LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2013) — The University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Dr. Lee T. Todd, Jr. Workplace Research to Practice Award. The award will showcase a Kentucky company committed to improving the bottom line, employee health, and work-life fit.
Organizations applying for the award are evaluated on the nine dimensions of iwin’s Innovative Workplace Model. The recipient will receive a year-long free membership to the Innovative Employer Roundtable effective May 2014, which will include attendance at the May 2014 and October 2014 Roundtable meetings as well as other Roundtable Partner-exclusive events throughout the year.
Fazoli’s Restaurants, a Lexington-based organization, was the 2013 award recipient.
After receiving the award, CEO of Fazoli’s, Carl Howard said, “Fazoli’s is honored to be recognized as the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Todd Award. Being founded and headquartered in Lexington for the past 25 years makes this award especially meaningful. We'd like to thank The University of Kentucky's Institute for Workplace Innovation for partnering with Kentucky employers and setting the bar high for future workforce development in the Bluegrass.”
The organizations currently on the iwin Innovative Employer Roundtable represent diverse industries, sizes, and geographic regions of Kentucky. As part of the Innovative Employer Roundtable, partners access cutting-edge research from national experts and leading thinkers and learn about emerging global trends and promising workplace practices while networking with fellow partners about critical workforce issues. In addition to learning best practices from leading Kentucky organizations, Roundtable Partners have the chance to influence and participate in iwin-led research projects that directly affect their organizations.
The award application and additional information can be found at www.iwin.uky.edu; click on the Todd Award details on the homepage. Award applicants may self-nominate or be nominated by a current Innovative Employer Roundtable Partner. The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2014.
To be eligible, applicants must have employees based in Kentucky and cannot have been a previous Roundtable Partner. Applicants may be for profit or nonprofit, of any size, and may represent any industry. Recipients of other workforce related awards/recognitions will be considered.
Current Innovative Employer Roundtable Partners are: 3M; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; American Water Company (Kentucky American Water and Tennessee American Water); Baptist Health Lexington; Bingham McCutchen; Brown-Forman; Central Bank; Commonwealth of Kentucky; Community Action Council; Community Trust Bank, Inc.; CVS Caremark; Darley America; Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; EKCEP: Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program; EQT Corporation; Fazoli’s Restaurants; Gallatin Steel; General Cable; Gray Construction; Harper Industries; Hilliard Lyons; Innovative Mattress Solutions; KentuckyOne Health; LG&E and KU Energy; Logan Aluminum; Neace Lukens; Paducah & Louisville Railway, Inc.; Papa John’s International, Inc.; Pefetti Van Melle; R.J. Corman; Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC; Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, NA; University of Kentucky; and University of Kentucky Healthcare.
The mission of the University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation, a trans disciplinary center in the College of Social Work, is to provide a forum for senior leaders responsible for the development and implementation of integrated workplace strategies to learn about emerging global trends, research on organizational effectiveness, and best workplace practices. The Roundtable focuses on three primary business drivers: attracting, retaining and engaging top talent; institutionalization of workplace innovation; and employee work-life effectiveness.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2013) — University of Kentucky students are participating in a unique learning opportunity for the first time this semester with incarcerated individuals from Kentucky's Blackburn Correctional Complex (Blackburn), a minimum-security Lexington prison.
The UK College of Social Work and the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Science sare partnering with the Kentucky Department of Corrections to pilot a new innovative course called "Drugs and Crime, An Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Course.” The course, which meets once a week at Blackburn, brings 16 college students (from the outside) together with 16 persons who are incarcerated (from the inside) to study as peers in a seminar behind prison walls.
The course examines the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs through the lens of sociological analysis and a social work framework for policy and treatment. Throughout the semester, students read more than 400 pages, write 10 reflection papers, create group presentations, and write a 15-20 page final paper. By the end of the semester, students will have an understanding of issues surrounding: 1) addiction and health, 2) criminalization of drug use, and 3) system responses to drugs and crime.
