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UK Alumni Association Announces New Officers for 2016-2017

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 12:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 29, 2016) The University of Kentucky Alumni Association announced a new slate of officers at its annual Board of Directors Summer Workshop in Lexington. At the helm for 2016-2017 are: Peggy S. Meszaros, president; Susan Van Buren Mustian, president-elect; J. Fritz Skeen, treasurer; and Stan R. Key, secretary.

 

Meszaros, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, earned a master’s degree in education in 1972 and a doctoral degree from the University of Maryland. She is a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association and a UK Fellow. Meszaros has served four three-year terms on the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors. She has held several committee leadership positions with the association, including chairwoman of the Distinguished Service Awards, Communications, Nominating for Board, Scholarships/Great Teacher Awards and Budget, Finance and Investments Committees.

 

In the 2015-2016 year she served as chairwoman of the strategic planning process. Meszaros retired this year as the William E. Lavery Professor of Human Development and director of the Research Center for Information Technology Impacts on Children, Youth, and Families at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State College. She was then conferred the title of William E. Lavery Professor Emerita of Human Development and Provost Emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. She served from 1993-1994 as dean of the College of Human Resources at Virginia Tech and from 1994-2000 served as senior vice president and provost, the highest-ranking female in the history of the school.

 

From 1985-1993 Meszaros served as dean of the UK College of Human Environmental Sciences. She was inducted into the UK Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame in 2002. She served on the UK Athletics Association Board from 1986-1992. She is a founding member of the Erikson Society at UK. Meszaros was inducted into the UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1995 and was a 2011 recipient of the prestigious UK Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. She is a member of the Blacksburg Rotary Club and has served on its board of directors and as co-chairwoman of Membership and Attendance Committees. She was married to Alex Meszaros and they had three children. Their son, Louis, graduated from UK.

 

Mustian, of Hebron, Kentucky, earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1984 from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics. She is a UKAN Advocate and a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association. Mustian is serving her third three-year term on the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors. She has held several committee leadership positions with the association including chairwoman of Membership, Club Development and Budget, Finance and Investments, and vice-chairwoman of Diversity and Group Development Committees. Mustian was also chairwoman of the Strategic Plan Governance Focus Group.

 

A former president of the Student Activities Board, Mustian also led the Student Alumni Association as an undergraduate. She continued her involvement with the association serving as president-elect of the Northern KY/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club and also as vice president and secretary. She helped develop alumni clubs in South Bend, Indiana, and Hong Kong, where she was appointed to the Strategic Plan Accreditation Leadership Team with the Hong Kong International School. She is currently president of the Southwest Ohio Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Board of Directors and served as the Cincinnatian of the Year Gala co-chairwoman in 2015 and 2016. In 2014 she received the Greater Cincinnati Planned Giving Council Voices of Giving Award and in 2015 she received Lead’s Cincinnati Women of Influence Award. She is a 2012 recipient of the prestigious UK Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award. She is married to Scott J. Mustian ’85 BE, a UK Fellow and also a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association. They are the parents of Sam, Nathan and Sarah.

 

Skeen, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1972 and an MBA in 1973 from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics. He is a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association, a Wildcat Society member, a UK Fellow, a member of the K Fund and returns to campus to play tuba in the UK Alumni Band. He is serving his second three-year term on the UK Alumni Association Board of Directors. Skeen has held committee leadership positions with the association including chairman of the Scholarship/Great Teacher Awards, vice-chairman of Distinguished Service Awards and vice-chairman of the Budget, Finance and Investments Committees. He has also served on the Membership Committee.

 

Skeen and two fellow UK alumni restarted the Jacksonville UK Alumni Club, where he continues to serve as treasurer. During his 30-year career with the IBM Corp., he held a variety of sales, marketing and executive positions, relocating to Raleigh, North Carolina; Chicago; Los Angeles; White Plains, New York; and again to Chicago. As general manager of the Chicago area for all divisions of IBM, he hosted two receptions for the then deans of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. He serves on the board of governors of the Sawgrass Country Club and is the treasurer. Skeen is president of the Northgate Homeowners Association and a past member of the board of directors of the Sawgrass Association. He is married to Helen Morse Skeen.

 

Key, of Lexington, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from UK in 1972 and a master’s degree in education from Murray State University in 1977. He is a Life Member of the UK Alumni Association and a UK Fellow. He has served as executive director of the UK Alumni Association and as secretary to the association’s board of directors since 1998. Key was in the position of associate director of the UK Alumni Association from 1990 to 1998. He is married to Mary Jane Key, a UK graduate. Their two sons, Ryan and Neil, also have degrees from UK.

 

The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit www.ukalumni.net or call 1-800-269-2586.

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

No Campus Bus Service on Monday, July 4

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 11:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 30, 2016)  In observance of Independence Day, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services will not offer any bus service on Monday, July 4. This includes the Blue and White Routes, the Purple Route (UK HealthCare Shuttle), and the Pink Route (Kentucky Clinic Shuttle).

 

All bus service will resume normal operations on Tuesday, July 5. As a reminder, the Summer Route has been discontinued; the Blue, White and Green Routes now serve campus year-round.

 

Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices or at http://uky.transloc.com, 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

Retired UK Pediatrician Passes the Torch to Geneticists in Hopes of Finding a Therapy for the Disorder Bearing His Name

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 20:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2016) — In December 1968, a widowed mother from Knoxville, Tennessee, arrived with her two sons, daughter and nephew at the University of Kentucky's pediatric clinic.

 

The four children were afflicted with severe intellectual impairment, presenting at the clinic with IQs of 10 or lower. The children showed normal development at birth, but during the first year of life experienced neurological deficiencies that rendered them unable to speak or walk. In the second and third years of life, the children were stricken with intense epileptic seizures.

 

Dr. Charlton Mabry, an original member of the Pediatric Department at the University of Kentucky, examined the four children in the hospital’s care-by-parent unit. After completing neurological examinations, Mabry, who was an assiduous record-keeper, took samples of the children’s blood and urine for further testing. He also denoted personal characteristics of each patient and family dynamics in his case reports. He took the specimens to the UK College of Medicine lab, finding elevated levels of the protein known as alkaline phosphatase (AP), a finding called hyperphosphatasia. Eighty percent of these cases were involved in bone metabolism, but Mabry’s study showed hyperphosphatasia occurring the metabolism of the liver.

 

In 1970, decades before the brink of personalized medicine and genetic specialization, Mabry described a novel metabolic syndrome characterized by hyperphosphatasia, intellectual impairment and seizures in an article published in the Journal of Pediatrics. Eighteen years passed by before the disease resurfaced in medical literature in 1988. More than 40 years passed before Miles Thompson, a geneticist from Toronto, Canada, named the condition Mabry syndrome in medical literature.

 

“Biochemical disorders were not known then,” Mabry said, reflecting on his discovery. “Everything was new.”

