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A Day in the Life of a UK Student: March 29, 1912

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 14:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 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 188th diary entry from March 29, 1912, looks back at a day and night spent working on the yearbook, The Kentuckian.

 

March 29th. We just naturally skip everything and put in the day and night on the Annual. Mr. Utley comes to our aide, and the Civil Dance bothers us not at all. Get back to the hall in the wee small hours, but have done great things on the 1912 Annual.

 

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

 

 

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

 

Director Position Available Through SAB

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2016)  The Student Activities Board director of Engaging Issues position is available for application. Director applications can be submitted on the SAB website at uksab.org or delivered to the SAB office located at 365 Blazer Hall. Applications are due no later than noon Monday, April 4.

 

With no prior involvement required, SAB is looking for hard-working and passionate students who want to unite the campus and community by bringing exciting events to campus. Programming directors are responsible for directing a committee to plan, promote, execute and evaluate events. Directorship provides the opportunity to earn internship credit, such as COM 399 and JAT 399.

 

SAB provides a place for any student to become involved through a variety of positions. Involvement is an important part of any student’s experience and growth at the University of Kentucky. Directors receive hands-on, real-world experience from the planning to the execution of each event. Through this process, directors have the chance to develop as individuals, professionals and leaders.

 

All information detailing the position can be found on the SAB website. Interviews will be held  from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. Applicants are highly encouraged to visit the SAB office before the application deadline. If you have any questions, please email Olivia Senter, SAB president, at president@ukab.org.

 

SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the university annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.

 

Connect with SAB at http://www.uksab.org, follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKSAB or like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UKSAB/. For more information about SAB and events, email Jazmine Byrd at publicrelations@uksab.org.

 

 

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

 

 

SAB CONTACT: Jazmine Byrd, publicrelations@uksab.org, (859) 257-8868

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, katy.bennett@uky.edu or rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, (859) 257-1909/(859) 323-2395 

"see blue." #selfie: Jordan Mason

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2016) — Want to get to know the people behind some of the biggest student leadership positions on campus? We did, too! That's why we're excited to introduce "see blue." #selfie - a brand new series on UKNow that lets student leaders from across campus tell us a little bit more about themselves and their organizations. This week, the 2016 president of Public Relations Student Society of America, Jordan Mason.

 

Jordan Mason, a senior integrated strategic communication major from Louisville, Kentucky, is this year's Public Relations Student Society of America president for the University of Kentucky chapter.  Jordan is so passionate about PRSSA because she believes that it unites a group of students with the same interests and pushes students to be successful in the public relations field. Learn all about this spunky, dedicated and enthusiastic leader in her see blue. #selfie!

 

UKNow: What is your major and where are you from?

Jordan Mason: I am a senior, integrated strategic communication major from Louisville.  

 

UK: Tell me about your position in PRSSA.

JM: I am currently president of PRSSA, so I'm in charge of contacting speakers for meetings, organizing events and overseeing the executive board.

 

UK: When did you become involved with PRSSA?

JM: I became involved my second semester of sophomore year, so the spring of 2014.

 

UK: What made you want to invest in PRSSA? 

JM: I was part of SAB a long time, and it made me want to get more involved with an organization that went along with my major….so I went with a public relations club!  

 

UK: Why are you so passionate about the organization? 

JM: I love PRSSA because it unites a group with the same interests. I love that it's a national organization that prides itself in making sure students succeed and they pave a path for you.  It's an organization where they want you to be as successful as you can possibly be.

 

UK: What is your favorite part about the organization?

JM: My favorite part, I think, is when I get other students to be involved. I like when you reach that point that they are interested and you get to keep immersing them in all the program has to offer.  It's a rewarding feeling when they become just as passionate about it as you.

 

UK: What has been your most memorable event during your time in PRSSA?

JM: I think it was the West Sixth Tour. It was the first tour where I was on the board. I thought it was the neatest thing. We took something that had nothing to do with public relations and made it about public relations and asked the behind the scenes marketing questions. It was such a fun event! 

 

UK: What is your favorite UK tradition? 

JM: Saturday football games. I have been going to those since I was 2.  My cousin played for UK. It's in my blood.

 

UK: How much planning goes on behind the scenes for PRSSA? 

JM: It’s not so much how much planning, it’s when you do it. It’s fairly easy to find speakers if you do it in the right amount of time. If we are planning for January, we start prepping in November. We have learned our lesson where we have waited until the last minute and had to scramble. Also, we ask what trending topics in the field that will interest members. Our last speaker was Marc Whitt. He came to focus on how to keep a good social media presence while job hunting. You want to make meeting topics personable and something you know will help members.  

 

UK: Has anything embarrassing ever happened to you during a PRSSA event?

