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PTS Expanding High Street Employee Lot This Summer

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2016) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) will be increasing the number of spaces in the employee parking lot located at the corner of E. High Street and S. Martin Luther King Boulevard. The expansion project is scheduled for summer 2016.


Currently, the High Street Lot has 81 parking spaces. PTS anticipates the addition of 77 new spaces — nearly doubling the parking capacity.


The expansion of the High Street Lot will provide proximate parking for North Campus employees, including those who work at UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital and the Kentucky Utilities building.


Parking in the High Street Lot may be impacted during the expansion. However, construction will occur during the summer, when parking demand is decreased and permit holders experience more flexibility in student parking areas. Details regarding construction impacts will be communicated accordingly.


The project is slated to be complete before the start of the 2016 fall semester.



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Singletary Center Lot Unavailable April 6

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 08:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2016) — The Singletary Center for the Arts E lot (located off Patterson Drive) will be unavailable for general parking Wednesday, April 6, due to facilitate set-up and staging for the Halestorm concert. The lot has 33 spaces.


Members of the University community with valid E permits who normally park their vehicles in this lot may park in other E lots on campus. E lots in the vicinity include the Linden Walk Lot, the King Alumni Lot, the Career Center Lot, the Coliseum Lot and the College View Lot. Go to to view a campus parking map.

UK Nursing Alumnus Delivers Second Edition of the Nursing Leadership Lecture Series

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 17:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2016) — University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Dean Juliann Sebastian, a graduate and former assistant dean of the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, will deliver the Sexton Weaver Lectureship as part of the spring Nursing Leadership Lecture Series on Friday, April 8 at noon in the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.


The three-part lecture series brings national leaders in the nursing profession to UK for discussions about the role of nursing in an evolving health care environment. The series is designed to cultivate the next generation of nursing leaders in health administration, academics, research and patient care.


Sebastian’s lecture is titled, “Leadership: Big Challenges, Big Opportunities.” The free lecture is open to UK College of Nursing students and faculty and UK HealthCare nursing staff and employees.


Sebastian earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UK College of Nursing and a master’s in business administration from the UK Gatton College of Business. She was appointed dean of the University of Nebraska College of Nursing in 2011. Prior to her current position, she served as dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and as the assistant dean of advanced practice nursing at the UK College of Nursing. Her areas of expertise include organization of care delivery systems, care for underserved populations, academic nursing practice, nurse-managed health centers and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program curricula.


The lecture series is coordinated in partnership by the UK College of Nursing and UK HealthCare.


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UK Observing National Student-Athlete Day Throughout April

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2016) — Hundreds of events around the nation in the coming days and weeks will mark the 29th annual National Student-Athlete Day, including activities sponsored by the University of Kentucky. Governor Matt Bevin also has issued a proclamation recognizing April 6, 2016, as National Student-Athlete Day in the state of Kentucky. UK Athletics will launch a series of events to mark the occasion:


· UK student-athletes will be participating in several mentor programs at various Fayette County elementary schools throughout the month of April.


· A public service announcement featuring UK student-athletes, head coaches and administrators will air on local news stations beginning in the month of April and will continue throughout the summer.     


· On April 27, a student-athlete appreciation table will be set up at the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS). 


National Student-Athlete Day honors student-athletes and the network of parents, coaches, teachers and school systems that make it possible for young people to strike a balance between academic and athletic achievement and who use sport as a vehicle for positive social change. The day, established by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports, is co-sponsored by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and Northeastern University's Center for Sport in Society.


President Barack Obama has saluted those involved in National Student-Athlete Day activities. In an open letter acknowledging the day, he wrote, "A healthy balance between sports and academics is essential to ensuring that our students are prepared for the challenges of the future."


More information about National Student-Athlete Day is available at



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Cowboy Up for a Cure 3rd Annual Rodeo Rides Into Alltech Arena

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2016) — The Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo, hosted by the University of Kentucky Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, FarmHouse fraternity and the UK Club Rodeo team, will take its third ride at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9.


Gates open at 6 p.m. with a variety of activities planned for the whole family. WBUL will be providing live entertainment while families can visit the inflatable village, face painting booths, roping and riding demonstrations and any one of the other 15 vendor sponsors. This event is open to the public and all proceeds will benefit Cowboy Up for a Cure Inc.


“We’re hoping that by bringing central Kentuckians together for a night of rodeo fun we can raise awareness and funding for kids who are facing the fight of their lives,” Rebecca Shryock, founder of Cowboy Up for a Cure Inc., said.


Award-winning, professional rodeo entertainment will be provided again this year by 3 Bar J Rodeo of Union City, Indiana. The event will offer live rodeo entertainment, featuring tie-down roping, saddle-bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping, bull riding and a greased pig competition. Kids will also be able to join in on the fun by participating in a boot race.


Proceeds raised at the rodeo will enable Cowboy Up for a Cure Inc. to fund rehabilitative programs for children seeking treatment for pediatric cancer at the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic. For the second year, Cowboy Up was able to make a generous gift of $50,000 to support the new Providing Assistance With School (PAWS) program. PAWS, a program that started August 2014, lives in the DanceBlue Clinic and benefits families needing assistance with education during a child's cancer treatment.


