Shoulder to Shoulder Hosting Pumpkin Carving Tournament Tonight

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) - Tonight, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, the Shoulder to Shoulder Global Student Association is holding a pumpkin carving tournament at the Student Center on UK's campus. The tournament will take place from 6 - 8 p.m. on the Student Center Patio.


The event will be open to all UK staff and students and help fundraise for a full-time health care clinic in Ecuador. The funds raised will go towards supplies and equipment for the clinic, as well as fund trips for UK students to help run the clinic.


Cost for this event is $10.  Prizes are sponsored by the UK Bookstore. Prizes include: 3rd place - $25 gift card, 2nd place - $50 gift card, 1st place - $100 gift card.


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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Previews Oct. 28 Mayoral Forum

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 21:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2013) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  WUKY News Director Alan Lytle is sitting in for Godell today.  Lytle and   Karyn Czar, WUKY morning news anchor discuss the upcoming WUKY Lexington mayoral forum scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Worsham Theater in the UK Student Center.


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

UK Choirs Lend Their 'Voices' to Concert Series

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) — The 2014-15 University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus and Women’s Choir will make their fall debut in a joint concert presented as part of the "Voices! Choral Concert Series" at  First United Methodist Church this weekend. The Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, and the Women’s Choir, under the direction of Lori R. Hetzel, associate director of UK School of Music, will feature world premiere commissions specifically for UK Choirs as well as special performances by UK’s premier a cappella ensembles — the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen. The concert will begin 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the church, located at 200 W. High St.   


"Gaudete" performed by the UK Men's Chorus. Video courtesy of American Choral Directors Association.


The UK Men’s Chorus is a 90-voice ensemble composed of students who range from freshmen to graduate students. These young men represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines at the university. Begun in the fall of 2002, the Men’s Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chant to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice weekly, UK Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester.



UK Women's Choir singing "Pie Jesu" at Ely Cathedral. The UK Women’s Choir is a select ensemble composed of more than 100 of the school’s most talented female voices. These singers, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, also represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature spanning from Gregorian chant to eight-part music of the 21st century. With an emphasis on music by female composers, the ensemble performs works of many different languages and compositional forms.


UK's Men's Chorus and Women's Choir are excited to be part of the "VOICES! Choral Concert Series" at First United Methodist Church, which is celebrating its 225th anniversary this year. The series is organized by UK doctoral candidate Brock Terry, who serves as director of music at the church. All concerts are open to the public and admission is free. Donations to the concert series are suggested.


For more information on the "Voices" concert or the UK Men’s Chorus, contact Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at


UK's Men's Chorus and Women's Choir are part of UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.




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Homecoming 2014 - The Great CATSby: What is the Wildcat Cup?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) — When you think about Homecoming, things like alumni visiting campus, the Homecoming King and Queen and the battle on the gridiron, quickly come to mind. But the football game isn't the only competiton that is part of Homecoming. Student organizations of all sizes compete for the Wildcat Cup — a fun, but highly competitive competition each fall.


The Wildcat Cup is the annual point system for homecoming competition. Points are awarded for attendance, participation and victory at the following events:


·       Kitty Karnival

·       Paint The Town Blue

·       Street Fair

·       National Pan-Hellenic Council Step Show

·       Mr. and Miss Black UK

·       Royalty Showcase


The competition is split up between three categories: sorority, fraternity and non-Greek. The student organization that has the most points collected throughout the week will win the Wildcat Cup and be announced at halftime of the UK football game against Mississippi State Saturday, Oct. 25.


Attendance points are measured by organization members checking in at designated areas. Check in occurs via University of Kentucky Student ID swipe - TallyCats readers. Points are awarded for attendance by calculated percentage of checked-in organization members.


Points are also awarded for placement in competitive events.


The Wildcat Cup is an annual tradition to express the spirit and passion behind the Big Blue Nation and its organizations. Let the competition begin!


The University of Kentucky’s Homecoming Coalition exists to unify the UK community through programmatic efforts, bringing forward a celebration of tradition, spirit and university values. The Homecoming Coalition was formed in February 2010 and has since worked to better coordinate many organization’s individual programming into one cohesive homecoming schedule.


Connect with the Homecoming Coalition at, follow them on Twitter at @UKHomecoming and like them on Facebook at “University of Kentucky Homecoming."



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Homecoming Coalition PR Contact: Hagen Brown,, 859-608-7538


WUKY Mayoral Candidate Forum is Oct. 28

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) — The WUKY Town and Gown, a Lexington mayoral candidate forum featuring Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and mayoral challenger Anthany Beatty, is Tuesday, Oct. 28 and will be the last opportunity for voters to hear from both candidates together before casting their ballots Nov. 2.


The event takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Worsham Theater in the University of Kentucky Student Center. It is open to the public and seats are available on a first come-first served basis.


Award winning journalist and evening anchor for LEX-18, Nancy Cox, will serve as moderator and the questions will come from the voters themselves. Voters can submit questions for the candidates ahead of time at the WUKY Mayoral Forum Facebook page:   


The WUKY Mayoral Town and Gown will be broadcast live on 91.3 WUKY and partner station 88.1 WRFL.




MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155;

Kentuckians Win Top Awards of Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) — A couple who created a new sense of community in rural America with an online news site, and a crusading weekly editor who set an example that drew national attention, are the winners of this year’s top awards from the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based at the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information.


