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College of Education Graduate's Impact Abroad Will Be Felt for Decades

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — When Molly Baldridge was a senior studying special education at the University of Kentucky, she signed up for a class that takes a spring break trip to India to volunteer at a school for students with special needs. Upon coming home, she was soon standing in Amy Spriggs’ office at the UK College of Education, asking for help in finding a way to go back.

 

“It hadn’t even been a month since we had returned from my first trip to India, where UK had partnered alongside the rural school for kids with special needs,” Baldridge said. “But I had seen a glimpse of the school, the needs, the lack of education and acceptance for these kids and I knew I had to get back. My teacher knew it, too.”

 

Baldridge graduated in December with a degree in special education, specializing in moderate to severe disabilities, and the offer of a job that would have kept her in Lexington. Instead, she took a leap of faith and made the trip to India, where she is staying in a rural village in the southern part of the country called Mayasandra. It is part of the state of Karnataka and is about three hours west of its capital, Bangalore. The school where she volunteers was created to provide a free education for students with special needs, who often are not accepted in “regular” schools in India.

 

“My faith played a big part in me making the trip back,” Baldridge said. “I've been so blessed and loved back home, and I felt called and invited to share that with these families here in the village.”

 

The trip has caused Baldridge to face many fears, but it seems her biggest is the fear of not making an impact during her four-month stay. 

 

“I am burdened because the situations that these families and their kids with special needs face in and around the village is a hard thing to swallow,” she said. “While the community may be proud of the school, many of the people refuse to come close to the students it educates because they believe them to be ‘demented.’ The lack of support and education for these families and these kids is heartbreaking.”

 

Every day, Baldridge asks herself whether she has done something that will, in the long run, impact the school, community, teachers, students and families. If she can answer yes to that question, she calls it a successful day.

 

“While I'm here I get to work alongside the teachers to give examples of instructional or behavioral strategies unique to each child and their special needs so that we can make sure that every student receives the best education possible,” Baldridge said. “I get to work one-on-one with students, whether it's to teach English, colors, strengthening vision, working on fine motor, or so much more. I also am currently working alongside the owner and manager of the school to come up with a way to begin implementing data collection and monitoring of the students' progress that is appropriate for the teachers' levels of education as well as the school's available resources within the village.”

 

Baldridge has worked with teachers at Morton and Crawford middle schools in Fayette County to arrange for needed resources to be sent to the school. She said it has been amazing to see teachers back home rally together to support the school in India.

 

In March, Baldridge got a treat from home. UK College of Education faculty members Amy Spriggs and Katherine McCormick, from the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, brought a group of UK students to the school to help with a camp. It was the same trip Baldridge had made with faculty the previous year.  Spriggs couldn’t believe the changes in the school since her visit last March.

 

She said, “It was great seeing the improvements made just since our trip last year. Molly has definitely made an impact on that school. I believe the school has made an even bigger impact on her. Molly has grown in her ability to teach, but she has also been able to take a step back and really ask herself what this community needs. Identifying individual needs is one of the biggest strengths a teacher of students with disabilities can have.”

 

Spriggs went on to say, “Molly has this fear that she is not going to make an impact. She has already made a huge impact. Just ask anyone in the village. Just ask the parents of the kids she is teaching. Just ask the teachers who are so willing to try anything she suggests.”

 

When Baldridge returns to Kentucky this month, she will be seeking a job in her field.

 

“Coming to India has definitely created space for me to dream, and to dream big,” she said. “So while I don't think I can tell you where I'll be five years from now, I think short term I would love to teach special education at a school that serves mainly inner city or low-income families. Having the opportunity to love and serve those within my own community at home sounds amazing to me and being able to do that through a job I know I am going to love sounds even better.”

 

For more information about leading or participating in an alternative service break program, contact Katherine McCormick (kmcco2@uky.edu).  For more information about participating in the course Baldridge joined, contact Amy Spriggs (amy.spriggs@uky.edu) about the course EDS 558.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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UPK Book Shines Spotlight on Special Breed in Hollywood — Stuntwomen

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2016) — The entertainment industry has begun preparing for one of Hollywood's finest awards presentations, the Taurus World Stunt Awards Sunday, May 15, where the best stuntwomen and men in the industry will be recognized for their extraordinary performances in feature films of 2015.

 

While Hollywood is busy assembling for the Taurus Awards, University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Mollie Gregory is breaking the glass ceiling with her new book, "Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story," highlighting the history, accomplishments and continued struggles of stuntwomen in Hollywood.

 

Since the beginning of film, women have been competing in a heavily male-dominated career. For more than a century, they have faced sexism and flown hundreds of feet through the air. They have confronted unequal pay and driven sports cars recklessly around obstacles. And they continue to endure sexual harassment and rigorous physical challenges today.

 

"Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story" is an account of 65 brave women Gregory interviewed, as well as a testament to all those who faced and overcame prejudice in the industry. Gregory showcases the enthralling stories and uncommon courage of women who make their living trading punches, crashing cars and planes, leaping across buildings, and making feats of daring look easy to keep viewers’ hearts racing. 

 

Gregory's book is the first book to tell the full history of stuntwomen in film and television. She describes the first stuntwomen in film, the rise and fall of stuntwomen during the feminist and civil rights movements in the 1960s and '70s, and today’s technological advancements and how they have been incorporated into stuntwork.

 

Women first made their appearances as stunt doubles in the 1910s, before films even had dialogue. These women were revolutionaries in a time when women were still considered property. However, the freedom women had to appear on screen was soon diminished. With cinema’s rise in popularity, men began to take over major roles and reap the profits. Males began to double female stars, wearing wigs and dresses to play the parts. For decades, women had scant opportunity to work as stunt doubles. Women were seen as the weaker sex, and movie studios refused to hire them for fear that they could not complete taxing physical gags. The advent of television gave women the opportunity to perform stunt work, albeit not on the big screen.

 

The women’s and civil rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s happened not only across the United States, but also within the film industry. Stuntwomen came together to fight the oppression they experienced. Slowly but surely, the political and social climate in America began to change. Although they were still met with resistance from many powerful men in film, women were once again presented with a multitude of stunt work opportunities.

 

Today’s moviegoers know more about the behind-the-scenes process of filmmaking than ever before. With the utilization of green screens, CGI and suspension wires, stunt work is safer — and more digitized — than in the past. But filmmakers still understand the importance of bringing thrill to the scene. Stunt people are still as important as ever to the cinematic experience, giving the audience a sense of reality and adrenaline. Stuntwomen still face the gender inequalities they always have, but there is more opportunity for them both in positions as stunt doubles and even as stunt coordinators, a job that has been historically male-dominated. Additionally, respect for stunt work as a profession has grown exponentially over the years, a change that indicates the growth of acceptance in the film industry.

