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Entrepreneurial Showcase Applications Due May 12

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — If you or your organization is interested in being an exhibitor at the Soirée and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging Entrepreneurs and University Researchers (SPARK) on Wednesday, May 25, the time to take action is now. The exhibitor application deadline is Thursday, May 12. Click here for the exhibitor application.

 

The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, housed within the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business ane Economics, will be awarding prizes at the SPARK event. The local office of the network will provide a $500 prize for the Best Company display, while the Von Allmen Center will provide a $500 award for the Best University Researcher display, as selected by an independent panel of judges. Research posters will be judged on their overall potential for commercialization.

 

The showcase will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., May 25, at Copper Roux, located at 861 South Broadway in Lexington. Exhibitor set up begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. General admission tickets, which include refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, are priced at $25. As an added incentive, the first 20 companies and 10 university researchers to register, and be accepted, will get one free ticket to the event. Space is limited. Register here for general admission.

 

Non-exhibitors are also welcome to attend and show your entrepreneurial support.

 

Exhibitors please note:

  • 3x4 table space available to companies only
  • UK researchers will have space for posters only and must bring their own easels
  • Limited and/or no guarantee of electrical outlet
  • All equipment must be charged and able to run independently of electricity

Please follow these steps to upload your document:

1. Open attached file and complete required info

2. Save file as your company name (do not close document)

3. Click on the application link at the bottom page to upload your PDF

4. Click "Add to Drive" box

5. Click "Open in Drive" box

6. Right-click on the circle in middle of screen

7. Choose "Upload Files"

8. Browse and select your file to upload

9. Verify that your document uploaded properly

 

Commerce Lexington is a co-sponsor of this event. 

 

Please contact Becky Marefat at 257-7666 or becky.marefat@uky.edu if you have any questions or problems uploading your document.

 

 

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Thro Elected to Board of National Association of College and University Attorneys

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 19:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016)William Thro, general counsel at the University of Kentucky, was elected as a member-at-large of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Board of Directors.

 

Before assuming his present position at UK in 2012, Thro served as solicitor general of Virginia, university counsel for Christopher Newport University, and as an assistant attorney general in both Colorado and Virginia. He began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the late Judge Ronald E. Meredith of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville.

 

As a legal scholar, Thro's research focuses on constitutional law in educational contexts. In recognition of his scholarly work, he received Stetson University’s Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy Scholarship (2014) and became a Fellow of both the National Education Finance Conference (2012) and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (2007).

 

During almost a quarter century of NACUA membership, Thro has served as chair of the Editorial Board of The Journal of College & University Law, was a member of the Advisory Group on the Future of the Journal and the Annual Conference Task Force, was the co-editor of two compendia and author of several monographs and NACUANOTES, and has been a frequent conference speaker.

 

In addition to his NACUA service, he has served as president of the Education Law Association, chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section, board chair for a local Red Cross chapter, a trustee of the National Education Finance Academy, and an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

 

Thro is a native of Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Hanover College; his graduate degree with honours from the University of Melbourne; and his law degree is from the University of Virginia, where he was a published member of the Law Review.

 

Headquartered in Washington, D.C.,, is the primary source of higher education law programming for its members and for the higher education community.  Founded in 1960, the association serves more than 850 public and private higher education institutions and more than 4,500 attorneys throughout the United States and internationally.  NACUA produces publications (including The Journal of College and University Law), sponsors continuing education workshops (including webinars), operates a website with a multitude of higher education legal resources and establishes cooperative relationships with other associations and groups. 

 

 

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 Dining Announces Summer Hours

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 18:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — Summer hours of operation for University of Kentucky Dining locations begin Saturday, May 7.  The schedule below will be in effect Monday through Friday from May 7 through June 5.  All locations will be closed Saturdays and Sundays during that time period.  All locations will also be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

 

Starbucks @ Kentucky Clinic: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Ovid's: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m.

 

Starbucks @ W.T. Young Library: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Einstein Bros. Bagels: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Apothecary Café: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Starbucks @ Bowman's Den:  8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Subway @ Bowman's Den:  8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Wildcat Pantry @ The 90:  7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. 

 

For UK Dining updates, visit www.uky.campusdish.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, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Blair Hoover, 859-257-6396; blair.hoover@uky.edu

USDA's National Institute Director to be at UK on Friday

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 17:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture will visit the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment on Friday, May 6. He will give a seminar titled “Perfect Storm to Nutritional Security” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Cameron Williams Hall of the Plant Sciences Building.

 

During the seminar Ramaswamy will discuss what is needed to ensure nutritional security and better health outcomes as the Earth's population continues to grow while under the context of changing climate, diminishing land and water resources, environmental degradation, changing incomes and diets, and minimal ecological footprint.

 

Much of the focus of Ramaswamy’s seminar is on transformative approaches needed including gene editing and other biotechnology methods, genomics to phenomics — phenomes are physical and biochemical traits, nanotechnology, pest management, robotics, use of smart systems, the “internet of agricultural things” and big data analytics.

 

President Barack Obama appointed Ramaswamy in 2012 to serve as director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. NIFA addresses many challenges facing the nation through exemplary agricultural science. It works with scientists to find innovative solutions to issues related to agriculture, food, the environment and communities.

