Campus News

Phi Beta Kappa Inducts 36 Students

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 22, 2015) — The University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Beta Kappa held its annual induction ceremony last week, inducting 36 students into the nation's oldest and most widely known academic honor society.


F. Douglas Scutchfield, the Peter P. Bosomworth Professor of Health Services Research and Policy at the UK College of Public Health, delivered a keynote address.


The 2015 inductees are:

  • Noora Aljabi, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Rahul Annabathula, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Connor Appelman, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Clara Bone, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Liza Bustle, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Andrew Cech, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Steven Chapman, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Abigail Craig, College of Fine Arts
  • Jonathan Elliott, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Michael Fassio, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Christopher Garr, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Tristan Griner, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Colby Hall, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Casey  Hibbard, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Akesha Kirkpatrick, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Vanessa Koenigsmark, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Erica Mattingly, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Trevor McNary, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Kaitlin Moore, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Elizabeth Morehead, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Sanjana Pampati, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Abigail Phillips, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Jonathan Pickett, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Sibi Rajendran, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Keith Rodgers, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Marcel Roman, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Morgan Saint James, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Charles Shelton, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Josephine Suchecki, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Grace Trimble, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Emily Vanmeter, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Samantha Warford, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Austin  Way, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Samuel Wicke, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Christina Zeidan, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Shelley Zhou, College of Arts & Sciences

Phi Beta Kappa elects more than 15,000 new members a year from 270 chapters across the United States. There are also more than 50 associations that foster friendship and learning in their members' communities and provide a means for members to continue their active affiliation with the society after graduation.The society celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.


UK's Phi Beta Kappa chapter is supported by the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, which is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

Judges From Albanian School of Magistrates Visit UK

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 10:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2015) — On Thursday, April 16, the University of Kentucky College of Law and the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce welcomed to campus, in partnership with Assistant U.S. Attorney David Grise (UK Law ’83) and U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove (UK Law ’89), seven judges from the Albanian School of Magistrates. The Albanian School of Magistrates provides initial legal training and is the sole provider of continuing legal education (CLE) for judges and prosecutors in Albania. 


The judges (Sokol Sadushaj, Dashamir Kore, Marjana Semini, Arta Mandro, Vangjel Kosta, Ador Koleka, and Jetnor Tafilaj) served on a panel with Grise during a student assembly, and College of Law faculty member Marianna Jackson Clay served as moderator. They discussed the similarities and differences between the judicial and legal education systems of Albania and the United States.


Albania has a civil law system, which has significant differences from the common law system at work in the United States. A few examples of this include no juries, minimal application of case law, and a preference for educational institutions designed specifically for judges and prosecutors.


During their visit, the Albanian judges had an opportunity to meet with faculty and staff in charge of several UK Law programs that were of special interest to them.


“The visiting delegation was delighted to hear ways the College of Law has incorporated practical application of legal principles into its curriculum, including litigation skills courses, mock negotiations, legal research and writing classes, and legal and tax preparation clinics,” Grise said. He noted that due to the nature of their work at the Albanian School of Magistrates, the judges “were impressed with the College of Law’s active CLE program, especially its distance learning techniques.”


The academic experience for UK law students is enhanced when exposed to outside judiciary proceedings and policies. However, it’s more than just students who gain from this exposure; there is much to be said on the importance of judiciaries from different countries getting together to discuss their systems and procedures.


“Many developing nations have benefited greatly from a continuing relationship with a U.S. law school. This is particularly true of nations which emerged from communist governments within the last 25 years, which have no history of adversarial proceedings or independent judiciaries. The relationship also assists the U.S. institution by exposing its faculty to the advantages of alternative systems and teaching methods,” Grise said.


The Albanian judges made the most of their visit to the states. In addition to visiting the University of Kentucky, the judges also had the opportunity to visit the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., National Center of State Courts in Williamsburg, Virginia, and National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  While in Kentucky, they also met with Judge John Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, to discuss ethics and technology in the courtroom.

UK Public Health Research Center Names 2015 Brown Scholars

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 16:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — The National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR), based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) have announced recipients of the Dr. E. Richard “Rick” Brown Keeneland Conference scholarships. The scholarships recognize the many lasting contributions of the late distinguished leader, scholar and teacher in public health and the founding director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.


The recipients are:

·         Rose Hardy, MPH, Ph.D student, Health Services Research, University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado

·         Shivani Murthy, MPH, a DrPH student in International Health, Johns Hopkins University

·         Karmen Williams, MSPH, DrPH Candidate in Public Health Leadership, Georgia Southern University


These awards support Keenelend Conference travel, attendance and networking for pre-doctoral and early-career postdoctoral researchers from racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups who are underrepresented in the health and social sciences. Awardees were selected based on the significance and innovation of their PHSSR research interests and their potential as emerging scientific leaders in the field. 


The Keeneland Conference, the premier national PHSSR conference, will be held April 21-22 in Lexington, Ky. PHSSR examines questions that relate to the financing, organization and delivery of public health services – and how those factors translate to population health.


For more information about the Keeneland Conference and the Brown Scholarships, visit


MEDIA CONTACT: Kara Richardson, 

Ribbon Cutting Marks Official Opening of UK HealthCare at Turfland

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) -- At 10 a.m., Monday, April 20, a ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the official opening of UK HealthCare at Turfland, a new outpatient center on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington on the site of the former Turfland Mall.


See for more information.


UK HealthCare has leased and renovated the former Dillard's location for consolidation and relocation of some of its primary care and specialty outpatient clinics and will be the anchor tenant for the first floor of the building utilizing approximately 85,000 square feet. 


Media Contact: Kristi Lopez, 859-806-0445

Two Memorials Scheduled for Slain Student, Jonathan Krueger

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:11


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) ‒ University of Kentucky students are grieving the loss of one of their own today. Jonathan Krueger, a 22-year-old UK junior from Perrysburg, Ohio, was shot early this morning as he walked home along Maxwell Street, near Transylvania Park. He later died at University of Kentucky Hospital.


