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A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 19, 1912

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 13:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 225th diary entry from May 19, 1912, recalls the senior's Sunday plans.

 

May 19th. Go to church, and then to Elizabeth's for dinner.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

UK Student Selected for Fulbright Summer Institute in England

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2016) The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced that history junior Abigail King, of Lexington, has been selected for a place at a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at England's Durham University in one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide. 

 

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited United States or United Kingdom university. The commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer program participants are expected to be future leaders for tomorrow and support the "special relationship" between the U.S. and U.K.

 

As a participant, King has been selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the U.K. on a four-week summer program. The theme of the institute is "The Northern Borders of Empire to the Making of the Middle Ages." Durham's Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) will guide students from the Roman Empire through Saxons, Vikings and the supreme kingdom of Northumbria and onto the medieval Northeast. The Summer Institute students will engage with a number of projects linked to the Binchester excavations which are exploring the Roman to medieval transformation of this frontier region.

 

"Upon learning I received the place I was in disbelief up until I called my parents, and then I was crying tears of joy. As a Fulbright summer program participant, I will gain experience in archaeology, learn more about medieval culture and current U.K. culture, and become an ambassador for my host university and the program," King said "I hope this work will enhance my teamwork and communication skills, my interest in archaeology, my knowledge on the Middle Ages, and I hope the program helps me grow as a leader."

 

Penny Egan, executive director of the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission said, "In the 70th year of the Special Relationship, we can celebrate American students seeking study abroad opportunities through our Summer Institute program. This is a unique opportunity to get a taste of British higher education while interacting with students from across the globe. As part of a diverse and high-achieving cohort, these students will gain immensely from the experience."

 

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

 

Fulbright Summer Institutes cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education program including visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and opportunity to join the program's alumni networks.

 

King, the daughter of Dave and Deanna King of Lexington, is pursuing a degree in history and a minor in classics at UK. A member of the Honors Program, she recently completed an internship with the Special Collections Research Center Learning Lab, where she and her fellow interns processed the Frankel and Curtis Architectural Drawings Collection.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

VSA Program Enables Expressive Learning, Artful Healing for KCH Patients

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 11:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2016) — With their legs folded in the yoga stance called Lotus pose, sisters Anayia and Armani Happy sat knee-to-knee on Anayia’s hospital bed, tapping the silver cylinders on sets of Indonesian xylophones.

 

After a few initial strikes of their mallets, the Happy sisters were entranced with the mellow sound produced by a gentle tap on these foreign instruments. With no prior training or practice with the xylophones, the two girls played their instruments to create an extemporaneous musical arrangement. As soon as the budding percussionists established a consistent and confident rhythm, musician Gregory Acker joined the ensemble with a flute solo — kicking up the energy in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) room.

 

Acker then reached into a trunk full of abstract instruments and swapped out the sisters’ xylophones for a set of shakers and a West African hand drum. He then invited the sisters to use their instruments to perform and sing a familiar childhood song — the Alphabet Song —but with a West African twist. When the girls came to the letter ‘P’ in the song’s sequence of letters, they paused to shout a West African saying that translated to “let’s dance.”

 

Acker is a musical artist supported by a grant from the VSA Kentucky Arts in HealthCare program, which distributes funding for health care facilities to coordinate visits from creative and artistic professionals. These artists offer visual art, instrumental music, clowning, drama and other activities to assist with the healing process, interrupt the monotony of hospital care and empower patients to express themselves. In the past 15 years, KCH has received more than $25,000 from VSA award funding to bring artful healing to patients.

 

“It’s one of the nicest things I do in my artistic life,” Acker said of his visits to KCH. “You meet people in a really challenging place in their lives. Finding the beauty in life is super important at that point.”

 

Acker, a teaching artist who is part of the Sound Community in Louisville, Kentucky, enlivens patient rooms at Kentucky Children’s Hospital once a month by providing patients and families with the novel experience of playing musical instruments indigenous to West Africa and Indonesia. Pulling a trunk filled with cymbals, drums, shakers, xylophones and other musical instruments behind him, Acker stops in each pod of the hospital to invite children, families and sometimes hospital staff to try their hand at a few of his musical instruments. Acker, a former PeaceCorp volunteer who was based in two African countries and Indonesia, specializes in world music with study experience in India and Indonesia. With permission from the patients, he records a CD, which the families can take home to remember a positive moment during their hospital stay. 

 

In addition to Acker, KCH’s VSA grant supports visits from visual artist and muralist Christine Kuhn and Cambo the Clown, who entertains children and families with a combination of music, humor, and juggling and magic tricks.

 

“While our health care providers and Child Life team make every attempt to serve the needs and maintain the comfort of our patients and families, we realize that the hospitalization experience carries a tremendous burden, especially for a child who’d rather be playing,” Erin McAnallen, the VSA child life coordinator at KCH, said. “Getting artists here to engage with the children truly makes a difference. These artists turn a time in life that could be a lasting negative memory into something positive and enduring for the family.”

 

VSA Kentucky is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing inclusive arts and education programs for children, youth and adults with disabilities, in addition to professional development for artist and teachers in schools and communities statewide. For more information, click here.

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

UK Crime Bulletin Issued in Theft of Motor Scooters

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 20:17

 LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) —  The University of Kentucky Police Department issued the following UK Crime Bulletin today concerning motor scooter thefts.

 

In the interest of safety, the University of Kentucky Police Department has issued the following Crime Bulletin for the University of Kentucky Campus.