 

Prior to his tenure at NIFA, Ramaswamy held a number of academic positions, most recently as dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. He is an award-winning scientist, educator and administrator. He has received numerous grants for research in integrative reproductive biology of insects. Ramaswamy received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and master’s degree in entomology from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India. He earned a doctoral degree in entomology from Rutgers University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program.

 

Ramaswamy will take questions following the seminar. Contact Cecilia Virtue at 859-257-3333 or Cecilia.virtue@uky.edu for special accommodations.

 

 

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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Gatton Hosts Professional MBA Open House Event on May 17

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics will host a Professional MBA Open House event for interested UK employees and companies in Central Kentucky that would like to learn more about UK’s professional MBA programs, which include the Professional Evening MBA and Executive MBA.

 

The Professional MBA Open House event will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17in the newly-renovated Gatton College of Business and Economics Building. Attendees and prospective candidates will have the opportunity to interact and network with current MBA students, alumni, instructors and other important constituents affiliated with the professional MBA program.


The alumni spotlight at this event will showcase members of Tempur-Sealy, who will talk about how the UK MBA helped them gain the necessary skills to be a part of the new Cocoon by Sealy project team.

Harvie Wilkinson serves as director of the Gatton MBA programs. "If you want to make yourself more marketable in today's competitive job market, or if you want to expand your skill set so that you can be successful in your career, then acquiring a professional MBA may be an attractive option for you," Wilkinson said.


If you are interested in attending the Professional MBA Open House event, please register in advance at www.gatton.uky.edu/MBA-RSVP.

 


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: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200/carl.nathe@uky.edu; Chris Carney, 859-257-7645/christopher.carney@uky.edu

Celebrate Mom at Special Mother's Day Concert

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 15:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — Musicians from the University of Kentucky campus community and around the Bluegrass will come together to present a concert celebrating mothers and honoring one with a special appreciation for music this weekend. The 11th annual Anita Roos Baker Memorial Mother’s Day Concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

Lexington native Anita Roos Baker loved singing. She was a long-time member of the Friends of the UK School of Music, a volunteer organization that provides support and advocacy for the school. Following Baker's death in 2005, her family wanted to find a way to celebrate her life and her passion for music. They have done so through an annual concert, appropriately scheduled for Mother’s Day.

 

The program this year has been arranged as always by Vocal Coach Tedrin Blair Lindsay of UK Opera Theatre, and will feature soprano and UK alumna Catherine Clarke Nardolillo, soprano and graduate student Elizabeth Mayhew, and cellist and alumna Yoonie Choi. The varied program will include pieces for piano and cello by Johannes Brahms, vocal selections from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's "Camelot" and André Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire," as well as several show tunes by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jeanine Tesori, Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown. In addition, Lindsay will also perform a couple piano solos sure to delight the audiences.

 

Baker’s family and friends will be in attendance to honor a very special person with a joyful collection of music. This concert is presented by the Temple Adath Israel Music Fund.

 

A reception will follow the concert.

 

 

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

 

 

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

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 5, 1912

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 13:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 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 212th diary entry is from May 5, 1912. In this entry, the senior recalls studying philosophy with a friend on a Sunday.

 

May 5th. Bernice goes to church and Sunday school, and Addie and I study Philosophy. In the afternoon Jessie Mit and I take Bernice to the car and she goes to Elizabeth's.

 

 

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

6 UK Students to Study Critical Languages Abroad

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced six UK students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian abroad. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in 13 critical need foreign languages during the summer of 2016.

 

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

 

The six UK students awarded scholarships from CLS and the languages the scholarships cover are:

· Lee Clark, a graduate student in the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce from Richmond, Kentucky, for Russian;

· Lauren Copeland, a gender and women's studies doctoral student from Gainesville, Florida, for Arabic;

· M. Ruth Dike, an anthropology doctoral student from Memphis, Tennessee, for Arabic;

· Faiyad Mannan, a College of Medicine student from Staffordsville, Kentucky, for Japanese;

· Bridget Nicholas, a Chinese language and literature and international studies junior, Chellgren Fellow and member of the UK Honors Program from Covington, Kentucky, for Chinese; and

· Kathryn Showers-Curtis, a linguistics theory and typology graduate student from Janesville, Wisconsin, for Russian.

 

For many of the UK students, the scholarship will advance research in their studies and for others it will also feed a passion for a culture they have developed a profound interest in.

 

"I've always been fascinated with China and, from the first time I heard spoken Chinese, I fell in love with the language," said Nicholas, who will study Mandarin in Changchun, China. "Since then, as I've had opportunities to travel to China and Taiwan, I've further discovered a deep interest in Chinese history, culture and literature, as well as cross-strait politics."

 

Like Nicholas, Mannan has a great interest in not only language but the culture and the people in his location of study, Japan. He hopes the intensive studies will make him a better doctor for Japanese-Americans.

 

"While I have many different ideas involving work in Japan with Japanese physicians and researchers, the main opportunity I am looking forward to with the CLS is a chance to gain the ability to communicate with Japanese patients when I begin practicing medicine," Mannan said. "I am very interested in practicing medicine in areas of the U.S. that historically have high populations of Japanese immigrants and families. Being able to communicate effectively with these families would allow me to deliver a high quality of care and also build relationships with my patients."

