• Body: Campus NewsBy Catherine Hayden Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2021) — Nearly 50 students, staff and faculty from the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI) arrived at UK’s Kroger Field COVID-19 vaccination clinic early April 10 to volunteer, playing a part in a record-setting day when 4.6 million doses were administered across the U.S.

    While those in the health care related colleges at UK have been active since the clinic opened, drawing doses and immunizing the public, many volunteer roles can be filled by anyone. CI Dean Jennifer Greer worked with UK Health Corps to organize CI day at the clinic, placing students, staff and faculty in positions like registration, wayfinding, transporting patients and taking doses to immunization stations. Greer checked in volunteers and provided relief to those in other roles throughout the day.

    “Serving our community is central to everything we do at CI,” Greer said. “This opportunity was a way to do that while also coming together physically as a whole college for the first time in more than a year. It was a special day.”

    Drew Lane, the college personnel officer in CI, called his time volunteering “incredibly inspiring.”

    “Our community has a real reason to be proud — the vaccine clinic at Kroger Field is a world-class operation, and it was truly awe-inspiring to see it from the volunteer side,” Lane said. “I am so proud to work at UK, and I am especially proud to work in CI, where we live out our mission of service in everything we do.”

    Giving back is exactly why CI doctoral student Adam Tristan has been volunteering weekly for more than a month. To encourage the CI community to sign up for the volunteer event, Tristan made a video. In the video, he shares how full of hope he was after receiving his first vaccination. He now sees that same hope on the faces of those getting immunized.

    “The hope that was given to me, I want to give to others,” he said. “We need to show the rest of the UK community how important they are to us, and how important it is to get vaccinated.”

    Fittingly, Tristan transported in a wheelchair the last member of the public vaccinated during the April 10 shift, closing out CI’s day at the clinic.

    Another CI student, Camille Wright, a double major in integrated strategic communication and digital media and design, was assigned a wayfinding role for her shift. Wright greeted each patient sent to her station with a cheerful “good morning,” as she pointed them to the next open vaccination station.

    Wright, who could be seen happily dancing in place when not directing traffic, said she loves the college, loves to volunteer and encouraged others to do the same as it is the quickest way back to “normal.”

    UK Health Corps’ Emily Boggs, who served as volunteer manager for the April 10 clinic, said it was wonderful to see so many volunteers from a single college. The CI personnel wore matching shirts, which made the team presence visible throughout the day.

    “As we have seen our numbers of vaccines go up, our volunteer numbers have gone down,” Boggs said.

    As of March 30, the clinic operates two shifts Tuesday through Friday and one shift on Saturdays. Each clinic shift relies on about 100 volunteers, including clinical and non-clinical positions. The clinical positions are usually filled by volunteers from most of UK’s health care colleges

    Dr. David DeVito, assistant professor in the Division of Oral Diagnosis and Oral Medicine in the College of Dentistry, is in his fifth weekend of volunteering. DeVito, the husband of CI Senior Lecturer Allyson DeVito, said working at the clinic is an opportunity to help move the Commonwealth to pre-pandemic life.

    “The people who come are excited by the opportunity to bring their lives back to normal, and it is exciting to me to be a part of that,” DeVito said.

    For Erika Engstrom, director of the School of Journalism and Media (JAM), it marked the first time she had met people in the school and college outside of Zoom. Engstrom was hired during the height of the pandemic, when many operations were remote.

    "What an absolute thrill to finally see my CI colleagues and JAM school faculty in person,” Engstrom said. “Even though we were all masked up, just being together and doing our part in this vaccination effort was so wonderful. I'm so, so proud to be at UK and part of the CI team." 

    Those interested in volunteering at the vaccination clinic in either a clinical or non-clinical capacity can sign up here.

    The CI personnel wore matching shirts, which made the team presence visible throughout the day.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationDentistryGraduate 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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Nearly 50 students, staff and faculty from the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information arrived at UK’s Kroger Field COVID-19 vaccination clinic early April 10 to volunteer, playing a part in a record-setting day when 4.6 million doses were administered across the U.S.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Whitney Nicole Porter Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2021) — The University of Kentucky’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication event planning students, within the College of Communication and Information, in partnership with the Lexington Legends professional baseball organization, are planning an in-person vendor fair, while respecting CDC pandemic measurements, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Saturday, April 24, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, the Legends' home field. 

    The event, to be held rain or shine, is expected to attract people from across Lexington, Fayette and surrounding counties while giving nearly 25 local businesses an excellent opportunity to showcase their products and/or services. The Lexington Legends want to provide small businesses in the area a chance to reach the local community through an in-person event (while observing CDC protocols) following a most trying several months.

    "I have been so impressed by the hard work and determination of the students from UK's Department of Integrated Strategic Communication,” said Kara Shepherd, chief brand officer for the Lexington Legends. “I am confident our event will be a success with these bright young minds leading the charge!" 

    ​Along with featuring several local businesses, the event will feature unique items for sale, food and activities for families of all ages. Vendors will set up their booths around the concourse for guests to come shop and enjoy a day at the ballpark while maintaining social distance. Lexington Legends Big L and the UK Wildcat will also be on hand to welcome guests.

    “We are really excited about teaming up with the event planning class in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication at UK! This is the definition of a mutually beneficial partnership,” said Andy Shea, president and CEO of the Lexington Legends. “Great real-world experience for the students and a very great event for the Legends!" 

    ​“Shop Local with the Legends” is free and open to the public. Guests are reminded to adhere to CDC safety guidelines related to COVID-19 while on site, including wearing a mask and physically distancing. 

    Photo courtesy of Lexington Legends.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 four 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" three 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 five 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’s Department of Integrated Strategic Communication, within the College of Communication and Information, event planning students, in partnership with the Lexington Legends professional baseball organization, are planning an in-person vendor fair, while respecting CDC pandemic measurements, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Whitney Hale Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has selected 12 undergraduate students as new scholars for the Gaines Fellowship Program.

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

    Amid the pandemic, the Gaines Center experienced a banner year of applications for the prestigious program.

    “This has been a challenging year for everyone, so we were concerned that our recruitment efforts would be negatively impacted by those challenges. Instead, we had a record number of applications for the Gaines Fellowship this year,” Gaines Center Director Melynda Price said. “I believe this was the result of the hard work or our Associate Director Chelsea Brislin and a yearning among the students for programs that develop them as scholars and human beings. We are very proud of the new cohort and the work we will do together.”

    This year’s scholars represent eight different colleges on campus including: the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Communication and Information; College of Design; College of Education; College of Public Health; Gatton College of Business and Economics; and Lewis Honors College.

    UK’s 12 new Gaines Fellows are:

    Upon learning of her selection, Haley Nelson could hardly contain her joy. “I am very humbled and excited — I feel blessed to have an opportunity to learn with and from others in the program. I believe this program will help me grow as a student, individual and leader.”

    Riley Droppleman said she is also looking forward to the learning opportunity the fellowship will afford her. “I hope to engage with the humanities in a way that challenges me to view the world differently. I want to craft an academic and social experience that I would not be able to find anywhere else."

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

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

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

    The Gaines Center for the Humanities announced their 2021 cohort of Gaines Fellows representing eight UK colleges..Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationHonors CollegePublic 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 four 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" three 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 five 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 Gaines Fellowship is presented in recognition of outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, an interest in public issues and a desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Duane Bonifer Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2021) — Ten journalists with careers that covered some of the biggest stories of the late 20th and early 21st centuries make up the 41st class of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.

    This year’s induction ceremony will be held online May 4.

    This year’s 10 inductees are:

    • Michael Collins, who covers economic issues and the White House for USA Today;
    • the late Bill Cox, who served as an editor at The Honolulu Star-Bulletin and The Courier-Journal;
    • Monica Dias, senior counsel for content and intellectual property at The E.W. Scripps Co. and former reporter for The Cincinnati Post/The Kentucky Post;
    • John Lansing, president and CEO of National Public Radio and former managing editor at WAVE-3;
    • Keith Lawrence, longtime reporter and columnist with the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer;
    • the late Chuck Olmstead, who was a longtime reporter with WHAS-11;
    • the late Bill Powell, who was a reporter for the Paducah Sun;
    • Keith Runyon, former editorial page editor of The Courier-Journal and editorial writer of the Louisville Times;
    • Pam Spaulding, former photographer of The Courier-Journal; and
    • Melissa Swan, former reporter and anchor for WHAS-11.

    Created by the University of Kentucky Journalism Alumni Association in 1981, the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame honors achieving journalists who are Kentucky natives or have spent a significant portion of their careers working for Kentucky media organizations. More than 200 individuals, both with and without formal ties to UK, have been inducted into the hall of fame.

    The 2021 induction ceremony will be held May 4 at 5 p.m. ET online at http://ci.uky.edu/jam/hall-of-fame. For more information, contact UK School of Journalism and Media Project Manager John Cruz at john.cruz@uky.edu or 859-257-3904.

    Class of 2021 Kentucky Journalism Hall of FameOrganizational 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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Ten journalists with careers that covered some of the biggest stories of the late-20th and early 21st centuries make up the 41st class of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Amy Brooks Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Department of Integrated Strategic Communication in the College of Communication and Information will host its first all-virtual Alumni Symposium, via Zoom, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7. The panel, titled "Awesome ISC Careers and How to Get Them," aims to connect multigenerational alumni from strategic communication fields, including advertising, public relations, direct response and account management, with current ISC students and the larger CI community. 

    This year's alumni panel, moderated by ISC student Peyton Fike, features Tessie Bertrams of Gravity Diagnostics; United States Air Force 1st Lt. Savanah F.S. Bray; Sheridan Broady, social marketing coordinator at Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin; Glenn Goodman, executive creative director at The Power Agency; Elena Griffo, a Nashville-based social media account supervisor at GS&F; ADDY award-winning graphic designer Claire Monkman of Zipie; Chelsea St. Clair, senior creative strategist at hi5 agency; and Ronnie Dickerson Stewart, Zoom’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion Marketplace & Community lead.

    Panelist Sheridan Broady, asked for her recommendations to aspiring social media managers, advised them to “… start where they are. I managed social for the organization I was a part of at UK (Underground Perspective/UGP), and in that position, I learned that social media goes far beyond our personal use. It’s multiple full-time jobs combined and takes an incredible amount of creative energy and stamina. We are in such an innovative time for social marketing right now, so start early by getting involved and going the extra mile to soak up everything you can about these platforms and begin to master your talents.”

    Read more about this year’s Alumni Symposium panelists at ISC’s web page, where a Zoom event link will go live on April 7. No registration is necessary, but you are invited to RSVP and follow Alumni Symposium news at the Facebook event page.

    UK ISC's Alumni Symposium will begin 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, on Zoom.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 four 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" three 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 five 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 virtual panel, titled "Awesome ISC Careers and How to Get Them," aims to connect multigenerational alumni from strategic communication fields including advertising, public relations, direct response and account management, with current ISC students and the larger CI community. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Jenny Wells-Hosley Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2021) — The University of Kentucky announced today its plan to host 10 in-person Commencement ceremonies the weekend of May 14-16, at Rupp Arena, for May 2021 and all 2020 UK graduates.

    In the interest of health and safety, multiple ceremonies have been scheduled to limit seating, ensuring proper physical distancing can be implemented. Masks will also be required for all graduates and guests who attend.

    Ticketing information will be communicated to the graduates and families in the coming weeks. Participating graduates may bring up to four (4) guests to their ceremony. The ceremonies will also be livestreamed for guests who cannot attend.

    The Commencement ceremonies schedule is as follows:

    Ceremony 1

    9 a.m. Friday, May 14

    • College of Education
    • College of Medicine

    Ceremony 2

    Noon Friday, May 14

    • College of Fine Arts
    • College of Public Health
    • College of Social Work
    • College of Pharmacy

    Ceremony 3

    3 p.m. Friday, May 14

    • College of Nursing
    • College of Health Sciences
    • College of Design

    Ceremony 4

    6 p.m. Friday, May 14

    • College of Engineering

    Ceremony 5

    9 a.m. Saturday, May 15

    • College of Arts and Sciences 1*

    Ceremony 6

    Noon Saturday, May 15

    • College of Arts and Sciences 2*

    Ceremony 7

    3 p.m. Saturday, May 15

    • Gatton College of Business and Economics 1*

    Ceremony 8

    6 p.m. Saturday, May 15

    • Gatton College of Business and Economics 2*

    Ceremony 9

    9 a.m. Sunday, May 16

    • College of Communication and Information
    • The Graduate School, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce 

    Ceremony 10

    Noon Sunday, May 16

    • College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

    *Graduates from colleges that have two ceremonies scheduled will be assigned a ceremony in the coming days.

    All graduates who registered for the in-person ceremonies should receive follow-up information at their UKY email address. For more information, visit commencement.uky.edu. For questions, contact commencement@uky.edu.

    December 2019 UK Commencement, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 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 four 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" three 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 five 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: UK will host 10 in-person ceremonies over the May 14-16 weekend at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Kathy Johnson Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2021) In a strong show of support for the Asian community, hundreds of people attended a rally on the University of Kentucky campus last week to denounce the mass killing of Asian Americans in Atlanta as well as the overall discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans in the U.S.

    The crowd of nearly 400 gathered in front of Memorial Hall March 24, many carrying signs, and all supporting a call for change. Second generation Asian American Donna Kwon, associate professor of ethnomusicology in the UK College of Fine Arts, performed beautiful Korean singing and led a chant of the Atlanta victims’ names.

    One of the rally organizers, Associate Professor Ying (Tracy) Lu, in the Department of Retailing and Tourism Management in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, was uplifted by the support.

    “I saw humanity when I saw this scale of the turnout. The supporters were diverse, including people with different colors, backgrounds, minority groups and kids of UK employees,” Lu said. “We are glad to see the support from UK campus and the unity of Asian and Asian Americans. Asians and Asian Americans shall be treated equal as citizens. I hope that day could come earlier before my kids grow up, so I could tell my kids that your parents together with so many honest people with humanity have spoken for you and fight for you, which is also part of American history.”

    Among the speakers at the rally was Haoying Sun, Warren W. Rosenthal Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. She said the Asian American community becomes the scapegoat for American society’s problems, being accused of bringing viruses to the U.S., stealing jobs and spying for the Chinese government.

    “Of course, none of these is true! Enough is enough!” she said. “We came to this land to chase our American dreams. Along the way, we build this country, just like everyone else! We want equal treatment and equal protection, just like everyone else! We want to leave our children a prosperous America, just like everyone else! So, stop treating us like foreigners, stop attacking the most vulnerable in our Asian American community, and stop dismissing our concerns! We are speaking up, and please hear us.”

    Professor Keiko Tanaka, in the Department of Community and Leadership Development in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and co-chair of the UK Asian and Asian American Affinity Group, told the group she is from Japan but has spent 35 years in the U.S. and considers herself a first generation Asian American immigrant. She said the Atlanta shooting “was like a punch to my gut.”

    “It broke a dam of years of my frustrations, disappointments, sorrows and angers that have been building inside of me — of what it means to be an Asian American in this country,” she said. “We, Asians and Asian Americans, are not a homogeneous group who fits in one set of stereotypes as so called ‘model minority’ or ‘math/science wiz.’ Let us stop this ‘model minority’ as an excuse to treat Asian Americans as a convenient minority. On the one hand, we are not categorized as an underrepresented minority group by the number/ratio, and therefore being disregarded from our contributions to enriching American sociocultural fabrics. On the other hand, we are part of the community of the people of color who endure constant prejudices, racism, mistreatments and hate crimes.”

    Tanaka further urged the community not to turn anger, frustrations, sorrows and pains into hate.

    “Let us not reduce ourselves to the same level as white terrorists. Instead, let us build a coalition wide and deep. Let us build alliances that can amass energy and creativity based on respect and love for one another. Let us create a culture that does not tolerate racism and hate any longer.”

    Representing the student perspective, Yan Xia, an MBA student and father of two young children spoke to the rally goers, “I told my kids last night that Dad will be their superhero because I’ll be standing here and speaking out for them. When our kids go to school, they should not be discriminated because of their hair color, their gender, or laughed at for their accent of English, or felt embarrassed for the lunch prepared by their Asian mom. It is not fair. We are not foreigners. We are citizens although we are never treated as equal.”

    UK Provost David Blackwell also addressed the crowd.

    “The Asian and Asian American members of our community are valued, integral parts of the UK family. They are part of the rich tapestry that makes us who we are,” Blackwell told the crowd. “We also recognize that we must back our words with actions. That’s why our university is engaging in comprehensive efforts to enhance the diversity, equity and inclusion of our campus community. It’s important work, at a crucially important time.”

    Other powerful speeches and a strong show of support came from Sue Roberts, associate provost for internationalization; Huajing Maske, director of the Office of China Initiatives; Kyra Hunting, director of diversity and inclusion in the College of Communication and Information; Rudy Buchheit, dean of the College of Engineering; and other department heads from the university.

    Lu said the presence and support of these administrators is appreciated.

    “We look forward to working with the university administration to make the UK community a safe and proud place for UK Asian and Asian American employees, students, friends and affiliates,” she said.

    Other supporters who are speaking out against anti-Asian crimes and discrimination include Mark Swanson, associate professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society in the UK College of Public Health and a former Third District Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council member.

    “The tragedy in Atlanta is only the manifestation of the deep, underlying problem of racism faced by our Asian colleagues and friends on a regular basis,” he said. “I think it’s really important to realize that Asian Americans aren’t the cause of this hate and discrimination — White Americans are. And Asian Americans can’t solve the problem — but White Americans have to be, and can be, the solution to racism in all its forms.”

    Nancy E. Schoenberg, Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine and director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation, said the horrific attack in Atlanta sends yet another bell of alarm in a nation already besieged and undermined by division and hate.

    “The Center for Health Equity Transformation is united with all people and is committed to calling out and working to rectify hatred, misogyny, racism and xenophobia,” she said. “We grieve the loss, suffering and anxiety of the Asian community impacted by this violent, xenophobic and racist attack. We call on each of us to speak out against this and every other act of bias and violence, to seek and secure justice, and to work to end all forms of structural and personal racism. Our lives and our nation depend on it.”

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEngineeringFine ArtsMusicGraduate SchoolMedicinePublic 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 four 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" three 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 five 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: In a strong show of support for the Asian community, hundreds of people attended a rally on the University of Kentucky campus last week to denounce the mass killing of Asian Americans in Atlanta as well as the overall discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans in the U.S.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Jenny Wells-Hosley Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2021) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences will induct six new members into the A&S Hall of Fame next week as part of its 2020 class of inductees.

    For the first time in 21 years, the Hall of Fame ceremony will take place virtually, offering the campus community and the public the opportunity to watch the induction ceremony and celebration. The ceremony had to be delayed last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Those interested in attending must register at https://forms.as.uky.edu/hof-rsvp and can tune in at 7 p.m. EDT Friday, April 9, at www.as.uky.edu/hall-fame-live.

    The 2020 alumni inductees include:

    Ouita Papka Michel (Political Science B.A. ’87)

    Since 2001, when Ouita Michel and her husband, Chris, opened their flagship Holly Hill Inn in Midway, Kentucky, she has made locally grown ingredients a priority in her cuisine. Michel’s restaurants have bought $3 million of Kentucky-grown meats, dairy and produce. She has been a James Beard Foundation Award nominee numerous times; her most recent nomination was in 2020 for Outstanding Restaurateur. Michel and her restaurants are regularly featured in media such as The New York Times, Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Food Network and Cooking Channel. She was a guest judge on Season 16 of Bravo’s "Top Chef."

    Active in her community, Michel is a member of Southern Foodways Alliance, James Beard Foundation and Les Dames d’Escoffier; the free community supper programs coordinator for Midway Christian Church; board member of FoodChain, a nonprofit food incubator in Lexington; and founder of FEAST, a fundraiser for FoodChain that celebrates women chefs. In addition, she is board member of Hindman Settlement School, which is dedicated to enriching central Appalachian culture, and is a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a statewide citizens group working to improve education for Kentuckians. Recent honors include induction into the Junior Achievement Bluegrass Business Hall of Fame and the Bluegrass Tomorrow Josephine Abercrombie Award, given to a person who contributes tirelessly to improve quality of life in the Bluegrass.

    Michel majored in political science at UK and was a member of the debate team, honors program (now Lewis Honors College) and the first class of Gaines Fellows. In 1986, she became only the second woman to win a national debate championship. After finishing her studies at UK, Michel moved to New York, where she graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

    Hon. Winn Fleming Williams (Sociology B.A. ’71)

    Originally from Northern Virginia, Judge Winn Fleming Williams (retired) graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1971 with a double major in sociology and political science.   

    Upon his graduation, he entered federal service in October 1974. After receiving his criminal investigator training at Quantico, Virginia, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia, he became a federal law enforcement officer. During his federal career, he served in numerous capacities as a special agent and special agent in charge for law enforcement organizations across the country. He also served on many anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism, anti-gang, drug enforcement and white-collar crime task forces. His senior management skills and services were also lent to the White House, the Office of Management and Budget and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    After 9/11, he was recruited to assist in the creation of two new federal agencies, the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. He became the first director of the DHS training academy in Artesia, New Mexico.

    Since leaving federal service, Williams has been a program manager, director of operations, vice president and senior consultant for security contracting companies across the country. In August 2017, he was appointed as a Municipal Court judge, serving the municipality of Greer in addition to the counties of Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

    Among Williams' many commendations are the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency Award for Excellence, the U.S. Attorney’s Award for outstanding achievement, two Department of Homeland Security gold medals and the Department of Homeland Security’s highest honor, the Secretary's Excellence Award. He was also presented the University of Kentucky Distinguished Service Award in June 2019.

    Within UK, he represents the College of Arts and Sciences for the UK Alumni Board, where he serves on the Leadership Advisory Council as well as the Diversity/LGBTQ committee. He is a past president of the UK Alumni Club as well as the president of the Kentucky Society, both in Washington, D.C. He lives outside Greenville, South Carolina. 

    George C. Wright (History B.A. ’72; Sociology M.A. ’74; Honorary Doctorate ’04)

    George C. Wright received his bachelor’s degree in history from UK in 1972, his master’s degree in history from UK in 1974 and his Ph.D. in history from Duke University in 1977. Wright’s teaching experience began in 1997 as an assistant professor of history at UK. In 1980, he started teaching at the University of Texas at Austin, where he eventually became a full professor and the holder of the Mastin Gentry White professorship of Southern History. For 12 consecutive years at UT, Wright was voted one of the 10 Best Faculty on the annual list of "10 Best and 10 Worst Faculty.” He received the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences and the top teaching award for the entire university, the Lillian and Tom B. Rhodes Centennial Teaching Fellow, which carried a $10,000 prize.

    In 1993, Wright joined the faculty at Duke University as vice provost for undergraduate programs and director of Afro-American Studies, and he held the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in American History. From 1996 to 2003, Wright served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Texas at Arlington. He served as president of Prairie View A&M University from 2003 to 2017.

    Wright has received a number of awards from UK, including an honorary Doctorate of Letters and induction into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He is a distinguished research professor at UK and senior adviser to the president. Also, during the 2020-21 school year, he is serving as the interim vice president for institutional diversity at UK.

    Wright has written three books on race relations. For his scholarly activities, Wright received the UK Libraries’ Medallion for Intellectual Achievement in 2015.

    Bing Zhang (Statistics M.S. ’91 & Ph.D. ’94; Computer Science M.S. ’93)

    Born in the Jiangsu province in China, Bing Zhang arrived in the United States to study at UK in 1989. Zhang flourished at UK, diving deep into graduate statistics courses and work, tutoring in English, pursuing an active life in the Department of Statistics and experiencing life among a growing Chinese student population on campus and in the community. A successful student, Zhang earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in statistics in 1991 and 1994 respectively. He also earned a master’s in computer science from UK in 1993.

    Zhang began his professional career in Lexington as a biostatistician and then moved his young family to the Philadelphia area to begin work at AstraZeneca. He founded MacroStat Inc., a statistics consulting firm that serves pharmaceutical companies, in 2002. He cofounded MacroStat (China) Clinical Research Ltd. in 2005. The company has since merged with Tigermed, the leading clinical Contract Research Organization in China. Throughout his career, he has applied statistical expertise to the development of new drugs in various therapeutic areas and contributed to a number of new drugs approved for the treatment of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma, psychiatric disorders and pain.

    Zhang is passionate about giving back. Zhang and his wife, Rachel, founded a private foundation to support community services, scientific research and education. Zhang has also been an engaged and generous supporter of his alma mater and especially the Department of Statistics. In 2020, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees named the department the Dr. Bing Zhang Department of Statistics in recognition of his philanthropy.

    Bing and Rachel currently live in Orlando, Florida, and have two children, Emily and Brian, both born in Lexington.

    The 2020 faculty inductees include:

    Patricia A. Cooper (Gender and Women’s Studies)

    Patty Cooper, born in 1949, grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia. Her feminist consciousness and anti-war activism arose while she was an undergraduate student at Mary Washington College and Wittenberg University from 1967 to 1971. Eager to help rewrite the conventional narrative of U.S. history, Cooper started graduate studies in 1972 at the University of Maryland. She focused on women’s, Black and working-class history and held assistantships with the Booker T. Washington Papers and the Samuel Gompers Papers editorial projects. She received an M.A. in American studies in 1973 and a Ph.D. in U.S. history in 1981. 

    After a year’s fellowship at the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution, Cooper in 1983 joined the History and Politics Department of Drexel University in Philadelphia. She worked with other faculty and staff to create processes for addressing sexual harassment. She collaborated with Ellen Rose and other faculty at Drexel to establish a women’s studies program and taught the first course at Drexel in U.S. women’s history. Her book, "Once a Cigar Maker: Men, Women and the American Cigar Industry, 1900-1920," appeared in 1987. 

    Cooper moved to UK in 1993 as director of the Women’s Studies Program with a joint appointment in the Department of History. In her first year as director, Cooper helped create bylaws and guidelines for faculty affiliation with the program and secured paid staff for the first time. She helped to launch the Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate and with assistance secured a suite of rooms in Patterson Office Tower for new program offices. After four years, she stepped down as director. Cooper served on the UK Commission on the Status of Women and taught classes in the women’s studies and history departments.

    In 2009, the renamed Gender and Women’s Studies Program became a department with a major, and Cooper became its first chair. She helped in the final stages of the approval process for the department’s Ph.D. program, which was established in 2012. Cooper stepped down as chair in June of 2012 and began phased retirement. She has had fun traveling, hiking and volunteering for RVing Women, her neighborhood association and God’s Pantry in Lexington.  

    Ronald D Eller (History)

    Originally from southern West Virginia, Ron Eller has spent more than 40 years writing and teaching about the Appalachian region. He served for 15 years as the director of the UK Appalachian Center where he coordinated research and service programs on a wide range of Appalachian policy issues including education, health care, economic development, civic leadership and the environment. As a Distinguished Professor of History at UK, Eller spoke on Appalachian issues at colleges, conferences and community forums throughout the nation, and he served as a frequent consultant to civic organizations and the national media. A former Rockefeller Foundation Scholar, he holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is known as a scholar of Appalachian history and the study of rural economic development and social change.

    He has published more than 60 articles and reports but is most well-known for his award-winning books. "Miners, Millhands and Mountaineers: The Industrialization of the Appalachian South" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 and won the 1982 Willis Weatherford Award in Appalachian Studies and the 1983 Thomas Wolfe Literary Award. His most recent book, "Uneven Ground: Appalachia Since 1945" published by University Press of Kentucky, won a second Willis Weatherford Award in 2008 as well as the 2009 V.O. Key Award from the Southern Political Science Association.

    Eller has served as chair of the Governor’s Kentucky Appalachian Task Force, the first chair of the Kentucky Appalachian Commission and as a member of the Sustainable Communities Task Force of President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the Jim Wayne Miller Award for Distinguished Service to Appalachia, two East Kentucky Leadership Foundation Special Awards (1999 and 2009) and the UK William E. Lyons Award for Outstanding Public Service. Also, he has worked on projects in rural education reform with the Ford Foundation, the American Council on Education and the American Association of Community Colleges, and he has served as the John D. Whisman Visiting Scholar for the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington. He retired from teaching in 2013.

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    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four 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" three 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 five 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: For the first time in 21 years, the Hall of Fame ceremony will take place virtually, offering the campus community and the public the opportunity to tune in to the induction ceremony.
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Catherine Hayden Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 1, 2021) — Renowned journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, political journalism’s “first couple,” are scheduled to deliver the Joe Creason Lecture, held by the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, at 6 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 21, via Zoom.

    The husband and wife duo are longtime Washington journalists who have written for years about the intersection of politics and the world. Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times and an MSNBC political analyst. He has covered the last five presidents for both The Times and The Washington Post and is the author or co-author of six books, including "Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House," selected as one of the Top 10 Books of 2013 by The New York Times Book Review, and "The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton," a New York Times bestseller. 

    Susan Glasser is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of the weekly “Letter from Biden’s Washington” as well as a global affairs analyst for CNN. She previously was the editor of POLITICO and founder of POLITICO Magazine. Before that, she was editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine following a long stint at The Post, where she was assistant managing editor for national news and editor of the paper’s Outlook section. Publications she has edited have won multiple National Magazine Awards.

    Baker and Glasser have written several books together, most recently "The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III," a New York Times bestseller. They live in Washington with their son and are currently at work on a book on the Trump presidency. The two often appear both separately and together on television news programs such as "Washington Week" on PBS, NBC’s "Meet the Press" and "Washington Journal" on C-SPAN.

