LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2015) — Just in time for graduation, the University of Kentucky James W. Stuckert Career Center aims to give soon-to-be graduates the knowledge to succeed in their chosen workplace.
"Career success isn’t about out-witting or just surviving the job market, but about thriving within it," said Reba Carroll, senior assistant director at the UK Stuckert Career Center.
The Stuckert Center will host an event titled “How to impress your boss in the first 90 days” beginning 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 28.
During the event, a panel of employers will advise students on navigating work climate, anticipating organizational needs, confronting workplace challenges and more. The employer panel will include representatives from First Investors, Big Ass Solutions and Lexmark.
"For some, graduation can be just as frightening as it is exciting, regardless we’re here to help," Carroll said.
UK graduates are able to use the Stuckert Center’s services, such as resume critiques or mock interviews, up to six months after graduation.
Caroline Francis from UK Alumni Career Services will also be a part of the employer panel to offer insight and share other career-related services from the UK Alumni Association.
As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center mission is to prepare students to successfully connect with employers and post graduate educational opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center is here to help students explore their college major options and career goals, engage in the process of expanding their knowledge and experience of the work place, and to connect with those who can help students on their career path. For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit www.uky.edu/careercenter.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2014) — Later this week, students from the University of Kentucky College of Design will present their concepts to aid in the rebuilding of West Liberty, as well as their work on a farm-to-table restaurant that will lay the foundation for an emerging fabrication partnership for the community ravaged by a tornado in spring of 2012. Doors open for the event at 4:30 p.m. and will include a formal presentation and an exhibit from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Morehead State University Academic Center Building, in West Liberty.
Now in its third year, UK College of Design began addressing issues related to West Liberty starting with a National Science Foundation-funded Systems Thinking for Sustainability (NSF-STFS) course in 2013 led by UK College of Design Associate Dean for Research Gregory Luhan, the John Russell Groves Endowed Professor of Architecture, and a team of UK and Texas A&M University (TAMU) faculty from multiple colleges and departments.
Luhan began publishing the work for West Liberty from his three studios starting in spring 2014 with the book "West Liberty. Moving Forward. Together" developed by Kindall Stephens. This book features the studio work at the TAMU Department of Architecture using UK's STFS course work led by Luhan who was on-site in Texas from 2013-2014. The following fall, his UK studio published its work under the title "West Liberty. Revive. Rebuild. Reflect." The concepts, research and work of his most recent studio are featured in "West Liberty. Building Our Future."
The current interdisciplinary design studio, comprised of 11 students from the UK School of Architecture, worked with industry partners and stakeholders from Lexington, Morehead, West Liberty and Morgan County to develop prototypes for primary and secondary use products germane to the region. These prototypes include a vertical farm, a farmer’s market, a farm-to-table restaurant, a cultural heritage center, a hotel, a bicycle hub, mixed-use bookstore/cafe, an educatorium event space, a recycling center and sorghum/hemp/timber manufacturing facilities.
In addition to proposals for the community's future, the studio is developing an innovative fabrication partnership with Morehead State University and the Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex, who would assist the studio in fabricating, assembling and finishing furniture and built-in cabinetry for the proposed projects.
The West Liberty projects also expand the college's successful HBEER (Houseboats to Energy Efficient Residences) grant-funded research initiative beyond residential and school-based constructions to include offices and clinics. Luhan’s team is nearing the completion of a first commercial structure, a restaurant – Giovanni’s on Prestonsburg Road in downtown West Liberty.
The West Liberty studio's proposals are also garnering attention outside the state, showing their relevance to answering problems across the nation, as well as internationally. In early April, the studio, which includes members of our university's Big Blue Impact | Making Sustainability Visible team, presented collaborative and artistic approaches to visualizing big data at the Consortium of Design Educators Symposium in Oxford, Ohio. The BBI team then ran a workshop at Fabricate 2015 AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) Quad Conference for design students from across the United States. The workshop was titled "Data-driven Installations." Both presentations are rooted in the formative structures of multidisciplinary and collaborative teamwork and are working to narrow the gap between data and design. This fall, the team’s co-authored research paper will be presented in Vienna, Austria.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2015) — Announcing next steps for the University of Kentucky Strategic Plan, Provost Tim Tracy issued the following email to the UK campus Friday, April 24, 2015.
*Note the time has changed for the May 7 town hall. The correct time is reflected below.
Dear UK Community,
Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees and President Capilouto, we have a compelling vision for the University of Kentucky—to be one of the handful of exceptional public, residential research institutions in the country, with an unwavering commitment to our Commonwealth.
To make that vision a reality, a dedicated team, comprised of leaders from across our campus, has been working in earnest to develop our institution's next Strategic Plan. Building upon the great work that faculty, staff and students across our campus completed over the past year, as well as invaluable feedback from the community, the team will present a draft of the plan for the community to review on Wednesday, April 29th.
We will also hold three town halls— opportunities for us to engage with the community and receive your critical feedback. These events will take place at the following dates, times and locations:
- Wednesday, May 6: 9-11 a.m., Lexmark Public Room, 209 Main Building
- Thursday, May 7: 1-3 p.m., UK Athletic Association Auditorium, W.T. Young Library
- Wednesday, May 13: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Bio-Pharm Complex, Room 234-B
These events will also be live streamed on UKNow. Individuals watching via live stream will have the opportunity to email and tweet questions and comments.
The leadership team will review your feedback and make final edits to the plan before presenting it to our Board of Trustees for its consideration in June.
This strategic plan, which will guide our efforts between now and 2020, is critical in providing our campus and those we serve with a set of clear principles and objectives for the vision and goals we will share as an institution.
Your engagement has already been, and will continue to be, critical to the successful completion of the plan. I look forward to our work, together, to make this vision a reality.
Timothy S. Tracy
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Women & Philanthropy Network is calling for submission of proposals for potential funding in 2016.