 

The CLS Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences for seven to 10 weeks for U.S. citizens who are undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. The application for the 2017 summer program will be available in the fall on the CLS website, http://clscholarship.org.

 

For students interested in language immersion, the National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship may also be an opportunity to consider.

 

UK students interested in the CLS and/or Boren Scholarships may apply through the university’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. Part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the office assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Pat Whitlow at the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

 

 

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

 

Mission Accomplished for Soldier Turned Campus Leader

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — U.S. Army Veteran. Musician. Leader. Wife. Christina Walker wears many hats, and she wears them well. On Sunday, May 8, she’ll be donning one she never imagined wearing — a graduation cap.

 

Walker, from San Bernardino, California, turned to the Army a decade ago for a better life, for an opportunity. She saw her peers dropping out of high school and getting into things she wanted no part of. 

 

"I needed to make a change in my life and it seemed like the best option," she said. "I needed a way to make a better future for myself."

 

She served from 2007-2010 as a supply specialist and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq from 2008-2009 in the role of staff sergeant. Coordinating logistics, transporting food, equipment and weapons, Walker supported more than 5,000 deployed soldiers during that time. She received several honors for her performance, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with the Campaign Star, the Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

 

Her military experience taught her to be a leader, and it also led to one of the most significant milestones of Walker’s life — meeting her husband Daniel, who served as a human resources generalist. The two married in 2010 and returned to Daniel’s hometown, Lexington, and eventually started school together at UK in the College of Communication and Information.

 

Christina said her transition from the military to college was difficult at first, but the military made her more focused and open-minded, often giving her the leg up in her courses.

 

Daniel will also be awarded his bachelor’s degree this week, but will save the commencement walk for 2017, when he graduates with his master’s degree in communication. He began the graduate program in the fall of 2015 as a University Scholar, a program that allows particularly gifted and highly motivated students to integrate their undergraduate and graduate courses of study in a single continuous program culminating in both a bachelor's and a master's degree.

 

"Daniel has pushed me through everything; he’s made me see my potential," Christina said. 

 

And at UK, Christina is known for her potential.

 

"Christina is one of the most talented people I have ever had the opportunity to work with," said John Herbst, UK Student Center director and Christina’s mentor. "She is a creative and positive thinker, whose skill set for accomplishing goals is incredibly refined."

 

Herbst and Christina met through the UK chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society; Herbst serving as advisor and Christina as the new president. Christina has also served as vice president of the UK chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Experience in the esteemed honor societies has given her the ability to "walk into a room and network with community leaders of all kinds comfortably."

 

When she wasn’t planning meetings and hosting leadership seminars, Christina was often spending her time as a reading volunteer at the High Street Neighborhood Center, a mentor for high school students, a volunteer at local retirement homes and a Veteran Advocate Committee member for the UK Veterans Resource Center.

 

She was also called on for her musical talent — performing in UK Opera Theatre’s annual "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" and singing the National Anthem at community events, including a UK men's basketball game. Her studies in communication never wavered though; she will graduate with a 3.975 GPA.

 

"I don’t feel like I’ve been able to maintain a great GPA because I’m the smartest student, but because the military taught me to open my mind and focus," she said. "It’s not out of luck, but by my merit alone. And it’s not just a degree, but a stepping stone to get me through other doors."

 

Those other doors include Columbia University, Dartmouth College and the UK College of Law. Daniel suggested that she apply to the schools, otherwise “I never would have imagined I’d be applying to Ivy Leagues.” Now, she’s not only celebrating graduation — a far off dream when she was younger — but also the acceptance to all three schools, and a commitment to keep seeing blue at the UK College of Law.

 

"I chose to stay at UK mostly because I was fortunate enough to receive funding to cover the cost of my law school education," Christina said. "In addition, although this is not my original hometown, living here in Lexington and attending UK has allowed me to develop a deep connection with this city and I now view it as my home, which I am very reluctant to leave."

 

"I was so proud when she was announced as a recipient of a Wethington Fellowship to attend law school here at the University of Kentucky," Herbst added.

 

And as the Walkers often tackle many of the same missions together, the next chapter in their life is no different. Daniel also plans to pursue a career in law, but will wait until Christina has completed her degree.  

 

"He is sacrificing everything for me to accomplish this," she said.

 

Eventually, Christina wants to return to the Army as part of the U.S. Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, using her education for a career she’s passionate about and serving her country at the same time.

 

"In my mind what sets Christina's talents at a stellar level is her 'heart,'" Herbst said. "She accomplishes project tasks with incredible grace, humility and a true principled servant-leadership attitude. I see only brilliant horizons and remarkable accomplishments ahead for her."

 

This week, UKNow is featuring stories about our May and August 2016 graduates who will participate in the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies this Sunday, May 8, at Rupp Arena. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the Graduate and Professional ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. More than 2,400 undergraduates and approximately 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate and professional degree candidates had their degrees approved by the UK Board of Trustees. For more information, visit www.uky.edu/commencement.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Arrests Made in March 30 Robbery on Campus

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 08:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2016) — Arrests have been made in a March 30 robbery on the University of Kentucky campus.  A UK Alert was issued Wednesday afternoon, March 30, following report of a robbery at the Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage.

 

UK Police say the victim, a UK student, contacted an acquaintance to purchase marijuana, however when they met, the suspects robbed the victim and fled campus.  UK Police investigators were able to identify the suspects and obtain arrest warrants.

