UK Forensics Has Strong Start to Fall Semester

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 09:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The University of Kentucky forensics team has had a strong start to the 2014 fall semester. After attending the first three tournaments of the year, the team has already won nearly 20 individual and team awards and has earned four qualifications to the National Forensics Association national tournament in April of 2015.


Director of Forensics Timothy Bill explains “Every year the team is getting better and performing at a higher level. This year is no different. We’ve already surpassed where we were at this time last season.”


In September, the team started its season on a high note with Western Kentucky University’s Fall Fiesta swing tournament. This year, 14 schools from as far away as Minnesota and North Carolina met in Bowling Green for this event. The Fall Fiesta tournament frequently features some of the toughest competition in the nation. The majority of teams present are ranked in the top 15 teams nationally and many of the students in final rounds will also be in the elimination rounds at nationals later in the year. In spite of this tough competition, a member of UK Forensics broke through for the first time in the team’s history at this event. Junior Abel Rodriguez placed third in impromptu speaking and was awarded third place speaker in parliamentary debate.


Over the second weekend of October, UK Forensics hosted its second annual collegiate speech and debate tournament which offers competition in 13 different public speaking events and three forms of debate. Teams from 10 states representing 20 different universities and colleges attended this year’s event.


With more than 260 entries in 17 different speaking and debate categories, the tournament has continued to grow and mature as an intercollegiate event. In addition to the honor of hosting 20 other colleges and universities on the UK campus, UK Forensics was also featured on the Oct. 11 edition of "UK at the Half," a radio segment that airs during the halftimes of home football and basketball games. The segment was broadcast over the entire state of Kentucky via the UK Sports Network and nationally via SiriusXM radio.


While the returning members of the UK Forensics team were assisting in hosting the tournament, the four new novice competitors had their first experience with a collegiate

competition. Kaylon Kennedy placed fifth in program oral interpretation and Léna Touchard was awarded top novice recognitions in persuasive speaking.


Most recently, UK Forensics traveled to Marshall University Oct. 25 and 26 to compete in the annual Chief Justice Invitational Tournament. This event frequently hosts some of the best teams in the nation and this year was no different. Western Kentucky University, Eastern Michigan University, George Mason University, and Ball State University, all top 10 teams at nationals, participated in this year’s tournament in addition to 18 other squads from across the region.


In this fierce environment, UK achieved a strong fifth place finish in combined team sweepstakes. The following individual achievements propelled UK to this team award:

Improvisational Duo

Kaylon Kennedy and Megan Wagner – Second Place, Top Novices

Abel Rodriguez III and Dianté Elcock – Fifth Place


Novice Impromptu Speaking

Megan Wagner – Third Place

Rachel Brase – Fourth Place


Persuasive Speaking

Léna Touchard – Top Novice


Poetry Interpretation

Abel Rodriguez III – Sixth Place


Program Oral Interpretation

Kaylon Kennedy – Fifth Place, Top Novice

Dianté Elcock – Sixth Place


Public Debate

Abel Rodriguez III – Tournament Champion

Logan Hurley – Semifinalist

Abel Rodriguez III – First Place Speaker (tie)

Logan Hurley – First Place Speaker (tie)


UK Forensics is a student organization within the College of Communication and Information. The team’s next tournament will be the Tennessee Porch Swing Tournament hosted by Belmont University and Carson-Newman University in Nashville, Tennessee, Nov. 14-16. To find out more about these results or the team generally, please contact Director of Forensics Timothy Bill at


To listen to the UK at the Half interview with Timothy Bill, click on the arrow below. 


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Democracy at Risk Around the World Conference

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 23:20
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2014) — “Democracy at Risk Around the World” will be examined at the next University of Kentucky University of Kentucky College of Arts and SciencesYear of the Middle East: Crossroads of the World event Nov. 7.


The Quantitative Initiative in Political and Social Research (QIPSR) contributes to The Year of the Middle East calendar with this fifth annual conference, featuring:

·       Amaney Jamal, political science, Princeton University (co-sponsored by The Year of the Middle East)

·       William Mischler, political science, Arizona University and U.S. Aid for International Develooment. Democracy in the former communist countries.

·       Elizabeth Zechmeister, political science, Vanderbilt University (Latin America)

·       Melanie Hughes, sociology, University of Pittsburgh. (Europe and gender discrimination)

·       Clem Brooks, sociology, Indiana University. (Public opinion and declining rights in the U.S.)


The introduction to the conference begins at 8:15 a.m. Friday in the William T. Young Library Gallery. Throughout the day renowned comparative scholars will present their research that examines threats to democracy in several regions of the world, including the U.S. A working lunch gives the speakers the opportunity to answer questions about the different data and survey projects they manage. 


Another Year of the Middle East event features Mohammad Fadel addressing “Political Islam, the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian Politics” and is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday in the William T. Young Library Auditorium. Fadel is associate professor of Islamic law, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law Scholar of Islamic Law and Islamist/Reformist Thought, and author of the book “Muslim Reformists, Female Citizenship and the Public Accommodation of Islam in Liberal Democracy.” He is also author of the articles “Islamic Politics and Secular Politics: Can They Co-Exist” and “Judicial Institutions, the Legitimacy of the Islamic State Law and Democratic Transition in Egypt.”


For additional Year of the Middle East events in November and December, visit . Unless otherwise designated, the entire campus and greater community are invited to attend the free events.


Like past programs about South AfricaChinaRussia and Mexico, Passport to the World’s 2014-15 program, Year of the Middle East: Crossroads of the World, continues to engage the campus community in crucial global conversations through public lectures, cultural events, coursework and travel opportunities.