JM: Oh gosh, probably. I'm sure I've done something stupid. Oh, I fell down the ramp at Keeneland last fall.

 

UK: Since you're from Louisville, what made you decide to attend UK?

JM: I've never been a UofL fan. When it came to UK, that was the only school I applied to. I had my application for Louisville ready, and I never put it in the mailbox. So, after that I was just hoping to get into UK. I decided I wanted to go to UK in middle school. It’s surreal sometimes that I’m at my dream school.

 

UK: Growing up, what did you want to be? 

JM: I always wanted like 15 jobs - the doctor the lawyer and the artist. I finally settled on being a writer. I wanted to write books. When I came to UK I wanted to do journalism, then that changed to public relations.

 

UK: What is your favorite thing to do off campus in Lexington?

JM:  Pazzo's. I think it’s so fun! Pazzo's reminds me of home; it brings back Louisville to me. 

 

UK: Since you're constantly immersed with public relations, what's your go-to social media? 

JM:  I would say Twitter. It used to be Instagram, then I got tired of all the changes. I love that you can connect with so many people. For the longest time I didn’t understand Twitter, but now I love it.

 

UK: What would you tell an incoming freshman? 

JM: Don’t take two 8 a.m.'s in a row because you will not survive. I’m just telling you now. You think you can do it because you did it the second semester….you’re mistaken.

 

UK: What is your favorite part of being an ISC major? 

JM: The family aspect. I feel like you can go to anybody in the department at any time and talk to them and tell them what is wrong. It’s like a second home to me. I love that.

 

UK: How can a prospective student get involved in PRSSA? 

JM: They can start by coming to the meetings at the beginning of the semesters. After that, you’re available to talk to exec board members and learn more about how to become a member! 

 

UK: What are the benefits of PRSSA?

JM: It's a national club, so if you put it on a resume, people will know what it is. We are the only club that focuses purely on public relations. I love the work that nationals does as well. They send you newsletters, and they have national and regional conferences. They are set on making sure members have the greatest opportunities that they can have.

 

UK: Since UK is out, who are you rooting for to win the NCAA tournament?

JM: No one. I don't believe in watching it after the Cats are gone. I had them winning on my bracket.

 

 

"see blue." #selfies will appear every other Tuesday on UKNow. Know a student leader we should feature? Contact Rebecca Stratton at rebecca.stratton@uky.edu to nominate someone.

 

 

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

Singletary Center Lot Unavailable March 30 and March 31

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2016) — The Singletary Center for the Arts E lot (located off Patterson Drive) on the University of Kentucky campus will be unavailable for general parking Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31, to facilitate set-up and staging for the Old Crow Medicine Show concerts; the concerts will be held on both Wednesday, March 30 and Thursday, March 31. The lot has 33 spaces.

 

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

 

Go to 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

Kentucky Academy of Science Offering Free Membership to UK Students, Faculty, Staff

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 11:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 30, 2016) —The University of Kentucky has been named a 2016 Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) Enhanced Affiliate. Faculty, staff and students of UK may join KAS for free thanks to the Enhanced Affiliate Membership Program. KAS is a nonprofit organization fostering scientific discovery and understanding in the Commonwealth and currently has more than 3,000 members — an all-time high.

 

Membership in KAS is open to anyone with an interest in science. Members receive news, announcements, and job and research opportunities from KAS. They can also apply for research grants and publish in the Journal of the Kentucky Academy of Science, receive complimentary electronic access to the journal and are entitled to discounted KAS annual meeting registration fees.

 

Other benefits to joining include opportunities to interact with scientists in other disciplines of science throughout Kentucky. Members can also become part of a community of scientists represented in government, education and industry while improving science literacy through the KAS science education partnership with the Kentucky Science Center.

 

The Kentucky Academy of Science is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1914, whose mission is to foster scientific discovery and understanding in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Faculty, staff and students of the University of Kentucky may become members of the Kentucky Academy of Science at http://kyacademyofscience.net.

 

 

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:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155

Nominations for UK Staff Trustee Open April 7

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 11:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2016) — Nominations for the position of staff trustee to the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees will be accepted April 7-21. The staff representative to the Board of Trustees serves a three-year term. To be eligible to run and serve as staff representative to the Board of Trustees, one must be a regular, full time, (1.0 FTE) staff member and have served for at least one year of continuous employment at the university.

 

To declare as a candidate, a staff member must submit a petition with 25 signatures from full-time university staff members. The eligibility of candidates will be determined by the UK Staff Senate during the week of April 22-28. Following verification, candidates will be invited to a public debate Thursday, May 12 during the monthly meeting of the Staff Senate. 

