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UK's Opera, Theatre Productions Test Love's Limits

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 15:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) — While love may be in the air, the characters in University of Kentucky Opera Theatre's production of "South Pacific" and UK Department of Theatre and Dance's production of "The Importance of Being Earnest" must try to overcome momentous obstacles to find their happily ever after. From issues of prejudice to a serious lack of trust, the road to love is met with many hazards.


"South Pacific," by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, is based on the James A. Michener Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, "Tales of the South Pacific," which sends a strong progressive message about racism through the power of love. Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.


UK Opera Theatre Director Everett McCorvey talks about the upcoming "South Pacific" production. Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations and Marketing.


Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s marriage proposal. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl he’s fallen in love with out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. Tragedy must come to the couples before they realize life is too short to hold such prejudices.


While "South Pacific" happened to be a great fit for current talent in UK Opera Theatre, it also was a very timely choice with issues of race, politics and love still very much part of the national dialogue.


"This show was important to me because of its comments on love, race and politics. Of course in this show, the conflict is with the lead character, a navy nurse stationed in the South Pacific who grew up in the South in Arkansas and had values taught to her by her mother of looking for a man of the same color with the same political persuasion. And what does she find? A man who is French, which was okay, but he fathered two Polynesian children, which was not OK with Nellie," said Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre. "She actually calls the children 'colored.' Finding out that he had 'colored' children and that he had been married to a 'colored' Polynesian was all too much for her." 


"Also the story of love and race runs through the character of Lt. Joseph Cable from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who falls in love with a Tonkinese girl named Liat. He can’t envision marrying her because she too is 'colored.' He is torn up by this because he really loves her and he sings one of the most powerful songs ever written for the musical stage. It is only 90 seconds long but has reverberated for generations."


The song McCorvey is referring to, "You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught," explores how hate is a taught emotion, not something children are born with. The lyrics are:

"You've got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You've got to be taught
From year to year,
It's got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff'rent shade,
You've got to be carefully taught.

You've got to be taught before it's too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You've got to be carefully taught!"


Many wanted Rodgers and Hammerstein to cut the song from the show but they refused. "It is the heart of the theme of 'South Pacific.' A theme that resonated in 1949 and still resonates today," McCorvey said.


Though decidedly lighter in its presentation, "The Importance of Being Earnest" also takes on an all too serious matter when it comes to couples in love — trust. The couples at the center of the farcical comedy must decipher if it is true love or just romance and a love for being "in love."


Oscar Wilde's satirical wit shapes the masterpiece, which brings to life a case of mistaken identity. "The Importance of Being Earnest," which premiered in 1895, comments on the hypocrisy of Victorian society, the conflicting values of morality and sincerity.


Who is Ernest? Is he the disreputable (and fabricated) brother of the honorable Jack Worthing? Is he the pseudonym of Algernon Moncrieff, Jack’s best friend and avid supporter of the so-called “Bunburyists”? Their fiancées certainly would like to know. "The Importance of Being Earnest" takes audiences on a jaunt into a world of illusion, deception and Victorian societal decorum.


What begins as the men just telling lies of convenience increasingly gets complicated as the women start to tell lies of the their own and eventually the truth must be revealed.


"They tell one lie after another until everything blows up and they realize what they want — the truth — has been there all along. Or, what Jack comes to find out is that actually, in the end, all his lies are really true," said Nancy Jones, chair of UK Department of Theatre and Dance. 


"South Pacific" will begin 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at the Lexington Opera House. "South Pacific" tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the Lexington Center.


"The Importance of Being Earnest" will take the Guignol Theatre stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8-10 and Oct.15-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 and 18. Tickets for the production are $15 for general admission and $10 for UK students with a valid ID through the Singletary Center box office. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at or purchase in person during operating hours.


UK Opera Theatre is part of the UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition and music theory.


The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from the renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life. 



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

UK HealthCare Physicians Named to 2015-16 Best Doctor's List

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 15:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) – UK HealthCare has more than 125 physicians practicing medicine with UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital and Shriner's Hospitals for Children who appear on the Best Doctors in America list for 2015-16 – more than any other hospital in Kentucky. Only 5 percent of doctors in America earn this honor, decided by impartial peer review.


The Best Doctors in America list, assembled by Best Doctors Inc. and audited and certified by Gallup, results from polling of more than 40,000 physicians in the United States. Doctors in more than 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine appear on this year’s List. 


The experts who are part of the Best Doctors in America database provide the most advanced medical expertise and knowledge to patients with serious conditions – often saving lives in the process by finding the right diagnosis and right treatment.


2015-16 Best Doctor's List:

