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VIDEO: UK Alumna Loves Helping Athletes Live Healthier, Perform Better

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 14:44

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2016) — On most days, it’s a job that starts in the early morning and ends late into the evening.

 

But for University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment alumna Monica Fowler, a sport nutritionist for UK Athletics, it’s a job she wouldn’t trade for the world.

 

"It’s really fun to work here," Fowler said. “I just really enjoy working with all of the athletes … I feel like they’re all my kids!”

 

We recently chatted with Fowler about what her job is like and how the University of Kentucky impacted her career. 

 

UK: What is the typical day like in your position?

Monica Fowler: There is no typical day. Some days I am sitting in meetings, some days I get to spend more time with the athletes. I think the most typical thing about any job in athletics is that it starts early in the morning and often goes well into the evening. The athletes are students and are busy during the day with classes and tutors so our work with them is often before and after their student activities.

 

UK: We hear this wasn’t your original career. What made you switch directions to go into this field?

Fowler: I’m not really sure. I had raised my children and retired from my first job and decided to go back to school and finish my degree in dietetics. I always thought that I would be working with underserved populations and dealing with food insecurity issues. I thought this was a great opportunity though so I thought I would give it a try, I ended up really loving working with the athletes. They have a lot of unique issues and it keeps me on my toes.

 

UK: How did you go from being a UK graduate to your current position?

Fowler: After I graduated I was working as a part-time advisor for the dietetics and human nutrition department. UK Athletics had called the DHN department and said they were looking for someone to work part time with the athletes. Dr. Hazel Forsythe encouraged me to go talk to them. They offered to make me a graduate assistant, and I was interested in getting my master's so I took the position. After two years the position had grown enough that the Athletic Department needed me to become full time.

 

What is the best part of your job?

Fowler: Getting to get to know the athletes, getting to sit down with them at dinner and hear about their days … I have really enjoyed learning about all the different backgrounds our athletes come from. Watching them mature from their freshmen year and then graduate is really rewarding.

 

UK: What is the most challenging aspect of your position?  

Fowler: The most challenging aspect has to be making athletes that have already made it to a Division I school on incredible talent and hard work, understand that optimizing what they eat can give them an edge. Small edges can add up to an advantage. When one tries to change a habit it can be incredibly difficult. Imagine a golfer trying to change her swing. She won’t be perfect at it all at once. College athletes have been developing their food habits and preferences for 18 years by the time they come to college. If they have earned a scholarship and are already competing at a high level it is easy to understand why they would not want to change, or why it would be hard to change. Convincing them that what they do out of the arena (sleep, hydration, nutrition) directly affects what happens in the arena can be a challenge. Eating one healthy meal does not automatically translate into a great performance the next day. It requires a sustained effort to create a new habit and see the results.

 

UK: What is the most fulfilling part of your job?

Fowler: Everyone has a very distinct food culture that they come from. My mom grew up on a farm so I was accustomed to eating vegetables based on when they were in season. My summers were spent helping my mom and my aunts can and freeze food for the winter. It is easy to think that your experience is typical when really everyone’s experience is unique. One of my athletes told me that he had never tasted blueberries or raspberries because he came from a family that had limited resources for purchasing food. Berries are an expensive fruit so he had never been exposed to tasting them. His knowledge of blueberry and raspberry flavor came from candy so the real thing tasted tart to him rather than sweet. Learning to meet the athletes where they are with their food preferences and trying to get them to eat better — even just a little — is the most fulfilling part. I can’t often get them to eat exactly what I would like them to eat, but I can help them eat better. 

 

UK: How did UK prepare you for your career?

Fowler: The dietetic department at UK gave me a great background in basic nutrition and medical nutrition therapy. They provided a great foundation and instilled a love of learning. They also taught me to critically digest the research to create best practices for the athletes. 

 

UK: What is your favorite UK memory?

Fowler: I grew up in Leitchfield, Kentucky. It is about two hours from Lexington. I was in high school in 1978 when UK beat Duke and won the NCAA championship. When they won my dad piled my sister, Paige, and I into the car and drove us to Lexington to meet the team when they landed at the airport. Jack “Goose” Given was named Most Outstanding Player. At the airport someone had taken a sheet and painted a sign that said “We Goosed Duke.” The team stood on the second floor landing and threw down little pieces of the net. It was pretty cool. My dad was a HUGE UK fan when he was alive. If he were still here today I have no doubt he would be camping outside my office for Big Blue Madness tickets. 

