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Test of UK Alert System Scheduled for Today is Canceled

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 08:56
The TEST of the UK Alert system planned for noon today, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, has been canceled.  It will be rescheduled for a future date and campus will be notified at that time. 

UK Alert is an emergency notification system designed for use only when an incident disrupts normal campus operations or threatens the immediate health and safety of the campus community. Alerts are issued when a serious crime or other incident (gas leak, tornado warning, etc.) occurs on campus posing a threat that requires immediate action.

 

All UK students, staff and faculty are registered in UK Alert with their official university email address. The university encourages all UK community members to provide at least one other form of notification, i.e., a cell phone number to receive voice calls and/or text messages.

 

Information can be updated via the myUK portal. Students can log into myUK and choose the "Student Services" tab where you will find the UKAlert link. Employees should log into myUK, choose the "Employee Self-Service" tab followed by the "UK Accounts & Services" link where you will find the UKAlert link under "UK Services." 

UK Will Implement New TRIP Travel Documentation Solution

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 08:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) — The University of Kentucky announces the implementation of TRIP Travel Document Solution.

 

TRIP is an online software program designed to streamline the creation, submission, approval and payment of travel requests and travel expense reports in SAP. TRIP will be available to UK employees on Monday, Oct. 10.

 

TRIP is accessible through the Employee Self Service portal (ESS) on myUK.

 

Travel documents can be created by the traveler or by a proxy. Supporting documentation will be attached to the trip and available for review throughout the approval process. All documents will route to traveler if created by proxy; to supervisor; and to budget officer(s) as listed in approver table. The Office of the Treasurer is the final approver.

 

A key benefit of the new TRIP online program is that travel reimbursements will be made through direct deposit using the main bank stored in the traveler’s payroll record.

 

Current paper documents will continue to be accepted until Dec. 31, 2016, to allow sufficient time for migration to the online TRIP solution. Payment through direct deposit is for online travel reimbursements and not those prepared using the current paper process.

 

Five town hall sessions have been scheduled to demonstrate the system and to explain training resources. Administrative personnel currently involved in travel voucher preparation or approval are encouraged to attend.  

 

The town hall dates, times and locations are as follows:

 

Date                                       Time                                       Location

Monday, 10/10/16                  2:30-3:45                                383 Gatton Classroom

Tuesday, 10/11/16                 10:30-11:45                             College of Nursing, Room 115

Thursday, 10/13/16                9:30-10:45                              Plant Sciences Building, Cameron                                                                                               Williams Auditorium

Monday, 10/17/16                  9:30-10:45                              383 Gatton Classroom

Monday, 10/17/16                  1:30-2:45                                College of Nursing, Room 115

 

All employees are welcome but can instead participate in sessions by clicking here to join a meeting to view screens or by phone to join in listen mode only. You can also join by phone at 855-526-4412 or 859-218-2400 using the conference ID 219794.

 

Trip Quick Reference Cards are located on the Accounts Payable website at https://www.uky.edu/EVPFA/Controller/payable.htm.

 

Several university offices have participated in the TRIP pilot program.

 

"The Office of Philanthropy is grateful for the opportunity to participate in the TRIP pilot program. We have witnessed first-hand the multiple benefits of this new electronic travel document process," said Maria Lykins, administrative staff officer in the Office of Philanthropy. "Our travel proxies, supervisors and approvers are impressed with the ease of processing. Our fundraising professionals are ecstatic about the efficient direct deposit of travel reimbursements."

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

Million Women Mentors–Kentucky Unveiled in Frankfort Wednesday

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 22:51

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) — Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto, Professor Czarena Crofcheck and student Kate Collins, all of the University of Kentucky, participated in yesterday's launch of the Million Women Mentors initiative in Kentucky (MWM-KY).  The event, hosted by Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton and the Kentucky Commission on Women, took place  in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building.

 

Hampton serves as the honorary chair for MWM-KY, which was created to support girls and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) by providing one million STEM mentors. Crofcheck, professor in UK's Department of Biosystmes and Agricultural Engineering, and Kathy Plomin, with the Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative, serve as co-chairs of MWM-KY.

 

Hampton delivered the keynote address, speaking on her own experience as a woman in STEM. The program also featured leaders from manufacturing, education, and industry speaking on the importance of mentoring girls and young women in STEM. Capilouto joined the launch event to emphasize the importance of STEM education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Other speakers included Sandra McCain, director of technology development at Lexmark International; Danette Wilder, president and CEO of SealingLife Technology; and Kate Collins, a senior physics major at UK and student ambassador for the #IAmAWomanInSTEM inititative.

 

To learn more on how you can participate in Kentucky or other state efforts with Million Women Mentors, please register at the website www.MillionWomenMentors.org/ky.

 

About Million Women Mentors: Launched Jan. 8, 2014, MWM is the collective action of more than 65 national partners and 60 corporate sponsors (as of September 2016) designed to increase the number of girls and women within the high school to work age continuum that persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers. To date, MWM has more than 750,000 men and women serving as STEM mentors, coaches, role models, partners and sponsors. For more information on MWM, please visit www.MillionWomenMentors.org.

