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Portion of Stadium Blue Lot Unavailable Thursday

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 14:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2016) — A portion of the Commonwealth Stadium Blue Lot will be unavailable from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21, to facilitate guest parking for a Center for Applied Energy Research event featuring the U.S. Secretary of Energy. A total of 85 spaces will be impacted.

 

The Blue Lot is designated as a K Lot, meaning that students and employees with valid K, commuter, residential or employee permits may park in this area.

 

Students with valid K permits who normally park their vehicles in this lot may park in other Stadium lots, including the Red Lot, Soccer/Softball lots and the Greg Page Overflow Lot. Members of the campus community with valid commuter, residential or employee permits who typically park in this lot may park in other lots matching their permit designation.

 

Visit www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_parking-maps to view a campus parking map.

Two UK Faculty Help Draft Policy Statement for the American Heart Association

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 14:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2016) − University of Kentucky’s Dr. Larry Goldstein and Donna Arnett, Ph.D., took part in drafting a policy statement that was published in the American Heart Association’s (AHA) flagship journal Circulation this month.

 

The statement was intended to provide a thorough review of the scientific underpinnings  of the AHA’s public advocacy strategies as they pertain to the association's 2020 Strategic Impact Goals, which target a 10-year 20 percent improvement in the cardiovascular health of all Americans and a 20 percent reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

 

"Our goal was to assist the AHA in determining how well the best available science aligns with the AHA’s public policy goals and identify research opportunities that would help fill gaps and support their further development," said Goldstein, the paper's co-lead author.

 

According to Arnett, the consensus was that there was generally close alignment between current policy and the 2020 metrics; however, some policies require a more robust evidence base.

 

"We were particularly concerned about cardiovascular health metrics by age, which currently are divided into just two groups: children up to age 20 and adults," Arnett said. "Since there are important differences in policy needs for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, we'd like to see research that informs policy for each of these subgroups."

 

The intent of the AHA 2020 Impact Goals is to improve epidemiological factors (physical activity, healthy diet, tobacco use, and healthy weight) that contribute to cardiovascular health and refine clinical response (improved acute care processes and secondary prevention therapies) to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease and stroke.

 

Policies stemming from these goals include efforts to promote smoking cessation, improve BMI, reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, and encourage behaviors that promote healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels.

 

"We hope that this intensive review will aid in translation and implementation of current policies, provide a roadmap to expand and strengthen the evidence base for the development of new policies, and help evaluate their overall impact in terms of targeted improvements in population health," said Goldstein.

 

With more than 35 years of practice, Goldstein is the chair of the University of Kentucky's Department of Neurology and co-director of the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute. He served as the co-chair of the writing group, providing his expertise on how evidence-based research can help public health organizations realize their organizational goals and policies.

 

As a transformative leader with core values of excellence, Arnett serves as dean of the UK College of Public Health and is also the former president of the American Heart Association. Her professional efforts have focused on bringing public health, medicine and other health-related disciplines closer together to improve population health.

 

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, (859) 257-5307

 

Big Blue Family VIDEO: Daughter’s UK Experience Leads Family to “see blue.” Too

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 14:31

 

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2016) — UK senior Malia Dunn-Reier describes the first time she set foot on the University of Kentucky campus as “love at first sight.”

 

“I just kind of knew that it was where I wanted to be and so I made that decision to come six hours away,” said the Chicago-area native.

 

Her mother, Lori Dunn-Reier recognized it, too.

 

“Malia wanted the ultra-traditional college experience with all the school spirit and everything that went along with the strong academic programs,” her mother said. “She just knew and it was just like a some peace of mind (for me) because this was going to be a good fit for her.”

 

Lori and her husband, Michael encouraged Malia to get involved when she came to UK as a freshman in 2012.

 

“Just like we had supported her in high school we wanted to support her in her college experience even though we were six hours away,” Lori Dunn-Reier said.

 

That support meant many trips back and forth between their home near Chicago and Lexington. They also became involved in the UK Parent Assocation. As the Dunn-Reier family visited campus and watched Malia’s college career develop, the admiration for Lexington and UK grew. 

