61 Wildcats Earn Winter Sports SEC Academic Honors

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 29, 2014) — A total of 61 University of Kentucky Wildcats earned a place on the 2013-14 Sports Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll announced by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.


UK’s 61 honorees was the fourth most among the 14 league teams. UK has five representatives from the men’s basketball team, six from women’s basketball, 12 from gymnastics, six from rifle, 16 from men’s swimming and diving and 16 from women’s swimming and diving.  This marks another strong showing for UK’s student-athletes, who had the second-most qualifiers on the SEC Fall Sports Honor Roll released earlier this year.


The 2013-14 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on the grades from the 2013 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.


Here is a list of Kentucky’s honorees, along with each student-athlete’s sport and major:


Kentucky – Sport – Major

Tod Lanter – M Basketball – Marketing

Brian Long – M Basketball – Communication

Sam Malone – M Basketball – Marketing

Jarrod Polson – M Basketball – Finance/Marketing

Alex Poythress – M Basketball – Accounting

Azia Bishop – W Basketball – Social Work

Samantha Drake – W Basketball – Family Sciences

Kastine Evans – W Basketball – Business Management

Jelleah Sidney – W Basketball – Social Work

DeNesha Stallworth – W Basketball – Family Sciences

Janee Thompson – W Basketball – Journalism

Marissa Beucler – Gymnastics – Psychology

Holly Cunningham – Gymnastics – Communication

Alexis Gross – Gymnastics – Business Management

Audrey Harrison – Gymnastics – Business Management

Kayla Hartley – Gymnastics – Hospitality Management & Tourism

Shelby Hilton – Gymnastics – Communication

Shannon Mitchell – Gymnastics – Hospitality Management & Tourism

Tiara Phipps – Gymnastics – Psychology

Amy Roemmele – Gymnastics – Exercise Science

Sara Shipley – Gymnastics – Communication

Kayla Sienkowski – Gymnastics – MAT

Montana Whittle – Gymnastics – Exercise Science

Elijah Ellis – Rifle – Business Management/Marketing

Aaron Holsopple – Rifle – Business Management/Marketing

Emily Holsopple – Rifle – Biology

Cody Manning – Rifle – Agricultural Biotechnology

Luke South – Rifle – Mechanical Engineering

John Sutton – Rifle – Agricultural Biotechnology

Ross Bundschuh – M Swim & Dive – Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Colby Coleman – M Swim & Dive – Undergraduate Studies

Greg Ferrucci – M Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

John Fox – M Swim & Dive – Political Science

Blake Freeman – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Lucas Gerotto – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Will Heidler – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Luke Iannuzzi – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Kyle Lang – M Swim & Dive – Human Nutrition

Zack Peterson – M Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

Robert Resch – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Matthew Roman – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Maclin Simpson – M Swim & Dive – Business Management/Marketing

Jake Thomas – M Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

Neal Widdowson – M Swim & Dive – Community and Leadership Development

Zachary Zandona – M Swim & Dive – Chemical Engineering

Christina Bechtel – W Swim & Dive – Integrated Strategic Communication

Cassie Brueckbauer – W Swim & Dive – Marketing

Christa Cabot – W Swim & Dive – Psychology

Rebecca Hamperian – W Swim & Dive – Psychology

Lindsay Hill – W Swim & Dive – International Studies

Frida Jakobsson – W Swim & Dive – Communication

Kaitlin Jones – W Swim & Dive – Biology

Lindsey Keahey – W Swim & Dive – Mathematics

Katrina Keirns – W Swim & Dive – Integrated Strategic Communication

Blair Kuethe – W Swim & Dive – Business Management/Marketing

Taylor Melton – W Swim & Dive – Hospitality, Management & Tourism

Abby Myers – W Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

Carmen Pleasants – W Swim & Dive – Community Leadership & Development

Samantha Shaheen – W Swim & Dive – Elementary Education

Kristen Wilson – W Swim & Dive – Finance/Marketing

Samantha Wright – W Swim & Dive – Psychology



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1956 Time Capsule Found, Re-buried With 2014 Items

Sun, 04/27/2014 - 17:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2014) — In late September 2013, an observant member of the construction team demolishing the Cooperstown residence halls spotted something unusual in a scoop of broken brick and splintered wood. He hopped off the excavator to investigate what his machine had unearthed. It was an old, rusted metal box wrapped in an equally old, cracked green oilcloth. Asked later, the workman could not say exactly where the box had been buried, although he thought it came from under the foundation or hidden within the walls of one of the Cooperstown buildings.


The mysterious box turned out to be a time capsule that had been protecting a tiny slice of University of Kentucky history for 57 years. Based on the two yellow newspapers found in the time capsule, it was buried on or about Sept. 22, 1956, by parties unknown. No record of the 1956 time capsule or who buried it, can be found in the university’s histories.


Today, university officials will bury a new time capsule, one that contains all of the 1956 items plus 2014 mementos. The burial site, not far from where the 1956 items were found, will be between Woodland Glen I and Woodland Glen II. Inscriptions on a plaque will instruct the UK Class of 2064 to open and enjoy their Wildcat roots. The community is invited to view the time capsule items onsite, before the burial ceremony at 10:30 a.m. In case of rain, items can be found in the William T. Young Library.


“In 2064,” said UK President Eli Capilouto, “the campus will be dramatically transformed by those whose foresight and fortitude envisioned a robust, residential research university for Kentucky and those we touch and teach across the world. In profound ways, we will remain the Commonwealth’s indispensable institution for the next 50 years and beyond.”


The 1956 time capsule included:

·       Lexington phonebook

·       Course catalogue

·       UK phonebook

·       An admissions piece, serving a purpose similar to today’s Viewbook

·       Campus map

·       UK Bulletin

·       Class schedule

·       Student housing guide

·       The Louisville Courier-Journal, dated Sept. 22, 1956

·       The Lexington Herald, also dated Sept. 22, 1956


“Time capsules provide future generations a glimpse into an earlier time and place. For the time capsule makers of 1956 we are that generation. For the generation 50 years from now, our time capsule will allow them to hold a piece of 2014, to reflect upon the past, and perhaps most importantly, to see that the changes happening today were being made for them,” said Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Libraries’ Special Collections.


1956 was a year that Korean War veterans moved into the new Cooperstown residence halls, when female students wore calf-length “poodle” skirts with white bobby socks and saddle oxfords, when male students attended class wearing suits with broad lapels and skinny ties, when both UK basketball and UK football were played on Euclid Avenue and there was no Avenue of Champions. In 1956, the UK Medical Center, Commonwealth Stadium, Rupp Arena, Patterson Office Tower, Classroom Building, most of today's residence halls, and many other familiar campus buildings did not exist — even as blueprints.


Computers were the size of a large room, weighed tons and used vacuum tubes. Restricted to desks, walls and tabletops, telephones were large and bulky, with rotary dials; cellular service technology did not yet exist. Televisions were housed in heavy floor-standing consoles with relatively small screens; most home models were black and white as the first color broadcast took place only two years earlier, the 1954 Tournament of Roses Parade. It would be another 10 years before the first all-color television viewing season was launched, only three years before man landed on the moon for the first time.


“While our society and our university has changed many times since 1956, we have cherished a sense of transformation and momentum for the Commonwealth to fulfill the promises of our ancestors to this state and the students who attend our university,” said Penny Cox, director of Housing Project Implementation and New Strategies. 


Cox was instrumental in securing the integrity of the 57-year-old items and procuring 2014 items for the larger time capsule to be buried beneath the walkway separating Woodland Glen I and II. Instructions will be left on a ground-level plaque to open the new time capsule in 2064.


