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Dance Ensemble Celebrates 75 Years of Modern Dance in Spring Concert

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Dance Ensemble spring concert will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in the Singletary Center for the Arts (SCFA). Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for the public (price includes SCFA fee) and can be purchased in person at the SCFA Ticket Office located in the main lobby of the Singletary Center or online by visiting http://finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center.

 

Dance Ensemble (DE) is a student organization that provides students the opportunity to explore different dance styles, improve technique, choreograph and perform. It was founded 75 years ago by Mary King Montgomery Kouns, a student and eventual employee of UK. Since the first concert in 1939, Dance Ensemble members have continued to choreograph many of their own dances and make their own costumes.

 

Dance Ensemble has launched the careers of many dancers and choreographers, however, many students join DE as an outlet for creative expression without any intention of pursuing a dance career. DE members come from many colleges within the university and backgrounds of skill and talents. For the first time in DE history, Chris Upchurch, DE vice president, incorporates his singing abilities into a dance.

 

“DE has impacted my life in so many ways in my five semesters as a member. I have never considered myself a dancer, but just really loved to do it and share that love of dance with others," Upchurd said. "DE has given me a newfound confidence and ability to use my other talents. For example, this semester I will be singing live to a choreographed piece, and this is the first time something like this has been done.”

 

This year’s spring concert includes two guest choreographers and three DE alumni choreographers. Guest choreographers include Jeanne Mam-Luft, founder of MamLuft&Co. Dance in Cincinnati and Tamara Begley a middle school teacher and modern dance teacher at the Louisville Ballet School and Allegro Dance Theatre in Radcliff. Begley is also a co-producer of Moving Collective, an organization in Louisville, which promotes the work of local choreographers and presents original contemporary dance.

 

Alumni choreographers include former DE presidents, Elizabeth Foster and Jordan Seiter who collaborated on one dance and current director, Rayma Beal. Beal’s choreography was inspired by multitalented composer, David Gurwitz and by John Tuska, a longtime UK faculty member and artist. Beal said that Gurwitz’s song, “Coming Home,” enhances the dance concept well.

 

The Tuska pieces that inspired Beal preceded Tuska’s final "Illumine Study" which can be seen on the facade of the UK Fine Arts Building.

 

“I am inspired by the 'Illumine Study: Dance I' and 'Illumine Study:  Dance II' created by John Tuska that reflect the ‘history of the university as well as capture the future filled with new possibilities,’” Beal said.

 

UKDE concerts, scholarships and more are funded by student dues, ticket costs and donations. For additional information about UKDE or to donate please contact Rayma Beal, rayma.beal@uky.edu

Chi Omega Celebrates Centennial at UK

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2014) — The Lambda Alpha chapter of Chi Omega recently welcomed more than 200 alumni to celebrate 100 years of excellence at the University of Kentucky.
 

Centennial festivities began with a reception at the Boone Center, followed by the Centennial Celebration at the Hilton Downtown Lexington. UK President Eli Capilouto, Chi Omega National President Letitia Fulkerson and others addressed the group.  

 

Fulkerson led a presentation honoring “50 Year” sisters, and chapter adviser Mary Wis Haggin presented house renovation plans to alumni and active members. The historic house is the oldest sorority house on campus, and has been home to Chi Omega for 100 years.
 

Kentucky First Lady and Lambda Alpha Jane Beshear later hosted a reception at the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort.


Chi Omega has an outstanding history in the Greek community at the University of Kentucky. Three of the last six student body vice presidents have been Chi Omegas, and recently the chapter received recognition for raising more funds for their official philanthropy, Make A Wish Foundation, than any other chapter in the nation. This was accomplished in part by hosting the annual Greek Sing event on campus, which has helped raise over $100,000 dollars for the Make A Wish Foundation.

 

COPD Patient Returns to Active Lifestyle Thanks to Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:57

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2014) -- In the waiting room at UK HealthCare's Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic sits a large binder labeled "Success Stories." Inside are pages and pages of testimony from patients who discovered a renewed quality of life as a result of their experience. "I can walk through the mall with my grandkids again," reads one.  "Most important thing I've ever done," declares another.

 

But certain words appear repeatedly throughout: encouragement, support, compassion, welcoming. It's evident that these patients adore the staff that helps them breathe more fully again.

 

Mike Graham, 53, of Harrodsburg, hopes to add his testimony to the binder soon.

 

A life-long scuba diver, Graham was making a dive in Findlay, Ohio, last year when suddenly he could not catch his breath. "I panicked," he recalls.  "At first I thought my tank was bad, but when I got back to the surface and still couldn't catch my breath, I knew something was wrong." His primary care physician diagnosed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD; a visit to UK in December confirmed the diagnosis. Graham was put on an inhaler to reduce airway constriction and referred to UK's pulmonary rehab program.

 

 

Just nine weeks in, Graham already delights in the return to many of his beloved activities. A self-described gentleman farmer, Graham has always shared an emotional bond with his cattle. "They're my kids," he says. Before he began his treatment, Graham couldn't climb a flight of stairs without losing his breath.  "I can play with my kids again," he says with a twinkle. "A walk to their pasture used to be out of the question, but now I get to give them their 'sweet feed' treats of molasses and ground corn every morning."

 

COPD is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or non-reversible asthma. The disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness, frequent coughing, wheezing, and/or tightness in the chest. COPD is the No. 3 killer in Kentucky and the No. 5 killer for all Americans.  It affects an estimated 24 million individuals in the U.S.

 

"Perhaps the cruelest aspect of COPD is that it is initially a silent disease, developing for years without noticeable shortness of breath," says Dr. John McCormick, director of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at UK.  "Often, by the time the patient comes to us, the disease has already seriously compromised lung function, medications are less effective in controlling symptoms and patients become reliant on supplemental oxygen, all of which reduces a patient's quality of life hugely."

 

However, Dr. McCormick explains, pulmonary rehab can be the lifeline that returns sufferers to a fuller life.  The magic comes in the form of an interdisciplinary team of pulmonologists, nurses, exercise physiologists, dietitians and lifestyle therapists -- also known as Beth Cundiff, Nancy Kessler, Jacob Stone, Craig Staub, Heather Leger and Audrey Darville.