The UK Women & Philanthropy Network (W & P) is an organization of alumni and friends who have pooled their love for UK, along with their time, talents and resources to help fund important programs and projects at UK. Founded in 2007 with a vision to build a better UK and Commonwealth, W & P continues to grow in size and strength, dedicating the funding provided by members to assist in the life and growth of UK.
W & P has funded a wide array of projects since its inception, awarding more than $1 million to scholarship recipients, colleges and programs. Recipients of funding in 2014 were programs in the Robinson Scholars Program, Honors Program, College of Health Sciences, College of Education, College of Communication and Information and College of Arts and Sciences.
Department proposal submissions should focus on areas of scholarships, research and programs. Departments and programs that have priorities in these areas should contact their dean or vice president to secure a proposal application form.
Proposals should be submitted to Paula L. Pope at the UK Office of Development, 129 Sturgill Development Building, 0015 or via email to email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2015. Selected proposals will be presented Nov. 6, 2015, to the W & P Network who will vote for the proposals deemed most impactful. Recommendation for funding will be determined according to the number of votes received for each proposal and awards will be made in early 2016.
For more information contact Paula Pope at 859-257-3187.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2015) — The University of Kentucky International Studies Abroad Diversity Scholarship has been awarded to two students to help them further their studies through education abroad.
Derrick Quarles, a kinesiology major, and Miyana Sarver, a human communications major, will receive between $2,500 and $5,000 that can be applied to an International Studies Abroad (ISA) study abroad program of their choice within two years.
Quarles, who is involved in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Black Student Union, and the University of Kentucky Club Basketball Team, plans to use his scholarship to study kinesiology in Valencia, Spain.
“I'm so grateful for this opportunity to study abroad and this scholarship really made it possible,“ said Quarles. “During my first time out the country, I will have some guidance and peers that I can relate to.”
Sarver currently serves on the executive board as an activities chair member for Black Student Union. She is also a peer educator for UK Catalyst Coalition and was previously a mentor for the College Mentor For Kids Volunteer Organization.
Sarver plans to use her scholarship to study communications in Dublin, Ireland, where she aspires to learn about other cultures and gain experiences that will set her apart on a resume. She also hopes to inspire others to reach for their goals.
“I hope this experience will spark my curiosity in the world and cause me to challenge my views and the way I learn,” said Sarver. “But most importantly, I want this to help me become a better woman and a better student.”
The ISA-UK Diversity Scholarship offers two award cycles a year and is not tied to a specific term. Students who contribute to the university’s growing interest in the educational benefits of a diverse student body will be considered for the award.
“What's really beneficial about the scholarship is that students apply for it before they choose an education abroad program,” said Patrick Barker, ISA custom program and outreach coordinator. “This gives them time to consider their options personally and academically to choose a program that best suits them and their own goals.”
ISA is a UK partner affiliate that offers education abroad opportunities to UK undergraduates in different countries across the globe.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2015) — At seeblue. U orientations this summer, new and transferring University of Kentucky students will receive a copy of the 2015 Common Reading Experience (CRE) book, “Picking Cotton” by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo.
CRE is a collaborative effort, shared by New Student and Family Programs, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education and other campus partners, designed to introduce new students to academic life at UK. The goal is two-fold: first, to bring new students together for a common reading experience that introduces them to academic discourse prior to the start of classes; and second, to engage the entire UK community in a common intellectual experience through yearlong programming.
Students will read the CRE book this summer, ready to join a community of scholars during K Week, UK’s fall welcome week, where they will participate in small group discussions about the book with other new and upperclass students. Throughout the school year they will attend events coordinated around the book's themes, topics and issues. Authors of UK’s CRE books have traditionally visited campus, a highlight of the school year.
Visit http://www.uky.edu/StudentAffairs/NewStudentPrograms/CRE4/2015cre.php for UK President Eli Capilouto’s introduction of “Picking Cotton” to the campus community.
The 2015-16 CRE book, a New York Times best seller, comes with a trigger warning: “Picking Cotton” is the account of a sexual assault and the conviction of an innocent man. It may be an emotional trigger for some people.
College student Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her North Carolina apartment while she slept. She was able to escape and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Cotton insisted that she was mistaken, but Thompson's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars with a life sentence. Eleven years later, Cotton was allowed to take a newly developed DNA test that proved his innocence and identified the true rapist. Cotton was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed.
Two years after his release, Thompson and Cotton met ‒ and eventually forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives. In spite of the fear that permeated their earlier acquaintance, their book’s clearest messages are steeped in hope, forgiveness, courage and determination.
In their own words, Thompson and Cotton unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy in the joint memoir “Picking Cotton,” challenging ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.
Thompson and Cotton are now advocates for judicial reform, the need to combat sexual violence, abolition of the death penalty, the fallibility of eyewitness testimony, and the healing power of forgiveness. Together, they have lobbied state legislators to change compensation laws for the wrongly convicted, to abolish the death penalty, to revise police eyewitness line-up procedures, and for many other causes.
“The Common Reading Experience program wants new students, parents and families, and the UK community to know ‘Picking Cotton’ will be read and utilized on campus with great sensitivity due to the issues it raises, such as sexual assault and racial dynamics,” said Anne Kelly, assistant director of New Student and Parent Programs in the Division of Student Affairs.
“The book was thoughtfully selected as these issues are at the forefront of societal discussion, and although challenging to read about and discuss, the authors also weave in the powerful themes of forgiveness, redemption and resilience.”
Anyone with questions regarding the CRE program or the 2015 book, please contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at CommonReading@lsv.uky.edu.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2015) — As a University of Kentucky Transplant Center patient navigator, Elaine Milem helps patients through the difficult process of preparing for and undergoing kidney transplants. The unique part? Milem, a two-time kidney recipient herself, understands exactly what her patients are going through.
"Everything that's happened to me so far has prepared me for this," Milem said. "I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be."
As a child, Milem suffered from regular kidney problems, including recurrent urinary tract infections. It seemed mostly an inconvenience until Milem became pregnant at age 25, when the stress of pregnancy caused her kidney function to decrease drastically.
