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Registration Open for Women's Forum Conference -- 'She is Every Woman'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 16:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Women's Forum announces its 2016 annual conference "She is Every Woman," featuring. Kathi Kern, associate professor in the Department of History and director of the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). This year's conference will be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Hilary J. Boone Center beginning with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and ending with giveaways and door prizes by 3 p.m.


The Women's Forum Annual Conference is free and open to all UK faculty and staff, and is a terrific opportunity for women to build their professional and personal skill sets, as well as better inform the UK community about the Women's Forum mission, goals, and general membership.


"The conference is geared toward learning from successful UK women and to explore all of the facets of our professional and personal lives while celebrating our own successes within the university," said Alison Begor, chair of the event. "The conference will feature sessions including professional development, personal safety, generational differences, navigating social media, renewing your career passion, and floral design."


The Women's Forum Annual Conference is a valuable professional opportunity that is free and informative while celebrating UK women's achievements. This conference not only allows for individuals to network but to learn, listen, and grow in their professional roles at the university.


Individuals may register for the conference by completing the registration form at Registration will be limited to the first 150 registrants.


The UK Women's Forum was created in 1991 and is an organization for all faculty and staff members of the university. Its mission is to exert a leadership role in empowering, validating, informing, including and celebrating all women employed through the University of Kentucky by addressing the challenges, communicating issues and recognizing successes within the context of the workplace.  2016 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Forum.


For additional information about the Women's Forum or the conference, visit their Facebook page or website If you have any questions, contact Alison Begor, 2016 Women’s Forum Conference Chair at or 859-257-8317.  



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Social Work Student Creates Community Dinners From Vision of Unity and a Garden

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 15:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) — Food not only nourishes the body, it can nourish the soul, especially when shared in the company of other people. As Sidney Peard, a senior in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, tended the garden she and her neighbor started this summer with a couple of heirloom tomatoes, a vision of unifying people in her community through food took root and began to grow.


Peard lives near UK’s campus and the heart of downtown Lexington. Residents of the community represent an eclectic mix of people from multiple generations and all walks of life. The centralized location also makes it a natural passageway for a segment of Lexington’s homeless population.


“I really feel the Lord laid it on my heart that day in the garden to prepare a meal to bring people together from different populations and share a meal in community – the young, the older, the homeless,” Peard said.


The idea of a vegetable garden developed from Peard’s friendship with her neighbor, Nick Stump, a 67-year-old widower, UK graduate, Vietnam War veteran, and local musician. The two often meet on the front porch of the duplex they share.


“I listen to the amazing stories of his life. We have met each other's friends. He feels like family.”


When Stump mentioned that he could no longer raise his heirloom tomatoes because of bad knees, Peard offered to do it for him. Since the first tomato plant, the neighbors have added peppers, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, cucumbers and squash.


Peard said she didn’t set her expectations too high for the first community dinner and her only advertisement at the time was word-of-mouth. She bought plates and utensils, and borrowed tables from UK’s Christian Student Fellowship where she works.


“I thought if no one comes and it’s just Nick and myself, then we’ll share dinner in the back yard.”


The first community meal was in early July, a small gathering of Peard’s and Stump’s friends who shared a meal of pasta salad and conversation. The meals, always held on Tuesdays, became known as “To Gather Tuesdays” and now has a Facebook page. Stump fully supports Peard’s community endeavor with his attendance, his gardening expertise, and occasionally he will help cook.


As news of Peard’s community dinners spread, the number of guests began to increase.


“One evening as I was putting out food, a homeless man slowly walked by my yard and asked if this is where meals are served,” Peard said. “He attended regularly after that and some of his friends have since joined him."


Peard has poured her heart into bringing her community together over the course of the summer through her community meals. People who might not otherwise share a meal together, seem more like friends. She developed a special bond with one guest in particular; a neighbor she met because the woman often cuts through the vegetable garden on her way home.  Peard says that she is always walking, usually carrying grocery bags, and usually physically affected by alcohol. Their friendship has developed over many a Tuesday evening meal, and outside the community dinner as Peard often walks her or gives her a ride home.


“I found out she had a birthday coming up, and I told her that I was going to bake her a birthday cake. At first she resisted the idea but finally gave in,” Peard said. “She told me she hadn’t had a birthday cake in years. We all celebrated after dinner.”


Peard’s compassion for others was instilled in her as a young child growing up in Chicago, Illinois, and she remembers going with her parents to inner city Chicago to hand out sandwiches to the homeless.


“I consistently heard "I love you” from my parents and received a sense of belonging from them by those words being a constant. They taught me the importance of being that love for other people."


Social work seems a natural fit for Peard, who says her love for others and fire for justice and service are what motivate her. Ultimately, Peard credits her faith and beliefs as the guiding force in her life.


“To Gather Tuesdays” has taken on a life of its own over the summer and Peard couldn’t be more pleased when she looks around the cloth covered table filled with food and smiling faces. Conversation abounds between the homed and the homeless, the younger generation with the older.


“The meals are served family style,” Peard said. “The layout forces people to interact with each other.”


No one at the table is related by blood, but these people who were once strangers have become a family of sorts.


The sole source of funding for the dinners comes directly from Peard with a little help from the vegetable garden. While she would welcome help from local businesses, they can’t donate because she is not a 501c tax deductible charity. She recently set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising enough funds to continue the community dinners.  


“I see a lot of growth in this and I have a lot of dreams for it. I love the idea of a community together at this corner spot to share a meal and spend time together. However, growth means more plates at the table and less money for Sidney. I sometimes wonder what I’m going to eat on Thursday!”


This past Tuesday, 30 homeless were guests at Peard’s table.


“I will continue the meals while the weather is still warm, and if the Lord provides a way after that, I’ll continue,” she said.



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Using Sports to Empower and Connect People

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 13:30


Photos of the UK Global Center for Sport Diplomacy's visit to Tanzania and emerging disability sports leaders' visit to the University of Kentucky. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 19, 2016) Sports are an intrinsic part of the American life — bringing folks together on the field, in the backyard and around the TV. But sports are also bringing people together in an even bigger way — people from different continents, cultures and walks of life — thanks to a concept called sports diplomacy.


"Sport is a powerful vehicle," said Carol Mushett, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Education and director of the UK Global Center for Sport Diplomacy. "It transcends languages and cultural differences and can teach many valuable lessons."


The Global Center for Sport Diplomacy, a new initiative led by Mushett and Ben Johnson, who is professor and chair of the UK College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, is focused on using sports to connect people and empower them with confidence, health and wellness, and visibility. 


"For women and girls in particular, sport can build confidence, and for those with disabilities it can do that and more," Mushett said.


Mushett and Johnson have led sport programs in many countries across the world for marginalized communities and sport and education leaders. They follow a similar model each time, but adjust it according to a country's culture. This summer, the pair, along with two College of Education students and Assistant Professor Mindy Ickes, traveled to Tanzania, an East African country, to promote human rights and positive social change through sports for people with disabilities. The program was funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ SportsUnited division.


"In Africa, less than one percent receive any rehabilitation," Mushett said. "Sport can't be a substitute for that, but it can produce many of the same outcomes."


The U.N. estimates approximately 80 million people are living with disabilities in Africa, and many have been fighting for rights, services and dignity for decades.


"We know that when it comes to human rights, invisibility is at the core of an absence of those rights," Mushett said. "Sports create visibility."


While they were in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the UK College of Education team led more than 130 participants — mostly emerging disability sports leaders from Tanzania and Kenya — in workshops and lectures. The team also helped build the country's Paralympic committee and finished the trip with a sports festival where 600 people attended, Mushett said.


Eleven of those East African leaders traveled to UK the following month to gain advanced training and learn more about using sports to rehabilitate disabilities and promote tolerance. The group attended the Shriners No Limits Sports Clinic and toured the facilities of Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.


"They started thinking, 'How can we adapt what they do with horses to zebras?'" Mushett said, referring to the therapeutic activities Riding for Hope offers for people with disabilities.


The visitors also took note of adapted activities and equipment used at Shriners Sports Clinic.


"After gaining some specialized training from a U.S. university, they go back and have some power in that area," Mushett said.


Although fairly new to UK — having joined faculty a year ago — Mushett and Johnson are veterans in the sports diplomacy field.