 

Gregory is also the author of "Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood, 1973–2000."

 

UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at the University of Kentucky, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation through the UK Libraries.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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Meet the Muffin Man and More at ACE's 'Shrek'

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) — Bluegrass audiences can meet the Muffin Man and more as a cast of over 80 children and youth from the University of Kentucky’s Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE), a preparatory academy for students in first through 12-grade, present "Shrek the Musical, Jr." later this week. ACE will bring the friendly ogre and his sidekicks to town in a production based on the beloved Broadway musical and animated movie, May 13-15, at the Guignol Theatre, located in the UK Fine Arts Building.

 

The family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek,

who sets off on a quest to save Princess Fiona from a dragon. In order to succeed,

Shrek must learn how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.

 

With music by Jeanine Tesori, and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, "Shrek the Musical, Jr." is based on the Oscar Award-winning DreamWorks animation film and the book "Shrek" by William Steig. The original Broadway production, starring Brian d'Arcy James as Shrek and Sutton Foster as Fiona, also racked up awards and acclaim running 12 months and receiving a total of 12 Drama Desk Awards and eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.

 

The musical was adapted for school-age students by educational musical theatre consultancy firm iTheatrics, under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

 

Jeni Benavides is directing the Lexington production, with Ashley Jackson as

choreographer and Vanessa Davis as musical director. Local preparations began with

auditions in early February and continued with several rehearsals each week up to the

show. ACE student performers range in age from 6-17 and hail from a number of

regional schools.

 

In addition to the public performances, ACE will also present a special private showing to residents of Greenhouse 17 this week. The cast got to tour the facility and see the work being done by the local advocacy agency. GreenHouse17, formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, is committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and the community. The program's specially trained crisis counselors are available to help people harmed by intimate partner abuse at a 40-acre property in rural Fayette County. From that location and three other offices in the service area, Greenhouse 17 provides an array of crisis intervention and stabilization services.

 

Prior to this week's performances, ACE earned some acclaim for this production. Earlier this year, ACE students joined more than 100 musical theater groups from 28 states and four countries at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Each group prepared a 15-minute version of a Broadway musical and presented it in front of a panel of three industry adjudicators. ACE performed a condensed version of "Shrek the Musical, Jr.," and were commended for their characterization, vocal harmonization and ensemble work.

 

"Shrek the Musical, Jr." will take the Guignol stage 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $12 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available via the Singletary Center box office. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at www.scfatickets.com, or purchase in person during operating hours. A processing fee will be added upon completion of transaction.

 

Created in 2009, ACE is a preparatory performing arts program for young students in Lexington and the surrounding communities. The academy, a department of UK Opera Theatre, provides training and instruction in performing arts and encourages excellence, enthusiasm, professionalism and passion among its students.

 

UK Opera Theatre is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

New Leaders in the Gatton College

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 15:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) — University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David W. Blackwell recently announced plans aimed at continuing and enhancing the progress the college has made during his first four years at the helm. Blackwell said the college will be engaging in significant transition activity over the next couple of months, with several changes in the college’s executive team set to take effect July 1.

 

"These changes will enable me to increase my focus on broad strategic issues, on cultivating resources to finance our enrollment growth, and on fundraising to invest in elevating the Gatton College’s academic programs and research mission as we move toward conclusion of the capital campaign for the new building," Blackwell said.

 

Jenkins named executive associate dean

Nicole Jenkins, an associate professor in the Von Allmen School of Accountancy, has been named the new executive associate dean in the Gatton College, which replaces the current senior associate dean position. As executive associate dean, Jenkins will serve as the de-facto chief operating officer for the college, overseeing financial operations, human resources, faculty affairs, research administration, facilities, information technology, and accreditation/strategic planning.

 

Jenkins' strong academic career includes positions at Washington University-St. Louis and Vanderbilt University before she joined the Gatton College in 2012.

 

"Nicole has had much success in research and teaching, and her great leadership potential has been recognized around campus through various leadership opportunities and university service,” said Blackwell. “She has strong ideas for initiatives to improve the success of our faculty, and her extensive industry and academic accounting experiences will continue to enhance our fiscal management."

 

“I look forward to bringing my academic and business experience to a new leadership role in the Gatton College,” Jenkins said. “With our new building, innovative faculty research, and increasing student enrollment, the college and our faculty are poised for even greater successes.”

 

Troske to serve as associate dean for graduate programs and outreach

The associate dean for graduate programs position, which has been vacant for the past year, will be expanded into the new associate dean for graduate programs and outreach role, with Ken Troske, who has been senior associate dean since 2012, taking this post. Troske will be responsible for all of Gatton’s graduate and professional programs, including the college’s MBA programs, as well as the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship

 

“I am excited about the significant potential for growth in the Gatton College’s graduate, professional and outreach programs,” said Troske. “Increasing the partnerships between businesses, community leaders and our students and faculty is a priority, as our university continues to enhance the economic climate in Kentucky and our region.”

 

"This position is critical for the future of the Gatton College, given that it oversees units and programs that have great potential to generate new resources for the college," said Blackwell. "Ken has long had high visibility in the business community and in various public policy arenas. His contributions to the college have been countless, but none more challenging than his role in coordinating and overseeing the construction of our new building. I look forward to working with Ken in this new role."

  

Johnson now associate dean for international affairs

Blackwell also announced that he is elevating the executive director of international affairs position to that of associate dean for international affairs, with Nancy Johnson remaining in the job with additional responsibilities. Under her leadership, this position has greatly expanded, with increasing numbers of international partnerships, education abroad opportunities, and international students in the Gatton College. Johnson will continue developing and overseeing new international partnerships as the college works to diversify its global reach.

 

Scott Kelley will continue as the Gatton College's associate dean for undergraduate affairs, the position he has held since 2010.

 

In a message to the school's faculty, staff and students, Blackwell, who took over as dean of the Gatton College on March 1, 2012, thanked Troske, Jenkins, Johnson and Kelley for agreeing to serve in these roles. He also called on all members of the Gatton community to continue their support and hard work in enhancing the college and the University of Kentucky.

 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

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A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 10, 1912

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 15:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 217th diary entry is from May 10, 1912. She recalls her last Latin and philosophy classes, a meeting of the seniors, dreams to attend graduate school and writing in her "good times" book.

