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Chellgren Center Celebrates 10 Years of Service to Students, University

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 15:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) — University of Kentucky students, alumni, faculty, administrators and friends gathered recently to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the UK Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

 

Special guests at the celebration included Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Chellgren, the benefactors who not only created the center but also its legacy of hope and confidence for 335 students, including 54 students currently enrolled in the sophomore fellowship program.

 

At the anniversary celebration, UK President Eli Capilouto thanked the Chellgren family “for believing in the University of Kentucky and believing in the generations to come.”

 

"We are a university that is not about the buildings; it’s about the people," he said. "It’s my honor … to thank the Chellgrens for believing in us. They came with a dream, and then many other people … turned that into a reality. They had confidence in us, and now they will birth — for generations to come — people who, I think, will live in their image."

 

“I don’t care what the issue is, (the Chellgrens) will bring their full humanity to it,” added Capilouto. “They bring their ideas, their financial support, their advocacy, and their humanity. More than ever, we need more Chellgrens, and (our students) are the ones who will inherit this precious legacy.”

 

Chellgren also reminisced, adding his own personal memories of the center’s creation and his pride in graduates and aspirations for current and future students.

 

"UK needed something really special to focus on excellence in undergraduate education. I was receptive to creating … a statement, a signature program," Chellgren said, adding that he recognized "… the benefits that could be achieved by focusing on a program (to) identify the truly excellent undergraduate students."

 

Chellgren said that as an undergraduate, he “always felt that a horizontally focused program with the best students would have … enormous advantages. I had seen … center models where a faculty-oriented, student-oriented mentorship program could pay enormous dividends and benefit those truly excellent students.” 

 

Chellgren is a UK Honors Program alumnus. As a student he was a star intercollegiate debater and president of the student body his senior year. He subsequently earned a Harvard University MBA and a DDE from Oxford University, where he has been named an honorary fellow. In addition to a celebrated career in business, one that included service as the CEO of Ashland Inc., Chellgren has been a very active UK alumnus, serving 11 years on the UK Board of Trustees. 

 

Chellgren surely sees reflections of himself among the current Chellgren students, “a group of extraordinary men and women who are at the very earliest stages of their careers,” he said. “They are doing exactly what you’d hope they’d be doing — experimenting, trying things out. We’re focusing on giving horizontal opportunities both in the personal and professional sense to these selected and very special young men and young women.”

 

Philipp Kraemer, Chellgren Endowed Chair for Undergraduate Excellence and advocate for the program, also contemplated the early days, before there was a Chellgren Center.

 

“What Mr. Chellgren recognized was that the very best research universities are excellent at everything, including undergraduate education, and that was something that wasn’t getting the attention it deserved. So, he came to us with … a very generous a multi-million dollar gift to the university that we were able to match with the Research Challenge Trust Fund model,” Kraemer said.

 

The Research Challenge Trust Fund was created by the Kentucky Legislature in 1997 with legislation that allowed philanthropic gifts to eight Kentucky universities to be matched with state funds. It was designed to advance the economic success of Kentucky and its citizens through education and research.

 

Chellgren’s gift matched by state funds provided the predominate funding for most of the programming and student support at the Chellgren Center.

 

“More importantly,” said Kraemer, “Mr. Chellgren provided us with the vision of what we should be thinking about in order to begin to foster academic excellence among our undergraduates.”

 

The donor’s vision has been excelled by reality. The Chellgren Center today takes a leadership role in advocating for undergraduate excellence, educational innovation and community service. Its faculty contribute greatly to the goal of excellence at UK by raising students’ aspirations. They are joined by staff who assist students in realizing their highest academic potential; inspiring progressive reform and innovation in teaching, learning and curriculum development; and fostering creative and productive collaborations across the many programs and departments engaged in the undergraduate mission.

 

UK student Andrew Cech, who was a Chellgren Fellow during his sophomore year, shared with the anniversary audience his experiences at the center and encouraged other students to seek the support he found at the Chellgren Center.

 

“Because I had the support group here (at the Chellgren Center),” said Cech, “I was able to finish (my undergraduate research) and end up with an internship at a think tank that following summer. That would not have come about if not for my undergraduate time here at the Chellgren Center.”

 

Speaking directly to the current Chellgren students in the audience, Cech said, “The Chellgren Center has put into place all the institutions needed to help develop undergraduate students for the future, whether that be research, study abroad, whatever your interest is, this institution is there to help you out. I can’t express enough gratitude for that.”

