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UK School of Interiors Ranked in Top 5 Regional Programs

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 10:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2015) — University of Kentucky’s School of Interiors was recently ranked in "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" survey as one of the top five interior design schools in the South for its graduate program by DesignIntelligence. The “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” survey is conducted annually by DesignIntelligence on behalf of the Design Futures Council. The research ranks undergraduate and graduate programs from the perspective of leading practitioners.


"We could not be more honored to be included on this list with such esteemed regional programs in our field of interior design," said Patrick Lee Lucas, director of the School of Interiors at the UK College of Design. "We provide a rich and rewarding experience for our graduate students, and to receive this acknowledgement of our efforts at engagement and design thinking is truly humbling."


For more than 15 years, "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" from DesignIntelligence has been the definitive school ranking in four key disciplines: architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and industrial design.


"For our School of Interiors to be ranked among the elite programs in the South is a true honor of distinction for us," said Mitzi Vernon, dean of the UK College of Design. "This serves as an impetus to guide us our efforts in advancing the college even further."


The rankings were based on responses from 2,237 U.S. firms and organizations employing architecture, design, and landscape architecture professionals participated in this year’s research.


DesignIntelligence is the Design Futures Council’s bi-monthly report on the future, delivering original research, insightful commentary and instructive best practices on such things as emerging trends and management practices.


The Design Futures Council is an interdisciplinary network of design, product and construction leaders exploring global trends, challenges and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of the industry and environment. Members include leading architecture and design firms, dynamic manufacturers, service providers and forward-thinking AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) firms of all sizes that take an active interest in their future.


For more information on the UK School of Interiors or UK College of Design, contact 859-257-7617.



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Stroke is a "Woman's Disease"

Fri, 12/04/2015 - 09:16

This column appeared in the Dec. 6, 2015 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2015) — Commonly thought of as a problem primarily affecting older men, stroke is a woman’s disease.  Approximately 60 percent of deaths related to stroke in the United States occur in women, and the lifetime risk of stroke is higher in women (about one in five) compared to men (about one in six) for those aged 55 to 75 years. The good news is that stroke can often be prevented.



Although men and women have several modifiable stroke risk factors in common such as high blood pressure (normal less than 120/80 mmHg), diabetes, cigarette smoking, overweight-obesity, atrial fibrillation (an irregular beating of the upper chambers of the heart), excessive alcohol consumption, poor diet or lack of regular exercise,  several risk factors are unique to women.


Stroke risk can be increased during pregnancy, in part leading to a higher stroke risk among women of childbearing age compared to similarly aged men.  Migraine with aura (neurologic symptoms such as seeing sparkling or zigzag lights) is also associated with a higher stroke risk, particularly among women who smoke or use oral contraceptives.  Women who have had eclampsia or pre-eclampsia associated with pregnancy (high blood pressure, protein in the urine, and in the case of eclampsia, seizures) are at increased risk of stroke up to 30 years later.


What can women do to reduce their stroke risk?

-       Follow a healthy diet such as the DASH or Mediterranean diet.

-       Get regular exercise such as walking at a brisk but comfortable pace for 20-30 minutes most days of the week.

-       No more than one alcoholic drink per day (no alcohol during pregnancy)

-       Don’t smoke and avoid exposure to tobacco smoke

-       Have your blood pressure checked regularly


In addition, talk to your health care provider about reducing your stroke risk if you:

-       Have migraine, particularly migraine with aura

-       Have ever had eclampsia or pre-eclampsia


Memorize some common stroke symptoms using the FAST acronym:

-       Facial droop

-       Arm weakness

-       Speech slurring

-       Time call 911 – Stroke is frequently preventable and treatable, but you need to get help quickly


Larry B. Goldstein, MD, FAAN, FANA, FAHA, is the Ruth L Works Professor and Chairman of the UK Department of Neurology and Co-Director, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.



Two UK Football Wildcats Named Academic All-American

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 18:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2015)  University of Kentucky Football senior punter Landon Foster has been selected as a first-team Academic All-American and senior offensive tackle Jordan Swindle was tabbed second-team, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors Association on Thursday, Dec. 3.


Foster, a second-team selection in 2014, and Swindle are the 18th players in Kentucky history to earn Academic All-America honors. Foster is the fourth Kentucky player to earn Academic All-America honors in multiple seasons, joining Greg Lahr (1989, 1991), Hayden Lane (2005-06) and Tim Masthay (2007-08).


A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Foster sports a 3.97 cumulative GPA as a double major in marketing and finance. Swindle, a native of St. John’s, Florida, owns a 3.91 GPA as a kinesiology major.


Foster has earned a bevy of honors for his work off the field throughout the community. He is a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, given to the nation’s top community servant. He was a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top scholar-athlete, and is one of 22 student-athletes named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.


On the field, Foster concluded the 2015 regular season with a 40.3 yard average on 61 punts. He concludes his career with 256 punts for 10,693 yards, including 69 punts downed inside the 20-yard line, for a 41.8 yard average. He ranks as the UK record holder in punts and yards, also ranking fifth in SEC history in punting yards, and fourth in punts.


Swindle, a two-time member of the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll, played in 45 games with 35 starts in his career. He saw action in 11 games as a reserve in 2012 during his freshman campaign, before starting his last three seasons.




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John Grove Named Director of UK Ag's Princeton Center

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 18:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2015) — A soil scientist in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is the new director of UK’s Research and Education Center in Princeton. John Grove assumed the leadership position Dec. 1.


The position includes oversight of all the center’s facilities and equipment, long-term planning and programming and represents the interests of the center to stakeholders. In addition to leading the center, Grove will continue his research on the chemical and physical management of agronomic soils.


“As a longtime faculty member in the college, John Grove understands the unique role the UKREC fulfills in the state’s farming community and is highly qualified to step into this leadership role,” said Rick Bennett, associate dean for research and director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station.