 

"Information obtained by UKPD investigators led them to locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service and Louisville Metro Police were able to arrest three individuals," UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said. "Several weapons and ammunition were recovered along with marijuana and materials for packaging marijuana."

 

Avion Camp, 22; Joshua Whetstone, 19; and Phillip Coleman, 19, all of Louisville, were lodged in the Louisville Metro Detention Center. Camp was arrested April 14, and Coleman and Whetstone were arrested April 26. They are charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, and theft by unlawful taking. They will be brought to Lexington for arraignment.

UK Ag Students Grew Strong Through Their College Years

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:37

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 4, 2016) — Jeffrey Mitchell Jr. and Shalara Wells will walk across the Rupp Arena stage at the University of Kentucky's Commencement ceremonies this Sunday (May 8) with a well-earned sense of pride and accomplishment. Mitchell will be the first person in his family to ever graduate from college, while the fact that Wells will receive her degree on Mother's Day holds some extra special significance. Both are graduating from UK's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

 

Mitchell, from Lousville, Kentucky, grew up in an urban environment far from any farm pastures, yet always had a love for animals. During his teenage years at Cenral High School, he developed a strong interest in horses. While he did not grow up with any close role models in the equine industry, he was intrigued by the chance to study equine science business and management at UK.

 

"Over the years, I have seen people react with great surprise when I tell them about my passion for horses and my desire to make it my career," Mitchell said. "The business side of the equine industry is not something you see a lot of African-American males aspiring to. That's fine with me and makes me feel like I stand out in a crowd, not only because of my diversity, but also thanks to the education and experience I have been able to obtain while here at UK. It feels like I've gained a second family with similar interests during my time here."

 

Mitchell credits UK's award-winning MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) chapter for helping develop him as a well-rounded person. The UK chapter of MANRRS just brought back to campus its fourth consecutive National Chapter of the Year Award.

 

"It's a terrific organization," Mitchell said. "I would not be where I am today without MANRRS."

 

Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a career in the animal health industry.

 

Quentin Tyler, assistant dean and director of the Office of Diversity in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE), had high praise for Mitchell.

 

"I have known Jeff for over four years and he has flourished academically, professionally and socially during his time at UK. The summer before his freshman year, he would always call my office and inquire about scholarships and other opportunities."

 

Tyler, who has served as the national professional president of MANRRS, added that Mitchell has been a great role model to other students and has been instrumental in the success of the UK chapter of the organization.

 

Wells, the valedictorian of her senior class at Hopkins County Central High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, will graduate with a degree in animal sciences on Sunday. Also a member of UK's MANRRS chapter, her path to graduation could very easily have gotten off track, yet she persevered.

 

While tackling a challenging course load, Wells is raising her son, Kyson, who turned five at the beginning of April. She also held down a full-time job during her years at UK, and took care of her now deceased mother during her final months.

 

"A great deal of my time, energy and attention has been diverted away from my academic pursuits during my four years at the university," Wells said. "Not only is walking across the stage a huge accomplishment for me, I think it symbolizes more than a diploma. I am living proof that with determination and the right people supporting you, anything is possible. Thanks go to my MANRRS family, phenomenal advisors and wonderful professors that have shown me compassion and patience through my tumultuous times."

 

The weekend following her graduation from UK, Wells will leave for a month of study abroad in the Dominican Republic. Upon her return, she will begin work on a MBA degree at UK.

 

Wells' long-term goal is an ambitious one.

 

"I hope to someday own and operate a conservation and rehabilitation organization for exotic, endangered animals such as tigers and lions," she said.

 

Natasha Saunders, extension associate for the Office of Diversity in CAFE said, "Shalara is an outstanding young woman who has managed to overcome and prevail with grace and resiliency despite the numerous obstacles life has thrown her way. It has been a joy to watch this young lady blossom into the fearless woman she has become; a bright young woman with blazing intelligence, energy and determination."

 

Yes, Jeffrey Mitchell Jr. and Shalara Wells both will remember UK's Commencement ceremonies of May 8, 2016 for a very long time.  

 

This week, UKNow is featuring stories about our May and August 2016 graduates who will participate in the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies this Sunday, May 8, at Rupp Arena. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the Graduate and Professional ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. More than 2,400 undergraduates and approximately 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate and professional degree candidates have been submitted to the UK Board of Trustees for approval. For more information, visit www.uky.edu/commencement

 

 

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Capilouto: Budget Will Present Challenges, Opportunities

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2016) – The University of Kentucky budget for 2016-2017 will be marked by challenges, but also by a relentless resolve to continue the institution’s remarkable momentum of the last five years.

 

That was the message that UK President Eli Capilouto conveyed Tuesday to the Board of Trustees as university officials continue putting the finishing touches over the next month on a proposed budget as well as tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 academic year.

 

“Yes, the final state budget does present challenges,” Capilouto told trustees during a session to provide an overview of issues surrounding the budget. “But amid a busy and sometimes difficult spring semester, there are powerful indicators of the incredible work happening across our institution.”

 

On research and service, Capilouto cited the recent faculty involvement and leadership at the National Drug Summit last month in Atlanta as well as the visit to campus by the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary to discuss the state and UK’s leadership role in a global energy economy.

