See tomorrow: The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan Speaker Series

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) — A panel of experts with broad ranging views on politics and economics in Kentucky leads a panel discussion today as part of the University of Kentucky Strategic Plan’s "see tomorrow Speaker Series.”

The speaker forum on state legislative issues and their impact on the University of Kentucky takes place today from 9:30-10:30 a.m in the Athletics Association Auditorium of the William T. Young Library on the UK campus. UK each year receives about $280 million in state appropriations for its work in education, research, service and health care. Like most public institutions across the country, in the wake of the 2008 recession, UK has sustained several years of budget cuts at the state level. Since 2008, UK’s state appropriations have been reduced on a recurring basis by $55 million.

The expert speaker panel to discuss current prospects and the future of UK-state relations includes:
  • Stephen Byars, assistant vice president for government relations at the University of Kentucky, Byars directs all of UK’s government relations efforts at the local state levels. He has held similar positions with ALLTELL and Columbia Gas.
  • Merl Hackbart is interim director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor of Finance and Public Administration. Among many leadership positions at UK and in state government, Hackbart has served twice as Budget Director for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of Kentucky. 
  • William Hoyt, chair, Department of Economics and Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics, specializes in public economics and microeconomics theory. He has been widely published and funded for his work in public tax policy.
  • Stephen Voss, associate professor of political science, An expert on voting behavior, political methodology and racial/ethnic politics, Voss is routinely quoted in newspapers and on television for his perspectives on state and national elections.

The speaker series started last year as a way to engage the campus community in a dialogue about the importance of various issues surrounding the Strategic Plan. Past speakers have included John Thelin, a UK educational policy studies professor; David Attis, a practice manager with the Education Advisory Board; Kathi Kern, director of the UK Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching; Robert Mock, UK’s vice president for Student Affairs; and Lisa Higgins Hord, UK’s assistant vice president for community engagement.

To learn more about the UK strategic plan and its development, go to:


Explore Leadership Workshops Help Students Grow as Leaders

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) - Leadership Exchange in the Office of Student Involvement is offering their Explore Leadership workshop series for students. These workships are designed to help students become better leaders on campus and in the community.


These interactive workshops will consist of leadership topics focused on personal development and individual leadership training. Dinner will be served at each workshop. Workshops will occur every other Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and are held in the Center for Student Involvement, 106 Student Center.


Students who attend four out of seven workshops will be entered to win one of two $50 prizes as well as receive an exclusive Leadership Exchange padfolio.


To register for the Explore workshops, visit


Topics for the Fall 2014 semester include:

  • September 2: Communication in Leadership
    • Guest Speaker: Shauna Prentice, Student Organizations & Involvement
  • September 16: Setting Attainable Goals
    • Presented by Leadership Exchange Ambassadors
  • September 30: Stress Management
    • Guest Speaker: Marie Hartke, Substance Education & Responsibility
  • October 14: Mission & Vision Driven Leadership
    • Presented by Leadership Exchange Ambassadors
  • October 28: Money Management
    • Guest Speaker: UKFCU
  • November 11: Finding Your Personal Motivation
    • Presented by Leadership Exchange Ambassadors
  • December 2: Understanding Diversity & Inclusion 
    • Presented by CATalyst, Student Peer Educator


MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

Campus Safety Awareness Month Kickoff Set for Sept. 11

Sat, 09/06/2014 - 12:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2014) — Recognizing September as a trifecta of preparedness, National Preparedness Month, Campus Fire Safety Month and Campus Safety Awareness Month, University of Kentucky Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness will host an event along with other university departments to engage students, staff and faculty on various issues related to overall safety and awareness, disaster preparedness, and crime prevention. 


The UK Campus Safety Awareness Month Kickoff will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Student Center Addition Patio.   During the event, participants will have the opportunity to interact with the following UK departments as they offer promotional giveaways, live demonstrations and provide resources to the campus community:


·         UK Police, Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness

·         UK Police, S.T.A.R.R. Women’s Self Defense Program

·         UK Police, Community Affairs Division

·         UK Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center

·         UK Fire Marshal

·         UK Department of Environmental Management

·         UK Department of Occupational Health and Safety

·         UK College of Public Health’s Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center


The 2014 Kickoff will showcase a fire extinguisher simulator; display items to include in a personal preparedness kit for your home, office or vehicle; demonstrate tactics from the Women’s Self Defense Program and opportunities to register for UK Alert.


UK Alert is one of the most important safety tools available to the entire campus community.  UK Alert is an emergency notification system designed for use only when an incident threatens the immediate health and safety of the campus community, such as the need to seek shelter or when there is a significant disruption to campus operations. All UK students, staff and faculty are registered in UK Alert via their official university e-mail address, a total of 58,007 users.  Of those registered, 55 percent have provided additional contact information, such as personal email addresses and mobile numbers in order to receive voice calls and/or text messages, to their accounts.  UK students, staff and faculty may access and update their UK Alert account via the myUK portal.  Parents, media, visitors, and other interested parties may register for UK Alert on a voluntary self-subscription basis by clicking the UK Alert registration and log in page.


