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Phi Beta Kappa Inducts Largest Class in 10 Years

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 19, 2016) — The University of Kentucky chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) held its annual ceremony last Wednesday, inducting 59 students into the nation's oldest and most widely known academic honor society. This 90th class represents the largest number to be inducted into UK’s PBK Alpha Chapter in the last 10 years.

 

“This membership represents a rainbow of colors, careers and specialties, religions, political ideologies, and realms of knowledge and learning,” said Ernie Yanarella, chapter president and professor of political science in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

 

In his remarks to the PBK candidates, Yanarella told them that they were joining six presidents who were elected to the society, 11 presidents who became honorary members, Eleanor Roosevelt, numerous writers (including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain and Susan Sontag), inventor Eli Whitney, educator Booker T. Washington, chief justices John Marshall and William Rehnquist, as well as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist Betty Friedan and singer Paul Robeson. 

 

Michael Tick, dean of the UK College of Fine Arts, delivered a keynote address on the arts and campus life.

 

"I was humbled by the invitation to address an extraordinary group of students inducted in Phi Beta Kappa," Tick said. "My remarks, 'Arts On Campus: Central to Academic Life' focused on three areas: arts education as an integral part of all students’ lives, arts and economic prosperity, and arts and healing. Since PBK is the most prestigious honor society for undergraduates, I am quite certain that these remarkable students will one day sit on the boards of directors of the nation’s most venerable arts institutions, be among a handful of our major philanthropists, and influence policy makers."

 

The 2016 inductees include:

  • Tessa Louise Adkins
  • Kelsey Alexandra Allmon
  • Richard Joseph Ariel
  • Shiza Arshad
  • Hannah Lynn Bingham
  • David Hunter Blanton
  • Rex Bray, III
  • Jakob Burnham
  • Robert Cass
  • James Patrick Collard, Sr.
  • William Cox
  • Chad Davidson
  • Jill Anne Goettel
  • Vincent Gouge
  • Olivia Grothaus
  • Dorian Hairston
  • Charles Conyers Harpole
  • Christopher Stephen Hayden
  • Karl W. Hempel
  • Kaylee Robin Hicks
  • Kayla Hicks
  • Charly Alisa Hyden
  • Taylor Johnston
  • Zachary Joseph Kenton Jones
  • Alexander Francis Krupp
  • Hannah Lou Latta
  • Ethan Griffith Long
  • Jamie Teresa Love
  • Sally Beth Maddox
  • Malinda Massey
  • Jesse Steven Matherly
  • David Mathews
  • Wendell Lehr Maupin
  • Taylor Renee Moody
  • Caitlin Elizabeth Neuhaus
  • Matthew James Nolan
  • Claire Katheryn Oldfather
  • Alexander John Parmley
  • Emily Susan Payne
  • Nicholas Joseph Per
  • Kari Ann Popplewell
  • Anna Roe
  • William Lee Sanders, IV
  • Ann Bruner Scott
  • Natalie May Shofner
  • Landon C. Simpson
  • Sarah Nicole Smith
  • Christian David Soares
  • Austin Finley Sprinkles
  • Maxwell Costa Tague
  • Courtney VanWay
  • Victoria Votaw
  • Hasanki Madara Warnakula
  • Sarah Nicole Warren
  • Adrian Susanna Weldon
  • Logan West
  • Ratna  Setyaning  Widayanti
  • Kalin Leanna Wilson
  • Walker Ernest Yanarella

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

UK MBA Announces New Prerequisite Option

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 12:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2016) — The Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky is making it easier for regional businesspeople to pursue an MBA with a new, more convenient online prerequisite option. Prospective students interested in both the One Year Accelerated MBA and Professional Evening MBA programs can now fulfill their prerequisites through IVY Software, an interactive online educational software that helps prospective business candidates obtain the required foundational knowledge to prepare for an MBA program.

Students can conveniently access IVY online and complete the coursework at their own pace. Each of the required UK MBA prerequisites is just $60 per course.

In addition, IVY is used by many other AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited schools, and is a proven provider in helping business candidates obtain the basic fundamentals to enter into MBA graduate programs.

 

“We are pleased to introduce IVY as an additional option for our students to satisfy the required MBA prerequisites,” said Harvie Wilkinson, UK’s MBA program director. “Students can obtain the fundamental principles in economics and accounting at their own pace and through the flexibility of online learning.”

 

The One Year Accelerated MBA and Professional Evening MBA programs currently require four prerequisites: "Micro/Macro economics," "Financial Accounting" and "Managerial Accounting." Students can easily purchase the required courses that they need from the University of Kentucky’s E-commerce site on IVY.

In addition to taking the required economic and accounting courses for the UK MBA, students can also purchase optional courses through IVY in "Business Math & Statistics" and "Excel for MBA Students." “We want our prospective candidates, regardless of their academic or professional background, to be fully prepared to enter our MBA programs,” Wilkinson said.

 

Students may also continue to fulfill UK MBA prerequisite requirements through college coursework. More information on prerequisites for the MBA Program is available online. 