Milem began preparing for dialysis in 2005 and also began discussing the possibility of a transplant with her physicians. Though she could have gone to several other nearby transplant centers in the region, the South Point, Ohio native decided to come to the University of Kentucky Transplant Center for her care, citing the relatively short drive and the family support she had in the area.
"The warmth and compassion I received from the nurses and staff at my first visit let me know immediately I was in the right place," Milem said. "They made me feel at home."
Milem received a donor kidney in 2007, but her good fortune was short-lived. She contracted a rare virus known as the BK virus, which caused her body to reject the kidney over the next two years. She was put back on dialysis in 2009 and re-listed for transplant in 2011, receiving her second kidney in February 2012.
In 2013, Milem was approached by UK Transplant Coordinator Angela Zimmerman with a unique offer — UK was participating in a study that looked at whether or not patient navigators help patients get further along in the transplant process. Patient navigators, as the name suggests, help "guide" new patients through the complexities of a severe illness. That may include helping patients address barriers to care (such as transportation to appointments, finding child care, figuring out insurance issues), understanding treatment and care options, helping patients research their disease, working with family members and caregivers, and much more.
One of the main requirements for UK's new patient navigator job through the study was that the navigators be transplant patients themselves. Milem, who already had a strong background in the medical field — she worked at Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia for more than two decades — jumped at the chance to apply all her life experiences in a position that could help others. As a patient navigator for kidney transplant patients at UK, she counsels patients during their visits, offering everything from education on the transplant process to personal encouragement.
"Sometimes you're kind of a cheerleader," Milem said. "And sometimes you're just giving them information."
And so far, that dual role of cheerleader/educator is working. The results of the study were so successful that Milem plans to remain at UK and continue as a patient navigator outside of the research.
Additionally, she also seeks out other ways to educate others on kidney disease — Milem was recently selected by the American Kidney Fund to participate in the organization's sixth annual advocacy day on Capitol Hill. While there, she met with Congressional offices to discuss legislation that would improve care for individuals with chronic kidney disease.
Though she is currently dealing with another new kidney disease, Milem remains upbeat about her transplant experience. Most patients on dialysis have to receive the treatment three times a week, which makes traveling difficult if not impossible. Thanks to her transplant, Milem was able to visit Boston last year for a very important event: her daughter's graduation from Harvard University.
"Because of my transplant, I was able to see my daughter graduate in person," Milem said. "That means so much to me."
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Although hospitals are obligated by law to identify potential donors and allow the organ donor procurement program to inform families of their right to donate, anyone can sign up to become an organ donor by joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. The registry is a safe and secure electronic database where a person’s wishes regarding donation will be carried out as requested.
To join the registry, visit www.donatelifeky.org or sign up when you renew your driver’s license. The donor registry enables family members to know that you chose to save and enhance lives through donation. Kentucky’s “First Person Consent” laws mean that the wishes of an individual on the registry will be carried out as requested.
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College of Nursing Study Transitions Patients, Families to Low-Sodium Diet With Electronic Salt Spoon
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2015) — Heart disease patients are advised by doctors to reduce the amount of sodium in their diets to prevent a cardiac event. But adapting to a low-sodium diet requires more than just laying off the table salt. Sodium is hidden in a number of household food products, such as canned soups, frozen pizza and white bread.
Faculty members in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing are helping patients and their families monitor the amount of sodium in their foods through the use of an electronic salt spoon. The device, which can be used in everyday cooking, measures the exact amount of salt in foods.
Misook Lee Chung, an associate professor in the College of Nursing, is leading the Family Sodium Watchers Program, which educates patients and families about low-sodium diets through the use of the salt spoon. The study was awarded funding from the National Institute of Nursing Research. A three-month pilot study found individuals and family members who used the salt spoon were successful in decreasing the amount of salt in their diets.
"This device can actually detect the amount of salt in food," Chung said of the salt spoon. "You just use the salt spoon, detect the amount and control the portion."
Chung helps patients gradually re-train their taste buds to enjoy low-sodium foods. Through this gradual process of learning to cook and eat with smaller portions of sodium, patients are more likely to change eating habits for the long-term.
Heart disease patients are recommended to consume 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams of sodium per day, which is also the recommended amount of sodium recommended for maintaining a healthy diet. Sodium serves many essential functions in the body, such as working muscles and nerves, but too much sodium can result in high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Surprisingly, table salt is not the leading source of sodium in the American diet. Sodium is hidden in a variety of foods, including vegetables, processed foods and restaurant meals.
The Family Sodium Watchers Program, conducted at the College of Nursing, will recruit 220 patients and their families, tracking long-term health outcomes. As part of the program, patients and families will learn how to cook and shop for low-sodium foods through communication tools such as video conferencing through Skype and iPads. These digital tools will enable the researchers to educate families in rural parts of Kentucky. Chung said food is a family activity, so including family members in the diet modification process is essential.
"Family members, when they don't know how to choose low-salt foods at the grocery, and they cannot cook the low-salt foods, cannot support our patients," Chung said. "So we have to educate them together."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2015) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Douglas V. Mastriano has been named the recipient of the 2015 Crader Family Book Prize in American Values for his book "Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne." This award recognizes a first book that best exemplifies the values of the Crader Family Endowment for American Values: individual liberty, constitutional principles and civic virtue.
The Crader Award is presented to a book in the area of U.S., European or Latin American history that explores the historical development of the political, religious and economic heritage of Western Civilization, or events directly related to them. An honorarium of $1,000 comes with this achievement.
The purpose of this award is to increase knowledge and appreciation of the political, religious and economic heritage of this nation and the West, and the values of individual liberty, constitutional principles and civic virtue that are at the foundation of this society. The Crader Family of Jackson, Missouri, sponsors this award and has made a commitment to support its efforts through this endowment in their family name. The Crader Family Endowment for American Values exists within the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
In "Alvin York," Douglas V. Mastriano sorts fact from myth in the first full-length biography of York in decades. He meticulously examines York’s youth in the hills of east Tennessee, his service in the Great War, and his return to a quiet civilian life dedicated to charity.