Although they come from different backgrounds, with different interests and fields of study, a common thread binds Crossroads of the World organizers, Janice W. Fernheimer and Paul Thomas Chamberlin. They both recognize the history, an Arab-Israeli conflict with American involvement that has become perennial and devastating. For a podcast featuring the event's organizers, visit .


While not ignoring the military conflict, “We wanted the Year of the Middle East program to push beyond the headlines and serve as an introduction for UK students and the Lexington community to the rich and diverse cultures and history of the region and its peoples,” said Chamberlin, an associate professor of history.


Chamberlin’s personal interest in the Middle East began during his college years, as the United States embarked on the so-called Global War on Terror and prepared to re-invade Iraq. He began learning Arabic in graduate school and soon had the opportunity to study at the American University in Cairo and the University of Damascus.


“The United States has, of course, become involved in multiple wars in the region in recent years, and the Arab-Israeli conflict is a topic of perennial interest,” said Chamberlin. But it has been the people, their rich history and their diverse cultures, that keep him enthralled.


Fernheimer, an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies and director of Jewish Studies, was an undergraduate at the University of Maryland majoring in English when she was drawn to the Hebrew language.


“I had and continue to have a deep passion and love for languages and wanted to take my basic Hebrew literacy to a living level," Fernheimer said. "As an undergraduate, I began to study Hebrew language intensely and to develop a deeper awareness of the many complexities surrounding Israel and the region along with my increasing fluency in the language.” 


Eventually she was able to live in Israel during 2000-2001, a very tumultuous time. She arrived in the summer of 2000, shortly before the Camp David Summit between President Bill Clinton, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli leader Ehud Barak. When the talks failed, suicide bombings became part of the daily news and her daily reality. In spite of the conflict, that year she traveled widely throughout Israel and the region to Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Greece, and has returned to the region time and time again.




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UK Air Force ROTC Cadets Run 29 Miles for POWs, MIAs

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2014) — Air Force ROTC cadets of the 290th Cadet Wing at the University of Kentucky will run from Lexington to Frankfort — 29 miles — Saturday, Nov. 8, for the annual POW/MIA Run to honor the sacrifices of the nation's prisoners of war and those still missing in action.


The group of runners, which will also include Air Force ROTC faculty and alumni, will depart from Barker Hall on the UK campus at 6:30 a.m. and finish at the Kentucky Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Frankfort.  The route will take runners on Old Frankfort Pike, where family, friends, Jr. ROTC groups from local high schools and other community partners will provide water stations along the way.


Cadets from the Air Force ROTC detachments at the University of Louisville and the University of Cincinnati will join the UK cadets in the run from Lexington to Frankfort.  Following the run, the 290th Cadet Wing’s Honor Guard will perform a brief memorial service at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial site expected sometime in the 11 a.m. to noon hour.


"For several years now, UK Air Force ROTC cadets have participated in this run as a way to pay tribute to the brave service men and women of the U.S. military," said Lt. Col. John Ard, commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 290 at UK.  "A 29-mile run is not easy, but it's a small sacrifice compared to our comrades in arms who are still missing in action or who were or are being held as prisoners of war."


Ard said event organizers owe a big thank-you to the Kentucky State Police for providing escorts for the run, assuring the safety of all students and leaders participating.


"We’re fortunate to have this service provided from the State Police, and we could not make the run happen without them," Ard said.


For more information, call 859-257-7115 or visit




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Political Science Professor Discusses Kentucky Senate Election Results

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 20:15

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2014) — Stephen Voss, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science in the University of Kentucky Colleges of Arts and Sciences, discusses how Mitch McConnell defeated challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in the Kentucky Senate race in the video above. 


"Mitch McConnell won despite having high unfavorable ratings," Voss said. "This is because he had lots of advantages of being an incumbent; he had the ability to raise money, he had the ability to get name recognition, and the ability to say convincingly to the Kentucky voters that 'if you leave me there, our state will be important and have clout that benefits you.'”  


Voss' full interview is available at



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Money Management Matters Site to Aid Students, Topic: Employment

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 17:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2014) — What might your degree be worth?


The University of Kentucky Graduate School is prepared to aid students in developing the personal financial knowledge to answer this question and others related to financial literacy.

The UK Graduate School has created a personal financial education webpage titled "Money Management Matters," built upon six salient personal financial topics that pertain directly to students and graduates:


1.         Student loans

2.         Employment

3.         Health care

4.         Credit

5.         Saving and investing

6.         Money management


This week, UKNow will highlight the second topic: employment.


Entering the labor force can seem like a daunting task and does require careful planning to ensure success. The collection of employment resources on the MMM web page provides useful information for “job seekers” that includes: expert instruction on constructing an impactful resume/curriculum vita; access to reliable data detailing job prospects and salary estimates in specific fields of employment; and tips on using social media during the process of searching for employment.


The UK Graduate School is one of 15 universities, in partnership with the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the investment firm TIAA-CREF, introducing a personal financial literacy initiative aimed at educating students and graduates.


Last fall the 15 university partners distributed surveys to their graduate student populations concerning a variety of personal financial questions, to understand their “baseline” of personal financial knowledge. Using this information, the CGS developed as a personal financial education platform designed to help students and graduates enhance their personal financial knowledge.


The UK Graduate School has created the "Money Management Matters" website to strengthen this initiative at UK. 


 “We hope the information provided within and MMM will aid students and graduates in establishing a strong foundation of personal financial knowledge that they can build upon in order to make sound decisions across all stages of their personal financial life cycle,” said Chris Riley, project manager of the Enhancing Student Financial Education Grant and graduate student at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.




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UK Benefactor Don Jacobs to Receive Honorary Degree

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 16:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2014) — The 'D' in Don Jacobs' first name could stand for many things: Determined…Dedicated…Driven…These are just a few of the traits this longtime Lexingtonian has brought to a life and career that epitomizes the American dream. On Dec. 19, Jacobs' leadership, service, and philanthropy will be recognized as the University of Kentucky awards him an honorary doctor of humanities degree during Commencement ceremonies in Memorial Coliseum.


