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UK's Kenny Burdine Receives Farm Public Relations Award

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 17:18

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2015)  Kenny Burdine, an extension livestock economist and assistant extension professor at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is the recipient of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 30th annual Farm Public Relations Award. He was recognized earlier this month during the general session of the farm bureau's annual meeting at the Galt House in Louisville.


Burdine, a native of Jessamine County, has worked at UK for 15 years. During this time, he has traveled extensively across the state conducting educational programs for beef, dairy, equine and forage producers in the areas of market outlook, profitability and risk management. He has also been a regular speaker at livestock programs outside of the state.


In addition to his extension work, Burdine teaches a livestock marketing course in the UK Department of Agricultural Economics.



MEDIA CONTACT:  Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324.

UK’s Inaugural #GivingTuesday Campaign Attracts More Than 130 Online Gifts

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 16:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2015)  Officials with the University of Kentucky’s Office of Philanthropy are celebrating following its inaugural participation in #GivingTuesday, a global day set aside for individuals to support their favorite nonprofit organizations and charities through online giving and social media.


According to Anne Lichtenberg, director of annual giving, participating units in UK’s #GivingTuesday campaign attracted 131 online gifts and generated $17,556 on Dec. 1. This equates to an average gift of $134.01, Lichtenberg said. The average online gift among all U.S. participating charities and organizations was $137, up 6 percent from 2014.


“This was the year #GivingTuesday exploded,” Lichtenberg said. “Various sources have indicated a 52 percent increase in online gifts in comparison to last year. We could not be more proud and appreciative of UK’s alumni and friends for their interest and generous support. 


“Even though we had not set a specific dollar goal for this first-time effort, UK’s #GivingTuesday campaign was a success in terms of dollars raised and social media support received from UK alumni and friends who posted to their Facebook or Twitter accounts including the hashtag, #SeeBlueGiveBlue.”


Receiving the most dollars and donors was the Kentucky Children’s Hospital and DanceBlue with nearly $4,100 raised from 63 gifts. Within the colleges, the College of Health Sciences attracted the most donors with 18 gifts while the College of Engineering secured the most dollars: $3,476.


According to the #GivingTuesday organization (, the global, 24-hour campaign, which uses social media to connect donors and causes, raised $116.7 million in online donations, compared to $45 million in 2014. Colleges and universities, religious organizations and charities in 71 countries participated in #GivingTuesday.


In planning for next year’s #GivingTuesday, which is set for Nov. 29, Lichtenberg said: “We want to build on this year’s momentum. We will explore — with the university’s colleges, programs, and UK HealthCare — exciting, creative and fun ways to further attract philanthropic support of the University of Kentucky.”




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

Protection Statute for Whistleblowers

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 14:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2015) — The message below was sent from Bill Thro, University of Kentucky general counsel, to UK employees this week.


UK Colleagues,


One of our most important values as a university is ensuring that a culture of compliance exists across our campus. We are all accountable to one another; and we have a responsibility as public stewards to ensure that all funds are managed appropriately and the federal and state laws and university regulations are followed. And we must ensure that everyone who acts on our behalf does so with the highest levels of integrity.


Against that backdrop, Congress has enacted many whistleblower protection statutes to encourage employees to report fraud, waste, and abuse. The University of Kentucky's policy can be found at According to topic #16 under the Code of Conduct "it is a violation of university policy to retaliate against an individual because she or he has made, in good faith, a disclosure of noncompliance or has participated in an investigation, proceeding or hearing involving noncompliance of any of the above."


The University of Kentucky has made available to employees several avenues for reporting wrong-doing:

In addition to continuously monitoring the finances and operations of the university, all University of Kentucky employees working on federal grants or contracts should be aware of the whistleblower protection statute (41 U.S.C. §4712) that went into effect July 1, 2013 and continues to apply to all contractors, grantees, subcontractors and subgrantees on federal grants and contracts. This "Pilot Program for Enhancement of Employee Whistleblower Protections" by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) states that an "employee of a contractor, subcontractor, grantee (or subgrantee) may not be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for 'whistleblowing.'" In addition, whistleblower protections cannot be waived by any agreement, policy, form or condition of employment.


Whistleblowing is defined as making a disclosure "that the employee reasonably believes" is evidence of any of the following:

  • Gross mismanagement of a federal contract or grant;
  • A gross waste of federal funds;
  • An abuse of authority relating to a federal contract or grant;
  • A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or,
  • A violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a federal contract or grant (including the competition for, or negotiation of, a contract or grant).

To qualify under the statute, the employee's disclosure must be made to:

  • A member of Congress, or a representative of a Congressional committee;
  • An Inspector General;
  • The Government Accountability Office;
  • A federal employee responsible for contract or grant oversight or management at the relevant agency;
  • A court or grand jury; or,
  • A management official or other employee of the contractor, subcontractor, grantee, or subgrantee who has the responsibility to investigate, discover or address misconduct.

  • Additionally, the statute requires all grantees, their subgrantees, and subcontractors to: 
  1. Inform their employees working on any federal award that they are subject to the whistleblower rights and remedies of the pilot program;

  2. Inform their employees in writing of employee whistleblower protections under 41 U.S.C. §4712 in the predominant native language of the workforce; and,
  3. Contractors and grantees will include such requirements in any agreement made with a subcontractor or subgrantee.

The requirement to comply with, and inform all employees of the "Pilot Program for Enhancement of Contact Employee Whistleblower Protections" is in effect for all grants, contracts, subgrants, and subcontracts issued through Jan. 1, 2017.


For more information about this policy and notice, contact Kim C. Carter, director of the UK Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, at 859-257-9420 or

The University of Kentucky December 2015 Commencement Ceremonies

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 12:49

Please make sure you are using the latest version of your browser. The Graduate and Professional Ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18 and the Undergraduate Ceremony begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Individual videos of each ceremony will be available within two weeks on the UK YouTube channel. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2015) — Today, the University of Kentucky will celebrate nearly 1,000 students as they become UK graduates at the 2015 December Commencement Ceremonies.