As a devout Christian, conscientious objector, and reluctant hero of World War I, Alvin York is known as one of America’s most famous and celebrated soldiers. York’s capture of 132 German soldiers earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor, and continues to spark controversy among historians who think York has received more recognition than he deserves. By reviewing artifacts recovered from the battlefield using military terrain analysis, forensic study, and research in both German and American archives, Mastriano reconstructs the events of Oct. 8, 1918, and corroborates the recorded accounts.
The Crader Family Book Prize Committee selected Mastriano’s work on York, noting that he “marshals an impressive amount of primary source material” in “telling the story of one of America’s iconic heroes.”
"I am delighted to learn that my book, 'Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne,' is the recipient of the 2015 Crader Family Book Prize in American Values," Mastriano said. "I am humbled by this decision and consider it a great honor."
This marks the second award the book has garnered. It was also named the winner of the 2015 William E. Colby Award for contributions to our understanding of intelligence operations, military history, or international affairs. Mastriano is a colonel in the U.S. Army.
UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 27, 2015) — With the spring sports season in full swing, parents of young athletes are busy coordinating carpool schedules to practice, purchasing proper sports equipment and soothing muscle soreness caused by competitive play. But often, parents overlook two important factors influencing sports performance — nutrition and hydration.
To perform at their best, children should be eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of fluids hours before practice or competition begins. Growing children and youth need an added boost of energy to stay alert throughout the day and play a sport after school. Also, many young athletes aren't getting enough fluids in their system throughout the day.
Here are a few tips for feeding and hydrating a young athlete:
Consider meal timing throughout the day. Don't let children walk out the door without eating a small breakfast, such as a fruit or bowl of cereal. Children should eat a nutritious lunch two to four hours before sports play. If a child eats an early lunch, then provide the child with a small snack, such as a vegetable or grain, to eat about 45 minutes before a sports activity.
Shop for balanced, nutritious food sources. A nutritious lunch should include a source of protein, which helps to build and repair muscles used during sports play. Protein-rich foods include lean meats, dairy, nuts and beans. Vitamins and minerals such as calcium and iron help fortify bones to protect against breaks and stress fractures. Dried fruit, eggs, fish and leafy greens are all great sources of iron. Finally, carbohydrates, when consumed in moderation, are great sources of fuel for athletes. Resist the urge to "carb-load" at the local restaurant before a major sports event, which can weigh down young athletes. Opt instead for whole grains and fruits and vegetables as sources of carbs.
Pack a water bottle. Hydration is an important predictor of sports performance. Children and youth need eight to 12 ounces of water five to seven times per day, or to drink half their body weight in ounces. So an 80-pound child should drink 40 ounces per day. Pack a water bottle with them and encourage them to take sips all day. If they are unable to carry a water bottle, make it a rule of thumb to always take a drink when passing a water fountain. A parent can determine whether their child is adequately hydrated through the shade of their urine, which should be clear. Children should take water breaks during sports practices, especially in hot and humid climates.
Jordan Light is a master's student in the University of Kentucky Athletic Training Program.
This column appeared in the April 26, 2015, edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. On today's program, UK English Professor Frank X Walker reflects on his two years as Kentucky’s poet laureate and offers some advice to newest laureate, George Ella Lyon.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/welcoming-new-poet-laureate.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2015) — Sixty-five University of Kentucky Wildcats earned a place on the 2015 Winter Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll announced by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.
UK's total of 65 honorees is the fourth-most among the 14 league teams. UK has eight representatives from the men’s basketball team, six from women’s basketball, 12 from gymnastics, 10 from rifle, 10 from men’s swimming and diving and 19 from women’s swimming and diving.
The 2015 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on the grades from the 2014 spring, summer and fall terms. Among other qualifications, a student-athlete must have a grade-point average of 3.00 or above for the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in order to make the honor roll, in addition to being a sophomore or higher in academic standing.
Here is a list of Kentucky's honorees, along with each student-athlete's sport and major:
E.J. Floreal – M Basketball – Communication
Dominique Hawkins – M Basketball – Communication
Tod Lanter – M Basketball – Marketing
Marcus Lee – M Basketball – Undergraduate Studies
Brian Long – M Basketball – Communication
Sam Malone – M Basketball – Marketing
Alex Poythress – M Basketball – Marketing
Derek Willis – M Basketball – Undergraduate Studies
Azia Bishop – W Basketball – Social Work
Makayla Epps – W Basketball – Social Work
Bria Goss – W Basketball – Communication
Linnae Harper – W Basketball – Communication
Jelleah Sidney – W Basketball – Social Work
Janee Thompson – W Basketball – Journalism
Alyssa Bertoni – Gymnastics – International Studies
Marissa Beucler – Gymnastics – Journalism
Kirsten Canini – Gymnastics – Biology
Alexis Gross – Gymnastics – Marketing
Kayla Hartley – Gymnastics – Hospitality Management and Tourism
Shelby Hilton – Gymnastics – Communication
Shannon Mitchell – Gymnastics – Hospitality Management and Tourism
Tiara Phipps – Gymnastics – Psychology
Taylor Puryear – Gymnastics – Early Childhood Education
Amy Roemmele – Gymnastics – Exercise Science
Sara Shipley – Gymnastics – Communication
Montana Whittle – Gymnastics – Exercise Science
Connor Davis – Rifle – Exercise Science
Elijah Ellis – Rifle – Marketing/Business Management
Heather Kirby – Rifle – Equine Science and Management
Cody Manning – Rifle – Agricultural Biotechnology
Sonya May – Rifle – Media Arts and Studies
Andrew Miller – Rifle – Marketing/Business Management
Jonathan Pinkel – Rifle – Mechanical Engineering
Jason Sharbel – Rifle – Forestry
Luke South – Rifle – Mechanical Engineering
John Sutton – Rifle – Agricultural Biotechnology
Tanner Anderson – M Swim & Dive – Biology
Andrew Aviotti – M Swim & Dive – Economics
Michael Christian – M Swim & Dive – Agricultural Economics
Kyle Higgins – M Swim & Dive – Exercise Science
Robert Resch – M Swim & Dive – Biology
Matthew Roman – M Swim & Dive – Biology
Adam Shaw – M Swim & Dive – Agricultural Economics