The 2014 time capsule will contain:

·       All items found in the 1956 time capsule

·       April 28, 2014, copy of the Lexington Herald Leader

·       April 28, 2014, copy of the Kentucky Kernel

·       April 28, 2014, copy of the Courier Journal

·       Letter from SGA President Roshan Palli

·       Letter from President Eli Capilouto

·       K Book

·       Campus map

·       Viewbook

·       Current budget/financial statements

·       2014 Final Four T-shirt

·       Current Master Plan

·       Banners photo

·       DanceBlue item

·       Student Center 75th Anniversary item




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E-invitations Available for 2014 May Commencement Ceremonies

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 15:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2014) — Students and faculty who are participating in the University of Kentucky May 2014 Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, May 10 are welcome to download and share free e-invitations with their families and friends. 


The Graduate and Professional Commencement Ceremony will take place at 9 a.m., followed by the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The 1 p.m. ceremony will feature the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment; the Gatton College of Business & Economics, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing. The 6 p.m. ceremony will feature the colleges of Arts & Sciences; Communication & Information; Design; Fine Arts; Health Sciences; and Social Work. 


All three ceremonies will be live streamed on UKNow.


E-invitation for Faculty


E-invitations for the 9 a.m. Graduate and Professional Ceremony

E-invitations for the 1 p.m. Undergraduate Ceremony

E-invites for the 6 p.m. Undergraduate Ceremony


For more information about the May 2014 Commencement Ceremonies, visit

Bailey Named Director of Ambulatory and Preventive Cardiology

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 13:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Apr. 25, 2014) Dr Alison Bailey has been named the director of Ambulatory and Preventive Cardiology for UK HealthCare.


In this role, Bailey will oversee the Gill Heart Institute's outpatient practices in Lexington and continue to provide oversight of the cardiac rehabilitation program.


“Unfortunately, the patients we see have more complex health issues than ever before,” said Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the Gill Heart Institute. “With the shift to outpatient care, a coordinated effort is needed to meet the longitudinal needs of our patients across the full-care continuum.”


“Alison’s ability to collaborate with faculty and staff is demonstrated, and her leadership will ensure that the care we provide is patient- and family-focused with a deep commitment to clinical excellence.”


Dr. Bailey completed her medical degree and postgraduate training at the University of Kentucky. She has participated in several leadership roles at UK HealthCare, including the founding director of the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program, medical director of the Multi-Specialty Medical Clinic at Maxwell Street, and the associate director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program. 

Building Sustainably for Bernheim

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 13:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 28, 2014) — University of Kentucky Associate Professor of Architecture Bruce Swetnam set a task to his students: design and build a full-scale prototype of a portable living unit out of sustainable materials with a minimal environmental footprint. This is a momentous challenge to students who are only in their second year of study.


“We’ve had projects like this in the past, but this is the first thing we’ve built full-scale,” Swetnam told the Kentucky Kernel.


This project came out of a long-standing collaboration with Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, a 14,000 acre tract outside Louisville.


“We challenged the students to design temporary lodging that could move within Bernheim and between established program nodes that may change over time,” said Claude Stephens, facilitator of outreach and regenerative design at Bernheim. “A future goal is to develop a retreat center buried deep within our 15,000 acre property. The structures being envisioned by the current UK architecture students will help inform future directions for accomplishing those strategies.”


“For most of the students, they are facing the reality of designing domestic space for the first time,” Swetnam said. “In addition, they are dealing with materials, portability, sustainability and the expectations of a client.”


Swetnam used $3,500 of endowment funds to purchase sustainable building materials. When completed, the units will be transported to Bernheim to be displayed at the grand opening of the Edible Garden on May 17.


“Bernheim is committed to working with, and challenging, next generation creative problem solvers that will be well positioned for helping to design a future where we can all live in better agreement with nature,” Stephens said. “We have enjoyed being a part of challenging students toward greater and greater passion for a better future.”


Established in 1929 by German immigrant Isaac W. Bernheim, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest was a gift to Kentucky from the successful whiskey distiller. Bernheim left the 14,000 acre property to be used for a park, an arboretum, and, under certain conditions, a museum, for the people of Kentucky and their friends, "as a place to further their love of the beautiful in nature and in art, and in kindred cultural subjects, and for educational purposes, and as a means of strengthening their love and devotion to their state and country.”



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale,

disClosure Goes Digital Through UKnowledge

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:21

LEXINGTON, KY. (April 28, 2014) — The 2014 issue of disClosure, an annual thematic publication dedicated to investigating and stimulating interest in new directions in contemporary social theory, is now available online through a collaboration between the University of Kentucky Committee on Social Theory (CST) and UK Libraries.


First published in 1992, the journal includes a variety of media including scholarly essays, poetry and visual art from a variety of disciplinary, geographical, and theoretical perspectives and genres. The journal aims to encourage work that employs innovative writing styles as well as formal scholarly work, and is edited by graduate students participating in the CST.


The 2014 issue of disClosure marks the first digital release of the journal in its 22-year history, providing a new platform to reach a larger audience. The issue explores the concept of “mapping,” drawing on the work of a variety of scholars, artists and acclaimed members of academia from a social theoretical perspective. The issue follows the theme of last year’s Social Theory 600 course and the CST Public Lecture Series, which featured visiting scholars Derek Gregory, Neil Brenner, Tom Conley, and Swati Chattopadhyay.


The CST was formed in 1989 “to counter traditional disciplinary narrowness in social thought, to build bridges between the humanities and social sciences, and to inform social research with transdisciplinary theoretical understandings.” It was one of the first such programs in the nation. Since its founding, the history of the CST has been one of gradual expansion. Today, it oversees a flourishing pedagogical and research program, and has more than 75 affiliated faculty members from colleges across UK.


The initial activity of the CST in the spring of 1989 was a public lecture series combined with a graduate seminar team-taught by four faculty. Today, its activities include a range of intellectual forums in which to study the expanding and increasingly important field of social theoretical issues. 


Research activities currently include a topical spring semester lecture series, a fall Distinguished Author in Social Theory, a faculty working papers series, and publication of the graduate student journal, disClosure. The committee's public lectures have featured leading national as well as international social theorists, and a variety of prominent theoreticians have appeared in disClosure. Videos of the past lectures are available for viewing online. In addition to these activities, the committee has also sponsored several regional Commonwealth Social Theory Conferences on companion topics, and from 2002 to 2005 co-sponsored, with the UK Appalachian Center, a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation grant that brought together local activists with theorists of globalization.


Students and faculty from across UK have participated in the CST’s activities since its inception, either earning certificates or investing with their research and teaching. UK Libraries partners with the CST to provide online access to disClosure via UKnowledge.  In addition to the latest issue, UK Libraries has also made the complete back run of the journal freely available online, as a means to support and celebrate the scholarship of social theory, and as a contribution to knowledge sharing for the public good. 


UK Libraries has provided free journal hosting services since the launch of UKnowledge in December 2010. With a state-of-the-art online platform, the system provides editors of UK-based journals with custom-designed sites and an online system to streamline the editorial process. UK Libraries-hosted journals have high visibility through search engine optimization, and authors receive monthly reports of the download counts of their articles. Additionally, UK Libraries undertakes the long-term preservation of the published contents to ensure perpetual access to them in the future. UK Libraries currently hosts five journals on UKnowledge.


Editors of UK-based journals are welcome to contact Adrian Ho, at, to explore opportunities for collaboration. 

