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UK TO KICK OFF STATE'S LARGEST
FUND-RAISING CAMPAIGN

By Ralph Derickson

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"This historic fund-raising effort will generate much of the money needed to put UK on the path to becoming a top-20 public research institution."

--UK President Charles T. Wethington Jr.

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Aug. 15, 2000 – (Lexington, Ky.) – The University of Kentucky will kick off the most ambitious  fund-raising campaign in Kentucky's history Sept. 15 at a festive event on the lawn of the university's Administration Building.

UK President Charles T. Wethington Jr. and campaign National Chair James W. Stuckert of Louisville will join hundreds of UK faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends at the kickoff event to announce the campaign fund-raising goal.

"This historic fund-raising effort will generate much of the money needed to put UK on the path to becoming a top-20 public research institution," Wethington said.

"The people of Kentucky deserve and support the greatness that UK can attain as a result of this campaign," Stuckert added.  "The state pride it will generate will be felt for many generations to come."

Throughout the campaign kickoff day, all university colleges and departments will showcase their academic expertise for visitors to the campus.  The showcases will feature highlights ranging from anthropologist Tom Dillehay's discovery of the oldest civilization in this hemisphere and the 25th anniversary of the UK Art Museum to a close up and personal look at the world of nuclear magnetic resonance research.

Alumni and friends of UK are encouraged to call their colleges for a preview of showcase attractions being planned and receive details on special parking and transportation to the campus planned for visitors attending the event.

Another highlighted kickoff event is a concert Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Singletary Center for the Arts.  The concert will feature the Ladies of Note – world-class jazz artists Lainie Kazan, Melba Moore and Nnenna Freelon – in the premiere performance of the ensemble’s first-ever national tour.  Kentucky Educational Television will be taping the concert for broadcast at a later date.  Tickets are $25 each ($10 for students with a valid UK ID) and are available at the UK Student Center Ticket Office at (859) 257-8427.

A full schedule of events in the kickoff follows:

Thursday, September 14

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  President’s Picnic for students, faculty and staff; Botanical Gardens and Student Center patio.

8 p.m.  Jazz Concert by Ladies of Note featuring Lainie Kazan, Melba Moore and Nnenna Freelon; Singletary Center for the Arts.  This is the premiere performance as they begin a national tour.  Tickets available through UK Student Center Ticket Office (859) 257-8427.

Friday, September 15

11:30 a.m.  Campaign Kickoff Luncheon; Administration Building lawn.  UK President Charles T. Wethington, Jr. and members of the campaign national steering committee will formally announce the Campaign for the University of Kentucky and unveil the official goal,  the largest fund-raising goal in the history of the commonwealth.

1:30 -- 5 p.m.  Academic Showcases

The campus is open to everyone!   Visit and participate in nearly 100 events hosted by every college and program at UK to highlight the academic and research excellence prevalent at the University.  Free and open to the public.

7 p.m.  Campaign Gala and Fellows Dinner, Rupp Arena.  An invitation dinner celebrating a successful campaign kickoff and welcoming the new UK Fellows Society members.

Saturday, September 16

9 a.m. – noon.  Academic Showcases continue in some colleges.  Check individual colleges for schedules.  Free and open to the public.

6 p.m.  UK vs. Indiana, Commonwealth Stadium.  A spectacular halftime show will feature the campaign and its theme, A Call To Greatness.  Ticket information through the UK Athletics Association (859) 257-CATS or 1-800-928-CATS.

Sunday, September 17

2 p.m.  UK Art Museum Director’s Forum, Singletary Center for the Arts.  A celebration of the 25th anniversary of the exceptional UK Art Museum.  Open to the public.

3 p.m.  UK Symphony Orchestra Concert, Singletary Center for the Arts.  Hear the fantastic sound of the Symphony Orchestra and learn firsthand the level of excellence that abounds at UK.  Free and open to the public.


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