 

UK: What is the best piece of advice you would give to current UK students?

Fowler: Gather volunteer experience with all different types of dietitians. All experience is important. The clinical experience I had during my dietetic internship has been invaluable at the Athletic Department. Embrace learning. Every aspect of the curriculum in the DHN department is there because dietitians’ jobs are in many different areas of business. You may not land your dream job right out of college, but you should embrace any opportunity to add to your knowledge. You never know when you will need it again.

 

Watch the video above to discover how UK helped prepare Monica Fowler for a job she looks forward to doing each and every day. 

 

This video is part of a new bi-monthly UKNow series. We want to tell “see blue.” stories about our alumni to show how the University of Kentucky prepares students to succeed after graduation. If you know of any UK alumni who should be featured, please email us. We might choose your suggestion for our next “see blue.” alumni story on UKNow.  

 

 

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

 

 

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

Health Sciences Professor Stewart Receives Prestigious Professional Award

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 11:11

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2016)  — A University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences associate dean recently received a prestigious award from the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP).

 

Sharon Stewart, associate dean for special projects and professor, was presented with the Darrell C. Mase Presidential Citation from ASAHP. The award, presented by president Linda Petrosino at the 2016 ASAHP Annual Conference in New Orleans, was a surprise to Stewart.

 

“It was an honor to be recognized for my work, especially to be recognized by my peers,” Stewart said. “My work with ASAHP has been focused on developing the leadership potential of allied health faculty and administrators, improving allied health education, and empowering the Association and the health professions, all with the ultimate goal of improving health care for our citizens.”

 

The award is a means for the ASAHP president to express gratitude to members who have dedicated themselves to helping maintain the qualities of excellence that characterize a professional association. Typically, one ASAHP member receives the award each year.

 

Petrosino said that she was pleased to acknowledge Stewart, who has tirelessly devoted herself to ASAHP and to allied health education. She also noted Stewart’s contributions in heading this year’s ASAHP Leadership Development Program.  

 

“This award is no surprise to those of us fortunate enough to be colleagues of Dr. Stewart,” said Scott M. Lephart, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “Our college, university, and health sciences professions continue to be positively impacted by her dedication, tenacity, and excellence.”

 

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

 

Behind the Blue: Preserving the Past With Deirdre Scaggs

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 22:43

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) — Behind the Blue has been telling stories about how the University of Kentucky helps lead the Commonwealth into the future, through groundbreaking research, community health initiatives, and preparing the next generation of students to become the great leaders and thinkers of tomorrow. The university also works hard to preserve its past, and allow Kentuckians to see UK’s rich history as the state’s flagship land-grant institute.

 

This week, Behind the Blue talks to Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Libraries, Special Collections Research Center (SCRC), and director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

 

Along with the Ford Research Center, the Special Collections Research Center 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 Bert T. Combs Appalachian Collection, the John G. Heyburn Center for Judicial Excellence, and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center.

 

SCRC collects, preserves, and provides access to materials documenting the social, cultural, economic, and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Scaggs talks about her work with the UK archives, some of the rare materials she and her team get to work with and, as a special Halloween treat, a few stories from UK’s past, including one about Maxwell Place, and the case of the poisoned salmon.

 

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

Chellgren Center Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Students, University

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 15:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) — University of Kentucky students, alumni, faculty, administrators and friends gathered recently to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the UK Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

 

Special guests at the celebration included Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Chellgren, the benefactors who not only created the center but also its legacy of hope and confidence for 335 students, including 54 students currently enrolled in the sophomore fellowship program.

 

At the anniversary celebration, UK President Eli Capilouto thanked the Chellgren family “for believing in the University of Kentucky and believing in the generations to come.”

 

"We are a university that is not about the buildings; it’s about the people," he said. "It’s my honor … to thank the Chellgrens for believing in us. They came with a dream, and then many other people … turned that into a reality. They had confidence in us, and now they will birth — for generations to come — people who, I think, will live in their image."

 

“I don’t care what the issue is, (the Chellgrens) will bring their full humanity to it,” added Capilouto. “They bring their ideas, their financial support, their advocacy, and their humanity. More than ever, we need more Chellgrens, and (our students) are the ones who will inherit this precious legacy.”

 

Chellgren also reminisced, adding his own personal memories of the center’s creation and his pride in graduates and aspirations for current and future students.