Growing up as the son of a general store owner in Bennettsville, South Carolina, Jacobs, who would become a very successful automobile dealer and entrepreneur, learned the importance of providing excellent customer service at an early age. He credits his father with being a huge influence on his future success.


Jacobs made the most of the educational opportunities which came his way, including those provided by the U.S. Army as a byproduct of being drafted into the service as an 18 year old in 1952 during the Korean War. While in basic training, he applied for leadership school in Ft. Lee, Va., and was accepted. Six days a week, for 16 weeks, Jacobs spent nine hours a day in the company of professors from the University of Virginia in a classroom setting, followed by military training conducted by base officers for several more hours each evening. He graduated second in his class, went on to serve in the U.S. Army Airborne Infantry, and eventually became an instructor in the Army's Airborne School, training ROTC students and others.


The last stages of his military service were spent in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, and after his discharge, Jacobs pursued an opportunity to sell cars at a Ford dealership in Nashville, Tennessee. Bitten by the 'car bug,' Jacobs eventually became the No. 1 retail salesperson of automobiles in the entire U.S. for two years running. He followed that by becoming sales manager at a Chevrolet dealership in Nashville, where he developed an employee training manual which stressed quality, integrity, and dependability in business dealings.


His confidence growing, Jacobs applied to General Motors to acquire his own dealership, and was offered an Oldsmobile franchise in Lexington. As the saying goes, 'the rest is history.'


From opening at its original location on High Street in downtown Lexington in 1970, Don Jacobs Oldsmobile expanded to a 19-acre site at Nicholasville and New Circle

Roads in 1974. Through the years, Jacobs added Honda, Volkswagen, and BMW to his lineup of new car offerings, while simultaneously opening dealerships in other markets in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida. 


And he did not stop at selling and servicing cars. Jacobs co-founded Dealers' Financial Services (DFS) and later established the Military Installment Loan and Education System (MILES) program to assist military personnel with their automobile financing needs.


Citing his belief that we all have a responsibility to help those around us, Jacobs, together with his wife, Cathy, have made substantial gifts to organizations in the Central Kentucky area in recent years, including the University of Kentucky.


The couple established the Don and Cathy Jacobs Health Education Center at UK's  new Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The facility serves as a central resource to help patients, families, and caregivers research their medical questions and provides other services and outreach.


In addition, the Jacobs are major supporters of UK's Markey Cancer Center and the UK College of Medicine.


"Don and Cathy's generosity is overwhelming," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "Their gifts have, and will continue to transform the health care experience of our patients."


The couple is funding the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center as part of the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics capital campaign. And they are among the lead donors enabling the college to pay for a $65 million expansion and redesign of its facilities entirely through private donations.


"Don Jacobs epitomizes the ideal of the successful business leader who also serves the community," said David W. Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College. "Don and Cathy's generous gift to build the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center in the Gatton College of Business and Economics is a testament to Don's passion for educating and inspiring business leaders in ethical, sustainable, and profitable business practices.  His success as a business leader is helping Kentucky citizens through Don and Cathy's philanthropy."

UK President Eli Capilouto added, "Don and Cathy Jacobs are helping us in extraordinary ways to enhance the quality of life for all Kentuckians. The positive impact of their gifts to UK HealthCare and to the Gatton College will be felt for generations to come."


The couple's financial generosity and personal involvement extends well beyond the UK campus. To cite a few examples in Lexington:

  • Cathy Jacobs is a member of the Hope Center Board of Directors and serves the center in other volunteer capacities. The Jacobs Hope Cafeteria serves more than 450 meals daily to the homeless. The Don and Cathy Jacobs House offers dormitory accomodations for nearly 150 men who are learning to ovecome challenges to self-reliant, independent living.
  • The Don Jacobs Personal Finance, Legal and Civic Responsibilities Seminars are providing real-world life skills training each year for the graduating students at Lexington's Sayre School where Cathy Jacobs serves on the Board of Trustees.

We can add one more word for what the 'D' in Don Jacobs' can stand for: Deserving…as in deserving of the high honor that UK will bestow on him on Dec. 19.




MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200;

Special thanks to Wayne Rogers, Mike Richey, and Kristin Cruser of the UK Office of Development for their assistance with this story.



Curator, Author Talks Photography's Impact in May Lecture Series

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 15:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2014) — Curator and author Marvin Heiferman will present the next lecture in the Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series. Heiferman will discuss his recent book "Photography Changes Everything," which explores photography's impact on everyday life. The free public lecture will begin 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Worsham Theater in UK's Student Center.


Heiferman, who holds a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, has been published in Artforum, BOMB and publications produced by the Museum of Modern Art, International Center of Photography, Whitney Museum of American Art and other institutions. He has organized numerous exhibitions for institutions including the New Museum, International Center for Photography, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.


In addition to "Photography Changes Everything," Heiferman is also the author of "Love Is Blind," "I’m So Happy: A Picture-Perfect Adventure Story" and "Still Life." He previously served as director of Castelli Photographs from 1975 to 1982 and assistant director of New York's Light Gallery from 1971 to 1974. Heiferman is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


The May Lecture Series explores photography's roots in the 19th century and its reinvention in the digital world. The lecture series is made possible through the Robert C. May Photography Endowment, a museum fund established in 1994 for the support of acquisitions and programs relating to photography. Other speakers coming to town as part of the series include Tanya Habjouqa and Julian Cox.


The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection. 


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

Art on the Move at UK

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2014) — Seven outdoor sculptures, formerly found in the green space next to the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, have recently been moved to new locations to make way for a temporary Student Center building while the existing structure is renovated and expanded.