The awards are the Al Smith Award for public service in community journalism by a Kentuckian, which is co-sponsored by the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Tom and Pat Gish Award for the courage, tenacity and integrity that are so often needed to do good rural journalism.


The Smith Award goes to Bill Bishop and Julie Ardery, husband and wife of La Grange, Texas, and natives of Louisville.  For several years recently they were co-editors of the Daily Yonder, the online news site of the Center for Rural Strategies, which Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Director Al Cross says has “created a much greater sense of community among rural people in a diverse, changing rural America.”


The Gish Award goes posthumously to Landon Wills, who was publisher of the McLean County News in Calhoun from 1946 to 1972, and editor for almost all that time. He was the subject of a national television documentary in 1963 after advocating for civil rights and community development, and against religious prejudice and political mendacity.


Giving the awards to three Kentucky natives is “especially fitting” in a year when the institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary and the university is celebrating 100 years of journalism at UK, said Beth Barnes, director of the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications. Also this year, the school’s Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary.


The awards will be presented at an Anniversary and Awards Dinner at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington Thursday, Nov. 13. Invitations for the event will be mailed soon. For more information call 859-257-3744. Here are details about the awards, the winners and the institute:


The Tom and Pat Gish Award, to the late Landon Wills


For more than 50 years, Tom and Pat Gish published The Mountain Eagle at Whitesburg, Ky., and became nationally known for their battles with coal operators and corrupt politicians, and the firebombing of their newspaper office by a Whitesburg policeman. Tom Gish, who died in 2008, and Pat Gish, who died this year, were the first recipients of the award.


This year’s winner, the late Landon Wills, was a native of Henry County and a World War II veteran who bought the nearly defunct McLean County News in 1946. He hit the ground running, helping start ultimately successful campaigns to build a hospital, attract factories and get a navigation and flood-control dam on the Green River; taking strong issue with the "neo-isolationist" views of a highly respected jurist who had returned to the county of his birth to make a speech; and endorsing the civil-rights plank in the 1948 Democratic Party platform in the face of plenty of “Dixiecrats” in Western Kentucky. From the start, he was a watchdog on taxes and schools; on his front page, he ran a notice about the county schools’ annual financial statement and editorials pointed out that the Kentucky law requiring property to be assessed at fair cash value was being routinely violated, cheating the state's school systems. Seventeen years later, the state’s highest court agreed.


Wills’ news columns were almost exclusively local, but he believed the editorial page was open to any subject, and he often opined on state and national issues. His endorsement of John F. Kennedy for president in 1960 riled readers who were Democrats but didn’t want a Catholic president, and prompted concern for, and opposition to, him in some local churches.


In the ABC-TV documentary, “Vanishing Breed,” which gave Wills credit for the hospital and two factories, some citizens said he made them mad, one example being front-page play for a police raid on a Livermore brothel, but they said he was good for the county.  “He probes old sores and he makes new ones,” one said. “Some of us would like to beat the hell out of him, frankly. And yet again, we can’t help but think he deserves a pat on the back. Frankly with all my disagreement with Landon, I think he’s an excellent newspaper editor.”


One of his six sons, Clyde Wills, recalled recently that the paper produced “few financial rewards.  The conservative people in rural McLean County had very different opinions than my father.  While there was never a general business boycott, there were businesses that did not advertise because of the liberal editorials.” Ilene Wills taught school to supplement her husband’s income.


“It is no stretch to say that Landon was ahead of his time,” wrote Frankfort lawyer and Calhoun native William Ayer, one of the nominators for the award. “He engaged in journalism the way it was meant to be. . . . He never took a position on any local issue until he had thought the issue through, discussed it with his wife and staff at the paper and, ultimately, questioned his own position.” But one thing that “never seemed to enter the equation,” Ayer wrote, was whether a position would cost the paper money.


Landon Wills went to work for a War on Poverty program and turned over editorship of the paper to Clyde Wills in 1968. It was sold in the early 1970s to Walt Dear, then of Henderson, who also nominated him, calling him “the miracle man of weekly newspapering in Kentucky.”


The Al Smith Award, to Bill Bishop and Julie Ardery


The award is named for Albert P. Smith Jr., who published newspapers in rural Kentucky and was founding producer and host of KET’s “Comment on Kentucky” and federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission. He was the driving force for creation of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, headed its national advisory board for many years, and remains on the board as chairman emeritus.


Bill Bishop, a member of the advisory board, and his wife Julie Ardery “have devoted their careers to producing quality community journalism that has improved the civic discourse in Kentucky and far beyond,” wrote board member Dee Davis of Whitesburg, president of the Center for Rural Strategies, in his nomination. The center publishes the Daily Yonder, the rural news site that the couple co-edited from 2005 to 2012.


Bishop worked for the Gishes at The Mountain Eagle while Ardery edited Jim Garland’s "Welcome the Traveler Home," a University Press of Kentucky memoir of the coal-mine wars in Bell and Harlan counties in the 1930s. They bought a 100-year-old weekly newspaper, the Bastrop County Times in Smithville, Texas, with proceeds from the sale of a newsletter Bishop had created about strip-mine regulation under the 1977 federal law.  Davis wrote, “The two made the paper so lively, innovative and popular that the competing paper eventually bought them out,” and they were the subjects of a feature story in Washington Journalism Review.


Bishop joined the Lexington Herald-Leader as an editorial writer and columnist, focusing on economic and community development issues; meanwhile, Ardery earned a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Kentucky and wrote a book that explored the emergence of the contemporary folk-art economy in the state through the life of Edgar Tolson, a woodcarver from Wolfe County.