 

The University of Kentucky Police Department received reports of stolen motor scooters on the following dates from the following locations:  

  • Two from outside of 447 Pennsylvania Court on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
  • Two from outside of 429 Columbia Ave. between Friday, April 22 and Sunday, April 24, 2016.
  • One outside of Champions Court II, 326 S. Martin Luther King Blvd. around 2:44 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
  • One outside of Memorial Coliseum around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.
  • One outside of W.T. Young Library, 401 Hilltop Ave. around 1 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016 (recovered by UKPD).
  • One outside of Woodland Glen I, 720 Woodland Ave. at 6:33 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, 2016.
  • One in Parking Structure 8-UK Medical Center Parking Garage on Monday, May 16, 2016.  

 

Suspect descriptions have varied across the incidents.    

 

University of Kentucky Police Department has issued this Crime Bulletin for the UK community in compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.

 

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents, please contact UK Police at 859-257-8573.

 

The University of Kentucky values a safe community for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. In the interest of promoting a safe and secure campus environment, UK Police offer the following safety precautions:

 

  • If you see something, say something; report suspicious activity to UK Police immediately. For emergencies, call 911.
  • Whenever possible, avoid thefts of opportunity and secure property with locks. Opportunity theft is the direct result of property and valuables left unattended and unsecured, even for short periods of time, which provides a thief with the opportunity to steal your valuables.
  • Maintain a thorough record of your valuables, to include photographs, serial numbers, makes and models, etc.
  • Mopeds and scooters on campus are required to have a motor scooter/motorcycle permit. Permits may be obtained at http://www.uky.edu/pts/.

 

 

 

William Clark Named Director of Research Information Services

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 19:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2016) —The University of Kentucky Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) has announced that William “Billy” Clark has been appointed director of Research Information Services. 

 

As director, Clark manages the computing infrastructure for research administration, research support units and the centers and institutes that report to the VPR, and he oversees a staff of nine programmers, database administrators, server administrators and tech support personnel.

 

Research Information Services developed and oversees the sponsored projects administration database and is completing development of an electronic Internal Review Board system. These projects are integral to the grants administration and research integrity operations of the university, Clark said.

 

“I am honored to be appointed the Research Information Services director. Continuing to expand and strengthen our research IT infrastructure is instrumental in promoting research at the University of Kentucky,” Clark said. “Our accomplished staff are excited to provide innovative solutions to improve the strong foundation for research support.”

 

Clark has worked in Research Information Services since 2012 and has served as interim director since February 2015.

 

“We look forward to continuing to work with Billy and his team and thank him for taking on this important responsibility on behalf of UK researchers,” said Lisa Cassis, vice president for research.

 

 

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

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 18, 1912

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 224th diary entry from May 18, 1912, recalls the senior getting an invitation to a Jackson Purchase Club event for a night of socializing and dancing.

 

May 18th. Go to the Library for Addie, but fail to meet her. See Winona on the street and loaf with her until her train comes.


Inserted next to the May 18, 1912, diary entry McClure included an invitation that reads, "You are invited to Patterson Hall next Saturday evening at eight; The Jackson Purchase Club entertains. Please come and don't be late."


In the evening we all go to the Reception and Dance. Lots of people here. "yes, that's true. That's just right. Exactly right!" I did finally, for once, shake one man to whom I did not want to talk. Jessie Mit and I escorted Mr. Sweetland to the gate.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

VIDEO: Why UK Professor Says the 2016 Presidential Election Is 'Unlike Any Other'

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 14:20

 

Video produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2015) — People across the United States, regardless of political affiliation, seem to echo the same observation about the 2016 presidential election. 

 

They’ve never seen anything like it.

 

From a political science perspective is that really true and how does this year’s race for the White House actually compare to other election years in United States history?

 

In the video above, Stephen Voss, associate professor of political science at the University of Kentucky describes the 2016 Election in a nutshell.  

 

To listen to the full “Behind the Blue” podcast with Voss, click on the link below.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK Design Welcomes New School of Architecture Director

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 13:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2016) The University of Kentucky College of Design has announced the appointment of Jeffrey Johnson as the new director of the School of Architecture. Johnson joins the faculty from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University where he was the founding director of the Asia Megacities Lab.

 

"I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team at the UK College of Design and look forward to working directly with the students and faculty of the School of Architecture at such an exciting time,” Johnson said. “We have a great opportunity to build on the school’s esteemed reputation as we continue its course as a leader in architectural education."

 

Johnson, a registered architect and a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), was chosen from nearly 50 highly accomplished international candidates for the position. “What impressed our committee is that he’s successfully oscillated between academia and professional practice throughout his career,” said Anne Filson, chairman of the search committee. “That combined with his record of intellectual leadership made him an exceptional candidate within a very competitive field.”

 

Most recently, Johnson has been critically examining the historically unprecedented "museumification" of China during the current museum building boom. He has lectured extensively and has taken part in numerous international events, symposia, forums and workshops on the topic of architecture, cities and urbanization. In addition to teaching at Columbia University, he has also taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology and at Tongji University in Shanghai.

 

“In addition to his balance of practice and academia, Professor Johnson is a promising leader in the school and college because of his experimentation at a range of scales from interiors to urban design,” Dean Mitzi Vernon said. “We are excited to have his voice at the table as we grow the College of Design.”

 

Johnson, who received his master's degree in architecture in 1992 and his bachelor's degree in architecture in 1990 from Ball State University, begins as director of the UK School of Architecture on July 1.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Wilson, 859-257-5367, julie.wilson@uky.edu; or Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716, whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

 

UK College of Fine Arts Dean to Lead Arts College at Syracuse University

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 13:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) — After six years as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, Michael Tick will step down to assume the position of dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. He begins at Syracuse July 1.