 

Through exercise training, psychosocial support, and education, this team helps patients restore strength and endurance, reduce disease symptoms, self-manage common complications and know when to call for help. Patients who complete the program also often report fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, which are commonly associated with chronic lung diseases. And, says Dr. McCormick, because it's been demonstrated that patients who participate in such programs actually end up needing less "health care" in the long run, COPD becomes less of a financial burden for those patients, particularly since many health insurance plans cover pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

 

"If it weren't for these people, the program would just be a roomful of machines," Graham says, counting names off using his fingers. Craig and Jake encourage me with my training and constantly monitor my heart rate and oxygen levels, which allows me to train as hard as possible without worry.  Dr. McCormick and Beth taught me about how the lungs work, which really helped me understand my COPD. And Audrey helped me leave my 35 year smoking habit behind."

 

"I could go on and on," he says with a smile.  "Absolutely everyone here contributes to my learning in a powerful way."

 

And that, Dr. McCormick says, is precisely the point.

 

"Exercise is, of course, an essential component of the program," he says.  "But our patient care team goes beyond the basics by facilitating therapeutic support among participants, their family members and friends and creating a milieu where patients encourage and learn from each other."  

 

On any given day in the clinic, there are patients on treadmills, bicycles, elliptical machines, or lifting weights. Some are on supplemental oxygen, and all of them wear equipment that monitors pulse, blood pressure and oxygen levels while they work out. Exercise physiologists crisscross the room, checking on patients and offering advice and encouragement.

 

Behind the exercise area is a classroom where knowledgeable clinic staff teach participants about the disease process, share breathing and other relaxation techniques, offer nutritional advice, and facilitate idea sharing and troubleshooting among members of the group.

 

There are even field trips -- Graham tells how dietitian Heather Leger took a group of patients to a local grocery store for a hands-on tutorial on reading nutrition labels and making healthy food choices.

 

"This has been an amazing process of discovery," Graham says. "I've learned so much about my COPD and how to live a full life in spite of it.  If I can help just one other person by sharing what I've learned, it will be worth the effort." To that end, Graham has volunteered for a program with the National COPD Foundation that will pair newly-diagnosed sufferers with mentors like Graham who can offer advice and encouragement.

 

"And," he says, "I'm already hounding my brother, my sister, and two of my diver friends to quit smoking."

 

Those diver friends in particular are taking notice.  Graham returned to scuba diving last week at the same quarry in Findlay, Ohio, where he first realized that something was terribly wrong.

 

"I took basically the same dive," he says. "And when I got to the spot where I panicked last time, I paused for a moment, smiled and gave my diving buddy the 'OK' sign, and then kept on going."

 

 

 

 

Renowned Reporter and Editor for Courier-Journal to Speak at Annual Joe Creason Lecture

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2014) — Mervin R. Aubespin, a media consultant, will deliver the 37th annual University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications' Joe Creason Lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the Worsham Theater of the UK Student Center. The lecture, titled "35 Years in Journalism – What I’ve Learned and the People I Have Met Along the Way,” is free and open to the public.

 

Aubespin retired from The Courier-Journal in 2002 ending a 35-year journalism career as staff artist, news reporter and associate editor.

 

Aubespin began his journalism career at The Courier-Journal in 1967 as a news artist. He was the first African American to hold that position at the newspaper. Like many early African-American journalists, the Louisiana native got the call to be a reporter when racial violence broke out in western Louisville in 1968, and he was asked by editors to assume the role of news reporter. There were almost no minorities in the newsroom at that time. Sending his white colleague back to the newspaper for safety reasons, he spent the next 48 hours reporting on the disturbances, often at considerable personal danger.

 

Following the racial disturbances, the publisher of the newspaper decided that he was worth more to the news operation as a reporter and his career as a journalist was launched. As a reporter, his beat included local and national civil rights, which gave him significant opportunities to report on the African-American community. It was a task and challenge that he took seriously and resulted in hundreds of stories on African-American issues, institutions and personalities. He also co-authored a 40-story seven-day series on the status of African Americans in Louisville that won two national awards.

 

Before joining the staff of the newspaper, Aubespin was an active participant in local civil rights demonstrations for public accommodations in 1961 and other civil rights activities across the South.  During the 1950s and early 1960s he worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and others on a variety of civil rights issues in the South, including the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala. and the march from Selma to Montgomery.

 

In 1987, Aubespin was promoted to associate editor, a first for the newspaper. As an editor, he monitored the newspaper’s efforts at including minorities in its everyday coverage. As a recruiter for his newspaper, he traveled across the country, visiting universities, job fairs and organizations seeking talent for The Courier-Journal. In addition, he was administrator of the newspaper’s summer internship program and a member of the publisher’s Operating Committee.

 

Aubespin has been recipient of dozens of local and national awards for his reporting on African-American issues and his leadership in providing employment opportunities across the country to minorities in journalism. Two journalism scholarships and one national award are named for him.

 

A former president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), he has served as a consultant on media to the United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) and has led UN sponsored journalism trips to several African countries and to Guatemala.

 

Aubespin is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. He was honored by Actors Theatre of Louisville with the “Keeper of the Chronicle Award” for his commitment and coverage of the African-American community in Louisville.  In 2010 he received the Mayor’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Award for his civic activism and work for racial equality. He is co-author of a book, "Two Centuries of Black Louisville," a history of African Americans in Louisville over 200 years.

Aubespin is a graduate of Tuskegee University (B.A., Industrial Arts) and the Minority Journalism Program at Columbia University.

 

"We’re delighted to have one of Kentucky’s best known journalists deliver the 2014 Creason Lecture," said Beth Barnes, director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications. "Merv Aubespin has been a leader in journalism and civil rights in the Commonwealth and nationally.  He has had an amazing career, and I’m looking forward to this opportunity for our students and the community to hear about the people and events he covered during that time.”

 

 The Joe Creason Lecture Series brings an outstanding journalist to the university to meet and talk with students, and to speak before an assembly of students, faculty and the general public. The lecture series honors the memory of Joe Creason, a Kentuckian who wrote for The Courier-Journal and The Courier-Journal Sunday Magazine. The lecture series was made possible through a matching grant from the Bingham Enterprises Foundation of Kentucky and gifts donated by UK alumni and friends of Joe Creason.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu

 

UK Crime Bulletin - Attempted Arson

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:15

In the interest of safety, the University of Kentucky Police Department has issued the following Crime Bulletin for the UK community.

