• 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: 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 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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.

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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
    859-323-7978 Summary: 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.Section Feature: Section Feature
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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."

    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 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.

    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 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.

    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: 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

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    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
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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 an opportunity for us to spend one day celebrating UK, teaching people about the different ways they can give to the university and showing them how they can help us continue to grow,” Sarah Fitzgerald, the associate director of annual giving, said.

    "One Day for UK" also 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. Now more than halfway to its $2.1 billion goal, Kentucky Can benefits from every gift.  

    "Kentucky Can is our challenge to give back, to come together, to serve others, to leave a positive mark, to share our good fortune and to show love and compassion,” D. Michael Richey, vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement, continued. “'One Day for UK' is one component of that effort. It is an opportunity for us to rally around UK and to encourage giving to the many wonderful programs that distinguish us and are helping us to transform the Commonwealth and inspire the world.”

    "One Day for UK" will help provide more scholarships and research opportunities for students, enhance creative outreach efforts and afford colleges and departments the resources they need to achieve continued success. "We look forward to a fun day of showing our support for UK and improving opportunities for everyone we serve," Fitzgerald added.

    Most colleges, units and causes have selected a specific fund or funds to highlight. A complete list is located online. Simply visit the "One Day for UK" website to make a gift, track the progress and learn how the campaign benefits UK.

    To join the online conversation, follow #OneDayforUK on all social media platforms.

    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

    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 Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: Calling all alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and fans of the University of Kentucky. Together, we can make an enormous impact by supporting the campus community through "One Day for UK." During the 24-hour campaign, donors are encouraged to give to the college, unit or cause of their choice.Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Al Cross Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2019) — One of the nation’s leading political journalists and commentators will deliver the 42nd Joe Creason Lecture in Journalism at the University of Kentucky on the evening of Tuesday, April 16.

    Howard Fineman is a commentator for NBC and MSNBC and author of "The Thirteen American Arguments," a book about longstanding political issues in the United States. He has been global editorial director for the Huffington Post and chief political correspondent, senior editor and deputy Washington bureau chief for Newsweek magazine.​

    Fineman will be filling in for Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, who is unable to attend because of news developments in Washington.​

    Fineman will deliver the address 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the UK Athletics Auditorium of the William T. Young Library. The lecture is free and open to the public.

    The lecture is named for UK journalism alumnus Joe Creason, who earned the high regard of Kentuckians as a feature writer and columnist for the Louisville Courier Journal. The newspaper, then owned by the Bingham family, endowed the lecture series after Creason’s sudden death in 1974.

    Each year, the UK School of Journalism and Media invites a prominent journalist to deliver the Creason Lecture and speak on issues of the day, including those involving journalism.

    Howard Fineman also worked for the Courier Journal, and knew Joe Creason. Fineman was with the CJ from 1973 to 1980, beginning on the city desk, followed by stints as the paper’s statewide environmental and energy reporter and finishing with nearly two years in the Washington bureau. His coverage of the United Mine Workers' record 111-day strike in 1977-78 was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. He has a law degree from the University of Louisville.

    "In Howard Fineman we have one of America’s most knowledgeable political journalists," said Al Cross, director of the journalism school’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and a longtime political commentator and former CJ political writer. "He is a reporter, editor and scholar whose wit and insights make him an entertaining and illuminating speaker, and we are very happy he was able to be our lecturer on short notice."

    Fineman regularly covers elections and has reported on 49 of the 50 states. He has vast ground-level knowledge of the nation and an encyclopedic knowledge of the entire country’s electoral politics. He has covered seven presidents and reported in personal depth on the five most recent. He has known President Donald J. Trump for many years. He interviewed and covered him during the campaign, and has reported and written extensively about his White House.

    Fineman has lectured at more than 40 colleges and universities, and is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. "His senior roles in digital media, broadcast television, cable television, magazines, books, newspapers, podcasts, social media and political comedy make him well-positioned to discuss the political landscape and the rise of digital media with our students, faculty and the general public," Cross said. "We are looking forward to a fine lecture and an enlightening discussion."

    The School of Journalism and Media is part of UK’s College of Communication and Information.

    Journalist and NBC and MSNBC commentator Howard Fineman will deliver the 2019 Joe Creason Lecture on April 16.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: Howard Fineman, a commentator for NBC and MSNBC, will deliver the 42nd Joe Creason Lecture in Journalism at the University of Kentucky on the evening of Tuesday, April 16.
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Catherine Hayden Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2019) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is sponsoring the Kentucky Diversity Film Festival, which celebrates UK filmmakers in a three-day event, April 16-18 on campus.

    The Kentucky Diversity Film Festival kicks off 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, with a showcase of student film work in the new state-of-the art Worsham Cinema in the Gatton Student Center. The screening will be followed by an awards ceremony for the top student work.

    On Wednesday, April 17, see “The Last Gospel of the Pagan Babies,” directed by UK art history and film criticism alumna Jean Donahue. The film tells the story of Lexington’s vibrant gay cultural history and the artists, musicians, drag queens and celebrities who make up this exciting history. This special screening will be introduced by local artist Bob Morgan, who is featured in the film. The screening will begin 7 p.m., in 114 White Hall Classroom Building.

    This film festival will end with a showing of the award-winning documentary “Hillbilly,” directed by UK College of Communication and Information alumna Ashley York. The filmmaker will be in attendance for the screening and a Q&A after the film. The film explores depictions of Appalachia and reveals a rich and complex culture too often overlooked. The showing will start 6 p.m., in Worsham Cinema in the Gatton Student Center. Following this screening, a reception with York will take place at the Appalachian Center.

    “We want to showcase University of Kentucky students’ unique perspectives on diversity, and we’re showing two documentaries that explore unique aspects of the Commonwealth most haven’t seen before,” said Shannon Oltmann, diversity officer for the College of Communication and Information. 

    The Kentucky Film Festival is sponsored by the UK College of Communication and Information and is free and open to the public.

    The Kentucky Diversity Film Festival, which celebrates UK filmmakers is a three-day event, April 16-18 on campus.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationFine ArtsArt

    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: The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is sponsoring the Kentucky Diversity Film Festival, which celebrates UK filmmakers in a three-day event, April 16-18 on campus.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Peggy Akridge Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2019) — On Friday, March 22, the University of Kentucky's Academic Computing Committee (ACC) in collaboration with Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation (TLAI) and Information Technology Services (ITS) hosted the Academic Technologies Fair. Presenters from across the campus were on hand to show faculty the advancements in technologies available for teaching. Visitors to the fair spoke with presenters on topics ranging from Canvas tools, iClickers, Echo360, ExamSoft, PlayPosit, to Qualtrics and Microsoft OneDrive. The full agenda can be found here.

    “As someone who has been a member of the Academic Computing Committee for several years, it was wonderful to see a tangible representation of our efforts in the Academic Technologies Fair,” said Joe Martin, faculty lecturer with Instructional Communication and Research and member of the ACC. “It was exciting and edifying to speak with staff and faculty from across the university about how I personally utilized technology in my teaching, and to also hear from others regarding the ways they had incorporated tech in their own workflows. While it was a blast being a presenter, I found myself wanting to drift off from my own table to learn about the other exciting technologies being discussed in the room! Overall, it was an event that really encapsulated what a university is all about: collegiality and the bringing together of ideas.”

    Plans are to host an event again next year, watch for announcements here.

    The Alternative Technologies Fair was held March 22.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.

    Summary: On Friday, March 22, the Academic Computing Committee in collaboration with Teaching, Learning, and Academic Innovation and Information Technology Services hosted the Academic Technologies Fair. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Sarah Geegan Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2019) — The fourth forum, part of a national search for the next dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, will take place from 4-5 p.m. today, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building. 

    As part of this search process, the search committee, which is dedicated to finding a qualified and visionary leader, has selected four finalists for the position. Throughout the past two weeks, individuals have visited campus, participated in open forums and met with constituent groups in the UK community. 

    All candidates' curricula vitae are available on the search website, where names and CVs for all candidates are posted 24 hours in advance of their forums. UK community members will be able to provide anonymous feedback through the search website until 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, one week following the final forum.

    The full schedule of candidate visits is below:

    • Candidate A: 4-5 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building;
    • Candidate B: 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building;
    • Candidate C: 4-5 p.m. Monday, April 15, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building; and 
    • Candidate D: 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Lexmark Room, in the Main Building.
    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.

    Summary: The fourth forum, part of a national search for the next dean of the UK College of Communication and Information, will take place from 4-5 p.m. today, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Sarah Geegan Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2019) — The third of four campus forums, part of a national search for the next dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, will take place from 4-5 p.m. today, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building. 

    As part of this search process, the search committee, which is dedicated to finding a qualified and visionary leader, has selected four finalists for the position. Throughout this week, the final two individuals will visit campus, participate in open forums and meet with constituent groups in the UK community. 

    The first three candidates' curricula vitae are available on the search website, where names and CVs for all candidates will be posted 24 hours in advance of their forums. UK community members will be able to provide anonymous feedback through the search website until 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, one week following the final forum.

    The full schedule of candidate visits is below:

    • Candidate A: 4-5 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building;
    • Candidate B: 4-5 p.m.​ Wednesday, April 10, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building;
    • Candidate C: 4-5 p.m.​ Monday, April 15, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building; and
    • Candidate D: 4-5 p.m.​ Wednesday, April 17, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building.
    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.

    Summary: The third of four campus forums, part of a national search for the next dean of the UK College of Communication and Information, will take place from 4-5 p.m. today, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building. 
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Sarah Geegan Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 10, 2019) — The second of four campus forums, part of a national search for the next dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, will take place from 4-5 p.m. today, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building. 

    As part of this search process, the search committee, which is dedicated to finding a qualified and visionary leader, has selected four finalists for the position. Throughout the next two weeks, these individuals will visit campus, participate in open forums and meet with constituent groups in the UK community. 

    The first two candidates' curricula vitae are available on the search website, where names and CVs for all candidates will be posted 24 hours in advance of their forums. UK community members will be able to provide anonymous feedback through the search website until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, one week following the final forum.

    The full schedule of candidate visits is below:

    • Candidate A: 4-5 p.m. Monday, April 8, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building;
    • Candidate B: ​4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building;
    • Candidate C: ​4-5 p.m. Monday, April 15, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building; and
    • Candidate D: ​4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building.
    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.

    Summary: The second of four campus forums, part of a national search for the next dean of the UK College of Communication and Information, will take place from 4-5 p.m. today, in the Lexmark Room in the Main Building.
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Al Cross Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2019) — One of the most important news reporters in the world will deliver the 42nd Joe Creason Lecture in Journalism at the University of Kentucky on the evening of Tuesday, April 16.       

    Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, will make the address in the auditorium of the William T. Young Library at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.           

    The lecture is named for UK journalism alumnus Joe Creason, who earned the high regard of Kentuckians as a feature writer and columnist for the Louisville Courier Journal. The newspaper, then owned by the Bingham family, endowed the lecture series after Creason’s sudden death in 1974.  

    Each year, the UK School of Journalism and Media invites a prominent journalist to deliver the Creason Lecture and speak on issues of the day, including those involving journalism.

    “In Peter Baker we have the largest American newspaper’s point man for covering a president who regularly criticizes journalists, and who in many other respects is unlike any president in history,” said Al Cross, director of the school’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and a longtime political commentator. “Peter has shown in his reporting and his television commentaries a calm, thoughtful and dispassionate approach that makes him an ideal choice for the Creason Lecture.”

    Baker, 51, is a leading chronicler of recent American politics and government. He has covered the last four presidents; has won all three major awards for White House reporting, two of them twice; and is the author or co-author of five books. He and his wife, Susan Glasser, who writes the “Trump’s Washington” column for The New Yorker magazine, are working on a biography of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. They spent four years in Moscow as bureau chiefs for The Washington Post, where Baker worked for 20 years before joining the Times in 2008.           

    At the Post, Baker co-authored the paper’s original story breaking the Monica Lewinsky scandal and was its lead writer on the impeachment and trial of President Bill Clinton. He was the first American newspaper journalist to report from rebel-held northern Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001, spent most of the next eight months in the country, then spent six months in the Middle East, reporting from inside Saddam Hussein's Iraq and around the region before embedding with U.S. Marines as they drove toward Baghdad. After covering President George W. Bush for the Post and President Barack Obama for the Times, he went to Jerusalem as Times bureau chief but was called home to head up the paper’s coverage of President Donald Trump.           

    Baker is a native of Falls Church, Virginia, and attended Oberlin College. His book, “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House,” was named one of the five Best Non-Fiction Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review. His 2017 coffee-table book, “Obama: The Call of History, is being released as an expanded and updated traditional book this spring.

    Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, will deliver the 42nd Joe Creason Lecture. 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: Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, will make the address 7:30 p.m., April 16, in the auditorium of the William T. Young Library, for the 42nd Joe Creason Lecture.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Rebecca Longo and Lindsey Piercy Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2019) The campus community is invited to attend the finals of GradTeach Live! The competition, hosted by the Graduate Student Professional Enhancement Office and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), highlights the valuable work of graduate teaching assistants.

    The preliminary round took place on March 19. Now, 14 participants will be vying for cash prizes in the finals from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Worsham Cinema located in the Gatton Student Center.

    Through GradTeach Live!, current and former graduate teaching assistants can showcase an aspect of their teaching philosophy and how they put it into practice.

    The challenge? To present in a way that captures the attention of the audience, just as it would engage the attention of students. But there's a catch — each presenter is only given a maximum of five minutes.

    "Graduate teaching assistants are a vital part of UK's undergraduate teaching mission. GradTeach Live! celebrates the dedication of teaching assistants to undergraduate education and recognizes the diligence in which they balance their own course work, writing and research with teaching,” Ashley Sorrell, assistant director of the Graduate Student Professional Enhancement program, said.

    In addition, the event also aims to help graduate students prepare for the academic job market. "By challenging them to identify and clearly communicate an aspect of their teaching philosophy to an interdisciplinary audience," Sorrell explained. "They are honing their skills in public communication, cross-disciplinary engagement and critical reflection, which are transferable to diverse career options."

    The 14 competitors are listed below:

    • Kayla Bohannon, philosophy, “Reworking the Lecture: A Conversational Approach to the Classroom”;
    • Sarah Butterbaugh, family sciences, "Memes and Theory: Bringing Theory into Context";
    • Jonghee Lee Caldararo, geography, "Teaching that Teaches You the True Pleasure of Learning";
    • Luc Dunoyer, biology, "Increasing Critical Thinking by Teaching Ecology";
    • Corinne Gressang, history, "Training Historians: Skills-based Learning";
    • Hayley Hoffman, communication, "How to Watch TV Like a Professor";
    • Kathryn Kohls, English, "Meme Gif, and Hashtag Rhetoric: Critical Communication through Social Media Genres";
    • Francisco Luque, Hispanic studies, "Teaching Spanish with the Multiple Intelligences";
    • Malinda "Lindy" Massey, German studies and teaching world languages, "Teaching with Memory in Mind: Effectively Honoring Working Memory in the L2 Classroom";
    • Kateri "Kate" Miller, music education, "Learn by DOing";
    • Kanthi Nuti, chemistry, "Play of Molecular Isomers in Chemistry";
    • Jannell McConnell Parsons, English, "Centering Student Agency: Target Public Audiences and Oral Histories in Appalachia";
    • Andrew Welleford, anatomy and neurobiology, "Applying the Science of Learning in the Classroom and Doing Science of Your Own!"; and
    • Yunzhe Zhu, agricultural economics, "Teaching your Students? No, Entertain Them!: How to Improve Attendance of an Evening Class."

    Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners. Audience members will also be able to vote for the people’s choice winner.

    The mission of The Graduate School is to promote excellence at all levels of graduate education. By encouraging and supporting the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in an environment of diversity and interdisciplinary cooperation, graduate programs prepare students as future leaders of the global society in research, teaching, applied science, creative production, policy making and public service.

    CELT supports excellence in teaching and learning by working collaboratively with all instructors to create engaging, innovative and inclusive learning environments in which diverse students can excel.

    (Left to right) Francisco Luque, Kateri Kate Miller, Jannell McConnell Parsons, Kathryn Kohls, Malinda “Lindy” Massey, Corinne Gressang and Kayla Bohannon.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesCommunication and InformationFine ArtsMusicGraduate 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 Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: The campus community is invited to attend the finals of GradTeach Live! Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Kelsey Sands Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) is hosting its annual ISC Alumni Symposium April 3, 2019, for students in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information. The event will begin 6 p.m., in the William T. Young Library's UK Athletics Auditorium, Room 1-62. Gabby Dudgeon, an ISC doctoral student, will be moderating the panel.

    The theme of this year’s symposium is “Digital Strategies, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in My Organization.” ISC interim chair Chike Anyaegbunam explains why this event is important for both students and faculty at UK.

    “This year’s topic is very timely and important for our profession, especially with the increasing role of digital technology and big data in the strategic communication industry,” Anyaegbunam said. “The symposium is an opportunity for current students to interact with and learn from our returning alumni.”

    Speakers for this year’s panel include Alex Gaidzik of Farlinium, Ashlee Harris of Cornett, Brittney Bray of Kroger, Jennifer Bowers of Octagon, Jessica Chu of Yum! Brands, and Rachel Izdorek of Continuum Clinical. All of the panelists are alumni of the ISC undergraduate program. Students will learn about the alumni’s professional experiences with technology and ask for career advice.

    Alex Gaidzik is a professional consultant who helps some of the world’s largest companies — that have massive amounts of consumer feedback data — analyze, design and execute deliverable strategies for turning unstructured “voice of the customer” data into actionable insights for the companies. He has worked in multiple roles where he has been able to turn consumer voice, perceptions and feedback into insights that provide building blocks used to inform important business decisions. He holds bachelor's degrees in integrated strategic communication (2015) and English (2013) from UK.

    Ashlee Harris is a senior account planner at Cornett in Lexington, where she has worked with clients like A&W Restaurants, Tempur Sealy, GE and UK for almost 10 years. She loves digging in for her clients and bringing them big ideas that help solve their business challenges. She is from Madisonville, Kentucky, and graduated from UK in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in ISC (PR path). 

    Brittney Bray is an assistant digital campaign manager at Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she facilitates marketing initiatives and go-to-market strategies for e-commerce and digital acquisition activations. She is from Lexington and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in ISC.  

    Jessica Chu is a social listening analyst and global corporate communications professional at Yum! Brands. She leads a team that protects and promotes the reputation of Yum! and its brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell) through social monitoring, listening, reporting and response on a global scale. She collaborates with cross functional teams to tell Yum!’s story through strategic digital communication plans and builds social listening capabilities throughout the Yum!’s organization. Chu graduated from UK in 2015 with a degree in integrated strategic communication and a minor in Spanish. 

    Rachel Izydorek graduated from UK in 2016 with a double path in direct marketing and public relations and started working in account services at Pinnacle Advertising near Chicago. She recently accepted a position as account leader at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide, where she works under a Blue Chip subsidiary, Continuum Clinical, a health care marketing agency known best for their brand awareness and direct marketing successes. 

    The Department of Integrated Strategic Communication is hosting its annual ISC Alumni Symposium.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 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: The Department of Integrated Strategic Communication is hosting its annual ISC Alumni Symposium.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Lynn Hiler Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 1, 2019) Two University of Kentucky women who profoundly contribute to issues that affect women at the university and across the Commonwealth received the 2019 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Wednesday, March 27, during a luncheon ceremony at the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. Staff recipient was Micaha Hughes and the faculty recipient was Janet Lumpp, both from the College of Engineering.

    The award recognizes one female faculty member and one female staff member who promote growth and well-being of women at the university and across Kentucky. Created by the UK Women’s Forum, the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award has been among the most esteemed recognitions bestowed at the University of Kentucky and brings recognition for efforts that might otherwise go unnoticed.

    Micaha Dean Hughes is the director of outreach and community engagement at the UK College of Engineering, where she creates and leads K-12 outreach programs to get young students and their families engaged in engineering. Hughes also works to specifically recruit more women into UK Engineering and hosts special events to encourage greater female participation in the traditionally male-dominated field. She holds a bachelor's degree in integrated strategic communication from the University of Kentucky, and she is currently seeking her master's in STEM Education.      

    For 25 years, Janet Lumpp has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering teaching and researching microelectronics, circuits and lasers. She was associate director of NASA Kentucky for five years before becoming the first director of the First-Year Engineering (FYE) Program in 2015. Lumpp has always been active in K-12 STEM outreach as well as cross-disciplinary research. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue University and her doctorate from the University of Iowa.

    Guest speaker at the Holmes Award Luncheon was Lisa Collins, staff recipient of the 2018 award. The luncheon also had a dance presentation by the Lexington Senior Citizens Prime Time Dancers and a special poem written and presented by Ashlee-Nicole Hamilton, a staff member in the College of Medicine.

    Nominees for the 2019 Holmes Award included four faculty and eight staff members:

    Faculty

    Miriam Kienle, College of Fine Arts

    Janet Lumpp, College of Engineering

    Katherine McCormick, College of Education

    Jenny Minier, Gatton College of Business and Economics

     

    Staff

    Faith Cracraft, College of Communication and Information

    Caroline Francis, Alumni Affairs

    Grace Hahn Hester, Student Organizations and Activities

    Micaha Hughes, College of Engineering

    Patricia Krausman, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

    Shonta Phelps, Gatton College of Business and Economics

    Sue Roberts, International Center

    Pat Whitlow, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

    For a list of past winners, visit www.uky.edu/womensforum/sarah-bennett-holmes-award-luncheon.

    Sarah Bennett Holmes, a distinguished former dean of women at UK, tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. Widowed at a young age, Holmes raised four children while completing her own education. She then began a successful career at the university where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the Depression.

    In her honor, the UK Women's Forum created the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award and since 1994 has been honoring women at UK who demonstrate the same principles as Holmes through their work and service.

    The UK Women's Forum is an organization for all employees of the university faculty and staff. Its mission is to exert a leadership role in empowering, validating, informing, including and celebrating all women employed at UK by addressing challenges, communicating issues and recognizing successes within the context of the workplace.

    of Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationEducationEngineering

    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 Kathy Johnson
    kathy.johnson@uky.edu
    859-257-3155 Summary: Faculty member Janet Lumpp and staff member Micaha Hughes, both of the College of Engineering, have received the 2019 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2019) — Kentucky Men’s Basketball wasn’t the only team competing for the National Championship this past week.

    Earlier this week 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. And they did it in record-breaking style.

    The debate program, directed by David Arnett, is housed in the UK College of Communication and Information.

    The NDT was hosted by the University of Minnesota. UK Debate Team members Dan Bannister and Anthony Trufanov and Jacinda Rivas and Genevieve Hackman traveled to Minneapolis for the four-day event. They were joined by 76 other teams from across the country. 

    “I couldn’t be prouder of my students who believed in themselves and the team. They made the impossible possible,” Arnett said. “We could not have accomplished what we did without the support of the university, and I just want to thank everyone who stands up for the importance of debate. In an activity dominated by private institutions and ivy league schools, I think this sends a message that UK can stand with the best of them.”

    “Over the course of eight highly competitive preliminary debates, each judged by three judges, Anthony and Dan won all 24 ballots," said Dallas Perkins, chair of the NDT Committee and longtime Harvard University debate coach. "This has only been accomplished three times before in the 73-year history of the NDT. In the even tougher elimination rounds, they won four consecutive debates, and 18 out of 20 total ballots. Never before had a team won 18 of 20 ballots on their way to winning the tournament. This is truly one for the record books.”

    This is 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 win the tournament, we had to debate for about four days straight, beginning at 8 a.m. every morning and often ending after 9 p.m. every night,” Bannister, a political science junior from St. Paul, Minnesota, said. “It feels great to win! This has been one of my goals for a really long time, and to win feels like vindication for all the time I’ve spent in this activity.”

    Like Bannister, Trufanov is also a political science major. The senior, from Northbrook, Illinois, is also majoring in Russian studies and is part of Lewis Honors College.

    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.

    “The UK debate team’s success reflects the transformative education we provide at the University of Kentucky,” said UK Provost David W. Blackwell. “We prepare our students to compete on the national stage and to go on to pursue meaningful, purpose-driven careers. We are incredibly proud of these students, and I know the UK family will continue to root for their success.”  

    Along with winning the NDT the UK debate team won the Rex Copeland Award. The Copeland goes to the team with the best season-long performance. UK was ranked No. 1 among 16 teams and had an automatic bid to the NDT.

    “We are honored to have such talented debaters and coaches at the University of Kentucky, and we are proud of the amazing accomplishments of Dan Bannister and Anthony Trufanov," Derek Lane, interim dean of the College of Communication and information, said. "Congratulations to Dan and Anthony for winning the 2019 NDT tournament and for winning the Copeland award. Very impressive!” 

    of Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationHonors 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 Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Earlier this week the University of Kentucky Debate team of Dan Bannister and Anthony Trufanov defeated the University of Georgia to become the 2019 National Debate Tournament Champions.Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Rebecca Longo Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2019) The University of Kentucky’s Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) National Leadership Honor Society’s Nu Circle will host its annual Transformational Leadership Seminar with keynote speaker Terry A. Anderson, a former Associated Press journalist and UK faculty member. This event will begin 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Worsham Cinema located in the Gatton Student Center.

    Anderson’s talk will focus on the idea that “fake news is easy to spot. News you can trust is harder.” His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and reception.

    Anderson served as a combat journalist in the United States Marine Corps for six years, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. After the war, he attended the University of Iowa and graduated with dual degrees in journalism and mass communications and political science.

    After college, Anderson joined the Associated Press and served in Asia and Africa before being moved to Lebanon. On March 16, 1985, while serving as Middle East bureau chief for the Associated Press in Lebanon, Anderson was abducted from a street in Beirut. He was held captive for the next six years and nine months, periodically being moved to new sites.

    Anderson was the longest-held American hostage captured during an effort to drive U.S. military forces out of Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War.

    Since his release, Anderson has taught at numerous universities including UK's School of Journalism and Media, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and Florida State University. In addition to being a professor, he also served as a visiting professional at the Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and acted as the honorary chair of the nonprofit Committee to Protect Journalists.

    Anderson authored a best-selling memoir of his experiences as a hostage titled “Den of Lions.”

    ODK is presenting Anderson’s talk in collaboration with the Student Government Association Senate, the Gatton Student Center Executive Director’s Office, the Department of History and the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Patterson School of Diplomacy and the Lewis Honors College.

    Terry AndersonOrganizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationHonors CollegePatterson 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 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.

    Summary: Anderson is the keynote speaker for Omicron Delta Kappa's Transformational Leadership Seminar.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 27, 2019) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI) CoLab is providing a way for fans of all types to cheer on the Cats this basketball season, especially those young fans in the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. 

    The CoLab’s newest project is a 360-degree 4K virtual recording of the introduction of a UK men’s basketball game shot in collaboration with UK Athletics. After making the video virtual reality (VR) capable, arrangements were made to share the video with children in the DanceBlue Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. 

    “When you see UK fans on their feet and fireworks when the players walk out, it’s a mesmerizing place,” said Nathan Stevens, college media officer in the College of Communication and Information. “Some of the kids may have been in the hospital their whole life, and it allows them to feel what it is really like to be at a game.”

    After putting the VR headset on, the children to turn and view every part of Rupp Arena as fans jump to their feet to cheer on the Wildcats. They can also clap along with the Wildcat and UK cheerleaders, see the UK players up close, and feel the energy of the arena for themselves.

    Stevens and his team have worked extensively with VR in the CI CoLab, a technology usability lab where students and faculty work together to test emerging technologies. He’s also an expert on video games, teaching a course that gives an overview of the industry and its technological advances.

    Stevens was inspired to do VR projects by an article he read as a graduate student about different ways to distract patients with cancer from their treatments.

    “We’re just wanting to take their minds off of their diseases and treatments for a few minutes and transport the children to another world,” he said.

    Stevens is also working on two VR games, a replica snake game and a crane game, which will give children the opportunity to explore, play and communicate with others while in their “virtual world."

    The CI CoLab will work with UK Athletics to shoot 360-degree video of the upcoming UK Football Blue/White Spring Game on Friday, April 16. Plans for other sports are in the works.

    For more information about the projects Stevens and his team are working on, visit http://ci.uky.edu/cicolab/.

    A 360-degree 4K virtual recording of the introduction of a UK men’s basketball game shot in collaboration with UK Athletics. of Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationUK HealthCareKentucky Children's Hospital

    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: The College of Communication and Information CoLab’s newest project is a 360-degree 4K virtual recording of the introduction of a UK men’s basketball game shot in collaboration with UK Athletics. After making the video virtual reality (VR) capable, arrangements were made to share the video with children in the DanceBlue Clinic at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Kelsey Sands Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2019) — University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information students acquired insider knowledge about public relations in the sports industry through networking at the National Football League (NFL) PR College Student Seminar.

    Four students, three majoring in integrated strategic communication (ISC) and one in journalism, were selected to attend a seminar hosted by the NFL in February. This opportunity provided key insight and networking experience for undergraduate students with public relations professionals in the sports industry. Danielle Potts, a senior ISC student, explained what happened during the two-hour event.

    “We would talk, exchange numbers and resumes,” said Potts. “It was really low key and relaxing.”

    UK faculty across multiple disciplines were asked to nominate up to five students to attend this seminar. Eligible students had demonstrated a previous commitment to public relations, as well as an interest in pursuing a career in the sports industry (specifically, an interest in NFL teams). Emily Fields, a junior ISC student, detailed the importance of being selected for this experience.  

    “It was huge honestly. I want to work in the NFL doing public relations for an NFL team,” Fields said. “Having the opportunity to network with these people was something that I never thought I would experience, so it was a really big moment.”

    Two of the four students were able to attend a second event called Sports Management Worldwide NFL Combine Career Conference. Presentations by industry leaders allowed for attendees to understand the day-to-day responsibilities involved with sports-related careers.

    “Professionals gave their advice on working in a high stress environment,” Fields said.

    The ability to network, receive career guidance and obtain insight on how to be hired in such a competitive field were things detailed as crucial takeaways by the four students who attended. Torrie Mitchell, a senior ISC student, explained the importance of seeking out new experiences.

    “I would advise all students to look for third party events going on in surrounding areas to attend because you can’t stay stagnant in school and expect opportunities to fall into your lap,” Mitchell said. “Having interviews scheduled less than a week after is a blessing and true testament that it was worth attending this event.”

    Professionals at the event were able to elaborate on the internship opportunities their teams offer students, and the students had the opportunity to ask questions to better understand what they can do to set themselves apart from other candidates in the sports industry. Jordan Colquitt, a junior journalism student, highlighted what she learned from spending time with each team.

    “Branch out and do things you haven’t done, move places you haven’t moved and take a chance,” Colquitt said. “Don’t just stay within your comfort zone, be versatile and open.”

    (Left to right): ISC senior Torrie Mitchell; ISC junior Emily Fields; journalism junior Jordan Colquitt, and ISC senior Danielle Potts.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: UK College of Communication and Information students acquired insider knowledge about public relations in the sports industry through networking at the National Football League PR College Student Seminar.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Lisa S. Cleveland Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2019) — University of Kentucky Transportation Services staff delivered a final van-load of food and personal care items to Big Blue Pantry (BBP) this week, breaking last year’s Donations for Citations record and helping to stock pantry shelves. 

    The UK community responded to calls for donations, leading to the delivery of more than 3,200 pounds of food and personal care items. Last year’s drive brought in 2,100 pounds, and during the program’s four years in existence, Donations for Citations has resulted in total donations of 10,579 pounds of pantry staples. 

    Through the Donations for Citations program, UK students and employees who have a parking citation can pay their fee by making a donation to the BBP, an on-campus organization that works to combat hunger and food insecurity for students. This year’s drive began Feb. 25 and ran through March 8. Donations for Citations is traditionally BBP’s largest food drive of the year. 

    “Citations are an unfortunate necessity at an urban institution as large and complex as UK,” said Lance Broeking, director of UK Transportation Services. “However, the Donations for Citations program turns something that is often perceived as negative into an opportunity to support a very worthwhile cause.”

