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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

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK Student Brigades Serve Ecuador and India with Shoulder to Shoulder Global

Mon, 04/18/2016 - 10:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016)  Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG) led 52 University of Kentucky students, faculty, staff and community members in two multidisciplinary health brigade experiences to Santo Domingo, Ecuador and Mayasandra, India, during March 2016.

 

STSG is a UK organization that incorporates academic and community partners and seeks to improve the health and well-being of impoverished and underserved communities, while offering the opportunity to work in a multicultural and interdisciplinary setting.

 

The Ecuador brigade, which visited during UK’s spring break, was the culmination of months of preparation that included the credit-bearing course, "Interprofessional Teamwork in Global Health." Throughout the course, students learned about Ecuador, how to work in an interprofessional environment and how to apply basic principles of cultural anthropology, sociology, diversity and health care to the brigade experience.

 

Thirty-five STSG brigade participants visited UK’s Centro de Salud Hombro a Hombro (CSHH) in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. The clinic opened in 2007 and provides medical care, prevention services, oral health, and school-based services in the community. The CSHH operates year-round and employs a local staff, including a physician, a nurse, a dentist and support personnel who work as a team to improve the health of patients and the community.

 

"The Shoulder to Shoulder brigade trip to Ecuador was one of the most enriching experiences of my life,” said Rachel Stone, a first-year undergraduate studies student on the pre-pharmacy track. “Not only did it facilitate both personal and professional growth, but it also gave me the opportunity to develop a new perspective on global citizenship.”

 

Also during UK’s spring break, 17 STSG brigade participants visited the 5,000 inhabitant agrarian village of Mayasandra, in the Indian state of Karnataka. The interdisciplinary team from STSG visits every year to provide assessment and treatment recommendations for children with special health care needs and a wide range of disabilities.

 

­"The India brigade is a unique collaboration of special education professionals, physicians, and physical therapists gathered together to improve daily functional tasks of disabled children through assessments and treatment sessions,” said UK physical therapist Elizabeth Siereveld. “All professionals are working together to develop treatment plans, disability evaluations and appropriate care plans for each individual child and their families."

 

Amy Spriggs, assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, has traveled three times to Southern India to conduct interdisciplinary assessments in the village of Mayasandra.

 

“This year’s trip was very eye opening,” Spriggs said. “The team was able to see many of the same children we saw last year. The improvements were amazing. The team was able to work with parents and teachers on simple techniques to enhance the learning of the children living in the village.”

 

During the brigades, participants worked directly with patients and community members, providing care in areas such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, communication disorders and public health. The health brigades are a great opportunity to apply what students learn in the classroom into practice, while serving others.

 

“I think that so often we go on these trips hoping to make an impact on the people and place that we’ve been, but for me, this trip gave me a lot more than I contributed,” said second-year medical student Sarah Czack. “Seeing the way that professionals can come together to meet the needs of a child and family is something anyone in my field would benefit from.”

 

In addition, the STSG Student Association donated laptops, books, notepads, pens, pencils, toothpastes, toothbrushes, disinfectants and a battery backup for the clinic in Ecuador.

  

The next STSG brigades to Ecuador are May 13-22, June 3-12, and Aug. 5-14. The June brigade is focused on health education while May and August are more clinically-focused. Nurses, providers, pharmacists and interpreters are encouraged to apply. Application information and a short video about the program are available at the STSG website.

 

Media Contact:  Kristi Lopez at 859-323-6363 or kristi.lopez@uky.edu 

'Hidden Wonders' Exhibit Gives Dementia Patients Art Outlet

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2016) — "Hidden Wonders: Artworks from the Visual Arts Study" gives art patrons a chance to see how the visual arts can benefit patients of dementia with a new exhibition of work by participants in a University of Kentucky study. The exhibit, running through April 21, on the second floor of UK's new Art and Visual Studies Building, is free and open to the public.

 

Dementia is a decline of cognitive health that interferes with everyday life. Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most recognizable form of dementia, but many other conditions can also affect cognitive health. There is no cure for AD, and almost all patients with dementia eventually require constant care from a caregiver or loved one. In 2015, there were 5.3 million Americans suffering from this devastating disease.

 

Beginning this past February, Ann Christianson-Tietyen and Allan Richards, researchers and art education faculty at UK School of Art and Visual Studies, have been looking at how the visual arts can have a positive effect on patients who suffer from mild to moderate dementia. The study also includes patient caregivers.