The UK Campus Safety Awareness Month Kickoff will emphasize a variety of UK programs to encourage students, faculty and staff to stay more informed, aware and safe while on campus.

September is National Campus Fire Safety Month

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 19:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) — As safety is a priority for the University of Kentucky, its annual fire safety campaign is underway during the month of September, recognized on campuses around the country as National Campus Fire Safety Month -- now in its 10th year. 


UK's Fire Marshal's Office has already been in full swing conducting educational safety events on campus, with more scheduled.  From 10 a.m.–2 p.m.  Wednesday, Sept. 10, the Fire Marshal's Office will  have a fire demonstration using the UK Mobile Burn Trailer, give out free T-shirts, and conduct fire extinguisher training on the front lawn of the Main Building.  The Lexington Fire department will also be there. The actual burn demonstration is scheduled for 11:50 a.m. and offers a dramatic visual experience.


“We will set up a replica of a typical residence hall on campus using the same building construction and furniture (donated by UK Housing), and we introduce a small flame to it — letting it continue until it is free burning,” said UK Assistant Fire Marshal Jason Ellis. “The room is completely involved in fire in about three minutes, but the smoke produced form the fire makes the room untenable in about one minute. 


Ellis said the demonstration shows how quickly a dangerous situation can develop and stresses the importance of immediately responding to a fire alarm by evacuating the building. "Even with two fire stations on either side of our campus and an average response time  of four-five minutes, you are looking at a dangerous fire situation and a potential fatal situation if you do not respond and evacuate the building.”


The UK Fire Marshal’s Office  conducted a similar demonstration at Kirwan/Blanding complex  Sept. 3, using the mobile burn trailer. 


Tasked with the responsibility to maintain a fire safe campus at UK, the Fire Marshal’s Office actively pursues fire prevention and safety throughout the year.  The UK Fire Marshal’s office conducts fire safety training, evacuation and fire drills, and offers free fire extinguisher training for all UK and community constituents. 


“We have lost 166 people in college-related fires across the nation since January 2000,” Ellis said.  “September's National Campus Fire Safety Month is the springboard for our office to introduce new fire prevention training and fire safety programs throughout campus in an effort to prevent a fire incident from occurring.”


Twenty-four states have issued a proclamation in 2014 recognizing September as National Campus Fire Safety Month, including Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.  The Commonwealth is one of only a few states to have issued this proclamation every year since the project’s inception.


The UK Fire Marshal's Office is also responsible for fire and life safety inspections for all UK facilities, code enforcement, and plan review for all construction projects up to $1 million.  For more information about the office and its events, visit their website at  For the latest news, like them on Facebook and follow on twitter @ukfiremarshal.  For more information, contact Jason Ellis at and at 257-6326.


UK President Talks Changes on 'UK at the Half'

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 17:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto was the guest on the Aug. 30 broadcast of "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. University of Tennessee at Martin football game that was broadcast on the radio.


Capilouto talked briefly about the seven new residence halls that are being built on campus, defined UK's priorities related to student success, and discussed the importance of the work UK's research enterprise is doing in addressing today's issues.


"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.


To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button below. To view a transcript of the "UK at the Half" interview, click here

UK Education Abroad, ISA Offer New Diversity Scholarships

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) — In an effort to encourage education abroad participation for all students, University of Kentucky Education Abroad is now offering a unique opportunity for students who often opt out of this high-impact educational experience.  Diversity scholarships, which range between $2,500 and $5,000, are now available to UK students participating in approved programs through International Studies Abroad (ISA).


The scholarships are offered to qualified students who contribute to UK's overall interest in diversity.  This includes, but is not limited to: race or ethnic origin, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, and other characteristics. It may also include first generation students, students from low income families, students from rural Appalachian communities, and students with a history of overcoming adversity. 


Students are not required to have an education abroad program application in process before applying for the scholarships.  Rather, scholarships are awarded as vouchers to be used toward an ISA program of the recipient's choosing that begins within two calendar years of award date.


"We are delighted to be partnering with ISA to create our first scholarship for diverse students who for various reasons have been underrepresented in education abroad," said Tony Ogden, director of UK Education Abroad. "We are trying a very innovative approach with this scholarship.  My hope is that by awarding this scholarship early, we can encourage students who have traditionally self-selected out of education abroad to stay with us and use the voucher strategically to find a program ideally suited to their academic and career interests."


Recipients will be selected based on individualized assessments by the Education Abroad Diversity Scholarship Committee. In addition to the general application and required essay, factors considered include demonstrated academic success and financial need.  Awards are made one time only and are not negotiable.