Five of the artworks have new homes at the side of the Singletary Center for the Arts facing Avenue of Champions. Two "Raven Benches" by artist Peter Woytuk are facing the building, and "The Pair," a bronze sculpture by the same artist, is nestled into a grove of trees nearby. Richard Hunt’s stainless steel sculpture "Pass Thru" has been sited near the front entrance, while George Rickey’s kinetic sculpture "Two Lines Oblique" is now located on the side plaza.


"Recover," a large steel and wood sculpture by Patrick Toups, has been installed behind the Fine Arts Building. A seventh work, "Coal Pot" by El Anatsui, has been put in temporary storage for conservation work.


Albert Paley’s multi-colored sculpture "Sylvan," located along Avenue of Champions, will be returned to the artist’s studio in New York. It has been on long-term loan to the museum for several years.


Construction on the temporary building, which will house a food court and other amenities, will start in early November. Renovation and expansion of the Student Center itself is scheduled to start in May 2015.


The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.



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

UK Panhellenic Receives Excellence, Achievement Award

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 09:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2014) — The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), a premier advocacy organization for women and the sorority experience, recently announced that it has awarded College Panhellenics at 32 universities, including the University of Kentucky, with excellence and achievement awards.


UK's Panhellenic has won more NPC awards than any other collegian Panhellenic in the nation. UK has 13 National Panhellenic Conference sororities on campus with more than 3,300 members.


"I am very proud of the success of our Panhellenic women," said Susan West, director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs for the University of Kentucky Division of Student Affairs. "They do a wonderful job of working together to achieve their common goals. The sorority community had grown significantly in the past few years, but the council has been able to meet their growing needs."


Just before the noon kickoff of Saturday's UK-Georgia football game in Commonwealth Stadium, Julie Johnson, National Panhellenic Conference panhellenic chairman, will present the award to Victoria Hackbarth, Panhellenic president; Chelsea St. Clair, Panhellenic president-elect; Courtney Johnson, Panhellenic vice-president of recruitment; and Susan West.


"We are honored to have been selected for the National Excellence Award from the NPC for the second year in a row," said Hackbarth, a senior member of Alpha Phi. The Louisville native is progressing toward a B.B.A. in marketing and a B.A.S. in merchandising   "As one of 11 campuses chosen out of over 670, we couldn't be more proud of our Panhellenic women for all of their hard work and dedication to make the UK Greek community the best it can be."


A College Panhellenic is a collective group of all the sororities on campus that are members of NPC. This group collaborates to provide governance, execute the recruitment process and offer programming for the sorority community on each campus.


For the second year, NPC has recognized student-managed College Panhellenics with awards of excellence and achievement. UK and 10 other universities received Excellence Awards, meeting all seven criteria. The 21 Achievement Award recipients met five or six out of the seven criteria. The seven areas of criteria are:

• Recruitment

• Panhellenic structure

• Communication with NPC area advisor

• Judicial procedures

• Panhellenic programming

• Academics

• Panhellenic community impact and relations


“Our high-performing College Panhellenics are an integral component of the entire fraternity and sorority community across the globe,” said Julie Johnson, Panhellenics Committee chairman for NPC. “It is an honor to work alongside these bright women who represent what it means to be a thriving sorority woman in today’s world.”


Recipients of the Excellence Award for 2014 are UK, College of William and Mary, Georgia Institute of Technology, Indiana State University, Mississippi State University, Texas Christian University, University of California - Los Angeles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Oklahoma, University of South Carolina and University of Southern Mississippi.


NPC is one of the oldest and largest women’s membership organizations representing women at more than 660 campuses throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in more than 3,500 alumnae associations worldwide. NPC, one of the largest organizations advocating for women, is the umbrella group for 26 national and international sororities. NPC sororities are located on more than 672 campuses with 353,345 undergraduate members in 3,184 chapters. Alumnae are represented in 3,773 associations throughout the world. For more information, including a complete list of NPC sororities, visit or find NPC on Twitter and Facebook.




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VIDEO: The 2014 Kentucky Senate Election

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 16:49

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2014) — Stephen Voss, associate professor in the Department of Political Science in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, discusses the 2014 Kentucky Senate race in the video above.


"The interest in this Senate campaign has been intense," said Voss, who specializes in elections and voting behavior. "Everyone knew this race was likely to be close. We only have a little time left and still the polls show this thing neck and neck. We won't know who's winning this Senate race until the results come back from the voters."


Listen to Voss' full interview below or at



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Kuhn Named National Pharmacy Foundation’s Preceptor of the Year Award

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:38

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2014) -- The University of Kentucky's Robert J. Kuhn, the Kentucky Hospital Association Professor in the College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, has been selected by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Research and Education Foundation to receive the 2014 Preceptor Award.


The ASHP Research and Education Foundation will recognize recipients of the 2014 Pharmacy Residency Excellence Awards at a special reception held during the ASHP 2014 Midyear Clinical Meeting in Anaheim, California. This awards program, supported by an educational donation provided from Amgen, Inc., recognizes excellence in pharmacy residency training through recognition of residency programs, preceptors and new preceptors. The recipients of this award have demonstrated excellence and innovation in training pharmacy residents and serve as models for other residency programs and preceptors.


“I feel incredibly blessed to be recognized with such an honor,” Kuhn said. “As an educator, having the opportunity to train the next generation of pharmacy leaders and innovators is a thrill. To be recognized for those efforts is humbling, as I feel I learn as much from working with the residents as do the trainees. We often begin a lifelong relationship and it is a joy to see their professional development after they leave UK.”