 

About STEMconnector®: STEMconnector® is a consortium of over 110 companies, associations, academic institutions and government entities concerned with STEM education and the future of human capital. STEMconnector® focuses on the STEM workforce and jobs, with a particular emphasis on diversity and women. Its work spans the entire pipeline (kindergarten to jobs) and how STEM education experiences translate into careers. For more information, visit www.STEMconnector.org.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

VIP Center to Host Gathering 'We Belong UK: Recognizing Racial Trauma'

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 15:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016)  Today at noon in the private dining room at The 90, the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center) will host a gathering, "We Belong UK: Recognizing Racial Trauma." 

 

This gathering will be a time for the campus community to come together in solidarity with those impacted by racial trauma.

 

“Repeated exposure to race-based trauma takes a toll on us — individually and as a community," said VIP Center Director Rhonda Henry. "This will be an opportunity to connect as a community, learn how racial trauma is showing up on our campus and how we can support one another.”

 

If you are unable to attend, you may livestream the event at here. Livestreaming will begin at 12:15 p.m.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

New Lecture Series Brings Inspirational Women in Law to UK

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 14:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016)  The University of Kentucky College of Law Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) hosted Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine (UK Law ’94) last Tuesday as the first speaker of a new lecture series titled, "Inspirational Women in the Law.”

 

The idea for the lecture series is credited to Allie Vaughan Miller, a third-year law student and WLC education chair. Through the series, WLC hopes to provide students with access to prominent women attorneys and judges who can serve as an inspiration to both young women and men entering the legal profession.

 

The first lecture did not disappoint. Goodwine shared with UK Law students her incredible life story and experience on the bench. Those in attendance quickly learned that her path to success was not an easy one. After the passing of the two most important people in her life, her parents, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Her life-threatening health issues eventually led to a procedure to remove her colon. When Goodwine left the hospital, the likelihood of ever working again was slim to none.

 

But, against all odds, Goodwine recovered, and in 1991 she received her undergraduate degree in management from UK. She went on to receive her juris doctor from UK Law in 1994, and following graduation, joined the firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs in Lexington. Many questioned her decision to join a firm with no African-American attorneys. Goodwine responded, “Maybe I will open the door for others, not only for women but for minorities.”

 

Everyone believed the Youngstown, Ohio, native would one day lose sight of her vision to wear a black robe. But in 1999, she became the first African-American female judge in Fayette County through an appointment, then subsequent election, as a district judge. In 2003, she was elected a circuit judge in Fayette County, a role she has held for 14 years.

 

“I love my job and I love the impact I have on the circuit court bench,” Goodwine said.

 

After sharing her story, she answered questions from students and encouraged the next generation of lawyers to be prompt, be professional and be prepared — three qualities she says are on the decline.

 

“If you remember the three P’s and the Optimist Creed, you’ll all have very promising careers,” said Judge Goodwine as she ended the lecture.

 

“Judge Goodwine was a perfect fit for our very first speaker in the WLC ‘Inspirational Women in the Law’ Lecture Series,” said Brittany Crouch, third-year law student and president of WLC. “It was great for both our students and members to hear a local judge and UK Law graduate candidly discuss the personal hurdles she encountered on the way to achieving her lifelong dream of becoming a judge. I think her discussion today proved to be a very real and vivid reminder that you can accomplish so much if you believe in yourself and work hard for your goals.”

 

The Women's Law Caucus is a student organization at UK Law devoted to celebrating and fostering the contributions of women in the legal field. They lead a mentorship program with area attorneys, bring awareness to domestic and sexual violence, provide opportunities for personal and professional development, and host social and networking events in Lexington.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Musicology Lecture Series Includes Exploration of Melody, Memory and Modulatio

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) The University of Kentucky Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology has announced its lectures and colloquiums for the fall semester. The events will bring several scholars in the fields to the UK School of Music for multiple free presentations that are open to the public.

 

Five lectures are being presented this fall by the division. Next up is the Rey M. Longyear Lecture titled “Melody, Memory, and Modulatio — the Genesis of Notker’s 'Liber ymnorum.'” The talk will be presented by Calvin Bower, professor emeritus of musicology at University of Notre Dame, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the Niles Gallery of the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.

 

This fall's other scholars, topics and scheduled lecture dates are as follows:

· Guest Lecture - “Dispersed Harmonies: Sacred Harp's Racial Geographies and Folklore Genealogies” presented by Jesse Karlsberg, Post-doctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities Publishing at Emory University Center for Digital Scholarship, 3:30 Friday, Oct. 14;

· Year of South Asia Guest Speaker - Anna Morcom, professor of music at University of London and author of "Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance: Culture of Exclusion," 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7; and

· Rey M. Longyear Lecture - "Beauty and the Barber: Pauline Viardot, Performance, Transformation,” presented by Hilary Poriss, associate professor of music history at Northeastern University, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

All of the lectures will be presented in the Niles Gallery, located in the Little Fine Arts Library. The series began with the FOCUS Guest Lecture with Michael Yonchak, an assistant professor of music at Otterbein University. Yonchak presented his lecture "We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: Landing Zappa's 'Yellow Shark'" on Sept. 23.