 

On June 9, Mabry, who is now retired from the College of Medicine, joined Thompson for a grand rounds presentation at the UK Chandler Hospital. In addition to explaining the phenotype for the rare disorder, Thompson reported scientific progress toward the development of an enzyme therapy targeting Mabry syndrome. He credited the foundational work of Mabry for galvanizing future research on the disease, setting the stage for the next phase of scientific advancement through molecular and genomic innovation.

 

The visit from Thompson was symbolic a passing of the torch between two researchers who held interlocking pieces to the Mabry syndrome puzzle. Mabry’s thorough case reports identified the condition in medical literature, while Thompson’s expertise capitalized on Mabry’s contributions by tracing the origins of the disease in the human genome.

 

“The identification of new genes will result in better treatment,” Thompson said.

 

As a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. David E. Cole in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology working on Ontario New Born Screening at the University of Toronto, Thompson encountered a specimen with the genetic composition that mirrored the condition of hyperphosphatasia presented in Mabry’s patients. Tracking down the first reports of cases and possible treatments, Thompson studied Mabry’s seminal work describing the condition. He started publishing and presenting his own laboratory findings at conferences, where he discovered researchers around the world were also coming across new cases in the Netherlands, Tokyo and Germany.

 

“When I started this study, the only useful guide to the condition was Dr. Mabry's original article from 1970,” Thompson said. “Until recently, there had been few definitive attempts to understand the genetic condition these patients and their families face.”

 

With knowledge and advanced expertise in genomic mapping, Thompson is working to identify the proteins within the genotype responsible for the developmental deficiencies caused by Mabry syndrome. Understanding the genetic factors underlying Mabry’s syndrome would allow him to test enzyme therapies targeting the disease. To accomplish this next step, he needed more samples of DNA, so having established a relationship with Mabry in 2009, he asked for the retired doctor’s assistance.

 

Thanks to his detailed medical records, Mabry was able to locate three of the afflicted boys, now men, who appeared in his clinic on that December afternoon in 1968. After the grand rounds session, Thompson accompanied Mabry on a visit to two assisted living centers in Tennessee where the men receive care in a group home setting. With the family’s permission, Thompson took current blood samples from the patients for genomic sequencing.

 

For Mabry, the experience of seeing the profound degradation caused by the disease was sobering. Mabry hadn’t seen the patients since the day they appeared in his clinic as young boys. The reunion with the men accentuated the need to understand how the disease manifests at the genetic level.

 

“It is a rare disorder, a grave disorder,” Mabry said. “And for many similar disorders, there are only a few effective treatments.”

 

Since Mabry’s initial case report, 40 cases of Mabry syndrome have been reported worldwide. Based on preliminary findings, Mabry and Thompson believe a deficiency in the Vitamin B-6 metabolism might alleviate seizures in some cases of Mabry syndrome.

 

Mabry said Thompson will analyze portions of the genome from Mabry’s original patients in conjunction with the University of Kentucky in the next few weeks, with the expectation that understanding the genetic basis of the disorder that Mabry originally described will provide insights into how to treat the disease.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

High Street Lot to Close Wednesday for Expansion Construction

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 15:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2016) — As announced in April, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) will be increasing the number of spaces in the employee parking lot located at the corner of E. High Street and S. Martin Luther King Boulevard. In order to facilitate this expansion, the High Street Lot will be closed beginning Wednesday, June 29.

 

This closure has been scheduled to take place during the summer months to minimize the impact to the university community, as campus parking demand is decreased and permit holders experience more flexibility in student parking areas. Employee parking lots in the vicinity include the Linden Walk Lot, the King Alumni Lot, the Career Center Lot, the Coliseum Lot, the College View Lot, and the South Limestone Garage (PS #5). Go to www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_parking-maps to view a campus parking map.

 

Currently, the High Street Lot has 81 parking spaces. PTS anticipates the addition of 77 new spaces — nearly doubling the parking capacity. The expansion of the High Street Lot will provide proximate parking for North Campus employees, including those who work at UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital and the Kentucky Utilities building.

 

The expansion is expected to be completed by Tuesday, Aug. 23.

 

 

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

Latest Research on Physical Therapy in ICU Setting a 'Surprising Reversal'

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 14:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2016) — In a surprising reversal, researchers have determined that a particular protocol providing physical therapy to intensive care unit patients with acute respiratory failure did not shorten hospital length of stay. 

 

Secondary measures of physical function and health-related quality of life were split.

 

The study, which is the largest to date on this topic, was not able to confirm the findings from earlier pilot and quality improvement studies. 

 

“This results are astonishing and somewhat controversial. We all expected the results to be positive,” said Dr. Peter Morris, corresponding author for the study, which was published in the current issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  “This doesn't sound the death knell for the concept of early rehabilitation in the ICU, but we need to explore new delivery methods and timing."

 

The study randomized 300 ICU patients to receive either standardized rehabilitation therapy or routine care.  Outcomes were measured by hospital length of stay (LOS) and other secondary outcomes, such as physical function and health-related quality of life, which were assessed at hospital discharge and again at two, four and six months post-discharge.

 

The researchers found no difference in median hospital LOS between the group that received therapy and the control group that received routine care. Some of the strength measures were the same in both groups at each interval; however, objective measures of function and self-reported quality of life were improved in the test group at six months post-discharge.

 

According to Morris, it’s been a long-accepted point of view among medical professionals that early intervention with ICU patients could have a positive effect on outcomes, and the findings from this study signal a need for reexamination of established views in the field of early ICU rehabilitation.

 

“We’ve known for a long time that spending even short periods on life support can elicit long-term physical and psychological effects, and pilot studies on smaller cohorts implied that physical therapy could help alleviate that,” he said.  “But the protocol we tested didn’t bear this out.”

 

Morris cautions against abandoning all exploration of the concept,.

 

“I’m optimistic that some form of therapy can provide some long-term benefit to patients on life support.”

 

Morris is the chief of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the University of Kentucky. His research was funded by grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the National Institute of Nursing Research.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Laura Dawahare, Laura.Dawahare@uky.edu, (859) 257-5307

 

 

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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

 

UK Alum is Editor of New Book on Changes in Appalachia

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 13:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2016) University of Kentucky alumna Rebecca Adkins Fletcher is one of the editors of the new book "Appalachia Revisited: New Perspectives on Place, Tradition, and Progress," published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK). The book's contributors explore how the Appalachia region has changed in recent years.

 

"Appalachia Revisited" is the story of how the Appalachia region is being viewed within and beyond its borders. Fletcher and co-editor, William Schumann, gather both scholars and nonprofit practitioners to explore how Appalachia is being observed after some of its most recent changes.

 

Inside the new book, readers will find a variety of different topics that are being studied, including race and gender, environmental transformation, university-community collaborations, cyber identities, fracking, contemporary activist strategies and Appalachia in the context of local-to-global change. The publication is a "must read" for scholars, students and policymakers of Appalachia alike.

