Honoring UK's Past While Looking Forward to the Future

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:24


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2014) — A message from University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto:


Dear Students and colleagues,


We are thrilled to start a new academic year this week. We anticipate a year of tremendous change and progress for the University of Kentucky. We can look forward to $1 billion in new construction that we are self-financing, focused on student success and discovery; continued growth in our student body that underscores that we are increasingly the first choice in the region; and spotlighting the ongoing work of our faculty and staff, whose endeavors represent deep investments in our state’s future.


I hope you enjoy this welcome back message, which places a spotlight on what we are doing together through stories about just a few of the remarkable members of the UK community.


Welcome back to this special community.


see blue.

Chellgren Center Honors 43 New Fellows

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence honored its newest class of Chellgren Fellows this past weekend.  Benefactor Paul Chellgren, along with Chellgren Endowed Chair Philipp Kraemer, recognized and congratulated the students on being named Fellows.


The Chellgren Fellows Program is for students with exceptional academic potential and aspirations, who are eager to participate in a special learning community designed to cultivate extraordinary achievement. Outstanding faculty members from across campus serve as individual mentors for the Fellows.


The students selected as 2014-15 Chellgren Fellows include:

  • Shiza Arshad, an international studies and Chinese double major from Lexington
  • Evelyn Beckert, an undergraduate studies major from Henderson, Ky.
  • Stacey Brothers, a psychology and Spanish double major from Florence, Ky.
  • Elysha Calhoun, a chemical engineering major from Independence, Ky. 
  • David Cole, an English major from Monticello, Ky.
  • Ashley Cutshaw, a biosystems engineering major from Kalamazoo, Mich. 
  • Emily Daley, a chemical engineering major from LaGrange, Ky.
  • Thomas Daley, a biology major from Franklin, Ohio
  • Sabita Dumre, a biology major from Lexington
  • Abraham Dutch, a computer science and mathematics double major from Lexington
  • Taylor Elder, a psychology and kinesiology double major from Kent, Ohio
  • Marley Foertsch, a biology major from Wyndmere, N.D.
  • Janet Hall, a psychology major from Fort Thomas, Ky.
  • Kyle Hancock, undeclared major from Frankfort, Ky.
  • Kaylee Hicks, an international studies (Latin American Global Development) major; pre-medicine from Versailles, Ky. 
  • Ross Hildabrand, an accounting, economics and finance triple major from Brentwood, Tenn.
  • Ameena Khan, a psychology major from Frankfort, Ky. 
  • Hannah Latta, a biology major from Mayfield, Ky.
  • Kaitlin Lemaster, an animal science and chemistry double major from Louisa, Ky.
  • Ryan McElhose, a psychology major from Hinton, Iowa
  • Zerina Mehic, animal science major; pre-veterinary science from Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Caroline Nickerson, a mechanical engineering major from Stevens Point, Wis.
  • Marie Noel, an equine science and management double major from Rineyville, Ky.
  • Meredith O'Dell, a geology major from Richmond, Ky.
  • Michael Parsons, an international studies and Spanish double major from Lexington
  • Nathan Petrie, an English major from Independence, Ky.
  • Boone Proffitt, a civil engineering major from Louisville
  • Sibi Rajendran, a biology major from Frankfort, Ky. 
  • William Reichert, a chemical engineering major from Louisville
  • Matthew Resch, a mathematics major from Stafford, Va. 
  • Paige Richie, an international studies and political science double major from Mason, Ohio
  • Rebecca Schladt, a civil engineering major from Lexington
  • Abby Schroering, a theater and art history double major from Louisville
  • Austin Sprinkles, a political science major from Barbourville, Ky. 
  • Loretta Stafford, a political science major from Madisonville, Ky. 
  • Angelo Stekardis, a computer engineering major from Prospect, Ky. 
  • Danielle Stephens, a biology major from Salyersville, Ky. 
  • Anna Townsend, a biology major from Crestwood, Ky. 
  • Ava Vargason, a chemical engineering major from Iowa City, Iowa
  • Madeline Wagner, a nursing major from Springfield, Ill.
  • Natalie Watkins, an English major from Barrington, Ill. 
  • Jared Wittrock, a chemical engineering major from Alexandria, Ky. 
  • Samantha Young, a marketing and management double major from Channahon, Ill. 


The Chellgren Fellows Program was made possible by the Chellgren Center, which was created in 2005 with an initial gift from Paul Chellgren and his family. His total commitment of $2.25 million was matched by the state’s Endowment Match Program, creating a $4.5 million endowment for the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence.


As a UK undergraduate, Chellgren was an Honors Program student and star intercollegiate debater. After earning his MBA from Harvard and a D.D.E. from Oxford University, he began a successful career that culminated with his retirement as chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc. He was inducted into UK’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2000 and the Gatton College of Business and Economics Hall of Fame in 1995, and served on the UK Board of Trustees for 11 years. His commitment to improving and enriching undergraduate education at UK continues to impact thousands of UK students, faculty and staff.


The Chellgren Center is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.





MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, (859) 257-5343;

'see blue.' Behind the Badge at Citizen Police Academy

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 15:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) —It's not exactly "Rookie Blue," the ABC TV drama, but the University of Kentucky Police Department's (UKPD) Citizen Police Academy (CPA) will allow participants to "see blue." behind the badge — providing an up-close and inside look at law enforcement and university policing.  UKPD is offering its fall semester of the Citizen Police Academy Tuesday, Sept. 9, through Tuesday Oct. 28.