"It amazes me to see how much Cowboy Up has affected this community in such a short time," Ben Taylor, Cowboy Up for a Cure Rodeo chairman, said. "The expansion from year one to now is amazing and has to be completely credited to Rebecca, founder of the organization, and everyone on her board. They really are the stars behind this."


The rodeo is sponsored by Frank Shoop of Georgetown and presented by Alpha Gamma Delta, Farmhouse fraternity and the UK Rodeo Team. 


Tickets are on sale now through April 8 at the Cowboy Up for a Cure website or may be purchased at the event. Cost is $15 per person with children 5 years of age and younger admitted free of charge.


For more information, visit the Cowboy Up for a Cure Inc. website or the rodeo Facebook event page.



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Lawn Mower Clinic Helps the Community and UKAg Students

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2016) — The sound of lawn mowers already is filling the spring air, but some may not be in optimum condition. Students in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering will host their annual Lawn Mower Clinic this Thursday, April 7, through Sunday, April 10, to sharpen mower blades and their skills.


Blade sharpening isn’t the only service included for the fee of $35. Students will also change the oil, clean and gap spark plugs, thoroughly clean the mower including the air filter, and drain the fuel system. New spark plugs will cost an additional $5.


The goal for the clinic is to provide preventative maintenance for the upcoming season. Students are not able to offer repair services for broken machines. Organizers can only accept a limited number of mowers, so reservations are a must.


To reserve a spot, email or call 859-218-4329 and make sure to include name, phone number, make and model of mower, drop-off date and whether the mower needs a new spark plug.


Participants should bring their mowers to the Agriculture Machinery Research Laboratory machine shop on Stadium View off College Way and Alumni Drive in Lexington between 5 and 7:30 p.m. EDT, April 7 or 8. Pick up is between 8 a.m. and noon Sunday, April 10. Owners may be able to pick up their mower on Saturday (April 9), provided it is ready.


Clinic organizers are not able to accept reel mowers, garden tractors or riding mowers, and all machines must be operational.


Because of the difficulties of servicing Honda mowers, those machines will cost an additional $10 to offset the additional time and effort to adequately service them.


A portion of the service fees will go to the Larry W. Turner Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for first-generation college students.



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UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health Hosts Academic Advising Summit

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 14:20

Hazard, Ky. (April 5, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH) Student Services Office held an Academic Advising Summit on March 4 in Hazard.  The summit was attended by advisors, administrators, and counselors from several Kentucky Community and Technical College System campuses and the University Center of the Mountains.  The interactive summit, which also included a student panel, focused on opportunities for successful transfer of students into bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs available at UK’s Hazard campus.


The advising summit included a tour of UK’s Hazard campus, where more than 900 students have earned health care degrees since the UK CERH was established in 1990.  Presentations by UK advisors and a breakout session to discuss how to overcome transfer barriers for rural southeastern Kentucky students were also included in the summit.


"Health care workforce development to alleviate health professions shortages in rural communities is a large part of our mission here at the UK CERH,” said Fran Feltner, UK CERH director. 


“Having strong relationships with academic partners that enable seamless transfer experiences for rural Kentucky students is vital to our mission,” she said.


“Such relationships help boost awareness of the degree opportunities UK is providing in easterm Kentucky and create networks of people who can help students overcome obstacles that might otherwise prevent them from successfully transferring,” said LeeAnn Helton, student services director for UK’s Hazard campus.


More than 100 students are currently pursuing degrees at UK’s Hazard Campus.  Degrees available include Bachelor of Health Sciences in Medical Laboratory Science; Bachelor of Arts in Social Work; Master of Social Work; Doctor of Physical Therapy; and a Family Medicine Residency. 


For additional information about UK CERH academic programs please visit or call toll-free 1-855-859-2374.  Tours are available by appointment.



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A Day in the Life of a UK Student: April 5, 1912

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 14:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 193rd diary entry from April 5, 1912, recalls a day McClure is excused from classes to go home to Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, as long as she brings the professor an Easter egg.


April 5th. Skip Prof. Noe's class, (he excused me on the condition that I bring him an Easter egg), excuse my German class and go home. Like my new sailor fine.



More on Virginia Clay McClure


Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.


The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.


Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish. 


McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.


The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.


McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.


The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.


This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.



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Student Government Association Announces Spring Forum

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 13:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Student Government Association welcomes all students to attend the 2016 Spring Forum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Gatton College's auditorum, room B&E 111.


The annual forum aims to create an insightful dialogue between UK students and the administration. President Eli Capilouto, Provost Tim Tracy and Dean Victor Hazard will be in attendance to answer questions.


Noel Ekman, chairman of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee for SGA, hopes students will seize the opportunity to communicate directly with administration.


“Our university is going through tremendous change currently, and there are a multitude of questions that students have for our leadership,” said Ekman. “This forum will provide the opportunity for healthy conversation, which can certainly lead to administrative action.”


The forum will be run in a Q&A format with a moderator. Students are encouraged to submit their questions and ideas by April 11 on the Google Form provided by UKSGA. The link can be found here.


Students in attendance will have an opportunity to win and iPad and the student organization with the highest percentage of members in attendance will win $500 for their organization.