 

On continued student success, Capilouto pointed to the more than 4,800 students who will graduate Sunday during commencement ceremonies on the heels of another record year for the size of the first-year class and overall student body.

 

Looking ahead to the fall, Capilouto remarked that UK has had another record-breaking year for applications, which topped 24,000 this year for the first time.

 

“Our students created, performed, discovered and learned,” Capilouto said. “Our faculty broke new barriers of understanding in the pursuit and creation of knowledge. We served more communities, healed more people, and educated more students than at any point in our history.”

 

These challenges are not insignificant,” said UK Board Chair Britt Brockman. “But our commitment to Kentucky – as the university for Kentucky – is even greater. As President Capilouto often says, we will have to find new and innovative paths to earn our way forward. That’s what we intend to do.”

 

To that end, Capilouto said four principles – informed by the recently adopted UK Strategic Plan -- will guide the formulation of the budget, which will have to confront a 4.5 percent – or $12.6 million cut – in state appropriations.

 

The following year the state appropriation will be flat, but 5 percent of that base will be determined by an as-yet-developed performance funding plan. At the same time, student financial aid and scholarships will increase by more than $20 million over the next two years. Those figures don’t yet include millions more in fixed costs, such as utilities.

 

Yet, Capilouto said his guiding principles against that budgetary backdrop, include:

 

·         Student access and affordability. The rolling four-year average for tuition increases is now under 5 percent.

·         Competitive pay for faculty and staff. Staff and faculty have experienced merit pay raises each year for the last three years.

·         Strategically plan to prevent across-the-board cuts and maintain and enhance academic quality. Since 2008 – and now with the new budget – UK has experienced nearly $70 million in recurring cuts. In the last four years, though, the university has worked to insulate academic areas and the teaching and research mission from those reductions, increasing the size of the faculty and their compensation, for example. UK’s research enterprise has continued to grow and retention and graduation rates have increased.

·         Diversity and inclusion. UK has record levels of diversity among students, but progress must be made in closing the gap in retention and graduation rates that exist for students in underrepresented populations. As part of that effort, more will continue to be done to create a campus environment where everyone feels included.

 

“Throughout every difficult budget, we’ve worked hard and been smarter in how we plan. We’ve tried, to the extent possible, to insulate our academic enterprise from deep reductions,” Capilouto said. “We’ve avoided across-the-board cuts to all programs, because that’s not how you build success toward priorities."

 

Capilouto’s presentation to the Board of Trustees can be found at: http://uknow.uky.edu/sites/default/files/botbudgetpresentationdraftv4.pptx

UK Board of Trustees Accepts Gifts

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 11:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees accepted six gifts and pledges today totaling nearly $17.5 million.

 

The College of Engineering is the recipient of three of those commitments:

 

·         $4 million pledged from C. Michael Garver of Houston, Texas, to establish and endow the Garver Endowed Scholarship Fund in the College of Engineering.  A Lexington native, Garver earned a mechanical engineering degree from UK in 1960.  He owns BRH-Garver Construction Inc. in Houston.

 

·         $5.8 million from the Halcomb Family Foundation of Camarillo, California.  This is part of a recently announced gift to endow the F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Chair in Biomedical Engineering Fund; the Halcomb Family Graduate Fellowships in Biomedical Engineering Fund; the Department of Biomedical Engineering Program Fund; and the Halcomb Family Faculty Fellowships in Biomedical Engineering Fund. Halcomb, founder and CEO of Phoenix Initiare, is a native of Scottsville, Kentucky, and received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1974 and his medical degree in 1978 from UK.  His wife Joan received her nursing degree from UK in 1974.

 

·         $4.5 million from the Hardymon Foundation to fund renovation of the third floor of the F. Paul Anderson Tower to create the James and Gay Hardymon Center for Student Success in the College of Engineering and to establish and endow the James and Gay Hardymon Student Enrichment Fund. The center will house the college's Office for Student Advising, Office of Career Services and the Elbert C. Ray eStudio, as well as provide computer, tutoring and study space. The enrichment fund will provide for opportunities such as education abroad and undergraduate research. James F. Hardymon, a native of Maysville, Kentucky, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering, and Gay Hardymon earned a bachelor's in English from UK.

 

Other gifts include:

 

·         $1,294,379 from the estate of Dr. Ewa Marciniak to establish and endow the Ewa Marciniak, M.D. Chair in Medicine. An additional gift is expected later this year to fully endow the position. Marciniak, a Lexington native, was appointed to the UK College of Medicine faculty in 1969 and was known for teaching and inspiring physicians and scientists.

 

·         $1.5 million from the William T. Young Foundation of Lexington pledged to establish and endow the Dr. Michael Karpf Endowed Chair in Precision Medicine at the Markey Cancer Center. The endowed chair is in recognition of Karpf's service as executive vice president for health affairs at UK. Young was a Lexington businessman, thoroughbred horse owner and breeder and UK benefactor.

 

·         $400,000 from Robert N. Trunzo of Brookfield, Wisconsin, to establish and endow the Robert and Anne Trunzo Scholarship in Political Science and Pre-Law Endowment Fund in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.  Trunzo, a Louisville native, earned his bachelor's degree in political science fro UK in 1978.  He is president and CEO of CUNA Mutual Group of Madison, Wisconsin.

