting

    Cesar Bourgois – Men's Tennis – Marketing

    Lesedi Jacobs – Women's Tennis – Accounting

    Justina Mikulskyte – Women's Tennis – Hospitality Management and Tourism

    Akvile Parazinskaite – Women's Tennis – International Studies

    Anastasia Tkachenko – Women's Tennis – Psychology

    Noah Castle – Men's Track and Field – Accounting

    Cole Dowdy – Men's Track and Field – Biology

    Tanner Dowdy – Men's Track and Field – Political Science, Finance

    Elijah Marta – Men's Track and Field – Mechanical Engineering

    Kendall Muhammad – Men's Track and Field – Human Health Sciences

    Matthew Thomas – Men's Track and Field – Marketing, Finance

    William Walker – Men's Track and Field – Integrated Strategic Communication

    Caleb Wilt – Men's Track and Field – Human Health Sciences

    Benjamin Young – Men's Track and Field – Mathematical Economics, Economics, Accounting

    Nicole Bagby – Women's Track and Field – Psychology

    Celera Barnes – Women's Track and Field – Kinesiology

    Riley Caudill – Women's Track and Field – Human Health Sciences

    Alison D’Alessandro – Women's Track and Field – Mathematics, Psychology

    Ellen Ekholm – Women's Track and Field – Marketing

    Marie-Josee Excel – Women's Track and Field – Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles

    Nicole Fautsch – Women's Track and Field – Marketing

    Carly Hinkle – Women's Track and Field – Animal Sciences

    Brooke Nohilly – Women's Track and Field – Family Sciences

    Janie O’Connor – Women's Track and Field – Family Sciences

    Madisyn Peeples – Women's Track and Field – Elementary Education

    Caitlin Shepard – Women's Track and Field – Kinesiology

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMedicine

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Tony Neely

    Carl Nathe
    carl.nathe@uky.edu
    859-257-3200 Summary: Another strong academic performance by UK student-athletes garners recognition from the SEC.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Haylee Abrams Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 19, 2019) – Chelsea St. Clair has always been interested in solving problems that will have a meaningful and lasting impact on our society and the world. While St. Clair’s interest in politics led her to college in hopes to become a political professional, she soon realized that she could make a difference in the world through a different route.

    St. Clair graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with dual degrees in Integrated Strategic Communication, in the College of Communication and Information, and Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She would soon use these degrees to begin her career in the advertising and programming world.

    “My life would be extremely different if I hadn’t gone to UK,” St. Clair said noting how moving from West Des Moines, Iowa, helped her become independent and develop relationships and connections outside of the life she knew in her home state.

    St. Clair went on to say that UK exposed her to a number of different experiences that helped pave her path since graduation. As a student at UK, she was active and involved on campus. She was a member of Phi Mu which led her to be Panhellenic president, an elected senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and involved in DanceBlue.

    “UK laid a lot of foundation for me having the confidence to build something from scratch,” St. Clair said. She was able to participate in multiple organizations on campus during her time at UK in order to prepare herself to take on monumental tasks that she had never done before. As an undergraduate she took on several advertising internships and landed her first big job as a brand strategist in Boston.

    From June 17 to 21, St. Clair is attending the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity through the program “Cannes Can: Diversity Collective.” She discovered this program last August when discussing her thoughts on diversity in the advertising industry with the founder. The Cannes Can: Diversity Collective is intended to encourage diversity in the advertising community and creating an opportunity for more people of color to attend Cannes for years to come. 

    The company where St. Clair works, Sparks & Honey, has daily culture briefings in which she and colleagues livestream their discussions on the latest happening in culture over a 24- or 48-hour period. She’ll be bringing that methodology to Cannes in the form of the Inkwell Beach Daily Cultural Update. She also will be creating content calendars of topics to discuss that relate to the sessions she attends and themes of this year’s festival.

    The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is a global event held yearly at the Palais des Festivals et des Congress in Cannes, France. Roughly 11,000 professionals working in creative advertising and communications from all over the world attend the festival every year to celebrate and promote creativity in brand communication. The week is filled with award ceremonies, speakers and networking events.

    St. Clair hopes to “walk away from the festival feeling inspired and motivated.”

     

    of Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and Information Contact Olivia Ramirez
    olivia.ramirez@uky.edu
    859-257-1076 Summary: The Cannes Can: Diversity Collective is intended to encourage diversity in the advertising community and creating an opportunity for more people of color to attend Cannes for years to come.Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Autumn Miller Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 19, 2019) The University of Kentucky is always looking for ways to ensure students have access to the best course material. With textbook prices on the rise, some students have decided to forgo buying textbooks. As an active contributor to student success, the UK Libraries started the Alternative Textbook Grant Program in 2016 to help faculty offer free or affordable course material. For the upcoming year, 10 grants are being awarded.

    The Alternative Textbook Grant Program provides UK instructors with assistance in finding or creating educational material that best suits their pedagogical needs and effectively reduces their students’ financial burdens. In past years, the program has saved over 5,500 enrolled students around $790,935 or about $143 per student.

    The 2019 round of the Alternative Textbook Grant Program offers two types of grants. The $1,500 category is for faculty who want to replace traditional commercial textbooks with open educational resources (OER), free online content and/or UK Libraries’ licensed information resources for their courses. The other category, a $2,500 grant, enables instructors to create openly licensed educational material that can be reused by other instructors anywhere.

    The recipients of this year’s 10 grants are:

    • Whitney Blackburn-Lynch, Department of Civil Engineering in the College of Engineering;
    • Andrew Byrd and Brenna Byrd, Department of Linguistics and Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the College of Arts and Sciences;
    • Arthur Cammers, Susan Odom and Ashley Steelman, Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences;
    • RayeCarol Cavender, Department of Retailing and Tourism Management in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment;
    • Pam Henderson, Department of Communication, in the College of Communication and Information;
    • Hyun Ju Jeong, Department of Integrated Strategic Communication in the College of Communication and Information;
    • Kevin B. McGowan, Department of Linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences;
    • Sara Police, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences in the College of Medicine;
    • Erin Richard, Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Science; and
    • Leslie K. Scott, in the College of Nursing.

    UK Libraries maintains a guide that discusses the reasons for and benefits of using alternative textbooks. Faculty interested in adopting or creating alternative textbooks are welcome to contact their academic liaisons or Adrian Ho for consultation.

    The major research library in the Commonwealth and a member of the Association of Research Libraries, UK Libraries comprises eight major facilities spanning campus: William T. Young LibraryAgricultural Information CenterHunter M. Adams College of Design LibraryEducation LibraryLucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning CenterMedical Center LibraryScience and Engineering Library and the Special Collections Research Center. UK Libraries also manages the Lexmark Library.

    UK Libraries has awarded 10 Alternative Textbook Grants for the upcoming year. Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEngineeringLibrariesMedicineNursing

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: Recipients of UK Libraries' Alternative Textbook Grant Program will use the grants to consider open textbooks, free course content, information provided by UK Libraries or to create new content.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Chris Shoals Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 13, 2019) — Kentucky softball seniors Katie Reed and Jenny Schaper recently were both named CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Americans, the organization announced.

    Reed was a first team honoree in 2018, becoming the first Kentucky Wildcat to win first team honors in two seasons. They are the third and fourth overall first-team honors in program history.

    Katie Reed

    GPA: 4.0

    Major: human health sciences/dentistry (College of Health Sciences)

    • 2017 NFCA All-American
    • 2018 and 2019 SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year
    • Two-time NFCA All-Southeast Region
    • 2018 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American
    • 2017 First Team All-SEC, 2018 and 2019 Second Team All-SEC

    Jenny Schaper

    GPA: 3.97

    Majors: communication and psychology (double major, College of Communication and Information and College of Arts and Sciences)

    • 2019 NFCA All-Southeast Region
    • 2019 First Team All-SEC
    • 2019 SEC All-Defensive Team (C)
    • 2019 SEC Player of the Week (4/26/19)

    For the latest on UK Softball, follow the Wildcats on Twitter and Instagram at @UKSoftball.

    Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationHealth Sciences

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Chris Shoals

    Carl Nathe
    carl.nathe@uky.edu
    859-257-3200 Summary: Two UK Softball players are named first team academic all-Americans.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2019) — Jennifer D. Greer has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, which houses the Department of Communication, the School of Journalism and Media, the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, the School of Information Science, and the Graduate Program in Communication.

    Greer will join UK in August, pending approval by the UK Board of Trustees, taking over for interim Dean Derek Lane, who will continue his positions as a professor in the Department of Communication and senior associate dean in the college.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer Greer to the UK family,” said Provost David W. Blackwell. “She has rich experience as an administrator, leader and scholar, having served for 19 years in academic administration at two state flagship universities. I am confident that she will lead the College of Communication and Information into a new era of excellence.”

    Greer, a tenured professor with 19 years in academic administration at the University of Alabama and the University of Nevada, currently serves as associate provost at the University of Alabama, a position she’s held since August 2014. In that role, she handles faculty personnel issues, faculty orientation and leadership programs, and oversees several academic support and compliance units in Academic Affairs.

    Her other administrative service includes nearly three years as an interim/acting dean, seven years as a chair, and four years as a graduate director at her previous two universities. She holds a doctorate from the University of Florida, a master’s from the University of Kansas, and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Missouri.

    She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching, winning collegewide teaching awards at Nevada and Alabama. She was also honored with a university award for excellence in academic advising at Alabama.

    Greer served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017-2018. She has extensive experience working as an author, coordinator or final reader of Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications accreditation self-studies. She also has worked on accreditation reports for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation and assisted with external review panel site visits for the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation. Greer also has worked with general education committees at two universities and chaired the university’s Graduate Council at Nevada.

    “The University of Kentucky and the College of Communication and Information are well positioned and are on a strong trajectory,” Greer said. “I’m honored that Provost Blackwell has entrusted me to work collaboratively with an outstanding group of faculty and staff at a critical time in the college’s history. Together, we will strive for continued excellence in fulfilling our teaching, research and service missions while we work to secure a new, state-of-the-art facility in which to educate the next generation.”

    Jennifer D. Greer has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Jennifer D. Greer has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, which houses the Department of Communication, the School of Journalism and Media, the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, the School of Information Science, and the Graduate Program in Communication.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Kakie Urch Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2019) — David Stephenson, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, has been awarded a Telly Award Bronze in the category of Branded Content Non-Scripted Documentary for his “Pigeon Beat” web series pilot video.

    Founded in 1979, The Telly Awards honors video and television made for all screens and is judged by The Telly Award Judging Council; a group of leading video and television experts from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising and emerging technology.

    Marking its 40th anniversary as the world’s largest honor for video and television content across all screens, The Telly Awards announced this year’s winners, including animated, environmentally-conscious standouts like Passion Pictures and CNN’s “There’s a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom,“ live streaming favorite DC Entertainment’s “DC Daily Live with Kevin Smith,” Netflix’s drag show music video of Dolly Parton’s legendary “Jolene” and CBS Interactive’s viral juggernaut for “The Late Late Show with James Corden: The Biggest Baby Shark Ever” starring a crooning Josh Groban and Sophie Turner. A resurgence of documentary filmmaking also prompted top honors for a diverse range of companies including ESPN, AETN, AJ+, HBO Latin America and PBS. 