 

In the creation of art, multiple aspects of learning take place and multiple domains related to learning are engaged, including focus and concentration, problem-solving skills, tolerance to ambiguity, image and concept formation, imagination, and visual-spatial thinking. In addition, feelings and emotional sensitivities are involved in producing a work of art, as well as important motor skills like hand-eye coordination.

  

By having study participants create art — painting, ceramics and collage — the researchers hope to enhance problem solving skills, focus/concentration and hand-eye coordination for patients. They also hope to see an improvement in mood and in overall thinking, which would contribute significantly to quality of life.

 

The UK study was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Alzheimer's Disease Centers. The grant funded the implementation of an eight-week program for groups of 12 (six individuals with dementia and their partner caregivers) to participate in different types of visual arts activities, such as painting, sculpture or watching slideshow movies.

 

Christianson-Tietyen and Richards will present a second program in the fall starting Sept. 10, 2016. Those who are interested may contact Allan Richards at 859-361-1483 or Ann Christianson-Tietyen at 859-312-4553.

 

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies and art education.

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

UK College of Engineering to Make Announcement

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 15:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Engineering will make an announcement this afternoon at 2 p.m. on the verandah of the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Building. Check back here for the full story after 2 p.m. today.  

 

 

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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DOE Grant Supports Continued UK Research, Outreach

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 13:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded a grant to the University of Kentucky to develop publicly available information related to the environmental cleanup of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site in Western Kentucky.

 

The five-year, $2.5 million grant will also continue public outreach initiated under a previous DOE grant, including informing stakeholders on cleanup activities and future use of the DOE site. This work involves UK’s Kentucky Research Consortium for Energy and the Environment (KRCEE).

 

Rodney Andrews, director of UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER), says the funding allows CAER to continue partnering with UK’s College of Design to envision potential cleanup strategies for the Paducah Site.

 

Read more about the UK College of Design, CAER and KRCEE's work with the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site. 

 

“This new DOE grant to support KRCEE is a great example of how CAER is working to improve education, research and outreach in Paducah,” Andrews said.

 

The grant will support educational outreach programs, including work with students at high schools, who prepare student summaries of DOE’s Annual Environmental Reports for the Paducah site to communicate complex cleanup information to the public.

 

“The Department of Energy values this university partnership that provides important research and outreach supporting the cleanup of our gaseous diffusion plants,” said Robert Edwards, acting manager of DOE’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office. “This institution of higher learning plays an important role in helping DOE and the community address challenges and identify opportunities associated with these historic sites."

 

A recent addition to the KRCEE program, which is continued under the recently awarded grant, is the Virtual Symposium, a portal featuring presentations covering recent activities completed by both UK and Ohio University, which received a similar grant related to the cleanup of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

 

 

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

 

 

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

The Arboretum to Celebrate Arbor Day April 30

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:37

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 18, 2016) — The number 25 is special this year. Not only does 2016 mark Lexington’s 25th year to celebrate Arbor Day, but it is also the 25th anniversary of the founding of The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky , which is located along the southern edge of the University of Kentucky campus, and is adminstered through the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

 

With generous support from presenting sponsor, Kentucky Utilities (KU) Company, the culminating event of The Arboretum’s annual month-long celebration, "Party for the Planet," will kick off at 10 a.m., April 30, in the Pennyrile region of the Walk Across Kentucky with a proclamation by 4th District Councilwoman Susan Lamb and Tree Campus and Tree City USA presentations. The Glendover Elementary School Chorus will perform, and there will be an official tree planting ceremony.

 

As in the past, many kinds of native trees will be given away while they last. At the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics table, visitors will be able to participate in a monarch butterfly survey. For each completed survey, the UK Department of Horticulture will provide a milkweed plant to The Arboretum. The plant is crucial to monarch survival in this region, as the butterflies feed exclusively off milkweed leaves.

 

The event will last until 2 p.m. and will include free admission to KU Day in the Kentucky Children’s Garden.

 

The Arbor Day event brings together experts on a wide range of subjects, including energy, the environment, invasive species, urban forestry, gardening, wild birds, butterflies and bees. Exhibitors from organizations and interests such as America in Bloom, Lexington Tree Foundation and Wild Ones will have information and knowledge to share with visitors. Children’s activities will be offered in the Kentucky Children’s Garden, including Leaf Magic, presented by the UK Department of Forestry.