 

Syracuse University is a private, coeducational, urban institution located in the heart of Central New York. As dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Tick will lead more than 300 full-time and part-time faculty and nearly 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students in six schools and departments.

 

“I’m very appreciative of Michael’s leadership for the College of Fine Arts for the last six years. During his tenure, the college has made significant advancement through new facilities and programs, while maintaining a commitment to the highest standards of artistic expression, which have been recognized literally around the globe,” said Tim Tracy, UK provost. “We wish Michael and his family only the best as they pursue this newest chapter in their lives at Syracuse."

 

Under Tick’s leadership, the School of Art and Visual Studies moved into a new state-of-the-art facility through a nearly $24 million university investment in a renovated historic building. The building includes specialized areas such as digital media labs, a multipurpose 3D fabrication lab, student studios, and gallery space. In fall 2016, the college will launch the Creative Arts Living Learning Program in a new 1,100-bed residential hall with multidisciplinary spaces for visual, performing, and literary arts. The facility, a partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, will dramatically enhance student opportunities for creative discovery and innovation on UK’s campus. Because of Tick’s advocacy and commitment to facility improvements, the initial scope and architectural program are in place for a new School of Music Instruction building, which will support rehearsal space for the Wildcat Marching Band.

 

During his tenure, Tick built a centralized administrative support infrastructure for the College of Fine Arts with new positions for communications, recruiting, development, and information technology. The college hired its first chief financial officer and developed an integrated business unit in anticipation of the university’s new budget model. This centralized infrastructure provides strong fiscal oversight of program expenditures as well as a unified identity for student success and patron and donor engagement.

 

One of the College of Fine Arts' many international successes under Tick’s leadership was a successful partnership with the Art College of Inner Mongolia University. In collaboration with the UK Confucius Institute, both colleges agreed to several terms including exchanges of students for study and research; exchanges of faculty members for research, lectures, and discussions; exchanges of academic materials and academic publications; and joint research activities. Delegates from Inner Mongolia came to UK’s campus in 2013 for a week of collaborative concerts, master classes, lectures, and exhibitions. Thirty-five faculty, staff, and students from UK traveled to Inner Mongolia in 2015 to do the same. At present there are nearly 20 students from Inner Mongolia completing their degree programs on UK’s campus through 2+2 and 3+1 programs. Discussions are underway for a similar program in Malaysia.

 

In the last six years, the College of Fine Arts has seen the addition of the University of Kentucky Art Museum as an auxiliary unit, Lexington’s only accredited art museum. The Department of Art was renamed the School of Art and Visual Studies and expanded its offerings with major growth in UK Core classes reaching thousands of students in other colleges. The Department of Theatre was renamed the Department of Theatre and Dance to reflect the growing popularity of dance within the department; at its inception the dance minor had six students and, in less than three years, enrollment grew to more than 50 students. The School of Music expanded its partnership with UK HealthCare through a graduate program in music therapy. The Arts Administration program launched an online master's in arts administration, the first of its kind at a public university. Most recently, University Senate voted to move the Arts Administration program to its own freestanding unit as a department, recognizing the growth in undergraduate and graduate students. Additionally, Tick realized his vision to build strategic partnerships across campus through initiatives with the College of Communication and Information, the College of Arts and Sciences, UK HealthCare, the College of Design, and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, among others.

 

In 2015, Tick was elected for a three-year term to the Board of Directors of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans. Through his leadership in this and other professional organizations, Tick has brought the College of Fine Arts international recognition for its contributions to creative research and has affirmed the vital contributions of the arts to the health of UK’s campus.

 

Prior to joining UK in 2010, Tick spent 11 years as the chair of the Department of Theatre at Louisiana State University (LSU) and producing artistic director of Swine Palace, the department’s Equity theatre company. Before joining LSU in 1999, Tick served on the planning committee that established in 1985 the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), a regional secondary arts school affiliated with the Virginia Stage Company, the Virginia Opera, the Virginia Symphony, and the Virginia Ballet Theatre. As founding chair of the GSA Department of Theatre, Tick served on the faculty of Old Dominion University. He has also served the faculties of the University of Rhode Island, Northwestern University, Rend Lake College (Illinois), Harvard University (in association with the University of Rhode Island), the University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas), and Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jay Blanton, 859-257-6605

New Podcast ‘Behind the Blue’ Explores UK Stories That Impact the University, State, World

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 22:23

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) — Some stories require a little more — a little more discussion, more context, more depth and breadth.

 

That’s the idea behind “Behind the Blue” — a new weekly podcast created by UK Public Relations and Marketing. It is designed to explore — through probing, in-depth interviews — the stories that make UK the university for Kentucky and that have impact across the institution, the Commonwealth and, in some cases, the world.

 

The first podcast, appropriately enough, focuses on election-year politics and the presidential election. To provide insight and context on an extraordinary and historic election, UK political science professor and elections expert Stephen Voss discusses at length the forces shaping this year’s presidential race, his insights on both the Democratic and Republican parties, and an individual candidate or two, who may be making headlines.

 

Voss is quoted extensively in state and national publications for his views on politics. He is seen as a dispassionate and in-depth observer of the political scene, attributes on full display in this first episode of “Behind the Blue.”

 

Stay tuned for new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

 

There will be more information in coming weeks about where you can find and subscribe to this podcast that focuses exclusively on the stories that make the University of Kentucky such a special community.

 

The first episode can be heard by clicking the play button above; it can be streamed from YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWUmNAgkacs&feature=youtu.be; and it will be available via iTunes later in the week.