A native of southern Michigan, Grove received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. He earned his doctorate at the University of Georgia in 1980. He has been on the UK faculty since 1981, with research and teaching responsibilities. While he has been based out of UK’s main campus in Lexington, Grove has conducted research at the UK Research Farm in Princeton since 1986.


“I’m looking forward to the new responsibilities and working with folks at the station and stakeholders who use the center as their information resource,” Grove said.


He replaced Lloyd Murdock, who was serving as interim director.




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UK Ag Economists: Ky. Ag Economy Slumped in 2015

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 17:50

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2015) — Kentucky agricultural cash receipts in 2015 are projected to be off 8 percent from last year’s record high, falling to $6 billion — still the third highest on record. On the national front, the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects cash receipts are down 10 percent from 2014. The outlook for 2016 remains depressed.


"One of the major contributing factors to a slumping U.S./Kentucky ag economy is the decline in ag exports responding to the strengthening U.S. dollar, weak overseas economies, and mounting crop and livestock supplies," said Will Snell, extension professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics.


Snell and other UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment faculty, including Kenny Burdine, Todd Davis and Tim Woods, all from the Department of Agricultural Economics, Jeff Stringer, from the Department of Forestry, and Kentucky Farm Business Management Program coordinator Jerry Pierce, shared their agricultural economic outlook for 2016 and an overview of 2015 during the Kentucky Farm Bureau 96th annual meeting Thursday, Dec. 3, in Louisville.


Though Kentucky crop and livestock receipts are expected to decline 16 and 3 percent, respectively, in 2015, other factors managed to slightly counterbalance the weakened markets.


“Record high grain yields and strong spring/summer cattle prices, coupled with solid poultry and equine sector figures, helped partially offset depressed fall cattle and grain prices, as well as falling tobacco revenues,” Snell said.


Tobacco acreage was down, as were yields. This was the first year without tobacco buyout payments.


Though the cash receipts are often touted, Snell said net income levels are a more accurate reflection of the Commonwealth’s agricultural economy.


According to UK’s estimates, Kentucky net cash income likely will dip below $2 billion in 2015 and approach the 2010-2012 average of $1.4 billion in 2016. The state’s net cash income peaked at $2.75 billion in 2013, before slipping to $2.5 billion in 2014. Declining cash receipts coupled with the end of tobacco buyout payments are the major cause for the projected decline this year and next.


“The bottom line is, after several great, great years, 2015 and 2016 will be a challenge with net income plummeting,” Snell said. “Hopefully, farmers put away some of their profits from previous years to weather the current downturn in the ag economy.”


Kentucky continues to be livestock-dependent. Poultry remains the top agriculture enterprise with 22 percent of projected 2015 sales, followed by equine and cattle, each with 16 percent projected sales, and soybeans and corn at 13 percent sales.


A growing calf crop, lower exports, increased slaughter weights and competition from lower-priced meats forced fall calf prices to decline $50 to $70 per cwt from last fall. Burdine said it’s likely calf markets will improve seasonally into spring 2016, but the overall downward trend will continue as the beef herd grows.


The poultry sector continues to grow, with production expanding in 2016 despite declining exports.


Hog prices took a dive, dropping more than 30 percent from 2014 as supply increased by 7 percent.


The equine market held the gains it made the last few years, with the 2015 September yearling and November breeding stock sales slightly higher. There are indications that stud fees will increase in 2016.


After a post-buyout high of $448 million in 2014, the value of Kentucky tobacco production likely will fall below $350 million this year and next. Globally, there will be an improved balance between supply and demand in 2016 that may minimize any changes in 2016 burley contract volumes.


2015 was a boom year for grain yields. Davis projected U.S. ending corn stocks at 1.76 billion bushels, the largest since 2005-2006. The U.S. marketing-year average price of $3.65 is only 20 percent above the marketing-year average price in 2005-2006, with inputs, machinery and land costs increasing by more than 20 percent over the past 10 years, resulting in tighter profit margins in 2015.


U.S. ending stocks for soybeans are projected to be 465 million bushels, which are the largest since 2006-2007 and 274 million more than last year.


The cool, wet summer contributed to modest increases in produce sales in 2015, which Woods projected to be $40 million.


As the economy continues to recover and the housing market and retail economy improves, greenhouse and nursery sales, hardwood sawlog and mill production should see moderate upward trajectories in 2016. Stringer said the boom in the bourbon whiskey industry and the subsequent increased need for barrels will produce a seller’s market for landowners with quality white oak in 2016.


A copy of the outlook publication including information on individual farm sectors can be found at




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UK Venture Studio Hosts 'Boot Camp' Final

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 17:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2015) — The UK Venture Studio, which is a part of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship in the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, is hosting the finals of its "Boot Camp" competition today (Friday, Dec. 4) in Room 124 of the new Gatton College building.


The Final Pitch event for aspiring entrepreneurs from across campus will feature two groups of five teams each — Group One will compete beginning at 10 o'clock this morning, continuing until about 2 p.m., including a break for lunch. Group Two will make their pitches beginning at 4 p.m. and should conclude by approximately 6:30 p.m.


Each of the members of the entrepreneurial teams, comprising students and faculty, will make a 10-minute pitch to a panel of judges, then will hear feedback on their presentations and field questions.


A number of different UK colleges and units are represented in the competition: Agriculture, Food and Environment; the Gatton College; Communication and Information; Dentistry; Engineering; Medicine; Pharmacy; and the Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER).


Business projects range from 3-D scanning of the lower leg to precisely fit horse riding boots, to a new mobile app that enables a fitness-minded person to find other workout partners in your area, to a new way to test perfume samples and several other creative ideas.


The winning team from each group will receive a prize of $300. Students completing Boot Camp will receive signed certificates from Gatton College Dean David W. Blackwell.