 

“I love everything about the town and the campus and her professors have been so accessible to her, everybody I've met has been so kind,” Lori Dunn-Reier said. “You hear that term Southern hospitality, well I've seen it played out and it is true and it is genuine.”

 

That love even extended to Lori’s husband, Michael, and the Big Blue Nation as the family started attending Kentucky Wildcat football and basketball games. 

 

“A couple of years ago Malia and her dad had a bet over basketball and he lost,” Lori Dunn-Reier said. “It was the year we were a little up and down with things, so he now has a UK tattoo, so it truly is part of us!”

 

But the UK tattoo was just the beginning. Watch the video above to discover why the Dunn-Reier family ended up moving to Lexington from the Chicago-area and how Malia and her mom, Lori, both ended up working in UK’s International Center as they help students discover the world through Education Abroad.

 

This video feature is part of a special series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community. There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields. The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday. 

  

Since the "Big Blue Family" series is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas. If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows? We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

 

 

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

 

 

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu

 

Student Entries Sought for Traditions T Contest

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 14:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2016) — Submissions are being sought for the annual Traditions T design contest at the University of Kentucky.

 

The Traditions T, sponsored by the UK Alumni Association, is a means to unite the UK student body in celebrating what it means to be a Wildcat. Artwork is student-designed, and the UK student body will vote to determine the winning design.

 

The winning student will receive a $500 cash prize along with five shirts to give to friends or family.

 

Contestants need to submit their design at www.ukalumni.net/traditionst. The deadline to submit designs is Monday, April 25. For information, 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

UK Orchestra, Choirs End Season With Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 13:11

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2016) — The University of Kentucky's Symphony Orchestra and Choirs will close their season with the "symphony to end all symphonies" Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The concert, which also includes music by Igor Stravinsky performed with soloist and Lexington native Nathan Cole, will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The concert will begin with a performance of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D. The neoclassical work written for American violinist Samuel Dushkin in 1931 will be performed with Cole, first associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

 

Nathan Cole performs at ArtistWorks booth at NAMM 2014.

 

Cole, who joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2011, has appeared as guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and principal second violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Cole made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of 10 while studying with Donna Wiehe.

 

After eight years working with UK Professor of Violin Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to his studies there with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York’s Weill Hall. Several summers at Marlboro enriched his love of chamber music. While in Chicago, Cole taught at Roosevelt University and coached the Chicago Civic Orchestra. He is currently on the faculty at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts, with classes at the Colburn Conservatory and University of Southern California. Cole's articles and photographs have appeared in Strings, Symphony and Chamber Music magazines. He is an online teaching artist with ArtistWorks. The Nathan Cole School of Violin includes a video curriculum of all major orchestral excerpts, plus concertos, etudes and fundamental lessons.

 

Fittingly, the UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Choir's season will end with Beethoven's masterpiece, Symphony No. 9, written in the composer's final and more experimental period of output. In the epic work, Beethoven expanded the forces of the orchestra to include auxiliary instruments like piccolo and contrabassoon in the woodwinds, trombones and additional French horns in the brass, and bass drum, triangle and cymbals in the percussion section. This large orchestra offered the composer an extended palette from which to paint his musical pictures, and would build the foundation for the romantic symphonists to come. The symphony's final movement is recognizable to audiences worldwide in Beethoven's use of "Ode to Joy," an ode written by Friedrich Schiller.

 

Adding their voices to this work is UK Choirs, comprised of UK Chorale, UK Choristers UK Men’s Chorus and UK Women’s Choir, as well as four soloists: soprano and UK graduate student Stafford Hartman; mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór; tenor and UK alumnus Jeremy Cady; and bass and UK doctoral student André Campelo.

 

To hear more about this concert, visit WUKY online at http://wuky.org/post/uk-symphony-orchestra-takes-stravinsky-beethoven.