Sadiq Ahmed                            Nephrology

Kenneth B. Ain                         Endocrinology and Metabolism

Michael I. Anstead                    Pediatric Specialist

Rony K. Aouad                         Otolaryngology

Susanne M. Arnold                   Medical Oncology and Hematology

Henrietta Salvilla Bada             Pediatric Specialist

Hubert O. Ballard                     Pediatric Specialist

Robert J. Baumann                   Pediatric Specialist

Louis Bezold                             Pediatric Specialist

Peter James Blackburn             Ophthalmology

Christopher A. Boarman           Pediatrics

David C. Booth                         Cardiovascular Disease

Edwin A. Bowe                         Anesthesiology

Robert A. Broughton                Pediatric Specialist

Raeford E. Brown, Jr.               Pediatric Specialist

Scottie B. Day                           Pediatric Specialist

Christopher P. DeSimone         Obstetrics and Gynecology

Philip A. DeSimone                  Medical Oncology and Hematology

David J. DiSantis                      Radiology

John Draus                               Pediatric Specialist   

John H. Eichhorn                     Anesthesiology

Eric D. Endean                         Vascular Surgery

Deborah R. Erickson                Urology

B. Mark Evers                           Surgery

John L. Fowlkes                        Pediatric Specialist

Peter J. Giannone, Jr.               Pediatric Specialist

Jacqueline S. Gibson               Internal Medicine

Larry B. Goldstein                    Neurology

Donna G. Grigsby                     Pediatrics

John C. Gurley                         Cardiovascular Disease

Wendy Fetterman Hansen       Obstetrics and Gynecology

Andrew Hoellein                       Internal Medicine

Robert Hosey                            Family Medicine

Joseph A. Iocono                      Pediatric Specialist

Mary Lloyd Ireland                   Orthopaedic Surgery

Henry Iwinski                           Pediatric Specialist

Gregory A. Jicha                       Neurology

Darren Lee Johnson                 Orthopaedic Surgery

Raleigh O. Jones                      Otolaryngology

Jamshed F. Kanga                    Pediatric Specialist

Dennis Karounos                      Endocrinology and Metabolism

Edward J. Kasarskis                 Neurology

Douglas G. Katz                       Ophthalmology

Philip A. Kern                           Endocrinology and Metabolism

Stefan G. Kiessling                   Pediatric Specialist

Mahesh R. Kudrimoti               Radiation Oncology

Cheri D. Landers                      Pediatric Specialist

Philip B. Latham                       Pediatrics

Steve W. Leung                       Cardiovascular Disease

Robert W. Lightfoot, Jr.           Rheumatology

Richard Lock                           Anesthesiology

Grace F. Maguire                     Pediatrics

Scott D. Mair                            Orthopaedic Surgery

Hartmut H. Malluche                Nephrology

Jeremiah T. Martin                   Thoracic Surgery

Erich C. Maul                           Pediatrics

Hanna W. Mawad                     Nephrology

Ronald Charles McGarry          Radiation Oncology

Patrick C. McGrath                   Surgical Oncology

Adrian W. Messerli                  Cardiovascular Disease

Douglas A. Milligan                 Obstetrics and Gynecology

Todd Milbrandt                         Pediatric Specialist

David J. Minion                         Vascular Surgery

Amr El-Husseini Mohamed      Nephrology

David J. Moliterno                    Cardiovascular Disease

Alba E. Morales                        Pediatric Specialist

Peter E. Morris                         Critical Care Medicine

Timothy W. Mullett                    Thoracic Surgery

Kevin R. Nelson                        Neurology

Nicholas J. Nickl III                   Gastroenterology

M. Elizabeth Oates                   Radiology

John M. O'Brien, Jr.                  Obstetrics and Gynecology

Hatim A. Omar                          Pediatric Specialist

Amit Patel                                 Plastic Surgery

Kevin A. Pearce                        Geriatric Medicine

P. Andrew Pearson                   Ophthalmology

Luther C. Pettigrew, Jr.             Neurology

Barbara A. Phillips                    Sleep Medicine

Thomas Pittman                        Pediatric Specialist

Andrew R. Pulito*                      Pediatric Specialist   

Marcus E. Randall                     Radiation Oncology

Annette Rebel                           Critical Care Medicine

Hassan K. Reda                        Thoracic Surgery

Aru Reddy                                 Pediatric Specialist

L. Raymond Reynolds              Endocrinology and Metabolism

Julie Ribes                                Pathology

Scott A. Riley                            Hand Surgery

John J. Rinehart*                      Medical Oncology and Hematology

Kimberly Ringley                      Pediatrics

William C. Robertson, Jr.         Pediatric Specialist

David W. Rudy                         Clinical Pharmacology, Internal Medicine

Sarah S. Rugg                         Cardiovascular Disease

Sibu P. Saha                            Thoracic Surgery

Sheila P. Sanders                    Ophthalmology

B. Peter Sawaya                      Nephrology

Douglas J. Schneider               Pediatric Specialist

Jeffrey Bryan Selby                  Orthopaedic Surgery

Lori Shook                                Pediatric Specialist

Michael Sekela                         Thoracic Surgery

John Slevin                               Neurology

David A. Sloan                          Surgical Oncology

Charles D. Smith, Jr.                Neurology

Mikel D. Smith                          Cardiovascular Disease

Susan Smyth                            Cardiovascular Disease

Vincent L. Sorrell                     Cardiovascular Disease

William Henry St. Clair             Radiation Oncology

Carol Steltenkamp                   Pediatrics

Julia C. Stevens                       Pediatric Specialist

Dan L. Stewart                          Pediatric Specialist

Stephen Strup                           Urology

Lisa R. Tannock                        Endocrinology and Metabolism

Vishwas R. Talwalkar               Pediatric Specialist

Alice C. Thornton                     Infectious Disease

Kathryn M. Thrailkill                  Pediatric Specialist

Phillip A. Tibbs                         Neurological Surgery

Dale E. Toney                          Internal Medicine

Fred Rand Ueland                    Obstetrics and Gynecology

Joseph Valentino                      Otolaryngology

Craig Van Horne                       Neurological Surgery

Woodford S. Van Meter            Ophthalmology

John R. van Nagell                    Obstetrics and Gynecology

Henry C. Vasconez                   Pediatric Specialist, Plastic Surgery

Lars M. Wagner                        Pediatric Specialist

Carmel Wallace                         Pediatrics

Gretchen Lois Wells                  Cardiovascular Disease

Thomas French Whayne, Jr.     Cardiovascular Disease

Michael L. Wittkamp                  Pediatric Specialist

Thomas L. Young                     Pediatrics

Khaled M. Ziada                       Cardiovascular Disease

Joseph B. Zwischenberger       Critical Care Medicine, Thoracic Surgery


   *recently retired

Lieutenant Governor Candidates to Debate at UK

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) — Three weeks before election day, all three Kentucky Lieutenant Governor candidates will debate — particularly with a focus on issues impacting women in the Bluegrass — on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the University of Kentucky.


The debate, sponsored by the UK Women's Forum, WUKY, the UK Student Government Association and WRFL, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the William T. Young Library Auditorium.


Emmy-winning journalist and LEX18 news anchor Nancy Cox will moderate. Heather Curtis, running mate to independent candidate Drew Curtis; Jenean M. Hampton, running mate to Republican candidate Matt Bevin; and Sannie Overly, running mate to Democratic candidate Jack Conway will participate in the debate.


"We are excited to bring the candidates for Lt. Governor to campus to address issues related to the well-being of women in the bluegrass!" said Rhonda Henry, director of the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center and past-chair of the UK Women's Forum. "It is a unique circumstance to have three female candidates for this office and we saw this as a wonderful opportunity for the Women’s Forum to partner with WUKY, the Student Government Association and WRFL to bring the candidates to our campus."