    New this year, a partnership between Transportation Services and the UK student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) helped expand the reach of Donations for Citations. NABJ students participated in the drive by helping spread the word through social media and through the distribution of fliers.

    “We’re extremely grateful that UK Transportation Services was able to raise over 3,200 pounds of food and personal care items for Big Blue Pantry!” said Meghana Kudrimoti, BBP student director. “Our pantry is now full, thanks to the generosity of the UK community. We’re proud to be able to serve students on campus who may not have the money or resources to access food.”

    Big Blue Pantry relies upon donations from the campus community year-round to keep their shelves stocked. Visit the BBP website for information about hours of operation or to offer donations directly. BBP also has an online gift fund page, which allows the organization to accept monetary donations that are used to purchase food items.

    Photo courtesy of Lisa S. Cleveland.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 Ryan Girves
    ryan.girves@uky.edu
    Summary: UK Transportation Services' staff delivered a final van-load of food and personal care items to Big Blue Pantry this week, breaking last year’s Donations for Citations record and helping to stock pantry shelves. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Jay Blanton, Kody Kiser, and Amy Jones-Timoney Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 22, 2019) — The University of Kentucky community is celebrating Women’s History Month. Throughout March, UKNow will feature the women — past and present — on whose shoulders we stand and whose hard work has made our achievements possible. With a combination of fierce resolve and deep compassion, UK women have left indelible marks on our university. Join us as we highlight these #WomenOfUK.

    During the week, Cathy Black is laser-focused on her job as a CBS News senior producer and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) liaison. 

    But on the weekend, she thinks about returning home to Lexington on a plane to cheer on her beloved Kentucky Wildcats.

    Such is the life for Black, who works with all CBS News broadcasts, including "CBS This Morning" and "CBS Evening News," as well as the BBC, a CBS News partner.

    A Lexington native, there was never any doubt that the University of Kentucky was where she would attend.

    It's a decision she's never regretted.

    "It just proved to be everything I thought it would be," Black said from the CBS News Hub in New York City where she now lives. "UK has something for everybody, and I think that's what really drew me to the school. The history is so great and broad. It offers so many great opportunities across the board."

    In particular, Black cites the individual attention she received from professors in the College of Communication and Information as being key to her success. Professors, she says, helped her line up internships at TV stations in Lexington and Washington. They also cultivated her interest in producing.

    "They gave me an opportunity to earn credit off campus while I was in school," Black said. "They didn't limit me, and when they saw the need for an internship program they developed it immediately. The faculty was great. The department really honed in on each student and the individual things they were interested in, and that is what I really appreciated. The professors there were really tuned in with each student, and I really honestly wouldn't be here today at CBS News … if it weren't for UK, because they gave me the foundation and laid the groundwork for my career."

    Black says a number of scholarships helped her family, one in which two other children were attending college as well. The experience and the help meant so much that Black recently started a scholarship, named for her mother.

    Now, Black relishes the opportunity to return home on weekends to a city with plenty of shopping and "so much beauty … driving through horse farms."

    Flying back to Lexington, she inevitably runs into other Wildcat fans.

    "It is fun flying in when there's a game, and everyone on the plane is going to the game and there's excitement," she said. "The fever still exists."

    Coming home reminds her of the education and opportunities she and other family members received at UK — opportunities that laid a foundation to work on a national stage at one of the country's most revered and historic TV networks.

    "You're going to get support from a diverse group of students and professors," Black said. "The opportunities that you're going to be offered, just based on my experience alone, are worth going there. The sky is the limit. It really comes down to how much you want to put into it. … When people ask me 'Where did you go to school,' I'm proud to say, 'the University of Kentucky!' I bleed blue. I'm a Wildcat. It's everything that I thought it would be. I'm here because of the education I got at UK."

    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 Amy Jones-Timoney
    amy.jones2@uky.edu
    859-257-2940 Summary: A UK alumna is living out her dreams as a senior producer for CBS News. Though she may live and work in New York, her blood runs true blue for her alma mater. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Bridgette Sloan Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 21, 2019) — Several students in the College of Communication and Information’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) won accolades at the 2019 Student Division of the American Advertising Awards conducted by the Lexington chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF). The awards ceremony took place in February at the historic Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center.

    The following ISC students won gold for their entries:

    • Leah Behling: Best in Show, Ten Candy Bar Package Design;
    • Robert Fischer: Judge’s Choice Award, Plastic Posters Campaign;
    • Claire Monkman, Robert Fischer, Emi Deck and Jillian Jones: Judge’s Choice Award, Every Child Deserves to Eat HEALTHY Campaign;
    • Morgan Smith: Traipse Chocolate Package Design; and
    • Robert Fischer, Elisa Diaz, Katie Swim, Rachel Friday, Abigail Yates, Rachael Freeman, Allie Graebe, Jaqueline Shmidt and Anna Nyberg: A Scoop Above the Rest Consumer Campaign.

    Silver was awarded to the following ISC students:

    • Matthew Brock Johnson: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Direct Mail/Package Design; 
    • Will Carrico: Middle Aged Milk Stout Package Design; 
    • Jillian Jones, Jordan Prather and Rob Fischer: KRNL Magazine Cover;
    • Rachel Hughes: “Thank You” Video – UK Philanthropy; 
    • Robert Fischer, Savannah Stow and Abbie Heseman: Morton is Mor Campaign​; and
    • Kaylee Hoelscher: Fahrenheit 451 Book Cover.

    Kaylee Hoelscher was also named the winner of Ad Club’s $1,000 student scholarship.

    Formerly known as the ADDYs, the American Advertising Awards are the first step in a three-tier national competition annually conducted by the AAF and sponsored by Ad 2 National, a division of AAF.

    Gold-winning entries advance to district competition, where judges decide which work moves on to nationals.

    The AAF was established in 1905 as the “Unifying Voice for Advertising.” Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAF boasts more than 200 local clubs across the U.S. and includes members across all disciplines and career levels in advertising. Its mission is to protect and promote the well-being of advertising. To learn more about AAF’s programs and initiatives, visit www.aaf.org.

    Several students in the College of Communication and Information’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) won accolades at the 2019 Student Division of the American Advertising Awards.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: Several students in the College of Communication and Information’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication won accolades at the 2019 Student Division of the American Advertising Awards conducted by the Lexington chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Molly Williamson and Lindsey Piercy Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 19, 2019)  One day. One gift. Enormous impact.

    Mark your calendars! On April 17, the University of Kentucky will rally alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and fans to support the campus community through "One Day for UK." During the 24-hour campaign, donors are encouraged to support the college, unit or cause of their choice.

    In its first year, the goal of "One Day for UK" is to raise awareness and encourage giving. “This is an opportunity for people to show their UK pride,” Sarah Fitzgerald, the associate director of annual giving, said. “Many people are unaware of the many areas they can support. This is an opportunity for us to spend one day celebrating UK, teaching people about the different ways they can give to the university and showing them how they can help us continue to grow.”

    "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.

    "One Day for UK" also 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. Now, more than halfway to its $2.1 billion goal, Kentucky Can benefits from every gift.  

    "Kentucky Can is our challenge to give back, to come together, to serve others, to leave a positive mark, to share our good fortune and to show love and compassion,” D. Michael Richey, vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement, said. “'One Day for UK' is one component of that effort. It is an opportunity for us to rally around UK and to encourage giving to the many wonderful programs that distinguish us and are helping us to transform the Commonwealth and inspire the world.”

    To further promote the day, each college, unit and cause is seeking ambassadors — students, alumni, friends and donors — to help publicize "One Day for UK" through their personal social media accounts. Each ambassador will receive a toolkit with language and strategies to help them spread the message.

    “Together, we can make a huge impact on campus through 'One Day for UK.' We can provide more scholarships and research opportunities for students, enhance our creative and outreach efforts and give our colleges and departments the resources they need to be successful," Fitzgerald added. "We look forward to a fun day of showing our support for UK and improving opportunities for everyone we serve.”

    Most colleges, units and causes have selected a specific fund or funds to highlight on "One Day for UK." A complete list is located online.

    Donors can make a gift by sending a check in the mail or by visiting Network for Good before April 17. Simply check a box to have your gift applied to the overall total. On April 17, visit the "One Day for UK" website to make a gift, track the progress and learn how the campaign benefits UK.

    To join the online conversation, follow #OneDayforUK on all social media platforms.

    Giving Day 2019 – "One Day for UK" Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate 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
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    859-323-5613 Summary: Mark your calendars! On Aril 17, the University of Kentucky will rally alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and fans to support the campus community through "One Day for UK." During the 24-hour campaign, donors are encouraged to support the college, unit or cause of their choice.Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Lindsey Piercy, Andrea Gils, and Paulina Zarate Thursday

    Lexington, Ky. (March 13, 2019) — The University of Kentucky will welcome Beth Macy, an American journalist and New York Times best-selling author, to campus later this month. She is the author of "Dopesick," her widely recognized book that follows the devastating opioid crisis in America, specifically in central Appalachia.

    Macy will give the keynote address during the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar: Combating Addiction, March 20-23. Macy's presentation is open to the public and will take place at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, in the Gatton Student Center's Worsham Cinema.

    From large cities to small towns, "Dopesick" tells a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national opioid epidemic has persisted. The book was shortlisted for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. UK has become a national leader in battling the opioid crisis, and Macy's visit as well as the entire seminar reinforces the university's efforts in this critical area.

    Macy also writes essays and op-eds for the New York Times. She has written for magazines, radio and online journals from various locations, including a mobile home in Bassett, Virginia and a crowded cholera ward in Limbe, Haiti.

    The 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 prestigious seminar, which will bring 90 scholars from around the world to UK for a holistic intensive program. The goal is to address various aspects of addiction including interdisciplinary research, education, clinical and community outreach practices relating to substance use disorders and recovery.

    UK is increasingly recognized as a center for innovative multidisciplinary approaches to treatment. Addiction is not simply a local, regional or national problem — it is a global issue — and 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 event.

    Fulbright visitors will exchange ideas with key researchers and other experts, bringing a comparative context to the cutting-edge work being done at UK and in Kentucky. 

    Beth Barnes, professor in the UK College of Communication and Information and co-organizer of this event, believes the seminar will sharpen Fulbright Scholars’ ability to examine the crisis of addiction “through the lenses of medicine, social constructs, policy, government and the legal system and NGO interventions."

    “UK has a number of research, intervention and treatment programs in place and in development seeking to address varied aspects of addiction,” Barnes continued. "Visiting scholars will have the opportunity to learn more about the programs UK has to offer and consider how they can apply aspects of these back at their home institutions."

    “This program gives Fulbrights from all over the world and currently visiting and working in universities all across the U.S., an opportunity to network with one another, see a different part of the U.S. and experience a different regional culture and learn about a critical current issue in a uniquely interdisciplinary context,” Tim Barnes, executive director of international partnerships and research in the UK International Center, added.

    Scholars will also visit several locations around Lexington such as the Mayor’s office, Chrysalis House, Keeneland Race Track, Kentucky Horse Park and the Healthy Kentucky Research Building. These visits will provide an immersive experience for better understanding the context of research.

    The seminar events listed below are open to the public:

    • 8:30 a.m., March 21, Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema: Keynote Plenary Address by Beth Macy, journalist and bestselling author, who addressed America’s 20-plus year struggle with opioid addiction in her latest book, "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America."  

    Following the keynote, attendees will be given the opportunity to purchase the book and meet Macy.

    •  ​11 a.m.-noon, March 21, 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 a fascinating and 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., March 22, Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema: Plenary Session by John C. Tilley, secretary of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, who will be speaking on “Public Policy, State and Federal Intervention Approaches to Combating Addiction.”

    The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Over the past decade, more than 50 UK faculty members have been awarded Fulbright grants to teach and conduct research in 33 different countries and more than 30 visiting Fulbright scholars from around the world have chosen the University of Kentucky and Lexington as their home away from home.

    For more information on Fulbright opportunities click here.

    On March 28, the Office for Institutional Diversity will also host a related talk on the issue of opioid addiction in America by Sam Quinones, journalist and author of the book, "Dreamland."  This event is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. in the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

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    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

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 15, 2019) — The University of Kentucky community is celebrating Women’s History Month. Throughout March, UKNow is featuring the women — past and present — on whose shoulders we stand and whose hard work has made our achievements possible. With a combination of fierce resolve and deep compassion, UK women have left indelible marks on our university. Join us as we highlight these #WomenOfUK.

    During the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, University of Kentucky alumna Simidele "Simi" Adeagbo made history as Nigeria’s first female skeleton athlete, Africa’s first female skeleton Olympian and the first black female skeleton Olympian. On top of all those accomplishments, Adeagbo is also paving the path for youth who want to be like her.

    Adeagbo was born in Toronto to Nigerian parents and lived in Nigeria for several years as a child, later growing up between the U.S. and Canada. She eventually made her way to UK. While earning her journalism degree here in the early 2000s, Adeagbo was also breaking records on the UK Track and Field team. She was a four time All-American and remains the outdoor school record holder in the triple jump. She was also an Academic All-American and Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, and an NCAA and Southeastern Conference scorer. Adeagbo is also a sport and social justice advocate as well as a business leader at Nike Inc.

    "It feels amazing to be an Olympian, but this journey is about the bigger significance of what I'm doing: showing a future generation of athletes what's possible and showing people that it's up to you to create your future."

    Her story could arguably be one of the best comebacks in sports. Not only did she come out of a 10-year retirement to compete in the Olympics, but she became one of the best in the world at a sport she mastered in less than six months.

    "Why not me, why not now?" is a question the 36-year-old has frequently asked herself. It wasn't a conventional path to the Olympics — but in a way, she had been preparing for this her whole life.

    Having earned a journalism degree and a master's degree in communication from UK, she began a new journey working as a marketing manager for Nike in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    "I use those skills I learned at UK every day in my job, and to be able to communicate effectively is so important in any field."

    While at UK, she says a community of different people around her — track coaches, professors, CATS tutors — helped her navigate being a student and an athlete. She came back to visit that community in 2016 and walked around the transformed campus.

    "These banners on campus with different accomplishments stood out to me — everyone on those banners challenged convention or took a risk. They left legacies. That's what I wanted to do."

    Adeagbo added to her own legacy when she was selected for the inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program beating out 10,000 applicants for one of the 200 spots available.

    The one-year leadership development and civic engagement program trained, supported and connected the 200 young leaders across Africa working in government, civil society and the private sector.

    Adeagbo applied for the program to help to continue to instill positive change in her community, country and continent and hoped the program would equip her with the skills needed to make an impact.

    “I’m excited to be a member of the first class of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program. I’ll be learning from and working with an impressive group of young people from across Africa to create local and global change. I’m looking forward to moving the world forward through creating the future that I want to see,” Adeagbo said.

    Adeagbo's ultimate goal is to provide access to quality development programs and positive role models in the community while also harnessing the potential of Africa's youth.

    Her most recent accomplishment was a leadership and sports masterclass for girls in Nigeria where she used her own experience in athletics to inspire youth, build communities and create social change. Adeagbo hopes to use sports as a basis for the transformation.

    In the future, she plans to expand her effect in the community through partnerships with grassroots organizations, whose goals are to make an impact in the lives of girls and youth in Africa.

    "Simi already has left quite a legacy here at the school," said Scoobie Ryan, associate director of the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information. "She was an outstanding student and a joy to work with. How she managed to excel in our program and in her athletic career amazed and impressed me. While I was surprised to hear from her that she planned to compete in the 2018 Olympics, and in skeleton of all things, I shouldn’t have been. She’s a woman who can do anything once she puts her mind to it."

    Follow Simi's journey as she continues to break history online at www.simisleighs.com, on Twitter: @simisleighs and on Instagram: @simisleighs.

    of Organizational Unit: Communication and Information Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky community is celebrating Women’s History Month by highlighting alumna Simidele "Simi" Adeagbo. Adeagbo made history as Nigeria’s first female skeleton athlete, Africa’s first female skeleton Olympian and the first black female skeleton Olympian. On top of all those accomplishments, Adeagbo is also paving the path for youth who want to be like her.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Rebecca Longo Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2019) In line with university tradition, four outstanding students will have the opportunity to deliver a three-to-five minute commencement address at one of the University of Kentucky Commencement ceremonies this May.

    Applications for student speaker will be accepted through March 26. The selection committee will review applications from students with all degree types, not just undergraduate students as has been done in the past.

    Students interested in applying must be receiving a degree from UK at one of the May Commencement ceremonies. Applicants must have contributed to the university through campus and community activities or through their chosen field of study and demonstrate public speaking ability. Applicants must be willing to present their address to the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee and be available for a possible short interview and speech demonstration.

    Application materials include a resume with detailed activities, work experience and accomplishments achieved during applicant's study at UK. In addition, a summary of no more than three typed, double-spaced pages of the applicant's proposed speech and a completed online application are required. Incomplete applications are unable to be considered by the selection committee.

    Documents are required to be submitted in PDF format with the applicant's first and last name. Applications are available online at www.uky.edu/commencement/speaker

    To better accommodate UK graduates and their families and friends, UK now holds four ceremonies for May graduates. The ceremonies will be held at Rupp Arena.

    Friday, May 3:

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

    Sunday, May 5:

    • 10 a.m.: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Design; College of Social Work
    • 2 p.m.: College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Medicine

    For questions or more information about the student speaker application process, contact commencement@uky.edu.

    Kelsey Allmon speaks at the December 2018 commencement ceremony. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    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

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    859-257-5343 Summary: Applications for student speaker will be accepted through March 26.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Harlie Collins Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 5, 2019) — Starting a business can be a real challenge. The University of Kentucky School of Information Science invites the campus community to its entrepreneurship panel focused on technology startups.

    The panel will begin 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Woodward Hall of the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

    The school, a unit in the College of Communication and Information, houses programs in information communication technology, instructional communication and research, and library and information science.

    Attendees can expect to hear from panelists with technology expertise in industries like finance, education, health care and game development. Panelists include Vince Edwards, CEO of Empire Builders and chief marketing officer at Xooker; Keith McMunn, fellowship director at Awesome Inc.; Anne Larson, CEO at NNCC Inc. and founder of NuTrak; and John Meister, co-founder and technology director at Super Soul LLC.

    Admission is free and open to the public. Those interested should register here.  

    Panelists will discuss “how they did it” and offer career advice to students and professionals who are interested in pursuing their own entrepreneurial dreams. Tyler Holloway, alumnus of the college’s integrated strategic communication program, will moderate the panel discussion.

    Holloway is a marketing manager for Coleman Group and the business manager for Your SMARTOFFICE Solution, a startup organization offering business support services, such as fully loaded office spaces and business lounges; event logistics and registration; presentation preparation; and administration services.

    Please direct all questions to infosci@uky.edu.

    Attendees can expect to hear from panelists with technology expertise in industries like finance, education, health care and game development. Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    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 Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: UK School of Information Science invites the campus community to its entrepreneurship panel focused on technology startups.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Friday

    Video produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing. 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. (March 1, 2019) — Though this year’s Great Teacher award-winners have different backgrounds and experiences, they share a common motivation to help students succeed beyond their time at the University of Kentucky.

    The recipients of the UK Alumni Association 2019 Great Teacher Award were honored with a special dinner and recognition on the floor of Rupp Arena Tuesday evening.

    The winners are:

    • Charles Hazle Jr., College of Health Sciences, Department of Physical Therapy;
    • Gregory Luhan, College of Design, School of Architecture;
    • Margaret Rintamaa, College of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction;
    • Melvin Coffee, College of Communication and Information, School of Journalism and Media;
    • Michael D. Toland, College of Education, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology; and
    • Wendy Liu, Gatton College of Business and Economics, Department of Finance and Quantitative Methods.

    The Great Teacher Award is the longest-running UK award recognizing teaching. In order to receive the award, educators must first be nominated by a student. The UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa,  makes the final selections. Recipients receive an engraved plaque and monetary reward.

    The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit www.ukalumni.net or call 1-800-269-2586.

    In the coming weeks, UKNow will share podcasts featuring this year’s Great Teacher award-winners, along with video spotlights.

    Watch the video above to hear from both UK’s Great Teachers, as well as the students who nominated this year’s winners.

    Discover more about this year’s winners at: https://ukalumniblog.com/2019/01/17/great-teacher-2019/.

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    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 Amy Jones-Timoney
    amy.jones2@uky.edu
    859-257-2940 Summary: Watch why these UK students are so grateful for the support, compassion and guidance shown by their teachers. Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Ryan Girves and Trey Conatser Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2019) — The University of Kentucky's Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) has released the second volume of its online journal, Greater Faculties: A Review of Teaching and Learningan open access journal showcasing the observations and reflections of UK instructors. 

    Greater Faculties features a series of essays, interviews and reviews that aim to create a culture of teaching excellence at UK while also serving as a resource to educators from all institutions of higher education to aid in the improvement of teaching and learning. Throughout the journal, authors provide practical lessons regarding opportunities and obstacles facing educators today in higher education.

    "Teaching is a profoundly intellectual project involving continual inquiry, reflection and improvement. Greater Faculties was founded with this conviction, and with the aim to share the insights and voices of UK educators at a time when we face many opportunities — and challenges — for the teaching mission of colleges and universities," said Trey Conatser, associate director of CELT. "The pieces that we publish aim to provoke thought on questions that matter, to discuss teaching and learning in energizing, empowering ways, and to suggest flexible take-aways for enhancing our own teaching practices and the learning environments for all students."

    The journal seeks to match the quality of its authors’ contributions with a quality of design and production, as well as with a sustainable, open platform that maximizes public access to the material. CELT is grateful to collaborate with UK Libraries to make Greater Faculties available to the public, and editors of UK-based journals are encouraged to contact Adrian Ho at adrian.ho@uky.edu to find out more about UK Libraries’ free journal publishing services.

    Features in Greater Faculties, Vol. 2 include:

    • In "Ten First Years," Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer Osterhage distills a decade of teaching first-year students into several deceptively simple messages that open up complex inquiries about our roles as teachers and what it means for students to learn.
    • In "On Rapport," Associate Professor of Instructional Communication Brandi Frisby discusses research-based approaches for instructors to build meaningful connections with students to increase engagement, academic performance and enjoyment of the class environment.
    • In "The Limits of Pedagogy," Kelsey Moore, a doctoral candidate in instructional communication, draws from adult learning theories and research in order to challenge the assumptions we may make about our students and to provide a better framework for supporting their learning experiences.
    • In "Teaching STEM for the Public Good," Rita Basuray, a lecturer in the College of Arts and Sciences, reviews her experiences at a conference on incorporating civic engagement in STEM classes and suggests ways that instructors might begin to integrate this work into their own teaching.
    • In "The Future of the History of Design,"CELT speaks with School of Interiors faculty members Patrick Lee Lucas and Helen Turner about their efforts to reimagine the historical survey course and infuse hybrid course design with place-based learning and high levels of student engagement.
    • In "Why Ask Why?", a team of librarians — Beth Kraemer, Beth Fuchs, Jennifer Hootman and Debbie Sharp — review Ian Leslie's "Curious" and explore the opportunities and challenges that curiosity poses as a core value for teaching and learning at this moment in higher education.
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    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 Ryan Girves
    ryan.girves@uky.edu
    Summary: The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching has released the second volume of its online journal, Greater Faculties: A Review of Teaching and Learning, an open access journal showcasing the observations and reflections of UK instructors. 
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy C. Lynn Hiler Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Women's Forum has announced the 12 women who have been nominated for the 2019 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award.

    Established in 1994, the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award honors a distinguished former dean of women at the University of Kentucky. Sarah Bennett Holmes, who was widowed at a young age, raised four children while completing her own education. She went on to have a successful career at UK where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the Depression.

    The award is granted annually to women working at UK who promote the growth and well-being of other women at the university and across the Commonwealth. Two awards will be presented — one to a faculty member and one to a staff member.

    The UK Women’s Forum invites the campus to attend the annual award ceremony and luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, at the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. Cost is $15 per individual, or departments/offices can purchase a table of eight for $120. Please visit the UK Women’s Forum website to register and for information regarding payment. The registration deadline is March 19, 2019.

    The 2019 nominees are:

    Faculty

    Miriam Kienle, College of Fine Arts

    Janet Lumpp, College of Engineering

    Katherine McCormick, College of Education

    Sue Roberts, International Center

    Staff

    Faith Cracraft, College of Communication and Information

    Caroline Francis, Alumni Affairs

    Grace Hahn Hester, Student Organizations and Activities

    Micaha Hughes, College of Engineering

    Patricia Krausman, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

    Jenny Minier, Gatton College of Business and Economics

    Shonta Phelps, Gatton College of Business and Economics

    Pat Whitlow, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards

    The 2018 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award winners Debra Moser of the College of Nursing and Lisa Collins of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment with UK President Eli Capilouto. Photo by Sarah Caton.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtStudent and Academic Life

    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 Kathy Johnson
    kathy.johnson@uky.edu
    859-257-3155 Summary: Four faculty members and eight staff members have been nominated for the award that honors women who promote the growth and well-being of other women at the university and across the Commonwealth.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Tony Neely Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2019) — Fourteen University of Kentucky student-athletes were recently inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character with a ceremony at Rupp Arena.   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.   This year's induction class is listed below:   Abbey Cheek, Softball

    Cheek is just six home runs away from tying the all-time UK record for home runs. She was Southeaster Conference All-Freshman Team in 2016 and two-time SEC Player of the Week.

    Cheek will be graduating with a degree in community and leadership development.

    CJ Conrad, Football

    A December 2018 graduate with a degree in communication, Conrad is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and Dean’s List (fall 2017).

    Conrad helped lead UK to three straight bowl appearances for the first time since 2006-09, and in 2018 helped lead UK to a 10-win season for the first time since 1977. Conrad compiled 1,015 career receiving yards in his four-year career, becoming the 28th player to join the 1,000-yard club. He had 12 career TD catches, the second-most TD receptions by a tight end in UK history.

    Conrad was named the winner of the 2018 Pop Warner National College Football Award, which recognizes a college graduating senior who has made a difference on the field, in the classroom and in his community, and serves as a role model to Pop Warner's young student-athletes. He was also named to the 2018 SEC Community Service Team.

    Jonny David, Men’s Basketball

    David is scheduled to graduate in the spring with a degree in kinesiology. He is a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and appeared on the Dean’s List four times, including in each of the last three semesters. 

    As a member of UK’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, David played a key role in UK’s relationship with the Special Olympics, including helping to organize fan participation in the Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for the Special Olympics of Kentucky.

    A four-year member of the UK men’s basketball team, David has played in 29 career games and been a part of three SEC Tournament championship teams and two SEC regular-season title squads.

    Morgan Duerr, Rifle

    The UK rifle team’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council representative, Duerr took on a leadership role in team’s Special Olympics outreach.

    A member of the 2018 NCAA championship team, Duerr is an SEC Honor Roll member majoring in biology.

    Very active in community service, Duerr has served as an academic mentor to children and also helped teach children gun safety and proper technique.

    Marshall Gei, Baseball

    Gei is a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He already earned an undergraduate degree in physics and is working toward his master's degree in medical physics, which includes working at the UK Markey Cancer Center.

    Baseball’s Student-Athlete Athletic Council representative, Gei is heavily involved in the baseball program’s community outreach and service projects. 

    Gei was named to the 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Team.

    After arriving at UK as a bullpen catcher, he has worked his way into a team captain role.

    Sarah Loheide, Swimming

    A freestyle specialist, Loheide recorded four career-best swims last season: 50 free (23.96), 100 free (51.78), 200 free (1:51.18), 500 free (4:58.14).

    Loheide was on the 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll and plans to apply to medical school this year. She aspires to be a physician. Loheide is research assistant at the College of Public Health.

    A member of the Lewis Honors College and a UK Patterson Scholar, Loheide participated in several community service activities, including the Hope Center, Tri for Sight, God’s Pantry and the International Book Project.

    Taylor Murray, Women’s Basketball

    Murray is having a great season for the Wildcats, averaging 12.5 points per game while leading the team with 83 assists and 72 steals. The strong defensive performance has moved her up the career steal lists, and she currently is sitting at seventh all-time in program history with 256 career takeaways. The senior needs just 16 more steals to enter the program's top 5 all-time in steals.

    Murray became the 34th player in program history to reach 1,000 points earlier this season and currently sits at 1,236 career points and ranks 20th all-time. She has 410 career assists which ranks seventh all-time at UK. She is a career 84.0 percent shooter from the free-throw line, which ranks third best in program history behind Maci Morris (.857) and Jenny Pfeiffer (.861).

    Captain of the team this season, Murray has been very active in community service during her time at UK volunteering at elementary schools and nursing homes.

    Cathryn Papasodora, Rifle

    One of the leading shooters on the 2018 NCAA champion team, Papasodora was CRCA All-America in 2017, CRCA Scholastic All-American in 2016, and GARC All-Conference in 2018.

    Papasodora is a member of the SEC Honor Roll majoring in integrated strategic communication.

    Akvilė Paražinskaitė, Women’s Tennis   

    A 2018 SEC Community Service Team member, Paražinskaitė participates in numerous volunteer activities.

    Paražinskaitė was on the 2017 SEC Honor Roll and was named a 2016 ITA Scholar Athlete.

    Paražinskaitė currently has a UTR ranking of 11 and is 5-1 in singles competition so far this season.

    Her career aspiration is to work for an international organization dealing  with matters of foreign policy and diplomacy, while also serving nonprofit non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

    Sarah Rainwater, Softball

    Rainwater hit her first-career home run against University of Illinois on Opening Day of 2019. She has bounced back well from an injury that forced her to miss the second half of last season.

    The 2019 team captain was SEC First-Year Honor Roll and SEC Honor Roll member.

    Jenny Schaper, Softball

    Schaper is in her fourth year as UK’s starting catcher. She had the second-most RBIs in the 2018 season for Kentucky.

    Schaper went to Ethiopia on UK Athletics’ annual educational/service trip in the summer of 2018.

    She will graduate in May with degrees in communication and psychology.

    Evangeline Soucie, Women’s Soccer

    Soucie made the 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team and 2016 SEC First-Team Honor Roll. 

    She has taken a medical retirement and remained with the team as a student coach.

    Soucie  majors in kinesiology.

    Jason Spaude, Rifle

    A member of UK’s 2018 NCAA championship team, Spaude is captain of the 2019 squad. He was 2017 CRCA All-America, a 2016 CRCA Scholastic All-American as a freshman, and 2018 Honorable Mention All-GARC. 

    Spaude is an SEC Honor Roll member majoring in agricultural and medical biotechnology.

    McKenzie Watson, Volleyball

    A December 2018 graduate with a degree in integrated strategic communication, Watson was a four-time All-SEC Academic Team member and a 2018 SEC Community Service Team member.

    The two-time SEC champion advanced to the NCAA Tournament during all four seasons, including an NCAA Regional Finals appearance in 2017.

    Watson appeared in more than 120 matches and finished with a career ranking in the top 10 in the rally-scoring era for sets played (410), aces (65) and digs (749).

    For the latest on the Kentucky athletics, follow @UKathletics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as on the web at https://UKathletics.com

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Loretta Stafford Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2019) — A pioneer in civil rights has just arrived on campus, immortalized in the form of a six-foot bronze statue in the William T. Young Library. Alice Allison Dunnigan, a journalist from rural Western Kentucky, was a trailblazer who broke barriers for people of color in Washington, D.C., despite facing poverty, segregation and sexism.  

    Born in 1906 to a Kentucky sharecropper, Dunnigan was raised in a strict household with parents that emphasized the importance of hard work. She began attending school once a week at age 4 and learned to read before entering the first grade. By age 13, she began writing for the Owensboro Enterprise, a first job that would cultivate a lifelong passion for journalism and reporting. 

    As she struggled to win her place in the White House press corps, Dunnigan would often face unequal treatment and delayed pay, forcing her to raid restaurant garbage cans just to find a meal some days. 