"I went to El Salvador on a service learning trip, and it was one of my best experiences in my 4.5 years in undergrad," said Kahlil Baker, director of the UK Martin Luther King Center and member of the Education Abroad Diversity Scholarship Committee. "My hope for this scholarship is that students that don't necessarily see education abroad as an opportunity will see that they do have a choice, and there are resources here to help them gain that experience. I hope folks take advantage of it."


The application deadline for the spring 2015 cycle is Oct. 1. All applications should be submitted through the Education Abroad website at


"My hope is that others who are similarly committed to diversity will contribute to this new scholarship so that we can serve a greater number of UK students," said Ogden. 

Trombone Shorty Kicks Off Singletary Season with Supafunkrock

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:10



Trombone Shorty performing "Fire & Brimstone." A transcript of this video can be found hereVideo courtesy of artist. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts kicks off the 2014-2015 season with an artist inspired by such a unique blend of musical genres that he dubbed it a whole new sound - Supafunkrock. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


New Orleans native Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews is a rare artist who can draw both the unqualified respect of jazz legends and deliver a high-energy show capable of mesmerizing audiences worldwide. With an unprecedented mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, he had to create his own name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock. Andrews is the kind of player who comes along maybe once in a generation.


Andrews began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans, and upon high school graduation began touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz.


Currently, Trombone Shorty is the front man for his own ensemble, Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together, they have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated "Backatown," followed by "For True" in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, "Say That to Say This," was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans including a collaboration with funk legends, The Meters.


The popular musician has appeared in several episodes of HBO's "Treme," and has recently appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “Austin City Limits.” In 2012, Andrews performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with such music royalty as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones.  Most recently Trombone Shorty turned heads as a standout performer at the 2014 Grammy Awards.


In 2012, Andrews received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. In collaboration with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Trombone Shorty Foundation donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans.


Ticket prices are based on seating location and are $27 and $35 plus fees. Tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at, or in person at the SCFA ticket office.


A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;


UK Receives Designation Renewal for Excellence in Life Support

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 14:29

LEXINGTON, KY. (Sept. 9, 2014) — University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children's Hospital have received their second straight Excellence in Life Support designation from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) for neonatal, pediatric and adult patients. 


The center of excellence designation gives the University of Kentucky Medical Center national recognition for providing outstanding care in Extracorporeal Life Support. ELSO also selected UK as one of only five centers to be presented as a Center of Excellence Award Winner at this year's ELSO conference in Ann Arbor, Mich.  


The triple designation recognizes UK's commitment to using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support for inpatients of all ages experiencing acute failure of the cardiorespiratory system. This technology can make the difference between life or death for patients whose heart and/or lungs are so severely damaged that they can no longer function. 


Additionally, ECMO serves as a bridge to transplantation, allowing patients who are awaiting transplant to regain strength so they are physically able to undergo the complex surgery.


In 2013, UK supported 72 patients with a total of 14,185 hours of ECMO. UK began using ECMO in 1994, starting with neonatal patients before branching out to the pediatric and adult populations.


UK's adult ECMO team is led by Dr. Charles Hoopes, and the pediatric and neonatal ECMO team is led by Dr. Hubert Ballard. In order to provide this complex care, they are supported by teams from critical care medicine and pediatrics, neonatology, cardiothoracic surgery, pediatric surgery, perfusion, nursing, respiratory care and other ancillary services. This multidisciplinary team of UK HealthCare professionals collaborates to provide an outstanding level of care, underscoring the quality and commitment of the UK enterprise.


The Excellence in Life Support Award recognizes programs worldwide that distinguish themselves by having processes, procedures and systems in place that promote excellence and exceptional care in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. To earn the designation, programs must promote the mission, activities, and vision of ELSO; demonstrate their ability to provide outstanding patient care by using the highest quality measures, processes, and structures based upon evidence; and excel in training, education, collaboration, and communication that supports ELSO guidelines and contributes to a healing environment.

UK Breaks Ground on ‘The 90,’ New Dining, Student Support Facility

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto says UK’s chief priority every day is putting student success first.


Underscoring that commitment to students, Capilouto — along with UK Board Chairman Keith Gannon and other officials — broke ground Monday on “The 90” — an 80,000-square-foot facility that will open in Fall 2015 and house new dining facilities as well as multiple student support and academic enhancement areas. The $32 million building is part of a 15-year, nearly $250 million partnership between UK and Aramark, a global leader in food services.


As part of the partnership, Aramark is funding nearly $70 million in new and renovated facilities for dining services across the UK campus.


“Today is another day to celebrate the power of partnership and our commitment to ensuring student success in everything that we do,” Capilouto said. “In an era of constrained resources, our Board and our campus community have found innovative ways to continue to invest in our people and in the facilities that support their work and that of our students. This facility — focused on support for students in a number of creative ways — is a testament to our commitment and the partnership we have with Aramark to making high-quality dining central to building community.”