The debate will be broadcast live on and audio will be live streamed on  


“We’re so glad to be a part of bringing the debate to campus and we’re especially excited to broadcast the event live for folks who cannot attend in person," said Ben Allen, WRFL media adviser. "It’s a very important service we enjoy providing to our community of listeners.”


"As Lexington's NPR News Station WUKY remains committed to sponsoring debates and candidate forums so that voters can make an informed decision," said WUKY News Director Alan Lytle. "We are proud to partner with the UK Women's Forum, SGA, and WRFL on an event that will help shape what will be a historic election for Kentucky."


Questions are being crafted by the UK Women's Forum in collaboration with WUKY morning news anchor/reporter Karyn Czar and Kentucky Gazette Editor and Publisher Laura Cullen Glasscock. Topics and suggested questions were submitted by members of the UK Women's Forum, as well as from the broader UK community. Suggestions for questions can be submitted at All candidates will be asked the same questions.


Each candidate will be given 90 seconds to respond to each question, and the order in which candidates answer each question will rotate. Candidates will also be given two minutes each for a closing statement.


"Through events like this, SGA aims to enrich the student body through advocacy, engagement and education surrounding women’s issues not only present in the university, but also, ones that are important in an international scope," said Boone Proffitt, SGA director of governmental relations. "In turn, this debate will be a platform celebrating civic processes while reflecting on the freedom that comes with being an American." 




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

SAB Wants to Hear From You!

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) — The Student Activities Board 2015 All-Student Survey available is now available. The survey gives students the chance to voice their event preferences for the spring 2016 semester. Students who complete the All-Student Survey, sponsored by the SAB Market Research Committee, by Wednesday, Oct. 14 ,will be entered to win prizes including an Apple TV Streaming Media Player Bundle, a soda maker, an Amazon fire stick, a 3-in-1 breakfast maker, a Beats pill portable speaker, a Vizio 32-Inch 1080p smart LED HDTV or a 500GB PlayStation 4 console-Madden NFL 16 bundle.


The All-Student Survey gives students an opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions regarding event ideas for all of SAB’s committees, including eight programming committees and four promotions committees. The survey guides SAB’s event programming; without research like the All-Student Survey results, events cannot be proposed to the board.


“The All-Student Survey is such an integral part of our programming process,” Aiyana Adams, SAB director of market research, said. “Student feedback is important because it helps SAB get a better understanding of what events you love and who to bring to campus!”


Students received the survey via email this week. Students can also access the survey via the SAB website and social media. The survey will close Oc. 14. Only full-time students are eligible to win prizes, and winners will be drawn at random.


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.

Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email



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

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


UK Academic Enhancement Wins National Learning Center Award

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015) — Members of Transformative Learning from Academic Enhancement and Presentation U! at University of Kentucky have traveled this week to the National College Learning Center Association’s (NCLCA) 30th Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they accepted the Frank Christ/NCLCA Outstanding Learning Center Award.


NCLCA is a national organization dedicated to supporting learning center professionals and a member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. NCLCA defines a learning center at an institute of higher education as, interactive, academic spaces which exist to reinforce and extend student learning in physical and/or virtual environments. A variety of comprehensive support services and programs are offered in these environments to enhance student academic success, retention and completion rates by applying best practices, student learning theory and addressing student-learning needs from multiple pedagogical perspectives. Staffed by professionals, paraprofessionals, faculty and/or trained student educators, learning centers are designed to reinforce the holistic academic growth of students by fostering critical thinking, metacognitive development and academic and personal success.


Frank Christ was the founder of the Winter Institutes for Learning Assistance Professionals and was actively involved with learning assistance for over 40 years. He was the founder and past coordinator of the award-winning Learning Assistance Support System at California State University, Long Beach. He was also a founder and past president of the Western College Reading Association, now known as the College Reading and Learning Association. The purpose of the NCLCA Frank Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award is to give national recognition to the work done by learning centers and to foster their future growth and development. Each year, NCLCA may recognize two learning assistance centers for excellence: one two-year college and one four-year college or university.


On Oct. 6, at this year's awards banquet, UK Academic Enhancement was named and celebrated as a recipient of the Frank Christ/NCLCA Outstanding Learning Center Award. On hand to accept the award for UK Academic Enhancement was Jim Breslin, UK alumnus and 2014-2015 interim director of Academic Enhancement. Additionally, Jane Jensen, assistant provost for Transformative Learning; Molly Reynolds, executive director of Transformative Learning; Tourgee Simpson, director of Academic Enhancement; Christie Maier, assistant director of Peer-Tutoring; Abby Essinger, program coordinator; Mary Ann Nestmann, instructional technology director of Transformative Learning; Chanson Davenport, director assessment for Transformative Learning; and Rachael Deel, marketing director for Transformative Learning, were present to represent and support Academic Enhancement. 


UK Academic Enhancement is part of Transformative Learning, part of the university's Division of Undergraduate Education. Academic Enhancement’s mission is to enhance the academic experience of all students at UK by providing programs and services that support students in mastering the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners.


Academic Enhancement was created in 2004, in response to the recommendation from UK's 2002 Provost Task Force to “establish a student resource center.” Additionally, in response to the assessed need for centralized academic assistance for the general population of students, Academic Enhancement is purposefully designed to enhance the scholarship of any student seeking to improve academic strategies.


Since its inception in 2004, Academic Enhancement has developed into the standard of best practices in co-curricular academic support, as well as extended expertise as an essential partner and source of resources for other units on campus that provide support to targeted undergraduate student sub-populations. Academic Enhancement’s signature service, the Peer Tutoring Program (PTP), provides high quality co-curricular support for more than 30 courses. The PTP continues to be the office's most popular service and, by all measures, has established the department as an ingrained aspect of student culture at UK. Between the hours of 2-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday one can find hundreds of students receiving support from certified peer-tutors at one of two convenient locations.