    Her unwavering dedication to her cause paid off though. On Jan. 1, 1947, Dunnigan became the head of the Associated Negro Press Washington Bureau where she spent the next 14 years writing stories that would be printed in over 100 African-American newspapers across the country. The year also saw Dunnigan become the first black female member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives press galleries. In 1948, she became a White House correspondent, making her the first African-American woman to hold a press pass to the nation’s highest political forum.  

    Dunnigan eventually left her seat in the press galleries in 1960 to join Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign for the Democratic nomination. Though John F. Kennedy won the nomination, Dunnigan was asked to continue working with the White House as the education consultant on the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity. She went on to work for the U.S. Department of Labor as well as the President’s Council of Youth Opportunity. 

    After leaving the White House, Dunnigan returned to writing. She received more than 50 journalism awards throughout her life. Following her death in 1983, she was posthumously inducted into the Black Journalist Hall of Fame. 

    The statue of Dunnigan, based on a photograph of the reporter on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, was created by Kentucky artist Amanda Matthews and debuted at the Newseum in Washington last September. Temporarily on display at UK, the statue will eventually return to Russellville, Kentucky, and be installed on the grounds of the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center

    The Alice Dunnigan Celebration Lecture will begin 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in the UK Athletics Auditorium of the Young Library. The event will feature a panel discussion with civil rights reporters and is presented by UK Libraries, the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information and the Office for Institutional Diversity.  

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2019) — After a 40-year break, Bob FitzSimmonds III returned to the classroom to receive his Master of Science in library science using the Donovan Fellowship.

    The Donovan Fellowship is a tuition waiver program for adults, 65 years or older, taking academic courses at the University of Kentucky. The tuition waiver, available through UK's Office of Lifelong Learning, is available for courses held on campus and limited availability for UK online classes.  

    Donovan Fellows may audit courses for the joy of learning (exams, papers or other assignments are typically not required), take courses for credit without working toward a degree or take classes for credit as a degree-seeking candidate.  

    In his life prior to the Donovan Fellows, FitzSimmonds had a varied career. He worked in banking for 14 years, ran a nonprofit for a decade and then was chief deputy clerk of court in Prince William County, Virginia, for the last decade.  

     “I’m 66 years old, which is retirement age, but I am not ready to retire. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to take on new challenges in a field I have come to late in life," FitzSimmonds said.

    He decided to become a Donovan Fellow because he had reached retirement age but wished to continue a career path he had previously started.

    “I had been mistaken for a professor a couple of times, and several folks have expressed surprise that I am a student, but everyone thinks it is great that I am back in school,” he said.

    FitzSimmonds now plans to continue his studies in library sciences to further his suitability for a job in the field of librarianship.

    “Being a Donovan Fellow has been incredibly rewarding. I found the learning tools to be user friendly, classmates to be very accepting and the professors really willing to assist.”

    FitzSimmonds previously received a bachelor’s degree in history from Asbury University, and his wife attended UK for her master’s degree in English.

    For more information about the Donovan Fellowship contact Tyler Barber at 859-257-2657 or tyler.barber@uky.edu.

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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2019) — University of Kentucky journalism students are taking to the sky to learn from a bird's eye view. 

    In David Stephenson's drone journalism class, in the School of Journalism and Media within the College of Communication and Information, students are learning to use new technology for news gathering purposes. As a photographer and film maker himself, Stephenson wanted to add drone experience to his arsenal and help students do the same.

    “In the past five years, the accessibility of drones has put aerial reporting in the hands of practically any newsroom. They no longer need to hire helicopter or airplane pilots at a rate of hundreds or thousands of dollars per flight, and drones can reach places we can't go ourselves,” Stephenson said. “But we also should not overlook the need for proper safety training and licensing.”

    The class has three components. One day a week students learn Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and safety protocols in order to take the FAA licensing exam. This includes weather, safety and air space maps. During the second component of the class, students look at examples of drone work previously done in film and journalism such as cinematography and photo technique. They use these past examples to study ethics and law as it applies, and also learn how to navigate the controls of the drones. Finally, students spend time outside, flying drones under the supervision of Stephenson.

    Students can also use a flight simulator to practice without having to be monitored by a licensed pilot.

    "I want students to see the potential that drones can offer them as reporters and photographers who are reporting and telling stories," said Stephenson, who stresses the importance of safety and the importance of following rules and regulations. "It will be a fantastic portfolio and resume line for our students to be experienced and licensed drone pilots." 

    By the end of the class, students will be prepared to take the FAA Part 107 drone pilot licensing test and be a future expert on drones in their newsrooms. Stephenson predicts every newsroom in the future to have at least one licensed drone pilot.

    Derek Lane, the interim Dean of the College of Communication and Information, is enthusiastic about the program and believes drones for journalism “provide an incredibly innovative visual storytelling tool that allow our students to break down physical barriers — especially when telling stories that are only possible when drones are deployed — such as crises and natural disasters.” 

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2019) — Who wants to be a millionaire? Trivia lover Heather Chapman does. Chapman, a Lexington native, will test her chances on ABC's show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" this Friday.

    But Chapman isn't a rookie at game shows. She competed on "Jeopardy!" 11 years ago, though she says she did poorly then as a result of giving birth three weeks before she went on the show. "Millionaire," she says, offered her a chance at redemption.

    "I wanted to see if I could do better than I did on 'Jeopardy,'” Chapman said. “It seemed like a fun and easy way to win money. The first couple of questions are easy, and then you really get to see what you can do."

    The way the game show works, a contestant tries to correctly answer a series of 14 multiple-choice questions. As the questions increase in difficulty, so does the money value of the questions. 

    "You have to be strategic with your choices on the show,” Chapman said. “If you answer a question wrong you go back to the last safety net. So, if you are at $30,000, even though you are closer to $50,000, if you answer wrong you will fall back to the $5,000 safety net.” 

    Contestants have three "life lines" during the game. This includes an ask the audience option, a 50/50 option where two incorrect answers are eliminated, and a plus one option where the contestant may invite a friend on stage to assist with the question. 

    Chapman's plus one was her cousin, Jason Pennington. Describing him as her partner in crime, Chapman and Pennington play pub trivia together every week. 

    The show is set to air 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, on The CW.

    Chapman is currently a freelance writer and the chief blogger for the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues within the College of Communication and Information. Previously she was a journalist for the Lexington Herald-Leader and WUKY. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in integrated strategic communication in 2015.

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2019) — The University of Kentucky Debate team, housed in the College of Communication and Information, has had the strongest start in their history. By winning four major tournaments, the team has secured the number one rank by two major national rankings, and has a 4-1 record against Harvard University, the number two team in the country.

    The team recently competed in, and won, the Wake Forest Tournament. The tournament, which was the largest tournament of the first semester, had 125 teams from 26 states represented.

    Jacinda Rivas, the team president and philosophy senior from Chicago, Illinois, recently explained to UKNow what it takes to be a nationally ranked collegiate debater.

     

    UKNow: Define what it means to be a debater to someone who knows nothing about it.

    Rivas: A debater is a person who devotes their time to research and argument preparation to both affirm and negate a resolution.

    UKNow: What do you do at practice?

    Rivas: We spend a couple hours every day doing work. The week of a tournament we spend more time than average doing work.

    Practice means a couple of things for us — giving speeches, practice debates with the other teams, research and argument discussions. Research is one of the most important parts of debate because you have to know the intricacies of the topic and that is only possible through research.

    The speeches at practice are a simulation used to figure out the best way to explain a topic in advance or a re-do of a speech from a tournament. This practice helps to prevent someone from losing the same argument twice and to develop the correct language to explain your argument.

    UKNow: How do you prepare for a large tournament such as the Wake Forest tournament?

    RIvas: Because there are so many teams in attendance, we have to figure out what teams we should focus on. We figure out what the best teams in the pool of competitors are and figure out the best arguments against what they defend. A lot of the preparation for these larger tournaments is done through broader work that applies to many teams and then focusing on the particulars of the best teams in the country.

    UKNow: How do you handle the pressure of an important tournament?

    Rivas: Preparation is key. If you have done the work and the research before the tournament begins, the curveballs that make tournaments stressful become minor problems. It is a very stressful environment to be in at the actual tournament, especially at the high levels of competition, but it is necessary to focus on only one round at a time.

    UKNow: Are there any misconceptions about debaters or debate teams?

    Rivas: We do not just debate random topics off the cuff. We spend countless hours doing research on a particular topic in order to be well versed and articulate on the matter. Saying “debate me” to us is not an accurate depiction of what we do because it fails to include the research that is integral to competitive policy debate. Speaking fast is something that is also not expected, which does prevent competitive policy debate from being a spectator activity. We speak anywhere from 200-300 words per minute. This is in order to increase the number of arguments that can be made against a position. 

    UKNow: How does it feel to be currently ranked no. 1 in two national rankings?

    Rivas: The work that was required to achieve that status is incredible and well deserved. Dan and Anthony (juniors Dan Bannister and Anthony Trufanov) are incredibly hard working, not only for their own success but also the success of the rest of the team.

     

    The next goal for the UK team is to win the national championship in March, and continue to grow the program.  

    "What the team has done so far speaks volumes about what is possible at Kentucky. The two things that matter most in competitive debate are preparation and the belief that you can win. I'm proud of the team and the rest of the coaching staff for embracing both and demonstrating that anything is possible," said David Arnett, director of the UK Debate Team.

    UK won the national championship in 1986, but has not accomplished the same feat since then. UK has also had the overall top speaker at the National Debate Tournament six times and was ranked no. 1 in the nation in 1994 as well.

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Jenny Wells Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2018) — The University of Kentucky will honor its newest alumni today at the December 2018 Commencement Ceremonies.  

    The two ceremonies will begin 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Watch live as undergraduate, graduate and professional degree recipients receive their diplomas on stage at Rupp Arena.

    More than 1,200 students are expected to participate in the ceremonies. Overall, 1,492 undergraduate, 509 graduate and 38 professional degree candidates for December had their degrees approved by the UK Board of Trustees. August 2018 degree recipients are also eligible to participate in the December ceremonies. A total of 845 degrees were conferred for August. Doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree recipients are now recognized together based on their colleges.

    Due to construction around Rupp Arena and Lexington Center, parking and entry information is available at http://uknow.uky.edu/campus-news/downtown-parking-traffic-and-entry-update-uk-commencement. The graduates and their guests should arrive at least one hour before the start of their ceremony.

    Friday's ceremonies include:

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

    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.

    • Though proud of his humble beginnings, Bryan Willis had dreams and aspirations that were anything but small. Five years ago, he was determined to set an example for his four younger siblings. Willis left his hometown of Burkesville, Kentucky, to attend UK and become the first member of his family to pursue a college degree. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, he will head for Houston to officially become a computer engineer for NASA's Johnson Space Center. There, Willis will help construct the Portable Life Support System, otherwise known as the back-pack, on the upcoming spacesuit. "More specifically, I will be working on the voice enunciation software that will speak to the astronaut. It provides critical information, like oxygen levels," he said. Read more about Willis at http://uknow.uky.edu/student-and-academic-life/first-generation-grad-shoots-stars-lands-job-nasa.
    • While most seniors are busy in their final semester, DayShea White has had an additional commitment: giving birth to her baby boy earlier this fall. She was motivated to complete her coursework on time — even going back into the classroom two weeks after having an emergency C-section. Now, White wants to use her degree in social work to help youth in Kentucky. She plans to develop an organization that targets vulnerable children in her hometown of Louisville to promote choice and opportunity. "(My son) reminds me every day that my dreams have not stopped," she said. "He gave me more to work toward." Read more about White at http://uknow.uky.edu/student-and-academic-life/uk-grads-new-baby-motivates-her-finish-degree.

    Honorary Degree

    Virginia Carter, who led the Kentucky Humanities Council for more than two decades, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humanities at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Read more: https://uknow.uky.edu/campus-news/former-head-kentucky-humanities-council-receive-honorary-doctorate-uk.

    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. Kelsey Allmon, from Grove City, Ohio, is graduating with a master's degree from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. She will give the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Kendall Hitch, from Troy, Michigan, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Lewis Honors College. She will deliver the Commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Read more: https://uknow.uky.edu/student-and-academic-life/december-2018-commencement-speakers-announced.

    Livestream

    Both ceremonies will be streamed on UK's YouTube channel and the link may be accessed at www.uky.edu/uknow, the university’s news website. Full video of each ceremony will be available within two weeks after Commencement at 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.

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Gail Hairston, Amy Jones-Timoney, Kody Kiser, and Brad Nally Thursday

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2018) — When Jim Dinkle (’82 communications) discovered the University of Kentucky’s LGBTQ* Resource Center on Facebook a few years ago, it had been more than three decades since he had visited the UK campus. Nothing like the services provided by the UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources had been in place when he was a student here. In fact, it was such a different world in the early ’80s that Dinkle was not “out” until several years after he graduated as the UK Student Government Association president and a voting member of the university’s Board of Trustees.

    Finding himself a proud UK alumnus for unexpected reasons, Dinkle visited campus in December 2017 to learn more about the contemporary University of Kentucky and its services for the LGBTQ* community. He met with Lance Poston, director of LGBTQ* resources; Sonja Feist-Price, vice president for institutional diversity; and President Eli Capilouto. He says he was "shaken to the core" by Capilouto's first words as they shook hands: "Welcome home!"

    “I felt as though I had walked across a time bridge,” Dinkle said. “I found Dr. Capilouto, (Feist-Price and Poston) to be intensely committed to diversity and the LGBTQ* Resource Center.”

    That acceptance did not jibe with Dinkle’s experience three decades earlier as a closeted gay college student. “It was a lonely feeling knowing that I was gay,” Dinkle said about his young adult years at UK. “I never want to know of a young person today at the University of Kentucky who feels as conflicted, torn or alone as I once felt when I was a (university) student 35 years ago.”

    He and his partner were determined to do something to assure the university remained a welcoming home for a diverse community. After carefully considering their options, Dinkle and his partner of 18 years, Carlos Mas Rivera, stepped up to support the work Poston, the university and other UK alumni were dedicating to LGBTQ* students. Dinkle had found his purpose.

    “When I was at the University of Kentucky in the late ’70s and early ’80s there was not a campus home for the LGBT community. There wasn’t even really a student organization dedicated to the LGBT community,” Dinkle said. “And that was very important to me, and Carlos, in talking about creating an endowment fund at UK that there be a center that serves as a home for the LGBT community on campus and its allies. So, it’s very meaningful. It’s a leap across time for me to be able to be here. … To come back today and see the changes for the better — it’s quite heartening. And I am just thrilled to be part of this center’s future. So, to tell you that it’s meaningful doesn’t even begin to approach how heartened, happy and thrilled we are to be part of this.”

    Thanks to Dinkle and Rivera’s generous gift of $250,000, the Dinkle-Mas Suite was dedicated in the Gatton Student Center in October of this year. Situated at the heart of the new Gatton Student Center, the space serves as a home base and a one-stop information shop where the entire community can celebrate, learn about and support the diversity of gender and sexual identities on campus.

    The Dinkle-Mas Suite serves specifically as a hub for accessing the services of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources. These supports include community building, education and advocacy initiatives that support students, faculty and staff in succeeding as their open and authentic selves. Individuals can come into the suite to access direct or referral services related to on-campus housing, holistic health and inclusive institutional identifiers. Additionally, multiple formal and informal student groups and classes utilize the space as a regular meeting site or comfortable space to study, network and develop a deeper sense of belonging as parts of a beautifully diverse university.

    It was exactly the space Dinkle and Rivera envisioned.

    “It wasn’t about putting our names on (the space), although I’m flattered. One reason we did put our names on the suite (is) because I want my name to be out as a gay man. That’s very important to me at the University of Kentucky because, again, in the early ’80’s when I was here it would have been much more difficult. It probably wouldn’t have been attainable being Student Government president if I’d been an out student,” Dinkle said.

    “That’s not who I could be in the late ’70s and early ’80s,” he added. “But this space will help other young people to become who they are … now and throughout their lives.”

    Dinkle's oral history can be found in the Office of LGBTQ* Resources and Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History's OutSouth collection at http://nunncenter.net/outsouth/items/show/2.

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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy Whitney Hale Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2018) Eleven art students from the University of Kentucky were recipients of awards totaling almost $14,000 during the 2018 Carey Ellis Juried Student Show held Nov. 30. The exhibition is part of the UK School of Art and Visual Studies popular visual art celebration, Open Studio, held in the Art and Visual Studies Building.

    During the annual Carey Ellis Juried Student Show at Bolivar Art Gallery, six students were recognized for their works’ excellence as part of this year’s exhibition. The grand prize winner selected by juror Paul Brown, director of Institute 193, was Alex Lewis, an art studio senior minoring in art history, from Covington, Kentucky.

    Five other students were recognized with honorable mentions for the show. Those award recipients were:

    • Kaley Kemplin, an art studio and art education senior from Lexington;
    • Cooper Gibson, an art studio senior from Eubank, Kentucky;
    • Samantha Hensley, an art studio senior from Frankfort, Kentucky;
    • Wes Rankin, an art studio and Lewis Honors College sophomore from Lexington; and
    • Elizabeth Sturgill, an art studio senior from Paintsville, Kentucky.

    The School of Art and Visual Studies also presented several other honors at the show, including the Arturo Alonzo Sandoval Fiber Award. This award, presented by the recently retired Alumni Endowed Professor of Art Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, is given to artists whose work reflects the significant use of fiber. The winner of the Sandoval Fiber Award was Grace Barnes, a digital media and design and integrated strategic communication junior from Prospect, Kentucky. In addition, an honorable mention was presented to Maggie Simmons, a freshman majoring in nursing from Wentzville, Missouri.

    The Theophilia Joan Oexmann Awards were given to Samantha Hensley, Alex Lewis and Angus Willis, an art studio senior from Nicholasville, Kentucky. Faculty of the School of Art and Visual Studies present the Oexmann Awards to students who show great promise in their work through creativity and originality.

    The Ross Zirkle Memorial Art Studio Award was presented to Elizabeth Sturgill. Created in memory of faculty member Ross Zirkle, funds for this award were raised by donations from family, friends and former students of Zirkle. This award is presented to a student who is studying printmaking or drawing, and demonstrates qualities of artistic excellence, hard work and interest in helping the community, like Zirkle.

    The NCAA Award was presented to Nicolette Lim, an art studio senior from Lexington. The award provides financial aid to students who demonstrate potential for academic and/or artistic success. This award is made possible from an endowment set up with proceeds from posters created by UK art faculty for the 1985 NCAA tournament at Rupp Arena.

    For the first year, the School of Art and Visual Studies presented an award in art history at Open Studio’s Carey Ellis Show. The Outstanding Paper in Art History was presented to Aaron Reynolds, an art history and visual studies senior from Lexington.

    UK’s Windgate Fellowship nominations went to Samantha Hensley and Alex Lewis. UK was allotted two nominees to be considered for the prestigious Windgate Fellowship, one of the largest awards offered nationally to college graduating art students.

    The School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK 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, and digital media and design.

    Eleven UK student artists were recognized for their work at the 2018 Carey Ellis Show. Photo by Rob Southard.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationHonors CollegeNursing

    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 Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: Eleven UK art students were recipients of awards totaling almost $14,000 during the 2018 Carey Ellis Juried Student Show.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy Danielle Donham Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2018) University of Kentucky arts administration students are getting their feet wet producing the inaugural event "Fish Tank: Emerging Entrepreneurs in the Arts" 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Farish Theater at the Lexington Public Library, located at 140 E. Main St.

    The first-time event will feature students with bold ideas for a brighter future in the arts within the Bluegrass region. The students are ready to #JumpInTheTank and share them with you. Emerging entrepreneurs, exciting new arts-oriented businesses and local celebrity judges are joining forces for a one-of-a-kind event right here in Lexington.                                                                

    This free public program coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week, an annual network of events and competitions that spans 170 countries inspiring millions of entrepreneurs. Global Entrepreneurship Week engages innovators with potential collaborators, mentors and investors. The initiative is supported by dozens of leaders spanning the globe and maintains a network of over 15,000 partner organizations.

    "Fish Tank" is the brainchild of 30 undergraduate arts administration majors who are currently enrolled in AAD 410: Arts Entrepreneurship, which is a required course in the Department of Arts Administration curriculum.

    When asked about the upcoming event, senior J.T. Priar said, "(‘Fish Tank’) is a comprehensive project that requires us to think about event planning, marketing, fundraising, budgeting and management skills. It's refreshing to use these skills in a real-world situation."

    “Fish Tank” has been completely created and executed by students and is another example of how UK is preparing students for realistic situations and experiences in the field.

    "This process has given me such insight into what being an arts entrepreneur actually looks like. I've been able to apply what I've learned in other classes and internships to every aspect of the project, and I know that going forward in my post-grad career, I've gained skills that will benefit me greatly wherever life takes me," senior Erin Reed shared.

    The students’ mission behind the project is to inspire the impact of the arts on the community. Reed added that she hopes "attendees leave excited about the opportunities that all of us have, right here in Lexington, to grow, develop and expand the arts in a way that includes our whole community."

    Join them for an evening of ideas, questions and innovative thinking. Attendees can expect to hear a variety of business pitches from driven student entrepreneurs and feedback from local judges including Salvador Sanchez, owner of Cup of Common Wealth and Chocolate Holler; Kimberly Parker; director of iNET (Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking); and Everett McCorvey, producer and executive director of UK Opera Theatre. Lee Erik Eachus, lecturer and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Arts Administration, will serve as the event’s host and emcee.

    While the "Fish Tank" is free and open to the public, seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Jill Schinberg, assistant professor in the Department of Arts Administration, at jill.schinberg@uky.edu for more information.

    Dynamic and innovative, the Department of Arts Administration in the UK College of Fine Arts leads national and international initiatives in teaching, research, and professional and community services to educate and inspire responsible arts leaders, artists and entrepreneurs.

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    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 Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: UK arts administration students are getting their feet wet producing the inaugural event "Fish Tank: Emerging Entrepreneurs in the Arts" 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Lexington Public Library.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Ellie Wnek Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2018) University of Kentucky integrated strategic communication students in the College of Communication and Information and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra (LexPhil) celebrate the third anniversary of collaboration on a fall concert.

    Allison Kaiser, executive director of the Lexington Philharmonic, said, “This is our third season working with Marc Whitt's event planning class, and our expectations are exceeded every year! This partnership is such a unique opportunity for students to see the immediate positive and lasting impact of their coursework in a real world setting.”

    Students in ISC 471: Event Planning dedicate the entire semester to promote and execute a concert with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. The past two years students have successfully promoted the orchestra's Candy Cane Concert for local families.

    This year, students have a new challenge: to promote and execute the “Made in America” concert directly to students at UK and other regional colleges. The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra will present “Made in America” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

    Students in the course developed the idea of a Student Night with opportunities for college students across the Central Kentucky region to experience the joys of orchestral music. The students separated into three teams each with different responsibilities and opportunities for professional growth.

    "This course has given us the chance to work with a professional client and taught us the importance of setting goals and having a motivated plan to achieve them,” Taylor Agathen, an ISC senior on the Pre and Post Event team, explained. "We have learned multiple aspects of event planning, but most importantly we have learned the value of teamwork in a results-driven environment."

    Students are particularly excited to work on this concert because it is the first of three concerts this season that showcase the work of female composers. Composer Joan Tower’s work from which the full concert takes its name, “Made in America,” will be performed alongside popular works by Aaron Copland, Joseph Maurice Ravel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

    Katherine Wyatt, an ISC senior on the Ticket and Sales team, said, “The most exciting part of this project is having the chance to bring college students a new experience they may not have had before. As someone who remembers attending my first live orchestra event and being amazed, I hope this event can provide the same experience to students at UK, and overcome the barriers and perceptions associated with this type of event.”

    This course is a win-win situation. Students gain real world experience working with a premier cultural nonprofit and Lexington Philharmonic benefits from an increased outreach to college students due to the students’ creative strategies.

    Kaiser summed up why the Lexington Philharmonic loves working with ISC students, “We love the energy and excitement they bring to working with us! The student perspective is so valuable as we work daily to understand the perceived obstacles to engaging with live orchestral music.”

    Students across campus are invited to the “Made in America” concert 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Discounted tickets for students are $11 and can be purchase on Lexington Philharmonic’s ticketing website with the special code “studentnight.”

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    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 Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: UK integrated strategic communication students and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate the third anniversary of collaboration on a fall concert with "Made in America" Nov. 16, at Singletary Center for the Arts.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Megan Potts Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, KY. (Nov. 7, 2018) — Denise Kaufmann, director of client development at North America for Ketchum, will be presenting the 2018 James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence Lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the University of Kentucky Kincaid Auditorium in  the Gatton College Building.

    Kaufmann’s public presentation is titled, “Storytelling: How Brands Express Themselves.”

    Before the presentation, Kaufmann will meet with members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) in the Fireside Room of the Boone Center. 

    The Bowling Lecture Series, now in its 19th year, is sponsored by the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication in the UK College of Communication and Information and the Journalism and Media Alumni Association at UK.

    The lecture is free and open to the public.

    Kaufmann, after receiving a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State University, began her career at Ketchum in 1997 as the vice president in Ketchum Chicago’s Brand Marketing group. From 2001-04, she was relocated to Hong Kong as the director of client services for greater China and in 2004 she joined the New York team as the global client director for FedEx.

    After Kaufmann’s time with the New York team, she was promoted in 2010 to become the managing director, client service and global account director for Philips Lighting and FedEx and relocated to London, England. She then became the CEO of the London office in 2013.

    As the vice president of Ketchum Chicago’s Brand Marketing group, Kaufmann managed the global integrated marketing and public relation programs for Lions Club International. While serving as the global account director, she managed activities in more than 18 countries and coordinated outreach efforts for the organization’s $300 million foundation, working with corporations, NGOs and other international health agencies around the globe.

    As of January 2018, Kaufmann was named the partner and director of Ketchum North America and relocated back to Chicago, where her career at Ketchum began.

    As part of the James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence event, Ellen D. Gregory, vice president of marketing and communications at Midway University, will receive the Excellence in Public Relations Award. This award recognizes an outstanding Kentucky public relations practitioner. 

    During her nearly 10 years with the university, Gregory has been responsible for coordinating all the marketing and public relations efforts associated with the rebranding of the institution, the institutional name change, as well as the identity transition of a women’s college to a fully co-educational institution in 2016. 

    Prior to Midway University, Gregory spent 12 years at Preston-Osborne, a prominent public relations, marketing and research firm in Lexington, serving as a marketing consultant and the last nine years as chief operating officer. 

    While at Preston-Osborne, Gregory was honored twice with the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award, considered the Pulitzer Prize in public relations, one for her work with the PRIDE Environmental Program and the other for the Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) work to establish the Breeder’s Incentive Fund.

    Gregory is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from the university’s Martin School of Public Administration. She and her husband, Eric, live in Midway with their three children, Ginny, Duncan and Sarah. The family spends most of their time restoring old Victorian homes and are currently in the process of restoring her paternal grandmother’s home in her hometown of Edmonton, Kentucky — the historic Bell House — to save it for future generations of the family to enjoy.

    The Bowling Lecture Series honors Bowling’s legacy and was founded through a generous donation from retired chairman of the board at Philip Morris, Joseph M. Cullman III. Bowling was a longtime executive with Philip Morris and served on the company’s board of directors from 1969 to 1986.

    Bowling, a native Kentuckian, attended UK and later supported the university on the board of directors of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. He also worked closely with the College of Agriculture (now College of Agriculture, Food and Environment), the College of Business (now Gatton College of Business and Economics) and was a member of the UK Development Council.

    The James C. Bowling Lecture will be delivered by Denise Kaufmann.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationMartin School of Public Policy and Administration

    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 Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The presenter at the 2018 James C. Bowling Lecture will be Denise Kaufmann, director of client development at North America for Ketchum.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Meredith Weber Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2018) Awards and an endowed scholarship fund announcement highlighted the 28th annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Awards Dinner on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Woodford Reserve Club at Kroger Field.

    The University of Kentucky Alumni Association Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group honored students and alumni during the awards ceremony as part of the 2018 Lyman T. Johnson Homecoming Celebration.

    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 received 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 would warrant them to receive the Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award.

    The group’s establishment of the Lyman T. Johnson Endowed Scholarship Fund was also announced. The scholarship, which has an initial fundraising goal of $70,000 by the 70 Years Reunion that will be held during Homecoming 2019 to honor the 70 years of integration at the University of Kentucky, will provide minority students financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education.

    William H. Wilson, a retired educational television and higher education leader, emceed the event. Lyman M. Johnson, son of Lyman T. Johnson, was the evening’s keynote speaker. The UK Black Voices Gospel Choir, under the leadership of President Sterling Crayton and direction of Monique Shanks, provided entertainment.

    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 all spoke.

    “The Lyman T. Johnson Torch of Excellence Awards Dinner is in its 28th year and continues to serve as an important opportunity for the University of Kentucky’s colleges and units to recognize the significant achievements of its African-American students and alumni,” Jackson said. “This year’s event was particularly special because of the partnership between the Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni group, the UK Alumni Association and the UK Office for Institutional Diversity. Through these partnerships, and with the support of many of UK’s colleges and units, this special night honored Lyman T. Johnson’s legacy at the University of Kentucky and acknowledged the many men and women of color who work every day to continue carrying the torch of diversity and inclusion on our campus, in our local community and across the world.” 

    The UK Office for Institutional Diversity, UK Provost’s Office and the UK Alumni Association, along with a number of colleges and campus units, were honored to partner on this awards program.

    “Institutional Diversity was proud to partner with the UK Alumni Association and the LTJ Alumni Group to expand the size and prominence of UK’s annual LTJ Banquet,” Feist-Price said. “With participation from many UK colleges, UK HealthCare and UK Athletics, we were able to highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of outstanding African-American alumni and student leaders who make our university and Commonwealth stronger.”

    Award winners were:

    College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

    Torch Bearer: Carley Fort 

    Torch of Excellence: Quentin Tyler

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Torch Bearer: Cassie Bradley (humanities), Isaiah Brown (math and natural sciences) and Kortni Dubose (social sciences)

    Torch of Excellence: Arnold Farr

    Gatton College of Business and Economics​

    Torch Bearer: Lauryn McNair

    Torch of Excellence: Samuel Delaney

    College of Communication and Information

    Torch Bearer: Maria Jones

    Torch of Excellence: Shawn Long

    College of Dentistry

    Torch Bearer: Lisa Kwarteng                            

    Torch of Excellence: Dr. Zindell Richardson

    College of Education

    Torch Bearer: Angelo Lacoude

    Torch of Excellence: MiKeiya Morrow

    College of Engineering

    Torch Bearer: Chelsea Elizabeth Robinson 

    Torch of Excellence: Taunya Phillips

    College of Fine Arts

    Torch Bearer: David Foster

    Torch of Excellence: Terry Adkins (posthumously)

    College of Health Sciences

    Torch Bearer: Kennedy Guess

    Torch of Excellence: Andy Duclos​

    College of Law

    Torch Bearer: Christian Rice

    Torch of Excellence: T. Fitz Johnson

    UK Libraries

    Torch Bearer: Javoughn Brown

    College of Medicine

    Torch Bearer: Eseosa Ighodaro

    Torch of Excellence: Dr. Wendy Jackson

    College of Nursing

    Torch Bearer: Nana Ntodi

    Torch of Excellence: Alalia J. Mack

    College of Pharmacy

    Torch Bearer: Kirstyn Hill

    Torch of Excellence: Adebayo Ogunniyi​

    College of Public Health

    Torch Bearer: Tsage Douglas

    Torch of Excellence: Timothy N. Crawford

    College of Social Work

    Torch Bearer: Daniel Beasley

    Torch of Excellence: Doris Wilkinson

    The Graduate School

    Torch of Excellence: Nigel Vinegar

    Lewis Honors College

    Torch Bearer: Maya Woolfolk

    Torch of Excellence: La Tasha Buckner

    For information, contact Hannah Simms at 859-257-7174 or email Hannah.Simms@uky.edu.