Dubbed “The 90” — a popular moniker among students describing the 90-degree angle that forms where Hilltop Avenue and Woodland Avenue intersect and where the building will be constructed — the new facility will include:

  • A 1,000 seat dining component with:
  • Kentucky Proud products,
  • sustainable design elements,
  • and the nation’s second on-campus Panera Bread Co. 
  • A home to Living and Learning support spaces including classrooms and faculty/staff offices
  • A home to the Food Connection, the new institute funded with a $5 million investment from Aramark to promote the study of Kentucky food in partnership with the College of Food, Agriculture and Environment


“We are proud to be a partner with the University of Kentucky in creating a world-class dining service and in collaborating with the university to create a campus community that fosters student success,” said Keith Bethel, executive vice president of growth at Aramark Higher Education. “This facility symbolizes our partnership. More importantly, it will expand the support we provide to students and help create a climate that improves student learning and faculty-student interactions.”




MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365;

Parking and Transportation Names Mike Scales as Associate Director

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) announces the selection of Mike Scales as associate director of parking services.  Scales began his tenure with PTS on Sept. 2.


As associate director of parking services, Scales is responsible for the university’s comprehensive parking permit program, management of the department’s information technology efforts, and oversight of the department’s customer service, public outreach and marketing and promotions initiatives.


“After in-depth conversations with Mike, glowing recommendations from his references and much deliberation, I am confident that Mike is the right fit and will be a tremendous addition to the PTS team,” said Director of Parking and Transportation Services Lance Broeking.


Scales, a CPA, comes to UK from the Kentucky Horse Park, where he worked for over 23 years. He most recently served as deputy executive director, leading a diverse array of divisions and functions, including budget planning and analysis, accounting, financial management, marketing, information technology, security, retail operations, event logistics, and purchasing,.


Prior to his time at the Kentucky Horse Park, Scales worked at Eskew & Gresham, PSC, in Lexington, where he served as senior accountant, and at Dresser Atlas Industries in Texas, where he was a field engineer.


Scales has bachelor’s degrees in geology from Michigan State University and in business (accounting) from the University of Texas, Permian Basin.


Scales’ wife, Joan, is also a UK employee, serving as supervisor of Psych-Oncology Services at the Markey Cancer Center. The couple has three children.


'Promise Made; Promise Kept': Enrollment Numbers Show Revitalization Working

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — Three years ago, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and the Board of Trustees embarked on a mission to strategically grow enrollment while undertaking a massive revitalization of the campus core.


In announcing preliminary numbers Friday that show UK has enrolled its largest, most diverse and academically prepared first-year class in its history, Capilouto said investments in that mission and on the campus are an example of a “promise made; promise kept” to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


“This board understood the need to grow our enrollment thoughtfully and strategically, to find new and innovative ways to invest in our students, faculty and staff, and to make tangible, concrete steps toward being one of the handful of premier residential public research campuses in America,” Capilouto said. “With this first-year class, and surrounded by some $1 billion of self-financed investment underway on our campus, we are making good on that plan and, in doing so, we are bucking national trends toward declining enrollment.”


Specifically, Capilouto said the preliminary first-year class of 5,188 students, up from 4,684 last year, is the third consecutive year of record growth at UK. UK, as a result, has crossed 30,000 students for the first time, according to preliminary numbers that won’t be final until the end of September. Highlights of the class and overall preliminary enrollment include:


  • Average ACT scores have increased to 25.5, up from 25.3 last year. The average high school GPA was 3.63.
  • 113 National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Finalists, up from a record 105 last year that placed UK among the Top 10 of public institutions
  • 10 first-year students with perfect ACT/SAT scores, up from 9 last year, and 2,402 first-year students with ACT/SATs of between 26 to 36.
  • 20,677 applied to UK — the first time applications exceeded 20,000. Applications are up 70 percent since 2009
  • Undergraduate African-American enrollment overall at 2,107; Hispanic enrollment at 849 and international enrollment at 807 reach new highs.
  • Number of students participating in new Living/Learning programs at 1,734, up from 960 last year
  • Resident/non-resident mix of 62 percent; 38 percent — a continuation of a planned growth in non-resident population to diversify the campus and help ensure that continued investments can be made in university faculty and staff
  • Total preliminary enrollment of 30,062


A link to a presentation about the enrollment figures can be found at:


Nationally, the numbers of traditional college-aged students is flat or declining. As a state, Kentucky is projected to have a decline of 5 percent to 15 percent in total high school graduates between 2008-2009 and 2019-2020, according to a study conducted by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education.


“Against this challenging backdrop, we are growing and thriving. It means that UK is increasingly the first choice for students in the region. At the same time, it is a remarkable thing to grow by several hundred students, while at the same time enhancing and growing quality in terms of academic preparedness and excellence,” Capilouto said. “That is attributable to so many people on our campus, including Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Don Witt and his remarkable team in enrollment management. They focus first on keeping the doors open widest for Kentuckians, but also on meeting the imperatives we have set forth to create a larger and more diverse class that enhances the life of our campus. That is critical for our campus. It’s important for Kentucky as well."