For any additional information or questions about the Spring Forum, please contact ASA Chair Noel Ekman via email at



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UK Strategic Plan Focuses On Enhancing Diversity and Inclusivity

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 13:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2016) – As outlined in the strategic plan, the University of Kentucky is working to enhance the diversity and inclusivity of the university community through recruitment and retention of an increasingly diverse population of faculty, administrators, staff and students.


By implementing initiatives that provide rich diversity-related experiences for all, UK hopes to ensure success in an interconnected world.


That vision — and how the university will measure its progress — is outlined in detail in UK's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. The plan was endorsed by the UK Board of Trustees in October 2015, and it outlines five strategic areas where the university needs to continue building upon its progress of the last several years to meet its ambitious aspirations.


The university’s progress in diversity and inclusion is an essential component to that plan.


“The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan in its entirety recognizes the educational benefit of diversity and inclusion throughout every strategic objective. We must now consistently demonstrate by our actions the compelling interest in diversity and a community of inclusion, and work to attain continuous improvement in all metrics that assess annual progress,” said Terry Allen, interim vice president for institutional diversity.


Some recent initiatives within the Office for Institutional Diversity include:

  • The expansion of the mission of Health Colleges Student Diversity Services to cover all graduate and professional programs on campus
  • Working with the Office for Faculty Advancement to assess the support of the university for diverse faculty populations
  • Working with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education to develop a new university policy which will result in a university diversity plan
  • Increased programming funding for organizations within the Office for Institutional Diversity


Specifically, the 2015-2020 plan outlines three strategic initiatives regarding diversity and inclusion:

  • Foster a diverse community of engaged students
  • Improve workforce diversity and inclusion
  • Engage diverse worldviews and perspectives by increasing awareness of diversity and by communications across campus that address these issues

An environment that includes people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives will only be achieved by working collaboratively to create a community of openness and acceptance for all of students, faculty, and staff, Allen said.


Leading UK’s efforts to become a more diverse and inclusive community is the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID). The OID strives to promote campuswide diversity initiatives – empowering colleges, schools, major units and student-led organizations to develop their own programs and strategies.


The OID houses five units that will continue to lead the way to a more diverse and inclusive campus. These units include the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES), Health Colleges Student Diversity Services (HCSDS), the Office of LGTBTQ* Resources, the Martin Luther King Center and Student Support Services (SSS).


CARES provides a comprehensive academic support system as well as enrichment services to aid in increasing the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students.


Similarly, HCSDS is committed to the recruitment, support and professional development of underrepresented students in the professional health care programs of dentistry, health sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health.


The Office of LGBTQ* Resources is the central hub for accessing information, groups and services related to diverse sexualities and gender identities. The office also seeks to connect and collaborate with LGBTQ* community groups and friends across the Lexington and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


The Martin Luther King Center exists to foster intercultural competence, promote respect and passion for the pursuit of quality education, and to help prepare students for productive and responsible engagement in a global society.


Lastly, Student Support Services provides a holistic approach to working with students designed to aid in retention and graduation of students who are first generation, low income or have a documented disability.


Allen said he works closely – and in a spirit of collaboration – with each unit to implement ideas, collaborate on outreach and recruitment efforts, and to enhance student retention and achievement.


It is pivotal to combine the voices, views and perspectives of everyone on campus to ensure a more diverse and inclusive climate through initiatives that are comprehensive and consensus-driven, he said.


“It is the responsibility of everyone to demonstrate mutual respect and human value, to work collaboratively, to make decisions based on merit in everything we do, and hold individuals accountable for their actions,” Allen said. “Only then can you say the University of Kentucky is truly a diverse and inclusive institution.”


The strategic plan in full can be read here.


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UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Excels at Recent National Conference

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 09:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2016) - Two researchers from the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging won awards at the National Charleston Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (CCAD) earlier this month.


Ai-Ling Lin, Ph.D., and Jose Abisambra, Ph.D., were two of 15 researchers selected from high-caliber institutions such as Harvard, Mount Sinai and New York University to attend the conference based on the quality and originality of their research. 


Of the four awards presented, Sanders-Brown researchers were awarded two.


Lin was one of three recipients who received the $50,000 New Vision Award. She will use the award money to further her research into the effects of diet on healthy brain aging and ultimately hopes to shape specialized treatments for age-related brain diseases based on a patient's genetic background.


Abisambra was elected by other conference attendees to receive the George Bartzokis Travel Stipend Award for his "outside-the-box" thinking. Abisambra is currently researching how changes in protein synthesis give rise to a class of dementias called tauopathies.


The CCAD focuses on creating an environment for constructive criticism and cross-field collaboration among young scientists involved in Alzheimer's research, and to identify and fund promising theories to help compensate for the lack of funding in Alzheimer's research.


"The fact that Sanders-Brown received two of the four awards from this conference with some prestigious competition is an apt reflection of the quality work being produced by Ai-Ling, Joe and other researchers here," said Linda Van Eldik, Ph.D., director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. "This new generation of bright minds is making important insights into the mechanisms underlying age-related dementias." 


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The Facts About Addiction Disorders

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 19:22

This column appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Sunday, April 3, 2016.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2016)  With 23 to 25 million Americans struggling with an addiction disorder, every person in the country is impacted by this illness. Addiction can affect anyone, regardless of ethnicity, gender, level of education or socioeconomic status.