Here is the schedule:

Group 1: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. --

10 a.m. “Serandu”

10:30 a.m. “Fuel-ED”

11 a.m. “Vivify”

11:30 a.m. “Ultimate Angler”

1:30 p.m. “Scentple”

Group 2: 4 - 6:30 p.m. --

4 p.m. “RepWithMe”

4:30pm “Radmyne”

5 p.m. “PharmD2Me”

5:30 p.m. “GamePhase”

6 p.m. “Race Assure”


For more details on the event and the teams competing go to




MEDIA CONTACT:  Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200;; Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750;

Longtime UK Leader Looks Forward to New Student Center

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 15:41


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2015)  With the $175 million University of Kentucky Student Center transformation well underway, all eyes are focused on Facility Manager and Student Center Executive Director John Herbst. He's in charge of piloting and managing all moving parts of the transformation. He works directly with the capital project manager, construction managers and a university-wide team that involves players from numerous university areas.


Although Herbst thrives on managing budgets, personnel, maintenance and construction projects, his real passion lies within the success of the students at the university.


Beginning as a UK student himself, Herbst has established the university as his home community for more than 40 years. In addition to serving as the Student Center executive director, he also chairs the UK Commencement Committee and works with the UK chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society.


Eager to see the finished product of the state-of-the-art Student Center, Herbst takes pride in what this facility will mean to the UK campus. But, more than anything, he is most excited to see how it will foster community among students. Herbst wishes the new Student Center to be a living and breathing facility, full of dynamic interaction, services and opportunities that the UK community has never seen before.


"Personally, the new Student Center is important because it's for the students,"  Herbst said. "This is something students will have full use of and it will mold the future of UK."


Herbst took great consideration to the needs voiced by the students in regard to the new Student Center. First, he conducted a web-based program to gain feedback from students about what they need in a student center. From there, he conducted focus groups with student leaders, who shared design options and ideas they had for the facility and then placed students on an active steering committee as well as on the executive committee.


Throughout the process, students have been extremely engaged. Herbst made sure to pull students from all disciplines of campus, from architecture to kinesiology students and undergraduate to graduate students. This cross section of participants was decided upon by the results of the web-based survey to see what variety of students was needed to collaborate ideas in order to ensure the new Student Center upholds students' standards.  At every point along the way, he has made sure the new Student Center designs reflect what the students actually want and need.


When first arriving at UK, Herbst planned on staying for five years. That short-term vision dissolved as he began to work with enthusiastic UK student leaders. 


"Originally in my undergraduate education I planned to be a high school teacher," Herbst said. "After I got engaged in activities at the university level I found out that I was teaching one-on-one by working in the Student Center, from supervising other students, to being actively engaged with them by providing information and doing countless other tasks."


Herbst has traveled to more than 100 different universities across the United States, meeting with many students, yet he still stacks UK students as a class of their own. And Herbst's passion for student success does not go unnoticed. 


"John Herbst has given me opportunities that I would have never had at this university if it weren't for his kindness and his strong belief that I am more than just a student," said Dorothy Prather.  "When he picked me to be on the steering committee for the design of the new Student Center, I knew he saw potential in me that I didn't even see in myself."


The number of hours Herbst has spent in the Student Center as director over the years is immeasurable. He has touched numerous student lives at UK — past, present and future.


"The Student Center is John Herbst," said Zach Lamb, graduate assistant for the Late Night Film Series.  "I'm lucky to count myself among the many students John has imparted opportunities and wisdom upon. His institutional knowledge and personal advice make him one of the greatest assets not only at the Student Center, but in all of UK Student Affairs."


Herbst sees the Student Center as a beacon for the university that will draw the university community to the facility. This will be a place where people will thrive, where they will be inspired and where they will want to engage with other members of the community in conversation. He believes that is what UK is about — providing a community that really embraces and values everyone.


"John Herbst is one of the most driven and well-rounded people I know," Prather said. "When he sets his mind to accomplish something, he is definitely going to do it."


"My academic and professional trajectory would not be the same without John's mentorship," Lamb said. "His devotion to student success informs every practice at the Student Center and will undoubtedly influence the ambitions of the new building."


Watch the video above to discover how Herbst’s leadership is guiding the direction of UK’s new Student Center.




MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton,, (859) 323-2395 

UPK Has Books for Every Reader on Your Holiday Shopping List

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 15:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2015) — The University Press of Kentucky (UPK) is now offering a myriad titles, many of which would be perfect for that hard-to-buy-for person on your holiday shopping list.


Friends and family who enjoy learning about the Commonwealth’s history may enjoy several publications from UPK, including recent releases The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, "Committed to Victory," "Venerable Trees," "Lincoln’s Final Hours" or "Kentucky by Design."


To see Gerald L. Smith talk about his work on The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, watch the video playlist above. Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing.


The history of African Americans in Kentucky is long and vast. The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, edited by Gerald L. Smith, the Theodore A. Hallam Professor and the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar in Residence in the University of Kentucky Department of History; Karen Cotton McDaniel, professor emeritus at Kentucky State University; and John A. Hardin, a history professor at Western Kentucky University, is the first encyclopedia of its type in the nation. The encyclopedia includes biographical sketches of politicians and community leaders as well as pioneers in art, science and industry. For researchers, students and all who cherish state history, The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia is an indispensable reference that highlights the diversity of the state’s culture and history.


When World War II broke out in Europe in September 1939, Kentucky was still plagued by the Great Depression. In "Committed to Victory: The Kentucky Home Front during World War II," UK alumnus Richard Holl offers the first comprehensive examination of the Commonwealth’s civilian sector during this pivotal era in the state’s history. "Committed to Victory" is a timely and engaging account that fills a significant gap in our understanding of a crucial period of American history.