In fact, Johnson said, someone they trained in 2002 became a minister of sport 11 years later.


From leading a sports program for women in the Middle East to organizing a soccer program in Colombia combating gang participation — the pair has long used sports as a commonality between countries and different types of people.


Mushett has served on the International Paralympic Committee; the Board of Trustees of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games; and the International Olympic Committee Commission on Cultural and Olympic Education. She also oversaw the organization of global sport operations for four International Paralympic Games and 13 Paralympic World Championships. And she is a recipient of the Paralympic Order, the highest tribute awarded within the Paralympic Movement.


Johnson also has vast experience in the sports diplomacy world. He is the co-founder of the African Academy of Disability Sport and founder of the International Academy for Disability Rights. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission and coordinated the IOC’s Sport Science Research Projects during the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Summer Games. Johnson also works with athletes of all ages and abilities in improving their sport performance and minimizing chances for injury.


As the two continue to establish the UK Global Center for Sport Diplomacy, they look forward to conducting more research on the effects of sports, strengthening partnerships with domestic and foreign partners and engaging the Lexington community. 


"If we can train one person and that one person impacts another … and if we can give our students these experiences … we can make a significant difference," Johnson said. 



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Police Chief Dispels Rumors Following Attempted Sexual Assault Off Campus

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016) — In an effort to dispel rumors, University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe sent an email to UK students, faculty and staff members today providing accurate information surrounding a recent report of an attempted sexual assaut in Lexington.  


False information has been circulated around campus, mostly via social media.  The incident in question did not occur on campus, and UK residence halls have not been locked down.


Below is the message from Chief Monroe:


In response to misinformation being circulated among University of Kentucky students, parents and employees about a recent attempted sexual assault in Lexington, I want to provide accurate information to our UK family.  Safety is of the utmost importance to UK Police and the entire university, and we would not sacrifice that. 


No incidents related to the recent report from Lexington police about possible sexual assaults has occurred on UK's campus.  All incidents were off campus.  UK Police are assisting Lexington Police in their investigation. The university is also looking at additional measures to enhance security on the edges of campus.


The question often arises as to the criteria for issuing UK Alerts. Alerts are issued when a serious crime or other incident (gas leak, tornado warning, etc.) occurs on campus posing a threat that requires immediate action. No alert was issued for the Aug. 26 attempted sexual assault that was reported at Arlington and Grosvenor Avenues because it did not occur on campus and UK Police did not have knowledge of it until Aug. 29, days after it occurred, so there was no immediate threat.


UK Police provide 24 hour patrols of campus, but we also urge students to be vigilant in their own safety no matter where they are.  We recommend use of the LiveSafe App to report tips or to enhance safety at night on or off campus areas with virtual escorts.  Our Safe Line, 859-257-SAFE (7233) can also connect you to other services, include the ROTC SafeCats program providing safety escorts on campus, and Parking and Transportation Services' on demand bus service for late hours. Student Government and PTS also provide WildCab transportation off campus.


The University of Kentucky values a safe community for all students, staff, faculty and visitors. In the interest of promoting a safe and secure campus environment, UK Police offer these safety precautions as well:


•           If you see something, say something. For emergencies, call 911.

•           Carry a cell phone to be able to call for help in emergencies.

•           Do not travel alone after dark; walk with a friend or with a group.

•           Whenever possible, look out for your friends when you go out together; walk together and make sure that everyone gets home safely.

•           Park in well-lit areas when possible.

•           Turn over any requested items (purse, wallet, etc.).

•           Make statements with authority – “BACK-OFF! STOP! NO-WAY!” You deserve to be respected.

·       Download and use the UK LiveSafe App on the App Store or Google Play:



Joe Monroe

University of Kentucky Chief of Police

Moving Forward Together: Empowering the Office for Institutional Diversity

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 09:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) — As explained in last week's UKNow article, University of Kentucky administrators are working diligently to address five concerns students presented to them in a meeting last November. The second concern the students expressed was that the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) is not effectively structured or empowered.


“This student concern is critical to achieving the university’s diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives. We must develop a better understanding of the current status of our efforts in order to assess continuous improvement, and act on what we learn. Yet, it is imperative to take action now, rather than delay," said Terry Allen, interim vice president for institutional diversity.


Addressing this concern, an assessment of the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Diversity central unit is under review. Specific needs and recommendations are being examined to identify responsibilities and develop an organizational chart that supports an increase in professional staffing. Additionally, an examination of diversity and inclusion institutional structures nationwide is being conducted.


OID houses five units: Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services, Student Support Services, Martin Luther King Center, Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives and the Office for LGBTQ* Resources. Funds have been allocated to strengthen resources within each unit. Vacant positions have been filled, new positions created and facilities are being enhanced.


Based on a new diversity policy by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), UK will develop a new diversity plan. UK is awaiting approval of the policy from the CPE including a framework for institutional diversity plan development.


UK has also increased its diversity programming budget by $10,000 annually to be administered by the Diversity Organizations Council.  The 2016-2017 fiscal year budget will retain this increased budget amount. UK will continue to review student diversity programming and develop plans for collaborative universitywide diversity programming initiatives.


In January 2016, UK President Eli Capilouto formed a Memorial Hall mural committee and charged the group with recommending a plan of action for the atrium in Memorial Hall. The committee was asked to determine specifically how to best give context to the mural. The committee worked through the spring semester and the summer to develop recommendations which can be found here.


Researchers from across the campus community are proposing a University of Kentucky Center for Equality and Social Justice that is structured around three facets:

1.    Research

2.    Policy studies and law

3.    Community engagement and advocacy


The center would help scholars and students draw connections between these facets with aims of better understanding social inequality through scholarship and collaboration, shaping policies and practices to reduce existing inequality and empowering scholars, students and the community to advocate for social justice.


The UK Violence Intervention and Prevention Center recently expanded the scope of their services to provide support and advocacy to students, faculty and staff who experience violence or threatening or harassing behavior based on an aspect of their identity or perceived identity.


The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) offers the following:

·      Support at the time of crisis

·      Resources to support physical, emotional and academic well-being

·      Information on reporting options

·      Assistance navigating campus and community reporting systems and resources


For more information about BIRT, visit the VIP Center's website. To file an official report, submit this form.


“Sustaining an environment of diversity and inclusion is the responsibility of every member of the university community," Allen said. "The ongoing work of organizational units such as the VIP Center in Student and Academic Life, and the Center for Equality and Social Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences, is a prime example of how Institutional Diversity must collaborate to become better, to instill a sense of belonging for everyone."




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UK Environmental Health Students Join State, County Officials in Response to Arsenic Contamination

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016) — Responding to an environmental health emergency requires public health workers to enter the field, work alongside community members, and educate residents about risk-reduction measures.


And, as a group of UK College of Public Health students learned on Sept. 7, sometimes fieldwork involves unusual tasks, such as asking a complete stranger for toenail clippings.


Armed with baby wipes and sterile toenail clippers, seven UK College of Public Health students went door to door interviewing and taking biological samples from Long Lane residents in Mount Sterling, Kentucky. They joined an emergency response team from the Kentucky Department for Public Health and the Montgomery County Health Department after dangerous levels of arsenic were detected in the soil of the residential community. The interviews and samples were collected for an assessment of arsenic exposure levels and other health risk factors that public health officials must monitor in response to the residential contamination.


Two weeks ago, a manager from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) measured high levels of arsenic, a poisonous metal, in a sample taken from Long Lane. Public records showed that the residential area, classified by the DEP as a Superfund section, was the site of a wood treatment plant until the early 1990s. The wood was treated with arsenic for commercial use. Local officials believe the former owner of the plant destroyed the facility and burned the supplies, contaminating the soil with high amounts of arsenic. The property was divided and sold as residential space in the 1990s, and many of the families residing on Long Lane have lived in the community for years, unaware of the presence of arsenic in the soil. Arsenic is a toxic metal associated with respiratory disease and cancers. 


“Residents are very concerned about their health,” Jan Chamness, director of the Montgomery County Health Department, said. “They are wondering if it’s going to be safe to continue living here.”


The Kentucky Department for Public Health developed a questionnaire to collect demographic, behavioral, lifestyle and health history information from each resident through oral interviews. Students were paired with a state or county health department official to assist with conducting interviews and collecting samples. Residents were asked to provide a sample of toenail clippings to be tested for arsenic exposure.