 

May 10th. Last Latin class. Philosophy is my very last class in my university career. Dr. Tigert lectures. I write notices of Senior class meeting at second hour, and Mamie and I post them. Fourth hour Mr. Stanfill, Mr. Tinsley, Mamie, and I sit on the campus, and we Seniors discuss everything from the play to Baccalaureate sermon.

 

"Sandy" talks to the seniors about the graduate school, "of which I dream." We have our meeting on the campus, and I appoint by my dignity and authority as "vice-president", a committee to see about Senior chapel — Mr. Miller, Mr. Golden, Miss Battaile, Mr. Stanfire, and Mr. Dosthnizer. I am sorry to refuse Sandy's invitation to dinner at the lunch stand, but tell him I'll go during Senior Vacation. Addie spends the night with Louise Cory and I'm lonesome. Therefore I write up my good times book.

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Gatton's Oscar Portillo Shows What Dedication Can Do

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 15:02

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 9, 2016) — At age 34, Oscar Portillo is not your "typical" undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky. In fact, there is nothing very typical about this native of Mexico who walked across the stage at Rupp Arena Sunday, May 8, and received his marketing degree from the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

 

Twenty-one years ago, this promising young soccer player from Mexico was recruited to join an elite club team in Los Angeles. Only 13 at the time, Portillo played for four years while receiving educational instruction from tutors associated with the club. Then, at age 17, he sustained a serious ankle injury, ending his dream of playing as a professional.

 

An uncle (Juan) who lived in Lexington brought Portillo to Kentucky where he began working on a thoroughbred horse farm.

 

Several years later, Portillo became reacquainted with a young woman named Elvira whom he had first met while attending first grade back in his hometown of Aguascalientes. In 2004, Portillo and Elvira, a U.S. citizen and local restaurant manager, were married and now have three children.

 

Portillo did a little bit of everything on the farm, from cleaning stalls to grooming horses — you name it, he did it. Eventually, he rose to become farm manager, working 10-hour days from July to January, while being on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week the rest of the year during foaling season.

 

Portillo said that he had an epiphany of sorts one morning during his early years on the farm.

 

"I was mucking stalls and suddenly looked around and thought, 'is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?'" Portillo said. "I decided right then and there, I needed to get more schooling, more education."

 

Determined to make things better for himself and his family, Portillo, who had learned to speak English during the four years he lived in California, studied hard and earned his high school GED. With the encouragment of his wife and the support of his farm employer, Portillo enrolled in Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. He started out by taking two classes per semester in the evening at BCTC's campus in Lexington, and also at the college's sites in Paris and Winchester, depending on the coursework being offered. In short order, Portillo increased his academic load to four classes a semester, still working full time on the farm and driving his two older children to school five mornings a week.

 

In 2014, Portillo, who credits his BCTC advisors and teachers for believing in him,  graduated with his associate degree, compiling an overall GPA of 3.6. He applied to, and was accepted for admission, to several universities in Kentucky.

 

"I knew I wanted to major in business and the Gatton College was the best fit for me," Portillo said. "Being a first generation college student and knowing of UK's support through First Generation Initiatives made my decision an easy one."

 

The decision to attend UK may have been easy for him, but he found his first major exam in a management course to be anything but. Portillo failed the test miserably, yet was determined to learn from the experience.

 

"My teacher in the course, Dr. Gordon Holbein (senior lecturer in management) met with me and showed how I was looking at things too narrowly and trying to be perfect," said Portillo. "He encouraged me to look at the big picture and pay attention to more than business concepts, but to life concepts, as well. After that, I gained confidence and saw my hard work in and out of the classroom begin to pay off."

 

Having had the chance to be exposed to the major thoroughbred sales held in Lexington each year, Portillo was looking for a major to which he could apply his work experience, while gaining a more refined knowledge of principles and building a foundation for future career opportunities.

 

"I really am very grateful to my academic advisor in Gatton, Taurean Douglas," said Portillo. "He pointed me toward a major in marketing and it has been a great choice for me. I have been very happy. In addition, faculty members Adam Craig (assistant professor of marketing), Tereza Dean (assistant professor of marketing), and Holly Hapke (senior lecturer in marketing) have all been so helpful and supportive."

 

Earlier this spring, Portillo applied for a position with the Cintas Corporation's Louisville operation. After a series of in-depth interviews, he was hired as a production supervisor, a job he will begin a few weeks from now.

 

And, while he is very excited about the position, Portillo made it clear to his new bosses that he already has his eyes set on moving up in the company.

 

"I intend to make this just the beginning of a long, positive journey," Portillo said. "I want to contribute to the success of Cintas and really make a difference."

 

This ambitious young man is on a mission to dispel negative stereotypes that some Americans may have about people from his native country and other Hispanic immigrants.

 

"I want to show by example how much America means to me and how grateful I am for the opportunity to work here, gain an education, and make things better for me and my family," said Portillo. "It should not matter what country someone is born in, what matters is what a person does to make this nation a better place. It would be nice to see the nasty rhetoric in society toned down. The U.S. is a country where people from all nationalities should be judged on their merits, by their work and conduct, not by where they come from. The old saying, 'you can't judge a book by its cover,' is true."

 

Portillo's wife, Elvira, will be taking a well-earned break from her job, as he commutes from Lexington to his new job, at least in the short term.

 

"My wife has supported me so much during the past six years or so while I have been obtaining my higher education," said Portillo. "It's my turn to support her now."

 

As for achieving the milestone of graduating from UK, Portillo, who has become a big fan of American football to go along with soccer and horse racing, said, "It is very rewarding, yet humbling. It still seems unbelievable to me. There was a time not too long ago when a college degree seemed so out of reach for me."

 

Portillo, a U.S. resident who is in the process of earning his American citizenship, wanted to add one more thing.

 

"While I am the first in my family to graduate from college, I will not be the last," he said. "We want to do everything we can to make sure that our three kids (12-year-old son, 9-year-old daughter, and 2-year-old son) achieve this goal."

 

Oscar Portillo, UK class of 2016, is an inspiring example of what sacrifice, tenacity and hard work can do.

 

This is the final in a series of features on UKNow about our May and August 2016 graduates who participated in the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies Sunday, May 8, at Rupp Arena. More than 2,400 undergraduates and 500 graduate and professional students participated yesterday, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate and professional degrees were conferred for May and August 2016. For more information, visit www.uky.edu/commencement

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu.

 

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 7-9, 1912

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 14:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 213th, 214th, 215th and 216th diary entries are from May 7-9, 1912. In her diary, the senior recalls wrapping up the last of her philosophy, Greek literatureGerman and logic classes with quizzes and tests, working on the school newspaper, and spending time with friends.

 

May 7th. Philosophy quiz! Joy?!

