Unprecedented Public-Private Partnership to Support and Promote Vibrant, Innovative Food Economy in Kentucky

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto — flanked by state and corporate leaders as well as Kentucky farmers — today announced a $5 million public-private partnership designed to elevate and promote a vibrant, healthy, sustainable food economy in Kentucky.


The Food Connection at the University of Kentucky is an unprecedented public-private partnership between the University of Kentucky and Aramark, housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The partnership is designed to leverage the innovation and research of UK and the market position of Aramark to substantively grow a vibrant food economy in Kentucky.


Partnering closely with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky farmers, community partners, and consumers, the Food Connection at UK aims to enhance the production, distribution, and consumption of local and Kentucky Proud food products.


The Food Connection at UK is backed by a $5 million investment by global food leader, Aramark. The partnership includes $1 million to endow undergraduate and graduate internships and fellowships as well as another $250,000 in one-time start-up costs for equipment and programmatic needs, and $250,000 annually over a 15-year term for staff, programming, research grants, and other initiatives in the Food Connection at UK.


"This is an unprecedented public-private partnership and potentially a national model for the study and promotion of food in the Commonwealth," Capilouto said Tuesday. "Agriculture is a way of life in Kentucky. Food is a central issue for our country and our world. The University of Kentucky should be — and is — leading the way in furthering scholarship as well as practical applications for Kentucky producers.


 "In Aramark, we have a partner, who like the university, is committed to Kentucky and one of our most important industries and way of life — agriculture and locally sourced and produced food."


 "We are pleased to invest $5 million in the Food Connection to fund internships and fellowships for undergrad and graduate students, research grants, programming and staffing, as well as other vital support," said president and CEO of Aramark, Eric Foss.


 UK and Aramark recently embarked on a 15-year, $245 million partnership for dining services at the university. The partnership includes an immediate decrease in the price of UK's current student meal plans as well as more than $70 million in facilities investments.


 The university’s dining partnership also contains provisions to grow employment in UK Dining and increase commitments to locally sourced food and cutting-edge sustainability practices.


 “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Proud program are eager to work with the University of Kentucky and Aramark on this new partnership to increase local food production and purchases," Comer said. "The Food Connection at UK will enhance the educational component of local food production at the College of Agriculture, while the UK Dining contract will give our Kentucky Proud farm families the opportunity to sell more product.  We believe that the UK students, faculty, staff and their families will become ambassadors for Kentucky Proud products and will not only expect access to them on campus, but demand them in groceries, restaurants and retailers across the state. That demand will put more money in the pockets of our farm families and contribute to a vibrant economy in Kentucky.”


 The Food Connection at UK will be housed inside a new dining and student support facility, currently under design, and scheduled for groundbreaking later this month.


 "This partnership further inspires the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment community to enhance the food economy through new ideas to promote and enhance Kentucky’s food producers and their products," said UK CAFE Dean Nancy Cox. "Our community is passionate about the new possibilities afforded by the Food Connection."


Details of the Food Connection partnership announced at a news conference today include:


  • A faculty director and executive director to guide and implement programming, such as an annual Kentucky food summit and youth educational programming;
  • Funding internships and fellowships in food innovation, dietetics and wellness at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Funding food innovation seed grants for faculty research on innovation in food and nutrition efforts as part of larger initiatives to grow a vibrant food economy in the Commonwealth; and
  • Sustaining and expanding collaborations with the UK Butcher Shop, Lemon Tree Restaurant and Food Systems Innovation Center as well as existing undergraduate majors in food and nutrition.

"For nearly 150 years, we have been the Commonwealth's flagship, land-grant institution. Agriculture and farming were a cornerstone of our founding. They are pivotal to why we are here today," Capilouto said. "This collaboration, in partnership with a global leader in food, is a natural extension of our mission and purpose as the state's indispensable institution."




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Prospective Pharmacy Students Invited to Open House

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:40
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — The UK College of Pharmacy will host two open house events for prospective students this fall. The first is designed for current college students who are considering a career in pharmacy and will be held Saturday, Sept. 20.


The second Open House is geared toward current high school students and will take place Saturday, Nov. 1. 


Both Open Houses will feature a three-hour information session and will provide an opportunity for students and guests to learn more about the pharmacy profession, career opportunities in the field, and specific information about UK's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) professional program.


Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Biological Pharmaceutical Complex, located at 789 S. Limestone, with the program beginning promptly at 10. The event will end by 1 p.m., followed by optional tours. Registration is required and is available online at


Pre-pharmacy students may also sign up to receive updates by email to be notified of future open houses and other special opportunities at



UK Office's New Name Reflects Work with Nationally Competitive Award Opportunities for Students

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Office of External Scholarships (OES), part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence, received approval from the Office of the Provost to change its name to the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards to better reflect the types of awards, scholarships, fellowships and internships that students pursue with the help of this office. Though the office's name may have changed, its programming still includes several information sessions on scholastic and research opportunities, which return this fall beginning Sept. 3.


Nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships are awards that are funded by sources independent of UK including nonprofit groups, government agencies and companies. Criteria for scholarships vary but generally include academic performance, financial need, community affiliations and specific elements important to the sponsoring organization.


One of the primary responsibilities of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is to administer the campus nomination process for 12 major awards that require an institutional endorsement. For these particular opportunities, students must apply first to a campus review committee, which then selects the students who will represent UK. Nominees receive feedback on their application and are then officially nominated by the institution. 


In addition, there are many scholarship opportunities that allow direct application. For those awards, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards provides advice and assistance to students preparing an application. The primary goal of this office is to recruit and prepare UK students with strong academic and extracurricular records to help them be successful in pursuing nationally competitive opportunities.