Derrick Smith – M Swim & Dive – Exercise Science
Neal Widdowson – M Swim & Dive – Community and Leadership Development
Zachary Zandona – M Swim & Dive – Chemical Engineering
Annah Baykal – W Swim & Dive – Chemical Engineering
Christina Bechtel – W Swim & Dive – Integrated Strategic Communication
Kelly Berger – W Swim & Dive – Undergraduate Studies
Christa Cabot – W Swim & Dive – Nursing
Kendal Casey – W Swim & Dive – Economics
Morgan Contino – W Swim & Dive – Social Studies Education
Kendra Crew – W Swim & Dive – Accounting
Danielle Galyer – W Swim & Dive – Psychology
Rebecca Hamperian – W Swim & Dive – Psychology
Lindsay Hill – W Swim & Dive – International Studies
Frida Jakobsson – W Swim & Dive – Economics
Katrina Keirns – W Swim & Dive – Integrated Strategic Communication
Kate Kelly – W Swim & Dive – Exercise Science
Blair Kuethe – W Swim & Dive – Marketing/Business Management
Mallory Mathias – W Swim & Dive – Accounting/Finance
Taylor Melton – W Swim & Dive – Hospitality Management and Tourism
Abby Myers – W Swim & Dive – Exercise Science
Sam Shaheen – W Swim & Dive – Elementary Education/Psychology
Kristen Wilson – W Swim & Dive – Master of Business Administration
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2015) -- As the University of Kentucky celebrates its 150th year and its history as the state’s land grant institution, the College of Pharmacy also shares a rich tradition in the Commonwealth. But perhaps surprisingly, its roots haven’t always been in Lexington.
Founded in 1870, just five years after UK, what is now the UK College of Pharmacy began as the Louisville College of Pharmacy, an independent institution modeled after the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.
It wasn't until July 1, 1946, that the College of Pharmacy officially became part of the University of Kentucky. Even after the affiliation was made with the University, it would be more than a decade before physically moving faculty, staff and students to Lexington.
In the summer of 1957, students and faculty moved the college -- literally -- box by box in their personal vehicles from Louisville to the Lexington campus. The move was made into the newly constructed building later named for then-dean Earle P. Slone and located on Washington Avenue at Gladstone Avenue. Today, the Slone Research Building is home to offices and labs of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.
After becoming part of the University of Kentucky’s campus, the College of Pharmacy flourished in milestones and achievements that have led to it becoming renowned in pharmacy and graduate pharmaceutical science education. The path was paved for the college's current programs which are consistently ranked among the top five in the U.S.
The graduate program in pharmaceutical sciences was developed in the late 1960s by former dean, scientist and pharmacy education pioneer Joseph V. Swintosky, who was dean from 1967 to 1987. Along with developing the Ph.D. program, Swintosky also added the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) making UK one of the first schools outside of California to offer the degree which is now the standard academic degree held by pharmacists in the U.S.
Throughout the 1970s, the college’s enrollment and programs continued to steadily grow. By 1980, the college had expanded beyond the capacity of the Slone Building and had faculty and programs in six different buildings on campus. In 1985, the move was made to what was then the “new” college of pharmacy building on Rose Street adjacent to the College of Nursing.
For 25 years, a generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists were educated and trained in the Rose Street building. It is where many accolades were received and where many of today's current practicing community pharmacists in Kentucky were educated.
Among the achievements during this time were having three UK students elected as national president of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Academy of Students; the college’s chapter of APhA was named national Chapter of the Year in 2005; and UK pharmacy students consistently had the highest first-time pass rates in the nation on the NAPLEX national pharmacy licensing exam.
It was also during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s that pharmacists began to move from behind the wall of the drugstore counter to a more interactive patient care set-up that is more common today.
Melody Ryan graduated from the college with a B.S. in 1992 and a Pharm.D. in 1993. She returned to the college as a faculty member after completing a pharmacy practice residency at Duke University in 1994 and a neurosciences fellowship at UK in 1995. Currently, she is professor and vice chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice.
"I think I have a unique perspective because I’m both an alumni and a faculty member of the College of Pharmacy. Of course, it is the people and time together with them that make the best memories – whether they were my classmates, my colleagues, or my students," said Ryan who is also director for International Professional Student Education. "However, watching the first class I taught at the beginning of the all-Pharm.D. curriculum in 1995 graduate is one of my best memories. It was as though we grew up together."
Today's college of pharmacy looks much different than in the past -- not only from those early years in Louisville before the turn of the 20th century -- but even quite different than a generation ago. Like many areas in the health care field, the pharmacy profession, as well as pharmacy education is ever-changing.
The college has had a very competitive admissions process for the doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program for the past couple of decades and currently admits a class of 140 students annually in the four-year professional program. As the pharmacy profession expands in scope and increasingly focuses on providing direct patient care, pharmacy education leaders are working to find the balance of information that should be included in the college curriculum.
"Some pharmacists are concerned that we are moving away from our identity as the guardian of safety for medication use and distribution processes," said Kelly Smith, interim dean of the college. "However, at UK we see this as an opportunity to demonstrate how we truly are preparing pharmacists to be special, and to have more tools in their toolkit to fit a variety of roles. We want our graduates to be elements of change within the profession and within health care, whether that’s improving the life of a single patient or a panel of patients."
Graduate and Research Programs Excel
Along with the continued growth and prosperity in the education of pharmacists, the depth and breadth of the graduate faculty and the college's research programs have also grown and excelled. One of the most notable achievements includes drug delivery research that led to the patenting of the drug Stadol in 1992 by professor and pharmaceutical scientist Anwar Hussain. Stadol, an intranasal spray used for the management of migraines, was marketed by Bristol-Myers. Hussain’s research in drug delivery systems led to more than 50 patents and more than $14 million in revenue for UK.