They returned to Texas, where Bishop worked for the Austin American-Statesman and wrote "The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart," a book about voluntary political segregation that was favorably reviewed in major publications from The Economist to The New York Times and has earned frequent compliments from former president Bill Clinton.


Bishop and Ardery designed and ran the Daily Yonder, which explores and explains the relevance of rural America and helps create a stronger community of rural interests at a time when rural America’s population is steadily declining. They assembled a stable of writers, helped create polling of rural voters, and changed the national conversation about rural issues by pointing out such disparities as rural America’s disproportionate share of military casualties. They continue to contribute to the site from their home in La Grange, Texas, where they are preparing a book proposal that follows up on "The Big Sort" and attend the polka dances that fill halls and church grounds in Central Texas.


The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues


The 10-year-old institute was piloted in 2002-04 with grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, after organizational work by Al Smith and the late Rudy Abramson, a longtime Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. It gained a permanent home at the University of Kentucky in 2004 with grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and the hiring of Al Cross as director.


Cross, who had been the longtime political writer for The Courier-Journal and still writes

columns for the Louisville newspaper, is now a tenured associate professor in the Extension Title series, reflecting his self-styled role as “extension agent for rural journalists.” The institute’s mission is to help rural journalists define the public agenda in their communities with strong reporting and commentary, especially on broad issues that have a local impact but few good local sources. It conducts workshops and research, offers consultations, and publishes The Rural Blog, a daily digest of events, trends, ideas and journalism from and about rural America, at, and Kentucky Health News at with support from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Its website is The institute’s national advisory board is chaired by Lois Mateus, a former Brown-Forman Corp. executive who is a regular contributor to The Harrodsburg Herald in her Kentucky hometown.


The Anniversary and Awards Dinner of the institute, at which the Tom and Pat Gish and Al Smith awards will be presented, is also being held to boost the institute’s endowment and guarantee its ability to continue to and expand its work. For information, call the institute at 859-257-3744 or email Cross at


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UK Artist's Work Selected for New Orleans' 'Prospect.3'

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) — Artwork by Ebony Patterson, an associate professor of painting at the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies, will be featured at "Prospect.3" art exhibition in New Orleans. Patterson is among a group of approximately 60 artists selected to display their artwork at the event opening Oct. 25 throughout the city.


Work by legendary artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and the French post-impressionist Paul Gauguin are among the biggest names presented at this series of shows of celebrating current and up-and-coming artists. What is a 19th century art legend such as Gauguin doing in a modern day art exhibit? Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans sees Gauguin as a symbol of a global search for identity. Underlying themes for "P.3" are borderless searching, so Sirmans utilizes a few of Gauguin's pieces as a starting point for the exhibition.  


Sirmans has produced an exhibition that will encompass a globally focused theme that will run throughout all exhibitions and public art installations. Known for creating strong thematic exhibitions that combine the historical and the contemporary, he selected the work of the more than 60 artists in "P.3" for embodying a geographical, generational, and culturally diverse selection of viewpoints about contemporary culture from around the globe.


To channel Gauguin in his search, Sirmans did his best to engage in borderless searching himself. "I tried to be as open as possible," he said. "I tried to say, 'What are artists talking about now?'" The subtitle of the exhibition is "Notes for Now."


The work of Basquiat, a well-known graffiti writer who became an art world hero, is also very dear to Sirmans. He too, was a seeker who seemed to exist outside of ordinary social borders and a historic fit in this contemporary show.


The exhibition will take place in multiple venues throughout New Orleans. Patterson will be displaying her work at the Newcomb Gallery at Tulane University. She will show a new body of work titled "In di Grass - beyond the bladez," including large mixed media works on paper that explore ideas around visibility/invisibility, beauty, violence and access.


"It's an incredible privilege being in the show," Patterson said. "Not just because it boasts such greats like Basquiat and Van Gogh, but because it's 'Prospect,' and Sirmans is a fantastic and incredibly well respected curator. The artists included in this year's lineup are amazing and I am sure it's going to be a really exciting show."


Prior to being selected for "P.3" this fall, Patterson has been included in notable group exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Tacoma Contemporary, Kingston's Mutual Gallery, and France's Centre International d' Art Contemporian. Her show credits include "Young Talent V" (Washington D.C.); The "Jamaica Biennial"; "Aruba Biennial"; "Ghetto Biennale 2009" (Haiti); "Black Gossamer" at Glass Curtain Gallery, at Columbia College Chicago; and "Taboo: Identities, Race, Sexuality + The Body" presented at Kingston's Olympia Art Center and the Tuska Center of Contemporary Art at UK, where she also curated.


Patterson's work has also been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Frieze Magazine, Huffington Post, Art Nexus, Art Papers and the International Review of African-American Art. 


A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Patterson earned her bachelor's degree in painting at the Edna Manley College for Visual and Performing Arts and a master's degree in printmaking and drawing from the Sam Fox College of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She has been teaching painting and mixed media at UK since 2007.


"Prospect" New Orleans was conceived in the tradition of the great international exhibitions to showcase new artistic practices from around the world and contribute to the cultural economy of New Orleans. The idea to mount a large-scale international art biennial came to Dan Cameron during his first post-Katrina visit to New Orleans. With the potential opportunities, Cameron decided it was the ideal place and time to launch such a venture, and in 2007, with seed money from philanthropists Toby Devan Lewis, Prospect New Orleans came to fruition. 