 

"Appalachia Revisited" is one of five in a UPK series of books about Appalachia called, "Place Matters: New Directions in Appalachian Studies." The series is edited by UK Professor of Sociology Dwight B. Billings.

 

Rebecca Adkins Fletcher earned her master's degree in of anthropology from UK in 2003 and her doctoral degree in anthropology from UK in 2011. In addition to her master's and doctoral degrees, Fletcher also obtained a graduate certificate in gender and women's studies from UK in 2009. Fletcher is an assistant professor in the Department of Appalachian Studies and assistant director of the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University.

 

Co-editor, William Schumann, is currently the director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University. 

 

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 UK, 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

 

 

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

 

Campus Bus Service Changes Set for July 1

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 13:07

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 28, 2016) — Beginning July 1, 2016, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) will make several changes to campus transit operations.

 

As previously announced, the Blue and White Campus Shuttle routes (Lextran 14) will operate year-round beginning July 1. This popular bidirectional campus shuttle service, which began last fall, is a simple and convenient way to traverse campus. Despite reduced campus population, expansion of this service during the summer and other breaks will allow consistency of service year-round. The Blue and White routes will run from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer and academic breaks. During the fall and spring semesters, service hours have been extended and routes will run from 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Also on Friday, July 1, the Green Route (Lextran 26) will extend to year-round service; this route will be operated by Lextran going forward. This route provides a connection from the Greg Page and Shawneetown residential areas to the Blue and White Route bus stop at Commonwealth Stadium. The Green Route will run from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during summer and academic breaks, and 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters.

 

The campus Summer/Break Route will end operations at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 30.

 

The trial MoveWell shuttle will also be discontinued at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 30. Current riders of this shuttle are encouraged to visit www.uky.edu/hr/wellness/movewell/fitness-facilities#shuttle for suggested transportation alternatives.

 

Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc app on iPhone and Android devices allowing for users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather. TransLoc is a GPS-based tracking system that tracks all campus buses as well as the Red Mile Route (Lextran 15) frequently used by the campus community.

 

More information about all the bus routes, including maps and schedules, can be found at www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles.

 

 

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

Social Work Professor Turns Foster Care Journey Into Life of Research, Education, Advocacy

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 29, 2016)  Justin "Jay" Miller, assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, likens the years of his youth to that of a carousel ride — up and down, round and round, in and out of foster care. The memories weren't always pleasant, but his personal experience during that time led him to where he is today, passionately advocating for the lives of young people in and from foster care through his teaching, research and community involvement.

 

After graduating from Western Kentucky University in 2003, Miller went to work for Kentucky’s Child Protective Services. Coming full circle, he went from being in foster care, to removing kids and placing them in foster care, to now conducting research about how to best change the foster care system.  

 

"It has really been a holistic experience," he said.

 

At just 7 years old, Miller's mother died leaving him and his younger sisters in the care of their father, who battled addiction to crack cocaine. Because of his father's inability to kick his addiction, Miller and his sisters suffered from neglect and physical abuse. Eventually, Miller was placed in foster care while his sisters went to live with their grandmother.

 

Miller had his own battles to fight and remembers feeling fearful and alone, grief over his mother's death, and angry with his father who couldn't seem to "get it together." He felt his life was out of control and the only way to feel like he had any control at all over his situation was by rebelling. Thus, began the carousel of placements in the homes of family friends, to state foster homes, to running away and staying with friends, to brief periods of time back with his father, and back into foster care.

 

"I recall having a case worker that seemed preoccupied with other things," Miller said. "I had so many things that I wanted to tell her but I didn't feel that I had the space to do so. While I didn't know at the time what she did, or how to become what she was, I did know that I wanted to do it and do it better."

 

Life did get better for Miller when he was pulled from the system and he and his sisters were taken in by an aunt and uncle in Germany. He describes his life there as stable, loving, supportive, and most of all, committed. He was allowed to be a "teenager" and do the things that most teens get to do. He stayed in Germany until he went to college at Western Kentucky University in 1999.  

 

Miller has since used the experiences of his youth as the fuel that has helped shaped his adult life.

 

"I don't want young people to experience the system in the way that I had to experience it," he said. "I experienced things as a young person that no youth should have to experience."

 

"I see my research as a vehicle to shed light and give voice to experiences that can really shape foster care practices. I am not interested in doing research for the sake of simply 'knowing' about the phenomenon that is foster care —  I am interested in doing research that can positively impact the lives of young people in and from foster care. Through my research, I hope that I can give youth a voice in the system. They are the experts, not me. I am simply the means to carry their expertise to different audiences."

 

In addition to his teaching and research at UK, Miller is heavily engaged in foster care advocacy and serves as president of Foster Care Alumni of America – Kentucky, where he consults and leads a myriad research projects and initiatives. He also serves as chair of the Kentucky Children's Justice Act Taskforce, vice-chair of the Kentucky Board of Social Work, and is a member of the Federal Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, among other service endeavors.  

 

In retrospect, the road Miller traveled as a youth in the foster care system, has merged seamlessly into the road he travels today.

 

"At the end of the day, I know what is at stake. These young people are depending on us and they don't have time to wait," he said. "This work is not just about grants or publications, presentations or lectures, or promotions or awards. While those things are certainly important, the work is so much bigger than those things — it is about making the difference in the life of young people in the foster care system. As long as we can hold tight to that notion, I truly believe that we can continue to build a better system, and as such, a better future for these young people."

 

"If I can make even the smallest difference in the life of someone impacted by foster care — youth, foster parents, social workers, etc. — then I am satisfied. But, I know that tomorrow will come and I'll be looking to pick up the work and continue the journey."

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu

Interprofessional Care for the Multi-Part Problem of Orofacial Pain

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 08:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 05, 2016) – As one of only seven institutions with all academic colleges housed on a single campus, the University of Kentucky provides a collaborative environment for students, professors, researchers, health care providers and patients.

 

As a comprehensive medical center, and the largest academic medical center in Kentucky, UK and UK HealthCare deliver specialized medical care to patients. Accessibility to various providers can be invaluable when patients seek medical attention for complex health issues.

 

The collaboration between the University of Kentucky Orofacial Pain Clinic, the College of Health Sciences and the Department of Psychology began more than 25 years ago when Charles Carlson, a professor of psychology and joint professor of dentistry and behavioral science, approached Jeffrey Okeson, chief of the division of orofacial pain, about collaborating on research to assist orofacial pain patients whose outcomes were worse due to issues with anxiety and depression. Joining this collaborative effort later was Anne Harrison, physical therapist, associate professor and director of professional studies in the College of Heath Sciences.

 

Orofacial pain is a complex issue that affects 30 million Americans each year. As the oldest clinic in the United States, UK’s Orofacial Pain Clinic often leads the field in developing treatment and educating providers. While collaborating across disciplines is not uncommon, according to Isabel Moreno Hay, assistant professor in the College of Dentistry, working closely in the same clinical setting is uncommon, especially working in tandem with psychologists and physical therapists.