Krueger was exceptionally close to two UK student groups, the Epsilon Omicron Chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and the university’s student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel. Krueger was an integrated strategic communications junior and Kentucky Kernel photo editor.


The fraternity has scheduled a candlelight vigil in memory of Krueger at the Newman Center, near campus, at 8 p.m. today.


The Kentucky Kernel staff invites the campus and Lexington communities to a second candlelight memorial at 8 p.m. Monday, April 20, at Memorial Hall Amphitheater. If it rains, plans have been made to open Memorial Hall for the ceremony.  


Attendees to the Monday event are invited to bring a favorite photograph of Krueger or a favorite photograph taken by him to celebrate his love of photography. The Kernel will also collect messages to deliver to Krueger’s family.


In a message released earlier today, the fraternity wrote, “Jonathan was an active Beta during his tenure in the Epsilon Omicron Chapter and had a way of putting a smile on everyone’s face, every single day. Jonathan could be found pursuing his dreams outside of Beta on the sidelines of a number of University of Kentucky sports. His passion for photography and athletics was great; his love for people was even greater.”



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


Coldstream Research Campus to Host Earth Day Cleanup

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — In support of Earth Day and the national Keep America Beautiful campaign, the University of Kentucky Coldstream Research Campus and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government's Parks and Recreation Department are hosting a cleanup of the banks of the Cane Run Creek from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22. 


Due to recent rains, high water has deposited a great deal of litter along the banks that are visible from the Legacy Trail bridges.Volunteers will pick up litter along the Legacy Trail between the interstate and Spindletop Hall. The cleanup will cover four bridges along a 1.5 mile stretch of the trail.


Volunteers will also sort trash and recyclables along the way. LFUCG will pick up bags from the trail the next business day.


UK Coldstream will provide bags, gloves, trash pickers, and water for all volunteers.


For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Jim Conner at 859-361-9253 or



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover,, 859-323-2395

UK Arts Administration Serves Up a Coffee and Donuts Fundraiser

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — Tired of your everyday morning coffee routine? Start your day in a charitable way by participating in a coffee swap 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Fine Arts Building.


UK Arts Administration Program students are asking people to "swap out" their morning coffee routine by giving what they would normally spend on a cup of coffee as a donation to the program. The suggested donation price is $5-$10. In return, participants will receive a cup of coffee and doughnuts.


This event is being hosted by students taking a "Fundraising for the Arts" class this semester. The students secured donations of coffee and donuts from local businesses in Lexington. The proceeds will go into a discretionary fund in the UK Arts Administration Program, which will support future students and faculty activities such as field trips and conferences.


The coffee swap will take place in the Fine Arts Building, right outside of the Guignol Theatre.


UK's Arts Administration Program, in the UK College of Fine Arts, is designed to prepare students for a future in the management of arts organizations. Students are provided with a strong liberal arts education, an understanding of the business world, and a comprehensive education in one of the four arts disciplines of art, music, dance and theatre.



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

Sue Roberts Named A&S Associate Dean

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:14


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) ‒ Mark Kornbluh, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, announced today that Sue Roberts, professor of geography, has accepted the positions of associate dean for international affairs and director of the international studies program for the college. Roberts’ term begins July 1, 2015.


“The new associate dean position will enable the college to enhance its internationalization efforts and to consolidate oversight of and initiatives regarding international activities,” Kornbluh wrote in a message to his college faculty and staff.


Roberts will provide vision and coordination for all international programs, travel, exchanges, and more for the College of Arts and Sciences faculty, students and staff.


With the support of the college’s Executive Committee and Council of Chairs, the new associate dean position was combined “for the present time with the directorship of the International Studies Program, in the hope of accelerating the college’s progress toward an enhanced profile in this area. As director, Dr. Roberts will work on strengthening the International Studies Program and enriching its relations with other units in the College,” wrote Kornbluh.


An economic geographer who studies international processes, Roberts works academically with students and colleagues from many countries. She was co-PI on an NSF-funded research program in Oaxaca, Mexico, and is currently co-PI on a grant from the Australian Research Council. Recently, she spent a year in Finland as a Fulbright scholar, interacting daily with Finnish faculty and students in classes, workshops and seminars. She has also delivered talks in many countries outside the United States and has served on the UK International Advisory Board for several years.  Roberts is an accomplished scholar, having published widely with leading presses and top-tier geography journals and received several research grants.


Her contributions to service, both to the profession and the university, are equally impressive. She is presently co-editor of Progress in Human Geography, a leading peer-reviewed journal, and she was recently elected to the national council of the Association of American Geographers. Roberts provided excellent leadership as department chair from 2008-2012. She also has experience working in interdisciplinary realms – being an active member of the Committee on Social Theory and an affiliate of Gender and Women’s Studies.


Roberts replaces Carlos de la Torre, professor of sociology, as director of international studies.


“Professor de la Torre showed great leadership in moving the International Studies Program to the next level,” said Kornbluh. “He successfully stewarded the program through its external review, grew the major to over 400 students and helped develop new international exchanges. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Roberts to this role and thanking Dr. de la Torre for his excellent service.”




UK Cosmetic Surgery Associates Hosting Open House

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) - UK HealthCare's Cosmetic Surgery Associates will be holding an open house 4-8 p.m. this Tuesday, April 21 at the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Office Building, Suite 303.   


Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about what the UK HealthCare plastic surgery team can offer. The team will perform on-site demonstrations with open discussions on the latest cosmetic surgical procedures, including treatment for wrinkles and anti-aging.


Other bonuses include:

· Opportunity to purchase ZO Skincare Kits with a promotional offering (free gift with a minimum $200 purchase) while supplies last

· Complimentary Skin Scope Assessment with Skinceuticals

· On-site vendors for Botox, Dysport, and Fillers providing questions and answers

· Special pricing opportunities for one night only

· Door prizes and more


Light appetizers will be provided.  For more information or to RSVP, call UK Cosmetic Surgery Associates at (859) 257-7171.

