LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2014) — It’s tournament time in the world of collegiate basketball. For the athletes, coaches and fans of the sport, that means once again pulling on that unwashed-for-four-months T-shirt or making sure that lucky coin nestles in the front left pocket of your jeans or settling into that ancient easy chair gripping a certain brand of beer purchased only in March.
Sports superstitions and rituals are nothing new. Suspending belief for the moment, you might envision an ancient ancestor throwing a shiny rock into a rabbit hole and dinner popped out. The connection was made: Shiny rock equals rabbit stew. Now, the shiny rock may miss the next few targets, but inevitably the rock again brings meat to the campfire. By now, our ancient ancestor is convinced he possesses an exceptionally lucky rock, perhaps even a supernatural rock that gives him control of his prey, guaranteeing his family will be fed. Eventually, that rock and its attendant mystical properties are passed from father to son for generations.
How ridiculous, we think. A super rock that kills every time? Impossible!
Yet, what right do we have to laugh at such prehistoric superstitions when our own repetitive ritualistic behavior is much the same? That torn and tattered T-shirt shares many mystical, all-powerful characteristics with the caveman’s shiny rock. Both were present at an event with a successful outcome. That first success breeds confidence, focus and — the fan believes — more success.
“Generally, people are terrible at thinking about probability, and we are terrible in very specific ways,” said Will Gervais, assistant professor of the University of Kentucky Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences. “We often see hidden causes behind coincidences in life. As a species, we are in a large part successful because we can infer hidden causes. But we do it too much.”
While we sit in our family room or miles away in the coliseum, we have no way of physically helping our favorite team win. The T-shirt nevertheless has an undeniable impact; it makes us feel intimately involved in the action. The fan feels a duty to believe in the power of the superstition.
“Once we believe we see a pattern, we're really great at ‘finding’ evidence to support that belief. But we're terrible at finding evidence against the belief,” Gervais said.
Psychologists call it confirmation bias, the tendency to avoid rejecting beliefs or a selective collection of evidence — your own personal internal yes man.
Athletes are notorious about superstitious rituals, whether it be using a favorite baseball glove, counting the number of bounces at the free throw line, or wearing a pair of lucky pants. If an athlete believes that a specific action will make them or the team perform better, then they might actually perform a little better. The visualization that takes place bouncing the basketball exactly four times at the free throw line, for example, prepares the athlete mentally and physically for success.
“Basically,” said Gervais, “we're just not that good at intuitively weighing evidence for and against our cherished beliefs.”
But we’re obviously pretty good at convincing ourselves that lucky articles and obsessive ritual actually make a difference. The more belief placed in these things or actions, the more potential impact on performance. It’s all in the turn of our mind, the superstition instilling confidence where there was once doubt or apprehension. And without that reinforcing superstition, their game could well suffer for lack of confidence and control.
The fan might not truly believe his unwashed T-shirt, lucky coin or special beer carry the power to succeed. But what could it hurt to wear that T-shirt or carry that lucky coin or to buy that special beer? Just in case, right?
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2014) ― Voting is now underway for the name of the new Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library (WWBL) fleet. Vote now through Friday, March 14, at www.sustainability.uky.edu/NameTheFleet. Each person may only vote once. Only current UK students and employees will be permitted to vote.
The new WWBL program will feature a fleet of 100 bicycles earmarked for students living in campus housing who sign a commitment not to bring a car to Lexington. The bicycles for this program will be 8-speed commuter bicycles equipped with fenders, a rear rack, a bell, and a lock. Participating students will be guaranteed the bicycle for the entire academic year.
The addition of the new bicycles was made possible by a funding partnership between the Student Sustainability Council and Parking and Transportation Services. All participants will also receive a bicycle helmet, thanks to the UK HealthCare Level I Trauma Program.
To learn more about Wildcat Wheels, please visit www.wildcatwheels.org. To learn more about bicycling on campus, visit www.uky.edu/pts/alternative-transportation_bicycle-information.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2014) — Eugene Richards, a photographer, writer and filmmaker known for capturing moments of political activism and social issues in his work, will give the final presentation in the 2013-14 Robert C. May Endowment Photography Lecture Series with a lecture at 4 p.m. Friday, March 14, in Worsham Theater at the University of Kentucky Student Center. In conjunction with the talk, an exhibition of Richards' work will be on display March 14 through April 27, in the Art Museum at UK. The lecture and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Richards launched his career with a series of haunting photographs documenting rural poverty in Arkansas and from there worked for Magnum Photos as a photojournalist for 17 years.
Some of Richards' most noted works are his books, including "Dorchester Days," illuminating issues in his racially diverse hometown; "Exploding into Life," documenting his first wife's struggle with breast cancer, and "Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue," which explored the ravages of drug addiction.