Misinformation surrounding mental illness, especially addiction, makes treatment more confusing and the process more overwhelming. Dispelling myths about addiction and treatment can reduce the stigma associated with the illness and encourage more people to seek help.


MYTH:  Addiction is a moral issue that is caused by a lack of self-control.

FACT:  Addiction is an illness, like diabetes; both diseases are chronic illnesses that require lifelong treatment. Individuals can have a genetic predisposition for an addiction disorder, which interacts with the environment and can lead to addiction. Addiction causes a physiological change in the brain's limbic system due to the release of dopamine,a pleasure hormone, and its long-term effects on dopamine receptors in the brain. After long term use of substances, like alcohol, dopamine receptors become less receptive to dopamine and negative reinforcement, in the form of withdrawal, makes quitting difficult.


MYTH: The best way to overcome addiction is to quit "cold turkey."

FACT: The "best" treatment for a patient depends on the individual. Common treatment methods include peer supports groups (Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous), individual counseling and medication assisted treatment.


Peer support groups are "dose dependent," the more an individual goes the more effective the treatment is. Individual counseling can be effective for those with a dual diagnosis, when an individual has both a Psychiatric and addiction disorder. Medication assisted treatment has proven effective in the treatment of alcoholism and opioid addiction. We are currently conducting research to find a similar treatment for cocaine addiction. Access to treatment options is important for combatting addiction. Just 2-2.5 million of the 23-25 million people who suffer with addiction receive treatment.


MYTH: Addiction shouldn't be talked about, even with family members.

FACT: In the same way families discuss a history of heart disease, stroke or cancer they should discuss mental health. Addiction is a genetic disorder, meaning it can be inherited. The children of parents with addiction disorders have a 50 percent chance of developing an addiction disorder themselves. This information increases awareness to the fact an individual is predisposed to addiction, even if they are recreational or social users.


Education is key to increasing recovery rates. Teaching teens, and those in recovery, to respond in situations where substances may be offered is the most effective means of curbing addiction. Understanding addiction disorders allows us to understand the experiences of others and support those we may know who may be struggling.


Dr. Michael Kindred is a Fellow in Addiction Medicine at the University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry. 


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'Frankfort Focus' Teaches Students, Public How a Bill Becomes Law

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 17:31


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2016) — Students in Stephen Voss’ "PS 476: Legislative Process" course helped craft a watchdog class project to follow legislation through the Kentucky State Legislature.


Voss, University of Kentucky associate professor of political science and a frequent media analyst and commentator on state and national politics, proposed “Frankfort Focus” to engage his students in the day-in, day-out workings of a state government.


The course enrolls a mixture of students. About a third of his "PS 476" students are part of the Kentucky Legislative Internship Program (KLIP) and in Frankfort three days a week while the legislature is in session. The UK Department of Political Science conducts a Kentucky Legislative Internship Program every spring semester in even-numbered years, to take advantage of the Commonwealth's longer legislative sessions. This comprehensive legislative boot camp can serve as the culminating experience of a political science major's studies, or it can be a great launching point for students earlier in their academic careers who intend to continue their study of the political process or to go on to additional political work on the national level. The remaining students are majoring in either political science or related fields. A team-based assignment reconciled the course's mixed mission of serving both types of student.


He divided his aspiring young politicos into seven teams, based on their public policy interests in sweeping topics such as state and local governments, health and welfare, and transportation and natural resources. Each team was instructed to monitor the progress of legislation in their policy area and to report on major developments, such as significant amendments or key votes, and to explain the main policy and political dynamics behind the bills.


The students themselves suggested how they wanted to report the information to each other and to the public; they chose to use social media, specifically


Voss said he ”let them decide our approach as much as possible. Some of their decision making followed parliamentary procedures as though they were a legislative body, with one of the students serving as chair of the meeting."


”The Frankfort Focus" wiki on Kentucky legislation can be found at


“A bill-tracking project permits the students to learn from each other, but they can work together flexibly to accommodate such differing schedules,” Voss said. “Also, I thought the students would take special satisfaction from their course work if it had a greater purpose. Some of the students have made it clear to me that they take pride in producing a body of knowledge that will outlast the class and possibly help researchers later.”


The professor and his students perceived a void in information about the state's legislative process. While a legislative session is underway, citizens basically have to choose between relying on the media to learn what's happening or digging into really detailed, ponderous websites that assume users have inside information.


“Also, the information tends to emerge in bits and pieces, strung out across time,” Voss said. “So when a session ends, there's little overview of what happened in general or in specific policy areas. The wiki our students are creating has a different audience in mind, not the people who want to know now what's happening on a day-to-day basis, but those who might want to come back later and learn about this spring's policy-making activities.”


Voss intends to keep building "Frankfort Focus" in the fall by adding a portion about Kentucky elections for students in his "PS 472: Political Campaigns and Elections" course.


Currently a Kentucky Senate intern, UK sophomore Patrick Mason aspires to a civil service or government career and took the course to “become familiar with the mechanics behind the passage of statutes, especially in Kentucky.”