UK Biology Undergrad Wins International Research Award

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — Slavina Goleva, an undergraduate biology student at the University of Kentucky, recently received the highly competitive David S. Bruce Award for Undergraduate Research Excellence from the American Physiological Society (APS) at the 2015 Experimental Biology International Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts.


Ninety abstracts were submitted to the APS by undergraduate students from across the globe. From those, 30 were selected for the David S. Bruce Outstanding Undergraduate Abstract Award that Goleva received. Those 30 winners went on to be interviewed at the Experimental Biology conference in Boston, where Goleva was selected as the winner of the Undergraduate Research Excellence award. 


"Winning the award was an incredible experience," Goleva said.


The selection process involved presenting a poster based on her abstract to two sets of seven judges, along with a period of questions from the judges.


"This was probably my favorite part of the experience because I had the opportunity to show off my hard work and understanding of the project," she said.


Goleva worked under Jeffrey Osborn, professor in the Department of Biology at UK, as well as graduate student Megan Rhoads. Working with them "…really helped me gain a deeper understanding of the science, and I don’t think I could have excelled as much without such great mentors," Goleva said.


The Experimental Biology meeting "…is a very large international conference composed primarily of scientists from the disciplines of physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology and nutritional sciences," Osborn said.


Goleva's research focused on the underlying causes of essential hypertension, or the development of high blood pressure with no known cause, within the kidneys.


Focusing on the role that kidneys play in essential hypertension, Goleva's research suggests that mitochondrial dysfunction within the kidneys is linked to long-term blood pressure control.


"This has made me so much more confident in myself as both a scientist and a person, which is arguably the most valuable thing I've gained from this experience," she said.


The Bruce Awards were created in 2004 in memory of David S. Bruce from Wheaton College and honor his commitment to promoting undergraduate involvement in research, in the APS annual meeting, and, ultimately, in research careers.




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

UK Engineering Inducting Six New Members Into Hall of Distinction

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — Recognizing alumni who have demonstrated distinguished professional accomplishments, outstanding character and commitment to community service, the University of Kentucky College of Engineering will induct six honorees into its Hall of Distinction Friday, April 24.


Initiated in 1992, the Hall of Distinction not only recognizes notable engineering alumni, but also serves to encourage exemplary achievements by current students and others.


The Class of 2015 includes:


Floyd E. Henson - Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, 1970


The son of an entrepreneurial father, Floyd Henson founded Veytec, Inc., as an internal start-up and has been the president and CEO since 1982. Veytec is a leading provider of networking security and storage solutions in the southeastern United States to businesses as well as state and local governments. It partners with top companies such as Cisco, Dell, Microsoft, IBM, HP and others to offer the most advanced products available coupled with superior customer service. Under Henson’s leadership, Veytec designed, built and deployed Unix servers and communications in over 3,500 truck stops and designed and implemented the communication network for more than 5,000 auto parts stores. Henson has won numerous awards, including the 1978 Intel Developer of the Year.


John W. Kyle - Bachelor of Science in computer science, 1991


A summer spent tinkering with a Texas Instruments computer (TI-99) coupled with a love for mathematics led John Kyle to major in computer science. After graduating, he embarked on a successful career that began with designing software for Ford Aerospace Corp., and applications for supercomputing industry leader Cray Research, which eventually propelled him into marketing, customer service and high-level leadership roles. In 2007, he won a Web Marketing Association award for his Web presence strategy. Kyle is currently president of Apesoft, Inc., and operates his own consulting firm, Kyle Venture Advisors. Passionate about leadership development, Kyle helps companies identify and mold leaders and launch internal start-up companies within the parent company.


J. Wayne Purdom - Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering, 1969


Wayne Purdom began his career in the refining industry at Humble Oil & Refining Company in 1969. Sixteen years later, he became operating services department manager for ExxonMobil Refining and Supply — Baton Rouge. He worked for ExxonMobil until his retirement in 2012. During Purdom’s 44-year career, he became a recognized leader in applied process safety management, improving business unit performance, personnel selection and development, litigation and emergency response. In the United States and abroad, Purdom consistently demonstrated leadership in normal and abnormal situations — in 1989, he coordinated the cleanup operation of the Exxon Valdez oil spill — as well as entrepreneurial instincts that increased business unit safety, efficiency and profitability. Upon retiring, Purdom founded Assessments, Consulting & Emergency Services, LLC.


G. Michael Ritchie - Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, 1972


Mike Ritchie is the former president and CEO of Photo Science (now Quantum Spatial), an aerial mapping company headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. Ritchie bought the company in 1990 and under his leadership, Photo Science became one of the largest geospatial solutions companies in the United States, increasing revenue from $1 million to $42 million annually. Photo Science’s operations expanded to 10 regional offices across the U.S. with a staff of more than 200 employees. During his time as president and CEO, Photo Science won numerous national awards for its work, including the American Council of Engineering Companies National Engineering Excellence Award in 2003 and 2011. In 2008, Ritchie was appointed by President George W. Bush to advise the federal government on how to implement geospatial technology.


Kenneth L. Seibert - Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, 1983


Ken Seibert is president of CMTA Consulting Engineers, the largest mechanical, electrical and plumbing consulting firm in Kentucky and a top 60 firm in North America. Under Seibert’s direction, CMTA has earned a national reputation for designing energy efficient buildings that leave a smaller carbon footprint on the environment. The firm has engineered 126 ENERGY STAR® buildings and 35 LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) projects, incorporating high performance design strategies into all of its building projects. CMTA is the national leader in Net Zero Energy buildings — structures able to generate needed energy through renewable systems on site — and has completed nine of them. Seibert was named the 2008 Planner of the Year by the Kentucky Chapter of the Council for Educational Facilities Planners International.


Michael L. Strain - Bachelor of Science in computer science, 1973


Mike Strain’s inspiration to pursue an education in computer science came from a three-year stint in the United States Army; the prevalence of computerized communications in the Army convinced him computers were going to be the future. Beginning in 1976, Strain spent seven and a half years at Texas Instruments (TI), an experience that led him to found Spectrum Digital, Inc., in 1986. Spectrum Digital generates development tools that allow engineers and programmers to develop with new technology. Over the last 29 years, it has gone from a three-person operation to a fully integrated company that sells products worldwide. The company targets high growth, large volume markets that require specialized technology and is the largest provider of development boards and emulators for TI microprocessors. 