 

Currently, UK offers the only orofacial pain program with combined psychology and dental residencies. The benefit of having health care providers available at one location can be reduced travel time for patients and better communication between clinicians.

 

“We all get the chance to meet the patient and then sit around the table to discuss the best treatment options,” Moreno Hay said. The opportunity to see all health care providers at one time in one location can help reduce patient stress.

 

Garrett Naze is currently pursuing his doctorate in rehabilitation science through the College of Health Sciences Division of Physical Therapy. Naze currently holds a clinical fellowship position in the Orofacial Pain Clinic. He works to screen patients and provide physical therapy services such as spinal and soft tissue mobilization. In addition, Naze provides education to patients about techniques they can use themselves to relieve pain. He also teaches them the difference between managing acute and chronic pain. Before beginning his service in the clinic, Naze was unaware of the caliber of the clinic. 

 

Walter Roberts and Josh Oltmanns are psychology graduate students in the clinic. They teach self-regulation skills to help patients manage the pain they experience. On average, patients experience four years of pain before their first visit to the clinic. For many patients, the orofacial pain specialist can be the fifth, tenth or twentieth clinician they have seen for their issue. Many have spent years being told their pain is all in their head or they’re seeking attention. These experiences create distress that the treatment team can often address.

 

The clinic provides education to the dental, psychological and physical therapy communities. Dentists, psychologists and physical therapists can come to the clinic and shadow the health care providers. This experience helps improve their treatment practices and ability to conduct more efficient screening and exams.

 

Tori Justice, a clinical physical therapist for KORT PT, participated in the shadowing program in June 2016. Through the experience she learned how to give better treatment, conduct better patient interviews and get experience that will assist her in receiving additional certification. This opportunity benefits both Justice and the clinic. Not only can the clinic refer patients to Justice, so they can receive care closer to home, Justice is now able to identify symptoms of orofacial pain and knows where patients can receive the best care in the area, UK’s Orofacial Pain Clinic.

 

“If we want patients to adhere to the treatment, we have to make it easier for them,” Moreno Hay said.

 

The partnership between the Orofacial Pain Clinic, the College of Health Sciences Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, the Department of Psychology and the community creates an environment where patients can see their care providers all in one location and where providers can give the best care possible, and treat the patient from an interdisciplinary perspective that integrates dental, physical and psychological care.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, (859) 257-1076

 

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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

 

Gill Heart Institute Earns American Heart Association Award

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 14:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 27, 2016) — All heart attacks are serious, but one type – called STEMI — is particularly deadly. 

 

“A STEMI, or ST Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction, means an artery to the heart is 100 percent blocked, which is associated with a much higher short-term risk of death or disability compared to other types of heart attack,” Dr. Adrian Messerli of the University of Kentucky’s Gill Heart Institute said.

 

More than 250,000 Americans suffer a STEMI each year and once heart muscle is damaged it will never grow back.

 

“That’s why immediate access to treatment for STEMI patients is critical to their recovery,” said Messerli.

 

The Gill Heart Institute has been recognized by the American Heart Association for their high quality treatment of STEMI patients with a 2016 Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center BRONZE Recognition Award.   

 

According to the AHA, the Gill is “part of an elite group of hospitals recognized…for quality heart attack care…. treating patients according to nationally accepted guidelines.”  

 

The AHA requires award recipients to adhere to rigorous standards including time to treatment of 90 minutes or less, administration of certain medications to reduce the chance of another heart attack, and other counseling such as smoking cessation.

 

“We have an incredibly talented and hard-working team, including nurses, staff and emergency medical personnel, all of whom contribute to successful patient outcomes,” said Susan Smyth, MD, PhD, Medical Director of the Gill Heart Institute.  “This award justly recognizes their work and ultimately is a reflection of the high standard of care we provide to the communities we serve.”

 

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: Laura Dawahare, Laura.Dawahare@uky.edu

 

Family Dairy in Muhlenberg County Going Strong for 66 Years and Counting

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:20

 

Video by Jeff Franklin/UK Ag Communications

 

GREENVILLE, Ky., (June 27, 2016)  Many dairy producers would say if they didn’t love and live the business, they wouldn’t be in it. Wade Mathis, of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, is one of those people. His family has run a Greenville-based dairy for 66 years and most recently brought the fourth generation onto the farm, when his son Will graduated high school.

 

Five years ago, the Mathis family found themselves at a crossroads with the dairy farm. A trip on the Kentuckiana Dairy Exchange showed them areas where they were lacking and one of them was facilities. The Mathis family were using a freestall barn built in the 1960s and had maxed out production in it. Building a new one would be quite a financial undertaking, especially during a time with low milk prices.

 

“It was time to either quit or build a new one,” Wade Mathis said. “We didn’t want to quit milking, so we decided to build a new barn.”

 

They set their sights on constructing an alternative style barn bedded with 18 inches of sawdust and equipped with fans. The barn’s design will allow the cows to roam freely and be fed in a separate alleyway in the barn and have 24/7 access to fresh, clean water. By constructing this barn, they hope to improve cow comfort and subsequently increase their herd’s milk production. For help, they turned to Darrell Simpson, their county agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, much like they have done in the past.

 

“I don’t have another dairy farmer in the county to bounce ideas off of, so Darrell’s my place to bump ideas,” Mathis said. “Darrell’s got a lot of knowledge and a lot of ‘want to,’ and he wants to be helpful.”

 

Simpson has been the county’s agriculture and natural resources extension agent since 1989. He has worked with all four generations of the Mathis family to find answers to issues that have come up with the dairy and their other agricultural endeavors over the years. In addition, to the dairy, Wade and Will Mathis have four poultry houses. The family raised tobacco and hogs in the past.

 

“I started working with him years ago, when the float beds for tobacco came in,” Wade Mathis said. “Darrell has helped with everything. If he doesn’t have the answer, he gets the answer.”

 

Simpson and the Mathis family have worked very closely on the barn, talking almost daily. They sought advice from Jeffrey Bewley and Joe Taraba, extension specialists in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, with everything from lighting to airflow to retaining walls.

 

“This barn didn’t happen overnight, and extension doesn’t happen overnight. It’s usually an educational process,” Simpson said. “Hopefully when this project is done, we’ve asked all the right questions and have provided good research-based answers to the family, so they have spent their money in a way that’s going to help them be more efficient.”

 

Their goal is for the new barn to be fully operational by July 1. In the meantime, Wade is also getting advice from Carmen Agouridis in UK’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering about another project, constructing a pond to provide another water source for his cattle and chickens.

 

“This is my love,” Mathis said. “What sacrifices are made I feel like are worth it for getting to do it.”

 

For Simpson, the success of the Mathis family and his other farming clients is personal.

 

“They are more than just a number for me,” he said. Over the years, they have become my friends. I take it personally if they are not doing well, and I want to make sure they are doing well.”