 

The UK MBA program is still accepting applications for both the One Year Accelerated and Professional Evening MBA programs. For more information on how to apply and admissions requirements, please contact Christopher Carney, director of MBA Recruitment at christopher.carney@uky.edu.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Mary Quarandillo, annmary.q@uky.edu, 859-257-0750.

UK Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2016)University of Kentucky junior Savanah Sellars of Lexington, recently was awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Sellars is one of 25 students nationwide to receive the award.

 

Currently a junior majoring in integrated strategic communication, within the College of Communication and Information, Sellars will use the grant to study abroad in London, England, over the summer. She will be working at Rosa UK (United Kingdom), a charitable fund that supports initiatives that benefit women and girls, as a communications intern. Her duties are expected to include event planning and marketing, writing press releases and blogs, website management and more.

 

"I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work at an organization that empowers women," Sellars said. "Rosa UK has fewer than 10 employees, so I hope to be busy and 'all in' from day one. This is my first study abroad experience, and the support provided by the UK Education Abroad Office has been excellent. I’m exceptionally grateful for the financial assistance provided by Phi Kappa Phi and other organizations.”

 

Sellars, who attended high school in Yorkville, Illinois, said she chose to attend UK because of the high caliber Detachment 290, Air Force ROTC program and the wonderful support UK provides ROTC cadets.  

 

"After one visit to this beautiful campus, I was sold on becoming a Wildcat," she added.

 

Students interested in learning more about the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi are invited to attend the organization's Spring 2016 General Membership meeting 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in room 203 at The 90. Please RSVP to Lynn Hiler at clynnhiler@uky.edu by Tuesday afternoon, April 19. Light refreshments will be served.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jacob Smith, Jacob.Smith4@uky.edu, 859-361-2318; Carl Nathe, carl.nathe@uky.edu, 859-257-3200.

Library Science Grad Student Selected for Alaska State Library Internship Project

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2016) — Library science graduate student William Henley, in the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information's School of Information Science, has been selected as one of three interns to work on the Alaska State Library Internship Project in summer 2016.

 

The goal of this project will be to provide assistance to public libraries in Alaska who lack staff expertise to sustain long-term projects that would benefit their libraries and communities. The interns selected will be provided with housing, travel and a weekly stipend while they are working on projects for the local public library system.

 

Henley will be hosted by the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska. He will convert a collection of 2,200 books to subject-based classification as part of the "Alaska Books for Alaska Kids" project. The project's goal is "compiling an up-to-date, accessible and useful bibliography of accurate, culturally relevant, recommended books for youth about Alaska and the North."

 

"Since all of my experience is with literature for teenagers, I'm excited to get to dig into a collection of picture books and learn more about literature for the youngest readers," Henley said. "As a teacher, I strived to provide multicultural literature for my students, so they all had the opportunity to see aspects of their own identity represented in the books they read.  I want to continue to do this as a librarian, so helping to create a bibliography of culturally relevant texts for children about Alaska, Native Americans and the North in general will allow me the chance to hone this skill even more."

 

The School Librarian Program track is one of the most popular in the Library Science master’s program and offers licensed teachers the opportunity to earn their Master of Science in Library Science degree concurrently with school library media certification.

 

Maria Cahill, who advises students in the School Librarian Program, received the news of Henley’s internship with enthusiasm. 

 

“I love to see good things come to great students!” she told school representatives.

 

Henley begins his internship June 13, 2016.

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK Physician Assistant Students Learn in Swaziland

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 10:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016) – The Community Faculty Program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine hosted its 22nd Annual Community Faculty Conference for community faculty, campus faculty colleagues, administration, professional staff and regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) staff April 8-9. But some people may be surprised by the distance some community faculty travel for the conference and the chance to meet their UK colleagues in person.

 

 

Dr. Pawelos Beshah from Swaziland, a small landlocked African nation, attends the conference each year. Beshah serves as a preceptor in the physician assistant program and volunteers to provide medical education to students from the College of Health Science who travel to the his homeland, providing a unique experience for these students.

 

In January 2016, six UK students spent several weeks being trained at Releigh Fitkin Memnia, Beshah's home hospital. Students who are passionate, skilled and knowledgeable get hands-on experience and some may be allowed to see patients on their own and take on some of the workload. Though Beshah works in the pediatric department, he gives students the chance to explore other specialties, including emergency medicine, where they experience a variety of health issues caused by accidents and traumas. Students also spend time in the operating room (OR) gallery, watching surgeries and occasionally assisting surgeons. Students get experience in an inpatient and outpatient setting.

 

Students who travel to Swaziland to complete their rotation, have an opportunity to work with patients with unique needs and illnesses. As of 2012, Swaziland had the highest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world, with 25.8 percent of the population diagnosed with the disease. This population is affected by unique complications and HIV-related conditions that many medical students don't experience in the U.S. In addition to health disparities that provide unique patients, students also experience a culture very different than their own. The population of Swaziland is overwhelmingly Christian, however, there is a different family structure, many people in the state practice polygamy. Doctors must navigate any family turmoil created by this arrangement.

 

Beshah says he appreciates having the opportunity to contribute to the United States by helping train new doctors. He also believes he gets just as much out of volunteering his time as the students. "When you teach, you learn twice," he said. For the past 10 years Beshah has had the opportunity to learn many skills twice and has helped train about two dozen UK students.  