When the first settlers arrived in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky, they found an astonishing landscape of open woodland grazed by vast herds of bison. In "Venerable Trees: History, Biology, and Conservation in the Bluegrass," former UK faculty member Tom Kimmerer showcases the beauty, age, size and splendor of historical trees across the Bluegrass. Featuring more than 100 color photos, "Venerable Trees" is an informative call to understand the challenges faced by our companions so deeply rooted in the region’s heritage and a passionate plea for their preservation.


Readers get a front-row seat to the historical drama and horror of Abraham Lincoln’s death by putting them in the shoes of the audience in Ford’s Theatre that dreadful evening in "Lincoln’s Final Hours: Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of America’s Greatest President." Kathryn Canavan explores John Wilkes Booth’s personal and political motivations in this fast-paced account of the dramatic consequences that would upend the lives of ordinary Washingtonians and Americans alike.


"Kentucky by Design: The Decorative Arts and American Culture" offers the first comprehensive examination of the objects from the Commonwealth featured in the Index of American Design as part of the Federal Art Project. Using more than 200 color photos and illustrations, it showcases a wide array of offerings, including architecture, furniture, ceramics, musical instruments, textiles, clothing, and glass- and metal-works. Edited by Andrew Kelly, "Kentucky by Design" provides unique and valuable study into an important chapter in both United States and Kentucky design history.


For more holiday-themed publications, check out "Haunted Holidays" or "The Christmas Truce."


"Haunted Holidays: Twelve Months of Kentucky Ghosts," is a year’s worth of eerie stories centered on the holidays. In addition to spooky stories, authors Lonnie E. Brown and Roberta Simpson Brown reveal many Appalachian legends and their importance to the storytelling tradition, such as the phantom bells that guide the dead to the other side, and the "chime child" who is born when the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Day, rumored to be blessed with the gift of second sight.


In "The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War," Terri Blom Crocker provides the first comprehensive examination of both scholarly and popular portrayals of the Christmas Truce from 1914 to present. Crocker’s groundbreaking, meticulously researched work challenges conventional analyses and sheds new light on the history and mythology of the War to End All Wars. Crocker is a doctoral candidate in history and senior paralegal for investigations in the Office of Legal Counsel at UK.


Those on your shopping list who enjoy culinary creations will likely have a taste for "The Birth of Bourbon," "The Manhattan Cocktail" and "Flavors From Home."


Presentation of a case study on the James E. Pepper Distillery from "The Birth of Bourbon" by Carol Peachee.

In "The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries," award-winning photographer Carol Peachee takes readers on an unforgettable tour of lost distilleries as well as facilities undergoing renewal, such as the famous Old Taylor and James E. Pepper distilleries in Lexington. The book features 238 color photos that Peachee created using a technique known as high-dynamic-range imaging — a process that produces rich saturation, intensely clarified details and a full spectrum of light. Her work also includes spaces that well-known brands, including Maker’s Mark, Woodford Reserve, Four Roses and Buffalo Trace, have preserved as a homage to their rich histories.

Alongside other classic cocktails such as the old-fashioned, the mint julep and the martini, the Manhattan has been a staple of the sophisticated bar scene since the late 19th century. "The Manhattan Cocktail: A Modern Guide to the Whiskey Classic," by Albert W. A. Schmid, is the essential guide covering everything that the aficionado needs to know about the cocktail through an examination of its history and ingredients while featuring more than 50 recipes with notes and anecdotes.


In "Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods," Aimee Zaring shares fascinating and moving stories of perseverance, courage and self-reinvention from Kentucky’s resettled refugees. As these individuals and their families struggle to adapt to a new culture, the kitchen often becomes one of the few places where they are able to return "home." Featuring more than 40 recipes from around the globe, "Flavors from Home" reaches across the table to explore the universal language of food.


If those publications don’t do the trick, surely pop culture publications “Crane” and “Stuntwomen” will.


On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane, known to "Hogan’s Heroes" fans as Colonel Hogan, was discovered brutally murdered in his apartment in Scottsdale, Arizona. His eldest son, Robert Crane, was called to the crime scene. In "Crane: Sex, Celebrity and My Father’s Unsolved Murder," Robert Crane discusses that terrible day, and how he has lived with the unsolved murder of his father. But that storyline is just one thread in his tale of growing up in Los Angeles, his struggles to reconcile the good and sordid sides of his celebrity father, and his own fascinating life in a poignant memoir.


For decades, stuntwomen have faced institutional discrimination, unequal pay and sexual harassment even as they jumped from speeding trains and raced horse-drawn carriages away from burning buildings. Author Mollie Gregory conducted 65 interviews for "Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story" to go behind-the-scenes of this part of the entertainment industry. The book explores the trials and tribulations stuntwomen have faced, providing relevance to readers interested in feminism, culture and contemporary law, as well as lovers of the world of cinema and television.


With UPK currently offering more than 1,300 titles at discounts up to 80 percent, there is no better time to share and gift these historic and regional titles. The holiday sale will continue to run through Feb. 1, 2016. To order any of the highlighted titles or to see the entire sale selection, visit online at


Place orders by tonight, Dec. 4, to ensure holiday delivery. For those worried about delivery deadlines, many of UPK books can be found at bookstores throughout the state.


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



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College Chef Class Educates Students on Nutrition and Healthy Meal Preparation

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 12:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2015) — Cooking and eating healthy on a budget can sometimes pose a challenge, as some University of Kentucky students know. That's why The Food Connection recently hosted its first college chef class in The 90 demonstration kitchen — a crash course teaching students to take control of their eating habits by learning new cooking skills.


Jennifer McMullen, life fitness teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, led a pilot study with a culinary nutrition education program. A total of 27 students from various living learning programs (LLPs) across campus participated in the pilot courses. Two groups of students met during the month of October for four consecutive weeks, once a week for a two-hour hands-on session.


Throughout the class students learned basic nutrition education in a variety of topics including serving size, reading food labels, protein consumption and the importance of whole grains, fruits and vegetables in the daily diet. The curriculum also included an introduction to fresh, local and seasonal foods.