Richards has published a total of 16 books and has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award among others. He has also been recognized on Esquire's "100 Best People in the World" list, American Photo's "100 Most Important People in Photography," and Photo District News' "25 Most Influential Living Photographers."
The artist's most recent work, "War is Personal," focuses on the ongoing effects of the Iraq war on soldiers and their families. Richards won first place in the contemporary issues category of the World Press Photo 2010 contest based on his work.
Richards graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in English and studied photography with American photographer Minor White. Before his career in photography, Richards joined VISTA, now AmeriCorps VISTA, and co-founded a social service organization and community newspaper in Arkansas. Richards now pursues his own projects, including photography and short film, full-time.
The 2013-2014 May Lecture Series explores appropriation, portraiture, landscapes and socially concerned photography. The series is made possible through the Robert C. May Photography Endowment, a museum fund established in 1994 for the support of acquisitions and programs relating to photography.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2014) — The undergraduate team Shouter and graduate team MosquitoTech were the winners of the third annual University of Kentucky Venture Challenge student entrepreneur competition. Each team won $1,000 in scholarship prize money and will represent UK at the state competition, Idea State U, April 11-12 at the Lexington Convention Center.
Shouter is a mobile application for connecting users to the people and events around them. Team members are computer science seniors Josiah Hanna, Charlie Effinger and Craig Schmidt. Their application will allow information to be shared in a localized area through a dynamic network of users while maintaining user privacy and security. The students, who entered Venture Challenge in the business concept category, will now prepare a business plan with detailed financials for the state competition.
The graduate team MosquitoTech is Alex Blasingame, Justin Johnson and Rob Arnold, all MBA candidates in the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The students were paired with UK researcher and medical and veterinary entomology Professor Stephen Dobson, who has patented a technology to control the Asian tiger mosquito. The students put together a business plan for an environmentally responsible product to control and eliminate this pest, currently in 26 states.
Daniel White, a mechanical engineering junior, won second place undergraduate and $500 for his Dream Fit personal training company that provides one-on-one customized fitness training for customers during live Skype sessions.
The second place graduate team of MBA candidates Miguel Doughlin and Erica Clark, and Satrio Husodo, a molecular and cellular biochemistry Ph.D. candidate, will share $500 for Arymza Technologies. Their business plan targets the $15 billion starch market using new enzyme technology developed by UK molecular and cellular biochemistry researchers Matthew Gentry and Craig Vander Kooi that makes it easier to process starch.
Both of the second place teams will also represent UK at Idea State U, a program of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
The online top vote winner with 6,325 votes was the team of Richard Graff, computer science sophomore and Ethan Palmer, electrical engineering sophomore, for Easy Conference. Their mobile application concept will make the process of planning and executing meetings and events easier, more efficient and more effective.
Additional undergraduate students who participated in the 2014 UK Venture Challenge included: Bryan Wright, architecture junior; Charlie Miles, electrical engineering senior; Chris Lee, marketing and management senior; and Alexandra Hart, agricultural economics senior.
Graduate students included: pharmaceutical sciences, CET, Ph.D. candidates Huy Ngo, Rene Gonzalez, and Jarrod Williams; Matt McErlean, pharmaceutical sciences, drug discovery, Ph.D. candidate; and MBA candidates Amber Mills, Vladimir Goussev, and Stephen Stone.
The UK Venture Challenge competition and monthly workshops leading up to Venture Challenge are organized by iNET Director Deb Weis with Dean Harvey, executive director of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship. The Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, also known as iNET, is hosted by the College of Communication and Information; the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship / Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center is part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Chris Lee is president of the Big Blue Starters student entrepreneur organization.
Other members of the Venture Challenge team included: iNET Entrepreneur in Residence Brian Raney; Nick Such, Adam Chaffins, Theresa Simcic, Garrett Ebel, and David Booth from Awesome Inc; Scott Johnson and Amy Triana of the Department of Communication Office of Research and Instructional Technology; Mariam Gorjian, Von Allmen Center; Heather Burke, photographer and School of Library and Information Science student affairs officer; and College of Information and Communication Chief of Staff Janice Birdwhistell.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2014) -— The manufacturing concept of On Shoring/Near Shoring will be the focus of the Fourth Annual Supply Chain Forum scheduled for March 21 and hosted by the University of Kentucky's Executive Education Center, part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics.
People are signing up at a brisk pace for the event to be held at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike in Lexington, but there are plenty of spots still available. Day of, on site registration and continental breakfast opens at 7:45 a.m. The forum itself begins at 8:20 a.m. and goes until 3:30 p.m., with a buffet lunch served at noon.
Corporations and individuals consider a number of factors when deciding on where their manufacturing operations should be located. Currently there is a significant trend toward more and more companies bringing production back to the U.S. from overseas or at least locating production facilities closer to this country.