 

Ann Eads, chair of the Staff Senate Elections Committee, which facilitates the process, encourages those who are interested in serving as staff trustee to discuss a potential candidacy with supervisors and colleagues.

 

“It's an exciting time for the staff at UK," Eads said. "We are readying for an election to determine our representative to the University's Board of Trustees."

 

The Board of Trustees consists of 16 members appointed by the governor, two members of the faculty, one member of the non-teaching personnel, and one member of the student body. The staff and two faculty trustees are elected by their constituents. The student trustee is also the elected president of the Student Government Association. The position of non-teaching, or staff, trustee is described in UK Governing Regulation, 164.131, part 4.

 

The trustee election will be held May 13-27. Any UK staff member with .75 FTE or greater is eligible to participate in the online vote.

 

The Board of Trustees has jurisdiction over UK's financial, educational, and operational policies, as well as the university’s relations with the state and federal government.

 

Further information about the Board of Trustees and its duties can be found at www.uky.edu/Trustees. For information about the election, including rules for nomination, the nomination form, campaigning, and official obligations of the staff trustee, contact Eads at aeads2@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: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Recognizing Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, UK HDI Highlights Resources Available to Kentuckians

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 08:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2016) — March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, and the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI) stands at the forefront of this movement to make sure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as autism and Down syndrome, have access to valuable resources utilized throughout the nation and in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

HDI offers educational seminars about available resources for people with developmental disabilities; programs and resources to benefit individuals with disabilities through the lifespan; and regular updates about issues impacting the disability community.

 

HDI holds a Fall and Spring Seminar Series with free educational presentations about topics related to developmental disabilities. The institute has an upcoming presentation from 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 15, by an occupational therapist about how to collaborate with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Those who are interested can attend the seminar in person at the HDI Conference Room in the University of Kentucky Mineral Industries building, or view the seminar via live stream.  To register for the seminar, visit http://www.hdi.uky.edu

 

 

"The HDI Seminar Series is an opportunity to increase your knowledge about the needs of persons with developmental disabilities and their families," said HDI Preservice Training Coordinator Walter Bower. "All groups who engage with children with autism, including family members, professionals, educators, and caregivers, can benefit from the upcoming seminar."

 

In addition, many programs for families and individuals with developmental disabilities can be explored online at http://www.hdi.uky.edu/for-individuals-and-family-members.. The programs range from books and websites for new and expectant parents learning about a diagnosis of Down syndrome to peer support programs for students with developmental disabilities to health and wellness initiatives and supported employment programs. HDI also offers resources and directories for Kentuckians to navigate services for people with disabilities, including the popular “Kentucky Disability Resources Manual” in English and Spanish and a Recreation Manual.

 

Moreover, individuals can stay up-to-date on the latest disability-related news through the HDI website, newsletter and social media updates. The institute regularly shares the latest news, popular stories and videos, and cutting-edge innovations. Sign up for the quarterly newsletter at http://www.hdi.uky.edu and follow social media updates at https://www.facebook.com/ukhdi/.

 

 

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

Stay Dry With New Umbrella Loan Program UK Campus

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 07:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2016) — Forget your umbrella - ella - ella?  No worries if you're on the University of Kentucky campus on a rainy day. LoanBrellas is here to keep you dry.

 

Some 800 umbrellas, in 80 display units have been placed in 21 locations throughout UK's campus.  They are on loan for rain emergencies.  Visit  http://uknow.uky.edu/sites/default/files/umbrella_map_2.jpg to view the locations.

 

LoanBrellas is the brain child of David Bertram, vice president of Campus Marketing and Digital Media for UK Sports & Campus Marketing, part of JMI Sports, which holds the multimedia contract for UK. The LoanBrellas project was developed in partnership with sponsor Coca Cola.

 

"JMI's role on campus is to develop sponsorship opportunities that provide meaningful benefits to students, faculty, staff and visitors to UK.  It is in that spirit that my daughter Katherine and I came up with an umbrella sharing idea," Bertram said.  "The concept is simple — if you are caught in the rain without an umbrella, then borrow one of ours, but please return it to one of 80 convenient bins around campus when you are through with it." 

 

"This is a practical and helpful program for the UK campus community and one that we appreciate JMI launching," said Eric Monday, executive vice president for finance and administration.

 

The full size umbrellas are branded with the UK LoanBrellas logo as well as that of Coca Cola. Bertram said they hope to place additional umbrellas very soon with a new sponsor, as well.   

 

"To the best of our knowledge, we are the first college campus to launch an umbrella sharing program," Bertram said.  "We certainly hope it becomes a permanent and successful program, but much of that depends on how well people embrace the concept and kindly return the umbrellas for the next person to use." 

