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Appalachian Residents Adopt Heart-Healthy Eating Habits through Cooking Intervention

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015) — West Liberty resident Bonnie Burton describes her husband as a “meat-and-potatoes” eater who shuns broccoli and other green vegetables.


So it was with some skepticism that she presented him with a meatless, three-bean chili, a recipe she learned during a recent heart-healthy cooking course hosted at the Morgan County extension office. She expected her husband to pick through the soup, scouring his bowl for some semblance of beef. To her astonishment, he didn’t need much coaxing to finish the veggie-based meal — he actually gave it his seal of approval.


Burton enjoys cooking for her husband Marvin, a cancer survivor and pre-diabetic patient. With Marvin’s health concerns now influencing the family’s diet, Bonnie Burton proceeds with caution in the kitchen, cutting out sodium when possible and scrutinizing the nutrition labels of items at the grocery store. She never needed a class to teach her how to cook well, but the free monthly class available at her extension office gives her a fresh take on cooking within new health parameters.


“I know how to cook, but there’s always room for improvement,” Burton, 66, said.


Burton and about 180 other cooks in six Eastern Kentucky counties are practicing heart-healthy cooking techniques through their participation in the REACH (Rural Eating and Healthy Cooking) program. Hosted at each county’s local Cooperative Extension office once or twice a month, the classes take participants through the process of planning and cooking nutritious, budget-friendly meals using practical ingredients they can obtain in their local communities. The University of Kentucky College of Nursing and the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Department of Family and Consumer Sciences collaborated on the project, and are collecting qualitative and quantitative data on strategies to initiate dietary behavior.


During the classes, participants are given tools, such as vegetable peelers, to encourage healthy cooking at home. Participants also receive the American Heart Association’s official heart-healthy cookbook free of charge. Instructors guide participants through each step of making a specific meal from the cookbook. After class, participants take the meal home, where they have the option to replicate it for their families. Study participants send the research team their grocery receipts each month for measuring changes in fruit and vegetable intake and, saturated fat intake.  


Through REACH, UK nursing professor Frances Hardin-Fanning, the principal investigator on the study, hopes to gather valuable information about overcoming the various environmental barriers that hinder healthy eating in rural populations. Throughout the 12-month study, trained interventionists provide health coaching for an experimental group of study participants. The purpose of the coaching is to identify the participants’ barriers to healthy eating and offer motivation for improving eating habits. During the coaching session, Cheryl Witt, the interventionist, reviews healthy eating goals with participants and evaluates the participant’s progress toward those goals.


“There are a lot of things beyond your ability to change,” Hardin-Fanning said of the difficulties people in rural communities can have with eating healthy diets. “But cooking healthy food at home is not one of them.”


Part of Hardin-Fanning’s motivation to implement REACH in Appalachia stems from her roots in Eastern Kentucky. Her mother ran a local grocery store in Breathitt County where she grew up. After leaving home to pursue an education, Hardin-Fanning returned to visit Breathitt County decades later and observed drastic changes in the local food system. Without proximity to local highways and thoroughfares, many parts of Appalachia are cut off from fresh food sources and deliveries. As an additional barrier to health eating, Hardin-Fanning noticed socioeconomic constraints, which resulted in people eating cheaper foods, relying on fast food or packaged meals rather than home-cooked meals.


“I knew if people could learn how to eat healthy within the reality of their own means, it would make a difference,” Hardin-Fanning said. “If you look at the science, there is a lot of research that says it’s the simple, fresh foods that matter.”


In the process of the study, Hardin-Fanning said many participants discovered a new favorite vegetable or ended the bad habit of walking down the snack aisle of their grocery store. Many participants approached the cooking class as a fun event or extracurricular activity with a spouse or child. Regardless of their reasons for attending, all participants were exposed to heart-healthy habits.


For Bonnie Burton, the classes changed her perception of dull and flavorless heart-healthy cooking. She has started incorporating fresh herbs to boost the flavor of heart-healthy meals. She covets the heart-healthy cherry crisp as one of her favorite new desserts — a recipe Marvin and her son Greg will gobble up too.


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UK Student Financial Wellness Center Strengthens Commitment to Student Success

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 19:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2015) — The University of Kentucky, under the leadership of Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday, recently launched the UK Student Financial Wellness Center — a program designed to impart financial knowledge upon undergraduate, graduate and prospective students.


The center responds to a rising issue within higher education.


“Financial literacy is a crucial issue at institutions nationally,” Monday said. “We know that whether students return to the university for a new semester, and whether they ultimately graduate, often depends a great deal on successfully navigating financial issues. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to prepare them for success — for both while they are on our campus and after they graduate.”