    “We are thrilled to have both of these incredible journalists share their insights and experiences regarding politics and the news industry with our students, faculty and greater UK community,” said Erika Engstrom, director of the School of Journalism and Media. “Our ‘catch’ of Peter Baker and Susan Glasser is thanks to our own Al Cross, journalism extension professor and director of the Institute of Rural Journalism and Community Issues, whose vast ties to the journalism profession helped us to secure this stellar team to deliver this year’s Creason Lecture.”

    The Joe Creason Lecture Series honors the memory of outstanding Kentucky journalist and honored alumnus Joe Creason. Made possible through a matching grant from the Bingham Enterprises Foundation of Kentucky and gifts donated by UK alumni and friends, the Joe Creason Lecture Series Fund was established in 1975. 

    This year’s lecture on April 21 via Zoom will be available at https://ci.uky.edu/jam/events.

    This year’s Creason Lecture features renowned political journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser. Photo courtesy of Peter Baker and Susan Glasser.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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Renowned journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, political journalism’s “first couple,” are scheduled to deliver the Joe Creason Lecture, held by the UK School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 21, via Zoom.
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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy Mark Mozingo and Whitney Hale Tuesday

     

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2021) From a campus parking garage to a rose garden, the arts will spring up around campus this weekend as the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance presents EchoLocation: The Mobile Tour, a site-specific dance performance, April 2 and 3.

    With many safety protocols still in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UK’s dance program hopes to present a diverse performance opportunity for students, faculty, staff and Central Kentucky community. Most recently, the focus is on “site-specific performances” in which the venue is intrinsic to the work. Locations of performances will be easily accessible through the production’s program and a map which can be found on a phone or tablet — “mobile.” And the audience will move from location to location — “tour.” 

    “EchoLocation” consists of choreography by UK students and faculty performed at various locations on the University of Kentucky campus. The seven locations travel from outside Singletary Center for the Arts up Rose Street to The Arboretum, and the choreography explores a variety of themes from COVID-19, politics, culture, environment and simply movement for movement’s sake. 

    Work featured in “EchoLocation” includes:

    “Plum Blossoms” — EveMarie Bessenbach, adjunct faculty UK Theatre and Dance 

    According to Chinese philosophy, the plum blossom symbolizes perseverance, hope, and renewal in overcoming adversity. The plum blossom blooms between the winter and spring seasons, a parallel to our current world in 2021 as we slowly emerge from the quarantine of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Plum Blossoms” is an exploration and visual representation of the adversities experienced during the pandemic, yet there is always the promise of spring and of hope.  

    “Self-Acceptance” — Madi Moorhead, dance sophomore from Grand Rapids, Michigan  

    Self-acceptance is something that a lot of people in today's world struggle with. “Throughout this solo work I wanted to share my personal experience with my audience. I am taking all of the negative thoughts and words I have been called and writing them onto my body. As the piece goes on, I finally find peace and happiness within myself and wipe these negative words off of my body,” said Moorhead. She hopes the audience finds moments to connect to, relate with and find solace from her work.  

    “Woven Wishes” — Brittany Johnson, dance and family sciences senior from Louisville, Kentucky 

    “Woven Wishes” is a work grounded in attachment theory, the idea that childhood and lived experiences affect our behaviors and attitudes surrounding relationships and intimacy. Drawing on in-depth research and personal experience, the resulting work is an exploration of what it means to connect with another human and all the joy, tension and discomfort that can sometimes follow. How do we see and experience connection? How do we respond when people get too close? And more importantly, when presented with the fire of connection, how do we choose to keep warm?  

    “Proximity” — Haley Shaver, dance and chemistry freshman from Lexington  

    Haley Shaver explores what it means to just dance in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her piece, set atop a parking garage, dives into movement for movement’s sake. The duet with Claire McDermott, a dance senior from Lexington, is meant to be an analysis of organic, unifying movements set against the backdrop of the isolating times of COVID-19.   

    “ISA” — Sylvannah Regalado, dance junior from Lexington 

    “Isa,” which means “one” in Tagalog, dives into the effects and emotions that result from isolation. It challenges you to think about how being isolated can take a toll on your well-being. Quarantine, time-outs, being alone in your room, prison cells, etc. What does that do to a person? This work delves into the thoughts that arise, how people reflect on their selves, and more. Do you like being alone?   

    “Unfolded” — Caitlin Espinueva, dance senior from Louisville

    With the ever-growing culture of fast fashion, “Unfolded” comments on the realities of the industry and its damaging effects on both the environment and human rights. The fast fashion industry has a business model built on cheap materials using cheap labor, resulting in a mass production of low-quality clothes with a short lifespan made at the expense of massive amounts of textile waste and extremely low wages for garment workers. 

    “How it Started vs. How it's Going” — Genesis Lorjuste, dance and integrated strategic communication senior from Kennesaw, Georgia

    “How it Started vs How it's Going” examines the affects that trauma has on the everyday emotional and physical activities. The piece explores this idea through past, present and future lenses. Additionally, the dancers and Lorjuste give everyday anxiety, human characteristics through personification. After enduring a traumatic experience, it is common to dwell on the "should've, could've, would've" which can be crippling when there are so many things we must think about as humans. “The dancers will be acting the wars in my mind and pulling from their own experiences to bring life to my personal narrative as a survivor,” explained Lorjuste.

    “Supercuts” — Breanna Hagan, dance and biology senior from Owensboro, Kentucky  

    Due to the recent pandemic, we can’t spend time with our friends and loved ones like we used to. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still spend time with each other. “My friends and I love to get into a studio late at night and create little works just for us, and we’ve been able to become closer by creating together through heartbreaks to celebrations. ‘Supercuts’ is a small glimpse into our little world,” Hagan said.   

    “To feel the earth beneath my feet” Stephanie Harris, lecturer 

    There is a constancy to nature which remains a steady gravitational force within our unstable world. “I have spent the past year, seeking its sanctuary as a space of enlightenment, a space of knowing as I struggle to perceive this existence,” Harris said. “We are of the earth and it calls to us to remember the impermanence of things. This enduring companion calls us forth to dance with delight in the knowing of the freedom that can be found within its shelter. I feel the earth below me and the sky looking endlessly above and within that place, my heart remains open.” 

    “EchoLocation” will be presented 5 p.m. Friday, April 2, and 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3. Tickets for “EchoLocation” are $10. To purchase tickets, visit the Singletary Center for the Arts box office online at www.scfatickets.com.

    After purchasing a ticket online, the schedule and more information will be available. During the performance, the audience will move together from one location to the next, beginning at the Singletary Center for the Arts and ending at The Arboretum.

    All patrons are asked to follow CDC guidelines during this event and golf carts will be available for those who require assistance traveling from location to location. Please contact the Department of Theatre and Dance at uktheatre@uky.edu or 859-257-3297 if you require mobility assistance. 

    The Department of Theatre and Dance, part of UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Students in the department get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from professional theatre and dance faculty and renowned guest artists in acting, directing, playwriting, theatrical design and technology, and dance. From mainstage productions to student-produced shows, students have plenty of opportunities to participate on stage or backstage. Special programs include a musical theatre certificate, education abroad, as well as a thriving dance program that emphasizes technique, composition, performance and production.

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    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four 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" three 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 five 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: From a campus parking garage to a rose garden, the arts will spring up around campus this weekend as the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance presents “EchoLocation: The Mobile Tour,” a site-specific dance performance, April 2 and 3.Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Chaney Willett Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2021) — This past February, Ad Club Lexington virtually hosted its 2021 American Advertising Awards (ADDYs). Five ISC students were awarded with student ADDYs .

    The winners are:

    Kendall Boron — two Gold ADDYs (Philosophies Conference Booklet and KRNL); two Silver ADDYs (Quilted Northern Packaging Redesign and Painter’s Cocktail Book); and the $1,000 Student Scholarship from Ad Club Lexington.

    Peyton Fike, Addison Cave and Maggie Smith — one Gold ADDY (Ulta Beauty Campaign) and the inaugural Mosaic Award (for excellence in multicultural advertising)

    Haley Heisler — one Silver ADDY (Medallion Chocolate)

    Associate Professor Adriane Grumbein is always proud to see her students recognized for their hard work and creativity. “I’m thrilled that our students did so well in this year’s ADDY competition and so proud of them,” Grumbein said. “Since the ADDYs are recognized industry-wide, these awards are a great way for students to show potential employers the quality of their work. ADDYs are like a high five from the industry. Plus, awards are just fun.”

    To see all student submissions, visit www.aaflexington.com/2021-addys-entrants/.

    The American Advertising Awards are the advertising industry’s largest competition, conducted annually by local chapters of the American Advertising Federation. The three-tiered competition receives over 40,000 local entries each year. Ad Club Lexington hosts local ADDYs annually.

    To watch Ad Club Lexington’s 2021 ADDY Awards, visit https://youtu.be/vVtWI61ACPw

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    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four 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" three 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 five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: This past February, Ad Club Lexington virtually hosted its 2021 American Advertising Awards. Five ISC students were awarded with student ADDYs .Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Maia Dubin Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2021) — Kentucky Kernel managing editor and photographer Michael Clubb was named Kentucky’s sports photographer of the year and runner-up student photographer of the year at the annual Kentucky News Photographer Association meeting in February 2021.

    Clubb earned multiple awards, including Kentucky sports photographer of the year, where his portfolio was judged against professional Kentucky photographers, even though he is still an undergraduate student. 2021 was the first year that student entries were allowed to compete in what has traditionally been a “professional” category, so the win was even more meaningful.

    The sports photographer of the year category was open to professional and student portfolios consisting of no more than 10 images taken during the 2020 calendar year. Clubb won the sports photographer of the year, beating out the professionals including staff photographers from the Courier Journal, the Herald-Leader and UK Athletics. 

    “It always feels great to receive recognition for your hard work, and the fact that I won sports photographer of the year against students and professionals makes it even more special,” Clubb said.

    Clubb was awarded first place in the news picture story category, first place in sport news and first place in general news. Additionally, he swept the sports action category, earning first, second and third place.

    “I wouldn’t have made anywhere close the amount of progress I’ve made when it comes to my photography without the help and support of so many, especially from the Kernel. David Stephenson especially, the Kernel’s photo advisor and a UK professor, has always been there to help and teach me and push me to my potential,” Clubb said.

    “Michael is an incredibly talented photographer,” Stephenson said. “I’m excited for him that he is recognized at this level for his talent and hard work. We are lucky to have him at the Kernel.”

    Several other College of Communication and Information students were recognized at the Kentucky News Photographer Association contest, including Arden Barnes, a 2020 journalism graduate, who won honorable mention in both general news and the sports featured categories.

    Jordan Prather, a 2020 journalism graduate won second and third place in the sports action category, and second place in the week’s work category, honoring various photographs taken in a one-week span.

    Barnes and Prather earned several awards in the professional category, even though the bulk of their images were taken while they were students.

    The Kentucky News Photographer's Association is a nonprofit organization founded to promote and advance photojournalism in practice and ideology in both still and video mediums across the Commonwealth. The KNPA is an accredited member of the National Press Photographer's Association.

    Photo by Michael Clubb.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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Kentucky Kernel managing editor and photographer Michael Clubb was named Kentucky’s sports photographer of the year and runner-up student photographer of the year at the annual Kentucky News Photographer Association meeting in February 2021.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Akhira Umar Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2021) ­— In an effort to have a positive impact on his community, one University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumnus has helped start a scholarship foundation for underprivileged Black scholars.

    Like so many others, Aaron Porter, a 2019 journalism graduate, experienced financial strain throughout his college career. However, he and his cousins aimed to create a solution that would provide relief for students facing the same burden.

    In the first months of 2020, Porter and his cousins, Darrell Williams and Andrew Porter, began researching and planning how to create a scholarship fund. By Dec. 1, they launched the Lawson Porter Scholarship Foundation, named after their grandfather, who instilled generosity within the family.

    The nationwide scholarship is aimed at helping Black academics like themselves afford higher education, wherever that may be. Unlike many other scholarships that are merit-based and designated for certain majors, this scholarship is open for students of all fields of study with a GPA of at least 2.0. Porter noted that financial availability is an issue for many Black households, so this scholarship is widening the accessibility of financial aid. 

    “Being someone who had limited resources, being someone who had to take student loans, being someone who has debt as we speak, we really wanted to focus in on how can we create an avenue for Black students in all aspects of college and learning,” Porter said, “Kind of give them an opportunity to not have to worry about ‘can I pay for this’ or ‘can I pay for that’ or ‘can I do this’ or ‘can I do that.’ They can just go and be students.”

    Porter came to campus as a quiet, out-of-state kid who hardly knew anyone and didn’t know what to major in. From semester to semester, he was always left wondering if he’d be able to continue at UK. In fact, without an unexpected grant one year, he was sure he would have to return home to attend community college in Indianapolis.

    Despite these obstacles, Porter grew to become a leader on UK’s campus. He became a resident advisor, a singer in the UK Black Voices Gospel Choir and president and vice president of UK’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2019, he also won the NAACP UK Chapter Citizen of the Year Award for his work with the Black Student Advisory Council.

    After graduating, Porter took a position as a public affairs assistant for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for the state of Mississippi. Despite taking up this new job and its added responsibilities, he knew it was still important to keep giving back.

    “Aaron is one of the best humans I know. His passion for social and racial justice, his love for his community and his unwavering faith are front and center with him always,” said Carol Taylor-Shim, director of UK’s Office of Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice (formerly Bias Incident Support Services) and one of Porter’s biggest mentors at the university. “Aaron always honors and protects the humanity of others; it is the center of who he is. What a gift he gave us by choosing UK and we are far better for it.”

    The dedication Porter has for supporting his fellow Black peers is something he shares and regularly discusses with his cousins. Black awareness and appreciation not only fueled who the recipients of their scholarship would be but also every other aspect of the foundation. Everything on their website from the logo to the color palate is “Black inspired, Black imagined, Black created,” Porter said. The application process also requires applicants to create a submission piece that “captures some form of Afrocentric history” in order to combat the lack of Black history that is taught in education systems.

    “What is most impressive about Aaron is that self-recognition was never at the heart of his work. He was always concerned about paths of opportunity he was creating for other students, particularly students of color who are marginalized in predominantly white institutions,” said Mel Coffee, a former School of Journalism and Media faculty member and current director of the Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. “Aaron had a fluid relationship with students and administrators that allowed him to create positive dialogue and change. He’s the student I loved having in class, a colleague I admire in his post-student status, and a man I am proud to also call my friend.”

    Although the scholarship foundation is still in its infancy, Porter said they have already received donations from across the nation from friends and colleagues to complete strangers. While he’s putting his journalism experience to use as the scholarship foundation’s social media content manager, he looks forward to the day when he’ll be able to disperse scholarship funds as the foundation’s treasurer. He hopes his work will allow him to help others just as his support system had done for him.

    “You may never know my name, you may never know who I am, and I’m okay with that,” Porter said. “But if deep down I know that I made an impact on society somewhere, I think that really drives me, and that’s what drives all three of us to do the work that we have committed to doing with the scholarship foundation. I’ll take pleasure in that seven days a week and twice on Sunday.”

    If you would like more information about donating to or applying for the Lawson Porter Scholarship Foundation, visit https://thelpsf.org/.

    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 four 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" three 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 five 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: In an effort to have a positive impact on his community, one University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumnus has helped start a scholarship foundation for underprivileged Black scholars.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy Mark Mozingo Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2021)  The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will present a staged reading of "The Watsons," by Laura Wade, available on-demand online March 19-21, 2021. 

    "The Watsons," directed by Christina Ritter and stage managed by theatre and journalism junior Spencer Neichter, takes audiences to the era of Jane Austen. What happens when the writer loses the plot? Emma Watson is 19 and new in town. She's been cut off by her rich aunt and dumped back in the family home. Emma and her sisters must marry — fast. If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife. Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, from flirtatious Tom Musgrave to castle-owning Lord Osborne, who's as awkward as he is rich. So far, so familiar. 

    But there's a problem: Jane Austen didn't finish the story. Who will write Emma's happy ending now? Based on her incomplete novel, this sparklingly witty play looks under the bonnet of Jane Austen and asks: what can characters do when their author abandons them?  This reading is free, but registration is required at: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-watsons-by-laura-wade-tickets-142101957781?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

    "The Watsons" was first performed at The Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Samuel West on Nov. 8, 2018. This reading is was made possible by arrangement with Knight Hall Agency Ltd. This is an amateur status production. 

    The Department of Theatre and Dance, part of UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Students in the department get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from professional theatre and dance faculty and renowned guest artists in acting, directing, playwriting, theatrical design and technology, and dance. From mainstage productions to student-produced shows, students have plenty of opportunities to participate on stage or backstage. Special programs include a musical theatre certificate, education abroad, as well as a thriving dance program that emphasizes technique, composition, performance and production.

    UK Theatre and Dance will present at staged reading of "The Watsons" March 19-21.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationFine ArtsArts AdministrationTheatre

    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 four 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" three 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 five 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 University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance presents a staged reading of "The Watsons" by Laura Wade, available online March 19-21, 2021. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Meredith Weber Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2021) The Women and Philanthropy Network at the University of Kentucky recently awarded $217,342 to six academic initiatives at UK. This brings their lifetime grants to $2,484,392.

    The Women and Philanthropy Network was formed in 2007 to motivate and foster women as leaders, donors and advocates for UK. This group of women created a new culture of service and philanthropy through their gifts of time, talent and resources, all in support of UK students.

    Individuals contribute $1,000 annually (or $500 for women age 40 and under), then pool that money to award grants that further research, provide scholarships, fund creative programs and train future leaders. Colleges and programs are invited to submit proposals and members vote on which proposals to fund. 

    "The selection process for the UK Women and Philanthropy Network academic grants is rigorous and competitive," said Lisa Atkinson, executive director of Philanthropic Engagement with UK Philanthropy. "Each proposal is thoroughly reviewed by the membership and evaluated on its merits of supporting the academic mission of the university, creativity and innovation, and demonstrating measurable student academic outcomes. We commend each award winner and thank all who submitted a proposal. They were all excellent."

    Grant funds were awarded to support the following proposals:

    College of Nursing — The Agriculture Nursing Scholars Program for Kentucky Rural Health and Wellness, $50,000      

    College of Public Health — Champions for Prevention, $30,000

    College of Dentistry — Professional Education Preparation: Discover Modern Dentistry, $7,000

    College of Agriculture, Food and Environment — UK Cooperative Extension Summer Internships; A Model for Community Engagement and Employment, $50,000

    College of Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering — Engineering Sustainable Solutions to the Plastic Waste Crisis by Bridging Disciplinary Divides, $35,000

    College of Communication and Information – Removing Barriers to Graduation for Underrepresented Minority Students, $45,342

    For more information concerning the University of Kentucky Women and Philanthropy Network, please contact Atkinson at UK Philanthropy, William B. Sturgill Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0015; 859-257-7885 or lisa.atkinson@uky.edu.  

    To follow the work and activities of the network on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/UKWomenandPhilanthropy/.

    Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesCommunication and InformationDentistryEngineeringNursingPublic Health

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

    Summary: The new awards brings the group's lifetime grants to $2,484,392.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Ryan Girves Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky, (March 15, 2021) — The University of Kentucky will launch a podcast titled "Bowman’s Friends," starting tomorrow. Hosted by four UK students, "Bowman’s Friends" was created to connect and inform students of issues, important deadlines and ways to get involved on campus. With a goal of amplifying student voices, the podcast will include conversations with people across the university relevant to current campus culture from the student’s perspective​.

    Hosts include Rana Mitchell, Samantha Valentino, Gillian Stawiszynski and Neha Yousuf. 

    “On the podcast, we plan to talk with the MoneyCATS team who will speak on financial literacy, co-founder and vice president of BOOK-ish to talk about the BOOK-ish organization, and Melody Flowers, executive director for strategic analysis and policy here at UK, who will touch on the new Cornerstone building on campus,” Valentino said. “We also plan to have some episodes with just the four hosts, discussing various topics from the students’ perspective. We recently recorded an episode where we discussed the ways in which COVID-19 has affected our lives as college students.”

    New episodes of ​"Bowman’s Friends" will go live every Tuesday and Friday wherever podcasts are available. The teaser episode will go live Monday, March 15, with the first full episode going live the following day, Tuesday, March 16, and the next on Friday, March 19. 

    More about the hosts of "​Bowman’s Friends"​: 

    Rana Mitchell is a senior from Fishers, Indiana, and a media arts and studies major with a minor in creative writing. She works in the College of Education as a Student Success Worker. She is interested in writing, film, television, reading and pop culture. After graduation, Mitchell plans to pursue screenwriting and production. 

    Samantha Valentino is a junior from Meriden, Connecticut. She is studying broadcast journalism with a minor in criminology. Valentino is both a writer and the co-campus correspondent for UK’s chapter of Her Campus, an online magazine targeted at the female college demographic. She is also a Pop Culture Committee chair on the UK Student Activities Board. After graduation, Valentino plans to pursue a career in entertainment journalism. 

    Gillian Stawiszynski is a senior from Orlando, Florida, and she is studying journalism and anthropology with a minor in French. She is the assistant opinions editor at the Kentucky Kernel. After graduation, Stawiszynski is interested in pursuing documentary work as well as journalistic writing alongside activism. 

    Neha Yousuf is a senior from Northern Kentucky. Yosuf is majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in writing rhetoric and digital studies. She works for the SEC Network, Residence Life and is an ambassador for the College of Communication and Information. Post-graduation, she is interested in pursuing communications or producing. 

    To listen to the teaser episode, click here. To stay up to date on podcast information, follow "Bowman’s Friends" on Instagram @bowmansfriends

    Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEngineering

    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 four 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" three 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 five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Ryan Girves
    ryan.girves@uky.edu
    859-323-8464 Summary: Hosted by four UK students, "Bowman’s Friends" was created to connect and inform students of issues, important deadlines and ways to get involved on campus. With a goal of amplifying student voices, the podcast will include conversations with people across the university relevant to current campus culture from the student’s perspective.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Akhira Umar Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2021) — Sometimes tragedies can hold people back, but sometimes they can propel people forward and give them a purpose in life. That’s what happened to one University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna who used a childhood crash to inspire her lifelong career.

    Alex Otte, a 2018 journalism graduate, became the youngest president ever appointed for Mothers Against Drunk Driving when she took office this past January. At just 24 years old, Otte has a vision for the nonprofit that she hopes will bring them that much closer to No More Victims®, MADD’s registered trademark and something she’s dreamed of since she became a victim herself.

    In 2010, Otte was gravely injured by a drunk boater on Herrington Lake near Danville, Kentucky. She had been on a jet ski while her mother and brother were docking their boat nearby. Having had her boating license and experience on the water for years, she knew not to move when a 17-foot bass boat started coming their way. Though the boat was originally headed for her mother, it suddenly banked left, hitting Otte head-on at over 60 mph. 

    The then 13-year-old was flung from her jet ski, landing face down in the water with the boat coming down on top of her. Otte sustained a severe brain injury similar to shaken baby syndrome, a shattered jaw, a destroyed root system of her teeth, a broken neck and collarbone, a lacerated liver, two shattered femurs and a leg injury that required amputation of her right leg at mid-calf. As she was airlifted to UK's hospital, her parents were told she wouldn’t survive.

    After spending four days in a coma, three more days in a drug-induced coma and a week of eight emergency surgeries, Otte miraculously persevered. Her “new life” after the crash included three plates and 12 screws in her face, a prosthetic foot, countless regular surgeries, a never-ending recovery process and her start with MADD. 

    “I figured out very quickly that I wanted to be the last little girl that this ever happened to, and I know 10 years later that I wasn’t,” Otte said. “But I will continue to fight and spend my life making sure that the day comes where there is a last victim of drunk driving. And I desperately hope that I live to see that day.”

    Since her crash, Otte has done well to make good on that promise. While in high school, she got involved with MADD on a state level through its legislative efforts. She spent many days in legislators’ offices sharing her story and advocating for bills that would help end drunk and drugged driving and support victims’ rights. Among the bills she helped to pass were the ignition interlock and DUI laws, the law that extended the look-back period on DUIs, and Marsy’s Law. 

    For her role in the ignition interlock legislation of 2015, she was named MADD’s National Youth Activist of the Year. In the previous year, she was one of 10 teens selected for MADD’s national teen influencer group.

    Otte said her experience lobbying helped set her up for success in the public speaking realm and, consequently, her work as a journalist. Though she had dreamed of becoming a children’s book author when she was younger, she said the creative part of her brain was destroyed in her crash. But knowing she still wanted to write, she chose journalism because facts never change even if creativity does. She also chose to minor in political science to strengthen her legislative efforts.

    Choosing UK was intentional for Otte because she knew her disability wouldn’t make her seem “weird” on such a big and diverse campus. Instead of focusing on her injury, she could then focus on her goal to become the next Erin Andrews, covering football games from the sideline. She lived this dream for six years, photographing UK football and impressing her former journalism professor Kakie Urch not only with her career aspirations but her philanthropic aspirations as well.

    “I can see why MADD would give her this responsibility and how she will shine at that as well,” said Urch, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media. “Alex Otte is so smart and generous and interested that it is difficult not to be drawn to her and her direct, uncompromising commitment to this issue that has had such an impact on her life. And her example helps others see what is possible and inspires drivers, boaters and communities to renew their commitment to eliminate impaired driving. I am overjoyed — but not surprised — to see this appointment.”

    Otte said the “incredible” teachers she had at UK had a huge impact on her then and now. They challenged her to explain herself and her way of thinking, making her a better student and leader. She said that knowing they wanted her to succeed only helped push her to do so.

    “Alex stood out to me as a teacher long before I learned of her tragic life story,” said Stephen Voss, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Political Science. “Her attentiveness in class, her poise when engaging with intellectual challenges and her work ethic all made her stand out from the crowd in my first-year course. The tragedy that struck Alex as a girl might make her a fitting symbol for MADD's mission, but the qualities I saw from Alex as a starting student surely must explain why MADD saw her as a fitting leader."

    Despite her love for journalism, Otte knew she had another calling when she joined the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) after graduating from UK. It was there that she got to conduct research and advocate more for legislation dealing with drunk and drugged boating, which dealt specifically with her crash.

    Her work with NASBLA later inspired the three goals she set for herself once selected as president of MADD. She wants the nonprofit to engage more with injured victims, train law enforcement on dealing with victims and families immediately after a tragedy and develop resources for people who are killed or injured by modes of transportation other than cars. 

    Otte said the timing of her presidency couldn’t be better. Since she and her fiancé do not have children, she currently has time for the demands of the job. Though she can’t exactly picture what the future will hold, she’s excited to see what she can accomplish in her two-year term.

    “I firmly believe everything happens for a reason. I think I will spend the rest of my life trying to figure out what my reason is because there’s no medical reason that I survived,” Otte said. “That’ll be the rest of my life until there are No More Victims®, and even after that because those that have already been victimized will live with this for the rest of their lives. The advocacy both for boating and water safety, boating under the influence and driving under the influence will never end. It will always be a part of my life.”

    Alex OtteOrganizational 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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Alex Otte, a 2018 journalism graduate, became the youngest president ever appointed for Mothers Against Drunk Driving when she took office this past January.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Catherine Hayden Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2021) — The National Debate Tournament Committee has ranked the University of Kentucky team of David Griffith (freshman) and Jordan Di (freshman) as one of the top 16 teams in the nation. This ranking means the duo will receive a “first round bid” or automatic invitation to the 2021 National Debate Tournament (NDT).

    The Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate team, housed in the College of Communication and Information at UK, will join a list of historically strong programs including debate powerhouses such as Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Emory University, Wake Forest University, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Berkeley at the upcoming NDT.

    2021 marks the seventh consecutive year that UK Debate has received at least one first round bid. Since the first-round bid process began in 1973, only seven all freshman teams have earned automatic bid honors. It is not, however, the first time UK has accomplished the feat, as the team of Dan Bannister and Anthony Trufanov earned this honor in 2016 and finished the season as the 13th ranked team in the country.

    The team, led by Director of Debate Dave Arnett, now turns its focus to the postseason, starting with the American Debate Association Championship in early March.

    “We have a very young squad and are facing many of the same challenges as everyone else this year. Our primary goals were sticking together, growing as a team and focusing on the fundamentals, and I feel really good about what we achieved in those areas. That we also have some impressive competitive accomplishments to show for it really speaks to the resilience of these students and the rest of the coaching staff,” Arnett said.

    The 75th National Debate Tournament will take place virtually March 25-31, 2021.

    The Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate team.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 four 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" three 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 five 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 Debate Tournament Committee has ranked the UK team of David Griffith (freshman) and Jordan Di (freshman) as one of the top 16 teams in the nation. This ranking means the duo will receive a “first round bid” or automatic invitation to the 2021 National Debate Tournament. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: ResearchBy Maia Dubin Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2021) — Sherali Zeadally, an associate professor in the School of Information Science at the College of Communication and Information, was selected as the winner of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award. Region 3 encompasses over 24,000 IEEE members across nine states in the southeastern United States and Jamaica.

    This is the first time in the IEEE’s Outstanding Engineer Award’s 49-year history that someone from the University of Kentucky has received this award, IEEE said.

    This award is open to all engineers working in the engineering industry, as well as academia, in the region. Through this award, the IEEE recognizes a member who has greatly contributed to the electrotechnology profession through their technical and professional abilities.