The general manager of procurement of indirect and production materials for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc., Gene Tabor, will deliver the keynote address at the conference. Tabor will give an overview of Toyota, including their suppliers in North America and the relationshiops the company builds with them, purchasing philosophies, Toyota Way principles and more.
A number of other outstanding presenters at the forum will discuss issues such as cost, risk, flexibility and complexity factors.
The event is sponsored by LBX, Lexmark International, American Woodmark, LeanCor
and Blue World Supply Chain Consulting, LLC.
Speakers include Derek Browning, regional vice president of lean deployment, LeanCor, LLC and Michelle Rawlings, director of Global Sourcing, Lexmark.
Executives from Lexmark, Toyota, and Ashland, Inc. will serve as judges for an MBA Lean-Six Sigma Poster Competition during the Supply Chain Forum.
Distinguished Professor Nallan Suresh of the State University of New York, Buffalo will address "Agility and Resiliency in Supply Chain" while UK Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Scott Ellis will moderate a panel discussion, "Near Shoring Decision Making Process." Panelists taking part represent American Woodmark, Lexmark and Alltech.
"This is a must-attend event if you play any role in your organization's supply chain," said Gatton College MBA Programs Director Harvie Wilkinson. "Our steering committee, which is comprised of several outstanding professionals in our region, did a fabulous job in setting the agenda and attracting a terrific lineup of speakers. We are confident this will be the best program ever in the short history of this conference."
The registration fee for the all-day event is $135 and includes all materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. The cost is reduced to $110 if you or your company register two or more people.
To register for the Supply Chain Forum, visit www.gatton.uky.edu/SupplyChain For more information, call 800-284-6407.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2014) - While the world watched coverage of the Winter Olympics last month, a group of University of Kentucky medical students were vying for medals in an Olympic-style competition for future doctors.
For the first time, a team of eight UK medical students participated in the 5th Annual Ultrasound Challenge at The Ohio State University on Feb. 15. During the challenge, students from UK and The Ohio State University tested their knowledge, technique and accuracy scanning ultrasound images of specific systems in the human body. Students were evaluated on eight competition stations quizzing on topics including vascular access, pathology recognition and image acquisition. Final scores were released in early March announcing UK student Corey Warf as the runner-up in the run for the 2014 Sonographer's Cup, the prize for the top-scoring student.
Fourth-year medical student Jennifer Cotton tied for third-place with Warf in the pathology slides recognition. Warf won gold medal in the FAST (focused assessment with sonography for trauma) exam a silver medal at the vascular access station. A total of 45 medical students representing all four student classes from UK and The Ohio State University competed in events.
Dr. Matt Dawson, director of point of care ultrasound at UK HealthCare, sponsored and coached UK's team, unofficially coined the "Sonokittens." A team of medical residents that have previously competed in ultrasound challenges are called the "SonoCats." Cotton said the team prepared by studying quiz sheets and performing preparatory scans.
"We're making sure our students are exposed to (ultrasound) and have good hands-on experience," Cotton said. "It's very patient-centered and focused on improving the quality of patient care. You get to spend more time with the patient and show them what the disease process looks like inside of them."
As part of the event, Dawson delivered a keynote presentation about how rapidly changing technology is changing medical education. His talk examined the roles of the Internet and social media in providing information and creating learning environments for medical students.
Dawson said bedside ultrasound skills have shown to decrecase morbidity, reduce complications, speed up diagnosis of critical conditions and allow the initial physician to diagnose the condition in the presence of the patient. Bedside ultrasound skills are listed as one of the top-25 skills for new doctors identified by Stanford University Medical School.
"We are training our medical students to have this cutting-edge skill as soon as they graduate, no matter what specialty they go into," Dawson said.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2014) — University of Kentucky Forensics traveled to Gateway Community and Technical College in Florence, Ky., Friday Feb. 21, to take part in the annual Kentucky Forensics Association championship speech and debate tournament. This event featured competition from nine schools across the Commonwealth including nationally ranked Western Kentucky University and Berea College.
UK placed third in the Grand Championship Sweepstakes which combines points earned in public speaking and debate. As part of this victory, the team placed second in the large school division of individual event sweepstakes and second in the large school division of debate sweepstakes. This more than doubled UK’s performance at the state tournament from the previous year.
Senior Zach Shinall was awarded the Harlan Hamm Award for his dedication and service to forensics during his time as a collegiate competitor. This award is given annually to four graduating seniors who exemplify the spirit of forensics competition in the Commonwealth.
“Zach has been instrumental in starting the team here at UK,” said Director of Forensics Timothy Bill. “His concern for his teammates and his determination to constantly improve as a speaker have made him an ideal competitor. I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this award.”