 

In addition to lectures, the UK Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology is presenting two colloquiums. "Colloquium: Introduction to IRB" will be presented by Belinda Smith, research education specialist with the UK Office of Research Integrity, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, in the Niles Gallery of the Little Fine Arts Library. A previous colloquium on pedagogy with Erin Bliss, world music lecturer at UK, was held earlier this month.

 

The UK Division of Musicology and Ethnomusicology's guest lecture series is made possible by endowments established by former UK Professor of Musicology Rey M. Longyear and his wife Katie, and by UK Emeritus Professor of Physics Keith MacAdam.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Dining Experiences Significant Growth in Purchases From Kentucky Businesses, Locally Sourced Food

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) — The University of Kentucky will be changing definitions in 2016-2017 for what items are included in measuring progress in purchases from local food sources and Kentucky food businesses and processors.

 

UK created the definitions for local and Kentucky food and business purchases when partnering with Aramark in 2014. Those definitions were based on how the university defined those categories when it operated its own dining operation. The intent of the university was to create a fair benchmark for measuring local and state food purchases over time.

 

Reflecting recommendations from The Food Connection to improve the methodology and transparency for examining and measuring local purchases, UK Dining will not include Coke, Pepsi and ice in its calculations for the 2016-2017 year.

 

The Food Connection was created in 2014 with a $5 million investment from UK dining partner, Aramark, to deeply examine and make recommendations for improving the local and state food economies.

 

In 2015, The Food Connection published a report that detailed a new methodology to help better examine supply chains and understand purchasing impacts on local farms and Kentucky food businesses and processors.

 

Already, in 2015-2016 growth in local purchases out-stripped those for Coke, Pepsi and ice, a reflection of a growing commitment to local and Kentucky food and farm economies. Local purchases — excluding Coke, Pepsi and ice — increased by more than 27 percent in 2015-2016.

 

Specifically, local purchases excluding Coke, Pepsi and ice represented 11.6 percent of total food and beverage purchases in 2014-2015. That number rose significantly to 15.3 percent in 2015-2016. Success stories include local or regional companies such as Boone Creek Creamery, of Lexington, and Boone Butcher, of Bardstown. UK hopes to continue to add partnerships like these.

 

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“We believe that taking those products out of our assessment of local food purchasing impact and performance will give us a clearer and stronger sense of the impact on the local and state food economies,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the UK College of Agriculture Food and Environment (CAFE). CAFE oversees the work of The Food Connection. “Everyone — and all of our partners — want the same thing: a vibrant dining service for our campus community and one that strongly supports the development of a robust food and agribusiness economy."

 

"But no matter the measurement, we are making progress toward that end. With new definitions — and a continued commitment — that progress will be even more clearly defined," Cox said. 

 

Local purchases overall also represent a larger share of total UK dining purchases — 27.7 percent of total purchases in 2015-2016, compared to 22.2 percent in 2014-2015.

 

The largest areas of growth were seen in Kentucky food businesses (defined as businesses with majority Kentucky ownership), including those with a majority Kentucky farm source impact (defined as products containing at least 50 percent Kentucky farm sourced ingredients).

 

Including products such as Coke, Pepsi and ice — which are packaged or produced locally — total local sourcing increased 20 percent from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016, according to the analysis conducted by The Food Connection.

 

The Food Connection report and data breaking down UK dining purchases can be found here.

 

Over the next several weeks, specific language will be incorporated into the dining contract between UK and Aramark that takes Kentucky-based distributors without Kentucky farm impact — businesses such as Coke, Pepsi and ice — out of what will be counted in the measurement of local and Kentucky food business purchases.

 

That redefining of locally sourced food for the contract is the result of continued work by UK’s Food Connection to better define and measure the university’s dining purchases and their impact on the state and local food economies.

 

The Food Connection’s assessment — as well as the contract between UK and Aramark — examines Kentucky Proud as well as local food and beverage purchases. Kentucky Proud is a state defined branding program operated by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Local expenditures in the current contract are defined as any product sourced from Fayette and the six adjoining Kentucky counties.

 

“We continue to be gratified by the power of partnership and the commitment everyone has to local food purchasing that serves our campus community as well as our local and state economies,” said Eric N. Monday, the university’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “Because of Aramark’s investment in UK, and its commitment to Kentucky, we are understanding more deeply food supply chains and how we can continue to grow our purchases in ways that directly and positively impact local farms and food businesses.”

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

Book Chronicling Kentucky's World War I History Wins Clark Medallion

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) "Kentucky and the Great War: World War I on the Home Front," by historian and former University of Kentucky administrator David J. Bettez, was named this year's Thomas D. Clark Medallion recipient at a ceremony held Sept. 23, at UK's Maxwell Place. The book is considered the first comprehensive analysis of the impact of the Great War on Bluegrass society, politics, economy and culture, contextualizing the state’s involvement within the national experience.

 

The Thomas D. Clark Medallion is presented by the Thomas D. Clark Foundation, which was established in 1994 in honor of Thomas D. Clark, Kentucky’s historian laureate and founder of the University Press of Kentucky (UPK). Since 2012, the foundation has chosen one book each year that highlights Kentucky history and culture to be honored with a Clark Medallion. Previous medallion recipients are "Kentucky Government, Politics and Public Policy," "The Hills Remember: The Complete Short Stories of James Still," "Violence Against Women in Kentucky: A History of U.S. and State Legislative Reform" and The Kentucky African American Encyclopedia.

