Cat Chat, September 8, 2017

Dear UK Families,

Happy Friday! The school year is in full swing – classes are picking up quickly, there are lots of events going on around campus, and the Cats will play their home opener in Kroger Field tomorrow! We have a number of announcements to share with you on a variety of topics, so read on to learn more about:

  • Football Game Reminders
  • Family Weekend Ticket Reminder
  • UK Counseling Center Resources
  • Emergency Assistance and Relief Fund: A Message from President Eli Capilouto
  • Upcoming Fairs
  • EMPOWER: Women’s Leadership Program
  • IMPACT: A Cohort-based Leadership Development Program
  • Center for Community Outreach Leadership Positions
  • Alternative Service Breaks
  • Chellgren Center Open House
  • National Campus Fire Safety Month
  • University Health Service
  • Academic Questions to Ask
  • Helpful Handout of Academic Resources and Campus Services
  • Residence Hall Opening and Closing Dates

Football Game Reminders

There is a lot of excitement on campus related to tomorrow’s home opener against Eastern Kentucky University! Whether your student is attending the game or not, if they park in K Lot they’ll need to move their car today. For more information on football game vehicle relocation, visit

There have been some changes to Kroger Field in the off-season. To learn more about those updates, visit In particular, UK Athletics wants to make fans aware of the new SEC clear bag policy:

Go Cats!

Family Weekend Ticket Reminder

We’re excited to host many of you on campus next month! We are thrilled at the response to some of the events; in fact, the Spindletop lunch and Tour of the Bluegrass are both sold out! If you’d like to be added to a waiting list in case tickets for either become available, here are links for the tour and Spindletop.

There are a limited number of tickets left for A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail, so if you want to attend that, we encourage you to purchase tickets as soon as possible ( There are tickets available for the pre-game tent party but they’re selling fast, so purchase those soon, too. With your tent party ticket, you get a meal, Crank & Boom ice cream, the Family Weekend t-shirt, music, activities like inflatables and caricature artists, visits from the band, dance team, and cheerleaders, and more – it’s a deal!

To view the full Family Weekend schedule, visit You’ll see there are many events going on in addition to the ones hosted by the Parent and Family Association. We also encourage you to download the UK Guides mobile app to access the Parent and Family Association guide on the go. You’ll find the Family Weekend schedule there, too, as well as other resources of interest to UK families. If you have Family Weekend questions, feel free to reach out to our staff at or 859-257-2752. We’ll see you on campus next month!

UK Counseling Center Resources

Students enrolled in at least six credit hours are eligible for free and confidential services at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services. Individual and couples therapy is available to assist students with issues ranging from depression and anxiety to relationship issues and academic distress.

The Counseling Center also offers a number of therapy and support groups to assist students with their personal and academic success. Offerings include a mindfulness group, anxiety-reduction groups, an autism-spectrum group, an emotion-regulation group, a transgender support group, and groups to help students build social skills and connect with others. We also offer workshops throughout the semester to help students who are struggling with test-taking anxiety and career indecision.

A new addition to the center is the Relaxation Room, which offers biofeedback, meditation, light therapy for students with seasonal affective disorder, and a massage chair. We also offer drop-in groups Tuesday through Thursday at 4 p.m. to help students relax via creative expression, meditation, and yoga.

If family members are concerned about their student and would like to speak with a clinician at the center, they can call the front desk at 859-257-8701 for a consultation. We can discuss strategies to promote help-seeking behavior and inform families of resources at our center, on campus, and in the community.

If students are experiencing a personal crisis, we offer same-day walk-in appointments between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After hours, students living on campus can talk to their resident advisor, who can contact an on-call counselor as necessary. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK) and the crisis text line (Text "Go" or "Start" to 741-741) are both available 24/7.

Individual Counseling:

UKCC Groups:

Relaxation Room:


Crisis Services:

Emergency Assistance and Relief Fund: A Message from President Eli Capilouto

Wildcat family,

At the University of Kentucky, we put our students at the center of everything we do. And that means working to support our students when tragedy occurs. On our campus now, for example, as many as 70 of our students are from Houston and other areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. And we want to provide members of Big Blue Nation an avenue to provide assistance to those in need. We recently established an Emergency Assistance and Relief Fund where you can donate to support those on our campus who have been negatively impacted by Hurricane Harvey and other tragic events.

Here’s how the fund will work:

• The Emergency Assistance and Relief fund will provide support to students facing a financial emergency or catastrophic events, which may prevent them from continuing their education.

• The fund also will support volunteer humanitarian and outreach work by students, faculty, and staff who want to work in areas affected by natural disasters and other catastrophic events.

This effort is not limited to Hurricane Harvey. We will be utilizing this fund, and resources throughout our campus, to help students in a time of need. I invite you to join us in supporting students and humanitarian outreach efforts by making a donation to the Emergency Assistance and Relief Fund. I always am gratified by efforts across of our community to reach out to help those in need.


Eli Capilouto


Upcoming Fairs

There are a number of fairs coming up in the month of September to help our students get connected to involvement, employment, and academic opportunities!