    The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit www.ukalumni.net or call 800-269-2586.

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    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: The 28th annual Lyman T. Johnson Awards honoring students and alumni were announced recently.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Katy Bennett and Madison Rose Saturday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2018) Tiana Thé, daughter of Jeannie and Hiang Thé, of Lexington, and Juwan Page, son of Betty and Dedrich Page, of Lamar, Mississippi, were crowned the University of Kentucky Homecoming queen and king during halftime ceremonies at the UK vs. Vanderbilt University Homecoming game tonight.

    Thé, a senior majoring in environmental and sustainability studies, political science and philosophy, was nominated by Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. Page is a senior majoring in equine science management and career and technical education/agricultural education and was nominated by the Black Student Union.

    Wildcat Cup winners were also announced. Kappa Alpha Theta won the Commonwealth Cup Division; Kappa Kappa Gamma won the Bluegrass Cup Division; and MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) won the Bowman’s Cup Division.

    Other finalists for queen and king were:

    • Nickie Cashdollar, the daughter of Bob and Mary Jean Cashdollar, is a senior from Glen Carbon, Illinois, majoring in business marketing in social entrepreneurship. She was nominated by the Student Activities Board.
    • Alex Francke, the daughter of Ken and Crinda Francke, is a senior from Lexington, majoring in business management with a minor in international business. She was nominated by Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
    • Riley Grant, the son of Dr. Anthony and Keena Grant, is a senior from Columbia, Kentucky, majoring in finance and accounting with a minor in political science. He was nominated by Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
    • Michael Hamilton, the son of Ben and Debra Hamilton, is a junior from Johnson County, Kentucky, double majoring in political science and international studies. He was nominated by the Student Government Association.  
    • Montre’ale Jones, the son of Herbert and Debra Jones, is a senior from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, majoring in architecture with a minor in political science. He was nominated by MANRRS.
    • Tapas Parikh, the son of Nirav and Gargi Parikh, is a senior from Lexington, majoring in electrical engineering. He was nominated by Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
    • Megan Zugger, daughter of Tim and Charlene Zugger, is a senior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, majoring in kinesiology. She was nominated by Chi Omega Fraternity.
    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsTheatre

    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 Katy Bennett
    katy.bennett@uky.edu
    859-257-1909 Madison Rose
    emili.rose@uky.edu
    859-323-2395 Summary: Tiana Thé, of Lexington, and Juwan Page, of Lamar, Mississippi, were crowned UK Homecoming queen and king during halftime ceremonies at the Homecoming game tonight.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Lexie Ping Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2018) — What do you do the day after your team goes on an 18-1 winning streak, brings home tournament victories over Harvard University (twice), Wake Forest University, Northwestern University and Dartmouth College? If you are Dave Arnett, director of the University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, you catch a flight to Taiwan to represent UK at the NSDA (The U.S. National Speech and Debate Association) Taiwan Fall Invitational, an international debate collaboration.

    The NSDA Taiwan Fall Invitational is designated as a UK Tournament of Champions qualifier. The UK Tournament of Champions is a collaborative effort between UK and NSDA China and annually brings over 35 states and four countries to Lexington to compete in what many call the “most prestigious speech and debate tournament on the planet,” according to Arnett.

    The UK Tournament of Champions will be held in Lexington April 27-29, 2019.

    On this trip to Asia, while Arnett was in Taipei, he delivered a presentation on the benefits of debate. He also met with coaches, parents and school administrators on growing debate in Asia.

    Arnett will travel to Asia again for the third annual Tournament of Champions China held in Shanghai Dec. 22-23, 2018.

     It looks like Arnett and the debate team won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

    The UK Intercollegiate Debate Team is housed in the School of Information Science within the College of Communication and Information. The team is directed by Dave Arnett.

     

     

    Dave Arnett represents UK at NSDA Taiwan Fall Invitational.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    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 Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: UK Debate went to Asia for a qualifier. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Lexie Ping Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2018) — The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team is currently ranked top in the nation for the first time since 1995.

    The debate team jumped to number one after their impressive wins at “Kentucky Run for the Roses,” a round robin format tournament consisting of seven of the top 10 teams in the nation and three days later, the Henry Clay Debates, featuring more than 100 teams from 26 states.

    Along the way, the team bested Harvard University (twice), Wake Forest University, Northwestern University and Darthmouth College, ending with an impressive 18-1 record and a new first place ranking.

    The UK Intercollegiate Debate Team is housed in the School of Information Science within the College of Communication and Information. The team is directed by Dave Arnett.

    The winning team of Anthony Trufanov and Dan Bannister, both juniors.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    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 Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The UK Debate Team is ranked top in the nation for the first time since 1995.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Danielle Donham Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 18, 2018) In line with university tradition, two outstanding students will have the opportunity to deliver a three- to five-minute Commencement address at one of the University of Kentucky Commencement ceremonies this December.

    Applications for student speaker will be accepted through Oct. 31. The selection committee will review applications from students with all degree types, not just undergraduate students as has been done in the past.

    Students interested in applying must be receiving a degree from UK at one of the December Commencement ceremonies. August 2018 and December 2018 graduates are eligible to apply. Also, applicants must have contributed to the university through campus and community activities or through their chosen field of study and present evidence of demonstrated public speaking ability. Applicants must be willing to present their address to the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee and be available for a possible short interview and speech demonstration.

    Application materials include a resume with detailed activities, work experience and accomplishments achieved during applicant's study at UK. In addition, a summary of no more than three typed, double-spaced pages of the applicant's proposed speech and a completed online application are required. Incomplete applications are unable to be considered by the selection committee.

    Documents are required to be submitted in PDF format with the applicant's first and last name.

    Applications are available online at www.uky.edu/Commencement/speaker.html.

    To better accommodate UK graduates and their families and friends, UK now holds two ceremonies for December graduates. Both ceremonies will be held at Rupp Arena.

    Friday, Dec. 14:

    • 10 a.m.: College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Fine Arts; Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce; Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; College of Medicine; College of Pharmacy; College of Public Health; College of Social Work
    • 2 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

    For questions or more information about the student speaker application process, contact commencement@uky.edu.

    Esias Bedingar delivers the student Commencement address at a May 2018 ceremony. 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

    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 Jenny Wells
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: Applications for student speaker will be accepted through Oct. 31.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Danielle Donham Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2018) University of Kentucky alumnus, Kentucky native and advertising genius Chuck Brymer returns to the Commonwealth for an exclusive engagement hosted by Kentucky to the World 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Louisville's W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre, located at 315 W. Broadway.

    Although his name might not sound familiar, Chuck Brymer is the mastermind behind some of the most successful advertising campaigns in recent memory, working with brands such as Budweiser, Volkswagen, McDonald's, Pepsi, Samsung, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, and many more.

    The products we know, love and use today have been heavily influenced by Brymer, a world-renowned advertising and branding expert who currently serves as chairman of DDB Worldwide Communications Group, one of the premier marketing and advertising agencies across the globe. At DDB, he manages the operations of the group's 200 offices located in more than 90 countries.

    Brymer's speaking engagement will focus on the impact of his work on people's daily lives and how his Kentucky roots have been an advantage for him throughout his career. The Kentucky to the World series features the talent, ingenuity, and excellence of outstanding individuals with strong ties to the Commonwealth. Brymer will converse with business leader and community activist Maggie Payette Harlow, the founder of CliffDivers, CEO of Signamara Downtown and co-owner at YESCO Louisville. The event will feature a discussion with "the man who helped create some of the most iconic ads of our time" according to the series' website.

    Brymer has said that, “ideas are the fuel, are the engines of a corporation. That creativity is what drives business.”

    As one of the world's preeminent brand experts, Brymer has helped create Businessweek's "World's Most Valuable Brands" feature and advises the U.S. Department of State on the country's international image. He has served as a board director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce since 2012 as well as a member of the board of directors of Regal Entertainment since 2007.

    Brymer has also authored the book "The Nature of Marketing" (Palgrave Macmillan), which functions as a guide to engaging online consumer populations, along with co-authoring "Brands and Branding" in partnership with The Economist. Brymer has authored and lectured extensively on the topics of advertising, brand valuation and corporate identity. He is also the creator of the esteemed Brandchannel.com which is the principal online exchange forum about brands and branding.

    Brymer is a 1981 UK graduate where he earned a bachelor's degree in telecommunications from the College of Communications, now known as the College of Communication and Information. Brymer is also a life member of the university's Alumni Association. Since joining the team at DDB in 2006, Brymer has overseen the company's transformation from a traditional advertising group to a communications company with a strong digital focus.

    For more details on the event and to purchase general admission and student tickets, visit https://kentuckytotheworld.org/happening/chuck-brymer-world-influence/. Group tickets are also available. Visit Kentucky to the World's Facebook and Instagram pages for additional information and updates.

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    859-257-3155 Summary: Brymer is part of the Kentucky to the World series. He will speak in Louisville Oct. 24Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Harlie Collins Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 10, 2018) The School of Information Science will host Ashley McKenzie, University of Kentucky alumna and senior account executive at Adobe Systems Inc., for a talk titled “Women + Diversity in ICT” beginning 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Room 330AB of the Gatton Student Center.

    McKenzie is a 2008 graduate from the College of Communication and Information, which also houses the School of Information Science at UK. Informed by a background in integrated strategic communication and business informatics, along with six and a half years of experience as a client representative at IBM, her current work focuses on enterprise software, cloud computing and virtualization, all of which are underscored by a foundational desire to advocate for women and diversity in the information communication technology field.

    “Diversity in the workplace is critical to having the ability to present our customers with the best possible solutions to their business issues,” McKenzie said. “We need diversity in thoughts, ideas and approaches to problem-solving, and only that can be achieved with a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

    Although women make up majority of the professional workforce, they represent less than one-third of the technology industry according to a 2014 report on the status of women in information technology by the National Center of Women & Information Technology. The study reported that “more than half of professional occupations in U.S. are held by women (57 percent). But the percentage of computing occupations held by women lags far behind. 26 percent of computing occupations are held by women, 3 percent by African-American women, 5 percent by Asian women, 2 percent by Hispanic/Latina women.”

    “Our customers are diverse — we work with companies across the globe, and a one size fits all approach does not work in that context. We have to mirror the diversity that we see among our customers and set an example for the industry of what a diverse and inclusive organization should look like,” McKenzie said.

    In this talk, she will discuss how Adobe is implementing initiatives to even the playing field to create a diverse and inclusive environment for its employees, customers, partners and the technology industry as a whole. The company’s “Adobe for All” initiative encourages employees to 1) appreciate the unique, 2) amplify others, 3) enhance the team, 4) rethink routine and 5) open up as a way of fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

    “We encourage our employees to value the differences in others’ stories and ideas, to equalize meetings, assignments and social events, and to speak up for what you need and provide feedback,” McKenzie said. “Adobe has been leading the industry charge to offer pay parity for men and women in the same job roles. We achieved that goal in 2018 and are very proud!”

    She will also share her personal journey from undergrad to executive leadership as well as the need for more young professionals who can communicate between business and technology units within an organization.

    “To women who want to pursue a degree in technology, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you belong,” said Chelsea West, junior in information communication technology and ICT liaison to ACM-W (Association of Computing Machinery Women’s Chapter). “You will have moments where you don’t feel as though you ‘fit in,’ but if you have a passion for technology, you have every right to be here.”

    McKenzie has volunteered as a “Big Sister” in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bluegrass organization for more than 11 years. She encourages more “Big Sisters” to become part of the program. McKenzie lives in Walton, Kentucky, with her husband Sheldon, her three daughters, Izzy, Mia and Laila, and her dog Dobby.

    “I am beyond excited to be back on campus to share my experience with students who may be considering a career in information technology and sales. I was given such a great start by this UK community and I want to give back in any way that I can,” McKenzie said.

    The lecture is open to the public. More detailed information and registration can be found online at http://diversityinict.eventbrite.com or on the School of Information Science website.

    Ashley McKenzieOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

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    859-323-7978 Summary: Ashley McKenzie, UK alumna and senior account executive at Adobe Systems, will host a talk titled “Women + Diversity in ICT” beginning 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Room 330AB of the Student Center.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Lexie Ping Wednesday

    Lexington, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2018) — The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team reached the final four in the season opener at Georgia State University last weekend. UK's team includes the top-ranked returning partnership in the nation, juniors Dan Bannister and Anthony Trufanov.

    The team faced and defeated teams from Cornell, Kansas, Wake Forest, Dartmouth, Michigan State, Cal-Berkley, but they were eventually defeated by Harvard, the tournament champion, on a 2-1 decision.

    In just one week, UK will hold the 46th annual University of Kentucky Run for the Roses. The seven top teams in the nation will compete in the tournament, which includes Michigan, Wake Forest, Berkeley, Georgia, UNLV, Emory and Kentucky.

    Bannister and Trufanov were ranked No. 5 in the nation last year, the highest rank UK has held in more than 20 years. Bannister and Trufanov won two major tournaments last season, the Naval Academy Invitational and the Kentucky Round Robin, and even surpassed Harvard’s top team. UK's team is under the direction of Dave Arnett and led by Head Coach Lincoln Garrett and team assistants, Amar Adam and Seth Gannon.

    For more information on the team or to follow their success visit https://www.ukforensics.com/.

     

    The UK Intercollegiate Debate Team.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    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

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    859-323-7978 Summary: The UK debate team made the final four of it's season opener, falling to tournament winner Harvard. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Monday

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2018) —  After spending nine seasons in Indianapolis, Denver and Atlanta as a tight end in the National Football League (NFL), former University of Kentucky football star Jacob Tamme decided to take on a new challenge — building and running a farm on his family’s land in Boyle County.

    But it’s not just any farm. He and his wife, Allison Tamme, are building a registered Angus cattle operation from the ground up.

    “When I was a little kid, I dreamed of owning part of our family farm one day,” Jacob Tamme said. “I feel a good deal of responsibility jumping into the farm business since my family's been doing it since 1910.”

    The Danville native said he has utilized the expertise of UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension agents and publications often during the past year.

    Tamme, who earned a bachelor's degree in integrated strategic communication (ISC)  in just three years and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) before entering the NFL, was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame this past weekend.

    Watch the video above to learn why this University of Kentucky alum says the experience he had as both an undergraduate and graduate student is helping him as he works to achieve his dream of carrying on his family’s farming tradition.

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    859-257-2940 Summary: Transitioning from life in the NFL to a new career can be a challenge. Watch why new University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Famer Jacob Tamme believes his UK experience is helping him as he builds a business on his family farm. Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Whitney Hale Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2018) University of Kentucky Libraries is now accepting applications for their Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Internships through Sept. 10. This paid internship will provide students who have an interest in diversity and promoting multicultural awareness the opportunity to experience professional level work within an academic library setting and gain valuable research and communication skills.

    The students selected to receive this internship will participate in, develop, and/or lead library-related and/or library-sponsored projects, activities or research that will promote the educational benefits of diversity, multicultural awareness and inclusivity among UK students, staff and faculty. Through this internship, students will:

    • Create diversity-themed displays.
    • Interact with various library units, learning that unit’s work and assisting with projects, as assigned.
    • Develop outreach initiatives to enhance diversity goals and present them to UK Libraries faculty and staff, sharing results online.
    • Assist library committees, task forces and/or working groups with diversity-related activities.

    Past internship activities have included preparing library research guides and indexing oral history interviews. Outreach initiatives have included work on slave narratives, urban homelessness, hip hop music, and planning and executing The Human Library™ at UK.   

    All undergraduate students may apply for this internship. To see requirements and read more on compensation and hours, visit http://libraries.uky.edu/DiversityScholar.

    Students interested in the 2018-19 Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Internships at UK Libraries should submit an application and recommendation by Sept. 10. The application form can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScnqnwuPfGjGVsMlNzrbvT69UFNT01VH86Y2qUOvdLGaClXOQ/viewform. The recommendation form can be found here: http://libraries.uky.edu/forms/UK_Libraries_Undergraduate_Diversity_Scholar_Program_Recommendation_Form.pdf.

    Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

    As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, services and programs. UK Libraries locations include the William T. Young Library, the Agricultural Information Center, the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, the Education Library, the John A. Morris Library (Gluck Equine Research Center), the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Medical Center Library, the Science and Engineering Library and the Special Collections Research Center.

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    859-257-8716 Summary: UK Libraries is now accepting applications for their Undergraduate Diversity Scholar Internships through Sept. 10. This paid internship will provide students who have an interest in diversity and promoting multicultural awareness the opportunity to experience professional level work within an academic library setting and gain valuable research and communication skills.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Harlie Collins Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 9, 2018) Alex O’Keefe, a recent University of Kentucky library and information science graduate, joins the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library and Yale Center for British Art Research Library at Yale University as a Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship.

    “I feel incredibly grateful to be chosen for this opportunity, because everything about it is exciting! This was the position I hoped for directly after finishing my degree because it is designed to help new art library professionals gain valuable experience in many areas,” O’Keefe said.

    O’Keefe earned her master’s degree in library science from UK’s School of Information Science, which is a part of the College of Communication and Information, in May.

    “When I completed my undergraduate degrees in fine arts and humanities, I wanted to explore new career options related to the arts. In so doing, I found blogs and professional websites about the field of art librarianship,” O’Keefe said. “Reading more about the work information professionals were doing nationwide to connect the public to art resources quickly confirmed my decision to pursue an MSLS degree.”

    While in the library science program, O’Keefe focused her studies on art librarianship and digital collections management. She also interned at Smithsonian Libraries as part of the school’s alternative spring break program.

    “I actually learned about the Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at Yale before I started graduate school. While I knew it was a long way off, I made a note to look back into it when I was wrapping up my degree,” O’Keefe said. “Through my time in graduate school I joined the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and volunteered with ArLiSNAP, a group for new professionals pursuing careers in Art Librarianship. When the call for applications came across the listserv it felt full-circle in many ways. Something that piqued my interest before starting school was now an opportunity I could apply for.”

    The Kress Fellowship is a 10-month appointment and focuses on multiple areas of art librarianship including public services, collection development and management, special collections, and digital collections.

    “This was my first time interviewing for a librarianship position, and the interview process was built in a way that was similar to many academic librarian processes. It began with a cover letter and resume, followed by a brief phone interview, and concluding with an all-day, in-person interview at the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale. It did not require a presentation like other academic librarian interviews might, but it had many layers of interviews so that I ultimately met all staff members from the Haas Arts Library and Yale Center for British Art Research Library present that day,” O’Keefe said.

    Projects and activities will draw on subject areas served by the Haas Family Arts Library, Haas Arts Library Special Collections, and the Library and Archives of the Yale Center for British Art including the history of art, architecture, drama and aligned area studies.

    “It’s exciting to be a part of such a great team of passionate people; everyone I work with has a wealth of knowledge they are happy to share,” O’Keefe said. “It’s hard to believe a month has past, and I’m already looking forward to the new projects I’ll be taking on as my fellowship progresses.”

    Alex O’KeefeOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationGraduate School

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    Summary: Alex O’Keefe, a 2018 UK library and information science graduate, joins the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library and Yale Center for British Art Research Library at Yale University as a Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 24, 2018) Simidele Adeagbo uses her athletic success to help others and pave the way for future generations. The recent Olympian and University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information alumna has recently been selected for the inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program. She beat out 10,000 applications for one of the 200 spots available.

    The program participants gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a five-day event which ran from July 14 through July 18. Their days were filled with plenary sessions, problem-solving workshops, and skill building training that will be used to help the emerging leaders inspire positive change throughout Africa. The group of young leaders also met with President Barack Obama, where they had the opportunity to share their experiences and the work they are doing within their communities.

    After the program, the leaders will remain connected to each other and will engage in frequent discussions, have access to leadership and training resources, and participate in training and webinars.

    The one-year leadership development and civic engagement program trained, supported and connected the 200 young leaders across Africa working in government, civil society and the private sector.

    Adeagbo applied for the program to help to continue to instill positive change in her community, country, and continent and hoped the program would equip her with the skills needed to make an impact.

    “I’m excited to be a member of the first class of the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program. I’ll be learning from and working with an impressive group of young people from across Africa to create local and global change. I’m looking forward to moving the world forward through creating the future that I want to see,” said Adeagbo.

    Adeagbo's ultimate goal is to provide access to quality development programs and positive role models in the community while also harnessing the potential of Africa's youth.

    Her most recent accomplishment was a leadership and sports masterclass for girls in Nigeria where she used her own experience in athletics to inspire youth, build communities and create social change. Adeagbo hopes to use sports as a basis for the transformation.

    In the future, Adeagbo plans to expand her effect in the community through partnerships with grassroots organizations, whose goals are to make an impact in the lives of girls and youth in Africa.

    Along with her recent inaugural accomplishments, Adeagbo is also a sport and social justice advocate as well as a business leader at Nike Inc. She made history in the 2018 Winter Olympics by becoming the first Nigerian Winter Olympian and the first African and black woman to compete in the sport of skeleton at the games shortly after she began the sport.

    For more information about the program, visit www.obama.org/.

    For more information about Simidele Adeagbo, visit www.simisleighs.com/.

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    Summary: Alumna Simidele Adeagbo has recently been selected for the inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Lindsey Piercy and Whitney Hale Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 18, 2018) Looking for a great place to dive into a summer book? Well, you’re in luck. Kentucky's literary heritage is being featured around Lexington as part of the new Book Benches public art exhibit to encourage reading.

    The 36 fiberglass benches, which depict colorful artistic renderings of books by Kentucky authors, were unveiled in Gratz Park before being stationed in spaces around the city last month. The project, a collaboration between Arts ConnectLexArts and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, features 24 page-turning sculptures with connections to the University of Kentucky including three benches showcasing books by three professors in the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences — Gurney Norman, Frank X Walker and Crystal Wilkinson.

    Gurney Norman grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. In 1996 his work as a fiction writer, filmmaker and cultural advocate was honored at the 15th annual Emory and Henry College Literary Festival, which celebrates significant writers in the Appalachian region. Norman also serves as senior writer-in-residence at Hindman Settlement School's annual Appalachian Writers Workshop.

    The bench, designed by UK alumnus Anthony Adams, portrays Norman's 1971 book, "Divine Right’s Trip." The captivating novel, set in the 1960s, chronicles the westward journey of the young drug slinger D. R. Davenport (Divine Right) and his girlfriend, Estelle. The introduction is written from the perspective of their Volkswagen microbus, Urge. 

    "The literary benches project demonstrates the vitality of American literary regionalism," Norman said. "Kentucky leads the nation in place-based art."

    Frank X Walker is a well-known poet from Danville. He is the co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, a grassroots group of writers of color living in the Appalachian region. Walker coined the word "Affrilachia," signifying the importance of the African-American presence in Appalachia.

    The bench, designed by Melanie Wisdom, portrays Walker’s 2010 book, "Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate this Ride." The collection of poems honors the legendary African-American jockey Isaac Burns Murphy (1861-1896). Murphy, the son of a slave, rose to the top of thoroughbred racing by becoming one of the most successful jockeys in America. 

    “Lexington has hit another home run," Walker said. "It would be great to see some of these benches on UK’s campus. I think students would also be excited to know the author of ‘The Walking Dead’ is a Kentuckian and to see the book as a bench."

    Crystal Wilkinson is a novelist and poet who grew up in rural Casey County. She wrote about her childhood and her upbringing in her award-winning book, "Blackberries, Blackberries." Wilkinson also co-owns Wild Fig Books & Coffee in Lexington.

    The bench, designed by Lora Gill and published and sponsored by University Press of Kentucky, portrays Wilkinson's 2016 book, "The Birds of Opulence." The multigenerational novel features visits with four generations of complex women from rural Kentucky. The work has won major literary awards, including the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, the Berea College Weatherford Award for Fiction, the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year and Transylvania University’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award. This bench, currently on display outside Wild Fig, will find its home on campus outside the press’ offices after the project ends.

    "What a special tribute to Kentucky literature. It spotlights our rich contribution to the nation's literary traditions," Wilkinson said. "And what fun it is to see people interacting with the benches, sitting on them while they wait for the bus and taking photographs."

    It is no surprise that six more of the benches, besides Wilkinson’s, honor works published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK), which is currently celebrating its 75th year. The scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, UPK represents a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies.

    Laura Poulette designed a bench for “Shantyboat: A River Way of Life” by painter, writer, musician, Thoreauvian and adventurer Harlan Hubbard. The 1953 travel journal, published by UPK, chronicles the 1944 launching of the Harlan and Anna Hubbards’ small boat onto the Ohio River and their eight-year journey to New Orleans and back. The book recounts how they gardened, foraged, gathered and made useful things to sustain them, sought the solitude of life on the river, and benefited from mutual aid and wisdom of people they met along the way.

    UK Donovan Scholar and painter Pat Lawrence, ​of Lexington, created the bench for the UPK book “The Man Who Loved Birds,” by Fenton Johnson. The author grew up in the Knobs of Kentucky near the Abbey of Gethsemani, where his family regularly entertained Trappist Monks at their home. Much of that experience translates to his 2016 novel, where Johnson’s characters follow a pursuit of solitude by escaping foreign lands to immigrate to America and take monastic vows. Bengali physician Dr. Meena Chatterjee and Brother Flavian are each seeking safety and security in their quest when they encounter Johnny Faye, a Vietnam veteran, free spirit and expert marijuana farmer.

    Claudia Michler created the bench for Tom Kimmerer’s “Venerable Trees,” published by UPK. A scientist, author and photographer who founded the conservation nonprofit, Venerable Trees Inc., Kimmerer previously worked as a professor at UK teaching tree physiology, forest biology and urban forestry. He authored “Venerable Trees” to help showcase the beauty, age, size, and splendor of the ancient trees and pastures in the Bluegrass region. In his book, he explains the biology of Bluegrass trees and explores why they are now in danger.

    ​UK sponsored the book bench for Ed McClanahan’s “Famous People I Have Known,” which was published by UPK. An alumnus and former faculty member, McClanahan was educated at Miami of Ohio, UK and Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow in the Creative Writing Program. McClanahan has taught English and creative writing at various universities, including Oregon State University, Stanford, University of Montana and UK. The Bracken County native’s 2003 memoir, “Famous People I Have Known,” features an entourage of writers, strippers, hippies, barkeepers and entertainers such as Carlos Toadvine, a.k.a. Little Enis, who billed himself as the “All-American Left-Handed Upside-down Guitar Player.” UK alumna and Cardinal Valley Elementary School visual arts teacher Michelle Armstrong, who keeps her dog-eared copy of the book on her nightstand, was delighted to design McClanahan’s bench.

    Isonville artist Dwalia Sharon Boggs created the playful bench for “Mommy Goose: Rhymes from the Mountains,” written by musician, writer and photographer Mike Norris and illustrated with carvings by Appalachian folk artist Minnie Adkins. The UPK book is a richly illustrated collection of 50 original nursery rhymes that celebrate Appalachian traditions and language.

    The seventh bench for a UPK book celebrates alumna Mary Wharton and former faculty member Roger Barbour’s “Bluegrass Land and Life: Land Character, Plants, and Animals of the Inner Bluegrass Region of Kentucky: Past, Present, and Future” and was created by Lexington artist Jenni Phillips. Wharton, a Central Kentucky native, was a botanist, environmental activist and author educated at UK and University of Michigan. She held a teaching position at Georgetown College for over 30 years. Barbour was a vertebrate zoologist at UK. The book showcases native vegetation, indigenous animals and character of the land of the inner Bluegrass region of Kentucky.

    In addition, several other benches highlight the work of a number of other alumni and former faculty with either literary or artistic talents, or both.

    Art education alumnae Lori Barnett and Sallye Staley and architecture alumna Sarah Heller are the creative minds behind the design for the bench for “Charlie the Horse,” written by Josephine Abercrombie. A horsewoman, businesswoman and philanthropist, Abercrombie is the founder of The Lexington School where Barnett, Staley and Heller are teachers.

    Alumna Blake Snyder Eames, owner of Blake Eames Design, created the bench for “Mosquitoland” by Lexington novelist David Arnold. The 2015 novel is the story of Mim Malone who, after her parents break up, is transported from her home in Cleveland to rural Mississippi, where she lives with her drug-using dad and new stepmother. When she discovers that her mother has fallen ill back in Ohio, she hops a Greyhound Bus to be with her. The 1,000-mile bus trip becomes an odyssey, as Mim encounters an odd collection of stories and characters who teach the young girl about mental illness, love, loyalty and trust.

    Eames is also the designer behind the bench for “The Peace of Wild Things and Other Poems,” by Wendell Berry, an alumnus and former faculty member of the UK Department of English. A beloved American novelist and environmental activist, Berry has written short stories, poems and essays. His book publications, to date, include 89 volumes. In 2015, he became the first living writer to be inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. The bench portrays Berry's 1990 collection of poems, which are deeply rooted in the natural world. They are filled with quietness, solemnity and introspection.

    The “Rivers of Kentucky” bench, created by Paris artist Sarah Spradlin, honors authors David and Lalie Dick. The couple partnered on three books: “Home Sweet Kentucky,” “Rivers of Kentucky” and “Kentucky: A State of Mind.” David spent a long career in journalism, including stints with WHAS Radio and Television, and then as a CBS correspondent from 1966-1985 where he won an Emmy Award in 1972. He was also director of the UK School of Journalism (now the School of Journalism and Media) from 1987-1993. The 2001 nonfiction book, “Rivers of Kentucky,” takes the reader on a journey to visit Kentucky’s major rivers and the people who inhabit their shores. Stories of tugboat pilots, artists, tool sharpeners, musicians, printers, fox hunters and chairmakers inhabit the pages of this publication, a finalist for the 2002 Southeast Bookseller’s Association’s nonfiction book of the year.

    Work by two UK alumni is showcased in the bench for “The Cow Who Wouldn’t Come Down.” Alumnus, painter, illustrator and author Paul Brett Johnson, of Mousie, was the author of over 20 illustrated children’s books, including “On Top of Spaghetti,” “The Pig Who Ran a Red Light” and “The Goose Who Went off in a Huff.” One of his best-known books is the 1993 “The Cow Who Wouldn’t Come Down,” featuring Miss Rosemary, an experienced farmer, who finds herself coping with the overly rambunctious cow, Gertrude, who has taken up flying as a hobby. Art studio and art history alumna Marilyn Rose Swan, of Lexington, chose this bench to produce with its beautiful depiction of the hills of Knott County.

    Alumna and Lexington artist Pamela McDaniel created the bench for George Ella Lyon’s “What Forest Knows.” The illustrated book of free verse explores the wonders of the Earth as it orbits the Sun and demonstrates how all living things interact in a delicate balance.

    The bench for “Foibles,” by sculptor, illustrator and author Audrey Robinson, was created by UK alumnus and Kenyan-born artist Kiptoo Tarus, who now lives in Lexington. The bench explores 190 comic strips completed by Robinson between 2002-2011 that were collected and published in two volumes, “Foibles 1” and “Foibles 2.” Tarus’ bench for “Foibles” can be seen outside UK’s Biological-Pharmaceutical Building.

    Alumna Ellen Skidmore is the author and the artist behind the bench for “Ellen: The Little Girl Who Found Her Voice.” The visual artist and writer lives in Paris, where she owns a studio and gallery. Skidmore grew up with a severe speech impediment and tells of her difficulties in her 2015 children’s book. The book, meant to encourage young children to accept who they are, is illustrated with 28 of Skidmore’s paintings.

    The bench for “The Man Who Fell to Earth” recognizes the work of Walter Tevis, a novelist raised in Madison County who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in English at UK, where he studied under Pulitzer Prize winner A. B. Guthrie. Tevis authored six novels, three of which were made into motion pictures. The bench, designed by Lexington artist and UK art studio alumnus Stevie Moore, portrays Tevis' 1963 fiction novel, "The Man Who Fell to Earth." The book features a humanoid alien, Thomas Jerome Newton, who has traveled to Earth from his drought-stricken planet Athenia to seek transport and refuge for his fellow citizens. The novel was made into a film in 1976 starring David Bowie.