 

Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. Since that day in April 1917, many books have been written detailing the war and exploring its effects on the world and nation at large, but no comprehensive history of the war’s effects on Kentucky existed.

 

At the outbreak of the war, most citizens had relatively little government interaction in their daily lives. In addition, Kentuckians’ unique way of identifying by county did little to promote unity. However, unlike the Civil War, which pitted brother against brother, Kentuckians of all ages, races, both sexes, and every political, economic and social status were expected to “do their part.” The Kentucky that emerged from the war was markedly different than the state that entered it.

 

"Kentucky and the Great War," published by UPK, focuses mainly on the domestic aspects of Kentucky’s contribution. Bettez gathered information for the book from sources all over the state, including numerous local newspapers along with surviving county-specific histories of the war compiled at the time under the direction of state war historian Fred Caldwell.

 

Bettez begins by outlining Kentuckians’ responses to the outbreak of war in 1914 and the decision to enter the war in 1917, and continues with chapters on army installations in the state, the impact of the war on women and African Americans, the role of religious groups and institutions of higher education on the home front, and the impact of the war of the state’s economy.

 

Rather than focus on the contributions that Kentuckians made oversees, Bettez discusses the impact of the war more locally. As a state dominated by mining and agriculture, Kentucky saw a boom in both industries, which set the stage for continued growth through the 1920s. The state’s large agrarian population also made it easier for government programs such as the Food and Fuel Administration to permeate even the most remote parts of Kentucky, reaching both white and African-American rural farmers. With a large number of men overseas, women were also able to take a more prominent role statewide, and chapters of the Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defense, under the direction of Sallie Bruce of Louisville, organized and led community garden efforts throughout the state to provide food for the nation.

 

Bettez, though focused on the home front, does not leave out the important contributions of Kentuckians who served “over there.” With one of the lowest draft-dodging rates in the nation, Kentuckians showed that while they were a divided state, they were more than willing to unite in order to defend the nation. Over 100,000 Kentucky men served, including several key leaders in the overseas war effort, such as Army Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Hugh Scott of Danville and Gen. Logan Feland of Hopkinsville, who led the Marine Corp efforts at the Battle of Belleau Wood. In addition, two Kentuckians, Willy Sandlin and Samuel Woodfill, received the Medal of Honor for their actions overseas.

 

David J. Bettez, former director of the UK Office of International Affairs (now the UK International Center), is also the author of "Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC," which won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s Colonel Joseph Alexander Award for Biography. Also published by UPK, "Kentucky Marine" was recently release in paperback.

 

UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation through the UK Libraries.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Behind the Blue: Conversation With UK President Eli Capilouto

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:56

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) On July 1, 2011, Eli Capilouto left his position as the provost of the University of Alabama-Birmingham to become the 12th president of the University of Kentucky. Over the past five years, UK has undergone significant physical transformation of its academic, research, residential, health care and community spaces. Through partnership, increased philanthropy, and effective financial management, UK is self-financing the vast majority of its more than $1.9 billion infrastructure development.

 

Among the construction initiated or authorized in that time are 14 new residence halls, several dining facilities, renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, the new Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building, revitalization of Commonwealth Stadium, renovation and expansion of the Student Center, continued work to A.B. Chandler Hospita and more.

 

But, perhaps bigger than that, Capilouto is attempting to oversee a transformation of the college experience for UK students by investing in student financial aid, an Honors College, increased student resources in counseling and academic advising, and the strengthening of an academic community in areas of inclusivity and diversity.

 

President Capilouto is this week's guest on "Behind the Blue" where he talks to Kody Kiser, Amy Jones-Timoney and Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing about his time here at the university, how the lessons learned in his life have shaped his approach to the job of president, what’s on his music playlist, and much more.

 

Click the play button above to listen. To see all the "Behind the Blue" podcasts visit iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/behind-the-blue/id1114911777?mt=2.

 

If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email us at BehindTheBlue@uky.edu, or tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to:uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Kody Kiser, kody.kiser@uky.edu, 859-257-5282

Retired Professor's Easter Island Novel Reflects 10 Years of Research

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:32

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016)  Former University of Kentucky Hispanic studies professor Edward Stanton’s newest young adult novel, “Wide as the Wind,” will be released Saturday. A book launch with the author is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Morris Book Shop, in Lexington.

 

A stirring book of adventure and a prophetic tale for our times, “Wide as the Wind” tells of Polynesian passages across the Pacific Ocean in canoes with no metal parts or instruments, journeys that the National Geographic has called the greatest feat in human prehistory, as bold as modern space voyages.

 

Based on Stanton’s 10 years of research and his travel to Easter Island, the novel is the first to deal with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island.