    Jeffrey Huber, director of the School of Information Science, is not surprised about Zeadally’s recognition. “Professor Zeadally has built a strong scholarly reputation among his colleagues. His work is cited regularly regarding his areas of expertise.” Huber said.

    “I am delighted to win such a highly competitive award," Zeadally said. "As always, I share this award with all my research collaborators who have worked with me over the years to produce outstanding research results that have been widely recognized nationally and internationally. I would also like to thank all my colleagues at the University of Kentucky for all their support in my research activities.”

    Zeadally will be presented this award at the upcoming Region 3 Award ceremony, as part of the annual regional meeting at SoutheastCon 2021 on Saturday, March 13. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SoutheastCon will be held virtually.

    Sherali Zeadally 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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Sherali Zeadally, an associate professor in the School of Information Science at the College of Communication and Information, was selected as the winner of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Region 3 Outstanding Engineer Award.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Chaney Willett Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 16, 2021) — May 2020 journalism graduate and former Kentucky Kernel editor-in-chief Bailey Vandiver placed fourth in the Explanatory Reporting Competition of the 2020-2021 Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. In addition to being recognized among top journalists in the nation, Vandiver has received a $1,000 scholarship.

    Vandiver’s story, titled “Lexington’s East End: A changing neighborhood,” encompasses the lives of the citizens of Lexington’s East End and how they envision the future of their home. Vandiver specifically wanted to collect the stories from the historically Black neighborhood to open a discussion on the effects of revitalization and gentrification to the neighborhood.

    “Lexington’s East End: A changing neighborhood” also features photos from 2020-2021 Hearst Award winner and Vandiver’s peer, Arden Barnes. The complete story and photography can be found in the Kentucky Kernel: www.kykernel.com/news/lexingtons-east-end-a-changing-neighborhood/article_5ca903f4-6f74-11ea-b815-0772a8247c7e.html.

    Recognized among national scholarship winners, Vandiver was thrilled to see her work and the East End earn traction. “It’s hard to describe the story because it’s hard to describe the East End — which is really the point of the story,” Vandiver said. “My job was just to listen and put several of their experiences together in one story.”

    While Vandiver was excited to receive a Hearst Award, she was initially shocked;

    Instead of entering her own work into the awards program, Kentucky Kernel and Student Media Advisor Ryan Craig took the liberty of entering Vandiver’s piece.

    “Bailey, with this story and just like when she was editor-in-chief of the Kentucky Kernel, is a very gifted journalist and I feel was one of the best collegiate journalists in the nation the last couple of years,” Craig said when asked what compelled him to enter Vandiver’s story for consideration. “In each paragraph, I felt the emotion of those who live in Lexington's East End regardless of which side of the issue they happened to be on.”

    The Hearst Journalism Awards Program was founded as a way to support and assist journalism education at the collegiate level. The program awards scholarships to students with outstanding performance in divisions including writing, photojournalism, audio, television and multimedia competitions. To enter any competition hosted by the Hearst Awards, students must be involved in campus media and must have published articles, photographs or newscasts that can be submitted.

    The School of Journalism and Media is part of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information. The Kentucky Kernel and Student Media are also housed in the College of Communication and Information.

    Bryan Greene, 25, and Lakell Gates, 11, play basketball on the court in Duncan Park in Lexington, Kentucky, on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Photo by Arden Barnes, courtesy of Kentucky Kernel.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 four 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" three 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 five 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: May 2020 journalism graduate and former Kentucky Kernel editor-in-chief Bailey Vandiver placed fourth in the Explanatory Reporting Competition of the 2020-2021 Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Tony Neely Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2021) — A total of 100 University of Kentucky student-athletes earned a place on the 2020 Fall Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. UK had the second-highest number of honorees in the league. 

    The 2020 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2020 Spring, Summer and Fall terms. UK had seven representatives from men’s cross country, 10 from women’s cross country, 37 from football, 19 from men’s soccer, 17 from women’s soccer and 10 from volleyball. Among other qualifications, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding academic year or a cumulative 3.0 GPA in order to be named to the list. 

    In addition to the academic success, Kentucky teams also had success on the fields of competition in the fall — much of which is carrying over to the spring. Volleyball has resumed its season already and has a 10-0 record and No. 3 national ranking. Men’s soccer resumes this week after having posted a 5-1 mark and being nationally ranked in the fall. The women’s and men’s cross country teams have completed the regular season and are awaiting potential bids to the NCAA Championships. Football finished its all-SEC regular-season schedule with a Senior Night win over South Carolina and a win over No. 24-ranked North Carolina State in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. 

    2020 SEC FALL SPORTS HONOR ROLL

    Athlete – Sport – Major

    Dylan Allen - Men's Cross Country - Marketing

    Jacob Brizendine - Men's Cross Country - Biology

    McLean Griffin - Men's Cross Country - Accounting

    Patrick Schaefer - Men's Cross Country - Kinesiology

    Gabriel Szalay - Men's Cross Country - Economics

    Trevor Warren - Men's Cross Country - Economics

    Aaron Withrow - Men's Cross Country - Finance

    Rachel Boice - Women's Cross Country - Biology

    Sophie Carrier - Women's Cross Country - Elementary Education

    Rachel Curry - Women's Cross Country - Human Health Sciences

    Kaylie Kenne - Women's Cross Country - Human Health Sciences

    Kaitlyn Lacy - Women's Cross Country - Accounting

    Mallory Liggett - Women's Cross Country - Kinesiology

    Lainey McKinley - Women's Cross Country - Kinesiology

    Sarah Michels - Women's Cross Country - Journalism

    Madisyn Peeples - Women's Cross Country - Elementary Education

    Kelli Walsh - Women's Cross Country - Finance

    Abule Abadi‐Fitzgerald - Football - Communication

    Alexander Bascom - Football - Finance

    Richard Bascom - Football - Finance

    Zachary Berezowitz - Football - Economics

    Jamari Brown - Football - Social Work

    Jared Casey - Football - Community and Leadership Development

    Yusuf Corker - Football - Economics

    Tyler Couch - Football - Sociology

    Eli Cox - Football - Integrated Strategic Communication

    Jamin Davis – Football - Community and Leadership Development

    Patrick Delahunty - Football - Accounting

    Taj Dodson - Football - Communication

    Max Duffy - Football - Kinesiology and Health Promotion

    Braxton Eiserman - Football - Art Studio

    Luke Fortner – Football - Mechanical Engineering

    Colin Goodfellow – Football - Nursing

    Manny Harper – Football - Kinesiology

    Collin Hartmann – Football - Economics

    Jackson High – Football - Management

    Drake Jackson – Football - Kinesiology and Health Promotion

    Zach Johnson - Football - Health Promotion

    Shawn Lawson - Football - Sociology

    Jordan Morrow - Football - Communication

    William Nalty – Football - Management

    Joshua Paschal - Football - Family Sciences

    Chance Poore - Football - Consumer Econ and Family Financial Counseling

    Asim Rose Jr. – Football - Community and Leadership Development

    Matt Ruffolo - Football - Finance

    Nik Scalzo – Football - Marketing

    Brett Slusher - Football - Accounting

    Sawyer Smith - Football - Kinesiology and Health Promotion

    Clevan Thomas Jr. - Football - Kinesiology and Health Promotion

    John Varga Jr. - Football - Undeclared

    Dillon Wheatley - Football - Agricultural Economics

    Quintin Wilson - Football - Management

    Jordan Wright - Football - Community and Leadership Development

    Landon Young – Football - Agricultural Economics

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

    Eythor Bjorgolfsson - Men's Soccer - Marketing

    Case Cox - Men's Soccer - Accounting

    Kalil ElMedkhar - Men's Soccer - Accounting

    Daniel Evans - Men's Soccer - Finance

    Enrique Facusse - Men's Soccer - Communication

    Luis Grassow - Men's Soccer - Sociology

    Cole Guindon - Men's Soccer - Management

    Clay Holstad - Men's Soccer - Chemical Engineering

    Colin Innes - Men's Soccer - Finance

    Leon Jones - Men's Soccer - Chemical Engineering

    Brock Lindow - Men's Soccer - Computer Engineering

    Aimé Mabika - Men's Soccer - English

    Marcel Meinzer - Men's Soccer - Communication

    Bailey Rouse - Men's Soccer - Civil Engineering

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

    Ryan Troutman - Men's Soccer - Management

    William Wagner - Men's Soccer - Management

    Jansen Wilson - Men's Soccer - Management

    Lisa Blankestein - Women's Soccer - Psychology

    Marissa Bosco - Women's Soccer - Educational and Counseling Psychology

    Cami Dade - Women's Soccer - Marketing

    Alexandra Fava - Women's Soccer - Mechanical Engineering

    Emily Hahnel - Women's Soccer - Economics

    Tatiana Hagan - Women's Soccer - Psychology

    Miranda Jimenez - Women's Soccer - Communication

    Josephine Knight - Women's Soccer - Psychology

    Gretchen Mills - Women's Soccer - Accounting

    Madison Rennie - Women's Soccer - Management

    Jordyn Rhodes - Women's Soccer - Kinesiology

    Hannah Richardson - Women's Soccer - Undeclared

    Peyton Rimko - Women's Soccer - Management

    Emma Shields - Women's Soccer - Elementary Education

    Sarah Siekkinen - Women's Soccer - Civil Engineering

    Stephanie Stull - Women's Soccer - Biomedical Engineering

    Caroline Trout - Women's Soccer - Finance

    Maddie Berezowitz - Volleyball - Finance

    Gabrielle Curry – Volleyball - Business Administration

    Gabrielle Goddard – Volleyball - Human Health Sciences

    Madison Lilley - Volleyball - Integrated Strategic Communication

    Kendyl Paris - Volleyball - Kinesiology

    Cameron Scheitzach – Volleyball - Kinesiology

    Avery Skinner - Volleyball - Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Alli Stumler – Volleyball - Elementary Education

    Azhani Tealer - Volleyball - Biology

    Lauren Tharp – Volleyball - Special Education

    In December, 380 Wildcats achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the fall semester, including 109 Cats who reached 4.0 for the semester. That continued UK Athletics’ streak of 17 consecutive semesters with a department-wide GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

    UK Athletics supports the academic success of its student-athletes through CATS — the first academic center of its kind dedicated solely to serving student-athletes. CATS is an important component of UK’s Student-Athlete Experience division, launched as a renewal of the department’s commitment to prepare student-athletes to enter life after UK.

    Photo provided by UK Athletics.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtHealth SciencesNursingSocial 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 four 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" three 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 five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: A total of 100 University of Kentucky student-athletes earned a place on the 2020 Fall Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. UK had the second-highest number of honorees in the league. 
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Meg Mills and Catherine Hayden Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 8, 2021) — Award-winning journalist and CBS News correspondent Wesley Lowery will give a talk, “Covering Social Justice in the Era of Social Media,” as the inaugural speaker for the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information's (CI) Angelo B. Henderson Lecture Series Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 5-6:30 p.m. EST.

    “We are excited and honored to launch the Angelo B. Henderson Lecture Series with such an important and timely topic and speaker. Wesley Lowery’s work exemplifies the vital role of good journalism in a democracy,” said Erika Engstrom, director of the UK School of Journalism and Media in CI.

    Lowery, a nationally renowned journalist and book author, specializes in the coverage of diversity, race, crime, urban and political issues. Prior to CBS News, he reported for The Washington Post, where his work on “Fatal Force,” a project on police shootings, helped the Post win the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2016. He previously reported for the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times. His work also has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Detroit News, The Atlantic and GQ Magazine.

    The Angelo B. Henderson Endowed Scholarship and Lecture Series Fund at UK was created by his wife, Felecia Henderson, in his honor. The Angelo B. Henderson Endowed Scholarship will be announced during the Feb. 9 event and will be awarded for the first time in 2021.

    Angelo B. Henderson, a Louisville native and 1985 University of Kentucky journalism graduate, worked as a reporter for The Detroit News, The Courier-Journal, The Wall Street Journal and the St. Petersburg Times. He also served as a leader in the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2005, he was inducted into the University of Kentucky Alumni Hall of Fame and posthumously inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016.

    As Deputy Detroit Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal, Henderson won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1999 for reporting on the long-lasting effects of crime after an attempted robbery at a drug store ended in the robbery suspect’s death.

    Later, he began a second career as a talk-show host for WCHB-AM, became an ordained minister, co-founded a crime-watch group and started Angelo Ink, a freelance-writing, speaking and consulting business.

    Henderson was known for his community service, engaging personality and wide network of sources, as well as his ability to report about people in all walks of life. When Henderson passed away in 2014 at age 51, then Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan noted that few people had worked as tirelessly and passionately to improve the community.

    “Angelo Henderson was a shining example of all that we hope our graduates in the College of Communication and Information will accomplish in their careers,” Dean Jennifer Greer said. “Although his life was cut short, the impact he had on the profession and the community was vast and profound. We are honored to keep his legacy alive with this series and the scholarship in his name.”

    Full information on the Angelo B. Henderson Lecture Series can be found here.

    Wesley Lowery (left) and Angelo B. Henderson 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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Award-winning journalist and CBS News correspondent Wesley Lowery will give a talk, “Covering Social Justice in the Era of Social Media,” as the inaugural speaker for the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information's Angelo B. Henderson Lecture Series Tuesday, Feb. 9.Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: ResearchBy Whitney Hale Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2021) — For 18 years a one-of-c-kind database has captured the wide-ranging array of contributions Black Kentuckians have made in the Commonwealth and beyond. The Notable Kentucky African Americans (NKAA) Database ensures that generations to come will have access to information on the substantial impact these citizens made on the state's history.

    The NKAA Database was introduced in 2003 by University of Kentucky librarians Reinette Jones and Rob Aken. The project’s web pages, which focus on African Americans in and from Kentucky from the 1700s to the present, were developed to bring together names, places, events and sources where additional information could be found. From its inception, UK students, researchers and library patrons far and wide gave the database an unexpected and overwhelmingly warm reception with requests for more content.

    Almost two decades later, the NKAA Database continues to grow with new and updated entries and sources that are used by more than 200,000 patrons annually. While the majority of the database’s users are from Kentucky, it has patrons throughout the U.S. and in other countries. 

    To learn more about this important resource on Kentucky’s history and the obstacles it had to overcome, UKNow recently caught up with Reinette Jones and Rob Aken, its creators and founders at UK Libraries.

    UKNow: How did the idea for the NKAA Database come to be?

    Jones: For years I had noticed there would be researchers coming to the various libraries asking about African Americans who were supposedly from Kentucky. The names were not any that I had ever heard before. The researchers never seemed to have much success finding what they wanted. So, I started writing the names down and doing my own research, and soon learned that there were other avenues for locating information about African Americans in and from Kentucky.

    The idea of NKAA grew from there. Though, for about a decade before it went live, NKAA was not a welcomed discussion because the idea was thought to be a waste of time, no one would use it, and it was not really needed because the UK Libraries already had the best the state could offer. Once NKAA went live, it was not too long after that I was told that I would have to give it away because it wasn’t really needed anymore, and well, that was another discussion. Let’s just say, there were some growing pains.

    Aken: I became involved when Reinette came to me in 2003 with the idea of providing information online about African Americans from Kentucky of note. I worked up a website to present the entries, and as Reinette added entries, I modified the website to organize the entries into categories. Over the years, we have worked with others in the Libraries to provide a more sophisticated database structure, and I have taken on the task of editing and maintaining and updating links to related resources.

    UKNow: Was it modeled on another resource? Has it become a model for others?

    Aken: To the best of our knowledge, NKAA is a unique resource for state-related African American history and biography maintained online as a free resource. We have worked with other librarians who had an interest in creating similar databases for regional coverage in other states, but to date, I am unaware of any comparable resource for other areas. Reinette could address this question more thoroughly than I. Her imagination, research and perseverance are the primary reason this resource exists.

    Jones: As Rob noted, the NKAA Database is an original. Back in 2003, when I asked Rob for help, he instantly jumped on board with the idea and outlined the website, and we tinkered and talked until it was ready to go live. As soon as it went public, NKAA started growing faster than either of us had anticipated. We thought we were really cooking with gas when suddenly there were 100 patrons a day using the site.

    UKNow: How long did it take to get the NKAA Database up and running?

    Jones: I think it took a few months of construction before going live on Sept. 19, 2003.

    Aken: The initial listings began in September 2003 with a couple hundred entries. I would say it took maybe a couple of months to set up the organization we wanted and to build the website. Over the years, we have modified the presentation as Reinette has added thousands of entries, sources and side projects (e.g., the African American Library Directors in the USA), and others have become involved in providing more sophisticated structures to support the continued growth and accessibility of the NKAA.

    UKNow: What work goes into creation of content and database maintenance? 

    Jones: Well, once NKAA proved to be a viable library resource used by hundreds of patrons every day, we got better support from the library administration, and darn good help from colleagues in the library, and vital help from community researchers around the state, around the country, and from abroad.

    On the other end, UK students and faculty started requesting more information and sources like those listed in the NKAA Database. There had been requests long before NKAA came to be, but that demand has grown to be many times more than what it had been.

    Aken: The content creation is almost exclusively Reinette’s work. She does the research for the entries, which may include following directions from folks in the state who, for example, describe the location of a private cemetery in an out-of-the-way location that may require her to put on boots and go slogging along a creek to examine.

    Creation of the entries comes from Reinette’s commitment to researching any aspect of the African American experience, contributions, and history in Kentucky or by Kentuckians who have made notable contributions throughout the country and the world.

    It should be noted, too, that much of the database has been developed by following up on questions or contributions from patrons and information provided by users of the database — this resource is in large-part a grassroots development, as we learn about many of the notable African Americans recorded in the NKAA from those who use the database: some provide basic information that Reinette then researches and writes up; some write entries themselves or provide the bulk of the information themselves; and other researchers ( e.g., Yvonne Giles of Lexington) provide information.

    UKNow: What topics and/or people does the NKAA Database cover?

    Aken: I believe the original 2003 database had 10 or so subjects. Many of the entries are about individuals and those activities that have made them “notable,” regardless of why they are notable. Most of the individual person entries do highlight significant contributions involving leadership, celebrity, talent and creativity, often while highlighting a broad range of specific fields of endeavor (e.g., actors, agriculturalists, nurses, physicists, poets). Others make note of significant historical development (e.g., the history of African American education in Kentucky), locations related to Kentucky African Americans (e.g., Nicodemus, Kansas), collections (e.g., oral history collections, many available online through the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center), and data (e.g., Slave Owners, Slaves, Free Blacks, Free Mulattoes in Kentucky, 1850-1870).

    Really, anything that is specifically an aspect of the historical and current African American experience in the state of Kentucky or related in some way to individuals who have a Kentucky connection is included in NKAA. Each entry includes the pertinent subjects related to that entry at the bottom, linking out to other entries in the database that are related to those subjects. And links to video, sound recordings, and photographs and other images are included when available.

    Jones: Today, the NKAA Database covers 242 topics from the first African American families to zoologists. There is even a category for “Other,” those scattered topics that are one of a kind, such as comic book collections and African Americans with the first name Kentucky. 

    You can find all the database subjects at https://nkaa.uky.edu/nkaa/references/subject.

    UKNow: Any favorite specific entries or topics covered?

    Jones: Nope. Whatever I am working on is my next favorite.

    Aken: I agree with Reinette. My work involves going through the entire database, editing entries, updating links and providing updated information when available. I must say that every entry I work on is my favorite at that moment.

    There is such a wealth of information here providing examples of fortitude, creativity and contributions to the advancement of the race, the state and humanity in general. There are also historical entries that provide a picture of what slavery and racism have done to our state and country, but also examples of how people of the state have contributed to overcoming this history and continue to work toward overcoming the continuing impact of racism through perseverance and cooperation. Some of those entries include white individuals who have contributed as well to this fight (e.g., John Gregg Fee, founder of Berea College).

    I would point out that NKAA has led to requests to use the information (e.g., one year for Black History Month, the Lexington Herald-Leader used one NKAA entry each day to highlight various Kentuckians and their accomplishments). We have also talked with various history and genealogy groups throughout the state about the NKAA, and it also won the American Library Association Reference and User Services Association Award in 2009: www.ala.org/news/news/pressreleases2009/april2009/rusagalecengagewinner.

    UKNow: Do you continue to add new information to the database today?

    Jones: New information is added almost daily. Contributions come from reference questions, submissions or requests that fill a research gap, such as Black Names in Kentucky or Cabinetmakers.

    Aken: I can’t imagine the database would ever be “complete”; issues and individuals continue to develop, and so much historical information is incomplete, there will always be more information that can be added to this ongoing story.

    UKNow: What ways have you seen the database used over the years?

    Jones: The NKAA Database is used by all grade levels, senior centers, community researchers and genealogists. The database has been listed as a reference source in various publications and on library and school websites. When NKAA was a couple of years old, I found out that parents and community researchers were periodically printing the entire website because they thought it was something that UK was presenting for Black History Month and had not gotten around to taking it down. The fear was that it would not last and would soon be going away. No matter how many times I assured them that was not the case, I just could not say it enough or prove it, so we showed them that it would be around for a while.

    Aken: When I worked in Reference, I would perhaps guide a student or other user of the Libraries to entries in NKAA to assist them in their research.

    Also, users contact us via email or call to find out more information about entries, and we work with them on their research. Most recently for example, a person who is buying and restoring a house that was (he thinks) designed and built by Samuel Plato in Marion, Indiana, had looked at the entry for Plato in the database, and he wanted to know “how to best retrieve items listed in the NKAA database.” I was able to tell him how to get copies of the material he wanted. The database provides, then, introductory information on the person or topic, but also importantly provides references to information with more detail about the entry — NKAA often serves as a starting point to additional information that exists in other works.

    UKNow: Do you have an idea of how many people have used the database?

    Jones: The numbers have grown from 100 or so hits per day in 2003 to anywhere from 1,000-4,000 hits per day this year.

    This year has really been one for the books, and not just because of the coronavirus and students learning virtually. The life and death events surrounding African Americans in Kentucky and nationally caused major usage spikes. When Breonna Taylor was murdered, suddenly anybody and everybody wanted to know more about the life experiences of African Americans in Kentucky. Who? What? Where? When? How? Why? 

    UKNow: What do you hope users take away from the resource?

    Aken: There are so many ways the resource can be useful to a wide range of users. Younger students learn the breadth of contributions so many people have made to the human race, and they see the history of a central state in the African American experience. They also can find starting points for further research. Scholars can also find sources of information and material specific to the state of Kentucky, a state that has been central to the history of African Americans.

    Jones: Kentucky is a state that has a lot of unexplored history. Rob and I will not have enough lifetime to mark down all the noted African American people, places and events in Kentucky. There will always be more. Go find it. 

    UKNow: Any future plans for the NKAA Database to grow or expand?

    Aken: I’m sure Reinette has specific ideas, and I’ll be there to do what I can to help with the expansion. I know it has grown steadily since 2003, and the bulk of that growth is because of Reinette’s dedication, imagination and perseverance.

    Jones: For now, it will continue to grow with updates and new information. The final plans for NKAA are still being discussed. It has been fully sponsored and supported by the UK Libraries for almost two decades and is provided to all who have internet access.

    NKAA has been extremely well received by the campus and the community. UK Special Collections would be a good resting place for the NKAA Database. We will see where it lands when the time comes.

    Aken: I’ve worked on a number of projects in my career, but NKAA holds a special place in my heart. To have contributed in whatever way I can to help Reinette bring her vision together has been one of the highlights of my career. It’s an honor to contribute to such an important resource that touches so many people; I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of NKAA.

     

    The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database remains a free online resource for all who have access to the internet at https://nkaa.uky.edu/.

    Reinette Jones, who earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s degree in library science from UK, started out as a member of the university’s Student Financial Aid office before joining UK Libraries Reference team in Margaret I. King Library.

    Over the years, Jones has worked in the UK Libraries’ Communications Reading Room, Shaver Engineering Library, International Documents in King Library and with Reference at William T. Young Library. After working with Reference, she transitioned to the Special Collections Research Center’s Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, and now serves in Special Collections doing community outreach, reference, and research, and as an affiliate with African American and Africana Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to the NKAA Database, Jones also created the research guide for lesbian studies for UK Libraries — one of the most used research guides on campus.   

    Rob Aken, who holds a bachelor’s degree in English from West Virginia University, came to UK in 1976 to pursue his master’s degree in English and serve as a teaching assistant in the department. While working on his second master’s degree in library science, he worked as a graduate assistant in the King Library’s Reference Department. Aken began working as a reference librarian upon graduation. During his career with UK Libraries, he served as a bibliographer for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance as well as English; coordinator of the Reference Collection Development; coordinator of Bibliographic Instruction; coordinator of Automated Reference Services; head of Reference; a WWW resources librarian (later web administration librarian, including Research Guides startup and administration; and official representative, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research).

    Outside of UK Libraries, Aken was also involved in a variety of first-generation projects, having been a first-generation student himself, and served as a reviewer for Library Journal and Choice. He also developed a Virtual Alternative Media database in conjunction with a Department of Communications faculty member and developed and maintained a website for Radio Eye for many years.

    of Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationLibraries

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four 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" three 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 five 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: For 18 years, a one-of-its-kind database has captured the wide-ranging array of contributions Black Kentuckians have made in the Commonwealth and beyond. Spearheaded by Reinette Jones and Rob Aken, the Notable Kentucky African Americans Database ensures that generations to come will have access to information on the substantial impact these citizens made on the state's history.Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Chaney Willett Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 4, 2021) — May 2020 journalism graduate Arden Barnes placed 13th in the Multimedia Narrative Storytelling Competition of the 2020-2021 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

    Barnes’ project, titled “The Courage to Win,” focused on 15-year-old Dani Brown from Lexington, who is an eight-time National Boxing Champion and current Team USA boxer set to compete in the 2024 Olympics. Brown began boxing at 9 years old when she joined Legends Boxing along with her older brother, Dale, who started boxing to help rehabilitate his lungs after having a double lung infection and pneumonia while he was in high school. “Brown said that her brother is her biggest inspiration,” said Barnes, when commenting on her work.

    “The Courage to Win” comprises of a written portion, a YouTube video, several photographs and a content plan for Instagram. “The Courage to Win” can be found in its entirety at www.ardenbarnes.com/the-courage-to-win.

    Barnes’ project was initially a product of her capstone JOU 498: Advanced Multimedia class, which is a requirement for journalism majors in the School of Journalism and Media within the College of Communication and Information. According to Barnes, Assistant Professor David Stephenson was her navigation through the unusual Spring 2020 semester. “Professor Stephenson was incredibly helpful in guiding the project, especially when we went completely virtual in March,” Barnes said. “It’s wonderful to see that good work can come out of different times of learning, even in a pandemic.”

    "I'm so proud of Arden for being recognized at the national level for her talent and hard work. Our class and her project were completely upended in March by the pandemic, yet she persisted and finished with a great story," Stephenson said.

    Barnes is happy to see her hard work pay off in the Hearst Awards. “It’s always really exciting to see the University of Kentucky alongside other nationally renowned journalism schools.”

    The Hearst Journalism Awards Program was founded as a way to support and assist journalism education at the collegiate level. The program awards scholarships to students with outstanding performance in divisions including writing, photojournalism, audio, television and multimedia competitions. To enter any competition hosted by the Hearst Awards, students must be involved in campus media and must have published articles, photographs or newscasts that can be submitted.

    Watch Arden Barnes' video for "The Courage to Win" above. Photo by Arden Barnes.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 four 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" three 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 five 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: May 2020 journalism graduate Arden Barnes placed 13th in the Multimedia Narrative Storytelling Competition of the 2020-2021 Hearst Journalism Awards Program.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meredith Weber Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2021) The University of Kentucky Alumni Association Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group, in partnership with the UK Office for Institutional Diversity, will host the 30th annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer and Torch of Excellence awards via Facebook Live at noon Monday, Feb. 1. The program honors and celebrates African American students and alumni from each college who epitomize the ideals of Lyman T. Johnson.

    UK’s academic colleges select alumni whose faith, hard work and determination have 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 colleges also choose students within their respective college whose academic achievement and ability to impact the lives of others would warrant them to receive the Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer Award.

    To watch this year’s awards presentation, tune into the UK Alumni Association’s Facebook page at noon Monday Feb. 1.

    This year’s award winners are:

    College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

    Torch Bearer: Jahqethea Johnson 

    Torch of Excellence: Tiffany Monroe

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Torch Bearer: Jacob Barnes, Trinity Houston, Pasama Cole-Kweli, Jillean McCommons, Jordan Ashlee McCray, Kayla Woodson

    Torch of Excellence: Eunique Gaither, Arethia Hamilton, Ursula Mullins

    Gatton College of Business and Economics

    Torch Bearer: Ariel Brent

    Torch of Excellence: Erica Miles

    College of Communication and Information

    Torch Bearer: Akhira Umar

    Torch of Excellence: DeBraun Thomas

    College of Dentistry

    Torch Bearer: Udechukwu Ideduru                            

    Torch of Excellence: Dr. Linda Larkin-Scott

    College of Education

    Torch Bearer: Heather Cowherd

    Torch of Excellence: Felicia C. Smith

    College of Engineering

    Torch Bearer: K’Lynn King

    Torch of Excellence: Tracy Drain

    College of Fine Arts

    Torch Bearer: Moniece La’Shay Mosely

    Torch of Excellence: Key’Mon Murrah

    College of Health Sciences

    Torch Bearer: Isaiah Jones

    Torch of Excellence: Brandon Reeves

    J. David Rosenberg College of Law

    Torch Bearer: Maya S. Marshall

    Torch of Excellence: Steven S. Reed

    College of Nursing

    Torch Bearer: Danielle Duncan

    Torch of Excellence: Delanor Manson

    College of Pharmacy

    Torch Bearer: Anisa Moore

    Torch of Excellence: William Ifeachor

    College of Public Health

    Torch Bearer: Kayla Dougherty

    Torch of Excellence: Sydney S. Taylor

    College of Social Work

    Torch Bearer: Shawndaya Thrasher

    Torch of Excellence: Shaniek Tose

    The Graduate School

    Torch Bearer: Kevely Dumay

    Torch of Excellence: Jeana Dunlap

    Lewis Honors College

    Torch Bearer: Khari Gardner

    Torch of Excellence: Tracy Drain

    To learn more about the UK Alumni Association Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group, visit www.ukalumni.net/LTJ. For information, contact Katie Schaffer at Kathryn.Schaffer@uky.edu or 859-257-7172.

