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By Lee T. Todd Jr.,

University of Kentucky


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I'm proud and excited about this new day at UK. I'm confident you share my enthusiasm. I also want you to share your opinions with me.

-- Lee T. Todd Jr.,
University of Kentucky

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Aug. 22, 2001 -- (Lexington, Ky.) -- Welcome to a new day at UK.

It is a new day at the university in so many areas, it is difficult for me to know where to begin to tell you about them.

As Tim Robinson, UK Student Government Association President said at a recent Trustees meeting, you really need to "take a walk" -- both literally and figuratively -- around the university to see all the changes that are occurring on this campus designed to give us the most modern campus possible where we can conduct our primary mission of pursuing knowledge.

I challenge each of you to take advantage of the opportunities a new day at UK presents.

Students, I urge you to work hard in your classrooms to achieve the most productive learning experience possible.

And faculty, I want you to know that a new University administration supports your every effort.

Let me tell you about a few UK changes I think you will find interesting:

* I officially became UK's 11th president Sunday, July 1. That certainly was a new and very special UK day for my family and me. On that day, Patsy and I and our children, Kathryn and Troy, began moving into Maxwell Place, the traditional home of UK presidents.

* Speaking of Maxwell Place, soon you will be able to take a self-guided stroll through the Maxwell Place grounds. The hours will be posted in the near future.

* New places students can congregate on campus have been designated and are in the process of being landscaped in many student areas such as the Kirwan-Blanding Complex and the courtyard of the North Campus residential halls. Other changes include new benches on the Patterson Office Tower Plaza and more to come. Enjoy a hotdog or drink from the vendor's cart at the plaza while you are chatting with your colleagues. Carts will also be at other locations around campus.

* Very soon, too, we hope to tell you about an exciting new "cyber cafe" in the Student Center where you can enjoy Starbucks coffee and work on a laptop computer using wireless technology.

* The cyber cafe is just one of the many places on campus where this highly desirable communications technology will be placed this year at UK.

* The record amount of construction you see around campus (some $330 million worth) may pose some modest inconvenience to you, but please be patient. When completed, the work you see under way on new and renovated facilities -- including the venerable Administration Building -- will provide a much improved campus at which you can comfortably do your work and study.

* One of the places I encourage you to visit on your own "walk," is the major new addition under construction at the Seaton Center. This new facility will be outfitted with the very latest in fitness equipment when it is completed in the spring.

I'm proud and excited about this new day at UK. I'm confident you share my enthusiasm. I also want you to share your opinions with me.

I mean that. From casual student gatherings on the POT Plaza to more formal settings like the Faculty Senate meetings, I intend for all of us to continue a dialogue about how we can reach the goals the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky have set for us.

Have a great semester.

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