MEDIA CONTACT:  Jay Blanton, 859-699-0041;

Special Collections Learning Lab Looking for Interns

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) — University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center has announced the upcoming projects for this year’s Learning Lab internship. The Special Collections Learning Lab is a center of primary research, experiential learning, and training targeted to UK undergraduates in various disciplines who want to enhance their studies through training in archival methods and theory. Applications for fall and spring internships are due Sept. 19.


Interns with the Special Collections Learning Lab will be taught to arrange and describe rare or unique collections in their area of research interest, and enhance access to those collections through the broader academic community through creating guides, exhibits or transcriptions. Interns will also produce a final scholarly project, such as a poster, presentation or exhibit, reflecting on the impact the internship had on their research.


Interns will be expected to work five to 10 hours a week and will receive $8.80 per hour.


Students interested in internships with the Special Collections Learning Lab this fall or spring will have the opportunity to work with several collections related to such topics as local food; the architectural history of Lexington and the state; the Cakes and Ale Club; drug research, treatments and policy; papers from various historic Kentucky families; and the Amber Moon theater troupe.


A joint, multimedia processing project on local food, involving a minimum of two interns, will make collections related to Kentucky’s food history and culture more accessible through cataloging oral histories with UK's own OHMS technology and digitization of photos, cookbooks or other ephemera. Interns will gain experience in all of these areas, including arrangement and description of a collection, transcription and analysis of controlled vocabulary using Library of Congress subject headings. The project is largely designed to increase visibility through catalog access, and the interns will create a final multimedia exhibit pulling all of the formats together.


A second project, suited for individuals interested in STEM research, will make accessible a collection that highlights Lexington and Kentucky’s architectural history. Interns will process the Frankel and Curtis blueprints and papers. This project lends itself to integration of GIS technology and the student should also be prepared to put historical preservation into context locally. The intern will learn about conservation and will arrange and describe the collection, as well as digitize a sample of the collection. This project will also include analysis of a National Register of Historic Places application.


Another intern will get the opportunity to process a collection related to prominent Lexington lawyer Samuel M. Wilson, who founded the Cakes and Ale Club. The collection relates to lawyers, literature and dinner parties, but is relevant as a piece of local history. The intern will arrange, describe and preserve the collection and create a final project that links the collection Lexington’s history in a larger context.


The fourth project would compile and document from a variety of primary sources the history of Lexington’s “narcotics farm,” which treated and experimented on individuals with substance abuse issues from the early through mid-20th century. By gathering the primary source material from existing UK collections and other repositories, the intern would create a hidden collection that reveals much about the history of drug treatment and policy in the United States.


Papers from the Faulconer, Johnstone, Shelby, Tevis and Potter families are the subject of another project at the Special Collections Learning Lab. Using papers from a larger collection of documenting Kentucky history on such topics as the hemp industry, Southern economics, slave records and genealogy, interns will process collections and digitize elements for the ExploreUK repository making it accessible online to the public.


The last project will focus on Amber Moon scrapbooks. Interns would, after consulting with the libraries’ conservationist and Digital Library Services, preserve two scrapbooks from the local Lexington theater troupe and digitize elements of the collection. The troupe, which was established in 1977, was centered on women’s cultural arts performances, including some from the LGBTQ community. This collection will help round out history and documentation of progressive women’s issues in Lexington as they mirrored national cultural trends.


Interested applicants in the Special Collections Learning Lab internship are encouraged to submit a completed application form, found on the lab’s website at, with cover letter, resume/CV, and one faculty reference by Friday, Sept. 19, to: Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of Special Collections,  University of Kentucky Libraries, Margaret I. King Building, Lexington, KY, 40506-0039. To email an internship packet, send materials to


UK 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 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center and the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection. The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;



WUKY Offers New Program Options

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 20:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014)WUKY, the University of Kentucky NPR station, is giving listeners new options for discovering some exciting programming. Starting Sept. 8, WUKY listeners will be able to hear:


·         Mondays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 a.m.:      

"TED Radio Hour" – Host Guy Raz presents the best from the legendary TED Talks, with interviews with some of the most innovative minds around.

·         Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 8 p.m.: 

"State of the Re: Union" – Al Letson, winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, takes you on a journey to the new Americana, and asks the question “What makes community?”

·         Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.: 

"This American Life" – Iconic host Ira Glass brings you stories and reporting in his unique and inimitable style.  It’s a style that makes him one of the most recognizable figures in modern media.

·         Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at noon:  

"Radiolab" – Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich explore science and wonder in a fascinating hour.

·         Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 7 a.m.: 

"Latino USA" – Producer and host Maria Hinojosa takes a look at issues affecting the increasing Latino and Hispanic communities in America.