    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.

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryEducationEngineeringFine ArtsMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawNursingPharmacyPublic 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 four 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" three 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 five 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 University of Kentucky Alumni Association Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni Group, in partnership with the UK Office for Institutional Diversity, will host the 30th annual Lyman T. Johnson Torch Bearer and Torch of Excellence awards via Facebook Live at noon Monday, Feb. 1. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 29, 2021) — The University of Kentucky and the Republic Bank Foundation are presenting sponsors of Kentucky to the World’s Digital Speaker Series program “The War on Terror to the War on Truth: Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Dana Canedy.” To kick off Black History Month, Kentucky to the World has launched its first digital-exclusive program featuring former Courier-Journal Editor-in-Chief Rick Green in a conversation with Canedy to discover her thoughts on the nation and the world as it pertains to the uncertain times we live in.

    Canedy, a UK alumna, was the first African American woman senior vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, one of the largest publishing houses in the world. A former New York Times Pulitzer-winning journalist, she has written extensively on a broad range of topics, including The Times' series “How Race Is Lived in America,” about race relations in the United States, which won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

    She is the author of “A Journal for Jordan,” which is currently being adapted into a feature film directed by Denzel Washington and starring Michael B. Jordan. “A Journal for Jordan” focuses on life with her war-hero partner and the journal he left for their infant son before being killed in combat in Iraq. Before being slated for a feature film, the New York Times bestselling book was published in 10 countries and eight languages. 

    Raised in Radcliff, Kentucky, Canedy graduated from UK with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, was named a Distinguished Alumna in the School of Journalism and Media in 2017, and was inducted into the UK Alumni Association's Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2020. 

    “We are so proud of Dana’s accomplishments over her career and are proud to call her a College of Communication and Information alumna. She’s made such a difference in how we see the world and how we amplify diverse voices as we move forward as a society,” College of Communication and Information Dean Jennifer Greer said.

    Greer was invited to record the introduction of Canedy for the event.

    The speaker series is pre-recorded and will be released to the general public at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. A digital student program, which is also being recorded and will offer local high school students an opportunity to pose questions to Canedy, will launch simultaneously. The program can be found on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

    About Kentucky to the World

    Kentucky to the World, Inc. (KTW) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization whose mission is to enhance the reputation of Kentucky, its people and its assets by featuring and promoting the stories of extraordinary individuals who are passionate about their Kentucky ties. KTW inspires Kentuckians of all ages to realize their own potential and boosts awareness of the state’s positive impact across the country and around the world.

    For more information, call 502-897-3819, or visit www.kentuckytotheworld.org.

    Dana CanedyOrganizational 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 four 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" three 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 five 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, along with the Republic Bank Foundation, is proud to sponsor Kentucky to the World’s Digital Speaker Series “The War on Terror to the War on Truth: Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Dana Canedy.”
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Catherine Hayden Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2021) — The Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate team, housed in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, is off to a fast start for the Spring 2021 debate season with an impressive win at their first tournament, a three-day event hosted by the United States Naval Academy this month.

    The team of David Griffin (freshman) and Jordan Di (freshman) finished as champions with a 9-1 record, defeating a host of strong teams along the way including Emory University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University and the University of Michigan.

    “The Naval Academy tournament is something the team prepares especially hard for every season. The fact that Jordan and David accomplished this in their first year speaks volumes about their maturity and ability,” said UK Debate Director David Arnett.

    UK Debate is currently preparing for their next tournament hosted by Northwestern University and will then turn their attention toward their virtual post-season tournament preparations.

    Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate is off to a fast start for the Spring 2021 debate season.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 four 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" three 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 five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate team, housed in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, is off to a fast start for the Spring 2021 debate season.
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Allison Perry Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2021) – The University of Kentucky is sponsoring a free virtual town hall, “Undoing the Harmful Legacy of the War on Drugs: A Focus on Communities of Color,” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m.

    The town hall, hosted in partnership with Voices of Hope, will identify the harmful consequences of the War on Drugs, describe the barriers to treatment and recovery faced by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) that have been exacerbated by the War on Drugs, and discuss the intersection between recovery advocacy and anti-racism activism.

    The UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Alex Elswick, co-founder of Voices of Hope, will moderate the discussion; UK College of Medicine Associate Professor and medical historian Claire Clark will be a featured speaker. Other speakers include Shelton McElroy and Shameka Parrish-Wright with The Bail Project, Phillip Rutherford, chief operating officer at Faces & Voices of Recovery, and Jeremy Byard, co-founder and director of the Louisville Recovery Community Connection.

    Registration is free and open to the public. To register, visit voicesofhopelex.org/events/war-on-drugs.

    The University of Kentucky is sponsoring a free virtual town hall, “Undoing the Harmful Legacy of the War on Drugs: A Focus on Communities of Color,” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEducationHealth SciencesMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthSocial WorkSummary: The University of Kentucky is sponsoring a free virtual town hall, “Undoing the Harmful Legacy of the War on Drugs: A Focus on Communities of Color,” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Lillian Nellans Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 7, 2021) — The Bluegrass Debate Coalition (BDC) launched in September 2020 to bring competitive debate to middle schoolers and high schoolers across Kentucky. Overseen by the University of Kentucky's championship intercollegiate debate team and housed in the UK College of Communication and Information, the BDC is a first-of-its-kind project. Combining the expert knowledge and resources of UK’s debate team with the power and accessibility of digital debating has allowed the BDC to breakthrough to Kentucky students, parents and schools. Nearly 50 students from across the state participated in the BDC’s first semester of programming.

    Students meet once a week online for 90 minutes to learn the basics of debate and hone their skills in the After School Debate Program — one of the BDC’s signature initiatives. Open to all middle school and high school students in Kentucky, the program provides high-quality debate instruction to interested students in the state. Classes are fun, educational and the skills learned — like public speaking, persuasive writing, argumentation and research — benefit students far beyond debate. 

    Students do not need to have any previous debate experience or be members of a school debate team to sign up. The BDC offers a novice course for beginners. Each class features a short lesson, group discussion and fun activities to practice new skills. An intermediate course is also offered for students who have previous experience and are looking to take their skills to the next level. Courses will be led by BDC Director Lily Nellans and UK Debate Coach Genevieve Hackman. 

    Classes are completely free for children of UK faculty and staff. All middle school and high school students are eligible to participate. Students meet once a week for 90 minutes in an online classroom with eight to 10 other Kentucky students and an instructor. Each session consists of six weeks of classes. Registration is due by Friday, Jan. 8. Classes begin the week of Jan. 18 and conclude the week of Feb. 22. Learn more about the After School Debate Program and register at the BDC website: https://www.bluegrassdebate.com/after-school-program.

    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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Combining the expert knowledge and resources of UK’s debate team with the power and accessibility of digital debating has allowed the BDC to breakthrough to Kentucky students, parents, and schools. Nearly 50 students from across the state participated in the BDC’s first semester of programming.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Erika Engstrom Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 5, 2021) — Nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame are being accepted now until Jan. 15, 2021. The sole criterion for selection is that nominees should have a significant connection to Kentucky and have been active in journalism long enough to establish that the contributions they have made to the profession are significant. Kentucky natives or journalists who were raised or educated in Kentucky but practiced journalism elsewhere are eligible for nomination and selection.

    Letters of nomination should include the nominee's Kentucky connections, current and past employment, career highlights and significant contributions to journalism and society. A list of past inductees is posted at http://ci.uky.edu/jam/hall-of-fame/inductees

    For details and instructions on how to make a nomination, go to http://ci.uky.edu/jam/hall-of-fame.

    The Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame is housed in the School of Journalism and Media in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information.

    Nominations for the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame are now being accepted. 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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Nominations for the 2021 Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame are being accepted now until Jan. 15, 2021.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2020) — Thanks to an innovative teaching idea from University of Kentucky faculty in the College of Communication and Information, students were able to experience a sense of normalcy in their public speaking and writing courses — with the help of clear face masks.

    One of these faculty members is senior faculty lecturer Allyson DeVito, who turned her CIS 112 final presentation into a TED-like-talk utilizing the clear face masks. Students had the option to deliver their six to eight minute speeches on a subject they are passionate about via Zoom, or in-person using a clear face mask.

    The masks were purchased by the CI dean’s office, and were given to the students ahead of their presentations so they could practice speaking while wearing them.

    “Whether the students chose to deliver their presentations via Zoom or in person, it was great practice for them,” DeVito said. “Most job interviews are happening in virtual settings, so this assignment gave them the opportunity to think about how they would conduct themselves virtually — decide what to wear, how they would keep eye contact, etc.”

    About 40 students in multiple sections of CIS 112 chose to deliver their talks in person.

    Brennen Mullins was one of those students. “The chance to give my TED Talk in-person, using the clear masks, gave me more incentive to practice and prepare my speech. During a semester where many classes were online, it was refreshing to build anticipation for an important, in-person, and relevant talk. I feel like I am better prepared to speak in the future, after we move on from this virus, because of my choice to use a clear mask."

    The clear masks allowed students to show facial expressions to their audience as well as move around the room — both important aspects of public speaking.

    “It was obviously not safe for students to remove their masks, so we did the best we could to give the students the experience of delivering speeches to an audience,” DeVito said. “I believe this adaptation provided a sense of normalcy for the students, as well as for myself. Even with the masks, I didn’t feel my class was drastically different compared to last fall.”

    Looking forward to the spring semester, DeVito hopes to use a similar teaching style and hopes more students will choose to deliver the speech using the clear masks.

    A student presenting in a clear face mask. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Thanks to an innovative teaching idea from University of Kentucky faculty in the College of Communication and Information, students were able to experience a sense of normalcy in their public speaking and writing courses — with the help of clear facemasks.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Erika Engstrom Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2020) — The University of Kentucky has made the top 10 in the national Hearst Photojournalism Features and News Competition of the 2020-2021 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. UK student Michael Clubb is the ninth-place finalist and fellow student Arden Barnes is the 11th-place finalist. Clubb and Barnes' submissions consisted of portfolios of eight images each. The winners were selected from 117 entries submitted from 65 universities nationwide in the first of two photo competitions of the year.

    UK is now in a tie for third place in the Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition, following Western Kentucky in first place and Ohio University in second. UK shares the tie with the University of North Carolina. The ranking is based on the highest accumulated student points from the first of two photo competitions held this year.

    "Western Kentucky, Ohio University and the University of North Carolina all have photojournalism programs while we do not. So to have the University of Kentucky in their company at a national level is great news," said School of Journalism and Media Assistant Professor David Stephenson, who is also the photojournalism and multimedia adviser for the Kentucky Kernel. "Our students are competing at the highest levels," on par with such highly recognized schools, he added. "I'm very proud of them."

    The final intercollegiate winners will be announced after the Photo II competition in April. The Hearst Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. 

    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 four 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" three 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 five 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 has made the top 10 in the national Hearst Photojournalism Features and News Competition of the 2020-2021 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: ResearchBy Meg Mills Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2020) — Sherali Zeadally, in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, has been named one of the most highly cited researchers in the world.

    Zeadally, an associate professor and University Research Professor in the School of Information Science, is the first UK researcher since 2014 to be named to the Highly Cited Researcher annual list published by Clarivate, The Web of Science Group.

    Clarivate’s annual list of Highly Cited Researchers recognizes the world's most influential researchers of the past decade. Researchers are selected for their exceptional performance in 21 fields of the sciences and social sciences — that includes agricultural sciences, social sciences, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, clinical medicine, computer science, economics and business, engineering, environment, ecology, geosciences, immunology, materials science, mathematics, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics, neuroscience and behavior, pharmacology and toxicology, physics, plant and animal sciences, psychiatry, psychology and space science — and a further cross disciplinary category.

    Those recognized have demonstrated significant and broad influence reflected in their publication of multiple papers, highly cited by their peers in the past 10 years. These highly cited papers rank in the top 1% by citations for a chosen field or fields and year in Web of Science. Of the world’s population of scientists and social scientists, the Web of Science Group’s Highly Cited Researchers are one in 1,000 or fewer than 0.1% of the world's researchers who have earned this exclusive distinction.

    This year, researchers from more than 60 countries have been recognized — including Zeadally in the field of computer science. He is one of 124 computer science researchers worldwide recognized this year and one of only 13 researchers from the United States.

    “We are proud of Dr. Zeadally on this exceptional achievement,” said Dean Jennifer Greer of the College of Communication and Information. “He is highly prolific, and this honor shows that he is among the elite researchers in his field making an impact worldwide.”

    Zeadally’s expertise is in the areas of cybersecurity, privacy, the internet of things and computer networks. He has published more than 420 peer-reviewed publications. He has received more than 50 awards/honors/prestigious fellowships nationally and internationally for his research, teaching and service in his career.

    "This worldwide recognition is a big surprise for me,” Zeadally said. “I feel honored to be on this very prestigious list of 2020 Highly Cited Researchers in the world and to be recognized by one’s peers for the quality of work I have conducted with my research collaborators. I have been extremely fortunate to work with exceptionally talented students, postdocs, junior and senior faculty colleagues around the world throughout my academic career. I take this opportunity to share this achievement with all of them for their efforts, dedication and hard work they have put into our research collaborations without which this award would not be possible.

    "This prestigious award belongs to the University of Kentucky. I would like to thank my colleagues at the University of Kentucky for all their support and encouragements in my research."

    About Web of Science

    Web of Science is the world’s most trusted and largest publisher-neutral citation index, powering global discovery and citation analytics across the sciences, social sciences, and art and humanities. With over 1.4 billion cited references going back to 1900 and millions of users per day — from leading government and academic institutions and research-intensive corporations — the Web of Science citation network serves as the foundation for the Journal Impact Factor, In Cites and other powerful and trusted citation-impact measures. The Web of Science helps researchers, research institutions, publishers and funders discover and assess the citation impact of over a century of research publications found in the most prestigious books, conference proceedings and journals.

    Sherali ZeadallyOrganizational 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 four 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" three 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 five 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: Sherali Zeadally, in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky, has been named one of the most highly cited researchers in the world.
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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy Whitney Hale Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2020) At the end of each fall semester, University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies (SA/VS) celebrates its best and brightest young artists as part of the Carey Ellis Juried Student Show and awards ceremony presented at the school’s annual visual art celebration, Open Studio. While this fall looks different due to the pandemic, the school was still able to honor this year’s 18 winners with an online ceremony held Nov. 20.

    Although 2020 has proven to be a challenging year, UK’s SA/VS students have persevered, generating work that is thoughtful and inspired. As part of the annual juried show, the best work from three undergraduate degree areas — Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Science — was recognized. The winners were selected by Brooklyn-based textile artist, surface designer and fine art printmaker Stephanie Santana.

    This year’s Carey Ellis Bachelor of Arts award winners are:

    • Ember Kawarada, an art studio junior from Lexington, who is also minoring in Japan studies, who took first place;
    • Abigail Peck, an art studio senior from Lexington, who is also minoring in art history, who took second place;
    • Channing Salazar, an art studio senior from Lexington, who took third place; and
    • Marie McClary, an art education and art studio senior from Owensboro, Kentucky, who received a merit award.

    This year’s Carey Ellis Bachelor of Fine Arts award winners are:

    • Reagan Profit, an art studio senior from Nicholasville, Kentucky, who took first place;
    • Ellan Luna, an art studio senior from Bowling Green, Kentucky, who took second place;
    • Mia Rambo, an art studio senior from Lexington, who is also minoring in art history, who took third place; and
    • Brianna Armstrong, an art studio senior from Lexington, who received a merit award.

    This year’s Carey Ellis Bachelor of Science award winners are:

    • Abby Green, a digital media and design senior from Carlisle, Kentucky, who is minoring in art history, who took first place;
    • Jonah Peck, a digital media and design sophomore from Lexington, who took second place;
    • Jordan Reese, a digital media and design junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who took third place; and
    • Christopher Corbett, a digital media and design sophomore from Louisville, Kentucky, who is minoring in media arts and studies, who received a merit award.

    The 2020 Carey Ellis Best Art History and Visual Studies Paper Scholarship was awarded to Haley B. Drake for her paper titled "Touch Sanitation: An Ecofeminist Approach to the Abjection of Maintenance." Mentored by SA/VS faculty member Miriam Kienle, Drake is an art history senior and Lewis Honors College member from Lexington.

    Other SA/VS honors presented as part of the virtual awards ceremony included the Theophilia Joan Oexmann Original Art Awards given to Luna, Profit and Katie Creech, an art studio and arts administration senior from Georgetown, Kentucky. The SA/VS faculty 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 Isabelle Pethtel, a Lewis Honors College member and digital media and design and writing, rhetoric, and digital studies junior, minoring in Japan studies, from Palestine, West Virginia. 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 Madison McGill, an art studio senior from Goshen, Kentucky. 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.

    The Cheryl Kelly Haffler Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Marie McClary. This honor recognizes academic and creative excellence and is presented to a student who displays a dedication to learning and a passion for the arts, while playing an active role in the community.

    The Kim Adler Memorial Scholarship was presented in memory of 1996 UK graduate and sculptor Kim “Kimmer” Adler. This year’s recipient is Amalia Galdona Broche, a graduate student from Jacksonville, Florida.

    In addition to the scholarships and awards above, SA/VS also recognized its two Windgate candidates. 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. This year’s nominations went to Brianna Armstrong and art studio senior Terence “Terry” Powell Jr. of Lexington.

    The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, part of the College of Fine Arts, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies, art education, curatorial studies and digital media design.

    of Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationGraduate SchoolHonors 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" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: At the end of each fall semester, University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies celebrates its best and brightest young artists as part of the Carey Ellis Juried Student Show and awards ceremony presented at the school’s annual visual art celebration, Open Studio. While this fall looks different due to the pandemic, the school was still able to honor this year’s 18 winners with an online ceremony held Nov. 20.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Sophia Villalobos and Whitney Hale Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 30, 2020) — “It all came so suddenly like there was no time to brace yourself for what was about to come. It started with a couple of cases, I honestly wasn’t too concerned at first. And then it reached Kentucky and the patient is in Lexington at the UK hospital. Okay now maybe I am a little concerned. Then every day the news comes on and you hear case after case in just about all of the states. Panic sets in. Then all of a sudden you’re in class trying to study and then you get the notification on your phone that you won’t be coming back to campus for a while.”

    With this April 2020 journal entry documenting the events of the COVID-19 pandemic, University of Kentucky political science sophomore Carli Salchli captured an important moment in the events that have unfolded since March 2020, a perspective that will be preserved for years to come in University of Kentucky Libraries“In This Together: Documenting COVID-19 in the Commonwealth” collection, now available online through the Special Collections Research Center’s (SCRC) ExploreUK digital repository.

    With news and mainstream media only being able to represent a fraction of this historical year, personal accounts like Salchli's that are being collected through the “In This Together” initiative are vital in telling the full history of everyday Kentuckians during the COVID-19 pandemic for current and future generations.

    “Much like researchers have been using archival sources today to study the flu pandemic of 1918, they will want to see and hear how our lives were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the ephemeral nature of social media and digital technology we have to be proactive to make sure future generations have access to this story," Associate Dean of the SCRC Deirdre Scaggs said.

    As part of this initiative, UK archivists are asking for stories from those living, working or studying in Kentucky in 2020. With the conclusion of the fall semester, the SCRC is particularly interested in hearing from students, whether they have been learning from home or attending class in-person.

    “Students have a unique viewpoint and we want to make sure that we record their stories. It's a college experience that has significantly changed for those who are in the midst of their college education and for those who just started their journey. The voices of students are powerful and we need to make sure that future generations can learn from their perspective,” Scaggs added.

    From coronavirus-themed poetry and photographs of remote education and store signage on relatively empty streets to written and oral accounts of personal living experiences, UK Libraries has already received several submissions that have captured the interest of archivists. Among these accounts are a painting from 2020 biology graduate Duha Jassim and a selection of blog posts from a class who documented their own pandemic experiences as part of their final project for the spring semester.

    In addition to visual art and digital sharing formats, archivists have also received poetic diaries like “The Uncertainty” written by Leanna Hartsough, communication doctoral student and instructor at the University of Kentucky. “I have to work but I have to feel better. I guess I’ll focus on both,” Hartsough wrote.

    UK Libraries’ SCRC encourages Kentuckians to continue to share their COVID-19 stories. Whether it is your concerns about society’s response to recommendations or your travel experience heading home for Winter Break, UK Libraries wants to hear from you. To participate in “In This Together,” send submissions of such COVID-19 related archival materials as:

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

    Make submissions of information at the following JotForm: https://form.jotform.com/201004347258043.

    UK Libraries also encourages members of the Hispanic community to contribute to “In This Together” (“Juntos en Esto”), with Spanish instructions available on how to submit to the collection at: http://libraries.uky.edu/juntos-en-esto

    “By submitting to ‘Juntos en Esto,’ Spanish-speaking individuals play a crucial role in helping to ensure that the qualitative aspect of the pandemic is well-documented in the historic record,” Hispanic Studies and Political Science Librarian Taylor Leigh said.

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

    of Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationGraduate SchoolLibraries

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

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: With mainstream media only able to represent a fraction of this historical year, personal accounts being collected through the “In This Together” initiative are vital in telling the full history of everyday Kentuckians during the COVID-19 pandemic for current and future generations.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Catherine Hayden Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 24, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team recently wrapped up its first semester of the 2020-2021 debate season with an impressive finish at the Wake Forest Online Invitational. More than 100 teams from 22 states competed in the four-day event. Three Kentucky partnerships reached the elimination rounds. Sophia Dal Pra and Dash Weinhardt made it to the quarterfinals of the first-year division. Chris Eckert, Alan Ivackovic, Jordan Di and David Griffith all reached the round of 32 in the varsity division and notched impressive wins along the way by beating Northwestern, Emory, Columbia, Harvard and the Naval Academy.

    Kentucky Debate reached the final four and secured a place in the top 10 nationally at Gongaza University’s tournament which includes 83 teams from 22 states. The team of Eckert and Ivackovic reached the semi-final round before falling to eventual champion Dartmouth. UK racked up huge wins against regional rivals and debate powerhouses including Louisville, Michigan State, Berkeley, Harvard and Georgetown.

    Finally, the partnership of Griffith and Eckert received an invitation to the prestigious Harvard Round Robin. Only the top nine partnerships in the country were invited to participate, making the invitation itself a huge cause for celebration. The Griffith-Eckert pairing were the youngest team in attendance and finished fourth.

    "This was the most challenging semester of competition in my career, and I couldn't be prouder of the way the team conducted itself,” said Director of Debate Dave Arnett. “Given how young the team is, I think a lot of folks would have expected a rebuilding season. Turning in a top 10 performance is always special but really needs to be appreciated this year. Our students and coaches deserve a lot of credit for their resiliency."

    The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team recently wrapped up its first semester of the 2020-2021 debate season with an impressive finish at the Wake Forest Online Invitational. 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" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team recently wrapped up its first semester of the 2020-2021 debate season with an impressive finish at the Wake Forest Online Invitational.
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  • Body: ResearchBy Morris Grubbs Thursday

    LEXINGTON. Ky. (Nov. 19, 2020) — The University of Kentucky's GradResearch Live! is proving that excitement for research has no bounds. This year, because of the restrictions of COVID-19, the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition moved online. In the span of just a couple of weeks, the 24 research presentations by graduate students and postdocs garnered more than 9,500 total views on YouTube.  

    The competition challenges presenters to tell their research story in three minutes or less using one static slide to an imagined audience of non-specialists. This is the eighth year the UK Graduate School has offered the competition, which has until now been held in person.  

    The event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Congress, which provides the funding for the awards.  

    Judges included Brigitte Blom Ramsey, president and CEO of the Pritchard Committee for Academic Excellence, and Anna Bedsole, 2018 3MT winner and UK alumna. The People’s Choice winners were determined by the number of likes on YouTube.  

    This year’s winners are below. Click here to watch a compilation video of the winning presentations. 

    3MT Track (late-stage research)

    First Place: Jonghee Lee-Caldararo, Ph.D. program in geography, College of Arts and Sciences;

    Second Place: Kristen Witt, Ph.D. program in education sciences/STEM, College of Education;

    Third Place: Kanthi Nuti, Ph.D. program in chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences; and

    People’s Choice: Kristen Witt, Ph.D. program in education sciences/STEM, College of Education. 

    Pre-3MT Track (early-stage research)

    First Place: Sara Green, Ph.D. program in education sciences/leadership, College of Education;

    Second Place: Carrie Bohmer, master’s program in educational and counseling psychology, College of Education;

    Third Place: Christina S. Walker, Ph.D. program in communication, College of Communication and Information; and

    People’s Choice: Fahmida Rahman, Ph.D. program in civil engineering, College of Engineering.

    Postdoc Track

    First Place: Steven McBride, plant and soil science, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment;

    Second Place: Al Fadhl Al Khaled, biosystems and agricultural engineering, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; and

    People’s Choice: Al Fadhl Al Khaled, biosystems and agricultural engineering, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

    The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Congress will hold GradTeach Live! in the spring, featuring graduate teaching assistants describing, in three minutes or less, a component of their teaching philosophy and how they activate it in the classroom or lab. Watch for information coming in early spring here.

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringGraduate School

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

    Contact Danielle Donham
    danielle.donham@uky.edu
    859-562-2660 Summary: In the span of just a couple of weeks, the 24 research presentations by graduate students and postdocs garnered more than 9,500 total views on YouTube.  
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Allison Perry Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2020) – Throughout the extended winter break, University of Kentucky Campus Recreation and Wellness will be offering an expanded schedule of virtual fitness classes open to all University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff. Additionally, Campus Rec is giving away 250 free “Fit Kits” for students to use for these virtual fitness classes.

    The Fit Kits include two large exercise bands, one mini band, a fitness journal, and a cinch bag. Group fitness instructors will be utilizing the same equipment on the virtual platform, which allows Campus Rec to expand the types of virtual fitness classes offered. If participants complete 12 virtual fitness classes during winter break, the kits are theirs to keep.

    After offering virtual fitness classes since March, the Campus Rec group has improved and adjusted the program based on what they’ve learned, says Fitness Director Casey Gilvin.

    “Our goal is to meet students where they are and provide classes that don’t require a facility,” Gilvin said. “We identified that a lack of fitness equipment limited the experience of our participants. The Fit Kits allow the instructors to provide a fuller experience by using fitness accessories that are used in many of our in-person formats.”

    Interested participants can register for a Fit Kit here. Fit Kits are available to students first, though UK faculty and staff can be put on a waitlist for any remaining kits.

    In addition to the virtual group fitness classes, UK’s Johnson Center will continue to offer a reduced schedule of in-person fitness classes during the extended break. The Johnson Center will close from the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 18 to Monday, Jan. 4.

    “Our participants may be here in Lexington, or they may be in various parts of the country,” Gilvin said. “This aggressive programming schedule lets them take classes from instructors they know and trust. By offering classes throughout the break, it empowers our participants to finish strong in 2020 and get a head start on their fitness goals for 2021.”

    ***

    Registering for and joining a virtual group fitness class through Campus Rec is easy. If you haven’t used Zoom before, first, download the Zoom client for your computer or download the app for your mobile device.

    Class registration will be open seven days prior to the start time of each class and will close one minute prior to class start time. To register for a virtual group fitness class:

    • Go to www.uky.edu/recwell and click on Rec Well Services (alternately, you can go directly to the online portal at recwellservices.uky.edu).
    • Log in with your LinkBlue ID and password (the Log In button is in the top right corner of the screen).
    • Click on Programs, then choose Virtual Group Fitness from the left side menu.
    • Current virtual class offerings are listed – scroll through and click on the class you want to register for.
    • On the Program Details page, click Register.
    • Read and accept the Assumption of Risk statement.
    • In your Shopping Cart, click Checkout and confirm.
    • You’re registered! You will receive a confirmation email from FusionAdmin@uky.edu.

    When it’s time to take class, participants will need to check in to join the Zoom meeting. Class check-in begins 10 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time.

    There are two ways to check in for class – through the class confirmation email, or through the online portal you used to register for class.

    To check in for your virtual fitness class via email:

    • Open your class confirmation email from FusionAdmin@uky.edu.
    • Click Join Session, then when prompted, Open Zoom Meeting.
    • You’ll be placed in a Zoom Waiting Room and your instructor will admit you into class.

    To check in for your virtual fitness class through the online portal:

    • Go to www.uky.edu/recwell and click on Rec Well Services (alternately, you can go directly to the online portal at recwellservices.uky.edu).
    • Log in with your LinkBlue ID and password (the Log In button is in the top right corner of the screen).
    • After logging in, click on your LinkBlue ID in the top right corner, then go to your Profile.
    • Choose Programs from the left side menu. All of your class registrations will be listed.
    • Click on the small camera icon on the right hand side of the class you are ready to take.
    • When prompted, click Open Zoom Meeting.
    • You’ll be placed in a Zoom Waiting Room and your instructor will admit you into class.