The ceremonies will recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate, graduate and professional students who will have completed their degrees by the end of the fall 2015 semester. Graduate and professional degrees will be conferred at 10 a.m. and undergraduate degrees will be conferred at 3 p.m.  All ceremonies will be streamed live on UKNow


Today's events mark the first time December Commencement will be held in Rupp Arena. The December ceremonies had taken place in Memorial Coliseum since they began in 2010. The change was necessary due to the growing number of participants and their guests. 

Approximately 830 undergraduates and nearly 200 graduate and professional students are expected to participate in the ceremonies. Overall, a total of 1,788 undergraduate, 936 graduate and 113 professional degrees have been conferred for August and December 2015.


These graduates will join the May 2015 graduates in receiving special diplomas that honor the university's sesquicentennial. All 2015 diplomas bear a seal commemorating 150 years of UK's dedication to research, education and service. 


While all graduates are celebrated for their tremendous achievements, many have particularly interesting stories to share about their lives and time at UK.

  • After serving our country for more than eight years in U.S. Army Intelligence, Jessica Wilson walked into the UK Veterans Resource Center feeling nervous about starting her college career. Now, two and a half years later, she's completing that mission with a walk across Rupp Arena's stage during December Commencement. Wilson is graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics, but her journey to Commencement was not typical.  After graduating from high school, she went straight into the military as an intelligence analyst.  Her service included tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Wilson credits the Veterans Resource Center with helping her transition from military to college life and to learn about military benefits available to her.  She now wants to use her degree as well as her experience in the military to help other veterans who feel detached from society, helping them gain access to benefits and services they are entitled to. 
  • While many graduating students are preparing to enter the workforce or graduate school, sailing across the South Pacific from the Caribbean to New Zealand is next on Jessica Meyer’s to do list. She’ll head to Antigua first for a few months learning how to sail charting yachts and then along her journey, with small islands as her rest stops, she’ll blog about indigenous communities and traditional ecological knowledge. The environmental and sustainable studies major from Walton in Northern Kentucky first developed a curiosity for sustainable environments when her neighbors’ 200 acre-farm was turned into an industrial suburb. In her third semester at UK, she studied abroad in New Zealand. Since then, she’s been planning her return, the trip of a lifetime.
  • Morgan Saint James, 19, graduates this December with degrees in Russian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies.  Her extensive studies abroad in Jordan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia, enhanced her fluent Russian and Arabic language skills as well as her ability to interact with people of very diverse backgrounds. Saint James home schooled in Virginia and earned an associate’s degree, summa cum laude, there in 2012, before attending UK.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Theta Kappa honorary societies, she advanced her already extensive multi-lingual public speaking skills while at UK, including reading  and even reciting Russian stories and poems on WRFL, the student public radio station.

Student Speaker

UK President Eli Capilouto will deliver remarks at both ceremonies, and a student will address the audience during the undergraduate ceremony, as per UK tradition. Kristyn Cherry, an integrated strategic communication major from Stockbridge, Georgia, has been selected by the president to serve as student speaker. Read more about Kristyn Cherry.


Honorary Degree

Matt Cutts, a 1995 UK graduate and software engineer for Google, will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering during the 3 p.m. Undergraduate Ceremony. Cutts is one of the first 100 employees of Google and is known for writing the first version of "Safe Search," the company’s family filter feature. Read more about Matt Cutts.



Both ceremonies will be streamed live at, the university’s news website. Full video of each ceremony will be available within two weeks after Commencement on the university’s YouTube channel,




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

UK Students Surprise Beloved Staff Member

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 19:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2015) — A University of Kentucky staff member who says, "it never hurts to talk to people," was shown the impact of her kind words yesterday in a holiday surprise initiated and orchestrated entirely by UK students.


Tammy Terry, affectionately known as "Mrs. Tammy" to UK students, is a UK Dining employee and lobby attendent of the Starbucks at William T. Young Library. On Wednesday, Terry was surprised by more than 100 students who took a break from their final exam preparation to witness the moment she learned of the gift — more than $6,000 raised through a GoFundMe campaign.


UKNow was there to share the moment as well:




Nearly 600 people have donated to the GoFundMe page with hundreds leaving comments and memories about how Mrs. Tammy impacted their lives while attending the university.



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton,, 859-257-1909

Ten UK Honors Students Awarded T.W. Lewis Scholarship

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 15:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Honors Program recognized 10 first-year students as recipients of the T.W. Lewis Scholarship beginning fall 2015. These scholars, representing Fayette County and a select number of Appalachian counties in Kentucky, joined the current cohort, who were admitted to the program in 2014. The Lewis Scholars in the new cohort are off to a great start as they begin their spring semester.


The new 2015-16 Lewis Scholars are:

  • Sarah Anders, a graduate of Corbin High School in Whitley County, majoring in biology 
  • Ryan Booth, a graduate of Lafayette High School in Fayette County, majoring in university studies
  • Zach Byrd, a graduate of Henry Clay High School in Fayette County, majoring in agricultural biotechnology
  • Zachary Cassidy, a graduate of South Laurel High School in Laurel County, majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Katy Estes, a graduate of Henry Clay High School in Fayette County, majoring in management, business and economics
  • Rebeckah Fairchild, a graduate of Johnson Central High School in Johnson County, majoring in chemical engineering
  • Benjamin Ward Jones, a graduate of Harlan County High School in Leslie County, majoring is writing, rhetoric and digital studies
  • Jordan Nicoulin, a graduate of Tates Creek High School in Fayette County, majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Kathryn Price, a graduate of Carol Martin Gatton Academy, but a resident of McCreary County, majoring in mathematics
  • Erin Reed, a graduate of Tates Creek High School in Fayette County, majoring in arts administration

This scholarship program, named for Thomas W. Lewis and his mother, Ruth Jones Lewis, is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 academic year.  The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2016. Interviews will follow in February.


Recipients are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership potential, entrepreneurial potential, strong personal character, intellectual ability and financial need. They each receive $5,000 toward the cost of tuition, room and board, with a maximum of $20,000 awardable per student.


T.W. Lewis is a former member of the UK Capital Campaign Steering Committee, serving during the "Dream, Challenge, Succeed" campaign. He received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the university in 1971. This past October, Lewis and his wife Jan gave the single largest gift in UK’s history — $23 million to establish an Honors College at UK. The establishment of a new college will be subject to faculty review and endorsement through the University Senate next year.