Wayne Sanderson, a professor of epidemiology, preventive medicine and environmental health and the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health/Centers for Disease Control-funded Education and Research Center (ERC) at the UK College of Public Health, supported the students’ work, coordinated students’ participation in the emergency response in collaboration with local and state agencies. Jason Unrine in the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment will lead the analysis of the nail samples.


Unrine, Sanderson and students from both colleges will then assist with coding, analysis, and the drafting and editing of the final report. They will report the results of the analysis and tests to state officials, who will determine the appropriate response. While the students acquired hands-on experience on the frontlines of an emergency response, they also provided expertise, knowledge and resources to help an underserved community.


“I think it’s important for both our state and our university community to know we are people of service, and service is an important component of our training ground,” Sanderson said. “This is clearly an important responsibility that falls to the state and county agencies, but it’s an opportunity for our students to learn and participate, and help and contribute.”


For many of the students, the project was their first experience working in the field during a real environmental health emergency response. Maria D. Politis, a second-year doctoral student, said participating in fieldwork allowed her to understand the impact of the arsenic contamination on families and individuals living in the community. Residents reported regular contact with the contaminated soil through gardening, yard maintenance or playing with children. Many residents expressed concern for the children in the community.


“You really don’t know until you come out,” Politis said. “You’re seeing where they live and what they are going through. They do care about this issue, and they are also worried about their children.”


Student April Ballard said she was encouraged to see public health workers actively engaged in communities exposed to a health threat. Fieldwork was one of the aspects of environmental health that interested her in the public health profession. She said making people aware of the risk can help them monitor their health in the future.


“If anything, it’s just building awareness,” Ballard, a master’s of public health student, said. “Public health always goes back to awareness and education.”


Long Lane residents will receive the results of their tests, feedback and long-term support from the state and county health departments.



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For 50th Year, UK to Offer Income Tax Seminars Across Kentucky

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 14:19

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 15, 2016) — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Kentucky Income Tax Seminar Program, a highly successful outreach series that presents updates on both federal and state tax preparation for tax professionals, enrolled agents, certified public accountants, certified financial planners and attorneys. From Oct. 27 through Jan. 5, the program will host seminars around Kentucky that are designed for professional tax preparers with at least one year of tax preparation experience.


The UK Department of Agricultural Economics in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK Cooperative Extension Service, in cooperation with the IRS and the Kentucky Department of Revenue, will offer 15 sessions of the two-day seminar. The program covers individual and small business issues, including the latest changes to tax laws such as federal updates on new tax legislation, agricultural issues, rulings and cases, IRS issues and retirement. It also includes two hours of ethics content.


Seminars are led by Bill Klump and Willa Woolfolk or new instructors James Blandford and Bill Eversole.


Klump is a certified public accountant and president of Klump and Blandford PSC, a certified public accounting firm located in Louisville. He has been an instructor for the Income Tax Seminar Program since 1997.


Woolfolk worked for the IRS for 37 years. She has extensive knowledge of business and trade practices and was responsible for writing sections of classroom training for the IRS.


Blandford is a certified public accountant who is a shareholder and vice president of Klump and Blandford PSC. He is also a managing member of Blandford Wealth Management LLC, a registered investment adviser. His focus is providing tax, accounting, consulting and financial planning services to individuals and small businesses.


Eversole is the managing member of Summit Strategic Advisors LLC, a strategic tax planning and family office consulting firm. He has more than 18 years of consulting and public accounting experience, specializing in providing comprehensive, proactive advisory services to individuals, multi-generational families, family offices and foundations.


Seminar registrants will receive the 2016 National Income Tax Workbook, available only to sponsors of tax schools and to registered participants. Seminar participants will also receive the U.S. Master Tax Guide and a Kentucky Department of Revenue update.


Registration is now open for the two-day program. All seminars begin at 8 a.m. both days and conclude at 5:30 p.m. Seminars will be offered in:

· Bowling Green: Nov. 17-18, Holiday Inn University Plaza, 1021 Wilkinson Trace

· Burlington: Nov. 29-30, Boone County Cooperative Extension Enrichment Center, 1955 Burlington Pike

· Burlington: Jan. 4-5, Boone County Cooperative Extension Enrichment Center, 1955 Burlington Pike

· Elizabethtown: Nov. 30-Dec.1, Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau, 1030 N. Mulberry St.

· Grayson: Nov. 21-22, Kentucky Christian University, 100 Academic Parkway

· Hopkinsville: Oct. 27-28, Christian County Cooperative Extension office, 2850 Pembroke Rd.

· Prestonsburg: Nov. 9-10, Jenny Wiley State Park Conference Center, 75 Theatre Court

· Lexington-North: Nov. 14-15, Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, 1800 Newtown Pike

· Lexington-Downtown: Dec. 5-6, Lexington Center, 430 W. Vine St.

· Louisville-East: Nov. 9-10, University of Louisville/Shelby Campus, 9001 Shelbyville Rd.

· Louisville-Airport: Dec. 6-7, Hilton Garden Inn, 2735 Crittenden Dr.

· Maysville: Nov. 2-3, Mason County Cooperative Extension Office, 800 U.S. Route 68

· Owensboro: Nov. 13-14, Owensboro Convention Center, 502 W. Second St.

· Paducah: Dec. 6-7, Julian Carroll Convention Center, 415 Park Ave.

· Somerset: Dec. 13-14, The Center for Rural Development, 2292 U.S.27 #300


The Kentucky State Board of Accountancy, Kentucky Department of Insurance and National Association of State Boards of Accountancy have approved the seminar for 17 hours continuing education units. The course is also approved by the IRS for 16 hours of continuing education credit (including ethics) for enrolled agents, and for 16 CE hours by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. Attorneys may apply directly to the Kentucky Bar Association for CLE credit.


The early registration fee of $325 must be received two weeks prior to the chosen seminar date. Registration within two weeks of the seminar date is $365. For a registration form or more information, go to



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UK HealthCare’s Dr. Michael Karpf Announces Decision to Retire in 2017

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 14:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2016) – University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs (EVPHA) Dr. Michael Karpf today announced Karpf’s decision to retire in 2017 following the hiring and appropriate transition period for his replacement.


“My original mandate when recruited to this position by then UK President Lee Todd was to revitalize the clinical enterprise at UK incorporating both the hospital system and the College of Medicine,” Karpf said. “Since my arrival in 2003, we have made considerable progress, and I feel that the original goals we established have been achieved and we have built a strong foundation for UK HealthCare.”


Under Karpf’s leadership, in the past 13 years, UK has invested close to $2 billion for faculty recruitment, program development, technology acquisition as well as facilities, while also fostering partnerships with leading regional health providers across the state to extend care to those who need it most.


As a result, hospital discharges in the last decade have nearly doubled from under 20,000 annually to nearly 40,000. At the same time, health research into the problems most impacting Kentucky has grown considerably, capped off two years ago by legislative approval to build a new $265 million health research facility focused specifically on the most daunting health challenges confronting the state


Against that backdrop, a national search for a new EVPHA will be conducted with the goal of completing the search and allowing for an appropriate transition. Karpf, 71, will remain fully in charge of UK HealthCare until that time, Capilouto said.


“I am convinced that UK HealthCare is the greatest success story in modern academic health center history,” Capilouto said. “This is not grandiosity. The numbers show it. The faces and stories behind those numbers paint an undeniable picture of progress, compassion and care.


“Through sheer determination and a brilliance to see far ahead into the future, and, more so, to prepare for it, Mike Karpf has authored a remarkable chapter in the history of UK HealthCare, the University of Kentucky, and the Commonwealth.”

Karpf plans to transition to a part-time faculty position working on health service and health policy issues and plans to stay involved in the art, music and humanities program that makes UK HealthCare a very special place for all, he said. “These past 13 years have been challenging but immensely rewarding to me personally. I respect the colleagues with whom I have worked, especially the faculty and staff in UK HealthCare and cherish the wonderful friends Ellen and I have made here in Lexington.”


Since being recruited to UK in 2003 from UCLA, Karpf has developed advanced sub-specialty care programs comparable to those available at the nation’s very best referral, research-intensive academic medical centers. This has been achieved in great part through the recruitment of outstanding physicians and aggressively built nationally competitive tertiary and quaternary programs which have grown dramatically both in volume and quality.