In the 2013 Health Behavior Study, 16 percent of UK students reported that their academic performance was negatively impacted by finances.  Additionally, of the 41.7 percent of students who reported stress, 49.5 percent reported that money and finances were the cause. 


Recognizing these concerns, the UK Office of Wellness Initiatives for Student Empowerment (WISE) spent the 2014-2015 academic year broadening its scope of health promotion and prevention to include various areas of wellness. The office established its foundation upon the nine dimensions of wellness, of which finance is included (emotional, career, social, spiritual, physical, financial, intellectual, creative, and environmental). 


While some individual offices and programs have provided financial literacy or education for their respective student populations, Director of the Office of Wellness Initiatives for Student Empowerment Drew Smith said that the office identified a need for a centralized program, which provides consistent messaging to a larger population of our students.


“The needs of the typical freshman may include a greater understanding of student loans, interest, and basic budgeting.” Smith said. “Sophomores are typically moving to off-campus locations, so a spending plan may be more necessary as they will likely be paying for rent, utilities, and groceries for the first time.  As they get closer to entering the job market, upperclassmen and graduate students will see benefit in learning more about retirement, investing, and big-ticket item purchasing such as cars and home-buying.”


Efforts to help improve student financial wellness will include tactics such as peer coaching, financial wellness seminars, online education programs, and purposeful collaboration with academic departments.


Smith also hopes to utilize peer financial educators to serve as financial coaches to provide one-on-one consultation for students. This would not serve as financial advising for investment purposes, but rather for a more specific emphasis on individual needs such as income-based budgeting and goal-setting savings plans.


“What we found from site visits, conferences, and training workshops was that not only is our program in its infancy, but the subject of financial wellness among college students is a relatively new area of health promotion,” Smith said. “Therefore, we are taking a deliberate and pragmatic approach to the issue.”


Throughout the fall semester, under the leadership of the new financial wellness specialist, Tiffany Hornberger, the office will focus on determining financial wellness trends and knowledge deficits among UK students. The staff will also utilize pre-existing programs such as UK101 and UK201’s financial wellness lesson plan, to build upon current best practices while identifying student leaders to serve as the inaugural group of peer financial wellness educators.


In the spring, the staff will focus on training peer financial wellness educators and providing pilot educational programs to UK students. The office also plans to collaborate with Jennifer Hunter in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to develop consistent and sustained educational programs, including a Financial Wellness Week, which will also serve as the official “kickoff” for the Student Financial Wellness Center.


The Office of Wellness Initiatives for Student Empowerment also created the Financial Wellness Advisory Board in the spring of 2015.  This committee includes the EVPFA and campus leaders from Enrollment Management, Student Government, Undergraduate Education and members of faculty. 


“We look forward to continuing our commitment to student success through this important initiative,” Monday said. “Students are, after all, at the center of everything we do at the University of Kentucky.”




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Students Can't Afford to Miss This Adventure

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 17:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2015) — The Johnson Center is an integral part of the University of Kentucky campus. With thousands of students visiting every year, it’s easy to see why the staff is so student oriented. They even put this ideal over making money.


Few exemplify this ideal more than Mark Lattin, director of club sports and outdoor pursuits. He believes the adventure trips that the Johnson Center produces every semester have a positive impact on students, and not just because of the low cost.


Adventure Trips are exactly what they sound like. UK students pay and sign up to do amazing outdoorsy things with other students. This semester there are currently eight trips planned, and Lattin points out that students don’t have to be an extreme "outdoors" person or athletic to enjoy the trips. These are experiences that just about anyone can enjoy.


The trips range from a tour of the caves at Mammoth Cave National Park to a three-day mountain backpacking trip in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia; from a mindfulness hike to adventure racing in the Red River Gorge; and from white water rafting in Georgia to bouldering in Tennessee. The point of these trips is to build camaraderie with other students, to gain confidence, and to meet new friends.


And did we mention how reasonably priced the trips are? The most expensive is the white water rafting trip at $160 per person. Other trips average about $50. Visit for details. And don’t forget to check the schedule for the spring semester events.


“We try to do something different each semester that we haven't done before or at least not for a long while,” Lattin said.


The Johnson Center also schedules a trip over Spring Break for those who have been there, done that in Panama City.


“We plan these amazing trips that might not be feasible for a college student to both plan and afford,” he said. "Generally speaking, our program operates on a break-even basis, so students are paying what it costs us for them to go. We're not making a profit at all."


So, if you want to be a part of what could be one of your most memorable college experiences, visit the Johnson Center to sign up for a trip. But hurry, spaces fill quickly.



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'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Presents Old Time Music Duos Cari and Mike Norris, Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 16:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2015) — The next two "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concerts will showcase the power of two making music as Cari and Mike Norris followed by Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones present concerts noon Friday Sept. 25, and noon Friday, Oct. 2 respectively. The concerts will take place in the Niles Gallery of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, located in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.