PTP and Academic Enhancement’s administrative offices are housed at The Study, located on the third floor of Complex Commons and on north campus, The Study North, at the Champions Court I. In the 2014-15 academic year more than 27,000 individual tutoring sessions were held at The Study and The Study North and the office predicts that number will increase to 30,000+ students this year.


Even more important than the quantitative data collected is the feedback gained from qualitative assessment, which includes the following statements from students when asked what was the most valuable thing they gained from The Study, "That it is okay to ask someone for help even if you feel like you already understand the subject" and "That even if your answer is right it doesn't mean you solved the problem the right way." Or, when asked to comment about The Study in general students responded with "I liked the one-on-one experience. Even the environment enabled me to get a lot of homework done, because there was people near me working on homework as well; they shared my motivation" and "I am very impressed with the study and utilize it all the time for help in my classes. I have been coming to the study for the past year and a half and always leave feeling better about my schoolwork."


"From all of us at Transformative Learning, we wish to congratulate Academic Enhancement on this prestigious award. It is an honor to work alongside of professionals so dedicated to developing innovative programs that foster student success," Assistant Provost Jane Jensen said.


For additional information about the conference and award, visit Visit to learn all about The Study and the numerous other programs UK Academic Enhancement offers. 



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

UK Theatre Opens Season With 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:26
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015) — Get ready for the return of the talents of University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance students as they open their season with performances of "The Importance of Being Earnest." The production will run Oct. 8-18, at the Guignol Theatre.


Oscar Wilde's satirical wit shapes the masterpiece, "The Importance of Being Earnest," which brings to life a case of mistaken identity. Who is Ernest? Could he be the disreputable brother of the honorable gentleman Jack Worthing? Is he the pseudonym of Algernon Moncrieff, Jack's best friend and avid supporter of the so called "Bunburysts"? Their fiancées would like to find out the truth. "Earnest" invites audiences on an amusing adventure into a world of illusion, deception and Victorian societal decorum.


"The Importance of Being Earnest" will take the Guignol stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8-10 and Oct.15-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 and 18. Tickets for the production are $15 for general admission and $10 for UK students with a valid ID through the Singletary Center box office. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at or purchase in person during operating hours.


The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from the renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life. 



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

Panel of Experts Discusses Refugee Crisis in the Middle East, Europe

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015) — The images of untold thousands of people — many of them children — escaping the horror and despair of the war-ravaged Middle East are seared in the memories of anyone even semi-aware of global events in recent months.


Newscasters and reporters around the world have failed to find the words to adequately describe and explain the tsunami of humanity that washed upon the shores or stumbled across the borders of European nations. So many questions and so few answers.


A panel of nine experts from six disciplines was formed by the University of Kentucky’s International Studies Program and its director Sue Roberts to help the campus community better understand this ongoing crisis. The experts hope to shed light on questions such as:

  • What is actually happening (the basic flows of people, from where to where, via where; numbers, directions, etc.)?
  • What is causing people to leave their homes? What is happening in Syria (and other source countries)? Why?
  • What is the difference between migrant and refugee (and IDP)? What is the legal significance of refugee status?
  • What is going on with the EU and member states' responses?
  • What organizations (international, etc.) are involved in responding to the situation?
  • What could/should the U.S. do? What could/should we ourselves here in Lexington do?
  • What are some good sources for learning more about the crisis and for keeping up with the news on this situation?


To answer these questions and more, Roberts contacted people she knew with related research interests and expertise. This included people who work directly on questions of refugee migration as well as people interested in European union politics and policies, the Middle East, and refugee/immigration law (internationally and in the U.S.).  


“These experts and I want to provide the campus community, especially undergraduates, and the public with the chance to learn more about the on-going refugee crisis by hearing a range of expert perspectives and by participating in an open discussion,” said Roberts, who, in addition to directing UK’s International Studies Program, is associate dean for UK International Affairs and professor of geography.


The panel includes:

·       Patricia Ehrkamp, associate professor of geography, researches migration in Europe. She has a newly funded National Science Foundation grant (with Anna Secor below, and Jenna Loyd, a professor at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee) titled “The Geopolitics of Trauma: The Role of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Admission and Resettlement of Iraqi Refugees in the U.S.” Ehrkamp teaches a range of human geography courses, including an introductory course on immigrant America, and she is currently the director of UK Graduate Studies in Geography.


·       Emily Jones, an immigration attorney with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, helps refugees as well as other immigrant clients with a variety of immigration matters, such as applications for citizenship and legal permanent residence, family petitions (to bring family members to the United States), employment authorization cards, travel documents, and replacement documents. A native Kentuckian, Jones graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s in political science and French and holds a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.


·       Kristin Monroe, assistant professor of anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist whose research concerns human mobility with a focus on Lebanon. Her book “The Insecure City: Space, Power, and Mobility in Beirut” will be published by Rutgers University Press in March 2016). Monroe teaches courses on urban anthropology, cultural anthropology and the anthropology of the Middle East at UK.


·       Michael Samers, associate professor of geography, studies migration, especially the life and experiences of immigrants in Europe, with a focus on France. He has a well-known book "Migration (Key Ideas in Geography Series)," (Routledge) and many academic papers on immigration, labor markets and cities in France. Samers teaches in the UK Department of Geography, the UK Honors Program and International Studies.


·       Anna Secor, the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Islamic Studies Professor at UK and professor of geography, is a political geographer whose research focuses on how spatial processes — such as those that demarcate territories and bodies, inclusions and exclusions — produce political subjects (such as “citizens”). She has worked primarily in Turkey, examining politics in the everyday lives of a range of people. In 2015 Secor was named the first Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Islamic Studies Professor here at UK. She teaches courses on political geography, the Middle East, and war and violence.


·       Christine Smith, postdoctoral fellow in geography, recently completed her doctorate in geography and also earned a Certificate in Social Theory here at UK. She has won National Science Foundation funding for her research into state violence and mobility in urban space, in which she focused on people’s experiences of violence in Cairo, Egypt. Smith has taught courses such as “Cities of the World” and “Geography of the Middle East.”