           

•           On April 16, 2014, at approximately 8:50 p.m., the Lexington Fire Department reported that an empty cardboard beer case was placed under the bumper of a parked vehicle and started on fire in the Commonwealth Stadium parking lot.  The fire was quickly extinguished and the vehicle sustained minimal damage.  The suspected vehicle in the incident is a newer model station wagon possibly a Saturn or Saab dark in color with two male suspects. 

 

The University of Kentucky Police Department is investigating the incident.  If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact UK Police immediately at (859) 257-8573.

 

University of Kentucky Police Department has issued this Crime Bulletin for the UK Community in compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.

 

Such acts are a violation of KRS 513.040 – Arson in the third degree, a Class D felony, and are punishable by up to five (5) years in prison.

 

The University of Kentucky values a safe community for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. In the interest of promoting a safe and secure campus environment, UK Police offer the following safety precautions:

 

•           If you see something, say something. For emergencies, call 911.

•           If you observe any activity described in this bulletin, call 911 immediately.

•           Report suspicious persons loitering around facilities or vehicles.

•           Carry a cell phone to be able to call for help in emergencies.

•           In the event that you smell smoke or see a fire, dial 911 immediately. 

 

 

If you have been a victim of violence, or would like to be a part of UK’s effort to end violence, please contact the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center for confidential services, support and referrals. 859-257-3564.

 

 

WUKY Partners With Downtown Lexington Corporation During Downtown Trash Bash

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 23:22
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2014) ― WUKY 91.3 FM has partnered with Downtown Lexington Corporation as the official radio sponsor of the Downtown Trash Bash from noon to 4 p.m. today in downtown Lexington.

 

The Downtown Trash Bash focuses efforts on keeping Lexington clean and green. The event provides a “spring cleaning” where hundreds of volunteers come together and save trash from being washed down the storm drains and into our local rivers. It is sponsored by Downtown Lexington Corporation and is held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup, which is coordinated locally with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.

 

Sign in at any of the following locations anytime between noon and 4 p.m. to pick up your trash bags and gloves:

  • Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park (WUKY Table will be located here)
  • Thoroughbred Park on East Main Street
  • Jefferson Street at Short Street
  • Duncan Park on North Limestone
  • South Limestone at Avenue of Champions

 

 Refreshments and giveaways will be available ― first-come, first-served. 

 

 

UK Scholar Athlete Grace Trimble Named Truman Scholar

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:54


LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Office of External Scholarships is proud to announce that political science junior and UK Women's Tennis Team member Grace Trimble, of Winchester, Ky., has been named a 2014 Truman Scholar and will receive $30,000 to conduct graduate work in areas of public service. Trimble, the only Truman recipient this year from Kentucky or a Kentucky college or university, is the 13th UK student to receive the honor from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

 

"Grace is joining a small number of exceptional UK students honored with the illustrious Truman Foundation Scholarship," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "The entire UK family is extremely proud of her achievements in academics and public service that earned her this award. We look forward to all that she will continue to do on our campus and beyond."

 

The Truman Scholarships are national awards given to college juniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership and are devoted to careers in public service. Recipients of the award are required to work in public service at least three of the seven years following completion of their graduate program. Trimble was among the 59 scholars nationwide selected by the Truman Foundation from 655 candidates nominated for the annual scholarship for graduate study. The scholars represent 52 colleges and universities from across the country.

 

The last UK student selected as a Truman Scholar was Corinne Keel, who received the scholarship in 2008.

 

In addition to the scholarship, scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.

 

The concept of service is very important to Trimble, who as a teenager founded and began operating a nonprofit organization. She is excited for not only the opportunities the Truman will afford her in the classroom but also in the community.

 

"Through founding a nonprofit tennis and education program, my life has been forever changed," Trimble said. "It is through serving others that I have been able to find myself and my passion. It is through the kids in my program and the lessons I have learned from them that I am able to reach my own goals. I hope to use the platform I have been provided through the Truman Scholarship to take my program to a new level and reach thousands more."

 

UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart was not surprised Trimble impressed judges of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

 

"People are grateful Grace crosses their path because she gives of herself in more ways than I can describe," Barnhart said. "She has had a tremendous influence on her team, other student athletes and the community. Grace has represented the University of Kentucky at the highest level in every aspect of her college athletic career. In every facet of life, she excels not for her benefit but for the benefit of those she encounters."

 

Trimble, the daughter of Morton and Robin Trimble, will join the other 2014 scholars from across the nation for a week of programming and a special awards ceremony in May at the Truman Library in Independence, Mo.

 

A Chellgren Fellow, Trimble has advanced her studies in politics, nonprofits and public service as an undergraduate researcher at UK. As part of her research, Trimble had the opportunity to design and implement a survey to gauge the effectiveness of her nonprofit organization, Lexington Tennis Club Smart Shots. Through the surveying process, she has been able to take steps toward improving the overall effectiveness of Smart Shots.

 

Trimble counts her research advisor among the mentors at UK who not only influenced her work but also her career goals.

 

"Dr. Clayton Thyne, my PS 395 professor, has changed my trajectory as a student and future professional. He has taken me under his wing and provided me with the opportunity to pursue my passion for public service as a student," said the Truman Scholar.

 

Trimble is not only a competitor in the classroom but also on the court playing for the UK Women's Tennis Team. Trimble, who was just named to the 2014 Southeastern Conference Community Service Team, credits her coaches as other important mentors in her life. "My tennis coaches Joanne Wallen and Carlos Drada have enabled me to pursue my passion on and off the tennis court. They have invested in my life enabling me to step out into the world and invest in others."

 

Certainly, Trimble also is grateful for her family's support in helping her pursue her goals. "My family is my foundation through which I propel myself to heights I never could have imagined."

 

After completing her Truman Week programming in May, Trimble will intern with the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) this summer. The USTA has recognized her with many national awards through the years including the National Arthur Ashe Essay contest award and a Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship, as well as asking Trimble to be the keynote speaker at the U.S. Open's Opening Night Gala in 2011. 

 

Upon completion of her bachelor's degree in May 2015, Trimble will use her Truman Scholarship to pursue a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management.

 

Candidates for the Truman Scholarship were nominated by 294 different colleges and universities. Selection panels, typically comprised of a university president, a federal judge, a distinguished public servant and a past Truman Scholar, interviewed finalists from a three to four state region and elected one scholar from each state and one at-large scholar from the region. A complete listing of the 2014 Truman Scholars is available online at www.truman.gov.