    Lexington Herald-Leader illustrator and UK alumnus Chris Ware is both the author and artist behind the bench for “Max Takes a Nap.” While attending graduate school at UK in the 1970s, the Louisville native was offered a position in the Lexington newspaper’s art department, where he has been an illustrator for nearly 40 years. A large body of his work revolves around kids, an expertise he came by honestly — he and his wife, Denise, are blessed with seven children and three grandchildren. Ware, who lives in Versailles, has worked with a variety of magazines, newspapers and book publishers, and is a regular contributor to National Geographic Kids magazine and Cobblestone history periodical. “Max Takes a Nap,” a book for nap-resistant children and their families, was his first solo book.

    UK art education alumna Connie Tucker, of Lexington, is the artist behind the bench for Robert Penn Warren’s “All the King’s Men.” The 1946 novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947 and is set in the politically corrupt American South. “All the King’s Men” is loosely based on the life of Gov. Huey P. Long, who served Louisiana from 1928-1932 and was a U.S. Senator from 1932 until his assassination in 1935. This novel was adapted to film in 1949 and won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

    The work of author Alecia Whitaker is celebrated in the book bench for “The Queen of Kentucky” designed by Bowling Green artist Sara Volpi. Whitaker, who was born in Frankfort and grew up on a small tobacco and cattle farm in Cynthiana, earned bachelor’s degrees in theatre and integrated strategic communication from UK in 2002. While she lives in New York City, her southern roots continue to inform her writing. Her 2012 young-adult novel, “The Queen of Kentucky,” is the story of a 14-year-old Kentucky girl, Ricki Jo Winstead, caught between being a country girl and an aspiring country-club girl. The book has been optioned by Unbridled Films

    Sayre School has recognized the work of UK College of Education alumnus William Trent Williams with the book bench “All Rise: The History of Sayre School, 1854-1990,” which was created by middle-school students. A native of Ravenna, Williams graduated from UK and taught two years at Lafayette High School and four years at the Sewanee Military Academy, before taking a leadership job at Sayre. From 1976 to 1990, he was Sayre’s headmaster, where he implemented the first high-school level computer-programming curriculum in Kentucky and instilled a love of history among students. He authored or co-authored four books, including “All Rise.”

    Lexington muralist and UK alumnus Christine Kuhn designed the bench for the Community Action Council (CAC) Prep Academies: Head Start Smart series. Parents and children in CAC’s Prep Academies have created a series of books, which the bench depicts, about what jobs and careers the students might want to pursue one day.

    The book benches will be on public display through October.

    There will be a final gala and auction held in November at The Livery. Proceeds from the event will go toward furthering the missions of Arts Connect, LexArts and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. 

    Learn more about Lexington’s book benches online at: www.bookbencheslex.org/.

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  • Body: ResearchBy Meg Mills Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 19, 2018) University of Kentucky health communication researcher Don Helme is partnering with the Kentucky Attorney General’s office to gauge public opinion on a new drug deactivation pouch, part of a larger effort to develop solutions to the state’s opioid epidemic.

    Last September Helme, an associate professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Communication and Information, and Mark Wolfson at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, received a $50,000 joint grant. The partners are conducting focus groups in three counties in Appalachian Kentucky and two in North Carolina to inform strategies to raise awareness and increase use of drug disposal boxes and take-back events.

    "This project is focusing on Appalachian and rural areas specifically, but it's a nationwide issue." Helme stated. 

    Every county in Kentucky has a drug disposal box, but they go largely unused.

    “Every year, roughly 3.9 billion controlled substances are prescribed. Many of them opioids. Over 70 percent of those go unused,” Helme said. “The existing disposal program really only accounts for 0.2 percent of those unused medications. It's not even a drop in the bucket.”

    Helme said, "Part of our project is to encourage people to take advantage of the existing disposal facilities and to make folks feel that it's a safe thing to do."

    Helme was approached by the Kentucky Attorney General's office to gauge public opinion on Deterra, a drug deactivation pouch individuals can use in their own homes. The state has distributed 50,000 Deterra packages to four counties in Kentucky including Floyd, Henderson, McCracken and Perry.

    According to the Deterra website "Each patented Deterra pouch contains a water-soluble inner pod containing proprietary MAT12® activated carbon. Once the drugs are placed in the pouch, warm water is then added, which dissolves the inner pod releasing the activated carbon." After the drugs absorb the carbon they are inactive.

    The pouches will deactivate any organic medications, including opioids, and can work on pills, patches and liquids.

    The hope is the Deterra packages will make it more accessible and convenient to eliminate leftover medicine in the future.

    For more information about the Deterra packages, visit https://deterrasystem.com/.

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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Tony Neely Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 18, 2018) Student-athletes at the University of Kentucky combined to earn a total of 78 spots on the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll, the league announced recently. 

    Kentucky was fourth overall for having the most student-athletes on the list. UK had the most honorees in the sport of baseball (19), while tying for the top spot in women’s basketball (four) and gymnastics (five).

    The 2017-18 First-Year Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2017 summer and fall terms, along with the 2018 spring term. A student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average for the entire year to earn a place on the honor roll. 

    The number of students on the first-year honor roll continues a cascade of good academic news and bodes well for the continued long-term success of UK student-athletes.

    • UK athletes have a composite grade-point average above 3.0 for 12 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:

    Student-Athlete – Sport – Major

    Ben Aklinski – baseball – communication

    Troy Black – baseball – communication

    Trey Dawson – baseball – business management

    Brad Dobzanski – baseball – kinesiology

    Zach Haake – baseball – communication

    Spencer Harbert – baseball – kinesiology

    Daniel Harper – baseball – business management

    Garrett Hastings – baseball – finance

    Cameron Hill – baseball – community and leadership development

    Ryan Johnson – baseball – communication

    Tanner Johnson – baseball – business management

    Ben Jordan – baseball – biology

    Coltyn Kessler – baseball – communication

    Trip Lockhart – baseball – communication

    Grant Macciocchi – baseball – communication

    Austin Marozas – baseball – business management

    Andrew Miller – baseball – communication

    Alex Rodriguez – baseball – communication

    Ryan Shinn – baseball – communication

    Jemarl Baker – men's basketball – undeclared/College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

    Jarred Vanderbilt – men's basketball – undeclared/College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

    Dorie Harrison – women's basketball – business management; marketing

    KeKe McKinney – women's basketball – psychology

    Kameron Roach – women's basketball – kinesiology

    Tatyana Wyatt – women's basketball – biology

    Alexander Mortimer – men's cross country – finance

    Brooke Nohilly – women's cross country – family sciences

    Madisyn Peeples – women's cross country – kinesiology

    Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald – football – undeclared/College of Arts and Sciences

    Yusuf Corker – football – economics

    Joshua Paschal – football – undeclared/College of Arts and Sciences

    Clevan Thomas Jr. – football – community and leadership development

    Zach Norris – men's golf – finance

    Leonie Bettel – women's golf – civil engineering

    Claire Cameron – women's golf – communication

    Madison Averett – gymnastics – undeclared/ College of Fine Arts

    Mackenzie Harman – gymnastics – kinesiology

    Katherine Marianos – gymnastics – business management; marketing

    Megan Monfredi – gymnastics – kinesiology

    Allison Snyder – gymnastics – agricultural and medical biotechnology

    Henrik Larsen – rifle – kinesiology

    Hailee Sigmon – rifle – career and technical education

    Nick Blassou – men's soccer – chemistry

    Kalil Elmedkhar – men's soccer – undeclared/Gatton College of Business and Economics

    Enrique Facusse – men's soccer – business management

    Luis Hernandez – men's soccer – computer science

    Leon Jones – men's soccer – chemical engineering

    Bailey Rouse – men's soccer – civil engineering

    Taya Edwards – women's soccer – nursing

    Yuuka Kurosaki – women's soccer – undeclared/College of Arts and Sciences

    Jessica Lazo – women's soccer – integrated strategic communication

    Eva Mitchell – women's soccer – marketing

    Caroline Newland – women's soccer – nursing

    Sophie Stewart-Hobbs – women's soccer – undeclared/Gatton College of Business and Economics

    Grace Baalman – softball – art studio

    Autumn Humes – softball – kinesiology

    Lauren Johnson – softball – integrated strategic communication

    Mallory Peyton – softball – undeclared/College of Health Sciences

    Andrew Huenniger – men's swimming and diving – community and leadership development

    Chase Lane – men's swimming and diving – kinesiology

    Daniel Orcutt – men's swimming and diving – business management

    Hank Siefert – men's swimming and diving – undeclared/Gatton College of Business and Economics

    Nicholas Smith – men's swimming and diving – business management

    Bailey Bonnett – women's swimming and diving – elementary education

    Lauren Denham – women's swimming and diving – marketing

    Lauren Edelman – women's swimming and diving – business management

    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

    Olivia Huffman – women's swimming and diving – psychology

    Payton Neff – women's swimming and diving – psychology

    Matthew Peare – men's track and field – communication

    Jelani Walker – men's track and field – chemistry

    Celera Barnes – women's track and field – kinesiology

    Alison D'Alessandro – women's Track and Field – mathematics; psychology

    Carly Hinkle – women's track and field – animal sciences

    Gabby Curry – volleyball – business management

    Madison Lilley – volleyball – integrated strategic communication

    Kendyl Paris – volleyball – kinesiology

    Avery Skinner – volleyball – communication sciences and disorders

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  • Body: ResearchBy Bridgette Sloan Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 18, 2018) The Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences has selected Laura Fischer, assistant professor for the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC), in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, as the recipient of the 2018 ACE Outstanding Dissertation Award. ACE, established in 1913, is an international association of communicators, educators and information technologists that offers professional development and networking opportunities to its members.

    Fischer won the prestigious award for her dissertation titled "Examining the Role of Motivational Salience, Issue Involvement, and Pre-existing Attitudes on Selective Attention and Attitude Strength to Advertisements." Fischer, whose background is in agricultural production, aimed to research how strategic communication can be used to influence positive perceptions of the agricultural industry.

    “A lot of people are showing a major decrease in trust toward the sciences and especially how food is produced,” Fischer said. “My research looks at how we can make information more salient and for people to attend to information for longer, as well as process the information more critically.”

    In her study, Fischer utilized two different message strategies: one meant to appeal to values held by the audience, the other based on scientific reasoning. From these two strategies, she developed eight advertorials tackling two scientific issues in agriculture today: genetic modification and antibiotic use in livestock. The advertorials were designed to promote trust in the food safety techniques used by the agricultural industry.

    To measure the success of her message strategies, Fischer used eye tracking technology to quantify visual attention allocation, which is the amount of time her subjects spent looking at different parts of the advertorials. Her results found that value-oriented messages had higher levels of visual attention allocation, even for people with low involvement to the agricultural industry. Value-oriented messages resulted in more positive attitudes and greater trust than the messages based on scientific reasoning.

    Fischer’s research was built from work she contributed to a $150,000 Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) Program while pursuing her doctoral degree at Texas Tech University. The research project, titled "The Consumer Experience: Using Innovative Research Tools to Develop and Test Messages about Food and Agricultural Science," utilized a methodology heavily crafted by her.

    “Eye tracking, dial testing and psychophysiology, while not new, have been limitedly used by communication and social scholars,” Fischer said. “These tools allow us as researchers to uncover the dynamic nature in which audiences respond to media and communications.”

    Fischer’s interest in innovative methodologies has led to a collaboration with Associate Professor Jeannette Sutton in the Department of Communication. Both are currently working on a college-level grant to research how visual attention allocation and prior experiences influence risk perceptions. Their findings will then be used to develop a preliminary theoretical model of visual risk information seeking and processing.

    In August, Fischer will present a portion of her dissertation at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference in Washington, D.C., under the Communicating Science, Health and Environmental Research division. As described on their website, AEJMC’s mission is to advance education, foster scholarly research, cultivate better professional practice and promote the free flow of communication.

    “I am very excited to present this research to a national audience at AEJMC,” Fischer said. “The national research agenda in science communication has a strong focus on how strategic communication can influence public opinion of the sciences. I hope this research helps us to further understand how we can improve understanding, and more positive perceptions, of how people process scientific information.”

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Gail Hairston Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 16, 2018) Playing as a professional athlete in a much-touted PGA golf tournament only weeks after graduating from collegiate competition is exceedingly rare.

    Yet, two young-alumni athletes, former members of the University of Kentucky men’s golf team, Tyler “Chip” McDaniel and Cooper Musselman, have achieved that dream. Both will compete in the Barbasol PGA Championship being held July 16-22, at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

    “It is very unusual for young players like Tyler and Cooper to get sponsor’s exemptions into PGA Tour events like the Barbasol,” said UK Head Men’s Golf Coach Brian Craig. “They are getting in by virtue of their accomplishments in high level Division I collegiate golf as well as amateur golf. They are also being shown tremendous support by Brooks Downing, the tournament director, and a huge Big Blue supporter. 

    “Tyler and Cooper have dedicated themselves to being the best they can be at their craft, and I love seeing them get this opportunity to start their professional careers. They both have very bright futures as PGA Tour players, and I cannot wait to watch their careers unfold,” the athletes’ former coach added.

    The achievement is even sweeter for the young UK alumni because UK HealthCare is one of the tournament's corporate sponsors and official health care provider, and Kentucky Children’s Hospital is one of the beneficiaries of the tournament. Through the partnership, the Barbasol Championship will engage and feature UK HealthCare hospitals and clinics, UK Athletics and the University of Kentucky as a whole. As the Official Health Care Provider for the event, UK HealthCare will provide first-aid services and sports medicine support at the tournament. 

    Kentucky Children’s Hospital is a featured charity of the tournament and the beneficiary of the “Barbasol Championship Acoustic Jam,” a concert at the Lexington Opera House on Tuesday night of tournament week.

    In recent years at UK, golf has shared public accolades and championship headlines with Kentuckians’ beloved basketball, thanks to coaches like Craig and student-athletes like McDaniel and Musselman.

    Even someone unfamiliar with the sport can recognize that hitting a 330-yard drive, followed by a 118-yard wedge shot that lands a few feet past the cup and miraculously spins backward to plop in the hole for an eagle (a score two strokes less than par) is just as exciting as hitting a last-second, no-iron miracle-shot from half court.

    The previous scenario is not fiction. As a UK senior, McDaniel is the star of that true tale, and it played out in May at the final round of the NCAA Division I men’s golf regional championship in Bryan, Texas. The eagle won the team the final ticket to the NCAA Championship.

    McDaniel is most definitely not the only graduating hero on the UK 2018 golf team. McDaniel’s best friend, fellow-senior Musselman, grabbed just as many heroic headlines throughout the season.

    “Tyler and Cooper were our co-captains this past year and are two of the most outstanding young men that I know,” Coach Craig said. “They have both been a joy to coach over their college careers and have represented the Big Blue Nation with class and integrity. This is a terrific privilege getting to compete in the Barbasol Championship and is well deserved.”

    They were just as outstanding in the classroom. As student-athletes, each regularly appeared on the SEC Academic Honor Rolls. In fact, with a team grade-point average that exceeded a 3.5 for the 2016-17 academic year, the entire team was tabbed an All-Academic Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America. 

    These two young men — both seniors sweating through their final exams a brief two-and-a-half months ago — are primed now to make a huge splash in the world, but their ties to UK are still strong.

    McDaniel and Musselman still see their UK friends and teammates frequently, and both dread August when it finally sinks in that they have graduated and no longer have classes to attend.

    Like well-trained, young thoroughbreds in the starting gate for the first time, their approaches differ only by a degree as their professional debut draws near.

    Musselman’s manner is excited commitment. “I have dreamed of being a professional golfer for a long time and now that it is finally here, I feel like I am ready to get to work.”

    McDaniel’s mindset is only slightly calmer. “I’m doing my best to treat it like just another tournament. It’s obviously not and could be a life changing event, but I think you have to try and treat it like a normal tournament in order to have success.”

    It has not escaped the attention of McDaniel and Musselman that UK and the Commonwealth are behind them every step of the way.

    “It’s awesome, not only just the UK hospital, but the support from the UK community and the area is special. I’m excited for sure,” accounting graduate McDaniel said..

    Communication graduate Musselman added, “I think it is amazing that this event is supporting the UK hospital. At the end of the day, golf is just a game, but knowing that what we do can help support other people in need is a pretty special feeling.”

    PGA Tour events generated more than $180 million for charities in 2017 and have now raised an all-time total of $2.65 billion for charity. The statewide philanthropic effort for all participating nonprofits will receive a 10 percent matching donation from the PGA up to $2 million. Lexus of Lexington will serve as the Presenting Sponsor for the charitable program, which will be managed by the Bluegrass Community Foundation.

    UK HealthCare includes UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital as well as more than 80 specialized clinics, 140+ outreach programs, and a team of 9,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care workers — all dedicated to patient health.

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Friday

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 13, 2018) —  As former University of Kentucky and National Football League (NFL) tight end Jacob Tamme and his wife, Allison, talk about the annual golf tournament they host, Swings for Soldiers, they are quick to recall the moment when they thought they were "one and done."

    The year was 2010.

    The Danville native was in his second year playing in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts.

    Jacob, who earned a bachelor's degree in integrated strategic communication (ISC)  in just three years and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) before entering the NFL, was enjoying his time in Indianapolis.

    But there was something missing.

    "God had blessed us in many ways…and part of that blessing was to share it," Jacob said.

    They knew they wanted to give back.

    They knew they wanted to help veterans.

    They searched and finally found the perfect charitable partner.

    By raising money for Homes for Our Troops, an organization that builds specially adapted homes for wounded veterans, they would help a veteran to be able to live independently in his own home.

    What they didn't know was how much work they would be putting into making that first Swings for Soldiers Classic actually happen.

    Allison and Jacob, along with their friends and family, worked the entire summer preparing for the tournament.

    And that was just the beginning. 

    "You know, we did everything," Jacob said. "From making every phone call to get support, to printing the cart signs at our house, putting them in the carts ourselves…I was up with a buddy at 4 that morning putting signs out at the holes. We put a lot of energy into making it happen that first year, and we did it and we were successful."

    They were also exhausted.

    "We had discussed after the auction that this was awesome, but I don't know if we can invest this much time again," Allison said.

    But at nearly 10 p.m., as they cleaned up, there were two other people still around helping them.

    One of them was the veteran who was the beneficiary of the proceeds, Chase Matthews.

    "Chase was being pushed by his wife Jennifer, and he looks up at me from his wheelchair and says, 'hey man, that was great, next year I’m going to play,'" said Jacob.

    "We got in the truck we shut the doors and I was in tears, and Jacob just looked at me and we said, 'we have to do it again,'" Allison said. "Right then and there, on the way home we started planning for the next year."

    During the past eight years, Chase has played in every single tournament.

    The Tammes and their team of volunteers (many of their own family members and friends) have raised nearly $850,000 for Homes for Our Troops.

    "These men, who had gone overseas and been in battle, come home, and half of their home is not accessible to them, and their wives and girlfriends and moms were physically having to lift these men out of their wheelchairs just to go to the bathroom or to bed at night," Allison said.

    "People want somewhere they can call home and can be independent in and operate in, and these guys lost that opportunity," Jacob said. "So, when they have suffered such a life-changing event on our behalf, we want to do what we can to give back a life-changing, positive impact for them — a home specifically designed for them where they can do what they need to do to be a father again, to be a husband again, to cook breakfast, to shower themselves, to help do all the little things that help them regain that independence!"

    But the impact for the families goes way beyond a physical structure.

    "The house is more of a mechanism. I allows you to regain that independence, to be a dad or father again in your own home and it's a mechanism to bigger things," said Jacob. "The neatest thing is seeing these guys transition back into the workforce… after all the battles they've been in and are currently going through, so it's been an unbelievable project."

    Jacob attributes part of the initiative's success to the time he spent at the University of Kentucky.

    “My UK education connected me to people that would later help me get Swings for Soldiers off the ground," Jacob said. "I did internships while in Lexington that built connections in the business world that helped us gain traction early on when we were trying to build this event from the ground up.”

    On July 16, everyone will come together again to honor yet another veteran, during the ninth annual Swings for Soldiers Classic at the University Club of Kentucky. 

    They will once again put in lots of blood, sweat, and yes, perhaps even a few tears into the event.

    But they both say there is no place on Earth they'd rather be.

    "(The veterans) are such amazing, deserving people, and we just want them to have everything they need," Allison said.

    "UK, Central Kentucky, Lexington, Danville and even the whole state is home for us and we want to make an impact here because we love it," said Jacob. "This is our place, so we want to do whatever we can to make an impact.”  

    Watch the video above to learn why this University of Kentucky alum and his wife say leading this effort has blessed them more than they ever thought possible.

    For more information on the Swings for Soldiers Classic and Homes for Our Troops, visit: www.swingsforsoldiers.org.

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    859-257-2940 Summary: When wounded veterans return home from the battlefield, many of them face a stark reality when they realize their homes aren't accessible. Watch how UK alumnus Jacob Tamme, along with his wife Allison, are helping to change that reality, one home at a time. Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Harlie Collins Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 3, 2018) Amanda Lopez, a library and information science graduate student in the University of Kentucky’s School of Information Science, a part of the College of Communication and Information, was awarded the 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholarship by the American Library Association.

    According to a press release by the American Library Association (ALA), its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services awarded 2018-2019 Spectrum Scholarships to 62 students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies. In the 2018 application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship received three times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable.

    “Being named a Spectrum Scholar means a great deal to me. I strongly believe that representation matters, not only in stories, but in real life. I want young patrons from all backgrounds to find stories in which they see their own experiences reflected,” Lopez said.

    The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North Africa, and/or Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership position within the profession and ALA.

    A prestigious committee of 10 jurors selected this year’s Spectrum Scholars based on their commitment to equity and inclusion, demonstrated community outreach, commitment to the library profession, academic achievements and leadership potential.

    To add, Lopez was one of three Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) specific recipients. The association established the ALSC Spectrum Scholarship through funding from the Frederic G. Melcher Endowment in 2010.

    “As a Latinx, it’s important to me to be in a position where my input has value and can make a difference in the types of services offered while increasing awareness of community needs,” she said.

    Lopez currently works as a youth services programming specialist at Northbrook Public Library in Northbrook, Illinois.

    “My passion for literature and the desire to share that joy with others is what led me to the world of libraries. As I gained experience and learned more about what libraries value and advocate for, that dedication grew, and I knew it was the field I was meant to be in,” Lopez said. “I feel especially strong about diversity in libraries and making lifelong learning a goal.”

    As a youth services specialist, her goal is for children from all backgrounds to see the library as a place that will help them grow and increase their curiosity by supporting a collection that reflects their interests and learning needs.

    “I’m excited to meet other Spectrum Scholars who have been leaders in their own communities by fostering diversity and inclusiveness, and I hope to one day do the same,” Lopez said. 

    For the full release and to see a list of all the scholars click here.

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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Sarah Geegan Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 21, 2018) — University of Kentucky Provost David Blackwell has named Derek Lane to the position of interim dean of the College of Communication and Information.

    Dean Dan O’Hair announced during the 2017-2018 academic year that he would return to the faculty to pursue research and educational interests.

    "Dr. Lane is a seasoned administrator who has demonstrated a lasting commitment to the college and the university," Blackwell said. “I am confident in his ability to undertake this role as we search for an individual to assume the position permanently.”

    A member of the College of Communication and Information faculty since 1997, Lane has a strong record of administrative leadership, having served as associate dean for graduate programs (2005-2009), associate dean for administrative and academic affairs (2012-2013) and in his current role as senior associate dean for administrative affairs (2013-present). 

    Lane earned his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, focusing on instructional and interpersonal communication, along with instructional technology and survey research methods.

    "I am excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to working with the college as we move forward," Lane said.

    Lane will begin his tenure as interim dean  Aug. 1, 2018.

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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Matt Ian May Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 19, 2018) — University of Kentucky senior baseball standout Troy Squires is the winner of the prestigious 2018 Senior CLASS Award. The award honors seniors who excel both on and off the field of play.

    To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 

    Squires, a 5-foot-11-inch, 200-pounder from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, recently was inducted into Kentucky Athletics’ Frank G. Ham Society of Character, which honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model.

    “It’s an honor to receive the Senior CLASS Award,” said Squires, who is UK’s first-ever Senior CLASS Award winner in any sport. “It may be cliché to say, but it took hard work and a lot of patience. Going from not really playing much my first years in the program to playing every day doesn’t happen overnight, and I hope young kids and prospects see that patience is key. I was fortunate enough to wear the letter of my home state across my chest during my college career, and being a kid growing up in Kentucky, that’s all you ever really want. I can’t express the amount of love and thankfulness I have toward my family for allowing me to live a dream.”

    A testament to commitment and hard work, Squires was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 23rd round of the major league draft earlier this month after arriving at UK as a walk-on infielder before switching to catcher. He will leave ranking third in career sacrifices (35), ninth in career hit by pitch (30) and with both the fourth- and fifth-best single-season sacrifices marks (14, 2018, and 13, 2017). Earlier this season, he was named National and Southeastern Conference Player of the Week for his performance in a career week that culminated in a series win over No. 3 Texas Tech University. He also was a Second-Team All-SEC selection on 2017, his first as a full-time starter.

    “I couldn’t think of a person more deserving of this award than Troy. The example he has set in our program won’t soon be forgotten, and we are thrilled for him and his family and proud of how he will represent the Senior CLASS Award program,” UK coach Nick Mingione said. “Troy embodies everything you look for in a student-athlete. He earned his undergraduate degree in four years and is on target to get his master’s. He has dedicated countless hours to serving the community. He arrived as an infielder and turned himself into an all-conference catcher through hard work and commitment. It speaks to his character, perseverance and servant’s heart.”

    As dedicated as he was to making an impact on the field throughout his time at UK, Squires also displayed a drive for excellence in both the classroom and community. A four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Squires completed his undergraduate degree in communication and is currently pursuing a master’s in sport leadership. He also played a positive role in the UK and Lexington communities, participating in community service programs with Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Bluegrass Miracle League, Hope Center, Salvation Army, Louisiana Flood Relief and more.

    “We’re very pleased that Troy Squires was voted as our baseball Senior CLASS Award this season,” said Erik Miner, executive director for the Senior CLASS Award. “He has worked hard for the success he has earned, and his dedication to being a well-rounded student-athlete will continue to take him far in whatever path he chooses. Our congratulations to Troy, his team and to the University of Kentucky.”

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    859-257-3200 Summary: A tremendous national honor for the all-around efforts and achievements of UK Baseball's Troy Squires.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Katy Bennett, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Brad Nally Friday

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 1, 2018) When the UKNow team sat down with Joe Ross and Teddy Ray, who along with Heidi Hays own the delicious doughnut dynasty that is North Lime Coffee and Donuts, the first question we asked was, “what did you have for breakfast?”

    “I’ll give you one guess,” Joe Ross, a College of Health Sciences graduate, said. “I had a doughnut. And coffee. I have a doughnut and coffee every day.”

    Doughnuts and coffee are the foundation of a brand that is fun and that makes going to work for the three UK alumni owners and their employees a joy.

    Prior to opening their first location in 2012, Ross, Ray and Hays were all working in the Lexington community at various jobs — none of them related to doughnuts. Ross was a mortgage broker. Hays, a College of Engineering graduate, was an engineer at Lexmark by day and a baker by night. Ray, a graduate of both the College of Communication and Information and the Gatton College of Business and Economics’ MBA program, was and continues to be, lead pastor at Offerings Community of Lexington First United Methodist Church. While the three were at the University of Kentucky at the same time, they didn’t connect until after college when fate — and faith — intervened.

    “Heidi was part of a bible study my wife and I were in,” Ray said at the Clays Mill location of North Lime, the second store they opened in 2014. “We knew Heidi was taking vacation days to meet all the cake orders she had and that her cakes were fantastic. I had always wanted to open a bakery and coffee shop. She and I met and talked about opening a store, but we needed a coffee guy. Heidi’s friend Kristin (now Ross’s wife) knew a guy that knew about coffee and introduced us to Joe. The rest is history.”

    “I had wanted to open a doughnut and coffee shop for years,” Ross said. The former Starbucks barista had noticed that when he was serving coffee to customers in the drive-thru that they would have bags of doughnuts from other places but come to them for coffee. “I knew Lexington was missing a place where people could get both.”

    The three met, decided coffee and doughnuts was the way to go and went into business together.

    “I’m not sure where we would be without one another,” Ross said. “Heidi perfected our cake doughnuts. A family yeast roll recipe is the basis for our yeast doughnuts. Teddy is the driver of the bus; he makes people go and do and believe in themselves.”

    And a little luck along the way doesn’t hurt either.

    “On the day we opened the original location in 2012,” Ray said, “an artist was painting a street-art mural on the side of the building across the street from us. There was a lot of foot traffic in the area that would not normally have been there. We sold out of doughnuts before noon and we knew we had something.”

    “We learn something new every day,” Ross said. “At least once a week I say, ‘how did I not know this before?’”

    But learning together with their employees is what makes their business fun.

    “The doughnut enterprise is fun because the product is fun,” Ray said. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We make fun things, we share fun things on our social media channels and our employees contribute to the creative process. The business side is like running any other business — payroll, expense reports, etc. — but what we realized at the beginning was how do we help our employees? What can we teach them and how can we help develop them for their next steps? That’s what makes it rewarding for us.”

    The sense of community is noticeable the second you walk into any of the North Lime locations including the most recently opened store in Old Louisville.

    “We want to be a place for community,” Ross said. “Doughnuts are approachable and all age ranges love them, but it’s not just about doughnuts. A lot happens over coffee and doughnuts and we want to be the place where that happens.”

    Now as business owners, the UK alumni see their alma mater in a different light than they did as students.

    “I’m super proud to be a UK graduate,” Ross said. “I’ve always known I was going to go to UK — both of my parents are alums. It’s a family tradition — it’s what we do.”

    “As a life-long Lexingtonian, UK influences the city so much,” Ray said. “As a business owner I look at UK as a partner. It’s only bringing more people to us and is a constant positive influence on us.”

    The lessons they learned at UK play into their business philosophy and gave them the tools — and friendships — to be successful.

    “In my MBA program,” Ray said, “we had to create a business plan. I have no idea what I created then, but the whole program trained me to look at financials, see what is going on in a business and know how to come up with solutions to fix any problems.”

    “My degree is in hospital administration,” Ross said. “While that’s not what I do now, the marketing, management and finance classes that were part of that program taught me a lot. But the biggest impact on my life from my time at UK is the friends that I made while in school. Those friends helped me form tons of creative ideas and this happened to be the one that came to fruition.”

    Ross and Ray want today’s students to take that risk and follow their passions.

    “Participate and initiate,” Ray said. “Recognize those opportunities to step up and step in. You’re not going to be discovered sitting in the wings.”

    “Take that leap, do the small things, try something,” Ross said. “You don’t have to have a 10-year plan that you’ve worked 5 years on. Reach out to people who are doing something similar to what you want to do and ask them if they are willing to mentor you. It makes the risk seem less risky.” 

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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Whitney Hale Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 31, 2018) University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that four recent UK graduates and one doctoral student have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. The UK recipients are among approximately 1,900 U.S. students who will travel abroad for the 2018-19 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 awarded Fulbright grants are:

    Ben Childress, son of Anne and Michael Childress of Lexington, is a recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach in Taiwan. Childress was inspired to apply for the assistantship after his trip last summer to China as a Gaines Fellow. The experience is made possible annually for the rising senior fellows by the UK Confucius Institute.

    As part of the Fulbright program, Childress is excited to not only have the opportunity to serve but also to continue learning. “This award will allow me to live and teach in Taiwan for a year while studying Mandarin and learning about Taiwanese and Chinese culture. This will be great opportunity to gain experience in East Asia and will open up doors later in life.”

    An economics graduate and member of Lewis Honors College, Childress was extremely involved in the UK community during his undergraduate years. The Chellgren Fellow and Singletary Scholar most recently completed a term as president of the Student Government Association. He also participated in undergraduate research studying charter schools and wrote his Gaines thesis on educational achievement gaps in Kentucky schools between rural and urban areas.