Bill was awarded Coach of the Year by the Kentucky Forensics Association. This recognition is determined by a vote of the competitors from all teams attending the state tournament. Bill received this award for his work establishing and growing forensics at UK.
In addition to these accolades, members of the UK Forensics Team were elected to officer positions within the Kentucky Forensics Association. Bill assumed the office of president after serving as the organization’s vice president for the past year. Sophomore Abel Rodriguez III was chosen by his peers to serve as the student president and freshman Sam Northrup was elected student treasurer.
The University of Kentucky was also selected as the location for next year’s state championship tournament. As host, UK will welcome collegiate forensics teams from all across Kentucky in February 2015.
The following individual successes contributed to the team’s outstanding performance at the Kentucky State Championship Tournament:
2nd Place – Dianté Elcock
4th Place – Abel Rodriguez III
6th Place – Zach Shinall
Top Novice – Dianté Elcock
After Dinner Speaking
5th Place – Dianté Elcock
6th Place – Zach Shinall
4th Place – Zach Shinall and Dianté Elcock
Editorial Impromptu Speaking
6th Place – Sam Northrup
Top Novice – Sam Northrup
3rd Place – Abel Rodriguez III
5th Place – Sam Northrup
Top Novice – Sam Northrup
4th Place – Zach Shinall
5th Place – Sam Northrup
6th Place Novice Speaker – Sam Northrup
10th Place Open Speaker – Abel Rodriguez III
3rd Place – Abel Rodriguez III
7th Place – Sam Northrup
Program Oral Interpretation
2nd Place – Dianté Elcock
5th Place – Ryan Winstead
Top Novice – Dianté Elcock
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" alt="<--break->" src="/sites/all/modules/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif">LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 11, 2014) — Get some color before Spring Break with the Student Activities Board’s Tie Dye Tuesday! Students can tie dye tanks or their own items today from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Student Center Patio, while supplies last. The event is sponsored by SAB’s Campus Life Committee.
Students can enjoy warmer weather and prepare for Spring Break with their own personalized clothing. All supplies necessary to tie dye will be provided, including tank tops, dye, and aftercare instructions. Students can bring their own clothing items to dye and are encouraged to arrive early in order to ensure their items are dyed.
“Tie Dye Tuesday is a great way to relieve midterms stress, prepare for a trip to the beach, and express yourself,” said Connor Giesselman, SAB director of campus life. “This is our first Tie Dye Tuesday, and we’re already see it becoming a campus tradition.”
SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Lexington community.
Connect with SAB at www.uksab.org, follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/UKSAB or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UKSAB. For more information about SAB and events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2014) — In just a few weeks, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) will take place at the University of Kentucky, bringing a host of events and opportunities to campus.Nearly 4,000 students and faculty mentors from across the country will be on campus for the conference April 3-5. These students, which include nearly 300 from UK, will present their research and creative endeavors through poster and oral presentations, as well as visual and performing arts performances. In addition to the presentations, NCUR will also offer speaker events, a graduate and professional school fair, and a career gallery, as well as a concert and excursions for all UK students. A very important component for the success of NCUR 2014 is the involvement of students, who are strongly encouraged to sign up to volunteer and contribute to all facets of conference. Students may begin signing up today at uky.volunteermatch.org/ for various jobs such as directing attendees, managing social media communication, working tables, and providing many other logistical duties that are needed for a conference of this size. Like NCUR 2014 on Facebook and follow on Twitter @2014ncur
Lexington-based country band Sundy Best will perform Friday evening at the Grand Reserve, and excursions that feature the best the Bluegrass region has to offer, such as Keeneland and Kentucky Horse Park tours, are available for sign-up. All students are invited and encouraged to take part in these activities. Ticket information is available at www.cur.org/ncur_2014/
Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.
A brief schedule of events is listed below. For the full schedule-at-a-glance, visit www.cur.org/assets/1/7/NCUR_2014_Schedule_at_a_Glance.pdf
Thursday, April 3
- 9 – 10:30 a.m.: Opening and Plenary #1 featuring Dr. T. Pearse Lyons; Singletary Center Concert Hall
- 11 a.m. – noon: SESSION 1 (poster, oral, performing and visual arts presentations). See full schedule for location details.
- 1 – 6 p.m.: Graduate and Professional School Fair; Memorial Coliseum
- 2 – 3 p.m.: SESSION 2 (poster, oral, performing and visual arts presentations). See full schedule for location details.
- 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: SESSION 3 (poster, oral, performing and visual arts presentations). See full schedule for location details.
- 7 – 9 p.m.: Plenary #2 Kentucky Proud dinner featuring Kris Kimel (ticketed event); Lexington Center
Friday, April 4
- 8 – 11:30 a.m.: Graduate and Professional School Fair; Memorial Coliseum
- 9 – 10 a.m.: SESSION 4 (poster, oral, performing and visual arts presentations). See full schedule for location details.