 

The Truman Scholarship Foundation was established by Congress in 1975 as the federal memorial to the 33rd president. The foundation awards scholarships for college students to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Activities of the foundation are supported by a special trust fund in the U.S. Treasury. There have been 2,965 Truman Scholars selected since the foundation began.

 

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

 

 

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

Adventure Camps Open to Service Members, Their Teens

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:36
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2014) — Service members and their teenage children can experience new adventures together through camps provided by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

 

Extension is partnering with Life Adventure Center of the Bluegrass and the Center for Courageous Kids to host 10 adventure camps in Kentucky and neighboring states. The camps are funded by a Military-Teen Adventure Camp grant that UK Family and Consumer Sciences Extension received from the Department of Defense. 

 

The camps are open to service members from any branch of the military, DOD civilians and contractors from any state, and their 14-to18-year-old child or children. Priority is given to families with at least one deployment.

 

“Military families face unique challenges and struggles,” said Kerri Ashurst, UK senior extension specialist for family and consumer sciences. “The parent/teen camps are especially well suited for families that are experiencing a reunion or reintegration after a deployment.”

 

2014-2015 Military-Teen Adventure Camp opportunities include:

 

  • Big South Fork whitewater canoeing and backpacking expedition – May 15-18 in Stearns. Activities include whitewater canoeing, camping, exploring sandstone bluffs and learning backcountry cooking. Availability: 20 slots (10 parent/child teams).
  • Red River Gorge rock climbing, rappelling and canopy excursion – June 6-9 in Campton. Parents and their teens will rock climb and rappel in the Red River Gorge. Participants will soar through the tree canopy on ziplines at speeds up to 55 mph at 300 feet over the gorge. Availability: 24 slots (12 teams).
  • Whitewater rafting and outdoor quest – July 8-23 in Oakhill, W.Va. Activities include whitewater rafting, ziplining, mountain biking, horseback riding, mud/water pit challenges and lakeside activities. Availability: 30 slots (15 teams).
  • Ultimate Green River paddling and caving adventure – Aug. 15-18 at Mammoth Cave National Park. Events include flat water canoeing, caving, zipline/canopy and sky bridge adventure, coastal camping and backcountry cooking. Availability: 20 slots (10 teams).
  • Wounded warrior family excursion – Aug. 29-31 at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville. This camp is for military families caring for a wounded warrior. Activities include participation in an equestrian program, archery, bowling, swimming, climbing wall, team-building activities, campfire program, hayride and canoeing/boating. Availability: 60 slots (up to 30 families).
  • The great equestrian challenge – Sept. 12-14 at the Life Adventure Center in Versailles. Activities include horseback riding, vaulting, horsemanship, trail riding, horse care and grooming and unmounted equestrian team building initiatives. Availability: 30 slots (15 teams).
  • Extreme wilderness survival outdoor expedition – Oct. 24-26 at the Land Between the Lakes in Golden Pond. Events include trapping, foraging, fishing, shelter building, fire starting, navigation, water purification, outdoor cooking, camping and hiking. Availability: 24 slots (12 teams).
  • Intense winter wilderness survival primitive skills – Jan. 16-18 at the Life Adventure Center. Activities include primitive wilderness survival, flint knapping (the process of chipping away material from high silica stones like "flint" in a carefully controlled manner with special tools to build arrowheads), bow building workshop, archery skills instruction and more. Availability: 24 slots (12 teams).
  • Snowshoe Mountain ski and snow adventure – Jan. 29-Feb. 2 in Elkins, W.Va. Events include downhill skiing, snow tubing, snowboarding and a snowmobile tour. Availability: 50 slots (25 teams).
  • Whitewater rafting, climbing, rappelling and outdoor expedition – April 24-27, 2015 in Ocoee Retreat Center, Ocoee, Tenn. The agenda includes whitewater rafting, rock climbing and rappelling, paintball competition, team building, and high ropes course adventure. Availability: 30 slots (15 teams).

 

Spaces are quickly filling in all camps. To sign up, visit http://www.lifeadventurecenter.org/go/218/for-veterans-and-the-military.html.

           

 

 

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

 

Markey, LLS Host Third Annual 'Meet the Researchers Day'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosted their third annual "Meet the Researchers Day" on Tuesday. Meet the Researchers Day is a field trip given as a prize to two schools in the region who successfully raise more than $1,000 for the LLS's Pennies for Patients campaign.

 

This year, students from Meece Middle School (MMS) in Somerset, Ky., and Lexington Traditional Magnet School (LTMS) won the opportunity to visit the Biomedical/Biological Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) on UK's campus and learned more about how the money they raised for Pennies for Patients will help further cancer research.

 

After a formal introduction by Kathleen O'Connor, researcher and associate director of cancer education for the UK Markey Cancer Center, the students had the opportunity to rotate between presentations by pediatric hematologist/oncologist Dr. John D'Orazio and biochemist Craig Vander Kooi. Additionally, researchers Tianyan Gao and Garretson Epperly assisted O'Connor in giving the students a tour of O'Connor's research lab space in the BBSRB.

 

Pennies for Patients is the annual fundraiser for the School & Youth division of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It encourages students to collect spare change during a set three-week time frame early in the year. Funds raised support leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma research; patient and community service; public health education; and professional education.

 

For this year's campaign, 233 schools across the region raised a total of $264,062.03. Kentucky schools participating in Pennies for Patients had to raise a minimum of $1,000 to win the chance to attend Meet the Researchers Day. MMS and LTMS were chosen in a random drawing, raising $1,216.55 and $2,505.21, respectively. 

 

To learn more about the Pennies for Patients program, visit www.schoolandyouth.org.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu 

First UK Musical Theatre Class Showcases Talents in Technicolor With 'Joseph'

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:54

Trailer for UK Theatre's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."  Video by Zachary Norton/UK Theatre. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2014) — Following a season of offerings on comedic afterlife, holiday classics, breathtaking choreography and the themes of love, life and death, the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and the UK College of Fine Arts’ first class of musical theatre students will close the season with a musical parable of family and prophetic dreams. "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will capture audiences with sensational music and a larger-than-life cast April 25 through April 27, at the Lexington Opera House.