For more information on the T. W. Lewis Scholarship Fund, visit or contact the Honors Program at 859-257-3111 or


The UK Honors Program is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.


The People Behind our Research: College of Nursing’s Jenna Hatcher Seeks to Reduce Health Disparities

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 15:05



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2015) — Associate professor Jenna Hatcher spent two decades working as nurse in the clinical areas of critical, intensive and psychiatric care before beginning her academic career. No matter where she worked, she noticed a recurring problem in health care: different groups of people experienced different health outcomes.


“I lived in Massachusetts, California, Louisiana, Kentucky and Alabama, and in each of those places there were segments of the population that didn’t get the same kind of health care outcomes that other people got, and it made me want to fix that,” Hatcher said.

Hatcher seeks to close the chasm of health disparities impacting members of minority groups through her research and leadership roles at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. Hatcher came to the UK for her doctoral degree, which she received in 2006, and obtained a master’s in public health in 2012. Rather than focus on a specific disease, her research centers on treatment, accessibility and outcomes for vulnerable and at-risk populations. 


Hatcher’s doctoral dissertation explored disparities in mental health for African American women. Her research then forayed into studying mammography rates and modifiable cancer risk behaviors in the same population. Hatcher launched the Sisters Educated in Emergency Departments (SEED) project, an intervention in which lay health providers enter emergency departments and educate African American women about breast cancer and mammography. The intervention leverages the average six hours of wait time in an emergency room to inform members of the African American population about the risks of breast cancer.


“So if I go to a doctor, and the doctor says, ‘You should get a mammogram,’ I get a mammogram. If I don’t go, and they don’t say it, I might wait years to get that mammogram,” Hatcher said. “So we’re hoping to catch the people who have fallen through the safety net of primary care.”


In addition, Hatcher was a co-investigator on Faith Moves Mountains, a breast and cervical prevention project in Eastern Kentucky funded by the National Institutes of Health, as well as a heart health intervention targeting vulnerable Kentucky residents. More recently, Hatcher studied the influence of social media in reaching disparate populations with information regarding cardiovascular disease and cancer, which are diseases with similar modifiable risk factors. In a small study, she examined the effectiveness of text messaging and social media engagement as a strategy for communicating health messages to African Americans ages 50 and above. The study prompted the participants to use the hashtag #hearthealthyandcancerfree, and shed light on how interventionists can integrate social media to communicate with disparate populations.


“I’m excited that I can see people over the age of 50 use their phones and Facebook to understand more about their health and to access things about their health, and they really love it,” Hatcher said.


In addition to her research studies, Hatcher is engaged in community service and leadership within the UK College of Nursing. She was recently named the college’s director of diversity and inclusivity, a role in which she seeks to promote inclusive learning environments within the college and form a diverse nursing workforce representative of patient populations. Hatcher is the president and founding member of the local National Black Nurses Association chapter and the director of the Disparities Researchers Equalizing Access for Minorities (DREAM) Center, which is dedicated to generating and disseminating knowledge that helps to equalize access and eliminate disparities in health status and health care for minorities through research, education and community outreach. Hatcher said staying involved in the community helps her see the greater importance of her research.


“That’s my favorite thing — when I go to a church or in the street and see that they’re happy and proud that I’m helping to improve health outcomes in their community,” Hatcher said.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Minority and Women Construction Training Registration Closes Dec. 24

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 12:22

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Dec. 17, 2015) — The Bluegrass Small Business Development Center will host a 10-week program offering instruction to women and minority business owners who wish to compete in the construction industry. Registration is open until Dec. 24, and classes will begin Jan. 12.


The Minority and Women Training Program began in 2001 as a way to increase construction opportunities for women and minority business owners and has graduated more than 100 entrepreneurs statewide.


The program will cover topics that include business planning, contract law, insurance and performance bonds, accounting and financial statements, drawings and specifications, bidding and estimating, and cash flow analysis. Participants will acquire the necessary tools to grow their businesses and have an opportunity to network with one another, building relationships they can draw upon in the future.


The program is sponsored by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fifth Third Bank, Blue Grass Airport, Messer Construction Company, the Fayette County Public Schools, the University of Kentucky Facilities Management, Commerce Lexington and Lextran.


Coordinated by LFUCG and KSBDC, classes will be held weekly from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST on Tuesdays. Minorities or women with a 51 percent ownership in a company in the construction or construction-related industry are eligible for the program. The cost is $100 for companies accepted into the program. A boxed dinner is provided each night.


For more information on the Minority and Women’s Construction Training Program, contact Shirie Hawkins at or register online at


The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 17 offices located throughout the state that helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. The KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website,




MEDIA CONTACT: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-7668.

UK Debate Team Finishes Fall Semester Strong

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 11:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2015) — The University of Kentucky debate team has had one of its most successful semesters to date.


The team finished strong at Wake Forest, the largest tournament of the first semester with almost 300 participants. UK had three teams reach the elimination rounds for the third time this semester, including two in the sweet 16 and one in the elite eight. Donald Grasse was the 5th overall speaker at the tournament and his partner Theo Noparstak was 7th.


Grasse and Noparstak have been invited to the Dartmouth Round Robin — a debate limited to the top seven teams in the country. This is the first time UK has been invited since 2002. The other teams invited include Michigan, Harvard, Emory, Berkeley, Wake Forest and Michigan State.


UK Debate Team Coach Dave Arnett said, “This group has worked hard and been talented in past years but with three seniors leading the way, we've managed to get over the competitive hump this season.”


The squad has made it to at least the elite eight at every major tournament so far this year. With over 100 teams from across the country at each of those, it really demonstrates how much they have accomplished.


The team also attended the prestigious Harvard debate tournament and reached the elimination rounds for the first time since 2001. Holmes Hampton and Marcel Roman reached the sweet 16 and Grasse and Noparstak reached the quarterfinals. Grasse placed 4th overall and Noparstak placed 5th.


Arnett is hopeful for the future of the team, “With talented students in each class and what looks to be another strong recruiting group, I think the future should be very strong.”



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

New UPK Books Offer Taste of Bourbon History

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 10:53

 LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2015) — Have a bourbon enthusiast in your family or circle of friends who shares their adventures up and down the Bourbon Trail or fun facts like there are more barrels of bourbon in Kentucky than people? Well, University Press of Kentucky (UPK) may have just the book to satisfy their thirst for more information on America's only native spirit. The press recently released two books related to Kentucky’s signature industry, "The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries" and "The Manhattan Cocktail: A Modern Guide to the Whiskey Classic."