 

 

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:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155, kathy.johnson@uky.edu

 

National Summit on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse Spotlights UK Leadership, Clinical Research

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 14:50

ATLANTA, Ga. (March 28, 2016) — The spread of prescription drug and heroin abuse in America has escalated to the status of a national epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported more deaths from drug overdose than car crashes in 2014.

 

The crisis is amplified in Kentucky, where an estimated 1,000 people die every year from opioid or heroin-related drug overdose.

 

The University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare remain at the forefront of a national movement to end the scourge of prescription drug and heroin abuse. As part of fulfilling this important mission, UK sent a delegation of executive, clinical and research leaders to join national thought-leaders and policymakers at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, March 28-31 in Atlanta, Georgia. President Barack Obama, who pledged $1 billion in the federal budget to fight the substance abuse epidemic in February, will address the expected 1,600 conference attendees on March 29.

 

Hosted by the nonprofit Operation UNITE, summit is the largest collaboration of federal, state and local professionals seeking to end heroin and prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion. At UK’s “Vision Session,” Drs. Catherine Martin and Daniel Wermeling will present on the issues of substance abuse intervention and prevention in their panel titled “Rescuing the Opiate Overdose: From Receptors to Relatives to Regulations.” UK HealthCare serves as a supporting sponsor of the summit. 

 

Martin, the director of child and adolescent psychiatry at UK, and Wermeling, a professor in the UK College of Pharmacy, are two members of a UK contingent, which also includes UK President Eli Capilouto, UK Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis, UK HealthCare Vice President for Administration and External Affairs Mark D. Birdwhistell, and Dr. Michael Kindred, a professor in the College of Medicine’s psychiatry department. The delegation will moderate panels and breakout sessions with national policy makers throughout the week.

 

"We have a monumental task in this country to reverse the tide of opioid overdose deaths that now takes a life every 20 minutes,” U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, the creator of Operation UNITE, said. “This life-saving mission requires a holistic approach with all hands on deck, from our law enforcement, treatment and education communities. I commend Dr. Capilouto for his leadership and the University of Kentucky for helping lead this important discussion for solutions at the fifth annual National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, hosted by Operation UNITE."

 

Other keynote speakers and presenters at the conference include Capilouto; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; Michael P. Botticeli, director of the National Office on Drug Control Policy; U.S. Surgeon Gen. Dr. Vivek H. Murthy; Francis Collis, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Tom Frieden, director of the CDC; and Nora Volkow, director of the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

 

“Too many Kentucky families are too often confronted by the dark and painful scourge of prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction. It’s an epidemic that penetrates communities across the nation, both urban and rural, but has especially intractable roots in Appalachia and the regions served by the University of Kentucky,” Capilouto said. “UK’s expert faculty and clinicians are on the frontline – heroes in the field – confronting these challenging policy and health care questions with the support of our federal leaders and community partners.” 

 

Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education, Inc.) was created in 2003 by Rogers to rid communities of illegal drug use through a comprehensive approach that includes educating youth and the public, coordinating substance abuse treatment, and providing support for families and friends of substance abusers. UNITE serves a 32-county region in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

 

The University of Kentucky is one of 22 universities in the nation to house a trifecta of nationally accredited research institutions, including an National Cancer Institute-designated cancer research center (Markey Cancer Center), an National Institute of Health-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), and National Institute on Aging-funded Alzheimer’s research center (Sanders-Brown Center on Aging). In fiscal year 2015, University of Kentucky faculty members were awarded more than $95 million in research funding from the NIH and more than $12 million from NIDA.

 

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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, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

UK Dining and Green Tree Plastics Create 100 Percent Recycled Bench for a Cleaner Future

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 13:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — Today, March 28, University of Kentucky Dining and UK students will see the results of their efforts from collections of their plastic lids over the past several months. Throughout February and March, UK promoted waste reduction activities across campus through its lid collection competition — “Blazer's Call to Battle.” Students and staff supported their favorite on-campus dining units by collecting plastic lids and caps that would be used for the production of a recycled bench.

 

Each week, victory was rewarded to the dining venue with the highest weight of collected plastics. Every dining unit across campus participated and contributed to the reduction of UK Dining’s waste stream.

 

Green Tree Plastics (GTP) has transformed the recycled plastic into a recycled bench. The bench will be presented to the UK Early Childhood Lab on April 4.

 

According to UK Sustainability Coordinator Elizabeth Ferguson, UK has redirected more than 400 pounds of waste to be repurposed into durable product by Green Tree Plastics (GTP) since 2015. Since its establishment in 2004, GTP has recycled and repurposed more than 15 million pounds of plastic waste.

 

UK Dining has plans to continue its partnership with GTP to create more benches for campus. UK Dining hopes to encourage more student participation with continuous contests and events dedicated to reducing the university’s waste reduction rates through 2016.