 

The UK Choirs fosters excellence in music, service and comradeship. Striving to blend diverse voices into one choir that achieves the highest level of professionalism and musicianship. Through unparalleled discipline and dedication, the UK Choirs proudly extends its reach beyond the boundaries of UK campus and into the Bluegrass community, country and world.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra is a 100-member all-student orchestra presenting more than 50 concerts each year, including classical, chamber and education concerts. The group is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. Under the direction of John Nardolillo, the UK Symphony Orchestra has enjoyed great success accumulating recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell and Mark O'Connor, as well as the Boston Pops. In addition to its own concerts, UK Symphony Orchestra provides accompaniment for much of the UK Opera Theatre season. UK's orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Choirs are housed at the UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

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

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: April 21, 1912

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 203rd diary entry from April 21, 1912, recalls preparations for an exam in Latin and a day out on the town with her friends.  

 

Apr. 21st. I study for Latin (intermittently). Read Ladies Home Journal. Annie Louise tells a joke in the evening. The exam wasn’t hard. Addie, Lillian, Jessie Mit, and I go to town in the afternoon. Seems like old times.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Apply to be a Diplomat for Diversity

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2016) — The Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives (CGPDI) is now accepting applications for its new program — Diplomats for Diversity.

 

Diplomats for Diversity is a new program within CGPDI launching this fall. The program is open to all University of Kentucky juniors, seniors, graduate and professional students who are interested in engaging the campus community in dialogue surrounding social justice, diversity and equity issues.

 

Diplomats will serve as peer educators available to faculty, staff and student organizations on campus. Diplomats will have the opportunity to enhance their facilitation techniques, develop leadership skills and aid in creating a campus climate where differences are understood, appreciated and valued. Diplomats will receive specialized training and compensation for their service.

 

For more information or to request an application, email CenterGPDI@uky.edu. Visit the CGPDI website or stop by their office in 307A Kentucky Clinic.

 

 

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

UPK Author Wins Eugene Feit Award for Civil War History

Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2016)University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Brian R. McEnany has been chosen to receive the Eugene Feit Award for Civil War History for “For Brotherhood and Duty: The Civil War History of the West Point Class of 1862.”

 

The Feit Award is given by the New York Military Affairs Symposium (NYMAS) to authors writing on Civil War history. The organization is devoted to increasing public knowledge, awareness and understanding of the interrelationship of war, society and culture through the presentation and dissemination of diverse scholarly viewpoints. The NYMAS Civil War Book Award was instituted in 2002, and it became the Feit Award in 2010.

 

In “For Brotherhood and Duty,” McEnany follows the cadets of the West Point class of 1862 from their initiation, through coursework and on the battlefield, focusing on 12 Union and four Confederate soldiers. Drawing heavily on primary sources, McEnany presents a fascinating chronicle of the young classmates, who became allies and enemies during the largest conflict ever undertaken on American soil. Their vivid accounts provide new perspectives not only on legendary battles such as Antietam, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and the Overland and Atlanta campaigns, but also on lesser-known battles such as Port Hudson, Olustee, High Bridge and Pleasant Hills. Generously illustrated with more than 100 photographs and maps, this enthralling collective biography illuminates the war’s impact on a unique group of soldiers and the institution that shaped them.

 

McEnany graduated from the United States Military Academy with the class of 1962 and served in artillery assignments in Germany, Korea and the United States, and combat service in Vietnam. A retired lieutenant colonel and operations research analyst, he is the author of several historical articles about West Point during the Civil War.

 

UPK previously won the Arthur Goodzeit Book Award for Best Book on Military History from the NYMAS for “The Schlieffen Plan: International Perspectives on the German Strategy for World War I,” edited by Hans Ehlert, Michael Epkenhans and Gerhard P. Gross, but this is the first book from UPK to win the Feit Award.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

American Nurses Association President Discusses Shifts in Health Care During Nursing Leadership Lecture

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 17:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2016) — President of the American Nurses Association (ANA) Pam Cipriano will discuss the influential role of nurses at a turning point in the nation’s health care system during a lecture at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital on Friday, April 22.