Kuhn is one of the nation’s foremost leaders in pediatric pharmacy. He began his educational journey at The Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree. He received his Pharm D. from the University of Texas before completing his pediatric pharmacy fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.


He has been a member of the Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine at the University of Kentucky and a faculty member and clinical specialist in pediatrics at Kentucky Children’s Hospital since 1985. He is currently the program director of the PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Specialty Residency at UK and has helped train more than 40 residents in this area since its inception. His research has focused on drug use in various areas of pediatrics and cystic fibrosis. He has been instrumental in establishing the role of the pharmacist in the care of patients with cystic fibrosis and has mentored many colleagues in this area.


During the last 29 years, Kuhn has served as a pediatric preceptor for more than 150 PGY1 residents at UK as well as over 75 specialty residents. He is known for his enthusiasm for pediatrics and how to develop that in other residents. He is especially honored to have worked with so many excellent young professionals who have distinguished themselves with their careers since their training. In particular, his pediatric residents are leaders in clinical practice and academics across the country as well as leaders in pediatric professional organizations. Several trainees now direct PGY2 pediatric pharmacy specialty residency programs.


Kuhn will be formally recognized with this award at a reception on Dec. 6, 2014 at the ASHP Midyear in Anaheim, California.

Third Annual Gift of Life Celebration Honors Organ and Tissue Donors

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2014) — Thanks to an anonymous organ donor, 18-year-old college student Lynsey Farrar was given a second chance at life after her liver was destroyed by a deadly genetic disease. Last weekend, Farrar joined more than a hundred organ donor friends and family members in honoring their loved ones at the third annual Gift of Life Celebration, hosted by UK HealthCare and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA).


"It is truly a miracle that I am here today," Farrar said in her remarks to the crowd inside UK's Pavilion A auditorium. "I speak for all recipients when I say that there are no words to describe how we all are very blessed to be given a second chance."


Farrar also had another personal connection to the Gift of Life Celebration – her grandmother, who donated her organs in 1996, was one of the 40 new names read aloud during the official ceremony and unveiled on the Gift of Life wall, located inside Pavilion A adjacent to the Gill Heart Institute. To date, UK and KODA have honored 320 organ donors on the Gift of Life Wall.


The ceremony also featured remarks by UK HealthCare's Chief Administrative Officer Ann Smith; Dr. Andrew Bernard, UK's director of trauma and acute care surgery and the chair of the Donation and Transplantation Action Council; and Donna Slone, client services coordinator for KODA at UK HealthCare.


“The Gift of Life Memorial Wall stands as a permanent tribute to those who have given hope and new life through organ and tissue donation,” said Slone, who helps plan the memorial event each year. “Although donation is a private and confidential act, we see more and more families publicly sharing their decisions by allowing their loved ones’ names to be added to the wall.”


Every year, an estimated 6,000 people die while waiting for an organ transplant. More than 124,000 Americans are currently waiting for donated organs, including nearly 1,000 people in Kentucky. Their names are on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) waiting list. The level of necessity, blood type, and size are among several criteria that determine who can receive a donated organ. One individual donor can provide organs and tissue for nearly 50 people in need.


Farrar, who described herself as a 'voice' for organ donation, said that when her time comes, she wants to give back and help one of the thousands of people waiting on their second chance.


"I myself am now an organ donor," she said. "When it's my time, I want to be a hero and change others' lives just like my donor changed mine."


Although hospitals are obligated by law to identify potential donors and inform families of their right to donate, anyone can sign up to become an organ donor by joining the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry. The registry is a safe and secure electronic database where a person’s wishes regarding donation will be carried out as requested.


To join the registry, visit or sign up when you renew your driver’s license.  The donor registry enables family members to know that you chose to save and enhance lives through donation. Kentucky’s “First Person Consent” laws mean that the wishes of an individual on the registry will be carried out as requested. 


If your loved one was an organ donor at UK Chandler Hospital and you would like to have him or her honored on the Gift of Life wall in the future, contact Donna Slone at (859) 323-7343 or


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Digital Artist Katherine Behar Visits, Exhibits at UK

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 14:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2014) — University of Kentucky's College of Arts and Sciences and School of Art and Visual Studies have welcomed Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist Katherine Behar to campus as part of a two-week residency. The public is invited to experience Behar's work as well through "E-Waste," a free public exhibition of new work from the artist presented in conjunction with her visit at UK’s Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, located in the Fine Arts Building. "E-Waste," which runs through Nov. 7, will have an opening reception beginning 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at Tuska.


"E-Waste" centers on a new series of sculptures inspired by a science fiction scenario in which commonplace USB devices continue working, long after the humans they were designed to serve have gone extinct. The gadgets are transformed into mutant fossils, encased in stone with lights blinking, speakers chirping, and fans spinning eternally. The exhibition also includes a video series, "Modeling Big Data," in which the artist inhabits an obese, over-grown data body, to humorous and poignant effect.


Behar’s work challenges digital culture’s intense escalation of productivity. Wavering between poetry and parody, her works elicit sympathy for the devices we exploit, suggesting that we ourselves are becoming increasingly device-like: ensnared in compulsory productivity, whether “working” in the traditional sense for our own gain, or generating value for distant corporations each time we search the web or click “like.” Combining machine-made, handmade and organic forms, including a “fossilized” 3D printer, "E-Waste" offers a physical parallel to the excesses of big data, highlighting the counterpart surplus of consumer media artifacts, and drawing attention to its environmental impact.


The "E-Waste" exhibition at UK is made possible with support from a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by the Professional Staff Congress and the City University of New York.


In addition to the exhibition of her work, Behar has been busy on campus since Oct. 26 working with students, visiting classes and presenting a coffee chat for residents of WIRED, the living-learning community for the College of Arts and Sciences.