 

 

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: Katie Pratt, 857-257-8774.

 

Alternative Vegetable May Be Just Right for Kentucky Gardens

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:58

LEXINGTON, Ky., (June 27, 2016)  While it’s definitely not the prettiest vegetable at harvest time, celeriac has many potential uses and may be a natural fit for Kentucky gardeners.

 

“This is a vegetable that dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe,” said John Strang, horticulture specialist for the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “It’s also known as turnip-rooted celery, knob celery and what many people maybe more familiar with, celery root. Celery is typically difficult to grow in Kentucky, but celeriac thrives and has nearly zero pest or disease problems.”

 

Celeriac is related to celery. The entire plant looks like and even smells like celery, however it’s the root that stands out. Cooks use it much like a potato; they peel it then roast it, steam it, mash it, blanch it or use chunks or slices in stews and soups.

 

Strang said it is a long-season crop, taking more than 110 days to mature, but gardeners can harvest the root at all different sizes. Most gardeners harvest celeriac in the fall.

 

“A great thing about celeriac is that you can store it for six to eight months,” Strang said. “Storing it longer is possible, but you may lose flavor and the texture could change. It is a good source of fiber, and it only has about 30 calories per cup.”

 

Strang said gardeners should grow celeriac in full sun to partial shade and that it needs a moist environment with good drainage.

 

This year Jesse Dahl, horticulturalist at The Arboretum on UK's campus in Lexington, is growing a small crop of celeriac with the help of volunteers. Volunteers work in the garden and learn about different crops and garden techniques and then donate produce to local organizations that feed the hungry.

 

 

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: Aimee Nielson, 857-257-7707.

 

'I Was Running Out of Time:' Louisville Man Receives New Heart, Kidney at UK

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 27, 2016) – He pushed through a failing heart for a decade, determined to avoid undergoing a transplant. But in the past year, 49-year-old Conrad Webster knew its time was almost up.

 

The stoic Louisville resident and Operation Desert Storm veteran, who was used to showing no weaknesses, was ready to seek serious help.

 

“I was getting scared because I was just getting so sick,” he said. “I was sick all the time, it just drained me.”

 

Diagnosed with cardiomyopathy – thickening and weakening of the heart muscles – in 2006, Webster spent the next several years managing the disease with medications. As his condition worsened, he experienced transient ischemic attacks (mini-strokes) from blood clots around his neck and heart.

 

Complicating matters further, Webster had also inherited polycystic kidney disease unrelated to his heart problems. This condition causes the kidneys to fill with cysts and ultimately fail. He began going in for dialysis three times a week, ultimately receiving medication for his heart during these trips as well.

 

In March, Webster’s problems came to a head when he collapsed at his fiancee’s house in Cincinnati, complaining of a severe headache.

 

“I couldn’t stand up,” he said. “I think I was crashing.”

 

As his daughters held him up, his fiancée, Leticia Willis, called 911 and he was rushed to a local community hospital. But Webster needed both a heart and kidney transplant, and dual organ transplants aren’t performed at every transplant center. After being turned away at three different regional transplant centers, Webster's sister contacted UK's transplant coordinators and he came in for an evaluation.

 

“Nothing seemed to work,” Willis said. “We were happy to come here. We were ready to try anything.”

 

At UK, he was evaluated by members of both the heart and kidney transplant teams. Due to the severity of his medical issues, Webster says UK cardiothoracic transplant surgeon Dr. Alexis Shafii told him he needed to be admitted right away.

 

“Dr. Shafii looked at me and said, ‘you’re not gonna leave here today,” Webster said. “He said I probably wouldn’t have made it back home.”

 

On April 11,  he was listed for transplant, holding a spot high on the waiting list.

Many patients endure a lengthy hospital stay once they’re listed for transplant, but Webster’s wait was surprisingly short – just three weeks after he was admitted, and only a week of being listed for transplant, he learned that doctors had found a compatible donor. Willis, a nurse who works night shift, had returned to Cincinnati to work when she got a call from Webster to come back to UK.

 

“He called me and said, ‘you have to get back right away, they have a donor,” she said. “He was talking so fast and crying, I could barely understand him.”

 

On April 18, around 2 a.m., Webster officially received his new heart, while his kidney was transplanted about 12 hours later. Following heart transplants, patients are usually encouraged to become mobile, often walking laps with assistance around the cardiovascular intensive care unit on the 8th floor of UK Chandler Hospital’s Pavilion A. A few days after Webster’s surgery, medical staff had him up out of bed and moving around, and within weeks, he had already regained a surprising amount of strength and stamina.

 

“I was walking so fast, they said they knew I’d be out of there real quick,” Webster said.

 

On May 14, just under a month after his double-organ transplant, Webster was discharged to go home. Since then, every day is an improvement on the last.

 

“I already feel a lot better,” he said. “I’m getting my stamina back, I’m breathing better.”

 

After overcoming a decade of serious illness, Webster can finally focus on enjoying life. He’s making plans to travel more, and in October, he and Willis – partners for 11 years – plan to get married. Though Louisville is his hometown, UK and its staff of transplant specialists will always hold a special significance.

 

“They’re unbelievable, they keep up with me all the time,” he said. “I found the right place. No one else would do my transplant, and I was running out of time.”

 

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Although hospitals are obligated by law to identify potential donors and allow the organ donor procurement program to inform families of their right to donate, anyone can sign up to become an organ donor by joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. The registry is a safe and secure electronic database where a person’s wishes regarding donation will be carried out as requested. To join the registry, visit www.donatelifeky.org or sign up when you renew your driver’s license.  The donor registry enables family members to know that you chose to save and enhance lives through donation. Kentucky’s “First Person Consent” laws mean that the wishes of an individual on the registry will be carried out as requested. 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu

Matching Money to Mission: UK Board Approves University Budget Today

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 11:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Friday today approved a $3.5 billion budget for the 2016-2017 academic year that will increase scholarships and financial aid, invest more in faculty and staff, and target goals in the institution’s strategic plan such as increased graduation rates and research that addresses the state’s challenges.

 

“An institutional budget signals for everyone our priorities. You fund what you care about," UK President Eli Capilouto said. "As the university for Kentucky, this budget represents investments in the strategic goals and objectives that our board made a priority in October 2015 when they endorsed the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. It invests in student success and academic excellence, research and care that tackles our Commonwealth’s most pressing challenges and creating and sustaining a community where everyone is welcome regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, perspective, or identity. And it invests in our people, who do the remarkable work essential to the success of our students and our Commonwealth.”

 

UK’s 2020 strategic plan, for example, calls for increasing graduation rates to 70 percent, growing total research expenditures to more than $350 million annually, and further expanding diversity and inclusion throughout the campus community. Capilouto said the budget being considered by the UK board contains significant investments in all those strategic plan goals.