The legacy of Hussain and other prominent faculty of the 70s, 80s and early 90s laid the foundation for current faculty such as Dan Wermeling, UK professor of pharmacy practice and science, who has developed a nasal spray application of the anti-opioid drug naloxone through his startup company AntiOp Inc.
Today, innovative scientists continue to make their mark as current pharmacy research faculty rank fourth out of 354 institutions in scholarly activity. Furthermore, since 1989, UK College of Pharmacy faculty have created 25 start-up companies.
Currently, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the UK College of Pharmacy offers Ph.D. training in the areas of drug discovery, drug development, clinical and experimental therapeutics and pharmaceutical outcomes and policy. About 10 to 12 Ph.D. students graduate each year.
"One of the biggest changes I think the college has experienced in the graduate program in the past few years is the transition from our original focus on pharmaceutics, drug delivery and drug development to now including more emphasis and opportunity in medicinal chemistry and natural products as well as in policy, informatics and outcomes," said Patrick McNamara, senior associate dean and professor of pharmaceutical sciences. "Today's students need to be flexible, adaptive and not just proficient in one area. They must also have 'soft skills' such or the ability to work in teams, communicate effectively and even 'sell' their ideas to their employers or potential investors."
Pharmacy in the New Millennium
By the middle of the first decade of the new millennium, the college of pharmacy continued to flourish as efforts were made to offset a nationwide pharmacist shortage. From 2000 to 2007, the college's Pharm.D. enrollment increased more than 200 percent.
Once again the college had outgrown its building.
In 2000, when Kenneth B. Roberts was named dean of the college, he set a goal to build a new facility that would provide the opportunity to educate more pharmacy students and improve the academic and research environment for faculty and staff. Despite budget cuts and an unstable economy, the college reached out to pharmacists across the Commonwealth and asked them for support. With the support of then-UK President Lee Todd, the UK Board of Trustees and the Council on Postsecondary Education, the project became the number one research and academic building priority and was funded by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2005 and in 2006.
In 2007, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the BioPharm Complex located at 789 South Limestone and the move to the new state-of-the-art building was completed in 2010.
Today, Pharm.D. and graduate students, as well as innovative and productive research programs, are housed in the largest college of pharmacy in the world and one of the largest academic facilities in the nation.
"Finishing the BioPharm building and making that move was certainly a watershed moment for the college of pharmacy," said McNamara, who was interim dean at the time of the move. "At times it was challenging, even chaotic, but reflecting on it now, I see how much it has had an impact on our programs and the future of our faculty, staff and students in creating such a unique environment filled with opportunities."
LEXINGTON, KY (April 23, 2015) — Keeneland’s premier Spring and Fall race meets and four globally renowned Thoroughbred sales, which include two of the world’s largest auctions, the September Yearling Sale and November Breeding Stock Sale, in 2014 generated a $590 million economic impact for Lexington and Fayette County, Kentucky.
The results are among the findings of an economic impact study conducted by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Business and Economic Research, Gatton College of Business and Economics, in conjunction with Keeneland. It is the first study to quantify Keeneland’s economic impact on Fayette County.
“I don’t think anyone is surprised by the tremendous economic impact Keeneland has on Lexington and Fayette County, Kentucky,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “The study reinforces for us all the attraction to and the significance of this world-class venue. With Keeneland hosting the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Oct. 30 and 31, its mark on the local and state economy is only going to increase in 2015. I congratulate Bill Thomason and his team for commissioning the report and look forward to Keeneland’s ongoing successes.”
Keeneland annually attracts horsemen and visitors from around the world to Central Kentucky for its Spring and Fall race meets and Thoroughbred auctions. The track conducts racing an average of 32 days a year (15 days in April and 17 days in October). Keeneland will host the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a 13-race event worth $26 million to be held Oct. 30-31.
The world’s major Thoroughbred buyers are among participants from nearly every U.S. state and some 50 countries who annually travel to Lexington for the Keeneland sales. In 2014, 6,365 horses were sold for more than $534 million during the 13-day September Yearling Sale, 11-day November Breeding Stock Sale, four-day January Horses of All Ages Sale and one-day April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
Respondents for the study were surveyed during the 2014 Fall Meet and the September and November sales. Based upon those findings, impacts of the Spring Meet and January and April sales were assessed.
The study found that direct spending by visitors during their stay in Lexington while attending the Keeneland race meets and sales generated approximately $351 million in direct economic activity for Fayette County, resulting in a total economic impact for the area of more than $590 million.
“Keeneland has been a special part of the Central Kentucky culture since its inception in 1936,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “We’ve long known that Keeneland plays an important role in Thoroughbred racing and breeding. It is rewarding to learn that our racing and sales provide not only a means to showcase Lexington to a global audience, but they also serve as a significant economic engine for Fayette County. Keeneland receives such strong local support; we are pleased that the community in turn benefits from our business operations.”
Keeneland’s Spring and Fall race meets represent $123 million in direct spending and $200 million in total economic impact. Participant expenditures at Keeneland’s four annual horse sales combine to generate more than $228 million in direct spending and more than $390 million in total economic impact.
“Lexington is proud to be home to Keeneland Race Course. We love its beauty and the excitement of watching the world’s best Thoroughbreds fly around the track,” Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said. “But when we think about Keeneland we don’t always think about the major impact it has on the local economy. The world’s largest and most important Thoroughbred sales; the horsemen and visitors Keeneland attracts from around the world who stay in our hotels and eat in our restaurants; and later this year, the Breeders Cup World Championships, which will put Lexington on an international stage. It all adds up to another reason to be glad Keeneland is part of our community.”
Major findings from the study include:
Keeneland Spring and Fall Race Meets
Ø More than half of the 251,574 attendees at the 2014 Fall Meet traveled to Fayette County for the primary purpose of attending the races at Keeneland.