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Recognizes Those Who Empower Women

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 14:22

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Nov. 1, 2016) The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently honored 25 students, staff, faculty and alumni for empowering women during the college’s second annual Multicultural Awareness Day.

 

The nominees honored at the "Women in CAFE — Empowering our Future Luncheon and Awards Ceremony," which was held at the Hilary J. Boone Center on campus, spanned the three aspects of the university’s land-grant mission, teaching, research and extension, as well as alumni and students.

 

“With the college’s first female dean, we felt it was imperative that we took time to recognize all the women and the work they’ve been doing in our college, and most importantly, unsung heroes — those who may not always get the spotlight,” said Natasha Saunders, extension associate for diversity recruitment and retention and a member of the event’s planning committee. “And we wanted to include those we partner with, who work really hard to make sure we’re providing opportunities for UK employees and students.”

 

Dean Nancy Cox welcomed the group by referencing the origins of the college 151 years ago under the “rather bold concept for a university to educate the common folks.”

 

“We’ve been spending the last couple of years reflecting on what it means to be a land-grant university,” she said. “It was considered a university for the people, but many sitting in this room would not have been enrolled then. It was mostly for white men at that time, but it still was a revolutionary concept, because it exposed a whole new generation of folks to education. As that initial legislation has evolved, we have grown in diversity. We are still growing in diversity at the University of Kentucky and in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.”

 

Currently, more than 57 percent of undergraduate students in the college are women. A little more than a quarter of the faculty are women and 38 percent of those in college leadership roles are women.

 

Saunders said the common thread among the nominees is they all are going beyond the call of duty to make sure that women feel empowered.

 

“Whether that’s in the lab or the classroom, whether that’s to help overcome gender barriers or to make them feel they have what it takes to be competitive against any male counterpart in their field — that’s what we’re taking time to honor today,” Saunders said.

 

The nominees and winners for this year’s awards are:

 

Trailblazer Award:

· Nancy Cox, winner. First female dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

 

Passing the Torch Student Award:

· Elham Darbandi, winner. Graduate student, Agricultural Economics

· Barbara Wadsworth, winner. Graduate student, Animal and Food Sciences

· Karmella Dolecheck, nominee. Graduate student, Animal and Food Sciences

· Erica Rogers, nominee. Undergraduate student, Agricultural Economics

 

Community Empowerment Award:

· Hazel Forsythe, winner. Retired professor, Dietetics and Human Nutrition

· Ashley Searles, winner. Farm Credit Mid-America

 

Alumni Legacy Award:

· Martha Thompson, winner. Retired, UK Cooperative Extension Service

· Susan Campbell, nominee. CAFE Business Center

 

Research Empowerment Award:

· Sue Nokes, winner. Chair, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

· Lesley Oliver, winner. Associate director, UK Agricultural Experiment Station

· Claudia Heath, nominee. Professor, Family Sciences

· Vanessa Jackson, nominee. Chair, Retailing and Tourism Management

· Ann Vail, nominee. Director, School of Human Environmental Sciences, assistant director, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, and interim dean, College of Social Work

 

Instruction Empowerment Award:

· Czarena Crofcheck, winner. Professor and director of undergraduate studies, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

· Krista Jacobsen, winner. Assistant professor, Horticulture

· Mark Coyne, nominee. Professor and director of graduate studies, Plant and Soil Sciences

· Rita Parsons, nominee. Administrative assistant and chair of the Department Support Committee, Agricultural Economics

 

Extension Empowerment Award:

· Kim Henken, winner. Assistant to the director, Human Environmental Sciences

· Ashley Holt, winner. 4-H youth development education agent, Jefferson County

· Janet Mullins, winner. Extension professor, Dietetics and Human Nutrition

· Kim Ragland, winner. 4-H youth development education agent, Boyle County

· Ann Freytag, nominee. Senior laboratory technician, Plant and Soil Sciences

· Nicole Gauthier, nominee. Extension plant pathologist, Plant Pathology

· Karen Ramage, nominee. Retired county operations director, UK Cooperative Extension Service

· Laura Skillman, nominee. Director, Agricultural Communications Services

 

“We really do take pride in our collaborations, trying to learn from each other’s differences, being flexible, being fair and providing equal opportunity,” Cox told the gathering. “We’re still trying to do better every day, but this is the day we can pat you on the back for a good job.”

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324, cspence@uky.edu

Feeling Election Stress? You're Not Alone

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 14:14

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) — Are you stressed out about this year’s election? It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, Democrat or Republican – chances are the answer is yes.