 

“The proposed capital and operating budget further invests in the priorities outlined in the university’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, endorsed by the board at its October retreat,” said UK Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Britt Brockman. “This is the right direction for the university to move in achieving its bold agenda for improving student success, enhancing research and discovery, fostering an inclusive campus community, and continuing to serve Kentucky and heal patients.”

 

Highlights of the budget include:

 

·         Increasing student scholarships and financial aid by 12.5 percent in 2016-2017 – a record $117 million to help ensure greater access and affordability.

 

  • A proposed 5 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state or resident students, from $5,390 a semester in 2015-2016 to $5,660 in fall 2016-2017; out-of-state or non-resident tuition and fees will increase by 8.5 percent. UK officials expect to enroll another first-year class of well more than 5,000 students with about two-thirds of those students being from Kentucky.

 

  • Average tuition and fee increases for the last five years for UK students are approximately 4 percent for the first time in nearly 10 years. Since 2007, the average out-of-pocket tuition and mandatory fee expense for resident students has increased by only $364 per semester because of UK’s additional investment in financial aid and scholarships.

 

  • A merit pay raise of 2 percent for faculty and staff – the fourth consecutive year of pay raises for UK employees as part of an effort to ensure regular, predictable increases to provide competitive compensation to retain the best instructors, researchers and support staff.

 

  • A realignment of more than $6 million in areas under the Office of the Provost, focused on student success, as well as in Enrollment Management and the colleges of Medicine and Agriculture, Food and Environment. The realignment is part of an effort to increase investments in areas of direct student support like advising and counseling. Up to 75 jobs could be impacted as part of the realignment and reallocation.

 

  • The provost and the colleges also are working on initiatives through realignment to invest millions more in student success at the college level and targeted research efforts that are responsive to UK’s Strategic Plan.

 

  • Another $7 million in increased revenues and efficiencies through areas such as energy conservation, campus sponsorships and more efficient e-payments of bills.

 

“Our focus is student success. Our focus is Kentucky. Our focus is creating a campus community where our students and scholars thrive,” said Tim Tracy, UK’s provost. “In this budget, we are focused more than ever before on matching money to our mission – a mission of education, research, care and service as the university for Kentucky.”

 

Analysis and decision-making about how best to fund that mission began in October 2015 following the Board of Trustees adoption of the new Strategic Plan. It has required several months of work to evaluate key funding needs as well as identifying mechanisms to generate the resources to fund institutional goals and priorities, university officials said.

 

UK, for example, had more than $48 million in projected funding needs that had to be addressed in the wake of decreased levels of state support, increases in compensation, expanded scholarships and aid that students don’t have to repay, and other fixed costs, such as utilities. Those funding needs are being addressed through realignment initiatives, increased revenues gained through more efficient operations and tuition.

 

“We undergo this process of strategic reallocation and realignment each year,” said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “President Capilouto and the board have set forth clear budget goals – access and affordability for our students; competitive compensation; no across the board cuts; and an increasing commitment to diversity and inclusion across the campus. This proposed budget represents our efforts in each of those key areas to fund our priorities and our plans for the future.”

 

Learn more about UK’s 2016-17 operating and capital budget here

 

 

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:  Jay Blanton, 859-257-6605

UK Board Extends Contract for President Capilouto to Continue, Sustain Momentum

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2016) – The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Friday extended the contract of President Eli Capilouto for three years as part of a move to continue to “invest in the future” and the “undeniable progress” UK has made in the last five years.

 

“We are Kentucky’s indispensable institution. I believe we have an indispensable leader,” said UK Board Chairman Britt Brockman. “We have made undeniable progress. But there is still much to do. Now is not the time to be guilty of ‘dreaming too little dreams.’”

 

Specifically, the board Friday considered changes to Capilouto’s current contract that include:

 

  • An extension to June 30, 2021. Capilouto’s current contract expires June 30, 2018.

 

  • An increase in his base salary to $790,000, effective Jan. 1, 2016. His current base salary is $535,500. The increase reflects a review of presidential salaries at other universities in the Southeastern Conference and, more specifically, the five presidents hired most recently. Under terms of the new contract, Capilouto will be eligible, going forward, for the same raises afforded to UK faculty and staff.

 

  • A new longevity incentive equal to Capilouto’s approximate base salary in 2020-2021. The new contract also would remove provisions related to performance bonuses and the use of a university-owned vehicle.

 

The contract changes come after a comprehensive review last year of Capilouto and the beginning of a new, five-year Strategic Plan, Brockman said. “We are at a critical juncture – a point at which vision, the ability to execute and implement, and continuity are essential.”

 

Brockman pointed out that five SEC presidents have been hired in 2015 and 2016. Four of the five were provosts, while Capilouto has five years of experience as a president. And, Brockman said three of those institutions are far less complex, as they don’t have a large academic medical center on their campuses, and the other two are more similar in scope to UK. Yet, Brockman said the contract proposal would place Capilouto’s compensation at less than the 75th percentile for those hires.

 

“We exist in a marketplace,” Brockman said to board members. “This contract proposal reflects that fact.”

 

Brockman said Capilouto’s record of the last five years, since beginning at UK in July 2011, represents a period of incredible progress, including:

 

  • Nearly $2 billion in campus construction, including new residence and dining halls, as well as classrooms and research facilities. The vast majority of that transformation has taken place with university resources, such as philanthropy, rather than state funding.

 

  • Record growth of students, with enrollment now of more than 30,000 and increased applications of more than 70 percent.

 

  • Near record graduation rates, record retention numbers and all-time highs for diversity and student academic quality, as reflected by UK’s place as one of the top 10 public institutions in the country for numbers of National Merit, Achievement and Hispanic Scholars students.

 

  • A more than doubling of student scholarships and financial aid, which does not have to be repaid, to $117 million this coming academic year, reflecting UK’s focus on access, affordability and student success.

 

  • Significant increases in sponsored research, particularly in areas that most impact the state, such as cancer, heart disease and energy.

 

  • Annual patient discharges at UK HealthCare of nearly 40,000 and continued expansion of affiliations across the state and region that bring high-tech, sophisticated care closer to more Kentuckians in their homes.

 

  • Nearly $200 million in annual giving for the first time, and doubling of financial gifts to UK in the last four years.

 

“We have every right to be proud. But we have no place to be satisfied,” Brockman said of the record of achievement over the last five years. “We still have transformational dreams to make real, promises to be made and kept, potential to be met.”

 

Most significantly, Brockman cited the university’s five-year Strategic Plan, adopted by the board in October 2015. The plan calls for substantial increases between now and 2020 in graduation and retention rates, diversity and inclusivity, and research that impacts the Commonwealth. And, at the same time, Brockman said more is being expected of the university in terms of performance for the state’s investment and challenges such as increased competition for students.

 

“President Capilouto is tough, determined, and focused. He possesses a clear vision of how and where he wants to lead. But he combines those … skills with a sense of deep and abiding humanity, of compassion and concern for others,” Brockman said. “He is, in short, the right leader at a pivotal moment for this special place …Now is not the time to be guilty of ‘dreaming too little dreams.’”