 

“There will be an abundance of information that our guests can use in their home landscapes, as well as adding to their knowledge of Kentucky’s natural areas,” said Molly Davis, director of The Arboretum, part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

 

Other Arbor Day at The Arboretum supporters include sponsors Kentucky American Water Company; Lexmark International; Dave Leonard Tree Specialists; Lexington-Fayette County Emergency Planning Committee; Lexington-Fayette County Environmental Commission; Lexington Tree Board; Braley Design; Community Tree Care Inc.; and partners Ian Hoffman, Big Beaver Tree Service and Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission.

 

In case of rain, the opening proclamation will move inside the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center.

 

The Arboretum began in 1991 as a joint effort between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. It is located on the UK campus at 500 Alumni Drive and offers 100 acres of native plant collections representing the seven geographic regions of Kentucky, horticultural display gardens, trails, water features, native trees, the Kentucky Children’s Garden and seasonal events. For more information about the Arbor Day celebration, visit The Arboretum website, http://arboretum.ca.uky.edu.

 

 

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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Phi Beta Kappa Inducts Largest Class in 10 Years

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016) — The University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) held its annual ceremony last Wednesday, inducting 59 students into the nation's oldest and most widely known academic honor society. This 90th class represents the largest number to be inducted into UK’s PBK Alpha Chapter in the last 10 years.

 

“This membership represents a rainbow of colors, careers and specialties, religions, political ideologies, and realms of knowledge and learning,” said Ernie Yanarella, chapter president and professor of political science in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

 

In his remarks to the PBK candidates, Yanarella told them that they were joining six presidents who were elected to the society, 11 presidents who became honorary members, Eleanor Roosevelt, numerous writers (including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain and Susan Sontag), inventor Eli Whitney, educator Booker T. Washington, chief justices John Marshall and William Rehnquist, as well as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist Betty Friedan and singer Paul Robeson. 

 

Michael Tick, dean of the UK College of Fine Arts, delivered a keynote address on the arts and campus life.

 

"I was humbled by the invitation to address an extraordinary group of students inducted in Phi Beta Kappa," Tick said. "My remarks, 'Arts On Campus: Central to Academic Life' focused on three areas: arts education as an integral part of all students’ lives, arts and economic prosperity, and arts and healing. Since PBK is the most prestigious honor society for undergraduates, I am quite certain that these remarkable students will one day sit on the boards of directors of the nation’s most venerable arts institutions, be among a handful of our major philanthropists, and influence policy makers."

 

The 2016 inductees include:

  • Tessa Louise Adkins
  • Kelsey Alexandra Allmon
  • Richard Joseph Ariel
  • Shiza Arshad
  • Hannah Lynn Bingham
  • David Hunter Blanton
  • Rex Bray, III
  • Jakob Burnham
  • Robert Cass
  • James Patrick Collard, Sr.
  • William Cox
  • Chad Davidson
  • Jill Anne Goettel
  • Vincent Gouge
  • Olivia Grothaus
  • Dorian Hairston
  • Charles Conyers Harpole
  • Christopher Stephen Hayden
  • Karl W. Hempel
  • Kaylee Robin Hicks
  • Kayla Hicks
  • Charly Alisa Hyden
  • Taylor Johnston
  • Zachary Joseph Kenton Jones
  • Alexander Francis Krupp
  • Hannah Lou Latta
  • Ethan Griffith Long
  • Jamie Teresa Love
  • Sally Beth Maddox
  • Malinda Massey
  • Jesse Steven Matherly
  • David Mathews
  • Wendell Lehr Maupin
  • Taylor Renee Moody
  • Caitlin Elizabeth Neuhaus
  • Matthew James Nolan
  • Claire Katheryn Oldfather
  • Alexander John Parmley
  • Emily Susan Payne
  • Nicholas Joseph Per
  • Kari Ann Popplewell
  • Anna Roe
  • William Lee Sanders, IV
  • Ann Bruner Scott
  • Natalie May Shofner
  • Landon C. Simpson
  • Sarah Nicole Smith
  • Christian David Soares
  • Austin Finley Sprinkles
  • Maxwell Costa Tague
  • Courtney VanWay
  • Victoria Votaw
  • Hasanki Madara Warnakula
  • Sarah Nicole Warren
  • Adrian Susanna Weldon
  • Logan West
  • Ratna  Setyaning  Widayanti
  • Kalin Leanna Wilson
  • Walker Ernest Yanarella

Phi Beta Kappa elects more than 15,000 new members a year from 270 chapters across the United States. There are also more than 50 associations that foster friendship and learning in their members' communities and provide a means for members to continue their active affiliation with the society after graduation.