 

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

 

Media Contact: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, 859-257-1076

Travel to Wonderland with UK Theatre

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 20:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016)University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance is transporting audiences down the rabbit hole to Wonderland in an interactive and immersive production of Lewis Carroll's “Alice in Wonderland.” Be part of this mad show running through April 24, at Guignol Theatre.

 

One hundred fifty years after Carroll released his classic children's novel, UK Theatre is giving audiences a chance to travel to Wonderland, where nothing is quite as it seems. Alice’s whimsical adventure through this mad world finds her in mind-bending debates with an enigmatic Cheshire Cat, a dubious caterpillar and tea party companion, the March Hare. The cards are stacked against her when Alice finds herself face-to-face with the maleficent Queen of Hearts, a royal with a taste for beheading.

 

"Only getting into this production, do I realize now how maniacal and fanatic people are about the books and about their literal worship of Lewis Carroll. It's really fun to kind of take that ride with these fans of Lewis Carroll at this moment in time," said Nancy Jones, director of the UK Theatre production and chair of the department.

 

But who are you? That’s the puzzle. UK Theatre's production offers a new twist by seating its audience in a circus-like tent where the action is taking place all around them. The smaller, intimate and mad production, created by scenic designer and UK theatre alumnus Tom Burch, aims for viewers to feel like they, too, are part of this timeless adventure.

 

"Nobody has seen anything like this in the Guignol before," Jones said. "I think it is going to be really, really wild and surprising.

 

From the stage to even the lobby, where audience members can play games before the show, Burch has found several new ways to make the classic literary work interactive and pertinent to today's society.

 

"We're taking what we already know about the story and sort of stripping it away," Burch said. "We're leaving the stuff that we know that we love — the  croquet game, the mad tea party — and then finding contemporary and new ways to think about not only the story, but also to let the students bring their abilities and physicalities to the play."

 

Burch, whose work has been seen on stages in Louisville, Chicago, New York City and even Edinburgh, Scotland, is excited to bring his talents back to his alma mater. "It's been awesome to come home. My very first show I ever designed was in the Briggs (Theatre). The following year, I did a show in this space (Guignol), and the year before I actually met my wife right here (on Guignol' stage)."

 

And, the scenic designer is emjoying what he sees at UK. "It's awesome to see how much the department has evolved and that they are willing and excited to do different and exciting things. To see how not only the bar has been raised at such a great level by the people that came in after my group, but also the students are incredibly engaged."

 

Helping Burch and Jones bring "Alice in Wonderland" to life is a tremendous cast of students and local children. Students featured in this production and their roles are: Isaiah Archie, Cook; Treyton Blackburn, King of Hearts and Humpty Dumpty; Shaofei Chen, White Rabbit; Navji Dixon, Caterpillar 3; Tamia Fair, the Cheshire Cat; Kenny Hamilton, Tweedledum; Curtis Lipsey, Tweedledee; Taha Mandviwala, Mad Hatter; Beau McGhee, March Hare; Katie Noble, Red Queen; Joshua Randal Price, Duchess; Kelsey Reese, Dormouse; Colson Rich, Lewis Carroll; Casey Shuler, Caterpillar 1; Alexis Slocum, Alice; and Myranda Thomas, Caterpillar 2 and White Queen. Four local girls help guide the production, they are Maddi Rose Carter, Mackenzie Miller, Kya Paley and Abigayle Stokes. The show's ensemble also includes Nicolas Acosta, Macreena Groody and Ethan Maguet.

 

This production of "Alice in Wonderland" is a dark look through the rabbit hole, and may not be suitable for all audiences. It is recommended that children interested in attending be ages 8 and up.

 

Tickets for “Alice in Wonderland” are going fast with the first weekend of performances already sold out. Seats are currently still available for showings beginning 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for UK students with a valid ID through the Singletary Center box office. A processing fee will be added upon completion of transaction. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at www.scfatickets.com or purchase in person during operating hours.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK Forestry Professor Wins Senior Research Award

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:01

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 15, 2016) — At its recent annual meeting in Concord, North Carolina, the Association of Southeastern Biologists awarded the Senior Research Award to the University of Kentucky’s Steven J. Price for outstanding research.

 

Price is an assistant professor of stream and riparian ecology in the Department of Forestry, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He won the award for research that examined the impacts of mountaintop removal mining on stream salamander populations. The Journal of Applied Ecology recently published his paper, which was co-authored by Breneé Muncy, Simon Bonner, Andrea Drayer and Christopher Barton.

 

“Salamanders are the most abundant vertebrates in headwater streams,” Price said. “They play very important roles in these ecosystems.”

 

Price’s lab in the Department of Forestry focuses on the population ecology and conservation of semi-aquatic and aquatic animals, primarily reptiles and amphibians, groups that are experiencing record declines in their populations.

 

“We are proud of Steve for all of the accomplishments he’s had since he’s been here. He’s been extremely productive, not only in a research sense, but engaging the public around the state,” said Terrell Baker, Department of Forestry chair. “This is just another recognition of how important he is to the department and to the research community.”

 

Price has been a member of the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) for about 14 years. As a requirement for receiving the singular honor, his paper had to have been published and he had to present his research at this year’s meeting.