 

According to new research from the American Psychological Association, more than 50 percent of American adults say this year’s election is a significant source of stress in their lives. Uncertainty about the future combined with a constant barrage of political conversation online, on TV, and with family and friends has many people anticipating Election Day with tension and anxiety.

 

Although it might seem minor, election season stress can lead to health-related side effects, including fatigue, headaches, upset stomach and tightness in your chest.

 

Check out our infographic for tips on how keep your stress in check this election season, and be sure to share it with friends and family members.

 

Next steps:

·        Looking for more ways to feel less stressed? Check out our tips to help you relax.

·        If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety, depression or another mental health concern that is affecting daily life, UK Psychiatry may be able to help. Learn more about our services today.

 

Link to the UK HealthCare Blog, http://ukhealthcare.net/blog/election-season-stress/

 

Media Contact: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy@uky.edu

 

 

Office for Institutional Diversity Now Accepting Proposals for Inclusive Excellence Program Grants

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 14:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) — As a campus community, the University of Kentucky demonstrates its commitment to encouraging an environment of diverse people, thoughts, ideas and teachings. However, there is still a call to work more collectively and challenge our ways of thinking and doing. To encourage more engagement, teaching and learning, the Office for Institutional Diversity is now accepting proposals for Inclusive Excellence Program grants.

 

The office is seeking innovative inclusive excellence programs that are student-centric and foster collaborative programming and partnerships among groups, centers, programs, registered student organizations and/or initiatives that have goals to:

  • create or improve collaborative programs that include or address the importance of diverse views and cultures;
  • encourage the participation of all students in inclusive excellence initiatives at the university;
  • educate ourselves and others on issues of social justice, diversity, intercultural dialogue and communication;
  • increase belonging and engagement of marginalized, historically underrepresented and minority groups;
  • develop sustainable programs that increase awareness and appreciation for a diverse and inclusive community; and/or
  • increase opportunities for collaborative learning around issues of inclusive excellence.

Preference will be given to groups, centers, programs, registered student organizations (in good standing) and/or initiatives that propose activities and opportunities that:

  • are inclusive of our diverse student populations;
  • demonstrate collaborative partnerships with other groups, centers, programs, registered student organizations and initiatives that engage diverse students across various identities;
  • serve as models for replication and sustainability throughout the campus community; and
  • extend the success of existing programs or events at the university with significant impact.

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit www.uky.edu/diversity/inclusive-excellence-program-grants.

 

 

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 Libraries Announces Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 13:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 2, 2016) The University of Kentucky Libraries is pleased to announce the opening call for the inaugural Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.

 

The award will recognize and celebrate exceptional, original scholarship and research by UK undergraduates whose research projects make substantive and creative use of the UK Libraries’ collections, services and resources.

 

“UK Libraries is very pleased to draw attention to the scholarship, innovation and creativity of UK undergraduate students with this award," Dean of Libraries Terry Birdwhistell said. “This award is another opportunity for UK Libraries to contribute to student success and recognize the important role that library resources play in research by UK students and faculty.”

 

Submissions are encouraged from all disciplines. Awards are judged on how well the student’s project demonstrates information literacy skills and the effective use of library resources. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2017.

 

Examples of possible projects include:

· written essay or research project in any field;

· documentary, podcast, interview or any other multimedia project;

· performance art project, performance, choreography or other original work;

· studio art project including but not limited to: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking or environmental art;

· original science, mathematics, physics or engineering project; or

· recorded presentation in any field or discipline.

 

A cash prize of $1,000 will be awarded each year. The student winner and their faculty sponsor(s) will be honored at a special event in the spring.

 

For details about eligibility, evaluation criteria and submission requirements, please see the UKL Dean’s Award Guide at http://libguides.uky.edu/UGRA

 

 

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, whitney.hale@uky.edu, 859-257-8716

UK Places Fourth in National Persuasion Contest

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 13:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) The University of Kentucky Forensics Team placed fourth in the national persuasion contest "Pitch it to PKD," held by Pi Kappa Delta.


Pi Kappa Delta is the national honorary for speech and debate competition at the collegiate level. The "Pitch it to PKD" contest solicited video presentations from colleges and universities across the nation that advocated for change at the local, national or global level. The best pitches, as judged by the national council of Pi Kappa Delta, would be supported financially over the coming year as a model for engaging the speech and debate community in real world change.

 

Senior Logan Hurley and freshman Matt Karijolic’s pitch video advocated for increased support for local refugee resettlement agencies like that of Kentucky Refugee Ministries here in Lexington. In the video, Hurley notes that refugee resettlement agencies’ “advocacy focuses on realizing the full extent of human potential, which is something we can all get behind.”