WUKY moves "Fresh Air" to HD 2, the station’s all news/talk channel, to make room for this block of the most innovative and energetic programming in public radio.  With advances in new technology and the rise of HD radio and Wi-Fi being installed in new cars, listeners have more options to listen and discover new and interesting programs.


HD 3 will continue to offer the best in jazz from Jazz24, all day – everyday.


Please call 859-257-3221 or email with questions about the new schedule and listening options.

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Talks to Author Sarah Combs

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:28

LEXINGTON, Ky.(Sept. 5, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's guest host is Julie Wren, director of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference.  Her guest is Sarah Combs, a featured author at the conference taking place Sept. 11-14 in Lexington. 


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

BLOG: College of Nursing Dean on Passing of College's Founding Dean

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 19:07

Following is a blog from University of Kentucky College of Nursing Dean Janie Heath


Sept. 5, 2014


Dear Friends of the UK College of Nursing,


“A dream shared by many!” During the college’s 40th Anniversary celebration, this is what an excited Dr. Marcia A. Dake, the College of Nursing’s founding dean, recalled about the opening of the College. Indeed, the College has been a dream shared by many faculty, staff, students, deans, alumni and friends over the past 56 years. So it is with a deep sense of pride but also sadness that I write of Dr. Dake’s passing.


Her love of nursing began in high school where she assisted the high school nurse. Her education would follow the traditional nurse training path with a hospital diploma, after which she then entered the Army Nurse Corp in WWII.  After the war, she completed her bachelor’s degree in public health nursing from Syracuse University and her master’s in education from Teacher’s College.  A National League of Nurses fellowship allowed her to earn a PhD in education at Teacher’s College.


 Dr. Carolyn Williams, dean emeritus of the College of Nursing, commented on Dr. Dake’s legacy. “Dr. Marcia Dake, nurse, educator and leader was a remarkable woman. She not only was the first dean of the College of Nursing (and the youngest dean of a nursing school at that time), she actually ‘built the college from scratch,’ hired the first faculty members, worked with them on designing the curriculum, and led them in planning for the first class of students, which began the nursing program in 1960.”


Those early years were a challenge for the dean in recruiting appropriately prepared faculty and developing a baccalaureate program in nursing which would be very different from traditional hospital diploma programs. The work paid off when the College earned its first accreditation in May 1965, which Dr. Dake said was indeed “a day of celebration.” By 1970, she and the faculty had earned approval for graduate education and welcomed the first class of master’s students.


In 1972, Dr. Dake left the University to become director of education for the American Nurses Association. Her nursing career later took her to a position at the American Red Cross and then she ended it by going full circle with another appointment as a founding dean of nursing at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.


To honor Dr. Dake’s numerous contributions to our College and to the profession of nursing, the College’s first endowed professorship, made possible by the generosity of Linda and Jack Gill, was named in her honor.



Since her passing, I have been most fortunate to have had a number of fascinating conversations about Dr. Dake with faculty, alumni and staff in which they shared some of their recollections of the College’s first days as well as her absolute delight in the growth of the College’s programs and her faith in and commitment to its future.


Indeed, Dr. Dake was an amazing woman who was able to take that “dream shared by many” and forge it into reality - a reality that we continue to grow and strengthen today. We will be forever grateful for her leadership.


Janie Heath

Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing

University of Kentucky College of Nursing


'see blue.' Lights on This Evening in Honor of Gatton Donation

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — The "see blue." lights on top of several residence halls and across campus will be shining brightly again this evening.


The reason: UK Thursday announced the largest donation in its nearly 150-year history — a $20 million contribution by alum and Trustee Bill Gatton toward the $175 million construction and expansion of a 330,000 square-foot Student Center.


The announcement was made during a news conference in the Frank H. Harris Grand Ballroom of the Student Center this morning.


Gatton has contributed more than $40 million to UK in total, including for the naming of the Gatton College of Business and Economics.


The blue lights will be on tonight on Cental Hall 1 and 2, Haggin and Woodland Glen 1. The lights are turned on for special occasions, from athletics victories to academic achievements.



New Faculty Inspired by Creative Writing Program

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) — There are many parallels between initiating a program and starting a novel, poem or story. Those creative possibilities inspired the University of Kentucky’s creative writing faculty. For Andrew Ewell, a new assistant professor in UK’s Department of English, “beginning projects is exciting because you can go anywhere with it, but it’s also daunting because you haven’t yet gone, but I like being in the middle of things when it’s always tugging at the back of my mind.”


But no one involved in establishing the Department of English’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing Program seems daunted by the newness of the program; their collective enthusiasm overrides everything else in these first days of the program’s first semester.


The new faculty ‒ assistant professors Ewell, Manuel Gonzales, DaMaris Hill, and Hannah Pittard ‒ all have a common specialization in fiction-writing, but Ewell and Gonzales also write some creative nonfiction, and Hill is a poet and playwright as well. Talking about being a part of the new program, Ewell said, “I think everyone’s excited to be on the ground floor to see what’s next and to have a guiding hand in the full establishment of this program.”