This free series of eight weekly classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in Room 205 of the UK Student Center, with class graduation set for Oct 28. Registration is underway.


The academy is open to anyone inside or outside the university who is 18 years or older with no prior felony convictions.  This includes students, employees and the public.


Registration for the Citizen Police Academy is Aug. 25-Sept 9. Enrollment is based on a first come-first served basis. Please go to to find more information about the CPA. Enrollment is also available on the UK Police Facebook site at  More information can be obtained by calling 859-323-7447.


The CPA, which is the 17th such class offered by UKPD, will include instruction in law, firearms, DUI detection, canine, and self-defense, as well as other police related training.  Course material will be presented through lecture, audio-visual aids, and interactive scenarios.


Prospective participants will be expected to complete a course application and submit to an electronic background check.


The mission of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster a more cohesive relationship between law enforcement officers and the campus community. Graduates will be able to share knowledge gained with others in the community, thereby helping others become more familiar with police practices.

New Students and Parents Alike Make Memories at UK Move-in 2014!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:19



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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) — UK’s newest students are settling into life on campus this week.


Among the freshmen are one daughter who’s dad received a special blue gift from UK President Eli Capilouto to overshadow his Cardinal red, along with a son who moved into the exact same room his mom lived in at UK almost 30 years ago!  Watch the video above to hear these stories and see what Move-in 2014 was like for students and their families. 


For more information about K Week 2014, visit:



VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,



Are Elementary School Start Times Too Early for Young Children?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) — It’s rarely easy to get a child out of bed, dressed, fed and off to school, especially when it’s still dark outside. Schoolchildren everywhere (their parents too, if they are being honest) groan for “just a little longer” in the sack.


School systems that have adjusted and re-adjusted school start times in search of the perfect balance may have to reevaluate the task after reviewing recent findings from a team of researchers at the University of Kentucky. Their work has found that elementary-age children living in middle- and upper-class neighborhoods of Kentucky demonstrate weaker academic performance when they are required to start classes early.


Recently published by the American Psychological Association, the research was led by Peggy S. Keller, UK associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences . She found that earlier school start times were associated with lower standardized test scores, poorer attendance, lower school rank and school under-performance.


Although Keller speculated that earlier start times would be especially risky for students attending disadvantaged schools, including Appalachian schools and those with a higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-cost lunches, that was not the case.


“What we found, however, was early start times were associated with worse performance in schools in more affluent districts — that is, those with fewer kids getting free or reduced-cost lunches,” Keller said. “For schools with more disadvantaged students, later start times did not seem to make a difference in performance, possibly because these children already have so many other risk factors.”


The researchers examined data from 718 public elementary schools in Kentucky. Student performance was measured by looking at scores on a statewide, standardized test that assessed reading, math, science, social studies and writing. They also looked at attendance rates, the number of students who were required to repeat a grade (retention rates) and teacher-student ratios. Results were published in American Psychological Association’s Journal of Educational Psychology.


“The relationship between earlier start times and poorer academic performance may be explained by the physical, behavioral and psychological ramifications of sleep deprivation,” the researchers wrote. “Students may therefore lose the ability to remain alert and focused in the classroom.” Getting less sleep might also increase the frequency and severity of illness among students, which could also lead to lagging performance, they noted.


Another unexpected finding was higher rates of students repeating grades in schools with later start times. Every additional minute later a school started increased retention rates by 0.2 percent, the researchers found.


“To our knowledge, this is the first study to examine student retention in relation to school start times, and it is therefore difficult to draw firm conclusions about this finding,” Keller said. “However, given that other indices of school performance were improved at later school start times, one possible explanation is that once the average students begin to improve, students with learning difficulties have an especially hard time keeping up.”


Most prior research on the effect of early school start times has focused on middle and high school students, on the theory that these youngsters have a harder time waking up early. The researchers in this study concluded that research on school start times shouldn’t focus exclusively on adolescents.


They also suggested that delaying middle and high school start times at the expense of making elementary school start times earlier might be a bad idea. This practice often accommodates staggered bus scheduling.


“Our findings suggest that these policy changes may simply be shifting the problem from adolescents to younger children, instead of eliminating it altogether,” said Keller.




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


UK HealthCare Custodian Honored for Returning Lost Engagement Ring

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) — Before rushing into surgery at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital at 5:30 a.m., patient Christy Rice handed her prized diamond engagement ring to her father for safe keeping. He pushed the ring onto his pinky finger knuckle, but at some point, it slipped from his hand.


Rice, who plans to be married in November, was devastated when she woke to the news of the ring's disappearance. Her father had frantically backtracked his steps through the hospital and reported the missing ring to administrators. She said it was a hard and emotional day up to that point.


"They were the most stressful hours I've experienced in a while," Rice, who went home from the hospital that day in tears, said.


James Champagne, a floor technician and custodial worker at UK HealthCare, was mopping the floors of the hospital on that day last April and overheard the father in his search. As the parent of a 12-year-old girl, Champagne empathized with this man's desperation to find the precious item.