    Stephenson, a longtime professional photojournalist, has just completed his first year as a tenure track assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Media . He has taught at UK as a lecturer in the departments of Integrated Strategic Communication, Media Arts and Studies, and Journalism for several years before moving into this role with JAM.

    In addition to completing his MFA in film and television production at Asbury University this year, Stephenson developed, taught and created proposal documentation for three courses at UK that focus on innovation in visual and video media in journalism and production. 

    Discussing the award and his video, Stephenson said “'Pigeon Beat' is a pilot episode of a YouTube show I created last summer. It was sponsored/underwritten by my small business, Kastle Pigeon. We (my wife Angie Stephenson and I) sell health supplements for domestic pigeon breeders to keep their flocks healthy without use of antibiotics. We have customers now in 13 countries. The video has accumulated more than 65,000 views since it was published in August 2018. The show is targeted for pigeon breeders, so it is a little 'inside baseball' and isn't intended for a broad, general audience.”

    But the episode really was “destination viewing” for the pigeon racing community. Stephenson said, “In the pilot episode, we profiled three One Loft Races and their managers. One Loft Racing is a form of pigeon racing that is growing quickly around the world and is very popular. I have begun working on my next episode on another theme and hope to complete it this summer. It will also be branded by Kastle Pigeon.

    “The category I entered in The Telly Awards is for Branded Content, Campaign Series: Non-scripted Documentary. The pilot episode also served as my capstone project for the MFA in film and television production (Asbury University) I just completed in May 2019. For this show, I serve as the producer, editor, writer, camera operator and drone pilot. It was produced using professional Canon equipment, a DJI drone and an iPhone. I created and produced everything except the voiceover. I am particularly proud of winning this Telly Award and being among great company such as Conde Nast, Fox Sports, Coors Light, DC Entertainment and CNN (Anthony Bourdain), all who have large teams working on their films and shows."

    For the full official release on this year’s Telly Awards, visit www.tellyawards.com/press-release/40th-annual-telly-award-winners-announced/.

    View all of the winners of the 40th annual Telly Awards winners at www.tellyawards.com/winners.

    Additionally, Stephenson serves as the photojournalism and multimedia adviser to the Kentucky Kernel while also teaching courses on Drone Journalism, Virtual Reality Journalism and Mobile Journalism. 

    Stephenson is a native of Lexington, who worked as a photojournalist at the Lexington Herald-Leader from 1997 to 2009, when he joined the staff of the Kentucky Kernel. He is a four-time recipient of the Kentucky News Photographer’s Association Photographer of the Year Award and has been named Sports Photographer of the Year three times. He won the National Press Photographers Association Region 4 Photographer of the Year twice.

    A 1992 graduate of Western Kentucky University’s photojournalism program, Stephenson published a four-year project "A New Dawn?," which followed a young mother addicted to pain pills through a local Drug Court Program. His multimedia piece for this series was awarded Best Multimedia Project in the prestigious 65th POYi competition. In 2010, he was awarded First Place Multimedia New Story for POYi for a story about the Garrard County tobacco-cutting competition.

    In addition to teaching multimedia full time at UK and advising at the Kentucky Kernel, he is active in the freelance market as a photographer and multimedia journalist, specializing in news, editorial equine and sports photography. In the last five years, Stephenson has produced documentary videos for regional nonprofits such as the New Opportunity School for Women, The White House Clinics and Green Forests Work.

    of Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: David Stephenson, assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Media, has been awarded a Telly Award Bronze in the category of Branded Content Non-Scripted Documentary for his “Pigeon Beat” web series pilot video. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Ryan Girves Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 28, 2019) — Last week, the University of Kentucky Advising Network hosted the Ken Freedman Day of Recognition, with a luncheon sponsored by Student and Academic Life, honoring advisors for their work during the previous academic semester. 

    "When our members and their work are valued, their satisfaction and productivity rise and motivation, personal growth and improvement in work is noted. We know praise and recognition are essential to an outstanding workplace and the UK Advising Network represents value through our (close) membership," said Jennifer Ellis, past chair to the Advising Network. "The UK Advising Network’s Ken Freedman Day of Recognition is a culmination of recognizing and highlighting our UK Advising Network members’ dedication to the profession, students they serve and keeping Mr. Ken Freedman’s legacy alive."

    During the awards luncheon, the following individuals were recognized:

    • Zac Lewis, Transfer Center, with Innovative Advising; 
    • Kenny Blair, College of Engineering, with Advocate in Advising, Friend to the Community; 
    • Angie Phipps, UK Center of Excellent in Rural Health, with Outstanding New Advisor;
    • Suanne Early, College of Communication and Information, with Outstanding Academic Advising Administrator;
    • Beth Hanneman, Stuckert Career Center, with the Ken Freedman Outstanding Professional Advisor; and 
    • Erik Myrup, College of Arts and Sciences, with the Ken Freedman Outstanding Faculty Advisor. 

    The Advising Network Executive Committee also recognized the following colleges/units for support throughout the 2018-2019 academic year:

    • College of Agriculture, Food and Environment;
    • College of Arts and Sciences;
    • Gatton College of Business and Economics;
    • College of Engineering; 
    • College of Design;
    • College of Health Sciences;
    • Lewis Honors College; and 
    • the Transfer Center.

    Ken Freedman served as a professional advisor at UK for 15 years prior to his death in 2001. Freedman was one of the founders of the UK Advising Network in 1986 and instrumental in advising leadership on campus in the 1990s. Today, university academic advisors continue to play an integral role in fulfilling the mission of teaching and learning at the university.

    To see a full recap of the day of recognition, click here

    (Left to right): Angie Phipps, Kenny Blair, Beth Hanneman, Erik Myrup, Zac Leiws and Suanne Early. Photo by Eric Sanders.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEngineeringHealth SciencesHonors CollegeStudent and Academic Life

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Ryan Girves
    ryan.girves@uky.edu
    Summary: Last week, the UK Advising Network hosted the Ken Freedman Day of Recognition, with a luncheon sponsored by Student and Academic Life, honoring advisors for their work during the previous academic semester. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Harlie Collins Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2019)  Terry Duncan, a library and information science student, was awarded the 2019 Special Libraries Association (SLA) IT Student Award to deliver his paper “Third Project Installment (Final Prototype and IA Strategy)” at the association’s annual conference in June 2019.

    The award was established in honor of Joe Ann Clifton and is awarded to an exceptional library science student each year. This distinction includes an SLA student membership, a travel and expense scholarship, and publication in b/ITe, the official SLA IT Division newsletter.

    “This award gives me the opportunity to expand my knowledge base and professional contacts. It also gives me the experience of presenting and publishing a paper at an international conference,” Duncan said.

    Currently, Duncan is a recruitment and admissions specialist for TRIO Student Support Services at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. He is pursuing a degree in library science, a master’s degree offered in the School of Information Science, in order to develop his skills and training in student support services. 

    Duncan’s submission was a continuation of a project that he had worked on in his information architecture class. The class, taught by Youngseek Kim, associate professor in the College of Communication and Information, acquaints students with information architecture principles and processes for user-centered website design.

    “Terry brings a standard of excellence to his work in the information architecture class, and couples his high-quality levels with a sense of comprehension in information architecture and application to real-world situations. He pushes himself to stay on top of the leading-edge perspectives on given assignments and final project,” Kim said. 

    The paper proposes an organizational website redesign based on best practices within the field of information architecture, such as content mapping, wireframing and blueprinting.

    “The library science program has done a wonderful job of preparing me to develop the skills set and confidence needed to compete for scholarships and awards,” Duncan said. “I learned of this opportunity through the program listserv. My advice is to pay attention to opportunities shared on the listserv, do further research of the organization, and be mindful of submission requirements and deadlines.”

    Duncan will be recognized at the Annual Business Meeting of the IT Division as well as IT events throughout the conference, which takes place from June 14-18 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Terry Duncan, a library and information science student, was awarded the 2019 Special Libraries Association IT Student Award.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationGraduate School

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Terry Duncan, a library and information science student, was awarded the 2019 Special Libraries Association IT Student Award.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HealthCareBy Allison Perry Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2019) – The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center celebrated 10 years of Markey Research Day this past Tuesday. Sponsored by the Markey Cancer Foundation, Markey Research Day is an opportunity for researchers who study any aspect of cancer to share their work and receive feedback from colleagues across campus. Markey’s reach extends across 10 of UK’s 16 colleges, and the work on display at Research Day showcases the wide variety and diversity of perspectives that fall under the Markey umbrella. 

    Nearly 450 people were in attendance at the event, which featured 138 poster abstracts. Many posters are presented by seasoned researchers; however, high school, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, as well as junior researchers and staff, can submit work and have their poster presentation judged by faculty members.

    The morning session included oral presentations by:

    • Megan Haney, M.D./Ph.D., graduate student - “A Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 4A3 (PRL-3)/Wnt signaling axis as a novel therapeutic target in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) relapse”
    • James R. Castle, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow - “Estimating breast tissue-specific epigenetic age using next-generation methylation sequencing data”
    • Tianxin Yu, Ph.D., research associate - “Lung tumorigenesis involves KLF4-regulated lineage of stem/progenitor cells”
    • Reshma Ramlal, M.D., assistant faculty - clinical track - “Number of Somatic Mutations Is an Independent Predictor of Overall Survival in Acute Myeloid Leukemia”

    In the afternoon, three faculty members gave presentations:

    • Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf, Ph.D., UK College of Medicine - "Epigenomic Reprogramming in Response to an Environmental Toxicant to Drive Carcinogensis"
    • Thomas Tucker, Ph.D., UK College of Public Health – “The Importance of Population-Based Data for Cancer Research and Control”
    • Lowell Anthony, M.D., UK College of Medicine - "Clinical and Translational Research in Neuroendocrine Neoplasms at Markey"

    This year’s Markey Women Strong Distinguished Research award was presented by Katie Alford, founding member of the Markey Women Strong program. This $100,000 prize is split between two researchers whose groundbreaking work addresses the cancer burden among women. This year’s award was given to Tianyan Gao, professor in the UK Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, and Eva Goellner, assistant professor in the UK Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology.

    Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center, gave his annual "State of the Cancer Center" address. Finishing off the presentations, the Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture was given by Dr. James H. Doroshow, director of the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis at the National Cancer Institute.​

    Markey Research Day concluded with an award ceremony. Winners are:

     

    Graduate Students – Basic Science

    Second Place: Gongbo Liang

    Abstract #23: “Breast Cancer Classification Using Combined Whole Mammography and Digital Breast Tomosynthesis”

    First Place: Nathalia Araujo

    Abstract #100: “Tumor Suppressor Par-4 Regulates Obesity and Mammary Tumor Growth”

     

    Postdocs – Basic Science

    Second Place: Carolyn T. Jordan, Bluegrass Advanced Materials, LLC

    Abstract #12: “Curcumin-Conjugated Poly(beta-amino ester) Microparticles Barrier Rinse Promotes Suppression and Healing of Ulcers in a Radiation Induced Oral Mucositis Hamster Model”

    First Place: Jacqueline Rivas, PhD

    Abstract #55: “Enhancing anti-tumor immunity and responses to immunotherapy by reversing interleukin-10 mediated immunosuppression in chronic lymphocytic leukemia”

     

    Graduate Students – Clinical Science

    Second Place:  Gabriella E. Puleo

    Abstract #50: “A Mixed Bag of Challenges: A Qualitative Study of Barriers to Smoking Cessation after Cervical Cancer Diagnosis”

    First Place: Tia Borger

    Abstract #107:Cancer Patients’ Tobacco Use, Readiness to Quit, and Help Seeking Behavior: Early Implementation Outcomes from the Markey CARES Tobacco Treatment Program”

     

    Postdocs – Clinical Science

    Second Place: Zin Myint, M.D., Fellow, UK Hematology/Oncology

    Abstract #53: “Number of Somatic Mutations Is An Independent Predictor of Overall Survival in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.”