 

 

 

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

UK Well Represented at NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ National Conference

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 17:11

 

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) — The University of Kentucky will be well represented by current and future leaders as well as expert presenters at the national conference of NAFSA (Association of International Educators), ’“Building Capacity for Global Learning,” May 29-June 3 in Denver, Colorado.

 

UK’s contingent will join others in welcoming plenary speakers of note: David Brooks, op-ed columnist for The New York Times and a frequent analyst for PBS, NPR and NBC’s “Meet the Press"; Bryan Stevenson, visionary legal scholar, advocate and champion for social justice who founded and directs the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization committed to fair and just treatment for all people in the U.S. legal system; Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, journalist, author and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Kailash Satyarthi, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 in recognition of his ongoing efforts to eliminate child labor and for the right of all children to an education.

 

UK presenters include Ellie Holliday, Summer Eglinski, Thomas Teague, Michael Hagel, Bessie Guerrant and Seth Riker, who also serves the NAFSA regional team as the communications coordinator.

 

In addition to the expert presenters, UK’s NAFSA leaders include Region VI’s chair-elect, Frances Henkel, a student advisor with the UK International Center. She will coordinate the session proposals for the Region VI conference in the fall and learn about the best practices and innovative ideas happening all over the region. Henkel will chair the regional conference next year in Louisville. John Honeycutt of the UK International Center will also attend. He serves on the NAFSA Regulatory Ombud Subcommittee as the region VI regulatory ombud for student issues. Honeycutt’s committee liaises with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) service centers and provides vital regulatory updates to NAFSA members. At the national conference he will focus on federal policies affecting international education. Jason Hope, international risk analyst for the UK International Center, is Kentucky state representative to NAFSA, and Seth Riker is the communications coordinator for Region VI.

 

“The field of international education is full of smart, supportive and passionate professionals who navigate complicated regulations and sometimes incredibly complex student issues,” Henkel said. “Both our regional conferences and participation in the annual conference have helped me to grow and learn from amazing colleagues over the years and I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the region in this way.”

 

NAFSA plays a vital role in keeping professionals well versed in the increasingly complex world of global education. It represents four key professional practice areas: comprehensive internationalization, education abroad, international education enrollment and international student and scholar services, as well as cross-cutting competencies, which describe the shared skills and knowledge needed across all international education domains: advocacy, intercultural communication, community communication and leadership.

 

The NAFSA International Education Professional Competencies™ is the most comprehensive listing of the necessary competencies for success in the field of international education. Created by a group of NAFSA member leaders and reviewed by numerous international education experts, the NAFSA International Education Professional Competencies forms the basic building blocks of the international education profession. This inventory is intended to define the professional knowledge, skills and abilities expected of international education professionals working in the United States, regardless of their area of specialization or role within the field. From advisor to manager to policy maker, the International Education Professional Competencies offer everyone working in international education a direction for professional success.

 

Presenters representing UK for the upcoming national NAFSA conference include:

 

Ellie Holliday

Assistant director of International School Partnerships and coordinator of International Student and Scholar Mobility for the UK College of Education, Holliday earned her master's degree in diplomacy and international commerce from the UK Patterson School and worked with the UK Education Abroad office for two years co-coordinating its Peer Ambassador Program.

 

Presentation: "Beyond Orientation: Supporting International Students and Scholars by Strengthening Partnerships."

Holliday will focus on what happens after the variety of orientation and support services many colleges have in place for new international students. She will discuss gaps in support experienced by students and scholars and will provide ideas for closing those gaps through forging strong, collaborative relationships. She hopes her listeners can identify areas where international students and scholars experience a gap in support and develop ideas for closing this gap, can think strategically about how to use existing resources to better serve this unique community and explore how to develop stronger partnerships utilizing various resources.

 

Summer Eglinski

Director of Gatton Global Initiatives in the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics, Eglinski previously worked as an academic advisor for business and as an education abroad advisor at both UK and Kennesaw State University. She received her master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas in 2009.

 

Session: Eglinski, Holliday, UK Gatton College Academic Adviser Thomas Teague and Leigh Poole, director of the International Center at Winthrop University in South Carolina, will chair a session discussing how to extend support of international students and scholars beyond the orientation period through strategic campus partnerships.

 

Eglinski is also a co-presenter at a poster presentation titled “Enhancing Learning Before, During, and After Education Abroad: Education Abroad and Academic Advisors as Orientation Facilitators.” Eglinski and Teague will co-present a poster “Beyond the Orientation: Student Learning via Advising Before, During and After Education Abroad.”

 

Michael Hagel

 

Data management specialist at UK International Center/International Student and Scholar Services, Hagel manages UK’s student and scholar tracking tool and the OPT student list.

 

Presentation: "Cloud Computing for the International Student and Scholar Services Office."

 

Bessie M. Guerrant

Associate director of Undergraduate Research, Guerrant is a former Kentucky Distinguished Educator and has extensive experience in public school education reform and improvement initiatives. She has developed and managed several university programs targeting both high school and undergraduate students in research. She has served on many boards and committees, including the executive board of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Washington, D.C., and the board of directors of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. She has served as a proposal reader for the National Science Foundation, NASA and the U.S. Department of Education..

 

Presentation: "Undergraduate Research Abroad: Creating Global Opportunities."

Guerrant will examine the links between undergraduate research and studying abroad and how research abroad differs from regular study abroad programming. She hopes her listeners develop an understanding of why setting up an undergraduate research abroad program is valuable for their top students and their institution; develop knowledge on how to finance an undergraduate research abroad program; and develop an understanding of the outcomes and deliverables of undergraduate research abroad.