 

In addition to closing out the UK Theatre season, “Joseph” highlights the talent of the first cohort of students completing the UK Musical Theatre Certificate program. Musical theatre student and Singletary Scholar Peter LaPrade will take the title role in the performance.

 

Music and theatre go hand-in-hand and UK's School of Music and Department of Theatre agree. UK now offers a program to create the best musical theatre experience possible, shaping talented students to utilize both acting and musical skills. Beginning in fall 2013, the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Certificate in Musical Theatre debuted, offering a range of collaborative coursework and performance experience by drawing on resources from both departments.

 

The success of the musical theatre program is already evident beyond the UK stage. "The Musical Theatre Certificate has brought a vitality, energy and creativity to our program that is palpable," said Nancy Jones, chair of UK Theatre. "Our first graduate, Michael Sheehy, who plays Pharaoh in "Joseph," will graduate in May and go straight into professional summer stock and a full-time internship at Orlando Shakespeare Festival in the fall."

 

In addition to the cast of talented UK Theatre and musical theatre students, “Joseph” combines talent from across Lexington to bring every aspect of the tale to life. 

 

Lexington Children’s Theatre Associate Education Director Amie Kisling will direct 20 children from the Lexington community in the performance. Many of the children are already stage veterans in their own right. Cast members J.T. Snow and Alex Simpson, of Lexington, were featured in UK Theatre’s sold-out production of "A Christmas Carol" last December.

 

Animating the story and songs, UK Director of Dance Susie Thiel will serve as choreographer after directing UK's "(RE)Action Winter Dance Concert" this January.

 

The production is directed by Russell Henderson, associate professor of theatre acting and voice, and long-time director of the acclaimed outdoor drama "The Stephen Foster Story." The musical powerhouse wouldn't be complete without a live orchestra and a mix of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Brock Terry, pastor of music for the First United Methodist Church in Lexington, conducts the "Joseph" musical repertoire.

 

UK Theatre, which presents most of its productions at the Guignol Theatre, is excited to bring this production to a larger venue.

 

"We are thrilled to present this family favorite for our first production at the Lexington Opera House, where we will get to showcase the phenomenal talent of our faculty designers, guest lighting designer Matthew Hallock of Centre College, our wonderful students and many of the area's child actors," Jones said.

 

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this production, the first collaboration of Broadway dream team Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics). Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are challenged. When news of Joseph’s gift reaches the Pharaoh, Joseph is on his way to becoming second in command. His brothers, having suffered greatly, find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed. Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel.

 

Setting the Old Testament tale to a colorful range of music, dance and acting, the musical emerges both timely and timeless.

 

Since "Joseph" was written and first performed in 1968, about 40,000 productions of the story have entertained audiences. With a U.S. tour beginning last month, the show is in the midst of a national resurgence.

 

UK Theatre's performances of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for general admission. To purchase tickets, call 859-233-3535 or buy them online through Ticketmaster here

 

 

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

Twin Brothers Share Love for UK, Medicine

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 18, 2014) − The Dickens' twins look alike, have similar taste in food, listen to the same music, and enjoy outdoors activities. They are both good in math and science, both earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Kentucky in human nutrition science with a minor in biology, and both are pursuing careers in medicine.

 

However, for perhaps the first time in their lives, Brett and Blake Dickens are at a fork in the road and each are going their separate ways; one road leading to the UK College of Dentistry and other road leading to the UK College of Medicine.

 

Blake and Brett, 23-year-old identical twins from Owensboro, say they grew up in a big UK family that bleeds blue, many of whom are in the health care professions. They remember listening to the stories of their two older sisters, Megan and Ashley, both graduates of the UK College of Nursing, and cousins, who are all nurse anesthetists, as they talked about their experiences on the job. Blake and Brett knew at a fairly young age that they wanted to follow in their family's footsteps to UK and into some area of health care.

 

"We really are alike to a T," Blake Dickens says. "Growing up and being so close, we always had conversations about what we wanted to do with our lives. So while we were dreaming about being professional athletes and other things that young boys do, we also spent a lot of time talking about going into medicine."

 

Whether by nature or nurture, or perhaps a little of both, the brothers were drawn to medical careers. Blake became interested in dentistry because it allows him to combine both medicine and working with his hands. In addition, dentistry is a profession where he feels as though he can build strong, long-term relationships with his patients.

 

"I like seeing the before and after of good dental work," said Blake Dickens, currently completing his first year in the UK College of Dentistry.

 

Brett's interest in emergency medicine was influenced by an experience he had as a teenager while out riding with his dad, a retired firefighter and EMT.

 

"We came upon the scene of a horrible accident. My dad got out to help until paramedics arrived. Watching him work to help those people is something I will remember for the rest of my life," he said. "If bad things have already happened, I want to be there to help with a quick response."

 

Brett Dickens, currently completing his first year in the UK College of Medicine, worked in UK's Emergency Department (ED) all four years as an undergraduate student, and working in an ED is where he hopes to be someday, helping people in traumatic situations.

 

Blake Dickens says that he and his brother have spent almost their entire lives side by side.

 

"It's definitely a new experience to go an entire day without having a class together," he said.

 

"This is probably the biggest decision that we have made independent of each other," Brett adds.

 

Despite the running joke among their friends about how much Blake and Brett look and act alike, they have embraced their individual roles as UK dental and medical students and are thriving on their separate paths.

 

"I like learning about things I have seen and questioned and gaining an understanding in those things. It enables me to put things in order," Brett Dickens said.

 

Outside of class and studies, Brett represents his class in the Medical Student Government Association and takes part in an ultrasound interest group while Blake is president of the College of Dentistry's Class of 2017.

 

"The College of Dentistry does a good job of creating a supportive, family-like atmosphere. Faculty come out and mingle with students at events. It's a very collegiate network," he said.

 

The bond that exists between Blake and Brett Dickens is undeniable. Even though they are on separate journeys towards a career in dentistry and medicine, they will always share the advantages that come along with being a twin; as well as the bond that links them to an entire nation - the Big Blue Nation - they bleed blue.

 

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu

 

Honorary Degree Candidates Needed

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2014) — The University of Kentucky is seeking nominations for honorary doctoral degree recipients to be awarded at Commencement exercises in December 2014. 

 

Following the criteria, principles and guidelines approved by the University Senate and Board of Trustees, the University Joint Committee on Honorary Degrees solicits the nominations, which may be made by faculty, students, staff and friends of the university.