·       Janet Stamatel, assistant professor of sociology, is a sociologist with interests in transitional crime and political sociology. She has researched how macro-level political change affects crime rates — with a focus on Eastern Europe. Stamatel teaches sociology and international studies courses and leads a UK summer Study Abroad program in Morocco and Spain called “Crime and Justice at the Crossroads.”


·       Todd Stoltzfus, a former relief worker and U.S. Department of State Refugee Officer, is now with UK’s Certified Nonprofit Professional program (Division of Undergraduate Education). He is director of Social Enterprise and Innovation/Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Program. Stoltzfus provides overall leadership and day-to-day management of the new CNP program, which launched January 2015 at UK. He has over 10 years of international experience at nonprofits and at the U.S. Department of State working on complex humanitarian emergencies and refugee assistance programs, particularly in Africa. He also brings 10 years of extensive business management, finance, and negotiations experience from a Fortune 500 company.


·       Mohammad Zannoun, is a visiting lecturer in the UK Department of Sociology and the International Studies Program. He is a sociologist with interests and expertise in sociology of gender and has researched the relationships between gender and religion, especially Islam. He has deep, personal knowledge of the Middle East.


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



UK Thursday Night Football Game Kicks Off One Week From Today

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 8, 2015) — The Kentucky Wildcats will take on the Auburn Tigers on the national stage one week from today in the new Commonwealth Stadium.


This event, though an exciting opportunity for the university and community, will also bring logistical challenges, according to UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday.


 “We are asking everyone on campus — including students, faculty, staff and UK HealthCare employees — to work collaboratively in a spirit of unity as part of taking advantage of this incredible opportunity,” Monday said.  “We want to provide our fans and visitors with an exciting game day experience and positive impression of our university.”


An interactive map with parking information is available here (click the game day helmet). 


In addition, visitors to campus, students, and main campus and UK HealthCare employees should visit This website best explains where to park and navigate transportation issues on Oct. 14-16.


Monday and UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart formed a broad based working group in October 2014, including representatives from UK’s finance and adminstiration areas, university relations athletics, police and emergency management, among others, to address opporutinnites and issues associated with the Thursday night game.


For reference, the following parking lots and garages will be closed October 15. All vehicles without the appropriate football parking credentials must be removed no later than 7 a.m.


·        Commonwealth Stadium Red Lot

·        Commonwealth Stadium Blue Lot

·        Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot

·        Orange Lot (corner of University & Alumni)

·        Greg Page Overflow Lot

·        Soccer/Softball Complex Lots

·        University Drive Garage (PS #1)

·        Sports Center Garage (PS #7)

·        Sports Center Lots

·        University Drive

·        Ag North and Ag Greenhouse Area


Additionally, three lots on campus will close earlier. The Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot (adjacent to the Oswald Building) will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, and the Gluck Equine Lot and expansion section of the Orange Lot will close at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. 


UK students and employees should anticipate longer commute times on game day and plan accordingly. Please monitor and the UK Athletics Thursday night game website for the most updated parking and game day information over the next week. The university is committed to developing the best plan for all members of the Wildcat family, students, faculty, staff and fans.




MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Geegan, 859-257-5365;; Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398;


Final Round of Transportation Master Plan Forums Provides Opportunity for Community Feedback

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 6, 2015) — The third and final round of public forums for the UK Transportation Master Plan will occur this week: Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday Oct. 9.


Two forums will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday, Oct. 8, beginning at 3:30 p.m., Pavilion A Auditorium in the Chandler Hospital
  • Friday, Oct. 9, beginning at 10 a.m., Gatton College of Business and Economics, Room 399

The forums will also be live streamed on UKNow.


The UK Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.


Sasaki and Associates, the consulting firm developing the TMP, will present the final draft of the Transportation Master Plan at the forums. The plan is highly informed by feedback the university received from the first two rounds of public forums, which took place in January and March, as well as through the "send us your feedback" feature on the EVPFA website, and from the TMP online survey that yielded nearly 4,800 responses. 


Feedback from these conversations has already led to new programming on the UK campus.


The new BluPass partnership with Lextran, which began in July, was a direct result of feedback received at previous Transportation Master Plan forums.


Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday said that he hopes to continue receiving feedback from the UK community.


“We have received an exceptional amount of feedback regarding the challenges and opportunities that we face in regard to parking and transportation on our campus, and we have listened,” Monday said. “We look forward to having another meaningful conversation with the community in this next round of forums."


Use the following links to view videos of the January and March campus forums.


The TMP aligns with the UK Campus Master Plan — the blueprint for UK's campus transformation that‘s allowing it to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus.




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

College of Dentistry Presents White Coats to Class of 2019

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015) − The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry welcomed 65 new students into the dental profession with the presentation of the traditional doctors white coat at a ceremony Aug. 21 at Memorial Hall on UK's campus.


The College of Dentistry Alumni Association, American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentistry sponsored the event, making it possible for each member of the class to receive a personalized monogrammed white coat.


Keynote speaker Stephanos Kyrkanides, dean of the College of Dentistry, charged the class of 2019 to reflect on this rite of passage and to "accept both the rights and the responsibilities that come with the role of a dental professional."


“We will help guide your steps for the next four years,” Kyrkanides said.  “…you will be well prepared to walk the professional path on your own thereafter when you constantly reflect on both the rights and the responsibilities of caring for the oral and thus the overall health of your patients.”


The College of Dentistry's class of 2019 is comprised of 31 males and 34 females, 43 of whom are from Kentucky. 


Media Contact:  Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 

'Last Bag Standing' Philanthropy Event Benefiting DanceBlue

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 14:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2015)  The University of Kentucky chapters of Kappa Alpha Theta and Theta Chi present their new joint philanthropy event, “Last Bag Standing,” on Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. in the Seminary Field across South Limestone from Memorial Hall.


Last Bag Standing is a corn hole tournament philanthropy event that solely benefits DanceBlue. Organizations can have multiple teams play in the single-elimination tournament with the winning organization of the tournament receiving a hand-painted DanceBlue corn hole set and a dancer paid for in the marathon Feb. 27-28, 2016.


A restaurant day at Street Craves today,Wednesday, Oct. 7, will also accompany the event. Students are encouraged to attend all-day fundraiser, and DanceBlue will receive 20 percent of all sales.