    First Place: Richard Lee O’Neal, M.D., Fellow, UK Oncology

    Abstract #44: “Rechallenging with immune checkpoint inhibition after a treatment-limiting immune-mediated adverse event.”

     

    Overall Winner:

    Tianxin Yu, Ph.D., Research Associate, Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

    Abstract #90: “Lung tumorigenesis involves KLF4-regulated lineage of stem/progenitor cells”

     

    Shared Resource Facility Award:

    Jieyun Jiang, Ph.D., Research Faculty, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

    Abstract #10: Role of transcription factor zinc fingers and homeoboxes 2 (ZHx2) in diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-induced liver cancer development

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesCommunication and InformationDentistryEngineeringHealth SciencesMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthUK HealthCareKentucky Children's HospitalMarkey Cancer Center

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Allison Perry
    allison.perry@uky.edu
    (859) 323-2399 Summary: The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center celebrated 10 years of Markey Research Day, a showcase for cancer research across UK's campus, this past Tuesday.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Molly Williamson Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2019) It was a day that exceeded all expectations and showed the generosity of the University of Kentucky community. One Day for UK, the university’s first giving day, raised more than $1 million on April 17 — benefiting colleges, programs and causes across campus.

    “One Day for UK was an outstanding day for the university,” Anne Lichtenberg, director of annual giving, said. “It was inspiring to see our community come together. The UK family truly showed what Kentucky can do.”

    In 24 hours, UK received $1,068,758 from 3,262 gifts, including 450 gifts from first-time donors and nearly 600 gifts from faculty and staff.

    “It was exciting to see alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and friends support a variety of causes at the university,” Sarah Fitzgerald, associate director of annual giving, said. “I want to thank everyone who participated in our first One Day for UK. It has set the bar for all future giving days.”

    The day also raised awareness about the diversity of places and programs to support. “We had great participation across the board,” Fitzgerald continued. “Both small and large units benefited from the day, and it was nice to see where people gave. The turnout was overwhelming and showed how much people love UK.”

    All of the day’s funds supported Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign, the university’s comprehensive campaign to increase scholarship support, to fund innovative research, to advance health care, to strengthen the alumni network, to enhance UK’s athletic programs and to grow the university’s endowment. UK is already more than halfway to its $2.1 billion campaign goal.

    “When we launched the campaign in September, we said that Kentucky Can would ensure UK’s future and would bring momentous change to the Commonwealth,” D. Michael Richey, vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement, said. “In eight months, we have already seen the impact of the campaign. With lead gifts, donors have ensured more students have access to a UK education. Corporations and individuals have enhanced our research, allowing UK to tackle some of the biggest problems facing our state, nation and world. And alumni throughout the world have established endowments that will sustain and grow UK well into the future."

    One of Kentucky Can’s goals is to increase alumni giving by 21 percent. Alumni participation rates show the loyalty and dedication of a university’s alumni base. Higher giving rates indicate a broad base of support for an institution, positioning it for future success. Alumni giving also impacts national rankings, the university’s reputation and future enrollment, and it shows corporations, foundations and other donors that UK is a wise investment. As a result, high alumni giving rates can attract additional private support that will strengthen UK’s endowment and provide necessary funding for future programs and initiatives.

    UK is currently ranked 13th in the nation in alumni giving participation among the 50 flagship universities — the primary, most recognizable public institution in a state — and 33rd among the 484 public universities that participated in the Council for Aid to Education’s 2017 Voluntary Support of Education Survey.

    “These are incredible statistics that truly show the loyalty and dedication of our alumni base,” Richey said. “One Day for UK could elevate those rankings, making UK one of the top 10 state flagship universities and one of the top 20 universities nationally for alumni participation.”

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArt MuseumArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawLibrariesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial WorkStudent and Academic LifeUK HealthCare

    Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign is a comprehensive campaign focused on increasing opportunities for student success, funding innovative research, improving health care, strengthening our alumni network, and supporting our athletic programs.

    Contact Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: In 24 hours, UK received $1,068,758 from 3,262 gifts, including 450 gifts from first-time donors and nearly 600 gifts from faculty and staff — according to Sarah Fitzgerald, associate director of annual giving.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Jenny Wells Friday

    Video produced by the UK Marketing and Brand Strategy team. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2019) — The University of Kentucky will honor its newest alumni today and Sunday at what will be the largest commencement in UK’s history.

    The May 2019 Commencement will be held across four ceremonies Friday, May 3, and Sunday, May 5, in Rupp Arena in Lexington. Doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree recipients will be recognized together based on their colleges.

    More than 3,700 students are expected to participate in the ceremonies. Overall 3,750 undergraduate, 1,090 graduate and 523 professional degree candidates (5,363 total) have been approved by the UK Board of Trustees.

    Ceremonies include:

    Friday, May 3:

    Sunday, May 5:

    All four ceremonies will be livestreamed on UKNow.

    Graduate Stories

    While all graduates are celebrated for their tremendous achievements, many have particularly interesting stories to share about their lives and time at UK.

    • Megan McCormick is part of a smaller, but growing, college population — students with Down syndrome. This Sunday she will earn her four-year degree in liberal studies. Read more about McCormick.
    • Serxhane Ajeti was 7 years old when she and her family fled from the atrocities in war-torn Kosovo and started a new life in Kentucky. With a degree in nursing, Ajeti wants to help others as much as she and her family were helped along the way. Read more about Ajeti.
    • Sharon Mofield-Boswell returned to UK after 25 years to finish what she started two decades ago. The Project Graduate program made the process much easier for the working mom. Read more about Mofield-Boswell.
    • Avery Williamson, a former UK Football player, will receive his degree in integrated strategic communication. Williamson was a linebacker at UK from 2010 through 2013. He played four seasons (2014 through 2017) for the Tennessee Titans before signing with the New York Jets for the 2018 season. See more about Williamson.

    Read more stories about UK's May 2019 graduates.

    Honorary Degrees

    Five citizens who have distinguished themselves in their careers and community work will receive honorary doctorates at the Commencement ceremonies.

    • Stephen B. Bright will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws at the 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 ceremony.
    • Yvonne Giles will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 ceremony.
    • W. James "Jim" Host will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 ceremony.
    • Howard Lewis will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 ceremony.
    • Reese S. Terry Jr. will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering at the 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 ceremony.

    Read more about the May 2019 honorary degree recipients.

    Student Speakers

    In addition to UK President Eli Capilouto, a student representative will address the audience at each of the ceremonies, per UK tradition.

    • Brandon Colbert, from Louisville, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in communication from the UK College of Communication and Information. He will deliver the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony May 3.
    • Jay Winkler, from Irvine, Kentucky, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in business management from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics. He will give the Commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony May 3. 
    • Noor Ali, from Pikeville, Kentucky, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in health, society and populations from the UK College of Arts and Sciences. She will give the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony May 5. 
    • Sofia Gonzalez Schuler, from Margarita Island, Venezuela, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the UK College of Engineering. She will give the Commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony May 5. 

    Read more about the student speakers here.

    Full video of each ceremony will be available within two weeks after Commencement on the university’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/universityofkentucky.

    Social media users are encouraged to use the hashtag #UKgrad.

    For more information about UK Commencement, visit www.uky.edu/commencement.

    Friday, May 3 ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please ensure your computer, browser or device's software is up to date. UK will celebrate the achievements of its newest graduating class May 3 and 5. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: To view the livestream of UK's Commencement ceremonies, click the image above. Congratulations to our May 2019 graduates!Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section FeatureMedia Embed: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/g-kJFCIN3tI" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Jenny Wells Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2018) — Per University of Kentucky tradition, UK President Eli Capilouto has selected student representatives to speak at each of the four UK Commencement Ceremonies. The ceremonies will be held Friday, May 3, and Sunday, May 5, in Rupp Arena.

    The four student speakers are:

    Brandon Jamal Colbert

    Colbert, from Louisville, Kentucky, will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony on May 3. He is graduating with a bachelor's degree in communication from the UK College of Communication and Information.

    During his time at UK, Colbert has interned with the UK Office for Institutional Diversity, was founding chairperson for The Black Collective and is the current vice president for UK's Black Voices Gospel Choir. He currently works as the social justice educator for UK's Bias Incident Support Services, where he develops programming centered on social justice issues that creates conversations for cultural awareness and consciousness. Last month, he received the Office for Institutional Diversity's Inclusive Excellence Award in the undergraduate student category.

    In addition to these positions, Colbert also serves on various committees for the university including its Equal Opportunity committee, Diversity History committee and 70th Year of Integration planning committee. Outside of UK, Colbert serves as one of Kingdom Land Baptist Church's associate ministers (formerly director of youth ministries) and is also an associate minister at Growth Point Church.

    In his speech, Colbert says he was guided to the realization that he is no longer the same person he was before coming to UK. For that reason, he decided to make the theme of his speech about change.

    “From the very first moment I stepped into my freshman year residence hall, I was changed,” he said. “I’ve literally watched myself go from a student, to a student-leader, to a student affairs professional, all while here at the university."

    After officially receiving the news from UK President Eli Capilouto that he was selected to speak at his Commencement ceremony, Colbert says he was both elated and humbled.

    "It's been my dream all four years to speak at graduation, and it's finally happening!" he said.

    After graduation, Colbert hopes to begin working full time for Bias Incident Support Services.

    Jay Winkler

    Winkler, from Irvine, Kentucky, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony on May 3. He is graduating with a bachelor's degree in business management from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics with a minor in political science. He is also a student in the Lewis Honors College.

    Winkler is a Singletary Scholar and a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society. During his time at UK, he has served as a student ambassador for the Lewis Honors College.

    Outside of campus, Winkler volunteers as a finance intern for Special Olympics Kentucky, and is an intern writer for Kentucky Sports Radio in Lexington.

    Winkler says he hopes his fellow graduates leave UK with the same pride he feels for his university and home state.

    "Whether they were born and raised here like me, or had never set foot in the Bluegrass prior to their freshman year, we all share in the heritage of this great state," Winkler said. "And besides the chance to be under the bright lights in Rupp Arena, I just wanted to give thanks for everyone who made my time here special and to share the love that I have for this state and its people. When I came here four years ago, I was still just a small town southeastern Kentucky kid. Now, thanks to all that I've learned and the people I've met along the way, I feel prepared to go find success anywhere in the world."

    After graduation, Winkler plans to pursue a master's degree in management studies at Duke University. But he says UK fans shouldn't worry.