The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program was developed in 1997 at Temple University and founded on the premise that incarcerated individuals and college students had a significant amount to learn from each other when studying together as peers in the same environment. The program is currently successfully operating in more than 300 prison institutions and college/university programs worldwide, and this is the first semester at UK.
Carrie Oser, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Michele Staton-Tindall, associate professor in the College of Social Work serve as instructors for the course. Both strongly agree that the Kentucky Department of Corrections has been very supportive of the Inside-Out Program and forward-thinking as they look for learning opportunities for students.
"I wanted to teach an Inside-Out course because as a sociologist, I believe it’s important to examine social problems like drugs and crime from multiple perspectives, as it could
ultimately promote social change," Oser said. "I think the Inside-Out model of pedagogy offers a unique and innovative style of interactive learning with the potential to have a tremendous impact by (1) increasing the number of college graduates in the workforce with applied, experiential learning experiences that extend beyond the traditional classroom, (2) increasing opportunities for offenders at community re-entry, and (3) building university connections with community institutions in order to address priority needs such as advancing education."
Staton-Tindall agrees. "The class focuses on reasons underlying addiction and the consequences of addiction for individuals, families, communities, and systems. This class provides a tremendous opportunity for students to sit together and understand different viewpoints on these experiences — an opportunity that reaches beyond traditional classrooms to begin to understand how different life experiences actually shape learning."
At the end of the semester, a closing ceremony is planned to celebrate the students’ accomplishments. Officials from the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Blackburn, and UK will attend and listen as students present their course projects and papers and discuss their perspectives about the course.
So far, student feedback has been highly supportive.
Rachel, a UK ‘outside' student said, “This class has meant more than I could have ever hoped. It’s shattered my biases. This has been the most influential and meaningful class of my undergraduate career.”
Likewise, John, an ‘inside’ Blackburn student, had lots of praise for the class. “I look forward to this class every week because I am learning about the correlation between drugs and crime," he said. It is interesting to receive feedback from others and get their point of view. I love to read and the readings for the class each week are awesome!”
The instructors share the students' enthusiasm. "This is hands-down the most fun I’ve ever had in the classroom," Staton-Tindall said. "The students’ quest for learning and their dedication to not only the material but to the experience is so encouraging to see. It’s truly a rewarding experience for everyone involved in the class."
"Teaching an Inside Out course has been the most rewarding teaching experience in my career," Oser said. "I truly believe it will be the course that has the single greatest influence on students' future educational and career pursuits."
Midterms are behind us, our clocks have been set back and that familiar morning chill is in the air. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and finals are not far behind. Soon we will bring in the new year and another semester will be upon us.
Time seems to accelerate this time of year. We are busy fulfilling our commitment to those we serve as campus buzzes with an exciting variety of student activities, sporting events and the continuing improvements to our campus community. But this time of year calls us to pause and honor the significance of an important day in our country's history: Veterans Day.
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day at the conclusion of WWI, or the “War to end all wars.” Sadly, the world continued to see conflict. Following WWII, President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the word Armistice to Veteran. Since then, we have recognized those who risked President Lincoln's "last full measure of devotion" in keeping with the historic significance of the date.
As a land grant institution, the University of Kentucky has a long and proud tradition of honoring those who have served. Both Memorial Hall and Memorial Coliseum stand for our fallen heroes. While remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, we must also acknowledge and thank those men and women walking among us today.
The University of Kentucky has well over a thousand student, faculty and staff veterans representing every branch of service and countless years of sacrifice. We also have a large number of military students serving in the National Guard, Reserves and the Reserve Officer Training Corps. In addition, we have a growing number of military family members attending UK.
Our tradition of honoring our veterans continues today in tangible and meaningful ways. UK has been consistently ranked by both GI Jobs Magazine and the Military Times, Edge Magazine as one of the top campuses in the nation for military and veteran students. More important, though, are the actions behind those rankings.