More than 200 distilleries once operated in Kentucky, but only 61 survived Prohibition. Though the businesses were gone, most of the buildings remained, unused, slowly deteriorating for decades. Now, thanks in large part to the explosion of interest in craft bourbon, many of these historic buildings are being brought back to life, often as new distilleries. With progress, however, comes loss, and the record of what existed at these sites across the Commonwealth is disappearing just as more and more people are interested in bourbon’s history.


Presentation of a case study on the James E. Pepper Distillery from "The Birth of Bourbon" by Carol Peachee.


Award-winning photographer Carol Peachee has documented many of these sites in "The Birth of Bourbon." She memorializes Kentucky’s oldest distilleries with her camera, capturing their architectural and mechanical wonders. Rather than viewing the industrial sites as merely remnants of the past, Peachee treats each space as an archeological find as she follows the ghosts of proud laborers through Kentucky’s bourbon history. By capturing Kentucky’s abandoned distilleries in intimate images, she documents these incredible historic sites that are rapidly vanishing or being irrevocably changed.


Using a photography technique called high-dynamic-range (HDR) imaging, Peachee captures the vibrant and haunting beauty of the distilleries. HDR photography is a process that layers three or more images taken of the same scene at different shutter speeds. The technique creates a fuller range of luminosity and color and gives the photographs a striking, ethereal quality. Insightful commentary accompanies each photograph, and Peachee’s reflections provide valuable information about the distilleries and the people who spent their lives working inside them. From massive machinery, colored a luminous yellow as it corrodes, to personal artifacts such as an abandoned oil can, these images reveal the vanishing years of bourbon history.


In 2010, the James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington was the first set of ruins that she photographed. Four years later, the location was repurposed and commercialized. Just months after Peachee visited the Old Crow Distillery in Millville, the ruins were sold to entrepreneurs who plan to build a craft distillery in the bottling house. Likewise, the Dowling Distilleries warehouse in Burgin was photographed in the process of being torn down. Major buildings at other sites like Buffalo Springs Distillery in Stamping Ground did not survive to be photographed.


As more and more historical distilleries are lost or altered, these images provide an important glimpse of the past and detailed insight into Kentucky’s relationship with bourbon. "The Birth of Bourbon" is a tour of Kentucky bourbon heritage that might have otherwise been lost if not for Peachee’s determination to save it. The results not only document what remains, but they also showcase the beauty of these sites through a meditation on impermanence, labor, time, presence and loss.


For those readers looking for a way to savor their love for bourbon, "The Manhattan Cocktail" is a more classic fit.


In the art of mixology, innovation is constant, but the favorites remain timeless. The Manhattan is one such classic with a curious history and distinctive attributes that set it apart from the rest. Although the ingredients are simple in theory — whiskey, vermouth and bitters — the fine details, proportions and liquor used, create endless possibilities. The preferred drink of Gilded Age luminaries such as investor J. P. Morgan and New York Governor Samuel J. Tilden, it remains relevant, and has even has seen a surge in popularity thanks to the craft bourbon boom and modern bartenders adding a 21st-century spin to this 19th-century cocktail.


Bourbon connoisseurs and amateur mixologists alike will find everything they need to know about this venerable beverage in "The Manhattan Cocktail" by Chef Albert W. A. Schmid, director of the Hotel-Restaurant Management and Hospitality Management Departments at Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies. He walks readers through the lore surrounding the Manhattan, refuting one popular claim of Lady Randolph Churchill requesting the creation of the drink in honor of Samuel J. Tilden’s election to the governor’s office. Schmid also provides a helpful chart, useful tips and even answers the question of "shaken or stirred?" Rounding out this collection are more than 50 recipes, from the classic to the modern, that are sure to provide even the most seasoned bartender with new ideas.


Schmid details the Manhattan’s long history in American culture — from the infamous Whiskey Ring to its connections to the intriguing and influential Spencer-Churchill family. Dubbed the father of the Martinez and the grandfather of the martini, the Manhattan was created not long after the end of the Civil War, and its history reflects the tumultuous era in which it was born. The beverage is as timeless as the people associated with it, and Schmid includes recipes from a number of them, from British novelist Sir Kingsley Amis’s (whiskey) Manhattan to Kentucky humorist Irvin Cobb’s Manhattan (dry).


Through anecdotal storytelling and an eye for the art of mixing drinks, "The Manhattan Cocktail" reveals the rich origins of this truly American concoction and provides the knowledge necessary to pour the perfect glass.


UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. The editorial program of the press 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.




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


PTS Adjusts Campus Parking and Transit During Winter Break

Wed, 12/16/2015 - 08:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2015) — During the break between the fall and spring semesters, demand for student parking is greatly reduced. As a result, Parking and Transportation Services does not control many of the student areas for permits during this period.


In general, all Residential (R) lots, with the exception of R6, R16, R17 and R18 lots are off control beginning Dec. 19. All employee lots will remain on control, including the joint use Employee/Commuter lots.


Even though some lots are not controlled for permits, they are still monitored for other parking violations to include, but not limited to, parking in fire lanes, on yellow lines, and in disabled accessible parking.


The Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage (PS #3) and the UK HealthCare Parking Garage (PS # 8), will remain open at all times. No attendant will be on duty Friday, Dec. 25 or Friday, Jan. 1 at these two facilities.


The R4, R5, R8, R10, R11, R12 and R14 lots will go on control Jan. 4. The R7 areas will go on control Jan. 9. The C6 lot will go on control Jan. 11. The C8 lot and evening and K areas will go on control Jan. 13.


For the 2015-16 semester break, PTS will operate one bus on the Break Route. The route will run 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 21-24 and Jan. 4-8. The Purple Route (UK HealthCare Shuttle) will not operate Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. To support continual operations at the UK Hospital, the route will run 6 a.m. until midnight Dec. 24 and 28–31, but with only two buses on the route. The route will return to regular service Jan. 4.