 

 

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:  Jay Blanton, 859-257-6605, jay.blanton@uky.edu

UK Exploring Mixed-use Development, Parking Options at Jersey Street Lot

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 09:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2016) – The University of Kentucky will seek proposals this summer to construct a mixed-use retail and parking development on the Jersey Street lot location near the north end of campus.

 

In addition to promoting a broad range of transportation and mobility alternatives, the university’s recently published Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identified a parking shortage on campus.

 

At the same time, university officials have been working in partnership with the city on a long-term plan to create and promote more commercial development along near-campus corridors. And with another 1,100-plus residence hall beds opening this fall, UK will have almost 2,500 students living on the north end of campus.

 

The Jersey Street lot is located between Limestone and South Upper Streets. Currently, there are about 150 spots in the parking lot that are utilized by UK employees and surrounding retailers.

 

“We have an opportunity to create more retail along an important community and campus corridor as well as being responsive to the transportation and parking needs we have at UK,” said Eric N. Monday, the university’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “A mixed-use retail and parking development is consistent with our long-term master plan and transportation plan and it has the potential to address retail needs we have on the campus and in the community.”

 

Specifically, UK plans to release a Request For Proposals (RFP) later this summer that would seek potential partners interested in:

 

--Developing a project on the current Jersey Street lot that provides ground-floor retail to service the needs of the campus, the surrounding neighborhood, and the broader downtown community.

 

--Constructing a multi-level parking structure above the retail space that fits within the context of the built environment of surrounding neighborhoods and downtown. A new parking structure would significantly expand that parking capacity for both the campus and nearby business community and public.

 

--Designing a structure that is consistent with the design of urban and downtown buildings as well.

 

Monday discussed the RFP with the UK Board of Trustees Finance Committee during their meeting Friday. He said the timing of a potential project will be dependent upon responses to the RFP. Monday said UK officials have begun discussions with city officials about the potential project as well as area businesses and neighborhood leaders.

 

“UK has utilized innovative public-private partnerships over the last several years to be more responsive to campus needs in a way that is economically efficient and has improved quality of service,” said Board Finance Committee Chair Bill Britton, citing collaborations to expand student housing and dining services. “This proposal may be another opportunity where we can utilize a partnership to be responsive to campus needs in terms of retail and parking, but also the broader community we call home and that we serve.”

 

 

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:  Jay Blanton, 859-257-6605, jay.blanton@uky.edu

Matching Money to Mission: UK Board to Vote on University Budget Today

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 20:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today considers a $3.5 billion budget for the 2016-2017 academic year that would increase scholarships and financial aid, invest more in faculty and staff, and target goals in the institution’s strategic plan such as increased graduation rates and research that addresses the state’s challenges.

 

“An institutional budget signals for everyone our priorities. You fund what you care about," UK President Eli Capilouto said. "As the university for Kentucky, this budget represents investments in the strategic goals and objectives that our board made a priority in October 2015 when they endorsed the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. It invests in student success and academic excellence, research and care that tackles our Commonwealth’s most pressing challenges and creating and sustaining a community where everyone is welcome regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, perspective, or identity. And it invests in our people, who do the remarkable work essential to the success of our students and our Commonwealth.”

 

UK’s 2020 strategic plan, for example, calls for increasing graduation rates to 70 percent, growing total research expenditures to more than $350 million annually, and further expanding diversity and inclusion throughout the campus community. Capilouto said the budget being considered by the UK board contains significant investments in all those strategic plan goals.

 

“The proposed capital and operating budget further invests in the priorities outlined in the university’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, endorsed by the board at its October retreat,” said UK Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Britt Brockman. “This is the right direction for the university to move in achieving its bold agenda for improving student success, enhancing research and discovery, fostering an inclusive campus community, and continuing to serve Kentucky and heal patients.”

 

Highlights of the budget proposal include:

 

  • Increasing student scholarships and financial aid by 12.5 percent in 2016-2017 – a record $117 million to help ensure greater access and affordability.

 

  • A proposed 5 percent increase in tuition and fees for in-state or resident students, from $5,390 a semester in 2015-2016 to $5,660 in fall 2016-2017; out-of-state or non-resident tuition and fees will increase by 8.5 percent. UK officials expect to enroll another first-year class of well more than 5,000 students with about two-thirds of those students being from Kentucky.

 

  • Average tuition and fee increases for the last five years for UK students are approximately 4 percent for the first time in nearly 10 years. Since 2007, the average out-of-pocket tuition and mandatory fee expense for resident students has increased by only $364 per semester because of UK’s additional investment in financial aid and scholarships.

 

  • A merit pay raise of 2 percent for faculty and staff – the fourth consecutive year of pay raises for UK employees as part of an effort to ensure regular, predictable increases to provide competitive compensation to retain the best instructors, researchers and support staff.

 

  • A realignment of more than $6 million in areas under the Office of the Provost, focused on student success, as well as in Enrollment Management and the colleges of Medicine and Agriculture, Food and Environment. The realignment is part of an effort to increase investments in areas of direct student support like advising and counseling. Up to 75 jobs could be impacted as part of the realignment and reallocation.

 

  • The provost and the colleges also are working on initiatives through realignment to invest millions more in student success at the college level and targeted research efforts that are responsive to UK’s Strategic Plan.

 

  • Another $7 million in increased revenues and efficiencies through areas such as energy conservation, campus sponsorships and more efficient e-payments of bills.

 

“Our focus is student success. Our focus is Kentucky. Our focus is creating a campus community where our students and scholars thrive,” said Tim Tracy, UK’s provost. “In this budget, we are focused more than ever before on matching money to our mission – a mission of education, research, care and service as the university for Kentucky.”

 

Analysis and decision-making about how best to fund that mission began in October 2015 following the Board of Trustees adoption of the new Strategic Plan. It has required several months of work to evaluate key funding needs as well as identifying mechanisms to generate the resources to fund institutional goals and priorities, university officials said.

 

UK, for example, had more than $48 million in projected funding needs that had to be addressed in the wake of decreased levels of state support, increases in compensation, expanded scholarships and aid that students don’t have to repay, and other fixed costs, such as utilities. Those funding needs are being addressed through realignment initiatives, increased revenues gained through more efficient operations and tuition.

 

“We undergo this process of strategic reallocation and realignment each year,” said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “President Capilouto and the board have set forth clear budget goals – access and affordability for our students; competitive compensation; no across the board cuts; and an increasing commitment to diversity and inclusion across the campus. This proposed budget represents our efforts in each of those key areas to fund our priorities and our plans for the future.”

 

Learn more about UK’s 2016-17 operating and capital budget here.

 

 

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:  Jay Blanton, 859-257-6605, jay.blanton@uky.edu

Board of Trustees Approves Changes to Code of Student Conduct

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 15:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2016) – Today, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved proposed changes to UK's Code of Student Conduct. The changes to the code come as the university is continuing to invest in ‒ and improve ‒ the campus safety environment.