 

The 35th president of the largest nurses association in the nation will deliver the final presentation part of the Nursing Leadership Lecture Series, presented by UK HealthCare, the UK College of Nursing, and the Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA). Open to UK students, faculty and staff, and members of the KNA, the lecture starts at noon in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.

 

Throughout her career, Cipriano has held executive positions in health care systems, academic institutions and national professional organizations. In 2015, she was named one of the “Top 100 People in Health Care” and one of the “Top 25 Women in Health Care” by Modern Healthcare magazine. Prior to becoming ANA president, Cipriano was senior director for health care management consulting at Galloway Advisory by iVantage. She has served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia (UVA) since 2000 and currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing.

 

“Hosting Dr. Cipriano is an honor and pleasure for the entire nursing community at UK and the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Janie Heath, dean of the UK College of Nursing, said. “We know nurses are playing a integral role in transforming health care environments, and exposing our nurses and students to distinguished leaders, who are positioned at the very height of our profession, inspires us to achieve even more and work harder to advance health policy and nursing practice.”

 

Throughout the spring, the Nursing Leadership Lecture series brought three all-stars of the nursing profession to campus for presentations on the future of nursing leadership. Cipriano’s lecture, UK HealthCare community and UK College of Nursing students and faculty, the series is designed to cultivate an influential future generation of nurses and health care leaders. For more information about the lecture series, click here.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

 

University Offers Broad Menu of Mobility Choices for 2016-2017

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 16:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2016) — The University of Kentucky recently completed a comprehensive Transportation Master Plan (TMP). Throughout the past 15 months, UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has conducted town halls and met with a wide variety of constituents to gather feedback. The TMP process has been largely informed by that feedback from the campus community and stakeholders and with the guidance of campus transportation consultants.

 

The TMP aims to improve access and mobility to, from and around campus for all members of the UK community.

 

“We believe in a multifaceted approach to campus transportation,” said Eric Monday, UK executive vice president for finance and administration.

 

To that end, PTS continues to invest in and improve alternative mobility solutions in an effort to provide viable, convenient and attractive alternatives to driving. While use of a single occupancy vehicle may remain a necessity for some, others may find that use of mass transit, bicycling or walking still meet their transportation needs while also saving money, improving personal health and reducing their environmental impact.

 

Transit

 

Yesterday, PTS announced an extension of the popular BluPass program through June 2019. BluPass is a partnership with the city’s municipal transit provider, Lextran, which allows UK students and employees to ride any Lextran bus route free of charge simply by showing their valid Wildcard ID.

 

Along with the renewal of BluPass, the Blue and White Campus Shuttle routes (Lextran 14) will operate year-round beginning on July 1. This popular bi-directional campus shuttle service, which began last fall, is a simple and convenient way to traverse campus. Despite reduced 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.

 

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.

 

Bicycling

 

PTS recently announced the renewal of its bike voucher program. Through the program, PTS selects 100 bike voucher recipients from a pool of applicants. Those selected for participation will each receive four $100 vouchers ($400 total value), redeemable at participating local bicycle shops, in exchange for not bringing a motor vehicle to campus for two years.

 

In addition to the bike voucher program, PTS sponsors the Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library. Wildcat Wheels offers free bicycle use and repair assistance to UK students and employees. The program takes abandoned bikes from campus and recycles them into the campus fleet.

 

Big Blue Cycles — a fleet of Wildcat Wheels — has more than 150 bicycles available to students living in campus housing who sign a commitment not to bring a car to Lexington.

 

Finally, PTS is committed to improving campus bicycle facilities — both on- and off-street — and to bicycle education and encouragement. These projects, many of which are guided by the leadership of the Bicycle Advisory Committee, represent over $200,000 annually.

 

Walking

 

Additionally, PTS supported the Walk [UK] initiative collaboration between the civic startup Walk [Your City] and the university. The project is designed to enhance the pedestrian experience and highlight the mobility, health and wellness benefits of walking to and around campus.