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

Eugenia Toma Wins 2015 Lyons Award

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 20, 2015) — University of Kentucky Professor Eugenia Toma is the 2015 recipient of the William E. Lyons Award for outstanding service to the University of Kentucky, the community, and the Commonwealth. She will accept the award at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Hilary J. Boone Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Each year, this award is presented to a UK professor who embodies the service oriented traits of former director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, the late William "Bill" Lyons. In addition to the award, Toma will receive $500 and a plaque.


"I knew and admired Bill Lyons so this award is a great honor," Toma said.


Toma currently serves as Wendell H. Ford Professor of Public Policy and director of graduate studies, Master's of Public Policy (MPP) and accelerated Master's of Public Administration (MPA) programs within the Martin School.


"Professor Toma epitomizes the ethic of engagement and service that Bill Lyons brought to the university and the community while building an excellent record as a scholar," said Edward Jennings, chair of the committee that selected Toma for this award. In addition to Jennings the selection committee comprises a faculty member from the Department of Political Science, one from the Martin School and the previous year's award recipient.


The Lyons Award carries forward the "…heritage of commitment to the trifold mission of the university: community, research, and education," said Merl Hackbart, interim director of the Martin School. "In all three of these areas Toma has had an exceptional record and is deserving of this award." 


A graduate of UK and Kentucky native, Toma concentrates her work on education and public policy within Kentucky. Toma has received research funding for various projects, many of which pertain to the Appalachian region.


Toma has been a part of the Martin School for almost 30 years, serving as director from 1995-2004, as well as director of the Ph.D. program. In addition to her work in the Martin School she also served on many campus committees, most notably two provost search committees, one in 2002 and the recently concluded 2015 search.


Within the profession of public policy Toma has made numerous contributions, serving as president of the Southern Economic Association from 2002-2003 and as president of Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration from 2004-2005. She has also served on boards for organizations including the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management and the Association for Education Finance and Policy.


The James W. Martin School of Public Policy and Administration is an academic, research, and service unit of the University of Kentucky Graduate School. It was named in honor of Dr. James W. Martin, a scholar, public servant and teacher whose accomplishments have created a lasting legacy of scholarship and service.




MEDIA CONTACT: Clark Bellar,, 859-257-8716.




President Notifies Campus of Tragic Incident

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto notified the campus community this morning of the death of a student.  Below is the message sent to students, faculty and staff of the university:


Campus Community,


I am deeply saddened to let you know that a member of our University of Kentucky family was tragically killed in a shooting incident early this morning.


Jonathan Krueger, a 22-year-old junior in the College of Communication and Information, was killed while walking home in the area of Maxwell Street and Transylvania Park.  Lexington Police are questioning one person of interest in relation to the incident, and the investigation is on-going.


We extend our deepest sympathies to Jonathan's family, friends, faculty members, and fellow students. We have reached out to his family to let them know that we are here to assist them in any way we can at this incomprehensible moment.


For those understandably shaken by this tragedy, do not try to bear the burden of grief alone. Reach out to your family and friends and members of our UK family for comfort and support. Do not hesitate to contact the University of Kentucky Counseling Center at 859-257-8701 and ask for the day-time on-call staff member.


Although this tragedy occurred off campus, it is a stark reminder that all members of our campus community should at all times be vigilant about their safety, and the safety of others. We are each other’s keeper.


It is also in a moment like this that we are reminded of how fragile and precious life is. Let us all keep Jonathan’s family, loved ones and friends in our thoughts and prayers.


Eli Capilouto


WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Chats With Excellence in Writing Award Winners

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 19:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today, Godell talks to Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen and Peter Brackney, author of “Lost Lexington,” — both are winners of Excellence in Writing awards from UK's Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies (WRD).  Jenny Rice, associate professor and director of composition, WRD, also joins the conversation.


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


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

WUKY’s 3rd Annual Vintage Vinyl: Bigger and Better

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 17:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015)WUKY, the University of Kentucky’s NPR station, is hosting its 3rd Annual Vintage Vinyl Sale and has added extra events to make the sale bigger, better and even more special this year.  The Vintage Vinyl Sale kicks off with a preview party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Southland Drive in Lexington. Tickets will be available at the door for $20, and $10 of that will act as a voucher for the purchase of items during the sale.  The regular portion of the sale is 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily April 23-25 at the ReStore. 


"The Vintage Vinyl Sale has become one of WUKY’s most anticipated events and takes its participants back in time where music was more than popping in some headphones and jamming to your favorite tunes," said Robert T. Hansel, membership manager for WUKY. "Music was an event where you gathered around the record player and experienced the raw talent of an artist."


Special events in connection with the WUKY Vintage Vinyl Sale: 

·         Thursday, April 23:  Everyone is invited and encouraged to come in costume from their favorite era.  Pictures will be taken and votes will be cast for the best costume.  WUKY will offer prizes! 

·         Friday, April 24:  Find the “Most Outrageous” Album Cover.  Treat this sale like a needle in a haystack.  Not only are there treasures available for your collection, but treasures that you may not even be looking for.  Prizes will be awarded to individuals who find the “most outrageous” album cover in the sale.    

·         Saturday, April 25:  Don’t just show up to find some of your favorite albums, but perform some of the hits of your favorite artists.  WUKY and the ReStore will host a karaoke contest from 4- 6 p.m. Saturday. The contest will offer the chance to showcase your talents in front of other music lovers.   More WUKY swag and prizes will be available.


"In recent years, vinyl has surged back into the mainstream with many current artists producing their latest projects on vinyl," Hansel said.  "There’s no argument that vinyl, with its grooves and pops and imperfections, sounds a lot different (some would say better) than the digitally sampled perfection of MP3s and CDs.  WUKY’s Vintage Vinyl sale is your opportunity to experience the magic of vinyl once again and build your own collection or maybe add to treasures you already have at prices that can’t be beat."   