“Dr. Michael Karpf has, without question, changed the face of health care in Kentucky for the better,” said Dr. Britt Brockman, chair, UK Board of Trustees. “Because of his compassion and unrelenting work ethic, we have made remarkable strides in the last 13 years at UK HealthCare toward transforming that dream into a reality. Now, with Mike’s vision and continued commitment, we will over the next several months, plan how we continue to move forward in ensuring all Kentuckians have access to the best of care from an outstanding academic medical center that exists for the sole purpose of healing Kentuckians facing the gravest of challenges.” 


In addition to focusing on advanced subspecialty care on campus, Karpf has also strived to develop strong relationships with community providers by expanding and improving the services they can offer. The culmination of these efforts has been the launching of the Kentucky Health Collaborative, 10 major systems in Kentucky comprising more than 50 hospitals working together to deliver value-based care – producing the best outcomes at the highest level of efficiency.


As a result of these endeavors, UK HealthCare’s outpatient activity has grown dramatically, now exceeding 1.5 million outpatient visits per year. In addition, in 2016, UK has received more than 18,000 patient transfers from other providers compared to 1,000 patient transfers in 2003.


To accommodate this unprecedented growth, Karpf led the charge to develop a replacement hospital, known as the 12-story UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A, which is not only “as technologically advanced as any hospital in the country, it is also an exceptionally empathetic facility – comfortable and comforting for our patients, their families, visitors, and, just as important, for our faculty and staff,” Karpf said.


As of June 2016, 96 percent of the 1.2 million-square foot Pavilion A is occupied or has received approval for finishing out.




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Quotes about Dr. Karpf’s Retirement


– Dr. Britt Brockman, chair, UK Board of Trustees

“Dr. Michael Karpf has, without question, changed the face of health care in Kentucky for the better. His dream has been to ensure that no Kentuckian, no matter where they live or who they are, should have to worry about leaving the Commonwealth to receive the best of advanced care. Because of his compassion and unrelenting work ethic, we have made remarkable strides in the last 15 years at UK HealthCare toward transforming that dream into a reality. Now, with Mike’s vision and continued commitment, we will over the next several months, plan how we continue to move forward in ensuring all Kentuckians have access to the best of care from an outstanding academic medical center that exists for the sole purpose of healing Kentuckians facing the gravest of challenges.”


Robert Vance, Chair, UK Health Care Committee, UK Board of Trustees

“The name Michael Karpf is synonymous with the concept of leadership and transformation. Under his leadership, and with his vision, an academic medical center that was struggling more than a decade ago has grown and been transformed into one of the country’s outstanding hospital systems. He has changed health care in Kentucky. Most importantly, his work – alongside talented doctors and medical professionals – is saving lives and forging a brighter path for the future in terms of addressing our state’s most daunting health care challenges. UK and Kentucky are better for his leadership, his commitment and his incredible vision.” 


-- Former UK President Lee T. Todd Jr.

“While I had high expectations for UK HealthCare when we hired Michael Karpf, he has significantly exceeded those expectations. A new hospital was definitely needed but there were no thoughts that we could invest nearly $2 billion in facilities and other much-needed infrastructure through the years or generate more than $1.3 billion in revenue last year alone. The high quality of the physician and staff recruits, the focus on obtaining NCI designation, the building of relationships with hospitals throughout Kentucky and the surrounding region, and his personal commitment to patients are all indicators of his professional leadership and his personal desire to make health care better for all Kentuckians. I admire him for not only the many things that he achieved but, as importantly, for how he achieved them.” 


-- Barbara Young, UK Board of Trustees and former chair of the UK Health Care Committee

“For more than a decade I have had the honor of working alongside Dr. Michael Karpf.  Thanks to his far reaching vision and steadfast commitment to excellence, UK HealthCare has become one of the most respected academic medical centers in the country.  Today, UK HealthCare is providing care to people in need, in our state and beyond, who in the past have had few options. Whether he is visiting with patients and families, or creating partnerships to extend the healing touch of UK HealthCare, his focus has always been on how best to make the lives of others better. That is his legacy.”


-- Cathy Jacobs, Philanthropist, Lexington

"His outstanding leadership of — and his passion for — the University, along with his compassion for the people it serves, will be felt and appreciated for many years to come."  


-- Myra Leigh Tobin, UK Board of Trustees 2002-2008; UK HealthCare Community Member 2008-2015

“I was on UK's Board of Trustees and its Healthcare Committee when Dr. Karpf arrived in Lexington.  His leadership was evident from his first week and his passion for serving this community is still just as strong today. I am particularly proud of him for initiating the Arts and Music Healing Program at the hospital. This has been appreciated by patients, family, and the Lexington community. He set high standards of performance, excellence in execution of the delivery of health care services, and achieved outstanding results because he believed in partnerships.”


 -- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky    

“Dr. Michael Karpf’s retirement will be a great loss for the University of Kentucky and for our Commonwealth. He’s made a transformational impact on UK thanks to his vision and leadership. He was instrumental in bringing competitive health research funding to UK, and in earning national recognition and additional funding for the university’s Markey Cancer Center. I’ve enjoyed working with him over the years on many projects to benefit the university and Kentucky. Elaine and I send him and his family our best wishes.”


-- U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington

“On behalf of the people of Central and Eastern Kentucky, I want to thank Dr. Michael Karpf for his outstanding contributions to the University of Kentucky, as well as his commitment to improving health care throughout his long career in medicine and research.  While his leadership will be missed, I congratulate him on his retirement and wish him and his wife Ellen the best.”


-- Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester

“Dr. Karpf has been the driving force in developing networks between UK HealthCare and community hospitals in the rural parts of Kentucky that have helped those hospitals remain economically sustainable. Those partnerships have also aided our communities and, most important, the thousands of patients that benefit from care closer to home - several of whom I know personally. On campus, his leadership in advancing biomedical research and the drive for National Cancer Institute designation for the Markey Cancer Center helped provide the General Assembly with the comfort that the new $265 million research building currently under construction would be a great success in attacking the health disparities of Kentuckians. He will be sorely missed.”


-- House Majority Floor Leader, Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook

“In my time working with Dr. Karpf he has not only approached his job as a true professional but always managed to treat patients and their families with a very personal, human touch. Furthermore, the partnerships he formed with Morehead State University and St. Claire Regional Medical Center to help educate more healthcare professionals in and for eastern Kentucky will greatly improve quality care in our region for many years to come.”  


-- Bob Quick, President and CEO, Commerce Lexington

"Dr. Karpf's legacy will be felt for generations to come. He has been a transformational leader in health care, an excellent partner in economic development and totally committed to advancing the Commonwealth's health, wellness and prosperity (economic) efforts."


-- David Adkisson, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

“Dr. Karpf has been a transformation leader for healthcare, for Lexington and for Kentucky. From building that massive hospital during a recession when people desperately needed jobs, getting the cancer center recognized nationally and working with the other hospitals across the state on Kentucky’s wellness issues, Dr. Karpf led on all those fronts and we’re all better off for it.”


-- Michael Rust, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kentucky Hospital Association

“Dr. Karpf has been an extremely valuable member of the Kentucky Hospital Association. He served on our Board of Trustees for four years and his knowledge and expertise has provided great leadership and insight as we face Kentucky’s many health care challenges. He will be greatly missed by the hospitals and the patients served in the Commonwealth.”


-- Stephen A. Williams, CEO, Norton Healthcare

"In my 44 years of health care administration in Kentucky, Mike Karpf is the most committed, hard working and effective health care leader I've known. He has advanced health care not only at UK but for the entire Commonwealth, and I continue to appreciate the opportunity to work with him as a respected colleague and as a great friend."

-- Joe Grossman, Appalachian Regional Hospital President and CEO

"ARH appreciates the vision and leadership of Dr. Karpf and his passion for improving the availability of advanced healthcare services to the rural areas ARH serves in eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia. Dr. Karpf has always supported keeping patients in their home communities for care and close to their support network of family and their local physician, when possible. Under his guidance, ARH has partnered with UK HealthCare on a number of critical services such as cardiac, stroke and oncology. These partnerships offer our patients a seamless system of care between ARH and UK HealthCare, enabling them to receive care at their local ARH hospital while also having access to UK's broader range of specialists and services when necessary. We appreciate all Dr. Karpf has done for ARH and the great strides in health care UK has made under his direction."