"I said, 'Let me see if I can find it,'" Champagne said. "I saw that expression on her dad's face."


Champagne searched through rooms, trash cans and closets until he found the ring in a dust pile. About 45 minutes after leaving the hospital, Rice received a call from the hospital notifying her that the ring was recovered. She didn't expect to have a happy ending to her day.


Often, those who benefit from the integrity of strangers never get the opportunity to express their gratitude. But Rice, who lives in Versailles, returned to the UK Chandler Hospital on Aug. 22 to personally thank Champagne for his kind deed. Hospital administrators surprised Champagne with balloons and a personalized jacket as a special thank-you for acting with integrity for the benefit of the patient.


Holding back tears, Rice hugged Champagne and told him she would be forever thankful for his returning the ring. Champagne said he finds many lost belongings while working, but he never expected to be thanked for doing the right thing. He was shocked to receive such a recognition.


"If I lose something, I'd like them to give them back to me," Champagne said.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,




Move-In 2014 Continued Friday, Aug. 22

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2014) — Day 3 of University of Kentucky Move-In 2014 went well, with 2,638 first-year students moving in today. The Kirwan-Blanding Complex was the busiest spot.  UK President Eli Capilouto and Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto welcomed the new students and their families as they drove into the Kirwan-Blanding mall area to unload their vehicles. The UK Band provided morning entertainment as well.


The massive undertaking of Move-In 2014 involves a full-out effort by Auxiliary Services and is highly dependent on volunteers. For Friday only, the largest of the Move-In days, 18 student organizations provided 220 student volunteers combined with 293 faculty and staff volunteers for a total of 513 workers today. 736 carts were being used to move items into the residence halls.  


When all is said and done, approximately 6,300 students will be living in on-campus residence halls, and UK has contracted with two nearby apartment complexes to provide housing for between 500-600 more students who had applied for UK housing – most of them upper-class students.  


Another major move-in day is Satturday, Aug. 23, when many upper-class students and others who could not make earlier dates — at least another 1,000 students — will move into residence halls.  K Week activities start Friday and classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 27.



Special Collections Open House Offers Ice Cream Served with a Side of Nostalgia

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) — As part of the welcome back events offered to students during the first day of classes, the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center will host an open house featuring free ice cream bars and popsicles from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the foyer of the Margaret I. King Library. The open house and corresponding exhibit, featuring historic images of Lexington, are free and open to the public.  

The open house will coincide with the unveiling of the current exhibition "UK Stomping Grounds: Lexington Then and Now," a collection of historic photographs and postcards featuring well-known Lexington hangouts, restaurants, shopping locations and landmarks, each paired with a current street view.


"UK Stomping Grounds" provides a unique perspective on how the area near UK's campus and Lexington have changed through the years, along with a glimpse of many beloved historic buildings that still fill the landscape. Photographs of downtown, West Sixth, Limestone, and Woodland Avenue stand out in the exhibit, as well as places now known as Joe Bologna's, Parlay Social and the Lexington Opera House.


The exhibition will remain on display through early October. The King Library is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


UK Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.




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

Power Restored on UK Campus

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:55
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2014) -- Power has been restored to all campus buildings and all traffic lights are operating. 


UK Student Center and UK Dining open and operating on a regular schedule. 


The outage was a result of a line failure at the Kentucky Utilities substation that feeds the university. 


Last updated 11 a.m.

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Explores New WUKY-WMKY News Partnership

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 19:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 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.  Sitting in for Godell today is WUKY News Director Alan Lytle who talks to WMKY News Director Chuck Mraz of Morehead State University about the new agreement allowing the stations to share stories and provide more comprehensive coverage of Eastern and Central Kentucky.


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.

Georgetown College Student Looking Forward to Fresh Start Six Months after Transplant

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) – The notorious "Freshman 15" is usually little more than a nuisance for new college coeds across the country. But when Georgetown College freshman Lynsey Farrar gained 15 pounds in a single week, she knew something just wasn't right.


When the Sparta, Ky., native came home for a weekend visit in late February, Lynsey's mother Sherra said her daughter complained of feeling bloated and fatigued. Her condition worsened over the next few days as Lynsey developed other troubling symptoms, including nausea and nosebleeds. When her eyes turned yellow – initial stages of jaundice – Sherra knew right away that Lynsey's problem was serious.


"I thought, oh my God, it's her liver," Sherra said. "I panicked. I knew she was really sick."


Lynsey's local doctors ordered blood work, which confirmed Sherra's fears. The doctor then referred Lynsey to the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital Emergency Department, and she was admitted into the hospital on March 3 – roughly a week after her symptoms began. Lynsey's blood work showed that she had Wilson's disease, a genetic disorder that causes copper to build up in body tissue, particularly the brain and the liver.


Wilson's disease can generally be managed through medication, but Lynsey's condition didn't respond to treatments. On Thursday evening, March 6, the Farrars spoke to UK transplant surgeon Dr. Erin Maynard, who told the family that a liver transplant might be a possibility in the future – though based on her condition at the time, Lynsey wasn't yet sick enough to be placed on the transplant waiting list.


By Friday morning, all that had changed – the teen's condition worsened considerably overnight and her kidneys began shutting down. Maynard's team took action to stabilize her and listed Lynsey at a status 1A – meaning that literally, she had been placed at the top of the regional liver transplant list due to the severity of her condition.