 

May 8th. Last Kinky lecture! And alas, last class to Prof. Noe. How I do hate to give up his class.

 

May 9th. Greek Literature Exam! Joy again!? I go to Elizabeth's for supper. Write up Idea notes.

 

May 9th. Last German class, and last Logic, too. Oh, these last classes! Annie Louise is going to take swimming. I make Bernice miss her train, so we take the suitcase down, and go to the lunch stand for dinner. In the afternoon we go to town. Mamie Sledd comes, and we bum until Bernice's train leaves. After supper we take a walk and watch tennis.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

Sidewalk Along Hilltop Avenue to Close May 16

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 14:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016)  Beginning Monday, May 16, the sidewalk along Hilltop Avenue between the Rose Street Garage (PS #2) and the new Academic Science Building will be closed due to construction.

 

Vehicle access entering and exiting Parking Structure #2 from Hilltop Avenue will remain open at all times.

 

The sidewalk will remain closed throughout the time of construction. The sidewalk is expected to reopen Monday, Aug. 1.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

Students Share Experiences Abroad Live on UK Education Abroad’s Snapchat

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 14:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016)  University of Kentucky Education Abroad (UK EA) is collaborating with UK students to share firsthand experiences abroad via Snapchat in a #TakeoverTuesday campaign this summer. Beginning May 10, a student will takeover the UK EA Snapchat account each Tuesday to share videos and pictures from their program. The takeovers will feature education abroad programs from Peru to Singapore.

 

“I think Snapchat is an excellent platform to let students see what an education abroad program is like, because you are able to get raw and true emotions,” said pre-integrated strategic communication freshman Kristen Smith. “It’s almost like they will be there right along with the student.”

 

Smith will takeover the UK EA Snapchat on May 24 while she participates on a faculty-led program to the Dominican Republic. She and other students will investigate the emerging and persistent issues of diverse communities as they explore agriculture and rural development in an international context.

 

To see education abroad students’ stories while they are abroad, add UK EA on Snapchat (@ukyabroad) and visit “My Story” each Tuesday throughout the summer.

 

Education Abroad is a unit of the UK International Center. Its primary responsibility is to facilitate high quality, academically sound and experientially rich study abroad, research abroad and intern abroad programs for University of Kentucky students. More information about the International Center can be found at www.uky.edu/international/.

 

Connect with Education Abroad on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, the blog enKompassYoutube and Snapchat (@ukyabroad). Visit 315 Bradley Hall to talk with an Education Abroad Peer Ambassador, email educationabroad@uky.edu, call 859-257-4067 or go online to www.uky.edu/educationabroad for more information.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

UK Department of Historic Preservation Receives Donations

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 13:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Department of Historic Preservation recently received two donations from Edith "Edie" Bingham and the Harold and Eleanor Hoopman Charitable Foundation. Bingham and the Hoopman Foundation each donated $10,000 to the department at UK College of Design.

 

A well-known advocate of preservation and conservation efforts, Bingham is the granddaughter-in-law of Judge Robert Worth Bingham, former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom and publisher of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

 

The Hoopman Foundation is a nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, known for its work supporting causes in the fields of education, health, higher education, religion, and sports and recreation.

 

The mission of the UK Department of Historic Preservation is to prepare graduates who can thoughtfully apply knowledge of historic resources to planning and design processes that emphasize building revitalization, rural preservation and community engagement. The curriculum focuses on analytical, theoretical and procedural aspects of preservation, and their application to preservation and planning. The Department of Historic Preservation's strong interdisciplinary approach prepares students for a wide range of careers in public organizations like the National Park Service, state historic preservation offices and local government preservation divisions; in nonprofit organizations like the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and in private firms including architecture, planning, archaeology and historical research firms.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Students' Art Comes Together 'Frame x Frame' in 2D

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 13:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — The University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies is showcasing the work of art students in the two-dimensional (2D) animation showcase “Frame x Frame” for one night only from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at the UK Art Museum, located in the Singletary Center for the Arts. Admission is free and open to the public.

 

The work in this show was created by undergraduate students in the 2D animation course "A-S 390" offered during the 2016 spring semester. Students in the class used a variety of software programs including Photoshop, Flash and Blender to create the digital animations on display. All students have achieved a high level of quality and will be exhibiting their best work.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Libraries to Present Willis Award, Dean's Awards

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 13:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016)University of Kentucky Libraries will honor four members of its faculty and staff at the UK Libraries Spring Gala tomorrow evening. Frank Davis, a clinical liaison librarian in the Medical Center Library, will receive the 2016 Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award and three staff employees, Josh Monroe, Beth Reeder and Kopana Terry, will be recognized with the 2016 Dean's Awards for Outstanding Performance.

 

The 2016 Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award winner, Frank Davis, is a clinical liaison librarian in the UK Medical Center Library's division of Research, Education and Clinical Services. He has served more than 15 years at UK.

 

“Frank is a friend and valued colleague. He is actively engaged in the profession, contributes to the field of health sciences librarianship, and is a dedicated and devoted faculty member within UK Libraries,” said Rick Brewer, director of the Medical Center Library. Brewer nominated Davis for the award.

 

Davis is the liaison to the UK College of Pharmacy, the Markey Cancer Center and the Department of Internal Medicine within the UK College of Medicine. He interacts with a diverse group of patrons including students, faculty, researchers and clinicians throughout UK HealthCare and the health colleges.

 

The Willis Award winner has been commended for serving each of his areas in an exemplary manner. For the Department of Internal Medicine, Davis attends morning report three days a week and provides support for learning issues identified during case discussion. He also works with residents who request his expertise concerning case report publications and grand rounds presentations.

 

At the College of Pharmacy, “Frank is a valued colleague and appreciated for his commitment and service to this nationally ranked program,” Brewer said. He is an active member of the college's curriculum committee, where he employs highly specialized, expert literature searching skills and provides input on issues relating to information resources. At the request of faculty, Davis presented on options and procedures for electronic books. He has participated in two accreditation reviews for the College of Pharmacy, and in the most recent accreditation process he was instrumental in writing the standard focused on library resources.

 

The Markey Cancer Center utilized work by Davis in their successful application for National Cancer Institute status as an NCI designated research center.

 

“For years, Frank has maintained an EndNote library of publications authored by Markey researchers that has enabled faculty to track such scholarship,” Brewer said. “Frank has provided assistance on grant applications by conducting complex and intense literature reviews.”

 

Davis has also demonstrated leadership and service at the national, regional and local levels. He served as chair of the Cancer Librarians Section of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and was selected as a reviewer for submitted papers for the 2015 National MLA annual meeting. Davis has also served as web editor for topical areas for the MLA Cancer Libraries Recommended Web Sites project. Regionally, Davis has invested substantial time and resources in the work of the Midwest chapter of the MLA.