KET Documentary Follows UK Doctor's Work Helping Kentucky Teens

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 17:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — Bullying, peer pressure, substance abuse and suicide — these are all serious issues voiced by teens in the opening segment of a Kentucky Educational Television (KET) special report on teen health. Dr. Hatim Omar, chief of the University of Kentucky Division of Adolescent Medicine, is one expert featured in the program who is committed to helping teens overcome these issues as they progress toward adulthood. 


KET Health's "What Does Every Teen Need?" explores the unique generational challenges confronting Kentucky's youth and offers insight into how parents can support teen health. During the documentary, Omar describes his comprehensive approach to teen health, which emphasizes prevention and the principles of Positive Youth Development. Omar claims three essential components are necessary to foster positive youth development: a caring adult, a safe place to connect with others and a meaningful activity.


The documentary also highlights partnerships forged by Omar between the UK Division of Adolescent Medicine and two rural Kentucky school systems. Through these partnerships, the UK Adolescent Medicine conducts health screenings to identify at-risk teens and provides in-school clinical hours at middle and high schools. The programs have helped improve accessibility to treatment for many teens in Harrison and Lincoln Counties.


"What Does Every Teen Need" was produced by Laura Krueger and premieres on Monday, April 20, at 9 p.m. on KET. To view a preview of the program, click here


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, 

St. Claire Regional Medical Center Joins UK Markey Cancer Center Research Network

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 15:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2015) – The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center announced today that St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Ky., has joined the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, a newly launched initiative conducting high priority cancer research through a network of collaborative centers with expertise in the delivery of cancer care and conduct of research studies.


Thousands of patients across eastern Kentucky will have close-to-home access to innovative clinical research studies in the treatment and epidemiology of cancer as well as research studies in the prevention and early detection of cancer.


The team at St. Claire Regional Medical Center was invited to participate based on their previous experience in conducting oncology research. St. Claire has participated in research with Markey for more than 10 years, enrolling more than 120 patients from seven surrounding counties in nearly 20 different cancer clinical studies in that time. St. Claire’s clinical research studies included those initiated at UK in priority areas of lung cancer screening and early detection, smoking cessation, treatment therapies for lung cancer, and environmental risk factors for lung cancer.


St. Claire’s long-standing oncology research portfolio will expand as a result of joining the Markey Research Network. Clinical research studies currently open at St. Claire include a study to identify the best approaches to help cancer patients quit smoking which will help to improve their response to cancer treatments, with studies coming soon in lung cancer screening and survivorship. 


“St. Claire continually works to provide an advanced level of healthcare to the 160,000 plus people in our service area,” said Mark J. Neff, president/CEO of St. Claire Regional Medical Center.  The unfortunate truth is that Eastern Kentucky faces some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the nation which is why St. Claire is so excited to join the Markey Cancer Center Research Network in the battle to reduce cancer deaths in our region by offering close-to-home access to some of the most advanced clinical cancer trial treatments available.”  


Clinical research studies are key to developing new methods to prevent, detect and treat cancer, and most treatments used today are the results of previous clinical studies.  These may include studies in which patients who need cancer treatment receive their therapy under the observation of specially trained cancer doctors and staff. Patients who volunteer for cancer treatment studies will either receive standard therapy or a new treatment that represents the researchers’ best new ideas for how to improve cancer care.


The portfolio of available clinical research studies for each Markey Research Network member will be targeted, focusing both on the areas with the highest burden of disease, and the types of cancers that most affect these overburdened regions. Appalachia has some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the country, especially for lung, colorectal, and cervical cancers.


As a member of the Markey Research Network, the physicians at St. Claire Regional Medical Center will offer the opportunity to consider participation in clinical research studies to their patients, with the patients remaining under their direct care and closer to home during their treatment.


"Being able to offer not only our own trials on site, but also major NCI trials, is a huge benefit to the members of our Research Network," said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. "The patients who chose to enroll in one of these trials at St. Claire should be assured that they are receiving the latest, best treatment options for their disease, with the added benefit of staying much closer to their own support system at home."


By disseminating Markey's clinical research studies across the region, the collaborative Research Network will offer better, more progressive treatment options to patients without the burden of traveling away from home and their physicians. 


"Clinical research is the best way to advance cancer treatment protocols and move forward with the most effective new therapies," said Dr. Tim Mullett, medical director of the Markey Cancer Center Research Network. "As the only NCI-designated cancer center serving the Appalachian region of Kentucky, we have an obligation to address the most devastating cancers in this area by continually improving cancer prevention, detection, and treatments. The Markey Research Network will play a vital role in improving the grim cancer mortality rates in our region."


To be invited into the Markey Cancer Center Research Network, medical centers must demonstrate a capacity to deliver the highest caliber of clinical expertise and demonstrate quality work in clinical research and complying with federal regulations. Other medical centers are expected to join the Research Network in the coming months.





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UK Ethnomusicologist Donna Kwon Selected for ACLS Fellowship

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 13:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17 , 2015) — University of Kentucky Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Donna Kwon has been selected as a recipient of a 2014-2015 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship. Kwon's research is titled "Stepping in the Madang: Embodying Space and Place in Korean Drumming and Dance."


"Stepping in the Madang" addresses the spatialization of culture in Korean drumming and dance, centering on the concept of the “madang,” a cultural space that was revived in opposition to the Western stage in South Korea. While the madang can best be visualized as a village courtyard, it can also refer temporally to an occasion in time or socially to a sense of embodied communal participation. The thesis of this research contends that the participatory way of being that is cultivated in the madang counteracts the fossilization of tradition by bringing folk practices more fully into the embodied present, even if in an idealized fashion.


Kwon earned bachelor's degrees in piano performance and women's studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory, a master's degree in music and ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and a doctoral degree in musicology and ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served as an elected member of the Society for Ethnomusicology Council and is president of the Association for Korean Music Research.