-- Connie Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Med Center Health at Bowling Green

“Dr. Michael Karpf is a unique and talented person, a great friend and a valued colleague. Under his leadership, UK HealthCare and Med Center Health have developed innovative partnerships that will benefit patients in our region and throughout the Commonwealth for years to come. I congratulate Mike and look forward to our continued friendship.”


Key Accomplishments:

  • Since 2004, hospital patient discharges have grown by 88 percent and outpatient visits have grown from almost 665,000 to 1.1 million in 2015.
  • UK HealthCare has grown from a small academic medical center at the 25th percentile of volume to an Academic Medical Center above the 75th percentile.
  • The need for a replacement hospital was key to being able to provide advanced subspecialty care. When UK HealthCare finishes the projects covered by the $150 million bond issuance the UK Board of Trustees approved in June 2016, Chandler Hospital Pavilion A will be more than 96 percent complete.
  • Since 2003, UK has invested close to $2 billion for faculty recruitment, program development, technology acquisition, and bricks and mortar. All while remaining financially sound.
  • In 2003, UK accommodated 1,000 transfers from other facilities; in 2016, UK received more than 18,000 transfers from other providers and because of capacity limits still had to turn away a substantial number of patients. UK HealthCare has become the critical linchpin of the health care system of Kentucky, taking care of patients other providers cannot effectively manage.
  • UK HealthCare today is a thriving regional referral system with aspirations to become a medical destination and one of the nation’s very best health care providers. The culmination of these efforts at building relationships has been the launching of the Kentucky Health Collaborative, 10 major systems in Kentucky comprising more than 50 hospitals working together to deliver value-based care – producing the best outcomes at the highest level of efficiency.
  • In 2013, UK HealthCare was recognized with a University HealthSystem Consortium Rising Star Award for Quality Leadership – rocketing from 56th place to a rank of 12th in 2013. This was the largest improvement in rankings in UHC history.
  • In 2013, Markey Cancer Center received National Cancer Institute designation, the only cancer program in Kentucky to be so designated.
  • Overall growth in jobs (combining hospital and college) has more than doubled since 2003.

Dr. Michael Karpf Biosketch


Michael Karpf, MD, has served as the executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Kentucky since October 2003 when he was recruited to Lexington, Kentucky, to integrate the university’s clinical services. He is responsible for all clinical operations across the university – known as UK HealthCare – and encompassing two hospitals, a variety of ambulatory practices, and clinical activities of the UK College of Medicine and five health profession colleges.


In his tenure at UK, Dr. Karpf has led UK HealthCare through two major strategic, financial and capital planning processes with a focus on strengthening local health care and improving the Commonwealth’s delivery system by partnering with community hospitals and physicians. Over the years, these relationships with other providers have matured to the point that in 2016 UK HealthCare joined nine other hospital systems in establishing the Kentucky Health Collaborative.


In the same timeframe, more than $1.8 billion has been invested in facilities, technology and programs to support the growth of advanced subspecialty programs. Hospital discharges have nearly doubled, and transfers from community hospitals to UK HealthCare are nearing 19,000 a year. Today, UK HealthCare ranks in the 75th percentile of academic medical centers (AMCs) for both patient volume and case complexity. Overall, improvements in the quality of care and patient safety led to UK HealthCare winning the UHC Rising Star Award in 2013 and becoming a national leader among AMCs in patient safety in 2015.


Michael Karpf received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. After an internship in medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he served as a research associate in the Laboratory of Immunology at the National Institutes of Health. He returned to the University of Pennsylvania to complete his medical residency, fellowship in hematology and oncology and a chief residency in internal medicine. In 1978, he went to the Miami Veteran Administration Hospital to start a Division of General Internal Medicine.


In 1979, he was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh to develop a Division of General Medicine. In 1985, he assumed the Falk Chair in General Medicine and became vice chair of medicine. At the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Karpf was instrumental in restructuring the educational programs for medical students and housestaff, as well as the clinical programs of the Department of Medicine. He established a large Division of General Internal Medicine which served as a model for other programs.


In 1994, Dr. Karpf went to Allegheny Health Systems as senior vice president for clinical affairs at both Allegheny General Hospital and the Allegheny Integrated Health Group. In 1995, he was recruited to UCLA as vice provost for hospital systems. There he integrated the UCLA Medical Center, the Santa Monica /UCLA Medical Center and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital into one corporate entity. He was instrumental in developing a primary care network and reorganized the practice management organization for the medical group.


Dr. Karpf’s academic interests have been in developing and evaluating innovative educational and clinical programs. He established the Primary Care Training Residency and the General Medicine Fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh. At UCLA and at the University of Kentucky he has been instrumental in establishing a Center for Patient Safety and Quality and the Ethics Center.


'UK at the Half' Features Dean of UK College of Medicine

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 14:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016)  Robert DiPaola, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK at Florida football game, broadcast on radio Sept. 10.


DiPaola, who came to UK March 1, talks about his impressions of the college and the university, including the collaborative nature, strong leadership and strength of faculty.


To hear the Sept. 10 "UK at the Half," click on the play button below. To view a transcript of the show, click here.


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



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Legacy of Rob Schultz Remembered With Memorial, Scholarships

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 11:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016) On May 22, 2016, the University of Kentucky lost a member of the Wildcat family. Rob Schultz died of cancer one day before his 39th birthday. Researcher, assistant professor of music theory and co-founder of Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM) journal, Schultz is remembered across the UK community and the fields of music theory and world music. In celebration of his contributions to his fields of study and his students, two scholarships and a gathering are being presented in his memory.


First, members of campus are invited to come together at a remembrance gathering in honor of Schultz beginning 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in the Davis Marksbury Building. The Wildcat community is encouraged to attend this night of music, poetry, reflection and closure in honor of the professor.


For more information regarding the memorial event, contact Kevin Holm-Hudson, associate professor of music theory, in the UK School of Music at 859-257-8197 or


In addition to the remembrance gathering, the UK School of Music in the College of Fine Arts is also awarding a scholarship in Schultz's name to an undergraduate or graduate student who shows great enthusiasm and dedication for music and scholarship, as Schultz did. Scholarship nominees should act as a personal and professional role model, as well as provide encouragement to other students. Nominations for the scholarship can be made by graduate students in the Division of Theory and Composition, as well as faculty from the division. Students studying music outside the theory and composition area may also be nominated.


For more information about the scholarship named for Schultz, contact Kim Harris, director of philanthropy in the UK College of Fine Arts, at 859-257-3145 or


Outside of the university, the AAWM has also decided to honor the memory of this beloved UK faculty member by establishing the Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award. Graduate students and young scholars within five years of graduation may apply for this award. Applicants must submit a paper to the AAWM journal for consideration. The student who presents the best paper will be published in the AAWM journal and will be awarded the scholarship. Applicants will be judged by AAWM editors and organizers, as well as the Schultz family.


Submitted papers for the Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award must be emailed to To help fund the award in Schultz's memory, AAWM is accepting donations at



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Kentucky Remembers Jazz Virtuoso Thomas Chapin With Screening, Concert

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:38


Trailer for "Night Bird Song: The Thomas Chapin Story." 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) "When you die, the melody remains … it’s the song of your life." — Thomas Chapin.


Thomas Chapin was an alto sax and flute master close to reaching the pinnacle of success in his career when leukemia took his life at the age of 40 in 1998. Kentucky audiences are invited to come together to celebrate the life and work of this jazz virtuoso at a two-day event featuring a film screening and concert tribute Sept. 20-21.


The Chapin tribute will begin at the Kentucky Theatre with a screening of "Night Bird Song: The Thomas Chapin Story," 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. "A Tribute to the Music of Thomas Chapin" will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. Both the film screening and concert are free and open to the public.


Although Chapin died at an early age, his music has continued to live on. Today he inspires a new generation of artists who have recently discovered his work. In addition to his music, Chapin created exceptional poetry to match his compositions and developed art collages as visual expressions of his jazz solos.


The new documentary, "Night Bird Song: The Thomas Chapin Story," by Emmy Award- winning director Stephanie Castillo gives an intimate portrait of this musical explorer who transcended the boundaries of jazz and dissolved the distinctions between sound and music. The film aims to transform Chapin from being a footnote in jazz music to being a well-known figure. 