“The course encompassed objectives which sought to promote long-term behavior change as it related to healthy eating and cooking," McMullen said.


Students also learned ways to manage a college student's budget and nutritional plans for healthy meals. Areas such as grocery shopping, cooking and healthy foods were discussed. McMullen taught the students basic knife skills, cooking techniques and two to three recipes a week.


The class comprised a review of the previous week's session, a 30-minute nutrition education portion outlining specific topics, a demonstration of the knife skills and cooking techniques for the day, followed by students demonstrating and carrying out the skills in order to create the week's recipes. At the end of each session the group was able to enjoy the food they prepared during the class. Students were taught how to prepare chicken salad, chicken tortilla soup, vegetable quesadillas, homemade dressing, salad and more.


The Food Connection serves farmers, food producers, students and consumers through creative strategies for a vibrant, healthy, sustainable food economy. On- and off-campus, they support innovative and interdisciplinary instruction, high-impact service and outreach and cutting edge research on foods and food systems.


To learn more about the Food Connection visit their website.

SAB Showcases Student Art Work

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 12:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2015)  Student Activities Board's Cultural Arts Committee presents its fourth annual Young Artists Exhibit Competition to encourage University of Kentucky students to present their work in a professional gallery. The competition opened Dec. 1, and will close March 9, 2016, with the exhibit taking place Thursday, March 31.


Portfolios and applications are available on the SAB website and are due by March 9. The students whose artwork will be presented at the gallery reception will be decided two weeks prior to the event.


“Cultural Arts will be hosting its fourth annual Young Artists Competition this spring in order to continue the tradition of supporting student artists on UK's campus," said Taylor Hamilton, SAB director of Cultural Arts. "Utilizing local talent, we hope to foster an environment where all student artists, regardless of skill level, are given an opportunity to present their work to their peers. This event is also our committee’s method of giving back to the community that has tirelessly supported our events every semester.”


At the reception, there will be a two-tiered voting system. Three winners will be chosen: one by the judges and two by attendees of the event via voting slips. The panel of judges consists of local artists and gallery owners. Each of the winners will be announced at the end of the reception and will receive a $750 scholarship to Kennedy’s Art Store.


SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Lexington community.

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SAB CONTACT: Jazmine Byrd,, (859) 257-8868


MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, or, (859) 257-1909/(859) 323-2395 

Gaines Center Seeking New Fellowship Applicants

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 11:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2015) — The Gaines Center for the Humanities at the University of Kentucky is seeking new applicants for its undergraduate fellowship program.


Each year, two-year fellowships are awarded to 12 promising students who will be entering their junior year the following fall semester. Gaines Fellows have the opportunity to travel together (to New York City and sometimes even to China), form a tight-knit community, and have access to more than 300 deeply interesting and talented alumni who are eager to provide informal mentoring to current fellows. The Gaines Fellowship carries a stipend of $2,000 junior year and $3,000 senior year.


Boone Proffitt, a civil engineering major and a current Gaines Fellow from Louisville, Kentucky, finds his experience in the program quite rewarding. "The Gaines Fellowship is the most inviting intellectual experience the University of Kentucky has to offer. Each person is a different major and the conversations that come as a result are wonderful demonstrations of the diverse and thoughtful nature of the university's student body."


Gaines Fellowship course requirements are flexible and manageable. All Gaines Fellows are required to take a specially designed, team-taught, four-credit-hour per semester seminar during both semesters of their junior year. Junior fellows also complete a jury project by planning and optionally carrying out a community involvement project.


Senior fellows must complete and defend a major independent study project under the direction of a faculty committee. The thesis project allows fellows to conduct passionate, mentored research and then to demonstrate in-depth understanding of their research at the defense. The thesis project is typically taken for six credit hours.


"The experiences Gaines Fellows have are not limited to the classroom, which have been very important in developing worldly perspectives on important issues. All in all, it's challenging, but well worth it," Proffitt said.


Fellows also enjoy the use of the Gaines Center’s three historic buildings on north campus, which include study rooms and a computer lab.


Undergraduate students in all disciplines, from art history and English to biology and chemical engineering, with any intended profession, are given equal consideration. Applicants must have two years of planned undergraduate study remaining and an outstanding academic record. To apply, visit Applications are due by 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016.


Part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the Gaines Center for the Humanities is designed to enrich the study of the humanities as an intellectual activity and as a means to self-betterment. The center offers courses and sponsors activities that appeal to faculty and students in all disciplinary fields.




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UK HealthCare Featured as Equality Leader in the 2016 Healthcare Equality Index

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 11:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2015) — UK HealthCare will be featured as an Equality Leader in the 2016 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation based in Washington D.C. The HEI was created to give health care facilities, like UK HealthCare, the resources they need to ensure LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) patients have access to patient-centered care.


UK HealthCare’s achievement was granted based on four core criteria:  patient nondiscrimination policies, visitation policies, employment nondiscrimination policies and training in LGBT patient-centered care.


This achievement indicates UK HealthCare’s status as an official leader in LGBT health care access and nondiscrimination. The distinction is shared with only two other facilities in Kentucky, one of them the UK HealthCare-managed Eastern State Hospital. UK HealthCare is the only academic medical center in the state to earn this distinction.


Tukea Talbert, assistant hospital administrator facilitating and coordinating diversity and inclusion efforts taking place enterprise wide, said this “a monumental achievement for UK because it’s one of many initiatives under way to create a more diverse and inclusive health care environment for patients and their families, staff, students and faculty.”


While this is a step in the right direction, the real work is ahead, Talbert added.  “The designation recognizes UK Healthcare for meeting four core principles and now we must move the needle to expand those efforts to adopt other best practices as it relates to caring for LGBT patients and their families in a welcoming health care environment free from discrimination, as described by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.”