 

“Within UK Libraries, Frank has consistently volunteered for committee assignments. He is a respected colleague and valued for his input and contributions. Whenever called to step up, one can always count on Frank to do just that,” Brewer said.

 

In addition to his clinical and service work, Davis teaches more classes than any other MCL librarian. He lectures to upper level pharmacy students on evidence-based pharmacy resources and is regarded by pharmacy faculty as an expert on the topic. He is also an expert trainer on the use of EndNote — a product designed to manage bibliographic references.

 

The Willis Award is named for Paul A. Willis, former director of UK Libraries.

 

At the UK Libraries Spring Gala and the UK Libraries Employee Celebration, Josh Monroe, Beth Reeder and Kopana Terry will be honored with the 2016 Dean's Awards for Outstanding Performance. The Dean's Awards are the highest honor accorded to staff by UK Libraries.

 

Josh Monroe is a monograph library specialist at William T. Young Library. He is head of the monographs area, and provides support to all academic liaison librarians by sourcing print and electronic materials needed by UK faculty, staff and students. He was nominated for a Dean's Award by Jen Bartlett, head of Young Library Reference Services.

 

“I have frequently been amazed at the speed and efficiency with which Josh locates and orders materials,” Bartlett said. “Rarely has there been a situation in which Josh has been unable to find what faculty need, in whatever format; often he locates these materials at much cheaper cost than anticipated.”

 

Monroe is also active in UK Libraries committees and activities. He recently gave a presentation to LEX Week interns on the basics of acquisitions, and will be repeating the presentation for graduate assistant training. Every fall Monroe volunteers to work at the welcome desk to greet new students in Young Library.

 

Beth Reeder is a library technician senior in the Agricultural Information Center (AIC). She manages the public service operations of the AIC, including student hiring and supervision. Valerie Perry, director of the AIC and head of Branch Libraries, nominated Reeder.

 

“Not only is Beth completely reliable and dependable, but she is also an excellent problem solver and innovator,” Perry said. “Beth gained significant extra responsibilities in the past two years, as she coordinated and planned two major facility renovations and upgrades. We are fortunate to have such a fine employee leading our public service efforts.”

 

Reeder has taken on projects that were ongoing when she arrived at UK Libraries, including migrating VHS holdings to DVDs and major review of the AIC reference collection. She also serves on UK Libraries committees, and participates in numerous library workshops, campus activities, webinars and regional conferences.

 

Kopana Terry is an oral history archivist in the Special Collections Research Center Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. She oversees the accessioning of new oral history interviews, the description of the existing collection, processing interviews, digitization and preservation of interviews, and preparation of interviews for reference requests. She also manages Nunn Center student employees. Terry was nominated by Nunn Center Director Doug Boyd.

 

“Last year we indexed a record number of interviews in a single year. Additionally, Kopana accessioned 624 new interviews in 2015 — also unprecedented,” Boyd said. “We have a very successful oral history archival operation. This is, in large part, thanks to Kopana’s determination, dedication and — most importantly — her focused attention on implementation.”

 

According to Boyd, “the Nunn Center’s success depends heavily on the oral history archivist position, and this year Kopana Terry has taken her role to a new level.”

 

As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, services and programs. UK Libraries locations include the William T. Young Library, the Agricultural Information Center, the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, the Education Library, the John A. Morris Library (Gluck Equine Research Center), the Kentucky Transportation Center Library, the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Medical Center Library, the Science and Engineering Library and the Special Collections Research Center.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

CI Grad's Next Step? Yale Law School

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — Graduates from the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information have degrees and experiences that prepare them for post-graduation life — including the rigorous challenges of Yale Law School.

 

Brad Polivka, a UK communication and philosophy dual-degree graduate from Columbus, Ohio, will soon take on those challenges at Yale in the fall.

 

After visiting for the admitted students program in April, Polivka described Yale as “downright impressive” and knew he wanted to attend. Everything about the campus — leading professors, fellow students and even the history — appealed to him.

 

“The campus, the grounds, the building, the classrooms and the portraits on the walls simply ooze history and prestige,” Polivka said. “And all the students I met, both current students and other admitted students, were really nice and down to earth.”

 

He began considering law school as a sophomore when he landed an internship with the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson’s office. The work of an attorney appealed to Polivka, and he knew it was work he would enjoy.

 

He interned again the following summer in the Governor’s office in Frankfort, Kentucky, learning about public relations and legal aspects of government.

 

“While I enjoyed the work I did for each, I found the legal work more challenging and more rewarding,” Polivka said. “While I was working on some sensitive issues, it really hit me that the work the attorneys did had a huge impact on the lives of actual, individual people.”

 

Polivka took the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) after his junior year and began the application process.

 

“Much of applying to law school involves knowing what to say and knowing how to develop the kind of story I want my personal statement to tell,” Polivka explained. “Assembling a cohesive application is essential, and my communication degree gave me the skills I needed to do so.”

 

The application, combined with his high GPA and impressive LSAT score, led to an acceptance letter from Yale.

 

“I would credit CI for the practical skills I gained in my communication classes and in my internships,” Polivka said. “CI made me a better writer and a better communicator.”

 

Polivka gives credit to Cyndy Miller, his professor, mentor and friend, for his success. She helped him find his first internship, wrote him a letter of recommendation for law school and offered him a teaching assistant position for the communication internship program.

 

“During his time as my undergraduate apprentice, I saw him become more comfortable in leadership roles and in mentoring students who were essentially his peers,” Miller said. “Despite all his accomplishments, he is humble and gracious. Brad's calm, quiet demeanor belies a strong, determined nature and a really great sense of humor!”

 

Pairing his communication degree and experience with a philosophy degree has proved a beneficial combination.

 

“I think my undergraduate experience — both in communication and in philosophy — helped me most in teaching me how to think critically and logically, to read dense and complex texts and in honing my writing skills,” Polivka said. “These are also the skills law schools say are most important for legal training, and I think my undergraduate education at UK has prepared me well to enter the legal profession.”

 

Polivka isn’t exactly sure where his Yale degree will lead him, but he knows that continued success is in his future. For now, he’s just looking forward to the next step.

 

“I'm excited about pretty much everything, but I mostly look forward to being surrounded by the people that teach at and attend Yale Law School,” Polivka said. “These are brilliant, amazing people, with a wealth of diverse and unique experiences, and some of them are probably the future leaders of the world. They have a lot to teach me, and I look forward to learning everything I can from them.”