 

“Wide as the Wind” is quest fiction to enthrall readers young and old. When Vaitéa is ravaged by war, hunger and destruction, it falls upon Miru, the 15-year-old son of a tribal warrior, to sail to a distant island to find the seeds and shoots of trees that could reforest his homeland. If he decides to undertake the voyage, he must leave behind Kenetéa, a young woman from an enemy tribe with whom he has fallen deeply in love. And if Miru and his crew survive the storms, sharks and marauding ships that await them on a journey over uncharted ocean, an even greater mission would lie ahead. They must show their people that devotion to the earth and sea can be as strong as war and hatred.

 

“Wide as the Wind” is based on Stanton’s years of travel and research on Easter Island, whose name he has changed in his novel in order to extend its vision to all of Polynesia.

 

Stanton is the author of 11 books, some of which have been translated and published in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. “Road of Stars to Santiago,” the story of his 500-mile walk on the ancient pilgrimage route to Compostela, was called one of the two best books on the subject by The New York Times. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James Michener said, “Edward Stanton recounts his adventures with stylish conviction.”

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

UK Entomology Brings Emerald Ash Borer Fight to Public Oct. 8

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:28

 

UK entomologists discuss their upcoming event on the emerald ash borer at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. Video by Jeff Franklin, UK Ag Communications.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 29, 2016) —  University of Kentucky entomologists have led research and education efforts to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer since the invasive beetle first appeared in the state in 2009. Personnel with UK’s Forest Entomology Laboratory will educate the public about their continuing efforts to fight the insect at an upcoming event at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in southern Fayette County.

 

The event, titled "Raven Run’s Fight Against the Emerald Ash Borer," is from 9:15 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8. The event begins in Raven Run’s Nature Center with a brief overview. Then, participants will hike through the nature sanctuary where UK forest entomologists will teach them how to recognize signs of the emerald ash borer and demonstrate the tools they are using to manage beetle populations.

 

“The emerald ash borer is not exclusively an urban tree issue. It is also threatening our forests, which are the heart of biodiversity and a resource available to everyone,” said Ignazio Graziosi, event organizer and a post-doctoral scholar in UK’s Forest Entomology Laboratory in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “The weapons we use to fight the emerald ash borer in the forest are very different than the tools the public uses in their yards.”

 

The emerald ash borer is an exotic wood-boring invader whose larvae destroy the water and nutrient conducting tissue of infested ash, resulting in tree death. It is now in more than 60 Kentucky counties and more than 25 states.

 

At Raven Run, UK researchers led by forest entomologist Lynne Rieske-Kinney have approached the problem by blending chemical insecticide applications with biological control releases since 2013. The insecticide treatments slow development of the beetle, providing a longer window of opportunity for the biological control agents to become established. Researchers are releasing three types of parasitic wasps that are beneficial in that they kill emerald ash borer larvae and eggs. Their goal is to save ash forests by creating a balance between the invasive beetle and the natural enemies in the forest.

 

Graziosi believes this educational event has an important role in supporting the lab’s efforts.

 

“The fight is still on, and the public can support this by being informed of what is happening and being aware that human movement is one of the most common ways invasive species like the emerald ash borer spread,” he said.

 

Additional event sponsors include the UK Forest Health Research and Education Center and Lexington Parks and Recreation.

 

 

UK is the  University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774

UK Dairy Judging Team Takes First Place at National Contest

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) —  The University of Kentucky Dairy Judging Team took first place in the collegiate division at the recent All-American Dairy Show Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

 

Contestants judged 10 classes of dairy cattle and then gave oral reasons on four or five of the classes depending on their division. The show recognized the top five individuals and teams in each division for specific breed performance, oral reasons and overall results.

 

"We are very proud of this group of students,” said Matthew Borchers, team coach and student teaching assistant for the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences. “This is a very unique team. They work hard and also maintain a light attitude."

 

Team members are Jacob Barnett, Rachel Hinton, Tyler Nichols and Rachel Sibert. The team placed first overall; first in Ayrshire, Jersey and Guernsey; third in Holstein; and fourth in reasons. Team members earned several individual awards. Barnett placed first overall; first in Jersey, second in Guernsey and third in Ayrshire. Nichols placed third overall and fifth in Guernsey and Ayrshire. Sibert placed 10th overall. 

 

At the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, the UK team placed fourth overall. Team members were John Brumley, Max Dipple, Ally Jones and Luke Williamson.

 

Team members credit several people for their success including the following breeders who served as hosts for the workouts: Fairdale Farm, Keightley and Core Jerseys, Eastern Kentucky University Dairy, and the UK Dairy. Borchers said valuable support also came from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK Department of Animal and Food Sciences, FFA coach Bland Baird, 4-H coach Larissa Tucker and UK dairy specialist George Heersche.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Aimee Nielson, 859-257-7707

Symposium Showcases Clinical and Translational Research in the Neurosciences

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) — More than 200 scientists and clinical investigators gathered last week to share insights and learn more about translational and clinical neuroscience research underway at the University of Kentucky.

 

The 2016 Clinical-Translational Neuroscience Research Symposium, hosted by the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, featured nearly 100 poster and oral presentations focused on the latest scientific advances in a wide variety of topics related to the neurosciences being conducted by UK research groups.

 

According to Dr. Larry B. Goldstein, chair of the UK Department of Neurology and KNI co-director, the symposium's goal was to provide a venue for “showcasing the incredible breadth of translational and clinical neuroscience research at UK and to foster the development of collaborations between clinicians and scientists.”