Lance Poston, director of the UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources, was part of the UK HealthCare team that developed and submitted UK’s credentials to the Human Rights Campaign. He said the project was “a way to recognize UK's inclusive policies that make our hospitals and other facilities safe and welcoming spaces for Kentuckians of all gender identities and sexualities.


“The major factors that contributed to our designation as an Equality Leader include our inclusive visitation and medical decision making policies. With this award, we are also able to highlight our providers who are devoted to providing world-class care with the highest levels of cultural competency. This designation raises our profile as an institution committed to diversity and inclusivity in many forms, from our classrooms to our clinics and beyond,” said Poston.


The Human Rights Campaign Foundation developed the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) for LGBT Americans to meet “the need for equitable, knowledgeable, sensitive and welcoming healthcare, free from discrimination.” 


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UK Bookstore Will Host Special Holiday Events Dec. 8 and Dec. 10

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 10:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Bookstore, located at 334 Lexington Avenue, will host two special events next week in light of the holiday season. 


Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the UK Bookstore will collect nonperishable food items and toiletries to benefit UK's Big Blue Pantry. All faculty, staff and students who participate by donating two nonperishable food items or two toiletries will receive a free holiday T-shirt from the UK Bookstore.


As part of the promotion on Dec. 8, the UK Bookstore will also offer contributors 25 percent off on all general merchandise and will be giving away prizes every hour. Prizes include gift certificates from the UK Bookstore and UK Dining


UK Bookstore General Manager Dave Lang said this is simply one way to give back to the community.


“We are hoping this becomes an annual event. We want to help give back to UK students and this is one way we can participate as a community, and folks can walk away with a free T-shirt for their donation,” Lang said.


Dec. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. the UK Bookstore will host its annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. All faculty and staff will receive a 20 percent discount on all general merchandise. Holiday music and free coffee and cookies will also be provided.


While shopping, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to sign up for a UK Dining payroll deductible meal plan.


For more information about the UK Bookstore visit its website.



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Research Will Explore Effect of Visual Arts Activities on People with Dementia

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 10:26


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2015) — The U.S. Alzheimer's Disease Centers has awarded Allan Richards and Ann Christianson of the University of Kentucky School of Fine Arts and Visual Studies a grant to study the effects of visual arts activities on quality of life for people with mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers.


The grant will allow Christianson and Richards to implement an eight-week program where groups of 12 (six individuals with dementia and their partner caregivers) will participate in different types of visual arts activities, such as painting, sculpture, or watching slideshow movies.


According to Richards, visual arts education focuses on the processes of learning in the visual arts.  "As individuals work hands-on with different media   such as paint, paper, or clay  multiple aspects of learning take place and multiple domains related to learning are engaged, including focus and concentration, problem-solving skills, tolerance to ambiguity, image and concept formation, imagination, and visual-spatial thinking, just to name a few," Richards said. "On top of that, feelings and emotional sensitivities are involved in producing a work of art, as well as important motor skills like hand-eye coordination.


"Our study is focused on providing mentally stimulating and enriching activities in the visual arts for the elderly with dementia in order to engage cognitive processes, emotions, and motor skills, perhaps slowing cognitive decline and improving quality of life," Richards said.  


The study will take place once per week on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday at the newly renovated School of Art and Visual Studies Building at 236 Bolivar Street beginning in mid-February 2016.  Each session will last for about an hour and a half. All art supplies are free to study participants and free handicapped accessible parking is available adjacent to the building.


"Research suggests that participation in visual arts activities may provide a higher form of intellectual and sensory stimulation for individuals with dementia than is normally available with regular recreational activities," Christianson said.  "Our goal is to document a tangible connection between participation in visual arts activities and improved quality of life for both the patient and their caregiver."


Research assessment will take the form of two short surveys that look at different dimensions of quality of life, administered once at the beginning of the study and twice afterwards (one immediately afterwards and the other a few months post). The caregivers will also self-report on their quality of life and on some of their observations about the current functional abilities of the person with dementia. 


Richards and Christianson are currently recruiting study participants.  If you are an individual with dementia, you may be able to participate if you currently are living at home, have intact vision/hearing and have mild to moderate dementia.


If you are a caregiver, you may be able to participate if you are a caregiver for the participant with dementia and have 10 or more hours of contact per week with them snd are available to accompany the individual with dementia to the visual arts activities and assist them when necessary.


For more information about the study or to see whether you are eligible, call Richards at (859) 361-1483 or Christianson at (859) 312-4553.


"Our feedback indicates that this study is a first of its kind from the field of Visual Arts Education, and we're thrilled for the opportunity to explore the role of the visual arts in enriching the lives of people with dementia," Christianson said.



Shriners and Patients Celebrate Topping Out of New Facilty at UK

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 10:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2015)  Shriners Hospitals for Children and UK Healthcare celebrated an important milestone in the construction of the $47 million Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center (SHCMC) on Tuesday — the “topping out” of the new building.


Construction began March 9, 2015, on the five-story medical center located at the corner of Conn Terrace and South Limestone, on the UK HealthCare campus across from the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. “Topping out” is the construction term used to indicate that the final steel beam is being placed on the building. Patients, caregivers, and Shriners signed the 30-foot, 1,200-lb steel beam before it was lifted into place at the ceremony held Dec. 1.


“It’s exciting to see the new building coming together,” said Jessica McPeters of Sevierville, Tenn. “Shriners Hospital has always provided amazing care for my daughter, Emma. I know moving to the new facility will be a big change, but I’m excited about the state-of-the-art equipment that will be available and how that will improve the level of care even more. The high level of technology and close proximity to other pediatric specialists at UK Children’s Hospital will provide so many new opportunities, not only for treatment but also to reach even more kids who need help.”


The facility, owned and operated by Shriners Hospitals for Children, will be a state-of-the-art ambulatory care center. Shriners will occupy 60,000 square feet of space on the bottom three floors for pediatric orthopaedic care. UK HealthCare will lease the top two floors for ophthalmology services.