 

“It’s an excellent organization, especially for students,” he said, noting that he brought two of his students to the meeting to present some of their own research. “I was pleased to get the award, as many of my mentors serve in ASB. It was a pretty nice treat to end the meeting.”

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324

High Street, Lexington Avenue Lots Temporarily Impacted for Stormwater Project

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016) — Beginning Monday, April 18, and continuing through Friday, April 22, a portion of the High Street E Lot and the entire adjacent gravel area near Lexington Avenue will be unavailable. The High Street Lot impact involves approximately 17 of the lot’s 81 spaces. During this time, access via Lexington Avenue will be unavailable.

 

This temporary impact is to facilitate remediation of the area and implement stormwater discharge controls. The project is expected to be complete by Friday, April 22; however, this timetable is weather-dependent.

 

Members of the university community with valid E permits who normally park their vehicles in these lots may park in other E lots on campus. E lots in the vicinity include the Warren Court Lot, the Coliseum Lot, the College View Lot and the South Limestone Garage (PS #5). Go to www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_parking-maps to view a campus parking map.

 

 

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

 

 

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

Baptist Health Joins UK HealthCare Organ Failure and Transplant Network

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016)  ̶  The Baptist Health system recently became a member of the University of Kentucky Organ Failure and Transplant Network (OFTN), a new UK HealthCare initiative focused on providing patients in organ failure with access to state-of-the-art care, including organ transplantation.

 

The OFTN will comprise systems, hospitals and independent physician practices across Kentucky and beyond. Its aim is to optimize the care of patients with advanced kidney, lung, liver and heart failure by providing seamless continuity of care from initial diagnosis through organ transplantation.

 

“The genesis of the Organ Failure & Transplant Network arose out of our realization that the existing model was not serving patients or the overall health care system well. Often, patients reached us too late, or not all, and missed the full benefit of services we offer," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. “By building a network, we have a structure in place to support local providers in their efforts to manage patients with a very complex set of problems. Many of them will remain in the care of their local Baptist Health provider longer, close to home and family, with a little more support from us and open lines of communication.”

 

Under the OFTN umbrella, UK HealthCare and Baptist Health can offer a continuum of clinical expertise that will enhance the coordination and quality of care for Baptist Health patients who have reached advanced organ failure. Given Baptist Health’s statewide coverage, its addition to the network greatly extends care to Kentuckians in organ failure.

 

“Our practitioners want to stay informed and would rather send Baptist patients to a center where we have already been in communication, have been involved, and know what to expect when the patient returns to our care. We are also in a better position to prepare the patient for what lies ahead," said Steve Hanson, Baptist Health CEO. “This formal affiliation allows us to work more closely with UK toward the goal of providing the best organ failure and transplant care for patients.”

 

The UK Transplant Center has experienced unprecedented growth during the last five years as the program has grown to meet the state’s needs for end-stage organ failure management, including organ transplantation. Referrals are received throughout the state and region. Heart transplants set an all-time record in 2015, and abdominal transplant referrals have increased 164 percent to more than 1,400 since 2005.

 

As UK specialists have begun seeing increasing numbers of patients in end-stage organ failure, the need to collaborate with referring physicians around the care of the patient has grown.

 

“Internally, we are placing a stronger emphasis on multidisciplinary care of these patients,” said Dr. Roberto Gedaly, director of the UK Transplant Center. “We are working toward a seamless continuum of care so that those who present in our specialty clinics in organ failure receive the best evidence-based care management. If transplant becomes indicated, we can anticipate it and plan for that transition in the care plan.”

 

By working together and developing new models of “shared care,” patients of providers belonging to OFTN can receive care close to home as long as possible while maintaining access to advanced medicine offered at UK HealthCare. Many of UK’s resources and capabilities are not available elsewhere in the state, such as the bridge-to-transplant options available in the UK Gill Heart Institute’s Heart Failure Program.

 

Kentucky faces some of the highest rates of organ failure and mortality in the nation. With nearly 1,000 Kentuckians waiting for an organ transplant because of organ failure, the affiliation may also put more power behind raising awareness around the importance of organ donation.

 

As a member of the OFTN, Baptist Health also gains access to clinical education and training; affiliate administration and network support; and community outreach and education. OFTN members will choose the network-provided services that meet the unique needs of each.

 

Already, some Baptist Health providers have chosen to participate in mini fellowship programs and to shadow UK physicians to learn more about issues surrounding the patients they refer.

 

The Organ Failure and Transplant Network is an outgrowth of longstanding relationships UK has forged with Norton Healthcare and Nephrology Associates of Kentuckiana in Louisville and Western Kentucky Kidney Specialists in Paducah to provide state-of-the-art care for patients in heart, lung, liver, and kidney failure who require higher level care, including organ transplantation.

 

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

 

Media Contact: Kristi Lopez, kristi.lopez@uky.edu

 

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Looks at Undergraduate Research

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:30
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. This week, guest host Alan Lytle, WUKY news director, talks with Diane Snow, director of Undergraduate Research at UK. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-perspectives-undergraduate-research-states-flagship-school.