Some of them met for the first time only a few weeks ago, but it’s clear that the faculty in the department’s new MFA program have already become a community.


“The final approvals for the MFA,” Gonzales explained, “didn’t come through from the university until February or March,” a process that began in earnest in 2011, when poet and associate professor Julia Johnson arrived at UK as director of the Creative Writing Program. “There’s always been talk of an MFA because there’s always been great creative writing faculty here,” she said.


For Jeff Clymer, chair of the Department of English, this is “a propitious time, since demand for creative writing courses and degrees has never been stronger. My goal is for the MFA to honor the long history of stellar creative writing at UK while quickly establishing itself as a premier national program,” he said.


Poets and writers of fiction as well as nonfiction ‒ like Wendell Berry, James Barker Hall, Percival Everett, Bobbie Ann Mason, Nikki Finney, Gurney Norman, Julia Johnson, Erik Reece and Frank X Walker ‒ are among the celebrated authors who have been or currently are creative writing faculty at UK. Norman, Walker, Reece and Johnson will be actively involved in the MFA, while Janet Eldred, long-time faculty member of the department, will also teach non-fiction in the MFA program.


Instrumental to marshaling the program from idea to implementation were Department Chair Jeff Clymer and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Mark Kornbluh. Both, Johnson remembers, were “unfailingly supportive. You have to have all of the parts supporting the endeavor. If you don’t have a lot of support, it’s just not going to happen.”


DaMaris Hill, who has a joint appointment in English and African American and Africana Studies, came to UK in 2013 during the final stages of the approval process. “There was no doubt in my mind that the program was going to be,” she said.


After the MFA program was officially approved, it was time to select the first class of students. Ewell, Hill, Gonzales, and Pittard participated in reading applicants’ portfolios in the spring of 2014, most of them remotely. “It was fun talking over email or over text with each other about what we thought and the choices we were thinking about making,” Gonzales recalled.


Even though the program had just gotten off the ground, Pittard said, “I was really, truly blown away by what we had” in that first applicant pool, adding “I can’t wait to see the way their writing will change and morph and go from the already great writing to something even better. I’m very excited.”


Everyone expects to see the applicant pool to get bigger every year. All four of the new fiction faculty writers see themselves as significant to that process.  “It takes time, networking, going to AWP (the Associated Writing Programs’ national conference),” Ewell said, to spread the word about the program. “And we have big mouths, in the best way possible,” remarked Pittard, laughing. She added, “I feel like the expression, ‘getting in someone’s face’ has so many negative connotations, but it’s about letting people know that we’re here and we’re excited.” Clymer believes the program will be nationally ranked before too long, “given the strong buzz about the MFA, the award-winning writers we already have here, and the stunning new talent that we’ve just brought on board,” he said.


Gonzales remarked, “I feel like there are only going to be good things that come out of it, even in the beginning, even as we stumble through figuring out the structure and the protocol of the MFA program. There’s really so much interesting talent in this department. The students and the faculty will all benefit even in this first year.”


As she thought about the faculty as a foundation for the program, Pittard said, “We’re all enthusiastic, and we all love writing, and it seems like we all genuinely love teaching, so that to me seems like the right recipe for a strong program.”


When asked what her hopes were for the UK Creative Writing Program in the UK English Department Hill,, remarked that she doesn’t want to impose her own expectations on the program; instead, she wants “to give the program the opportunity to bloom, like a wild flower.” Both the faculty and the students will participate in making it bloom, as Hill put it.


One of the ways the students and the program will continue to grow is by putting “students in dialog with active and successful writers” while working on their master’s, as Pittard stated.


In fact, Johnson is committed to bringing national and international writers to UK as part of a visiting writers series (beginning with readings by noted authors Jill McCorkle and Roxane Gay this fall).


Judging from the current and forthcoming projects of Ewell, Gonzales, Hill, Pittard and the others, the UK Creative Writing Program offers several models of active writers for students.


Hill admitted, “I just can’t stop writing.” She is participating in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference is summer and was a writer for a production of the Urban Bush Women in New Orleans. She is currently finishing a novel.


The American Scholar recently published one of Pittard’s short stories and her second novel “Reunion” will be released in October 2014. She is confident that “being at UK will allow me to actually get started on a novel that I’ve been thinking about for a long time but it’s a big novel and it’s a big idea.”


Andrew Ewell looks forward to finalizing revisions on one novel and then focusing on another that he’s already begun working on. Of course, as he noted, “It all depends on the publishing industry.”


Manuel Gonzales explained, “I swing back and forth between the novel and short stories. I just enjoy creating stuff.” He’s finishing a novel that will be published by Riverhead, the same house that published his 2013 collection of short stories.