As an interdisciplinary artist, Behar has worked in several mediums including performance, interactive installation, video and writing about digital culture. Her work appears at festivals, galleries, performance spaces and art centers worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Judson Church in New York; UNOACTU in Dresden, Germany; The Girls Club Collection in Miami; Feldman Gallery + Project Space in Portland, Oregon; De Balie Centre for Culture and Politics in Amsterdam; the Mediations Biennale in Poznan, Poland; the Chicago Cultural Center; the Swiss Institute in Rome; the National Museum of Art in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; and many others.


Behar is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Art Journal and the Rubin Museum of Art, in New York City, and grants including the Franklin Furnace Fund; the U.S. Consulate in Leipzig, Germany; the Illinois Arts Council; and the Cleveland Performance Art Festival. Her ongoing projects include two collaborations, the performance art group Disorientalism with Marianne M. Kim, and the art and technology team Resynplement with Ben Chang and Silvia Ruzanka. Behar's writings on technology and culture have been published in Lateral, Media-N, Parsons Journal for Information Mapping, Visual Communication Quarterly and EXTENSIONS: The Online Journal for Embodied Technology. She is currently assistant professor of new media arts at Baruch College.



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

College of Law to Host Election Analysis Blog

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 13:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Law Election Law Society, a law student organization, and law election Professor Joshua A. Douglas announce the first of its kind at UK — an Election Analysis Blog.


Douglas, the Robert G. Lawson and William H. Fortune Associate Professor of Law, and students from the Election Law Society will provide live analysis on legal issues surrounding the election as results pour in across the Commonwealth and the nation. They will field questions from the general public and media and provide ongoing commentary on any legal issues that may arise. 


There have already been significant lawsuits in the past few weeks — about Kentucky’s 300-foot ban on electioneering around a polling site, allegations of false campaign advertising, voter ID laws, and more — that will impact Election Day.  The U.S. Senate race in Kentucky between Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell is one of the most expensive — and potentially one of the closest — in the country.  UK’s Election Analysis Blog will chronicle it all.


“I am excited to work on this initiative with UK Law students, who will have a worthwhile educational and practical experience while helping the general public understand how laws and court decisions impact our elections,” Douglas said. “Our goal will be to make election law accessible to voters so they can see how the law can affect Election Day processes.”


Chris Stewart, a second year law student, had this to say about the Election Analysis Blog: “The students of the UK Election Law Society are happy to embark on this new project. In conjunction with Professor Joshua Douglas, we look forward to providing a source of news concerning the ever-changing world of election law from around Kentucky and the nation. We hope to offer analysis of hot-button issues that is informative to legal and non-legal readers alike.”


The Election Analysis Blog  went live today, Tuesday, Nov. 4. Douglas and the students will conduct the blog together in the faculty lounge at the College of Law. This analysis will run through the evening while ballot results are tabulated and released. Visit the blog at, call the hotline at 859-257-4935, or email


“This is another example of the College of Law’s efforts to enhance pro bono and practical experience for our students while also providing a service to the community,” said Danny Murphy, assistant dean for administration and community engagement.


The general public is welcome to submit election issues and topics for comment. Media may solicit comments or quotes from Douglas through this resource.




MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 

College of Communication Students Get Advice From the Pros

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 13:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information is preparing soon-to-be graduates for their postgrad life. On Oct. 29, the college hosted a Professional-Amateur Networking Day at the Hilary J. Boone Center. This event gave junior and senior students in the college the opportunity to network with alumni and supporters of the program. Students were able to hear valuable advice before they embark on their professional lives.


Shari Veil, Elisia Cohen and Cyndy Miller organized and planned the event modeled after similar ones held on other college campuses. Cyndy Miller, director of the College of Communication and Information Internship Program, brought in the pros.


Students in attendance were given the opportunity to listen to real world experiences of professionals who are in positions similar to the ones students hope to hold. Companies represented ranged from Columbia Gas of Kentucky to Awesome Inc. The relaxed atmosphere made students feel like they were having lunch with a colleague, rather than sitting through an interview. According to Miller they were trying to “create an open conversation, led by students.”


Drew Curtis, founder and CEO of, gave the keynote address at the event. He mixed humor and a casual outfit into his highly insightful speech, which consisted primarily of life stories. The best piece of advice given to students in attendance was his version of the “secret to life,” “do what’s easy.” That’s not to say he didn’t impress upon the audience the importance of hard work. He discussed how he chose his educational path, computer science. He noted how he liked the homework, and so that was the career path he chose to pursue. Because he chose a field that interested him, his 16-hour work days don’t seem so long.   


The college hopes to be able to offer this event again in the future to students.




MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 


YouVisit Campus Virtually With New Online Tour Experience

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 22:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2014) — The University of Kentucky is proud to the launch two brand new virtual tours — one of the main campus and one of residence halls — through the YouVisit platform. The YouVisit tours provide both prospective undergraduate and graduate students an up-close and engaging view of the university.


"Our community is continuously becoming a more diverse, global society," Kelley Bozeman, marketing director, said. "We wanted to give students from across the Commonwealth, country and world a way to experience our campus, even if they are unable to travel to Lexington."


This project was a collaborative project between the UK Office of Public Relations and Marketing and Enrollment Management.


The online tours simulate an actual campus tour. Each of the tours is led by a campus tour guide who narrates the visitor through the tour much like they do on a campus visit. Cassidy and Arayo, both UK Visitor Center tour guides, take visitors to the site on a tour of campus and residence halls, describing each tour stop and giving fun information about UK, academics and campus services along the way.


The main campus tour guides you through the campus, Rupp Arena and Downtown Lexington, the Arboretum and Keeneland. The second tour gives you a personal view of the many residence halls on campus.