In 2012, OES began considering a name change to better reflect the services they provide, prevent confusion and reduce overlap with the university's Office of Academic Scholarships. After presenting a survey of options to various students, faculty and staff and compiling answers and suggestions, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards was selected to represent their programming. The name change was approved this summer.


"The term scholarships is used by several offices on campus and for students — it generally refers to awards that pay their university tuition," said Pat Whitlow, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. "The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is designed to mentor and support students as they prepare to apply for awards that support graduate study and travel abroad, language acquisition, research support, etc. These awards are merit-based and require competition on both the campus and national level. I hope this name change will better reflect the work done by this office to help UK students succeed.


As part of its services, Nationally Competitive Awards will present three information sessions this month for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in England, students interested in graduate fellowships in the STEM fields, and students interested in pursuing language studies abroad.


The first information session, scheduled for Sept. 3, will provide details on the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program.


The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.


The NIH Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated doctoral program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. Participants complete the program at either Oxford or Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom.


Individuals interested in pursuing their graduate studies in the United Kingdom should join Pat Whitlow for this information session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in 213 Funkhouser Building.


Students needing fellowships to pursue graduate studies in the STEM fields should attend the second session on Sept. 10, related to opportunities with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship and the Hertz Fellowship.


The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are awarded to outstanding students who are planning to attend graduate school in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or U.S. national for these fellowships

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of interest for the U.S. Department of Defense. Fellows do not incur any military or other obligation by pursuing this fellowship.

The Hertz Fellowship recognizes students in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are planning to enroll in a doctoral program and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


Individuals interested in pursuing fellowships in the STEM fields should join Pat Whitlow for this information session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in 213 Funkhouser Building.

Undergraduate and graduate students wanting to advance their foreign language skills with studies abroad should consider attending the last information session of the month, Sept. 24, on the Boren Fellowship and Scholarship and the Critical Language Scholarship.

The Boren Fellowship supports graduate study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests including, Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The Boren Scholarship enables undergraduate students to study abroad to learn less commonly taught languages including, but not limited to, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

The Critical Language Scholarship offers intensive summer language institutes for both undergraduate and graduate students in 13 critical foreign languages including, but not limited to, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Individuals interested in pursuing foreign language studies abroad should join Pat Whitlow for this information session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in 213 Funkhouser Building.


Space is limited for all the September sessions, so students are asked to register to attend at If you have questions, contact Jennifer N. Strange at


The UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence are within the Division of Undergraduate Education




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

Tickets to UK Opera Theatre’s 'Sweeney Todd' On Sale Now

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s maniacal masterpiece "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A Musical Thriller" Oct. 4-12, at the historic Lexington Opera House. Single tickets for the production are on sale now.


Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for Best Musical, “Sweeney Todd” has since seen two Broadway revivals and a major motion picture featuring Kentuckian Johnny Depp. UK Opera Theatre presents a new production by director Richard Gammon and assistant director Cassey Kikuchi Kivnick, featuring a set by Carolyn Mraz. UK-based designers Tanya Harper, on lights, and Susan Dudley Wigglesworth, on costumes, complete the creative team bringing life to “Sweeney.”


Performances are 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 and 8-11, and 2 p.m., Oct. 5, 11 and 12, at the Lexington Opera House. Individual tickets go on sale 10 a.m. today (Sept. 2) at the Lexington Center Box Office, located at Rupp Arena. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 859-233-3535, in person at the box office, or online through Ticketmaster. Tickets range in price from $40.50 to $76.50, with student tickets available for $20.50. There is no ticketing fee for tickets bought in person at the box office. Fees apply online and over the phone.


In addition to “Sweeney Todd,” UK Opera Theatre’s season will also include the French fantasy “The Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacques Offenbach. The new production by director David Lefkowich will feature tenors Gregory Turay and Jonathan Parham in the title roles running March 5-8, 2015, at the Lexington Opera House. Sung in French with English super titles.


For more information on these productions please visit the UK Opera Theatre website, or contact Patrick Joel Martin, marketing coordinator for UK Opera Theatre at 859-257-4590.


UK Opera Theatre is one of a select group of U.S. opera training programs recommended by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community and heightening appreciation for opera by supporting music education enrichment programs.


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



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

New UK Board of Trustees Members to be Sworn In

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — Four new members of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees will be sworn in Saturday, Aug. 30, in advance of the next Board of Trustees meeting Friday, Sept. 5.


The new members are Robert D. Vance, and alumni representative Cammie DeShields Grant, both recently appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear; student trustee Jake Ingram, who was elected Student Government president last spring; and Robert Grossman, faculty representative elected by his peers. Board of Trustees Chair Britt Brockman was also reappointed to the board by Gov. Beshear this summer.


An active member of the UK Alumni Association, Grant served as president of the group in 2011-2012 and continues to serve on the association's Board of Directors. She was president of the Clark County UK Alumni club and recipient of the UK Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award.  An educator and speech pathologist in communities in Kentucky and Georgia for more than 30 years, Grant resides in Clark County where she is active in several civic endeavors.


Grossman, a professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, came to UK in 1994 after earning his doctorate in organic chemistry from MIT. His research interests include organic synthesis, biochemistry of natural products and pedagogical software development, and he is the author of an organic chemistry textbook. Grossman has been active in the University Senate and in various college, departmental and university-level committees.


Ingram is a senior from Nicholasville, Kentucky, and is majoring in mechanical engineering with minors in business, economics and mathematics.  He has been involved in Student Government since his freshman year; he served as SGA vice-president last year and was elected president for the 2014-2015 year.  Ingram's other involvements include Sigma Chi fraternity, Wrap Up America service organization and serving as a tour guide at the UK Visitor Center.