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UK, Berea Teaming Up On Mayflower II Restoration

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 23:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2014) — A connection between the University of Kentucky and Berea College, a small private school in the Bluegrass State, is about to come full circle as the two institutions work together on a historic project. 

It involves the Mayflower II, a replica of the 17th-century ship that brought the pilgrims to this country, and the wood needed to repair the 57-year-old vessel.  Jeff Franklin of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment picks up the story from there.



A transcript of the video is available here.

Renovations Begin on New Location for Early Childhood Lab

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 16:16

LEXINGTON, Ky.  (April 25, 2014) ― The University of Kentucky College of Education held a ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday to mark the beginning phase of renovation of a building that will soon house the Early Childhood Laboratory (ECL).  The new facility, which is scheduled to open in January 2015, will allow the childcare center to double in size, serving more than 100 children using best early childhood practices. 


This new location is a 10,000 square foot, freestanding building next to the facilities of the former Lexington Theological Seminary, recently acquired by UK. The ECL is currently located in the basement of Erickson Hall.


"For nearly 80 years, UK has provided care for Central Kentucky children at its Early Childhood Lab," said Mary John O'Hair, dean of the UK College of Education. "The lab has the highest quality ratings of any early care and education program in Kentucky and the nation. More than 1,000 students per semester gain observation hours and clinical experiences in the lab, which serves as a teaching facility to train the next generation of early childhood professionals. UK College of Education faculty, staff and students are eager to have a new and innovative space for the children we serve that will match the quality of this vital program."


The ECL educates children from infant through pre-school and provides the College of Education students with an excellent opportunity to gain field experience in early childhood teaching.  It also provides on-campus childcare for faculty and staff.


The ECL is also extending the reach of its state-of-the-art early childhood services by launching a new partnership with Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS), who will share the space with the ECL. VIPS is a nonprofit organization that provides educational and therapeutic services to young children of the Commonwealth who have visual impairments.


The UK Board of Trustees approved the $3 million capital project last year. It is being funded by a $1 million internal loan, private gifts and general funds.  The College of Education will repay the principal of the loan over a period not to exceed 10 years.  The Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration will pay the accrued interest on the internal loan. 


Established in 1928, the ECL is operated by the UK College of Education's Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling’s Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Program. Presently, it is licensed for 54 children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Each semester, about 1,100 students visit the ECL from a variety of programs across campus. Additionally, students conduct master's theses and dissertations in the ECL.

Study Examines Increase in Lung Cancer Risk from Combined Radon and Tobacco Smoke Exposure

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 15:59


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2014) -- In the words of Dr. Ellen Hahn, professor in the University of Kentucky's colleges of nursing and public health, Kentucky has the "triple crown of lung cancer" - the country's highest rate of smoking combined with high rates of second-hand smoke exposure and high levels of radon exposure.


Nationally, lung cancer has the highest mortality rates of all cancers. While the relationship between tobacco smoke and lung cancer is well known, there is less awareness among the general public about the dangers of radon exposure. In the United States, radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer, behind smoking. Second-hand smoke exposure is the third leading cause.


And, if you're exposed to radon and tobacco smoke, either through personal use or second-hand smoke, your risk of lung cancer increases tenfold. Hahn's current study, FRESH (Freedom from Radon Exposure and Smoking in the Home), examines the synergistic risk between tobacco smoke and radon exposure and whether risk can be reduced through dual home screening and subsequent interventions.


Radon is a radioactive soil gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It enters buildings through the foundation and plumbing and becomes trapped in indoor spaces. When inhaled, radon causes immediate DNA damage before decaying into lead, which might stay in the body for decades. According to UK's Clean Indoor Air Partnership, exposure to radon is associated with an estimated 15,400 to 21,800 lung cancer cases in the United States each year, an estimated 3-14 percent of the total cases. Most radon-induced lung cancers are thought to be associated with low to moderate radon concentrations.


In Kentucky, radon exposure is variable but high, with about 40 percent of homes estimated to have radon exposure. The Clean Indoor Air Partnership reports that in Northern Kentucky, 19 percent of tested homes were at or above safe levels (4 pCi/L) in 2000-2004, compared with only 7 percent nationally.  


"The whole state is in a high risk area for radon, according to the EPA," said Hahn.


She says that there's a myth that if you don’t have a basement, you can't have radon exposure. The truth is that any type of building can have radon exposure, and her research indicates that there are high levels of radon in both urban and rural areas in Kentucky.


Unlike tobacco smoke exposure, which is observable and also detectable in hair and fingernails, radon exposure is only detectable through testing of indoor spaces, which is cost-effective and easy.  If a building has unsafe levels of radon exposure, the radon can be mitigated from the soil by a certified mitigation specialist. Because there is no known safe level of exposure to radon, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends that Americans consider fixing their homes for radon levels between above 4.0 pCi/L. The mitigation process, however, can be expensive, ranging from $1,200 t o $2,500 depending on the size of a home.


Hahn's current FRESH study, originally supported by pilot funding from the UK Markey Cancer Center, UK College of Nursing, UK Got Grants Program and now supported by an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health, aims to prevent lung cancer by addressing the dual risk of radon and tobacco smoke exposure in homes through testing for exposure and encouraging risk reduction actions, including smoking outside (rather than inside) and radon mitigation. The study is still enrolling participants, and more information is available by calling 859-323-4587 or emailing


In addition to individuals taking action to test their homes and adopt behaviors to promote clean indoor air, Hahn hopes that more policy-level changes can help protect people from radon exposure. She points out that Kentucky has only two laws related to radon: that if a home has been tested for radon the results must be disclosed in a sale, and that only certified professionals can perform radon mitigation services. There are no laws in Kentucky obligating radon testing for single family homes or multi-unit residences, schools, or business, and no laws mandating radon-resistant construction of new homes, which costs around half as much as mitigation.


"The radon laws nationally are pretty weak," she said. "There are some states that lead the pack, like Illinois, because people have advocated for laws there. But I think it's just a matter of the policy keeping up with the science. It's not until relatively recently that the science of radon risk has been indisputable. But we know now that it's a leading cause of lung cancer and we need to disseminate that information."


Hahn also sees federal tax incentives for energy efficiency as a potential model for radon testing and mitigation.


For now, though, it's up to individuals to test their homes and pay for mitigation if necessary.  Many local health departments have radon programs and provide free radon test kits. Most testing is short term, lasting 3-7 days, and as easy as setting the testing envelope on a bookshelf. Long term tests of 90 days are encouraged if tobacco smoking occurs in the home. County radon coordinators can provide test kits, and the Kentucky State Radon Program offers free radon test kits in counties without an established radon program. Radon test kits can also be purchased at local home improvement stores for $15-$25. The tests are then mailed, usually free of charge, for processing, and the lab mails or emails the results.  Certified radon mitigation professionals can be found at


"There's so much you can do to prevent lung cancer," Hahn said. "But with radon, you can't fix it if you don’t know you have a problem."


For more information about participating in the FRESH study, please call 859-323-4587 or email More information about radon risk and mitigation is available at


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Jill Frank Exhibit Reinvents Historical Symbols and Scenes through Photography

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 15:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2014) - While living in Chicago, artist Jill Frank was curious about visual cues used in advertisements she saw around the city on her daily commute. Frank borrowed those iconic images and poses, such as an artistic rendering of Mary and Jesus or the Hindu goddess Shiva, to create a series of photographs that challenge how society interprets and responds to historical images.