Center for Community Outreach Volunteer Fair, September 13th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., outside White Hall Classroom Building

Part-time Jobs Fair, September 14th, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., White Hall Classroom Bldg. (

Education Abroad Fair, September 14th, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., The Hub in WT Young Library (

Student Involvement Fair, September 20th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., outside White Hall Classroom Building

Career Fairs (learn more at

EMPOWER: Women’s Leadership Program

This program is designed for any student who identifies as female, and it consists of a fall retreat followed by monthly meetings covering numerous leadership topics addressing specific challenges that women face in leadership roles. Applications can be found on OrgSync at and will be accepted until September 22.  

IMPACT: A Cohort-based Leadership Development Program

IMPACT is open to all students at the University of Kentucky. In addition to receiving a basic introduction to leadership, students will be taught the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership and will participate in a Community Action Project alongside their peers. This program is ideal for any student who wishes to learn more about leadership, wants to better themselves, and become more connected to their peers and the Lexington community. Applications will be accepted until September 17, and can be found at  

Center for Community Outreach Leadership Positions

The CCO is hiring coordinators for the following programs: Beyond the Blue, Big Blue Pantry, Martin Luther King Jr. Wildcats for Service, Wildcats for HOMES, PAWS, Young at Heart, UK Mountain Cats, Partnerships, Operations, Promotions, Community Action Team (CAT), and External Relations. Click here to apply. Additionally, the CCO is hiring for the Program Executive Team for the following programs: Beyond the Blue, Big Blue Pantry, and Wildcats for HOMES. Click here to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, September 15. The UK CCO will be conducting open interviews for program executive teams and coordinators on September 14th. All students are welcome to bring a resume and meet with a CCO representative in 246 White Hall Classroom Building from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. or 226 The 90 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Alternative Service Breaks – Apply Now!

Through the Center for Community Outreach and the national service organization Break Away, the University of Kentucky Alternative Service Breaks program connects students with service projects in communities beyond the borders of Lexington and Kentucky. We aim to provide service experiences that are educational and cultural and to promote active citizenship among UK students, faculty, and staff. We offer weekend, weeklong, and two-week service immersion experiences.

To read about our trip focuses and locations, visit

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 22. Applications are available at

Chellgren Center Open House

Students are invited to join us on Wednesday, September 20 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Funkhouser courtyard (or on the 2nd floor of Funkhouser in the case of inclement weather) for free ice cream and the opportunity to learn about ways to enrich their undergraduate career by visiting with representatives from the Chellgren Student Fellows Program, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

National Campus Fire Safety Month

The University of Kentucky Fire Marshal's Office kicks off its annual fire safety campaign during the month of September with several events planned including a dramatic demonstration of how quickly a fire can start in a residence hall room. Visit for more information.

University Health Service

We’ve had a few folks mention that their students are sick and ask for a refresher about the services available through University Health Service. We recommend taking a look at their website for information on their location, how students make an appointment, and what types of services they provide:

Academic Questions to Ask

Parents and families often wonder how they can support their students’ academic achievement. As you talk over the course of the school year, keep these questions in mind.

  1. Are you going to class?

Skipping class is the #1 reason why students fail. You should sit near the front of the classroom in order to pay better attention and minimize distractions from those around you.

  1. Are you studying at least 25 hours per week?

College is a full-time job. You should be in class, studying, and doing homework about 40 hours per week.

  1. Are you reviewing the material in each class weekly?

If you review all material each week then preparing for an exam is much easier.

  1. Are you scheduling your “goof-off” time?

Everyone needs down time, but students need to learn to manage their “goof-off” time.

  1. Do you know when the last day to withdraw from a class is?

Be familiar with the academic calendar:

  1. Are you starting your assignments early?

The unexpected get sick, your computer dies, etc. Start assignments with plenty of time for the unexpected.

  1. Have you seen your advisor?

Students need to meet with an advisor (usually in October and April) to plan for the next semester. Especially for first-year students, checking in with an advisor in September is generally a good idea for assistance with any issues and referrals to campus resources.

  1. Have you gone to your professor’s office hours?

Professors like to help students. Do not hesitate to visit the professor during office hours.

  1. Are you going to tutoring?

The Study is home to peer tutoring and other academic assistance programs. Visit for more information. There are many other tutoring centers and resources around campus. To learn more, visit

  1. Have you formed a study group?

Studying complex material is more efficient with a focused study group.

Helpful Handout of Academic Resources and Campus Services

As you talk to your Wildcat about issues they may have during the year, you may want to refer to the attached handout of many UK resources and services. These meet a variety of student needs including academic, financial, and health and wellness issues. You’ll find more information about many of these resources in the Parent and Family Association’s Insider’s Guide handbook.

Residence Hall Opening and Closing Dates

A few families have asked for a calendar of opening and closing dates for the residence halls. We have attached that to this email so you can plan for the school year.

What’s Going On?

There is always something to do on campus and in Lexington!  Several event calendars will help you and your student make plans.

Campus Calendar:

Student Activities Board:

UK Athletics:

Lexington Visitors Bureau:    

Contact the UK Parent and Family Association

If you have questions or concerns, contact the UK Parent and Family Association. Our office is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 859-257-2752 or email

Visit our website at Follow us on Twitter at, and find us on Facebook at The UK Parent and Family Association is the campus organization dedicated to your needs!

Best wishes,

Nancy Stephens and Nicki Jenkins

UK Parent and Family Association