    "If you see a guy rocking Kentucky blue at Cameron Indoor Stadium next year, you know who it is."

    Noor Ali

    Ali, from Pikeville, Kentucky, will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony on May 5. She is graduating with a bachelor's degree in health, society and population with a minor in Arabic and Islamic studies from the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

    While at UK, Ali has served as a senator and student body vice president for UK's Student Government Association (SGA). She also served as executive coordinator of SGA's Leadership Development Program, planning events and seminars for over 40 freshmen leaders at UK. Ali is also the diversity and inclusion coordinator for UK's Leadership Exchange program and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

    Outside of UK, Ali volunteers at Tug Valley ARH Regional Hospital and participates in Global Brigades Medical Missions.

    During her speech, Ali hopes her fellow graduates take away that life is all about stages, but through each stage they should surround themselves with those who love and care about them.

    "This speech is all about those who have helped me get to where I am, and to those people who told me I would never be where I am," she said. "I have been blessed to get a platform where I can look at my peers and their families and tell them from the deepest part of my heart how important they are to me. My time at UK has taught me that no time is ever enough, but we should use every second of what we are given with a smile on our face surrounded by the people we love."

    After graduation, Ali plans to attend medical school and ultimately start a nonprofit organization that helps to supply professional health care and education in areas of high risk.

    "I plan to give to the world and help as many people as I can," she said. "We are a community and it is our duty to make sure everyone is doing well, mentally and physically."

    Sofia Gonzalez Schuler

    Gonzalez Schuler, from Margarita Island, Venezuela, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony on May 5. She is graduating with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the UK College of Engineering. She has also earned a certificate from the college's Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK).

    During her time at UK, Gonzalez Schuler has served as public relations chair for the UK Society of Women Engineers, and founded the UK chapter for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, in which she currently serves as president.

    Gonzalez Schuler has also obtained research experience as an undergraduate, serving as a research assistant in the UK Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering and completing an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at UK. She has won various awards in her field, including first place at the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2018 National Conference's student poster competition.

    Outside of UK and her studies, Gonzalez Schuler volunteers at Cardinal Valley Elementary’s after-school science program.

    "My experience is an example (to my fellow graduates) that sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and trust that you are meant to do something in this world," she said. "I am very excited because my parents are flying all the way from Venezuela for graduation, and I felt this speech would be a perfect moment for them also to see how far I have come, and how their support and sacrifices allowed me to succeed these past few years."

    She says her time at UK has been a journey of opportunity and growth, where every day she was challenged to be better and improve. That journey has shaped her into the person she is today.

    "I just hope that I am an example to people in my country," she said. "Although we are going through a difficult time, I want them to just believe in themselves and work hard for their dreams — even if it means leaving your family hundreds of miles away.”

    For her fellow graduates, she wants to share two important lessons she has learned.

    “Never underestimate yourself, and aspire to inspire."

    After graduation, Gonzalez Schuler will be attending Northwestern University to pursue a doctorate in chemical engineering.

    From left: Sofia Gonzalez Schuler, Brandon Colbert, Noor Ali and Jay Winkler. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEngineeringHonors College

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: Brandon Jamal Colbert, Jay Winkler, Noor Ali and Sofia Gonzalez Schuler will speak at the four Commencement Ceremonies taking place this Friday, May 3, and Sunday, May 5.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy Whitney Hale Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2019) Some of the newest art students at the University of Kentucky were recognized during the Foundations Show Reception held March 28, at Bolivar Art Gallery in the Art and Visual Studies Building. The exhibition, juried by visiting artist Jessica Burke, from University of North Carolina Charlotte, showcased the work of over 100 students at UK School of Art and Visual Studies.

    In celebration of the great work being created by these UK student artists, the 10th annual Foundations Exhibition featured pieces by many artists who have never exhibited before. It also recognized some of the best work being done by these students with scholarships totaling $10,000.

    The winners and their work selected by juror and UNC Charlotte Assistant Professor and Foundations Director Jessica Burke were:

    • "Panic" by Cat Kidman, a digital media design and pre-integrated strategic communication freshman from Prospect, Kentucky, who took first place and a $3,000 grand prize;
    • "Obscure Tales" by Vanessa Cordero Liberato, a digital media design junior from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, who took second place and a $2,000 prize;
    • "Meet the Representative" by Sarah Caputi, a digital media design and pre-integrated strategic communication sophomore from Lake in the Hills, Illinois, who won the Merit Award for Digital Media and a $900 prize;
    • "Vivitar Live" by Beatriz Ramos Bouza, an art studio junior from Lexington, who won the Merit Award for Three-Dimensional Form and a $900 prize;
    • "Kellie" by Claire Thompson, an art studio sophomore and Lewis Honors College member from Lexington, who won the Merit Award for Two-Dimensional Surface and a $900 prize;
    • "Still Life" by Lincoln Young, a digital media design freshman from Bozeman, Montana, who won the Merit Award for Drawing and a $900 prize; and
    • "Astronauting" by Jenna Roseman, an art studio junior from Lexington, who won the Merit Award for Lens Arts and a $900 prize.

    Honorable mention recognition was presented to digital media design senior Genavieve Melendez, from Princeton, New Jersey, for "Four Elements: Three Transitions Redo."

    In addition, two student choice awards were presented to art studio sophomore Ember Kawarada, from Lexington, for "A Tale of the Foreign Wife’s Storm," and digital media design sophomore Andrew Maclin, from Nicholasville, Kentucky, for "A Door." Each winner received a $250 prize.

    The Foundations Show ran March 25-28, at Bolivar Art Gallery.

    Foundations is a first-year experience for art studio, art education and digital media design majors in the School of Art and Visual Studies. As part of this program, students learn many methods of art making and gain the introductory knowledge of how to add a personal voice to their pieces.

    The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, part of the College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies, art education, curatorial studies and digital media design.

    Jessica Burke. First row, l to r: Vanessa Cordero-Liberato, Sarah Caputi, Claire Thompson, Beatriz Ramos-Bouza, Jenna Roseman, Genna Melendez, Cat Kidman. Back: Andrew Maclin, Paul Rogers, Rogers, LeeAnn Paynter, Ember Kawarada, Rowe Moser, Rae Goodwin.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationFine ArtsArtHonors College

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: Ten of UK's newest student artists took home awards and $10,000 in scholarships at the Foundations Exhibition in late March.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 30, 2019) — This week Kenyatta Mitchell, an Indiana native, will walk across the University of Kentucky Commencement stage to receive her degree in communication from the College of Communication and Information.

    “These last four years flew by so fast. I remember coming here in 2015 and being sad that my mom was leaving after she helped me move in. Now I think about the level of growth I’ve experienced and how much I’ve flourished mentally and spiritually,” Mitchell said. “I’ve had so many different experiences here that I have learned from and allowed them to teach me something.”

    Inspired by her peers, Mitchell completed her undergraduate research focusing on civil rights coalitions in Mississippi. She traveled 850 miles to Mississippi where she found answers beyond her initial research question.

    “The research really changed my life," Mitchell said. "Even though I wasn’t part of the civil rights movement when it was happening, I felt as if a part of me was there in the '60s after reading the letters and other archives left behind by the coalitions.”

    Mitchell reviewed manuscripts and the historical archives at the McCain Special Collections Library at the University of Southern Mississippi to learn about coalitions and how they combated racism in order to bring about equal rights and social change.

    “It’s so hard to pinpoint one thing I discovered because I had such little knowledge going into this research and I learned so much. The people changed discrimination toward African Americans, and I was able to learn about their collective efforts and how they excelled despite the obstacle of racial oppression,” Mitchell said. “My research was so unique, and a lot of people haven’t experienced the same journey I was able to go on. I’m overly grateful I was able to participate in undergrad research and travel to a state full of history.”

    Mitchell was so inspired by her research, she started a GoFundMe campaign to help support other students who want to research African-American history.

    “I want to leave a legacy. My mom made of a lot of sacrifices for me, and one of my main accomplishments in life is to make sure she knows that it paid off," she said.

    Mitchell says she's grateful to her mother and to UK for providing her with the tools for success.

    “I’m most proud of never giving up. I’m the CEO of my own life," Mitchell said. "At UK I’ve met so many people who have my best interest and have directed me down the right path. I feel like UK is the start of my dreams. Dreams don’t just happen randomly. They’re sparked by the people around you. My self-esteem and my confidence are a result of being a student at UK.”

    After graduation Mitchell is pursuing a graduate degree in sport administration at UK and is looking forward to the knowledge she will gain.

    “Even though I am not an athlete, per se, I would still like to know more about the sport industry and assist professional athletes in their journey of communication,” Mitchell said. 

    During her time at UK, Mitchell was also a tutor to athletes and held a position as a resident advisor.

    Kenyatta Mitchell talks about her passion for research and her goal to help others. of Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationStudent and Academic Life

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: A spark was ignited when UK senior Kenyatta Mitchell discovered undergraduate research. She was so inspired that she now hopes to help future students who may need financial assistance and support to do research of their own.Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Cami Moore Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 2, 2019) — Twelve University of Kentucky athletes were recognized as 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, announced recently by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Among the 12 Wildcats to earn Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars honors, junior swimmer Asia Seidt was named the Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year.

    A full list of UK’s Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars selections are as follows:

    Celera Barnes (Women's Track and Field): Third Team

    • Majoring in kinesiology
    • First Team All-America in the 4x100m relay
    • SEC Bronze Medalalist in the 4x100m relay
      • Ran a 42.30, the school record and third fastest by a school in collegiate history
    • NCAA semifinalist in the 100m after running a personal best 11.16 at NCAA East Prelims
    • Won the 100m at Kentucky Relays
    • On UK's winning 4x100 and 4x200m relays at Tennessee Relays
    • On UK's winning 4x100m relay at Florida Relays
    • SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll
    • U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic

    Josephine Chang (Women's Golf): First Team

    • 4.0 GPA in kinesiology
    • Dual major in kinesiology and biology
    • Second straight Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Team selection
    • Appeared in 23 career events with a 76.9 stroke average
    • Tied for second place at the 2019 Colonel Classic with a score of even par

    Marshall Gei (Baseball): First Team

    • 4.0 GPA in radiation science (master’s degree)
    • 2019 UK Athletics Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
    • Earned an undergraduate degree in medical physics
    • Studies radiation science and medical physics as a graduate student
    • Frank G. Ham Society of Character honoree

    Alaina Kwan (Gymnastics): First Team

    • Competed on both bars and vault in every meet this season
    • Recorded career-high 9.875 bars score three times this season
    • Contributed to school record 49.475 team bars score on Feb. 15 at Georgia
    • Contributed to tie for school record 49.425 vault score on April 6 in NCAA Regional Final
    • Contributed to single-season school record six 197-point performances
    • Contributed to best finish in school history with No. 9 national ranking

    Aime Mabika (Men’s Soccer): Third Team

    • Majoring in exercise science
    • 2018 Third Team All-America
    • 2018 First Team All-Conference-USA
    • 2019 First Team All-Southeast Region
    • Member of the 2018 C-USA Regular Season Championship, C-USA Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team
    • Played a central role in the nation's No. 3 goals against average (.49) and shutout percentage (.64) defense in 2018
    • 2017 C-USA All-Freshman Team
    • Led UK with three goals, including two game-winning goals, which was the outright team lead from holding midfield and central defense during his freshman season in 2017
    • SEC Honor Roll