 

Parking

 

Over the last year, PTS has added over 1,000 new parking spaces on campus. This includes construction of several new lots including the Reynolds, Track and Greek Park lots, expansion of several others including the Commonwealth Stadium Orange and Linden Walk lots and resurfacing of the Commonwealth Stadium Red and Blue lots which resulted in additional parking spaces through more efficient design.

 

Other lot expansions are planned for the upcoming year, including the expansion of the High Street Lot at the corner of High Street and S. Martin Luther King Boulevard, which are expected to result in more than 300 new parking spaces.

 

For those who choose to drive to campus, most employee, commuter and residential parking permits will increase from $34 to $37 per month for 2016-2017. However, PTS will offer a no-cost increase option for employees and students who choose to park at the south campus periphery and take advantage of the continual bus service. Students who choose to park in the Commonwealth Stadium Red or Blue lots (K permits) and employees who choose to park in the Commonwealth Stadium Red, Blue or Orange lots as well as the Large Gluck Lot (EK permits) will see no increase to their parking rates for 2016-2017 and continue to pay $34 per month.

 

"Offering a wide variety of options for getting to, from and around campus not only helps manage demand for parking, but allows members of our community to choose the type of transportation that best suits their individual needs,” Monday said.

 

Off-peak permits — formerly known as evening permits — are also available at $18.50 per month for employees and students who only have a need to park on campus between 3:30 p.m. and 5 a.m.

 

Establishment of a discounted parking rate for designated campus periphery lots is consistent with the recommendations of the TMP and is an initial step toward introduction of a tiered parking model which prices parking differently based upon location and provides financial incentives for those that choose less convenient parking options. The university will continue to explore the possibility of further expanding tiered parking options in future years; however, no decisions will be made without an ongoing dialogue with the campus community about how best to implement the TMP recommendations.

 

Employee permit sales will begin in late May with students to follow. More information about permit sales will be communicated as sales dates approach.

 

The TMP recommendations represent a flexible roadmap that will allow the university to gradually evolve its parking and transportation system to meet the needs of campus. University leaders will continue to consider the recommendations prior to making decisions about a gradual implementation of the master plan.

 

 

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

UK Vice President for University Relations Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 15:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2016) — Thomas W. Harris, vice president for University Relations at the University of Kentucky, has received the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Thoroughbred Chapter's Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a person who has been a longtime public relations professional in Central Kentucky and who has a number of years of demonstrated commitment of excellence to their work and to the profession.

 

Harris, an accredited public relations professional, has served in his role at UK for more than 13 years. Prior to leading University Relations at UK, he worked in corporate communications for Honda of America and Toyota Manufacturing.

 

A 1985 graduate of UK, Harris is active in the Lexington community, having participated in both Leadership Lexington and Leadership Kentucky, is a life member of the UK Alumni Association and is on the board of Commerce Lexington and the YMCA of Central Kentucky. He has also been a longtime chapter member and is a past board member of the Thoroughbred Chapter

 

"He has been an outstanding professional in his field and has given back immensely to his profession," said Brant Welch, a former chapter president and current treasurer.

 

Harris was honored Tuesday at PRSA Thoroughbred Chapter's annual awards ceremony in Lexington.

 

 

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

UK Engineering's Stamatiadis Receives Fulbright Award

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 15:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2016) —  Nikiforos Stamatiadis, the Raymond-Blythe Professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Civil Engineering, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to teach and conduct research on transportation engineering, with a focus on highway design and safety, at the University of Catania in Catania, Italy.

 

Stamatiadis, who has been part of UK faculty since 1990, is among approximately 1,200 U.S. faculty and experienced professionals who will travel abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year through the prestigious program.

 

"I am looking forward to spending longer time with my Italian colleagues to work together and enhance our ability to coordinate our efforts and advance our common research interests," Stamatiadis said. "Moreover, the longer stay will provide me the opportunity to strengthen the relationships between UK and the University of Catania, lay the groundwork for future faculty and student exchanges and cement our existing ties and departmental agreements." 

 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support.

 

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

 

Stamatiadis' work in Italy will be an extension of his current research activities at UK: developing a systematic and comprehensive approach of identifying and evaluating highway design solutions that harmonize transportation requirements with community needs and values.