“We chose to use a wiki format because it is conducive to continual changes and updates. Something new is always happening in government — a new issue or a new bill can change everything. We were really excited to have a way to work together as a class to cover the entire session of bills and to allow for that to be continued in the future,”the Middlesboro, Kentucky, native said.


Mason’s goal is “to see people more engaged in what happens in Frankfort. Whether citizens realize it or not, the state government has a lot of direct influence over our daily lives. We ought to pay more attention to their work going forward. This website is part of that philosophy of engaging voters for what they need to know.”


Unlike most KLIP participants, political science junior Mary-Grace Luscher of Stanford, Kentucky, works with Kentucky River Resources LLC, a lobbying group rather than a legislator during her days in Frankfort.


Luscher, who plans to attend law school with hopes of continuing her lobbying career in Kentucky, said, “I learned what it takes to move legislation through the chambers. There is a lot more behind-the-scenes action than most people believe.


“The wiki breaks down legislation easily and also links to other aspects of the process, like who sponsored a bill. These tasks would usually require more than one website for this information since it is not directly linked. But the bill pages on the wiki provide insight into the legislation, such as related news articles and a summary describes the bill and amendments in layman's terms,” Luscher said.


“I believe that the wiki will become more useful as more pages are added,” she said. “It was not the easiest task uploading the information on the wiki, but now that there are templates in place, it is easier to add information. I also believe now that the session is coming to a close, more outside information is available that can be added to the site.”


A native of Springfield, Illinois, political science senior Stephanie Obieroma was a very active KLIP member of the health and welfare team. She said her experience as an intern “’made me aware of how the legislative process works.”


While interning for Sen. Gerald Neal and Rep. George Brown Jr., Obieroma attended meetings with her legislators’ constituents, discussed how issues might impact the next generation, and debated jury duty in accordance to race with Chief Justice John Minton.


“I have learned there is a lot that goes on behind-the-scenes that the general public does not know in terms of political strategy and what bills to consider,” Obieroma said. “I have gained a wealth of insight … in terms of bills and how leadership functions. This experience has given me insight into the real world of politics on a state level."


One insight Obieroma gained is that legislators must work to find a balance between loyalty to their political party and loyalt to their personal beliefs. 


"Neither one has to be compromised for the sake of politics," she said. "You have to stand your ground on certain issues and to toe the party line on others."


For more information about the UK students’ Wiki site, visit, and .



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Confucius Institute Offers Scholarships to UK Graduate, Undergraduate Students

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2016) — Applications are now being accepted for 2016 student scholarships presented by the University of Kentucky’s Confucius Institute (UKCI). These scholarships provide UK students with financial support toward international and domestic travel for China-related conferences, research and study.


UKCI is helping fund opportunities for UK students pursuing China-focused academic endeavors through two scholarships — Graduate Student Research Scholarships and Undergraduate Travel Scholarships. Graduate Student Research Scholarships will provide up to $1,500 per grant to support UK graduate student China-related research, including trips to conferences. Undergraduate Student Travel Scholarships will provide up to $1,000 per grant to support travel to China with UK’s Education Abroad office.


"Supporting UK student success is one of the priorities of the UKCI mission. We are pleased that we are able to help support UK students," said Huajing Maske, director of the UK Confucius Institute and executive director of the Office of China Initiatives.


Students can only be awarded one category of UKCI scholarship each academic year. Applicants must be full-time students at the University of Kentucky. Grants cannot be deferred. The scholarship funds are unrestricted, but must be used in accordance with standard UK funding policies.


Graduate Student Research Scholarship


Submission requirements for the Graduate Student Research Scholarship will include a completed application found here. Additional requirements include submission of a curriculum vitae, as well as a proposal narrative that should be no more than two pages, single-spaced, 12 pt. font. Proposals should include a description of the overall research project and the timeline for its completion as well as the following:

· an explanation of what the research project is about,

· its central research question(s), and

· the significance of the research. 

An outline of the projects’ relationship to relevant literature may also be included.


If scholarship funding is sought for conducting research, applicants must include a brief description of the specific research activity to be supported by the grant, including the methods and modes of analysis to be employed and the need, if travel funds are requested, to travel to specific locations.


If funding sought is for attendance at a conference, applicants must explain the nature of the conference and why attendance will further the applicant’s research project.


Undergraduate Travel Scholarship


Submission requirements for the Undergraduate Travel Scholarship will include a completed application found here. In addition, applicants should submit a proposal narrative that should be no more than two pages, single-spaced, 12 pt. font, with a description of the purpose of the trip and a timeline of activity, as well as the following:

· the relevance of the proposed trip to the student’s course of study,

· information on the understanding, knowledge or improvement that is expected to result from the proposed trip, and

· the relevance of the proposed trip to the applicant’s career plans.


Proposals for both the graduate and undergraduate scholarships should include information on the knowledge of, or improvement regarding, things Chinese that is expected to result from the proposed research/conference/field trip/development and academic success. All proposals must also be supported by a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor or director of graduate studies explaining how the proposed activity contributes to the development of his or her research and China-related knowledge. Applicants must clearly propose how funds would be used and any other sources of funding.


Deadlines for both the graduate and undergraduate 2016 scholarship proposals is April 15. The UKCI Steering Committee’s Scholarship Sub-committee will evaluate all proposals and announce the final awards by April 30.