The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at the UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studies, and art education.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

Peterson Selected to Serve on National Institute on Aging Board of Scientific Counselors

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) - Charlotte Peterson, associate dean for research at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, has been invited to serve as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The NIA is one of the 27 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, and it leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.


Peterson’s term on the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) begins immediately and extends until June 2019. The BSC plays a crucial role by evaluating the performance of intramural scientists and the quality of their research programs. The BSC serves as the only formal group of outside scientists to review the NIA’s entire intramural program in a systematic way.


“This is a true honor and I look forward to reviewing and facilitating the outstanding work performed at the NIA,” said Peterson, who is also the Joseph Hamburg Endowed Professor. “Their research programs cover the gamut from basic mechanistic science to longitudinal studies in humans, with the potential to identify new strategies to prevent age-associated decline and combat chronic disease.”


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 


Golden Wildcats Remember the Past By Giving Towards UK's Future

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:33


Video Produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.  Special Thanks to UK Special Collections for many of the photos used in this video. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) — To say times have changed in the 50 years since Bill Bishop graduated from the University of Kentucky is a bit of an understatement. 


In 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson was president.  Martin Luther King Jr., won the Nobel Peace Price.  The Beatle’s “British Invasion” spread throughout the United States. 


Closer to home, Adolph Rupp walked the halls of Memorial Coliseum and football fans were happy when UK upset No. 1 ranked Ole Miss 27-21 that year.


As Bishop thinks about the campus he called home 50 years ago, the long-time Lexington businessman recalls times he spent in some of the buildings of today, but is amazed at the physical transformation of other parts of campus.


“I think it’s great,” said Bishop, a Lexington native.  “The new residence halls will greatly improve both the social and academic aspects of campus life for the students.”


This year, Bishop is celebrating the 50th anniversary of graduating from UK, making him a Golden Wildcat.  Each year the UK Alumni Association celebrates the 50th year anniversary class with a special reunion during Homecoming.


“The graduates of the Class of 1964, and those who graduated in the years before, are special to the University of Kentucky,” said Stan Key, director of Alumni Affairs and executive director of UK Alumni Association.  “The Golden Wildcats are a treasured part of our alma mater, and we want to recognize them for reaching such an important milestone as UK graduates. The 50th Reunion stands out in the lifetimes of alumni as a most significant occasion for reflecting on the gift that was the University of Kentucky.”


The Class of 1964 enjoyed a reception and dinner last night and will take part in a variety of special activities over the weekend. 


“They bring with them memories and traditions of years past, which are important for today’s students to continue into the future,” Key said.


This year’s group isn’t just making memories, though.  The Class of 1964 is working to endow a student scholarship.


“This endowment is a way for reunion classes to give back to their university and preserve the special memories of their time at UK,” said Key.  “It embodies their pride and love of the university by helping current and future students.  The scholarship endowment from the Class of 1964 will enable them to carry their proud past into the future through other students.”


Bishop is happy he and his classmates can play a role on UK’s campus for years to come. 


“It’s a way for me to give back because I’m thankful for what the University of Kentucky has done for me,” Bishop said. 


“I think it’s wonderful,” said Toni Jackson Curtis, another member of the Class of 1964.  “It’s a way to support the university and deserving students for those who have graduated and are able to give back.”


Key is pleased to see UK alumni so focused on the future.


“The association has placed an emphasis on scholarship gifts in recent years, and it’s great to see this class support our efforts,” said Key.  “Many of our alumni clubs around the country have scholarship endowments, and I hope the Class of 1964’s endowment will encourage other classes who follow to do the same. The last class to endow a scholarship through the association was the Class of 1938, and still today scholarships are available to students because of their foresight some 76 years ago. The support from a scholarship endowment secures the education for current and future generations of students.”


Watch the video above to watch UK alum Bill Bishop’s story and discover why this campus is so special to him 50 years after earning his undergraduate degree. 


For more information on the Golden Wildcat society, visit:


For more information from UK Alumni about Homecoming 2014, visit:




VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,



Trustees Discuss Focused Research Agenda to Address State's Problems, Challenges

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 24, 2014) — The University of Kentucky is “uniquely positioned to help answer” the most fundamental challenges confronting the Commonwealth, UK President Eli Capilouto told trustees during a retreat Friday, Oct. 17.


But maximizing UK’s potential to tackle Kentucky problems will require greater investment in people and facilities that bring together researchers across a range of disciplines.


That idea — a strategic approach across the campus to specifically tackling Kentucky’s problems — was a recurring theme for trustees during the first day of a two-day strategic planning retreat.


“The problems are too great … but our potential to attack those problems is even greater,” Capilouto told trustees. “But we must focus. We must establish priorities. We have an opportunity to build a model system of health that will take a number of micro interventions to produce a macro effect.”


“As a board, there is a strong consensus that we must marshal our resources and our people in a focused and strategic way to attack Kentucky’s most significant challenges,” said UK Trustee Chairman Keith Gannon. “That’s what Kentucky needs from us. And it’s our mission as Kentucky’s flagship, land-grant institution of higher learning."


UK is uniquely positioned, Capilouto said, because of a number of factors:


—An extension network and clinical programs that reach all of the state’s 120 counties


—170 clinical outreach practices


—17 colleges and professional schools supported by a campus-wide research library system


—The fact that UK is one of only eight universities in the country with the full range of health, professional and undergraduate programs on one contiguous campus


—UK is one of only 22 institutions in the country with a trifecta of federal designations of excellence in three key areas of health — cancer, aging and translational science, the idea that discoveries can be taken from the laboratory into communities where they have an impact.