Traditional Music in Their Genes

Cari Norris is a musician who performs ancient ballads as well as original songs on various instruments such as guitar, clawhammer banjo and mountain dulcimer. She has appeared throughout Kentucky at festivals, concerts, teaching workshops and school programs. She has also been featured on several Kentucky Educational Television programs such as "Kentucky Life," "Mixed Media" and "Jubilee." Norris has not only produced three solo recordings, "Morning and Night," "Cari's Old Christmas" and "In and Out of the Garden," but she also co-produced the solo recoding of her grandmother Lily May Ledford's "Gems."


Cowan Creek Instructor -- Cari Norris performing a version of "Shady Grove" from Cowan Creek on Vimeo.


Mike Norris, who will be performing with Cari, is her father. He is not only a talented musician but he is also an author. Mike has a new children's book of fairy tales and nursery rhymes, "Mommy Goose," that is being published by University Press of Kentucky next year.


A Couple of Old Time Music Lovers

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are not only a couple on stage, but also in life. The married couple are old time musicians and inspired tunesmiths.


Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones' performance. 


Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, known for his instrumental talents and original songs about day-to-day life in the South. His songs have been recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice, and many others. Jones has recorded many CDs, as well as an old time mandolin DVD. He is a regular educator at music camps all over North America and Europe.


Jones' wife and music companion, Marshall, is a talented fiddler. She has been playing for 35 years, and just like her husband, has performed and taught at many music camps in the U.S., Canada and England. Marshall has also authored the book, "Music in the Air Somewhere" about West Virginia fiddle and song traditions. She has filmed an instructional DVD and recorded four CDs: "Calico," "Meet Me in the Music," "Shout Monah (Haints)" and "Tune Tramp." She has received many awards including a prestigious first place award in fiddle at The Appalachian String Band Festival in West Virginia. Marshall was the first person from outside of the U.S. to win the award.


Both Jones and Marshall teach and perform in Galax, Virginia, in the old time string band, The Bow Benders.


The "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 12 different artists, duos and groups from Southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim.


The John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, host of the concert series, is a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.


For more information on the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series or the concerts featuring Cari and Mike Norris or Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to or visit the website

UK Forensics Team Starts New Season on a Strong Note

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 15:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Forensics Team traveled to their first tournament of the new season this past weekend at Western Kentucky University. The Fall Forensics Fiesta tournament regularly boasts some of the most nationally competitive teams in the country. This year the competition included squads from as far away as Texas, California, Alabama, Michigan and North Carolina.


The Fall Forensics Fiesta is the season opener for many of these national teams. This year, UK Forensics debuted 21 new speeches at the tournament. Senior Abel Rodriguez III placed second in after dinner speaking and fourth in impromptu speaking earning the team its first two qualifications for the National Forensic Association national tournament in April. Additionally, the team spoke their way to a seventh place finish in the team sweepstakes category, a recognition earned by comparing the cumulative scores from all of the team members from each university.


The University of Kentucky Forensics Team’s next competition will be the For the Sake of Argument tournament held at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 2-4. The following weekend, the team will host the Bluegrass Invitational on UK’s campus.


Anyone interested in judging or observing this event should contact Director of Forensics Timothy Bill ( for more information.


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



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UK College of Engineering Receives $25,000 Gift from GE

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 13:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Engineering was recently presented with a $25,000 gift from GE as part of its Edison Award program. The funds will support research focused on developing cost-effective zero energy housing.


In a zero energy home, a renewable energy system can offset all or most of its annual energy consumption. The funds will allow engineering students to learn about sustainable energy sources that can supplement the growing demand for larger power plants and could reduce negative impacts on the environment.


The Edison Awards, named after Thomas Edison, GE's founder and one of history's most prolific innovators, are presented each year to individuals from across GE who demonstrate technical excellence, customer impact and organizational citizenship. Edison Award recipients receive a $25,000 grant to fund research at the university of their choice.


Tim Worthington, a 2015 Edison Award recipient and technology manager at GE, chose his alma mater, the UK College of Engineering. Worthington graduated from UK in 1982 with a degree in electrical engineering. At UK, Worthington also met his wife of 31 years. His oldest daughter graduated from the university in 2012 and his youngest daughter is currently a junior at UK. 


"I have a lifetime of ties to UK through sports and education," Worthington said.


Worthington has been working with the College of Engineering for several years on various projects, including the Solar Decathlon project and as part of the Power and Energy Institute of Kentucky (PEIK) Advisory Board.