Vance, a banker and businessman from Maysville, recently retired as secretary of the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, a position he held since December 2007.  Most of his career was spent in banking, serving as chairman or senior officer at banks in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.  In 2013, the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission presented Vance with the prestigious Livingston Taylor Ethics Award for outstanding achievement in promoting ethical conduct in the executive branch of state government.

Vehicle Relocation Required on Home Football Days at UK

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — With the kickoff of the home football season slated for Saturday Aug. 30, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is reminding the UK community about parking policies on game days.


Students and employees who park at Commonwealth Stadium and in the Sports Center Drive Lots, including the R3 and R7 areas, must move their vehicles before 7 a.m. on the days of home football games. Please note, this time is earlier than in past years. R3 permit holders parked on Complex Drive do not need to move their vehicles.


Parking is prohibited on University Drive at any time on game days. Failure to move any vehicle from the stadium parking lots, the Sports Center Garage, the Sports Center Lots or University Drive may result in a citation or impoundment at the owner’s expense. This includes all of the stadium lots (Red, Blue, Green, Black and Orange) as well as the Greg Page Overflow Lot and the Soccer/Softball Complex Lots. In addition to the E spaces on University Drive, anyone in motorcycle spaces or parked at meters must be moved.


Vehicles may be moved any time after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and must be moved back by 5 a.m. Monday.


For more on PTS game day policies and parking options, including a map of vehicle relocation options and a schedule of home football games, visit

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Explores Seminar on Russian Gulag

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's guest, Cynthia Ruder, associate professor of Russian studies in the UK Department of Modern and Classical Languages, discusses her semester-long seminar this fall exploring the Soviet prison system known as the Gulag. 


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


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

The Middle East: Crossroads of the World

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences’ Passport to the World program has already whisked students on four virtual globetrotting tours, yearlong explorations into the culture and history of a country or region. For the program’s fifth academic year, the college will delve into the turbulent, headline-grabbing region of the Middle East.


Once again the UK College of Arts and Sciences has chosen a region that impacts all of us. The eyes of the world have focused on the area for months, years. And yet, for many Americans, the Middle East is still mysterious and threatening, a culture and people churning with unfamiliar beliefs, traditions, expectations and dreams.


Like past programs about South Africa, China, Russia and Mexico, Passport to the World’s 2014-15 program, Year of the Middle East: Crossroads of the World, will engage the campus community in crucial global conversations through public lectures, cultural events, coursework and travel opportunities.


For a podcast featuring the event's organizers, visit .


Although they come from different backgrounds, with different interests and fields of study, a common thread binds Crossroads of the World organizers, Janice W. Fernheimer and Paul Thomas Chamberlin. They both recognize the history, an Arab-Israeli conflict with American involvement that has become perennial and devastating.


While not ignoring the military conflict, “We wanted the Year of the Middle East program to push beyond the headlines and serve as an introduction for UK students and the Lexington community to the rich and diverse cultures and history of the region and its peoples,” said Chamberlin, an associate professor of history.


Fernheimer, an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies and director of Jewish Studies, was an undergraduate at the University of Maryland majoring in English when she was drawn to the Hebrew language.


“I had and continue to have a deep passion and love for languages and wanted to take my basic Hebrew literacy to a living level," Fernheimer said. "As an undergraduate, I began to study Hebrew language intensely and to develop a deeper awareness of the many complexities surrounding Israel and the region along with my increasing fluency in the language.” 


Her desire to become fluent in Hebrew led her to apply for and receive a Dorot Fellowship, which enabled her to live in Israel during 2000-2001, a very tumultuous time. She arrived in the summer of 2000, shortly before the Camp David Summit between President Bill Clinton, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli leader Ehud Barak. Despite “a palpable feeling of excitement over the possibility for lasting peace,” the talks failed and the Second Intifada erupted.


“Those hopes were replaced by a very palpable fear as suicide bombings became part of the daily news, not only on TV and in the newspapers, but also part of my daily reality,” Fernheimer said. In spite of the conflict, that year she traveled widely throughout Israel and the region to Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Greece, and has returned to the region time and time again.


Chamberlin’s personal interest in the Middle East began during his college years, as the United States embarked on the so-called Global War on Terror and prepared to re-invade Iraq. He began learning Arabic in graduate school and soon had the opportunity to study at the American University in Cairo and the University of Damascus.


“This meant that I was able to spend a considerable amount of time living in both Egypt and Syria, which allowed me to travel around the region,” Chamberlin said. It wasn’t long before he too was captivated by the region, its history and its people.


“The United States has, of course, become involved in multiple wars in the region in recent years, and the Arab-Israeli conflict is a topic of perennial interest,” said Chamberlin. But it has been the people, their rich history and their diverse cultures, that keep him enthralled.


Following are some of the Middle East: Crossroads of the World events scheduled for September. Check the Year of the Middle East calendar for events scheduled later in the fall semester. Unless otherwise designated, the entire campus (faculty, staff and students) is invited to attend.


Sept. 3 Sepharad at the Tip of Africa – Vanessa Paloma ‒ a pre-kickoff event – Niles Gallery ‒ Noon-1 p.m.

The Jewish community of Morocco has benefited from the history of migrations across the Strait of Gibraltar. The influences of Africa, the Mediterranean and the Iberian Peninsula are represented in their music and poetry. Accompanying herself with a medieval harp and percussion, Paloma will perform Judeo-Spanish Romances, Judeo-Arabic piyyutim and Hebrew prayers rarely heard in public settings.

Vanessa Paloma -- Natasha's Bar and Bistro (off-campus, downtown) -- 8-9 p.m.

Free concert.