- 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: SESSION 5 (poster, oral, performing and visual arts presentations). See full schedule for location details.
- 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: SESSION 6 (poster presentations). See full schedule for location details.
- 12 – 6 p.m.: Career Gallery (new to NCUR 2014); Memorial Coliseum
- 2 – 3 p.m.: Plenary #3 featuring Nikky Finney; Singletary Center Concert Hall
- 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: SESSION 7 (poster, oral, performing and visual arts presentations). See full schedule for location details.
- 5 – 6 p.m.: SESSION 8 (poster, oral, performing and visual arts presentations). See full schedule for location details.
- 9 – 11 p.m.: Sundy Best concert (ticketed event); Grand Reserve
Saturday, April 5
- 9 – 10 a.m.: SESSION 9 (poster, oral, performing and visual arts presentations). See full schedule for location details.
- 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Plenary #4 featuring Dr. Ernest Bailey; Singletary Center Concert Hall
- 12:30 p.m.: Excursions
More information about NCUR 2014 is available at www.cur.org/ncur_2014/.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2014) - The University of Kentucky Student Wellness Ambassadors aren't naïve - they know some students choose to jeopardize their health with binge drinking, overexposure to the sun or other reckless decisions while letting loose on spring break.
Cori Biggers knows of a springer breaker who once fell asleep in a pool. Freddie Williams, who traveled to Panama Beach last year, watched paramedics rescue intoxicated students on the beach during his group vacation. Haley Wehder said even a student who traveled home still made poor choices and fell face-first into a bonfire. Each scenario is a real example of the results that stem from a lack of preparation and poor decision-making.
The ambassadors are aware that many students are bound for partying, but this week they hope to provide information and raise awareness that might help their peers in risky situations. They are coordinating Wellness Gone Wild Week, which will include games, giveaways and free resources at stations located across campus Monday through Wednesday.
"People expect that spring break is a part of college life," Wehder said. "They think, 'Oh, I can make bad decisions sometimes' - decisions that don’t line up with what they want to do in life. We are not here to tell people not to do that; we are here to say there might be consequences."
While sometimes unnerving, their messages serve to educate their peers about the risks involved with alcohol, extreme tanning, road travel, sexual activity and more. They'll share facts, such as the first skin-prepping visit to the tanning bed increases the risk of melanoma by 75 percent. Or, the average male consumes 18 drinks per day while on spring break. And 60 percent of women are intoxicated when they contract a sexually transmitted infection.
Throughout the week, the ambassadors will quiz students on spring break partying facts with games like the "Wheel of Misfortune" and "Don't Go Wrong Beer Pong." On Tuesday night at the William T. Young Library, students can participate in a role-playing activity to practice responses to sexual pressure and violence. The team will be giving away the "Sex in the Sack" kit, which includes condoms and safe sex resources, beach towels, gift certificates to local restaurants, water bottles, t-shirts, sunscreen and Lexington Legends tickets.
While many of their messages address alcohol and sexual activity, the team will also provide practical reminders about hydration, accountability and general travel safety. Even the sober spring breakers will encounter potential hazards while traveling late on the road, sizzling in the sun or operating watersport vehicles. The ambassadors said many students return from spring break wishing they had not spent so much money or feeling tired from a lack of sleep.
Matt Moore, president of the Student Wellness Ambassadors, said a lot of students have the mentality of 'what happens on spring break stays on spring break' - which is usually not the case. Many students wake up from a night of partying disillusioned or regretful. Moore said the team's outreach is not to discourage partying, but rather provide tips to encourage safer partying and practical information to stay out of harmful situations. The ambassador’s main efforts are to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip through reasonable choices. These choices include setting a limit and counting the number of drinks consumed, staying with trusted friends and holding each other accountable and upholding their personal values.
"The biggest message is, we want students to have a great time, but understand that there are risks and be able to recognize those risks," Moore said.
Video from UK PR and Marketing from 2013 wellness week.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2014) — The University of Kentucky is highly ranked for the number of faculty conducting ground-breaking research on the international stage through the Fulbright Program.
Many of the successful Fulbright recipients were advised by David Adams, the former director of the East Asia/Pacific region for the Fulbright Program, whom the UK International Center brought to campus in 2013.
“The University of Kentucky currently ranks in the top ten among research institutions for the number of faculty Fulbright recipients,” said UK Provost Christine Riordan. “Our hope is that these workshops will continue to build off of this great work, and provide our faculty with more opportunities with the prestigious Fulbright Program.”