 

"We undertake a regular review of our Code of Student Conduct to improve the health, safety, and success of the University of Kentucky," said President Eli Capilouto. "The changes within – guided by feedback from students, faculty, staff, and community members – will improve the safety and climate of the campus community."

 

The Code of Student Conduct is regularly reviewed by the university community and vetted through the Health and Safety Committee, which is composed of faculty, staff and students, to evaluate current best practices and legal changes. The changes approved today were reviewed and researched for nearly two years through several open forums and student groups. The changes are the first to be made to the code since 2010.

 

“We have sought input from our entire campus community, particularly students, to ensure that our Student Code of Conduct is a strong, but fair tool to help ensure the safety of, and sense of inclusion within, our campus community,” said Angela Edwards, chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. “But it also should be a critical tool in helping us create a climate where everyone and every member of our community feels welcome and a sense of belonging.”

 

The board approved several key policy changes including:

  • Defining the scope of the code;
  • Ensuring that the code is in compliance with recent interpretations of federal and state law (the Clery Act, Title IX, etc.);
  • The addition of a formal amnesty policy;
  • The inclusion of UK’s affirmative consent policy; and
  • The addition of a cyberbullying policy.

 

 

“Many members of the UK community have worked diligently to create a comprehensive approach to the issues that our students face on and off campus,” said Victor Hazard, interim vice president for student affairs. “These changes will help ensure the overall safety of our students and the community.”

 

 

 

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

Five Residence Halls Get New 'Old' Names

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 14:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Friday approved the renaming of five residence halls in honor of the achievements of prominent leaders in UK’s history.

 

Five years ago, much of UK's campus infrastructure was in need of improvement as it did not serve the technology and learning needs of students. Now, physical spaces across the campus are changing to meet the demands of a 21st century living and learning experience.

 

Under the leadership of President Eli Capilouto, and with the support of the Board of Trustees, UK has been able to execute a $1.9 billion transformation. The vast majority of that transformation has been paid for through a combination of university resources, partnerships with private businesses and UK Athletics, and private giving.

 

Today, campus looks far different. However, that transformation does not change the university's history. Rather, it should serve to enhance it, Capilouto said.

 

“UK is a place defined by its people – the mothers and fathers of this institution, on whose shoulders we stand and whose earlier successes and hard work made our achievements today possible," Capilouto said.

 

"Even as we are focused on the future and the transformation that continues to take place on our campus, we also must ensure that we honor our history and the legacy of accomplishment that has helped shape this special place," said UK Board Chair Britt Brockman. "Renaming these residence halls for those who made UK's mission of education for all of Kentucky possible is just one way we remind ourselves and those we serve of the path we have taken and the work by so many to help make this institution the university for Kentucky."

 

That is especially true on north campus where a number of previous residence halls held the names of many of the university's mothers:  Holmes, Boyd, Jewell and Blazer.  Those names are now returning to campus – to the new residence halls -- those opened two years ago and others scheduled to open this fall across Avenue of Champions and around Patterson Hall, which was the first women's residence hall on campus.

 

Following are the new names of the residence halls and information about the people of significance for whom the buildings are being named:

 

Sarah Bennett Holmes served as UK's dean of women from 1942 until 1957. She defended the rights and welfare of female students. Holmes earned two degrees from the University of Kentucky, and in honor of her service, was named state mother of Kentucky and received the Sullivan Medallion. The original Holmes Hall was named in honor of Sarah Bennett Holmes on May 25, 1958.

 

Limestone Park I will be named Sarah Bennett Holmes Hall.

 

Cleona Bell Matthews Boyd, a native of Missouri, taught Greek and Latin at Park College Academy until she married Dean Paul P. Boyd in 1906 and they moved to Kentucky. She was a teacher of the classics, Greek and Latin. An active member of the UK community, Boyd was president of the UK Woman's Club and the Board of Control of Women's Dormitories for 25 years. Because of her service to women's residence halls, the original Boyd Hall was named for Boyd around 1933.

 

Limestone Park II will be named Cleona Belle Matthews Boyd Hall.

 

Francis Jewell McVey was a native Kentuckian and graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University. Beginning as an instructor at UK in the English department from 1915-1921, Jewell served as dean of women from 1921 until she married President Frank McVey in 1923 and ended her employment with the university. However, she became well known across the state as an ambassador for UK. She opened Maxwell Place to the campus and community for various social and cultural events and remained engaged in campus and civic life.

 

Champions Court I will be named Frances Jewell Hall.

 

Georgia M. Blazer served continuously on the Board of Trustees from 1939 to 1961. The current Blazer Hall is no longer in service as a residence hall and will be razed in 2018. After the new Blazer Hall is dedicated, the current Blazer Hall will be known simply as Blazer Dining until it is decommissioned. The original Blazer Hall was named to recognize Mrs. Blazer's long service to the Board of Trustees and the Blazer family's support of the university.

 

Champions Court II will be named Georgia M. Blazer Hall.

 

On central campus, a dormitory formerly known as Donovan Hall was demolished to accommodate the construction of the new Academic Science Building. Donovan Hall will return as well.

 

Herman Lee Donovan, UK's fourth president (1941-1956), guided the university through World War II and desegregation. He focused much of his energy on post-war planning for UK, which witnessed an influx of returning service men and women. Donovan pushed for the opening in 1955 of the northern Extension Center in Covington, the establishment of new academic programs, and made preliminary plans for the establishment of a medical school. In retirement, Donovan published "Keeping the University Free and Growing." Born in 1887 in Mason County, Kentucky, Donovan died on Nov. 21, 1964.

 

Central Hall II will be named Herman Lee Donovan Hall.

 

Capilouto said the renaming of the residence halls on north campus is especially important as it “reflects the significance Holmes, Boyd, Jewell and Blazer had in the development of the university. As importantly, it reflects – as they did so well – our commitment to placing students at the center of everything we do. That’s what these women and President Donovan did. They devoted their time, energies and talents to the development of students, who in turn were prepared for lives of meaning and purpose in Kentucky and around the globe.”

 

 

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

Traditions T Voting Open Until June 27

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 08:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2016) —Voting is open for the annual Traditions T contest. The Traditions T, sponsored by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, unites the UK student body in celebrating what it means to be a Wildcat. Artwork is student designed, and the UK student body has the opportunity to vote to determine the winning design.

 

Two final designs have been selected for student voting. Students may vote for the winning shirt until 5 p.m. Monday, June 27, at www.ukalumni.net/2016tshirtvoting. The winning student will receive a $500 cash prize along with five shirts to give to friends or family. The winning shirt will be revealed at Big Blue U on Saturday, August 20.

 

For information about the program, visit www.ukalumni.net/traditionst or contact Jill Smith at jhsmith@uky.edu.

 

The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit www.ukalumni.net or call 1-800-269-2586.

 

 

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

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