Ø Visitors traveled from at least 41 states other than Kentucky to attend the Fall Meet.
Ø More than two-thirds of the 192,000 Kentuckians at the Fall Meet live outside Fayette County and traveled to Lexington for the primary purpose of attending the Fall Meet.
Ø Visitors who came to Lexington for the primary purpose of attending the Fall Meet spent more than $19 million on food and beverages, more than $15 million on lodging, more than $12 million on retail purchases and more than $9 million on gasoline in Lexington.
Ø Direct spending by visitors to the Fall Meet accounted for more than $900,000 in local taxes through the hotel tax and more than $3.9 million in state taxes.
Keeneland Thoroughbred Sales
Ø Approximately 20 percent of groups participating in the September Yearling and November Breeding Stock sales were from outside the U.S. while another 45 percent were from states other than Kentucky.
Ø Commissions derived from sales involving at least one participant outside Fayette County totaled more than $20 million.
Ø Sales to buyers outside Kentucky from sellers in Fayette County totaled more than $167 million.
Ø Participants in the September and November sales spent more than $9 million on food and beverages and more than $6 million on hotel accommodations in Lexington.
Ø Hotel tax revenue to Fayette County and the state of Kentucky from the September and November sales are both more than $400,000.
Ø Sales tax on food and beverages during the September and November sales total more than $500,000.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have Keeneland as a signature attraction in our destination,” VisitLex President Mary Quinn Ramer said. “From the world-class racing to the prestigious sales, Keeneland is a key driver of visitation to Lexington and a tremendous supporter of our local hospitality industry. Keeneland’s contribution to the Central Kentucky economy is to be commended.”
“For many years, Keeneland has been a big part of the fabric of our community and region, and its global reach has positively impacted the Bluegrass,” said Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO Bob Quick, CCE. “This study not only reinforces the impact of its sales and race meets from direct spending by visitors, but it’s also clear that our community benefits greatly from the many individuals in the horse industry who have chosen to invest in our region through horse farm ownership, starting a business, development or donating their time and resources.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2015) – The Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy’s (KCSP) has awarded the Lee T. Todd, Jr. Smoke-free Hero Award to Gov. Steve Beshear for his adoption of an executive order prohibiting tobacco use and e-cigarettes inside and outside state buildings, grounds and vehicles.
Beshear was recognized for his courage, perseverance and continuous commitment to creating tobacco-free environments in the face of adversity. He was presented with the award April 23 at the Doubletree Suites in Lexington during the UK College of Nursing’s KCSP annual spring conference.
"Gov. Beshear has transformed what it means to be a hero for tobacco which, for far too long, has been to safeguard the crop and promote its use no matter the consequences to public health. Through his leadership and courage, the governor has redefined the meaning of a tobacco hero by taking steps to reduce tobacco use and save lives,” said Ellen Hahn, professor in the College of Nursing and director of the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy.
The 2015 David B. Stevens, MD, Smoke-free Advocate of the Year Award was presented to Allison Adams, director of the Buffalo Trace District Health Department. Adams has been successful at recruiting and mobilizing citizens to advocate for a healthy community and works tirelessly at both the city and state levels. The advocate of the year is recognized for excellence in promoting secondhand smoke education and smoke-free policy. The 2015 Brian Early Mattone, Esq. Legal Counsel Smoke-free Support Award was presented to the Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP.
Elected officials and advocates from the City of Berea, the City of Midway, the City of Richmond, the City of Versailles and Woodford County Fiscal Court were awarded the KCSP's Smoke-free Indoor Air Excellence Award. Elected officials in these communities were recognized for their exceptional leadership and collaborative efforts in protecting the health of citizens in their communities by enacting a comprehensive smoke-free workplace ordinance.
Elected officials and advocates from Owensboro City Commission were also awarded the Smoke-free Indoor Air Endeavor Award. Members were recognized for their leadership in promoting the health of the citizens in their communities by enacting a partial smoke-free ordinance.
The first annual Tobacco-free Campus Award was presented to Eastern Kentucky University for its exceptional leadership and collaborative efforts in promoting a healthy environment for the college campus by implementing a 100 percent tobacco-free campus policy.
As of April 1, 2015, there were 41 Kentucky communities had implemented smoke-free ordinances, with 24 of those being comprehensive policies, meaning that they cover all workplaces including restaurants and bars. This translates to 32.5 percent of Kentuckians protected by comprehensive smoke-free workplace laws. Ten of these comprehensive laws also cover e-cigarettes. For more information about smoke-free ordinances and regulations in Kentucky, visit the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy at www.kcsp.uky.edu.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has selected April M. Young, Ph.D., as the 2015 recipient of its Outstanding Alumni Award.
The College of Public Health established its Outstanding Alumni Award program in 2013 to recognize extraordinary alumni who have made outstanding contributions in public health at the local, state, and national or international level.
Young, an assistant professor in the Epidemiology Department of the College of Public Health, graduated with her master's degree in health behavior and epidemiology from the University of Kentucky in 2010. Young received a doctoral degree in health behavior and epidemiology from Emory University in 2013.
Young's research interests have included vaccine acceptance, substance abuse, HPV and HIV. She has studies populations as near as Appalachia and as remote as Nairobi, Kenya. Her current research focus is on the application of social network analysis to the behavioral aspects of infectious disease transmission.
In addition to her accomplishments as a researcher and scholar, Young has a strong desire to teach and mentor students, and this was the most important factor in her decision to pursue a career in higher education.
"Dr. Young has an incredibly bright academic future,” Richard Crosby, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Behavior at the UK College of Public Health, said. “Her eagerness and dedication is surpassed only be her sharp intellect.”
A reception honoring Young will be held Friday, May 1, from 2-4 p.m. at the Hilary J. Boone Center. The reception is open to interested members of the campus community. RSVPs for the event can be made by April 28 by clicking here.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Law Library is often a place for study sessions and important discussions, but its true mission is to help produce outstanding lawyers and expert legal scholars.