"Words cannot describe how I felt – like the wind had been knocked out of me," Sherra said. "After they put her on the ventilator, I was thinking that I would be planning a funeral because I knew it could take time to find a matching donor."


But in just half a day, a liver match was found and surgery was underway early Saturday morning. UK performs roughly 40 liver transplants each year, according to Maynard, and it takes a team of experts from various specialties across UK HealthCare working together to provide all the necessary care pre-transplant through recovery. In Lynsey's case, the team included transplant hepatology, nephrology, anesthesia, pulmonary critical care, medical hospitalist, and pathology.


 “I always tell patients that it takes a village to get someone through transplant," Maynard said. "In Lynsey’s case, this was particularly true. It's not just one person that saved her, but truly a team effort.”


During the surgery, more than 50 friends and family members filled the waiting room at UK Chandler Hospital, anxious to receive any news on Lynsey's condition. Back home in northern Kentucky, the local DMV became overwhelmed the next Monday when dozens of people showed up to sign up for Donate Life's organ donor registry, inspired by Lynsey's case.


Lynsey, who remembers little of her days prior to transplant, took the new development in stride.


"I woke up after the surgery and said, 'Did I get a transplant?'" she said.


These days, Lynsey's good health is a far cry from that first week of March. Due to her youth, previously excellent health record, and personal determination, her recovery has been quick and relatively painless. She played golf less than two months post-surgery, and has spent much of her summer working at a local pharmacy and staying active through golf, jumping on her trampoline, and trying her hand at other new endeavors.


"She called and asked us if she could go zip lining," Maynard said. "We said yes! We don’t transplant you so you can never leave your house – we transplant you so you can go out and live your life."


"I feel normal," Lynsey said. "I get tired easily, but that's to be expected."


Lynsey, who hopes to pursue a career in pharmacy, just embarked on her second year at Georgetown College. She moved into her dorm over the weekend and heads back to classes for the first time today.


Though she had to take a leave of absence for the last few months of the spring semester, the future pharmacist kept up with much of her schoolwork, teaching herself English, chemistry, and statistics at home – and earning excellent grades in all three, including a 98 percent average in chemistry. 


Watching her oldest daughter venture back into the fold triggers mixed emotions for her mother, who is incredibly grateful to the donor who gave her daughter a second chance at a bright future.


"I'm really proud of her," Sherra said. "I'm nervous for her, but incredibly proud."




Currently, there are more than 120,000 men, women and children awaiting transplants in the U.S., including more than 16,000 patients who need a liver.


The best way to honor those who gave the ultimate gift of life and to celebrate the new life of transplant recipients is to register on 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 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. 


MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or

Community Welcomes Wildcats to Campus with K Week

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:09




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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2014) – Lawns are mowed, professors are finalizing their plans for the year and residence halls are prepared for students to move in – the University of Kentucky campus is anticipating the start of a new semester.


For more than 5,000 students, Friday, Aug. 22, marks the beginning of their collegiate career at UK, either as an incoming freshman or as a transfer student. It also kicks off one of the most exciting times on campus – K Week.


K Week runs from Friday, Aug. 22, through Saturday, Aug. 30, and is a popular UK tradition – a week filled with more than 250 events and activities that help students get oriented with campus, get involved with student life and get connected to the city of Lexington. K Week is known as “the best way to get started at UK,” and is a great opportunity to make new friends, explore all the university has to offer and have some fun along the way.


K Week officially begins Friday evening with residence hall floor meetings at 6 p.m. followed by K Week Kick-off, where new students will meet their K Crew leaders and K Teams for the first time. K Teams are small groups of 10 – 15 students who are led by a veteran UK student, their K Crew leader. Meeting in these small groups quickly gives all students a chance to meet a few of their classmates and connects them to a returning student who can be a resource for them throughout the year.


Additionally, parents and families are welcomed to join faculty, staff and administrators on Friday evening for the Parents and Families Reception in the Grand Ballroom of the Student Center while new students attend student-only events.


Saturday is full of sessions to answer everything you wanted to know about college, but have never asked, from how to navigate campus to keeping your car out of impound. At 3:30 p.m., the university community officially welcomes our newest Wildcats at the New Student Induction Ceremony.


At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, student-only activities begin, and so does all the fun! Highlighting Saturday night is two of K Week’s most popular events, Big Blue U and Campus Ruckus. Big Blue U introduces new students to the Big Blue Nation. Students learn what it means to be a Wildcat by learning UK’s cheers and songs and hearing from UK coaches and student-athletes. Students are then led onto the field at Commonwealth Stadium for an official class photo.


Immediately following Big Blue U, the parking lot of Commonwealth Stadium is turned to a huge party known as Campus Ruckus.


K Week is full of fun that any Wildcat would not want to miss! Below is a list of key K Week events; for the full schedule visit Connect with K Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #KWeek14 to share your K Week experiences!


Friday, Aug. 22


Residence Hall Floor Meeting

6 – 7 p.m.

Designated locations

If you live in a University residence hall, please join your Resident Advisor (RA) for you first official floor meeting at 6 p.m. There you’ll get to know your neighbors and start the school year off right. See your RA for additional information.


Parent and Families Reception

6 – 8 p.m.