 

The event drew a broad range of neuroscience-related laboratory-based and clinical investigators from multiple departments and centers at UK. Interest in the event was so high a second poster session was offered to accommodate all the submissions.

 

Jim Geddes, director of the UK Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, was most impressed with the quality of the work presented by graduate students, residents, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty.

 

"The symposium felt like a showcase of UK's rising stars, with presentations highlighting tantalizing work in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, stroke, and spinal cord injury, to name just a few," he said.

 

Dr. Robert DiPaola, dean of the UK College of Medicine, held the symposium up as an example of the atmosphere of collaboration necessary to thrive in today's science.

 

"Given the rapidly increasing technologies and discoveries in medicine, it is crucial that we bring back these experiences as a way to guide future research to best benefit patients —in other words, bedside to bench," DiPaola said. "Gatherings like these serve to foster the sharing of ideas among scientists and clinicians, which ultimately benefits the patient."

 

Goldstein was delighted by the response to the symposium.

 

"This symposium supports our goal of bringing together clinicians, clinical researchers, and laboratory based investigators to develop new knowledge and to bring the power of advanced medicine to the patients we serve and beyond," Goldstein said. "The quality and extensiveness of the work is particularly noteworthy and reflects the highest caliber of science.

 

“Given the success of the inaugural symposium, we will most certainly be looking at repeating this event next year."

 

Media Contact: Laura Dawahare, Laura.Dawahare@uky.edu, (859) 257-5307

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

Former Senate Leader Daschle to Give Ford Lecture Oct. 18 at UK

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2016) — Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will deliver the seconde annual Wendell Ford Public Policy Lecture at the University of Kentucky on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

 

In an address titled "The 2016 Federal Elections: Crisis Point in a Dysfunctional Political System," Daschle will comment on anticipated effects of the current federal elections on partisan gridlock, the lost art of compromise and his proposals for improving the political climate. The presentation will begin at 4 p.m. in the new Kincaid Auditorium of the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

 

Following the presentation, Al Cross, former political reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal and director of UK’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, will moderate a conversation with Sen. Daschle, joined by Steve Voss, associate professor in UK’s Department of Political Science, and Mike Duncan, former chair of the Republican National Committee.

 

The event is sponsored by UK’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, UK and co-sponsors the UK Libraries’ Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship, Council of State Governments, UK College of Communication and Information, and Gatton College.

 

Daschle currently serves as chair of the board of directors of the Center for American Progress and remains actively engaged in major public policy debates.

 

Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota in 1978, the Democrat served there for eight years. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 and was chosen as Senate Democratic leader in 1994. Daschle was one of the longest serving Senate Democratic leaders in history and the only one to serve twice as both majority and minority leader.

 

A graduate of South Dakota State University, Daschle served for three years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Command before becoming an aide to South Dakota Sen. James Abourezk.

 

The lecture is named in honor of Wendell Ford, who served as governor of Kentucky before being elected to four consecutive terms in the U.S. Senate. After his retirement from public office, Ford served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Martin School.

 

Last year’s initial Ford Lecture featured Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former editor of Newsweek magazine Jon Meacham as he helped to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 

“The Ford Lecture is fast becoming a signature event for the Martin School and for the University of Kentucky,” said Ron Zimmer, who became director of the school on July 1. “I am confident that this will be an important, informative and stimulating program for UK students, faculty, staff and members of the greater Kentucky community.”

 

The 2016 Wendell Ford Public Policy Lecture and panel discussion, expected to last 90 minutes, will be open to all, free of charge. The program will be introduced by Eugenia Toma, longtime Martin School professor and Wendell H. Ford Endowed Chair, together with UK Provost Tim Tracy. The new Kincaid Auditorium in the Gatton College has seating for 500 and people planning to attend are encouraged to arrive at least 15 minutes early.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu

UK Alum's 'BrownGirl. Bluegrass.' Returns to Lyric for Final Performances

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 16:58

 

Lacresha Denise Berry talks about her one-woman whow "BrownGirl. Bluegrass." 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2016) The Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center is set to bring back University of Kentucky theatre alumna and playwright Lacresha Denise Berry for her final performances of “BrownGirl. Bluegrass.” Music only from the show will be performed Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and the entire show will be presented Oct. 2.

         

Berry's show is an autobiographical story that looks at the cultural history of African Americans in Kentucky while honoring the work of her ancestors whose lives parallel with her own. "BrownGirl. Bluegrass." is a one-woman show with seven original songs that evoke ideas of womanhood, family, love and race.

 

Berry, a Kentucky native, used her hometown of Lexington for more than just inspiration for her story. She conducted her own research at the UK Libraries' Archives to discover important African Americans in Lexington, such as Oliver Lewis, the jockey who won the first Kentucky Derby; Lucy Harth Smith, a pioneer who worked for equality in public schools; and Robert Charles O'Hara Benjamin, an activist who was shot encouraging African Americans to vote.

 

In addition to her performances, Berry will be visiting local schools during her visit, as she seeks to give youth a voice who are struggling to find their own and to inspire confidence in their everyday life.

 

Lacresha Denise Berry visits Lexington schools leading up to her fall performances of "BrownGirl. Bluegrass." at the Lyric. 