 

"UK needed something really special to focus on excellence in undergraduate education. I was receptive to creating … a statement, a signature program," Chellgren said, adding that he recognized "… the benefits that could be achieved by focusing on a program (to) identify the truly excellent undergraduate students."

 

Chellgren said that as an undergraduate, he “always felt that a horizontally focused program with the best students would have … enormous advantages. I had seen … center models where a faculty-oriented, student-oriented mentorship program could pay enormous dividends and benefit those truly excellent students.” 

 

Chellgren is a UK Honors Program alumnus. As a student he was a star intercollegiate debater and president of the student body his senior year. He subsequently earned a Harvard University MBA and a DDE from Oxford University, where he has been named an honorary fellow. In addition to a celebrated career in business, one that included service as the CEO of Ashland Inc., Chellgren has been a very active UK alumnus, serving 11 years on the UK Board of Trustees. 

 

Chellgren surely sees reflections of himself among the current Chellgren students, “a group of extraordinary men and women who are at the very earliest stages of their careers,” he said. “They are doing exactly what you’d hope they’d be doing — experimenting, trying things out. We’re focusing on giving horizontal opportunities both in the personal and professional sense to these selected and very special young men and young women.”

 

Philipp Kraemer, Chellgren Endowed Chair for Undergraduate Excellence and advocate for the program, also contemplated the early days, before there was a Chellgren Center.

 

“What Mr. Chellgren recognized was that the very best research universities are excellent at everything, including undergraduate education, and that was something that wasn’t getting the attention it deserved. So, he came to us with … a very generous a multi-million dollar gift to the university that we were able to match with the Research Challenge Trust Fund model,” Kraemer said.

 

The Research Challenge Trust Fund was created by the Kentucky Legislature in 1997 with legislation that allowed philanthropic gifts to eight Kentucky universities to be matched with state funds. It was designed to advance the economic success of Kentucky and its citizens through education and research.

 

Chellgren’s gift matched by state funds provided the predominate funding for most of the programming and student support at the Chellgren Center.

 

“More importantly,” said Kraemer, “Mr. Chellgren provided us with the vision of what we should be thinking about in order to begin to foster academic excellence among our undergraduates.”

 

The donor’s vision has been excelled by reality. The Chellgren Center today takes a leadership role in advocating for undergraduate excellence, educational innovation and community service. Its faculty contribute greatly to the goal of excellence at UK by raising students’ aspirations. They are joined by staff who assist students in realizing their highest academic potential; inspiring progressive reform and innovation in teaching, learning and curriculum development; and fostering creative and productive collaborations across the many programs and departments engaged in the undergraduate mission.

 

UK student Andrew Cech, who was a Chellgren Fellow during his sophomore year, shared with the anniversary audience his experiences at the center and encouraged other students to seek the support he found at the Chellgren Center.

 

“Because I had the support group here (at the Chellgren Center),” said Cech, “I was able to finish (my undergraduate research) and end up with an internship at a think tank that following summer. That would not have come about if not for my undergraduate time here at the Chellgren Center.”

 

Speaking directly to the current Chellgren students in the audience, Cech said, “The Chellgren Center has put into place all the institutions needed to help develop undergraduate students for the future, whether that be research, study abroad, whatever your interest is, this institution is there to help you out. I can’t express enough gratitude for that.”

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Recognizes Those Who Empower Women

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 14:22

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Nov. 1, 2016) The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently honored 25 students, staff, faculty and alumni for empowering women during the college’s second annual Multicultural Awareness Day.

 

The nominees honored at the "Women in CAFE — Empowering our Future Luncheon and Awards Ceremony," which was held at the Hilary J. Boone Center on campus, spanned the three aspects of the university’s land-grant mission, teaching, research and extension, as well as alumni and students.

 

“With the college’s first female dean, we felt it was imperative that we took time to recognize all the women and the work they’ve been doing in our college, and most importantly, unsung heroes — those who may not always get the spotlight,” said Natasha Saunders, extension associate for diversity recruitment and retention and a member of the event’s planning committee. “And we wanted to include those we partner with, who work really hard to make sure we’re providing opportunities for UK employees and students.”

 

Dean Nancy Cox welcomed the group by referencing the origins of the college 151 years ago under the “rather bold concept for a university to educate the common folks.”