To help continue this success, David Adams will return in March to conduct workshops and to meet privately with interested applicants. His workshops will take place on:
Tuesday, March 25
- Fulbright 101: 9-11 a.m. in Study Room 1 of the Lucille Little Library
- Individual Advising Session: 1-3 p.m. in 101 Bradley Hall
- “Chinese-American Educational Exchanges: A Window on the Bilateral Relationship: 3:30-5p.m. in the Alumni Gallery of the William T. Young Library (sponsored by the UK Confucius Institute)
Wednesday, March 26
- Individual Advising Sessions: 8 a.m.- noon in 101 Bradley Hall
- Fulbright 102: 2-4 p.m. in Study Room 1 of the Lucille Little Library
The workshops will cover developing applications for the Fulbright Core and Specialist programs.
The Core Fulbright Scholar program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. The 2015-16 competition opens Feb. 1, and closes Aug. 1.
The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to provide short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) for U.S. faculty and professionals. Shorter grant lengths give Specialist greater flexibility to pursue a grant that works best with their current academic or professional goals. There is a rolling deadline for these competitions.
Alan Fryar, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, was recently awarded a Fulbright for his research in Fez, Morocco.
“The Fulbright workshop I attended last year was really worthwhile,” said Fryar. “I gained insight into how the review panels work and personalized guidance about the organization and content of my application.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's "see blue." marketing campaign was recently recognized by two marketing organizations.
The Twenty-Ninth Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report, were announced at the end of February. The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, nearly 2,000 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.
The University of Kentucky entered three categories and won four awards.
Twenty institutions were recognized by the judges as a “Best of Show” winner. The University of Kentucky was included as one of the 20 institutions for Best of Show for the 2013 Recruitment Video.
Gold awards were granted to 160 institutions. The University of Kentucky won two gold awards for the 2013 Recruitment Video and our microsite, seeblue.com. Silver awards were awarded to 146 institutions.The University of Kentucky won one silver award for the 2013 Viewbook.
Judges for the Educational Advertising Awards consisted of a national panel of higher education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals and the editorial board of Higher Education Marketing Report.
Cornett-IMS, UK's agency of record, entered several projects they collaborated with UK on in the Lexington Advertising Club's Annual Awards. "see blue." took home three Addys at the event; a gold award for our seeblue.com microsite; a silver award for "see blue." It's Where Dreams Live, institutional television spot; and a silver award for thef 2013 Viewbook.
This news comes on the heels of the recent success at the CASE District 3 Awards.
"We are grateful for our partnership and collaboration with Cornett. Awards aren't the true measure of success, but it's very nice to be recognized by professionals in the industry and our peers," said Kelley Bozeman, UK marketing director. "An even greater feeling is the success the University has had in attracting the best and brightest students. This is only a piece of the puzzle that is coupled with the hard work of the recruitment team out with their boots on the ground. They have the hardest job."
The "see blue." marketing campaign is a collaborative effort between UK Public Relations and Marketing, Enrollment Management and Cornett Integrated Marketing Solutions, UK's external agency.
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LEXINGTON Ky. (March 10, 2014) -- Dermatologist Dr. Stuart Tobin will be reading from his book, "Rash Decisions and Growth Experiences From the Best Little Warthouse in Kentucky," on Wednesday, March 12 at noon on the ground floor of the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Atrium.
The book "weaves 35 years of humorous lifetime interactions with patients, peers, students and family into a uniquely entertaining medical tapestry.....through stories and anecdotes peppered with wit and medical wisdom."
Dr. Tobin is chief of the Division of Dermatology, the Ullin Leavell Professor of Dermatology and associate professor of Surgery at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He has been the recipient of several Outstanding Teaching Awards. The event is free and open to the public as part of UK HealthCare's Arts in HealthCare program.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 8, 2014) — If you are a student at the University of Kentucky who is aiming to find your dream job, you may want to make time on your schedule for a special event from 3-4 p.m. on Monday, March 10.
Harvard MBA and former Eli Lilly and Company employee Paul A. Stewart will speak on the topic, "10 Ways to Help You Get Your Dream Job." The event, which is sponsored by the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Agricultural Biotechnology Club, is free, but is limited to the first 54 students to register at http://bit.ly/10WaysDreamJob or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/10-ways-to-help-you-get-your-dream-job-tickets-10491613699.
Stewart served as an interviewer for Harvard's MBA Admissions Board and as the International MBA Recruiting point captain for Lilly. A question-and-answer session will follow Stewart's remarks.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2014) — Students are at the center of everything we do at the University of Kentucky.
As part of an effort to hear from and exchange ideas with students, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday is initiating a monthly dialogue.
“Monday on Mondays” is an opportunity for students to casually meet with Mr. Monday. He is leader of major UK initiatives on facilities, finance, housing and dining.