Sept. 4Year of the Middle East Kickoff ‒ Vanessa Paloma ‒ Student Center lawn ‒ Noon-2 p.m.

A second chance to hear Vanessa Paloma perform.


Sept. 8Kosher/Soul Presentation: Black-Jewish Identity Cooking ‒ Michael Twitty ‒ Martin Luther King Center, Student Center ‒ 7-8 p.m.

Twitty is a recognized culinary historian and independent scholar focusing on historic foods, folk culture and culinary traditions of historic regions.


Sept. 10The Future of Islam – John Esposito -- Recital Hall, Singletary Center ‒ 6:30 p.m.

A world-renowned scholar of Islam and professor of Islamic studies and international affairs at Georgetown University, Esposito is the founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown. He is the past president of American Academy of Religion and Middle East Studies Association and editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and author of 45 books and monographs about Islam.


Sept. 14Modern Islamic Art and its Sources in the Middle East ‒ Oliver Leaman -- Art Museum at UK ‒ 2 p.m.

Oliver Leaman, Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies and professor of philosophy at UK, discusses Islamic art.


Sept. 17 UK Education Abroad Fair – Student Center Ballroom ‒ 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Education Abroad Fair showcases every international education opportunity available at the University of Kentucky. Students will find a range of options, including study, internships, research, teaching, and service abroad programs. In addition, campus offices involved in the education abroad planning process, such as Student Financial Aid and the Stuckert Career Center will be available to answer questions.


Sept. 30Start-up Army: Military Entrepreneurs and the Evolution of Israel’s Special Operations Forces ‒ Ami Pedahzur ‒ lecture ‒ 249 Student Center ‒ 7 p.m.


For October, November and December events, including programs about the influence of social media, Americans at war, art and ceramics, regional diplomacy and revolution and much more visit .


Fernheimer has conducted much research and published two books related to the Middle East.

·       “Stepping Into Zion: Hatzaad Harishon, Black Jews, and the Remaking of Jewish Identity” (forthcoming University of Alabama Press, October 2014). The book analyzes the history and archives of Hatzaad Harishon, a New York-based, multiracial Jewish organization that worked to increase recognition and legitimacy of black Jews in the 1960s and ’70s.

·       “Jewish Rhetorics: History, Theory, Practice” (forthcoming Brandeis University Press, November 2014) builds on the previous work about definitions to establish and clarify the significance of Jewish rhetorics as its own field and as a field within rhetoric studies.


Chamberlin has also spent a great deal of time in Beirut, researching his two books.

·       “The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order” (Oxford, 2012). The book examines the rise of the Palestinians as major players in the Middle East and the creation of an indirect war between the United States, Israel and Palestinian guerrilla fighters.

·       “The Cold War's Killing Fields: A Global History of the Wars of Containment” (forthcoming HarperCollins) looks at those places where Cold War turned hot. It argues that the Middle East and East Asia represented the two principal regions where the U.S.-Soviet rivalry erupted in open warfare, leaving some 15 million people dead.




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UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications Celebrates 100 Years

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:51

LEXINGTON (Aug. 29, 2014) — The 2014-15 year marks 100 years of journalism education at the University of Kentucky.


The Department of Journalism began in 1914 under department chair Enoch Grehan.  He served as chair until 1937; the Enoch Grehan Journalism Building was dedicated in 1951.


Under Grehan’s direction, the department became one of the nation’s pioneers in the field of professional journalism instruction. The journalism department grew from a small beginning to become one of 32 Class A departments in the nation.


Grehan was joined by Marguerite McLaughlin, one of the first female general reporters in the South.  McLaughlin was the first female journalism teacher in the United States.  The Marguerite McLaughlin Room in the Grehan Building is named in her honor.


Today, the journalism program is one of three undergraduate degree programs in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications.  It offers emphases in broadcast/multimedia journalism and print/multimedia journalism. 


Broadcast/multimedia students provide the morning news on WRFL-FM, the weekly “Campus Voices” public affairs program, also on WRFL, and the live, daily UK Student News Network newscast on Channel 16.


Print/multimedia students write for the Kentucky Kernel, UK’s award-winning, daily student newspaper, and for a wide variety of web sites and other media properties.


Students in the capstone course of the journalism major, Multimedia Storytelling, produce BlueCoast Live, a multimedia news blog.


The UK Journalism program also includes the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.


The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014-15.  It offers a wide range of activities designed to fulfill its mission: to promote understanding of the First Amendment among citizens of Kentucky, to advocate for First Amendment rights in the Commonwealth and nationally, and to produce internationally recognized scholarship concerning the First Amendment and its related freedoms. 


The center hosts an annual First Amendment Celebration.  As part of the celebration, a noted First Amendment advocate delivers a state of the First Amendment address.  The center also awards the James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment to a Kentuckian who has made a substantial contribution to freedom of the press in the Commonwealth.  The award is presented at the First Amendment Celebration.


The center funds Citizen Kentucky, a program that uses a freshman seminar to engage citizens in public issues through the power of the press.  The center also co-sponsors an annual high school essay contest with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office and provides a range of focused programming.


This is also a milestone year for the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.  2014-15 marks 10 years since the institute became part of the UK journalism program.


The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues helps nonmetropolitan journalists define the public agenda for their communities and grasp the local impact of broader issues. It interprets rural issues for metropolitan news media, conducts seminars and publishes research and good examples of rural journalism. It helps journalists all over America learn about rural issues, trends and events in areas they’ve never seen but have much in common with their own. It helps rural journalists learn how to exercise editorial leadership in small markets.


The three anniversaries will be celebrated with special programming throughout the 2014-15 academic year.  Program graduates are invited to share their memories at and on other social media platforms using #UKJOU100.



MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or  

UK, City Want Football Fans to be Aware of Changes for 2014

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2014) — While University of Kentucky Head Football Coach Mark Stoops and his staff are working hard together with the Wildcat players to 'Change The Game' on the field this season, there are plenty of changes in store for fans attending games at Commonwealth Stadium, beginning with this Saturday's (Aug. 30 at noon) opener against the UT Martin Skyhawks.


To help spread the word, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto was joined by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and other city and university officials today at a news conference detailing those changes, several of which are directly related to the stadium construction and renovation project, which will be completed before the start of the 2015 season.


"We want to thank our fans for their loyal support of our football program and ask everyone for patience and flexibility this season," said Capilouto. "We are in the process of transforming UK football's longtime home into a beautiful new venue. With these exciting upgrades come changes to habits and routines, which means there will be challenges to work through, especially early in the season."


“Game days bring people together from all over Lexington and the state, and we want to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe time,” said Mayor Gray. “Let’s respect campus neighbors and property as we cheer on the Wildcats.”


Other speakers at the news conference included UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, UK Student Government President Jake Ingram, and the respective police chiefs of the university and the city, Joe Monroe and Ronnie Bastin.


One of the biggest changes is that Gates 10 and 11 at the stadium will be closed due to construction, meaning all fans entering through the south side will use Gates 7, 9, 12 & 14.  Additionally, tunnels leading to Sections 139 & 140 will be closed and the lower east concourse has narrowed, due to construction in the east end zone.


In addition to stadium construction, an ongoing flood mitigation project also is impacting game-day operations in areas near the stadium.


As for parking, many season-ticket holders were reassigned to new lots this offseason.  Fans are encouraged to display their parking permit when they leave their homes, enabling traffic personnel to efficiently sort and direct vehicles approaching the complex.


While parking availability at or near the stadium on game days is reduced, UK Athletics, and numerous university and community partners have worked diligently to minimize the impact to loyal season ticket holders. In fact, all 2013 reserved parking permit holders were offered permits in the 2014 reassignment process. Additionally:


·         Non-permit parking options in Parking Structures 2, 3 & 6 are still available and there will be an increase in the number of shuttles servicing these options

·         Downtown parking (High Street, Transit Center on Vine, etc.) and shuttle services are also viable options

·         Stadium seating capacity is slightly reduced for this year and future seasons


"Our collective purpose, with the support of numerous campus, local, state and national public safety agencies, is to provide a first-class guest experience in and around Commonwealth Stadium on game days," said Kevin Saal, senior associate athletics director for operations. "Safety and security are critical components of that experience. We urge the Big Blue Nation and our guests to arrive early and be aware of ongoing construction. Please be mindful of pedestrian & vehicle traffic entering and exiting the stadium pre- and post-game."


UK is urging fans to visit and click on the icon for the 'Game-Day Education Series' at  Additionally, for the most up-to-date information regarding changes to gameday operations, please visit




MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, UK Public Relations, 859-257-3200,; Susan Straub, Mayor's Office, 859-258-3111,


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UK Education Abroad Participation Jumps 24 Percent

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — The number of University of Kentucky students exploring the international dimension of their disciplines by studying abroad increased by 24 percent this past year — eight times the national average.


"Our growth is massive, and even more significant when compared to the roughly 3 percent growth the rest of the nation is experiencing," said Anthony Ogden, executive director of education abroad and exchanges at UK.


The increasing number of students participating in Education Abroad programming is due in part to Ogden and his staff’s efforts to understand the goals of every academic department on campus.


"Many departments are interested in using Education Abroad programming to expand their curriculum,” Ogden said. “For instance, the English department does not currently offer a course on James Joyce and would like to find one abroad; other departments need language courses during specific times of the year. Several other departments have also shown interest in enrolling their students in intern and research abroad opportunities so as to enable their students to develop international networks."


Integrating Education Abroad’s (EA) portfolio into UK’s curriculum is a top priority for Ogden and his team.


"EA enrollment is growing because we are working with academic departments to support and enhance their international education goals through curriculum integration," said Ogden.


To integrate EA’s programming, Ogden and his team have developed Major Advising Pages (MAP), which help students select programs that ideally align with their major. These EA programs integrate into the students' degree programs, and do not delay the time to degree completion.


"By the end of this current year we will have a MAP for every single department at UK that wants one," Ogden said. "And many of the MAPS are now supported by new 'Pathways' for each UK academic department."


Pathways are four-year, enhanced academic plans that indicate which semester or summer term would be most ideal to pursue specific coursework abroad in a student's chosen discipline. This also helps incoming freshmen and high school students understand how an EA program will align with their major coursework and allow them to plan accordingly.


"Because of EA’s efforts to work with faculty and academic programs to incorporate international programming into existing curricula, it's becoming easier for students to envision participating in an education abroad program that truly complements their program of study," said Beth Barnes, interim assistant provost for internationalization. "I know that the students I meet with are more inclined to seriously consider education abroad while at UK.  That's a real change, and wonderful to see."


For more information about UK Education Abroad, visit


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Voice Loss or Damage a Frustrating Side Effect of Throat Cancer Treatment

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) -- The incidence of mouth and throat cancer in Kentucky is growing at an alarming pace. Hospitals and clinics across the Commonwealth see approximately 1,400 new mouth and throat cancer patients each year. Treatment often involves surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of the three. While these treatments are effective and necessary, they may cause undesirable side effects such as loss of the ability to speak and swallow. These side effects can last for months or years and can range from mild hoarseness to near complete loss of voice.