Registration for Last Bag Standing has already ended, but students are welcome to attend. This will be a fun and exciting event with music and food. There is no spectator fee and guests are welcome to pay $5 for all-you-can-eat Papa John’s pizza.


Please contact Theta Chi Philanthropy Chair Bryan Comora or Kappa Alpha Theta Philanthropy Chair McKaila Rives for any questions about Last Bag Standing.


DanceBlue is a year-long, student-run fundraiser which culminates in an annual 24-hour dance marathon. Only 10 years young, it has raised over $8 million, with $1,615,057.18 raised in 2015 alone. The organization enhances the lives of children and families fighting childhood cancer through the Golden Matrix Fund, and therefore serves the Bluegrass by assisting those treated at the DanceBlue Clinic. Please contact the overall chair for DanceBlue, Erica Shipley, for any questions.



GREEK CONTACTS:Theta Chi Philanthropy Chair, Bryan Comora, (954) 439-3607;; Kappa Alpha Theta Philanthropy Chair, McKaila Rives, (270) 498-9374;


MEDIA CONTACTS: Katy Bennett, (859) 257-1909;; Rebecca Stratton, (859) 323-2395;

UKSGA to Host State Election Forum

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015)  The University of Kentucky Student Government Association (UKSGA) is hosting a state election forum for candidates for state treasurer, secretary of state, auditor and agriculture commissioner at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.


The purpose of the forum is to discuss current events and issues pertinent to both the state elected positions and the needs and interests of the students. UKSGA Director of Government Relations Boone Proffitt will host the forum and Josh Douglas, a faculty member at the UK College of Law, will moderate.


“The forum will be a platform that celebrates civic processes, reflecting on the freedom that comes with being an American. Voting allows us to express our opinions — whether we regard it as a tedious process or not,” Proffitt said. 


Introductory statements from each candidate will begin the forum, followed by a series of general question and answer dialogue. Then, each college that is sponsoring the forum will have the opportunity to ask candidate-specific questions.


The Gatton College of Business and Economics will develop questions to ask state treasurer candidate Allison Ball, along with auditor candidates Mike Harmon and Adam Edelen. The Martin School of Public Policy will develop questions to ask secretary of state candidate Steve Knipper. The College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment will develop questions to ask agriculture commissioner candidates Ryan Quarles and Jean Marie Lawson-Spann. Students will also have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions.


The mission of the UKSGA is to represent all undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled at the university. UKSGA exists to increase student influence over academic policy, provide necessary student services, protect and expand student substantive and procedural rights and to better represent the student body in relations with the faculty, administration, Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


The state election forum is free and open to the public.  A reception with the candidates will begin at 6 p.m. prior to the forum.  For any additional information or questions, contact Boone Proffitt at




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

UK Faculty, Staff Invited to Halloween BOONEanza

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015) — University of Kentucky faculty and staff are invited to the second annual Halloween BOONEanza from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.


Sponsored by the UK Staff Senate and the Hilary J. Boone Center, festivities will include a lunch buffet, costume contest, best spirit award and trick-or-treat. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a $12 lunch buffet. To make reservations, call the Boone Center at 859-257-1133 by 5 p.m. Oct. 23. Departments may reserve a table for up to eight people, and individuals may also reserve spots.


To compete in the costume contest, "like" the Staff Senate on Facebook at then register here. Following the event, anyone may vote for the best costume on the Facebook event page.


The department whose table shows the best spirit (costumes considered) will receive a prize to take away from the event.


No reservations are needed for trick-or-treating with various local exhibitors throughout the venue.


For questions regarding the event, please contact the Hilary J. Boone Center at 859-257-1133 or the Office of the Staff Senate at 257-9242.  




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

King and Queen of 100th UK Homecoming Celebration Named

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 23:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2015) — Lauren Henrickson, daughter of Julie and Jeff Day and the late Donald Henrickson Jr., of Lexington, and Austin Mullen, son of Daryle and Patti Mullen of LaGrange, Kentucky, were crowned the University of Kentucky homecoming queen and king during halftime ceremonies at the UK versus Eastern Kentucky University homecoming football game today.


Henrickson is a senior integrated strategic communications major and pursuing a certificate in innovative and entrepreneurial thinking with a psychology minor and was sponsored in the homecoming royalty candidacy by Alpha Delta Pi. She is a Singletary Scholar, Honors Program student, a member of the UK Dance Team and music chair of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.


Austin Mullen is a senior finance, marketing and business management major and was sponsored by Alpha Delta Pi. Mullen serves the university as Student Body President. He is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, served on the leadership of DanceBlue and Wrap Up America.


Other finalists for queen and king were:


·         Chelsea St. Clair, daughter of Suzanne Lubbers, is pursuing a dual degree in psychology and integrated strategic communication along with two minors, from West Des Moines, Iowa. She was sponsored by Phi Mu sorority.


·         Chanel Friday, daughter of Rufus and Melody Friday is a senior integrated strategic communications major with a visual studies minor, from the state of Washington. Friday ws sponsored by STAT/Team Wildcat.


·         Amy Shelton, daughter of Doyle and Kelly Shelton, is a senior integrated strategic communications major with minors in digital media and design and Italian studies, from Hopkinsville, Ky. sponsored by Delta Zeta.


·         Lauren Bosler, daughter of Courtney and Bill Wobbe, is a senior marketing major with a minor in international business, from Louisville. Bosler was sponsored by the Global Scholars Program.


·         Jacob Ewing, son of Debbie Daly and Kevin Ewing, is currently studying integrated strategic communication and gender and women’s studies and seeking the certified nonprofit professional credential, from Covington, Ky. Ewing is sponsored by Student Government Association.


·         Ben Conner, son of Kenley and Dawn Conner and Steve and Beth Sterchi, is a pursuing a degree in career and technical education with a minor in animal sciences, from Smiths Grove, Ky. Conner was sponsored by Beta Theta Pi.


·         Arayo Sokan, son of Babatunde and Amanda Sokan, is a senior pre-medicine, pre-law, psychology, and Spanish major with minors in neuroscience and biology, from Lexington. Sokan is sponsored by Chi Omega.