The College of Fine Arts and the Louis B. Nunn Center for Oral History produced Civilian, a powerful play that tells the story of student veterans who have returned from Iraq and/or Afghanistan. Understanding the challenges facing our veterans, the Women and Philanthropy recently provided the necessary support to take the play to every public university in Kentucky.
Another collaborative effort involves the College of Social Work and the Department of Family Science who have joined talents and resources to develop a new graduate certificate aimed at working with our military and veteran communities.
These efforts mean more to me than national rankings. They underscore our commitment to those who serve and sacrifice for us, and our capacity to support their success on our campus. To embolden our work, UK has been selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be a part of its Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) program, making us one of only two universities in Kentucky to have a VA employee on campus to assist student veterans.
On November 11th, in observance of Veterans Day, we will honor members of our UK Family that honorably served their country with programs across campus:
• The campus-wide program will begin on the Main Building Lawn at 11:30am. Following the observance, all of our veterans, military students and family members will be invited to Buell Armory for free chili and soft drinks.
• The College of Nursing will be honoring their veterans from 3:00 - 4:00pm in their student lounge.
• And the College of Education will be hosting their veterans from 5:00 - 6:00pm in room 109 of Dickey Hall.
Please join Mary Lynne and me in thanking our veterans for their service and sacrifice, and let us continue to seek peace so that such sacrifice need not be necessary.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2013) — Nearly 40 of Kentucky’s top employers gathered at the 12th Innovative Employer Roundtable Meeting of the University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation (iwin) Oct. 9 and 10. The meeting, held at the Brown Hotel in Louisville and co-sponsored by iwin Roundtable Partner Brown-Forman, brought nationally recognized researchers and practitioners who spoke on a variety of topics on the theme, “Innovation byDesign: Workplace Strategies with Intention and Purpose.”
The two-day meeting brought some of Kentucky’s best employers together to learn cutting-edge practices, network with each other, and highlight iwin partners’ achievements. The newest iwin Roundtable Partner, Kentucky American Water Company & Tennessee American Water Company, was also honored.
Valoria Armstrong, American Water Company’s Manager -Human Resources Business Partner for the Kentucky and Tennessee region, was impressed with the Roundtable meeting.
"We are very excited to be a new Roundtable Partner with the Institute for Workplace Innovation," Armstrong said. "Attending the iwin Innovative Employer Roundtable meeting "Innovation byDesign" was an excellent opportunity for me to network with other partners and gain additional knowledge and training on talent review and succession planning. As businesses enter into the new dynamic of multiple generations in the workplace, these conversations are extremely valuable in workforce planning and employee engagement. The meeting exceeded my expectations! Each session gave me new knowledge and take-aways, and all of the Partners were engaging and approachable.”
Among the presenters that iwin partners enjoyed was keynote speaker Michael Campbell from the Center for Creative Leadership who spoke about succession management and high-potential employees in the leadership pipeline. Cathy Hearld and Trish Candler, iwin partners from Brown-Forman and LG&E and KU respectively, shared their best practices on succession planning. Holly Christian and Chandra Lapsley from the global design firm Gensler discussed designing space for the four modes of work and shared newly-released data from their 2013 Workplace Survey. Partners gained knowledge about mindful leadership from Mariann Johnson of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, and Michelle Hollingshead of Axialent spoke about the principles of living, leading, and working with intention and purpose. Patrick Lee Lucas, director of UK’s School of Interiors, opened the meeting emphasizing that design is everywhere.
The next Innovative Employer Roundtable meeting will be held May 14-15, 2014, at UK’s Hilary J. Boone Center.
To become a partner of the UK iwin Innovative Employer Roundtable, contact Lisa Williams at email@example.com. For the meeting agenda, speaker bios, and more information on partner benefits, visit www.iwin.uky.edu or call 859-323-0588.