 

Polivka will move to Connecticut with his girlfriend, integrated strategic communication graduate Hannah Jeffries, who will work for Teach For America in the fall.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Barnstable Brown Family Takes Pride in Supporting UK Diabetes Center Via Their World-Famous Derby Eve Party

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) - It isn't uncommon in the Bluegrass to celebrate the Kentucky Derby by having friends come to your home for a party.

 

But if you are Chris Barnstable-Brown, the family party just happens to have a guest list of about 1,200, including performer Kid Rock and members of Boyz II Men, as well as sports figures such as NFL quarterback Aaron Rogers and a host of former University of Kentucky and University of Louisville basketball players.

 

Chris Barnstable-Brown is the son, grandson and nephew of the founders of the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala in Louisville that include his mother Patricia "Tricia" Barnstable Brown, his late father Dr. David E. Brown, his Aunt Priscilla "Cyb" Barnstable, and his grandmother, Wilma Barnstable.

 

Now in its 28th year, the annual bash is internationally recognized as the “premier” Kentucky Derby gala and counted among the “10 Best Parties in the World” by Condé Nast.

 

Along with being a famed party destination for celebrating the night before the running of the Kentucky Derby, the celebrity-packed gala also has a greater purpose and has raised more than $11 million for the University of Kentucky's Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center.

 

Chris began attending the family's party from its early beginnings when he was about 5 years old. "My involvement has expanded since then," he said with a laugh, "but my main role is, and always has been, is to support my mom, grandmother and my aunt who deserve so much credit for putting something on that has been completely remarkable now for nearly three decades."

 

The Derby Eve Gala is held at the home where he was raised in the Highlands area of Louisville and where his mom Tricia still lives. "As a kid growing up I had a very normal, average life but then one week out of the year our house was transformed for a party for a thousand people and it was just this very surreal experience," he said. "I learned early on that the celebrities were just normal people and many of them are very down to earth and they like coming to Kentucky, to the Derby and supporting the charity."

 

Today, Chris lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters, 2-year-old Caroline and 4-month-old Catherine. Earlier this week from his Manhattan office he was fielding calls and emails from media and celebrities for the Derby Eve Gala all in addition to his work as an attorney specializing in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance.

 

"I won't be getting to Louisville as soon as I like this year with the two little ones at home but I'm doing what I can from here," he said. "It really is a family affair and everyone pitches in and can be found doing everything from sweeping floors to hanging decorations."

 

Preparing for the party is "as crazy as you think it would be getting ready for 1,000 people in your home," he said. "There's a lot of motion and commotion but surprisingly these days it is also almost calm because we've been doing it so long everyone knows what to do and how to bring it all together."

 

Once the party begins on Friday evening, Chris will shake the hand and greet every single person who comes to the party, a job he says he inherited from his father.  "After all they are entering our family's home," he said. He also handles the media and makes sure celebrities make it to the red carpet. Later in the evening he will sneak a bite of food - if time allows - then his job is just to keep the party going and accommodate his guests.

 

"Inevitably, it is also my job in the family to be the last person awake — even though there is security, someone needs to make sure everything is ready for the next day, (the actual running of the Kentucky Derby)."

 

Although Chris now calls New York home, he says there is no doubt that the event is a "Kentucky party." "Having people to our family home is part of the Southern charm of the evening and we've never wanted to move to a hotel ballroom or other venue and lose that uniqueness and elegance that attracts people from all over the world to Louisville and to Kentucky."

 

While raising money for diabetes is huge component of the party for the family, Chris said for their guests, they focus on providing them a ‘let your hair down and have a good time' atmosphere.

 

"The approach we like to take for the party is, we want everyone to come and have a good time and then from that we have been able to turn it into something that is really meaningful," he said.  "We like that the success of the party means people want to come back year after year, not only to support the party but the charity and that's really what we take the most pride in."

 

Chris' father, the late Dr. David Brown, died from complications of diabetes in 2003. "The thing no one realizes or often remembers is we actually started benefiting diabetes even before my dad was diagnosed," he said. "It (diabetes) ran in his family but he was diagnosed after the parties began."

 

Since Brown's death, the Barnstable Brown family has made not only the essential initial investment to create the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK but has provided continuous support since 2008 via proceeds from the Derby Eve Gala.

 

In Kentucky and in the U.S., diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability. Both types 1 and 2 diabetes are associated with complications that threaten quality of life and are the leading cause of adult blindness, end-stage kidney disease and nontraumatic lower-extremity amputations. But it doesn’t have to be that way, the UK's Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center — a leader in prevention, education, research, and comprehensive care — improves the lives of those impacted by diabetes.

 

"Our family takes a lot of pride in doing whatever small part we can in supporting this work at UK to combat this disease that is near and dear to us."

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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Highlights Two Graduating Seniors

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today, "UK Perspectives" will celebrate UK's Commencement this weekend by offering separate interviews with two different graduates. 

 

WUKY News Director Alan Lytle talks to Shalara Wells who graduates with an animal science degree — a degree she earned in four years while she worked full time, raised a child and took care of her dying mother. Wells will be featured on the "UK Perspectives" that airs at 8:45 a.m. today.

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which the show was produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-perspectives-persistence-pays-2016-grad.

 

During the "UK Perspectives" that will air at 5:45 p.m. today, Lytle talks to Christina Walker, a former soldier who, when growing up in California, never expected to attend college. Now she will graduate with a communication degree and has already been accepted to multiple graduate programs including UK College of Law. While at UK, Walker has been involved in a number of honor societies including Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which the show was produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-perspectives-uk-grad-completes-transition-soldier-exceptional-scholar.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

New Hall of Fame Remembers Target Recruiter's Service to UK

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — Family, friends, coworkers and University of Kentucky staff came together in a rare sea of red on campus yesterday to honor the life and service of one of the best corporate recruiters to work with the university.

 

Rodney D. Branum, the Target store team leader of Lexington's Reynolds Road location who recently died after a long battle with cancer, was honored with the inaugural Recruiter Hall of Fame Award by the James W. Stuckert Career Center.

 

Branum is the first person to be inducted into the Stuckert Career Center Recruiter Hall of Fame. The honor is intended to recognize employers and community partners whose work has supported the career advancement of UK students and alumni.

 

"Rodney was one in a million. He was a great recruiter, friend and professional. He was a wise, compassionate, reliable, optimistic and considerate leader. His life mattered, and he will never be forgotten” said Azetta Beatty, senior assistant director of the Stuckert Career Center.

 

A native of Somerset, Kentucky, Branum graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1987 and received his bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Kentucky University.