 

 

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Board Approves Creation of the UK Lewis Honors College

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2016) — Today, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved the creation of the new Lewis Honors College at UK. The board approved first reading of revisions to the university’s Governing Regulations that allow establishment of the Honors College. This major educational unit, which will join UK’s existing colleges, The Graduate School, and UK Libraries, will include leadership by a dean and governance by college faculty. 

 

UK has had an Honors Program since 1961, currently operating out of the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Office of the Provost. Transitioning the program to an Honors College will help attract top-quality students and improve access for underrepresented students and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to educational environments otherwise reserved for students at expensive, private institutions.

 

The proposed Honors College will not offer baccalaureate degrees of its own; rather, the Honors College curriculum and requirements will emphasize interdisciplinary approaches, methodologies, and learning outcomes. Honors College students will all declare majors in other undergraduate colleges, but will have their completion of Honors College requirements acknowledged on their diplomas and transcripts. Faculty governance will be through tenured faculty borrowed from other UK colleges assigned to the Lewis Honors College.

 

The creation of both an Honors College and the living-learning facility where it will be housed was made possible last fall by UK alumnus Thomas W. Lewis and his family, of Paradise Valley, Arizona, who committed to the single-largest gift in UK’s history — $23.5 million to create one of the country’s leading Honors programs. For this reason, the board previously approved the facility to be named in honor of the Lewis family. Lewis Hall is expected to be online by August 2017. 

 

“Across the University of Kentucky campus are profound examples of people’s faith in our institution, the work we do and the lives we shape,” President Eli Capilouto said in February when the board approved the development and naming of the facility. “The Lewis family is investing in the University, and their investment will yield an extraordinary academic experience for students in the new Lewis Honors College. We place our students first; so, too, do our donors and alumni who believe those students represent a bright future for Kentucky and the communities they touch."

 

Located at the corner of University and Hilltop Drives, Lewis Hall will be a five-story, 346-bed and LEED-silver certified student housing facility constructed and managed by Education Realty Trust, Inc. (EdR). EdR will invest nearly $27 million toward the total estimated scope of $37 million for project. The T.W. Lewis Foundation and the university will fund the remaining amount for 20,050 square feet of space dedicated to the Lewis Honors College.

 

“I have a strong belief in the value of education and helping young people become the best they can be,” Lewis said during his gift announcement last fall. “This gift is our way of helping University of Kentucky honors students reach their full potential as leaders who will create, shape and influence people, ideas and discoveries for this and generations yet to come.”

 

In the last five years, at the direction of Capilouto and the Board of Trustees, participation in the university's Honors Program has nearly doubled, growing from 750 students to 1,400 — part of an effort to enhance the undergraduate educational experience, while also improving retention and graduation rates.

 

 

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 Board Approves 17 University Research Professorships

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved 17 University Research Professorships for the 2016-17 year.

 

To align with the overall objective for research within UK's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the revised University Research Professors Program now recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research, scholarship, and creative endeavors within each college. College leadership developed criteria for excellence in research and scholarly activity within their area of expertise and then nominated faculty who excelled at these criteria.

 

The purpose of the revised University Research Professorship program is to recognize and publicize research accomplishments of these scholars across the full range of disciplines at UK.

 

“It is truly gratifying to recognize these distinguished experts who have made significant contributions in so many different fields of research at the University of Kentucky,” said Lisa Cassis, UK’s vice president for research. “The University Research Professorship Awards honor 17 members of our faculty who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural and economic challenges in our region and around the world.”

 

The 2015-16 University Research Professors are:

  • Arthur G. Hunt: College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Qiang Ye: College of Arts and Sciences; Mathematics
  • Thomas R. Zentall: College of Arts and Sciences; Psychology
  • Sherali Zeadally: College of Communication and Information; School of Information Science
  • Jeffrey L. Ebersole: College of Dentistry; Oral Health Practice
  • Gary P. Rohrbacher: College of Design; School of Architecture
  • W. Brent Seales: College of Engineering; Computer Science
  • Diana R. Hallman: College of Fine Arts; School of Music
  • Stephen P. Borgatti: Gatton College of Business and Economics; Management
  • Esther Dupont-Versteegden: College of Health Sciences; Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Mary J. Davis: College of Law

  • Eugenia F. Toma: Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Bret N. Smith: College of Medicine; Physiology
  • Edward D. Hall: College of Medicine;
Spinal Cord Brain Injury Research Center
  • Ellen J. Hahn: College of Nursing
  • Chang-Guo Zhan: College of Pharmacy; Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Terry L. Bunn: College of Public Health;
Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health

 

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

 

 

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

WUKY News Wins Eight Associated Press Awards

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 19:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2016)WUKY, Lexington’s NPR news station at the University of Kentucky, received eight statewide Associated Press (AP) Broadcasters awards, the most of any radio station in the Lexington radio market.

 

First, second and third place winners were revealed at the AP’s annual banquet in Louisville April 30.

 

“It’s a testament to the dedication of our news team. It’s especially gratifying because these honors are the result of a rigorous assessment process from our colleagues and counterparts outside of Kentucky,” said WUKY News Director Alan Lytle. “These men and women listened to reams of recorded material to determine the best of the best. We are especially proud again to be the Lexington radio market’s most honored news organization. None of this would be possible without the generous support of our loyal listeners.”