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UK's Robert Cass Named Astronaut Scholar

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2015) — The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) has selected University of Kentucky senior Robert Cass, of Lexington, as one of this year's 38 recipients of the prestigious $10,000 scholarship. The ASF Scholarship is presented annually to outstanding college students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math.


For more than 30 years, the ASF has identified and supported the best and brightest undergraduate students pursuing educations in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields across the nation. The Astronaut Scholarship is known for being among the most significant merit-based scholarships awarded to undergraduate STEM students. Candidates must be nominated by faculty of the participating universities based on their display of initiative, creativity and excellence in their chosen field.


ASF has awarded more than $4 million to deserving students around the U.S. to date. UK students have earned a total of $161,000 from the ASF since 1998.


Robert Cass, the son of Valerie and Wayne Cass, graduated from Lafayette High School in 2012 before coming to UK. At the university, he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in mathematics. A member of the Honors Program, Cass was also named a Chellgren Fellow in the UK Academy for Undergraduate Excellence.


Cass is encouraged by the recognition from the foundation. "Receiving this award reinforces my commitment to work hard in achieving my academic goals," he said.


UK's 2015 Astronaut Scholar found his passion for math in his teens when he participated in a national competition. The experience helped him realize that there is more to the field of study than memorizing formulas and doing repetitive calculations. His work with professors at UK and other institutions have only strengthened that interest for a career in academics.


"I am fascinated by the countless puzzles offered by mathematics, and by the surprising links that often exist between seemingly disparate problems. I am eager to continue my studies and pursue a career in research, so that I may contribute to our growing body of mathematical knowledge," Cass said.


As an undergraduate, Cass has been active in research both at the university and outside UK. He has participated in two NSF-REU (National Science Foundation - Research Experiences for Undergraduates) focused on mathematics in the summers of 2013 and 2014 at Clemson University and Texas A&M University respectively. This summer, Cass participated in the Undergraduate Summer School at the Park City Mathematics Institute.


At UK, Cass has participated in several independent study courses and informal seminars in number theory under the guidance of Professor David Leep. He also worked with Leep on a project in number theory, which began as a final paper in a "History of Mathematics" course taught by Associate Professor Ben Braun and extended beyond the conclusion of the course. The Astronaut Scholar credits both Leep and Braun as mentors at the university.


Upon completion of his bachelor's degree, Cass plans to pursue a doctoral degree in mathematics.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by the Mercury Astronauts in 1984. Its goal is to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships for exceptional college students pursuing degrees in these fields. Today, more than 100 astronauts from the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs have joined in this educational endeavor. For more information on this foundation, visit online at


UK students interested in the Astronaut Scholarship may apply through the university’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the office 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.



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UK College of Nursing Fills Need for Community Health in Wilmore

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Nursing opened its first faculty-run community health center to bill for patient services in historic downtown Wilmore, Kentucky, on Sept. 14.


Located beside the Sims Pharmacy on East Main St., the Phyllis D. Corbitt Community Health Center provides health care services for common illnesses such as respiratory infections, allergy symptoms, sore throats and skin infections.  Other services such as school, sports and pre-employment physicals, immunizations and health education and counseling are also provided. The clinic, operated by nurse practitioners in the UK College of Nursing, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and accepts walk-ins as well as appointments.


In addition to fulfilling a need for accessible basic health services in Jessamine County, the clinic provides a space where students from the UK College of Nursing can train under faculty in a clinical setting. In a recent report titled, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” the Institute of Medicine challenged the next generation of nurses to practice to the full extent of their knowledge and training. The new clinic accomplishes this objective by allowing students to see the range of health services a nurse practitioner is able to deliver in a small community.


“It’s nice for us to be able to demonstrate to our students how you practice to the extent of your license,” said Sharon Lock, professor, director of faculty practice and coordinator of the primary care doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program at the UK College of Nursing. “Some faculty members can practice here, and we can place our students here so they can see how a nurse practitioner-run clinic works.”


Family physician Dr. Phyllis Corbitt served the Wilmore community for more than 40 years. When Corbitt retired, the clinic building owner Hugh Sims, a graduate of UK, notified faculty members in the UK College of Nursing of the vacancy. The College of Nursing named their new clinic after Corbitt to honor her long-time service to the community and relational approach to health care.


Practitioners at the Phyllis D. Corbitt Community Health Center collaborate with Dr. Sam Matheny in the UK Department of Family and Community Medicine on cases requiring more complex care. The clinic will operate under a limited services licensure and accepts most insurance providers.


“The clinic is not only an opportunity for community engagement, but it signifies our commitment for advancing integrative and collaborative UK HealthCare learning and working environments,” Janie Heath, dean of the College of Nursing and Warwick Professor of Nursing, said.


To make an appointment at the clinic, call 859-858-0339. The clinic is located at 317 East Main St.