The Law Library — containing more than 850,000 volumes representing 340,000 titles in a variety of print, microform, and electronic formats — serves the legal information needs of students, faculty and citizens of the Commonwealth. Last week, the library also welcomed around 140 law librarians from across the nation as it hosted the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL) Annual Conference.
The conference was held April 16-18 and included a day-long program on privacy, library tours including UK Libraries, a series of professional sessions, and a trip to Keeneland. The keynote address featured a recognized leader in oral history, archives and digital technologies: UK's own Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.
With SEAALL attendees coming from a number of professional law library settings — academic law, state law and law firm libraries — a wide variety of topics were covered in sessions. Topics included law libraries' role in access to justice, legal research instruction, career advancement, and the law of bourbon, among others.
"Law librarians form a small but active subset of librarians, with a strong sense of community across the nation," said Beau Steenken, librarian at the UK College of Law Library and SEAALL local arrangements committee chair.
Assuming a central role within that community as host of the conference, the UK College of Law Library was also selected by the SEAALL board as the official digital repository for SEAALL records.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2015) — Art In Bloom, the Art Museum at University of Kentucky's annual fundraiser, opens today, Friday, April 24, with floral designers interpreting works of art from the museum's permanent collection. Floral designs will be on display from noon-8 p.m. Friday, April 24, and from noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26. Admission to see the floral designs is free.
This year's Art in Bloom festivities honor Kasia and Andre Pater. Since their move from Poland in 1988, Andre's art has focused on subjects including polo, racing, cattle, wildlife, foxhunting and Native Americans. Kasia has contributed to magazines including Kentucky Living and Kentucky Monthly, as well as published a book of poems, "Poste Restante."
In addition to the exhibition of floral designs, the Art in Bloom cocktail party will be presented 7:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. The party will consist of art-inspired food, drinks, music and poetry. Food will be provided by local chefs including:
· Cole Arimes, of Coles;
· Renee Brewer, of Wine + Market;
· Seth Brewer and Carrie Arps, of Enoteca;
· Toa Green, of Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream;
· Martine Holzman, of Martine's Pastries;
· Jonathan Lundy, of Coba Cocina;
· Johnny Shipley, of County Club;
· alumnus Dan Wu, a private chef who appeared on Fox's "Master Chef," and
· Nat Yuttayong, of Nat's.
Art-inspired poetry by Julia Johnson, Maurice Manning, Erik Reece, Katerina Stoykova-Klemer and Frank X Walker will also be read at the event.
Tickets for the Art in Bloom Cocktail Party are $75 and are available at the door, online by visiting the museum's website at http://finearts.uky.edu/art-museum or by phone at 859-257-6218.
Art in Bloom 2015 is co-chaired by Renee Saunier Brewer, Seth Brewer, David Coomer and Dan Wu.
The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2015) — "In medicine, 'oops' mistakes cost lives, so students require instructors such as Professor Fiscella to provide us with great discipline and guidance," said Bryan Tompkins, a student in the University of Kentucky Division of Physician Assistant Studies.
Suzanne Fiscella, showing genuine concern for her students and making it her mission to ensure they are adequately prepared for not only quizzes and board exams, but also as clinicians, was nominated by five different students for the UK College of Education's 2015 Teachers Who Made a Difference program.
Fiscella is the associate clinical coordinator and a lecturer in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences, and is among a group of 168 educators from across Kentucky and other states honored this year for their efforts in inspiring and impacting their students.
"I am honored that my students nominated me," Fiscella said. "I have a passion for teaching and see it as a privilege to touch the lives of these students in a positive way."
“Teachers and students often develop strong relationships, with the impact of that bond lasting a lifetime, for many," said Mary John O'Hair, dean of the College of Education. "The UK College of Education is thankful to play a part in helping students show gratitude for a special teacher.”
Ben Riley, a kindergarten teacher at Eminence Independent Schools, was also among the honorees. For Riley, the honor was especially meaningful as he graduated from the College of Education last year and was connected to Eminence through his student teaching supervisor Mary Ann Vimont, the college's director of alumni and community affairs and associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
It didn't take long for Riley to have an impact. Less than a year after graduating, Riley was nominated by a student in his very first class, Bryce Berry. On her nomination form, the kindergartner wrote, "Mr. Riley is my first teacher. He has been great. He calls us rockstars. We sing and play on iPads. He is nice."
"During my first year of teaching, I planned to test waters and learn about myself as an instructor; I never knew even this early in my career I would be nominated for an award," Riley said. "It’s one of the most exciting and humbling moments I will treasure as a first year teacher."
At the 17th annual Teachers Who Made a Difference ceremony Saturday, April 18 — where a majority of honorees attended to celebrate and receive their award — Riley also accepted the College of Education's Friend of the College Award on behalf of Eminence Independent Schools.
The school district and Superintendent Buddy Berry, also a College of Education alumnus, went through the college's P20 Next Generation Leadership Academy, and Berry now serves on the college's Next Generation Leadership Team helping other schools achieve the same goals.
Each year, all Teacher Who Made a Difference submissions are accepted up to a predetermined limit with each being honored that year. Also each year, the program is assisted by a spokesperson who helps get the word out. In the past, John Calipari, Dermontti Dawson, Tubby Smith, Lee T. Todd Jr., Kyle Macy, and Dan and Cheri Issel have led the charge. From 2012-2014 and again this year, UK Women’s Basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell has served as the spokesperson.
“Teaching is my job, teaching is my passion. And it is something that I love and hope to do the rest of my life,” said Mitchell. “It is a tremendous thing to be a teacher.”
Submissions for the 2016 program will be accepted beginning in December 2015 at www.education.uky.edu/Community/TWMAD.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. This special edition of "UK Perspectives" airs tonight at 8 p.m. on WUKY's "Curtains @ 8" with Nick Lawrence. The interview with UK Symphony Orchestra conductor John Nardolillo will focus on the upcoming all-Mozart concert by the orchestra and UK Choirs Friday, April 24.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/mozart-finale.