Voice loss or damage is a frustrating side effect of throat cancer treatment and may result in loss of livelihood and personal identity. The UK Voice and Swallow Clinic and the Markey Cancer Center are researching the effects of voice therapy for patients who have received radiation treatment for throat cancer. The goal of the speech-language pathologist is to help patients improve or recover the ability to eat, drink and speak so that they might return to their usual activities.


Advanced cancer may require complete removal of the voice box or larynx. Although helping these patients find a new way to communicate is challenging, voice rehabilitation techniques have advanced enough to make this difficult task possible. The oldest technique, known as esophageal speech, involves training patients to vibrate the food pipe to produce voice.


As odd as it may sound, it is a surprisingly effective way of producing voice. A second technique involves using a small hand-held mechanical device called an artificial larynx, which is placed on the neck or cheek to provide a sound that is transmitted into the mouth, allowing the patient to speak. The most popular technique involves surgically creating a connection between the wind pipe (trachea) and the food pipe (esophagus). A voice prosthesis known as a tracheoesophageal prosthesis (TEP) is inserted into the connection by a specially trained speech-language pathologist. The TEP causes the food pipe to vibrate, producing voice.


In reality, none of these voice rehabilitation techniques restore a patient’s original voice, but can nonetheless help patients continue to communicate as naturally as possible. Helping patients and families set realistic expectations is an important aspect of the rehabilitation process. A large part of the recovery period involves adjusting and embracing their "new normal."


Of course, the best therapy of all is the one you can avoid.  The use of tobacco products (including smokeless tobacco) is closely related to the incidence of mouth and throat cancer. Quitting smoking and/or chewing tobacco is the best way to avoid mouth and throat cancer.


Vrushali Angadi, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the University of Kentucky Voice and Swallow Clinic.


This column appeared in the August 31, 2014, edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

UK Information Communication Technology (ICT) Professors Explore Deception in Social Media

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:36

LEXINGTON, Ky.( Aug. 28, 2014) — The explosion of the Internet and social media has literally put the world at our fingertips, revolutionizing the way people connect and share information. However, for all the positives social media provides, it can also open the door to deception, potentially wreaking havoc on people's lives both personally and professionally.


For instance, you may receive a 'friend request' on Facebook from someone you vaguely remember from your childhood but how do you determine if the person making the request is a genuine person or someone masquerading as such in order to obtain personal information from your Facebook page?  Assistant Professor Michael Tsikerdekis and Associate Professor Sherali Zeadally, in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) program at  the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information are currently exploring the area of deception in social media.


Their most recent article, "Multiple Account Identity Deception Detection in Social Media Using Non-Verbal Behavior” was published in the August 2014 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, the most renowned peer reviewed journal in the information security area. The article describes how they used Wikipedia as an experimental case to demonstrate the high accuracy of their method over previous deception detection methods. 


"There are many fake accounts being created on Wikipedia with the sole intent to add biases to articles," Tsikerdekis said. "These accounts are discovered and banned but it could take up to a year or more to get them banned."


The method tracks non-verbal user activity in order to distinguish fake accounts from real ones. Just like with non-verbal behavior in the real world, such as body movement, in social media services we all leave signs that betray our behavior. The speed that we type on a keyboard, the choice on whether to send a message or view a profile and the number of comments we make to certain pages, all reveal things about us. The method measured this non-verbal behavior on the early days of each account on Wikipedia. The results indicated a divergence between the number of revisions people made in the first days after creating an account, the time it took between revisions, the mean number of bytes added or removed in each revision, and, the places on which revisions were made. The last case was in particular a strong clue that an account was created with bad intention since this behavior betrayed where people spend most of their time on Wikipedia. Similarly, with social media such as Facebook and Twitter, a photo of someone can be used to set up a fake account.


"A fake Twitter account exists for UK President Capilouto that is going strong with over 7,000 followers. The account does disclose that it is a fake account, but what if it did not? How would you be able to tell the difference?" Tsikerdekis said.


In a follow-up study titled “Online Deception in Social Media” that will appear in the September 2014 peer-reviewed  Communications of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery – the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society with professional and student membership exceeding 100,000 worldwide) magazine, Tsikerdekis and Zeadally compared traditional (offline) deception to online deception using social media and focused on why online deception is so much easier than traditional deception. Tsikerdekis and Zeadally argue that ICT knowledge is an important factor because not only can it be used as a tool for deceivers but also as a defensive mechanism for victims. Deceivers, especially those possessing the technical know-how, are likely to look for easy targets that are less technologically-inclined and therefore easier to deceive.


“Simply detecting deception, while a step in the right direction in this emerging area, is clearly not sufficient” explains Zeadally. “Our long term goal in the area of deception in social media at UK is to develop novel techniques that can be deployed and used by software designers as well as social media users to prevent deception in the first place” Zeadally said.


“We want UK to become a leader in the field of deception internationally as it also complements our ongoing activities in the area of cybersecurity in the ICT program at the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky” Zeadally and Tsikerdekis explained.


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Robert Tharsing's Room with a View Exhibit Captures Lexington in Transition

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2014) — Empty parking spots along High Street, the Old Courthouse Square fountain and reflections off the side of the Lexington Financial Center were all scenes of downtown Lexington that artist Robert Tharsing viewed from his studio window during the 1990s. As a brief distraction from working on larger enterprises, the artist would transfer his bird's eye view of the city to small canvasses.


The retired University of Kentucky professor's Room with a View exhibit on display at the West Gallery in the UK Chandler Hospital represents a downtown Lexington in transition. His 14 landscape paintings are filled with light, color and geometric reflections, offering pleasing representations of ordinary buildings and sites that were scarcely populated during the '90s. The collection of oil paintings include depictions of the Old Courthouse, Cheapside Park, Kincaid Towers and other nameless concrete structures. This is the first time these pieces have been exhibited as a group.