All four faculty are exploring avenues for collaboration with each other ‒ readings, conference presentations, curricula ‒ so there’s sure to be even more exciting things ahead for this vibrant, creative group. 


MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,



Outbound South Upper Street Blocked

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — Lexington Police are responding to a suspicious package at Arby’s on South Limestone.  


Outbound South Upper Street is blocked at Scott Street. Traffic is impacted between Bolivar and Virginia Avenue along South Limestone. 


UK employees and students parked in Structure 5 should exit on the Limestone Street side of the garage.  Those parked in the UK lot on Scott Street should exit on South Broadway. 


Please avoid the area.

Coping with Suicide Loss: You're Not Alone

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:55


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) — If you're grieving after a loved one died by suicide or attempted suicide, you don't have to suffer alone.


Many of us personally know someone who has died by or attempted suicide, but we don't really talk about it - suicide is scary, confusing, and stigmatized. The recent death of Robin Williams is a tragic reminder that mental illness and suicide don't discriminate, and that the grief associated with suicide loss is both sadly common and uniquely difficult to process.


Each year, approximately 39,000 Americans die by suicide. To put this into perspective, this is about the same number of Americans who die from breast cancer (about 40,000) and more than double the number are murdered (about 16,000). 


In Kentucky, more than 650 lives are lost every year to suicide, which is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 years olds. A recent survey showed almost half of Kentuckians knew someone who had died by suicide. 


Talking about your loss and your emotions can help you process what you're experiencing and can also help prevent future deaths by reducing stigma and offering hope and healing to the countless others who are affected by suicide.


Here are some things to keep in mind about coping with suicide loss:

  • You don't have to suffer alone! More people than you know have experienced personal loss from suicide, and virtually everyone is exposed to celebrity deaths by suicide.


  • If you're exposed to suicide - either personally or distantly--you can feel a range of emotions including shock, confusion, anger, sadness, guilt, and even relief. You can also experience psychological problems from the trauma, including sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression. These reactions usually go away with time, but if your problems continue for more than a few weeks, talk to a trusted health care professional.
  • Exposure to suicide increases the likelihood of someone attempting or dying by suicide himself or herself. It's important to take care of yourself.
  • Only about 20 percent of people who die by suicide leave notes.  Just because there isn’t a note, doesn’t mean it wasn’t suicide.


Dr. Julie Cerel is a psychologist and associate professor in the UK College of Social Work and currently serves as Board Chair of the American Association of Suicidology.



MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell,


ACE Sisters Land Roles in Broadway's 'Matilda,' 'Annie' National Tour

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:28


Brooklyn Shuck sings "Name in Lights" from "The Boy From Oz "at "Songs for Story Shifters."  A transcript of this video can be found here.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — Two of the University of Kentucky's youngest stars are demonstrating the talents they honed as part of UK Opera Theatre's Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE) in major musical roles. Brooklyn Shuck, who previously starred in "Annie: The Musical" on Broadway, landed one of the four alternating title roles in "Matilda The Musical" on the Great White Way. Her sister, Sydney Shuck, will step into her shoes taking the role of Kate in the national tour of "Annie."


On Aug. 31, Brooklyn took the stage as Matilda. The 9-year-old rotates in the title role of Matilda created by novelist Roald Dahl. A Tony award-winning musical, "Matilda" is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, the youngster dares to take a stand and change her destiny.


Brooklyn first performed on Broadway in 2013, starting as a swing portraying various orphans in "Annie." That summer, she moved up to take over the role of Kate in the Tony award-winning show.


Sydney will take on the role of Kate starting Sept. 26, as "Annie" begins its national tour in Detroit, Michigan. The 11-year-old will use her versatile talents to portray the next-to-youngest orphan of the six orphans in the popular musical's cast. Together the group led by Annie comprises a gritty, ‘unloved’ and vulnerable group of young girls.  


After showing special dancing talents at a very early age, Brooklyn and Sydney joined the ACE program at UK, which promotes a well-rounded and balanced approach to arts training that focuses on both individual development and teamwork. At ACE, the sisters were able to hone their dancing skills, as well as study voice and acting. While the program maintains a fun atmosphere that reflects the joy of live performance, it also strives for professional-level standards and intends to train children and youth for potential careers in the performing arts, from triple threat performers in musical theatre to actor-singers in opera and beyond.


During Brooklyn's time studying with ACE, she appeared in several productions including UK Opera Theatre's town-and-gown musical revue, "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" and at the annual holiday sing-along concert "Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song," where Brooklyn was the lead vocalist on “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” During Sydney's time with ACE, she appeared in "Seussical the Musical."


Brooklyn and Sydney are the daughters of Angie and T.G. Shuck, of Lexington.


To find out more about Brooklyn or follow her experience on Broadway visit her website,; like her fan page on Facebook at; or follow her on Twitter at


ACE is an outreach program of UK Opera Theatre in the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, theory and music history.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;