 

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

 

 

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

International Student Receives Scholarship for Cross-Cultural Understanding

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016) — Business management and equine science student Tiffany Molina was awarded the University of Kentucky 2016 Viji Jeganathan Scholarship for Cross-Cultural Understanding for her dedication to promoting cultural diversity and inclusivity through her involvement at UK.

 

As president of the International Student Council and member of the International Student Leadership Team, Molina has devoted herself to fostering cross-cultural understanding across campus. She has organized and executed campuswide events such as Global Paw Prints, a celebration of UK’s diverse cultures, as well as the upcoming Kentucky Derby Fest, introducing international students to one of the most famous Kentucky traditions.

 

“Tiffany’s passion for bringing students from around the world together to celebrate our diversity has made a significant impact on the UK community,” said Karen Slaymaker, assistant director for International Student and Scholar Services.

 

Not only has she encouraged cross-cultural involvement, Molina has also courageously spoken up against incidents of discrimination and bias on campus, drawing attention to ways we can better understand each other as a diverse community.

 

“UK is striving to become more inclusive, and I believe that I've been a part of that change even if it's in a small way,” Molina said. “ Receiving this scholarship means a lot to me, because I know it is awarded to students who make a great impact on the growth of cultural diversity.”

 

The Viji Jeganathan Scholarship recognizes a student who demonstrates leadership on campus and a strong ability to bridge cultural differences at UK and within the Lexington community.

 

The scholarship is awarded annually in memory of Viji Jeganathan, an outstanding student from Sri Lanka who lost her battle to cancer while attending UK. When she was diagnosed, UK rallied around her raising funds for a transplant. Though she was unable to receive the transplant, her family wanted to honor her memory by setting up this scholarship fund with money raised by the community here at UK.

 

For more information about international student scholarships, please visit www.uky.edu/international/Scholarships.

 

 

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

 

 

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

KSBDC to Host Statewide Google Event on May 4

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:57

LEXINGTON, Ky., (April 15, 2016) — In honor of National Small Business Week, May 1-7, the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) network is partnering with Google to host a statewide event, "Get Found on Google Search and Maps," on Wednesday, May 4. The event will help businesses claim their local listing and introduces Google My Business, a free tool that allows businesses to manage their information across Google.

 

“Research shows that 97 percent of consumers search the web to find local goods and services, but only 37 percent of businesses have claimed a local business listing on a search engine,” said Becky Naugle, director of KSBDC. “This event provides an opportunity for businesses to create a public identity and presence on Google.”

 

In today’s technological world, having a consistent and accessible online presence is a necessity.

 

“Google My Business is a fast and easy way for businesses to manage their online presence with Google,” said Shawn Rogers, KSBDC program manager.

 

This statewide event will take place at 11 sites. For additional information please contact the KSBDC office most convenient to you.

 

Event locations:

· Bluegrass SBDC in Lexington, 859-257-7666

· Eastern Kentucky University SBDC in Richmond, 859-622-1384

· Elizabethtown SBDC, 270-765-6737

· Louisville SBDC, 502-625-0123

· Morehead State University SBDC, 606-783-2895

· Murray State University SBDC, 270-809-2856

· Northern Kentucky University SBDC in Highland Heights, 859-448-8801

· Owensboro SBDC, 270-926-8085

· Pikeville SBDC, 606-432-5848

· Southeast SBDC in Middlesboro, 606-248-0563

· Western Kentucky University SBDC in Bowling Green, 270-745-1905

 

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website, www.ksbdc.org/.

 

The KSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of SBA.

 

 

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UK College of Education Faculty Attend Educational Research National Meeting

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 15:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016) — The largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research takes place annually at the American Educational Research Association meeting. University of Kentucky College of Education faculty and graduate students in attendance showcased innovative studies in a diverse array of areas.

 

Held recently in Washington, D.C., the annual event allowed participants to encounter ideas and data that will shape tomorrow's education practices and policies, and to connect with leading thinkers from the U.S. and around the world. To learn more, visit www.aera.net.

 

UK College of Education presenters included:

· Kelly D. Bradley, Anthony P. Setari, poster session, "Validating a Montessori High School Teacher Evaluation Survey"

· Joseph J. Ferrare, Renee Setari, roundtable session, "Flocking Around the Facts? Measuring the Impact of Evidence on Philanthropic Convergence in Charter School Reform"

· Jennifer Wilhelm, Merryn Cole, Ronald Wilhelm (UK College of Arts and Sciences), poster session, "In-Service Teachers’ Alternative Conceptions of Lunar-Related Concepts"

· Ryan M. Crowley, Kathleen Owings Swan, roundtable session, "What Kind of Economic Citizen?"