    For more information on all the programs, services and facilities at UK Campus Recreation and Wellness, visit www.uky.edu/recwell.

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesLawMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthSocial WorkStudent and Academic Life Contact Allison Perry
    allison.perry@uky.edu
    (859) 323-2399 Summary: Throughout the extended winter break, University of Kentucky Campus Recreation and Wellness will be offering an expanded schedule of virtual fitness classes open to all University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff. Additionally, Campus Rec is giving away 250 free “Fit Kits” for students to use for these virtual fitness classes.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Erika Engstrom Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2020) — The 2020 recipient of the James Madison Award is the Kentucky Kernel, the independent student newspaper at the University of Kentucky. The James Madison Award is awarded by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the School of Journalism and Media at the UK College of Communication and Information to annually recognize a Kentuckian who has made an outstanding contribution to the First Amendment.

    The Kentucky Kernel has been embroiled in a five-year legal case with the University of Kentucky concerning the Commonwealth’s open records law pertaining to a story on the investigation of a former professor accused of sexual harassment. The case reached the Kentucky Supreme Court in October 2020, with a decision still uncertain.

    “Through six editors and almost 30 stories, the Kernel has not wavered,” noted the nomination letter. “The Kentucky Kernel — represented by the students who have worked for it these last five years — is a shining example of First Amendment principles at work.”

    “The award to the Kernel is a testimony to the power and place of student media, not just on campuses but in society at large. The Kernel’s battle is an inspiration to students and faculty, and an example to newspapers at a time when business pressures have made them less willing to fight battles for the First Amendment, which are almost always battles on behalf of the public interest,” said Al Cross, a member of the award selection committee and UK extension professor of journalism.

    The James Madison Award is scheduled to be presented to the Kentucky Kernel at the Scripps Howard State of the First Amendment Address delivered by First Amendment and media law scholar Stephen Bates, scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, via Zoom, with details available at https://ci.uky.edu/jam/events.

    The James Madison Award, created in 2006, honors the nation’s fourth president, whose extraordinary efforts led to the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Nominees must have significant ties to Kentucky, and their efforts must have resulted in the preservation or expansion of freedom of the press and/or freedom of speech. The award recognizes a long-term commitment to these ideals.

    For more on the open records case concerning the Kentucky Kernel: www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article246608918.html. For more on the Kentucky Kernel: www.kykernel.com. For more on the James Madison Award: https://ci.uky.edu/jam/james-madison-award.

    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" three 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 2020 recipient of the James Madison Award is the Kentucky Kernel, the independent student newspaper at the University of Kentucky. The James Madison Award is awarded by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information to annually recognize a Kentuckian who has made an outstanding contribution to the First Amendment. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Catherine Hayden Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2020) — Stephen Bates, a First Amendment and media law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and author of "An Aristocracy of Critics: Luce, Hutchins, Neibuhr, and the Committee That Redefined Freedom of the Press," will deliver the 2020 State of the First Amendment Address Nov. 12. The title of the address is “The Press of Democracy.”

    University of Kentucky's Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, within the School of Journalism and Media in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information is the sponsor of the address, delivered annually in celebration of First Amendment rights.

    This year’s address comes on the heels of an election where some say democracy and the role of the news media were also on the ballot, in addition to the political candidates and amendments.

    The address is free to attend and will be delivered live via Zoom from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. For more information and the Zoom link visit http://ci.uky.edu/jam/state-first-amendment-address.

    Stephen Bates will deliver the 2020 State of the First Amendment Address.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" three 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: Stephen Bates, a First Amendment and media law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and author of "An Aristocracy of Critics: Luce, Hutchins, Neibuhr, and the Committee That Redefined Freedom of the Press" will deliver the 2020 State of the First Amendment Address Nov. 12 for UK's Scripps Howard First Amendment Center.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Drew Brown Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky, (Oct. 27, 2020) — At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, the University of Kentucky School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information will host John Hargrove and Roger Henley from the Bardstown Bourbon Company through Zoom to discuss how technology is being utilized in the bourbon industry. Both Hargrove and Henley come with high levels of expertise and experience, with Hargrove being the chief operating officer of the company and Henley serving as a plant engineer.

    The Bardstown Bourbon Company is one of the most technologically advanced distilleries in the world, using a highly automated, state-of-the-art system that allows for data tracking and efficient process control. Their unique Ignition software system, which they call the neural center of their distilling, is the first to be implemented in this industry and the reason for their technological success. Whether your interests fall into technology, bourbon or both, this promises to be an interesting event.

    “Historically, the bourbon industry is not known for pushing technological boundaries. If you look at the food manufacturing industry, it is light years ahead of the bourbon industry,” Hargrove said. “The good news is that the industry is in the middle of closing that gap.”

    Hargrove intends for students to gain insight on opportunities in the bourbon industry and discover how fun bourbon can be. All students with a passion for either industry, or who just want to learn more about bourbon, are encouraged to join in what is sure to be a fun-filled and informative event.

    If you are interested you can sign up here (https://forms.gle/tDyjBz8ydhNcgWTR6) and you will be sent the Zoom link information after registration.

     

    On Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m., the University of Kentucky School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information is pleased to host John Hargrove and Roger Henley from the Bardstown Bourbon Company.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" three 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: On Wednesday, Oct. 28, the University of Kentucky School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information is pleased to host John Hargrove and Roger Henley from the Bardstown Bourbon Company through Zoom to discuss how technology is being utilized in the bourbon industry
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Catherine Hayden Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is looking for a Kentuckian who is a champion of the First Amendment. The center, in the College of Communication and Information’s School of Journalism and Media, is accepting nominations to recognize those outside the journalism profession for their contributions to protect or expand First Amendment freedoms.

    The nominator must submit a letter identifying the nominee, listing the nominee’s address, phone number and position and explain why the nominee would be a worthy recipient. The letter should detail the specific efforts taken on behalf of First Amendment rights and should discuss obstacles and difficulties as well as the impact of the nominee’s efforts. 

    The Madison Award recognizes someone who has worked in one or more of these areas: open government and open records; promotion of the watchdog role of the press; defense against government or private censorship, or robust debate in the marketplace of ideas.

    Nominees must have significant ties to Kentucky and their efforts must have resulted in the preservation or expansion of freedom of the press and/or freedom of speech. Dedication to the First Amendment principle of free expression is not accomplished in a day’s work but rather a lifetime. Thus, the award recognizes a long-term commitment to such ideals.

    Honorees do not have to be journalists. Nominees may include, for example, educators, lawyers, judges, scholars, librarians, students or ordinary citizens. The most deserving recipient will be someone who has made a significant contribution regardless of how much public attention it has received. 

    Send nomination letters via email to John Cruz, School of Journalism and Media projects manager, at john.cruz@uky.edu by Monday, Nov. 2.

    This year’s First Amendment Address and James Madison Award will be presented via Zoom Thursday, Nov. 12. Event details will follow.

    For more information about the award and past winners, go to https://ci.uky.edu/jam/james-madison-award.

    Photo by Mark Cornelison | UKphotoOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three 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 Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is looking for a Kentuckian who is a champion of the First Amendment. The center, in the College of Communication and Information’s School of Journalism and Media, is accepting nominations to recognize those outside the journalism profession for their contributions to protect or expand First Amendment freedoms.
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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy Hayden Gooding Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2020)  Explore the culture of Kentucky bourbon and safely visit some of the most famous distilleries that are tucked away in the Bluegrass region through the University Press of Kentucky’s new edition of “Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide.”

    Written by College of Communication and Information alumna Susan Reigler, the third edition of “Kentucky Bourbon Country” is complete with updated essential information and practical advice to anyone considering a trip to the state’s distilleries, restaurants or bars on the Urban Bourbon Trail. Many of the destinations mentioned in the book have revised their protocols and adjusted to COVID-19 guidelines, however, it is encouraged that traveling is planned for when the pandemic is over.

    “Kentucky Bourbon Country” features more than 200 full-color photographs and a bourbon glossary. The guide is organized by region and provides valuable details about the Bluegrass including attractions located near each distillery and notes on restaurants, lodging, shopping and seasonal events in Kentucky’s historic towns.  

    In addition to providing knowledge about each point of interest, “Kentucky Bourbon Country” weaves in little-known facts about the region's best-kept secrets, such as the historic distillery used as a set in the movie “Stripes” and the fates of used bourbon barrels.

    Reigler is a former restaurant critic for the Louisville Courier Journal and a current correspondent for Bourbon+ and American Whiskey magazines. She has also authored or coauthored six books on bourbon, and in 2019, she was inducted into the Order of the Writ.

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

    “Kentucky Bourbon Country” weaves in little-known facts about the region's best-kept secrets, such as the historic distillery used as a set in the movie “Stripes” and the fates of used bourbon barrels.Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationUniversity Press of Kentucky

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

    Contact Danielle Donham
    danielle.donham@uky.edu
    859-562-2660 Summary: Explore the culture of Kentucky bourbon and safely visit some of the most famous distilleries that are tucked away in the Bluegrass region through the University Press of Kentucky’s new edition of “Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide.”
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Meg Mills Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2020) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI), in partnership with UK Information Technology Services and the UK Information Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is hosting a gaming panel for students that revolves around women in the gaming industry. The panel, “Women in the Gaming Industry," will focus on discussion on industry inclusion, women’s gaming culture, how women have carved unique spaces for themselves in the world of gaming and changes that need to take place for the industry to be more inclusive.

    “We wanted to bring together powerful voices with equally powerful stories to tell current and future generations of women interested in getting involved with the video game industry that there is room for them and that they can help pave the way for a new norm that the industry desperately needs,” said Nathan Stevens, the UK CI college media officer.

    The panel — which features academics, streamers, marketing/advertising members and developers — includes:

    • Rebecca Heineman, CEO of Olde Sküül;
    • Manuela Malasaña, owner/director of Team Dogpit;
    • Kishonna Gray, assistant professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago and author of "Intersectional Tech";
    • Shira Chess, associate professor entertainment and media studies at the University of Georgia and author of "Play Like a Feminist"; and
    • Lizzie Killian, founder of gaming PR firm FIFTYcc.

    The discussion will be moderated by UK School of Journalism and Media student Gillian Stawiszynski and will feature UK student and streamer Sienna Douglas.

    The discussion is 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct 22, and will be streamed on UK’s Twitch channel.

    For more information about the “Women in the Gaming Industry” discussion visit https://ci.uky.edu/ci/women-gaming-industry.

    The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information, along with UK partners, will host a gaming panel for students that revolves around women in the gaming industry at 7 p.m. Oct. 22, on UK's Twitch channel.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" three 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, in partnership with UK Information Technology Services and the UK Information Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is hosting a gaming panel for students that revolves around women in the gaming industry. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meredith Weber Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2020) For 24 hours on Wednesday, Sept. 16, more than 50 colleges, programs and causes at the University of Kentucky participated in the second annual university-wide giving day, “One Day for UK.”

    Donors contributed 3,539 gifts for a total of $2,644,378, including a $1.75 million transformative gift. This year’s digital giving day more than doubled the first year’s total. Gifts came in from 47 states and the areas receiving the most gifts in three categories (large unit, small unit and programs/centers) topped the “One Day for UK” leaderboards.

    Giving challenges throughout the day drove excitement on social media as donors made gifts and posted photos to compete for additional dollars for the area they felt passionate about at UK. Of the colleges, programs and causes participating, 20 of them won a challenge or place on the giving day leaderboard and 20 had matching gifts that doubled the impact of gifts all day long. UK faculty and staff also played a crucial role in “One Day for UK” — many made a gift online or through ongoing payroll deduction giving to contribute to the success of giving day.

    “We were so impressed with the turnout and excitement among our colleges and programs at UK and all their supporters — alumni, friends, fans, parents, students, faculty and staff took part in the day. After postponing from April to September, we were not sure what to expect,” Katie Sanders Vogel, associate director of annual giving, said. “'One Day for UK' 2020 took place as we all continue to navigate challenges, but it was a testament to the important work that continues at UK and the donors who make an impact by supporting that work.”

    The large unit leaderboard winner, the College of Engineering, raised $1,929,828 on “One Day for UK.” The college challenged alumni and friends to make a gift to help unlock three different challenges throughout the day and with more than 500 gifts, every challenge was unlocked, securing additional funds for scholarships, future study abroad opportunities, women in engineering, and important diversity initiatives.  

    The small unit leaderboard winner, College of Fine Arts, had a matching gift of up to $10,000 available on “One Day for UK.” With more than 100 gifts, the college was able to match dollar-for-dollar the entire matching gift amount and more for a total of $29,135 raised. Alumni and friends of the College of Fine Arts were actively engaged on social media, helping the college also win the lunch break challenge through the most likes of a Facebook photo.

    The programs and centers leaderboard winner, Gaines Center for the Humanities, participated for a second year, more than doubling the number of gifts from 22 last year to 49 this year and increasing the dollars they raised to support the James P. Gray II Art Appreciation Travel Fund by more than sevenfold! The $11,510 given to the Gaines Center on “One Day for UK” will allow current and future Gaines Fellows to experience and appreciate contemporary art in a major U.S. city.

    Beyond the excitement of challenges and matches, 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.

    “The Kentucky Can campaign continues to be very successful with $1.5 billion raised to date,” D. Michael Richey, vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement, said. “‘One Day for UK’ is an important component of our comprehensive campaign effort — each giving day opens the door for more alumni to participate and get involved in making an impact at UK through giving.”

    UK Philanthropy will continue to put on an annual “One Day for UK” event, showcasing all the opportunities to make a difference at UK.

    “We are so grateful to our campus partners and to all our donors and supporters who made ‘One Day for UK’ a genuine success,” Vogel continued. “Especially at a time when we all need a reason to rally together.”

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArt MuseumArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCenter of Excellence in Rural HealthCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawLibrariesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial WorkStudent and Academic LifeUK HealthCareUniversity Press of Kentucky

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

    Contact Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: Donors contributed 3,539 gifts for a total of $2,644,378, including a $1.75 million transformative gift. This year’s digital giving day more than doubled the first year’s total. Gifts came in from 47 states and the areas receiving the most gifts in three categories (large unit, small unit and programs/centers) topped the “One Day for UK” leaderboards.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Danielle Donham Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2020) — The University of Kentucky crowned Homecoming royalty virtually for the first time this weekend. The crowning of this year’s royalty concludes the Alumni Association’s "Homecoming at Home" week of virtual events.

    Faith Turner, a senior and native of Maysville, Kentucky, double-majoring in political science and communication was crowned Homecoming Queen. Cameron French, a senior from Wolfe County, Kentucky, studying community and leadership development and political science is the 2020 Homecoming King. French is also a Robinson Legacy Scholarship recipient. 

    Chloe Kellom, a sophomore nursing major from St. Louis, Missouri, is this year’s Miss Black UK.

    Other finalists for king and queen included:

    Chloe Kellom (left) is this year’s Miss Black UK; Faith Turner is Homecoming Queen; and Cameron French is the Homecoming King.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationFine ArtsDanceHealth SciencesNursingPublic Health

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

    Contact Danielle Donham
    danielle.donham@uky.edu
    859-562-2660 Summary: The University of Kentucky crowned Homecoming royalty virtually for the first time this weekend. The crowning of this year’s royalty concludes the Alumni Association’s "Homecoming at Home" week of virtual events.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Amanda Nelson Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2020) — A group of high school students studying the impact of COVID-19 on their peers received guidance over the summer from several University of Kentucky faculty members and graduate students.

    The Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, in consultation with UK faculty members Ellen Usher, Beth Goldstein and Daniela DiGiacomo, set out to gauge how disruptions caused by the pandemic were impacting students’ academic motivation and learning, as well as their physical, social and emotional health.

    Usher is a professor in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology and Goldstein recently retired from the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, both of the UK College of Education. DiGiacomo is an assistant professor in the UK College of Communication and Information's School of Information Science. Rounding out the team were Calah Ford and Caiti Griffiths, both graduate students in the UK College of Education Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.

    “As students, we understood the dramatic effect school closures had on our education, emotional well-being and home life,” said Gabriella Staykova, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, who was a quantitative research lead on the project and is now working on her senior research project with Usher. “However, we didn't see any outreach to students about their experiences; no one had a grasp of the statewide student experience during COVID. We knew this information would be critical for understandings of equity and learning during the pandemic and beyond, so we created the survey to learn more.”

    The high school students designed their study and analyzed its data with the help of the UK team. In August, the students shared key themes and data highlights they gleaned from the 9,475 middle and high school students who completed the survey across 573 schools and 119 of 120 Kentucky counties.

    They found that the COVID-19 pandemic and the interruption to traditional learning environments caused significant behavioral and emotional changes among Kentucky’s middle and high school students.

    Student Voice Team member Nyasha Musoni, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, said the UK team provided a professional and critical eye to the work the students did, and also aided in teaching them the skills necessary to analyze their data.

    “They took students who had never coded qualitative data before and guided us in doing so for thousands of responses,” Musoni said. “Instead of simply telling us what to do, they explained the stages of the process and allowed us room to work. They talked us through ethics training, insuring that we not only got the proper IRB approval to set up peer interviews but also conducted them in a way that respected ethics guidelines and privacy. Through it all, they allowed us to do the work and took on a supportive role. They were there not only for questions on the study, but for us as individuals.”

    The Prichard Committee Student Voice Team consists of 100 self-selected students — middle school through college — who work as education research, policy and advocacy partners in the Prichard Committee’s efforts to improve Kentucky schools.

    “It was rewarding to partner with the next generation of researchers to help them with the survey design and analysis,” Usher said. “It’s been an invigorating, in-depth and important partnership that I believe will inform education policy in the state during the upcoming year. Their work shows the power of students to give voice to fellow students and educators in Kentucky.”

    The study was funded through a nationally competitive award from the foundation (formerly the Woodrow Wilson Foundation) as part of its Civic Spring Project, in addition to support from other generous funders. The grant proposal was written collaboratively by students, the adult research team and Rachel Belin, who directs the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team.

    Read more about results of the coping with COVID-19 student survey at www.prichardcommittee.org/kentucky-students-report-strong-mental-health-impact-of-pandemic-disruption-in-statewide-survey/.

    “Above all, the results of this study have demonstrated just how impactful young people are in ensuring a more equitable educational experience for students from every background,” said Pragya Upreti, a junior at Lafayette High School in Lexington. “We've learned that we don't need policy to be able to empathize. We don't need increased funding to just be able to listen. However, we do need to be mobilizing young people to step up from the sidelines and inform change around an education system that's currently illuminating its sheer fragility.”

    The Prichard Committee Student Voice Team in consultation with UK professors Ellen Usher, Beth Goldstein and Daniela DiGiacomoOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationEducationGraduate School

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

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: A group of high school students studying the impact of COVID-19 on their peers received guidance over the summer from several University of Kentucky faculty members and graduate students.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Dave Arnett Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, one of the most successful collegiate debate teams in the country, has launched a new program called the Bluegrass Debate Coalition (BDC) to share their resources and expertise with middle school and high school debaters across the state of Kentucky. 

    The BDC works with Kentucky schools to make competitive debate available to every middle school and high school student in the state. Debate has been proven to increase student academic performance. It also enriches and expands college and career opportunities and provides intellectual and networking tools for young people to thrive as active, responsible leaders in their communities. The BDC offers free educational resources, supports the development of new debate programs and hosts free online tournaments.

    There are several upcoming opportunities for Kentucky students to get involved with the BDC. Beginning Oct. 20, the BDC will offer a free, six-week afterschool program to all middle school and high school students in the state. The purpose of the program is to provide high-quality debate instructions to all students, regardless of whether or not they have any previous experience or belong to an established debate team. 

    “The After School Debate Program will offer a free, fun, low-stress way for students to try out debate,” BDC Director Lily Nellans explained. “Any student can enjoy and succeed at debate. It’s really about learning how to organize and effectively communicate your ideas. Our program will focus on teaching students the fundamentals of argumentation, research and public speaking, skills that will benefit students far beyond competitive debate.”

    Students can register for the after-school debate classes here

    In addition to the after-school course, the BDC is also hosting a series of free, online tournaments. “We are focused on creating a positive and educational environment for students to gain competitive experience,” Nellans said.

    There are also many ways for interested adults to support debate in Kentucky, including volunteering to judge at BDC tournaments. 

    This is only the beginning of what Kentucky can expect from the BDC. Plans for supporting the creation of new debate teams, a low-cost summer camp for students, a summer coaches’ clinic and more are all in the works. 

    The BDC and the UK Debate Team are housed in the University of Kentucky’s College of Communication and Information. To learn more about the Bluegrass Debate Coalition and how you can get involved, please visit http://bluegrassdebate.com.

    A demonstration debate by members of the UK Debate Team.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" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, one of the most successful collegiate debate teams in the country, has launched a new program called the Bluegrass Debate Coalition.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Catherine Hayden Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, housed in the College of Communication and Information, started the 2020-21 debate season like the past eight, with at least a Sweet 16 showing.

    The season opener, hosted by Northwestern University, showcased 126 teams from 22 states and was the first major online college tournament in history. The Kentucky partnership of Chris Eckert (sophomore) and David Griffith (freshman) went 5-1 and were ranked ninth after three days of preliminary debates, including impressive wins over Gonzaga, Berkeley and Kansas. In the elimination rounds UK defeated Michigan State in the round of 32 before falling to Wake Forest on a 2-1 decision in the round of 16. Dartmouth was the eventual champion.

    The second tournament was the Western Kentucky University Fall Invitational, a virtual debate tournament with 50 competitors from 12 states. The field included a strong group of competitors from Notre Dame, UCLA, UC San Diego, Penn State, Nebraska and Lewis and Clark. Kentucky’s Marcus Williams (junior) finished the preliminary rounds with a 4-2 record, seeded 11th and went 3-1 in the elimination rounds to take runner-up at the tournament.

    The WKU tournament was in the National Forensic Association Lincoln Douglas (NFA-LD) format, a new format for Kentucky debaters. NFA-LD is a one-person policy debate competition similar to the two-person format traditionally practiced by the team, where students debate a single policy topic for the entire season. The topic this year for NFA-LD is Resolved: The United States federal government should implement immigration reform that removes substantial statutory restrictions on legal immigration into the United States.

    “Marcus Williams did an excellent job representing UK this past weekend. Anytime you make it to the final round of a tournament you’re doing a lot of things right. The fact that Marcus did this in a new event for UK is really incredible,” Debate Director Dave Arnett said.

    The rest of the semester’s schedule includes virtual tournaments hosted by Gonzaga and Wake Forest.

    You can follow Kentucky Debate here.

    The UK Intercollegiate Debate Team, started the 2020-21 debate season like the past eight, with at least a Sweet 16 showing.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" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The University of Kentucky Intercollegiate Debate Team, housed in the College of Communication and Information, started the 2020-21 debate season like the past eight, with at least a Sweet 16 showing.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Whitney Hale Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2020) — University of Kentucky Libraries recognizes longtime faculty member Beth Kraemer as the recipient of the 2020 Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award.

    “(Beth) is an excellent candidate whose professional achievements demonstrate distinguished performance in her primary assignment, institutional leadership, scholarship and innovation,” said Eric Weig, the university’s digital library architect, and Kelly Vickery, director of library information technology.

    Kraemer received her master’s degree in library science from the University of Kentucky and began working with UK Libraries in 1999. Throughout her career, Kraemer has been enthusiastic about experimenting with new technologies to explore potential benefits in education and libraries. 

    She was a leader in encouraging the university to adopt electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), and served as conference co-chair when the university brought the international Electronic Theses and Dissertations Symposium to campus in 2004. Kraemer was also one of the primary developers of UK Libraries’ website content management system, at a time when there were not many such systems available commercially. 

    Kraemer has a long record of service on university level, technology-related projects. She was among a small group of librarians who organized the first University of Kentucky virtual college fair held in Second Life in 2007, and continued to serve as manager, organizer and advocate for the multidisciplinary UK Virtual World Project for nearly 10 years. She has also served as chair of the university’s Information Technology Coordinating Committee, co-chair of the Student IT Enablement Task Force and as a member of the UK Apple Partnership Academic Advisory Board. For her valuable work, Kraemer was the faculty recipient of the ITS Customer Excellence Award for Leadership in IT Advancement in 2018.

    Kraemer currently works in the Information Literacy department, collaborating with colleagues to develop online tutorials and other materials to support library instruction. Recently, she created a completely online Information Literacy course available to all students at UK.

    Kraemer was also fundamental in UK Libraries’ shift to online service delivery, hosting virtual office hours with instructional design librarian Stacey Greenwell, as well as virtual happy hours and book discussions to keep library personnel engaged with their colleagues while working from home.

    Innovation is a common thread running through many of Kraemer’s projects and interests. In 2018, she spearheaded a library project to promote the role of curiosity in education known as “Curiosity is Key.” The project, created to highlight the importance of curiosity in higher education, involved on-campus and virtual exhibits, drop-in information sessions, field trips and the now-annual Curiosity Fair. An estimated 400 people attended the 2019 Curiosity Fair, which included 40 curiosity stations exhibiting disciplines ranging from science and technology to art and music.

    “Beth’s determination and attention to innovative technological trends serve to foster important initiatives like the Curiosity Fair which, without her efforts, would not exist,” Weig and Vickery said.

    The Paul A. Willis Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a UK Libraries faculty member who stands out amongst their colleagues. Willis Award recipients are recognized annually at the UK Libraries Spring Gala, and Kraemer will be recognized at the postponed gala in spring 2021, along with this year’s winner of the Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, Professor Emeritus Robert Lawson; the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance recipients, Kelly McQueen, assistant director of finance, Michael Slone, programmer, and Sarah Watson, maps and geospatial services manager; and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship recipients, who will be named in the spring semester of 2021.

    “I am thrilled to receive the Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award. Our library faculty are all truly outstanding. It is an honor just to be part of this organization, doing work I love with colleagues who are all accomplished and dedicated,” Kraemer said.

    The Willis Award is named for Paul A. Willis, former director of UK Libraries. A 1963 UK graduate, Willis served as a library director for 41 years throughout the Southeast. He worked as a cataloger at Library of Congress before beginning his master’s in library science. In 1966, he began as a circulation librarian at UK's Law Library before becoming 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, Willis created the Information Alliance consortium, planned construction of the William T. Young Library, and expanded its collection and services.

    Beth KraemerOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationGraduate SchoolLibraries

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

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: The Paul A. Willis Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a UK Libraries faculty member who stands out amongst their colleagues.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: ResearchBy Emily Domer Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2020) – Save the date for the 2021 Substance Use Research Event (SURE), to be held March 3, 2021, 8 a.m. ­–  5 p.m. in the University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center; however, per COVID-19 guidelines, the in-person format is tentative. This annual event showcases the work of faculty across UK’s campus who are working to reduce the impact of substance use disorder in Kentucky and beyond. 

    This year’s event will feature two speakers from outside of UK, along with three thematic symposia from UK faculty and a data blitz for trainees. 

    “The Substance Use Research Event shows the depth and breadth of relevant research happening all over campus,” said William Stoops, Ph.D., UK College of Medicine professor and organizing committee chair for the event. “Not only is it an opportunity to bring together experts from many different backgrounds to build networks and continue to spur future collaborations, it also brings researchers and community partners from outside UK to learn about this work.”

    Plenary speakers this year are:

    ●     Dr. Yasmin Hurd, Ph.D., professor and director, Addiction Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; “Neurobiological Pathways to Addiction Risk and Treatment”

    ●     Dr. Magdalena Cerdá, DrPH, associate professor and director, Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy, Department of Population Health, NYU Grossman School of Medicine; “Policy Responses to Opioid Overdose Crisis: Emerging Evidence on Success and Unintended Consequences”

    Additionally, UK faculty will present symposia on the following topics:

    • “COVID-19 and Substance Use Disorders”
    • “Health Disparities”
    • “Substance Use Disorder Policy”

    The SURE organizing committee is hosting a brief survey to gather information on preferences regarding the meeting format of the 2021 event. To take the survey, click here.

    UK faculty and students interested in participating in the 2021 SURE may register here and submit their abstracts at this link.

    The UK Substance Use Research Event is sponsored by the UK Office of the Vice President for Research. For more information, visit UK Research.

    Save the date for the third annual Substance Use Research Event on March 3, 2021. Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEducationHealth SciencesMedicineNursingPharmacyPublic HealthSocial 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 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" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Allison Perry
    allison.perry@uky.edu
    (859) 323-2399 Summary: Save the date for the 2021 Substance Use Research Event (SURE), to be held March 3, 2021, 8 a.m. ¬– 5 p.m. in the University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center; however, per COVID-19 guidelines, the in-person format is tentative. This annual event showcases the work of faculty across UK’s campus who are working to reduce the impact of substance use disorder in Kentucky and beyond.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy C. Lynn Hiler Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2020) — The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence has announced its newest class of 31 Chellgren Student Fellows.  

    The Chellgren Center Student Fellows Program aligns with the university’s goal of cultivating undergraduate excellence. By providing experiences that go beyond the classroom, students become prepared for the next phase of their career, whether it be graduate school or a gap year dedicated to service. 