 

While there, he will simulate potential conflicts at intersections between vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists in order to understand their interactions with regards to safety. The goal is to develop tools that would allow decision-makers to evaluate alternative designs and identify designs that are more appropriate considering the roadway context. 

 

 

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

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: April 20, 1912

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 13:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 202nd diary entry from April 20, 1912, recalls McClure getting an interview for a job, in Winchester, Kentucky.

 

Apr. 20th. I finish my skirt, and Prof. Darnaby, of Winchester, interviews me on the subject of a job. Phyllis spends the night. Jessie Mit has company (after so long a time) and is matron, too. We walk with Mary.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK’s Popular BluPass Partnership with Lextran Extended Through 2019

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 10:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016) – The University of Kentucky and Lextran are extending their successful BluPass program through June 2019. The partnership, which began July 1, 2015, allows UK students, faculty and staff to ride any Lextran route free of charge, simply by showing their valid Wildcard ID.  The BluPass program is funded by UK Parking and Transportation Services as a proactive effort to decrease single occupancy vehicle use, give members of the UK community more choices in transportation options and to ultimately reduce campus parking demand.

 

UK riders have made more than 650,000 trips through the first nine months of BluPass service. During this time period, Lextran ridership increased by a monthly average of 6 percent across all routes.

 

“Given the positive feedback following last summer’s BluPass announcement, we knew the program would be popular,” said Lance Broeking, director of UK Parking and Transportation Services. “However, the continued interest and increased ridership have demonstrated the ongoing value of this initiative to the campus community.”

 

BluPass has a number of benefits for UK students and employees. Those who were already riding Lextran prior to the introduction of BluPass experienced an immediate cost savings with a fare-free commute. Students and employees who switched to mass transit after the introduction of BluPass also saw reduced vehicle operating and parking costs, along with a lowered carbon footprint.

 

Lextran operates 21 different city routes, which extend throughout and beyond the UK campus into the Lexington community. BluPass includes all Lextran routes, both on- and off-campus, allowing UK students, faculty and staff to travel to, from and around campus while also accessing the city. A map of Lextran routes can be found here.

 

“BluPass is a valuable piece of our mobility strategy,” said Broeking. “This program is not just a great cost-saving transportation alternative benefiting our campus community, but it also helps reduce campus parking demand and traffic congestion.”

 

All Lextran buses are equipped with a bike rack, so combining bicycle and bus commuting is easier than ever.

 

The BluPass program was one of the first major initiatives launched through the UK Transportation Master Plan (TMP) process. The TMP aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.

Frequently asked questions about BluPass can be found 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: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

College of Health Sciences Researcher Enjoys the Serendipity of Discovery

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 09:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2016) − Esther Dupont-Versteegden thought she wanted to be a physical therapist. She had even been admitted into physical therapy school. But she took a slight change of course to pursue her interest in research.

 

"I've always been interested in how people move and how movement comes about," she said. "By using that skill I could contribute to the evidence with which physical therapists work."

 

Her curiosity has taken her in two divergent but equally interesting directions.

 

Her first focus is on changes in skeletal muscle and in particular muscle atrophy with disuse and aging. In other words: why don't the aged recover their muscle size as well as younger individuals do?

 

"Everyone needs a certain amount of muscle mass to get up out of a chair or to take a shower. We call that functional independence," she said. 

 

"As we age, or after an illness where we've been bedridden, we lose some of that muscle, and recovery — or lack of it — is impeded by age.  It's critical that we find the mechanisms by which this happens and look into ways to change that course."

 

Dupont-Versteegden has already been able to translate some of her insights into functional therapies.  "A form of massage called cyclic compressive loading has been demonstrated to increase muscle size in laboratory animals," she said. "We are looking into targeting the force of the compression and/or the frequency of the treatment to maximize its effect, which would have terrific potential in an intensive care environment or a nursing home."

 

Her second focus explores the effects of cold on fat cells.