 

To date, Berry has captivated the minds and hearts of over 1,300 audience members with "BrownGirl. Bluegrass."

 

Show times for the music only performances of "BrownGirl. Bluegrass." at the Lyric are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. The following day the full production of the show will be presented at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Performances are pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $10.

 

This show will be the last of "BrownGirl. Bluegrass." in Lexington, so don’t miss the last chance to enjoy this inspiring and entertaining performance from a Lexington native.

 

For more information on this production, visit www.lexingtonlyric.com/event.php?id=740.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Officials Release Year-Two Report of CATS Safety Survey

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 16:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2016) — As part of its commitment to transparency and continuous improvement in campus safety, University of Kentucky officials have released an executive summary of the 2016 Campus Attitudes Toward Safety (CATS) survey. This summary provides results from the second year of a five year commitment by UK President Eli Capilouto and the endowed faculty of the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW) to assess student perceptions and experiences regarding violence and/or harassment while attending UK. 

 

“This is important work for the University of Kentucky, and our campus has been a leader on this issue for more than 10 years. We’re home to the Green Dot Program, we initiated our first climate survey several years ago, and now we’ve conducted the second year of the campuswide CATS climate survey,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We entered into this task of data collection and analysis with the goal of listening to our students and acting on their feedback about the things we do well and where we have work to do. This is an intentional, constant improvement process, and we’ve made progress since the first survey, but our second year of data collection indicate that there is more work we must do in creating a safe and supportive environment for reporting, raising awareness about sexual assault, and providing support for victim survivors.”

 

Funded by the UK President’s Office, Capilouto and the endowed faculty at CRVAW initiated the first CATS survey in the spring of 2015, which revealed that more than 90 percent of UK students believe the UK campus is safe, but that too many remain reluctant to report sexual assaults. The 2016 survey produced similar results, with nearly 98 percent of students reporting feeling safe on campus during the day, and over 88 percent reporting they feel campus authorities are fair in their responses to reports of sexual assault. However, it’s clear that use of alcohol and other substances remain a factor in cases of sexual assault as 19 percent reported witnessing events where they suspected a person under the influence was being led away for sex. 

 

View the 2016 CATS Executive Summary.

 

UK continues to use data from both surveys — among the most in-depth regarding safety in American higher education — to address student safety issues.

 

Read more: UK Officials Make Recommendations to Address Student Safety.

   

Following on the release of this data, the Office of the President and CRVAW will host the second annual CATS conference — “Assessing Campus Climate: Higher Education’s Challenges, Strategies, and Adjudication Issues” — this Friday, Sept. 30. While last year’s conference focused primarily on institutions in Kentucky, this year’s will extend to regional colleges and universities that are interested in these topics. To address this timely issue and to promote strategies for institutions to understand issues surrounding campus safety, climate, and violence, this conference will offer panels to promote information exchange and discussion of relevant topics. Representatives from both public and independent institutions will be participating in these panels that will cover topics including: senior administration perspectives, barriers and challenges for initiating a campus climate survey, strategies for utilizing survey results, and adjudication issues.

 

“Most universities and colleges are currently somewhere in the process of either considering a campus climate survey, developing one, or implementing one,” said Diane Follingstad, director of CRVAW. “We are excited to bring together interested parties from more than 19 institutions to promote the implementation of this type of assessment on campuses as well as to suggest policy and program changes that may be warranted based on survey results.”

 

About CATS

The development of CATS occurred through partnerships with the UK President's Office, UK Police DepartmentUniversity Health Service (UHS)Student AffairsLegal Counsel, and the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center. All UK students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) are required to complete CATS as part of their class registration process. The confidential survey consists of several sections that ask questions about students' beliefs, opinions and knowledge of various topics concerning personal safety and the social environments of the university followed by their report of adverse interpersonal experiences over the past year.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu

Cats Got the Vote

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 12:39

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2016) — It’s election year! University of Kentucky's Student Activities Board (SAB) and Student Government Association (UKSGA) have teamed up to present Cats Got the Vote with Judah and the Lion and special guest The Lonely Biscuits! Tonight at 7 p.m., in Memorial Hall, students have the opportunity to enjoy free live music, T-shirts and stickers as they register to vote (while supplies last).

 

"I couldn't be more excited to be hosting Cats Got the Vote with SGA," said Jeff Loflin, SAB director of Concerts. "This event gives students the opportunity to vote while listening to a free concert with Judah and the Lion!"

 

Voting is very important and some students may not know what to do when it comes to registering to vote during college. Those who partake in this event will not only be able to register, but they will learn all about the ins and outs of voting while catching a few tunes. Students will also hear from Stephen Voss, of UK's Department of Political Science, about the importance of voting and civic engagement.

 

"While college students must live with the decisions our politicians make for the longest amount of time, college students are significantly underrepresented in the pool of registered voters that elects those politicians,” said Todd Montgomery, SGA Senate president. “Operations like Cats Got the Vote are critical to ensuring that student voices are heard."

 

SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.
 