"A Tribute to the Music of Thomas Chapin" will feature former Thomas Chapin Trio member and bassist Mario Pavone and prominent composer and musician Dave Ballou with jazz musicians from UK School of Music playing Chapin's compositions. A pre-concert discussion with the film's director, Stephanie Castillo, will be presented before at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Holmes Hall's Creative Arts Living Learning Program Studio. The lecture is also free and open to the public.


The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts 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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Two UK Students Among SEC School Recipients of Dr Pepper Education Abroad Awards

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 17:10

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Sept. 15, 2016) — Two University of Kentucky students are among 28 students from Southeastern Conference universities who will study abroad during the 2016-17 academic year, the result of a contribution to the league by Dr Pepper. In 2015, the SEC corporate sponsor allocated $100,000 to the conference to provide study abroad opportunities for SEC students who excel in the classroom, demonstrate financial need and represent nontraditional study abroad participants.


Shazia Olivares, a sophomore poltical science major from Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Jevincio Tooson, a dietetics major from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, are the UK recipients of the awards.  Olivares plans to study in Spain and Tooson will study in Italy.


“We are enthused to expand upon the SEC’s commitment to education by giving deserving students a chance to study abroad through the SECU academic initiative,” Jaxie Alt, senior vice president of marketing for Dr Pepper said when the program was established. “Dr Pepper has continued to fund one-of-a-kind dreams since 2008 through our tuition giveaway program, and now we are able to support the great work the SEC is doing.”


Each SEC university identified two students to participate in a faculty-led program occurring during either the summer, fall or spring terms of the 2016-17 academic year.


“Increasing the amount and type of education abroad opportunities available to SEC students has been an SECU goal for more than a decade,” said Torie Johnson, executive director of the SECU Academic Initiative. “It’s exciting to know that thanks to Dr Pepper’s generosity, more SEC students than ever will have a life-changing experience in another part of the world.”


SECU was established in 2005 as the SEC Academic Consortium, and one of its original focal points was education abroad. In response, the consortium secured an Institute for Study Abroad Foundation grant to provide scholarships for SEC students to study at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland. In addition, by utilizing a cooperative agreement, students from SEC universities now have access to programs offered at other SEC universities. Finally, the SEC also has an exchange partnership with the Politecnico di Torino which gives SEC engineering students the opportunity to study in Torino, Italy, each spring and Italian students opportunities at several SEC universities.


Below is the list of SEC students, their universities, majors and destinations abroad.


Student                                                                     Major                                     Destination

Christopher Chirino, University of Alabama        Education                              Europe          


Kristin Hardy, University of Alabama                    Political Science                   Germany

Maria Andreatta, University of Arkansas             International Relations        Spain

Brandon Stienke, University of Arkansas            Classical Studies                 Italy

Charles Branch, Auburn University                      Special Education                South Korea

Madison Gohlke, Auburn University                     Animal Science                    Swaziland

Daniel Bertak, University of Florida                      Computer Engineering       Russia

Cynthia Joseph, University of Florida                   Political Science                   France

Shara Cherniak, University of Georgia                 Education                              Ghana

Austin Hayes, University of Georgia                     Computer Science               Sweden

Shazia Olivares, University of Kentucky              Political Science                   Spain

Jevincio Tooson, University of Kentucky             Dietetics                                 Italy

Giovanni Coakley, Louisiana State University    Architecture                           Italy

Morgan Crier, Louisiana State University            International Studies           Canada

Cellas Hayes, University of Mississippi                Classics                                 Italy

Chelsey Helman, University of Mississippi          Psychology                           Tanzania

Ruth Fowler, Mississippi State University            Physics                                  Europe

Ryan Matijevich, Mississippi State University     Mechanical Engineering     Russia

Jeffery Chininis, University of Missouri                Bioengineering                     Rwanda

Summer Elyse Schacht, University of Missouri Biological Science               Turkey

Cho-Fei Huang, University of South Carolina     Business Economics           England

Cindy Son, University of South Carolina             Business                               Hong Kong

Kristy Hatcher, University of Tennessee              Animal Science                    Jamaica

Timothy Herman, University of Tennessee         Biological Sciences             Germany

Courtney Kuehner, Texas A&M University          Landscape Architecture      Germany

Tung Nguyen, Texas A&M University                  Environmental Design        Italy

Ahmed El-Sadek, Vanderbilt University               Neuroscience                       France

Samuel Sarfo Edwards, Vanderbilt University    Medicine, Health & Society France


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UK HDI Helping Students With Disabilities Transition From School to Career

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 14:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 15, 2016) — The University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI), along with valuable partners, has received a five-year Partnership in Employment Systems Change grant from the Administration for Community Living. The grant will help students with the most significant disabilities, specifically students age 18-21, transition from school to meaningful employment or postsecondary education in their communities.


HDI; the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR); Department of Education; Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities; Protection and Advocacy; Office for the Blind; Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities; Office of Autism; and the Kentucky Autism Training Center will work together to directly impact post-school outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Kentucky. This state-level intervention will impact students at the most critical point – their final years of school.


HDI's aim, over the five years of this grant, is to improve youth outcomes within each of the Commonwealth's 174 school districts by increasing integrated employment and participation in postsecondary education.


“As my son enjoys a wonderfully inclusive setting during his high school years, we constantly think about how we can channel his talents and people skills into a meaningful career," said Stephanie Meredith, HDI information services director and the mother of a 16-year-old with Down syndrome. "I’m so incredibly excited to work on a project like this to help other young men and women like my son avoid ‘the cliff’ after high school and, instead, move seamlessly into employment opportunities where they can fulfill their potential as valuable members of their communities.”


The Partnership in Employment Systems Change intends to accomplish this goal by establishing a state-level employment work group that consists of the above partners, with representation from self-advocates and family members, to conduct a statewide needs assessment and develop policies fostering competitive, integrated employment as the first, preferred choice of youth with the most significant disabilities. HDI will also conduct professional development; create and disseminate information resources to families and students, as well as practitioners and employers; and track data outcomes to make sure we are making an impact.


Kathy Sheppard-Jones, the project’s lead and HDI executive director, is enthusiastic about the possibilities.


“The commitment that our partners have shown in developing this grant has been tremendous," she said. "In bringing together state leaders, family members and self-advocates, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make significant strides in building stronger communities for all Kentuckians, and particularly for students with the most significant disabilities. Students should end their high school journey with excitement to begin the next chapter of their lives — lives that include work, learning and meaningful participation in their communities. It’s an honor to be part of the Kentucky Employment Partnership.”



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UK's Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Hosting Reception Sept. 15

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:29

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 14, 2016)  The University of Kentucky’s chapter of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is hosting a fun and informational reception tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 15) afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Center on Rose Street from 5 to 7 p.m. UK students who have been invited to membership are welcome to attend the event and meet current student, faculty and staff members of PKP.


Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective, and most prestigious all-discipline honor society. Standards for election to PKP are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to UK’s top 7.5 percent of second-term juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.


When a student joins, he or she becomes one of a distinguished group. PKP members have served in the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States. They have won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and numerous other national and international awards for service and achievement in their chosen fields. PKP is proud to include among its membership thousands of men and women who, for more than a century, have sought to make a difference in the communities where they live and work.


PKP members are eligible for one or more of the society’s grants and awards programs. PKP’s fellowships for graduate study, Love of Learning awards, and literacy grants all are worth looking into. To date, UK students have won more than $20,000 in awards from PKP. The society is proud of its record of helping members advance their education and serve their community through these programs.


Membership consists of a certificate of membership, a Phi Kappa Phi pin, national and local dues for one year, a one-year subscription to the Phi Kappa Phi Forum magazine, and access to members-only resources and benefits.


An induction ceremony and reception will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. More details should arrive soon via email and your postal box.


Anyone with any questions about the UK chapter of Phi Kappa Phi should contact C. Lynn Hiler, the program coordinator, at 859-257-6894 or



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UK HDI Part of New Health Promotion Program for Individuals With Disabilities

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 14, 2016) The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute will participate with partners across the Commonwealth in a new health promotion program in concert with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Development and Intellectual Disabilities. The initiative, called Project CHEER, will aim to positively impact the health and well-being of Kentuckians with physical and intellectual disabilities.