 

Seth Riker

Marketing and communications manager for the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and  communications coordinator for NAFSA Region VI, Riker recieved NAFSA's inaugural Rising Star Young Leader Award in 2015 for his exceptional work to promote international education through several new and creative strategies, his contributions to Region VI, and his work as UK's first Education Abroad promotion and outreach coordinator.

 

Presentations: "Breaking into Education Abroad" and "Creating Videos on a Budget for an International Office."

 

"NAFSA has been a great outlet for networking and development,” Riker said. “I've made connections across the country with international educators in all areas of academia. In a time when campus internationalization is the expectation, not a luxury, my NAFSA network has been critical for benchmarking and idea sharing. If UK is to become an internationally recognized institution, fostering the next generation of global leaders, we all have a role to play."

 

“I participate in most NAFSA national, regional and state conferences,” said Holliday, “because they help me stay up-to-date with changes and updates in the fields of international student and scholar services and education abroad, both of which I work with in my position as assistant director of International School Partnerships in the College of Education. I also enjoy being able to network and meet with colleagues in the field.”

 

Eglinski says her participation in NAFSA is like involvement with any professional organization. “Being involved with NAFSA allows me to check the pulse of the field, in this case international education as it pertains to higher education. It allows professionals to share best practices, information and research in a collegial setting."

 

“It can be very easy to feel alone when you work with unique populations,” Eglinski said. “Involvement with NAFSA cracks the barriers of isolation, opens up resources and introduces you to ways of thinking that are new. Because I also work with exchange programs within the College of Business, NAFSA national conferences provide me with the valuable opportunity to also meet with my international partners in a central location. Of the eight exchange programs the Gatton College supports, six of our partners will be attending the NAFSA conference in Denver. This allows me to meet with representatives from our partner schools, discuss issues, learn about their programs in greater depth, and share information about UK and Gatton conveniently, easily and efficiently.”

 

With more than 10,000 members, NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. For more information about the organization, visit www.nafsa.org/. To learn more about its advocacy efforts on behalf of international education, visit www.ConnectingOurWorld.org and @ConnectOurWorld on Twitter.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

STUDY: Regular Exercise at Any Age Could Keep the Mind Young

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 14:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) — Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias.

 

A group of researchers led by Nathan Johnson, Ph.D., of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, was able to demonstrate a positive correlation between fitness and blood flow to areas of the brain where the hallmark tangles and plaques of AD pathology are usually first detected.

Thirty men and women ages 59-69 were put through treadmill fitness assessments and ultrasounds of the heart. Then they received brain scans to look for blood flow to certain areas of the brain.

 

“We set out to characterize the relationship between heart function, fitness, and cerebral blood flow, which no other study had explored to date,” Johnson said.  “In other words, if you’re in good physical shape, does that improve blood flow to critical areas of the brain? And does that improved blood flow provide some form of protection from dementia?”

 

The results showed blood flow to critical areas of the brain – and so the supply of oxygen and vital nutrients – was higher in those who were more physically fit.

 

In layman’s terms, this study demonstrates that regular exercise at any age could keep the mind young, said Johnson.

 

“Can we prove irrefutably that increased fitness will prevent Alzheimer’s disease?  Not at this point,” Johnson said.  “But this is an important first step towards demonstrating that being physically active improves blood flow to the brain and confers some protection from dementia, and conversely that people who live sedentary lifestyles, especially those who are genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s, might be more susceptible.”

 

Since people who exercise frequently often have reduced arterial stiffness, Johnson and his group postulate that regular physical activity – regardless of age – maintains the integrity of the “pipes” that carry blood to the brain.

 

“In the mid-late 20th century, much of the research into dementias like Alzheimer’s focused on vascular contributions to disease, but the discovery of amyloid plaques and tangles took prevailing research in a different direction” Johnson said.  “Research like this heralds a return to the exploration of the ways the vascular system contributes to the disease process.”

 

Johnson’s research, which was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health CTSA (UL1TR000117) and the University of Kentucky's Clinical Services Core, was published in the current issue of NeuroImage.

 

Media Contact: Laura Dawahare, laura.dawahare@uky.edu

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 17, 1912

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 13:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 223rd diary entry from May 17, 1912, recalls the senior rising before the sun, breezing through her logic exam and an afternoon of recreation.

 

May 17th. Get up at four o'clock again. Logic was easy. In the afternoon visit the swimming pool, then come home and play my first game of tennis; play all afternoon, so am awfully stiff.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Longtime UK Professor, Administrator Susan Carvalho Joins University of Alabama

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 11:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2016) – Longtime University of Kentucky scholar and academic administrator Susan Carvalho is assuming the position of dean of the Graduate School and associate provost at the University of Alabama.

 

Carvalho begins in Alabama on July 1.

 

“For more than 25 years, Susan Carvalho has embodied excellence in teaching and scholarship, as well as a number of pivotal leadership roles at the University of Kentucky," UK Provost Tim Tracy said. "As a faculty member, as a college administrator, and for the last six years as a member of the provost’s leadership team and, most recently, as a dean, Susan has always taken on roles with enthusiasm, focus and intellect. In particular, she has been one of the primary drivers behind our increasingly successful efforts to internationalize our campus — an initiative that has made us a more diverse, inclusive and vibrant community.

 

“I have every confidence that she will continue her outstanding career at our sister institution, the University of Alabama. We wish her only the best as she takes this next step in her professional career."

 

Carvalho currently serves as associate provost for internationalization and interim associate provost and dean of The Graduate School.

 

She has an extensive administrative background, having previously served as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, convener of the General Education Reform Steering Committee, interim chair of the Departments of Hispanic Studies and  Political Science, chair of the Domestic Partner Benefits Committee, and she also held a concurrent appointment for six years as director of the Spanish School at Middlebury College in Vermont.