 

According to M.K. Cole, UK Dining senior operations director, the world produces more than 300 million metric tons of plastic each year. The majority of these plastics are directed to landfills where they can take more than 1 million years to decompose.

 

Such a slow decomposition rate reduces the plastic to smaller pieces that could eventually contaminate groundwater systems. “In a sense,” Cole notes, “lid and cap waste can negatively impact the Earth for centuries to come.”

 

For more information on how to get involved, contact UK Dining sustainability assistant, Elizabeth Ferguson at eafe224@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: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Special Collections Launches Aeon

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 12:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — On March 31, 2016, the University of Kentucky Special Collections and Research Center (SCRC) will join the ranks of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, University of Texas at Austin and more than 50 other research libraries by launching a new, online requesting system, saying goodbye to paper callslips and sign-in ledgers. 

 

The requesting system, also known as “Aeon,” will allow all researchers visiting the SCRC the convenience of making requests for materials using a custom web-based interface. Researchers will be able to submit requests for use of materials in the Breckinridge Research Room, place digital reproduction orders, and schedule their visit online — anytime, anywhere — without ever logging into email or typing a message.

 

According to Jaime Marie Burton, director of Research Services and Education at the Special Collections Research Center, “Aeon has been in use at top research institutions for several years and has proven to be an invaluable solution for efficient access to research collections, rare books and original primary source materials, as well as improving the security of collections. We are looking forward to new data points on how researchers use our collections, and establishing improved metrics that will inform decision-making and collection development for the future, all geared towards helping the SCRC better support UK’s vibrant research community.“

 

UK patrons will be able to create an account using their linkblue IDs, while non-UK visitors will establish an account with a chosen username and password. After completing online registration, patrons will have access to their own requesting history, be able to track the status of active requests in real-time, make changes to requests and orders, and receive digital deliveries. In coordination with an archivist, the “Activity” feature will allow class material lists to be saved, shared, edited or used again in future semesters. A new “Tags” feature will also allow patrons an additional way to organize their requests to accommodate their own individualized research projects and needs.

 

The requesting system roll out will include the submission of requests through an online manual form, or through a new “Request” button and submission options embedded directly in an updated layout for collection guides and finding aids on ExploreUK, as well as oral histories through the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History online catalog SPOKEdb, and eventually UK Libraries’ catalog InfoKat Discovery.

 

The Breckinridge Research Room will be closed on Wednesday, March 30, to allow for staff training and system set-up; services may also be limited on Tuesday, March 29.

 

On the staff side, the system will centralize registration and patron data, utilize processing queues and efficiencies that automate tracking of materials across four buildings and multiple storage locations, create instantaneous usage statistics, generate reports for long-term data gathering, trend analysis, and program assessment. The enhanced efficiency, improved security and the facilitation of data-driven management decisions will provide a higher level of knowledge and control of collections, which will also inform planning around functions like cataloging, digitization, collection development, acquisitions, donor relations, conservation and materials storage.

 

UK Special Collections Research Center 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. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching and scholarship of the university and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.

 

Aeon is automated request and workflow management software specifically designed for special collections libraries and archives that improves patron service and maximizes staff efficiency while providing unparalleled item tracking, security and statistics, and is produced by Atlas Systems, a software development company headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Founded in July 1995 with the mission of “promoting library excellence through efficiency,” Atlas is best known for creating the ILLiad interlibrary loan management system used by more than 1,000 libraries worldwide.

 

 

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 Men's Chorus, Women's Choir Welcome Spring in Concert

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 11:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Men's Chorus and Women's Choir will join voices for their spring concert this week. These nationally recognized choral ensembles represent a range of majors across campus from the College of Fine Arts to the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The concert will begin with a pre-show with the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen, two of UK’s noted a cappella groups, before the main stage performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

 

The UK Men’s Chorus is an 80-voice ensemble composed of students who range from freshman to graduate students. Begun in fall 2002, the Men’s Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester and is conducted by Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chant to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice a week, the Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester.

 

UK Men’s Chorus has achieved several distinguished honors in recent years. Most recently, the ensemble was selected to perform at the prestigious 2015 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference and at the 2016 Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar. Both of these appearances earned standing ovations and national acclaim for the chorus.

 

The UK Women’s Choir is the university’s largest choral ensemble composed of more than 130 of the school’s most talented female voices. These singers, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, represent a variety of musical backgrounds. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature spanning from Gregorian chant to eight-part music of the 21st century. With an emphasis on music by female composers and contemporary composers, the ensemble performs works of many different languages and compositional forms.