The Pink Route (Kentucky Clinic Shuttle) will not operate Dec. 25 or Jan. 1; however, it will run a regular schedule on Dec. 28-30. On Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, the Pink Route morning route will operate from 6:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. and the afternoon route will operate from 6 p.m. The route will resume regular service Jan. 4.


The On-Demand Night bus will resume service Sunday, Jan. 10, operating from 7 p.m. to midnight with one bus to accommodate students returning to campus. All other campus bus routes and the Blue and White Routes (Lextran 14) will resume regular service on Monday, Jan. 11.

Kentucky Small Business Development Center Recognizes Staff

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 16:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2015) — The Kentucky Small Business Development Center recognized its staff members for their achievements recently at an annual conference held at The Campbell House in Lexington.


KSBDC State Director Becky Naugle presented the year’s biggest awards. Top honors went to the University of Kentucky center at Elizabethtown, named 2015 Center of the Year. This award is bestowed upon the Small Business Development Center posting the highest results based on the annual goals.


The Morehead District SBDC received the Spirit Award for 2015. This award recognizes the center that demonstrated the SBDC spirit of service to the network and clients during the year.


The Northern Kentucky University center was awarded the Michael Rodriguez Traveling Trophy to acknowledge the largest goal increase achievement during the final six months of the fiscal year.


Lois Decker, of the Owensboro SBDC, was named 2015 Team Player of the Year for exhibiting extraordinary leadership and willingness to assist others. During her tenure, Decker has gone above and beyond in upholding the KSBDC’s mission of creating economic growth and aiding others in achieving success.


Tamela Darnell, of Murray State University SBDC, was named 2015 Administration Person of the Year. Darnell was recognized for her diligent work on behalf of clients and fellow co-workers.


David Stevens, of the central office, was recognized as the 2015 Sutton Landry State Star. This honor is presented to an individual who is considered an example of excellence, makes a significant contribution to their center’s program and exhibits dedication to assisting small businesses.


Marge Berge, of the UK Central Office SBDC, was presented the first KSBDC Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her 32 years of exemplary service and dedication to the betterment of the organization as a whole.


In addition, 11 staff members were inducted into the exclusive Kentucky Small Business Development Center Million Dollar Loan Club. This honor is reserved for management consultants who help business clientele secure $1 million or more in loans to start, expand or purchase their companies. Statewide, KSBDC consultants aided entrepreneurs with more than $32 million in loans during the 2014-2015 fiscal year.


The 2015 inductees were:

Fausto Sarmiento, UK Bluegrass SBDC

Steve Heil and Patricia Krausman, UK Elizabethtown SBDC

David Oetken and Toni Sears, UK Louisville SBDC

Kim Jenkins and Mark Murphy, Morehead SBDC

Lois Decker and Chris Wooldridge, Murray SBDC

Rebecca Volpe, NKU SBDC

Miller Slaughter, Western Kentucky University SBDC

Gordon Garrett, UK SBDC Central office


KSBDC presented 11 staff members with service awards. Five years of service recipients were: Becky Marefat, UK Bluegrass SBDC; Vallorie Henderson and David Oetken, UK Louisville SBDC; and Miller Slaughter, WKU SBDC. Marking 10 years of service were Shirie Hawkins, UK Bluegrass SBDC; Gordon Garrett, UK Central Office SBDC, and Janet Flaugh and Toni Sears, UK Louisville SBDC. Celebrating 15 years were Dee Dee Harbut, UK Central Office SBDC and John Preston, Eastern Kentucky University SBDC. Hitting the 30-year milestone was Mike Morley from the Morehead State University at Pikeville SBDC.


Dee Dee Harbut, director of the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center, presented the inaugural Three Cheers award to Debbie McKnight. This award is chosen by the clients to recognize a consultant’s hard work with government contracting assistance. 


“The impact of KSBDC staff’s hard work reaches every county in Kentucky. I am so proud of the contribution SBDC and PTAC staffs make to our ‘Common Wealth,’ and it is an honor to recognize their accomplishments,” Naugle said.


The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 17 offices located throughout the state that helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. The KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website,




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The Arboretum Honored With Awards From Fayette Alliance

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 16:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2015)  The Arboretum, Kentucky's official state botanical garden and a part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, recently received two awards at the Fayette Alliance Awards program. The Fayette Alliance Awards celebrate pioneering and enduring initiatives that help the organization achieve its mission of growing the city of Lexington and promoting its farms.


The first award presented to The Arboretum is for excellence in Environmental Stewardship.


The second award received by The Arboretum is called the “People’s Choice” award and involved an online voting competition. The “People’s Choice" award was selected from the Agricultural Excellence, Innovative Development, and Environmental Stewardship award recipients.


The Arboretum, 100 acres of year-round color and plants, was created in 1991 in a partnership between UK and the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government.


In addition to awards in these categories, Fayette Alliance presented its Visionary award to Debra Hensley, and The Fayette Alliance award to Linda Gorton. Both of these women were recognized for their lasting positive impact on Fayette County through their longtime leadership efforts.


Other awards presented by the Fayette Alliance are:


Agricultural Excellence — Chef Ouita Michel


Innovative Development — Jefferson Street Corridor


For more information about Fayette Alliance and its awards program visit




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UK Alumnus, Google Software Engineer Matt Cutts to Receive Honorary Degree

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 14:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2015) — This Friday, the University of Kentucky will bestow its greatest honor — the awarding of an honorary degree — to UK alumnus Matt Cutts.  The 1995 graduate will be recognized with an honorary doctorate of engineering during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18.


Cutts has become well known as one of Google’s first 100 employees and has headed the company’s Webspam group since 2004. Cutts’ leadership has resulted in safer web searching for families and children, improved ranking schemes, and "search encryption."


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A native of Morehead, Kentucky, Cutts was awarded a Singletary Scholarship to attend UK in 1990. He graduated with a double major in 1995, earning Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science and mathematics.


While at UK, Cutts achieved a sparkling academic record, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, receiving a Gaines Fellowship in the Humanities, earning election to Phi Beta Kappa and being named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Engineering.


Outside of the classroom, Cutts excelled in a cooperative education opportunity at the Department of Defense in Fort Meade, Maryland, completing four work tours (adding up to more than one year total) with the National Security Agency. On campus, he was recruited to serve as a member of the Mathematical Sciences staff, serving as a teaching assistant on a distance-learning class, one in which he had determined the computer hardware necessary to make the class possible.