The list of iwin’s innovative partners continues to grow, spanning the Commonwealth, and currently includes 3M; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; American Water Company (Kentucky American Water and Tennessee American Water); Baptist Health Lexington; Bingham McCutchen; Brown-Forman; Central Bank; Commonwealth of Kentucky; Community Action Council; Community Trust Bank, Inc.; CVS Caremark; Darley America; Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC; Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; EKCEP: Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program; EQT Corporation; Fazoli’s Restaurants; Gallatin Steel; General Cable; Gray Construction; Harper Industries; Hilliard Lyons; Innovative Mattress Solutions; KentuckyOne Health; LG&E and KU Energy; Logan Aluminum; Neace Lukens; Owensboro Medical Health System; Paducah & Louisville Railway, Inc.; Papa John’s International, Inc.; Pefetti Van Melle; R.J. Corman; Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC; Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, NA; University of Kentucky; and University of Kentucky HealthCare.
The mission of the University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation, housed in the UK College of Social Work, is to provide a forum for senior leaders responsible for the development and implementation of integrated workplace strategies to learn about emerging global trends, research on organizational effectiveness, and best workplace practices. The Roundtable focuses on three primary business drivers: attracting, retaining and engaging top talent; institutionalization of workplace innovation; and employee work-life effectiveness.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2013) — University of Kentucky students interested in a career in health care have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in their chosen field both inside the classroom and out when they become part of the UK's Living Learning Program's (LLP) Healthcare Residential College.
The Healthcare Residential College is not just a place to live with other health care students, but an experience designed specifically to encourage and foster community and interprofessionalism in health care along with blended opportunities to gain insight into all health related professions.
"The Living Learning Program is about building relationships and networks where students are embedded in the health care community," said Tony Grace, LLP Healthcare Residential College advisor and academic advisor at the UK College of Nursing. "Admission is offered to students who apply in their senior year of high school for their freshman year at the university. There are currently about 50 students and that number is expected to grow to 100-150 students in the next two to three years."
The Healthcare Residential College, made up of nursing and health sciences students, currently is located in Holmes Hall, but the program will move to the new Haggin Hall in Fall 2014. Plans are underway to include students from the colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, Agriculture, Communication and Information, and Social Work in Fall 2015.
Bryan Adams, a freshman human health sciences major, says his passion has always been physical therapy. He learned about the LLP when he was searching UK's website for housing options in preparation for college life at UK.
"It's amazing to meet other people on the same track and have the same interests as me," Adams said. "The Healthcare Living Learning Program helps you learn about other health care tracks as well as the one you are interested in, which I would say is beneficial to everyone."
Wayne Centers, student affairs advisor in the College of Health Sciences, says the LLP Healthcare Residential College focuses on interprofessionalism in health care and blended opportunities to get an insight into all health professions. Examples of program offerings have included:
- Tea with Royalty: Drs. Eli and Mary Lynne Capilouto were invited to speak about their respective careers in health care.
- Dinner with the Deans: students had dinner with some of the deans of health care colleges who spoke about their career paths and experiences.
- After Hours Program: academic advisors on hand to answer questions about academic requirements.
"The key is insider understanding of the health care professions," Randa Remer. assistant dean of Student Affairs at the College of Health Sciences, said. "The Living Learning Program allows students insider information into professions that they wouldn't otherwise have."
Celebrating its 25th year on campus in fall 2014, the Living Learning Program at the University of Kentucky provides students with an environment to learn where they live and to live where they learn. The Division of Student Affairs Office of Residence Life, creators of the program, collaborated with academic and other student success partners to complement the classroom experience. Through Living Learning Communities and Residential Colleges, UK offers students an opportunity to live and learn together in an integrated academic residential environment.
This dynamic residential experience offers specialized programming, interactions with UK faculty and staff, and a supportive community that focuses on student success. The program has grown exponentially in recent years with 965 students participating in 13 programs this fall. Six more programs will be added in fall 2014, nine times more than in 2008. For more information, visit http://uknow.uky.edu/content/students-live-and-learn-uk.