"We felt it was important to include parts of Lexington with the campus tour," Bozeman said. "Lexington is a great college town and is part of what makes UK so special. We selected a few locations to highlight that are favorites of our students."


Viewers are able to watch videos and view 360-degree panoramic shots that connect to each stop to give them an even more exclusive look at the university. The website also provides text-only subtitles for each stop of the tour. Interested students can also schedule a campus tour and apply to the university from the site.


"We know that students spend a lot of time online researching prospective institutions," Bozeman said. "YouVisit allows students to check out UK as they are researching schools and gives them a great sampling of what our campus is like. We also anticipate students using the site to review campus as they make their final college decisions. The University of Kentucky is an amazing place to spend your collegiate years and we're excited to offer YouVisit as another tool to help in the college selection process."


The online virtual tours provide translations in both Spanish and Mandarin to accommodate  interested international students. They are also mobile-friendly and work on any mobile device including smartphones and tablets. The tours will be able to help keep prospective students informed and aware of the many new innovations going on at UK.


"The tour will be updated on a yearly basis, but we will continuously add supplemental photos and videos to the site," Bozeman said.


The YouVisit tour platform, along with and, are innovative ways that the University of Kentucky is utilizing to share our "see blue." story with prospective students.


"Visiting, our YouVisit campus tour and, along with following our social media accounts, should give a prospective student a good idea of what life would be like as a Wildcat," Bozeman said.


View the University of Kentucky virtual tour at the YouVisit website at


Let us share our "see blue." story with you. Connect with "see blue." on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Visit to see why our students, faculty, staff and alumni love being a Wildcat.


Share your UK experiences with us using #seeblue.



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

Information Sessions Available on STEM, Summer Research, Environmental Service Opportunities

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is offering three information sessions about awards, scholarships, fellowships and internships during the month of November. Students pursuing undergraduate studies in STEM fields; wanting summer research opportunities; or looking for opportunities related to the environment, should plan to attend.


Nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships are awards that are funded by sources independent of UK. These sources include non-profit groups, government agencies and companies. Criteria for scholarships vary but generally include academic performance, financial need, community affiliations and specific attributes important to the sponsoring organization


The first information session will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 213 Funkhouser Building. Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, Pat Whitlow, is holding a session titled STEM Scholarships for Undergraduate Study. This session will focus on the Astronaut Scholarship and the Goldwater Scholarship. The Astronaut Scholarship recognizes sophomores and juniors in engineering, natural or applied science, or mathematics fields who intend to pursue research or advance their field upon completion of their final degrees. The Goldwater Scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition for sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in engineering, natural or applied science, or mathematics fields. Students intending to pursue a practice in professional medicine are not eligible for these awards.


The second information session, Summer Research Opportunities, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 213 Funkhouser Building. Whitlow will provide more information about funding opportunities to pursue research during the summer months.  The session will focus on three potential opportunities. Specifically, this session will focus on the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates, Amgen Scholars, and UK Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Research Grants. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates funds student research at sites across the U.S. Each student applies for a specific research project in an area funded by the NSF where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers at that site. The Amgen Scholars Program provides financial support and a hands-on research experience at a participating university for undergraduates in science and biotechnology. UK Office of Undergraduate Research provides Summer Research Grants to enable students in any discipline to conduct research at the lab of their choice during the summer.


The third information session is titled Environmental Opportunities and will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 213 Funkhouser Building. At this program, Whitlow will discuss funding opportunities related to the environment. The Udall Scholarship awards sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated a commitment to careers related to the environment.


Space is limited for all of the November information sessions. Students interested in attending should register at If you have questions contact Jennifer N. Strange at


Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.




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

Q&A With Mary Sue Coleman, Next "see tomorrow." Speaker

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2014) The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series will continue on Thursday with Mary Sue Coleman, former University of Kentucky faculty member and former president of the University of Michigan.


Coleman will address the UK community at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Lexmark Public Room of the Main Building.


Mary Sue Coleman led the University of Michigan as its 13th president from August 2002 until she retired in June 2014.


As president, she developed numerous large initiatives that impacted the community, the campus, and future generations of students. These initiatives included enhancing interdisciplinary richness of university, strengthening student residential life, bolstering the economic vitality of the state and nation, increasing the university's global engagement, and encouraging innovation and creativity.


TIME magazine has named Coleman one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents,” and the American Council on Education has honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award.


In anticipation of her presentation, UKNow asked Coleman the following questions.


1.    What do you plan to discuss in your presentation on the UK campus?


I will talk about the need for America’s universities to be more innovative and entrepreneurial. We are doing great work teaching these values and talents to our students, and I believe we, as institutions, should be just as innovative. The principles we teach students about entrepreneurship are exactly the same principles all of higher education needs to navigate in today’s turbulent waters.


I also plan to leave time for conversation with the audience. I’m eager to hear what is working well at UK and how we can learn from each other.


2.    You were president of one of America’s leading public research universities and have served in senior leadership roles at a number of institutions. How has the role of the presidency changed over time in your judgment?


I see the job of university president becoming more and more challenging. With the extensive reductions in aid from the federal and state governments, coupled with absolute need for higher education to control costs and keep tuition affordable, presidents must be very disciplined and very creative. An educated citizenry matters, and we must do whatever it takes to keep college affordable, accessible and excellent.


Today’s president must be a leader with a talented executive team and a commitment to working with those in business, government and philanthropic circles.  And, more than anything, a president must be dedicated to an exceptional education for students.


3.    What do you think are the most significant challenges confronting higher education, particularly public research institutions?


We are threatened by shrinking financial support from our federal and state governments. And threatened by waning public confidence and those skeptical of our value and our contributions. There is a compact between American society and public higher education that cannot be found anywhere else. I truly believe it is one of the great achievements of our nation. But that compact is frayed and it must be strengthened.  It is frayed because of a divestment in public higher education that threatens our future — threatens it as much as climate change.