Pi Kappa Delta would seem to agree. The video pitches were due in February of this spring. After being assessed and ranked by the national council of Pi Kappa Delta over the summer, the winning videos were announced this fall.

 

The UK Forensics Team is committed to training the next generation of civic leaders who are passionate about effecting change in their communities. To foster these skills, the team takes part in competitions throughout the southeast region of the United States.

 

UK Forensics is a student organization in the School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information. The team regularly competes in 12 public speaking events and three forms of debate. To find out more, visit www.ukforensics.com.

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

UK Alum's Company First to Present Sensory-Friendly Musical for Autistic, Epileptic Patrons in Central Kentucky

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 10:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 1, 2016) The Bluegrass Opera, co-founded by University of Kentucky alumnus Lorne Dechtenberg, will present a new musical this weekend that is much more than just another world premiere. "Just So," adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s "Just So Stories," will be Central Kentucky’s first sensory-friendly live theater production — designed to be safe and welcoming for those with autism, epilepsy and other sensory sensitivities.

 

On the surface, "Just So" is a fun fable about a crab, a kangaroo and the way each animal gets its distinctive features, but it also teaches a lesson about the dangers of egoism and greed, and the importance of compromise and personal responsibility. The British team of Paul Ayres and Sarah Grange created this musical adaptation of Kipling's work.

 

Sensory-friendly performances feature more gradual light and sound changes as well as relaxed house rules that permit audience members to move, make sound, or leave and re-enter during the show. This production format has recently allowed those with autism spectrum disorder to experience Broadway shows, as well as stage events in other large cities, but only a few have been presented in Kentucky, and none have been specifically designed to be safe for those with epilepsy until "Just So."

 

“We’re incredibly excited to be able to make the musical theater experience accessible to a part of our community that hasn’t been able to enjoy it until now,” said Dechtenberg, who is directing the production. “My mother, Linda Dechtenberg, who is a clinical research nurse in UK Chandler Hospital’s Emergency Department, has been instrumental in helping us to connect with a number of experts whose input has shaped this production, and we’re really proud of what we’ve come up with.”

 

Bluegrass Opera's performances of "Just So" and their formats are as follows:

• school matinees: Nov. 3 (conventional) and Nov. 4 (sensory-friendly);

• conventional performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5; and

• sensory-friendly performances: 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6.

All "Just So" performances will take place at the Downtown Arts Center. Tickets for this musical are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets can be ordered online via Downtown Arts Center's box office or by phone at 859-940-9379.

 

"Just So" was made possible with the support of many individuals in the community. The consultants and advisors include UK Epilepsy Nurse Coordinator Rachel Ward-Mitchell, as well as individuals from the Kentucky Autism Training Center, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana and Autism Society of the Bluegrass.

 

Dechtenberg, who holds degrees from UK School of Music in composition and conducting, co-founded the Bluegrass Opera in 2008. In 2010, he and his "Honeymoon Symphony" were chronicled in the KET documentary "Composer at Work," an effort that brought together members of the Lexington Philharmonic, UK Symphony Orchestra and the Lexington Community Orchestra for a premiere at UK's Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

In addition to Dechtenberg, "Just So" will feature other performers with ties to UK, including UK College of Medicine faculty member Dr. Stephanie Rose and graduate student Tanya Roodhouse.

 

The Bluegrass Opera is a nonprofit performing arts company that specializes in the performance of new and underperformed musical works for the stage — operas, musicals and everything in between.

 

 

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

"see blue." #selfie: Kaylon Kennedy

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 09:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov 1, 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've introduced "see blue." #selfie — a series on UKNow that lets student leaders from across campus tell us a little bit more about themselves and their organizations. Up this week, the University of Kentucky Speech and Debate Team President Kaylon Kennedy.

 

Kaylon Kennedy is a junior communications major who is minoring in political science. Speech and debate have been part of her life since high school, and when she found out during her freshman year that UK had a speech and debate team, she jumped at the opportunity. Now, she heads the team, encouraging each member to strive toward the team's goal of rising in national rankings. Practicing at least two hours each day, this motivated and passionate leader explains what it takes to be part of a top 10 speech and debate team in her "see blue." #selfie.

 

UKNow: What is your major and what year are you?

Kaylon Kennedy: I'm a junior and my major is communications with a minor in political science.

 

UK: Where are you from?

KK: I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. My mom was in the military so I moved around a lot. I consider my hometown to be Elizabethtown because that's where I went to high school. Actually, I was looking up colleges that offered forensics and I just happened upon UK. I fell in love! I thought this was the school for me. I was part of forensics in high school.