The first “Monday on Mondays” will take place from noon-12:45 p.m. on Monday, March 10, in Blazer Cafe. Each month, a similar session will be held to allow for some informal dialogue.
“Students are why we are here,” Monday said. “And much of what we do, from construction of new residence halls to how we provide dining, impacts the student experience. They need to be part of the dialogue as we set the course toward an ambitious and exciting future at UK.”
Come learn about what’s happening in the EVPFA office and share your ideas. You can also reach Monday at his new Twitter account: @UKYmonday
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 7, 2014) — The UK campus is invited to a series of "Town Hall" events: opportunities to learn about, engage with and provide feedback for "see tomorrow." The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan.
The first event, which will focus on trends in higher education, will take place from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, in the William T. Young Library Auditorium.
The event is designed to facilitate a robust discussion about the trends in higher education as the university develops its next Strategic Plan; iwin, a research collaboration between the UK Colleges of Social Work, Business and Economics and Public Health will lead the discussions. The representatives from iwin will compile the feedback to share with the strategic planning committee.
The current trends that the strategic plan working groups have identified include:
- Changing Finances and Sustainability of Funding Sources
- Redefining the Purpose of Public Higher Education
- Greater Accountability
- Increased Use of Technology
- Increased Internationalization
- Changing Undergraduate Population and Curriculum
- Challenges in Graduate Education: Ph.D., Master’s, and Professional Degrees
- Changes in Research Funding
- The Changing Professoriate
"To have a discussion about the trends that are shaping the future of higher education as well as the University of Kentucky represents an important starting point for developing our Strategic Plan," said UK Provost Christine Riordan. "President Capilouto and I believe that, to develop a plan for our future, we need to fully understand the context of where we are now."
The second event in the series, which will also focus on trends, will take place from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in room 234 of the UK BioPharm Complex.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 10, 2014) — In a competitive application process consisting of nearly 75 candidates, Sarah Dorpinghaus, digital projects manager at University of Kentucky Libraries, has been selected to participate in the 2014 Archives Leadership Institute (ALI).
ALI is a program funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a statutory body affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration, and hosted by Luther College for 2014-15. The institute will provide advanced training for 25 innovative leaders, giving them the knowledge and tools to transform the archival profession in practice, theory and attitude.
Participants were selected for 2014 ALI based on their exceptional leadership skills and potential, ability to influence change within the archival field, a strong commitment to the archival profession, professional organizational involvement and service, a collaborative and innovative spirit, and representation and/or support of diversity within the profession.
As the digital projects manager at UK Libraries, Dorpinghaus oversees workflows for digital content creation, management and preservation. She holds a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Iowa and previously held project archivist positions at the College of Charleston and the Chicago History Museum. Dorpinghaus is currently serving as co-chair of the Society of American Archivists Metadata and Digital Objects Roundtable, and her research interests include large-scale digitization projects.
The Leadership Intensive held at Luther College is a weeklong immersion program that embraces a distraction-free, focused opportunity for emerging archival leaders to develop necessary theories, skills and knowledge. Participants will engage in daylong workshops focusing on current and vital strategies for archival leadership such as new leadership thinking and methods, strategies for born digital resources, project management, human resource development, and advocacy and outreach. Participants will also take part in team building activities that embrace the beauty and fresh-air of the Upper Iowa River bluff country in northeast Iowa.
Following the weeklong intensive at Luther College, participants will return to their institutions to develop a post-intensive practicum project. The chosen practicum project will serve as the primary focus for all ALI participants in the following year and will meet the goal of connecting archival leadership skills with practical application. Throughout this process, an ALI steering committee mentor will provide guidance and support for the proposed project.
The institute will conclude with a practices workshop to be held in conjunction with the joint annual meeting of the Council of State Archivists, the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators, and the Society of American Archivists on Aug. 10-16, in Washington, D.C. The content of the practices workshop will consist of facilitated conversation focused on applying leadership learning to ongoing projects and practicums.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 7, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today's guest is Eric Monday, University of Kentucky's executive vice president for finance and administration, talking about the potential for public/private partnerships for UK's dining services and plans for the continued revitalization of campus housing.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/eric-monday-uks-economic-outlook.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 7, 2014) – Two University of Kentucky women who profoundly contribute to issues that affect women at the university and across the Commonwealth received the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award yesterday during a luncehon ceremony at the UK Student Center. Meg Marquis, staff, and Elisia Cohen, faculty, received the 2014 Holmes Award.
The award recognizes one female faculty member and one female staff member who promote growth and well-being of women at the university and across Kentucky. Created by the UK Women’s Forum, the Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards have been among the most esteemed recognitions bestowed at UK and brings recognition for efforts that might otherwise go unnoticed.