After graduating from UK, Matt earned a Master of Science degree in computer science at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he served as a research assistant and software engineer. He was awarded both a National Science Foundation Fellowship and a Link Foundation Fellowship.


Cutts was inducted into the UK College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 2012.



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UK CAER Receives Federal Rare Earth Element Research Funding

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 13:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2015)  When Jim Hower published papers in the late 1990s and early 2000s about rare earth concentrations at Kentucky coal mines, it was almost as a novelty. Hower, a petrologist at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), thought discovering a high concentration of rare earth elements in coal seams in southern and eastern Kentucky was interesting, no doubt, but he didn't think it would amount to much in terms of research and development.


And then Steve Jobs invented the iPhone.


With the advent and proliferation of mobile phones, tablets and laptop computers, the demand for rare earth materials has skyrocketed over the decade. At the same time, the nation's only active rare earth mine — located in California — closed its doors. The confluence of events has made Hower's novelty research, well, novel.


Hower and several UK CAER colleagues received funding on three of 10 U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) projects. NETL funded this series of projects as part of their Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts program. The selected research projects will further program goals by focusing on the development of cost-effective and environmentally benign approaches for the recovery of rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic coal and coal byproducts.


"This is research that I kind of stumbled upon," said Hower. "I submitted some timely papers years ago while analyzing coal byproducts at power plants here in Kentucky, and it turns out that there may be some real development opportunities for Kentucky coal byproducts."


The funded projects fall under two subtopic areas: (1) development of bench-scale and (2) pilot-scale technology to economically separate, extract, and concentrate mixed REEs from coal and coal byproducts, including solids and liquids from coal-related operations. UK CAER researchers received funding for projects under each subtopic.


In the first subtopic area, Hower and fellow UK CAER colleagues Uschi Graham and Kevin Henke received funding as collaborators on the following project:

  • "Novel Membrane and Electrodeposition-Based Separation and Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Coal Combustion Residues." Duke University will develop and test a solvent extraction and membrane filtration process to recover and concentrate REEs from coal combustion residues originating from a variety of geographic locations within the U.S.

In the second subtopic area, Hower and fellow UK CAER colleague Jack Groppo received funding on two projects:

  • "Pilot-Scale Testing of an Integrated Circuit for the Extraction of Rare Earth Minerals and Elements from Coal and Coal Byproducts Using Advanced Separation Technologies." Led by Rick Honaker in UK's Mining Engineering Department with UK CAER and the Kentucky Geological Survey serving as partners, this project will develop and test a one-fourth ton/hour pilot-scale plant for the extraction of REEs from Central Appalachian bituminous coal preparation plant refuse. The extraction and recovery process will consist of both physical and chemical separation methods that are currently available for deployment at pilot scale.
  • "High-Yield and Economical Production of Rare Earth Elements from Coal Ash." Physical Sciences, Inc. will evaluate a physical/chemical separation technology program to optimize recovery of REEs at pilot scale. The anticipated capacity of the plant is approximately 1-5 tons/day of post-combustion coal ash from burning Fire Clay coal from Eastern Kentucky, and from combusting anthracite refuse.

"Drs. Hower, Groppo, Henke and Graham should be commended for their novel work in this burgeoning area of science," said Rodney Andrews, director of UK CAER. "I don't know of another institution that is part of three of these 10 grants. It showcases the depth and breadth of our researchers, and how valuable CAER is to partner institutions and organizations across the country."


REEs are a series of chemical elements found in the Earth's crust. Due to their unique chemical properties, REEs have become essential components of many technologies spanning a range of applications including electronics, computer and communication systems, transportation, health care, and national defense. The demand, cost, and availability of REEs has grown significantly over recent years stimulating an emphasis on economically feasible approaches for REE recovery.



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College of Communication and Information Delegation Visits China to Expand Relations

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 10:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 16, 2015) — Five professors from the College of Communication and Information found good prospects for collaboration as they visited two universities and a newspaper during a recent trip to China.


The professors from the College of Communication and Information visited the Communication University of China in Beijing, and gave talks at a health communication symposium the college co-sponsored at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou in southern China. Researchers from leading communication programs also presented at the symposium.


The delegation was led by Zixue Tai, a China native, in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. He and Al Cross, director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, also visited the Bao’an Daily, a community newspaper in Shenzen, next to Hong Kong.


Three professors in the Department of Communication discussed the department’s highly ranked health communication program with their Chinese counterparts: Douglas Boyd, former dean of the college; Kevin Real, a researcher specializing in the field; and Shari Veil, who is also the college’s associate dean for undergraduate affairs.


The delegation was joined in Guangzhou by Lars Willnat of Indiana University, who will become director of UK’s School of Journalism and Media (its new name, pending action by the Board of Trustees) Jan. 1, 2016, and his wife, Annette Willnat, who will teach public relations in the college’s new Department of Integrated Strategic Communication.


The professors discussed possible collaborations with top administrators and faculties at the two Chinese universities, led by Zhang Zhian, dean of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-Sen, and Hu Zhengrong, vice president of the Communication University and director of its National Center for Radio and TV Studies.


“Common areas of cooperation seem especially good with faculty at the Communication University of China, given graduate and undergraduate programs similar to those in our college, impressive on-campus production facilities, and faculty research interests that include health communication," Boyd said.


Collaborations could include student exchanges, joint conferences and joint research in health communication and other areas. "I had a productive conversation with Yang Junli from the study abroad office about establishing a summer program in Beijing that could be co-taught by faculty from the University of Kentucky and the Communication University of China," Veil said. 


Health communication is a relatively new academic discipline in China, where the government is increasingly interested in addressing health issues such as smoking. The Department of Communication has a top 10 ranking among health communication programs in the United States.


Another form of collaboration could include another Sino-U.S. Conference on Community Media like the one co-hosted by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at UK last January. The Bao’an Daily was represented at that conference, and Cross and Tai spent most of a day with the paper’s editor-in-chief, Li Gaofeng.


“While Chinese news media must operate under restrictions unlike those in the U.S., we have been able to find common ground with our colleagues to promote the concept of community journalism, which is the healthiest part of traditional journalism in the U.S. and a growing part of the Chinese journalism landscape,” Cross said.