The problems and the challenges — along with the opportunities — are significant, Capilouto said, and they require a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary response.


Citing statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Capilouto said Kentucky is well above the national averages in the five leading preventable causes of death in the country — heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and unintentional injuries. Kentucky also has high utilization rates for health care, which leads to higher costs for access to quality care. Many of these issues — high incidences of disease and access to affordable care — are particularly acute in Appalachia and the 5th Congressional District.


“I’ve been impressed by our commitment to this people-centered place,” Capilouto said, referring to the university and the Commonwealth. “We are a people-centered place. It is what we do to, for and with each other. We are the university for Kentucky."


Capilouto and others said attacking Kentucky’s systemic challenges will require close collaboration among many academic and research disciplines. Many of the maladies that affect Kentucky communities are manifest in issues not directly tied to health — poverty, education, socio economic mobility — and the University’s breadth and depth of intellectual expertise can help address these challenges, holistically. To underscore that point, Capilouto cited work being done by a number of faculty in the arts, poetry, business, humanities, medicine, engineering, energy and other sciences.


Nancy Schoenberg, a behavioral scientist and professor in the College of Medicine who works in Eastern Kentucky alongside churches and faith communities on health interventions, said she came to UK “because of the promise of collaboration” and “to address particular Kentucky problems.”


“I would like lots more people … who do work similar to what I do."


In addition, Lisa Cassis, UK’s interim vice president for research, said one of UK’s critical needs is to create more space where professors and researchers can talk with — and work with — each other across disciplines. “What we vitally need is a way to bring us all together … in building a center,” Cassis said. “Everybody is in close proximity and there’s a healthy research environment.”


That research can be tied to creating a more coherent and efficient health care system in the state, said Mike Karpf, executive vice president for health affairs at UK. “We are trying to create a system that rationalizes health care but does not ration health care. It will take cooperation between providers” along with analytic systems to understand data and refine and create best practices that improve care.


UK is trying to focus these efforts on Kentucky problems in an era in which federal funding — the most significant source of research funding — “is still not recovering,” said Rodney Andrews, director of the Center for Applied Energy Research. “The prospects for funding going into the future are flat. What we are doing is competing more aggressively for the same amount of money.”


Other state universities, he said, are making leaps even in this constrained funding environment, he said, citing universities such as the University of Florida, the University of Southern California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


North Carolina, for example, benefited by a more than $1 billion bond issue by the state of North Carolina several years ago that was targeted toward university buildings and infrastructure. At the same time, the state returned more money to the university that had previously been captured from research grants. That allowed UNC-Chapel Hill to invest hundreds of millions in faculty retention and recruitment packages while also investing at the same time in research facilities, Andrews said.


UK can make a similar leap by making smart, strategic decisions, Andrews said. The university, he said, must:


—Make strategic decisions and investments

—Focus specifically on Kentucky’s problems

—Invest in areas of strength that support the university’s mission

—Develop and enable multidisciplinary teams to tackle these issues


An important by-product of investment in research is its economic impact, said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration.


For example, according to a recent study of Fiscal Year 2013, the annual economic impact of UK’s sponsored research was:


—$581 million in annual direct and indirect economic impact

—8,114 jobs created and support

—$21.3 million generated annually in local and state taxes


“What could that number be,” Monday said. “What will it be as UK grows that research enterprise?”


“That’s not why we do what we do,” Capilouto told trustees. “But it’s an incredible by-product."

VIP, Army ROTC Co-sponsor Run/Walk to Benefit Victims of Violence

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:37


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — A special event highlights the University of Kentucky calendar Friday morning — very EARLY tomorrow morning. About 6:45 a.m. Oct. 24, dedicated students and staff will meet for the Green Dot Fall Run/Walk, a 1.5-mile trek, beginning from Buell Armory at 7 a.m.


Co-sponsored by the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center and the UK Army ROTC, the event was created to raise awareness for sexual assault and violence prevention. It is the first time Army ROTC has co-sponsored the event.


One goal of the run/walk is to raise awareness about sexual assault and violence prevention, but there’s a second, more tangible goal ‒ to raise proceeds for the UK Victim Assistance Fund, which helps support UK students, staff and faculty who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.


“With these funds,” said VIP Center Director Rhonda Henry, “we are able to assist individuals with housing, transportation, food, the cost of changing locks and other emergency assistance.”


“We are committed, just as UK and Army senior leaders are, to eliminating events of sexual assault and harassment from our ranks and our campus,” said UK Army ROTC LTC Shawn Umbrell.


This week’s ROTC/VIP co-sponsorship had its beginning in June, when the two organizations co-authored a charter between ROTC, VIP, and the University of Kentucky. President Capilouto endorsed the charter. In September, the VIP Center trained 100 members of Army ROTC in the principles of Green Dot bystander intervention and led discussions about sexual violence, partner violence and stalking. Their training covered:


·       Legal and UK definitions of these forms of violence

·       Green Dot bystander intervention programming

·       Active by-standing activities

·       Discussion of the campus judicial process

·       Discussion of criminal process

·       Discussion of military process and efforts

·       Resources available on campus and in the community to those who have been impacted by violence.


“Since that time, ROTC and VIP have shared training resources and collaborated on training events,” said LTC Umbrell.