 

Carvalho currently holds the rank of full professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies. An internationally visible scholar of Hispanic cultural studies, she has published one monograph and one edited volume, along with numerous scholarly articles and book reviews, and has delivered more than 40 invited lectures and conference presentations. 

 

She has brought over $3 million in international grants and projects to UK, both to internationalize the UK campus and to advise on higher education in developing countries.

 

“UK has been a wonderful place to work and live for the past 26 years. The transformations the campus has seen have been incredible, and I have always found role models among the faculty, staff, and administration,” Carvalho said. “I look forward to watching UK’s continued advancement from afar, and with wonderful memories of the students and teams with whom I’ve had the privilege to work.”

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jay Blanton, jay.blanton@uky.edu; 859-257-6605

College of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Named NAP Distinguished Fellow

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 16:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2016) — The National Academies of Practices (NAP) has designated family nurse practitioner Kathy Wheeler, a faculty member in the UK College of Nursing, a Distinguished Public Policy Fellow. The honor was given during the NAP national conference in April.  

 

Distinguished Public Policy Fellows of the NAP have achieved exemplary careers in their respective health profession and made enduring contributions to public policies influencing health care practice. Nominated by fellow NAP members, fellows are elected for life.

 

Wheeler has devoted nearly four decades of work toward creating a positive practice environment for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).  She was a founding member of the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives, later serving as executive director.  Instrumental in obtaining prescriptive authority for APRNs in 1996, she has gone on to secure numerous other legislative and regulatory changes to improve health care delivery in Kentucky. 

 

She has published and presented extensively on numerous policy and practice topics, recently chairing the Health Policy Module Working Group of the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, producing a nationally distributed series of modules to educate nurse practitioners on health policy.  As Chair of the International Committee of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) she has worked to educate APRNs on global practice issues. 

 

Wheeler has affected policy through numerous elected or appointed board positions, including her roles as commissioner and secretary of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program; as treasurer, Region 4 director and Kentucky State Representative of the AANP; a member of the Kynect Advisory Board; chair of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools International Subcommittee on Advanced Practice Nursing Professional Nurse Credentials and Standards Committee; a member of the Kentucky Nursing Technical Advisory Committee; and a member of the Kentucky Drug Management Review Advisory Board. Wheeler is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program. 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

 

 

13-Year-Old Boy Enjoys Being “Normal Kid" Again After Epilepsy Surgery

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 16:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2016) − Anyone who's 13 years old — or who was once 13 — can relate to the embarrassment of a parent insisting on sitting in the room while they showered.

 

Unfortunately, that was the reality for 13-year-old Joey Maggard until a delicate surgical procedure eliminated his epileptic seizures this past January.

 

At the time of his surgery, Joey's seizures were so frequent and unpredictable — about 20-30 per month — that his mother, Erin Smith, would sit in the bathroom in case he seized while showering.

 

"It was so frustrating for him and heartbreaking for me," Erin recalls. "He wanted so much to be 'just a kid,' but the reality was that being 'just a kid' could have been dangerous for him."

 

Adding to the disappointment were the other restrictions imposed upon Joey. He could no longer play his beloved sports or have sleepovers with friends.  He was forced to follow a restricted diet and reduce Xbox and electronics use. After his seizures increased in frequency, his school district asked that he be tutored at home for the last half of his sixth grade year.

 

"Epilepsy is often misunderstood by the lay public, and epilepsy patients are often teased or shunned, particularly when they are younger," said Dr. Meriem Bensalem-Owen, director of the Epilepsy Program at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute at the University of Kentucky. "As a result, they often isolate themselves for fear of losing control in public, and depression and anxiety commonly go hand-in-hand with the stigma of epilepsy."

 

Bensalem-Owen considers it part of her responsibility to reassure patients that they are not alone in their journey.

 

"More than 150,000 Kentuckians are living with epilepsy today," she explains. "I think many patients are surprised when I tell them that."

 

Even more reassuring, Bensalem-Owen believes, is the fact that she has a personal experience with epilepsy.

 

"My son had seizures few years ago, and I literally told myself 'OK, so now I have to be as brave as the parents of my patients and do what I tell them to do.' So I understand, not just as an epileptologist but as mom, what Joey and his family were going through and I can reinforce with them that there is a team with them every every step of the way."

 

Joey's odyssey began when he was nine. Erin said that while Joey's birth was stressful, otherwise "he was great, he hit every milestone." With no family history, his first and second seizures — about six months apart — were a shock to his family. After Joey experienced a grand mal seizure — considered the most violent and dangerous of all seizures — a CAT scan at a hospital close to their Lincoln County home found a lesion in his brain.  He was referred to Dr. Qutubuddin G. Khan, a pediatric neurologist at the UK Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI).

 

The Epilepsy Program at KNI is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as  Level 4 Center — its highest designation. A Level 4 center provides more extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatment, including thorough and highly technical evaluation for a wide range of surgical treatment for epilepsy. Since 2003, US News and World Report has included NAEC Level 4 adult epilepsy centers as a part of its ranking criteria.

 

"Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide

the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy,” said Dr. Larry Goldstein, chair of the UK Department of Neurology and KNI co-director. "To achieve this designation is an apt reflection of our institutional commitment to provide the best subspecialty care to the people of Kentucky and beyond."

 

At first, Khan tried a variety of medications, alone and in combination.  Each time, says Erin, they would work for a while, but Joey's seizures would eventually return.