 

“We’ve been spending the last couple of years reflecting on what it means to be a land-grant university,” she said. “It was considered a university for the people, but many sitting in this room would not have been enrolled then. It was mostly for white men at that time, but it still was a revolutionary concept, because it exposed a whole new generation of folks to education. As that initial legislation has evolved, we have grown in diversity. We are still growing in diversity at the University of Kentucky and in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.”

 

Currently, more than 57 percent of undergraduate students in the college are women. A little more than a quarter of the faculty are women and 38 percent of those in college leadership roles are women.

 

Saunders said the common thread among the nominees is they all are going beyond the call of duty to make sure that women feel empowered.

 

“Whether that’s in the lab or the classroom, whether that’s to help overcome gender barriers or to make them feel they have what it takes to be competitive against any male counterpart in their field — that’s what we’re taking time to honor today,” Saunders said.

 

The nominees and winners for this year’s awards are:

 

Trailblazer Award:

· Nancy Cox, winner. First female dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

 

Passing the Torch Student Award:

· Elham Darbandi, winner. Graduate student, Agricultural Economics

· Barbara Wadsworth, winner. Graduate student, Animal and Food Sciences

· Karmella Dolecheck, nominee. Graduate student, Animal and Food Sciences

· Erica Rogers, nominee. Undergraduate student, Agricultural Economics

 

Community Empowerment Award:

· Hazel Forsythe, winner. Retired professor, Dietetics and Human Nutrition

· Ashley Searles, winner. Farm Credit Mid-America

 

Alumni Legacy Award:

· Martha Thompson, winner. Retired, UK Cooperative Extension Service

· Susan Campbell, nominee. CAFE Business Center

 

Research Empowerment Award:

· Sue Nokes, winner. Chair, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

· Lesley Oliver, winner. Associate director, UK Agricultural Experiment Station

· Claudia Heath, nominee. Professor, Family Sciences

· Vanessa Jackson, nominee. Chair, Retailing and Tourism Management

· Ann Vail, nominee. Director, School of Human Environmental Sciences, assistant director, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, and interim dean, College of Social Work

 

Instruction Empowerment Award:

· Czarena Crofcheck, winner. Professor and director of undergraduate studies, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

· Krista Jacobsen, winner. Assistant professor, Horticulture

· Mark Coyne, nominee. Professor and director of graduate studies, Plant and Soil Sciences

· Rita Parsons, nominee. Administrative assistant and chair of the Department Support Committee, Agricultural Economics

 

Extension Empowerment Award:

· Kim Henken, winner. Assistant to the director, Human Environmental Sciences

· Ashley Holt, winner. 4-H youth development education agent, Jefferson County

· Janet Mullins, winner. Extension professor, Dietetics and Human Nutrition

· Kim Ragland, winner. 4-H youth development education agent, Boyle County

· Ann Freytag, nominee. Senior laboratory technician, Plant and Soil Sciences

· Nicole Gauthier, nominee. Extension plant pathologist, Plant Pathology

· Karen Ramage, nominee. Retired county operations director, UK Cooperative Extension Service

· Laura Skillman, nominee. Director, Agricultural Communications Services

 

“We really do take pride in our collaborations, trying to learn from each other’s differences, being flexible, being fair and providing equal opportunity,” Cox told the gathering. “We’re still trying to do better every day, but this is the day we can pat you on the back for a good job.”

 

 

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: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324, cspence@uky.edu

Feeling Election Stress? You're Not Alone

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 14:14

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) — Are you stressed out about this year’s election? It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, Democrat or Republican – chances are the answer is yes.

 

According to new research from the American Psychological Association, more than 50 percent of American adults say this year’s election is a significant source of stress in their lives. Uncertainty about the future combined with a constant barrage of political conversation online, on TV, and with family and friends has many people anticipating Election Day with tension and anxiety.

 

Although it might seem minor, election season stress can lead to health-related side effects, including fatigue, headaches, upset stomach and tightness in your chest.

 

Check out our infographic for tips on how keep your stress in check this election season, and be sure to share it with friends and family members.

 

Next steps:

·        Looking for more ways to feel less stressed? Check out our tips to help you relax.

·        If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety, depression or another mental health concern that is affecting daily life, UK Psychiatry may be able to help. Learn more about our services today.