He was a store team leader and campus recruiter for Target Corporation, and worked tirelessly to build and strengthen the partnership between UK and Target.

 

Branum was remembered by the center as a tireless recruiter. He participated in countless career fairs, on-campus interviews, panels, class presentations, festival events and employer focus groups on campus. Branum also helped with some community outreach efforts.

 

"Every single person who came across his path, he wanted them to be successful," said Joe Eckels, a district team leader for Target®.

 

When he wasn't finding ways to help UK students get jobs or internships, he was building a friendship with Clara Samuels, a staff associate with the Stuckert Career Center, who he supplied with Target dog toys. Each visit to the center meant another special delivery to Samuels. Even as he became too sick to visit, Branum had one last Target® dog delivered to her.

 

"He was a kind, generous, really sweet man. I'm going to miss him," Samuels told the crowd on hand for the ceremony. 

 

Outside of his passion for finding opportunities at Target for UK students and recent graduates, Branum was also a longtime supporter of UK Athletics. The Wildcats superfan attended a wide range of basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and football games. He missed only two home basketball games in the past 28 years and attended the 2016 SEC Tournament in Nashville.

 

On hand to accept the award presented by Ray Clere, assistant dean of career and academic exploration, was Branum's wife, Karen (Sexton), and his daughter Kelsey Nicole. 

 

This year's Recruiter Hall of Fame ceremony was co-sposored by the Graham Office of Career Management in the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

 

As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center’s mission is to prepare students for a lifetime of career possibilities through an educational journey that fosters engagement, reflection and holistic development, while connecting passion to purpose.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

Watch Live: UK's May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:59
WATCH LIVE:

The May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will be livestreamed here Sunday, May 8. Please ensure your computer or device's software is up to date. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — This Sunday, the University of Kentucky May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate, graduate and professional students who will have completed their degrees by the end of the spring 2016 semester. Undergraduate degrees will be conferred at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and graduate and professional degrees will be conferred at 7 p.m. 

 

Nearly 2,500 undergraduates and over 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate in Sunday's ceremonies, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, approximately 3,200 undergraduate, 1,110 graduate and 450 professional degree candidates have been approved by the UK Board of Trustees. 

 

All ceremonies will be streamed live on UKNow.

 

Sunday’s ceremonies include:

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing.

 

Graduate Stories

While all graduates are celebrated for their tremendous achievements, many have particularly interesting stories to share about their lives and time at UK. This includes former UK football player Randall Cobb, who will be the first person in his immediate family to graduate with a college degree. Cobb, who plays in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, will earn a degree in community and leadership development from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

 

Chris Stewart transitioned from being a professional violinist in Los Angeles to a law student at UK. As a blind person, he used his musical knowledge and skills to help him critically analyze components of the law.

 

Read more stories about UK's May 2016 graduates.

 

Featured Speaker

UK President Eli Capilouto will introduce noted African-American scholar and President of Prairie View A&M University George C. Wright to deliver formal commencement remarks at both the 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. undergraduate ceremonies. A native of Lexington, Wright received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from UK and his doctoral degree in history from Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from UK.

 

Wright's teaching experience began in 1977 as an assistant professor at UK. In 1980, he began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin where he would eventually become a full professor and holder of the Mastin Gentry White Professorship of Southern History. He received the top teaching award in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural Sciences, the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, and the top teaching award for the entire university, the Lillian and Tom B. Rhodes Centennial Teaching Fellow, which garnered him a $10,000 prize. In 1993, he joined the faculty at Duke University as vice provost for undergraduate programs, director of the Afro-American Studies Program and held the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in American History. Wright has authored three books on race relations.

 

Student Speakers

A student will also address the audience at each of the undergraduate ceremonies, as per UK tradition.

  • Jared Scott, from Saginaw, Michigan, is graduating with a degree in finance from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics. He will deliver the Commencement address at the 9 a.m. ceremony.  
  • Jackie Dallaire, from Arlington, Virginia, is graduating with a degree in the UK College of Social Work. She will give the Commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony. 

Read more about the undergraduate student speakers here.

 

Honorary Degrees

The University of Kentucky will award honorary doctorates at the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ceremonies. The recipients include:

  • W. David Arnett, Honorary Doctor of Science. One of the world's pre-eminent astrophysicists, an area in which he has published more than 400 papers and a renowned scientific book, Arnett also has a physical law named for him. Arnett's Law describes how stars regulate energy transport as they explode. He currently is Regents Professor at Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona where he continues to conduct research to bring further clarity to understanding the universe. Arnett will be honored at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
  • Thomas Patterson "Patt" Maney, Honorary Doctor of Laws. Maney has attained the highest levels of recognition in two fields — the military and the law. Maney served in the military for 34 years reaching the rank of general, and he served in various hot spots around the world, including Panama, Haiti, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Maney now serves as a judge in Okaloosa County Court in Florida. His law career has focused on improving the lives of American veterans which led to the Florida legislature's passage of the T. "Patt" Maney Veterans Treatment Intervention Act. Maney will be honored at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
  • Herbert W. Ockerman, Honorary Doctor of Science. A world-renowned professor of animal science and researcher in the areas of food chemistry and meat science, Ockerman has served his entire faculty career at the Ohio State University where he continues to work full time. Long ago, he established the tradition of collecting books and donating them to school and university libraries around the world. That tradition became the Frances J. Ockerman International Book Endowment, named for his late wife. He also created a separate endowment at UK in memory of Frances. Ockerman will be honored at the 7 p.m. ceremony.
  • Eileen Recktenwald, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Recktenwald serves as executive director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs that oversees 13 Kentucky Rape Crisis Centers throughout the state. She is recognized as a national leader in victim services and has helped Kentucky become nationally prominent in the field of sexual violence prevention. She was one of the first graduates of the UK College of Social Work's satellite programs in the Master of Social Work Education program in Eastern Kentucky. Recktenwald will be honored at the 7 p.m. ceremony.

Read more about the May 2016 UK Honorary Degree recipients here. 

 

Livestream

All three ceremonies will be streamed live at www.uky.edu/uknow, the university’s news website. Full video of each ceremony will be available within two weeks after Commencement on the university’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/universityofkentucky.

 

Social media users are encouraged to use the hashtag #ukgrad.

 

For more information about UK Commencement, visit www.uky.edu/commencement.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu

Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff Receive College of Communication and Information Awards

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information held its 16th annual Excellence Awards Dinner on Friday, April 22, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.