Before coming to UK School of Music in 2008, Kwon taught at Lawrence University and Grinnell College and served as the William Randolph Hearst Fellow at Rhodes College, offering courses on Asian music, global and American popular music, world music, Korean percussion and musical places, spaces and scenes. She is the recipient of a Fulbright IIE fellowship, two grants from the Korea Foundation, the Distinguished Master's Thesis Award, and the Marnie Dilling Prize. Kwon presents papers regularly at the Society for Ethnomusicology conference on her research interest which include Korean music, East Asian and Asian American popular and creative music, issues of music and embodiment, gender and the body, space and place, music scenes and the workings of cultural politics. She is also the author of the book "Music in Korea: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture" that was published as part of the Global Music Series of Oxford University Press (2011).


Kwon was happily surprised with the ACLS Fellowship. "My first reaction was just utter disbelief. In fact, I was so convinced that I would be passed over that I completely missed the 'congratulations' in the subject line when opening the initial email from the ACLS Director of Fellowship Programs, Dr. Matthew Goldfeder. I am beyond ecstatic to be a recipient of this support in order to bring this research to fruition and really bring the book project to life. Beyond this, it is incredibly gratifying to know that my research spoke to specialists and non-specialists enough to be selected from the pool of applicants this year. As one of the few ethnomusicologists in the state of Kentucky, it’s easy to feel isolated and lose a sense of connection and perspective from others in the field so this award means that much more to me."


The ACLS, a private, nonprofit federation of 72 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. This year ACLS made a total of 70 awards to faculty of all ranks and independent scholars too support research in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences.


"Fellows were chosen for their potential to create new knowledge resulting from investigations and reflections on cultures, texts and artifacts from across the globe and human history," Goldfeder said. "ACLS programs employs a rigorous multi-stage peer review process to ensure that humanities scholars themselves select those few fellows who exemplify the very best in their fields. The 70 fellows this year represent more than 50 colleges and universities and an array of human disciplines, including linguistics, religious studies, architectural history and geography."


ACLS Fellowships allow the scholars to spend six to 12 months on full-time researching and writing. The program is funded by the ACLS endowment, which has received contributions from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment of Humanities, the council's college and university associates, past fellows and friends of ACLS.


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



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Children at Risk Research Presentations

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — The University of Kentucky’s fifth annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference for Research on Children at Risk is scheduled April 23-24. The popular event is free and open to the public.


The event keynote speaker is Gustavo Carlo, the Millsap Professor of Diversity in the University of Missouri Department of Human Development and Family Studies and director of its Center for Family Policy and Research. Funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, his research examines positive youth development and the role of culture in shaping positive adjustment in children and families. He will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in 213 Kastle Hall on UK’s campus.


Carlo’s research and expertise is particularly fitting for this year’s graduate student research theme — risk and resilience during childhood and adolescence. Appealing to an audience of wide scientific interests, the conference is known for its broad scope, addressing a range of risk and protective factors that shape outcomes.


“Professor Carlo is an expert on prosocial development, particularly among Latino families,” said event organizer Richard Milich, UK professor of psychology and a Provost’s Distinguished Service Professor.


Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, in the ballroom of Alumni Hall, 400 Rose St., students will present their own research focused on children at risk. Graduate student research presentations are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. with awards and concluding remarks at 2 p.m.


The conference is sponsored by the UK Children at Risk Research Cluster, the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology, the UK Center for Drug Abuse Research Translation, and the Mixon Fund. More information is available from Christia Brown, director of the Children at Risk Research Cluster, at or 859-257-6827.



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VIDEO: Twenty-three to be Inducted Into UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 11:53


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2015) — What makes a university thrive as a community and a center for knowledge? At the University of Kentucky, it's the people, and not only the outstanding faculty, staff and students, but the alumni who create and continue a legacy of excellence. This year, the UK Alumni Association is recognizing 23 former UK students — leaders who have impacted the Commonwealth, the nation and the world through their work — with induction into the 2015 Hall of Distinguished Alumni.


This year’s class will be honored tonight, Friday, April 17, at the Hilton Lexington Downtown Hotel, 369 West Vine Street, Lexington. The reception starts at 6 p.m., and dinner will be at 7 p.m.


The 2015 Hall of Distinguished Alumni honorees include:



Joyce Hamilton Berry

Joyce Hamilton Berry is a prominent clinical psychologist with her own practice in the Washington, District of Columbia, area. The first female African American to earn a Ph.D. from UK in 1970, she is a regular contributor to magazines such as Ebony, Essence and Cover Girl and has appeared on television to give advice and counsel. She was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality and the Urban League and has a history of speaking out against discrimination. Berry earned her master's in special education from the UK College of Education in 1967 and her doctoral degree in guidance and counseling in 1970.


Amy L. Bondurant

Amy L. Bondurant served as the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in France from 1997-2001, following a professional career spanning more than 20 years in government and private legal practice. She is the managing director of Bozman Partners, with offices in Washington, District of Columbia, and Paris, France, and also served on the boards of Rolls-Royce PLC and the American Hospital of Paris. Bondurant earned her bachelor's in telecommunications from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1973.


Stephen B. Bright

Stephen B. Bright is president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights, a public interest law program that focuses on human rights for those who are facing the death penalty, class action law suits and unconstitutional practices in the criminal justice system. He has been a fellow or visiting lecturer in law at Yale Law School since 1993. Bright has received numerous honors, including the American Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998. Bright earned his bachelor's in political science from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1971 and his juris doctorate degree from the UK College of Law in 1974.


Timothy A. Byers

Timothy A. Byers, (retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen.) was the civil engineer at U.S. Air Force headquarters, Washington, District of Columbia. He was responsible for installation support functions at 166 Air Force bases worldwide with an annual budget of more than $12 billion. He received the Army Corps of Engineers Bronze deFleury Medal for demonstrating a high degree of professional competence, standards of integrity and moral character, with devotion to duty and country. Byers earned his bachelor's in civil engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1981.