Free T-shirts for all participants and refreshments will be provided following the run. All donations will benefit the VIP Center Victim Assistance Fund.


MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,



'UK at the Half' Catches Up With UK Alumni Association

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — The work of University of Kentucky's Alumni Association was the focus of "UK at the Half" on Oct. 18 that aired during the UK vs. Louisiana State University football game, broadcast on radio.


President of the UK Alumni Association, Elaine Wilson, discussed various opportunities for alumni around the world to be involved. Wilson also discussed the Alumni's Association's participation and support for UK Homecoming 2014 activities.


"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.


To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Oct. 18 "UK at the Half" interview, click here.


Summers' New Book on the Reconstruction Captures Attention

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — Mark Wahlgren Summers, the Thomas D. Clark Professor of History at the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, has published his 10th book, “The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction.”


Summers takes a new look at the Reconstruction years, focusing on the nation’s need to form an enduring Union without sacrificing the framework of federalism and republican democracy.


"As one of the country’s most respected 19th-century political historians, Dr. Summers’ latest book showcases his strengths in research, writing and storytelling,” said Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, dean of the UK College of Arts and Sciences. "In ‘The Ordeal of the Reunion,’ a new synthesis of the history of Reconstruction in America, Dr. Summers demonstrates an extraordinary ability to unearth long-lost details and to weave them together into a compelling tale that illuminates the past while offering a new lens on current politics."


For 20 years or more, scholars have defined Reconstruction’s success or failure largely in terms of the Emancipation. However, “The Ordeal of the Reunion,” goes beyond this vitally important issue.


In “The Ordeal of the Reunion,” Summers looks at the Reconstruction era nationally, as opposed to the more common narrow view of what was happening in the South. Summers emphasizes the variety of conservative strains that confined the scope of change, highlights the war's impact and its aftermath, and brings the West and foreign policy into an integrated narrative. His point of view presents a new understanding of the era’s heart-breaking failures as well as the underlying goals that were achieved.


Summers depicts not just a heroic, tragic moment with equal rights advanced and then betrayed, but a time of achievement and consolidation, in which nationhood and emancipation were placed beyond repeal and the groundwork was laid for a stronger, if not better, America to come.


“Scholars have called the Civil War an American Iliad. If so, then Reconstruction is more of an American Odyssey, a troubled journey towards equal justice; the only catch is, unlike Odysseus, America hasn’t made it all the way home yet,” said Summers.


One critic wrote, "Mark Summers, one of the more prolific scholars of the Reconstruction era, has written on everything from ideas of paranoia to political corruption. ‘The Ordeal of the Reunion’ is characterized by a depth of research that reflects a lifetime of labor and reflection. Summers' newest work is worthy of scholarly attention while being lively enough for a popular audience."


Another added, “ ‘The Ordeal of the Reunion’ exhibits the hand of a seasoned and thoughtful historian, thoroughly conversant with both the time period and its sources."


Karen Petrone, chair of the UK Department of History, is quick to point out that Summers’ readers are not the only ones who will benefit from his expertise and knowledge base. “Mark Summers captivates his students in the lecture hall, and this book will captivate readers by immersing them in the political world of Reconstruction and leading them to reconsider its impact on the fate of the nation.”




MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,


Celebrated Jazzman Branford Marsalis 'Goes for Baroque' in Return to Singletary

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:28
  Branford Marsalis and Sally Beamish perform Robert Muczynski's Sonata for Saxophone and Piano, Op. 29 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — From jazz (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock) to rock (Dave Matthews Band, Grateful Dead) to hip-hop (Public Enemy, Gang Starr) and now Baroque music, few instrumentalists showcase their versatility and skill as well as Branford Marsalis. A Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer known for his extensive selection of musical collaborations, Marsalis returns to the Bluegrass with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in “Marsalis Well-Tempered” beginning 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. A special rate will make it possible for children to college students to take in this master musician.  


While Marsalis is known as being the leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, he is also a frequent soloist with classical ensembles as he is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. His "Well-Tempered" tour has a decidedly more classical bent featuring Baroque masterpieces by Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, François Couperin, Pietro Locatelli and more. The stop in Lexington is one of only 20 in the nation.


A three-time Grammy Award-winner, Marsalis has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new and established artists.


A founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is a 33-member professional ensemble led by Music Director Dirk Brossé. The Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1964, has a well-established reputation for distinguished performances of repertoire from the Baroque period through the 21st century. Approximately 22 members of the orchestra will perform with Marsalis.


The Chamber Orchestra has performed with such internationally acclaimed guest artists as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mstislav Rostropovich, Issac Stern, Rudolph Serkin, The Eroica Trio, Jean-Pierre Rampal, The Romeros Guitar Quartet, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Sylvia McNair, Steven Isserlis, Joseph Silverstein, Ransom Wilson, Gerard Schwarz, Jahja Ling and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, among others. The ensemble travels regularly, having toured the United States, Europe and Israel.


The Singletary Center is offering deeply discounted student tickets for Sunday’s performance, just $15. 


“The Singletary Center is dedicated to providing musical experiences of the highest caliber, and we believe that a student’s chance to see great performers live in concert is an unparalleled learning moment. We want to make this opportunity available to as many students as possible,” said Singletary Center Marketing Director Matthew Gibson. 


The student rate for Sunday’s concert applies to all students, elementary through college (college students require Student ID); student tickets are available throughout the concert hall.