 

UK's Phi Beta Kappa chapter is supported by the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, which is part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

 

 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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UK MBA Announces New Prerequisite Option

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2016) — The Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky is making it easier for regional businesspeople to pursue an MBA with a new, more convenient online prerequisite option. Prospective students interested in both the One Year Accelerated MBA and Professional Evening MBA programs can now fulfill their prerequisites through IVY Software, an interactive online educational software that helps prospective business candidates obtain the required foundational knowledge to prepare for an MBA program.

Students can conveniently access IVY online and complete the coursework at their own pace. Each of the required UK MBA prerequisites is just $60 per course.

In addition, IVY is used by many other AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited schools, and is a proven provider in helping business candidates obtain the basic fundamentals to enter into MBA graduate programs.

 

“We are pleased to introduce IVY as an additional option for our students to satisfy the required MBA prerequisites,” said Harvie Wilkinson, UK’s MBA program director. “Students can obtain the fundamental principles in economics and accounting at their own pace and through the flexibility of online learning.”

 

The One Year Accelerated MBA and Professional Evening MBA programs currently require four prerequisites: "Micro/Macro economics," "Financial Accounting" and "Managerial Accounting." Students can easily purchase the required courses that they need from the University of Kentucky’s E-commerce site on IVY.

In addition to taking the required economic and accounting courses for the UK MBA, students can also purchase optional courses through IVY in "Business Math & Statistics" and "Excel for MBA Students." “We want our prospective candidates, regardless of their academic or professional background, to be fully prepared to enter our MBA programs,” Wilkinson said.

 

Students may also continue to fulfill UK MBA prerequisite requirements through college coursework. More information on prerequisites for the MBA Program is available online. 

 

The UK MBA program is still accepting applications for both the One Year Accelerated and Professional Evening MBA programs. For more information on how to apply and admissions requirements, please contact Christopher Carney, director of MBA Recruitment at christopher.carney@uky.edu.

 

 

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UK Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2016)University of Kentucky junior Savanah Sellars of Lexington, recently was awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Sellars is one of 25 students nationwide to receive the award.

 

Currently a junior majoring in integrated strategic communication, within the College of Communication and Information, Sellars will use the grant to study abroad in London, England, over the summer. She will be working at Rosa UK (United Kingdom), a charitable fund that supports initiatives that benefit women and girls, as a communications intern. Her duties are expected to include event planning and marketing, writing press releases and blogs, website management and more.

 

"I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work at an organization that empowers women," Sellars said. "Rosa UK has fewer than 10 employees, so I hope to be busy and 'all in' from day one. This is my first study abroad experience, and the support provided by the UK Education Abroad Office has been excellent. I’m exceptionally grateful for the financial assistance provided by Phi Kappa Phi and other organizations.”

 

Sellars, who attended high school in Yorkville, Illinois, said she chose to attend UK because of the high caliber Detachment 290, Air Force ROTC program and the wonderful support UK provides ROTC cadets.  

 

"After one visit to this beautiful campus, I was sold on becoming a Wildcat," she added.

 

Students interested in learning more about the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi are invited to attend the organization's Spring 2016 General Membership meeting 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in room 203 at The 90. Please RSVP to Lynn Hiler at clynnhiler@uky.edu by Tuesday afternoon, April 19. Light refreshments will be served.

 

Phi Kappa Phi is supported by the Chellgren Center which is part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

 

 

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 CONTACTS: Jacob Smith, Jacob.Smith4@uky.edu, 859-361-2318; Carl Nathe, carl.nathe@uky.edu, 859-257-3200.

Library Science Grad Student Selected for Alaska State Library Internship Project

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2016) — Library science graduate student William Henley, in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information's School of Information Science, has been selected as one of three interns to work on the Alaska State Library Internship Project in summer 2016.