 

An honorary degree pays tribute to those whose lives and work exemplify professional, intellectual, or artistic achievement and who have made significant contributions to society, the state and the university.  For information on criteria and the nomination process, as well as the list of previous recipients, please visit the Graduate School’s Honorary Degrees website at Honorary Degrees.

 

Lead nominators who are assembling a nomination dossier should upload the completed document at the link on the website. The deadline for submitting a completed nomination dossier is Thursday, May 1, 2014.  

 

Please direct any questions or Dr. Morris Grubbs at morris.grubbs@uky.edu to Dr. Jeannine Blackwell at jblack@email.uky.edu .

 

Staff Senate Candidates Announced; Voting Starts Monday

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17, 2014) — Voting in the University of Kentucky Staff Senate election will begin on Monday, April 21, and will run through Friday, May 2. Candidates are listed below. 

 

Candidates’ platform statements and photos will be available to view at the online voting site.  Visit the Staff Senate website at http://www.uky.edu/staffsenate/staff-senate-2014-election-information to access the URL to vote beginning Monday, April 21.

 

Inquiries on the election may be directed to Mike Adams, election chair or Holly Jones Clark, Staff Senate office coordinator. All UK employees are encouraged to exercise their right to vote and determine who will represent them at the flagship university of the Commonwealth.   

 

The UK Staff Senate announces the following candidates: 

 

President’s Sector

  • Darlene Hisel
  • Karen Jackson

EVPFA’s Sector

 

No candidates this term

 

EVPHA’s Sector

  • Nicole Garlin

Provost’s Sector

  • Melissa Barger
  • Edward Brown
  • Gary Case
  • Tom Collins
  • Diana Doggett
  • Jonathan Gent
  • David Gillespie
  • Laura Hall
  • Orvis Kean
  • Ann Livingstone
  • Troy Martin
  • Karen Michul
  • Terry Olson
  • Covetta Ramey
  • Ben Rice
  • George Scott
  • Erin Short
  • Pam Sigler
  • Jeff Spradling
  • Nancy Taylor
  • Melissa Wilkeson

 

 

UK Teams Up With SEC Rivals to Reach out to Prospective Students

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 17,  2012) — The universities of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) are putting their rivalries aside as they work together to reach out to prospective students on the West Coast.

  

The University of Kentucky, along with the other 13 institutions of the SEC, will host college fairs for prospective students and their families in California next week. 

  

“We have much to be proud of in the SEC and showcasing what makes each institution unique can be of benefit to all — especially our prospective students,” said Don Witt, associate provost of enrollment management. 

  

"Traveling with the 13 other schools of the SEC is a remarkable opportunity for all of us to share what’s special about the institutions in our region, but to also showcase our own unique academic programs and successes," said Stephen Barnett, senior associate director of admission and senior associate registrar.

  

This is the sixth year in a row SEC schools have come together to hold joint college fairs for area students and information breakfasts for guidance counselors.  In the last five years, SEC college fairs were held in Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; Washington, D.C.; Texas; the Pacific Northwest; and the New York City area. 

  

“UK is a part of this effort because through such collaborations we can approach new recruitment initiatives in a more efficient and resourceful manner — everyone benefits,” Witt said.

  

"Each year we’re able to share our resources to reach out to a new group of prospective students to let them know the benefits of attending one of our great universities in the southeast," Barnett said.

      

The first college fair, open to Santa Monica area high school students and their families, is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton.

  

Another fair will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Irvine Marriott in Orange County. 

 

The Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego will host the final fair of the tour from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

   

At each location, the college fairs will give high school students and their families the chance to meet representatives from each school in the SEC in order to learn more about each institution.

  

 “As UK expands our reach to new regions of the country, California is an ideal location because we have the opportunity to inform and inspire prospective students about the wonderful academic and collegiate spirit that I feel is unique to the SEC, ” Witt said.

 

Additionally, UK representatives will meet with guidance counselors from schools in each city on the tour. 

  

For more information on the SEC college fairs, visit: www.seccollegetour.org/. 

 

To register for the SEC college fairs, visit www.seccollegetour.org/students.php.

 

For more information on UK's participation in this venture, email slbarn2@uky.edu or call 859-257-3256.

 

For more information on applying to UK, visit: www.applyuk.com.

 

Watch the videos below to discover what being a Wildcat is really like.

 

To view other videos about the University of Kentucky, visit: www.youtube.com/universityofkentucky.

 

CONTACT:  Stephen Barnett, 859-257-3256; slbarn2@uky.edu

 

 

Annual Derby Eve Gala to Benefit UK’s Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Research Center

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2014) – The Annual Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala, benefiting the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Research Center at the University of Kentucky, will be 8 p.m., Friday, May 2 in Louisville.

 

During the past eight years, the gala has raised more than $9.6 million for the nationally and internationally recognized Center of Excellence in diabetes and obesity research at UK. The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Research Center unites clinical care, research, education and advocacy to provide a comprehensive program to improve the lives of people living with diabetes.

 

Research at the center focuses on prevention and treatment of diabetes and targets end-organ complications of diabetes and moves from the laboratory to the clinical research center and ultimately to the clinical setting when treating patients.

 

The gala, which originated two decades ago, was founded by twin sisters Patricia Barnstable Brown and Priscilla Barnstable, along with Patricia’s late husband Dr. David E. Brown who passed away from complications of the disease in 2003.

 

The star-packed gala, known for its musical extravaganza, has released its celebrity lineup which includes Kings of Leon, Lily Aldridge, Miranda Lambert, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Boyz II Men and Tom Brady.

 

Guests also will include:  Kix Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Aaron Rodgers, Gene Simmons, Shannon Tweed, Richie Sambora, Stephen Amell, Bode Miller, Morgan Miller, Clay Walker, Pete Wentz, Salt-n-Pepa, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, LeeAnn Womack, Josh Henderson, Johnny Gill, My Morning Jacket, Terry O’Quinn, Jennifer Holliday, Travis Tritt, Taylor Dayne, Joey Fatone, Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery, Tracy Byrd, Jason Dufner (guest of the PGA), Wes Welker (Denver Broncos), Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers), Vince Wilfork (New England Patriots), Larry Birkhead, Olivia Henken, Jodie Meeks (University of Kentucky, Los Angeles Lakers), Doron Lamb (University of Kentucky, Orlando Magic), Kris Humphries (Boston Celtics), Charissa Thompson (Fox Sports), and Stephen Van Treese (University of Louisville).