 

Link to the UK HealthCare Blog, http://ukhealthcare.net/blog/election-season-stress/

 

Media Contact: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy@uky.edu

 

 

Office for Institutional Diversity Now Accepting Proposals for Inclusive Excellence Program Grants

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 14:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) — As a campus community, the University of Kentucky demonstrates its commitment to encouraging an environment of diverse people, thoughts, ideas and teachings. However, there is still a call to work more collectively and challenge our ways of thinking and doing. To encourage more engagement, teaching and learning, the Office for Institutional Diversity is now accepting proposals for Inclusive Excellence Program grants.

 

The office is seeking innovative inclusive excellence programs that are student-centric and foster collaborative programming and partnerships among groups, centers, programs, registered student organizations and/or initiatives that have goals to:

  • create or improve collaborative programs that include or address the importance of diverse views and cultures;
  • encourage the participation of all students in inclusive excellence initiatives at the university;
  • educate ourselves and others on issues of social justice, diversity, intercultural dialogue and communication;
  • increase belonging and engagement of marginalized, historically underrepresented and minority groups;
  • develop sustainable programs that increase awareness and appreciation for a diverse and inclusive community; and/or
  • increase opportunities for collaborative learning around issues of inclusive excellence.

Preference will be given to groups, centers, programs, registered student organizations (in good standing) and/or initiatives that propose activities and opportunities that:

  • are inclusive of our diverse student populations;
  • demonstrate collaborative partnerships with other groups, centers, programs, registered student organizations and initiatives that engage diverse students across various identities;
  • serve as models for replication and sustainability throughout the campus community; and
  • extend the success of existing programs or events at the university with significant impact.

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit www.uky.edu/diversity/inclusive-excellence-program-grants.

 

 

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 Libraries Announces Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 13:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2016) The University of Kentucky Libraries is pleased to announce the opening call for the inaugural Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.

 

The award will recognize and celebrate exceptional, original scholarship and research by UK undergraduates whose research projects make substantive and creative use of the UK Libraries’ collections, services and resources.

 

“UK Libraries is very pleased to draw attention to the scholarship, innovation and creativity of UK undergraduate students with this award," Dean of Libraries Terry Birdwhistell said. “This award is another opportunity for UK Libraries to contribute to student success and recognize the important role that library resources play in research by UK students and faculty.”

 

Submissions are encouraged from all disciplines. Awards are judged on how well the student’s project demonstrates information literacy skills and the effective use of library resources. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.

 

Examples of possible projects include:

· written essay or research project in any field;

· documentary, podcast, interview or any other multimedia project;

· performance art project, performance, choreography or other original work;

· studio art project including but not limited to: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking or environmental art;

· original science, mathematics, physics or engineering project; or

· recorded presentation in any field or discipline.

 

A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded each year. The student winner and their faculty sponsor(s) will be honored at a special event in the spring.

 

For details about eligibility, evaluation criteria and submission requirements, please see the UKL Dean’s Award Guide at http://libguides.uky.edu/UGRA

 

 

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, whitney.hale@uky.edu, 859-257-8716

UK Places Fourth in National Persuasion Contest

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 13:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) The University of Kentucky Forensics Team placed fourth in the national persuasion contest "Pitch it to PKD," held by Pi Kappa Delta.


Pi Kappa Delta is the national honorary for speech and debate competition at the collegiate level. The "Pitch it to PKD" contest solicited video presentations from colleges and universities across the nation that advocated for change at the local, national or global level. The best pitches, as judged by the national council of Pi Kappa Delta, would be supported financially over the coming year as a model for engaging the speech and debate community in real world change.

 

Senior Logan Hurley and freshman Matt Karijolic’s pitch video advocated for increased support for local refugee resettlement agencies like that of Kentucky Refugee Ministries here in Lexington. In the video, Hurley notes that refugee resettlement agencies’ “advocacy focuses on realizing the full extent of human potential, which is something we can all get behind.”


Pi Kappa Delta would seem to agree. The video pitches were due in February of this spring. After being assessed and ranked by the national council of Pi Kappa Delta over the summer, the winning videos were announced this fall.

 

The UK Forensics Team is committed to training the next generation of civic leaders who are passionate about effecting change in their communities. To foster these skills, the team takes part in competitions throughout the southeast region of the United States.

 

UK Forensics is a student organization in the School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information. The team regularly competes in 12 public speaking events and three forms of debate. To find out more, visit www.ukforensics.com.

 

 

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

 

 

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

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