 

The college recognized the following staff, faculty, alumni and friends:

 

Friend of the College Award: Recognizes a person that has demonstrated support to the college or one of its units by volunteering, providing internships or by their involvement in programs supported by the college. This year the college honored:

 

Jamie Leddin, board co-chair for UK's Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking (iNET)

 

Outstanding Alumnus Award: Recognizes an alumnus of the College of Communication and Information for their many contributions to the college and to our community. This year the college honored:

 

J.D. Shelburne, country music singer from Taylorsville, Kentucky (Telecommunications, 2007)

 

Faculty Teaching Excellence Award: Recognizes faculty who not only demonstrate mastery of the subject matter, but also awareness of current developments, and a vision of what is to come. Recipients demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate that knowledge to students in ways that foster understanding, intellectual growth and a broadening of perspectives. This year the college honored:

 

Namjoo Choi, assistant professor in the School of Information Science

 

Graduate Teaching Excellence Award: Recognizes students who not only excel in their own studies, but they also demonstrate knowledge and expertise of their field through teaching undergraduate students. This year the college honored:

 

Anna-Carrie “Annie” Beck, second year doctoral student specializing in family, interpersonal and instructional communication

 

Faculty Research Award: Recognizes faculty achievement in research that is important to both the college and the faculty member’s area of expertise. This year the college honored two recipients:

 

Patric Spence, associate professor in the School of Information Science

Jeannette Sutton, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and the director of the Risk and Disaster Communication Center

 

Outstanding Staff Award: Recognizes outstanding work and contributions by a staff member. This year the college honored two recipients:

 

Heather Burke, student affairs officer in the School of Information Science

Megan Sizemore, chief of staff, Dean’s Office

 

Faculty Community Service Award: Recognizes achievements by our faculty in service to our community. This year the college honored:

 

Kakie Urch, associate professor of multimedia in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications

 

Outstanding Advisor Award: Recognizes the critical role played by advisors in fostering academic achievement, clearing pathways to graduation and providing meaningful engagement on campus and in the community. This year the college honored:

 

Scoobie Ryan, associate director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications

 

The College of Communication and Information also honored the following outstanding graduate students at the Excellence Awards:

 

Molly Burchett, Bruce H. Westley Memorial Scholarship, Carozza Graduate Fund

Sarah Sheff, Palmgreen Fellowship

Chrissy Gentile, Martha and Howard Sypher Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Tara Watterson, R. Lewis Donohew Graduate Fellowship

Minhao Dai, Health Communication Research Fellow

Ana De la Serna, Health Communication Research Fellow

Amanda Slone, Instructional Communication Research Fellow

Kevin Wombacher, Health Communication Research Fellow, Risk/Crisis Research Fellow

Anna-Carrie “Annie” Beck, Instructional Communication Research Fellow

Jacob Matig, Interpersonal Communication Research Fellow

Xialing Lin, Health/Risk Communication Research Fellow

Ashley Householder, SLIS Alumni Scholarship

Lauren Farmer, SLIS Alumni Scholarship

Aaron Williams, Hallie Day Blackburn Scholarship

Lucy Whalen, SLIS Endowed Fellowship Fund

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Scott and Dallaire Selected as Commencement Student Speakers

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — In what has become a University of Kentucky Commencement tradition, two students have been selected to serve as speakers for the two undergraduate ceremonies Sunday, May 8.

 

Jared Scott will speak at the 9 a.m. ceremony and Jackie Dallaire will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Scott and Dallaire were selected among several candidates by UK President Eli Capilouto to represent the May 2016 undergraduate class.

 

Scott, from Saginaw, Michigan, is graduating with a degree in finance from the Gatton College of Business and Economics

 

During his time at UK, Scott participated in UK Alternative Spring Break, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, UK Fusion as a site leader, Martin Luther King Day of Service in Lexington, Every National Campus Ministry, UK Venture Studio Boot Camp Team, the National Association of Black Accountants, AMSTEMM, and undergraduate research. He also served as a liasion for the UK Student Government Association and studied abroad in the Czech Republic.

 

“I had such a great experience in college and I just thought addressing my classmates would be the perfect end to my college career,” Scott said. “The people I met here, without a doubt, is what I love most about UK. It is a perfect mixture of the South, North and Midwest. No matter where you are from, you don’t feel too far from home. Wherever we go in life after college as Wildcats, we are a diverse network for each other. We must keep persevering and enduring in all our endeavors.”

 

Dallaire, from Arlington, Virginia, is graduating with a degree in social work. She is a four-year member of the UK Women’s Soccer Team, making the SEC Academic Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll with a 4.0 GPA. Through the College of Social Work, Dallaire has interned at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and The Learning Center.

 

“When I sat down to write my speech, I found that I have a lot to say. It isn’t often a platform like this comes around, and I think it is an incredible opportunity to represent myself, the College of Social Work, and the University of Kentucky,” Dallaire said. “I think when you have been grinding away at a degree for four long years, you can sometimes lose perspective. Then all of a sudden you are at graduation, with a diploma — it can feel kind of surreal! I hope that my fellow graduates remember all of the amazing things they can do with their degree after they hear my speech, and understand how badly the world needs them to use that education to make a positive impact."

 

The May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will be held Sunday, May 8, in Rupp Arena. The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., followed by the Graduate and Professional Ceremony at 7 p.m. The 9 a.m. ceremony will feature the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; the Gatton College of Business and Economics; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; and the College of Nursing. The 2 p.m. ceremony will feature the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Communication and Information; the College of Design; the College of Fine Arts; the College of Health Sciences; and the College of Social Work. 

 

More than 2,400 undergraduates and approximately 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate and professional degree candidates had their degrees approved by the UK Board of Trustees.   

 

All three ceremonies will be live streamed on UKNow.

 

For more information about the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies, visit www.uky.edu/Commencement

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu

 

Summer Parking Control, Bus Service to Start May 9

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — During the summer months, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) implements some changes to campus parking and transit operations due to the reduced campus population.

 

Summer parking control will begin Monday, May 9. While all lots will remain on control, permit holders will experience more flexibility in student parking areas. Most university student parking lots will be controlled for any valid permit during the summer months. The exceptions are the R6, R16, R17 and R18 parking areas, which will remain on control for their specific permit types.

 

A summer parking control map can be found at www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_parking-maps.

 

PTS will be operating the Summer Route from Monday, May 9, through Thursday, June 30, with the exception of Monday, May 30. Service will run 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. As announced on April 20, starting on Friday, July 1, the Blue, White and Green Routes will run for the remainder of summer, on a limited schedule of 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The expansion to year-round operations on these routes will ensure consistency of service.

 

More information about all the bus routes, including maps and schedules, can be found at www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles. Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices, allowing for users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

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