The project will also be supported by the UK Colleges of Health Sciences and Education.


Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Project CHEER (Community Health Education and Exercise Resources) will include educational programs focused on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices; adapted exercise programs promoting increased physical activity; and community partnerships promoting healthy lifestyle choices of all Kentuckians.


The programs will significantly expand the implementation of the HealthMatters curriculum under HDI’s existing Health and Wellness Initiative that has been serving people with disabilities in Kentucky for the past two years.


“HDI is pleased to be part of this innovative and much needed project," said HDI Executive Director Kathy Sheppard-Jones. "We recognize the significant health challenges faced by Kentuckians, and particularly for people with mobility or cognitive limitations. We look forward to enhancing partnerships throughout the state and providing enhanced skills and knowledge that lead to healthier lifestyles across the Commonwealth!”


According to a 2015 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 53 million adults in the U.S. live with a disability. This constitutes a diverse group of individuals who experience limitations in mobility (difficulty or inability to walk), cognition (developmental/intellectual disabilities or behavioral/emotional disorders) and/or sensory function (vision/hearing difficulties).


"The overall health of Kentuckians with disabilities is an important issue that must be addressed,” said Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson in a news release. “We must work to erase physical activity barriers that are prohibiting individuals with disabilities from leading full, active lives and increase access to healthy food in our communities. If we are truly committed to moving Kentucky forward, we must address the health of our state — and for all Kentuckians.”


Partners who have committed support for Project CHEER include the Kentucky Department of Public Health; the UK Human Development Institute; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago; the Kentucky Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities; the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities; the Arc of Kentucky; the UK Colleges of Health Sciences and Education; and Medicaid Home and Community Based waiver provider agencies.  


For more information regarding Project CHEER, contact Claudia Johnson, assistant director of the Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, at 502-782-6219.



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Beware of 'Your September Salary Issue' Hacking Attempt

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 22:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) — University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) is warning the campus community of an email hacking attempt. A series of phishing emails were recently sent to UK employees with a subject line "Your September Salary Issue." 


Phishing emails are those posing as official correspondence, but sent from illegitimate sources — often for illegal and damaging purposes.  These specific emails appear legitimate and appear to have been sent from Human Resources & Payroll Benefits, however they have all been fake.  These phishing emails have attempted to gather LinkBlue IDs, passwords, and bank account numbers. 


UKAT's security team blocked the fraudulent web site related to these emails from being accessed while on campus, but it is still possible to click the link if you are off campus or using a cellular connection on your mobile device.


If you receive similar phishing emails that request account information or ask you to perform tasks that are outside your normal activities or duties, please forward the email as an attachment to and then delete the email.  For information regarding phishing emails, visit



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UK Researchers Urge Integration of Medication-assisted Opioid Treatment Into Hospitals

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 17:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) — Individuals who inject drugs are at risk of endocarditis, a bacterial infection that enters the bloodstream and clusters on the valves of the heart. The infection requires prolonged antibiotic treatment and, in some cases, surgery. Without intervention, the infection can be fatal.


In the past 10 years, the number of patients presenting to U.S. hospitals with endocarditis has doubled with the proliferation of prescription opioid and heroin addiction. Endocarditis requires a team of providers, including doctors trained in infectious disease, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, working together to manage the condition through antibiotic therapies and heart valve repair or replacement procedures. Patients with opioid use disorder receive evidence-based treatment to repair their hearts. But the underlying cause of endocarditis —opioid addiction — lacks evidence-based treatment and intervention during hospitalization.


Two health care providers at the University of Kentucky called attention to the need to integrate treatment of substance use disorders during acute care hospitalizations in a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the article, Dr. Laura Fanucchi, a UK HealthCare internist and faculty member in the Center for Health Services Research, and Dr. Michelle Lofwall, an addiction medicine specialist and psychiatrist at the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, delineated the course of treatment for an addicted patient admitted to the hospital for endocarditis. Without evidence-based treatment for addiction, this patient returned to injection drug use after discharge. He suffered a recurrence of endocarditis, required subsequent heart valve replacement surgery and died from complications after another prolonged hospitalization.


Although tragic, this patient’s case illustrates a common outcome for endocarditis patients with an untreated opioid addiction. Patients who continue to participate in injection drug use after their initial surgery are at risk of a repeat infection and life-threatening complications. Addicted patients who receive a heart valve replacement are 10 times more likely to die or require reoperation between 90 and 180 days after the initial surgery than other patients. These cases also overburden health care providers, who might perceive the valve replacement procedures as futile, and cost the health care system billions for inpatient care.


“Currently, we are not routinely assessing the severity or treatment needs of the underlying opioid use disorders, initiating evidence-based treatments, and supporting risk reduction,” Fanucchi said. “Though opioid use disorder is a complex medical illness amenable to treatment, stigma and conflict unfortunately continue to influence care, frustrate providers and marginalize patients.”


The authors argued hospitalization for conditions such as endocarditis present medical teams with opportunities to introduce medication-assisted therapies (MAT) for opioid use disorder such as buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. Fanucchi and Lofwall implored medical providers to integrate substance use disorder assessments, MAT, and harm-reduction measures into the treatment process.


The authors also demonstrated that the current system for advising opioid users during acute care has failed to produce positive outcomes. Patients with opioid use disorders and endocarditis are often hospitalized for weeks to administer antibiotic therapies. Forced withdrawal from opioids during hospitalization creates tension between the patients and health care providers and sometimes leads to early discharge. Health care providers often interpret requests for opioid medications during hospitalization as drug-seeking behaviors. Patients are discharged from the hospital lacking sufficient treatment for their addiction, often returning to injection opioid use, which can lead to a recurrence of endocarditis.


Fanucchi and Lofwall aim to develop an evidence-based mechanism for integrating MAT as a simultaneous treatment during hospitalization for acute problems. The researchers are conducting a study to assess the needs of opioid-addicted patients who are admitted to UK HealthCare with endocarditis. They plan to use the results to inform the medical community of how to address opioid addiction in the most beneficial manner for patients, providers and the health care system at large.



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Craft Beer and Writing? Not the Unusual Pairing You Imagine

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 16:31


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) – With the notable exception of the southeast, craft beers have flooded most regions of the country in the past decade. Microbreweries, craft brews and brewpubs, large and small, have challenged the way Americans drink and think about beer.


Once regarded as a product created exclusively by traditionalists and hobbyists for self-consumption, craft beer has become one of the fastest-growing segments of alcoholic beverage sales in the United States. According to the Brewers Association, which calls itself “a passionate voice for craft brewers,” craft beer provides over 108,000 jobs, and many of the breweries and brewpubs have, in turn, helped revitalize city neighborhoods, generated new jobs in related industries, and played a key role in expanding digital and social media usage.


According to the Brewers Association, the 2015 craft beer market produced 24.5 million barrels of brew, showing a 13 percent rise in volume and a 26 percent increase in retail dollar value, amounting to about $22.3 billion, or 21 percent market share. Brewing, selling and drinking a craft beer has grown at such an astounding rate that the association even offers a handy Beer Style Guidelines for the brewer and consumer.  


When Americans are that enamored with something, that personally committed to something, what do they do? They tell their friends, of course. They communicate their likes and dislikes, they critique the latest craft beer sold at the local pub, they compare, they discuss, they debate, they argue on and on. Using primarily social media, people are writing reviews of breweries, their craft, their brew, their pub, their profits, their growth, their potential; how to get started; how to attract customers; how to train servers. The list spins on and on.


For those of you who are still unsure of expressing an opinion in this heady new world, the University of Kentucky Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies chair Professor Jeff Rice has scheduled UK’s second Craft Writing: Beer, the Digital and Craft Culture symposium. The event is only the second of its kind in America; Rice offered the first one just two years ago.


“I thought, when we organized the first craft beer writing symposium two years, it was just a fluke. But we got such a tremendous response from the public, we decided to try it again,” said Rice.


“The event showcases the professional writing — in print and digital media — dominant in the craft beer industry. Writing has played a major role in promoting the business of craft beer. The event draws interdisciplinary attention to the ways industry utilizes writing — in various digital forms — to promote, inform, highlight, argue, market, brand and foster relationships between products, consumers and other relevant parties,” he said.