Select pieces from Frank's collection of photographs are on display in the East Rotating Gallery in the Univeristy of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital as part of the UK Arts in HealthCare program. Titled "Latent History," Frank's collection of works spanning from 2009 to 2012 will be on display through October. The eight large-scale photographs are all, in some way, inspired by iconic images. Photographs on display include "Mother and Child," an alternate version of the familiar artistic expression of Mary and Jesus, and "Air Raid," which evokes photographic memories of World War II by depicting a group of men flying paper airplanes over a small village in Germany. Frank said the photographs have a hyper-pictorial quality to emphasize the deeper meaning and significance of the underlying symbols.


"I am interested in the idea that these photographed performances challenge the authority of familiar images as a way to engender a critical conversation about the influence of dominant representations,” Frank said.


Frank received her bachelor's degree in photography from Bard College in 2001 and completed a master's in fine arts degree in studio art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. She currently lives in Atlanta where she teaches photography at Georgia State University. Her work has shown nationally and internationally, and recent awards include grants from The Center for Collaborative and International Arts at Georgia State, The City of Chicago Community Art Assistance Program and The Kentucky Foundation for Women.

A native of Louisville, Frank hopes that the pieces will ignite curiosity and contemplation in hospital visitors and patients. She appreciates the opportunity to display her work in a location where passersby aren't necessarily expecting to see fine art.


"For me, it's interesting to hear what people think," Frank said. "One fun part of being an artist is that after you make something, you can't control how people will receive or interact with it. I learn a lot from exhibiting my work in new places, and am excited to be showing in Lexington for the first time.”


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Student Health and Safety Committee Recommends Extending Student Code Off Campus, Revising Alcohol Policy

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:26


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2014) ― After months of extensive review of best practices across the country, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced today that this fall UK will extend its Code of Student Conduct off campus as part of a comprehensive approach to ensuring student safety and strengthening relationships with neighborhoods.


That recommendation, which will be implemented over the next several months, is one of several adopted by Capilouto following an extensive review by a diverse 16-member committee, which included representatives from the University of Kentucky, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), Lexington city government and neighborhoods surrounding UK.


"Our first priority is the safety of our students and the community we serve," Capilouto said. "At the same time, we want to build on the strong relationships we have with our neighbors and the broader community. This report, the work of so many people on our campus and in Lexington, is another important step in building an enduring, mutually beneficial relationship of trust and candor."


"I believe this report and the efforts of this task force represent a significant step in the right direction in regards to student safety,” said UK Student Government President Roshan Palli, “and I am excited for the coming months and years as we, as a community, continue to improve our processes and practices in the best interests of this student body."


To that end, Capilouto today is forming a standing 15-member Health and Safety Task Force and Implementation Committee -- comprised of university administrators, faculty, staff, students, and representatives from surrounding neighborhoods, city government and Bluegrass Community and Technical College -- charged with implementing the recommendations in the report.


The Implementation Committee will convene in May and meet throughout the summer in a run-up to Fall 2014 when many of the recommendations are expected to be implemented. The committee is being chaired by Robert Mock, UK's vice president for Student Affairs.


A summary of recommendations from the Workgroup on Student Health and Safety that Capilouto said will be implemented for Fall 2014, includes:


·       Expanding the Code of Student Conduct beyond campus boundaries. Several other campuses, including The Ohio State University, have expanded their Code of Student Conduct as part of an effort to improve safety and community relations.


·       Revising the university's alcohol policy to allow consumption on campus under predetermined guidelines and conditions. Only people who are of legal age (students, employees and visitors) would be allowed to consume alcohol in prescribed places on campus.


·       Developing an active enforcement task force ― composed of Lexington and campus police, the UK Office of Student Conduct and Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Student Affairs ― to coordinate reporting and handling of violations of the student code of conduct if, and when, they occur.


·       Instituting a medical amnesty policy within the Code of Student Conduct for reporting instances of substance abuse or potentially dangerous situations.


·       Encouraging students who live off-campus to establish positive relations with neighbors and neighborhoods and providing more formal opportunities for town forums for both UK and the broader community to exchange ideas and discuss concerns.


·       Developing a more formalized, year-round community service program focused on near-campus neighborhoods.


·       Rehabilitating and leasing university-owned houses and apartments in adjacent neighborhoods to faculty and staff.


·       Improving and increasing student-focused prevention and education programs throughout campus and the surrounding community.


“These are solid steps forward that are good for the university’s nearby neighbors, and good for all of Lexington,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “These steps will have a positive impact, even in neighborhoods that have been changed forever. And they will provide real support in neighborhoods where there is an opportunity to renew and restore. All great cities depend on partners working together. As our community grows and as UK, Transylvania and BCTC grow, we must continue to work together.”


"I value the task of having represented the UK adjacent neighborhoods throughout the Workgroup on Student Health and Safety's comprehensive study and thank Dr. Capilouto for accepting our recommendations," said Lee Thomas, neighborhood representative on the taskforce. "As citizens of Lexington, we all carry the responsibility to protect the attributes which make our community exceptional and to improve the areas which are not. We're looking forward to the implementation of the task force's recommendations."


The workgroup was formed last year as an outgrowth of several conversations Capilouto had with neighborhood representatives regarding ways to strengthen town-gown relations.


The group examined several reports and policies from other universities, including Ohio State, Georgia and Auburn, and conducted interviews with national experts on campus safety and substance abuse issues. It submitted a report to Capilouto in December. He reviewed the report over the last several weeks and met with workgroup members in recent days to discuss their recommendations before deciding to implement the report.


Although not isolated to concerns regarding parties, off-campus alcohol use, in particular, has been a perennial issue for many years even before UK revised its alcohol policy in 1997. Statistics regarding alcohol usage and violations of law have been cyclical, according to the report, which reviewed years of data regarding arrests and other violations before and after the 1997 decision. But it is clear from the data that keeping the campus "dry" has not resulted in students drinking less; it's only changed where they drink, the data demonstrate.


Although UK is above the national average for nearly all substance-related health and safety issues in an ongoing survey that includes many Southeastern Conference institutions and students, the data is the result of increased awareness and reporting due to UK's enhanced programming for substance abuse education, said Andrew Smith, staff coordinator of the task force and director of the UK Office of Substance Education and Responsibility.


“The data obtained from our surveys indicate that UK students tend to have a work-hard/play-hard mentality," Smith said. "In general, they place a high emphasis on academic achievement but also cope with that stressor through risky substance-related behaviors. These associated behaviors are unfortunately not uncommon for college students and can be effectively addressed through proactive means of education, prevention, and policy development. I am excited to see that the University of Kentucky is openly recognizing and addressing this issue through evidence-based practices that best meet the needs of our university and our city.”


Mock, UK's vice president for Student Affairs, said the best approach to both town-gown issues and the national problem of college substance abuse is transparency and vigilance.


"Our concern is with the total well-being of our students and the community that we proudly call home," Mock said. "We have to confront issues where they exist and work together toward solutions that benefit everyone involved. This report ― and the recommendations we will adopt over time ― represent a collaborative approach to these issues. They are an important start. But what we do next and how we move forward together will be just as important to the future of our campus and this community."


For a copy of the workgroup's report, go to


The composition of the Health and Safety Task Force and Implementation Committee includes:


·       Robert Mock, vice president for Student Affairs, chair

·       Andrew Smith, director of UK's Office of Substance Education and               Responsibility

Representatives from:

·       3rd District Council representative

·       Neighborhood representative

·       UK Faculty

·       UK Police

·       University Relations

·       UK Counseling and Testing Center

·       Athletics

·       Assistant Vice President for Public Safety

·       Student Government

·       Greek governing councils

·       BCTC

·       LFUCG Public Safety Commissioner

·       UK HealthCare

·       Office of Student Conduct

·       Office of Risk Analysis and Process Improvement


MEDIA CONTACT: Jay Blanton, 859-257-6605, or Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,



UK School of Art and Visual Studies Presents Senior Exhibits

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:52


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2014) — As the end of school draws near, the University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies is hosting four solo art exhibitions and a group show featuring the work of its talented seniors.