    After finishing his assistantship, Childress plans to attend law school.

    Anahid Matossian, daughter of Mary and Viken Matossian of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant which she will use to conduct ethnographic research in Yerevan, Armenia.

    The Fulbright funding will allow Matossian to continue doctoral research she began two years ago with a grant provided by UK’s Department of Anthropology. She has interviewed ethnic Armenian women from Syria, nongovernmental organizations (NGO) and government workers about how Syrian Armenian women construct a "home" in their perceived ancestral homeland, and if they wish to return to Syria.

    Matossian, who found her passion for anthropology in her first undergraduate lecture, has a personal interest in her research. “Having family members living in Syria certainly impacted my decision to pursue ethnographic research working with Syrian refugee women in Armenia. I grew up hearing wonderful stories about Syria, and wanted to collect more stories from those who have survived a war zone and to share these stories with my home and international community.”

    In addition to her Fulbright and support from her department, Matossian was previously awarded a Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship and the Susan Abbot-Jamieson Award for preliminary dissertation research. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Purdue University.

    Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Matossian would like to pursue a career as an applied anthropologist for an NGO or government providing cultural education focused on gender, migration, Syria and the former Soviet Union (particularly Armenia).

    David Andrew Mullins, the son of David and Melanie Mullins of Jenkins, Kentucky, is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant, which will allow him to be part of an international effort to measure the electric dipole moment of the neutron through Universität Bern and Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland.

    During his studies at UK, Mullins helped design and test magnets to be used later in physics experiments at the university. In addition, Mullins was awarded a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to help develop software that would create a 3D map of a sample from images taken with a “neutron camera.”

    In the future, Mullins plans to pursue a doctoral degree in experimental nuclear physics.

    Tyler Russell, the son of Amy Russell and Lee Russell of Helena, Alabama, is a recipient of a Fulbright ETA to teach in Azerbaijan.

    Russell, who earned a minor in modern and classical languages/Russian studies as well as his bachelor’s degree in economics this May from UK, credits previous travel experiences for piquing his interest in the scholarship. Over the past four years, he has participated in summer mission trips as well as a semester of education abroad in Vladivostok, Russia.

    “Each of these experiences has left me with a renewed passion for my Russian studies, and they have encouraged me to explore how I might use my training in economics in a cross-cultural sense,” Russell said. “Moreover, these experiences have taught me the joys and difficulties of adapting to new cultures, and they were the major motivating factor in my desire to serve as a Fulbright ETA.”

    Russell worked as a research intern at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., last summer.

    After completing his Fulbright Assistantship, Russell is considering pursuing a master's degree in either Russian or international affairs.

    Sarah Wood, the daughter of Barbara Moody-Wood and Brent Blankenship of Barboursville, West Virginia, is a recipient of a Fulbright ETA to teach in the Ukraine.

    Like Russell, Wood’s interest in the placement grew from her previous experiences abroad. “Teaching English as a volunteer to doctoral students and professors at Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University reinforced my decision to apply for the Fulbright grant, learn more about Ukraine and teach English there. My time in Eastern Ukraine the past summer had a huge influence on my life and future plans.”

    Wood also previously traveled independently to the Donbas region of Ukraine to better understand the language, politics and culture of Ukraine.

    At UK, Wood interned at the Hive in the College of Arts and Sciences, was a member and president of the Russian Club, and traveled to Krasnodar, Russia, as part of the university’s education abroad program. Her capstone research project for Russian was on the mythic figure of the mother in Russian culture and her appearance and influence in World War II Soviet propaganda.

    Upon returning from Ukraine, Wood plans to apply for graduate school and possibly pursue a joint degree in law and diplomacy.

    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 380,000 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 at UK, 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 major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Pat Whitlow well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Trey Melcher Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 29, 2018) The University of Kentucky Woman's Club (UKWC) awarded $30,000 in scholarships to three students for the 2018-2019 school year. The recipients are Angela Chester, Michelle Kuiper and Lauren Spencer. Each will receive a $10,000 scholarship.

    Angela Chester, recipient of the UK Woman's Club Scholarship

    Chester is a biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has made the Dean's List two times and is a member of both the National Honors Fraternity and Phi Sigma Pi. Chester has work-study responsibilities with the Veteran's Resource Center and serves as a tutor for Student Support Services, where she is also a teaching assistant.

    Chester, a veteran, says she's grateful for her support network including, “my mother, Sherry; my granny, Sherrill; Student Support Services; the Veteran’s Resource Center; and really everyone who has smiled at me or said something encouraging when I needed it. Thank you!”

    Michelle Kuiper, recipient of the UK Woman's Club Gloria Singletary Scholarship

    Kuiper is a communications major in the College of Communication and Information. She has helped to create a safer Kentucky by working to pass laws and policies for people victimized by crimes and was the recipient of the 2018 National Courage Award from the United States Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime.

    "Many people here at UK have been incredibly kind to me," Kuiper said. "To be awarded this scholarship and follow in the footsteps of UKWC women before me is such an honor.  In receiving this scholarship, I hope to continue to pay it forward to women and girls who have been victimized by crimes and give them hope and inspiration that it is possible to go back to college if they desire."

    Lauren Spencer, recipient of the UK Woman's Club Virginia Lane Scholarship

    Spencer is a career and technical education major in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. She is a participant in the UK Horticulture Club and has completed a 200-hour working apprenticeship on the UK Horticulture Research Farm. Spencer is currently working on her startup cut flower business.

    “The path to becoming a first generation of anything is not an easy one," Spencer said. “To become a farmer, a female entrepreneur, a first-generation college graduate, a military veteran, these decisions have shaped my character and altered my life path. I am proud to represent that niche that consists of these nontraditional minority students. Many thanks to the UKWC for this incredible scholarship that acknowledges the power of women in leadership.”

    Established in 1909, UKWC's goal is to provide social networking, offer cultural opportunities, provide supportive services to students, and help advance the best interests of the university. Since 1973, the UKWC has provided more than $650,000 in student aid that has helped over 268 students obtain degrees from UK. Each year, the UKWC provides funds for up to full tuition undergraduate scholarships and in partnership with the UK Graduate School has established an endowment that provides graduate fellowships awarded annually as well as graduate fellowships and UK education abroad scholarships. Consideration for these awards are given to women with unmet financial needs and who are nontraditional UK students. For more information on how to apply for these scholarships visit ukwc.org.

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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Whitney Hale Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 8, 2018)University of Kentucky Libraries will honor Catherine "Kate" Seago, director of Acquisitions and classics academic liaison, with the 2018 Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award at tonight’s UK Libraries Spring Gala, at William T. Young Library.

    “Kate has made significant contributions to UK Libraries, the university, and to the library and information science profession,” Senior Associate Dean Mary Beth Thompson said. “Kate’s willingness to share her expertise and research, provide assistance with solving a problem or completing a project, and to always strive for excellence has had a continuous and substantial impact on UK Libraries.”  

    Seago earned her bachelor’s degree in classical languages from Berea College in 1982. Upon graduation, she received the Elizabeth Gilbert Fellowship in Library Science to use toward her graduate studies at UK. Seago earned master’s degrees in classical languages in 1984 and library and information sciences in 1985 from the university.

    Her association with libraries began early in middle school when Seago was a volunteer both at her local public library and school library. It was her high school librarian who encouraged her to attend college and become a librarian. She continued to work in libraries during her college years. She assisted the cataloger at Berea work­ing on her first online library system, OCLC. While a graduate student she worked in the government publications department at UK Libraries under Sandee McAninch.

    Seago’s first professional position was as a grant cataloger at the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1985. While at UMC, she participated in the Center for Research Libraries’ Library Intern program designed to give beginning librarians a better understanding of library management and leadership.

    After Seago’s grant position, she accepted a position as cataloger at UK Libraries. During her time at UK, she has served in a variety of positions within Technical Services including head of bibliographic maintenance, cataloging coordinator and assistant systems librarian. During that time, she served as the cataloger on two grant projects — a state grant to catalog Kentucky state documents and an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to catalog books converted from microfilm to digital images. While in Technical Services, Seago has partici­pated in multiple system migrations, transition from the paper catalog to the online catalog, and reclassification from Dewey to Library of Congress. A large part of her career has been the change from a primarily print-based environment to one that is centered more on electronic resources and using a variety of online services.

    In 2005, Seago became head and later director of Acquisitions. In 2008, she attended the Triangle Research Libraries Network Manage­ment Institute which furthered her interest in leadership and project management. And in 2015, she accompanied Mary Beth Thomson and Stephen Wrinn to China to visit university libraries and presses. An outcome of this trip was the Window on Shanghai gift to UK Libraries’ materials on China.

    In addition to her role at the UK Libraries, Seago has served as an adjunct faculty member to the School of Library and Information Science (now School of Information Science) teaching classes in cataloging and technical services periodically from 1995 to 2011.

    During her library career, Seago has also been active in a variety of professional organi­zations such as Kentucky Library Association and NASIG (formerly the North American Serials Interest Group Inc.), among others. She has shared her experiences in managing workflows, system migrations and on various projects via presentations. Seago has been named the 2019 chair of the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians annual conference, which UK Libraries will host.

    Within the UK community, Seago has served on the Senate Advisory Commit­tee on Privilege and Tenure and as parliamentarian to the University Senate. She also works with UK Wellness as a yoga teacher.

    In her nomination letter for the honor, Systems Librarian Tari Keller said UK Libraries was lucky to have Seago on faculty describing the 2018 Willis Award winner as “someone who is consistently working to make the University of Kentucky Libraries a better place to work and shares her knowledge professionally every year with her peers.”

    The Willis Award is named for Paul A. Willis, former director of UK Libraries. A 1963 graduate of UK, Willis served as a library director for 41 years throughout the Southeast. He worked as a cataloger at the Library of Congress before beginning his master’s program in library science. In 1966, he began as a circulation librarian at the UK Law Library before becoming the university law librarian. He then served as director of UK Libraries from 1973 to 2003. He later served as University of South Carolina's Dean of Libraries from 2004 until 2007. During his career at UK, he created the Information Alliance consortium, planned construction of William T. Young Library, and expanded its collection and services.

    As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, services and programs. UK Libraries locations include the William T. Young Library, the Agricultural Information Center, the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, the Education Library, the John A. Morris Library (Gluck Equine Research Center), the Kentucky Transportation Center Library, the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Medical Center Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and the Special Collections Research Center.

    of Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationLibraries

    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

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    859-257-8716 Summary: UK Libraries will honor Catherine "Kate" Seago, director of Acquisitions and classics academic liaison, with the 2018 Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award at tonight’s UK Libraries Spring Gala. The award recognizes Seago's significant contributions to UK Libraries, the university, and to the library and information science profession.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Jenny Wells Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2018) — 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 2018 Commencement Ceremonies will be held across four ceremonies Friday, May 4, and Sunday, May 6, in Rupp Arena. The university made the decision to move from three to four ceremonies last year to accommodate the dramatic increases in the number of graduates and families and friends attending Commencement. Doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree recipients are now recognized together based on their colleges.

    More than 3,500 students are expected to participate in the ceremonies. Overall, 3,735 undergraduate and 1,568 graduate and professional degree candidates had their degrees approved by the UK Board of Trustees at its May 1 meeting.

    Ceremonies include:

    Friday, May 4:

    Sunday, May 6:

    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.

    • Jenna Lyon: "Miss Jenna" started her free dance classes for kids with special needs in high school, but she never imagined she would be directing her own nonprofit by college graduation. Lyon's one goal is to offer kids with disabilities the same opportunities other children receive.   
    • Esias Bedingar: Following in his father’s footsteps, Bedingar came to UK in 2014 from Dono Manga in Chad, not knowing any English at all. Since then, he has founded a nonprofit to help eradicate malaria in his home country, conducts research in neuroscience, and will graduate with a degree in public health before attending Harvard University to pursue a master’s degree.  
    • Paige Raque: In 2012, a traumatic accident left Raque in a coma for weeks with no sure answer as to whether she would ever speak again. This week, she will earn her master's degree in speech-language pathology to help others traveling the same road to recovery that she once faced.   
    • Shannon Beebe: Beebe joined the Army where she spent six years as a medic. She used her medical training to earn her nursing degree though the College of Nursing's MedVet program while working full time and raising five children.

    Read more stories about UK's May 2018 graduates.

    Honorary Degrees

    Four citizens who have distinguished themselves in their careers and community work will receive honorary doctorates at the Commencement ceremonies.

    Tom Hammond will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 10 a.m. Friday, May 4 ceremony. The Lexington native and UK alumnus is recognized as one of the leading network sports broadcasters in the United States. His career has included covering thoroughbred horse racing and play-by-play of the NBA, WNBA, college basketball and football, gymnastics and ice skating. He was the play-by-play announcer for University of Notre Dame Football for 21 years, and he has been a fixture on NBC's coverage of the Olympic Summer and Winter Games. Hammond has won an Eclipse Award and numerous Emmy awards for his sports coverage.

    Among many honors Hammond has received are the Outstanding Kentuckian Award given by the A.B. Chandler Foundation (now the Kentucky Future Leaders Foundation) and the Tom Hammond Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting, which is named for him and given by the Bluegrass Sports Commission. He is also a member of the Lafayette High School Hall of Fame, Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He serves on a number of boards including currently co-chairing the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's campaign committee.

    Debra Hensley will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 10 a.m. Sunday, May 6 ceremony. Hensley, who owns and operates a State Farm Insurance agency in Lexington, has also served three terms on the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council and continues to work tirelessly as a community builder. Her volunteer and advocacy work includes serving on the boards of the Salvation Army, YMCA and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She and the Golden K Kiwanis Club were instrumental in bringing Habitat for Humanity to Lexington, and as chair of the Task Force on Homelessness, she was a leading force behind creation of the Hope Center to assist people who are homeless and at risk.

    Hensley co-founded Downtown Lexington Corporation, which promotes downtown business, residential life and entertainment. She is past chair of the Kentucky Conference of Community and Justice and as co-founder of JustFundKY, Hensley helped create an endowment to help eradicate discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community members. She is also founder and president of Lexington Community Radio, a nonprofit group that launched two low-power FM stations broadcasting in English and Spanish.

    Sara Holroyd will receive an Honorary Doctor of Arts at the 2 p.m. Friday, May 4 ceremony.

    As a professor in the UK School of Music from 1962 to 1987, Holroyd was a trailblazer for women. She became one of only two female collegiate choral conductors in the United States. During her tenure at UK, she held the positions of professor of music education and director of choral activities where she led The Madrigal Singers, Women's Glee Club, Chorus, Choristers and Chorale. Among her many awards, Holroyd was named a UK Alumni Association Great Teacher; she won the Carl A. Lampert Award inducting her into the UK School of Music Hall of Fame; and most recently, she received the Lexington Music Award's Lifetime Achievement Award.

    At the age of 62, Holroyd retired from UK and started working toward another career. She immediately entered nursing school and at age 64, became an emergency room nurse at a Lexington hospital until she retired from that career at age 71. The Sara Holroyd Oral History Project, started by some of her former students, now resides in the UK Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, part of UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center.

    Geoffrey Manley will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science at the 10 a.m. Friday, May 4 ceremony.

    After dropping out of high school, Manley's life took an unlikely turn that eventually led him to become an internationally recognized expert in neurotrauma and leader in the growing field of advanced neuromonitoring and clinical informatics. While working as a mechanic, one of his customers, UK Professor Emeritus Sheldon Steiner, recognized Manley's talents and set him on an academic path that led to Manley earning his bachelor's degree from UK and medical and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. He currently is vice chairman of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco; co-director of the school's Brain and Spinal Injury Center; and chief of neurosurgery at San Francisco General Hospital.

    Manley has received many awards for his research, published more than 120 manuscripts, mentored numerous physicians and scientists at UCSF, and was instrumental in writing the guidelines that all neurosurgeons use for managing patients with traumatic brain injury.  

    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.

    • Esias Bedingar, from N’Djamena, Chad, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in public health from the UK College of Public Health with a minor in neuroscience. He will deliver the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony on May 4.
    • Andrea Bomkamp, from Crescent Springs, Kentucky, is graduating with bachelor's degrees in marketing and economics from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics with a minor in international business. She will give the Commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony on May 4. 
    • Elizabeth Dempsey, from Cedar City, Utah, is graduating with a bachelor's degree political science from the UK College of Arts and Sciences with minors in communication and military leadership. She will give the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony on May 6. 
    • Elizabeth Foster, from Owensboro, Kentucky, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the UK College of Engineering with a certificate in power and energy studies and a minor in mathematics. She will give the Commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony on May 6. 

    Read more about the student speakers here.

    Livestream

    All four ceremonies will be streamed live at www.uky.edu/uknow, the university’s news website. 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.

    Watch the UK Commencement ceremonies live here Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLibrariesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    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 Jenny Wells
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: The University of Kentucky will honor its newest alumni today and Sunday at what will be the largest commencement in UK’s history. Watch live here as over 3,500 graduates participate in Friday and Sunday's ceremonies. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: The Research BlogBy Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis Thursday

    This week, it was my distinct pleasure to present the University Research Professorship Awards to 14 members of our faculty who have demonstrated excellence in research and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural, economic and health challenges in our region and around the world.

    At a reception hosted by President Eli Capilouto at Maxwell Place, with their families, deans, associate deans for research and nominators on hand to celebrate with them, we had the opportunity to recognize and publicize the accomplishments of these scholars.

    The University Research Professorships were established by the UK Board of Trustees in 1976 to recognize outstanding research achievements. The professorships program recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research, scholarship and creative endeavors within each college at UK. College leadership developed criteria for excellence within their area of expertise, and then nominated faculty who excelled at these criteria. Each University Research Professor receives a one-year award of $10,000 to be used to further their research, scholarship and creative endeavors.

    The impact of these faculty to the University, and to the Commonwealth, cannot be overstated. They are shining examples of the tireless work that is moving the research enterprise forward, creating new knowledge, discovering new cures, and empowering the next generation of scientists and scholars under their mentorship to change their world for the better.

    The 2018-2019 University Research Professors are:

    • David Van Sanford, Plant & Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food & Environment
    • Matthew Zook, Geography, College of Arts & Sciences
    • Heide Gluesing-Luerssen, Mathematics, College of Arts & Sciences
    • Nancy Grant Harrington, Communications, College of Communication and Information
    • Jennifer Wilhelm, STEM Education, College of Education
    • Rick Honaker, Mining Engineering, College of Engineering
    • Herman Daniel Farrell III, Theater and Dance, College of Fine Arts
    • Daniel Brass, Management, Gatton College of Business & Economics
    • Brian Noehren, Rehabilitation Science, College of Health Sciences
    • Richard C. Ausness, College of Law
    • Sharon Walsh, Behavioral Science, College of Medicine
    • Mark V. Williams, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine
    • Jon Thorson, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
    • Heather M. Bush, Biostatistics, College of Public Health
    Left to right: Herman Daniel Farrell III, David Van Sanford, Mark Williams, Rick Honaker, Brian Noehren, Heide Gluesing-Luerssen, Heather Bush, Matthew Zook, Jennifer Wilhelm, Sharon Walsh, Nancy Grant Harrington, Richard Ausness.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringFine ArtsDanceTheatreHealth SciencesLawMedicinePharmacyPublic HealthSummary: At a reception hosted by President Eli Capilouto at Maxwell Place, UK Research recognized the accomplishments of 14 faculty.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Harlie Collins Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2018) — If you have ever struggled editing a photo, you don’t have to wait any longer for a mobile application that guides you through the editing process.

    A new mobile app by Dagmawi Nadew, an information communication technology major in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, uses artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify and enhance the photo editing experience.

    “Sason is an iOS mobile application that takes the guessing work we normally find ourselves doing when editing photos for social media, with the help of artificial intelligence,” Nadew said.

    Nadew, along with students at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Texas at Austin trained the AI to “analyze patterns between a great shot and one that is not and gives you an aesthetics score” per the app’s website. 

    “I was in charge of integrating our Machine Learning Model, or the AI, into our iOS application as well as designing and developing the mobile application itself. Other team members were in charge of marketing, web development, data science and, of course, helping develop the machine learning model,” Nadew said. “The biggest challenge that we faced was allowing users to access our AI at the same time by developing an application programming interface (API) and having that properly scale up without crashing.”

    In order to overcome these challenges, Nadew and his teammates sought advice from faculty members.

    “Dagmawi is one of those students who makes it really fun to be an instructor, and it's always neat when he stops by my office and talks about his work. He's quite a motivated person and I have enjoyed watching him rise to meet a number of challenges that have been placed before him. I'm also grateful that he's trusted me to engage with him in some conversations about the app he's developing,” said Sean Burns, assistant professor in the School of Information Science.

    Nadew’s advice for students interested in app development is to not be intimidated to ask for help.

    “As far as acquiring skills I would advise taking ICT 301: Introduction to Databases, as it equipped me with enough knowledge to store and retrieve user information from a database and have it properly scale up. I also suggest ICT 390: Semantic Web, which allowed us to develop a user interface that was simple enough for users to understand and find their way around,” Nadew said. “ICT 205: ICT in Society helped me navigate the privacy aspect of the software development process. And, lastly, I advise taking ICT 390: Systems Administration with Linux in order to learn how to deploy your own server that hosts your application.”

    According to Nadew, Sason was recently ranked top 500 grossing application in the App Store in South America. Additional information about Sason, the AI photo editing app, is available at http://Sason.co and on Instagram (@sasonapp). 

    Nadew, along with students at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Texas at Austin trained the AI to “analyze patterns between a great shot and one that is not and gives you an aesthetics score” per the app’s website.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    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 Whitney Harder
    whitney.harder@uky.edu
    859-323-2396 Summary: A new mobile app by Dagmawi Nadew, an information communication technology major in the UK College of Communication and Information, uses artificial intelligence to simplify and enhance the photo editing experience.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Whitney Harder Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2018) — A public forum on the future of Lexington with the city’s mayoral candidates will be held over breakfast on Wednesday, April 25, on the University of Kentucky’s campus in Room 213 Kastle Hall.

    The forum, headlined “What’s Next, Lexington?” is being organized by the JOU 101: Introduction to Journalism class and is sponsored by the UK Student Government Association.

    If you have questions for the candidates, please send them to buck.ryan@uky.edu.

    The forum’s motto is “Spend two minutes or two hours, just add your two cents on what you would like to see for the future of Lexington.”

    The public forum will begin 8 a.m. and wrap up before 10 a.m. Participants will be able to pick up a program and voter guide, along with a bite to eat, in the first segment from 8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Then after a break the second segment will run from 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m.

    All seven of the mayoral candidates, who face a May 22 primary election, have been invited and a majority have confirmed their attendance at the public event.

    The forum is being organized around three questions about Lexington:

    1. Where are we now?

    2. Where do we want to go?

    3. How are we going to get there?

    The last day to register to vote in the May 22 primary election is Monday, April 23, two days before the forum. The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office offers online voter registration at https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/

    “Please join the conversation,” said Gayle Hilleke, executive director of Kentucky Campus Compact, based at Northern Kentucky University, one of the partners for the event. “This is part of our larger ‘What’s Next, Kentucky?’ effort to bring citizens together for public problem-solving when citizens themselves step up or when they develop creative new relationships with public officials.”

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    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 Whitney Harder
    whitney.harder@uky.edu
    859-323-2396 Summary: A public forum on the future of Lexington with the city’s mayoral candidates will be held over breakfast Wednesday, April 25, on UK’s campus in Room 213 Kastle Hall.
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Mike Farrell Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2018) — His pictures graced the pages of National Geographic for 33 years, and on Thursday this UK alumnus will deliver the 41st annual Joe Creason Lecture.

    The University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media, within the College of Communication and Information, will also recognize the photographer, Sam Abell, and eight other distinguished alumni as part of its Journalism Day Activities. The Creason Lecture, the announcement of the winners of the “David Dick What a Great Story!” Storytelling Awards and the introduction of the school’s distinguished alumni will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in the Kincaid Auditorium of the Gatton Business and Economics building. The public and the university community are invited. 

    The alumni to be recognized, in addition to Abell, are a popular and beloved Courier-Journal columnist; the editor of the newspaper of record for education; the founder of a public relations firm; an award-winning reporter, publisher and internet editor; a journalist whose career spanned 40 years including stints covering the Carter and Clinton White Houses and as a Washington correspondent; a two-time Kentucky Kernel editor-in-chief with a successful law career; a former reporter and editor who has served as communications director for three different Lexington mayors; and a Pulitzer Prize-winner for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

    Sam Abell (JOU/'69) began his photographic career before he ever stepped on the UK campus. The son of two teachers, he cites the influence of his father, a geography teacher and sponsor of a photography club, in the development of his career choice. He won an award in a national high school photography contest in 1960 for a black-and-white picture of his father standing at a train station. At UK, he became the editor of the Kentuckian yearbook, producing a two-volume set. After graduation, an interview led to his career taking photographs for National Geographic and a series of popular books. He is a teacher, an artist and an author. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 1991 and into the university’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2000.

    Gene Clabes (JOU/'69) is an award-winning reporter, former owner/publisher of a group of award-winning community weeklies in Northern Kentucky and the associate editor of the Northern Kentucky Tribune, an online news site. He has also been a college journalism instructor and served as president of the Kentucky Press Association. A native of Henderson, Kentucky, he started in journalism in high school as a sports reporter for The Gleaner, was managing editor of the Kernel, was an award-winning education reporter for The Evansville Courier and government reporter for the Evansville Press. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2004 and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the UK College of Communication and Information in 2005.

    Joe Creason (JOU/'40) was born in Benton in far Western Kentucky. After graduation, he edited newspapers in Benton and Murray, Kentucky, before accepting a position in 1941 as a sports reporter, which led to opportunities as a feature writer and columnist for The Courier-Journal. His popular column, "Joe Creason's Kentucky," began in 1963 and documented the lives of everyday Kentuckians. The articles were collected into two books and a record album. He was also president of the UK Alumni Association. The Bingham family, owners of The Courier-Journal, other friends of Creason, and UK alumni established the Joe Creason Lecture Series, which began in 1977 with a lecture by nationally syndicated columnist James J. Kilpatrick. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. He will be represented by his son Bill Creason.

    Virginia Edwards (JOU/'78) oversaw the 90-person, $14.5 million-a-year nonprofit corporation that publishes Education Week and edweek.org as president of Editorial Projects in Education from 1997–2016. From 1989–2016, she served as editor-in-chief of Education Week — the premier “newspaper of record” for precollegiate education in the United States. She also served as editor of edweek.org, which reaches an audience of more than 1.2 million registered users. Before joining Educational Projects in Education, she worked for two years at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and, for nearly 10 years before that as a reporter and editor at The Courier-Journal. She was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

    John R. (Jack) Guthrie (JOU/'63) founded Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations, one of the largest independently owned public relations firms in Kentucky. He sold his interest in 2005 to three senior staff members. Guthrie began his career in 1964 in the public relations department of Philip Morris Inc. in New York City. He was appointed community relations manager for the company’s Louisville facilities in 1967 and moved back to New York as director of communications for Philip Morris in 1969. He returned to Louisville as president of the Kentucky Derby Festival (1971-1977) where he was the driving force that propelled the two-week event into national prominence as one of the nation’s largest civic celebrations. He was appointed to the UK Board of Trustees for a six-year term as alumni trustee in 1996. Guthrie was named president of the UK Alumni Association in 1988 and remains on its board of directors. For eight years, beginning in 1993, he was president of UK’s School of Journalism Alumni Association and chairman of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame Committee.

    Walter M. Grant (JOU/'67) was born and raised in Winchester, Kentucky. After graduating from high school, where he was editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper, he attended Centre College for one year before transferring to UK so he could major in journalism. He served as editor-in-chief of the Kernel during both his junior and senior years at UK. After graduation he moved to Washington, D.C., where he served as editor of the College Press Service for one year. He then enrolled in law school at Vanderbilt University and graduated first in his class. During his third year in law school, he served as editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Grant joined the law firm Alston & Bird, still one of the largest law firms in Atlanta and the Southeast and was named a partner in the firm. While maintaining an active law practice, Grant also served as editor-in-chief of the Georgia State Bar Journal for three years. In 1983, one of Grant's clients, Contel Corporation, persuaded him to join Contel as its general counsel. Grant continued in this capacity for eight years until Contel was acquired by GTE Corporation, which later became a part of Verizon Communications. After serving as general counsel of three other companies in different industries, Grant decided to take a different path. Since then, he has been involved in several businesses in different capacities and has served as a member of the board of directors of several companies.

    William Neikirk (JOU/'60) is an award-winning journalist, working for more than 40 years as a Washington correspondent, columnist and editor. He was chief economics correspondent, White House correspondent during the Carter administration, and Washington Bureau news editor for the Chicago Tribune in the 1970s and early 1980s. He later served as the newspaper’s assistant managing editor for business news in Chicago and then returned to Washington to cover the Clinton White House. Before joining the Tribune, he worked as a reporter for the Associated Press in Lexington and Frankfort, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Washington, D.C. His awards include the Merriman Smith Award for presidential reporting. He was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for a series on the impact of foreign trade. He wrote two books: “Volcker: Portrait of the Money Man” and “The Work Revolution: How High-Tech Is Sweeping Away Old Jobs and Industries and Creating New Ones in New Places.” Now retired, he and his wife, Ruth, both born and raised in Kentucky, live in Northern Virginia. He was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. He is unable to make the trip to UK and will be represented by members of his family.

    Susan Straub (JOU/'77) started her career working in newspapers, first in Georgetown and then in Northern Kentucky. She was promoted to the position of a suburban editor at The Cincinnati Post. After 10 years as a reporter and editor, she began working in public relations, and soon found her way to the Lexington Mayor’s Office, serving as communications director for then-Mayor Pam Miller, Lexington’s first woman mayor. Today, Straub is working for her third mayor, Jim Gray. When she began her work at City Hall, Lexington was a city of 225,000. Now the population tops 318,000. The dramatic growth has brought dramatic change, and Straub has enjoyed the opportunity to keep her community informed and translate the complicated work of government into language everyone can understand. She has two sons and is a devoted and doting grandmother of two young Straubs.

    Michael York (JOU/'74) was the political writer for the Kernel and broke two national stories as a student covering democratic Sen. George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign. He worked part-time as a reporter for Durham Morning Herald while attending law school at University of North Carolina. He helped put out the first edition of The Legal Times in Washington, D.C., then he joined the staff of the Lexington Herald. York won awards from the Kentucky Press Association and shared in the 1980 E.W. Scripps First Amendment Award. He won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting with Jeffrey Marx for a series of stories on NCAA rules violations in UK basketball and at other schools. York moved to Washington in 1983 as the Lexington Herald-Leader’s correspondent, then to The Washington Post in 1987 as investigative reporter. He formed a law firm, Wehner & York, in 1994, which represents journalists, bloggers and news websites, among other clients. He has been inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

    Photographer Sam AbellOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    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 Whitney Harder
    whitney.harder@uky.edu
    859-323-2396 Summary: His pictures graced the pages of National Geographic for 33 years, and at 7:30 tonight, Thursday, this UK alumnus will deliver the 41st annual Joe Creason Lecture. The UK School of Journalism and Media is also honoring eight other distinguished alumni as part of its Journalism Day Activities.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Whitney Harder Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2018)  A University of Kentucky alumna and adjunct professor are part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team for their work covering the heroin epidemic.

    The Pulitzer Prizes, journalism's most prestigious awards program, were announced Monday, April 16, by administrator Dana Canedy, also a UK alumna.

    Sarah Brookbank, a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter and 2015 graduate of the UK School of Journalism and Media within the College of Communication and Information, and James Pilcher, investigative reporter at The Enquirer and journalist-in-residence at UK, both reported for the paper's “Seven Days of Heroin” project. UK alumna Nancy Daly, who graduated with a degree in journalism in 1982, also works on staff at The Enquirer.  