    Kendall Muhammad (Men’s Track and Field): First Team

    • Majoring in human health science
    • 2018 SEC 1,500m finalist
    • 2017, 2018 NCAA East Prelims qualifier
    • 2016 USATF U20 Silver Medalist in the 1,500m
    • SEC Honor Roll
    • CATSPY Awards Community Service nominee

    Keyarash Namjounpanah (Men’s Soccer): Third Team

    • Majoring in business management
    • Co-captain of the 2018 C-USA Regular Season Championship, C-USA Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament Elite Eight team
    • SEC and C-USA Honor Roll
    • Started 15 of 28 games played in two seasons on defense
    • SEC Honor Roll

    Cathryn Papasodora (Rifle): First Team

    • Majoring in integrated strategic communication
    • 2018 NCAA Team Champion
    • 2018 Great American Rifle Conference All-Conference
    • 2017 Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association All-American
    • 2016 CRCA Scholastic All-American

    Asia Seidt (Women’s Swimming and Diving): First Team, Sports Scholar of the Year

    • 4.0 GPA in kinesiology
    • 16-time NCAA All-America, including eight First Team All-America honors (leads the program, male or female)
    • 2019 NCAA Elite 90 recipient
    • 2019 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
    • 2017-18, 2018-19 USA Swimming National Team
    • 2018, 2019 USA World University Games Team
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 All-SEC First Team
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 SEC Champion in 200 Backstroke
    • 2018 SEC Champion in 100 Backstroke
    • 2018, 2019 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll
    • 2018 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team
    • 2017 SEC Freshman Female Swimmer of the Year
    • 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team
    • 2017 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll

    Avery Skinner (Volleyball): Second Team

    • Two-time All-SEC Academic Team selection
    • A member of two consecutive SEC Championship teams
    • The Wildcats went 18-0 in league play in 2018-19
    • Has 28 career matches with 10 or more kills
    • Earned nearly 500 career kills in 55 career matches during her two-year career
    • 2017-18 All-SEC Freshman Team selection

    Fadhli Soetarso (Men’s Golf): First Team

    • Three-time All-SEC Academic Team selection
    • Appeared in 13 career tournaments
    • Owns a 74.11 career stroke average
    • Has one career top-10 collegiate finish
    • Won the 104th Kentucky State Amateur

    Katie Stuart (Gymnastics): First Team

    • Was named the second SEC Specialist of the Week in school history for 9.975 vault score on March 16 at Nebraska
    • Recorded eight individual vault wins, two all-around wins, two bars wins, and one beam win over her career
    • Competed in at least three events in every meet this season
    • Contributed to 197.525 record team score on March 3 versus Central Michigan, only to be broken by 197.600 team performance in NCAA Regional Final on April 6
    • Contributed to school record 49.475 team bars score on Feb. 15 at Georgia
    • Contributed to tie for school record 49.425 vault score on April 6 in NCAA Regional Final
    • Contributed to single-season school record six 197-point performances
    • Contributed to best finish in school history with No. 9 national ranking

    In 1992, Black Issues In Higher Education magazine, now Diverse, established the Sports Scholars Awards to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr. A scholar and athlete, Ashe sought to expand opportunities for young people.

    Each year Diverse invites every postsecondary institution in the country to participate in this awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability, students named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars must exhibit academic excellence as well as community activism.

    UK is home to 12 of this year's Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMedicine

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Tony Neely

    Carl Nathe
    carl.nathe@uky.edu
    859-257-3200 Summary: More honors for scholar-athletes at the University of Kentucky.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Tony Neely Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2019) — Student-athletes at the University of Kentucky combined to earn a total of 78 spots on the Southeastern Conference Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll, the most of any school in the SEC, the league announced recently. 

    In addition, UK had the most honorees in the sports of women's basketball (10), gymnastics (14) and women's swimming and diving (25). The men's swimming and diving squad was second in that sport with 19 qualifiers.

    The Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2018 spring, summer and fall terms. Among other qualifications, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average for the entire year (or entire career) to earn a place on the honor roll and completed at least one full academic year at the institution.

    The number of students on the honor roll continues a cascade of good academic news and bodes well for the continued long-term success of UK student-athletes. Other success:

    • UK athletes have a composite grade-point average above 3.0 for 13 consecutive semesters.
    • UK has never incurred a penalty in the 14-year history of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate.
    • UK athletes have broken or tied the school record for graduation rate every year since the NCAA established that statistic in 2005.

    Kentucky representatives on the SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll:

    Student-Athlete – Sport – Major

    Brad Calipari – Men's Basketball – communication

    Jonny David – Men's Basketball – kinesiology

    Ogechi Anyagaligbo – Women's Basketball – psychology

    LaShae Halsel – Women's Basketball – marketing

    KeKe McKinney – Women's Basketball – social work

    Maci Morris – Women's Basketball – kinesiology

    Taylor Murray – Women's Basketball – public health

    Amanda Paschal – Women's Basketball – psychology

    Paige Poffenberger – Women's Basketball – biology

    Kameron Roach – Women's Basketball – kinesiology

    Jaida Roper – Women's Basketball – psychology

    Tatyana Wyatt – Women's Basketball – psychology

    Madison Averett – Gymnastics – kinesiology

    Katrina Coca – Gymnastics – kinesiology

    Danaea Davis – Gymnastics – kinesiology

    Sidney Dukes – Gymnastics – marketing

    Mackenzie Harman – Gymnastics – human health sciences

    Alex Hyland – Gymnastics – kinesiology

    Mollie Korth – Gymnastics – kinesiology

    Alaina Kwan – Gymnastics – journalism

    Katherine Marianos – Gymnastics – marketing

    Megan Monfredi – Gymnastics – psychology

    Hailey Poland – Gymnastics – merchandising, apparel and textiles

    Aubree Rosa – Gymnastics – communication

    Allison Snyder – Gymnastics – agricultural and medical biotechnology

    Katie Stuart – Gymnastics – merchandising, apparel and textiles

    Hanna Carr – Rifle – agricultural and medical biotechnology

    Morgan Duerr – Rifle – biology

    Ian Foos – Rifle – social work

    Carmen Fry – Rifle – merchandising, apparel and textiles

    Mason Joachim – Rifle – psychology

    Cathryn Papasodora – Rifle – integrated strategic communication

    Hailee Sigmon – Rifle – career and technical education

    Jason Spaude – Rifle – agricultural and medical biotechnology

    Wyatt Amdor – Men's Swimming and Diving – marketing

    Bowen Anderson – Men's Swimming and Diving – biology

    Shane Anderson – Men's Swimming and Diving – biology

    Matthew Beach – Men's Swimming and Diving – kinesiology

    Connor Blandford – Men's Swimming and Diving – computer science

    Glen Brown – Men's Swimming and Diving – accounting

    David Dingess – Men's Swimming and Diving – accounting

    Austin Haney – Men's Swimming and Diving – civil engineering

    Jason Head – Men's Swimming and Diving – kinesiology

    Jarod Kehl – Men's Swimming and Diving – anthropology

    Chase Lane – Men's Swimming and Diving – kinesiology

    Seb Masterton – Men's Swimming and Diving – kinesiology

    Daniel Orcutt – Men's Swimming and Diving – business management

    Hank Siefert – Men's Swimming and Diving – finance

    Nick Smith – Men's Swimming and Diving – business management

    Mike Summe – Men's Swimming and Diving – finance

    Josh Swart – Men's Swimming and Diving – marketing

    Alex Taylor – Men's Swimming and Diving – kinesiology

    Peter Wetzlar – Men's Swimming and Diving – accounting

    Bailey Bonnett – Women's Swimming and Diving – elementary education

    Kayla Churman – Women's Swimming and Diving – biology

    Courtney Clark – Women's Swimming and Diving – marketing

    Emma Dellmore – Women's Swimming and Diving – public health

    Lauren Denham – Women's Swimming and Diving – community and leadership development

    Lauren Edelman – Women's Swimming and Diving – management

    Kailey Francetic – Women's Swimming and Diving – kinesiology

    Geena Freriks – Women's Swimming and Diving – dietetics

    Ali Galyer – Women's Swimming and Diving – marketing

    Jaida Garrett – Women's Swimming and Diving – psychology

    Hayley Griesser – Women's Swimming and Diving – communication sciences and disorders

    Jaclyn Hill – Women's Swimming and Diving – kinesiology

    Cara Hudson – Women's Swimming and Diving – clinical leadership and management

    Olivia Huffman – Women's Swimming and Diving – psychology

    Paige Kelly – Women's Swimming and Diving – kinesiology

    Morgan Lakes – Women's Swimming and Diving – human health sciences

    Sarah Loheide – Women's Swimming and Diving – human nutrition

    Haley McInerny – Women's Swimming and Diving – marketing

    Lizzy Merriman – Women's Swimming and Diving – kinesiology

    Payton Neff – Women's Swimming and Diving – psychology

    Alex Nelson – Women's Swimming and Diving – psychology

    Alaina Potts – Women's Swimming and Diving – accounting

    Asia Seidt – Women's Swimming and Diving – kinesiology

    Meredith Whisenhunt – Women's Swimming and Diving – psychology

    Madison Winstead – Women's Swimming and Diving – human health sciences

    This year 78 Wildcats mad the SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringHealth SciencesPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Tony Neely

    Carl Nathe
    carl.nathe@uky.edu
    859-257-3200 Summary: The latest SEC Academic Honor Roll list provides evidence of continued strong performance in the classroom by UK student-athletes.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2019) — For the University of Kentucky Debate Team today is a big day  as in their day.

    Mayor Linda Gorton has declared April 25, 2019, UK Debate Team Day in Lexington to celebrate the team’s season long top national ranking. The proclamation reads as follows: 

                                                              UK  DEBATE  TEAM  DAY

    WHEREAS,  the University of Kentucky Debate Team is ranked top in the nation; and

    WHEREAS,  the debate team is led by one of the best partnerships in the country, Dan Bannister and Anthony Trufanov, both juniors; and

    WHEREAS, Bannister and Trufanov recently won the 46th annual “Run for the Roses” tournament, a competition featuring the seven top debate teams in the nation; and

    WHEREAS,  David Arnett has been directing the UK Debate Team for nine years; and

    NOW, THEREFORE I, LINDA GORTON, MAYOR OF LEXINGTON,

    DO HEREBY DECLARE APRIL 25, 2019,

    UK DEBATE TEAM DAY IN LEXINGTON,

    IN CELEBRATION OF THE TEAM’S TOP NATIONAL RANKING.

    The success has also garnered letters of congratulations from Washington, D.C., from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Rep. Andy Barr. 

    Front row, left to right: Dave Arnett (coach), Jacinda Rivas, Maria Sanchez and Genevieve Hackman. Back row, left to right: Dan Bannister, Amar Adam (coach), Lincoln Garrett (coach) and Anthony Trufanov. Photo provided by the NDT.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Mayor Linda Gorton has declared April 25, 2019, UK Debate Team Day in Lexington to celebrate the team’s season long top national ranking.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Rebecca Longo Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2019) University of Kentucky football alumnus and now successful businessman Ed Berry did not always envision that he would end up where he is today. With a dream of playing in the National Football League (NFL), he got his start playing football at a very young age. Little did he know, his future career would grow from this passion.