Grand Ballroom, Student Center

While students participate in the K Week Kick-off, the first social activity of K Week, parents and families are invited to meet and mingle with UK administrators, faculty and fellow UK parents. There will be activities for younger siblings and family members.


K Team Meeting: K Week Kick-off

7 p.m.

Johnson Center Fields

Students, this is your first don’t-miss event! Tonight you will meet your K Team and K Crew leader. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them during K Week. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone. When you arrive at Johnson Center Fields just look for a sign with your K Team number (indicated on the nametag you received in your K Week packet at check-in). Your K Crew leader will be there waiting to meet you!


Midnight Dodgeball


Johnson Center


Saturday, Aug. 23


Academic and Information Sessions

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Student Center and other designated campus locations


New Student Induction Ceremony

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Memorial Coliseum

Students, family members and guests are invited to join President Eli Capilouto and other members of the University community to commemorate the start of a new school year. All new students are expected to attend this annual University celebration where they will be officially inducted into the UK family. Parents, families and guests are encouraged to attend.


K Team Meeting: K Week Overview

6:30 p.m.

Johnson Center Fields

All new students will attend a meeting to learn more about the fun activities planned during K Week. This is also a great opportunity to ask questions of returning students who are eager to show you the best way to get started at UK! After your meeting, your K Team will march to Commonwealth Stadium for Big Blue U.


Big Blue U

Following K Team Meetings

Commonwealth Stadium

Join the Big Blue Nation with a march into Commonwealth Stadium. You’ll learn UK cheers and songs, hear from UK coaches, and get your class photo taken on the football filed! Be sure to wear UK blue to show your Wildcat pride. Go Cats!


Campus Ruckus

Following Big Blue U

Blue Lot at Commonwealth Stadium

Campus Ruckus is the perfect event to kick off the school year! Come join us after Big Blue U for great activities, inflatables, music and a huge firework show to end the night. Student organizations will have games and fun information to let you know what all UK has to offer. There will be free food, drinks and tons of free T-shirts too! This event is a UK and Student Activities Board tradition. We hope to see you there!


Sunday, Aug. 24


K Team Meeting: Lunch and Campus Tour

1 – 3 p.m.

Designated locations

All new students will meet with their K Teams for lunch and a campus tour to help them find their classes. Check with your K Crew leader to find out where to meet. Plus, at the conclusion of your tour you will receive a free K Week t-shirt (while supplies last).


Academic and Information Sessions

3 - 6 p.m.

Student Center


UK Lex-Mart

3 – 5 p.m.

Botanical Gardens, walkway between Student Center and Patterson Office Tower

New to town? Don’t know where to shop? Or just want free stuff? Stop by UK Lex-Mart, our community business fair! Local stores, restaurants, and other businesses will be on hand to welcome you to Lexington. Come check out what services they have to offer, enjoy tasty treats, and stock up on coupons and giveaways.


Student Center Spectacular

8 p.m. – midnight

Student Center

A tradition to rival all others, Student Center Spectacular is the perfect way to spend your evening exploring one of the most interactive buildings on campus! This event is packed full of activities and fun from Comedy Caravan in the Cats Den, interactive art in the Rasdall Gallery, and an explosion of action down in the Center for Student Involvement. We showcase the best and brightest by providing the opportunity to learn about the great student organizations that are housed within the Student Center. To end the night, the Student Activities Board will feature an artist of magic and illusion at 11 p.m., and Late Night Film Series will be showing their first movie of the school year at midnight! Don’t miss out! Sponsored


Monday, Aug. 25



9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Johnson Center Fields

Be a part of one of the largest community service events in the state! Members of the University community will work in small groups to complete service projects in Fayette County. UK FUSION is a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, make a difference in the community and reaffirm UK’s commitment to service. Registration materials are available at


Online registration is highly encouraged as those who are registered before the event will have first choice in selecting a community service project. Please check out the website for more information. Students must arrive by 9:30 a.m. Students who have not pre-registered will have an opportunity to do so at this time but are not guaranteed their project of choice. A sack lunch will be provided. All participants must utilize bus transportation for projects taking place off campus. Buses will not return until early afternoon.


Academic and Information Sessions

3 p.m.

Student Center


K Team Meeting: Dinner with your K Team

5 – 7 p.m.

Designated locations

All new students will meet with their K Teams for dinner.


Meijer Mania

9 p.m. – midnight

Buses will run continuously during the event and will pick up and drop off students at Wildcat Alumni plaza on Euclid Ave. across from Memorial Coliseum AND at the corner of University Drive and Huguelet Drive

Don’t miss this fun opportunity to catch a bus with other UK students and enjoy a late-night shopping excursion to the Meijer store at Hamburg Pavilion. Stock up on laundry detergent, items for your residence hall room, soft drinks, snacks, and anything else you might need to be at home on campus. You’ll be able to buy all this and more while enjoying discounted shopping, free food, cool activities and prizes!


Tuesday, Aug. 26


Academic and Information Sessions

9 a.m.

Student Center and various locations across campus


College Meetings

Various times

Designated locations

Times vary for each college. Meetings are approximately 2 hours. All new students are expected to attend.