 

"One of the things I loved most about Dr. Khan was how candid he was," said Erin. "After each setback, he'd sit with us and explain patiently what our next options were and the pros and cons of each option."

 

Based on initial testing to determine what areas of the brain Joey's seizures came from, Khan felt Joey was a good candidate for surgery, and referred him to Bensalem-Owen for further evaluation.

 

A crucial step in the process of assessing Joey’s seizures — and a hallmark of centers with NAEC Level 4 accreditation — is invasive brain monitoring, where the skull is opened and a delicate web of electrodes is placed directly on the brain. Over a period of days Joey was monitored and brain mapping was performed to pinpoint exactly which parts of his brain controlled essential functions like speech, and those points were compared to the areas were his seizures arose. It's a painstaking and uncomfortable process.

 

"I asked Joey if he was ready for this, and he looked me straight in the eye and said YES," said Bensalem-Owen.  "He said he was tired of missing school and having poor grades. I was impressed by how determined and brave he was."

 

Brain mapping indicated three small areas that were leading to Joey's seizures.  Two areas were perilously close to the part of Joey's brain that controlled vision and motor function; Bensalem-Owen knew that precision was critical to a successful outcome for Joey.

 

Once the doctors knew which parts of Joey's brain to target and which parts to avoid, KNI neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Pittman performed the surgery to remove the lesions that were causing his seizures. Then began the waiting game.

 

"Joey's been seizure-free since his surgery," said Amy.  "He now can take showers and be alone outside without my constant supervision. I know we've got a ways to go before we're out of the woods, but this has been a huge burden lifted."

 

Furthermore, says Bensalem-Owen, Joey's vision and other motor function have remained intact. "We couldn't have hoped for a better outcome," she said.

 

Bensalem-Owen stresses that while surgery isn't an option for everyone, there are large swaths of individuals with epilepsy who either don't know about or are afraid of surgery, and those people are suffering needlessly.

 

"In the U.S., there are more than 100,000 patients who are candidates for surgery, and only about 2,000 people elect to have the surgery every year," she said.  "We need to educate patients and healthcare providers that surgery shouldn't be treated as a last resort, that patients don't need to suffer from the physical and emotional effects of epilepsy for ten or twenty years.  If someone has uncontrolled epilepsy for more than a year, they should seek an opinion at an accredited epilepsy center."

 

In a post-surgery appointment with Bensalem-Owen, Joey was bouncy and talkative.  His hair was growing back, mostly covering the scar that extends from the top of his head to just behind his ear. His grades have rebounded since his return to school in March and he has been cleared to play sports in June. He will continue epilepsy medication as an added precaution, but Bensalem-Owen predicts a complete return to the life that allows kids to be just that — kids.

 

"On my first day back to school, as I was going down the hall teachers were shrieking and kids were hugging me," Joey recalled with a smile. "I was back with my buddies again, and I was so happy."

 

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

 

Media Contact:  Laura Dawahare, Laura.Dawahare@uky.edu, (859) 257-5307

 

UK Dentistry Supports Infant Cleft Care

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2016) – During a routine 20 week prenatal checkup, Stacey and Brock Westlund learned their baby, Jensen, would be born with a cleft lip, a condition where tissue that makes up the lip and roof of the mouth (palate) doesn't join completely during pregnancy and a baby will be born with an opening in the lip and roof of mouth, known as a cleft lip, palate or oral cleft.

 

In the United States, nearly 6,800 babies are born with oral clefts each year. In most cases, the condition requires surgery to avoid long-term complications. Following the news, the Westlunds began searching for options to help Jensen once he arrived. Their search led them to Dr. Cristina Perez, assistant professor in pediatric dentistry at UK Dentistry.

 

Originally from Utah, the Westlunds and their two children moved to Kentucky in 2012. Both work at the University of Kentucky — Stacey as a cardiac sonographer at Gill Heart Institute and Brock as a resident in medical physics at the Markey Cancer Center. Although their first two children were born without oral clefts, Stacey is not a stranger to the condition as she was born with a cleft lip and palate.

 

“In my hours upon hours of research regarding clefts and the means by which optimal results are obtained during repair, I spent a lot of time focusing on Nasoalveolar Molding (NAM),” she said. “With NAM use, some babies are able to avoid the most difficult surgery which is the bone graft. And from my memories of that particular surgery, it would have been nice to have bypassed it.”

 

NAM treatment involves creating a specially fitted molding device for infants to wear in their mouths in the months preceding surgery. The dentist then sees their NAM patient weekly to make adjustments to the molding device. Upon learning about NAM, Stacey began searching for an area dentist experienced in the treatment. Her search led her to the UK HealthCare blog – A Passion for Cleft Care hosted by Dr. James Liau, UK pediatric plastic surgeon. From there, Liau connected Stacey with Dr. Perez.

 

“Dr. Liau and I both attend clinics involving cleft care held by the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs. At his suggestion, I looked into becoming trained to offer NAM treatment to help babies with cleft conditions,” said Perez. “The work is challenging as my patients are too young to understand, cooperate, or tell me where it hurts. Seeing the progress babies like Jensen make each week has been very rewarding. I’m glad I can make their next steps easier, as well as expose our pediatric dental residents to this type of treatment.”  

 

When asked if her medical background has helped to make treatment easier, Stacey said, “nothing can prepare a person for the NAM…every cleft is different and every child reacts to it differently. I knew from everything that I had read…NAM would be a commitment…time consuming. In all honesty, any concerns or hesitations that should have surfaced were overshadowed by the determination."

 

“Dr. Perez is outstanding…She loves what she does and I know that she loves little J,” said Stacey. “She has been so supportive and accommodating…We have a love-hate relationship with what we call “NAMY,” more love than hate because it has been a blessing for Jensen.”