 

WUKY News won first-place awards in the following categories:

 

Best Radio Anchor: Alan Lytle

Best Radio Reporter: Josh James

Best Political Coverage: Josh James and Karyn Czar for “Gay Marriage In Kentucky”

Best Continuing Coverage: Josh James and Karyn Czar for “Gay Marriage In Kentucky”

Best Long Light News Feature: Josh James for “Breathing New Life Into 2001: A Space Odyssey”

Best Long Sports Feature: Alan Lytle for “What It Was Was Base Ball”

 

Other AP honors:

 

Best Short Newscast: Third Place: Alan Lytle, Karyn Czar and Josh James

Best Use of Sound:Third Place: Alan Lytle for “What It Was Was Base Ball”

 

 

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UK CAER Receives $2.4M Grant for US-China Clean Energy Research Center

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 18:01

LEXINGTON, Ky (May 4, 2016) — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected the University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) for a five-year renewal of its United States-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) grant. CERC was created in 2009 by DOE, the China Ministry of Science and Technology and the China National Energy Administration to facilitate joint research and development on clean energy by teams of scientists and engineers from the U.S. and China.

 

The DOE grant totals $2.4 million over five years and will support CAER efforts to develop advanced coal technologies. Kunlei Liu will serve as UK’s principal investigator, along with his co-investigators Mark Crocker and Don Challman. Liu, an advanced combustion and pollution control expert, and Crocker, a leader in utilizing algae to mitigate CO2, will each serve as technical leads for specific research areas, while Challman serves on the U.S. Steering Committee and on the bilateral U.S.-China Intellectual Property Experts Working Group.

 

"CAER is a global leader in developing carbon capture and storage technologies," UK President Eli Capilouto said. "This grant will help advance promising research and development in this area, as UK CAER and its industry partners in Kentucky, across the nation and throughout the world seek sustainable energy solutions."

 

UK CAER is a founding member of CERC’s Advanced Coal Technologies Consortium, led by West Virginia University and also including the University of Wyoming and Washington University in Saint Louis; geological surveys (Wyoming and Indiana); national laboratories (Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos and the National Energy Technology Lab); leading non-government organizations working in China on carbon capture and storage and clean energy development (World Resource Institute and U.S.-China Clean Energy Forum); and various industrial sponsors. The consortium’s purpose is to advance American and Chinese leadership and collaboration in advanced coal technologies, particularly as directed to carbon capture and utilization, advanced combustions systems and geological sequestration.

 

"This grant will help maintain UK CAER's international leadership in developing and advancing carbon capture technologies," said Rodney Andrews, director of the UK CAER. "The development of proven and economical clean coal technologies is crucial to sustaining economic and community development and improved quality of life in Kentucky and in communities throughout the world."

 

 

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 Design Exhibition Showcases Students' Talents

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 17:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Design (CoD) will close the academic year with its seventh End of Year Show highlighting a year's worth of achievement by students studying architecturehistoric preservation and interiors. The exhibition of work from 2015-16 will run from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Pence Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

 

This annual exhibition showcases the innovative research, design and partnerships taking place at CoD through the work of the most noteworthy studios. Studios presented in the show are revolutionizing design solutions for problems experienced on a global level and even more locally within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

As part of the celebration of the students' accomplishments, music and food will be provided.  

 

 

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 College of Education Welcomes Breckinridge Elementary Students

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 17:11

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2016) — University of Kentucky College of Education students stood in front of Dickey Hall last week holding signs welcoming 125 third graders from Breckinridge Elementary to the UK campus.

 

The elementary education majors had been preparing for Breckinridge’s visit since the beginning of the semester. UK literacy methods instructors Mary Shake and Joni Meade consulted with Breckinridge third-grade teachers and Principal Michael Price to determine the broad areas they would be addressing in science and social studies at the end of April. UK students then began planning literacy intense instructional units with either a science or social studies content focus that would align with instructional standards and ongoing classroom curricula.

 

As the project developed, mathematics methods instructors Cindy Jong and Lisa Amick became involved, working with the university students to also plan mathematics activities for the Breckinridge students.

 

“This type of partnership is beneficial to all parties,” said Mary Shake, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. “We believe it is extremely important for elementary students to experience the university, as this helps set their goals toward higher education. This experience is also integral to our teacher candidates’ learning. It allows teacher candidates to bring to life a project that is in depth and multifaceted. This hand-on, minds-on experience could not happen without our elementary school partners.”

 

 

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From LA to UK: Professional Violinist Orchestrates New Career in Law

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 16:35

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2016) — Intricate patterns of notes and rhythms coming together to form a beautiful piece of music isn't magic — it's an amazing analytical framework, according to Chris Stewart.

 

And to study and practice music means to critically analyze and think creatively to conquer new challenges. So when people ask Stewart how he made the transition from being a professional violinist in Los Angeles to studying law at the University of Kentucky, it's not hard for him to connect the dots.

 

"When I took the LSAT, I did logic games and these games had multiple factors you had to keep in mind with certain rules," said Stewart, a graduate of the California Institute for the Arts and a May 2016 graduate of the UK College of Law. "I assigned each of them a note in my head and let them build a chord so that I wouldn't forget them."