K Team Meeting: Common Reading Experience Discussion

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Designated locations

All freshmen are expected to meet with their K Team for a small-group discussion session and to turn in their QLC assignment. These sessions will not only allow new students to participate in the campuswide Common Reading Experience but will also allow them to get last-minute questions answered by their K Crew leader. Participants will receive a free T-shirt from their K Crew leader at We Are UK for having their QLC assignment (while supplies last). Come even if you haven’t read the book. You can still talk and share your perspectives.


We Are UK

5 – 8 p.m.

Memorial Hall Amphitheater

We Are UK is an exciting event that celebrates the uniqueness of the UK community. This festival includes a variety of free food from Kentucky and from around the world. You’ll also see live performances ranging from hip-hop to country, poetry to debate, and other random talents from UK students, faculty, and staff.


Wednesday, Aug. 27


First day of classes!


Welcome Back Festival

5 p.m.

King Alumni House and Stuckert Career Center


Thursday, Aug. 28


Student Involvement Fair

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Outside White Hall Classroom Building

Want to get the most out of your college experience? Then get started by attending the Student Involvement Fair. This event will introduce you to many of UK’s student organizations and help you get connected with fellow Wildcats. Getting involved is the best way to meet people, enhance your skills for the future, and take full advantage of the opportunities in student life. This event will also have free ice cream and cold drinks!


Friday, Aug. 29


Sea of Blue

All Day

Show everyone what kind of Wildcat you really are! Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear UK blue to show our Wildcat pride! “GO CATS!”


Residence Hall Floor Meetings

8 – 9 p.m.

Your residence hall

If you live in a University residence hall, please join your Resident Advisor (RA) for an official floor meeting at 8 p.m. Get to know your neighbors and start the school year off right. See your RA for additional information.


One Last Beach Blast: Resident Student Association Block Party

9 – 11:45 p.m.

South Campus Courtyard between the towers

Wondering what fun things await you at college? Now that you survived the first week of classes, it’s time to take a break and make some new friends on the block! Grab your neighbors and check out free food and great music at the South Campus Courtyard!


Saturday, Aug. 30


The Tailgate "Kick-off"

9:30 a.m.

Johnson Center Fields

There is no better way to kick off the football season than with a tailgate with all of your new friends! You don’t want to miss the chance to grab free food, tons of UK gear, play a game of corn hole and hear live music from a local Lexington band.  It’s the perfect way to start your game day. 


UK vs. UT-Martin


Commonwealth Stadium

Power Restored to Buildings at UK After Two-hour Outage

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2014) — Power has been restored to most of the buildings on the UK campus that lost power around 5:30 p.m. today.  Most of the buildings and traffic lights lost power on the main University of Kentucky campus during a severe thunderstorm. UK and Kentucky Utilities crews began working immediately to restore service. All residential power except University Trails Apartments has been restored. Power has been restored to traffic lights.  More information as it becomes available.

WUKY's Phoenix Fridays Concert Aug. 22 Features Ben Sollee

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2014) ― WUKY's Phoenix Fridays concert in Lexington's Phoenix Park tomorrow night  features Ben Sollee, Coralee and the Townies, and Josh Nolan.


The free concert series presented by WUKY, the University of Kentucky's NPR station, presents its third event of the summer Friday, Aug. 22, in downtown Lexington.


The concert, which begins at 5 p.m. in Phoenix Park, will open with Coralee and the Townies, and Josh Nolan, followed by headliner Ben Sollee. 


Sollee, who was raised in Lexington, is a cellist and singer-songwriter.  His music mixes folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B elements. To learn more about all three acts and sample their music, visit the WUKY website.


Local food trucks will be onsite at Phoenix Park, located at the corner of Main Street and South Limestone in downtown Lexington.


Produced by the Downtown Lexington Corporation, WUKY's Phoenix Fridays series has brought local and up-and-coming musical acts to the stage each fourth Friday this summer.  The final act is:


5-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26

Opening act — The Northside Sheiks; Jarekus Singleton

Headliner — Jukebox the Ghost


Band details, interviews and videos can be accessed on the WUKY website


For more information contact WUKY’s Mike Graves at




MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson,; 859-257-3155

Big Blue Family VIDEO: Sisters Collaborate to Welcome Wildcats to UK Family

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:45


Video Produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2014) — As students move onto the University of Kentucky campus, K Week is supposed to help students feel like they are part of a family from the very beginning.


This year, two sisters, Alysha and Katherine Poe, are both part of the Super Crew.  In this role, the Boone County natives lead and support members of the K Crew, who work directly with freshmen during K Week.   


Watch the “Big Blue Family” video above to discover why the Poe sisters are so committed to making sure new students feel like they are part of the Wildcat family.   


For more information about K Week 2014, visit:


This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community.  There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields.   The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and every day. 


Since the "Big Blue Family" series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!  Click on the playlist below to watch other Big Blue Family videos.




VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,

UK Forensics Receives National Grant From Pi Kappa Delta

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Forensics team, a public speaking and debate student organization housed within the UK College of Communication and Information, has been awarded a nationally competitive grant from the forensics honorary Pi Kappa Delta. The grant project will fund the development of instructional materials that will become part of a national resource database for new coaches and teams. Over the next few weeks, members of the UK Forensics team will be hard at work recording videos of sample speeches that illustrate successful techniques and strategies for several public speaking events.