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UK Receives Funding for Model Confucius Institute, Accepts Multiple Gifts

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 09:08



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2015) – The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today accepted a contribution of $1.7 million from Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) to establish a Model Confucius Institute. The funding, which will be matched by the university, will pay for the renovation of an area at Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center dedicated to the institute.  


"We have been so proud to see UK recognized on the international stage, in China, and this latest investment in our partnership will cement the UK Confucius Institute’s standing as one of the world’s leading Confucius Institutes," said Associate Provost for Internationalization Susan Carvalho. "It is a credit to the leadership and vision of Dr. Huajing Maske, the Confucius Institute director and the executive director of our Office of China Initiatives, as well as a testament to the expert guidance of the faculty- and community-led steering committee."


The Confucius Institute is a partnership between China’s Ministry of Education and some 500 global universities. There are currently 110 Confucius Institutes in the United States, including such universities as Columbia and Stanford. At UK, it is run as a matching-funds grant to ensure transparency and accountability.


Established in 2010, the UK Confucius Institute was the 68th in the U.S. The institute was brought to the university through the strategic planning and hard work of the Asia Center, a group of faculty that landed funding to also help establish UK's Japanese and Chinese majors. In its first five years of operation, the institute has won one of the select few Global Confucius Institute of the Year Awards, in 2012 and 2014, and a Director’s Individual Performance Award from Hanban in 2013.


The UK institute's success made it well positioned to compete for increased funding, when Hanban decided to establish a small number of Model Confucius Institutes that would offer high-quality space for showcasing China-related programming.


"There are currently 20 Model Confucius Institutes among the 500 Global Confucius Institutes. This award signifies Hanban's recognition of our hard work and achievement," Maske said. "We owe our success to the support of the faculty and students and to the support of the university leadership who understand the important role global education plays in students’ success."


Renovations at Little Library will be made on the ground floor of the facility. The plans call for offices, meeting space, several classrooms including specific ones dedicated to traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy as well as a high-tech classroom, and a gallery and other display space to showcase Chinese culture for UK and the surrounding community. Currently, UK's Confucius Institute is located in offices within Bradley Hall, at the UK International Center. The expanded location will not only provide more space for the growing staff, but will also allow them to centralize its activities, provide an attractive and convenient site for conversations with faculty and students, and provide a high-tech environment for working across so many time zones.


"The new $1.7 million Confucius Institute Center represents UK's commitment to global issues, especially in the study and understanding of the world's largest country and second largest economy," Maske added.


As part of this growth, the Confucius Institute will align its next five years of work with UK's new strategic plan, focusing on student success and faculty engagement with China. The institute's plans include:

· growing its cooperative programming with Education Abroad to create more opportunities for internships and other international educational prospects for UK students; 

· continuing to expand teaching and research partnership opportunities in China for faculty;

· supporting the strengthening of Chinese studies across the campus;

· facilitating better integration of international students and domestic students;

· providing more high-impact educational opportunities for all students; and

· serving as a hub for the training and professional development of K-12 teachers of Chinese language and culture.


It is believed that this investment in the Confucius Institute will also benefit other international programming at UK. Provost Tim Tracy has just returned from China, where he met with Director-General Madame Xu Lin, of Hanban, the funding organization for Confucius Institutes. He reported that "when Mme. Xu Lin told me that she had researched our website and wanted to extend our next win-win collaborations in the areas of agriculture and food preservation, I knew we had established the right kind of partnership. Our collaboration has been remarkably successful in aligning Hanban's priorities with our own strengths and ambitions."


In addition, the Model Confucius Institute at UK will continue to support Chinese language and culture programs in the K-12 schools and work with UK extension offices in 120 counties to deepen and diversify UK’s community outreach. 


"A rising tide lifts all boats. All of UK’s international opportunities are assisted by the success of the Confucius Institute, which brings not only funding but global visibility, networking and mutual cultural understanding," Carvalho said. "We are proud of this jewel in the crown of internationalization at UK, and look forward to the opportunities this creates for the Commonwealth and, most of all, our students."


The Board of Trustees also accepted:

·       A $1 million gift from EdR to the university’s Corporate Partner Scholarship Quasi-Endowment Fund. The annual spending distributions from the endowed fund support one or more scholarships annually to students who have demonstrated potential for academic success and who have unmet financial need. EdR is UK’s partner in building student housing.

·       A pledge totaling $1 million (which includes $800,000 in payments received) from former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice William S. Cooper to support the renovation and expansion of the College of Law Building. Cooper is a law alumnus.

·       A gift of $858,911.63 from the estate of James C. Blair, formerly of Columbia, Kentucky, to support the Adair County Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students from Adair County.

·       A gift of $638,000 from the Barnstable Brown Foundation of Louisville, Kentucky, to be used as current funds to support the existing Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center.

·       Gifts totaling $629,857.09 from the estate of Deborah Eggum, formerly of Wilmore, Kentucky, to support the Eggum Family Scholarship Fund that benefits the Honors Program.

·       A pledge of $1 million from Brett and Billie Jo Setzer of Nicholasville, Kentucky, to support the construction of a training facility for the UK football team.

·       A pledge of $15 million, which includes $1.5 million in payments received, from the T. W. Lewis Foundation of Tempe, Arizona, for the future Lewis Honors College. Original announcement of the gift was made Oct. 22.





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UK Board Hears Review of Campus Safety Upgrades

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 08:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2015) — University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe updated the UK Board of Trustees today on the university's continued investment in campus security. With 61 sworn, authorized police officers, 12 certified telecommunications officers, and 95 security officers (primarily in UK HealthCare hospitals) the UK Police Department is the largest university department in Kentucky.


In the last three years, UK has implemented a major security project that includes installation of a video monitoring system with 1,418 total cameras including more than 100 exterior cameras across campus so far; centralized access control system for campus buildings; early warning emergency notification system that includes outdoor speakers and indoor speakers through campus phones; and consolidation of ID badge operations.  Most of the security project is complete, however some transitioning of cameras and access control to buildings on the UK HealthCare campus is still underway.


Furthermore, UK Police and the Student Government Association initiated the LiveSafe app designed to provide quick police communication with users as well as other safety features; and, UK patrol officers started wearing body cameras.