Any additional questions regarding the UKCI Scholarships should be directed to Huajing Maske at  


A gateway for Chinese language, culture and art to the people of Kentucky, UK Confucius Institute provides leadership, support and coordination for Chinese language and programs in K-12 schools as well as on UK's campus; assists and facilitates establishing and maintaining faculty and student exchanges between UK colleges and Chinese universities; conducts Chinese language and cultural exchange; and promotes education about China on campus, across the Bluegrass region, and throughout the Commonwealth. To keep up with UK Confucius Institute and future events, join the institute's listerv and follow them on FacebookTwitter and Snapchat (UKConfucius).



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2016 Sullivan Awards to be Presented Tonight

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 15:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2016) — Three wonderful role models who live out the ideals of humanitarian service will be honored tonight at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the University of Kentucky campus as they receive the 2016 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallions.


Caroline Engle is the senior woman recipient. Jason Schubert is the senior man honoree. And, community activist and volunteer Tanya Torp is the citizen recipient. A campus committee evaluates nominations and makes the final selections.


Engle will be receiving two degrees from UK's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in May — a bachelor's degree in natural resources and environmental science with a concentration in economic policy and climate science, and a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics. Beyond her heavy academic load, where she maintains a 3.94 GPA, Engle's service to UK in the last four years includes serving as director of operations for the Student Sustainability Council, president of Greenthumb, student representative on the Presidential Sustainability Advisory Committee, and Student Government senator-at-large.

On the statewide front, Engle is a member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and served as summer program director for the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition, which trained 30 Kentuckians in organizing skills for environmental change.

Her impact goes well beyond the borders of Kentucky, having been elected as national chair of the Sierra Student Coalition. In this role, Engle serves the youth arm of the Sierra Club through a strategic planning process, while overseeing a national clean energy campaign, training program, and international program. On two occasions, once in Lima, Peru and the other in Paris, France, she served as a youth delegate at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change where she lobbied the U.S. State Department and high-ranking administration officials for increased climate action.

Back closer to home, Engle has been active in Reforest the Bluegrass and UK’s Pick-It-Up trash removal campaign to name just a few other volunteer activities.

Schubert currently serves as executive director of UK's Center for Community Outreach (CCO), which is the highest leadership role a student can hold in the organization. A community and leadership development major within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, he is also a site leader for Alternative Service Breaks, having traveled on 10 UK ASB service immersions, most recently for a one-week environmental project in the Amazon rainforest region of Ecuador. On the trip, Schubert served as primary interpreter between the UK contingent and local community members.


According to his staff adviser in the Office of Student Involvement, Schubert's leadership has led to growth in the CCO and ASB in both quantifiable and qualifiable ways. ASB opportunities increased from 10 service trips in 2013-14 to 15 service trips in 2015-16. In 2013-14, Schubert and his ASB team gained recognition as the ACPA (American College Personnel Association)-College Educators International Program of the Year. And in 2014, he was honored with the Kentucky Ambassador Award, which recognizes a Kentuckian for exceptional community service outside the physical footprint of the state.


During the current academic year, Schubert spearheaded the creation of the Center for Community Outreach's four-year strategic plan, which places the community as central to the student-driven organization's work.


Other service activities and organizations which have benefited from Schubert's dedication and leadership include FUSION, UK's annual day of service by incoming freshmen, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America.


Torp is a local activist, community organizer, motivational speaker, trainer and entrepreneur. She is passionate about empowering others for the collective good.


In her full-time job as program director at Step by Step Inc., Torp supports, equips and empowers young single mothers, ages 13-24, by helping them set and reach attainable goals, learn life skills such as healthy relationships and financial literacy, and to cultivate success beyond their current circumstances. She is also the founder and CEO of Be Bold, Inc., which encourages girls and young women between the ages of 9 and 18 to break stereotypes, challenge media perceptions of worth and beauty, increase self-esteem  and become leaders in their communities. 


As vice chair of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Torp works tirelessly to help empower more than 10,000 members working for justice throughout Kentucky.


She also works for food justice in her neighborhood by advocating for healthy, organic foods as an ambassador, along with her husband, civil rights attorney Christian Torp, for GleanKY (formerly Faith Feeds). The Torp home, named "Justice House" by a friend, hosts free classes and events that are open to the community from "How to Preserve and Can Fruits and Vegetables" to "Craft Skills" taught by local artisans.


Every year, the Torps host Alternative Spring Break students from universities all over the country, exposing them to Lexington's people and culture. Their weekly open-to-the-community breakfast began as a way to connect citizens of their area and to foster diversity and inclusion, and is now a mainstay in the community.


The Torps, proud residents of Lexington's East End neighborhood, are planning to become foster parents in May.


“For nearly 90 years, the University of Kentucky has honored two outstanding students and one impactful citizen for their work in developing communities and serving others both near and far from the Bluegrass region,” said President Eli Capilouto. “This year’s recipients exhibit the best qualities of servant leadership and have garnered the deep respect of their peers.”


UK first presented the Sullivan Awards in 1927 and is one of several southern universities that bestow the honor, sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. The award recognizes individuals whose commitment to community service evokes a spirit of love for, and helpfulness to, other men and women.