The UK Forensics Team regularly competes against teams all across the nation in 12 public speaking events and three forms of debate. Team members come from a variety of  majors on campus inclouding communication, engineering, political science, media arts and studies, and English.


“We’re incredibly appreciative of this opportunity from Pi Kappa Delta” says Director Timothy Bill. “This grant not only allows us to showcase our students’ hard work over the past couple of years, but it also allows us to contribute to a resource that will help other new teams get started for years to come.” The finished materials including the sample videos will be posted to the Pi Kappa Delta website ( later this year. For more information about this grant or the forensics team generally, please contact Timothy Bill at




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


Regeneration Bonus: Randal Voss

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:51

Video by UK Research Media 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2014) — University of Kentucky biologist Randal Voss is sequencing the genome of salamanders. Though we share many of the same genes, the salamander genome is massive compared to our own, about 10 times as large.


Voss's research focuses on axolotls, salamanders with amazing regenerative ability.

“It’s hard to find a body part they can’t regenerate: the limbs, the tail, the spinal cord, the eye, and in some species, the lens, half of their brain has been shown to regenerate," Voss said. "I’m very fortunate to have a colleague in the department, Jeramiah Smith, who’s an expert at the ability to put small pieces of DNA together to kind of recreate the puzzle, which is the genome. We have funding from the National Institute of Health and the Department of Defense to sequence the axolotl genome and provide this blueprint for the first time."


With a partner at the University of Dayton, Voss is looking at the loss of regenerative ability in the eye as a salamander ages.


“Early on in life, axolotls can regenerate their lens. But at some point in time, around 28 days after they hatch, that plasticity goes away and they can’t regenerate the lens," Voss said. "So, I’ve been working with that group trying to identify the genes that might explain that.”

Voss is also starting a new collaboration with an orthopedic surgeon at UK to study knee joint regeneration.

“Over the course of say 10 to 15 days, the salamander will successfully regenerate a complete joint. That blows the orthopedic surgeon’s mind because that would be the Holy Grail in their field to understand how to orchestrate joint regeneration in a human.”

Learn more about UK's "regeneration cluster" at

UK Family Sciences Student Garners National Awards

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2014) — A University of Kentucky graduate student recently received two prestigious awards from the National Council on Family Relations, a professional association focused on family research, policy and practice.


Laura Frey, a doctoral candidate in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, received the Student Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award.


The Student Award is given for overall excellence as an emerging scholar who exhibits high potential for future scholarly contributions. She is the first UK student to receive this award — the highest given to a graduate student in family sciences.


Frey of Griffin, Indiana, is working with Jason Hans, an associate professor in the UK Department of Family Sciences in the School of Human Environmental Sciences and the council’s 2002 Student Award winner.


She received the Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award for a paper that explores how family members’ reactions to disclosure of suicidal thoughts or attempts affect an individual’s mental health going forward. This award is given to a graduate student who is conducting unique family research that is likely to make a meaningful contribution to the field.


“To date, family research on suicide has primarily focused on surviving family members' experiences of bereavement and stigma following suicide, so Laura's research emphasis represents an important shift toward a systemic and proactive perspective on the role family members can play in suicide prevention and intervention,” Hans said.


“Family and relational issues have an important impact on the development and treatment of suicidal behavior within the individual, and the individual action of suicide can profoundly impact surviving family members and the family system,” Frey said.


Her winning paper is one of three studies that comprise her doctoral dissertation.


Frey will receive her awards during the council’s annual conference, Nov. 19-22 in Baltimore.




MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774.

Conference Offers Support to Grandparents Who Parent

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 20, 2014) — The numbers are increasing. According to U.S. Census figures, from 2000 to 2010 the number of Kentucky children living with someone other than their parents increased by more than 200 percent in some counties. That shift in parenting responsibilities can often bring its own set of challenges, and those who find themselves caring for grandchildren or nephews or nieces can sometimes find themselves at a loss for support.


In Madison County, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will host the 2014 Grandparents as Parents Conference from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the extension office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond. Participants will find answers to questions, learn about the resources available to them and meet with other people in the same situation.


“What I hear from family resource centers is this is such an epidemic, and people really need to know what resources are out there for them,” said Pam Francis, Madison County Extension parenting educator. “This is to let people know we’re here, so if they need help or resources, they’ll know who to call.”


According to Francis, grandparents often find themselves in difficult positions when they take on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren.


“Their age, their incomes, their health; it’s very demanding, so I know they need support and encouragement, because they’ve really taken on a tough thing,” she said. “One of the problems is many children have emotional problems due to a parent’s death or military service, abuse and neglect, or alcohol or drug abuse in the family.”


Guest speakers at the conference will include Papaw Max and Lexi, who will speak on their relationship from perspective of both the grandparent and grandchild.


“We saw them at the Lexington conference, and they were so personable. He’s a grandfather who took in his granddaughter. She has a beautiful story of how her grandfather rescued her,” Francis said. “We’re looking forward to hearing from them.”


Donna Bentley will discuss preparing for the future in crisis situations with Life in a Box, a program she has developed with the National Guard for military families. Judy Keith, who addressed the issue of grieving at last year’s conference, will return this year to discuss bullying and attention deficithyperactivity disorder, ADHD — issues that many grandparents have to deal with.


Conference registration is free and ends Aug. 27. Registration before the event is encouraged; only participants who have preregistered will be served a free lunch and be eligible for door prizes. Call 859-623-4072 to register.




MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324.

More Students, Traffic Arriving on Campus This Week

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2014) — As Move-In 2014 continues at the University of Kentucky, a campus-wide email was sent Tuesday, Aug. 18, as a reminder that students continue to move to campus over the next few days.  Below is the email sent to the campus community:


University of Kentucky Move-In is an exciting time for our campus community and an important time to begin fostering student success -- our top priority at all levels in everything that we do.


This year, are welcoming students and their families during four major Move-In days over the next week:

·         Saturday, August 16

·         Wednesday, August 20

·         Friday, August 22

·         Saturday, August 23


Move-In — combined with current construction occurring on campus — will impact parking, transit, and transportation routes throughout the campus at various times. Among the more than 6,000 students moving to campus housing, about 1,100 students moved in Saturday, August 16; 1,700 are expected Wednesday, August 20; around 2,200 will move in Friday, August 22; and another 1,100 are expected Saturday, August 23.


Safety is always a priority at UK and especially now when thousands of new students are transitioning to campus at a time when vehicle and pedestrian traffic are heavy and streets are re-routed. UK Police will be out in full force to assist with Move-In, and everyone is urged to be patient and travel safely.


We thank you in advance for your patience and help during this process. Below is information regarding student move-in traffic flow and parking and bus schedule impacts this week, including important information about one-way streets, no parking areas, alternate bus routes and high traffic locations.


ONE-WAY STREETS:  (see map)


One-way southbound:  MLK Blvd. between Good Samaritan parking lot and Avenue of Champions

One-way southbound:  Lexington Ave. between Maxwell St. and Avenue of Champions

One-way westbound:  Avenue of Champions between Rose Street and S. Limestone

One-way westbound:  Huguelet Dr. between University Dr. and Rose St.

One-way northbound:  Rose Street between Huguelet Drive and Washington Ave.

One-way eastbound:  Hilltop Ave. between University Dr. and Woodland Ave.

One-way northbound:  Woodland Ave. between Hilltop Ave. and Columbia Ave.


NOTE: regarding access to the Rose Street Garage (PS#2) and Craft Center Lot


UK employees who usually access the Rose Street Garage from Woodland Avenue and Hilltop Avenue, which will both be one-way, will be able to access the Rose Street Garage (PS#2) from University Drive, but not from Woodland.  They will exit the garage onto Woodland, not University Drive.

Also, entrance and exit to the Craft Center Lot is only available via Rose Street; vehicles may not access the lot from Lexington Avenue.

Employees are advised to incorporate possible delays into their drive times.




Due to the need to quickly unload vehicles near residence halls, several areas of campus will be NO PARKING zones from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each of the Move-In days. Additionally, several streets on and bordering campus will have closures or other changes to traffic flow to accommodate Move-In. Watch for NO PARKING signs and bagged meters in these areas.

Vehicles parked in the NO PARKING areas listed below will be TOWED.  Owners will be responsible for all tow-related charges.


Wednesday, August 20:


UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue

SPORTS CENTER DRIVE:  the 21 Hall Director spaces behind Ingels Hall

AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS:  Metered parking in front of Roselle Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD.:  between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

LEXINGTON AVE.:  Area between the E lot entrance and Avenue of Champions

E LOT BETWEEN KELLEY BUILDING and MED CENTER ANNEX #5:  the 5 spots in the lane just north of Medical Center Annex #5


Friday, August 22:


COMPLEX DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  between University Drive and Sports Center Drive

UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue

SPORTS CENTER DRIVE:  the 21 Hall Director spaces behind Ingels Hall

AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS:  Metered parking in front of Roselle Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD.:  between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

LEXINGTON AVE.:  Area between the E lot entrance and Avenue of Champions

E LOT BETWEEN KELLEY BUILDING and MED CENTER ANNEX #5:  the 5 spots in the lane just north of Medical Center Annex #5


Saturday, August 23:


UNIVERSITY DRIVE (BOTH SIDES):  from Cooper Drive to Hilltop Avenue

SPORTS CENTER DRIVE:  the 21 Hall Director spaces behind Ingels Hall

AVENUE OF CHAMPIONS:  Metered parking in front of Roselle Hall

MARTIN LUTHER KING BLVD.:  between Maxwell Street and Avenue of Champions

LEXINGTON AVE.:  Area between the E lot entrance and Avenue of Champions

E LOT BETWEEN KELLEY BUILDING and MED CENTER ANNEX #5:  the 5 spots in the lane just north of Medical Center Annex #5




Students and parents participating in UK Move-In will be permitted to park in the following designated parking areas:

Rose Street Garage (PS #2):  Saturday 8/23

South Limestone Garage (PS #5):  all 4 move-in dates listed above; 3-hour maximum

Sports Center Garage (PS #7):  all 4 move-in dates listed above; 3-hour maximum

R3 lot on Sports Center Drive, near Cooper Drive:  all 4 move-in dates listed above

K lots at Commonwealth Stadium:  all 4 move-in dates listed above   


As a result of the road closures, the CATS Summer/Break Route will run a modified route on Wednesday, August 20 and Friday, August 22. On those days, the bus will operate the route normally used by the campus Lextran Stadium-Greg Page Route throughout the academic year.