Jennifer Burcham Coffman

Jennifer Burcham Coffman is a retired U.S. District Judge, serving joint appointments to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, on which she served as the chief judge starting in 2007, and for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. She ran a private practice in Lexington from 1977 to 1993 and was an adjunct instructor at the UK College of Law from 1979 to 1981. Coffman also served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Coffman earned her bachelor's in English from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1969, her master's in library science from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1971, and her juris doctorate degree from the UK College of Law in 1978.


L. Berkley Davis Jr.

L. Berkley Davis is known internationally for innovations leading to the development and worldwide implementation of low-nitrous-oxide-emission gas turbines for electric-power generation. For more than four decades, his contributions to combustion evolution have made their mark at General Electric and in the power industry. He holds more than 20 patents related to gas combustion, and in 2006 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Davis earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering in 1966, his master's in mechanical engineering in 1970, and his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering in 1972, all from the UK College of Engineering.


Brady J. Deaton

Brady J. Deaton is chancellor emeritus at the University of Missouri, where he was chancellor from 2004-2013 and held numerous other positions, such as provost, chief of staff and chairman of the Agricultural Economics Department. He has also participated in a number of advisory roles with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Deaton previously held faculty positions at the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand. Deaton earned his bachelor's in agricultural economics from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 1966, and his master's in diplomacy and international commerce from the UK Graduate School in 1968.


Thomas B. Deen

Thomas B. Deen was the executive director of the Transportation Research Board, the national transportation research organization and a division within the nonprofit National Research Council of the National Academies of Science and Engineering. He was also a partner at Alan M. Voorhees and Associates, a worldwide leader in urban transportation. Deen pioneered the development and application of methods analyzing urban transportation problems and designing urban transit systems. Deen earned his bachelor's in civil engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1951.


Holloway Fields Jr.*

The late Holloway Fields Jr. was the first African American to receive a bachelor’s degree at UK, graduating from the College of Engineering. He became a test program engineer at General Electric Co. and held positions of increasing technical and managerial responsibility. This work resulted in more than a dozen successfully deployed system types for more than 500 systems at installations for field sites. Fields was inducted into the College of Engineering Hall of Distinction in 1998. Fields earned his bachelor's in electrical engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1951.


Ernest Lee Fletcher

Former Kentucky Gov. Ernest L. Fletcher has been an Air Force fighter pilot, engineer, family doctor, lay minister, state legislator, and U.S. Congressman. His legislative career began in 1995 as a state representative for Kentucky’s 78th District. Fletcher also served his community as a family practice physician in Lexington for 12 years, including two years as CEO of the Saint Joseph Medical Foundation. He is currently involved in business development and health care consulting. Fletcher earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1974 and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the UK College of Medicine in 1984.


John R. Guthrie

John “Jack” R. Guthrie is the former chairman and founder of Guthrie Mayes Public Relations, a large firm that has served national and international corporations including Philip Morris, Toyota Motor Manufacturing and United Parcel Service, among many others. He also was one of the founding partners of Worldcom Public Relations Group, the largest network of independent public relations firms in the world. He served on the UK Board of Trustees from 1996-2002. Guthrie earned his bachelor's in journalism from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1963.


Ardis D. Hoven

Dr. Ardis D. Hoven, an internal medicine and infectious disease specialist, was president of the American Medical Association (June 2013 to June 2014). She was a member of its board of trustees since 2005, its secretary for 2008–2009, chairwoman for 2010–2011, and immediate past chairwoman from 2011 to 2012. Hoven is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America, and was named in Modern Healthcare Magazine’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare. Hoven earned her bachelor's in microbiology from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1966 and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the UK College of Medicine in 1970.


Robert Milton Huffaker

Robert Milton Huffaker is a scientist who has worked with NASA on the Apollo space program. His lunar physics included the creation and direction of laser Doppler systems, significantly impacting the aerospace industry and its understanding of turbulence and wind patterns. Huffaker founded Coherent Technologies Inc. (acquired by Lockheed Martin), a company focused on using laser radar systems for military/homeland defense and meteorological applications. Huffaker earned his bachelor's in physics from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1957.


Terence Hunt

Terence Hunt is a retired deputy bureau chief for the Associated Press (AP) in Washington, District of Columbia. He covered the White House for 25 years, from Ronald Reagan’s presidency through George W. Bush’s administration, reporting from about 90 countries and every state in the United States. Hunt won the Merriman Smith Award for presidential reporting under deadline pressure. While at UK, he served as executive editor of the Kentucky Kernel. Hunt earned his bachelor's in journalism from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1967.


Howard L. Lewis

Howard L. Lewis is chairman, CEO and founder of Family Heritage Life Insurance Company of America, beginning his career with Central Trust Co., Picker International Corp., Progressive Insurance Co. and Capital American Life Insurance Co. He gives support to groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Wigs for Kids. Lewis has also been a cabinet member for Harvest for Hunger, which feeds Cleveland’s homeless. Lewis earned his bachelor's in business administration from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics in 1970.


Thomas W. Lewis

Thomas W. Lewis created a successful home building business, T. W. Lewis & Co. (later sold to David Weekley Homes) in Phoenix, Arizona. He and his business have been recognized with multiple national industry awards, including being recognized as the first inductee into the National Housing Quality Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2006 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Professional Builder Magazine and the National Housing Quality Award Committee. Lewis earned his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the UK College of Engineering in 1971.


James W. May Jr.

Dr. James W. May Jr. is internationally known for his groundbreaking work in reconstructive surgery and has served as president of the most prestigious associations of reconstructive surgeons in the world. May is professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for 32 years, and is chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, a post he has held since 1982. He holds two patents related to vascular issues. May earned his bachelor's in chemistry from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1965.


W. Rodney McMullen

W. Rodney McMullen is CEO and board chairman of the Kroger Co., having started in 1978 as a part-time stock clerk. He held increasingly responsible positions, including financial analyst; chief financial officer; executive vice president of strategy, planning and finance; and president and COO. McMullen has been on the board of directors of Cincinnati Financial Corp., dunnhumby Ltd., dunnhumbyUSA and Xavier University Board of Trustees. McMullen earned his bachelor's in accounting in 1981 and his master's in accounting in 1982, both from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics.