“I have always painted the place I’m in," Tharsing said. "At that time, I would always go back to the window. I would see something in the architecture of a building across the street. Or, if I was caught and working on a large enterprise, I would turn again to the window. There was always something different in this view down onto the street.”


Known as a tireless and curious painter, Tharsing exercised a centuries-old landscape tradition for these pieces. He inhabited four downtown studios during the 12-year period of his career when the paintings were created. The exhibit serves as evidence of the changing landscape and evolution of the downtown area through the years.


Tharsing is a professor emeritus in the Department of Art at the University of Kentucky. In 1971, he joined UK where he twice served as chair of the Department of Art. Tharsing's work, which includes abstract paintings and sculpture, is included in many private and public collections nationwide.


Postcard packages containing 10 small-scale versions of Room with a View paintings will be on sale at the Ann Tower Gallery on Main Street and the Morris Bookshop on High Street. Each sheet is perforated so it can be torn out. The pieces will also be on sale at the Ann Tower Gallery after the exhibit closes in six months. 

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UK Libraries Seeks Nominations for Intellectual Achievement Medallion

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 13:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Libraries invites the public to submit nominations for the 2015 UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, which recognizes Kentuckians who have attained high intellectual achievement. Nominations for the honor will be accepted through Sept. 3.


The UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement is one of UK's most prestigious awards. It was created in 1990 to recognize high intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value to the Commonwealth. The medallion also promotes education and creative thought. The recipient is determined by majority vote of the UK Libraries National Advisory Board.


Information about the 2014 recipient, Karl Raitz, can be found on UKNow. Past recipients of the medallion include John Anthony, Wendell Berry, James Still, Bobbie Ann Mason, Thomas D. Clark, Laman A. Gray Jr., Guy Davenport, George C. Herring, Adalin Wichman and John Egerton.


An individual or group may be nominated with completion of the application and a nominating statement that describes the intellectual achievement realized in a scientific, artistic, literary, social or humanitarian field; significance of the achievement; and endorsements or verification of the work.


To be eligible, nominees must be a Kentucky native or had more than three years of study, work or residency in Kentucky.


The nomination form is available online on the new UK Libraries website at


To submit a nomination, complete the form and send it to Greg Casey, University of Kentucky Libraries, 1-85 William T. Young Library, Lexington, KY 40506-0456. For more information, visit or contact Casey at or 859-948-6334.

Kentucky Awarded $20 Million to Grow 'New Energy Economy'

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:10



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) — A project aimed at helping Kentucky transition to a "new energy economy" has been awarded $20 million from the National Science Foundation.


Kentucky was one of six jurisdictions chosen to receive a five-year Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 1 award from the NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). An additional $4 million in matching funds comes from Kentucky EPSCoR, which receives funding from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, bringing total funding for the project to $24 million.


Kentucky's project, titled "Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future," provides a major upgrade to the Commonwealth's research infrastructure, with targeted investments at 10 Kentucky research and higher-education institutions. Its principal investigator is Rodney Andrews, director of the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research.


"These investments will increase the number of students pursuing science and engineering careers, provide new state-of-the-art infrastructure that allows our institutions to continue to innovate and provide solutions for the energy needs of the Commonwealth, and to develop technologies that will result in jobs in the areas of our state most impacted by the changing energy landscape," Andrews said.


The university announced the award Wednesday at a news conference attended by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, State Rep. Rocky Adkins, UK President Eli Capilouto, and leaders from several other Kentucky universities.


“I have been an ardent supporter of the EPSCoR program, which helps level the playing field for universities in states like ours to compete for federal R&D opportunities,” McConnell said. “This particular EPSCoR grant funding will largely go towards building important energy research infrastructure at our state’s higher education institutions that we hope will translate into positive applications in the energy, industrial and environmental fields. Perhaps as important as the research itself is that this funding will help the Commonwealth develop a talented workforce trained in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to the benefit of our state and its economy.”


Beshear stressed the broader impacts of the project, which include increasing the number of students from under-represented groups completing degrees in STEM disciplines, with particular focus on first-generation students from Appalachia and rural areas.


"This is innovative research that showcases and solidifies Kentucky’s focus on STEM programs," Beshear said. "We know that students and workers who excel in these areas create dynamic opportunities for themselves and the Commonwealth. Forward-looking programs such as this will help us to train and retain highly skilled workers, and to attract high-tech companies and jobs to Kentucky."


Capilouto praised the project, citing its potential to have impact far beyond Kentucky's borders.


"The challenges facing Kentucky's energy future and economy are ultimately the same challenges that confront our nation and the entire world," Capilouto said. "This project demonstrates the critical importance of academic research in designing and implementing sustainable solutions. With this investment from EPSCoR the University of Kentucky and our colleagues at other state institutions will be able to provide real leadership to meet these global challenges, while helping to ensure an economically vital, sustainable future for Kentucky."


The project's overarching goal is to discover and develop engineered bio-systems for energy, environmental and industrial applications, focusing on three intersecting "research pillars": Advanced Bio-Inspired Membrane Technologies, Chemical Biology for Advanced Materials, and Electrochemical Energy Storage. The work is to take place within the framework of an inclusive, statewide program that encourages interdisciplinary problem-solving across the biological, chemical and engineering sciences.


"This award will fuel biotechnology innovation in Kentucky to help transform the state's energy economy and build a strong well-prepared workforce," said Timothy Van Reken, EPSCoR program director for the NSF.


Other institutions involved in the project are the University of Louisville, Kentucky State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, represented by the Big Sandy and Bluegrass CTCs.