 

Despite their limited rehearsal schedule of two and a half hours per week, the UK Women’s Choir has achieved several distinguished honors in recent years under the direction of Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK School of Music. In 2008, the choir was featured at both the ACDA Southern Division and MENC (National Association for Music Education) National Convention. Most recently, UK Women’s Choir participated as a demonstration choir for the ACDA National Convention in 2013. The choir has also toured internationally including performances at Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in Vienna, in 2005; and St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome, and St. Mark’s Cathedral, in Florence, in 2009. The choir has toured England, Ireland and Wales in June 2012 with performances at Canterbury Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Bath Abby and Evensong in St. Patrick’s, in Dublin. In June 2015, the Women’s Choir took their fourth international tour to Spain with performances in Seville, Grenada, Toledo, Cordoba and Madrid and a collaboration with the Seville Youth Orchestra and the University of Toledo.

 

The acoUstiKats, founded in 1993 by Johnson, as a subsection of the UK Men’s Chorus, are the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. Without the strong support of the UK Choral Department, widely known as a national powerhouse for male singing, this group would not be what it is today. The acoUstiKats have been featured on national television as a part of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” season four.

 

Paws and Listen is a premiere a cappella ensemble auditioned from the nationally-renowned UK Women's Choir. The ensemble is coached by undergraduate music education majors and advised by Hetzel. This highly esteemed group performs pop and contemporary music while serving as ambassadors on behalf of UK's choral program at numerous prestigious events throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Tickets for UK Men's Chorus and Women's Choir Spring Concert are $10 for general admission and $5 for UK students and children at the door.

 

For more information on this concert or UK's choirs and/or a cappella groups, contact Joseph Wrightson, administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at joseph.wrightson@g.uky.edu.

 

The UK choral ensembles are part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

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

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: March 26-28, 1912

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 11:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 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 185th, 186th and 187th diary entries from March 26, 27 and 28, 1912, recount times working on the yearbook (The Kentuckian) with friends, meeting up with the dean, skipping classes and a trip to a campus lunch stand .

 

March 26th. The first day of the most strenuous week of all. Work on annual. Addie and I take the last pictures and go to town where we meet a friend of hers, Mary Word!

 

March 27th. Hurrah! Passed in Logic, so don't have to go to class this week! Oh! The amount of work we have to do on that annual yet! Addie has a headache, so after the Annual meeting we (Mr. Tinsley, Addie, and I) go to Sarris' for a refreshment, and meet the Dean! In the evening Addie and I write up men whom we do not know, but who must have write-ups! Addie and I purchase some fruit, and in the evening Mr.Tinsley and "J.I." come over. We "compose" the calendar for our good times books and Mr. Utley's diary.

 

March 28th. The same four skip chapel and rest of morning classes and finish the calendar, wherein the whole campus suffers! Xmas at home is a gay time and commencement is tragic! Addie and I go to the Lunch Stand for dinner, and then we all work until supper at that third floor room in the Civil Building.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

UK Alumni: Come Sprint for Scholarships, Help Deserving UK Students Reach their Goals

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association invites alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members to participate in the inaugural Sprint for Scholarships 5K Run/Walk to benefit deserving UK students. This exciting event will be held on Sunday, April 17, at Coldstream Park, located at 1875 Newtown Pike in Lexington.

 

Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the race begins at 3 p.m. All revenues from the event will go solely toward the funding of scholarships.  

 

Alumni, student and community participation is the key to the success of the Sprint for Scholarships 5K and will afford students the opportunity to pursue their dream of attaining a college education, some as the first in their family to reach this goal.

 

The UK Alumni Association is working to provide more scholarship opportunities for University of Kentucky students. The association awards scholarships every year to incoming freshman and continuing students and hopes to grow this number.

 

“Without the generosity of your organization, it would be impossible for students like me to obtain a college education. Each scholarship helps me get one step closer toward the goals I have set for myself,” said a previous UK Alumni Association scholarship recipient.

 

The entry fee for the Sprint for Scholarships is $25 for pre-registered attendees who register by the early bird deadline of April 1. The price for all participants is $30 after April 1. Cost includes a bib with timing chip and T-shirt. T-shirts are only guaranteed for those that register by the April 1 deadline. Participants may run or walk in this event. Registration information and details are available at www.ukalumni.net/sprint.

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsorship packages begin at $250 and are guaranteed a spot on the event T-shirt and business logo used on advertisement at the event. All sponsorships go directly towards UK Alumni Association scholarship funds.

 

For more information, please contact Sara-Elizabeth Bush at saraelizabeth.bush@uky.edu or 859-257-8905.

 

Many past scholarship recipients have expressed great appreciation for the awards, evident in the notes of gratitude below that the association has received.  

 

“Thank you so much for considering and accepting my application for your generous scholarship," one UK student said. "It means a lot to myself, my family and especially my father who is a proud member of the UK Alumni Association. I cannot wait to represent this great organization during my time as a UK student!”