    Their team was awarded the coveted Pulitzer in the local reporting category, "for a riveting and insightful narrative and video documenting seven days of greater Cincinnati's heroin epidemic, revealing how the deadly addiction has ravaged families and communities."

    “Winning a Pulitzer Prize is to a journalist what winning an Olympic gold medal is to an athlete,” said Mike Farrell, professor and interim director of the School of Journalism and Media. "To see Sarah and James honored for their roles reinforces our faith in our students and the training we can provide them."

    More than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers went into Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky communities to explore the epidemic's impact and the personal stories of those affected. The piece chronicles just one week — July 10 through July 16 — but includes 18 deaths, nearly 200 overdoses, hundreds of heroin users in jail and 15 babies born with heroin-related medical issues.

    Brookbank was a news and features editor at the Kentucky Kernel while attending UK and Pilcher teaches data journalism and investigative journalism at UK.

    In a Kentucky Kernel story on the award, Pilcher spoke about UK's many connections to the Pulitzers.

    “The fact that Sarah was part of it, I was part of it, the Pulitzer chairwoman was part of it, I think it speaks to the legacy and the ongoing quality that speaks to the UK School of Journalism,” he said in the Kernel.

    “What is even better is that this was such a powerful story and on such a critical topic, a drug that is robbing families of loved ones," Farrell said. "The story reinforces our faith in the power and importance of journalism. And we are extremely proud that the wonderfully talented and accomplished Dana Canedy, a Pulitzer winner herself and one of our distinguished graduates, is the administrator of these coveted awards."

    View the full list of Pulitzer Prize winners here

    James Pilcher, investigative reporter at the Enquirer and journalist-in-residence at UK, and Sarah Brookbank, a Cincinnati Enquirer reporter and 2015 graduate of the UK School of Journalism and Media.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    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

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    859-323-2396 Summary: UK alumna Sarah Brookbank and journalist-in-residence, James Pilcher, are part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team for their work covering the heroin epidemic. The prestigious awards were announced Monday by Pulitzer Prizes administrator Dana Canedy, also a graduate of UK.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Bridgette Sloan Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2018)  It is a rare learning opportunity when students get to speak with an industry insider — especially when the insider works for one of the most famous bands on the planet. This was the experience for University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information students in Marc Whitt’s integrated strategic communication (ISC) event planning class when they got the chance to Skype with Beau Loendorf, event coordinator for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Chicago. The band has been performing for over 50 years and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

    The video conference took place April 3 during a rare break in Chicago’s hectic tour schedule. It was the result of months of planning by Loendorf and Whitt, who had been exchanging emails and texts since last summer to arrange the meeting. For well over an hour, Loendorf shared career and event planning advice with students and answered individual questions from each audience member. “Before Beau left us, he invited the students to connect with him via social media and to even share their resumes for a personal critique! Now that’s an incredible invitation!” Whitt said.

    Each semester, Whitt invites three guest speakers who are professional event planners to address his class, so students can learn from their real-world experience. Having Loendorf talk about his involvement with Chicago and how he coordinates their large-scale events brought a new and exciting perspective to students.

    “I think it is great having someone in the field they are trying to go into share insight on their story,” Loendorf said. “During my time in college we never had the opportunity to do something like this and ask questions with someone in the field we wanted to go into. I hope you all do more lectures like this because I thought it was great.”

    Loendorf added, “As for the students: they were wonderful and asked some great questions that made me think of things I have not thought of for a while. From questions regarding what I enjoy most and least about my job, fan interaction, and even with what I do to stay organized for traveling so much. I was impressed with all the questions they asked.”

    Loendorf, who holds a degree in communication studies from Colorado State University, has been planning events for Chicago since October 2016. When he is not traveling with the band on their nearly nonstop tour, he operates Big and Little, an event planning company in Colorado he co-founded.

    Some of the advice Loendorf had for students included becoming “super organized” and “stay on top of everything if you wish for everything to run smoothly.” He also stressed that attitude is important and having a positive outlook is key if you want a good outcome in the end.

    Whitt, who is also the director of philanthropy communications at UK, has special connections to Chicago. In addition to being a lifelong fan who has seen the band in concert 25 times, Whitt is a member of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and was involved when the fraternity honored Chicago and its horn section, who are all fraternity members. Thanks to a good friend who was once the band’s tour manager, Whitt and his family have also had the opportunity to meet the band several times and even joined them for dinner.

    Whitt was very excited for his students to have this rare opportunity and thankful to Loendorf for generously sharing his time. “The students were able to hear from a professional whose bosses are members of Chicago. When does that ever happen?” 

    Beau Loendorf, event coordinator for the Grammy-award winning rock band Chicago, Skyped with UK ISC students in their event planning class.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    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

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    859-323-2396 Summary: It is a rare learning opportunity when students get to speak with an industry insider — especially when the insider works for a Grammy Award-winning rock band.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Bridgette Sloan Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2018) — Several students from the University of Kentucky's Department of Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) in the College of Communication and Information took home gold and silver at the 2018 American Advertising Federation (AAF) ADDY Awards this semester. ISC students won in the categories of sales and marketing, print advertising, cross-platform, out of home and ambient media, elements of advertising, and online/interactive.

    The theme of this year’s event was ‘Boundless’ in reference to the global impact of creative advertising.

    The students who won gold were:

    • Rachel Buettner: Best of Show, Publication Design Book Cover (Sales & Marketing)
    • Robert Fischer: Judge’s Choice, Magazine Advertising Single Page (Print Advertising)
    • Claire Monkman: Outdoor Board (Out of Home & Ambient Media); Consumer Campaign (Cross Platform)

    The silver winners were: 

    • Robert Fischer: Two awards for entries in Social Media Single Execution (Online/Interactive)
    • Julia Harold: Packaging (Sales & Marketing)
    • Ally Iglesias: Judge’s Choice, Packaging (Sales & Marketing); Judge’s Choice, Cover/Editorial Spread or Feature Series (Sales & Marketing)
    • Chloe McMullen: Single Illustration (Elements of Advertising)
    • Liz Moore: Consumer Campaign (Cross Platform)
    • Jennifer O’Hagan: Logo Design (Elements of Advertising) 

    Rachel Hughes also won the Lexington Ad Club’s $1,000 student scholarship.

    The entries submitted by students were produced mostly in ISC 331 and 431 classes, "Advertising Creative Strategy" and "Execution I and II," taught by assistant professors Adriane Grumbein and Laura Fischer. Grumbein and Fischer met with students outside of class to help them perfect their work.

    "I am incredibly proud of these students," said Grumbein. "They are creative, talented and all-around awesome human beings! And, their work speaks for itself. ADDY awards are nationally recognized awards in the advertising world. Having one on your resume tells employers you are the best of the best. I can't wait to see what lucky company gets to snap these students up because they're headed for greatness."

    Fischer added, “The ADDY awards are a great way to let the advertising community learn more about our students and the work that they do in our classrooms. Additionally, it is a great honor for our students and their portfolios. It allows them to meet and network with professionals, while seeing the rewards for their hard work.” 

    The AAF ADDY awards competition is the first step in a three-tiered competition. Gold-winning entries advance to district competition, where judges decide which work will move on to nationals.

    The AAF was established in 1905 and is the “Unifying Voice for Advertising” as the only organization that includes members from all career levels and disciplines. The AAF has nearly 100 corporate members, over 200 college chapters and more than 200 local clubs nationwide. Annually, AAF hosts several programs, such as the Advertising Hall of Fame, the National Student Advertising Competition, the Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism and summer Ad Camps for high school students.

     

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    859-323-2396 Summary: Several students from the University of Kentucky's Department of Integrated Strategic Communication took home gold and silver at the 2018 American Advertising Federation (AAF) Lexington ADDY Awards this semester.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: ResearchBy Whitney Harder and Harlie Collins Thursday

     

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 12, 2018)  If you're unaware that your tweets could be analyzed by researchers and published in studies without your consent, you're not alone. A majority of Twitter users don't know that researchers often gather and study their tweets – and occasionally, even the deleted ones.

    Most believe researchers should be asking for permission and wrongly assume not doing so violates Twitter's Terms of Service, according to a new study by University of Kentucky Assistant Professor Nicholas Proferes and Casey Fiesler, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder.

    On the heels of the Cambridge Analytica controversy, in which 87 million Facebook users might have had their data shared with the firm, questions abound about data, privacy and ethics on social media and beyond.

    "In light of recent events, transparency is even more important," said Proferes, co-author and faculty member in the UK College of Communication and Information's School of Information Science.

    By surveying 268 individuals who used public Twitter accounts, the authors also found that many users thought researchers were banned from collecting and analyzing public tweets; were surprised that deleted tweets might be used in studies; and had very strong opinions on the practice if those users were taking steps to protect their account.

    Part of the problem, Proferes said, is how social media companies neglect to explain how information flows and is used beyond users' intended audiences.

    Many areas of research rely on social media data, from predicting sentiment for products to better understanding how communities respond to social events. In the study, most users thought using public social media data for science is important and would be willing to let their content be used for scientific research if they were asked.

    "This raises a number of questions about how we, as researchers, should handle user content, and how we might go about informing users about research that uses their publicly available content," he said.

    Typically, researchers are required to go through Institutional Review Board (IRB) processes when conducting research on human subjects, but these can differ among institutions. For example, some IRBs may treat research using publicly available social media data as an observational study in a public space that doesn’t require consent.

    "But is Twitter equivalent to a public park?" Proferes said. "It's not. If I see someone observing me, I can walk away. Twitter is a one-way mirror."

    Proferes and Fiesler also found that users’ attitudes toward the practice differed depending on contextual factors, such as the topic of the research, the pool of data — one tweet or the user's entire history — and whether the tweets would be attributed or anonymous.

    The researchers offer some best practices and considerations for researchers using public social media data: 1) Ask for permission if there is a reasonable way to do so; 2) Anonomyze identifying information when quoting tweets; 3) Request permission to publish the user’s identity; and 4) Avoid using deleted content.

    Proferes and Fiesler are also working on additional ethical guidelines to inform the research community, and Proferes is working with a colleague to develop a tool that could be used on social media to provide users with more information regarding research studies.

    "Twitter is a really rich source of data for scientists to understand social phenomena," Proferes said. "But we can do better about informing people about our research, getting their permission when possible and sharing our findings."

     

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    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

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    859-323-2396 Summary: If you're unaware that your tweets could be analyzed by researchers and published in studies without your consent, you're not alone. A majority of Twitter users don't know that researchers often gather and study their tweets according to a new study.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Whitney Hale Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2018) The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards will host two sessions with Rhodes Scholars Fagan Harris, the assistant American secretary of the Rhodes Trust, and Raymond Burse, former president of Kentucky State University, on the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. All programming will be presented on Friday, April 13.

    The day will begin with a coffee and conversation program on the Rhodes Scholarship for faculty running 9-10:15 a.m., in Room 101 at the James W. Stuckert Career Center. This program will be an opportunity to learn more about the Rhodes Scholarship and its connection to Oxford University. The event will also identify ways UK faculty can help recruit more UK students to apply for the award. Those interested in attending this event are asked to RSVP to pat.whitlow@uky.edu to ensure sufficient space and coffee.

    Students can learn more about the Rhodes Scholarship later that same day at a session running 1-2 p.m., in Room 101 at the Stuckert Career Center.

    The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Each year 32 young students from the United States are selected as Rhodes Scholars. Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for outstanding scholarly achievements, but for character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for potential for leadership in their careers. The Rhodes Trust provides full financial support for scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

    The campus deadline for Rhodes Scholarship applicants is Sept. 7, 2018. UK nominees for Rhodes will be selected after an on-campus interview with a committee of faculty members.

    For more information on either of the Rhodes Scholarship programs, contact the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at 859-257-4984 or email pat.whitlow@uky.edu.

    The UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, part of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Student and Academic Life at UK, 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 major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with the office's director, Pat Whitlow, well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

    UK's Office of Nationally Competitive Awards will present a Rhodes Scholar information session for UK students from 1-2 p.m. Friday, April 13, in Room 101 of the Stuckert Career Center.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreHealth SciencesHonors CollegePublic HealthSocial WorkStudent and Academic Life

    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

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    859-257-8716 Summary: UK's Office of Nationally Competitive Awards will host two sessions with Rhodes Scholars Fagan Harris, the assistant American secretary of the Rhodes Trust, and Raymond Burse, former president of Kentucky State University, on the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. All programming for students and faculty will be presented on Friday, April 13.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Kathy Johnson Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2018) — The Women’s Executive Leadership Development (WELD) program at University of Kentucky has announced the following faculty and staff members have been selected to participate in the third cohort of the program. 

    • Tomi Akinyemiju, associate professor and assistant dean for inclusive excellence, Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health
    • Kimberly Applegate, professor, Department of Radiology, College of Medicine
    • Katie Ballert, associate professor, Department of Urology, College of Medicine
    • Tiffany Barnes, associate professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
    • Kristen Brown, associate director of Ambulatory Operations, UKHealthCare
    • Michelle Butina, program director and associate professor, Medical Laboratory Science Program, College of Health Sciences
    • Karen Butler, professor and assistant dean of academic operations, College of Nursing
    • Jennifer Cramer, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies, Department of Linguistics, College of Arts and Sciences
    • Amy DiLorenzo, senior lecturer and assistant dean for educational innovation and scholarship, Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine
    • Jennifer Edwards, assistant director of communications and strategic planning, Information Technology Services
    • Sally Foster, director of the Center for Personal Development, Lewis Honors College
    • Beth Goins, co-director of communication, College of Education
    • Tamra Langley, director of advanced practice provider critical care fellowship, Critical Care Medicine, UKHealthCare
    • Jessica Lee, associate professor, Department of Neurology, College of Medicine
    • Anne Lichtenberg, director of annual giving, Office of Philanthropy
    • Sarah Lyon, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences 
    • Barbara Nikolajczyk, associate director for translational research in diabetes, Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center, and associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, College of Medicine
    • Margaret Rintamaa, associate professor, Department of Instruction and Administration, College of Education
    • Karen Roper, associate research director, Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine
    • Lumy Sawaki Adams, associate professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine
    • Elizabeth Seelbach, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine
    • Sara Shahid Salles, professor and vice chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medicine
    • Megan Sizemore, chief of staff, College of Communication and Information
    • Therese Smith, director of the Community of Concern, Office of the Dean of Students
    • Alison Woodworth, associate professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, medical director, Clinical Chemistry and Point of Care Testing, College of Medicine
    • Sadia Zoubir-Shaw, associate professor and executive director of KFLC: The Language, Literatures, and Cultures Conference, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences

    “It is with great pleasure that I welcome the 2018 cohort to our WELD program," said WELD Director Hollie Swanson. "I look forward to guiding them on this next phase of their leadership journey. The high caliber of this group is a testament to all of the highly qualified individuals who applied, the strong support of their sponsors and the dedicated work of our WELD Advisory and Selection Committees.”

    The eight-month WELD program is designed to develop the next generation of University of Kentucky leaders through retreats, monthly meetings, conversations with upper level administrators and a group project. The upcoming WELD Kick-Off Lecture Thursday, April 26, will feature Lori Gonzalez, vice chancellor of academic, faculty and student affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and former dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky. The lecture will begin 4 p.m., April 26, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.

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    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

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    859-257-3155 Summary: Twenty-six faculty and staff members have been accepted into UK's Women's Executive Leadership Development program.
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  • Body: Student LifeBy Catherine Hayden Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2018) The University of Kentucky Speech and Debate Team placed eighth in the nation at the largest collegiate speech and debate competition in the country, the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament. This placing extends the teams history of ranking in the top 10 at this national competition to its fourth continuous year and represents a new best placing for the university.

    This year’s tournament was hosted by Tennessee State University and had 82 colleges and universities in attendance for the four-day competition. Together, these schools entered more than 2,000 speeches and debate teams, which if spoken end-to-end, would last for nearly 58 days of continuous advocacy. In addition to placing eighth in combined team sweepstakes, the team from UK also placed fourth in debate sweepstakes and 10th in the sweepstakes category for speech events.

    “This tournament certainly represents a high point for our team,” Director Timothy Bill said. “The students spend months working for this moment. Placing eighth overall against the best teams in the nation shows just how talented and capable the students from UK are.”

    Bill went on to note that “this placing is also a result of alumni support. Our three judges were incredible in helping us throughout the week. We couldn’t have done it without them.”

    In addition to the team placings, senior Matt Karijolic became the second person in team history to be crowned a national champion at this tournament by winning extemporaneous commentary. Senior Rachel Brase was the top speaker in the varsity division of parliamentary debate and also placed fourth in slam poetry. Sophomore Laura McAllister was the fourth place speaker in the junior varsity division of parliamentary debate.

    View the full list of awards won by UK students at the tournament here.

    The UK Speech and Debate Team is committed to training the next generation of civic leaders who are passionate about effecting change in their communities. The team’s final competition of the season will be the National Forensic Association National Tournament held April 19-23, at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. UK Speech and Debate is a student organization in the School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information. To find out more, please visit the team’s website www.ukforensics.com.

     

    Members of the UK Speech and Debate Team after placing eighth at the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    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

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    859-323-2396 Summary: The UK Speech and Debate Team placed eighth in the nation against 82 colleges and universities at the largest collegiate speech and debate competition in the country.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Harlie Collins Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2018) — Virginia Eubanks, author of "Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor" will speak at the University of Kentucky on Wednesday, April 4, as part of the School of Information Science’s scholarly talk series, “SIS Talks.”   

    Eubanks is an associate professor of political science at the University at Albany, State University of New York, an author and editor of three books, a founding member of the Our Data Bodies Project and a fellow at New America. The guest lecture will begin at noon, in Kincaid Auditorium (Room 111) of the Gatton College of Business and Economics building.

    In her new book, "Automating Inequality," Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. She draws from personal experience and three detailed narratives to illustrate data-based discrimination in automated systems that are used by the government to deliver social services.

    “Eubanks’ 'Automating Inequality' should be required reading for everyone interested in pursuing a career in ICT or policy. She debunks the myth that 'technology is neutral' and explicitly shows us how we embed our biases into our technologies in order to maintain a political agenda,” said David Nemer, assistant professor of information communication technology, an academic degree program housed in the UK College of Communication and Information. “It is a great wake-up call for those who put too much faith in technology and expect it to solve our social issues — when in fact, the technology is only amplifying the will of their stakeholders.”

    Eubanks will discuss communication technologies that promise to streamline public services, for example, automated systems that gauge welfare eligibility and databases that connect the homeless with housing resources.

    “In my class ICT 300: Information Communication Technology in Society, I thoroughly discuss this topic with my students and they are often surprised by how naively we tend to analyze the role of technology in society. By bringing this theme and Eubanks' approach, I hope students critically engage with ICT and understand that developing ICT is not just a matter of technical skills, but also understanding it as a social object with serious implications to our society,” Nemer said. 

    For two decades, Eubanks has worked in community technology and economic justice movements. She is author of "Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age" and co-editor with Alethia Jones of "Ain’t Nobody Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith." 

    “One of the reasons I’m optimistic is that these systems are also really incredible diagnostics. They make inequities in our country really concrete, and really relevant. Where one of the systems goes spiraling out of control is a place where we have a deep inequality that needs to be addressed,” said Eubanks in an interview with MIT Technology Review. “And so, I believe that the combination of the movement work that’s already happening now and increased attention to systems like these can create incredible pressure to create a more just social system overall.”

    For more information about "SIS Talks," email david.nemer@uky.edu.

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    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

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    859-323-2396 Summary: In her new book, "Automating Inequality," Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America.
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  • Body: Student LifeBy Whitney Hale Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 9, 2018) The University of Kentucky Student Organization for Art History will present its first symposium, “Politics and Aesthetics: An Interdisciplinary View,” later this year. The organization will take abstract submissions for the symposium from UK students across several fields of study through March 16, 2018.

    In today’s sociopolitical climate — where protesters regularly take to the streets with visually striking signs that claim their right to representation and to fight discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and nationality — the political potential of aesthetics demands attention. Furthermore, as powerful politicians deploy images on social media with the aim of manipulating their followers, the role of aesthetics in politics has become a vital issue to consider.

    The intention of “Politics and Aesthetics” is to address the question: What role does aesthetics, with its emphasis on nature, representation and subjectivity, play in today’s political climate? Submissions for the 2018 symposium may address such topics as:

    • visual culture of resistance;
    • political representations of gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity and race;
    • social media and technology;
    • politics of performance;
    • critical spatial practices in art, design and architecture;
    • graphical strategies in politics;
    • critical theory and aesthetic philosophy;
    • relationships between art and activism;
    • aesthetic tactics of minor histories and experiences; and
    • politicizing popular culture.

    The UK Student Organization for Art History will accept submissions for “Politics and Aesthetics” from both undergraduate and graduate scholars in art history/visual studies, gender and women’s studies, philosophy, theatre and dance, music, film studies, design, architecture, cultural studies, and other related humanities fields at UK.

    Interested applicants should submit abstracts no longer than 300 words to UK Student Organization for Art History at uksofah@gmail.com with the subject “2018 Symposium.” Submissions should include the applicant’s name, proposed title of the paper, and applicant’s field of study. Applicants may also include a curriculum vitae/résumé, but it is not required. Deadline for submissions is Friday, March 16, 2018.

    The Student Organization for Art History (SOfAH)’s mission is to provide outside-of-the-classroom resources and networking opportunities for art history and visual studies (AH/VS) students at UK School of Art and Visual Studies.

    The School of Art and Visual Studies, at the UK 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, and digital media and design.

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    859-257-8716 Summary: UK Student Organization for Art History will present its first symposium, “Politics and Aesthetics: An Interdisciplinary View,” later this year. UK students across several fields of study are encouraged to submit abstracts for the symposium through March 16, 2018.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy Whitney Harder Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 8, 2018)  After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2013, Luke Reedy took a chance to follow his dreams. He moved to Los Angeles without a job and knew only two people in the area. Today, he works for Warner Bros. as a post-production coordinator.  

    "During my senior year, I applied to hundreds of jobs in LA and never received a response … someone told me the only way to get a job in LA is to move there," said Reedy, who earned a media arts and studies degree from the College of Communication and Information.

    "So I found a place, packed up my car and headed west."

    After two months working at a country club while job searching, he landed his first gig in the television industry. He went on to work on the shows "Claws" and "Rizzoli & Isles," both on TNT, as well as the pilot for "Training Day," a show that aired on CBS, and "ESPN Sport Science," among others. He's met Ben Affleck and Jay Leno and worked with numerous stars, but he was most excited to work with Dean Norris and Bill Paxton.

    "Working in post you get to be a part of the entire process… You get to see what the script becomes."

    His latest work was managing the post-production office for ABC's new show "Deception," starring Jack Cutmore-Scott as superstar magician Cameron Black who joins forces with the FBI.

    Reedy worked with actors and agents to schedule automated dialogue replacement, which improves audio quality or changes dialogue; ensured production cuts were delivered on time; and helped the production crew in preparing dailies (the raw, unedited footage from the day's shoot).

    This weekend, he'll be watching his hard work on the small screen as "Deception" premieres at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. Central) Sunday, March 11.

    "When the show airs we have already memorized every minor detail of the episode," he said. "It's always nice to see how people react to it."

    Once Reedy and the team deliver the episodes, they have about a week to wrap up the office, and then it's time for a break.

    "We work long hours so it's good to take a break after you finish a show," he said.

    What's next? Possibly another show, possibly working on the next season of "Deception," depending on if the show gets picked up and when. In the long run, Reedy aims to become a co-producer.

    Luke Reedy, a 2013 UK alumnus, works in post-production for Warner Bros.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Catherine Hayden Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 6, 2018)  A transformational media executive, a woman who inherited a newspaper when her husband died, a highly respected Capitol reporter, a copy editor on prize-winning magazine work, a longtime TV reporter and editor, a veteran reporter and editor — this is just part of the story behind this year's inductees in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

    A total of six journalists who have made contributions to journalism will be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame on April 9. They have worked in the Commonwealth, Texas, South Carolina and Washington, D.C.

    “We have an outstanding class of inductees this year, and they represent the quality of journalism that has benefited our state for decades,” said Mike Farrell, interim director of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, which houses the hall of fame and sets up the luncheon.   

    The 2018 class will bring the total of inductees to 226. The hall was initiated in 1981. Tickets for the induction luncheon at the Griffin Gate Marriott, located at 1800 Newtown Pike, are $50.    

    The class of 2018 inductees:

    Rich Boehne started his newspaper career near the bottom rung and climbed all the way to the top. Boehne, a native of Ft. Thomas, sold subscriptions to The Cincinnati Post while a student at Highlands High School. He earned a degree in communications and journalism at Northern Kentucky University. He worked first as a part-time reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer, then worked for a group of suburban newspapers before joining The Post as a business reporter and editor. In 1988, he joined The Post’s parent corporation, the E.W. Scripps Co., just before the family-owned newspaper and broadcasting company went public. He rose through the ranks to become president and CEO in 2011. He stepped down in 2017 and remains chairman of the board. He helped co-found the Scripps Leadership Institute and led Scripps through the tumultuous era when news media were undergoing dramatic changes. He serves as a director of the Associated Press, a director of the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank and as chairman of the Board of Regents of NKU. He received the First Amendment Award from the Associated Press and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from NKU as well as its prestigious Lincoln Award.

    Jack Brammer has worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader in its state capital bureau for 40 years. While he has won accolades for his reporting during the terms of nine Kentucky governors and 58 sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly, his colleagues declare he has served as an outstanding mentor to the young reporters who have joined him in the bureau. Among those he taught are such Herald-Leader standouts as Editor-in-Chief Peter Baniak, Deputy Editor John Cheves and editorial writer Jamie Lucke. Brammer, a native of Maysville, began his career at The Sentinel-News in Shelbyville. Two years later, he joined the Lexington Leader, which became part of the Herald-Leader. He has covered Frankfort ever since. Among his awards, Brammer was part of the team that won the prestigious Seldon Ring in 1990 for the series, "Cheating Our Children," which uncovered the economic inequities plaguing Kentucky’s schools. His nominators praised him for his fairness in covering decades of political stories.

    Aileen Chambers Evans inherited the News-Democrat in Russellville in 1940 when her husband died at age 47. She poured her life into the community newspaper for the next 28 years before selling it. In her farewell column, she wrote, “I have written miles of copy of every kind and have walked miles of concrete in advertising.” But the only time her byline appeared in the newspaper was on that final column. Her original nomination was written by John Siegenthaler, the editor of The Tennessean in Nashville and a staunch defender of the First Amendment. Siegenthaler recalled writing a story on Thanksgiving Day 1953 revealing that a Russellville woman, who had disappeared and been declared dead, was actually living in Texas. Evans called her staff and they published an “extra” before dinner. Siegenthaler’s letter reports that the story made international news. Evans and her staff, according to the letter, won more than 70 awards in the annual Kentucky Press Association contest. Her ownership of the newspaper was a family matter: children and grandchildren worked at the News-Democrat and went on to other news outlets. Evans, who was born in 1895, graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University while playing for the women’s basketball team.   

    Warren Wheat spent 55 years in journalism, graduating from the University of Kentucky, where he worked on the Kentucky Kernel. First, there was a stop with the United States Air Force, where he served as a public information officer. His path led to the Winchester Sun; to the Lexington Leader as a city hall reporter while taking graduate classes; and then 14 years at The Cincinnati Enquirer covering Northern Kentucky and serving as chief of first the Columbus bureau and then the Washington bureau. From 1979-1984, he was a regional reporter with the Gannett News Service. He worked at USA Today for 14 years, serving as the first deputy Washington editor and then working on the editorial page. After two years as governance and national editor at The State in Columbia, South Carolina, Wheat returned to Kentucky to edit The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown. He retired in 2009 and now works for No-Labels, an organization based in Washington, D.C., that advocates for bipartisan policymaking.      

    Valerie Ellison Wright is a native of Lexington and a journalism graduate of the University of Kentucky. Her journalism has, in some ways, followed the career of her husband, George Wright, a UK alumnus who recently stepped down after 14 years as president of Prairie View A&M University in Texas. After graduating in 1972, Wright worked for the Louisville Times as a reporter covering neighborhoods. She covered city and county governments for The Durham Sun from 1974-1977. From 1977-1980, she worked at the Lexington Leader, reporting on schools and local courts. The following year, she worked as a copy editor and reporter for The Austin American-Statesman. After being employed by the Texas Education Agency, she took a job at Texas Monthly Magazine as an assistant editor. She was promoted to associate editor and then research editor. From 2000 until her retirement in 2016, she was a fact-checker, serving again as associate editor and then research editor. In 1980, she was a member of the first class for Editing Program for Minority Journalists at the University of Arizona. In 2013, Texas Monthly won National Magazine Awards for stories it published. In the magazine’s announcement, the editor praised her for her work fact-checking one of those stories.

    Steve York, a graduate of Georgetown College, also logged many years in journalism. He started at WVLK-AM and -FM in Lexington, as a reporter/news director working with a five-person news team that covered Central Kentucky. From there, he moved to WAVE-TV in Louisville. He covered stories from Central and Western Kentucky for WAVE from Elizabethtown from 1978 to 1985. He provided WAVE viewers with celebrated coverage of the 1979 and 1983 gubernatorial races, as well as the 1981 coal strike. In 1985, WAVE named him assignment editor, and he was promoted to assistant news director in 1998, overseeing daily operations of the newsroom. He retired in 2011. He is the recipient of numerous journalism awards from the Kentucky Associated Press, the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.   

    For tickets to the April 9 induction luncheon, visit http://ci.uky.edu/jam/. Tickets are $50. The deadline for reservations is March 30. The presenting sponsor is the E.W. Scripps Co. Other sponsors are the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Northern Kentucky University Foundation and the UK School of Journalism and Media.

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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Catherine Hayden Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 6, 2018)  A transformational media executive, a woman who inherited a newspaper when her husband died, a highly respected Capitol reporter, a copy editor on prize-winning magazine work, a longtime TV reporter and editor, a veteran reporter and editor — this is just part of the story behind this year's inductees in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

    A total of six journalists who have made contributions to journalism will be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame on April 9. They have worked in the Commonwealth, Texas, South Carolina and Washington, D.C.

    “We have an outstanding class of inductees this year, and they represent the quality of journalism that has benefited our state for decades,” said Mike Farrell, interim director of the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, which houses the hall of fame and sets up the luncheon.   

    The 2018 class will bring the total of inductees to 226. The hall was initiated in 1981. Tickets for the induction luncheon at the Griffin Gate Marriott, located at 1800 Newtown Pike, are $50.    

    The class of 2018 inductees:

    Rich Boehne started his newspaper career near the bottom rung and climbed all the way to the top. Boehne, a native of Ft. Thomas, sold subscriptions to The Cincinnati Post while a student at Highlands High School. He earned a degree in communications and journalism at Northern Kentucky University. He worked first as a part-time reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer, then worked for a group of suburban newspapers before joining The Post as a business reporter and editor. In 1988, he joined The Post’s parent corporation, the E.W. Scripps Co., just before the family-owned newspaper and broadcasting company went public. He rose through the ranks to become president and CEO in 2011. He stepped down in 2017 and remains chairman of the board. He helped co-found the Scripps Leadership Institute and led Scripps through the tumultuous era when news media were undergoing dramatic changes. He serves as a director of the Associated Press, a director of the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank and as chairman of the Board of Regents of NKU. He received the First Amendment Award from the Associated Press and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from NKU as well as its prestigious Lincoln Award.