 

“Our 26th year is going to be extraordinary,” said Patricia Barnstable-Brown “It’ll be one for the history books.” For more information about the gala, call 502-491-6778.

 

UK Student Entrepreneurs Win $19,000 at Idea State U Competition

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2014) —Three UK undergraduate and graduate student entrepreneur teams won a total $19,000 at the Cabinet for Economic Development’s Idea State U competition last weekend.

 

Twenty-six teams, comprised of more than 80 undergraduate and graduate students from seven Kentucky public universities, the University of Pikeville and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, participated in Idea State U. With the help of faculty advisors, students spent months developing business concepts or formal business plans, which were presented to panels of business experts serving as volunteer judges.

 

“I was impressed by the professionalism and the seriousness of the students and their advisors,” said judge and local angel investor David Goodnight. “Every single student that I engaged was passionate about his or her ideas. Each one of the business plans and concepts can work — and many of them will — which will produce meaningful products, jobs and money.”

 

UK team Shouter, computer science seniors Josiah Hanna, Charlie Effinger and Craig Schmidt, won third place in the undergraduate business plan category for their social media mobile application. They were also the top undergraduate team in the UK Venture Challenge.

 

“Venture Challenge has really opened our eyes to the world beyond our technical field. For most of our time as undergraduates we've only approached software development from the technical viewpoint,” said Shouter team leader Josiah Hanna. “Now we are asking, ‘how can we make this something people will use?’ Venture Challenge and Idea State U have shown that creating a startup is much more than just having a great, original idea. It’s putting in the work to make it happen and adapting to provide something your customers want.”

 

Venture Challenge graduate winners MosquitoTech and MBA candidates Alex Blasingame, Justin Johnson and Rob Arnold won second best graduate business plan team in the state. They presented a plan for an environmentally responsible product to control and eliminate the Asian tiger mosquito using UK researcher and medical and veterinary entomology Professor Stephen Dobson’s patented technology.

“Participation in the UK Venture Challenge and Idea State U enabled our team to receive professional feedback and new ideas to further develop our business ideas,” said Rob Arnold. “These events gave exposure to our product and enabled us to polish our presentation skills as well as network with many esteemed members of the Lexington community.”

 

Placing second in graduate concept was Arymza Technologies, Satrio Husodo, molecular and cellular biochemistry Ph.D. candidate; and MBA candidates Erica Clark and Miguel Doughlin.


Arymza targets the $15 billion starch market using new enzyme technology developed by UK molecular and cellular biochemistry researchers Matthew Gentry and Craig Vander Kooi that makes it easier to process starch.

 

Miguel Doughlin said “Embedded in the entrepreneurial process is the ability to calculate risk and execute on an idea which you are passionate about. Venture Challenge and Idea State U present opportunities for students to practice communicating rich ideas to peers, judges and potential investors in the hope of one day fulfilling their dream to own and manage a business.”

 

“Events like Venture Challenge and Idea State U are opportunities for students to learn about entrepreneurship outside of the classroom. I grasp concepts infinitely better through practice, and events like these provide a chance to do just that,” said Erica Clark. “We receive valuable feedback from the judges which helps to further pursue our entrepreneurial passions, and we have opportunities to network with countless amazing people who share these passions.”

 

“I think the greatest benefit of being able to participate in Venture Challenge and Idea State U is the chance to get your name out there; there really is no better way,” architecture junior Bryan Wright said. He represented UK in the undergraduate business concept category with Reinforcer, a new venture to increase a home’s tolerance to withstand potentially damaging winds using an affordable internal structural system design.

 

UK advisors for Idea State U are Deb Weis, director of iNET, the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking hosted by the College of Communication & Information; and Executive Director Dean Harvey and Mariam Gorjian, Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, Gatton College of Business & Economics.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Deb Weis, 859-338-0751, debweis@uky.edu; Joe Hall, 502-564-4886

 

 

UK Family Sciences' Kim Receives National Award

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 17:37
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2014) — Hyungsoo Kim, associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, recently received a prestigious award from the American Council on Consumer Interests.

 

The organization recently awarded Kim the Mid-Career Award. The award is given to an active member in the organization who has worked in the field of family finance for less than 15 years and excels at research and teaching. He received the award during the organization’s annual conference in Milwaukee.

 

In the UK Department of Family Sciences, Kim focuses on research related to family financial security over a lifetime. He specifically studies how chronic health conditions later in life affect financial security and personal motivation tools geared toward middle-aged individuals to increase their retirement savings to mitigate and better plan for chronic health problems later in life. Kim has published 24 peer-reviewed articles in various journals on this topic including three that appeared in the council’s Journal of Consumer Affairs.

 

“Dr. Kim’s current research interest uses a theory from behavioral economics designed to increase retirement savings and investment amounts for individuals nearing retirement,” said Claudia Heath, professor in the UK Department of Family Sciences who is working with Kim on several projects. “His work in this research area is very promising for changing the way scholars view and practitioners approach developing financial self-sufficiency.”

 

Kim also teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of personal and family finance.

 

As a member of the council, Kim served as a member of the group’s board of directors from 2010 to 2013, and helped increased international activities and participation. He has also served as a reviewer for the Journal of Consumer Affairs.

 

 

 

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

 

UK's Advanced Ventricular Assist Device Program Continues to Grow, Excel

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 16:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2014) — Two years ago, John Doty came down with a cold that just wouldn't go away.

 

After weeks of dealing with the symptoms, Doty was diagnosed with walking pneumonia and received antibiotics. He started to feel better, but the illness crept back. Finally, after a trip to Red River Gorge — where he felt he just couldn't catch his breath — he went back to his physician and was referred to a cardiologist.

 

After running tests, his doctors gave him a new diagnosis — a severely weakened heart with an ejection fraction of less than 10 percent. The ejection fraction is a measure of how effectively the heart can pump blood volume into the body — and in a healthy heart, that number falls between 50-65 percent.

 

At a local hospital, Doty underwent a procedure to have a defibrillator implanted.  However, during the procedure, he became very unstable and his blood pressure began to drop. 