 

“This scholarship will help me pay for my final year as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky. I cannot express how much I appreciate your generosity.”

 

“It is truly an honor to have received the UK Alumni Association Scholarship. Thank you for selecting me as a recipient of this prestigious award. This scholarship will aid me in paying for my college expenses. Thanks to you, I am able to concentrate on my students instead of how I will pay for college. This is such a blessing and honor.”

 

“I would like to express my appreciation for the scholarship awarded to me. This scholarship will assist in offsetting the cost of attending my dream school and completing my degree. Thank you!”

 

“Words cannot express the gratitude I feel in being awarded this scholarship. This award will help cover the cost of textbooks, and will provide money for living expenses, allowing me to spend less time working and more time focusing on my studies. I am looking forward to being a wildcat and alum of the great University of 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

 

 

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

VIP Center Establishes Bias Incident Support Services

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Division of Student Affairs Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center has expanded its scope of services to provide support and advocacy to those who have experienced violent, threatening or harassing behavior based on an aspect of their identity or perceived identity including:

  • Ability (physical, psychological and cognitive)
  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Citizenship or immigration status
  • Gender
  • Gender expression
  • Gender identity
  • Ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Parenting and pregnancy status
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Religious practice
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Veteran status

Bias Incident Support Services (B.I.S.S.) includes support at the time of crisis and resources to support the physical, emotional and academic well-being of the individual or individuals impacted. In addition, advocates can provide information and assistance with reporting options, both on-campus and off-campus. B.I.S.S. focuses on the negative impact on the targeted individual or group.

 

B.I.S.S. are available to all UK undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students, faculty and staff. A bias incident is any activity that intimidates, demeans, degrades, marginalizes or threatens individuals or groups based on their identities or perceived identities. A bias incident can occur whether the act was intentional or unintentional, and may or may not be a legal act.

 

“This is expansion is in direct response to marginalized students who communicated to administration their need for a place of comfort, advocacy and support in those instances when they’ve been the targets of bias and hate,” said Carol Taylor-Shim, bias incident response coordinator. “We know that a sense of safety and belonging is what keeps students, staff and faculty here at UK. It is our obligation to do all we can to provide that.”

 

Advocates are available to discuss individual concerns regarding confidentiality to ensure that those reporting are well informed of their rights and limitations of confidentiality. B.I.S.S. provided by the VIP Center are confidential unless there is a legal reporting requirement.

 

Those seeking services may call 859-257-3189 or email Carol Taylor-Shim (carol.taylor@uky.edu) to arrange an appointment or stop by the VIP Center in Frazee Hall 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday to schedule an appointment.

 

Visit the VIP Center’s website for more information about Bias Incident Support Services (B.I.S.S.). 

 

 

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

Session to Provide Information on Fulbright Opportunities for Students

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is hosting a kick-off event for those who are interested in applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

A panel of UK and Fulbright alumni will be present to discuss the application process and their experiences abroad with the program on the date the program begins accepting applications for 2017-18. Hear from Alex Brooks, museum manager at the 21c hotel in Lexington, who studied in England; Mallory Powell, communications director at the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, who taught English in Vietnam; graduate student Ryan Voogt, who conducted history research in Romania; and Brittany Woodrum, who is currently teaching English in Mexico.

 

The kick-off event will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the William T. Young Library Gallery. Lunch will be provided. To reserve a seat, email Jennifer Stevens at jennifer.stevens@uky.edu.

 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

 

A second information session for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program with Lora Seery, senior program officer for the program, will be held 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the James W. Stuckert Career Center. To reserve a seat for this event, email Jennifer Stevens at jennifer.stevens@uky.edu .

 

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

 

 

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

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Talks Bad Bugs, Good Bugs

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 17:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 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. Today he talks to UK entomologist Jennie Condra and graduate student Bernadette Mach about ways to protect your trees from ash borers and how to attract beneficial insects to your yard. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/bugs-bugging-your-trees-uk-entomologist-has-answers.

 

"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

DanceBlue 2017 Committee Applications Now Available

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016)  Over the past 11 years at the University of Kentucky, DanceBlue has raised $9.8 million for the Golden Matrix Fund, which benefits the Kentucky Children’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. But, DanceBlue is defined by something much greater than the number it has raised. The no-sitting, no-sleeping 24-hour dance marathon is a way to get involved on campus with a dedicated, passionate group of students who collaborate throughout the year to prepare for the 2017 event.

 

There are three committee applications available now:

 

Family Relations Committee - Members volunteer weekly with the clinic patients, attend and put on seasonal parties for the families and act as the hands and feet of the organization with the families DanceBlue exists to serve.