The criteria for selection, which puts a premium on character, integrity and humanitarian service, are written in the spirit of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a Southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late 19th century.



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Gatton Professor Receives Highest Auditing Honor

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 15:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 5, 2016)University of Kentucky Gatton School of Business and Economics Professor Urton Anderson has been inducted into the American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners.


“I was very surprised when I got the call about the award,” Anderson said. “This is only the sixth year of the award and the past recipients have been among the giants of the field — I am truly honored to be considered in this group.”


Anderson is currently the Ernst Young Professor of Accountancy in the Von Allmen School of Accountancy in the Gatton College. His esteemed career spans more than three decades; he has been a leader in identifying and framing important internal audit issues and a champion of research in internal auditing. He has served as the chairman of the Institute of Internal Auditor’s (IIA) Board of Regents and two-time chairman of the Internal Auditing Standards Board. Among many other accolades, Anderson also served as an academic fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2011-2012.


Anderson is just one of four internal audit leaders from business, government and academia to make up the 2016 class of inductees. Established in 2011, it is the highest honor given by IIA’s North American Board to individuals who contributed significantly to the profession throughout their careers. To be considered, professionals must not only provide diligent service to their organizations, but also advance the profession through thought leadership, presentations at conferences or seminars, or service to the IIA in leadership roles. Inductees also must have served as leaders in the internal audit profession for at least 10 years and exemplify highly ethical conduct, integrity, moral character and service.


The other inductees were Eric Hespenheide, a past global leader for internal audit services at Deloitte & Touche and current chairman of the Global Sustainability Standards Board and chairman of the AICPA Sustainability Assurance and Advisory Task Force; Jon T. Rymer, inspector general of U.S. Department of Defense and former IG for U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and for the FDIC; and Stephen Morgan, president of Excellence in Government Accountability and Performance Practices and the former city auditor of Austin, Texas.


The Douglas J. Von Allmen School of Accountancy, part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at UK, helps prepare its graduates for leadership roles in the accounting profession by offering high quality, fully accredited academic programs. The Von Allmen School emphasizes strong analytic and communication skills among its students and keeps the accounting curriculum current as the profession changes.



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Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition Brings SPARK to UK

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 14:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting the SPARK Ignite Pitch Competition for local residents that have an idea and/or technology/product in its early stages. Up to 10 companies/individuals from the Bluegrass region will be selected to make five-minute pitches about their concept to a panel of experienced judges. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners.


To be eligible for the competition applicants must be located in Fayette, Scott, Anderson, Franklin, Jessamine, Bourbon or Woodford counties. Individuals with an idea or an early stage company must have not have raised more than $25,000 in third party equity investment to compete. Pitch applicants must submit their application and a draft of their five-minute PowerPoint presentation by close of business on Thursday April 7. Those applicants selected to pitch will be notified by Friday, April 8.


Final PowerPoint presentations for selected pitch applicants must be submitted by email to Warren Nash,, by Monday, April 11. These presentations will be downloaded onto the organizers' laptop. No other laptop devices will be allowed and there will be no changes to these presentations after April 11. You can complete the SPARK Ignite Pitch Competition application here


The first place winner of SPARK will be awarded $1,000 with $500 being presented to the team that finishes second in the judges scoring. Pitches will be limited to five minutes, with judges Q&A to follow. The event will take place from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13th in the Venture Studio in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, Room 124.


If you do not want to participate in the SPARK, but still want to attend there is seating available, but it is limited. Fifty spaces are available for attendees at $10 per ticket. This fee includes lunch. The doors will close promptly at 12:15 p.m., individuals attending are asked to get there early to find a seat. To purchase tickets, visit here




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New UK Forestry Website Designed to Serve All Kentuckians

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 14:45

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 5, 2016) — A new University of Kentucky Department of Forestry website opens the classroom to both college students and Kentuckians in general. Combining the research and academics of the department with the outreach of the Cooperative Extension Service, the new site has something for everyone.


From the department that prides itself on small classes and classrooms as big as all outdoors, prospective students can surf the website to learn about the forestry major and careers in forestry, wildlife and natural resources. Woodland owners can access a wealth of online information about how to manage their lands or register for landowner workshops that take place around the state. With videos, photographs and informative papers in an eye-catching and easy to navigate design, the site offers visitors a bounty of information on a broad array of subjects such as snake fungal disease, invasive species, wildlife management and the economic impact of Kentucky’s forest industries, among many other topics.


"I think people will be surprised to learn how much information is on our website,” said Terrell Baker, department chair. “Alumni and friends of the department now have a great way to keep up with all the great things going on in Kentucky's only university forestry department. Also, our UK Forestry Facebook page is a great way to keep track of what we are doing on an almost daily basis.”


The new website can be found at The Department of Forestry is part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The undergraduate forestry major is the only forestry program in Kentucky accredited by the Society of American Foresters.



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ICT, UK HealthCare Corporate Communications Seek Innovative, User-Friendly Android Mobile Application

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 14:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2016) — The ICT Mobile App Challenge, sponsored by University of Kentucky HealthCare Corporate Communications and powered by the Information Communication Technology (ICT) program is accepting Android mobile app submissions until Friday, July 1.


All majors and students are invited to participate in the app build-off and the first place winner will be awarded $500 by UK HealthCare Corporate Communications.