Doty's heart was so weak, he needed a left ventricular assist devices or LVAD. He was swiftly transferred to UK Chandler Hospital — the only hospital in Lexington and only one of two in the state that perform VAD procedures for emergency treatment.  

 

“When Mr. Doty was transferred to UK, he was very sick, on a ventilator and requiring two medications to support his blood pressure,” says Dr. Navin Rajagopalan, a heart failure cardiologist at the UK Gill Heart Institute.  “He was going into kidney and liver failure. It was clear that he needed an assist device as soon as possible before the damage to his body was irreversible.”

 

VADs are devices that are used to partially replace the function of a failing heart. Though they are frequently only used on the left ventricle (LVAD), some patients may require an assist device to support the right ventricle (RVAD).  Some patients may also require two devices to support both ventricles (BiVAD).

 

VADs are sometimes used briefly following heart attacks or surgeries because they can allow the heart to rest and even heal. Some patients require them long-term — as a bridge to transplant, for instance — and some patients with advanced congestive heart failure require a VAD for the rest of their lives.

 

Andy Baker, a UK patient whose heart was damaged by a viral infection, says he was initially reluctant to get a VAD. Now, however, the Danville resident says he's happy to keep the device and has no interest in getting a heart transplant. With the VAD, he's able to stay active and busy, noting that he "doesn't see any sense in just sitting around."

 

"I had mixed feelings about it," Baker said of getting the VAD. "But it's given me life again."

 

UK began performing VAD procedures in 1995, and each year, UK performs about 20 to 30 procedures on patients all across the Commonwealth and beyond. UK's Advanced Ventricular Assist Device program recently received their third straight biannual Certificate of Distinction from The Joint Commission (TJC), the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. To earn this distinction, eligible VAD programs must demonstrate excellence in TJC's standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures.

 

"Receiving the VAD Certificate of Distinction for the third straight review cycle shows just what an outstanding job our physicians, nurses and support staff are doing when it comes to treating patients who require these assist devices," said Dr. Maya Guglin, director of UK's Mechanical Assisted Circulation Program. "It's proof that we are going above and beyond to ensure our patients are receiving the best quality care."

 

For most patients, a VAD provides an opportunity to recover at home without the repeated readmissions to the hospital that may come from other heart failure treatment options — thus saving costs for both the hospital and the patient. With a VAD, many patients are able to return to their everyday lives and still do many of the same activities they did before.

 

And in some cases, the VAD allows the heart to heal enough so that the device is no longer needed. Doty is one of the lucky 5 to 10 percent of patients who recovered enough to warrant removal of the device. After 16 weeks of being on his VAD combined with regular cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, his ejection fraction had improved to 55 percent, and his device was explanted in December 2013.

 

"I almost feel like I never had it," Doty says, noting that having the VAD was a small price to pay for being healthy. "It wasn't that great of an imposition, considering that it was keeping you alive."

 

Baker, a father of three, echoes a similar sentiment.

 

"I had three girls at home, and I wanted to see them grow up," he said. "The LVAD has allowed me to do that."

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu

Gatton College Inducts Two Into its Alumni Hall of Fame

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics recently inducted two more individuals into its Alumni Hall of Fame.

The 2014 inductees into the hall, which was inaugurated in 1994, are:

 

  • Chuck Martz, UK Class of 1973, is CEO, president, and chairman of the board of Link-Belt Construction Equipment Co., headquartered in Lexington. Link-Belt is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI), Tokyo, Japan.
  • Douglas D. Tough, UK Class of 1972, is chairman and CEO of International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF), Inc., based in New York City.

 

Martz is also executive vice president of Sumitomo Heavy Industries and is the first officer from a U.S. subsidiary to achieve this level in the SHI organization. Link-Belt is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of lattice and telescopic boom cranes.

 

Martz began his career at Link-Belt in 1975. He was named chairman of Link-Belt and vice president of SHI in early 2009 after three consecutive years of record earnings and aggressively expanding Link-Belt’s international presence. Martz was named Link-Belt CEO in March of 2007 and president in September 1998. Within the company he has held numerous positions, including controller; vice president, finance and administration; and vice president of manufacturing.

 

Martz was born and raised in Lexington, attending Lafayette High School prior to graduating from UK with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Lexington along with their three children and five grandchildren.

 

Douglas D. Tough assumed the role of chairman and CEO of IFF in March of 2010. Prior to that, Tough served as the CEO and managing director of Ansell Limited, a $1.1 billion global leader in health care barrier protection.

 

Prior to joining Ansell, Tough had a 17-year career with Cadbury Schweppes PLC, where he held a variety of positions including president of Cadbury Beverages International from 1992-1996 and president, Africa, India, Middle East and Europe Division from 1996-2000. From 2000-2003, he was president and CEO of Dr. Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. Tough began his business career with the Procter & Gamble Company in 1974.

 

Tough has been a member of IFF’s Board of Directors since October 2008. He joined the Board of Directors of Molson Coors Brewing Company in February 2012.

While he was an undergraduate at UK, Tough was a standout player on the men's intercollegiate tennis team.

 

In addition to earning his bachelor's degree from the Gatton College, Tough also holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

 

“Chuck Martz and Doug Tough continue to have tremendous impact on their fields of commerce and on the quality of life in their communities," said Gatton College Dean David W. Blackwell. "We are proud to welcome them into the Gatton Alumni Hall of Fame where they will serve as a model and inspiration for our current and future students."

 

 

 

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

 

Students Invited to Next "Monday on Mondays"

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 15:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 16, 2014) Students: come have lunch with Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday at noon Monday, April 21, in the Student Center cafeteria. Lunch will be provided. 

 

As part of an effort to hear from and exchange ideas with students, Eric Monday is initiating a monthly dialogue called "Monday on Mondays."  It's an opportunity for students to casually meet with Monday, a leader of major initiatives on facilities, finance, housing and dining at UK. 

 

“Students are why we are here,” Monday said. “And much of what we do, from construction of new residence halls to how we provide dining, impacts the student experience. They need to be part of the dialogue as we set the course toward an ambitious and exciting future at UK.”

 

The first “Monday on Mondays” took place Monday, March 10, in Blazer Cafe. Each month, a similar session will be held to allow for some informal dialogue.

 

Come learn about what’s happening in the Office of the EVPFA and share your ideas.

You can also reach Monday at his new Twitter account: @UKYMonday.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

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