Monroe told the UK Board of Trustees that the UK Police Department has recognized several benefits from the new security system including:

  • Quick resolution to criminal cases.  Cameras on campus have allowed UK Police to better identify suspects and solve cases.
  • Broader range of emergency notification by adding outdoor and office phone speakers to the UK Alert system.
  • Campus security standard for all new buildings including building access control.
  • Increased awareness of safety. The recent CATS Survey of all UK students shows nearly 94 percent believe UK cares about campus safety and 98 percent consider UK's campus to be safe during the day.


The university's investment in security will continue, Monroe said. Future plans include:

  • Implementation of desktop computer notification software
  • Upgrade radio system to include a campus-wide platform
  • Virtual patrol of campus
  • Enhanced training for campus EOC teams
  • Adjust police staffing to meet enrollment growth
  • Add redundant 911 locator


UK Establishes Institute With Schnatter Gift, Supports New Gatton College Building

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 07:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2015) — Underscoring the commitment to create an environment for academic excellence, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Tuesday is considering one of the largest private gifts in UK history — $12 million to create a new research and teaching institute in the Gatton College of Business and Economics and support the continued renovation and expansion of the Gatton College building.


“This incredible gift from John H. Schnatter, one of our Commonwealth’s leading entrepreneurs and businesspeople, directly addresses our most important priority — student success at all levels,” said UK President Eli Capilouto in announcing the gift to board members. "We place students first in everything that we do at the University of Kentucky. This gift addresses that priority by investing in academic excellence and the infrastructure that enhances learning."


The gift includes $8 million from the John H. Schnatter Family Foundation and $4 million from the Charles Koch Foundation. Schnatter, of Anchorage, Kentucky, is founder and CEO of Papa John’s International. The college plans to use the funds in two ways:


-- Naming the John H. Schnatter Atrium, a community study and gathering space central to the new Gatton College. The new Gatton building — a $65 million renovation and expansion supported entirely by philanthropy — is part of more than $1.8 billion in campus transformation projects begun in the last four years, more than 90 percent of which are being financed by the university through private giving, public-private partnerships, and institutional funds.


-- Establishing the John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at Gatton. The institute will further engage the university community and the public in a serious and sustained examination of the impact of private enterprise and entrepreneurship on society.


"I am excited to support the University of Kentucky in its establishment of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise at the Gatton College," Schnatter said. "The free-enterprise system is the greatest mechanism mankind has ever created to eliminate poverty, enhance prosperity, and enable the pursuit of happiness. Entrepreneurship is critical to unlocking the power of the free market system. We’re proud to support this effort to educate the next generation about free market principles and equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the know-how to launch successful businesses."


The institute will expand upon the work begun by the Gatton College’s BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism, established and funded by BB&T in 2003.


John Garen, BB&T Professor for the Study of Capitalism and director of the BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism and the Economy at the Gatton College, will serve as the institute’s first director. His research focuses on the economics of incentive systems, economic organization, the role of government in the economy, and labor and human resource economics.


“At this stage of economic history, it is worthwhile to take an academic approach to understanding the role that capitalism and free enterprise has played in the growth of human welfare, as well as examining its shortcomings,” Garen said. “The role of free enterprise is at the center of so many debates, so it’s critical for people to gain a deeper understanding of how it works so they can be thoughtful participants.”


In addition to enhancing existing faculty and student engagement, the institute will support hiring new faculty; faculty research; graduate student fellowships; undergraduate education; research; entrepreneurship programs; and speakers, conferences, and executive education programs to enable public discussion of free enterprise concepts and issues.


UK is among more than 300 universities nationwide supported by the Charles Koch Foundation, a charitable organization supporting scholars exploring the institutions that foster societal well-being.


“We are thrilled to be able to partner with John in supporting the scholars and students at UK,” said Brian Hooks, president of the Charles Koch Foundation. 


In the last four years, enrollment in the Gatton College of Business and Economics has grown rapidly from 2,700 students in 2012 to more than 3,200 this fall.  The college is focused on improving the undergraduate educational experience, including building opportunities for undergraduate inquiry and research, while also improving retention and graduation rates.


Support for the new Gatton College building, as well as the increase in faculty and research capacity through the institute, will allow substantial growth in engagement with both undergraduate and graduate students.


“The Board and President Capilouto have established an ambitious agenda to enhance undergraduate education as well as to expand our research and scholarship to focus on the most important challenges of the Commonwealth and across the world,” said Bill Britton, chair of the UK Board of Trustees Finance Committee. “Investments like this one by one of Kentucky's leading businesspeople help to focus and grow our efforts to truly make a difference for our students and our communities.”


"We are grateful to partner with a successful Kentucky entrepreneur like John Schnatter to expand our capacity to prepare even more principled business leaders for the Commonwealth and beyond, who are ready to contribute immediately to their organizations, and to compete in a dynamic global market,” said David W. Blackwell, Dean of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. “This support of our new building, combined with the new Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise, will also allow us to produce influential research and support economic growth that has a direct, tangible influence on the lives of Kentucky citizens and people around the world.”

Researchers Find Medicaid Expansion Improves Access to Mental Health Services

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 16:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2015) — Results from a collaborative study involving researchers at University of Kentucky College of Public Health and Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health suggest the ongoing Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have the potential to improve health insurance coverage and access to behavioral health care among low-income adults with mental health and substance use disorders.


The research was recently included in the proceedings of the Best of AcademyHealth 2015 Research Meeting and featured in the upcoming issue of Health Services Research.


Led by Hefei Wen, assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the UK College of Public Health, the study, titled “Effect of Medicaid Expansions on Health Insurance Coverage and Access to Care among Low-Income Adults with Behavioral Health Conditions,” examines Medicaid expansions adopted in 14 states between 2004 and 2012. The findings show that among low-income adults with mental health and substance use disorders, state implementation of Medicaid expansions reduced the rate of insured individuals and perceived unmet need for behavioral health care, and increased outpatient mental health treatment.


“When debating and crafting the ACA expansion policies and programs, policymakers should carefully navigate the balance between the financial and political viability and the comprehensiveness of the expansions,” Wen said. “States should create a supportive environment that can translate expanded Medicaid eligibility into meaningful improvements in access to behavioral health care.”


The complete study is available online by clicking here.


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