“This state-of-the-art facility, designed to meet UK Ophthalmology’s growing clinical needs, will provide 50,000 square feet on two dedicated floors, where our outstanding team will provide comprehensive vision care ranging from general eye exams to the latest and most advanced sub specialty treatment all in one location,” said Dr. Andrew Pearson, chair of the UK Department of Ophthalmology, “as well as enable us to deliver the best, most innovative approaches in a personalized setting in this region and allow us to further accelerate our commitment to exceptional patient care, education, and clinical research.”


The new medical center will include a motion analysis laboratory, an EOS Imaging Center (the first in Kentucky), 20 patient exam rooms, two surgical suites, a rehabilitation gymnasium and therapy rooms, and interactive artwork. Energy efficiency was a priority in the design stage. The building will have geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting and occupancy sensors, and automated equipment and controls. Construction is expected to be complete in the spring of 2017.

KNI Re-designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission

Wed, 12/02/2015 - 08:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2015) — UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) has been re-designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.


UK HealthCare was first designated a CSC in 2014. It is one of 96 U.S. institutions  and the only one in Lexington  with CSC-designation. This is the highest level of stroke certification available from The Joint Commission, reflecting the availability of resources, staff and training when treating complex stroke cases.


“UK’s re-certification attests to our team’s ability to provide the highest possible quality multidisciplinary care to the most medically complex patients with stroke,” said Dr. Larry Goldstein, chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Kentucky. “The certification process is quite rigorous, and the recognition is afforded to only a small number of elite hospitals nationwide. We are thrilled to have our professionals' hard work recognized and to be able to offer these services to the citizens of the Commonwealth.”


An advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center has an unparalleled amount of resources in infrastructure, staff, and training to provide state-of-the-art care to all patients. They offer a neuro-intensive care unit for complex stroke patients who require 24/7 care, advanced imaging capabilities, and participate in stroke research. They also coordinate post hospital care for patients, use a peer review process to evaluate and monitor the patient’s care, and analyze and use standardized performance measure data to continually improve treatment plans. 

Music Arrives With the Holiday Season at UK HealthCare Locations

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 17:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2015) — A variety of musical performers will enliven UK HealthCare facilities with holiday tunes throughout the month of December.


Soloists, UK Opera Theatre carolers, ensembles, regional bands and local children’s choirs are among the groups performing holiday concerts at various UK HealthCare locations, including the Pavilion A of the UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion H of the UK Chandler Hospital, the Good Samaritan Hospital and the Kentucky Clinic. Free musical performances will take place throughout the month of December, with opportunities to listen during the lunch hour Monday through Friday. Tentative performance schedules for each location are listed below.  


UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A

Dec. 1

Warren Byrom (singer/songwriter) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 2

Elaine Cook (harp) from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 3

SCAPA from Noon to 12:45 p.m.

Dec. 4

I.C. Howes (singer/songwriter) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

UK Viola Ensemble from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 7

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from 11 a.m. to Noon

TDH4 (jazz/regional band music) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 8

Seth Murphy (Cello) from Noon to 1 p.m.

UK Women’s Choir from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Lexington Children’s Choir from 5 to 6 p.m.

UK Orthodox Christian Fellowship Carolers from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 9

4-H Performing Troupe from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

No Tools Loaned (Bluegrass) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 10

Deep Springs Elementary Choir from 11-11:45 a.m.

Tiny Chen from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 11

Dr. Kevin Holm-Hudson (piano) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 14

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from 11 a.m. to Noon

Hong Shao from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 15

Art Mize and Diane Timmons (Celtic) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 16

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from 11 a.m. to Noon

Na Skylark (Irish, harp/dulcimer) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 17

Julie Gutana and Friends (woodwinds and piano) from 11-11:45a.m.

Kyle Meadows (hammered dulcimer) from Noon to 2 p.m.

Dec. 18

Elaine Cook (harp) from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 21

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from 11 a.m. to Noon

Will Solomon (local singer/songwriter) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 22

Cats Eclectic (UK employee cover band) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 23

Warren Byrom (singer/songwriter) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 25

Austin Robinson and Friends (90s cover band) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 28

Seth Murphy (cello) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 29

CatsEclectic (UK employee cover band) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 30

Bear Medicine (alternative band) from Noon to 1 p.m.


UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion H

Dec. 4

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from 11 a.m. to Noon

Dec. 7

Elaine Cook (harp) from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 9

 University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from 11 a.m. to Noon

Dec. 14

Elaine Cook (harp) from Noon to 1:30 p.m.


Kentucky Clinic (near the Starbucks)

Dec. 4

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 8

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 9

CatsEclectic Carolers (UK employees) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 10

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 15

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 17

CatsEclectic Carolers (UK Employees) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 18

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 22

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 23

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from Noon to 1 p.m.


UK Good Samaritan Hospital (cafeteria)

Dec. 2

Seth Murphy (cello) from Noon to 1p.m.

Dec. 3

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 10

Seth Murphy (cello) from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 16

Warren Byrom from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 17

University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Carolers from Noon to 1 p.m.

Dec. 22

Warren Byrom and Seth Murphy (guitar and vocals) from Noon to 1p.m.


Holiday music is coordinated through the UK Arts in HealthCare program, which strives to create a healing environment for patients, visitors, faculty and staff through music, art and landscaping. 



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Seven Projects Receive UK Sustainability Challenge Grants Totaling $200,000

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 16:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2015) — At a ceremony Tuesday evening, the University of Kentucky President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee awarded nearly $200,000 in funding to seven sustainability projects. The projects selected to receive UK Sustainability Challenge Grants ranged from developing a solar powered tractor to empowering youth with sustainability education.