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Thank-A-Donor Day Lets Campus Community Show Appreciation for Gifts to UK

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 23:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) — Donors play an integral role in making the University of Kentucky the outstanding institution it is.  They not only provide UK the ability to offer excellent facilities, academic programs and extracurricular activities, but they also provide many students the opportunity to attend UK through scholarships and fellowships.  Now, students and other members of the UK community can say "thank you" in a special way.


Thank-A-Donor day is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, when a large banner will be mounted on campus in the area between White Hall Classroom Building and the Ralph G. Anderson Building. Students can stop by and write a personal thank you note on the banner or make a short video recording of gratitude. Photos of the banner and a video of the event will be shared with UK donors and the banner will be displayed on campus.


Sponsored by UK Student Government and coordinated by the UK Office of Annual Giving, Thank-A-Donor day gives students the chance to show their appreciation for the impact donors make on them and the university as a whole.


“Last fiscal year, 54,275 donors made 101,277 gifts to UK, the first time we have topped the 100,000 mark," said Anne V. Lichtenberg, director of Annual Giving. "Many of our donors were once UK students paying tuition and other school expenses, and they now want to help today's students earn an education and hopefully inspire that cycle of giving to continue."


In a message to UK students this week, Student Government President Austin Mullins encouraged his fellow students to participate in Thank-A-Donor Day.


"Like many of you, our dream of earning a college degree at the University of Kentucky has been made possible through scholarships funded by a generous group of people who dearly love this university," he said. "You can sign a large ‘thank you’ banner or make a video thanking these individuals for funding scholarships and the facilities you see under construction across our campus. They have made all of this possible—for us!”


Evan Avery, a senior communications student from Danville, Kentucky, plans to sign the banner at Thank-A-Donor Day.


“The scholarship support I have received from UK not only has enabled me to pursue my college degree, but has given me peace of mind about covering my every day college expenses," said Avery, recipient of the Student Development Officer Scholarship. "I am forever grateful to the donor who has made this possible and thank them for supporting students like me.”


Last year, hundreds of students and members of the UK community filled every inch of the banner with their words of gratitude. Among last year's messages were:

·         "Because of your support, I was able to be a first generation college student and inspire my community!  Living Blue!"

·         "We appreciate what the university has done for us! Thank you for supporting our Agriculture community!"

·         "Thanks to your generosity, I am the first child in my family to attend college and follow my dream!"

·         "With your generosity, all UK students have the opportunity to succeed at UK and beyond!"


The rain location for this second annual Thank-A-Donor Day is inside the White Hall Classroom Building.



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Huguelet Drive Lot Now Disabled Accessible Parking

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 16:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) — As of Aug. 1, the Huguelet Drive Lot — located at the southwest corner of Huguelet Drive and Rose Street — transitioned to a disabled accessible parking area.


This change was precipitated by the desire to increase proximate disabled accessible parking in the campus core, as well as proactively replace disabled accessible parking adjacent to BBSRB, which will be eliminated in early 2016 to facilitate construction of the new Research 2 Building.


Additionally, this transition will accommodate the needs of the university’s Disability Resource Center, which recently relocated to the Multi-Disciplinary Science Building, adjacent to the Huguelet Drive Lot. Access to the Huguelet Drive Lot is via Rose Street.

UK Orchestra Opens 97th Concert Season With 'Pines of Rome,' Tchaikovsky

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 15:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (UKSO), under the direction of John Nardolillo, will open its 97th season this weekend with "Opening Night: 'Pines of Rome' and Tchaikovsky's Fourth." The free public concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.


Founded in 1918, the UKSO is regarded as one of the nation’s best college orchestras. The 100-member all-student orchestra, housed at UK School of Music, presents more than 50 concerts each year including classical, chamber and education concerts.


UKSO is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. The orchestra regularly performs with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Mark O’Connor, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan, Natasha Paremski, Joshua Bell and Arlo Guthrie. The orchestra performs in the Concert Hall at the Singletary Center for the Arts and on tour, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007 and 2010, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009.


The UKSO opening concert features two great symphonic masterpieces, the dramatic, Symphony No. 4 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the colorful tone poem "The Pines of Rome" by Ottorino Respighi. In this performance of "The Pines of Rome," more than 50 extra brass players will join the orchestra for the finale, a musical depiction of the ancient Roman army’s triumphant return to Rome along the Appian Way.