4.    With those challenges, what do you think are the prospects for the future?


I am an eternal optimist. No other nation has a system of higher education like ours, and students from around the world continue to seek out an American education. When Congress passed the Morrill Act of 1862, establishing land-grant universities like the University of Kentucky, it launched a public education movement that is a crown jewel of our country and the envy of the world. But to remain so, we as a society must make higher education — and in particular, public higher education — a national priority.


The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the University Senate and the Office of the Provost.   MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365;

UK Honors Program Brings the World of 'Harry Potter' to Life

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 10:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2014) — After an October full of spells, potions and wizardry, University of Kentucky Honors Program students celebrated Halloween at a Yule Ball last night, straight from the world of Harry Potter himself.


The ball was a culmination of Harry Potter Month, a series of events sponsored by the Honors Program and the residence halls Central I and II.  Now in its third year, the themed month has proven to be quite popular with Honors students, with 94 percent of those living in the Honors residence hall participating in events last year. This year's numbers appear just as high, with nearly 600 students participating.


Jillian Faith, resident director of Central Hall, originally came up with the idea of Harry Potter Month, and has worked with the students to implement it for last three years at UK.


"It’s something they grew up with — and they just own it," Faith said. "Before this generation there was 'Star Wars' or 'Lord of the Rings,' and this group happens to love 'Harry Potter.'  And so we just capitalized on that. It works really well with the Honors Program and our student population because we can put an academic spin on it - it fits all the criteria that we would want."


The idea behind the month of activities is community building — encouraging students to get to know those in their residence hall and within the Honors Program better. Throughout October, students participate in a variety of Potter-themed events, such as a trip to Hogsmeade (the farmer's market), a workshop in "potions" (a study session for Chemistry 105 and 107) and social events like a house-sorting ceremony, among many others.


The program also works with faculty from across campus to offer an array of learning experiences that tie back to the theme.  For example, Rita Picklesimer, a dance instructor in the UK College of Education's Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, attended the Yule Ball to teach the students the waltz dance from the movie.


"When we tell faculty it’s part of Harry Potter month, they’re usually very excited to take part in it," Faith said.


While the students all go crazy for "Harry Potter," it's not the only month of activities the program offers.  Every month centers on a timely theme. For example, November and December will offer opportunities for students to learn about community service.


Heather Carpenter, advisor and co-curricular programmer in Honors, said these themed activities get students excited and make them feel more at home within the residence hall.


"We had 98 students return this year that lived in Central last year," Carpenter said. "I think if you provide them with programming that is both interesting and fun — and also ties to their academics — then you can increase retention."


Elementary education junior Colleen Kochensparger is "very much a "Harry Potter" fan, and was in attendance at last night's ball. 


"I know a lot of the people in the Honors residence hall are fans, and I think this is a good community where you can be unashamedly passionate about nerdy things like 'Harry Potter,'" she said. "I was sorted into Gryffindor for the month, so in order to earn points we had to get with other people who were also sorted into our house. We went to programs with them and made videos about the importance of our house. It was very fun and a way to meet new people in our residence hall."


Faith said the month's programming is student-led, with residence advisors and peer mentors coming up with most of the ideas.


"I think that is what really helps get all of these students involved — the RAs and peer mentors befriend the students and are able to reach all four corners of the hall,” she said.


Samuel Burkhardt, an animal science junior, has served as a peer mentor in the program for that past two years.  He believes creating smaller programs of this nature within the university helps students acclimate more to the campus community.


"The first few months you're on campus can be really stressful if you come from a small school background like I did," Burkhardt said. "The peer mentors' roles are to create programs to help students get to know each other better. Harry Potter Month brings a great theme into the programs because I feel like everyone in Honors loves Harry Potter — it’s what we grew up with as kids. It's a really special event for a lot of people."


Carpenter thinks the world of "Harry Potter" resonates particularly well for Honors students.


"There is something special about the notion of 'I am like a wizard because I’m curious and I'm an enthusiastic learner.' Maybe they come from a high school where that's not so cool, but here it is. Everyone is an active engaged learner — and that's kind of what Hogwarts is like — everyone is passionate about learning magic."


The Honors Program is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

Ag's Atkinson Receives National Guard Award

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2014) — The National Guard Bureau recently honored a staff member of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment for his impact on the state’s military youth and youth programs.


Tyrone Atkinson, program coordinator for Operation Military Kids at UK, received the Youth Development Volunteer Award from bureau chief Gen. Frank Grass at the National Volunteer Workshop in Oklahoma. Cindy Culver of the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort nominated Atkinson.


“Words cannot describe Tyrone’s passion and compassion for military kids and families,” said Culver, lead child and youth programs coordinator for the Cognitive Professional Services Company, a Kentucky National Guard contractor. “There’s never a request too large or small for Tyrone to handle, and he has shown great dependability and enthusiasm for his career and those he serves.”


Since 2009, Atkinson, a 2007 UKAg graduate from Louisville, has managed the day-to-day operations of UK’s Operation Military Kids contract with family and consumer sciences extension. He regularly collaborates with the military personnel to provide enriching programs to National Guard and Active Duty youth and families. In addition, he trains civilians on ways they can build a stronger community capacity to support military families, especially those facing or just returning from a deployment. Through several Department of Defense family and adventure camps, Atkinson and colleagues help military families reconnect after a deployment.


"We couldn't be more proud of Tyrone,” said Kerri Ashurst, senior extension specialist in UK family and consumer sciences extension and director of the Operation Military Kids contract. “He gives so much of himself to our Kentucky military families. His passion is working to strengthen families, and it shows through in everything he does in his work with the military. He is so very deserving of this award.”




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