    Competing on the gridiron was always one of the most important factors in Berry’s early life. He began playing the sport in the second grade and moved on to tackle football in the fourth grade. Growing up, in addition to football, Berry ran track and played basketball and baseball, anything to keep his competitive spirit high.

    During his time at Eminence High School, Berry earned all-region honors in basketball, scoring over 1,000 points in his career; finished as state runner-up in the high jump; and was an all-region baseball player for the Warriors. Yet football was the one sport that stuck with Berry beyond his teenage years. When deciding what college to go to, like many young, ambitious athletes would, Berry focused on schools that would give him the best opportunity to get to the NFL. As it turned out, coming to UK to play wide receiver for the Wildcats did get him to the highest levels of professional football, just not in the way he originally thought.

    Being a collegiate student-athlete requires excellent time management skills. Berry stayed focused during his college career by concentrating on personal accountability and self motivation.

    “I learned how to effectively balance practice, workouts and team meetings with maintaining a strong focus on academics, while still having a personal life,” Berry said. “It was very challenging, yet definitely helped prepare me for the future.”

    Graduating from UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics in 2013 with bachelor’s degrees in management and marketing, Berry also minored in communication with a focus on international studies. He then attained his MBA from Gatton one year later.

    Berry had a somewhat unusual freshman year experience, coming to campus just one month after his high school graduation to take part in the eight-week football training program. This is where he met his teammate and future roommate, Randall Cobb. Berry and Cobb shared an off-campus apartment during Berry's second year at Kentucky, which was Cobb’s third year as a Wildcat. Berry described his experience getting to know the other guys on the football team as becoming a part of a brotherhood and says he created a bond that will last a lifetime.

    Today, Berry can be found as an agent at Creative Artists Agency (CAA), traveling across the country to represent his clients and building professional relationships. He represents an array of football players, most notably Green Bay Packers’ star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the person he calls his best friend, Cobb, formerly with the Packers and now a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Former Wildcat defensive standout Avery Williamson, now with the New York Jets, is also a Berry client.

    Berry establishes relationships and executes deals between the players he represents and different companies across the country. His typical work day begins at 8 a.m. and sometimes does not end until 9 p.m. or later.

    “Putting in the long hours separates you from everyone else,” Berry said.

    He added that representing your clients successfully requires prioritizing tasks and being willing to take a risk from time to time. This mantra continues to earn dividends for him. Earlier this year, Berry was named to the Forbes "30 Under 30" list in sports and entertainment.

    Though Berry has had many incredible life experiences thus far, he says that his relationship with Cobb stands out. From being roommates, to serving as best man at each other’s weddings, and finally working together on a professional level, Berry and Cobb have shared some momentous times. This friendship with Cobb is what initially led to Berry meeting and signing Rodgers. 

    As for advice to future business professionals, Berry believes that success begins with a great college education and then truly depends on your work ethic and who you know, not just what you know.

    “The successful businessperson works harder, stays longer and is a genuinely good person,” added Berry.  

    Berry is grateful to UK for the experiences that have shaped his life, is a proud alumnus and fervent member of Big Blue Nation. He was humbled by mid-court recognition he received at the UK men’s basketball home game against University of Tennessee this past February.

    Above all Berry, a deeply religious person, said he owes everything to his strong faith.

    UK alumnus Ed Berry. Photo provided.Organizational Unit: Business and EconomicsCommunication and InformationGraduate School

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Carl Nathe
    carl.nathe@uky.edu
    859-257-3200 Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: UK alumnus Ed Berry has good reason to keep a keen eye on the 2019 NFL Draft over these next three days. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Aaron Porter Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2019) If you see Eli Caldwell on campus, he is always in a good mood, always smiling as he attends different student organization events, looking to brighten up the day of his fellow students at the University of Kentucky.

    As one of the leaders in the Underground Perspective organization, Campus Outreach and a host of other organizations, he also takes on the responsibility of being someone the members can talk to, depend on, go to for advice, or just be a friend in difficult times.

    But behind that smile is a story and the journey of a survivor.

    Caldwell was born in Nashville, Tennessee, where he grew up with his mom, three brothers and one sister. With drugs and violence around, Caldwell's mother didn’t want her children to grow up in that type of atmosphere. So, she picked up her children and moved. She wanted better for herself and her kids. 

    Their next home was Louisville, Kentucky, where Caldwell and his family lived with his uncle, but after a while, they were on the move once again. 

    "That kind of left me and my brothers on the low end of the bargain," Caldwell said. "We had to move in with my cousin Tan, and she still had three of my other cousins living with her already, so we kind of got dropped into there."

    In total, Caldwell's cousin took care of eight of her own cousins, by herself. Living all under one roof, Caldwell said that at times it was hard to coexist. What was more evident was the financial issue — even at a young age Caldwell noticed it.

    "With her not being very wealthy, we were still at a disadvantage because we were held back financially, and by where we lived."

    Caldwell and his family lived in a part of Louisville where he was seeing some of the exact things his mother wanted to avoid in Nashville. His family did as much as they could for him and his siblings, but over time less and less help was being provided.

    After a certain point, Caldwell's older cousin could not support her family members any longer.

    "As time went on, we found out we were going to have to go into foster care, because most of our family couldn't take us in, especially four rowdy boys, so we literally had one day left."

    At 7 years old, Caldwell still tried to bring a smile to his family's face. During this stressful time in his life, he always wanted to keep a good spirit, and bring good energy around them. But reality hits hard, and it became more evident as the days went by that unless things changed, his life would be totally different.

    "I didn’t know what to expect, but we don’t have any other option at this point, no one will take care of us."

    One day away from being forced into foster care, and possibly being separated from his brothers, a woman enters the picture and changes the entire outcome of Caldwell's life.

    "Literally, she came in the house and was like, 'I'm taking y'all to Texas,' so it was an angel if I've ever seen one."

    Caldwell's aunt, Tonnea Williams, who he had only heard about but had never met, came to take in her nephews. She and her siblings were in foster care when they were kids, and she didn’t want the same for this next generation.

    From the age of 7 to 18, Caldwell made his home in Dallas, Texas. The new environment brought about a new outlook on life. Not having to worry about financial stability, Caldwell was allowed to be a kid. He was able to explore the state of Texas, be a part of different activities, get involved in his community and experience the joys and wonder of life.

    Being a kid also meant one thing, playing sports. Sports are huge in the Caldwell family, as he has cousins who have played Division I basketball in college. Basketball was one of his first loves, and also the way he got introduced to UK.

    “I have a basketball family, and so I got introduced into sports, and I started watching sports. I started watching Kentucky in particular, and I got really familiar with Kentucky."

    As much as he loved sports, Caldwell excelled in school as well.

    He credits his success to his mother, who homeschooled Caldwell at a young age and set the foundation for his success going forward. Caldwell says his mother was one of the most intelligent people he had met, and she instilled a love for learning in him at a young age.

    By the end of high school, UK was the school he loved. He applied to other colleges, but always knew in the back of his mind where he wanted to go — his dream school. When the UK acceptance letter came in the mail, Caldwell's dream became a reality. He would be attending the University of Kentucky.

    Williams furthered the educational foundation set by Caldwell's mother and showed him how she was able to change her life with it. She also let him know he really didn't have a choice.

    "She told me, you're going to college, it really isn't an option."

    As Caldwell said, his auntie put it this way, "if you know better, you'll do better."

    His aunt and uncle gave him and his brothers everything they had longed for — even the simplest things that most children don’t have to worry about but that he and his brothers had.

    “Sleeping on a bed, that wasn’t always a luxury; having food every part of the day — lunch, breakfast and dinner — like, I had food.”

    The angel who dropped from the sky gave him a new outlook on life. The upbringing he had seen others have, he got to finally experience himself. The structure she gave him made him into the man he is today.

    During his time in Texas, Caldwell kept in touch with his mother, but it became less and less over time. Then in March 2013, as a freshman in high school, he received the news no child ever wants to hear. His mother had passed away.

    Caldwell was now motivated more than ever to continue to work hard in life, especially in school. Now on this journey without her, he still finds that she has always been his biggest source of motivation, and whenever times are rough, she is where he gains strength to continue his journey.

    "I'm just continuing her legacy, I know she would love to see me graduate college more than anything, and I just want to let her know her work didn’t go in vain."

    Caldwell is an integrated strategic communication junior at UK. He makes it his mission to be the one in his family to set the standard for change, to set the new precedent going forward.

    "I'll be the first one out of my brothers and sisters to get a degree," he said.

    Knowing this makes Caldwell work even harder to be a role model.

    "I have little brothers, I have a twin brother; I have family that looks up to me, that's older than me, but still look up to me."

    The kid who was one day away from foster care, the kid who lost his mother at a young age, the kid who thought this all would be impossible — that kid has now become a young man who is one year away from graduating from college.

    As he reflects on his journey, he is grateful for the position he is in, and wants to take full advantage of every opportunity given to him.

    As a student who has faced adversity, Caldwell wants all students to know that no situation can hinder you.

    "Don’t let your situation explain your life; don’t let that affect the rest of your life. Let that be a stepping stool to be bigger than your situation."

    of Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: As one of the leaders in the Underground Perspective organization, Campus Outreach and a host of other organizations, Eli Caldwell takes on the responsibility of being someone the members can talk to, depend on, go to for advice or just be a friend in difficult times. But behind that smile is a story and the journey of a survivor.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Kathy Johnson Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2019)  Five citizens who have distinguished themselves in their careers and community service will receive honorary doctorates from the University of Kentucky at May 2019 Commencement Ceremonies. The UK Board of Trustees has approved the honorary degrees for Stephen B. Bright, Yvonne Giles, Jim Host, Howard L. Lewis and Reese Terry.

    Bright, Giles and Host will be recognized at the 10 a.m. Friday, May 3 ceremony, and Lewis and Terry will be recognized at the 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 ceremony. All ceremonies will take place at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

    Stephen B. Bright to receive Honorary Doctor of Laws. A Boyle County, Kentucky native, Bright earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 1971 and a law degree from UK in 1974. During his time at the university he was active in the Student Government Association and served as its president. He became an important part of campus debates about the Vietnam War and is credited with helping to lead the university through a difficult time.

    Upon graduation from law school, Bright began what would become a lifetime of work in the public interest. He is recognized for his work on death penalty and race and class discrimination cases within the United States justice system. Bright was instrumental in the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project, and he has received numerous honors for his work including the Bar Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998 for his commitment to civil rights. In 1991, Bright was given the Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty from the American Civil Liberties Union, honoring his contributions to civil liberties in the United States. He is a member of UK's Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

    Over the course of his career, Bright has served as executive director of the District of Columbia Law Students in Court program, director and president of the Southern Center for Human Rights, and currently holds teaching positions at Yale Law School, Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgia State University College of Law. Bright has authored numerous articles published in law journals and has argued several cases in state and federal court, four of which were argued before the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Yvonne Giles to receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Giles, a Lexington native, graduated from UK with a home economics degree in 1967. She worked for several years as a dietitian​ at Good Samaritan Hospital at which time she earned a master's degree from UK in food science and nutrition. Giles then began working for the Extension Service and became the first African-American extension agent in Oldham County. After retiring from the Extension Service, she remained in Oldham County and was elected as the first African-American woman on the LaGrange City Council, and she chaired the Main Street Historic District Commission. Eventually, Giles returned to Lexington and worked in the gift industry. Upon her retirement there, she embarked on a self-taught career in historical research.