·         Andrew Kirk, son of Michael and Deborah Kirk, is a senior chemical engineering major, from Lexington. Kirk was sponsored by Sigma Chi. 

UK, City Officials Outline Plans for Transportation and Safety During Oct. 15 Football Game

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 17:08




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — Next Thursday, Oct. 15, the University of Kentucky football team will host the Auburn University Tigers at the new Commonwealth Stadium. This matchup will mark UK's first Thursday night football game since 1939.


As ESPN's spotlight event, this game is an exciting opportunity to nationally showcase UK and the local community.


“Hosting a Thursday night game provides a distinctive opportunity to showcase, in the national spotlight, our transforming campus, our deep connection with the city of Lexington, and our great university community,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We thank the UK family in advance for their patience and cooperation on that day.”


“The entire city feels the energy of UK game day, no matter what day of the week,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “We want fans to have a good time cheering on the Wildcats, while being respectful of surrounding neighborhoods. That includes parking only in authorized areas.”


Along with excitement of the game, the day will present challenges regarding parking and transportation.


In an effort to accommodate the influx of fans and visitors, and to ensure campus continues to operate smoothly on game day, UK and UK HealthCare leaders assembled planning teams to address opportunities and challenges associated with the Thursday night game. The parking and transportation plan will require some faculty, staff, students and UK HealthCare workers to revise their regular parking and commuting routine for one day.


Today, officials from the university, UK HealthCare and the city of Lexington will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. to discuss the challenges that may arise on Oct. 15 and elaborate on the parking and transportation plan developed specifically for that day.


For detailed information regarding parking and transportation, all students, main campus and UK healthCare employees should visit


This website explains where to park on game day; it also provides an interactive map for each specific group including UK HealthCare employees, VA Hospital and Bluegrass Community and Technical College employees, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and south campus employees, main campus employees, residential students, commuter students and visitors to campus.


As with all other home football game days, student and employee parking will be restricted in the following areas, beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15:

  • Commonwealth Stadium Red Lot
  • Commonwealth Stadium Blue Lot
  • Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot
  • Orange Lot (corner of University & Alumni)
  • Greg Page Overflow Lot
  • Soccer/Softball Complex Lots
  • University Drive Garage (PS #1)
  • Sports Center Garage (PS #7)
  • Sports Center Lots
  • University Drive
  • Ag North and Ag Greenhouse Area


All vehicles without the appropriate football parking credentials must be removed no later than 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.


Additionally, three lots on campus will close earlier. The Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot (adjacent to the Oswald Building) will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, and the Gluck Equine Lot and expansion section of the Orange Lot will close at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. The Rose Street Garage (PS2) and the Press Avenue Garage (PS6) will be available for employee parking; however, employees are encouraged to remove vehicles from these facilities before 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, to accommodate additional football visitor parking.


Those students and employees who park in areas restricted for credentialed game day parking will be accommodated in a variety of community partner off-campus parking facilities. These parking areas are assigned by group in order to ensure adequate parking is available and to streamline the shuttle service. The university is partnering with a leading transportation management firm, Go Ground, to transport members of the UK community to and from the assigned remote, off-campus parking lots. All Go Ground buses are accessible for disabled individuals.


All students, main campus employees and UK HealthCare employees should anticipate longer commute times on game day and plan accordingly. UK HealthCare leadership has worked hard to ensure that the university's hospitals and clinics remain available to meet the needs of patients.


"HealthCare is committed to our mission of serving the needs of our patients. A Thursday night football game does present some challenges, yet it provides great benefits for the university and Lexington as well,” Ann Smith, chief administrative officer for UK HealthCare, said. “Our resourceful and talented team has succeeded in maintaining operations during Saturday night games, and we expect to uphold the same standards of quality and excellence during this game."


An information line will be available at noon Wednesday, Oct. 14, until 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, for the community to call with issues or concerns regarding parking and transportation. The number to call is 1-855-682-4115.


“With our team developing quickly and a beautiful new stadium, we can’t wait to show America what UK football is all about with this Thursday night game," UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. "I want to thank campus and city officials and my staff for the work they have done to prepare. We also ask for patience from the UK community and hope everyone enjoys the game.”


For more information about the game and pre-game activities, visit



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

Nursing Faculty Awarded Grant to Study e-cigs Effects in Pregnant Women

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 15:55

LEXINGTON, Ky(Oct. 5, 2015) — The U.S. has the largest and fastest growing market for e-cigs, and adult women of childbearing age are the most common users. However, no data exists regarding the health effects of e-cigs on pregnant women or their babies.


University of Kentucky College of Nursing associate professor Kristin Ashford and her team of researchers are working to generate this data through a four-year, $2.3 million R01 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for her proposal titled, "The Impact of Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigs)," which aims to determine the effects of e-cigs on prenatal biomarkers and birth outcomes. The multi-site study represents collaboration between the College of Nursing and the UK Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, as well as researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Previous research shows the consumption of nicotine, the main ingredient in e-cigarettes, is related to adverse pregnancy outcomes. Ashford’s study will collect data on pregnancy outcomes in three groups: mothers who use e-cigarettes, mothers who smoke traditional cigarettes, and those who smoke both during pregnancy. The research team will collect blood work from patients to identify biomarkers in women during each trimester of pregnancy. They will also look at factors including the risk of pre-term birth and the infant’s birth weight.


“To date, we do not know what effects these products have on pregnant mothers and their children; however, we do know that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can cause birth defects,” Ashford said. “We also know that women who smoke traditional cigarettes are more likely to be hospitalized during pregnancy, have preterm birth, and their infants are more likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit.


According to Thomas Kelly, associate dean for research in the College of Nursing, pregnant women are switching to electronic cigarettes in an attempt to reduce the adverse effects of cigarette smoking, but may not be aware that nicotine delivered through electronic cigarettes also poses a significant fetal health risk.


“Dr. Ashford’s new grant is focused on this conundrum and will fill an important research gap in examining issues impacting electronic and regular cigarette use among pregnant women and the consequences of these choices on fetal health. This is an exciting new research area for the College of Nursing,” said Kelly.