· Christine Ann Mallozzi, Susan Chambers Cantrell, Margaret Rintamaa, paper session, "Female Struggling Adolescent Readers and Hegemonic Masculinities: A Necessary Focus"

· Shannon O. Sampson, Heather Arrowsmith, Kelly D. Bradley, Richard Kweku Mensah, paper session, "Using an Online Learning Course to Increase Retention and Enhance Experiences in an Online Program"

· Ellen L. Usher, Caihong Li, Amanda R. Butz (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Joanne P. Rojas (UK Human Development Institute), symposium, "What Is True About Grit: Relations With Self-Regulation and Motivation and New Innovative Interventions"

· Thomas Guskey (chair), symposium, "100 Years of Grading Research: Meaning and Value in the Most Common Educational Measure" Guskey also has a paper in this session, authored with Susan M. Brookhart, Early Studies of the Unreliability of Grades

· Pam Correll, Susan Chambers Cantrell, Victor Malo-Juvera (University of North Carolina Wilmington), paper session, "A Mixed-Methods Investigation of Teachers' Self-Efficacy for Culturally Responsive Instruction"

· Ellen L. Usher, Fred Danner, Stephen M. Tonks (Northern Illinois University), symposium, "Person-Centered Research: A Methodological Answer to Motivation Theory's Most Critical Questions"

· Xin Ma, poster session, "School Effects on Relationship Between Course Load and Achievement in China: Evidence From Large-Scale Assessment"

· Margaret Rintamaa, Nicole C. Miller (Mississippi State University), Nicole L. Thompson (University of Memphis), Chris Cook (Appalachian State University), Penny B. Howell (University of Louisville), Shawn A. Faulkner (Northern Kentucky University), poster session, "The Complexities of Middle-Level Teacher Certification: Status Report and Future Directions"

· Ruixue Liu, Kelly D. Bradley, Meng Fan (University of Delaware), poster session, "Using Multilevel Modeling in Substantive Research"

· Margaret Joan Mohr-Schroeder, Christopher R. Rakes (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), Robert N. Ronau (University of Cincinnati),  Jon Sanderholm (Berea College), Sarah B. Bush (Bellarmine University), roundtable session, "The Critical Role of Well-Articulated, Coherent Professional Development Design: A Mathematics and Science Program Evaluation"

· Lauren Hargrave, Kenneth Maurice Tyler, roundtable session, "Supporting Students: The Significance of Relationships, Behaviors, Language and Abilities for Student Learning"
· Cindy Jong, Division K, Section 1 chair (Teaching and Teacher Education in the Content Areas)

· Joseph Waddington, Monica J. Kowalski (University of Notre Dame), James Mario Frabutt (University of Notre Dame), paper session, "The Use of Annual Student Assessment Data by (Arch)Diocesan Catholic School Systems"

· Kristen H. Perry, Leah Katherine Saal ( Loyola University Maryland), Donita Joy Shaw (University of Kansas), Fahad Abdullah Alharbi (University of Taibah), paper session, "Associations Between Adults' Education Skills and Political Efficacy: An Analysis of the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies"

· David M. Brown, paper session, "Pleasant Places With Congenial Companions: Depictions of College Student Life in Early 20th-Century Fiction"

· Xin Ma, Maricela Guerra (California State University, Bakersfield), Jianjun Wang (California State University, Bakersfield), paper session, "A Comparative Study of Canonical Correlation Between Student Mathematics and Science Achievements in TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study)"

· Joseph J. Ferrare, Yougeon Lee (University of Wisconsin–Madison), paper session, "Finding One's Place or Losing the Race? The Unequal Impacts of Switching Majors on College Degree Completion"

· Jing Yuan, Letao Sun, poster session, "Examining the Individual Differences in Mathematics Achievement: An Application of Quantile Regression"

· Gene Wilhoit, Linda Darling-Hammond (Stanford University), Paul K. Leather (New Hampshire Department of Education), invited speaker session, "New Approaches to Accountability"

· Todd Hurst, roundtable session, "The Discursive Construction of Democratic Leadership by School Superintendents on Twitter"

· Victoria Sherif, roundtable session, "Examination of Rural High School Students’ Perceptions on Leadership"

· Ryan M. Crowley, Jane Bolgatz (Fordham University), Tamar Brown (Fordham University), Sara Skluzacek (New York Department of Education), Susan J. Chambre (Fordham University), Enrique Figueroa (Fordham University), roundtable session, "Institutional Factors Impacting Black Students' Success at an Elite Private Elementary School"

· Leslie D. Burns, symposium, "Realizing Social Justice and Educational Policy: Equity and Democracy Through Teaching and Teacher Education Standards"

· Thomas R. Guskey (discussant), paper session, "Teachers, Teaching, and Classroom Assessment"

 

 

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

 

 

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UK STEM Faculty: Enhance Teaching Skills, Undergrad Collaborative Research Projects at Workshop

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 14:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016) — A STEM-focused teaching enhancement workshop and scholarly forum will allow faculty members across the University of Kentucky campus to network, develop collaborations and augment STEM teaching skills. The workshop and forum will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.

 

The event will focus on course-based undergraduate research experiences to engage undergraduate students in authentic research and maintain their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors. 

 

Inspired by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-funded STEMCats Living Learning Program, the workshop will also offer innovative teaching tips, networking opportunities and a presentation of several posters presented at this year’s Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars.

 

The event, organized by UK Department of Biology Chair and STEMCats Director Vincent Cassone, is free and open to all faculty members from STEM or STEM-related disciplines. Faculty members can RSVP by contacting Jaclyn Gibson at jaclyn.gibson@uky.edu or 859-257-1064 by the deadline of Friday, April 22. Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

 

A tentative program agenda can be found here

 

 

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UK Celebrates 25 Years of Heart Transplantation

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 14:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016) − More than 100 patients, families and UK HealthCare staff gathered April 13th to celebrate an important milestone: the 25th anniversary of the first heart transplant at the University of Kentucky.