 

The goal of this project will be to provide assistance to public libraries in Alaska who lack staff expertise to sustain long-term projects that would benefit their libraries and communities. The interns selected will be provided with housing, travel and a weekly stipend while they are working on projects for the local public library system.

 

Henley will be hosted by the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska. He will convert a collection of 2,200 books to subject-based classification as part of the "Alaska Books for Alaska Kids" project. The project's goal is "compiling an up-to-date, accessible and useful bibliography of accurate, culturally relevant, recommended books for youth about Alaska and the North."

 

"Since all of my experience is with literature for teenagers, I'm excited to get to dig into a collection of picture books and learn more about literature for the youngest readers," Henley said. "As a teacher, I strived to provide multicultural literature for my students, so they all had the opportunity to see aspects of their own identity represented in the books they read.  I want to continue to do this as a librarian, so helping to create a bibliography of culturally relevant texts for children about Alaska, Native Americans and the North in general will allow me the chance to hone this skill even more."

 

The School Librarian Program track is one of the most popular in the Library Science master’s program and offers licensed teachers the opportunity to earn their Master of Science in Library Science degree concurrently with school library media certification.

 

Maria Cahill, who advises students in the School Librarian Program, received the news of Henley’s internship with enthusiasm. 

 

“I love to see good things come to great students!” she told school representatives.

 

Henley begins his internship June 13, 2016.

 

 

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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UK Physician Assistant Students Learn in Swaziland

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016) – The Community Faculty Program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine hosted its 22nd Annual Community Faculty Conference for community faculty, campus faculty colleagues, administration, professional staff and regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) staff April 8-9. But some people may be surprised by the distance some community faculty travel for the conference and the chance to meet their UK colleagues in person.

 

 

Dr. Pawelos Beshah from Swaziland, a small landlocked African nation, attends the conference each year. Beshah serves as a preceptor in the physician assistant program and volunteers to provide medical education to students from the College of Health Science who travel to the his homeland, providing a unique experience for these students.

 

In January 2016, six UK students spent several weeks being trained at Releigh Fitkin Memnia, Beshah's home hospital. Students who are passionate, skilled and knowledgeable get hands-on experience and some may be allowed to see patients on their own and take on some of the workload. Though Beshah works in the pediatric department, he gives students the chance to explore other specialties, including emergency medicine, where they experience a variety of health issues caused by accidents and traumas. Students also spend time in the operating room (OR) gallery, watching surgeries and occasionally assisting surgeons. Students get experience in an inpatient and outpatient setting.

 

Students who travel to Swaziland to complete their rotation, have an opportunity to work with patients with unique needs and illnesses. As of 2012, Swaziland had the highest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world, with 25.8 percent of the population diagnosed with the disease. This population is affected by unique complications and HIV-related conditions that many medical students don't experience in the U.S. In addition to health disparities that provide unique patients, students also experience a culture very different than their own. The population of Swaziland is overwhelmingly Christian, however, there is a different family structure, many people in the state practice polygamy. Doctors must navigate any family turmoil created by this arrangement.

 

Beshah says he appreciates having the opportunity to contribute to the United States by helping train new doctors. He also believes he gets just as much out of volunteering his time as the students. "When you teach, you learn twice," he said. For the past 10 years Beshah has had the opportunity to learn many skills twice and has helped train about two dozen UK students.  

 

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: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, 859-257-1076

Travel to Wonderland with UK Theatre

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 20:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016)University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance is transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to Wonderland in an interactive and immersive production of Lewis Carroll's “Alice in Wonderland.” Be part of this mad show running through April 24, at Guignol Theatre.

 

One hundred fifty years after Carroll released his classic children's novel, UK Theatre is giving audiences a chance to travel to Wonderland, where nothing is quite as it seems. Alice’s whimsical adventure through this mad world finds her in mind-bending debates with an enigmatic Cheshire Cat, a dubious caterpillar and tea party companion, the March Hare. The cards are stacked against her when Alice finds herself face-to-face with the maleficent Queen of Hearts, a royal with a taste for beheading.

 

"Only getting into this production, do I realize now how maniacal and fanatic people are about the books and about their literal worship of Lewis Carroll. It's really fun to kind of take that ride with these fans of Lewis Carroll at this moment in time," said Nancy Jones, director of the UK Theatre production and chair of the department.