Ashford started her career as a labor and delivery nurse, which exposed her to the detrimental effects of tobacco use during pregnancy. She is also working with the Kentucky Giving Infants and Families Tobacco-ree Starts (GIFTS) program, which partners with the Kentucky Department of Public Health to provide smoking cessation services to prenatal and postpartum women in Appalachia.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Submit an Abstract for NCUR 2016

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 15:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — University of Kentucky undergraduates participating in research projects are encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) — the annual student conference dedicated to undergraduate research in all fields of study. The call for abstracts is now open and will remain open through Dec. 2.


Students involved in research or creative activities on campus are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their work for this highly valuable opportunity. Information about how to apply can be found at


"NCUR is the premier venue for undergraduates to present their research and creative activity, and to network with other students across the nation and beyond,” said Diane Snow, director of UK’s Office of Undergraduate Research. “UK, a former two-time host of NCUR, is an enthusiastic supporter of this high impact experience for our students, and strongly encourages all interested students to submit applications.”


The 2016 NCUR will be held at the University of North Carolina-Asheville April 7-9, 2016.  


For more information, call the UK Office of Undergraduate Research


The UK Office of Undergraduate Research is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.


Tickets Now Available for PTS Ride Home Express

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) offers a variety of shuttle and bus services to aid students and employees throughout academic holidays.


PTS Ride Home Express provides reliable, affordable and comfortable transportation on deluxe motor coach buses to and from particular destinations. The service provides an economical and efficient alternative as compared to other means of travel. 


Ride Home Express will operate for both Thanksgiving and Winter Break, with the following major routes:


·      Atlanta Area Route - Thanksgiving and Winter Break (Corbin, Kentucky; Knoxville, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Kennesaw, Georgia)

·      Chicago Area Route - Thanksgiving and Winter Break (Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Lafayette, Merrillville, Indiana; Naperville, Illinois)

·      Cleveland Area Route - Thanksgiving and Winter Break (Florence, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Mansfield, Medina, Ohio)


The PTS Ride Home Express program offers significantly cheaper fares than airlines, and faster travel times than other major bus companies. This year will mark the sixth year of the program, which has continuously improved with feedback from those who utilize the service.


UK students are able to reserve a round-trip seat via the Web by logging on to the Parking Account Manager with their Link Blue ID. Bluegrass Community and Technical College students are also able to purchase round-trip tickets online with their Kentucky Community and Technical College System login. Ride Home Express tickets will be available under the "Purchase Permits" section once logged in. All other riders must purchase their seats from the UK parking office in person. One-way fares may only be purchased in person or over the telephone.


Tickets will not be issued. All passengers will be added to a manifest and will need to bring a photo ID to board the bus. Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $55-$155, with prices varying based on the final destination; a complete price list is below.


Ride Home Express will run Nov. 24 and Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving break; it will run Dec. 18 and Jan. 10 for winter break.


PTS recommends purchasing tickets as soon as possible. Space is limited, and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-servedbasis. In the event that a route sells out, PTS will maintain wait lists.


Answers to frequently asked questions about Ride Home Express can be found here. For more information visit



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

Miguel Announced as Fall Concert Artist

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015)  The Student Activities Board is excited to announce Miguel as the 2015 fall concert artist. Miguel will perform at 8 p.mMonday, Nov. 9,  in Memorial Coliseum. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Student tickets go on sale today.


“Miguel is such a talented artist, and I believe he will be able to provide a unique and exciting experience for students," said James Collard, SAB director of concerts. "Our main method for selecting artists is based upon market research and opinions of the student body, so Miguel was really chosen by the University of Kentucky community.”


Miguel first hit the mainstream in 2010 with his popular single “All I Want is You.”  His unique sound has established him as one of the most soulful voices in modern R&B.


In 2013 Miguel was nominated for five Grammy Awards. His lead single “Adorn,” written and produced by the artist himself, gave Miguel his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and resided at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for more than 23 weeks becoming the longest running No. 1 in the history of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.


“The Fall Concert is one of our hallmark events, and it's always awesome to help students come together and experience a well-known artist," Collard said. "I've received too many questions to count about who the concert is going to be, so I'm excited that the event has come together, and we are able to announce it to the student body.”


Tickets will be available to students with a valid UK ID for $10 today and to the general public for $20 beginning Oct. 9. Student tickets can be purchased in the Bowman’s Den Ticket Office. General public tickets can be purchased at the Bowman’s Den Ticket Office and


For more information, please visit


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.

Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at, or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email


SAB CONTACT: Jazmine Byrd, Email:, Phone: 859-257-8868


MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, 859-257-1909;; Rebecca Stratton, 859-323-2395;

Enjoy 'Some Enchanted Evening' With UK Opera Theatre

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:57

Jenna Day and André Campelo perform "Some Enchanted Evening" on WKYT. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre opens its 2015-16 season with a one-weekend run of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II multi-Tony Award-winning musical, "South Pacific," Oct. 8-11, at the Lexington Opera House.


"South Pacific" is based on the James A. Michener Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, "Tales of the South Pacific," which sends a strong progressive message about racism through the power of love. Considered among the 20th century's greatest musicals, the 1949 production won 10 Tony Awards and inspired a 1958 film adaptation and several successful revivals, including the 2008 production featuring Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot and Matthew Morrison.


Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, Nellie refuses Emile’s marriage proposal. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl he’s fallen in love with out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. Tragedy must come to the couples before they realize life is too short to hold such prejudices.


UK's production of "South Pacific" will star Jenna Day, a 2015 political science graduate working on her second bachelor's degree in vocal performance, as Nellie Forbush and doctoral student André Campelo as Emile de Becque. Kentucky audiences will recognize Day as Miss Kentucky 2013.


"South Pacific" is being guided by two of Lexington's own Broadway veterans, Jeromy and Lyndy Smith. The couple serve as both directors and choreographers for the production, which features several talents from both the UK School of Music and the UK Department of Theatre and Dance, who are participating in the college's musical theatre certificate program. It will be staged with Michael Yeargan’s 2008 Broadway revival set.


The show will begin 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at the Lexington Opera House. "South Pacific" tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the Lexington Center.


UK Opera Theatre is part of the UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition and music theory.



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