The award will provide support for 150 jobs over the next five years. These positions include 45 faculty participants, the hiring of 10 new faculty, four postdoctoral researchers, 25 full-time research graduate students, 10 part-time technical and administrative staff and 13 undergraduate student researchers, with the remaining positions to be filled as the project progresses.


Further information on the programs that collaborated to provide this award is available from the following websites:



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Kentucky to Receive $20 Million for 'New Energy Economy'

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) — UK President Eli Capilouto will be joined by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, Gov. Steve Beshear, State Rep. Rocky Adkins and other Kentucky higher education leaders to announce a five-year Research Infrastructure Improvement award for Kentucky from the National Science Foundation this morning at 10:45. Check here after 11 a.m. for the full story. 

K-Lair is Back

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 18:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) One of the University of Kentucky's hottest spots is making a comeback today.


UK President Eli Capilouto, representatives from UK Dining and Student Government President Jake Ingram will cut a ribbon to celebrate the re-opening of K-Lair today at 11:45 a.m. K-Lair is located in Haggin Hall on the corner of University Drive and Hilltop Avenue.


A campus tradition since 1961, K-Lair closed its doors in May 2013, as part of the construction of the new Haggin Hall. This fall, the campus favorite will return at nearly three times the size, with 6,000 square feet of dining space and 230 total seats.


A comfortable environment for students to study and eat, the facility also boasts 16 televisions including a nine-TV media wall that can display nine different channels. The facility will also open up to a courtyard with exterior seating, which will be completed in September. Seating variety inside K-Lair includes bar height, booth and traditional soft and hard seats.


The new design of K-Lair reflects its long legacy as a Wildcat eatery. Ties to the past include rustic reclaimed wood from a tobacco barn located in Winchester, Kentucky, and the original K-Lair sign, which has been restored. It incorporates modern aspects as well, with sustainable materials, 14-foot ceilings and a more robust kitchen. The menu will also feature Kentucky Proud products.


“Today, thanks to the collaboration with partners who are equally committed to providing robust student communities on campus, we are re-opening an icon that served the UK campus for more than 50 years," Capilouto said. “The new K-Lair will be a welcome home for students to socialize and share in the richness of college while connecting with the community in modern spaces tied to our Commonwealth's landscape and agriculture."


The facility will open officially Sept. 2. The ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the entire UK community.




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UK College of Medicine Students Prepare for Annual Free Community Health Fair Set for Sept. 7

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 16:29


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) – The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, in collaboration with the colleges of pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, health sciences and communications, is preparing to host the annual free community health fair which provides services to underrepresented and uninsured residents in Lexington and the surrounding area. 


This year's event has been set for 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7, at the BioPharm Building (College of Pharmacy), located at 789 South Limestone St. on UK's campus.


"Jumpstart Your Health" is this year's theme for the community health fair. “In deciding on a theme for the year, we wanted to empower Lexington citizens to take control of their health and to be excited about making healthy decisions," said Catherine Mannon, a UK medical student and chair of the health fair's public relations and ad committee.


The UK Community Health Fair, organized by UK College of Medicine students, targets all underrepresented, uninsured, low-income and no-income persons interested in access to free health care.  Among its many services, the health fair will offer blood pressure checks, women’s health care, nutritional assessments, hearing and vision screenings, blood glucose and HbA1c testing, smoking cessation information, prescription review, and HIV testing. 


Additionally, the UK College of Dentistry is partnering with the health fair to offer free dental screenings which will be provided in the College of Dentistry building, a short walk from the health fair. Guides will be provided to direct participants to the location. 


For foreign language speakers attending the health fair, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Mandarin interpreters will be available on-site. Children are welcome to attend and a play area will be available during the fair. 


Free parking is available in the UK Chandler Hospital Parking Garage located at South Limestone at Transcript Avenue and in the UK “E” Lot on the corner of Press Avenue and Virginia Avenue.  In addition, Lextran Route #5 stops at the fair site.


The Community Health Fair has been a tradition at the UK College of Medicine for almost 13 years and is organized by medical students allowing them to be involved in making a contribution to the health of the community by providing access to free health services.


On the day of the event, in addition to the students who have been organizing the event, members of the College of Medicine's new first-year class get involved in setting up booths, directing patients and ensuring that all equipment and supplies are available. Overall, more than 150 medical students and more than 50 students from other colleges are involved on the day of the event.


For organizations interesting in donating or providing assistance for the event, the UK Community Health Fair is a non-profit organization that operates on 100 percent of donations from the community. Through a partnership with South Eastern Medical Interpreters Association (SEMIA) the Community Health Fair has attained a non-profit 501(3) status.  Therefore, all donations will be routed through SEMIA and are tax-deductible.  Donations can be made via PayPal through the website


For more information, visit the website at, or send email to

College of Law Ranked Among Top 20 Best Value Law Schools in the United States

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2014) — In the recent back-to-school issue of Pre Law Magazine, the University of Kentucky College of Law ranked third among the nation's top 20 Best Value Law Schools, which is a move up from seventh place last year.


Best Value Law Schools recognition is based on a combination of bar passage rates, employment rates, debt load, and tuition.


“The University of Kentucky College of Law is pleased to be ranked in the Pre-Law Magazine’s Best Value Law Schools,” said David A. Brennen, dean of the UK College of Law. “We believe our rigorous academics and nationally renowned faculty contribute greatly to our students’ success. Our location in Kentucky makes us an excellent choice for students interested in a law school located at the intersection of the South and Midwest.”


The UK College of Law was founded in 1908 and its Kentucky Law Journal is the 10th oldest student-run law review in the nation. The College of Law offers a Juris Doctor and four dual degree programs and is proud to have produced many of Kentucky’s leaders and outstanding lawyers making a difference in the Commonwealth. 


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