    Giles sought information about her own family’s genealogy, and that eventually expanded into in-depth research of Lexington's African-American history. Over the last 20 years, Giles has worked with the cooperation and support of others to rediscover and illuminate the history and accomplishments of African Americans in Lexington dating as far back as when Kentucky's first settlers arrived. She has dedicated her life to uncovering and documenting those buried and/or forgotten in the city, specifically at Lexington’s African Cemetery No. 2.

    Giles’ accomplishments over the years include founding a museum named in honor of Lexington sculptor Isaac Scott Hathaway, publishing a book based on African Cemetery No. 2, and unveiling the African-American Heritage Trail in downtown Lexington.

    W. James "Jim" Host to receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Host was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Ashland, Kentucky, as an eighth grader. He later received one of the first two full baseball scholarships to UK in 1955 and became a standout pitcher. While earning a degree in radio arts, he did sports play-by-play on UK's student radio station and at WVLK in Lexington. Graduating in 1961, Host pursued a professional baseball career with the Chicago White Sox before an arm injury ended his playing career.

    During the 1960s, Host ran the Kentucky Central UK Sports Network, one of five major outlets originating radio broadcasts of UK sports events. He also owned a real estate and insurance agency, all while continuing to be a radio commentator for UK and local high school sports. In 1967, Host became the youngest member of Gov. Louie Nunn’s cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Public Information. He went on to found Jim Host and Associates, which became Host Communications. The company acquired exclusive rights to broadcast UK sports in 1974, then acquired the radio rights to the NCAA Basketball Tournament a year later, a move which proved to be a key step in transforming the event into the major spectacle it is today.

    Host has maintained an active community service career, serving in many capacities including president of the Lexington Rotary Club, chair of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce and president of the Bluegrass Council of Boy Scouts. He received the Kentuckian of the Year Award from the Chandler Foundation, the Champion of Diversity Award from the Louisville Urban League, and the Kentucky Broadcasters Association’s Distinguished Kentuckian Award. In addition, he is a member of both the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni and the UK Athletics Hall of Fame.

    Howard Lewis to receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.  Born into poverty, Lewis endured a childhood of abuse and hardship. After his father's death, his family moved to Covington, Kentucky, where he worked during middle and high school while excelling at his studies. Not intending to go to college, Lewis credits a UK admissions recruiter with convincing him to enroll at the UK Northern Community College in Covington. After completing two years there, he transferred to UK's main campus in Lexington and graduated in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Lewis later earned an MBA from Xavier University.

    Lewis had a successful career in management at a number of companies before starting his own insurance company in 1989, Family Heritage Life Insurance Company of America, that focused on life insurance and supplemental health insurance policies beyond traditional health insurance. By 2012, the company had won dozens of industry awards and served over 250,000 American families. That same year, Torchmark Corporation became the principal owner of Family Heritage, where Lewis serves as chairman emeritus.

    Lewis has spent his life providing help to young people because he understands the transformative impact a helping hand can make in a young person’s life. He has served on boards or as special adviser to Big Brothers of Greater Cincinnati, Harvest for Hunger, Boy Scouts of America, St. Jude’s Research Hospital, and more. An avid supporter of his alma mater, Lewis served as volunteer chair of UK Gatton College of Business and Economics’ successful philanthropic campaign, which resulted in raising $71 million to completely fund the renovation and expansion of the Gatton College Building.

    Reese S. Terry Jr. to receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering. Terry, from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from UK. He began his professional career at Cordis Corporation, a heart pacemaker manufacturing company and later joined Intermedics Inc., a medical device and electronics company, where he continued his interest in pacemakers and co-developed the first programmable dual chamber pacer in 1980. Eventually, Terry moved into the neurological medical technology area and co-founded Cyberonics Inc. to develop, manufacture and market neuromodulation therapies for patients with epilepsy and other neurological disorders. He helped develop Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy, a breakthrough seizure reduction treatment for epilepsy, which was later approved to treat depression and migraine headaches.

    Terry is recognized internationally for his work. He holds numerous patents and was recognized twice for making one of the top 100 inventions in a year by Industrial Research Inc. and received both the Professional Career Achievement Award by the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and the World Changer Award by the Epilepsy Foundation of America in 2012.

    Through all of his success, Terry has made it a priority to give back. Among his philanthropy efforts, his company helped establish a fund to pay for travel expenses for needy epilepsy patients and their families to reach appropriate treatment centers, and he endowed a professorship in UK’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Terry has worked tirelessly on behalf of the UK Alumni Association and was honored with its Distinguished Service Award in 2018. He is a member of the College of Engineering’s Hall of Distinction and the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEngineeringGraduate School

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: The UK Board of Trustees has approved the honorary degrees for Stephen B. Bright, Yvonne Giles, Jim Host, Howard L. Lewis and Reese Terry.
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  • Body: ResearchBy Kristi Willett Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2019) — In the largest grant ever awarded to the University of Kentucky, researchers from UK's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and across campus — in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) — will lead a project as part of the HEALing Communities study.

    The four-year, more than $87 million study has an ambitious but profoundly important goal: reducing opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent in 16 counties that represent more than a third of Kentucky’s population.

    The university’s largest previous grant was a $25 million award for math and science education in Appalachia.

    More than 47,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose in 2017.

    Kentucky and UK represent one of only four study sites across the United States selected by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for this groundbreaking effort.

    The study is part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, a bold, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid crisis.

    The goal is to develop evidence-based solutions to the opioid crisis and offer new hope for individuals, families and communities affected by this devastating crisis. More broadly, the idea is to see if solutions in different communities across the state can be scaled up and replicated as part of a national approach to the challenge.

    The award was announced Thursday by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar at a press conference in Washington D.C.

    “Kentuckians know the insidiousness of this disease better than most,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “The opioid epidemic does not discriminate by zip code, race, income, or any other demographic characteristic. It is not a character or moral failing, but an illness. It's unforgiving. It touches us all. We all know someone — a member of our family, a loved one, a lifelong friend or classmate — whose life has been damaged by this illness. Its victims are us. But there is hope. There is us. That is why we believe aggressive, ambitious change is possible. Indeed, it is essential. That is why we believe we can — and must — lead the way.”

    Capilouto said the grant is a testament to UK’s strong partnership with the state.

    “We are incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from Gov. Bevin and his administration,” Capilouto said. “Today, we are declaring in a united voice that we can stem this devastating tide. We look forward to our continued partnership with the Governor as our efforts, together, yield a better future for the state we serve.

    “We owe a debt of gratitude to Leader McConnell, Sen. Paul, Rep. Barr, and Rep. Rogers — and our entire federal delegation — for their enduring support of UK’s efforts to build a brighter future for Kentucky. Together, our elected officials and the University for Kentucky are committed to stemming the deadly tide of addiction that has claimed too many Kentucky lives. Their support has been, and will continue to be, crucial to fulfilling our promise of hope and healing for the people of the Commonwealth.”

    Chair of the UK Board of Trustees Britt Brockman said that the grant is an investment in Kentucky’s future.

    “This grant is a recognition that this university — the University for Kentucky — must lead in helping shape a brighter future for the Commonwealth we have served for more than 150 years,” Brockman said. “In partnership with state government, we are taking on the bold — but essential — goal of combating the epidemic of opioids that is destroying lives and ravaging communities. This grant represents the hope and promise that we can change that, that we can bring help and healing to our state and our country. Our university was founded to lead in this way. We look forward, in partnership with our state, to meeting this challenge.”

    Consider the dimensions of the problem nationally and in Kentucky:

    • More than 2 million Americans live with addiction to opioids.
    • Life expectancy in this country has dropped — fueled, in large measure, by drug overdose deaths.
    • Kentucky currently is ranked 5th in the United States for opioid overdose deaths and has suffered through the opioid epidemic since its inception.

    Not only are these staggering figures likely underestimated, they also fail to capture the full extent of the damage of the opioid crisis, which reaches across every domain of family and community life — from lost productivity and economic opportunity, to intergenerational and childhood trauma, to extreme strain on community resources, including first responders, emergency rooms, hospitals, and treatment centers.

    "We are the University for Kentucky. This grant is a testament to that fact and underscores our collective capacity in this state to stem a deadly tide,” Capilouto said. “The scourge of opioid abuse is an epidemic across our state and across much of the country. Working in partnership at the state and federal levels, we have developed the intellectual talent and infrastructure to attack this challenge. We owe a debt of gratitude to the leadership of Senate President Robert Stivers and the far-sighted vision of the General Assembly in funding, in partnership with us, the Healthy Kentucky Research Building, which gives us a state-of-the-art facility to advance discovery. As importantly, together with the state, we have the reach and partnerships at the local level across our Commonwealth to develop and seek community-based solutions to a widespread and deadly challenge. Now is the time to lead. Now is the time to act.”

    Sharon Walsh, Ph.D., director of UK's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR), is the principal investigator (PI) of the Kentucky study and will lead a team of more than 200 researchers, staff and state and community partners involved in the project.

    "The goal is to show meaningful change in the overdose death rate in a short period of time and to do so in a way that can reveal what evidence-based interventions are effective in the community," Walsh said. "'What will work? Is it distributing more naloxone? Is it educating people better about evidence-based treatment? Is it expanding access to treatment and decreasing barriers? For example, if we pay for someone to have transportation to get to their treatment program will that help them stay in treatment?' We know that people face real barriers accessing treatment and staying in treatment.  We would like to remove those barriers because we also know that being out of treatment is a risk for death."

    UK researchers are hoping to reduce deaths and substance abuse by leveraging existing community resources and initiatives to deploy a robust and comprehensive set of evidence-based interventions.

    Sixteen counties in Kentucky that are "highly affected communities" have been identified to be included in the randomized study.

    They include:  Fayette, Jessamine, Clark, Kenton, Campbell, Mason, Greenup, Carter, Boyd, Knox, Jefferson, Franklin, Boyle, Madison, Bourbon and Floyd counties.

    Overall, these rural and metropolitan counties had 764 opioid overdose deaths in 2017 with two-thirds of them involving fentanyl. They also represent about 40 percent of the state’s overall population of more than 4 million people.

    The counties involved in the study will be randomized in two separate waves with theory-driven implementation strategies deployed during an initial eight-month phase followed by an observation period to gauge the impacts of the interventions on OD-related outcomes.

    Researchers will work closely with community coalition partners to ensure a community-centered approach and to maximize engagement. In addition, a comprehensive health communication strategy will be used to reach the public, reduce stigma and increase awareness of — and access to — the interventions available through the program.

    By implementing the "multi-level, multi-target, integrated evidence-based interventions" in the highly affected communities selected in the study, researchers hypothesize opioid OD deaths could be reduced by as much as 40 percent. The study will seek to bear out the hypothesis.