To hear a preview of this concert and the season, listen to WUKY's "UK Perspectives" interview with Maestro Nardolillo at


Only weeks after their opening concert, UKSO will join the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre for Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers' "South Pacific" at the Lexington Opera House. Nardolillo, Michelle di Russo and Jan Pellant will conduct. The show will begin 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8-10, and 2 p.m., Oct. 10 and 11. To order tickets, call the Lexington Opera House at 859-233-3535 or order online at


The UKSO season continues with a Breeders' Cup concert featuring clarinetist Walter Seyfarth of the Berlin Philharmonic. The concert program will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Overture to "The Magic Flute" and Clarinet Concerto, as well as Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. The free public concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


In December, ToniMarie Marchioni, assistant professor of oboe, and Dieter Hennings, assistant professor of guitar, will perform in concert with the UKSO. Alberto Ginastera's Dances from "Estancia," Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks," Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" and "Concierto madrigal," as well as Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" and Oboe Concerto will be featured. Michelle di Russo will assist with conducting the free public concert, which will be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


The UK Women's Choir joins UKSO for an interstellar concert in the new year. "Star Wars, The Planets and Concerto Competition Winners" will include John Williams' "Star Wars" and Gustav Holst's "The Planets," as well as solo performances by concerto competition winners from the UK School of Music. The free public concert will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


The UKSO will join UK Opera Theatre again in the spring for Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte," with Nardolillo conducting. The show will begin 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26-28, and 2 p.m., Feb. 27, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Tickets for this concert may be purchased through Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at, or in person at the venue.


In March, UKSO will present "Brahms Violin Concerto with David Kim." The concert program will include Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto and Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations." David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will be featured on violin. The free public concert will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


The UK Choirs and violinist Nathan Cole will join UKSO to close the season with Ludwig Van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Igor Stravinsky's Violin Concerto. A Lexington native, Cole is the associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The free public concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall. 


In conjunction with the UKSO season, the orchestra will present several masterclasses throughout the season with visiting artists. Musicians presenting masterclasses at UK are:

· Dwight Parry, principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and adjunct faculty member at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Northern Kentucky University, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, Niles Gallery, located in Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center;

· Walter Seyfarth, clarinetist with the Berlin Philharmonic, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, Singletary Center Recital Hall;

· Alex Kerr, violinist, concertmaster of Dallas Symphony and principal guest concertmaster of Indianapolis Symphony, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Singletary Center Recital Hall;

· Stephen Rose, principal second violin of Cleveland Orchestra and head of the violin department at Cleveland Music Institute, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, Niles Gallery, in the Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center;

· David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, Singletary Center Recital Hall; and

· Nathan Cole, violinist and associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Singletary Center Concert Hall.

All masterclasses are free and open to the public.


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



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716;


UK Dining Hosts Local Foods Week

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 10:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) — In an effort to promote Kentucky Proud products and local foods, UK Dining is hosting Local Foods Week on the University of Kentucky campus Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 25.


The schedule is as follows:


Custom Food Solutions

Location: The 90

Date & Time: Monday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


University of Kentucky Horticulture Research Farm

Location: The 90

Date & Time: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Boone Creek Creamery

Location: The 90

Date & Time: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Weisenberger Mills

Location: The 90

Date & Time: Friday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Students will have a chance to meet the local vendor and sample various products such as salsa, kale salad, cheese, and muffins. Inside the Fresh Food Company, students may try menu items that include a local ingredient from the participating vendors.


Custom Food Solutions provides pizza and pasta sauces, and soups that are available daily. UK Horticulture Farm supplies kale, romaine, and leaf lettuce. The cheese used for omelets, pizza and the salad bar comes from Boone Creek and UK Dining purchases corn meal, grits, and honey from Weisenberger Mills.


Everyone is invited to sample local vendors and vote for your favorites to return for encore visits next semester. The most popular items may be found on future UK Dining menus.



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

UK Police Department Offers Campus Emergency Response Team Training

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 17:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2015) — Recognizing that managing events following a serious emergency on campus can quickly overwhelm the resources of first responders, UK Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness will host the second annual Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training for faculty and staff.  Beginning Thursday, Oct. 22, training will be held for five weeks in The 90, each Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and ending with a mock disaster exercise Thursday, Nov. 19. 


The primary purpose of UK C-CERT is to apply established CERT curriculum, adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to the university environment.  Every campus is a virtual “city within a city,” with many of the same challenges to public health and safety faced by any other community, but also some unique risks and vulnerabilities.  UK has a large, diverse and multicultural population of faculty, staff and students on campus in offices, residence halls, classrooms and patient areas.  The complexity of UK's critical infrastructure and the tens of thousands of visitors for special events and conferences underscores the need to educate employees about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact campus and its vital resources.  


UK C-CERT members will receive hands-on training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, team organization, disaster psychology and terrorism.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, C-CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.


UK Police Chief Joe Monroe encourages faculty and staff to become part of the university’s investment in emergency preparedness and disaster resiliency. 