    COVID-19 has certainly made for an unprecedented academic year. Students and professors are adhering to mask regulations in the classroom, dining halls are empty and many classes are completely online. In spite of this unexpected turn of events, Philipp Kraemer, Chellgren Chair for Undergraduate Excellence, is hopeful and excited for this 2020 class of Chellgren Fellows. 

    “As we struggle to manage our lives during a very challenging moment, working with talented, highly motivated students such as the 2020 Chellgren Student Fellows provides me a welcome uplift,” Kraemer said.

    The 2020-2021 Fellows and their majors are:

    Jasmine Ahmad, health, society, and populations

    Kaitylnn Albers, journalism

    Molly Armstrong, neuroscience

    Constance Bledsoe, international studies

    Madison Boosveld, neuroscience

    Cameron Brewer, mechanical engineering

    Kennedy Brown, human health sciences

    Garrett Demaree, civil engineering

    Burke Doud, mechanical engineering

    Riley Droppleman, biology

    Madilyn Flandermeyer, materials engineering

    Sophia Gonzales, biology

    Emily Guerrero, neuroscience

    Bethany Ison, neuroscience

    Mihir Kale, political science

    Shauna Kitts, social work

    Nevaeh Leachman, neuroscience

    Faith Makumbi, physics

    Ian Metzgar, biosystems engineering

    Alexandra Nolletti, neuroscience

    Reagan Parker, linguistics

    Jake Patty, chemical engineering

    Maryrose Ramsey, chemical engineering

    Jennifer Rodriguez, marketing

    Marlee Scholten, pre-biomedical engineering

    Rachael Snyder, agricultural and medical biotechnology

    Josh Thomas, mining engineering

    Tori Vestal, foreign language and international economics

    Meredith Williams, biology

    Sam Wyse, chemical engineering

    Gabija Ziemyte, physics

    To learn more about the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, please visit www.uky.edu/chellgren/

    The newest class of 31 Chellgren Student Fellows.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEngineeringHealth SciencesSocial WorkStudent 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" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Ryan Girves
    ryan.girves@uky.edu
    859-323-8464 Summary: The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence is honored to announce its newest class of 31 Chellgren Students Fellows.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Whitney Hale Tuesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2020) The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities is exploring the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in its most recent interview with retired Judge Jennifer Coffman on “Over Yonder: Conversations with Artists and Scholars on Social Distancing.” Ginsburg is considered the "architect of the legal fight for women's rights."

    This is a special episode of “Over Yonder” recorded with Coffman just days after the death of the beloved justice. Normally, the podcast series features the center’s director, Melynda Price, interviewing Kentucky artists, musicians and scholars on their quarantine experience.  

    A UK alumna who holds a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in library science and a juris doctor, Coffman was appointed United States district judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky on Oct. 22,1993, and elevated to chief judge of the Eastern District of Kentucky on Oct. 15, 2007. The first female to hold either of those positions within the Commonwealth, she retired from the federal district bench on Jan. 9, 2013. Coffman was appointed in 2011 to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees requests by the United States national security community for surveillance of suspected foreign intelligence agents. She retired from this position in January 2013.

    The Gaines Center launched “Over Yonder” in the summer of 2020 with an interview of award-winning writer Crystal Wilkinson, associate professor in the Department of English, the Program in African American and Africana Studies and the UK Appalachian Center in the College of Arts and Sciences. Price (with technical support from her 10-year-old son James) and Associate Director Chelsea Brislin have completed 10 interviews to date. To watch the Coffman interview and other episodes of "Over Yonder" visit online here

    Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center for the Humanities functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK's campus. Part of the Division of Student and Academic Life, the center is devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty. The Gaines Center embraces varied paths of knowledge and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.

    Gaines Center Director Melynda Price interviews retired Judge Jennifer Coffman on a special episode of "Over Yonder" on RBG. Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationLawStudent 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" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: The Gaines Center for the Humanities is exploring the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in its most recent interview with retired Judge Jennifer Coffman on “Over Yonder: Conversations with Artists and Scholars on Social Distancing.”
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Caleigh Ramey Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2020) — Students, faculty and everyone seeking to expand their knowledge on the upcoming elections should have a special interest in the University of Kentucky’s 2020 upcoming Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture. Scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13 — exactly three weeks before the Nov. 3 elections — this lecture will feature one of the country’s most known and respected political analysts, Charlie Cook, publisher and editor of The Cook Political Report along with a panel of prominent national and Kentucky journalists.

    The lecture is hosted by UK’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and co-sponsored by the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship and Commerce Lexington. For the first time, the Ford Lecture will be a virtual event presented as a webinar rather than in front of a live audience due to COVID-19 guidelines. This is the seventh renewal of the Ford Lecture, named for the late former Kentucky governor and U.S. senator.

    Cook is expected to share his thoughts and insights about not only the presidential election but the many key House and Senate races in Kentucky and elsewhere. The outcome of these races will determine if Democrats retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Republicans of the U.S. Senate when the next Congress convenes in January 2021.

    “We are delighted to have Charlie Cook deliver this year’s Ford Lecture,” said Ron Zimmer, director of UK’s Martin School of Public Policy. “We are seeing unprecedented interest in the upcoming elections. No one is more knowledgeable about the country’s political landscape or the public policy implications of the upcoming elections than Charlie. His presentation could not be timelier, and there will be national interest in what he has to say."

    Cook is editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report​, founded in 1984. The publication is universally recognized as a nonpartisan source of accurate, fact-based political analysis and is regularly quoted by national print and television media. The publication has a strategic partnership with the National Journal Group and since 2004 has been located in the historic Watergate complex.

    The panel discussion following Cook’s remarks will include Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, who recently was selected to moderate the Oct. 7 Vice Presidential Debate in Salt Lake City, Utah; Al Cross, UK journalism professor and former Courier-Journal political writer; and Renee Shaw, public affairs producer and host for the Kentucky Educational Television network, who will serve as moderator.

    Advanced registration is required. Click here to register. After you register you will receive an email with the link for the session and information on the program format.

    Charlie CookOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationMartin School of Public Policy and Administration

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

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: University of Kentucky’s 2020 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture, scheduled for Oct. 13 will feature one of the country’s most known and respected political analysts, Charlie Cook, publisher and editor of The Cook Political Report along with a panel of prominent national and Kentucky journalists.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meredith Weber Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2020) “One Day for UK,” the University of Kentucky’s second annual giving day, is today! During the 24-hour fundraising campaign, which is currently underway, donors can give to the college, program or cause of their choice.

    "Never before has our pursuit of what’s possible been more critical to the future of our Commonwealth and our world. 'One Day for UK' is an opportunity to stand behind our institution and build a brighter future," President Eli Capilouto said. "Together, the University of Kentucky, its students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends can prove that anything is possible. Together, we will show the world what Kentucky can do."

    Last year, more than 3,200 gifts were made as part of “One Day for UK,” raising more than $1 million and providing key funding across the university, including support for more than 50 causes.

    “The opportunities at the University of Kentucky are endless, and 'One Day for UK' allows us to highlight the many programs that can prepare tomorrow’s leaders, solve complex problems and enhance each other’s lives,” D. Michael Richey, vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement, said. “Each and every gift makes a difference and brings us one step closer to fulfilling our promise of being the University of, for and with Kentucky.”

    Donors can visit onedayforuk.uky.edu to find causes and make gifts, view real-time progress, read about the impact of "One Day for UK" and more. Supporters can also promote the university’s giving day by using #OneDayforUK in posts on social media, participating in challenges throughout the day, and wearing Kentucky blue to show how Big Blue Nation can come together in one day.

    “This is a special day for the University of Kentucky as gifts of all sizes come together to make an enormous impact,” Katie Sanders Vogel, associate director of annual giving, said. “No matter what you can give, you are part of the UK family, and your support makes an impact.”

    Thanks to generous donors, challenges and matching fund opportunities will be available throughout the day to multiply the impact of gifts to the University of Kentucky. To celebrate the year 1865 when the university was founded, the donor who makes the 1,865th gift on "One Day for UK" will unlock a matching gift of $1,865 to the college, program or cause of their choice. The UK Office of Philanthropy social media sites will be sharing more challenges and announcing winners throughout the day.

    "One Day for UK" supports the university’s comprehensive campaign, Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign, which increases opportunities for student success, funds innovative research, improves health care, strengthens the alumni network and enhances athletic programs. Now, more than halfway to its $2.1 billion goal, Kentucky Can benefits from every gift.  

    Most colleges, units and causes have selected a specific fund or funds to highlight. A complete list is located online. To join the online conversation, follow #OneDayforUK on all social media platforms.

    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArt MuseumArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCenter of Excellence in Rural HealthCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawLibrariesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial WorkStudent and Academic LifeUK HealthCareUniversity Press of Kentucky

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

    Contact Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: “One Day for UK,” the University of Kentucky’s second annual giving day, is today! During the 24-hour fundraising campaign, which is currently underway, donors can give to the college, program or cause of their choice.Homepage Feature: Primary featureSection Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Jennifer Greer Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2020) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information has a slate of new leaders following the appointment of Jennifer Greer as dean in August 2019. Greer, formerly an associate provost at the University of Alabama, replaced Dan O’Hair, who served as dean for nine years. Derek Lane was interim for a year prior to Greer’s arrival.  

    The following is a blog post from Dean Jennifer Greer.

    A change in deans often is accompanied by shuffling on the leadership team. My first year coincided with the end of several administrative appointments and other leaders in the college moving into new opportunities.

    I’m so grateful for the contributions of past leaders in the college who laid a solid foundation for the work ahead of us. I’m also excited to work with a number of new administrators who have great ideas about how to best position our programs for the future. We really are fortunate to have a huge depth of leadership talent in the college.

    Anthony Limperos was appointed associate dean for Graduate Programs in Communication in July 2019. Limperos, an associate professor, has been with the college since 2011. 

    “Our graduate programs are nationally and internationally recognized with a storied history of training the next generation of academic leaders in the field.” Limperos said. “My vision is to maintain our reputation of excellence while also thinking about innovative ways to train our students for the evolving landscape of both academic and industry related careers.” 

    Chike Anyaegbunam, a professor, was named chair of the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication in January. Anyaegbunam has been interim chair since May 2017. He has been a member of the college’s faculty for 20 years. He is also the director of the UK Dissemination and Implementation Sciences Consortium.

    “I am thrilled to be leading this young department at a time when our profession is being constantly disrupted by innovations and we often are called upon to rethink how we solve problems and grapple with new challenges,” Anyaegbunam said. “I am also glad to be working with staff and faculty who are dedicated to our students and committed to the success of the department in the areas of instruction, research and community service.”

    Two new academic unit heads, an interim associate dean and a new college diversity officer started their work in July.

    Erika Engstrom, a professor, was named director of the School of Journalism and Media. Engstrom comes to CI from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was a professor of communication studies and had served as associate dean. Engstrom’s goals align with the college’s mission to shape passions into professions.

    “My goals for the School of Journalism and Media are to keep fostering the excellent instruction and research by our outstanding faculty and the terrific work of our student professionals, and to build on UK's reputation as a great place to learn, work, and thrive,” she said. “Our faculty and college team are working to ensure that every student gets the world-class training and the critical thinking skills they'll need to succeed not just in their chosen career, but also as informed, inquisitive and involved citizens.”

    Engstrom steps into the position held by Professor Mike Farrell, who died in August 2019. After Farrell’s passing, Associate Professor Scoobie Ryan served as interim director for the school. Ryan continues to serve as associate director for the School of Journalism and Media.

    The Department of Communication’s new chair is Kevin Real. Real, a professor, has been with the college since 2002 and has a long tenure of college and university service. He’s excited to serve a department that has been his academic home for nearly two decades.

    “Our students are among the best at UK and they go on to work in a variety of successful careers,” Real said. “Our faculty are outstanding teachers and highly productive researchers. I want to enable our students and faculty to succeed in their journey here at UK.”

    Brandi Frisby, an associate professor in the School of Information Science, has been named interim associate dean of undergraduate affairs. Frisby, who also serves as the director of the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Communication, said she sees her role as enhancing the student experience from the first time a student considers the college through graduation and beyond.

    “I am striving to expand on the strengths of our student body and of our college, continuing our tradition of collaborative, innovative, flexible and vibrant student community supported by the excellent peers, tutors, ambassadors, advisors, faculty and leadership,” Frisby said. “I believe this hands-on team approach will enhance the experience for our students both during their time in CI and after they graduate.”

    Real and Frisby stepped into positions previously held by Professor Shari Veil, who left UK in July to become dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    Kyra Hunting, an assistant professor of Media Arts and Studies in the School of Journalism and Media, has moved into the role of chief diversity officer. Hunting joined the college in 2014 and takes over the role from Shannon Oltmann, who chaired the college’s Diversity Committee and led diversity efforts for the previous three years.

    The college is working to provide additional support to the diversity officer as it works to ensure that all efforts are not only equitable and inclusive but actively anti-racist. In addition to Hunting, CI has appointed doctoral student Nigel Taylor as a liaison for equity and diversity outreach to the CI student body.

    “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with our community to help make the college a more welcoming, equitable and just place,” Hunting said. “I hope to engage and amplify the voices of all our community members and work to create a bold and sustainable set of practices and strategies that ensure our college reflects our values of inclusivity and equity so every member of our community is supported and represented by the college.”

    The college’s faculty leadership team is rounded out by Jeff Huber, a professor, who serves as director of the School of Information Science, and Nancy Harrington, a professor of communication, who serves as associate dean for research. I have reappointed both to continue in their roles, which they have held for more than a decade.

    Dean of the UK College of Communication and Information Jennifer GreerOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationGraduate School Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The College of Communication and Information has a slate of new leaders following the appointment of Jennifer Greer.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Arts & CultureBy University Press of Kentucky and Danielle Donham Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2020) — Celebrate the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby safely from home with University Press of Kentucky’s step-by-step guide to hosting a successful bourbon-tasting party: “Which Fork Do I Use With My Bourbon?

    Complete with recipes, photos and tips for beginners and experienced aficionados alike, this book by UK College of Communication and Information alumna Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler offers a detailed guide to making Derby Day special. Many of the book’s recipes and entertaining tips can easily be adjusted to meet state and local guidelines to ensure your celebration is safe and physically distanced. 

    From decorations to glassware, this one-stop resource guides readers from the day they mail invitations to the moment they welcome guests through the door. Alongside their favorite snack, entree, dessert and cocktail recipes, Stevens and Reigler offer expert tricks of the trade on how to set up a bar, arrange tables and pair recipes with specific bourbons. 

    Once readers are ready, Stevens and Reigler move on to advanced pairings for the bourbon foodie and present two innovative examples of tasting parties — a bourbon cocktail soiree and, of course, the traditional Kentucky Derby party. Inspired by the hosting traditions of five Kentucky distilleries, this book will introduce casual fans to bourbon-tasting methods and expand the expertise of longtime bourbon enthusiasts.

    Peggy Noe Stevens is president of Peggy Noe Stevens & Associates, founder of the Bourbon Women Association and the first female master bourbon taster in the world. A lifestyle expert, she is also a professional speaker. As an inductee to both the Bourbon and Whiskey Halls of Fame, she has planned hundreds of experiences and events globally over the last 30 years, often working with distilleries and master distillers.

    Susan Reigler is a former restaurant critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a current correspondent for Bourbon+ and American Whiskey magazines. She has also authored or coauthored six books on bourbon, and in 2019, she was inducted into the Order of the Writ.

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

    Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationUniversity Press of Kentucky

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

    Contact Danielle Donham
    danielle.donham@uky.edu
    859-562-2660 Summary: Complete with recipes, photos and tips for beginners and experienced aficionados alike, this book by UK College of Communication and Information alumna Peggy Noe Stevens and Susan Reigler offers a detailed guide to making Derby Day special. Many of the book’s recipes and entertaining tips can easily be adjusted to meet state and local guidelines to ensure your celebration is safe and physically distanced. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2020) — Wednesday, Sept. 16, is "One Day for UK." One day ... one gift … one enormous impact at the University of Kentucky!

    During the first "One Day for UK," supporters gave more than $1 million to more than 50 areas across the university. After postponing from April to September, the goal of the second year is to support the many ways the university is building a more vibrant future.

    Ryan Page, one of UK’s  2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholars, is among the many students donors have helped at UK.

    “Donations made through 'One Day for UK' help students achieve their dreams and help the university assist their students in doing so," Page said. "Thank you to those who donated or have donated in the past. UK students appreciate your support in helping us continue to succeed!”

    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. Since his time at UK, Page has been part of multiple entities ranging from UK Athletics to the Black Student Union.

    "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. "I not only want to showcase myself, but showcase the university as an outstanding and top-tier school.”

    Page, a senior, is majoring in business and organizational communication in the College of Communication and Information.

    Most colleges, units and causes have selected a specific fund or funds to highlight during "One Day for UK." A complete list can be found online.

    On Sept. 16, visit the "One Day for UK" website to make a gift, track the progress and learn how the campaign benefits UK. Leading up to the 24-hour campaign, donors can make a gift by sending a check in the mail or by visiting Network for Good. Simply check a box to have your gift applied to the giving day total.

    "One Day for UK" is a 24-hour day of giving where alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends and fans can support their favorite college, cause or area. It is a day to celebrate the University of Kentucky’s achievements and to ensure the university’s future success. All gifts support our 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.

    We only have one day! Visit https://www.onedayforuk.uky.edu/ to track our progress and to make your gift.

    One Day for UK: Ryan Page Ryan Page. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

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

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Ryan Page, a business and organizational communication major in the College of Communication and Information, understands the importance of "One Day for UK" and how it impacts UK's students. Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Katie Sharp and Jenny Wells-Hosley Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2020) — The Graduate Student Congress (GSC) at the University of Kentucky is starting a new series of events this year called “Civic Engagement Saturdays.”

    On the last Saturday of the month over the next three months, the GSC will invite prominent politicians who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) to campus to speak with all undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, and postdocs about recognizing yourself in politics, how to get involved in politics, and effecting change in your community(ies). In an effort to amplify the voices of BIPOC students on campus, these interview conversations will be moderated by BIPOC student and postdoc leaders at UK.

    The first “Civic Engagement Saturdays” conversation will be with state Rep. Attica Scott from 1-3 p.m. EDT Saturday, Aug. 29, via Zoom webinar, and the moderator will be undergraduate student leader Kayla Woodson.

    Scott is from Louisville and serves in the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 41st District. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in political science from Knoxville College (a historically Black college) and earned her master's degree in communications from the University of Tennessee. When not in session, Scott is a community organizer for racial equality and criminal justice, and she is also a certified anti-racism trainer.

    Woodson is a third-year undergraduate student seeking a degree in political science with a minor in journalism. She serves in the Student Government Association as director of inclusion and equity and has helped organize this series of events.

    “'Civic Engagement Saturdays' are born out this concept that I had while interning in Frankfort last semester about being a minority and not having the representation you need as a minority person,” Woodson said. “If you have those examples or those role models, they can really inspire you to take the initiative you need to build your own representation and do the work it takes to be a representative for people that need it.”

    Katherine Counts, president of the GSC, echoed these sentiments.

    “I think that was really the tip of the iceberg of why we thought moving in this direction made a lot of sense, because a lot of people don’t see themselves in the political sphere,” Counts said.

    Any UK students or postdocs who would like to attend this virtual event should fill out the registration form at https://forms.gle/RyByDqKmjooML6yD8.

    The GSC asks that all interested students and postdocs register so the GSC can get an idea of who the organization is reaching on campus, and to make sure the GSC has a large enough Zoom license to ensure everyone who wants to attend, can attend. The GSC will also be livestreaming this event on their Facebook page (@ukygsc), so even if interested students and postdocs cannot attend the live conversation, they can still watch it later at their convenience.

    The Graduate Student Congress is the governing body for graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars at UK. The mission of the GSC is to unify and represent graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars at UK in matters affecting their quality of life and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and professional development through seminars, forums, outreach programming, advocacy and community enhancement.

    For questions or more information, contact Katie Sharp, GSC secretary, at gsc@uky.edu, or visit www.uky.edu/gsc.

    Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationGraduate School

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

    Contact Katie Sharp; gsc@uky.edu

    Summary: The first “Civic Engagement Saturdays” conversation will be with state Rep. Attica Scott from 1-3 p.m. EDT Saturday, Aug. 29, via Zoom webinar.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2020) — Lyndsey Gough, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna, started out the 27th year of her life by having her world turned upside down.

    The UK graduate had just celebrated her 27th birthday having a drink with friends, after she covered the RBC Heritage golf tournament with WTOC-TV, one of the first sporting events in the country held since March. Soon after, symptoms began.

    Gough tested positive for COVID-19 on June 30 and seemed to be recovering well in isolation at home, when she began experiencing severe abdominal pain about a week later.

    Hospitalized since July 9, UKNow caught up with the current multimedia journalist and weekend sports anchor in Savannah, Georgia, to talk about her journey battling COVID-19.

    UKNow: What made you start documenting your journey with COVID on social media?

    Gough: For starters, I live on social media. It is entertainment to me, so if I wasn’t tweeting during my time in the hospital, I’m not sure what I would be doing. But also, as a journalist, I have reported on COVID-19 for months and asked others to share their stories, so as far as transparency goes, I think it’s only fair that I share mine. My hope was that I could help someone by sharing my experience.  

    UKNow: When and how did you find out you were COVID positive? 

    Gough: My last day of work was June 20. I was fatigued, but thought it was from a crazy work week and slept on my days off not thinking too much of it. On June 23, I began really feeling the symptoms: body/muscle aches and chills, headache, loss of appetite, fatigue, night sweats, congestion, cough — everything BUT a fever and shortness of breath. I tried to get tested on the 25th, but they ran out of tests and I was finally able to be tested on the 26th of June. June 30th I got my positive results. After two weeks of quarantine, the flu-like symptoms returned along with abdomen pain. When I went to the emergency room on July 9, they re-tested me and I was still positive. During that time I also had emergency surgery. Ultimately, my surgeons tell me that the virus caused so much stress to my body that my appendix ruptured, and a host of other complications followed. 

    UKNow: Should people be taking the virus more seriously?

    Gough: Absolutely. It is real. It’s not “just the flu” and it doesn’t just affect the elderly population or those with underlying health conditions. 

    UKNow: Have you learned anything from this experience? 

    Gough: Be careful — even more careful than you think you need to be, and never take your health for granted. I also learned that way more people cared about my journey than I ever thought possible, which is very humbling. 

    UKNow: What is your current job and how did UK help you get there?

    Gough: Currently I’m a multimedia journalist and weekend sports anchor for WTOC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Savannah, Georgia. UK prepared me for the world of television journalism by giving us hands-on experience and putting us through actual news situations and scenarios. Also, covering the Cats as a student, I was covering world-class athletes early on in my career. 

    UKNow: Do you have any advice or words of wisdom for anyone reading this?

    Gough: Take care of yourself as best possible, give yourself time to recover fully and grant yourself grace ... and go Cats! 

    Gough is now home and recovering from her post-emergency surgery after spending 11 days in the hospital. Keep up to date with her long road to recovery by following her on Twitter, @LGonTV, or on her Instagram, @lyndseygough.

    of Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

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

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Lyndsey Gough, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna, started out the 27th year of her life by having her world turned upside down — she had tested positive for COVID-19. UKNow caught up with the current multimedia journalist and weekend sports anchor for WTOC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Savannah, Georgia, to talk about her journey battling the virus.Homepage Feature: Primary feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Katie Sanders Vogel and Meredith Weber Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2020) One day to build a brighter future together.

    Mark your calendars! On Sept. 16, the University of Kentucky will celebrate the second annual university-wide giving day, "One Day for UK." For 24 hours, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and fans will rally to support the college, unit or cause of their choice.

    During the first "One Day for UK," supporters gave more than $1 million to more than 50 areas across the university. After postponing from April to September, the goal of the second year is to support the many ways the university is building a more vibrant future.

    "'One Day for UK' is a digital giving day highlighting the numerous ways donors can support the university," Katie Sanders Vogel, associate director of annual giving, said. "As we begin a new semester — one that looks unlike any our campus community has been through before — we are reminded of the importance of celebrating where we’ve been, but together, we set our eyes on where the future will lead us."

    "One Day for UK" supports the university’s comprehensive campaign, Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign, which increases opportunities for student success, funds innovative research, improves health care, strengthens the alumni network and enhances athletic programs. 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 demonstrate resilience and share a glimmer of hope, to show how the UK experience can be one of service. 'One Day for UK' is one component of that effort," D. Michael Richey, vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement, said. "This 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 persevere in our efforts to transform the Commonwealth and inspire the world."

    To further promote the day, each college, unit and cause is seeking the support of BBNfluencers — alumni, friends, donors and students — to help publicize "One Day for UK" through their personal social media accounts.

    You can sign up to become a BBNInfluencer here.

    "The timing of this 'One Day for UK' is striking. Many of our colleges, departments and programs face unique challenges as they seek to provide a safe and enriching experience for the UK community," Vogel added. "This is an opportunity to highlight the wide-ranging impact of the university. From scholarship to research, from innovation to health care — we hope Sept. 16 serves as a reminder of all that Kentucky can do when we press on together."

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

    On Sept. 16, visit the "One Day for UK" website to make a gift, track the progress and learn how the campaign benefits UK. Leading up to the 24-hour campaign, donors can make a gift by sending a check in the mail or by visiting Network for Good. Simply check a box to have your gift applied to the giving day total.

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

    On Sept. 16, UK will celebrate "One Day for UK." Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArt MuseumArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCenter of Excellence in Rural HealthCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawLibrariesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial WorkStudent and Academic LifeUK HealthCareUniversity Press of Kentucky

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

    Contact Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: Mark your calendars! On Sept. 16, the University of Kentucky will celebrate the second annual university-wide giving day, “One Day for UK.” For 24 hours, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and fans will rally to support the college, unit or cause of their choice.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Mallory Olson Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (August xx, 2020) - We make assessments every day, often unconsciously. Should I snooze my alarm? What should I wear today? What should I eat for breakfast? Should I respond to this email right away, or wait until later? Brianna Henson, director of assessment in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy, is tapping into the unconscious to better understand diversity, equity, its role in the workplace and the emotional burden of participating in diversity and inclusion activities in the workplace.

    "My interest in this started after I attended a diversity activity on campus," Henson said. "I noticed some areas that needed improvement and wondered how this translated to various workplaces across the country."

    Henson is part of a group of researchers who are pushing toward a more inclusive, holistic cultural competency training program in the clinical health science professions. Their goal is to design a comprehensive program where cultural competency is embedded throughout the curriculum and not siloed in individual activities.

    "Most of the work on emotional burden has focused primarily on white women and motherhood," Henson said. "This research is really the first of its kind. My hope is that we identify trends to help improve organizational inclusivity and combat injustice and inequity."

    In this study, diversity work is defined as having any involvement in the promotion of or participation in your organization’s diversity and inclusion programs, exercises, activities or initiatives. It is important to note that this survey is not trying to determine how “real” a diversity and organizational climate is. Instead, it aims to assess the emotional burden of participating in diversity and inclusion activities in order to identify future areas of growth and development that can help inspire organizational change.

    "I want this study to encourage organizations to take a step toward more equitable practices while striking a healthy balance between swift actionable steps that support our members of color and helping people manage the discomfort of having necessary and thoughtful conversations around equity and inclusion," Henson said.

    The survey is open to anyone in the workforce, whether or not they identify as a person of color. Respondents must be 18 years or older. The survey should take about five minutes to complete.

    "Diversity and inclusion practices are everyone's responsibility," Henson said. "We need to ensure that it does not just fall on the shoulders of historically underrepresented groups or diversity and inclusion officers. Our hope is that this national survey will help us obtain reliable data on attitudes, behaviors and opinions associated with employees who engage in diversity work."

    Brianna Henson, Jacob Lewis and Kristie Colon are working on a survey to better understand workplace diversity.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArt MuseumArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCenter of Excellence in Rural HealthCommunication and InformationDentistryDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesHonors CollegeLawLibrariesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial WorkUniversity Press of Kentucky

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

    Contact Mallory Olson
    mallory.olson@uky.edu
    859-257-1076 Summary: A new UK study is seeking to better understand diversity, equity, its role in the workplace and the emotional burden of participating in diversity and inclusion activities in the workplace.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Meg Mills and Catherine Hayden Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

    CI Advising Team: Innovative Advising

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

    Advocate in Advising, Friend to the Community: Shari Veil 

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

    Outstanding New Advisor: Rachel Dixon

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

    Outstanding Faculty Advisor: Conrad Davies

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

    Empowerment Leadership in Administration: Sara Price

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

    The 2019-2020 Outstanding Professional Advisor: Bethany Fugate

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

    Organizational Unit: Business and EconomicsCommunication and Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Davidson said student involvement has a number of benefits.