Jeffrey P. Okeson

Dr. Jeffrey P. Okeson is a full professor in the UK College of Dentistry Department of Oral Health Science, where he is also chairman, as well as program director for the college’s postgraduate Orofacial Pain program. Okeson is an accomplished teacher, clinical investigator, mentor and clinician who has published more than 220 peer reviewed articles and edited two textbooks on tempromandibular disorders and orofacial pain, now translated into 11 languages. Okeson earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the UK College of Dentistry in 1972.


Beverly Moore Eaves Perdue

Former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Eaves Perdue, whose term of office was from 2008-2012, was the first woman to lead that state. She also served as the 32nd lieutenant governor, was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives and served five terms in the North Carolina Senate. Currently, she is founder and chairwoman of the Digital Learning Institute, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corp. of New York. Perdue earned her bachelor's in history from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1969.


Peter Perlman

During nearly 50 years practicing law, Peter Perlman has won more than 50 multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. He is recognized worldwide as a specialist in product-liability and crash-worthiness litigation. Perlman was president of the Litigation Counsel of America, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Civil Justice Foundation and the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Perlman earned his bachelor's in philosophy from the UK College of Arts and Sciences in 1959 and his juris doctorate degree from the UK College of Law in 1962.


Theodore Strickland

Former Ohio Gov. Theodore “Ted” Strickland was in office from 2007-2011, previously serving in the U.S. House of Representatives (1993–1995, 1997–2007). He has also been employed as a minister, a psychologist and a college professor. Strickland was the director of the Methodist Children’s Home in Versailles. He also worked as an assistant professor of psychology at Shawnee State University and a consulting psychologist at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. Strickland earned his master's in guidance and counseling from the UK College of Education in 1966 and his doctoral degree in educational and counseling psychology from the college in 1980.


Richard E. Whitt*

Richard E. Whitt received the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage in the Louisville Courier-Journal of the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. He won the 1984 John Hancock Award and was a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for a series on coal mine safety in Kentucky. Whitt was also a 1988 Pulitzer Prize finalist for a series on public service and received the 1988 Southern Journalism Award from the Institute for Southern Studies for a series on vote fraud in Kentucky. Whitt earned his bachelor's in journalism from the UK College of Communication and Information in 1970.


The first official recognition ceremony for the members of the UK Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni took place in 1965, making 2015 a special year as it marks the 50th anniversary of the hall's formal celebration. However, some individuals were selected as early as 1963, publicly announced in 1964, but only officially recognized in the first ceremony of 1965. With the 2015 honorees, the total number of alumni honored to date is 306 from more than 220,000 UK graduates. To find out more information on previous inductees, visit


In addition to the induction ceremony Friday evening, inductees were welcomed back to the UK campus by President Eli Capilouto with a breakfast this morning with the selection committee and representatives from each college at the King Alumni House.


Several inductees will also be on campus throughout the weekend and will address students and faculty in their respective colleges:


Agriculture, Food and Environment:

  • Brady Deaton will participate in a college-wide seminar for all students, faculty and staff at noon Friday, April 17, in the Cameron Williams Lecture Hall in the Plant Sciences Building.
  • Deaton will stop by Founder’s Day at Alpha Gamma Rho at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, April 18, located at 419 Huguelet Drive.

Contact: Marci Hicks, or 257-7200.


Arts and Sciences:

  • Ambassador Amy Bondurant, along with international attorney David Dunn, will speak from 10-11 a.m.  Friday, April 17, in the UK Athletics Auditorium at the William T. Young Library. Their presentation is titled “An International Careers Q & A with Former Ambassador Amy Bondurant and International Attorney David Dunn” and is part of the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Speaker Series.
  • Dr. James W. May Jr. will speak at 10 a.m. Friday, April 17, in the Chemistry-Physics Building. His conversation topics will include: Dr. May’s path to becoming a surgeon, the value of a science degree, how to get into medical school, and a career in medicine at a major research institution.

Contact: Laura Sutton, or 257-3551


Gatton College of Business and Economics:

  • Rodney McMullen will speak to a small group of Gatton College students.
  • Howard Lewis will present to a finance class at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, in Memorial Hall.
  • Both will attend a luncheon in downtown Lexington with a group of Gatton undergraduate and graduate students.

Contact: Randy Pratt, or 257-9825.


College of Communication and Information:

  • College inductees Jennifer Burcham Coffman, John “Jack” R. Guthrie, and Terence Hunt will tour the Champions Court I Residence Hall and will speak to students in the College of Communication and Information Living Learning Program.

Contact: Townsend Miller, or 218-3915.


College of Education:

  • Joyce Hamilton Berry will be on hand for a question and answer session with faculty and students in the College of Education from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Friday, April 17, in Dickey Hall, Room 109.

Contact: Jeff Francisco, or 257-2479.


College of Engineering:

  • Timothy A. Byers, Maj. Gen. (USAF, Ret.), will meet with College of Engineering students from 1:30–2 p.m. Following the meeting with students, Byers will meet with Department of Civil Engineering faculty from 2-2:30 p.m. Both events will be held in Room 161 A of the Oliver H. Raymond Engineering Building.
  • Timothy A Byers, Maj. Gen (USAF, Ret) and Thomas B. Deen will meet with Lt. Col. John Ard, ROTC Commander, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • L. Berkley Davis Jr. will discuss projects with mechanical engineering students in rooms 202-203 of the Anderson Building from 10-10:50 a.m. Friday, April 17. Afterwards, he will meet with Tau Beta Pi from 11:00-11:45 a.m. in Room 387 of the Ralph G. Anderson Building.
  • Audrey White, daughter of inductee Holloway Fields Jr. (deceased), will tour the College of Engineering from 10 a.m.-noon Friday, April 17, starting in Ralph G. Anderson Building Room 351. College of Engineering staff member William R. Henderson will show White a photo of her late father that has been placed in the college, commemorating his achievement as the first African American to earn a degree from UK.  

Contact: Robyn Morefield, or 257-1687.


The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit or call 1-800-269-2586.




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