The UK Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibitions feature the work of art studio seniors Katelyn Leah Gabbard, of Frankfort, Ky.; Roya Sarai Ramezankhani, of Lexington; Laila Schafermeyer, of Lexington; and Taylor Lynne Sterry, of Lexington.  


Gabbard's work can be viewed through April 25 at the Barnhart Gallery in Reynolds Building No. 1. A closing reception will be held in her honor from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the gallery.


Schafermeyer's exhibition runs through April 25 at the Barnhart Gallery. Her closing reception will also be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 25.


At the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art in the Fine Arts Building, Taylor Lynne Sterry and Roya Sarai Ramezankhani’s work will be on display.  


Taylor Lynne Sterry’s exhibition will runs through April 25.


Roya Sarai Ramezankhani’s exhibition is scheduled from May 5 through May 9. Her reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. Monday, May 5, at the center.


In addition to the four solo exhibitions, the School of Art and Visual Studies is also scheduled to hold a senior group art exhibition. The Bachelor of Arts show “Menagerie” features the work of 17 students and will be on display from April 28 through May 2, at the Barnhart Gallery in Reynolds Building No. 1.


“Menagerie” features the work of Matthew Jacob Allison, Jonathan Victor Bailey,

Hayley Raquel Black, Kathleen O'Connor Blakeney, Marshall Page Blevins, Jesse McConnell Fields, Randy Edward Grigsby, Travis Keene, Austin Tyler Martin, Grant J Pangallo, Leslie Colleen Parker, Farhad Rezaei, Melissa Schutz, Heather June Sims, Emily Kathleen Thomas, Christopher R. Webb and Ethan Price Wooldridge.


A reception will be held in honor of the seniors from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the gallery.


All the exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.


The UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies, and art education.



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UK Theatre Season Ends With 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:34


Trailer for UK Theatre's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." A transcript of this video can be found here. Video by Zachary Norton/UK Theatre. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre wears a coat of many colors in its season closing production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” The larger-than-life musical will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. April 25-26, and at 2 p.m. April 26-27 at the Lexington Opera House.


The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable, the first collaboration of Broadway dream team Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics). Set to a mix of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.


Tickets for the play are $20 for students and $25 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at The Lexington Opera House Ticket Office, by calling 859-233-3535 or by visiting


UK junior Peter LaPrade sings "Close Every Door" as Joseph in UK Theatre's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Video by Zak Norton/UK Theatre. A transcript of this video can be found here.


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




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UK Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center Benefits from Annual Derby Eve Gala

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 09:07


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2014) -- In Kentucky, a state with many unfortunate health statistics, rates of diabetes and obesity are increasing and are among the worst in the nation.


According to America's Health Rankings, more than 1 million adults are obese in Kentucky and the prevalence has increased from 30.4 percent to 31.3 percent in the past year, placing Kentucky 42nd nationally. Similarly, a 2013 report to the Kentucky Legislative Research Council indicated that between 1995 and 2010, the prevalence rate of adult diabetes had increased form 3.5 percent to 10 percent (370,000 Kentuckians), placing Kentucky 38th nationally. An additional 233,000 Kentuckians have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and are at high risk of progression to diabetes.


In the face of the twin scourges of diabetes and obesity, the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center (BBDOC) at the University of Kentucky works to enhance diabetes research and clinical practice to improve the lives of Kentuckians and others who are affected by the often interrelated conditions. And on the evening of Friday, May 2, it will celebrate and support its work at the annual Derby Eve Gala fundraiser in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past eight years, more than $9.6 million has been raised and donated to fund the research efforts at Barnstable Brown due to the star-studded gala.


"Everyone at the University of Kentucky is very grateful for the generous contributions from the Barnstable-Brown family and the many contributors at the gala," said Dr. Philip Kern, director of the BBDOC. "These funds allow us to ease the suffering of patients with diabetes, a disease which is increasing in epidemic proportions and now afflicts 25 million Americans.  In addition, these funds help many scientists and clinical investigators at the University of Kentucky to search for new treatments and potential cures for diabetes and its complications."


The money raised by the gala helps support the center's internationally-recognized work to address and treat diabetes and obesity, including many recent research achievements.  In December 2013, for example, the center successfully competed for a prestigious obesity and cardiovascular Center of Biomedical Research Excellence grant for $11.3 million.


The grant will support a range of collaborative research projects, including laboratory research conducted at the cellular level and translational research conducted with pediatric and adult patients. The work will specifically focus on mechanisms for the development of obesity, the influence of obesity on recovery of the heart following a heart attack, obesity-induced inflammation and how this influences the cardiovascular system, and imaging of heart dynamics and function in obese children.


Gala funds also support the clinical work at BBDOC, which has made several recent innovations to improve patient care. In July 2013, the center expanded its obesity management program with a new clinic that includes individual diet and lifestyle assessment and counseling, referral to local programs to support lifestyle interventions, and medical management.


The BBDOC also continues to focus on provision of excellent glycemic control with both inpatient and outpatient diabetes programs. For example, diabetes specialists are collaborating with the preoperative anesthesia department to improve the surgical experience of people with diabetes. 


This includes careful management of diabetes immediately prior to surgery and the addition of endocrinology expertise in postoperative care and discharge planning. Patients with diabetes who are not seen in the preoperative program receive a consultation to review diabetes medications and, in most cases, patients are started on intensive glucose control therapy during their hospitalization, including daily monitoring and dose adjustment by our diabetes specialists. Following discharge from hospital, patients are offered coordinated outpatient follow-up visits at the Center to assist with the transition to home-based diabetes management that is individualized to each patient.


The outpatient diabetes program includes use of continuous insulin infusion programs (“pumps”) and continuous glucose monitoring programs (“sensors”), for appropriate patients, insulin titration and dosing assistance, and use of oral and non-insulin injectable medications. The center also offers “diabetes school” through its accredited diabetes education program.


In addition to supporting the work of the center, the gala provides an evening of musical entertainment to guests. This year's performances include Kings of Leon, Lily Aldridge, Miranda Lambert, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Boyz II Men and Tom Brady.


For more information about the gala, please call 502-491-6778.


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Vehicle Relocation for April 26 Spring Football Game

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 19:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2014) ― To accommodate fan parking for the University of Kentucky Spring Football Game Saturday, April 26, the university requires vehicles in the Commonwealth Stadium area to relocate as they would for a typical fall football game.


Students and employees who park at Commonwealth Stadium must move their vehicles before 7 a.m. Saturday, April 26, for the UK Football Spring Game. Additionally, parking is prohibited on University Drive at any time on game days. Failure to move any vehicle from the stadium parking lots or University Drive may result in a citation and impoundment at the owner’s expense. This includes the Stadium Red, Green, Blue and Black Lots, the Soccer/Softball Complex and the Greg Page Overflow Lot.


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


For a map illustrating where to move your vehicle for the April 26 Spring Football Game, visit


UK College of Education to Host 16th Annual Teachers Who Made a Difference Program

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2014) — Susan Wormley, a former teacher from Oswego, Ill. may not have realized at the time, but she inspired one of her fifth grade students, who would eventually become a familiar face on the televisons in Lexington, Ky.