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

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

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

    Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationEducationGraduate School

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

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

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

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

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

    Kentucky – Sport – Major

    Carson Coleman – Baseball – integrated strategic communication

    TJ Collett – Baseball – communication

    Braxton Cottongame – Baseball – undeclared

    Elliott Curtis – Baseball – psychology

    Breydon Daniel – Baseball – communication

    Cole Daniels – Baseball – community and leadership development

    Alexander Degen – Baseball – social work

    William Gambino – Baseball – management

    Trae Harmon – Baseball – marketing

    Daniel Harper – Baseball – management

    Mason Hazelwood – Baseball – elementary education

    Cameron Hill – Baseball – community and leadership development

    Tanner Holen – Baseball – kinesiology

    Brendan Hord – Baseball – civil engineering

    Ben Jordan – Baseball – communication

    Coltyn Kessler – Baseball – communication

    Trip Lockhart – Baseball – communication

    Dillon Marsh – Baseball – accounting

    Justin Olson – Baseball – communication

    James Ramsey – Baseball – communication

    Hunter Rigsby – Baseball – undeclared

    Austin Schultz – Baseball – communication

    Jaren Shelby – Baseball – communication

    Jacob Cook – Men's Golf – management

    Alex Goff – Men's Golf – finance

    Allen Hamilton – Men's Golf – economics

    Jay Kirchdorfer – Men's Golf – management

    Matt Liston – Men's Golf – finance

    Zach Norris – Men's Golf – finance

    Garrett Wood – Men's Golf – management

    Ryan Bender – Women's Golf – marketing

    Josephine Chang – Women's Golf – biology, kinesiology

    Sarah Fite – Women's Golf – kinesiology

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

    Casey Ott – Women's Golf – psychology

    Sarah Shipley – Women's Golf – integrated strategic communication

    Renee Abernathy – Softball – human health sciences

    Grace Baalman – Softball – art studio

    Jaci Babbs – Softball – mathematical economics

    Emma Boitnott – Softball – neuroscience

    Autumn Humes – Softball – kinesiology

    Lauren Johnson – Softball – integrated strategic communication

    Mikayla Kowalik – Softball – finance

    Alexandria Martens – Softball – integrated strategic communication

    Mallory Peyton – Softball – human health sciences

    Meghan Schorman – Softball – marketing

    Tatum Spangler – Softball – animal sciences

    Larissa Spellman – Softball – management

    Bailey Vick – Softball – accounting

    Cesar Bourgois – Men's Tennis – marketing

    Ying-Ze Chen – Men's Tennis – economics

    Jonathan Sorbo – Men's Tennis – management

    Lesedi Jacobs – Women's Tennis – accounting

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

    Anastasia Tkachenko – Women's Tennis – management

    Diana Tkachenko – Women's Tennis – management

    Dylan Allen – Men's Track and Field – marketing

    Cole Dowdy – Men's Track and Field – biology

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

    Joseph Jardine – Men's Track and Field – marketing

    Matthew Peare – Men's Track and Field – communication

    Jacob Smith – Men's Track and Field – journalism

    Joshua Sobota – Men's Track and Field – management

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

    Gabriel Szalay – Men's Track and Field – marketing

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

    Trevor Warren – Men's Track and Field – economics

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

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

    Nicole Bagby – Women's Track and Field – psychology

    Celera Barnes – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Perri Bockrath – Women's Track and Field – psychology

    Rachel Boice – Women's Track and Field – biology

    Riley Caudill – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

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

    Ellen Ekholm – Women's Track and Field – marketing

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

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

    Kaitlyn Lacy – Women's Track and Field – accounting

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

    Mallory Liggett – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Lainey McKinley – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Sara Michels – Women's Track and Field – journalism

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

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

    Masai Russell – Women's Track and Field – communication

    Caitlin Shepard – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Abby Steiner – Women's Track and Field – kinesiology

    Kelli Walsh – Women's Track and Field – finance

    Kamilah Williams – Women's Track and Field – journalism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    This year's 10 grant recipients are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 25, 2020)

    My first doctor appointment in years.

    It took abnormal breathing and virtual convenience.

    I’m working from home.

    I’m young. I’m healthy otherwise.

    I might have COVID-19.

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

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

    Save the tests for those who need it.

     

    Living with low immunity is scary.

    If I was older, I could die.

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

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

    I have fear and I’m young!

     

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

    Yet I feel so alone.

     

    Told my mom.

    Told my grandparents.

    Now my family knows.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

    The Uncertainty

    By Leanna Hartsough

     

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

    My body hurts. Head to toe.

    Headache. To ear ache.

    Tummy ache (something I’m used to.)

    Feet and all muscles are sore.

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

     

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

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

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

    Maybe this is serious.

     

    Next day, still sore.

    I can actually eat without forcing it.

    Wow am I full.

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

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

     

    My first doctor appointment in years.

    It took abnormal breathing and virtual convenience.

    I’m working from home.

    I’m young. I’m healthy otherwise.

    I might have COVID-19.

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

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

    Save the tests for those who need it.

     

    Living with low immunity is scary.

    If I was older, I could die.

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

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

    I have fear and I’m young!

     

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

    Yet I feel so alone.

     

    Told my mom.

    Told my grandparents.

    Now my family knows.

     

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

    I empathetically listened. I disagreed yet listened.

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

    They want to believe it’s not the case.

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

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

    We’re socially distant because I keep socially distant.

     

    Well here’s to stocking up on immunity boosters.

    Every day.

    Thanks to my mom and my partner.

    My mornings are dedicated to health.

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

    I push through it. I have things due.

     

    I came to terms with this.

    When I recover, I will have less fear.

    Less fear of getting it.

    Less fear of spreading it.

     

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

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

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

    After workout, legs shake. Can barely walk.

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

     

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

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

    Oh wow, I lost 4 lbs.

     

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

    Nevermind, I have the cough.

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

    Maybe this isn’t so uncertain?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The 2020-21 University Research Professors are:

    • Seth DeBolt, Horticulture, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment;
    • Amy Murrell Taylor, History, College of Arts and Sciences;
    • Renée Fatemi, Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences;
    • H. Dan O’Hair, Communication, College of Communication and Information;
    • J. Todd Hastings, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering;
    • Rae Goodwin, Art and Visual Studies, College of Fine Arts;
    • Haipeng (Allan) Chen, Marketing, Gatton College of Business and Economics;            
    • Kathryn L. Moore, J. David Rosenberg College of Law;
    • Susanne Markesbery Arnold, Markey Cancer Center, College of Medicine;
    • Linda Van Eldik, Sanders Brown Center on Aging, College of Medicine;           
    • Kristin Ashford, College of Nursing;
    • Steven G. Van Lanen, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy; and
    • Erin Abner, Epidemiology, College of Public Health
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    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Grehan AssociatesOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Core 1: Health and Biomedical Science

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

    Core 2: Materials and Methods

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

    Core 3: Social Science

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

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

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

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

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

    The UK students and alumna awarded Fulbright grants are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Garlin M. ConnerOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

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

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

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

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

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

    Sherali Zeadally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark Coyne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    WRFL Radio Honors the Graduates

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

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

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

    #UKGrad: Celebrate via Social Media

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

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

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

    College Celebrations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The social media ambassadors include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Jeannette SuttonOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

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

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

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

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

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

    2020 SEC WINTER SPORTS HONOR ROLL

    Kentucky – Sport – Major

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

    Ogechi Anyagaligbo - Women's Basketball - Public Health

    Blair Green - Women's Basketball - Kinesiology

    Sabrina Haines - Women's Basketball - Journalism

    Keondra McKinney - Women's Basketball - Social Work

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

    Kameron Roach - Women's Basketball - Kinesiology

    Jaida Roper - Women's Basketball - Psychology

    Tatyana Wyatt - Women's Basketball - Psychology

    Josephine Angeny - Gymnastics - Communication

    Madison Averett – Gymnastics - Kinesiology

    Anna Haigis - Gymnastics - Psychology

    Mackenzie Harman - Gymnastics - Human Health Sciences

    Mollie Korth - Gymnastics - Kinesiology

    Alaina Kwan - Gymnastics - Journalism

    Katherine Marianos - Gymnastics - Marketing

    Megan Monfredi - Gymnastics - Psychology

    Cally Nixon - Gymnastics - Psychology

    Arianna Patterson - Gymnastics - Digital Media and Design

    Hailey Poland - Gymnastics - Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles

    Allison Snyder - Gymnastics - Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology

    Richard Clark - Rifle - Kinesiology

    Ian Foos – Rifle - Social Work

    Ruby Gomes - Rifle - Psychology

    Mason Joachim - Rifle - Psychology

    Mitchell Nelson - Rifle - Biology

    Hailee Sigmon - Rifle - Career and Technical Education

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

    Kyle Barker - Men's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Louis Barker - Men's Swimming and Diving - Management

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

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

    Glen Brown - Men's Swimming and Diving - Accounting

    Jason Head - Men's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

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

    Chase Lane - Men's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Daniel Orcutt - Men's Swimming and Diving - Management

    Hank Siefert - Men's Swimming and Diving  - Finance

    Nick Smith - Men's Swimming and Diving - Management

    Alex Taylor - Men's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

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

    Danny Zhang - Men's Swimming and Diving - Management

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

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

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

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

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

    Ali Galyer - Women's Swimming and Diving - Marketing

    Jaida Garrett - Women's Swimming and Diving - Psychology

    Izzy Gati - Women's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

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

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

    Jaclyn Hill - Women's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

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

    Olivia Huffman - Women's Swimming and Diving - Psychology

    Kyndal Knight - Women's Swimming and Diving - Marketing

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

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

    Caroline McCleary - Women's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Elizabeth Merriman - Women's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Payton Neff - Women's Swimming and Diving - Psychology

    Alex Nelson - Women's Swimming and Diving - Psychology

    Kelly Rodriguez - Women's Swimming and Diving - Marketing

    Asia Seidt - Women's Swimming and Diving - Kinesiology

    Sophie Sorenson - Women's Swimming and Diving - Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    For more information visit www,BlackinBlue.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    College of Arts and Sciences

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

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

    College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

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

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

    College of Communication and Information

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

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

    College of Education

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

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

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

    College of Fine Arts

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

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

    College of Engineering

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

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

    Gatton College of Business and Economics

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

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

    College of Law

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

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

    College of Social Work

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    UK’s 12 new Gaines Fellows are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentCommunication and Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lauryn HaasOrganizational Unit: Communication and InformationHonors CollegeStudent and Academic Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The book has already accumulated positive reviews.

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

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

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

    Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationUniversity Press of Kentucky

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Daily Office Hours

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

     

    Weekdays (Monday through Friday):

    8 to 10 a.m.: Online via Zoom

    10 a.m. to noon: 502 King Library

    1 to 3 p.m.: 502 King Library

    3 to 5 p.m.: Online via Zoom

     

    Weekends (Saturday and Sunday)

    1 to 4 p.m.: Online via Zoom

     

    Webinars for Online Instruction

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

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

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

    Renee Kaufmann and Jessalyn Vallade

     

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

    https://uky.zoom.us/j/831123181  

    Ashley DeWitt

     

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

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

    Troy Cooper

    Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationLibraries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    UKNow: What does UK contribute to this space?

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

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

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

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

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

    Anthony LimperosOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2019 SEC FALL SPORTS HONOR ROLL

    Kentucky – Sport – Major

    Dylan Allen – Men's Cross Country – Marketing

    Cole Dowdy – Men's Cross Country – Biology

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

    Gabriel Szalay – Men's Cross Country – Marketing

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

    Trevor Warren – Men's Cross Country – Management

    Rachel Boice – Women's Cross Country – Biology

    Kaitlyn Lacy – Women's Cross Country – Accounting

    Mallory Liggett – Women's Cross Country – Kinesiology

    Lainey McKinley – Women's Cross Country – Kinesiology

    Sarah Michels – Women's Cross Country – Journalism

    Madisyn Peeples – Women's Cross Country – Elementary Education

    Caitlin Shepard – Women's Cross Country – Kinesiology

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

    Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald – Football – Communication

    Tyrell Ajian – Football – Family Sciences

    Elijah Barnett – Football – Communication

    Tyler Beisner – Football – Undeclared/Exploratory Studies

    Zac Berezowitz – Football – Economics

    Blake Best – Football – Finance

    Tyler Couch – Football – Sociology

    Austin Dotson – Football – Sociology

    Max Duffy – Football – Psychology

    Brandin Echols – Football – Community and Leadership Development

    Darren Edmond – Football – Digital Media Design

    Luke Fortner – Football – Mechanical Engineering

    Colin Goodfellow – Football – Nursing

    Jordan Griffin – Football – Community and Leadership Development

    Drake Jackson – Football – Agricultural Economics

    Zach Johnson – Football – Health Promotion

    Alex King – Football – Family Sciences

    Shawn Lawson – Football – Sociology

    Grant McKinniss – Football – Psychology

    William Nalty – Football – Management

    Joshua Paschal – Football – Family Sciences

    Chance Poore – Football – Undeclared/Exploratory Studies

    Matthew Ruffolo – Football – Clinical Healthcare Management, Finance

    Andrew Schlegel – Football – Finance

    Brett Slusher – Football – Accounting, Finance

    Clevan Thomas – Football – Community and Leadership Development

    Quintin Wilson – Football – Management

    Mason Wolfe – Football – Kinesiology and Health Promotion

    Walker Wood – Football – Agricultural Economics

    Landon Young – Football – Animal Sciences

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

    Nicolas Blassou – Men's Soccer – Psychology

    Elijah Borneo – Men's Soccer – Kinesiology

    Kalil ElMedkhar – Men's Soccer – Accounting

    Daniel Evans – Men's Soccer – Finance

    Cole Guindon – Men's Soccer – Marketing

    Jackson Hawthorne – Men's Soccer – Communication

    Clay Holstad – Men's Soccer – Chemical Engineering

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

    Colin Innes – Men's Soccer – Finance

    Leon Jones – Men's Soccer – Chemical Engineering

    Brock Lindow – Men's Soccer – Computer Engineering

    Aime Mabika – Men's Soccer – English

    Marcel Meinzer – Men's Soccer – Communication

    Keyarash Namjoupanah – Men's Soccer – Management

    Bailey Rouse – Men's Soccer – Civil Engineering

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

    Marissa Bosco – Women's Soccer – Psychology

    Gina Crosetti – Women's Soccer – Integrated Strategic Communication

    Taya Edwards – Women's Soccer – Nursing

    Foster Ignoffo – Women's Soccer – Family Sciences

    Hannah Leonard – Women's Soccer – Accounting

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

    Caroline Newland – Women's Soccer – Nursing

    Emma Shields – Women's Soccer – Marketing

    Sarah Siekkinen – Women's Soccer – Civil Engineering

    Hikari Yamada – Women's Soccer – International Studies

    Caitlyn Cooper – Volleyball – Family Sciences

    Gabby Curry – Volleyball – Management

    Leah Edmond – Volleyball – Elementary Education

    Gabby Goddard – Volleyball – Human Health Sciences

    Madison Lilley – Volleyball – Integrated Strategic Communication

    Kendyl Paris – Volleyball – Kinesiology

    Cameron Scheitzach – Volleyball – Kinesiology

    Kylie Schmaltz – Volleyball – Marketing

    Avery Skinner – Volleyball – Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Alli Stumler – Volleyball – Elementary Education

    Lauren Tharp – Volleyball – Special Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Garlin Murl ConnerOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Garlin Murl ConnerOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

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

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

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

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

    The opioid epidemic has taken a heavy toll on Kentucky:

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

    The opioid epidemic has taken a heavy toll on Kentucky:

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

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

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    César Bourgois, Men’s Tennis 

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

    Glen Brown, Swimming and Diving 

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

    Josephine Chang, Women’s Golf 

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

    Carson Coleman, Baseball 

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

    T.J. Collett, Baseball 

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

    Jacob Cook, Men’s Golf 

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

    Tanner Dowdy, Track and Field 

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

    Nicole Fautsch, Track and Field 

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

    Ian Foos, Rifle 

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

    Luke Fortner, Football 

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

    Ali Galyer, Swimming and Diving 

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

    Autumn Humes, Softball 

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

    Lesedi Jacobs, Women’s Tennis 

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

    Leon Jones, Men’s Soccer 

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

    Morgan Lakes, Swimming and Diving 

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

    Katherine Marianos, Gymnastics 

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

    Alex Martens, Softball 

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

    KeKe McKinney, Women’s Basketball 

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

    Lizzy Merriman, Swimming and Diving 

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

    Megan Monfredi, Gymnastics 

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

    Kendyl Paris, Volleyball 

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

     Kameron Roach, Women’s Basketball 

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

    Bailey Rouse, Men’s Soccer 

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

    Asia Seidt, Swimming and Diving 

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

    Sarah Shipley, Women’s Golf 

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

    Avery Skinner, Volleyball 

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

    Larissa Spellman, Softball 

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

    Bailey Vick, Softball 

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

    Landon Young, Football 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    César Bourgois, Men’s Tennis 

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

    Glen Brown, Swimming and Diving 

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

    Josephine Chang, Women’s Golf 

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

    Carson Coleman, Baseball 

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

    T.J. Collett, Baseball 

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

    Jacob Cook, Men’s Golf 

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

    Tanner Dowdy, Track and Field 

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

    Nicole Fautsch, Track and Field 

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

    Ian Foos, Rifle 

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

    Luke Fortner, Football 

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

    Ali Galyer, Swimming and Diving 

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

    Autumn Humes, Softball 

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

    Lesedi Jacobs, Women’s Tennis 

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

    Leon Jones, Men’s Soccer 

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

    Morgan Lakes, Swimming and Diving 

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

    Katherine Marianos, Gymnastics 

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

    Alex Martens, Softball 

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

    KeKe McKinney, Women’s Basketball 

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

    Lizzy Merriman, Swimming and Diving 

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

    Megan Monfredi, Gymnastics 

    • SEC Winter Sports Academic Honor Roll 
    • Dean's List 
    • Recorded season-high 9.725 floor routine twice in 2019 
    • Recorded career-high 9.800 floor routine in 2018 freshman debut 
    • Majoring in psychology

    Kendyl Paris, Volleyball 

    • Went to Ethiopia as part of the UK Athletics’ mission trip in the summer 
    • SAAC leadership council 
    • Kinesiology major who earned SEC Honor Roll in 2018 and 2019 
    • Professional school aspirations in physical therapy
    • Part of three SEC Championship teams in her first three years as a Wildcat 
    • Works with Step-by-Step, God’s Pantry, Special Olympics and the George Pruitt Recovery Center

     Kameron Roach, Women’s Basketball 

    • Has been heavily involved in community service since arriving on campus, volunteering with the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League, Immanuel Baptist Church mentoring program, Lighthouse Ministries and more 
    • A two-year member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, majoring in kinesiology and health promotion 
    • Injuries limited her time on the court last season and early this season, but is recovering and expected to be full speed soon 
    • Best game of her career against Alabama State last season where she scored four points with four rebounds, three steals and one assist, hitting a 3-pointer 

    Bailey Rouse, Men’s Soccer 

    • Started all 21 matches in 2019 
    • Recorded one goal and one assist while primarily playing defense in 2019 
    • Team captain 
    • C-USA All-Academic Team 
    • Dean's List 
    • Civil engineering major 

    Asia Seidt, Swimming and Diving 

    • Kinesiology major
    • 2019 Gold Medalist at Phillips 66 National Championships in 200-meter backstroke 
    • 2019 NCAA Elite 90 recipient, Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team 
    • 2017-18, 2018-19 USA Swimming National Team and U.S. World University Games Team 
    • Eight-time NCAA First Team All-American (2017-2019) 
    • Eight-time NCAA All-America Honorable Mention (2017-2019) 
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 All-SEC First Team 
    • 2017, 2018, 2019 SEC Champion in 200-yard backstroke 
    • 2018 SEC Champion in 100-yard backstroke 
    • 2018, 2019 SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll and 2017, 2018, 2019 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team 
    • Volunteered over 200 hours to community service, including the Hope Center, Kentucky Aquatics and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass 

    Sarah Shipley, Women’s Golf 

    • Scheduled to graduate in the summer with a degree in integrated strategic communication and a minor in community leadership development  
    • Two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and has been on the Dean’s List
    • Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes 
    • Chosen for the 2018 SEC Community Service Team, she has more than 200 hours of service during her time at UK, including volunteering with the Special Olympics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital and the Salvation Army 
    • Selected for service trips to Panama and Nicaragua 
    • Key member of the UK women’s golf team with 35 college appearances, four top-10 finishes and seven top-20 showings 
    • Won the individual match-play bracket at the East & West Match Play Challenge as a freshman 
    • Two-time tournament champion in the summer of 2019 (Golf Association of Michigan Women’s Championship and 119th Women’s Western Amateur) 

    Avery Skinner, Volleyball 

    • Went to Ethiopia as part of the UK Athletics’ service trip in the summer 
    • Part of three SEC Championship teams in her first three years as a Wildcat 
    • 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team 
    • 2018 Preseason All-SEC Team member 
    • 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award winner 
    • Communication sciences and disorders major

    Larissa Spellman, Softball 

    • SEC Honor Roll and SEC First-Year Honor Roll member 
    • Works with Habitat for Humanity 
    • Has helped with UK Softball’s relationship with the Special Olympics 
    • Assisted with God’s Pantry to help pack sack lunches for underprivileged kids 
    • Interned in the summer with Special Olympics 
    • Management and communication double major  

    Bailey Vick, Softball 

    • 2017 SEC All-Freshman Team 
    • Two-time SEC Freshman of the Week 
    • 2018 SEC All-Defensive Team   
    • Dean’s List in all seven semesters of her educational career 
    • 2018 Scratch Award winner at the CATSPYs 
    • Accounting major

    Landon Young, Football 

    • Has appeared in 36 career games, starting every game at left tackle during the 2019 season 
    • 2019 third-team All-SEC and SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honoree 
    • Named captain of the prestigious 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his impact off the field 
    • Has visited a local nursing home several times, including a pre-Super Bowl party to give joy to the residents; was guest speaker at local churches and elementary schools on seven different occasions, talking about life lessons, fighting through adversities, faith and football 
    • Volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Hope Center and Lexington Christian Church 
    • As an animal sciences major, has volunteered his time for eight straight years at a veterinary clinic in Cynthiana, Kentucky 
    • Participated in a one-week service trip to the Ethiopia in May of 2019. 
    Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtHealth SciencesSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The Society of Character annually honors Wildcats who have shown an extraordinary commitment to academic excellence, athletic participation, personal development, career preparation and serving as a role model.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Jenny Wells-Hosley Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2019) — Today, the University of Kentucky will honor its Fall 2019 graduates at the December 2019 Commencement Ceremonies.  

    The two ceremonies will begin 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST today in Rupp Arena. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university's YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/IiGmgAyStYo.

    • 10 a.m.: College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Fine Arts; College of Medicine; College of Social Work; College of Public Health; College of Pharmacy; Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
    • 3 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences; Gatton College of Business and Economics; College of Communication and Information; College of Design; College of Health Sciences; College of Nursing

    More than 1,000 students are expected to attend Friday's ceremonies; overall, approximately 1,800 total degrees have been approved by the UK Board of Trustees. August 2019 degree recipients are also eligible to participate in the December ceremonies. More than 900 degrees were conferred for August.

    Doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree recipients are recognized together based on their colleges.

    Parking 

    Due to construction around Rupp Arena and Lexington Center, parking and entry information is limited. Graduates and their guests should arrive at least one hour before the start of their ceremony. View a parking map here.

    Honorary degree

    An honorary degree will be presented at the 10 a.m. ceremony to Porter "P.G." Peeples, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Lexington. Peeples is a 1968 graduate of UK — one of the few African American students to enroll and graduate at that time. The following year, at the age of 22, Peeples was named the director of the new Urban League of Lexington, making him the youngest chapter director in the United States. He has dedicated his life to serving Lexington and its African American community through an over 50-year career of civil rights and social justice advocacy with the Urban League. Read more about Peeples.

    Student speakers 

    In addition to UK President Eli Capilouto, a student representative will address the audience at each of the ceremonies, as per UK tradition. Daniel Beasley, from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is graduating with a bachelor's degree from the College of Social Work. He will give the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Ndeye Matou Amar, from Senegal, West Africa, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences. She will deliver the Commencement address at the 3 p.m. ceremony.

    Graduate stories

    While all graduates are celebrated for their tremendous achievements, many have particularly interesting stories to share about their lives and time at UK.

    • Roger Dittert and his wife’s lives were turned upside down in July 2015 when they unexpectedly lost their unborn child due to pregnancy complications. This seemingly insurmountable loss accompanied by his inherent desire to help others left him with only one path — returning to UK to attend nursing school. As a result of the compassion and expert care Dittert and his wife received in their time of need, he now plans to pursue a career in obstetrics.
    • A car accident left Rachel Centers, a kinesiology major from Jeffersonville, Kentucky, with a severe brain injury. Even years after the accident Centers still suffers from short-term memory loss, reduced speeds of cognitive processing and reaction time, fatigue, depression, sleep deprivation, loss of motivation and mood changes. However, Centers didn’t let those obstacles stop her from fulfilling her passion of earning a degree.
    • Parisa ShamaeiZadeh, from Paintsville, Kentucky, grew up in two cultures — her mother is from Appalachia and her father is from Iran. As a dual citizen of both countries, she spent her childhood traveling back and forth between the two, and says seeing the challenges her father experienced due to his immigrant status is what drove her to pursue a career focusing on how culture affects health. Graduating with a human health sciences degree from the UK College of Health Sciences, she plans to pursue a career in medicine geared toward serving low income, migrant and refugee populations.
    • Stuart Lichtenberg, a native of Morehead, Kentucky, is not your typical college graduate. He started taking classes at UK in 2002, leaving before completing his degree. The years following helped motivate him to return to school, determined to find his niche this time around. His newly discovered passion for agricultural biotechnology led him to not only complete his bachelor’s degree requirements, but also continue on to earn a Ph.D. His time in the lab studying next generation pesticides opened the door for his next adventure: tracking chronic wasting disease (CWD). Stuart Lichtenberg will graduate with a doctorate in integrated plant and soil science from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

    For more information on Commencement, visit www.uky.edu/commencement/fallceremonies.

    Watch live at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. as UK honors its December 2019 graduates. Please ensure your device's software is up to date. More than 1,000 students are expected to attend Friday's ceremonies. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: Today's Commencement Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST. Watch the livestream here.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Jenny Wells-Hosley Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2019) — This Friday, the University of Kentucky will honor approximately 1,800 Fall 2019 graduates at the December 2019 Commencement Ceremonies.  

    The two ceremonies will begin 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in Rupp Arena. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university's YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/IiGmgAyStYo. This link will also be accessible via the UKNow homepage on Friday.

    • 10 a.m.: College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Fine Arts; College of Medicine; College of Social Work; College of Public Health; College of Pharmacy; Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
    • 3 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences; Gatton College of Business and Economics; College of Communication and Information; College of Design; College of Health Sciences; College of Nursing

    Approximately 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for Fall 2019 degree conferral, and over 1,000 are expected to participate in this Friday's ceremonies. August 2019 degree recipients are also eligible to participate in the December ceremonies — over 900 degrees were conferred for August.

    Doctoral, master's and baccalaureate degree recipients are recognized together based on their colleges.

    Parking Due to construction around Rupp Arena and Lexington Center, parking and entry information is limited. Graduates and their guests should arrive at least one hour before the start of their ceremony. View a parking map here.

    Honorary degree An honorary degree will be presented at the 10 a.m. ceremony to Porter "P.G." Peeples, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League of Lexington. Peeples is a 1968 graduate of UK — one of the few African American students to enroll and graduate at that time. The following year, at the age of 22, Peeples was named the director of the new Lexington chapter of the Urban League, making him the youngest chapter director in the United States. He has dedicated his life to serving Lexington and its African American community through an over 50-year career of civil rights and social justice advocacy with the Urban League.

    Student speakers In addition to UK President Eli Capilouto, a student representative will address the audience at each of the ceremonies, as per UK tradition. Daniel Beasley, from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is graduating with a bachelor's degree from the College of Social Work. He will give the Commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Ndeye Matou Amar, from Senegal, West Africa, is graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the College of Arts and Sciences. She will deliver the Commencement address at the 3 p.m. ceremony.

    For more information, visit www.uky.edu/commencement/fallceremonies.

    of Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: The two ceremonies will begin 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in Rupp Arena. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on the university's YouTube channel
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Jenny Wells-Hosley Dec. 12, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2019) — As the University of Kentucky commemorates 70 years of integration on campus this year, alumni and friends are also finding ways to contribute to the university's ongoing commitment to inclusive excellence.

    One of these alumni is Mary deGraaf, who has devoted much of her life to volunteering and nonprofit work. She also recently participated in UK's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's (OLLI) Hope and History Civil Rights study/travel group. She said that experience, among others, inspired her to create a fund that would support UK's Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), a division of UK's Office for Institutional Diversity aimed at increasing retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.

    After providing initial funding, deGraaf and her husband provided matching funds to encourage others to give.

    "We both believe strongly in the value of higher education, and in helping those who have not had the same advantages we have," deGraaf said.

    "The CARES Support Fund will allow us to support students in ways that were not possible in the past," said Toni Thomas, director of CARES. "For instance, underrepresented students are sometimes hesitant to study abroad, but we know that it is an experience that is life changing, in a positive manner. Now, we can not only encourage students to study abroad, but we can provide financial support as we encourage them to spread their wings and venture outside their comfort zone."

    In addition to supporting CARES programming, the fund will also support students who may need assistance purchasing books or food, or who cannot afford the Freshman Summer Program (FSP) fee. FSP is a five-week residential academic enrichment program designed to assist students with transitioning from high school to college. The program is targeted to underrepresented student groups, including first-generation and low-income students.

    Mackenzie Plata-Madrid, a UK freshman, said the FSP made her transition to college much easier.

    "I thought FSP was very beneficial because I got to meet new people and get a jump start on college," Plata-Madrid said. "FSP helped me navigate the campus better once I came back for the fall semester. I got to learn about the different resources that can help with my success here at UK."