 

But who are you? That’s the puzzle. UK Theatre's production offers a new twist by seating its audience in a circus-like tent where the action is taking place all around them. The smaller, intimate and mad production, created by scenic designer and UK theatre alumnus Tom Burch, aims for viewers to feel like they, too, are part of this timeless adventure.

 

"Nobody has seen anything like this in the Guignol before," Jones said. "I think it is going to be really, really wild and surprising.

 

From the stage to even the lobby, where audience members can play games before the show, Burch has found several new ways to make the classic literary work interactive and pertinent to today's society.

 

"We're taking what we already know about the story and sort of stripping it away," Burch said. "We're leaving the stuff that we know that we love — the  croquet game, the mad tea party — and then finding contemporary and new ways to think about not only the story, but also to let the students bring their abilities and physicalities to the play."

 

Burch, whose work has been seen on stages in Louisville, Chicago, New York City and even Edinburgh, Scotland, is excited to bring his talents back to his alma mater. "It's been awesome to come home. My very first show I ever designed was in the Briggs (Theatre). The following year, I did a show in this space (Guignol), and the year before I actually met my wife right here (on Guignol' stage)."

 

And, the scenic designer is emjoying what he sees at UK. "It's awesome to see how much the department has evolved and that they are willing and excited to do different and exciting things. To see how not only the bar has been raised at such a great level by the people that came in after my group, but also the students are incredibly engaged."

 

Helping Burch and Jones bring "Alice in Wonderland" to life is a tremendous cast of students and local children. Students featured in this production and their roles are: Isaiah Archie, Cook; Treyton Blackburn, King of Hearts and Humpty Dumpty; Shaofei Chen, White Rabbit; Navji Dixon, Caterpillar 3; Tamia Fair, the Cheshire Cat; Kenny Hamilton, Tweedledum; Curtis Lipsey, Tweedledee; Taha Mandviwala, Mad Hatter; Beau McGhee, March Hare; Katie Noble, Red Queen; Joshua Randal Price, Duchess; Kelsey Reese, Dormouse; Colson Rich, Lewis Carroll; Casey Shuler, Caterpillar 1; Alexis Slocum, Alice; and Myranda Thomas, Caterpillar 2 and White Queen. Four local girls help guide the production, they are Maddi Rose Carter, Mackenzie Miller, Kya Paley and Abigayle Stokes. The show's ensemble also includes Nicolas Acosta, Macreena Groody and Ethan Maguet.

 

This production of "Alice in Wonderland" is a dark look through the rabbit hole, and may not be suitable for all audiences. It is recommended that children interested in attending be ages 8 and up.

 

Tickets for “Alice in Wonderland” are going fast with the first weekend of performances already sold out. Seats are currently still available for showings beginning 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for UK students with a valid ID through the Singletary Center box office. A processing fee will be added upon completion of transaction. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at www.scfatickets.com or purchase in person during operating hours.

 

The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from the renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life. 

 

 

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 Forestry Professor Wins Senior Research Award

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:01

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 15, 2016) — At its recent annual meeting in Concord, North Carolina, the Association of Southeastern Biologists awarded the Senior Research Award to the University of Kentucky’s Steven J. Price for outstanding research.

 

Price is an assistant professor of stream and riparian ecology in the Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He won the award for research that examined the impacts of mountaintop removal mining on stream salamander populations. The Journal of Applied Ecology recently published his paper, which was co-authored by Breneé Muncy, Simon Bonner, Andrea Drayer and Christopher Barton.

 

“Salamanders are the most abundant vertebrates in headwater streams,” Price said. “They play very important roles in these ecosystems.”

 

Price’s lab in the Department of Forestry focuses on the population ecology and conservation of semi-aquatic and aquatic animals, primarily reptiles and amphibians, groups that are experiencing record declines in their populations.

 

“We are proud of Steve for all of the accomplishments he’s had since he’s been here. He’s been extremely productive, not only in a research sense, but engaging the public around the state,” said Terrell Baker, Department of Forestry chair. “This is just another recognition of how important he is to the department and to the research community.”

 

Price has been a member of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) for about 14 years. As a requirement for receiving the singular honor, his paper had to have been published and he had to present his research at this year’s meeting.

 

“It’s an excellent organization, especially for students,” he said, noting that he brought two of his students to the meeting to present some of their own research. “I was pleased to get the award, as many of my mentors serve in ASB. It was a pretty nice treat to end the meeting.”

 

 

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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