 

UK: Tell me about what you do as president of the UK Speech and Debate team.

KK: Pretty much my role was just recently adopted onto the leadership team. The team is only five years old. President is in charge of campus activities, interacting with the College of Communication and Information. Since we are new, we try and stretch our roots on campus with other organizations with similar goals.

 

UK: When did you become involved?

KK: My freshman year, two years ago.

 

UK: What made you decide that you wanted to be a part of this team? 

KK: Well, I did it all four years of high school. I really loved it, so I wanted to keep doing it. I tried out. I was nervous, but I ended up getting on the team!

 

UK: How many people are on the Speech and Debate team?

KK: Right now, there are 10. We are pretty much capped at 10.

 

UK: What is a typical schedule for you all throughout the year? 

KK: We have individual practices every week. Then, every other weekend, especially in October and November, we have a tournament that lasts almost all weekend. We travel across the country to them!

 

UK: How far have you traveled to compete?

KK: Once we drove 14 hours to go to Minnesota, but I think the farthest we have traveled has been Texas though.

 

UK: How many competitions do you all have a year?

KK: Approximately eight or nine. Then we have two national tournaments. The national tournaments are the real deal!

 

UK: You had a successful year in 2015, ranking within the top 16 nationally! How many hours on average a week do you prepare for competitions?

KK:  We are top 16 in the National Forensics Association and then top 10 in the nation in Pi Kappa Delta, which is a forensics community that any team across the nation can join. Personally, I practice every day at least two hours. You have to keep up to do well! But, without meeting times, our practices can last five to six hours because we have group and individual practices. We like to be competitive. It's a time commitment if you want to do well.

 

UK: What do you find is the best way to prepare for competitions?

KK: I run my speeches over and over. I have really bad memory naturally. I just have to practice.

 

UK: What is the difference between forensics and the speech and debate team? 

KK: Forensics is based on Aristotle of rhetorical perfections. We combine debate and speech as a team to make forensics. So, it's the same thing!

 

UK: Have you ever had a really embarrassing moment during a competition?

KK: My debate partner had an embarrassing moment once. It was very cold and there was ice on the steps. We had to wear heels because our competitions require business attire. My debate partner didn't realize the stairs were so slick and she fell down and all of our competitors outside saw her. But, she survived!

 

UK: What is your vision for the team this year?

KK: My vision is for the team as a whole to do better than last year. It's not a huge goal, but it's important for everyone to do their best. We have a really great team and we recruited four new people who have so much potential. We are hoping to move up in the national rankings!

 

UK: Has there been a faculty or staff member who has encouraged you to take on this role or just guided you throughout your time at UK?

KK: Tim Bill. He's the greatest person. When I first joined the team I had no idea how much I would be involved. Tim teaches and coaches the team — he doesn't have to, but he does. He's always there for us. He has made my stay at UK really warm!

 

UK: Is there anything else that you're involved in on campus?

KK: Yes, I'm part of the Black Student Union and the Communication Student Association.

 

UK: What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? 

KK: I love the Internet. I love social media and things like Tumblr. Really, I like anything social media involved.

 

UK: What was your favorite Halloween costume growing up? 

KK: When I was five or six, in kindergarten, they made us costumes. I was a soda can, Mountain Dew. I was out trick-or-treating and I wanted to keep up with my older brother. I tripped and fell and rolled into the ditch! I just cried because I couldn't get up. It was a cute costume though!

 

UK: What is your favorite thing about campus in the fall?

KK: I like the leaves on campus. I like taking pictures with my Starbucks. I'm into it. I just love the way campus looks in the fall!

 

UK: What is your go-to Starbucks order?

KK: I like chai tea lattes!

 

UK: What is one place in Lexington where you like to spend your time? 

KK: I really like going to Triangle Park. I just started going there! There are so many cool restaurants and stores. I really like that area.

 

UK: What is your favorite candy?

KK: It's between Reese's Cups and Skittles.

 

UK: What is one piece of advice you'd give to an incoming freshman?

KK: I would tell them to go to class and to balance work and social life. When I first got here, I was so hyper-focused on classes that I didn't do any of the fun stuff.

 

UK: You're happiest when …

KK: I'm with my animals! I have a cat named Cole and a dog named Savannah. Cole is a tuxedo cat, so he's black and white. Savannah is a miniature schnauzer. Also, I'm happy when I'm with my family.

 

"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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton, rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-323-2395

 

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