“Utilizing the skills and knowledge of campus volunteers will not only tremendously enhance the safety and security of our entire campus community, but support an environment of teamwork and an attitude toward readiness,” Monroe said.  “I challenge you to discover new perspectives on your limitations and capabilities for providing assistance to those around you.”


Registration is open now through Oct 16.  Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first come-first served basis.  The training is free and open to regular full-time UK faculty and staff.  To register, please click here.


Prospective participants will be expected to obtain approval from their supervisor and submit to an electronic background check.  Refresher trainings on a variety of topics will be planned each year for UK C-CERT members along with opportunities to utilize these skills in responding to campus events or emergencies. 


To find out more, visit UKPD’s C-CERT website, UKPD Facebook page, or contact Laurel Wood by calling 257-6655 or by email at

Power Power Restored to Campus Buildings

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 09:14

10:12 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20

Power has been restored to all affected buildings.


9 a.m. Sunday. Sept. 20

There has been a electrical outage at various locations on campus including Ag Science North & South, W.T. Young Library, Commonwealth Stadium, softball and soccer fields and Nutter Field House.  Also the Wethington Building, and Health Sciences Research Building at Chandler Hospital are on generator power.  Both Campus and Medical Center Physical Plant Divisions are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it. 


Tobacco Industry Uses Advertising to Target Youth with e-Cigarettes

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 16:18

This article first appeared in the Sept. 20 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2015) — In the 1970s U.S. Congress banned tobacco ads to protect our impressionable youth from perceiving smoking as socially desirable.


Now, for the first time in decades, advertisements portraying the recreational use of tobacco products are reappearing in popular media. Advertisements present e-cigarettes and vaporizers as safer alternatives to conventional cigarettes. Tobacco control advocates fear this type of exposure will unravel decades of progress in America by renormalizing smoking.  


Researchers know little about the long-term effects of e-cigarettes. We do know nicotine, a highly addictive substance, has harmful effects on the adolescent brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report more young people are trying e-cigarettes, and those who try e-cigarettes are twice as likely to express intent to smoke conventional cigarettes. About three out of four teen smokers will continue to smoke into adulthood.


It’s imperative that parents, mentors, teachers and youth are not misled about dangers of e-cigarettes through advertising.


No Regulatory Standards

The e-cigarette is classified in the U.S. as a tobacco product, not a tobacco cessation therapy. These devices came on the market in 2007 without any FDA testing and escaped many of the safety controls that protect consumers from potential harm.


FDA investigations are finding inconsistences with the chemical and nicotine content reported on the product’s label and what is actually in the e-juice. Both devices and e-juice can be customized. Currently, no government standards exist for the production process or ingredients used in e-cigarettes or e-juice.


Exposure to Highly Addictive Nicotine

Tobacco control advocates are especially concerned about the consequences of exposing teens to any amount of nicotine, which is highly addictive. Most people start using tobacco products before age 18. The younger a person is exposed to nicotine, the harder it is to quit later in life. Nicotine exposure can cause lasting harm to the brain and promote sustained use.


In addition to nicotine, e-cigarette users are exposed to 40 to 60 other chemicals found in e-juice. To date, no scientific evidence can fully explain the effects of those chemicals on the body when they are heated and inhaled.


Use for Illegal Substances

Youth are able to modify e-cigarettes for the consumption of illegal drugs. The devices can mask an illegal substance and facilitate smoking at school.


E-cigarettes are not innocuous devices. The unanswered questions regarding the safety of these devices and the detriments of exposing youth to nicotine aren’t worth the risk of trying them.


Audrey Darville is a tobacco treatment specialist at the University of Kentucky and an assistant professor in the UK College of Nursing. 

UK, UofL Win Large Federal Grant, Join New National Nanotech Network

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 15:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2015) — The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville today announced a $3.76 million grant to create a national center of excellence in micro/nanotechnology. The highly competitive grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of just 16 awarded to universities across the country. 


UK and UofL are joining a new national network which will make university facilities, tools and expertise in nanoscale science, engineering and technology available to outside users.


"This collaboration integrates a diverse set of researchers, expertise and capabilities, allowing manufacturers across the nation to explore nanotechnology and how it can provide solutions to real-life challenges," said UK Provost Tim Tracy. "It will establish our campuses and our Commonwealth as hubs of next generation advanced manufacturing."


Eight key nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing facilities at UK and UofL will provide a collaborative center for academia, small businesses and industry to “build miniature solutions for applications in healthcare, energy, security, and beyond," said Todd Hastings, director of the UK Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering and UK College of Engineering professor.


"This award enables academic and industrial researchers nationwide to join us, and these collaborations will create educational and economic opportunities for the citizens of the Commonwealth," he said.