    The study’s aims also include:

    • Improving and expanding opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment by increasing the use of medications in treatment,
    • Expanding overdose (OD) prevention by increasing OD training, naloxone distribution and fentanyl test strip distribution for individuals at high risk for opioid OD, and
    • Reducing the opioid supply by decreasing high-risk opioid prescribing and dispensing practices through targeted education and increasing safe disposal of unused opioids.

    The study is being carried out in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which provides support for many of the local prevention, treatment and recovery support services to be studied.

    "I am so proud that we could bring together this group of collaborators who are renowned experts in their respective fields, passionate about this topic, and who also happen to work at UK," Walsh said. "There's a lot of work in front of us to implement this grant, to get the project rolling and to get communities engaged but I just like to look forward and imagine three years or so from now where we've really seen a downturn in overdose deaths and can attribute some of that to the HEALing Communities Study."

    of Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationMedicinePharmacyPublic Health Contact Kristi Willett and Olivia Ramirez

    Summary: In the largest grant ever awarded to the University of Kentucky, researchers from UK's Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and across campus — in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) — will lead a project as part of the HEALing Communities study. The four-year, more than $87 million study has an ambitious but profoundly important goal: reducing opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent in 16 counties that represent more than a third of Kentucky’s population.Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Ryan Girves Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity recognized students, faculty and a department with the Inclusive Excellence Awards yesterday at the 2019 University of Kentucky Awards Ceremony. 

    "Creating inclusive excellence throughout our campus community requires us to work in collaboration with each other," said Sonja Feist-Price, vice president for institutional diversity. "We have students, faculty, staff, and academic and professional units that give of themselves beyond what anyone would ask or expect. And they do so because of their love for our campus community, and because they recognize what it takes to become a university where everyone — irrespective of identity or perspective — feels a sense of belonging."

    The award recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and academic or professional units that demonstrate a sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion through campus and community involvement and exemplary leadership. Five awards were granted in four categories: student (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, staff and academic or professional unit.

    Winners exemplified one or more of the following characteristics: 

    • Builds awareness, understanding and relationships in the name of diversity and inclusion.
    • Creates leadership opportunities, teams, organizations and support systems that promote a diverse and inclusive environment.
    • Sponsors or actively promotes programs, initiatives or projects in the area of diversity and inclusion.
    • Collaborates with others in the sponsorship, development and implementation of innovative projects and/or programs.
    • Acknowledges and rewards exemplary individual and team behaviors that promote diversity and inclusion.
    • Secures funding to promote and sustain programs in response to challenges that can affect the fostering of a diverse and inclusive cultural climate.

    This year's winners include the following: 

    Brandon J. Colbert – Undergraduate Student

    Colbert is a communication senior who also serves as the social justice educator with the department of Bias Incident Support Services, where he develops programming centered on social justice issues that create conversations for cultural awareness and consciousness. Colbert's campus leadership includes the executive board of UK Black Voices Gospel Choir and Apollo co-chair on the executive board of the UK Black Student Union. He is responsible for founding the UK Black Collective, a group that works to bridge the gap between student leaders and senior administrators. 

    Kai Zhang – Graduate Student

    Zhang is currently a doctoral student in pharmacology who will receive his doctorate in May. He recently received the 2019 Dr. Benjamin Nero Student Inclusive Excellence Award for outstanding graduate and professional students. He serves as a graduate student senator-at-large for UK Student Government Association and on the Student Philanthropy Board which recently opened UK’s first Center for Student Philanthropy. As founder of the Kentucky Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Awareness Group, he has provided workshops and seminars in six Eastern Kentucky counties to raise awareness regarding the effects of consuming alcohol during pregnancy.  

    Janice Kuperstein – Faculty

    Kuperstein serves as professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and associate dean for clinical engagement in the College of Health Sciences. Building awareness, understanding and relationships across campus in the name of diversity and inclusion, Kuperstein has served as liaison between the Lexington campus and the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Kentucky, advocating on behalf of people from different socioeconomic, cultural, religious and racial backgrounds. Her work advances health care access, particularly physical therapy, to people across the state, specifically in Southeastern Kentucky. Kuperstein’s leadership contributions to the University of Kentucky include serving on multiple campus advisory committees. Her community leadership includes the Advisory Council Faith in Action, Hospice of the Bluegrass and AIDS Volunteers of Lexington. She recently received a grant to support Jewish life at UK, "The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, Transforming Jewish Student Life." 

    Corey E. Baker – Faculty 

    Baker is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering. Since joining the college in January 2018, Baker has focused his diversity and inclusion efforts on the demographic concerns in computer science and engineering by successfully recruiting underrepresented graduate students to the computer science program. Through his leadership of the newly launched Graduate Student Campus Visit Program (GVS), the Department of Computer Science has the largest number of black doctoral students in its history. Baker’s efforts have brought long-term impact and change to the College of Engineering.

    Department of Gender and Women’s Studies – Department/Unit/College

    The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences continually promotes diversity through multiple collaborations that model inclusivity. Collaborating across departments and colleges, Gender and Women’s Studies enhances the university through program innovations and courses that focus on global, racial, sexual, gender and class diversity. Through speaker series, symposia, jointly taught classes, timely panels in response to contemporary issues, and support of undergraduate and graduate learning, the department works consistently to foster justice and inclusion within the three central domains of academic life: research, service and teaching.  

    "Because of the tireless efforts of these champions, we recognize their contributions by awarding them the Inclusive Excellence Award," Feist-Price said. "I solute each one of our award recipients. Our campus is all the richer because of their contribution." 

    Back row L to R: Ellen Riggle, Cristina Alcalde, Brandon Colbert, Corey Baker, Janice Kuperstein, Kai Zhang. Front row L to R: Melissa Stein, Michelle, Del Toro, Carol Mason. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEngineeringGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMedicine

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Ryan Girves
    ryan.girves@uky.edu
    Summary: The University of Kentucky Office for Institutional Diversity recognized students, faculty and a department with the Inclusive Excellence Awards at the 2019 University of Kentucky Awards Ceremony. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Whitney Hale Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2019) — The 42nd Joe Creason Lecture in Journalism, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday), in William T. Young Library's auditorium, has been canceled. Speaker Howard Fineman, a journalist and commentator for NBC and MSNBC, is unable to attend.

    Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: The 42nd Joe Creason Lecture in Journalism scheduled for April 16 has been canceled.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Amy Jones-Timoney Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association started the Great Teacher Award program in 1961 to honor excellent teaching at the university. There have been 296 awards given since that first year. Nominations may only be submitted by current students.

    To receive the award, a candidate must:

    • hold the rank of full-time lecturer or above and have been a member of the faculty for the past three years at UK;
    • have superior knowledge of the subject matter;
    • have original and innovative classroom presentations;
    • demonstrate concern for students, both inside and outside the classroom setting; and 
    • not have been a recipient of the award for the past 10 years.

    A committee of 17 members of the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors and a representative from the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa select the recipients based on objective rating and ranking of the eligible nominations submitted.

    On this episode of "Behind the Blue," UK Marketing’s Amy Jones-Timoney talks with two of the six Great Teacher Award winners for 2019. Margaret Rintamaa is an associate professor in the College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Mel Coffee is in associate professor in the College of Communication and Information's School of Journalism and Media.

    Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

     

    Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationEducation

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Amy Jones-Timoney
    amy.jones2@uky.edu
    859-257-2940 Summary: Listen to conversations with Margaret Rintamaa, from the College of Education, and Mel Coffee, of the College of Communication and Information.Section Feature: Section FeatureMedia Embed: <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/9414878/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/0033a0/" height="90" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Lexie Ping Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) student competition team in the College of Communication and Information has won the title of 2019 National Student Advertising Competition​ (NSAC) Fifth District champion, which qualifies the team to move on to the semifinal round. The student team also came home with the honor of Best Media Plan, as awarded by the judges.

    Each year, around 200 schools participate in the American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) NSAC, beginning with competition in one of 15 districts. Each team creates a comprehensive campaign for the sponsor, based on a real-world marketing challenge the sponsor presents in a case study. This year’s NSAC sponsor was Wienerschnitzel, the world’s largest hot dog chain.

    “This year’s campaign proved particularly difficult for the NSAC teams because the sponsor challenged the students to create a category campaign to improve consumer perceptions of hot dogs, regardless of brand. Our UK team conducted an immense amount of research about the hot dog product category and that obviously impressed the District 5 judges. Research-based decision making and strategic problem solving are key to our ISC curriculum,” said Alyssa Eckman, ISC associate professor and team co-advisor.

    This year’s student team created a 21-page plans book and a 20-minute presentation to present to a panel of industry judges at the district competition to showcase its campaign.

    UK is in AAF District 5, which includes schools in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. The district competition was held in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 6, where the UK team placed first and qualified for the national semifinals.

    Each of the 16 to 20 teams invited to semifinals will submit a video of its 20-minute presentation and will then complete a 10-minute question and answer session with the judges on May 8 or 9.

    “I am so proud,” said Koriana Blevins, member of the competition team. “Moving forward, we will continue to practice and work even harder but continue to believe in ourselves throughout the process. It's a long road ahead, but we are more prepared than ever.” 

    If the UK team becomes one of the eight national finalists, it will compete at ADMERICA, AAF's national conference June 6–7, in Hollywood, Florida.

    “I am very proud of this year’s NSAC team. Their long hours paid off," said Adriane Grumbein, an ISC assistant professor and team advisor. "By winning at the district level, they are now in the top 20 teams in the nation. Yes, competition team is a class, but it is more than that. These students are joining an elite group of winning teams — an honor that will follow them for years to come. Industry professionals recognize the hard work, dedication and talent required to be an NSAC alum.”

    The 2019 UK NSAC team members are:

    • Mary Ado,
    • Taylor Agathen,
    • Leah Behling,
    • Koriana Blevins,
    • Rachel Hughes,
    • Brock Johnson,
    • Annelise Meador,
    • Claire Monkman,
    • Megan Parker,
    • Morgan Smith, and
    • Ellie Wnek​.
    Front Row (left to right): Meredith Wilkins, Claire Monkman, Megan Parker, Ellie Wnek, Mary Ado, Koriana Blevins, Morgan Smith, Annelise Meador. Back Row (left to right): Rachel Hughes, Taylor Agathen, Brock Johnson, Lea Behling, Dave Ballengee.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety and the Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for.” We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: ISC student competition team in the College of Communication and Information has won the title of AAF/NSAC 5th District Champions, which qualifies them to move onto the semifinal round of the 2019 NSAC National AAF Student Advertising Competition. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Lindsey Piercy Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2019) — Calling all alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and fans — make an enormous impact by supporting the campus community through "One Day for UK." During the 24 hour campaign, which is currently underway, donors are encouraged to give to the college, unit or cause of their choice.

    "At the University of Kentucky, we are harnessing our dogged determination and boundless compassion to do more — and be more — for the state we serve. 'One Day for UK' is an opportunity to join together and follow in the footsteps of those who came before us, those who gave of themselves to change our campus and Commonwealth for the better. Together, we can write the next chapter for our institution; together, we will show the world what Kentucky can do," President Eli Capilouto said.

    It its first year, the goal of "One Day for UK" is to raise awareness and encourage giving by creating an opportunity for those across the Commonwealth and beyond to put their UK pride on full display.

    “Many people are unaware of the many areas they can support. This is