 

Morale Committee – Members act as the liaisons between student dancers and committee during the marathon by leading a morale group of 20-25 students. Throughout the year, morale attends mini marathons with the rest of committee at high schools across the state. They also table throughout the year during different DanceBlue initiatives, attend community events, and help all areas of committee when needed.

 

Corporate Committee – Members work with the corporate chair and coordinators to secure corporate donations throughout the year. In the fall, this committee works to put on the DanceBlue Silent Auction event. After this event, all efforts move toward acquiring corporate donations to benefit the final total, as well as the marathon as a whole.

 

Once students are back on campus for the fall 2017 semester, applications will be released to the two other committees — programming and operations.

 

Programming Committee – Members plan each minute of the 2017 marathon. Programmers work with partners, as well as the programming chair and coordinators to bring fun events to the marathon for the dancers, crowd and everyone else involved.

 

Operations Committee – Members work to plan, organize and put on the DanceBlue 5K that takes place in the fall. After, they work to plan and organize for the 2017 dance marathon. The marathon is put on by this committee, from set up, check in and breakdown, they make sure DanceBlue happens!

 

For those interested in any of these committees, do not hesitate to apply. DanceBlue encourages everyone to apply to any and all opportunities that peak their interest.

 

“What you learn from your involvement with DanceBlue committee is hard to put into words," said Allee Williams, DanceBlue public relations chair. "You learn how to love a cause and the people around you much deeper. You learn how to commit to something bigger than yourself and see it through. You learn that kids much younger than you are much stronger and more inspiring than imaginable. Ultimately, DanceBlue changes your heart, mind and gives you some pretty great dance skills while you are at it. I would do committee for the rest of my life if I could. Do not miss out, come to the Committee Information Session and apply while you can!”

 

Students can now apply for committee positions for DanceBlue 2017 applications until April 8 at www.danceblue.org or by searching for DanceBlue on Orgsync.

  

Students are invited to come find out more at a Committee Information Session on March 31, in 106 White Hall Classroom Building. Sessions will be held at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

 

Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/danceblue and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKDanceBlue.

 

DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote lifelong community service. For more information about the CCO, visit www.ukcco.org.

 

 

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: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, katy.bennett@uky.edu or rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-257-1909/859-323-2395 

Old Crow Medicine Show Comes to Singletary Center

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:20

 

Old Crow Medicine Show performing "8 Dogs 8 Banjos" at the Grand Ole Opry.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — Old Crow Medicine Show is coming to the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts for two nights this week. The Grammy Award-winning country music group will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, and will follow with a sold-out performance Thursday, March 31.

 

Old Crow Medicine Show started busking on street corners in 1998 in New York state and north through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina, where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He invited the band to play at his festival, MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter, the band was hired to entertain crowds between shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

It's been over 15 years since these humble beginnings. The band has gone on to receive the honor of being inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry, and have won two Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album for "Remedy" (2014) and Best Long Form Music Video for "Big Easy Express" (2013). Additionally, their classic single, "Wagon Wheel," received the Recording Industry Association of America's platinum certification in 2013 for selling more than 1 million copies. 

 

This concert is presented by Emporium Presents. Tickets for Old Crow Medicine Show are $39.50. Tickets purchased the day of the show will be $42. A processing fee will be added upon completion of transaction. Tickets can be purchased at the Singletary Center box office in person, by phone at 859-257-4929, or online at www.scfatickets.com. Tickets for the March 31 show are sold out.

 

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of 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

 

 

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

 

 

Boot, Scoot and Boogie Across the Finish Line with UK Ag Ed

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 15:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2016) — Run, walk, jog or dance your way through the Boot, Scoot, and Boogie 5K for Ag Ed Saturday, April 16, at Spindletop Hall. The University of Kentucky Agricultural Education Society will be hosting the race recognizing the 100th year anniversary of agricultural education courses being taught on campus. The race is set to begin at 9 a.m.

 

Registration for the family friendly event can be done online until 11:59 p.m., April 15, with a racing fee of $30 per racer. Race T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by April 3, and can be picked up on race day with a race packet at 8 a.m. upon arrival at Spindletop for pre-race festivities.

 

All proceeds from participation and sponsorship of the 5K will be used to meet the Ag Ed Socitey’s goal of $100,000 for an endowed scholarship fund for agricultural education students at UK.

 

Race day festivities will include music from 98.1 WBUL-FM “The Bull,” raffle prizes, awards for overall male and female in each age group, and finisher medals for those runners representing the theme.

 

For more information on the Boot, Scoot and Boogie 5K for Ag Ed, contact Rebekah Epps at rebekah.epps@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: Ashley Cox, aco264@uky.edu, 513-464-2548.

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