 

"We're currently investigating our assumption that lean people can turn a substance we call white fat into something called brown fat more easily than the obese," she said. 

 

Because brown fat is burned without producing energy, she explained, learning how this change from white to brown fat occurs could have important implications for obesity and weight loss.

 

Dupont-Versteegden finds that the most fulfilling part of her work is the surprise that comes from unexpected results. "Quite often the data don't show what you thought you wanted to see, but those can be the discoveries where you start thinking about how this knowledge could be translated into something that's truly beneficial for the patient."

 

All researchers profess a love for learning, but Dupont-Versteegden's enthusiasm is infectious. "Every day I go home and think, 'I know more tonight than I did yesterday.' And that's a real privilege."

 

 

Watch the video above to learn more about what drives Dupont-Versteegden as a researcher and why she thinks UK has a uniquely nurturing environment for research.

 

This video feature is part of a new monthly series called ‘“see discovery:” The People Behind Our Research.’  The videos, produced by UKNow and REVEAL, highlight the important work being conducted at the University of Kentucky by telling the stories of our researchers. The idea is to discover and share what motivates our faculty, staff and students to ask the questions that lead to discovery. 

 

Since this is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a researcher who you think should be featured, please email us

 

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, (859) 257-5307

WUKY's Annual Vintage Vinyl Sale is This Week

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 15:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016) — WUKY is hosting its third annual Vintage Vinyl Sale which opens with a preview party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, at the Habitat Restore on Southland Drive in Lexington.

 

Tickets will be available at the door for $20 and $10 of that will act as a voucher for the purchase of items during the sale. The public portion of the sale begins on Thursday, April 21, and continues through Saturday, April 23, with hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. 

 

The sale will also include boxed sets, cds, tapes and videos along with a wide range of equipment that include turn tables, speakers, old radios and collector items. 

 

WUKY is still accepting donations to sale which can be dropped off at the Habitat Restore on Southland Drive.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Bennett, wukgail@uky.edu, 859 257-7049.

Gonzales' First Novel Reviewed by New York Times

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 15:51

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016) — Manuel Gonzales stepped away from the restraints of traditional literary genre to create a story that twists not only the plot, but the characters as well. In so doing, “The Regional Office Is Under Attack!”, the first novel published by the University of Kentucky assistant professor of English and creative writing, has sparked the imagination of one reviewer after another.

 

Kelly Braffet of The New York Times Book Review is one of the most recent writers to review "The Regional Office Is Under Attack." Braffet noted that Gonzales was “primarily concerned not with the action-packed events at the surface but with the greater question of human alienation, through talent, technology or a combination of the two.” Braffet’s review is seasoned with phrases such as “crisp prose,” “entertaining and satisfying” and “thoughtful and well considered.”

 

“Like the best of the stories it satirizes so gently,” writes Braffet, “it’s rollicking good fun on the surface, action-packed and shiny in all the right places; underneath that surface, though, it’s thoughtful and well considered. Gonzales has created a superheroic fighting force of the kind we’ve grown so used to … and then he has turned out their pockets and flipped open their diaries.”

 

Gonzales will be at Joseph Beth Booksellers 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at Lexington Green.

 

Gonzales was chosen to judge the PEN Award in January and named to Buzz Book’s list of must-read books of 2016. He is the author of the acclaimed story collection “The Miniature Wife,” winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Creative Writing Program and teaches writing at UK and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

 

To read more reviews of Gonzales’ “The Regional Office Is Under Attack!” visit:

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/books/review/the-regional-office-is-under-attack-by-manuel-gonzales.html?mwrsm=Email&_r=0

 

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/manuel-gonzales/the-regional-office-is-under-attack/

 

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/315179/the-regional-office-is-under-attack-by-manuel-gonzales/9781594632419

 

http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/books/article71802982.html

 

http://www.amazon.com/The-Regional-Office-Under-Attack/product-reviews/1594632413

 

 

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

 

 

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Brass Virtuosos Alessi, Vizzuti Play World Premiere of Barfield's 'North Star' With UK Wind Symphony

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 13:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016) — Two of the world’s leading brass performing artists — trombonist Joseph Alessi and trumpeter Allen Vizzutti — will join the University of Kentucky Wind Symphony for a special concert 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. The duo will perform the world premiere of “North Star” by New York City composer Anthony Barfield, who will also be in attendance at the concert.