 

The Owensboro, Kentucky, native was known for his versatility with the violin — bluegrass, reggae, Eastern European — and "even used an electric violin and pedal board to create music for an award-winning zombie movie."  But after becoming disgruntled with the music industry in LA, he knew it was time to rekindle some old loves — political science, government and law.

 

"I was always aware and concerned with social justice issues," he said. "To become the best advocate I possibly could, I knew legal education was the best way to go."

 

What he didn't know was where to start that journey. He applied to numerous schools, but it was an act of Franklin Runge, faculty services librarian and then interim director of admissions, that made UK stand out among the rest. Before sending an acceptance letter to Stewart, Runge remembered what Stewart noted in his application essay — he is blind.

 

So instead of mailing the letter, Runge called Stewart up and asked if he'd rather receive it by email, allowing screen reading software on his computer to read it aloud to him.

 

"That kind of personal attention and attention to detail was huge," Stewart said.

 

"Legal training instills in you a sense of fairness and a desire to communicate clearly," Runge said. "In working with Chris, I wanted him to know that he will be part of the UK Law family, and that if he is willing to come here to learn, we are willing to do what it takes to make him successful. So many members of the faculty and administration stepped up during the summer before Chris’s arrival to ensure a smooth transition."

 

It was later at an event with the incoming fall class that Stewart and his wife, Emily, met Dean David Brennen.

 

“When I met Chris, I instantly knew he was the kind of person who turns obstacles into opportunities,” Dean Brennen said. “He has already made a lasting impact on the law school community, doing more for us during his time here than we could ever do for him.”

 

Stewart is accustomed to people asking to pet his trusted guide dog, Baron, and proceeding to pat Baron lightly on the head. He was quite surprised though when Dean Brennen descended to the floor for a full-on hug with Baron, wrapping his arms around the large, friendly English lab. 

 

"We drove away from that knowing UK was the place for me," Stewart said. "I've been treated better here by far than anywhere else; the decision was easy."

 

Since arriving at UK, Stewart has taken hold of every opportunity to mold himself into the advocate he yearns to be. In his last year, he has served as president and senior editor of the Election Law Society; co-president of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy student chapter at UK; and a member of the Kentucky Law Journal (KLJ), UK's flagship law review.

 

"But," Stewart said, "What is most important to me is that my example allows for future blind students to serve on KLJ."

 

In those roles he not only gained experience solving real world problems within the practice of law, but he also picked up practical skills in practicing law as a blind person. How to tell down to the letter and the punctuation mark that articles and briefs are exactly right; which words are italicized and which are bold — "those nit-picky, fine-point aspects of legal research and writing."

 

Using advanced screen reading software, going line by line and character by character, Stewart knows every detail of every character in documents he's worked on.

 

"I've been listening to this (screen reading software) since I was five or six years old, so I have it at such a fast speed that I can complete all this in the same amount of time as someone looking at the document," he said.

 

As for how he handled not only excelling in his courses but also extracurricular activities Stewart said he just became involved in things that interest him, such as election law and employment law. Plus, law school is really good at teaching time management.

 

"You learn a lot about how to make the most of your day," he said. "And if everything I had to do felt like work, putting in 12 to 14 hours a day would be a lot harder." 

 

Besides the invaluable practical experience and exposure to top-notch legal scholarship, Stewart has also had the opportunity to connect with blind students heading to law schools across the country. During his first year at UK Law, he joined a blind law mailing list and has since been part of a tight-knit network of blind college students, law students and lawyers.

 

"It's especially cool when a blind senior reaches out to me and then later I hear about them being accepted into law school," he said.

 

And when they do reach out, he often tells them "no one should ever think of their disability as a characteristic that defines them." But having said that, he encourages students to make sure they address their situation with prospective schools and explore which schools can meet their needs. He points to a UK Parking and Transportation Services pilot program that assists students with mobility issues and the Disability Resource Center as examples of support from UK. 

 

But perhaps the best support Stewart has received has been from his friends, his classmates.

 

"They have been absolutely incredible — any time I've needed anything or had an issue arise, there's always been a fellow student there to help," he said. "It's been an incredible blessing to be surrounded by so many thoughtful, intelligent and courteous people, and I will miss all of them terribly."

 

Runge said the class of 2016 is an interesting cast of characters that span political views, socioeconomic background, musical tastes and favorite restaurants.

 

"Chris (and Baron) are part of the constellation of amazing graduates," he said. "They are part of the UK Law family, and it will be fun in the years to come to catch up with Chris at alumni events and hear about his future triumphs in the profession."

 

What's next for Stewart, besides graduating with his law degree this Friday? A federal judicial clerkship, a prized position for graduating law students and a key stepping stone for a successful legal career. Stewart will work closely with a federal judge, learn the ins and outs of the judicial system and put his legal writing and research skills to work over the next two years.  

 

He'll be busy, to say the least. But he won't leave his music behind. He still plays every opportunity he gets, often with his wife Emily.  

 

"I've deconstructed judicial opinions that stood for a particular rule of law in the same way that I would deconstruct a symphony … I will always be a musician."

 

This week, UKNow is featuring stories about our May and August 2016 graduates who will participate in the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies this Sunday, May 8, at Rupp Arena. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the Graduate and Professional ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. More than 2,400 undergraduates and approximately 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate and professional degree candidates have been submitted to the UK Board of Trustees for approval. For more information, visit www.uky.edu/commencement

 

 

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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