 

In 25 years, UK has transplanted almost 350 hearts. Last year, UK transplanted more hearts than any other Kentucky medical center ever. Click here to see the names and faces of past recipients. 

 

"However, it's not about the numbers," said Dr. Navin Rajagopalan, medical director of UK HealthCare's Cardiac Transplantation Program as he addressed the crowd.  "We achieved this by providing the best care at the right time."

 

Rajagopalan quoted UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Dr. Michael Karpf's long-stated goal to ensure that Kentuckians don't have to leave the state to get advanced specialty care and noted that, "UK's commitment to excellence means our transplant program is now attracting patients from out of state here for their transplants."

 

Dr. Michael Sekela, surgical director for the UK Gill Heart Institute and the physician who performed UK's first heart transplant, introduced two heart transplant patients.  One of those patients, James Holdiness, thanked Sekela and the staff.  "I'm still kicking," he said to laughter from the crowd. "Seriously, though, I got to see my grandkids grow up. I'm so thankful to you, Dr. Sekela, and the entire team here. If it hadn't been for you people, in this hospital, I wouldn't be here today."

 

Watch a 1991 broadcast from WLEX-18 News about UK's new Heart Transplant program here.

 

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

 

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A Day in the Life of a UK Student: April 15-16, 1912

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 12:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 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 198th, 199th and 200th diary entries from April 15 and 16, 1912, recount days spent making skirts and discussing music with friends.

 

Apr. 15th. Annie Louise and I turn seamstresses and make white skirts in the afternoon.  Jessie Mit and Phyllis have to do most of mine.

 

Inserted along with the April 15, 1912, diary entry is a photograph of eight girls in white shirtwaists and black ties.

 

I take all the measurements and then read the directions! But, for a wonder, I did it right.  Addie takes the order to Mr. Battaile for me.

 

Apr. 15th. Well if I didn't forget to put in Nordica, who Addie, Phyllis, and I enjoyed immensely, and whom we saw through Mr. Halbert's and a kind lady's glasses.

 

Apr. 16th. No Logic, and Addie, Annie, Mr. Hart and I have a lengthy discussion of music, etc., on the Library steps. Dean Hamilton is shocked, but she introduces Mrs. White who advises Addie never to teach if she doesn't want to, and repeats it several times.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, 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.

 

 

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

 

 

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UPK's 'Kentucky's Cookbook Heritage' Honored

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 12:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016)University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author and former University of Kentucky anthropologist John van Willigen has been recognized by the Southern Anthropological Society for "Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture." The book was awarded an honorable mention for the James Mooney Award for its contribution to anthropological scholarship on the South and Southerners.

 

Presented annually, the Mooney Award includes a $500 cash prize and certificate of recognition to be presented to the winning author at an awards ceremony. In addition, an Honorable Mention Award is presented, which includes a certificate of recognition. It was created in honor of James Mooney, the prominent American ethnographer who lived with the Cherokee people during the late 19th century.

 

In "Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage," van Willigen examines the cookbooks from the Commonwealth from the last two centuries and analyzes the cooking technology used, how food was prepared, and the changes in social dynamics for preparing and consuming food, as well as, of course, what Kentuckians ate. He also explores how the cookbook enterprise has been more broadly structured by gender, class and ethnicity in the state.

 

Van Willigen surveys a wide array of community and charity cookbooks, including Lettice Bryan’s "The Kentucky Housewife" (1839) and celebrity Louisville caterer Jennie C. Benedict’s "The Blue Ribbon Cookbook" (1904), and encompassing many recognizable faces such as Duncan Hines and the Montgomery County native who would become the original Aunt Jemima. Of course, no study of cookbook culture would be complete without recipes. "Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage" features more than 80 sample recipes spanning the Commonwealth’s history, making it both an informative and useful addition to the library of anyone who cares about food in the Bluegrass State.

 

Professor emeritus of anthropology at UK and the author of "Food and Everyday Life on Kentucky Family Farms, 1920–1950" among other books, van Willigen is the first UPK author to be recognized for the Mooney Award. It was presented at the 51st annual meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society held April 9, in Huntington, West Virginia.

 

Van Willigen joined this year’s winner, "Cherokee Reference Grammar" by Brad Montgomery-Anderson, and the other honorable mention recipient, "Constructing Histories by Asa R. Randall, in accepting the award. "This venerable prize is well respected among anthropologists," van Willigen said. "I am honored."

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Long-time UK Academic Leader Taking Post at Colorado State University

Thu, 04/14/2016 - 09:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016) — A long-time leader in undergraduate education and academic success at the University of Kentucky is taking a top post at Colorado State University.

 

Benjamin C. Withers, UK’s associate provost for undergraduate education and interim dean of undergraduate studies, is taking the position of dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins. He begins at CSU July 1.

 

Colorado State University is the state's land grant university, and the flagship university of the Colorado State University System. The institution has more than 32,000 students and more than 1,500 faculty in eight colleges. The College of Liberal Arts has more than 4,500 undergraduate majors and graduate students. It has 13 departments and schools. The college has 238 faculty and is the largest college on the CSU campus.