General admission ticket prices are based on seating location and range from $25 to $50 plus processing fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at, or in person at the ticket office 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;

It is Time to Prepare for Priority Registration

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — Now is the time to prepare for the spring semester!


The Winter/Spring 2015 priority registration period begins Monday, Nov. 3, and goes through Tuesday, Nov. 25.


For the first time, once a student's registration window opens, it will remain open until midnight Nov. 25. This allows students more flexibility when registering for classes and eliminates the issue of a student's window closing before they were able to register. Additionally, students now have the opportunity to plan their courses and use the new pre-register check tool prior to the opening of their window.


Don Witt, associate provost for enrollment management and university registrar, said, “The student user experience has been greatly improved and advisors will have an additional, powerful tool to aid students as they plan throughout their academic careers toward a degree.”


Undergraduate students must have their advisor hold lifted before registering for classes. For instructions, they should contact the dean's office in their college. Students who are undeclared are advised in Undergraduate Studies located on the first floor of Miller Hall.


During a student's advising appointment, a student should receive a car decal of the University of Kentucky state outline graphic; the backside of the sticker is a reminder of the registration windows. These car decals are exclusive to academic advising appointments and are available only while supplies last. Students are encouraged to make their academic advising appointments now.


After priority registration concludes, eligible students will be able to register and add/drop courses from Dec. 3 through 22 and again Jan. 5 through 21. The first day of the spring 2015 semester is Wednesday, Jan. 21.


Spring 2015 priority registration details:

·       View the schedule of classes/course catalog on the myUK in the registration tab

·       Contact your college or program office for advising now

·       Plan your courses and use the new pre-register check tool before your window opens

·       Receive a free UK decal when meeting with your advisor


To view the spring 2015 schedule of classes, visit, click on the “Student Services” tab, then the “Search Course Catalog and UK Core” link. 


For more information about priority registration, call 859-257-7173 or visit


To review a PDF of myUK registration instructions, visit



MEDIA CONACT: Katy Bennett,


Markey Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner Featured on National Radio Program

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center's Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner Jennifer Bradley will be the featured guest on SiriusXM Family Talk Channel 131's "Aches and Gains" with Dr. Paul Christo the next two Saturdays.


Originally scheduled for just one show, Bradley's interview was expanded to two. The first airs Saturday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., with the second installment airing Saturday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. Podcasts are accessible after the show at


Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is an ancient form of touch therapy similar to acupuncture in philosophy. Bradley, a licensed practitioner, originally began offering free JSJ sessions to patients as a Markey volunteer in 2009. In 2010, she received a $49,000 initial grant from the Lexington Cancer Foundation to provide the touch therapy to cancer patients full-time. Since then, Bradley has offered up to five free sessions to Markey patients at no charge.


JSJ is considered part of an integrative treatment plan at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Patients may self-refer, though many patients currently seen are referred by their physician or Markey staff.


During a session, patients receive light touches on 52 specific energetic points called Safety Energy Locks as well as fingers, toes, and midpoints on the upper arm, upper calf and lower leg in predetermined orders known as "flows." Patients remained clothed except for shoes and all hand placements are done over clothing.




Gatton College, Ross Tarrant, SKANSKA 'Top Off' Building

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 18:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) — Another milestone was marked recently in the  Gatton United Building Campaign at the University of Kentucky.


UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics, together with its design and construction partners, Ross Tarrant Architects and SKANSKA, hosted a 'topping off' ceremony for the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Gatton College building.


Those in attendance included: Gerry Benjamin, Michael Bowling, Gregory Burns, Paul Chellgren, Luther Deaton, Bill Gatton, Doug Gerstle, Richard Huxley, Howard Lewis, Elizabeth McCoy, Rodney McMullen, Sam Mitchell, Nate Morris, Mike Richey, Donald Rogers, Geoffrey Rosenberger, Sean Smith, James Stuckert and M.S. Vijayaraghavan. Council members were given group tours of the construction site so they could see first-hand the progress being made on the building, in addition to signing a ceremonial construction beam.    


"It was so exciting to tour the construction site with members of our Dean's Advisory Council," said David W. Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College. "Our members have been with us since the inception of the project and have given their time and resources to help us re-imagine the new Gatton College facility."


The Gatton College is pressing forward with a bold plan to renovate and expand its facilities and is paying for the project entirely through private donations. The $65 million project will transform the Gatton building into a state-of-the-art business education complex that will help build a strong sense of community while providing space and support for modern teaching and learning methods.


To find out more about the Gatton United Campaign, visit There you can find news stories, profiles of donors, sketches and videos of the new building, and a live webcam of the progress of building construction.




MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; Michelle Lowe, 859-257-1838.

December Graduates: Apply to be Student Speaker at Commencement

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014)  Keeping with UK tradition, an undergraduate student will be selected to speak at the undergraduate December 2014 Commencement ceremony, which will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in Memorial Coliseum.


Students interested in speaking must submit their applications by Friday, Oct.31.


A Commencement Speaker Selection Committee will determine which student will have the honor of addressing their fellow graduates. Applications are available online at


To be considered, applicants must be receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky at the Dec. 19 Commencement Ceremony. Additionally, the applicants must have contributed to UK through campus or community activities and through their fields of study. Applicants must also demonstrate strong public speaking skills.


Undergraduate students who wish to apply must submit a resume, information sheet and a copy of their proposed speech no longer than three typed, double-spaced pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee.


The committee may contact any applicant for a 15-minute interview and speech demonstration.