Bill Meck, chief meterologist for WLEX18, says Wormley was the one who encouraged him to pursue his dream of becoming a weatherman.


"Even before I had Mrs. Wormley as a teacher, I wanted to be a television weatherman," said Meck. "What I still remember, and a story I often tell, is she made me a weather map out of felt; blue covered cardboard with a yellow United States on it. I used to put the highs, lows, fronts, and raindrops on it and give a weather report to the class."


Meck says without Wormley's encouragment, there is a chance he would not be where he is today.


"It's hard to imagine how many lives she's touched directly in her 40+ years of teaching, but I'm sure there are many of us who would not be where we are without her," he said. "It's hard to imagine someone more dedicated to the craft of teaching."


Jazmene Landing, a UK student, says DeShana Collett, an assistant professor of physcian assistant studies in the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, has inspired her to persist in her education.


"Dr. Collett was able to finish high school early and graduate from college all while supporting herself and a young daughter," said Landing. "As an African American student and mother, there were times I thought that schoool wasn't for someone like me and that I should start working and looking for other options.  But seeing Dr. Collett set goals and achieve so much, I knew that I could also aspire to do great things in my life."


Landing said Collett makes an effort to support diversity throughout campus, and advocates strongly for her students.


"She makes an effort to help students that are ready and willing to put in the time and work to be a success," said Landing. "She beat the odds and stigmas against her and showed many that when you put your mind to it, anything can be achieved."


Meck and Landing will honor Wormley and Collett as "Teachers Who Made a Difference" this Saturday, and will escort them to a ceremony where they will be recognized along with nearly 150 other educators.


The 16th annual Teachers Who Made a Difference ceremony, part of the UK College of Education, gives all individuals the means to thank an educator who has impacted their lives. Nearly 2,000 teachers have been honored since the program's inception. 


"The UK College of Education prides itself on preparing great teachers," said Mary Ann Vimont, the college's director of public relations and student, alumni and community affairs. "As part of our mission, we also think it is important to honor those teachers who are making a difference in the lives of their students, here in Kentucky and across the country."


Each year, all 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. In 2012, 2013 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 2015 program will be accepted beginning in December 2014 at



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

Two UK Students Awarded Undergraduate Research Abroad Scholarships

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2014) — Two University of Kentucky juinors have received the Undergraduate Research Abroad Scholarship (UGRAS) which will support their international independent research projects during the 2014 summer session.


Tamas Nagy, a computer science and chemistry double major in the Colleges of Engineering and Arts & Sciences, and Alexis Thompson, an animal science/pre-veterinary science major in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, have been awarded the scholarships which support experienced undergraduate researchers as they explore their academic interests abroad ­– with the support of UK faculty mentors. These scholarships are the result of a collaboration between the UK Office of Undergraduate Research and Education Abroad at UK, and will pay up to $5,000 for Nagy and Thompson to cover the costs of their research projects.


“We are so proud of our UGRAS awardees and very excited about the projects they are undertaking," said Diane Snow, director of UK's Office of Undergraduate Research. "Research has no boundaries.  A researcher’s interests can take them across this country, or across the globe to find answers.  These international projects will enhance the student’s research capacity here at UK, as well as their UK mentor’s research programs – a true 'win-win!'"


Thompson will complete her project, "Ideal level of slow release urea for dairy cows on a grass silage diet," in Brazil under the mentorship of Marcos Marcondes at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa. Thompson's UK faculty mentor is Jeffrey Bewley, assistant professor of animal and food sciences.


"I have been involved in research since I started at UK," said Thompson. "My overall goals for myself is to gain experience with how research is conducted in other countries and cultural differences of the world. This project lets me travel and achieve both of these goals. My future plans are to attend veterinary school and become a practicing veterinarian. The project influences my future plans by allowing me to understand and interpret research to provide the best services to my patients and strengthen my communication skills with my clients."


Nagy will complete his project, " Systems Biology of Rotavirus Infection: Inferring Functional Host-Virus Genetic Interactions by Mapping Cellular Response to Infection and RNAi Perturbation," in Switzerland under the mentorship of Lucas Pelkmans at the University of Zurich. Nagy's UK faculty mentor is Rebecca Dutch, professor of molecular and cellular biochemistry.


"I am honored and excited to receive this award; it will let me experience and contribute to a world-class systems biology lab over the summer," said Nagy, who is also a Singletary Scholar and Chellgren Fellow. "I intend to make good use of this grant to go and explore a field that I am very interested in and one that I am considering for graduate school. With this scholarship, UK is offering a very special opportunity to its students that is not available at most other Research 1 universities. In addition to providing its students with stellar research options locally; UK, through this scholarship, helps driven students to investigate new areas and ideas at other excellent institutions."


The institutional benefit of undergraduate research is only a part of why Anthony Ogden, director of Education Abroad at UK, deems the scholarships a smart investment.


"As a research one institution, we are investing in students to ensure they graduate with the knowledge and skills to engage with their discipline on the world stage. Conducting research abroad will help students learn the demands and rigor of their field in a way they wouldn’t at UK, or even in the U.S."


Ogden has observed that undergraduate students who participate in research abroad programs often go on to pursue graduate or professional degrees in their fields.


"These experiences not only foster necessary skills in a given field, but they also lay the foundation for a student’s professional network."

UK Symphony Orchestra to Present Grand Season Finale of Brahms, Mahler

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2014) — In a grand collaboration with University of Kentucky Chorale, Choristers, Men's Chorus and Women's Choir, the UK Symphony Orchestra will take the Singletary Center for the Arts stage to perform works of Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25. The concert is free and open to the public.


More than 300 performers from UK School of Music ensembles, along with mezzo-soprano Holly Dodson and soprano Rebecca Farley, will perform Brahms' "Song of Destiny" and Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, "Resurrection" under the direction of Music Director and Conductor of the UK Symphony Orchestra John Nardolilo, guest conductor James Burton and assistant conductor Daniel Chetel.


Mahler, a descendant of the Austro-German tradition epitomized by Ludwig van Beethoven and Brahms, combines elements of symphony and tone poem, and programmatic and absolute music in "Resurrection."


Best known as a symphonist, Brahms and his "Song of Destiny," or "Schicksalslied," captures German romantic Frederich Hölderlin's poem “Hyperions Schicksalslied” with choral-orchestral music.


James Burton, Schola Cantorum of Oxford conductor and a graduate of St. John’s College Cambridge and the Peabody Conservatory, is renowned for his choral conducting and has conducted concerts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  and the Hallé. Last season he conducted Schola together with the OAE in the International Baroque Festival in Malta and gave performances of “Messiah” with the Oxford Philomusica.


In addition to the numerous talented ensembles and conductors, the concert will showcase the voices of Holly Dodson and Rebecca Farley.


Dodson, currently working on a master's degree in voice at UK, completed a double major in vocal performance and arts administration at UK last year and is an Alltech Vocal Scholar. In summer 2013, she traveled to Novafeltria, Italy, to perform the role of La Zia Principessa and in the fall delivered a passionate interpretation of Eponine in UK Opera Theatre's (UKOT) production of “Les Miserables.” Dodson has performed in both musical theater and operatic roles with UKOT, including Madame Giry in "Phantom of the Opera," Mistress Quickly in "Falstaff," Gertrude in "Romeo et Juliette" and Ruth in "Pirates of Penzance."


Dodson has also had numerous leading roles with the Bluegrass Opera including world premieres of "With Such Friends" and "Quantum Mechanic." She has worked with Carol Vaness, Douglas Ahlstedt, Ronan Tynan, Bill Lewis, Brygida Bziukiewicz, Francois Loup and Ubaldo Fabbri. Dodson has studied with Noemi Lugo and is a current student of Assistant Professor in Voice Elizabeth Arnold.


A Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Kentucky District winner, Farley earned her bachelor’s of music degree from UK. She has delighted audiences playing the roles of Nannetta in “Falstaff,” Mabel in “The Pirates of Penzance,” Zerlina in “Don Giovanni,” and as a soloist in the annual "It's A Grand Night for Singing" concert. Farley was a part of UKOT history when she starred as Christine Daaé in its groundbreaking production of "The Phantom of the Opera."


Farley recently performed with the Lexington Singers as the soprano soloist in Handel's “Messiah,” Mary the Mother in Angela Rice's Easter oratorio “Thy Will Be Done,” and in Latin America with the Alltech Scholars. Farley has received awards from the Orpheus Vocal Competition and Peterson Vocal Competition, and studies with UK Endowed Chair in Music Cynthia Lawrence.


Since Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UK Symphony Orchestra, it has enjoyed great success racking up recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Lynn Harrell, Gil Shaham, Mark O'Connor, Sarah Chang, Marvin Hamlisch and Itzhak Perlman. The UK Symphony Orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label. The orchestra is housed at the award-winning UK School of Music in the UK College of Fine Arts.


Founded in 1918, the UK Symphony Orchestra is regarded as one of the nation’s best college orchestras. The 100-member all-student orchestra presents more than 50 concerts each year including classical, chamber and education concerts. The group is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. The orchestra regularly performs with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Mark O’Connor, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Lang, Ronan Tynan and Arlo Guthrie. The orchestra performs in the concert hall at the Singletary Center for the Arts and on tour, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007 and 2010, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009.


The UK Symphony Orchestra also collaborates yearly with UK Opera Theatre and has recently presented "Porgy and Bess," "La Bohème," "Die Fledermaus," "Carmen," "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly." Over the last three years, they have also begun an active outreach program bringing classical music to all corners of the commonwealth. To date, they have performed for more than 10,000 students as part of this new initiative. In addition to live performances, UK's orchestra is one of the only collegiate orchestra programs to record for with Naxos, the world’s largest classical music label.


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



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University Honors and Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Students, Faculty and Staff

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 24, 2014) — Each year the University of Kentucky pauses to recognize the achievements of its students at the annual University Honors and Recognition Awards Program. Hosted in the Frank H. Harris Grand Ballroom in the Student Center, students were recognized with university-wide awards at a ceremony Monday, April 14.


The ceremony boasted several of the university's brightest and hardest working students. Dean of Students Victor Hazard shared his praise and thanks to these outstanding young adults and offered them his advice for their futures moving forward.


The evening culminated with the awarding of the Otis A. Singletary Outstanding Senior Award. Given to a senior man and woman, this award, named after the former UK president, was established in 1978 and was the first award recognizing overall student leadership at UK. Students nominated for this award have shown outstanding leadership while attending the University of Kentucky, made significant contributions to academics and are dedicated to service through campus and community involvement. 


Alex Wade and Lindsey Steller

The 2014 Outstanding Senior Male Award was given to Alex Wade, a Lexington native majoring in agricultural biotechnology and who will be attending UK College of Medicine in the fall. Wade served as the 2013-14 DanceBlue family relations chair after serving on the Family Relations Committee for two years. Wade was also president of his fraternity, Sigma Chi, was president of Wrap Up America - UK Chapter, and was named the 2013 Homecoming king.


Drew Ritzel, a finalist for the Outstanding Senior Male Award, is from Bellbrook, Ohio. Ritzel is a biology and Spanish pre-med major who serves as the executive director of the Center for Community Outreach. He has also served as the director of Alternative Service Breaks in the CCO for two years. Ritzel is active in many student organizations.


The 2014 Outstanding Senior Female Award was given to Lindsay Steller, from Fort Thomas, Ky. Steller serves as the editor of the K Book, the new student guide to campus, as a UK 101 peer instructor and was president of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She is an active member of the DanceBlue Morale Committee and Wrap Up America - UK Chapter. The Spanish major will begin her professional career this fall serving as a leadership consultant for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity.


Claci Ayers, a finalist for the Outstanding Senior Female Award, is from Bowling Green, Ky., and is majoring in agricultural biotechnology. She was the 2013-14 DanceBlue overall chair and is an active member of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. She was named the 2013 Homecoming queen and will attend UK's College of Medicine in the fall.


Major fellowships were also awarded at the recognition ceremony. Given by The Graduate School and UK Athletics, UK awards both the Otis A. Singletary Fellowship and Charles Wethington Fellowship. The quasi-endowment fund in memory of Otis A. Singletary provides a fellowship of $12,000 to be awarded annually to a UK graduating senior who plans to continue in one of the university’s graduate or professional programs. The fellowship is awarded for a first year of graduate or professional study at UK and is not renewable for subsequent years. The Otis A. Singletary Fellowship recipient this year was Cyrus Hettle.


The Charles T. Wethington Jr. Fellowship, named in honor of the former UK president, is awarded annually for graduate or professional study and was presented to Adam Carrico. The $20,000 fellowship is awarded to a UK graduating senior who plans to continue in one of UK's graduate or professional programs. The fellowship is awarded for a first year of graduate or professional study and is not renewable for subsequent years. Preference is given to Kentucky residents who are first-generation college students.


Since 1929, the University of Kentucky is one of several southern schools to present the Sullivan Medallion Award. The award was named after Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a southern businessman who became successful as a lawyer and philanthropist in New York in the late nineteenth century.  Sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, the award recognizes faculty, staff or students who exhibit Sullivan’s ideals and character. Debra Hensley received the Citizen Sullivan Medallion Award.  Katharine Skarvan received the Senior Woman Sullivan Medallion Award, and Drew Ritzel received the Senior Man Sullivan Medallion Award.


Three students were awarded the Shane Carlin and Annie Sit Inclusion Award. The Shane Carlin and Annie Sit Inclusion Award recognizes the achievements of students that have made strides in assisting to move our campus forward. Carlin is a 1995 graduate of the University of Kentucky and has been a student affairs professional since that time.  While at UK, Carlin was involved in many student organizations.  He and his wife want to celebrate and appreciate students who strive to make the University of Kentucky more inclusive. The Carlins developed this award to recognize students who work in social justice, diversity and inclusion in the most impacting and discerning manner, which transcends race. This year’s awardee was Jasmine Pulce.


The Spirit of King Award presented by the Martin Luther King Center honors undergraduate students at UK who demonstrate fellowship, scholarship and service. The recipient is a student who is not only committed to academics, but one who also shows exemplary behavior for their community and peers.  This year’s award was presented to Llord Brooks.


UK's Student Development Council (SDC) annually awards scholarships to deserving students. Joseph P. Kennedy, owner of Kennedy’s Book Store, helped create the fund from which SDC makes these scholarship awards. The group paid tribute to Joseph P. Kennedy for his continuing support by renaming the Student Development Council Scholarship Fund the Joseph P. Kennedy Student Development Council Scholarship Fund in the summer of 2002. The 10 recipients of this award were Raevti Bole, Andrew Parks, Sibi Rajendran, Forrest Miller, Lee Foster, Corinna Hughes, Matthew Fahrbach, Alex Wade, Jacob Sword and Lauren Hatfield.