“Craft Writing: Beer, the Digital and Craft Culture” features speakers Joseph Tucker, executive director of; Heather Vandenengel, author of “All About Beer, Beer Advocate” with All About Beer Magazine; John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine; Jeremy Danner, brewer at Boulevard Brewing; Julia Herz, director of the Craft Beer Program for the Brewers Association and publisher of; and keynote speaker Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, founder of Evil Twin Brewing. The event is slated 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept 30 in UK’s Taylor Education Building,Room 158. It is free and open to the public. Register at


After the symposium concludes, attendees 21 and older will be invited on an informal crawl around Lexington. Everyone is on their own, but the group will make its way to as many of Lexington’s beer spots as possible.


“Craft beer can be thought of as belonging to the other emerging artisanal movements we associate with food: farmers' markets, local food movements, small batch production,” said Rice. “Craft beer tends to emphasize similar values over the conglomerate ethos. In addition, like these movements, craft beer emphasizes flavor above all else.”


But why focus on writing about craft beer?


“All businesses engage in writing,” explained Rice, who has a book coming out in November called “Craft Obsession: The Social Rhetorics of Beer.”


“The medical profession, the diamond industry, the horse industry, the food industry, etc. They produce histories, memoirs, specific genres, insider publications, newsletters, magazines, websites, blogs, social media based writing, videos, and so on,” he said. “Craft beer, in that sense, is no different from any other industry. I, for instance, once worked as a writer in the diamond and jewelry industries. Writers are always needed because everything we do depends on print and digital communication.”


Rice’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies focuses on the study of writing. The students study how persuasion, argument, information distribution, social media usage, web development, public policy, decision making and so on work via writing and rhetoric.


“We teach students how to enter various professions as writers,” he said. “We live in an age dominated by writing. What better way to learn about writing than from those who do it professionally?


“Craft brewers are small and have limited resources. Take the example of marketing: they don't have the budgets that InBev or Miller Coors breweries do. So, they need to adapt to using social media as a writing space in order to tell their story, generate their brand, engage with audiences, build customer relationships, and so on. This is a writing/rhetorical issue.”


Rice welcomes students to the symposium, where neither beer nor other alcoholic beverages will be served.


“For UK, this event is perfect for WRD students and faculty, but also for English, agriculture, chemistry, communication, business and other students,” he said. “Craft beer is the fastest growing segment of the food and beverage industries. Now is the time to get involved since the industry is growing and generates billions of dollars in revenue — as well as creates new jobs in related sectors (service and production).



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Read&Write Software Free for All UK Students, Faculty and Staff

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 15:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) The University of Kentucky’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), in collaboration with Analytics and Technologies, has launched a software program called Read&Write Gold. This is part of a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Initiative that CELT is spearheading on campus. UDL is about incorporating principles and strategies to meet the needs of all learners, including those with disabilities.


The software has been out for about a year, and is designed to help individuals exceed academically. This useful tool is now available free of charge for students, faculty and staff. All you need to do is log in to Software Downloads in the Link Blue menu toolbar, and the rest awaits you.


Read&Write Gold is a customizable toolbar that integrates specific features into everyday common applications such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Chrome, Firefox, etc. Features include word prediction, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, translator, phonetic spell check, talking calculator and much more. The software helps students grow their skills in many different areas, including reading comprehension, writing and motivation.


When students across campus were asked about the software and how it helped them with their day-to-day student life, one responded, “This application allows for students, like myself to get the little help they need. I personally really struggle with reading comprehension and this application helps tremendously."


The software is universally designed. UK purchased a campus wide license in order for all students to get an equal opportunity to go above and beyond with this program's help. Tutorials are available within the software, so the process is smooth and simple for the user.


For more information, contact Deb Castiglione at the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at, or visit



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"see blue." #selfie: Ryan Hoover

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) - Want to get to know the people behind some of the biggest student leadership positions on campus? We did, too! That's why we've introduced "see blue." #selfie  a series on UKNow that lets student leaders from across campus tell us a little bit more about themselves and their organizations. Up this week, a 2016 Wildcat Ambassador, Ryan Hoover.


Ryan Hoover, a sophomore special education major, is one of this year's Wildcat Ambassadors. Hoover is from Jamestown, Kentucky, and she came to the University of Kentucky after falling in love with the campus after her first tour while she was a senior in high school. Get to know all about this kind-hearted, football fanatic and UK-loving leader in her "see blue." #selfie.


UKNow: What is your major and what year are you?

Ryan Hoover: I am a sophomore and I'm a special education major.


UK: What is your hometown and how'd you get to UK?

RH: I am from Jamestown, Kentucky. I got to UK through my sister. She graduated in 2014…I mean 2015, same thing. During high school I would come to Lex and visit her. She'd show me around campus and all the cool things she did, and it made me want to be here too.


UK: Tell me about what you do as a Wildcat Ambassador.

RH: We are volunteers that recruit the next class of Wildcats. We help out at "see blue." Preview Nights and starting in late October we will do the Come "see blue." For Yourself event for high schools to come and visit. We give campus tours and help at recruitment events.


UK: How many other Wildcat Ambassadors does UK have?

RH: There are a total of 52 Wildcat Ambassadors this year.


UK: What made you want to apply for the position? 

RH: So, my sister had mentioned the program to me before. I talked to Spencer Tungate and he told me about his former experiences and how it led to him working at the Visitor Center. It seemed interesting and I wanted to somehow get involved on campus with the university.


UK: What are the cool perks?

RH: We get really cool polos! We also get to help with the president's tailgate tent at home football games and we get to meet different people that work at the university in different departments.


UK: What do you do at "see blue." Preview Nights? 

RH: We help greet prospective students as they arrive and answer questions from students, parents and guardians regarding the university. So far, I have helped out with the Lexington Preview Night!


UK: What's the best advice you would tell future Wildcats at these Preview Nights?

RH: I would tell them that they definitely need to schedule a campus tour because you learn a lot at Preview Nights, but you don't get the full experience and feel of the university until you take a tour. When I took a campus visit – that's when I knew!


UK: What else are you involved in on campus?

RH: I was involved in Best Buddies last year. I was in the Ed Life Living Learning Program and I am in a M Group with Christian Student Fellowship this year.


UK: What's your favorite thing to do in your free time?

RH:  If I'm not studying, I like to go to any kind of UK Athletic events – volleyball, basketball, football and baseball.


UK: What's the most memorable thing that took place during your freshman year?

RH: Specifically, the Thursday night football game. It was the first one we had on a Thursday in a really long time! Everyone was so excited and ready to get to the game. We played Auburn, and we lost…but that's okay! It was still fun.


UK: There's so much going on during the fall semester at UK, from football games to Homecoming; classes starting up and Preview Nights – what's one of your favorite things during this time of year? 

RH: I would have to say definitely football games. I love them! Everyone is so excited. I like being around Commonwealth Stadium before the game starts and seeing the fan base of UK come together.


UK: What's your favorite candy?

RH: I love Swedish fish, which is so odd, but I do. If I could have one candy for the rest of my life it would be Swedish fish.


UK: Who would you say knows you best?

RH: My older sister, Blair.


UK: What are three things that are in your backpack that you could not live without?

RH: My laptop, my planner and my phone charger because my phone dies all the time.


UK: What chore do you hate doing in your apartment?

RH: Washing the dishes. Even though we have a dishwasher it's still awful.


UK: What would you sing at karaoke night? 

RH: Either country or anything Taylor Swift.


UK: You're happiest when…

RH: I am at home on the weekends with my whole family.


UK: What impression about UK do you hope to leave on future Wildcats?

RH: I want them to feel that UK is more than just any other school they have visited or read about. It's more than a place that they will just go to class and study; it's a place that will change their lives. It will give them opportunities that they would otherwise never have at another school.


UK: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

RH: Leighton Meester.


UK: If you could play one sport in the Olympics, what would it be? 

RH: Gymnastics, because I don't know how they do what they do. I would just like to be able to walk across a balance beam much less do flip on it.


UK: What's your favorite city?

RH: New York City! Oh my gosh, there's so much to do and so many things to see. There are so many cool things that you could experience while you're there.


"see blue." #selfies will appear every other Tuesday on UKNow. Know a student leader we should feature? Contact Rebecca Stratton at to nominate someone.



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