Connect with SAB at www.uksab.org, follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKSAB, or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UKSAB/. For more information about SAB and events, email publicrelations@uksab.org.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

SAB CONTACT: Kaelin Massey, publicrelations@uksab.org, 859-257-8868

 

SGA CONTACT: Blair Johnson, SGA director of communications, uksgacommunications@gmail.com

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, katy.bennett@uky.edu or rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-257-1909/859-323-2395 

Campus Partners Celebrate Resident Appreciation Week

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2016)  This week at the University of Kentucky, Campus Housing, Residence Life, UK Dining and the UK Bookstore will host Resident Appreciation Week. The week will be packed with activities including three cookouts complete with free food, giveaways, a DJ and, in some cases, inflatables. Students are encouraged to bring their friends and have a great time.

 

The cookout locations are as follows:

 

Tuesday, Sept. 27: 5-7 p.m. Woodland Glen Courtyard

Wednesday, Sept. 28: 5-7 p.m. Outside Blazer Dining

Thursday, Sept. 29: 5-7 p.m. Haggin Courtyard outside K-Lair


The Living On Campus application for the 2017-2018 school year is now live. Students who apply now will get to participate in room selection starting as early as Nov. 1. Returning students can apply for any residence hall on campus, including University Flats. This brand new residence hall will feature two- and four-bedroom apartments. University Flats apartments will be equipped with a full kitchen, therefore, there will be no meal plan requirement.

 

For more information and to apply to live on campus, visit uky.edu/housing.

 

 

UK is the  University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398, blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Taking Nominations for 2017 'Top Innovator' Supply Chain Award

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2016) Submissions are now being accepted for the 2017 Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award competition, sponsored by SAS. This award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated operational excellence in supply chain management as evidenced in a recently completed supply chain improvement project.

 

The 2016 winner of what is fast becoming a coveted salute was Tempur Sealy International. The award is administered by the advisory committee of the Supply Chain Forum. It will be presented at the forum on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in the Woodford Reserve Club at the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium.

 

This year’s nomination process has been streamlined, making it very easy to enter. Candidates must submit a 250-300 word description of their projects. Finalists chosen from the initial round will be notified, and will then present more extensive project descriptions. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit http://gatton.uky.edu/executive-education/professional-development/supply-chain-forum/commonwealth-supply-chain-innovation.

 

An effective supply chain is a key component to business success, ensuring a product or service moves efficiently from supplier to customer.

 

"It’s an exciting time to be in the supply chain industry, and it’s especially exciting to honor one of our companies for their innovative work in the field with the Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award,” said David W. Blackwell, dean of the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics. “It’s great to see the inventive ways companies are enhancing their supply chain processes to not only improve customer service, but return on investment. I look forward to seeing all the entries this year."

 

The forum, which is hosted by the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center within the Gatton College, is now in its seventh year. The theme for the upcoming forum is "Managing Supply Chain Risks."

 

For any questions regarding the upcoming Supply Chain Forum or the 2017 Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award, contact Lucy Tepper, conference coordinator, at 859-257-8746, or email lucy.tepper@uky.edu.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, carl.nathe@uky.edu, 859-257-3200; Ann Mary Quarandillo, annmary.q@uky.edu, 859-257-0750

UK Summit to SPARK Interest of Entrepreneurs, Investors Oct. 14

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 11:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2016) The Kentucky Angel Investor and Entrepreneur Summit, sponsored by SPARK and the Kentucky Angel Investors Network, will hold an educational and networking event at the University of Kentucky Oct. 14. This event is tailored to interested investors and entrepreneurs.

 

The summit will take place from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the Woodford Reserve Club at Commonwealth Stadium. The event will include presentations from trusted local service providers, investors and representatives of angel and venture capital groups from Louisville, Lexington, Elizabethtown, Owensboro, Covington, Ashland and Cincinnati, as well as nationally renowned author Alejandro Cremades.

 

Cremades is the co-founder and executive chairman of Onevest, an investment crowdfunding site for startups for entrepreneurs to raise capital from investors. Cremades is also the author of the best-selling book, "The Art of Startup Fundraising."

 

“We are very excited to have such a nationally recognized speaker as Alejandro featured during the summit, as well as a wide representation from the regional angel and venture capital community,” said Warren Nash, executive director of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship within UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, and director of the Kentucky Angel Investors Network.  

 

Tickets for the Kentucky Angel Investor and Entrepreneur Summit are on sale now for $100. Admission includes breakfast, lunch and a free book by Cremades. Tickets can be purchased until Oct. 14 online here.

 

In conjunction with the summit, Geeks Night Out (GNO), organized by Commerce Lexington, will be presented from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at HopCat, located at 419 West Short St. This event will include an Open Mic Pitch Competition and a book signing by Cremades.

 

Eric Hartman, the new director of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, pointed out, “The Open Mic concept is something new we are trying with this GNO. We encourage community entrepreneurs to take advantage of this fun addition to a great event.”

 

Admission to GNO is free and open to the public. 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathryn Macon, kathryn.macon@uky.edu, 859-257-8716; Carl Nathe, carl.nathe@uky.edu, 859-257-3200

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathryn Macon, kathryn.macon@uky.edu, 859-257-8716; Carl Nathe, carl.nathe@uky.edu, 859-257-3200.

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