UK's Student Government Association recognized five students and a staff member. Allison Ferguson received the Association Constitutional Scholarship.  Allyson Lough received the Academic Excellence Scholarship. Alex Wade was awarded the Lyman T. Johnson Odyssey Award, bestowed each academic year on a student who has, by their actions, exemplified a high degree of personal integrity and a commitment to the betterment of the community or campus. Wade received a $1,500 academic stipend in both the fall and spring semesters of the following academic year. The award is in honor of Lyman T. Johnson, the first African-American student to be admitted to the University of Kentucky. Kaitlyne Motl received the Graduate Scholarship Award. Eriauna Stratton and Heather Wagoner were each awarded a Robert G. Zumwinkle Student Rights Award. The Zumwinkle Student Rights Award is bestowed on students, faculty and staff members who have done the most to promote and protect student rights on campus during each academic year. A $300 gift accompanies this award. The award is in honor of Robert Zumwinkle, former vice chancellor of Student Affairs.


The Honors Program bestowed two awards. Drake Jackson received the Raymond Betts Crystal Award for Service. This was first awarded in 1986 and is for outstanding service to the Honors Program and the University community at large. Sarah Hayden received the Diachun Award. The Stephen Diachun Award, named after the first director of the Honors Program, has been presented since 1982 to a graduating senior who has “demonstrated outstanding research talent in the form of his/her Independent Project and who holds high promise for further professional development in graduate school.” The Diachun Award comes in the form of a check for $1,000 to be used for expenses in graduate or professional school.


The Maurice A. Clay Award is sponsored by the UK Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa and is presented to graduating seniors based on leadership. The 10 awardees this year were Kyle Smith, Connor Appleman, Emily Ralenkotter, Anthony Carney, Cassie Cox, Mel Simon, Kellie Owen, Jessica Griffitt, Nicole Brown and Paxton Roberts.


The Viji Jeganathan Award for Cross-Cultural Understanding presented by the International Center  was presented to Yasuka Miura.  


UK's Greek community honored their highest achieving chapters and leaders. The highest academic achievement awards were handed out for fraternities, sororities and UK's historically African-American fraternities and sororities. Beta Theta Pi received the Highest Academic Achievement Interfraternity Council Award.  Chi Omega received the Highest Academic Achievement Panhellenic Council Award. Alpha Phi Alpha received the Highest Academic Achievement National Pan-Hellenic Award. Roshan Palli, a member of Delta Sigma Phi, won the Outstanding Greek Man Award. Claci Ayers, a member of Alpha Delta Pi, won the Outstanding Greek Woman Award.


The Division of Student Affairs and Office of Student Involvement honored students and staff. Dr. Todd  Cheever was named Student Organization Advisor of the Year. Three outstanding members of our community received the Robert and Freda Carlin Unsung Hero Award presented by Student Affairs. The awardees were Karen Doyle, Robert Cardom and Elena Shulgina. The award honors quiet leaders without whose contributions UK would not be the institution that it is today.


2014 marks the 23rd year the University of Kentucky recognizes the outstanding volunteer service achievements of Darrell A. VanMeter, through the presentation of an undergraduate award named in his honor. VanMeter, a sophomore at the time of his death in 1991, was recognized by the university community and his home community for his positive contributions and his dedication to serving others. The impact of his "good samaritan" approach to helping others was apparent to faculty, staff and students alike. This year’s winner is Drew Ritzel.


The Office of Residence Life honored several of their student staff. The Robert A. Clay Scholarship was awarded to Claire Crawford and Alexa Pettyman. The Robert A. Clay Scholarship is named for a former director of Residence Life and recognizes resident advisors who have outstanding job performance and have shown evidence of financial need with a $1,000 scholarship.


Allyson Lough, Keisha Dawson and Caroline Davis were named recipients of the Rosemary Pond Leadership Award. The award is named for a former dean of students at UK for over 20 years.  The award recognizes residence hall staff and hall government members who have consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership and have made significant contributions to the Office of Residence Life, particularly in the areas of programming, advising, student development or departmental operations.


Duke Pettit II and Morgan Jasko were awarded the Carol S. Adelstein Outstanding Student Award. The award, given by the Disability Resource Center, was first presented in 1984 and is annually presented to the student with a disability who best serves as an inspiration to the UK community through excellence in any or all of the following: academics, leadership, extracurricular activities and social and personal qualities.  It is named for Carol Adelstein who was a successful person with a disability and wife of a UK professor.


The University of Kentucky is proud of the accomplishments of all their outstanding students.




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Willett and Reddy Selected as May 2014 Commencement Speakers

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 23, 2014) — As a University of Kentucky Commencement tradition, two students have been selected to serve as speakers for the two undergraduate ceremonies Saturday, May 10.


Emily Willett will speak at the 1 p.m. ceremony and Pooja Reddy will speak at the 6 p.m. ceremony. Willett and Reddy were selected among several candidates by UK President Eli Capilouto to represent the May 2014 undergraduate class.


Willett, from Ormond Beach, Fla., is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in management from the Gatton College of Business and Economics.  She is a third-generation UK student and has been involved in the UK Women's Choir (serving as president for one year); Paws and Listen (UK's female a capella group); UK Student Government; DanceBlue  (2013-14 corporate relations chair); and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.  She is also a campus tour guide and student director at the UK Visitor Center.


Willett will enter the UK College of Dentistry this fall, and ultimately wants to open her own practice in orthodontics.


“I am very excited to be giving the student commencement address to the Class of 2014," Willett said. "At the beginning of my sophomore year, I had the privilege of welcoming incoming freshmen to UK as the student speaker for the New Student Induction Ceremony.  It is a real honor to be able to cap off my Wildcat career by delivering this speech.”


Reddy, from Glascow, Ky., is graduating Cum Laude with a degree in psychology from the UK College of Arts & Sciences. She has two minors, political science and international studies, and a global studies certificate.


While at UK, Reddy has served as co-creator of the "Get Fit, Get Active" initiative, an effort to mobilize UK's campus, and as a peer mentor for the Emerging Leader Institute. She was the recipient of the "Wildcats in Washington" Congressional Scholarship and was chosen for the Freshman Leadership Development Program. She has worked with the World Health Organization headquarters under the Tobacco Free Initiative in Geneva, Switzerland, and completed a legislative internship with the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. This semester she held a legislative internship in Frankfort under the Majority Caucus Chair. Reddy is also a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, the Indian Cultural Exchange Dance Team, and is an on-air DJ for WRFL, 88.1FM.


Reddy says she'd like to use her identity as a first generation American with deep ties in India to serve the interests of both India and the U.S. She plans to study international law and earn joint master's degrees in public policy and diplomacy.


"As Commencement speaker, I'd like to unite our class and highlight the similarities we share as University of Kentucky graduates," Reddy said. "My upbringing in rural Kentucky, background as a first generation American, and broad involvement on campus, allow me to understand that UK hosts a diverse student body deserving of a representative they can relate to. I'm honored to address the Class of 2014 and hope they take away an important theme of my speech: education is a gift and a responsibility not to be taken lightly, and what we choose to do with that gift is entirely in our hands."


The May 2014 Commencement Ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 10 in Rupp Arena. The Graduate and Professional Commencement Ceremony will take place at 9 a.m., followed by the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The 1 p.m. ceremony will feature the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment; the Gatton College of Business & Economics, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing. The 6 p.m. ceremony will feature the colleges of Arts & Sciences; Communication & Information; Design; Fine Arts; Health Sciences; and Social Work. 


Students who plan to participate in the Commencement ceremonies should register by April 25 to have their names appear on screen when their names ae called during the ceremonies.  


All three ceremonies will be live streamed on UKNow.


For more information about the May 2014 Commencement Ceremonies, visit



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