    Jack Brammer has worked at the Lexington Herald-Leader in its state capital bureau for 40 years. While he has won accolades for his reporting during the terms of nine Kentucky governors and 58 sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly, his colleagues declare he has served as an outstanding mentor to the young reporters who have joined him in the bureau. Among those he taught are such Herald-Leader standouts as Editor-in-Chief Peter Baniak, Deputy Editor John Cheves and editorial writer Jamie Lucke. Brammer, a native of Maysville, began his career at The Sentinel-News in Shelbyville. Two years later, he joined the Lexington Leader, which became part of the Herald-Leader. He has covered Frankfort ever since. Among his awards, Brammer was part of the team that won the prestigious Seldon Ring in 1990 for the series, "Cheating Our Children," which uncovered the economic inequities plaguing Kentucky’s schools. His nominators praised him for his fairness in covering decades of political stories.

    Aileen Chambers Evans inherited the News-Democrat in Russellville in 1940 when her husband died at age 47. She poured her life into the community newspaper for the next 28 years before selling it. In her farewell column, she wrote, “I have written miles of copy of every kind and have walked miles of concrete in advertising.” But the only time her byline appeared in the newspaper was on that final column. Her original nomination was written by John Siegenthaler, the editor of The Tennessean in Nashville and a staunch defender of the First Amendment. Siegenthaler recalled writing a story on Thanksgiving Day 1953 revealing that a Russellville woman, who had disappeared and been declared dead, was actually living in Texas. Evans called her staff and they published an “extra” before dinner. Siegenthaler’s letter reports that the story made international news. Evans and her staff, according to the letter, won more than 70 awards in the annual Kentucky Press Association contest. Her ownership of the newspaper was a family matter: children and grandchildren worked at the News-Democrat and went on to other news outlets. Evans, who was born in 1895, graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University while playing for the women’s basketball team.   

    Warren Wheat spent 55 years in journalism, graduating from the University of Kentucky, where he worked on the Kentucky Kernel. First, there was a stop with the United States Air Force, where he served as a public information officer. His path led to the Winchester Sun; to the Lexington Leader as a city hall reporter while taking graduate classes; and then 14 years at The Cincinnati Enquirer covering Northern Kentucky and serving as chief of first the Columbus bureau and then the Washington bureau. From 1979-1984, he was a regional reporter with the Gannett News Service. He worked at USA Today for 14 years, serving as the first deputy Washington editor and then working on the editorial page. After two years as governance and national editor at The State in Columbia, South Carolina, Wheat returned to Kentucky to edit The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown. He retired in 2009 and now works for No-Labels, an organization based in Washington, D.C., that advocates for bipartisan policymaking.      

    Valerie Ellison Wright is a native of Lexington and a journalism graduate of the University of Kentucky. Her journalism has, in some ways, followed the career of her husband, George Wright, a UK alumnus who recently stepped down after 14 years as president of Prairie View A&M University in Texas. After graduating in 1972, Wright worked for the Louisville Times as a reporter covering neighborhoods. She covered city and county governments for The Durham Sun from 1974-1977. From 1977-1980, she worked at the Lexington Leader, reporting on schools and local courts. The following year, she worked as a copy editor and reporter for The Austin American-Statesman. After being employed by the Texas Education Agency, she took a job at Texas Monthly Magazine as an assistant editor. She was promoted to associate editor and then research editor. From 2000 until her retirement in 2016, she was a fact-checker, serving again as associate editor and then research editor. In 1980, she was a member of the first class for Editing Program for Minority Journalists at the University of Arizona. In 2013, Texas Monthly won National Magazine Awards for stories it published. In the magazine’s announcement, the editor praised her for her work fact-checking one of those stories.

    Steve York, a graduate of Georgetown College, also logged many years in journalism. He started at WVLK-AM and -FM in Lexington, as a reporter/news director working with a five-person news team that covered Central Kentucky. From there, he moved to WAVE-TV in Louisville. He covered stories from Central and Western Kentucky for WAVE from Elizabethtown from 1978 to 1985. He provided WAVE viewers with celebrated coverage of the 1979 and 1983 gubernatorial races, as well as the 1981 coal strike. In 1985, WAVE named him assignment editor, and he was promoted to assistant news director in 1998, overseeing daily operations of the newsroom. He retired in 2011. He is the recipient of numerous journalism awards from the Kentucky Associated Press, the Kentucky Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.   

    For tickets to the April 9 induction luncheon, visit http://ci.uky.edu/jam/. Tickets are $50. The deadline for reservations is March 30. The presenting sponsor is the E.W. Scripps Co. Other sponsors are the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Northern Kentucky University Foundation and the UK School of Journalism and Media.

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  • Body: Student LifeBy Whitney Harder Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2018) For 30 years, a small studio staffed by talented University of Kentucky students has filled the Lexington airwaves with unique tunes not often heard elsewhere. WRFL, UK's student-run radio station and a mainstay on campus and in the local arts scene, is celebrating the big 3-0 this month doing what it does best — bringing people together with music.  

    "The station is without a doubt in the top 10 college radio stations in the U.S.," said Kakie Urch, associate professor in the College of Communication's School of Journalism and Media.

    As a student at UK, Urch helped establish the free, alternative radio station in 1988. The station airs 24/7 and its coverage area includes Georgetown, Frankfort, Versailles and Stamping Ground, as well as Lexington and online at http://WRFL.FM. A wide range of artists and bands are featured on WRFL, but they all have one thing in common — they live outside Top 40 radio and expose listeners to underground and local music.

    WRFL's real charm lies in how its operated though, and who's in the DJ chair. Since it began broadcasting, students studying journalism, music, engineering and other fields have manned the DJ chair 24/7, 365. Automation? Never. The students who take on the role of WRFL DJ form a tight-knit community, one that includes hundreds of alumni over the years.

    From film producers to regional on-air talent and reporters, artists to the current assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, WRFL alumni have found success across industries and the nation. This weekend, they'll be traveling back to Lexington to celebrate the station, reconnect with fellow RFLiens and meet current students.

    The 30th Birthday Bash will feature three days of live performances, all with WRFL connections, at the Burl and the Distillery District. Get the full schedule here. Tickets for Friday night's show are sold out, but tickets for Saturday night can be purchased here. During the bash, RFLiens will also tour the current temporary studio and take a peek at what will be its brand-new studio when the UK Student Center opens.  

    Want to hear what it was like at WRFL during the early days? Visit Radio Free Lexington Oral History Project featuring alumni sharing their memories. The collection was digitized by UK Libraries Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.

    Grant Sparks and Mitchell Mullins at WRFL. Photo by Matt Barton.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationLibraries

    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

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  • Body: Student LifeBy Whitney Harder March 2, 2018

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2018) For 30 years, a small studio staffed by talented University of Kentucky students has filled the Lexington airwaves with unique tunes not often heard elsewhere. WRFL, UK's student-run radio station and a mainstay on campus and in the local arts scene, is celebrating the big 3-0 this month doing what it does best — bringing people together with music.  

    "The station is without a doubt in the top 10 college radio stations in the U.S.," said Kakie Urch, associate professor in the College of Communication's School of Journalism and Media.

    As a student at UK, Urch helped establish the free, alternative radio station in 1988. The station airs 24/7 and its coverage area includes Georgetown, Frankfort, Versailles and Stamping Ground, as well as Lexington and online at http://WRFL.FM. A wide range of artists and bands are featured on WRFL, but they all have one thing in common — they live outside Top 40 radio and expose listeners to underground and local music.

    WRFL's real charm lies in how its operated though, and who's in the DJ chair. Since it began broadcasting, students studying journalism, music, engineering and other fields have manned the DJ chair 24/7, 365. Automation? Never. The students who take on the role of WRFL DJ form a tight-knit community, one that includes hundreds of alumni over the years.

    From film producers to regional on-air talent and reporters, artists to the current assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, WRFL alumni have found success across industries and the nation. This weekend, they'll be traveling back to Lexington to celebrate the station, reconnect with fellow RFLiens and meet current students.

    The 30th Birthday Bash will feature three days of live performances, all with WRFL connections, at the Burl and the Distillery District. Get the full schedule here. Tickets for Friday night's show are sold out, but tickets for Saturday night can be purchased here. During the bash, RFLiens will also tour the current temporary studio and take a peek at what will be its brand-new studio when the UK Student Center opens.  

    Want to hear what it was like at WRFL during the early days? Visit Radio Free Lexington Oral History Project featuring alumni sharing their memories. The collection was digitized by UK Libraries Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.

    Grant Sparks and Mitchell Mullins at WRFL. Photo by Matt Barton.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationLibraries

    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 Whitney Harder
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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy Stephanie Swarts Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2018) Eleven art students from the University of Kentucky were recognized during the 2017 Carey Ellis Juried Student Show this past December. The Carey Ellis Juried Student Show is part of the UK School of Art and Visual Studies popular visual art celebration, Open Studio, held in the Art and Visual Studies Building.

    During the Bolivar Art Gallery exhibition, three students were recognized for their works’ excellence as part of this year’s Carey Ellis Juried Student Show. The winners selected by juror, sculptor and UK alumna Melanie VanHouten were:

    Other school honors presented at the show included the Arturo Alonzo Sandoval Fiber Award. These awards were given to Aya AlJabiri, a 2017 art studio graduate, from Lexington, and Alex Lewis. The Sandoval Fiber Award, presented by the recently retired Alumni Endowed Professor of Art Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, is awarded to artists whose work reflects the significant use of fiber.

    The Theophilia Joan Oexmann Awards were given to Nicolette Lim, an art studio senior from Lexington, minoring in art history; Andrew Campbell, a 2017 art studio and integrated strategic communication graduate from Louisville, Kentucky; and Alexis “Ali” Deane, an art studio senior, minoring in art history, from Brevard, North Carolina. Faculty of the School of Art and Visual Studies presented the Oexmann Awards to students who showed great promise in their work through creativity and originality.

    The Ross Zirkle Memorial Art Studio Award was presented to Hayla Ragland, a Lewis Honors College member and art studio and psychology senior, minoring in art history, from LaGrange, Kentucky. Created in memory of faculty member Ross Zirkle, funds for this award were raised by donations from family, friends and former students of Zirkle. This award is presented to a student who is studying printmaking or drawing, and demonstrates qualities of artistic excellence, hard work and interest in helping the community, like Zirkle.

    UK’s Windgate Fellowship nominations went to Taylor Davis, an art studio senior from Lexington, and Delany Bal, an art studio senior, minoring in art history, from Morgantown, West Virginia. UK was allotted two nominees to be considered for the prestigious Windgate Fellowship, one of the largest awards offered nationally to college graduating art students.

    Grace Mayeur, a 2017 art studio graduate from Columbia, Tennessee, was awarded the new Back Alley Press Excellence in Printmaking Award.

    The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art education, art history and visual studies, art studio, and digital media and design.

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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy Stephanie Swarts Feb. 28, 2018

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2018) Eleven art students from the University of Kentucky were recognized during the 2017 Carey Ellis Juried Student Show this past December. The Carey Ellis Juried Student Show is part of the UK School of Art and Visual Studies popular visual art celebration, Open Studio, held in the Art and Visual Studies Building.

    During the Bolivar Art Gallery exhibition, three students were recognized for their works’ excellence as part of this year’s Carey Ellis Juried Student Show. The winners selected by juror, sculptor and UK alumna Melanie VanHouten were:

    Other school honors presented at the show included the Arturo Alonzo Sandoval Fiber Award. These awards were given to Aya AlJabiri, a 2017 art studio graduate, from Lexington, and Alex Lewis. The Sandoval Fiber Award, presented by the recently retired Alumni Endowed Professor of Art Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, is awarded to artists whose work reflects the significant use of fiber.

    The Theophilia Joan Oexmann Awards were given to Nicolette Lim, an art studio senior from Lexington, minoring in art history; Andrew Campbell, a 2017 art studio and integrated strategic communication graduate from Louisville, Kentucky; and Alexis “Ali” Deane, an art studio senior, minoring in art history, from Brevard, North Carolina. Faculty of the School of Art and Visual Studies presented the Oexmann Awards to students who showed great promise in their work through creativity and originality.

    The Ross Zirkle Memorial Art Studio Award was presented to Hayla Ragland, a Lewis Honors College member and art studio and psychology senior, minoring in art history, from LaGrange, Kentucky. Created in memory of faculty member Ross Zirkle, funds for this award were raised by donations from family, friends and former students of Zirkle. This award is presented to a student who is studying printmaking or drawing, and demonstrates qualities of artistic excellence, hard work and interest in helping the community, like Zirkle.

    UK’s Windgate Fellowship nominations went to Taylor Davis, an art studio senior from Lexington, and Delany Bal, an art studio senior, minoring in art history, from Morgantown, West Virginia. UK was allotted two nominees to be considered for the prestigious Windgate Fellowship, one of the largest awards offered nationally to college graduating art students.

    Grace Mayeur, a 2017 art studio graduate from Columbia, Tennessee, was awarded the new Back Alley Press Excellence in Printmaking Award.

    The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art education, art history and visual studies, art studio, and digital media and design.

    of Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationHonors College

    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

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    859-257-8716 Summary: Eleven UK art students were recognized during the Carey Ellis Juried Student Show in December.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Hal Morris Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2018) When Eric Scott (2008, College of Communication and Information) saw his football career come to an end after two years in the National Football League, he knew two things: He wanted to finish his master’s degree, and his future career was not going to have him stuck behind a desk.

    He had no idea that mission would lead him to where he is now … as a lieutenant in the UK Police Department.

    Scott, who played football at UK from 2003-2007 and then played two seasons for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, has been with the department for eight years. He says it has been the best career he could have hoped for. Scott did not know it at the time, but his interest in law enforcement began during his playing days at UK. Kevin Franklin, a captain on the force, was one of the officers assigned as security to accompany the football team on road trips.

    Scott says Franklin became a good friend and mentor at UK, and they reconnected when Scott returned to Lexington to finish working on his master’s degree.

    “When I got hurt, I decided to come back to Lexington,” Scott said. “I went to a career fair because I was looking for a graduate assistant job to pay for the second half of my master’s (degree). As soon as I walked in the door, I saw this giant FBI banner. All the investigative stuff they did drew my attention.

    “I had done internships with Wells Fargo, and I was completely miserable behind a desk. When I saw that FBI banner, it intrigued me. Next to the banner was the UK Police Force banner, and behind it were Capt. Kevin Franklin and Maj. Nathan Brown. So when I saw those two there, I kind of hit it off with them,” explained Scott.

    Scott told Franklin he was looking to finish up graduate school, and the police force interested him. He found out the force was hiring, which meant Scott could pay for his schooling as a UK employee.

    “For me, it was kind of a sign. I could not only come here to get school paid for, but they’ll give me a salary, as well. I had never thought about applying for a law enforcement job before, but as soon as I saw them I knew this was what I was supposed to be doing,” Scott said. “I was basically looking for the complete opposite of a desk job, and policing was that for me.”

    Scott’s athletic career prepared him for what law enforcement entailed.

    “You have to stay fit. Teamwork is involved. There are a lot of characteristics in athletics that are similar to policing,” he said. “It was an immediate attraction. I will say it does take a lot of patience. In football, every play lasts about three-and-a-half seconds. So if you are frustrated, you have three-and-a-half seconds to take out that frustration. In law enforcement, you have to remain patient and professional and understand no matter the situation, you have to remain cool. That’s one of the differences from sports.”

    That patience was tested once Scott joined the force. He tended to be a little too recognizable, especially when dealing with students, many having been his friends just a few years earlier.

    “It’s quite the scene when it’s me at 6'4", 280 pounds, hopping out of a cruiser and walking toward a person and telling them to stop whatever they’re doing,” Scott said. “And then a buddy sees me and goes, ‘Hey, how you doing, Eric?’ It can ruin the whole presence of being professional and firm.”

    Scott, who has three daughters, is happy with his life and career in Lexington now, but he is looking ahead. He has thought about joining the FBI or U.S. Marshals Service in the future.

    “Their age cutoff is 37. I’m 31 now, so if I’m going to do something, I have to do it within that time,” he said.

    Scott has also been able to give back to an athletics program that he credits with helping him become the man he is now. From 2009-2016, Scott traveled with the football team full time and part time with the basketball team on road trips. Aside from providing security for the head coach, Scott says he tried to show players different sides of the police than some of them were used to seeing.

    “I was a resource for players, kind of an advisor, and gave them guidance,” he said. “With my background, the players trusted me. Those guys, it’s hard for some of them to trust the police with their backgrounds. It was one of the coolest details I’ve had at the university.

    “UK Athletics has bent over backward for me in my career and has been an awesome resource. I’ll forever be in its debt. They took a kid from Atlanta at age 18 and helped turn him into a man. With Rich Brooks, Joker Phillips and Mitch Barnhart and their guidance, I’ll forever be indebted to them for helping me grow and get to where I am today.”

    Eric ScottOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationGraduate School

    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: Former NFL player Eric Scott found a new purpose in life when he returned to his alma mater for a graduate education.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Hal Morris Feb. 27, 2018

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2018) When Eric Scott (2008, College of Communication and Information) saw his football career come to an end after two years in the National Football League, he knew two things: He wanted to finish his master’s degree, and his future career was not going to have him stuck behind a desk.

    He had no idea that mission would lead him to where he is now … as a lieutenant in the UK Police Department.

    Scott, who played football at UK from 2003-2007 and then played two seasons for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, has been with the department for eight years. He says it has been the best career he could have hoped for. Scott did not know it at the time, but his interest in law enforcement began during his playing days at UK. Kevin Franklin, a captain on the force, was one of the officers assigned as security to accompany the football team on road trips.

    Scott says Franklin became a good friend and mentor at UK, and they reconnected when Scott returned to Lexington to finish working on his master’s degree.

    “When I got hurt, I decided to come back to Lexington,” Scott said. “I went to a career fair because I was looking for a graduate assistant job to pay for the second half of my master’s (degree). As soon as I walked in the door, I saw this giant FBI banner. All the investigative stuff they did drew my attention.

    “I had done internships with Wells Fargo, and I was completely miserable behind a desk. When I saw that FBI banner, it intrigued me. Next to the banner was the UK Police Force banner, and behind it were Capt. Kevin Franklin and Maj. Nathan Brown. So when I saw those two there, I kind of hit it off with them,” explained Scott.

    Scott told Franklin he was looking to finish up graduate school, and the police force interested him. He found out the force was hiring, which meant Scott could pay for his schooling as a UK employee.

    “For me, it was kind of a sign. I could not only come here to get school paid for, but they’ll give me a salary, as well. I had never thought about applying for a law enforcement job before, but as soon as I saw them I knew this was what I was supposed to be doing,” Scott said. “I was basically looking for the complete opposite of a desk job, and policing was that for me.”

    Scott’s athletic career prepared him for what law enforcement entailed.

    “You have to stay fit. Teamwork is involved. There are a lot of characteristics in athletics that are similar to policing,” he said. “It was an immediate attraction. I will say it does take a lot of patience. In football, every play lasts about three-and-a-half seconds. So if you are frustrated, you have three-and-a-half seconds to take out that frustration. In law enforcement, you have to remain patient and professional and understand no matter the situation, you have to remain cool. That’s one of the differences from sports.”

    That patience was tested once Scott joined the force. He tended to be a little too recognizable, especially when dealing with students, many having been his friends just a few years earlier.

    “It’s quite the scene when it’s me at 6'4", 280 pounds, hopping out of a cruiser and walking toward a person and telling them to stop whatever they’re doing,” Scott said. “And then a buddy sees me and goes, ‘Hey, how you doing, Eric?’ It can ruin the whole presence of being professional and firm.”

    Scott, who has three daughters, is happy with his life and career in Lexington now, but he is looking ahead. He has thought about joining the FBI or U.S. Marshals Service in the future.

    “Their age cutoff is 37. I’m 31 now, so if I’m going to do something, I have to do it within that time,” he said.

    Scott has also been able to give back to an athletics program that he credits with helping him become the man he is now. From 2009-2016, Scott traveled with the football team full time and part time with the basketball team on road trips. Aside from providing security for the head coach, Scott says he tried to show players different sides of the police than some of them were used to seeing.

    “I was a resource for players, kind of an advisor, and gave them guidance,” he said. “With my background, the players trusted me. Those guys, it’s hard for some of them to trust the police with their backgrounds. It was one of the coolest details I’ve had at the university.

    “UK Athletics has bent over backward for me in my career and has been an awesome resource. I’ll forever be in its debt. They took a kid from Atlanta at age 18 and helped turn him into a man. With Rich Brooks, Joker Phillips and Mitch Barnhart and their guidance, I’ll forever be indebted to them for helping me grow and get to where I am today.”

    Eric ScottOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationGraduate School

    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: Former NFL player Eric Scott found a new purpose in life when he returned to his alma mater for a graduate education.
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  • Body: Student LifeBy Jenny Wells Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2018) — In keeping with University of Kentucky tradition, a student will be selected to speak at each of the four UK Commencement ceremonies this May.

    Because doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree recipients are now recognized together based on their colleges, the selection committee will accept applications from students with all degree types, not just undergraduate students as in past years.

    Students receiving a doctoral, master's or undergraduate degree at the May 2018 Commencement interested in speaking must submit their application by 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 28. Students who wish to apply must submit a resume and a copy of their three- to five-minute proposed speech no longer than three-typed, double-spaced pages. In addition, applicants must have contributed to the university through campus, community activities or through their chosen field of study and show evidence of demonstrated public speaking ability. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee. The committee may contact any applicant for a 15-minute interview and speech demonstration.

    Applications are available online at www.uky.edu/Commencement/speakers.html.

    To accommodate rising numbers and to provide a better experience for UK graduates and their families and friends, the university now holds four ceremonies over the course of two days. All four will be held at Rupp Arena.

    Friday, May 4:

    • 10 a.m. - College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Communication and Information; College of Public Health; The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
    • 2 p.m. - Gatton College of Business and Economics, College of Health Sciences, College of Fine Arts, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy

    Sunday, May 6:

    • 10 a.m. - College of Arts and Sciences; College of Social Work; College of Design
    • 2 p.m. - College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Medicine

    All May graduates should register for Commencement at www.uky.edu/Commencement.

    Martha Tillson speaks at a December 2017 Commencement ceremony. UK Photo | Mark Cornelison.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    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 Jenny Wells
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: Students who wish to apply must submit a resume and a copy of their three- to five-minute proposed speech no longer than three-typed, double-spaced pages. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student LifeBy Jenny Wells Feb. 23, 2018

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2018) — In keeping with University of Kentucky tradition, a student will be selected to speak at each of the four UK Commencement ceremonies this May.

    Because doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree recipients are now recognized together based on their colleges, the selection committee will accept applications from students with all degree types, not just undergraduate students as in past years.

    Students receiving a doctoral, master's or undergraduate degree at the May 2018 Commencement interested in speaking must submit their application by 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 28. Students who wish to apply must submit a resume and a copy of their three- to five-minute proposed speech no longer than three-typed, double-spaced pages. In addition, applicants must have contributed to the university through campus, community activities or through their chosen field of study and show evidence of demonstrated public speaking ability. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee. The committee may contact any applicant for a 15-minute interview and speech demonstration.

    Applications are available online at www.uky.edu/Commencement/speakers.html.

    To accommodate rising numbers and to provide a better experience for UK graduates and their families and friends, the university now holds four ceremonies over the course of two days. All four will be held at Rupp Arena.

    Friday, May 4:

    • 10 a.m. - College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Communication and Information; College of Public Health; The Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
    • 2 p.m. - Gatton College of Business and Economics, College of Health Sciences, College of Fine Arts, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy

    Sunday, May 6:

    • 10 a.m. - College of Arts and Sciences; College of Social Work; College of Design
    • 2 p.m. - College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Medicine

    All May graduates should register for Commencement at www.uky.edu/Commencement.

    Martha Tillson speaks at a December 2017 Commencement ceremony. UK Photo | Mark Cornelison.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    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 Jenny Wells
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: Students who wish to apply must submit a resume and a copy of their three- to five-minute proposed speech no longer than three-typed, double-spaced pages.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Kristie Law Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2018) The University of Kentucky Women's Forum announces 14 women have been nominated for the 2018 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award, one of UK's most prestigious awards for women. Women's Forum, who established the award in 1994, is currently celebrating over 26 years of open discussion and creativity while providing leadership development for all women employed at UK.

    The Sarah Bennett Holmes Award honors a distinguished former dean of women at the University of Kentucky. Holmes, who was widowed at a young age, raised four children while completing her own education. She went on to have a successful career at UK where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the Depression.

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of this award, granted annually to women working at UK who promote the growth and well-being of other women at the university and across the Commonwealth. Two awards will be presented — one to a faculty member and one to a staff member. 

    The UK Women’s Forum is inviting the campus community to the annual award ceremony and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the Woodford Reserve Club at Kroger Field. The Woodford Reserve Club is accessible between gates 10 and 11 in the Blue Lot. Cost is $15 per individual, or departments/offices can purchase a table of eight for $120. Please click here to register and pay for your ticket. The registration deadline is March 19, 2018.

    The 2018 nominees are:

    Faculty

    • Mary Davis, College of Law;
    • Frances Feltner, Center for Excellence in Rural Health;
    • Nancy Harrington, Department of Communication;
    • Janice Kuperstein, College of Health Sciences;
    • Debra Moser, College of Nursing;
    • Susan Smyth, Internal Medicine, Physiology;
    • Hollie Swanson, Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences;
    • Donna Wilcock, Physiology, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging; and
    • Olivia Yinger, Music Therapy.

    Staff

    • Lisa Collins, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment;
    • Michelle Del Toro, Gender and Women’s Studies;
    • Sarah Geegan, Public Relations;
    • Sara Price, Enrollment Management; and
    • Lori Tyndall, Geography.
    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesCommunication and InformationFine ArtsHealth SciencesLawMedicineNursingUK 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 Kathy Johnson
    kathy.johnson@uky.edu
    859-257-3155 Summary: Fourteen women have been nominated for the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Award. The recognition ceremony, open to all campus, is March. 28.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Kristie Law Feb. 21, 2018

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2018) The University of Kentucky Women's Forum announces 14 women have been nominated for the 2018 Sarah Bennett Holmes Award, one of UK's most prestigious awards for women. Women's Forum, who established the award in 1994, is currently celebrating over 26 years of open discussion and creativity while providing leadership development for all women employed at UK.

    The Sarah Bennett Holmes Award honors a distinguished former dean of women at the University of Kentucky. Holmes, who was widowed at a young age, raised four children while completing her own education. She went on to have a successful career at UK where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the Depression.

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of this award, granted annually to women working at UK who promote the growth and well-being of other women at the university and across the Commonwealth. Two awards will be presented — one to a faculty member and one to a staff member. 

    The UK Women’s Forum is inviting the campus community to the annual award ceremony and luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at the Woodford Reserve Club at Kroger Field. The Woodford Reserve Club is accessible between gates 10 and 11 in the Blue Lot. Cost is $15 per individual, or departments/offices can purchase a table of eight for $120. Please click here to register and pay for your ticket. The registration deadline is March 19, 2018.

    The 2018 nominees are:

    Faculty

    • Mary Davis, College of Law;
    • Frances Feltner, Center for Excellence in Rural Health;
    • Nancy Harrington, Department of Communication;
    • Janice Kuperstein, College of Health Sciences;
    • Debra Moser, College of Nursing;
    • Susan Smyth, Internal Medicine, Physiology;
    • Hollie Swanson, Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences;
    • Donna Wilcock, Physiology, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging; and
    • Olivia Yinger, Music Therapy.

    Staff

    • Lisa Collins, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment;
    • Michelle Del Toro, Gender and Women’s Studies;
    • Sarah Geegan, Public Relations;
    • Sara Price, Enrollment Management; and
    • Lori Tyndall, Geography.
    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesCommunication and InformationFine ArtsHealth SciencesLawMedicineNursingUK 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 Kathy Johnson
    kathy.johnson@uky.edu
    859-257-3155 Summary: Fourteen women have been nominated for the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Award. The recognition ceremony, open to all campus, is March. 28.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Hal Morris Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2018) Jomo Thompson ('00 College of Arts and Sciences, 2020 College of Business and Economics) and Dawn Walters ('88 College of Communication and Information) are both proud of their accomplishments as head coaches.

    But to do it at their alma mater means everything to the pair.

    Thompson won two national titles as a UK cheerleader and has coached the cheerleading team to 10 of its 22 Universal Cheerleaders Association titles. Walters, who was a member of UK’s first cheerleading title squad in 1986 (and won in 1987), has led the UK dance team to unprecedented heights, and it is now on the verge of its own national championship.

    “It is awesome. I’ve been here the whole time, and I think the initial thing that was so cool is when I walked to my office for the first time. I am right around the corner from the old sports information office where I worked when I was a senior in college,” said Walters, a Lexington native. “So getting to come into Memorial, that’s when it hit me. Coming back as dance coach, it felt surreal.”

    Thompson, who cheered for two years at University of Florida before transferring to UK, is proud but also welcomes the challenge that comes with leading a program that is the best in the history of the sport. But his coaching tenure did not start out well. UK had won eight straight titles, but failed to win again his first year as coach.

    “The pressure the next year was even greater. I felt like I let everybody down, but we were able to win it back the next year and win it the next three years,” said Thompson, who had planned to get his master’s degree in business before coaching came calling. “I thought I would end up going into some kind of business, but the opportunity came along, and I took it. I’m glad I did.

    “I really enjoy seeing the athletes come in as freshmen and mature and find more confidence in themselves and be able stand on their own feet.”

    Walters came in with the task of building a program that would measure up to the cheer squad. She had her work cut out for her.

    “Since I had cheered before, when I came in (athletics officials) told me what direction they wanted to go,” Walters said. “They said we want the dance team to be super energetic, athletic, very upbeat for performances. At Rupp, there are over 24,000 fans, so they want to keep everything going. They wanted us doing more pom-based hip-hop, a more upbeat style.”

    The dance team had its best season last year, finishing runner-up in the Universal Dance Association Hip-Hop category and fourth in Pom. With success comes better exposure.

    “What has been wonderful over the years is the amount of recognition and publicity we’ve gotten,” Walters said. “A lot of it is social media, but so many people have watched us grow, especially in competition. They’ve seen us become a national contender. People really honed in on that, they’ve watched us the last six or seven years really move up. Now kids want to come to this program and have seen what we’ve done. Fans see that, too.”

    Thompson, a UK assistant before taking over in 2002, said he is just trying to carry on the tradition that longtime advisor T. Lynn Williamson ('68 AS, '74 College of Law) built.

    “He established the right mindset, the right ideals. And those things, I have basically just piggybacked off of and continued to spread those messages,” he said. “Our program talks about absolute responsibility in everything that you do. We talk about being persistent, we talk attitude, and then winning, those are four key principles our program is based around and have been since T. Lynn started doing this.”

    Thompson also knows his squad serves as “ambassadors to the university,” so those are the kind of students he recruits.

    “A lot of people focus on competition, and that’s what we’re known for. But our primary focus is cheering at the games,” Thompson said. “That’s what a lot of the kids enjoy. It’s fun to have great seats for football, basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.

    “We do community service appearances. We read to kids, do things like God's Pantry, visit schools, anything to help in the community and anything to help UK out, as well. If there is a College of Engineering event and they want the Wildcat or cheerleaders to make it festive, we do that kind of stuff. We’re not an NCAA sport, per se. We’re more than a sport.”

    While the two don’t think about it in the moment, they are also trailblazers as the first African-American coaches in their sports at UK.

    “You don’t consciously think about it, but you might be paving that way,” Walters said. “Yeah, African-American cheer and dance coach, that’s what I want to go into. Any of my dancers coming through, they can go, ‘Yeah I can do it, too.’”

    Thompson said UK had an African-American assistant coach when he was a student, so being a pioneer never occurred to him.

    “I hadn’t really thought about it that way. I’m just happy to be here, and I want to make sure Kentucky cheer continues to excel. So that’s my primary focus,” he said. “But if it inspires some other African American to get into that field or if they want to talk to me, I’d be happy to do that as well.” 

    Dawn Walters and Jomo ThompsonOrganizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and Information

    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: Jomo Thompson is head coach of the Universal Cheerleaders Association champion cheerleading squad, and Dawn Walters has coached the UK dance team to the verge of its own national championship.Section Feature: Section Feature
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