 

Widely acclaimed as the finest trombone artist living today, Joseph Alessi was appointed principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic in the spring of 1985. He began musical studies in his native California with his father, Joseph Alessi Sr. As a high school student in San Rafael, California, he was a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony before continuing his musical training in Philadelphia at the Curtis Institute of Music.

 

Alessi is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School; his students now occupy posts with many major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and internationally. As a clinician for the Edwards Instrument Co., he has also given master classes throughout the world and has toured Europe extensively as a master teacher and recitalist. Alessi has performed as soloist with several leading concert bands, including the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) and the U.S. Marine Band (President's Own).

 

Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, Doc Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. 

 

Vizzutti has recorded extensively in Hollywood for a multitude of movie soundtracks, and his compositions and teaching materials continue to receive critical acclaim. From his home in Seattle, Washington, his current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

 

As the centerpiece of a band program that has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for over 100 years, the UK Wind Symphony continues a rich tradition of performing the finest traditional and contemporary compositions in the concert band/chamber winds repertoire. Conducted by John Cody Birdwell, the ensemble has been invited to perform at many of the nation’s most prestigious concert band events, including recent appearances at the College Band Directors National Association National Conferences at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia, as well as conferences in Nashville, Tennessee; Oxford, Mississippi; and Louisville, Kentucky. In 2008, the UK Wind Symphony performed a 10-day concert tour of the People’s Republic of China.

 

Coming up, UK Wind Symphony will be a featured performing ensemble at the 83rd Annual Convention of the American Bandmasters Association, to be held in Lexington, March 8-11, 2017.

 

General admission for the UK Wind Symphony concert featuring the world premiere of "North Star" by Anthony Barfield is $10 for general admission and $5 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased at the Singletary Center Ticket Office or by calling 859-257-4929.

 

The UK Wind Symphony is housed at UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

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

Rupp Arena's New Metal Detectors to be Utilized at May Commencement

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 13:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016) — The Lexington Center has announced that it will require patrons attending events inside its venues, including the University of Kentucky Commencement ceremonies in Rupp Arena, to utilize walk-through metal detectors.

 

Upon arrival, patrons will be requested to remove items like cell phones and keys that may set off the alarm, thus requiring further inspection. Although these units are more effective and faster than handheld metal detectors, patrons should still plan to arrive early to events in order to avoid standing in long lines. A special "express lane" will be set up for patrons entering the arena without purses, bags or backpacks.

 

Walk-through metal detectors are now required by the NHL (National Hockey League) and NBA (National Basketball Association), as well as Live Nation Entertainment, a major promoter of concerts which regularly hosts at Rupp Arena. These type of units are currently being used at other arenas in the region such as the YUM! Center in Louisville and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

 

The commencement ceremonies will take place Sunday, May 8, at Rupp Arena at three different times:

 

• 9 a.m. — First Undergraduate Ceremony featuring the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; Gatton College of Business and Economics; College of Education; College of Engineering; and College of Nursing

• 2 p.m. — Second Undergraduate Ceremony featuring the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Communication and Information; College of Design; College of Fine Arts; College of Health Sciences; College of Public Health; and College of Social Work

• 7 p.m. — Graduate and Professional Ceremony

 

Information regarding caps and gownsparking and travel and college receptions is also available on the Commencement website.

 

For questions regarding Commencement, visit the Commencement FAQs page.

 

 

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

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: April 19, 1912

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 13:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 201st diary entry from April 19, 1912, reminisces on time spent with friends.

 

Apr. 19th. Phyllis and I go over to meet Lillian, but we miss her, and she misses us.  When we get back I carry Mary Dennison's little nephew to the third floor. Just as we're starting back to meet the five o'clock car, Lillian comes up. We go over to see Addie.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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