 

“Ben has been an outstanding leader and passionate advocate for student success at all levels at the University of Kentucky,” said UK Provost Tim Tracy. “Our loss truly is the gain of another outstanding institution in Colorado State University. Ben has been at the forefront of incredible gains we have made in recent years in academic and student success. He will, I know, bring a true passion for students and lifelong learning to CSU.”

 

Withers has been in his current position since 2012 and at UK since 2004. Previously, he was director of the UK Honors Program and chair of the Department of Art (now the School of Art and Visual Studies) in the College of Fine Arts.

 

In the last three years, UK has achieved new records for first-to-second-year retention as well as nearly historic highs in four-year and six-year graduation rates, even as enrollments have reached record levels of more than 30,000 students.

 

Among many accomplishments, Withers led a re-organization of undergraduate studies that included restructuring advising and career services. He also has been instrumental in the creation of a new UK Honors College, capped by the largest gift in UK’s history of $23 million from Tom Lewis last year.

 

"As a native Kentuckian, I very much appreciate the opportunity to have worked at UK and to learn from the many talented faculty, staff and students that we have here,” Withers said. “I will miss my colleagues across campus mightily. At the same time, I'm excited about what lies ahead, and I'm grateful to Provost Miranda and the folks at CSU for their confidence in my leadership."

 

Withers, a native of Cynthiana, Kentucky, has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Carleton College, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He has his master’s degree and doctorate in art history, both from the University of Chicago.

 

Prior to coming to UK, Withers taught at Indiana University-South Bend. In addition to his administrative accomplishments, Withers is an outstanding scholar as well, authoring three books, numerous articles as well as book chapters and reviews.

Conference on Military Behavioral Health Sponsored by UK College of Social Work

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education, will host the Second Annual Military Behavioral Health Conference from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Campbell House, located at 1375 South Broadway in Lexington. Registration and breakfast will take place at 8 a.m.

 

This year's opening plenary speaker will be Carl E. Smith, chief of Combat and Operational Stress Control Training Branch for the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The afternoon plenary speaker will be Lt. Col. Lloyd Jackson, team leader for the Veteran Health Administration Records Control Schedule Vet Center in Lexington.

 

Breakout sessions at this year’s conference will include "Moral Injury," "Traumatic Brain Injury/Polytrauma: the Caregiver’s Perspective," "Suicide Prevention," "VA Behavioral Health Services," "Veteran Geriatric Care," "Military Culture" and "Understanding the Sexual Predator."        

 

Continuing education credits for the conference are approved by the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Psychological Examiners, the Kentucky Board of Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors, and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

 

The cost to attend the conference, if registering prior to April 29, is $120 that includes a light breakfast and buffet lunch. If registering the day of the conference, the cost will be $160. Credit cards are accepted. Students are invited to attend the conference at the student rate of $50. Students are to register via email with Christina Gevedon at Christina.Gevedon@uky.edu.

 

If interested in a vendor table for your organization at this conference, please contact Christina Gevedon at Christina.Gevedon@uky.edu.

 

To register, participants can visit http://ceu.uky.edu.  

 

 

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

 

 

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How Medical Students Learn in Swaziland

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 15:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 15, 2016) – The Community Faculty Program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine hosted its 22nd Annual Community Faculty Conference for community faculty, campus faculty colleagues, administration, professional staff and regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) staff April 8-9. But some people may be surprised by the distance some community faculty travel for the conference and the chance to meet their UK colleagues in person.

 

Dr. Pawelos Beshah from Swaziland, a small landlocked African nation, attends the conference each year. Beshah serves as a preceptor in the physician assistant program and volunteers to provide medical education to third- and fourth-year medical students who travel to the his homeland, providing a unique experience for the UK medical students.

 

In January 2016, six UK students spent several weeks being trained at Releigh Fitkin Memnia, Beshah's home hospital. Students who are passionate, skilled and knowledgeable get hands-on experience and some may be allowed to see patients on their own and take on some of the workload. Though Beshah works in the pediatric department, he gives students the chance to explore other specialties, including emergency medicine, where they experience a variety of health issues caused by accidents and traumas. Students also spend time in the operating room (OR) gallery, watching surgeries and occasionally assisting surgeons. Students get experience in an inpatient and outpatient setting.

 

Students who travel to Swaziland to complete their rotation, have an opportunity to work with patients with unique needs and illnesses. As of 2012, Swaziland had the highest HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world, with 25.8 percent of the population diagnosed with the disease. This population is affected by unique complications and HIV-related conditions that many medical students don't experience in the U.S. In addition to health disparities that provide unique patients, students also experience a culture very different than their own. The population of Swaziland is overwhelmingly Christian, however, there is a different family structure, many people in the state practice polygamy. Doctors must navigate any family turmoil created by this arrangement.

 

Beshah says he appreciates having the opportunity to contribute to the United States by helping train new doctors. He also believes he gets just as much out of volunteering his time as the students. "When you teach, you learn twice," he said. For the past 10 years Beshah has had the opportunity to learn many skills twice and has helped train about two dozen UK medical students.  

 

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

 

Media Contact: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, 859-257-1076

 

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