Meg Marquis, director of Student Services for the UK Honors Program, oversees a team of honors advisors who work with more than 1,000 undergraduate honors students; serves as program coordinator; and manages the Singletary Scholars program. Marquis' says commitment to building meaningful partnerships across campus is one of her highest professional priorities.
Elisia Cohen, chair of the UK Department of Communication in the College of Communication and Information, has collaborated with researchers in the colleges of Public Health and Medicine to develop interventions to reduce the burden of cervical cancer and HPV-related disease among Kentucky women. Cohen has also worked in conjunction with the Markey Cancer Center and the Rural Cancer Prevention Center.
Guest speakers at the Sarah Bennet Holmes Award Luncheon were the 2013 Holmes Award recipients Kathleen Sheppard-Jones and Lynne Jensen.
"We do what we do because it fits with the values that we hold," Sheppard-Jones said. "The university can let us explore, learn and appreciate. We are a community; we are the University of Kentucky. Let us hold each other up and see what amazing things we can achieve."
When speaking about the Holmes Award, Jensen said, "It awards us for the things that we do on an everyday basis."
Nominees for the 2014 Holmes Award included 12 faculty members and 14 staffmembers.
- Clare Batty (Philosophy)
- Emily Beaulieu (Political Science)
- Sandra Beck (Surgery)
- Elisia Cohen (Communication)
- Alison Davis (Agricultural Economics)
- Janice Fernheimer (Writing, Rhetoric and Media)
- Nancy Jones (Student Financial Aid)
- Roxanne Mountford (Writing, Rhetoric and Media)
- Anita Superson (Philosophy)
- Deanna Sellnow (Center for Instructional Communication)
- Sharon Turner (College of Dentistry)
- Mary Vore (Toxicology)
- Laverne Carter (Public Health)
- Linda Combs (Surgery)
- Jennifer Ellis (Student Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences)
- Deborah Godfrey (Physical Plant Division)
- Linda Grijalba (Survey Research Center)
- Tiffany Hayden (Athletics)
- Christina Jones (Student Financial Aid)
- Rikki Maher (Neurology)
- Meg Marquis (Honors Program)
- Stella Matuszak (Arts and Sciences Administration)
- Paula Pope (Development)
- Brandy Reeves (Public Health)
- Randa Remer (College of Health Sciences)
- Evie Russell (Undergraduate Research)
For a list of past winners, visit http://www.uky.edu/womensforum/sbhal.html.
Sarah Bennett Holmes, a distinguished former dean of women at UK, tirelessly championed the rights of women throughout her career. Widowed at a young age, Holmes raised four children while completing her own education. She then began a successful career at the university where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals. Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the Depression.
In her honor, the UK Women's Forum created the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award and since 1994 has been honoring women at UK who demonstrate the same principles as Holmes through their work and service.
The UK Women's Forum is an organization for all employees of the university faculty and staff. Its mission is to exert a leadership role in empowering, validating, informing, including and celebrating all women employed at UK by addressing challenges, communicating issues and recognizing successes within the context of the workplace.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 7, 2014) — If you are looking for the basics of a business degree without the time commitment a degree requires, the Gatton Institute for Business Management & Leadership Excellence could very well be the answer.
The institute, which is offered through the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, is offering another edition of its highly regarded, 11-week program beginning Thursday evening, March 20. The institute is designed for individuals who may have limited business backgrounds, yet want to gain the general knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of today's business environment.
"One of the most attractive aspects of the institute is the flexibility it offers," said Connie Blakemore, assistant director of Gatton's Executive Education Center (EEC). "This spring we are offering Series 2: Executive Business & Management Leadership. Even if you have not yet taken Series 1: Professional Business Management, which we will be offering again this fall, you can go ahead and enroll in Series 2, fit in seamlessly and expand your qualifications and business confidence."
This spring's schedule for Series 2 will run on Thursday evenings starting with March 20 and continuing through May 29. Topics covered by award-winning faculty members from the Gatton College along with distinguished guest speakers include:
- How Good Leaders Become Great
- Strategic Talent Management
- New Product Research & Emotional Intelligence
- Leading Group Negotiations
The Thursday night sessions, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., are at the Boone Center on the UK campus.
Participants who complete the program receive 30 hours of continuing education credit for each series, thus earning 60 hours of continuing education credit for completing both. Upon completion of an individual series, participants will receive a University of Kentucky, Gatton College of Business and Economics Executive Education Center certificate.
The registration fee for each series includes instruction, materials, lighted parking, and refreshments at each session.
Series 2: Executive Business Management and Leadership is $984 for an individual registration, with a discounted price of $900 offered to UK employees. If you have a group of three or more people from your organization, you can call 1-800-284-6407 or email: email@example.com to receive a special discount rate. A three-month payment plan is also available.
Register online at http://gatton.uky.edu/Institute and receive a confirmation response immediately.
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