All graduates should register for Commencement at


For information regarding caps and gownsparking and travel,  college receptions or other questions, visit the Commencement website.




MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343;

Two-Time Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Experiences to Help Others

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) – In 1994, University of Kentucky alumna Cathy Bell was diagnosed with breast cancer – for the first time.


Because she had a family history of the disease (her grandmother fought breast cancer), she began having mammograms at an earlier age than most. And during her baseline mammogram at age 39, her doctors discovered an unusual pattern of calcifications, and ultimately, a malignancy. 


Treatment quickly followed – a lumpectomy (a breast-conserving surgery) and radiation. Bell, then a busy elementary school principal, says she was mainly concerned about getting back to work.


"I had a school to run and needed to get past that 'bump in the road' and return to my duties," she said.


Ultimately, Bell only missed four days of school. She headed back to work as soon as she could, fitting in an hour of daily radiation into her schedule. When her treatment was completed, she thought she was done.


"I thought I had moved past it," she said.


Local recurrence, or the return of a cancer to its original location, is a relatively uncommon circumstance. Most of the time, a local recurrence will happen within the first five years following diagnosis.


However, in a few instances, a local recurrence can happen many years down the road. In Bell's case, she was nearly two decades cancer-free before receiving that sobering diagnosis for a second time.


In 2013, she noticed an unusual pain under her arm. Though she'd had a regular mammogram only six months earlier, she went back to her doctor for another. The results showed a similar pattern of unusual calcifications in the same breast – her cancer had returned.


Now retired, Bell says she spent a great deal of time researching treatment for breast cancer, and her investigations led her to University of Markey Cancer Center breast surgical oncologist Dr. Patrick McGrath. Because she'd undergone radiation therapy previously, Bell could not use that treatment again, which is commonly paired with a lumpectomy.


Instead, she opted for a bilateral mastectomy with delayed reconstructive surgery. Additionally, she underwent genetic counseling at Markey to determine if she carried the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation – a test she did on behalf her sisters, who are now considered "high risk" due to having two close family members with breast cancer. Luckily, Bell's results were negative.


Bell, an avid writer, says she turned to poetry to help work through her emotions after her second diagnosis. Shortly before her surgery, she composed a piece titled "This One is About Me." The poem, written in a catchy cadence with humor sprinkled throughout, served another purpose – to give her friends and family information on her health straight from the source and help them understand what she was going through.


"I turned to creativity to deal with my issues," she said. "That's how I dealt with all that information."


Shortly after she wrote her poem, Bell received a letter from the UK Markey Cancer Center inviting her to participate in the center's inaugural "Expressions of Courage" event, a creative exhibit showcasing original artistic expressions created by cancer patients, friends and family. Bell immediately knew she wanted to participate.


"I thought, wow, I already have this done!" she said.


Contributing to Expressions of Courage was just one way Bell has given back. She notes that she "loves UK" and supports the Markey Cancer Foundation and other cancer research organizations when she can. And having gone through the difficulties of dealing with breast cancer not once, but twice, she says her role now is to help others deal with their own diagnoses and to help in any way she can, noting that sometimes that just means lending an ear. She is frequently called up by friends or family members affected by breast cancer, who are seeking help and understanding for themselves or on behalf of a loved one.


"This is just the way it's supposed to be," Bell said. "I feel like I'm here to help other people… Famous people may write a book or talk publicly, but that's not my style. I'm a good listener when I need to be."


Earlier this year, Bell was dealt another small setback when she was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in her lip. After undergoing Mohs surgery, the former UK cheerleader was back to living her life yet again, staying busy in retirement – and remaining eternally optimistic.


"It's just what I've been dealt," she says. "I love life and I want to keep living it!" 


MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or

College of Communication and Information Sends First Generation Classes on Underground Railroad Excursion

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) — A group of 36 University of Kentucky students, part of first generation sections of the CIS 110 course, “Composition and Communication I,” recently took a journey through time, and through the Ohio Valley, to explore the history of the Underground Railroad. An award granted by the College of Communication and Information funded the expedition with the aim of supporting diversity-related projects and promoting inclusion.


First generation, or “1G,” students, and their instructors, Conrad Davies and Matthew Deffendall, visited the National Underground Railroad Museum in Maysville, Kentucky, then journeyed across the Ohio River to Ripley, Ohio, to the home of John Rankin. At his home, students walked the infamous steps from his house on the hill down to John Parker’s house on the waterfront; both were conductors on the Underground Railroad. The final stop was the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Three sections — those connected with the First Generation Initiative Living Learning Community — of the university’s CIS 110 courses attended the “Underground Railroad Excursion.” Afterward, students formed groups and submitted papers discussing the effects of the Underground Railroad on the current generation, what ethnic groups were most affected through this historical event, and how 1G students can "pay it forward" in times of adversity.


“First generation students are a population dear to my heart since I am a second-generation college student. I personally know the effect their decisions have on their own lives, along with the lives of their families, directly and indirectly,” said Davies, who is a CIS faculty lecturer for the Instructional Communication and Research division (ICR) within the College of Communication and Information.


A valuable experience to the topic of diversity and the course’s focus on communicating effectively through written formats, the excursion and accompanying assignment proved to achieve the college’s diversity award goals, and give a unique learning experience to the 1G students. The college consists of 220 1G students or 11.5 percent of the college’s student base. 


“Excursions like these are amazing learning opportunities; some of these students may never have the opportunity to experience something like this or even think to experience something like this,” Davies said.


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or