The grant program issued a campus-wide call for proposals Aug. 31 seeking interdisciplinary proposals for the creation and implementation of ideas that promote sustainability. By the deadline of Oct. 16, the program received 18 proposals requesting a total of $544,919. Through an extensive review process, seven projects were selected to fund this year.


"At the University of Kentucky, we believe in putting students first in all we do. To maximize the well-being of our students, we must also contribute to the community that shapes their lives," said Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday. "We are committed to encouraging the university community to develop policies and programs that will advance economic vitality, ecological integrity and social equity, now and into the future."


2015 UK Sustainability Challenge Grant Projects are:


  • Building an Inclusive Community by Empowering Youth through Sustainability Education - Awarded $27,455 
  • Creating Tree Ambassadors - Awarded $32,636  
  • Establishing Native Forest on Surface Mines - Awarded $18,175
  • From SEE(E)D to (S)STEM - Awarded $25,184
  • Point of Departure - Awarded $49,991
  • Solar Powered Tractor - Awarded $25,000
  • The Arboretum's Children's Garden Patio and Wet Meadow Demonstration Area - Awarded $21,000


To read descriptions of each project and information on departments and individual team members involved, please visit


"The seven funded projects, while very diverse in scope, each make excellent use of the campus as a living laboratory, have high levels of student engagement and strong potential for positive impacts on the campus and beyond," said UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder.


The program is a joint effort of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the EnvironmentUK Office of Sustainability and the President’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. Funding is provided by the Student Sustainability Council, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research. In 2014, the first year of the program, $100,000 was awarded to seven projects.


“The second year of the Sustainability Challenge Grant Program is off to a fantastic start and we were very impressed by the diversity and creativity represented by the 18 proposals that were submitted," Tedder said. "This program has proven to be a very effective catalyst for engaging students, faculty and staff in creative, multidisciplinary approaches to sustainability-related challenges that range from storm water and transportation to renewable energy and community development."




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Parking and Transportation Services Offers Special Holiday Parking Passes

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 15:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2015) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is offering peace of mind to those UK students concerned about leaving their vehicles out in the elements during the upcoming winter break.


PTS is providing students with the chance to store their vehicles in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5), located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den, for the duration of the break. This marks the fifth year for the program.


To obtain a holiday parking pass, students should visit the PTS office, located in the Press Avenue Garage, at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues, or the South Limestone Garage office, located on the first floor and facing Limestone.


Passes are available only to students with a valid UK parking permit; the passes will be issued at no cost, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday, Dec. 3, with a maximum of 200 passes issued.


Vehicles may be parked on the fourth or fifth floor of the South Limestone Garage beginning Monday, Dec. 14. Students should access the garage by pulling a visitor ticket from the ticket dispenser. The holiday parking pass must be clearly displayed on the dashboard.


Upon returning to campus, students should bring their holiday parking pass to the South Limestone Garage office, to be exchanged for an exit voucher.


Vehicles not removed by Tuesday, Jan. 12, will be charged the hourly parking rate starting at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, through the exit time and date.

UK Student Athletes Take Part in Life Reality Exercise

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 15:01


Video by Jeff Franklin, UK Ag Communications


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2015) — University of Kentucky baseball player Zach Strecker, a junior from Louisville, was halfway joking when he said he would give up life insurance in his budget so he could keep a streaming television service. He was participating in an exercise called It’s Your Reality, put on for UK student athletes by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.


When students arrived at Memorial Coliseum, they learned the average starting salary for a job within their major. They walked through a series of “storefronts” to spend that salary on such items as insurance, childcare, groceries, utilities, taxes, entertainment, clothing among others.


“This is a unique program for student athletes,” said Jennifer Hunter, assistant professor in the Department of Family Sciences. “They learn about cost of living and financing their lifestyle. We know that some of them will go on to careers in sports, where they will earn a lot of money, but most will go into careers related to their major with more average salaries. We want all of them to know how to manage their salary, big or small.”


UK Athletics prioritizes teaching life skills to student athletes in many ways. Dustin Lewis is the UK Athletics life skills coordinator. He said his main priority is helping students formulate their plan for life after college in the areas of financial literacy, community service and personal development.


“Hopefully this exercise will get the wheels turning and get them thinking about life once they get out of school,” he said. “For many of them, this is their first time thinking about a budget. Many of them have only had to think about food and rent. The mission of our program is to expose them to different issues they will face while students and after they graduate and to think about things other than themselves. It’s true that 99 percent of student athletes will go pro in something other than athletics.”


Hunter said she has found that most college students have unrealistic expectations of their starting salaries and the real cost of things.


“This is sometimes the first look at the true cost of the lifestyle they want,” she said. “Maybe up until now, mom and dad have been taking care of those expenses for them and giving them a little extra for clothing, entertainment etc., and they’ve never put all those costs together.”


Ayanna Parker is a junior who plays soccer. She went through the entire exercise and stayed in the black, but only by about $3. She was happy with that, because she stayed within her means.


“I was surprised by food and clothing (costs),” she said. “They said to be honest, and I was pretty honest. My clothes ended up being about $225 and food, even though I was on a moderate plan, was about $300. That didn’t include eating out; it was just for groceries. It really opens your eyes and makes you see that you really have to plan out everything so you don’t overspend.”


Parker said she was going to just try and buy only what she needs and stick to the bare minimum so she could save for a rainy day or bigger ticket items she may want in the future.


As for Strecker, he said he learned that some things won’t come right away after graduation.

“I probably won’t go buy a house in the first few years,” he said. “I’ll probably keep the same car for a while.”


Hunter adapted the program from the 4-H Reality Store program. Adaptations included things college students will have to incorporate, such as student loans.


“Our primary goal is to help them understand the true cost of the lifestyle they want to have in the future and how to start financing that lifestyle now,” she said. “We want them to understand the impact of credit card debt and student loan debt now. We encourage them to live within their means now so that when they graduate, they won’t have a lot of debt and they’ll be able to live like the professional they want to be after college.” 


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