    "The FSP facilitates building a solid foundation that leads to increased retention and ultimately graduation," Thomas said. "FSP participants enroll in college level courses, engage in activities that allow them to have an understandable introduction to academic expectations through classroom experiences with faculty, learn about and connect to campus resources and begin to develop a sense of belonging and community."

    This gift furthers the goals of Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign, the university’s $2.1 billion comprehensive campaign focused on improving student success, funding innovative research, strengthening health care, growing UK's alumni network and supporting its athletic programs. Kentucky Can aims to improve opportunities for everyone UK serves. By offering increased academic support, donors like deGraaf are removing obstacles for students and improving their ability to succeed.

    As other prospective donors learn about the CARES Support Fund, deGraaf hopes they will recognize the benefit they can provide to underrepresented students in need. 

    "I am very excited to be involved with the CARES Support Fund and will be looking forward to hearing stories about some of the students who are benefiting from it," deGraaf said.

    in 1970, deGraaf graduated from UK with a bachelor's degree in home economics/interior design merchandising, and in 1988, she earned a master's degree in communication. She currently lives in southern Indiana, near Louisville, with her husband.

    Toni Thomas (left), director for UK's Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), talks with a student. A new support fund created by UK alumna Mary deGraaf will support students and programming in CARES. Pete Comparoni | UK Photo. Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentCommunication and InformationDesignGraduate School

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: The fund supports programming in UK's Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), which aims to increase retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Meg Mills Dec. 12, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2019) — Holiday parties, family trips and thoughtful gifts are going to be filling all of our social media feeds in the upcoming weeks. However, you might want to think twice before you post.

    Kakie Urch, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, has eight easy tips to protect yourself — and others — online this holiday season.

    • Don’t post large gift items – We all have new phones or 4K TVs on our wish lists this year. The best advice Urch had was to NOT post photos of those big-ticket gifts. Posting photos of these items makes them “available” to everyone who sees them on your social media and makes your home a target.
    • Wait to post – If you don’t post it, did it even happen? If you are going out of town, Urch urges you to wait until you are safely home to post photos or status updates. If you post them while you are away, people are aware your home is unprotected. The same concept goes for tagging locations in your posts.
    • Be aware of charity scams – It’s the season of giving and everyone wants to help others. However, beware of appeals from scam donation centers. Do your research and make sure wherever you give is a valid source. 
    • Double and triple check – When entering your credit card information anywhere, check to make sure both the Wi-Fi and the website are secure. Urch also suggests giving the gift of an identity theft protection plan.
    • Be aware of your surroundings – Sometimes the door to electronic crimes is opened with a physical crime. If someone steals your wallet, they can easily steal your online presence.
    • Be cautious with Facebook marketplace – Everyone is looking to find a great deal — and Facebook marketplace has a lot of them. If you do decide to go this route to purchase your gifts, make sure you don’t go alone and are clear on the item you are getting.
    • Online Russian roulette – When purchasing items online beware of counterfeit products. Urch says if a deal looks too good to be true, it most likely is.
    • Be kind – The holidays are already a stressful time for everyone — just be kind. Urch urges everyone to be considerate when posting on social media.
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    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Kakie Urch, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information, has eight easy tips to protect yourself — and others — online this holiday season.
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  • Body: UK HappeningsBy Lindsey Piercy and Paulina Zarate Dec. 9, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2019) It's a question that's critical to families and communities across the Commonwealth — how do we tackle the opioid epidemic? The University of Kentucky is bringing 90 scholars, in diverse academic and scientific disciplines from over 40 countries, to campus in hopes of continuing the conversation surrounding addiction and recovery.

    UK's International Center, in cooperation with the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is hosting the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar: Combating Addiction, Dec. 11-14. The event will serve as a converging point on the crucial topic.

    Fulbright visitors will exchange ideas with key researchers and experts — bringing a comparative context to the innovative work being done across Kentucky and beyond. This will allow scholars to examine the crisis of addiction through the lenses of medicine, social constructs, policy, government and the legal system.

    UK is increasingly recognized as a center for innovative multidisciplinary approaches to the treatment of various types of substance use disorders. Addiction is not simply a local issue — it’s a global issue. The U.S. Department of State and IIE recognize that UK, as a globally engaged research institution with a land-grant mission, is uniquely positioned to host the prestigious seminar for the second time.

    “So many people — so many communities — struggle with addiction. To be able to hear what is similar in other countries and what’s different in other countries is vital. It’s important to understand those different perspectives,” Beth Barnes, professor in the UK College of Communication and Information and co-organizer of the seminar, said.

    The event will build upon the state's considerable momentum to tackle the opioid crisis. Last spring, UK was awarded an $87 million federal grant — the largest grant ever awarded to the university — to support innovative research surrounding the epidemic.

    “Our faculty are doing such cutting-edge work on addiction, not just in terms of research, but in terms of pushing research into practice in the community,” Tim Barnes, executive director of International Partnerships and Research in the UK International Center and co-organizer of the seminar, said.

    Throughout the two-day program, scholars will visit various locations around Lexington such as City Hall, the Chrysalis House and UK research facilities.

    Several of the seminar’s events are also open to the general public.

    • 11 a.m.-noon, Dec. 12, Gatton Student Center Worsham Cinema: Screening of the Documentary: "The Narcotic Farm."

    In this award-winning documentary, former inmates at America’s first prison for drug addicts tell the untold story of jazz, human drug testing and secret CIA research. From 1935 until 1975, almost every American junkie busted for dope went to the United States Narcotic Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, an ambitious government center dedicated to finding a cure for addiction. This film tells the story of this fascinating institution through rare photographs and film, forgotten press clippings, revealing government documents and historically significant new interviews with prisoners, doctors and guards who were there.

    • 9-10:30 a.m., Dec. 13, Gatton Student Center Ballroom A: Plenary Session by Secretary​ John Tilley, Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

    For more information on Fulbright opportunities, visit the UK International Center’s website.

    of Organizational Unit: Communication and InformationUK HealthCare

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Lindsey Piercy
    lindsey.piercy@uky.edu
    859-323-5613 Summary: The University of Kentucky is bringing 90 scholars, in diverse academic and scientific disciplines from over 40 countries, to campus in hopes of continuing the conversation surrounding addiction and recovery.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Maia Dubin Friday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2019) ­— Peggy Noe Stevens, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information (CI) alumna, was recently inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. She is one of only nine female inductees into the hall of fame.

    The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame was created by the Kentucky Distillers Association and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in 2001. It recognizes organizations and individuals that have contributed to the growth, stature and awareness of Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry. This year’s induction ceremony was held during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky, and honored Stevens and five other inductees: Katrina Egbert, Wesley Henderson, Larry Kass, Charles W. Medley and Even G. Kulsveen.

    “It feels fabulous and fulfilling to be inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame, as this designation is voted on by the leaders of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association,” Stevens said. “To be a female inducted gives me great hope for the future of women.”

    Since graduating from UK in 1987, Stevens has become the first female master bourbon taster. She travels worldwide to conduct tasting and hosts educational and entertaining whiskey seminars. “UK prepared me for my career. My focus was on public relations and communication in college, and I believe that foundation of learning has fueled my entire career,” Stevens said.

    In 2011, Stevens founded the Bourbon Women Association, the first female spirits consumer group. When asked why she was inspired to found Bourbon Women, Stevens said, “Being from Kentucky, I knew that women were just as passionate about America’s native spirit as men. The industry was missing this market … We needed to begin a conversation.” The organization provides both consumers and professionals in the industry with educational and networking opportunities. There are currently eight branches, including Louisville, Chicago, Indianapolis, New York, Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, Tennessee, Texas and Washington, D.C, with members in 26 states nationwide.

    Stevens is president and founder of Peggy Noe Stevens and Associates, an image branding and experiential marketing firm. Alongside two other women, Stevens pioneered the development of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a staple of Kentucky tourism that attracts more than 1 million visitors every year. She’s designed over two dozen distillery brand experiences for consumers, with clients like Jim Beam, Michter’s, Lux Row and Kentucky Peerless. She also served on the National Advisory Board for CI at UK.

    Peggy StevensOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Peggy Noe Stevens, a University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information alumna, was recently inducted into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. She is one of only nine female inductees into the Hall of Fame.
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Chaney Willett and Maia Dubin Wednesday

    LEXINGTON. Ky. (Dec. 4, 2019) — University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information faculty members Bobi Ivanov and Kimberly Parker have been selected to participate in the Fulbright Scholars Program for the 2019-2020 academic year.

    The program awards Ivanov and Parker with the opportunity to spend two semesters at South East European University (SEEU) in Skopje and Tetovo, Macedonia.

    “It is an honor to be selected as a Fulbright Scholar and we are almost giddy, to be honest, that we are here,” Parker said.

    The first semester includes teaching a course in business communication and providing guest lectures across campus in courses such as principles of marketing, marketing management (doctoral level course), research methodology (doctoral and master level sections), introduction to communication science, intercultural communication, and culture of English speaking countries, among other courses. In their second semester at SEEU, Ivanov and Parker will be conducting a research project titled Effectiveness of Inoculation Strategy in Multi-Cultural Developing Country, which is focused on efficacy of inoculation with Albanian and Macedonian populations.

    During their time at SEEU, Ivanov and Parker hope to immerse themselves into the culture of Macedonia.

    “This is a wonderful opportunity for us and our family to enrich our global perspective and understanding,” Parker said. “We are excited to meet new people with unique experiences from ours and learn their stories.”

    Ivanov and Parker also hope to bring new cultural sensitivity, depth and richness back to their students.

    “We hope that we are able to share what we learn during this time with our students at UK. We hope to return as better people, teachers and scholars as a result of our time in Macedonia,” Ivanov said.

    At UK, Ivanov is a professor in the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication. Parker serves as an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Media in the College of Communication and Information.

    The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program designed to forge lasting connections between people of the United States with those in other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

    Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

    University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information faculty members Bobi Ivanov and Kimberly Parker have been selected to participate in the Fulbright Scholars Program for the 2019-2020 academic year.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information faculty members Bobi Ivanov and Kimberly Parker have been selected to participate in the Fulbright Scholars Program for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Whitney Hale, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Kody Kiser Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2019) The accolades for the Commonwealth’s food scene have been rolling in the last several years, and few leaders are as responsible for growing the state’s culinary landscape as University of Kentucky alumna Ouita Michel.

    At UK's home football game Saturday, the celebrated chef and restaurateur was recognized for her work as one of the original champions of Kentucky’s local food movement.

    A James Beard Foundation Award nominee as Outstanding Restaurateur and Best Chef Southeast, Michel has built a regional restaurant empire that now includes such popular establishments as Zim’s Cafe, HoneywoodHolly Hill InnThe Midway BakerySmithtown SeafoodWallace StationWindy Corner Market and Restaurant and Glenn’s Creek Café.

    Michel majored in political science at UK College of Arts and Sciences and was a member of the debate team, honors program (now Lewis Honors College) and the first class of Gaines Fellows. In 1986, she became only the second woman to win a national debate championship.

    After earning her bachelor’s degree from UK, Michel moved to New York where she graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and met her husband, Chris. The two returned to Kentucky in 1993 for their wedding, and opened their first restaurant, Holly Hill Inn in Midway, Kentucky, in 2000 where she became one of the state’s pioneers of using local-sourced products.

    At UK's home football game Saturday, celebrated chef, restaurateur and UK alumna Ouita Michel was recognized for her work as one of the original champions of Kentucky’s local food movement. Kelley Bozeman | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Arts and SciencesCommunication and InformationHonors CollegeStudent and Academic Life

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Whitney Hale
    whitney.hale@uky.edu
    859-257-8716 Summary: The accolades for the Commonwealth’s food scene have been rolling in the last several years, and few leaders are as responsible for growing the state’s culinary landscape as UK alumna Ouita Michel.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Jillian Gibney Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2019) The deadline to register for the December 2019 University of Kentucky Commencement Ceremonies is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Graduates who do not register by this deadline will need to register in person at Commencement and cannot be guaranteed that their names will appear on the screen during the ceremonies.

    Commencement will be held Friday, Dec. 20, at Rupp Arena. UK holds two ceremonies for December graduates with both ceremonies held at Rupp Arena.

    Friday, Dec. 20:

    • 10 a.m.: College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; College of Education; College of Engineering; College of Fine Arts; College of Medicine; College of Social Work; College of Public Health; College of Pharmacy; Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
    • 3 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences; Gatton College of Business and Economics; College of Communication and Information; College of Design; College of Health Sciences; College of Nursing

    Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on UKNow through YouTube. 

    Graduates may register at www.uky.edu/Commencement by Dec. 6.

    Information regarding caps and gowns, parking and travel, and college receptions is also available on the Commencement website.

    UK's December Commencement ceremonies will be held 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, in Rupp Arena. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.Organizational Unit: Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentArts and SciencesBusiness and EconomicsCommunication and InformationDesignEducationEngineeringFine ArtsArtArts AdministrationDanceMusicTheatreGraduate SchoolHealth SciencesMartin School of Public Policy and AdministrationMedicineNursingPatterson School of Diplomacy and International CommercePharmacyPublic HealthSocial Work

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Jenny Wells-Hosley
    jenny.wells@uky.edu
    859-257-5343 Summary: Graduates may register online at www.uky.edu/commencement.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Professional NewsBy Catherine Hayden Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 27, 2019)  The University of Kentucky Staff Senate is launching a university-wide mentorship program that begins in January and runs through June 2020. Applications for the program are being accepted until Dec. 4.

    The Staff Senate introduced a small pilot program earlier this year to gauge interest in mentorship and to lay the groundwork for the large-scale launch. After successful completion of the pilot program, senators felt the time was right to include all UK staff as potential participants.

    The program’s objective is to help staff grow in their career goals by allowing newer staff members to gain perspectives, develop new relationships and grow professionally with leadership from seasoned staff members.

    Full-time (.75 FTE or greater) staff members can apply to be either a mentor or a mentee. The program will match a mentee with a mentor from UK’s staff who has the experience, knowledge and insight to assist the mentee’s professional goals. The program is designed to benefit both parties, not just the newer staff member/mentee. Mentors can also gain leadership skills, be exposed to new ideas and interests, and gain networking contacts.

    Mentors and mentees will have access to a “toolkit” with resources, articles, best practices and other tips to help them navigate the program.

    Additionally, the Staff Senate's monthly “Lunch and Learn” series will feature topics of interest to both mentors and mentees, as well as all UK staff. Topics such as networking and relationship building, personality traits and professional development opportunities at UK will be covered during the mentorship program timeframe. The Lunch and Learn events are open to all UK staff, but will coincide with that month’s meeting agenda for the mentorship program participants. Staff members do not have to be a participant in the mentorship program to attend any Lunch and Learn workshop.

    Misty Wright, application analyst for UK HealthCare, signed up to be a mentee in the pilot program. Wright was looking for advice on a possible career change to pursue the work she would love to be doing. She was paired with a mentor in the strategic communication/marketing area at UK. Wright said her mentor mentioned being nervous about the pairing since Wright had over 20 years of experience, but when her mentor asked her what Wright wanted to gain from the relationship Wright said everything started coming together.

    “We spent time talking over lunch about career details, workflows, and everything in between. I was able to not only get information, but in-person interaction for the work I wish to one day do, and I made a friend along the way,” Wright said.

    Pilot program mentor Julianne Kravetz, a student affairs coordinator in the College of Pharmacy, said she and her mentee experienced the program in both roles, taking turns being both mentor and mentee. 

    “Everyone has something to teach and something to learn,” said Kravetz, who added that both of them benefited from the pairing by getting to know each other personally and professionally

    Mentor/mentee applications for the January 2020 session are due to the Staff Senate Office no later than Dec. 4. The mentorship program application can be found online at www.uky.edu/staffsenate/mentorship-program. Mentor/mentee pairs will be announced in December and the official program will kick off in January 2020.

    For more information about the Staff Senate Mentorship Program, contact Jon Gent (jon.gent@uky.edu) or Caitlin Durbin (Caitlin.durbin@uky.edu) at 859-257-9242

    Staff Senate Mentorship Program is taking applications through Dec. 4.Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Gail Hairston
    gail.hairston@uky.edu
    859-257-3302 Summary: UK Staff Senate will launch a university-wide mentorship program in January that runs through June 2020.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Carl Nathe Thursday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2019) — The new dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information came to UK a few months ago from another Southeastern Conference school, the University of Alabama. Her name is Jennifer Greer and she is feeling right at home as a member of the Wildcat family.

    Greer is impressed by the strong and committed faculty and by the talented students she is meeting across the campus.

    On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” UK Public Relations and Strategic Communication’s Carl Nathe talks with Greer about what brought her to Kentucky, her impressions of Lexington and the Bluegrass State, and what she sees ahead for her college.

    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Carl Nathe
    carl.nathe@uky.edu
    859-257-3200 Summary: On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” Greer talks about what brought her to Kentucky, her impressions and what she sees ahead for her college.Section Feature: Section FeatureMedia Embed: <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12012020/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/0033a0/" height="90" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Body: Campus NewsBy Carl Nathe Nov. 14, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2019) — The new dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information came to UK a few months ago from another Southeastern Conference school, the University of Alabama. Her name is Jennifer Greer and she is feeling right at home as a member of the Wildcat family.

    Greer is impressed by the strong and committed faculty and by the talented students she is meeting across the campus.

    On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” UK Public Relations and Strategic Communication’s Carl Nathe talks with Greer about what brought her to Kentucky, her impressions of Lexington and the Bluegrass State, and what she sees ahead for her college.

    "Behind the Blue" is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify. Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

    For questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email BehindTheBlue@uky.edu or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

    To discover what’s wildly possible at the University of Kentucky, click here.

    Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Carl Nathe
    carl.nathe@uky.edu
    859-257-3200 Summary: On this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” Greer talks about what brought her to Kentucky, her impressions and what she sees ahead for her college.Media Embed: <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/12012020/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/0033a0/" height="90" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Bridgette Sloan Monday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2019) — Over the summer, Alex Martens, a senior integrated strategic communication major in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information and a UK softball player, completed a prestigious internship with Nike Inc. at its World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. UKNow talked to Martens to see what it was like working as a Nike intern.

    UKNow: Can you describe the process of applying for the internship, and how you felt when you found out you were chosen?

    Martens: The application process for Nike took about six months and consisted of résumé preparation, cover letter preparation and four separate interviews. After making it past the application stage, I had an interview with a Nike college recruiter on a “get to know you” basis. After this interview I had three separate interviews with different managers in different fields at Nike. I ended up getting a call back in early spring and was offered the position as a global employee communications intern. I was actually getting rehab at our training facility when I took the call. I had locked myself in my trainer’s office and after hanging up, my teammates and I celebrated with hugs. I had never been prouder of an accomplishment — but at the same time I had never been more nervous and scared about the unknown.

    UKNow: What was your internship position and the location where you worked? 

    Martens: I worked at Nike WHQ in Beaverton, Oregon, as the global employee communications intern. In this role I was responsible for sending weekly newsletters to all Nike WHQ employees, planning and creating content for employees, as well as learning and understanding all facets of internal communications at Nike. My department didn't have a specialist, so I took on that role for two months. I also wrote numerous stories for the Nike employee website, Zero. My project for the summer was the “Made to Play Field Day,” which was the most successful employee event of the summer. More than 3,000 employees and their families came together to get active. I was the communication lead for this event, so I was responsible for creating a media shot list, interviewing employees at the event and writing up the story post-event for Zero. Additionally, I took part in the Intern Combine, which was a 48-hour sprint project where interns worked in groups to create a new revenue generating experience for Nike consumers. We researched, brainstormed, prototyped, created and then pitched ideas to a table of NIKE Inc. leadership.

    UKNow: What were your biggest challenges/favorite parts of the internship?

    Martens: My favorite part of this summer was the experience I am going to be able to take with me where ever I choose to go post-graduation. Working for a major corporation like Nike is humbling, yet instills a hunger for success. I packed my bags and moved across the country, not knowing what or whom I would encounter. I made connections and friendships with people that will stay in my life forever in different ways — not to mention a stellar new shoe collection. 

    Follow along with Martens' journey and find more information about UK CI here.

    Alex MartensOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Over the summer, Alex Martens, a senior integrated strategic communication major in the College of Communication and Information and University of Kentucky softball player, completed a prestigious internship with Nike Inc. at its world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Bridgette Sloan Nov. 11, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2019) — Over the summer, Alex Martens, a senior integrated strategic communication major in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information and a UK softball player, completed a prestigious internship with Nike Inc. at its World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. UKNow talked to Martens to see what it was like working as a Nike intern.

    UKNow: Can you describe the process of applying for the internship, and how you felt when you found out you were chosen?

    Martens: The application process for Nike took about six months and consisted of résumé preparation, cover letter preparation and four separate interviews. After making it past the application stage, I had an interview with a Nike college recruiter on a “get to know you” basis. After this interview I had three separate interviews with different managers in different fields at Nike. I ended up getting a call back in early spring and was offered the position as a global employee communications intern. I was actually getting rehab at our training facility when I took the call. I had locked myself in my trainer’s office and after hanging up, my teammates and I celebrated with hugs. I had never been prouder of an accomplishment — but at the same time I had never been more nervous and scared about the unknown.

    UKNow: What was your internship position and the location where you worked? 

    Martens: I worked at Nike WHQ in Beaverton, Oregon, as the global employee communications intern. In this role I was responsible for sending weekly newsletters to all Nike WHQ employees, planning and creating content for employees, as well as learning and understanding all facets of internal communications at Nike. My department didn't have a specialist, so I took on that role for two months. I also wrote numerous stories for the Nike employee website, Zero. My project for the summer was the “Made to Play Field Day,” which was the most successful employee event of the summer. More than 3,000 employees and their families came together to get active. I was the communication lead for this event, so I was responsible for creating a media shot list, interviewing employees at the event and writing up the story post-event for Zero. Additionally, I took part in the Intern Combine, which was a 48-hour sprint project where interns worked in groups to create a new revenue generating experience for Nike consumers. We researched, brainstormed, prototyped, created and then pitched ideas to a table of NIKE Inc. leadership.

    UKNow: What were your biggest challenges/favorite parts of the internship?

    Martens: My favorite part of this summer was the experience I am going to be able to take with me where ever I choose to go post-graduation. Working for a major corporation like Nike is humbling, yet instills a hunger for success. I packed my bags and moved across the country, not knowing what or whom I would encounter. I made connections and friendships with people that will stay in my life forever in different ways — not to mention a stellar new shoe collection. 

    Follow along with Martens' journey and find more information about UK CI here.

    Alex MartensOrganizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: Over the summer, Alex Martens, a senior integrated strategic communication major in the College of Communication and Information and University of Kentucky softball player, completed a prestigious internship with Nike Inc. at its world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Wednesday

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2019)  Founded in 1908 and independent since 1972, the Kentucky Kernel is the nonprofit, student-run newspaper for the University of Kentucky. The Kernel was recently awarded the 2019 Pacemaker Award for having one of the best student newspapers in the country. The award ceremony took place at the College Media Association and Associated Collegiate Press convention Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C. 

    “Hearing our name called as a Pacemaker winner was so exciting," said Bailey Vandiver, 2018-19 editor-in-chief for the Kernel, the academic year for which the paper was judged. “While winning awards is not our primary goal as student journalists, it’s always great to get this kind of recognition because it means we’re doing the kind of really good journalism that we aim to do.”

    Each year, the National Scholastic Press Association presents scholastic journalism’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker. There is a category for each type of publication — online, newspaper, yearbook, magazine and broadcast. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.

    Last September the Kernel was named one of 46 finalists, out of the 160 college newspapers that entered the competition. This past week, they were named one of the 19 award winners — giving them their first Pacemaker win since 2016.

    “I think winning this award goes to show what we’ve already known: That we have one of the best collegiate newsrooms in the country, and we continue to try to strive for excellence each and every day,” said Ryan Craig, the student media advisor for the Kernel.

    “Winning this Pacemaker further legitimizes the Kernel’s role as our campus watchdog and voice," said Rick Childress, the 2019-20 editor-in-chief for the Kernel. "We’re working hard to bring home another one next year.”

    Along with winning the coveted Pacemaker Award, the Kernel staff received a number of individual awards. A full list of individual awards is below.

    College Media Association Pinnacle Awards

    • Honorable Mention in Best Editorial Illustration: Samuel Meyers
    • Third Place in Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread: Jillian Jones, KRNL Spring 2019
    • Third Place in Best Newspaper Photo Page/Spread: Arden Barnes
    • Second Place in Best Yearbook Division Page/Spread: Autumn Hassell, Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Honorable Mention in Best Multimedia Feature Story: Sarah Ladd and Arden Barnes
    • Honorable Mention in Viral Video: Sarah Ladd
    • Third Place in Best General News Photo: Arden Barnes
    • First Place in Best Photo Package: Arden Barnes
    • Third Place in Best Portrait: Michael Clubb
    • Second Place in Best Sports News Photo: Jordan Prather
    • Third Place in Best Online Sports Section
    • Second Place in Best Arts and Entertainment Story: Bailey Vandiver
    • Honorable Mention in Best Online Ad
    • Second Place for Best Ad Supplement/Special Supplement: Inside UK
    • Honorable Mention in Four-Year Feature Magazine of the Year: KRNL Spring 2019

    Associated Collegiate Press Awards

    • Pacemaker Winner 2019
    • Third Place in In-Depth News Story: Rick Childress
    • Honorable Mention in Feature Story: Jacob Eads
    • First Place in Photo Slideshow: Michael Clubb
    • Honorable Mention in Interactive Graphic: Arden Barnes
    • Honorable Mention in Yearbook Cover: Autumn Hassell, Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Honorable Mention in Yearbook Page/Spread: Autumn Hassell, Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Fourth Place in Sports Photo: Jordan Prather
    • Fifth Place in Sports Photo: Michael Clubb
    • Honorable Mention in Advertising Campaign: Rob Fischer

    Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show Awards

    • Eighth Place in Feature Magazine: KRNL Fall 2019
    • Sixth Place in Yearbook (1-299 Pages): Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Sixth Place in Newspaper Special Section Advertising: Inside UK
    • Ninth Place in Newspaper (Four-year campus, weekly)
    L-R: photo editors Michael Clubb, Jordan Prather, asst. news/lifestyle editor Hailey Peters, former editor-in-chief Bailey Vandiver, former managing editor McKenna Horsley, asst. news/lifestyle editor Natalie Parks, and former opinions editor Sarah Ladd. Organizational Unit: Communication and Information

    The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.

    Contact Meg Mills
    Margaret.Mills@uky.edu
    859-323-7978 Summary: The Kernel was recently awarded the 2019 Pacemaker Award at the National College Media Convention for having one of the best student newspapers.Section Feature: Section Feature
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  • Body: Student and Academic LifeBy Meg Mills Nov. 6, 2019

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2019)  Founded in 1908 and independent since 1972, the Kentucky Kernel is the nonprofit, student-run newspaper for the University of Kentucky. The Kernel was recently awarded the 2019 Pacemaker Award for having one of the best student newspapers in the country. The award ceremony took place at the College Media Association and Associated Collegiate Press convention Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C. 

    “Hearing our name called as a Pacemaker winner was so exciting," said Bailey Vandiver, 2018-19 editor-in-chief for the Kernel, the academic year for which the paper was judged. “While winning awards is not our primary goal as student journalists, it’s always great to get this kind of recognition because it means we’re doing the kind of really good journalism that we aim to do.”

    Each year, the National Scholastic Press Association presents scholastic journalism’s preeminent award, the Pacemaker. There is a category for each type of publication — online, newspaper, yearbook, magazine and broadcast. Entries are judged by teams of professionals based on the following criteria: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.

    Last September the Kernel was named one of 46 finalists, out of the 160 college newspapers that entered the competition. This past week, they were named one of the 19 award winners — giving them their first Pacemaker win since 2016.

    “I think winning this award goes to show what we’ve already known: That we have one of the best collegiate newsrooms in the country, and we continue to try to strive for excellence each and every day,” said Ryan Craig, the student media advisor for the Kernel.

    “Winning this Pacemaker further legitimizes the Kernel’s role as our campus watchdog and voice," said Rick Childress, the 2019-20 editor-in-chief for the Kernel. "We’re working hard to bring home another one next year.”

    Along with winning the coveted Pacemaker Award, the Kernel staff received a number of individual awards. A full list of individual awards is below.

    College Media Association Pinnacle Awards

    • Honorable Mention in Best Editorial Illustration: Samuel Meyers
    • Third Place in Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread: Jillian Jones, KRNL Spring 2019
    • Third Place in Best Newspaper Photo Page/Spread: Arden Barnes
    • Second Place in Best Yearbook Division Page/Spread: Autumn Hassell, Year in Photos 2018-19
    • Honorable Mention in Best Multimedia Feature Story: Sarah Ladd and Arden Barnes
    • Honorable Mention in Viral Video: Sarah Ladd
    • Third Place in Best General News Photo: Arden Barnes
    • First Place in Best Photo Package: Arden Barnes
    • Third Place in Best Portrait: Michael Clubb
    • Second Place in Best Sports News Photo: Jordan Prather
    • Third Place in Best Online Sports Section
    • Second Place in Best Arts and Entertainment Story: Bailey Vandiver
    • Honorable Mention in Best Online Ad
    • Second Place for Best Ad Supplement/Special Supplement: Inside UK
    • Honorable Mention in Four-Year Feature Magazine of the Year: KRNL Spring 2019

    Associated Collegiate Press Awards

    • Pacemaker Winner 2019
    • Third Place in In-Depth News Story: Rick Childress
    • Honorable Mention in Feature Story: Jacob Eads
    • First Place in Photo