The five year grant will be used to:

  • Enhance and upgrade advanced manufacturing equipment at UK and UofL research facilities.
  • Add staff to help train and support up to 500 additional external users.
  • Provide seed money for research projects in key advanced manufacturing areas. 
  • Engage more minorities and women in nanoscale science, engineering and technology.


"The next generation of commercial, medical, and industrial products will contain embedded tiny sensors and miniature wireless communication electronics.” said Prof. Kevin Walsh, director of UofL’s Micro/Nanotechnology Center. “New manufacturing technologies will need to be developed so these smart products can be made quickly, reliably and economically. UofL and UK are tackling those challenges.”


More than 100 colleges and universities competed for the NSF program.




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

UK Symphony Orchestra is Topic of WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 22:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — 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's guest, UK Symphony Orchestra conductor John Nardolillo, provides a preview of the orchestra's upcoming 2015-16 season. 


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


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

Hazing Prevention Events Slated

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 18:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky’s recognition of National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) runs Monday, Sept. 21, through Friday, Sept. 25, with daily events, sponsored by several campus organizations, including the organizer of the activities, the UK Hazing Coalition.


The mission of the Hazing Coalition is to create and foster “a culture of care for all students,” according to Marie Hartke, prevention co-ordinator for the Dean of Students Office.


The week will focus on the various ways student organizations can engage new members in a way that is both positive and healthy.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in an anti-hazing social media campaign, new member education workshop and community service.


“Staff, faculty, and students at the University of Kentucky are dedicated to addressing the issue of hazing and creating a culture of respect on campus. While we recognize that there are issues with hazing on our campus, we are optimistic about the direction we are moving thanks to the positive efforts of many members of our campus community,” Hartke said.


The national week of observation and education is an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations and individuals to raise awareness about the problem of hazing, to education others about hazing, and to promote the prevention of hazing.


Activities for UK’s National Hazing Prevention Week:


Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Monday, Sept. 21

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location  TBD



Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Tuesday, Sept. 22

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location TBD



Organization Membership Education Institute

Tuesday, Sept. 22

6 p.m.

200 Funkhouser


Men’s Soccer Game vs. Eastern Illinois

Tuesday, Sept. 22

7 p.m.

@ Bell Soccer Complex

Free for students with student ID

See for more info


Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Wednesday, Sept. 23

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location ‒ TBD



SAB Pinterest Party

Wednesday, Sept. 23

6 p.m. ‒ 9 p.m.

The Hub, William T. Young Library

See or @uksab for more info


Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Thursday, Sept. 24

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location ‒ TBD



Student Involvement Fair

Thursday, Sept. 24

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Whitehall Building Patio and Lawn

See or @ukgetinvolved for more info


CCO Service Opportunities

Friday, Sept. 25

2 p.m. ‒ 4 p.m.

Signups at

See or @ukcco for more info


Women’s Soccer Game vs. Missouri

Friday, Sept. 25

7:30 p.m.

Bell Soccer Complex




MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,



CCTS Researcher Appointed Associate Editor of Stem Cell Text

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 17:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — A University of Kentucky doctoral student in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) served as a major contributor to a scientific reference book about emerging concepts in stem cell developmental biology, research, therapy, politics and ethics.


Dr. Krisha Vyas, a 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was appointed as associate editor of the three-volume "SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition." Vyas received his bachelor’s of science in biology from UK in 2009, then went on to receive a master’s of health science in molecular biology and immunology from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. After returning to UK for medical school, Vyas conducted research on adipose-derived stem cells in the UK Department of Surgery.


During his time at UK, Vyas has published over 80 manuscripts and book chapters and has presented his research at several national conferences. He currently serves as a reviewer and on the editorial board for several surgical journals and plans to pursue an academic career as a surgeon-scientist, with research interests in surgical oncology, stem cell biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

North Campus Parking Impact Sept. 21-23; Career Center Lot Closed Sept. 23

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015)  The Career Center Lot, located off Linden Walk, will be unavailable to general parking from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in order to support the “see blue work.” series hosted by the University of Kentucky James W. Stuckert Career Center.


The lot has 39 spaces. Members of the University community with valid E permits who normally park their vehicles in this area may park in other E areas on campus and are encouraged to allow for additional commute time during this impact. Go to to view a campus parking map.


Additionally, although the majority of “see blue work.” series attendees will be using a remote park-and-ride lot, employees and students who park in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5) should expect a slight increase in visitors parking in the facility on Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23, and plan accordingly by allowing extra time for their commute.


If the garage is full, employees with valid E permits may park in another E lot. Go to to view a campus parking map. Students with valid C5 or C7 permits may park in the Taylor-Dickey Lot or the Scott Street Lot (E/C7), the Reynolds Lot (E/C9), or the K areas at Commonwealth Stadium and ride the Blue and White Route buses to the campus core.