 

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

 

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

Display of Classic Cars in Downtown Lexington Marks Countdown to Concours

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2016) — The Maserati Mingle, a free preview of classic cars marking the lead up to the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, will take place at Lexington's Court House Square on Friday, May 20.

 

Sponsored by Maserati of Cincinnati, the Maserati Mingle will feature a variety of exotic automobiles, including vintage models from Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche and local classic cars. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site. The exhibition opens at 5:30 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. 

 

This year patrons are invited to attend an after-party at the 21c Museum Hotel at 167 West Main St. from 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and must be purchased in advanced. 

 

“This will be a fun, memorable event with a number of local classic cars on display at downtown Lexington’s Court House Square,” Connie Jones, Concours co-chair, said. “It serves as a warm-up for the upcoming Keeneland Concours d’Elegance weekend on July 14-17, and all proceeds will benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital."

 

Tickets and information for the Keeneland Concours will be available at the Maserati Mingle.

 

Chrysler is the feature marque of the 2016 Keeneland Concours d'Elegance on Saturday, July 16. UK Federal Credit Union and WEKU are supporting sponsors of the event. 

 

Since the first event in 2004, the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance has showcased the finest in automobiles and the attractions of central Kentucky on the grounds of the Keeneland Race Course. Activities include a Bourbon Tour, Hangar Bash and the Tour d’Elegance of scenic Kentucky backroads. Proceeds benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital to help bring better health care to the children of Kentucky. 

 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

Discounts Available to Join The Club at UK's Spindletop Hall

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2016) — The University of Kentucky is proud to make available two clubs for its faculty and staff – one on campus, the Hilary J. Boone Center, and the second, larger facility, The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall on Iron Works Pike.

 

Although it may not be widely known, UK faculty and staff always receive 50 percent off the initiation fee at The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall. However, for a limited time the club is offering extra discounts this spring for faculty and staff. New members will receive an additional 33 percent off the initiation fee, but only through May 31.  

 

For example, the regular initiation fee for a UK family membership is $375, but with the extra discount, the initiation fee is $250. Dues for a family are $127.50 per month. Memberships are also available for singles, single-parent families, couples, seniors and more.

 

Some of the many benefits of a Spindletop membership for staff and faculty are:

·       Use of the mansion with versatile space for social or business events

·       Three heated swimming pools, including one with family-fun water features, a baby pool, swim and dive teams, and the Tiki Bar and Grill

·       10 tennis courts, two chipping and putting greens, pickleball and croquet courts

·       Easy access to the Legacy Trail with bike rental and storage available

·       Roxie’s upscale casual indoor and al fresco dining

·       Picnic areas and outdoor event space

·       Discounted golf opportunities at the University Club of Kentucky and other area courses

 

Spindletop offers another valuable perk for members. Being a part of the Association of College and University Clubs entitles Spindletop members to reciprocal privileges at nearly 80 university-related clubs across the country and around the globe. For a downloadable list of ACUC clubs, visit http://www.acuclubs.org/Files/Library/ACUCRosterasof4.17.15.pdf

 

For more information about how to become a member of The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall, call 859-255-2777 or email membership@spindletophall.org or holly.clark@uky.edu.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

UK Granted Permission to Conduct Drone-based Research Nationwide

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 16, 2016) — The University of Kentucky has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct research with unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, nationwide, following FAA regulations.

 

"UK is among the first universities in the country to receive this new FAA “blanket” CoA," said Suzanne Smith, director of the UK Unmanned Systems Research Consortium and the Donald and Gertrude Lester Professor of Mechanical Engineering. "Now, UK faculty will be among the first to perform and publish their research on leading-edge autonomy technologies and applications, and the new scientific discoveries that are sure to result."

 

The FAA's public Certificate of Authorization (CoA) allows UK researchers to fly drones that are less than 55 pounds up to 400 feet and less than 100 mph at sites across the U.S., away from airports and under other FAA procedures. UK is currently reviewing its guidelines with respect to drones on campus.

 

Procedures for those flying under the CoA include registering the UAS; issuing a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) 24 hours prior to flights; having a certified pilot overseeing all flights along with trained visual observers; following safety procedures; maintaining a logbook; and submitting monthly reports.

 

Researchers across a range of disciplines will now be allowed to conduct flights, including mining, precision agriculture, atmospheric science, and transportation — all areas of significance for Kentucky and the nation — at their respective research sites.

 

"For example, researchers in transportation can conduct bridge inspection research for all but a handful of the 11,000 bridges in Kentucky at this altitude," Smith said.

 

UK researchers also continue to increase their UAS-based research collaborations across the nation. This summer, UAS-based mining research led by College of Engineering Professor Braden Lusk will be conducted in West Virginia and Wyoming. The three-state, four-university CLOUDMAP program, funded by the National Science Foundation to research atmospheric science and led at UK by Michael Sama, Jesse Hoagg, Sean Bailey, Marcelo Guzman and Smith, will be conducted in Kentucky and Oklahoma. Other projects, such as Elk research in Robinson Forest, as well as geological and transportation research across Kentucky, are in the planning stages.

 

"This type of research could not be accomplished without the support of many individuals campuswide," Smith said. "And the researchers are very grateful."

 

To fly previously, UK researchers had to submit a separate application for each aircraft/location/flight-plan combination. Each application required multiple parts and could take three to nine months or more to process.  

 

UK researchers who would like information should email Suzanne Smith at suzanne.smith@uky.edu or Ryan Nolin at ryan.nolin@uky.edu.

 

 

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

 

 

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

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