According to Forbes, mobile apps are on the rise — 78 percent of organizations reported an increase of use in their mobile applications. This growth is driven by the availability of services and content provided exclusively through apps.


UK HealthCare Corporate Communications desires a mobile app that spurs bottom-up and internal communications across the organization, including 13,000 employees.


“This is an amazing opportunity for us and the students,” said Carla Yarbrough, new media communications manager at UK HealthCare Corporate Communications. “It’s a digital collaboration that we know will result in an app development, but even better, we are excited about the ongoing partnership that we’re creating with the faculty and students in ICT.”


The app should connect and facilitate conversations throughout the organization. Students submitting an app individually or as a group should 1) develop an Android app using Android Studio (free to download), and 2) make use of existing properties, such as the UK HealthCare blog and social media platforms.


Fifteen students in the ICT program, which is part of the College of Communication and Information, joined Awesome Inc. on Wednesday, March 23, for a full-day of Android application development. Students interested in app development are advised to make use of video and text-based courses such as, Team Treehouse, and Udemy in order to prepare for the ICT Mobile App Challenge.


“We are excited to give students an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in a real-world application," said Deloris Foxworth, ICT faculty lecturer and adviser. "Beyond just designing an app, ICT majors can integrate what they have learned about technology security and privacy and information access into their design.”


Students should submit their APK file by Friday, July 1. App submissions will be judged on the following three categories: usability, appearance and stability. The winner will be announced in September 2016.


To receive the judging rubric and mobile app requirements, please contact



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UK Forensics Hosts Pi Kappa Delta Nationals and Places 10th

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 4, 2016) – The University of Kentucky Forensics Team successfully hosted the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament on the UK campus during this year’s spring break. Over 900 coaches, students and judges representing 86 schools from 28 states participated in the tournament.


UK was selected to host this prestigious event in early 2015 and has spent the past year preparing for the five-day competition. As the local host, the team was responsible for organizing all of the on campus logistics of the tournament including reserving all of the competition spaces, printing more than 14,000 ballots and other materials, recruiting the community judges, securing hotel rooms for the visiting teams, and a myriad of other important tournament tasks.


UK Forensics also competed in the tournament placing 10th overall for the second year in a row. The overall sweepstakes competition combines teams' scores in the speaking events and debate which requires that teams be truly comprehensive in their approach to forensics. The team placed seventh in the debate only sweepstakes competition.


Director of Forensics Timothy Bill stated about these results that he “could not be prouder of the team’s accomplishments this year. They have spent the past few months working double duty preparing to host the tournament and perfecting their own speeches. Their success is a testament to their drive, talent and passion for this activity. They represent the best of what it means to be a Wildcat.”


Senior Logan Hurley became the first competitor in the team’s history to reach a final round at a national tournament by placing sixth in extemporaneous speaking. Hurley, who only began competing regularly in extemporaneous speaking a year before, has spent the past few months perfecting his approach to the event and refining his presentation techniques.


“Logan has worked really hard for this all year,” Director Bill said. “It’s been an incredible privilege to see him grow so much as a speaker.”


Hurley started competing with the team in the fall of 2012 with no previous public speaking or debate experience. In that span, he has earned numerous national and regional awards in all four competition genres including two other quarterfinalist placings from this year’s tournament.


Team members from UK earned the following awards at the 2016 Pi Kappa Delta national comprehensive tournament:


After Dinner Speaking

Excellent – Abel Rodriguez III


Editorial Impromptu Speaking

Quarterfinalist – Logan Hurley

Quarterfinalist – Matt Karijolic

Excellent – Rachel Brase

Excellent – Talha Muhammad


Extemporaneous Speaking

6th Place – Logan Hurley

Quarterfinalist – Abel Rodriguez III


Impromptu Speaking

Quarterfinalist – Logan Hurley

Quarterfinalist – Veronica Scott

Excellent – Rachel Brase

Excellent – Megan Wagner


Parliamentary Debate

Quarterfinalist (Junior-Varsity Division) – Talha Muhammad and Sam Northrup

Quarterfinalist (Junior-Varsity Division) – Rachel Brase and Kaylon Kennedy

Quarterfinalist (Novice Division) – Matt Karijolic and Veronica Scott

5th Place Speaker (Novice Division) – Veronica Scott


Persuasive Speaking

Quarterfinalist – Abel Rodriguez III


Poetry Interpretation

Quarterfinalist – Abel Rodriguez III


Program Oral Interpretation

Excellent – Kaylon Kennedy


Public Debate

Octafinalist (Novice Division) - Dianté Elcock

Octafinalist (Open Division) – Logan Hurley
Octafinalist (Open Division) – Abel Rodriguez III

Eighth Place Speaker (Open Division) – Abel Rodriguez III


The University of Kentucky Forensic Team’s next competition will be the National Forensic Association's national tournament, held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, from April 14-18. To participate in this tournament, students had to qualify each of the speeches by placing in a final round of a regular season tournament.


Anyone with questions about this event or UK Forensics in general are encouraged to contact Director of Forensics Timothy Bill at UK Forensics is a student organization in the School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information. The team regularly competes in 12 public speaking events and three forms of debate. To find out more, please visit



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