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Legacy of Rob Schultz Remembered With Memorial, Scholarships

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 11:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016) On May 22, 2016, the University of Kentucky lost a member of the Wildcat family. Rob Schultz died of cancer one day before his 39th birthday. Researcher, assistant professor of music theory and co-founder of Analytical Approaches to World Music (AAWM) journal, Schultz is remembered across the UK community and the fields of music theory and world music. In celebration of his contributions to his fields of study and his students, two scholarships and a gathering are being presented in his memory.

 

First, members of campus are invited to come together at a remembrance gathering in honor of Schultz beginning 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in the Davis Marksbury Building. The Wildcat community is encouraged to attend this night of music, poetry, reflection and closure in honor of the professor.

 

For more information regarding the memorial event, contact Kevin Holm-Hudson, associate professor of music theory, in the UK School of Music at 859-257-8197 or kjholm2@uky.edu.

 

In addition to the remembrance gathering, the UK School of Music in the College of Fine Arts is also awarding a scholarship in Schultz's name to an undergraduate or graduate student who shows great enthusiasm and dedication for music and scholarship, as Schultz did. Scholarship nominees should act as a personal and professional role model, as well as provide encouragement to other students. Nominations for the scholarship can be made by graduate students in the Division of Theory and Composition, as well as faculty from the division. Students studying music outside the theory and composition area may also be nominated.

 

For more information about the scholarship named for Schultz, contact Kim Harris, director of philanthropy in the UK College of Fine Arts, at 859-257-3145 or kim.harris2@uky.edu.

 

Outside of the university, the AAWM has also decided to honor the memory of this beloved UK faculty member by establishing the Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award. Graduate students and young scholars within five years of graduation may apply for this award. Applicants must submit a paper to the AAWM journal for consideration. The student who presents the best paper will be published in the AAWM journal and will be awarded the scholarship. Applicants will be judged by AAWM editors and organizers, as well as the Schultz family.

 

Submitted papers for the Rob Schultz Junior Scholar Award must be emailed to aawmjournal@gmail.com. To help fund the award in Schultz's memory, AAWM is accepting donations at www.generosity.com/fundraisers/rob-schultz-junior-scholar-award/.

 

 

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

 

Kentucky Remembers Jazz Virtuoso Thomas Chapin With Screening, Concert

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:38

 

Trailer for "Night Bird Song: The Thomas Chapin Story." 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2016) "When you die, the melody remains … it’s the song of your life." — Thomas Chapin.

 

Thomas Chapin was an alto sax and flute master close to reaching the pinnacle of success in his career when leukemia took his life at the age of 40 in 1998. Kentucky audiences are invited to come together to celebrate the life and work of this jazz virtuoso at a two-day event featuring a film screening and concert tribute Sept. 20-21.

 

The Chapin tribute will begin at the Kentucky Theatre with a screening of "Night Bird Song: The Thomas Chapin Story," 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. "A Tribute to the Music of Thomas Chapin" will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. Both the film screening and concert are free and open to the public.

 

Although Chapin died at an early age, his music has continued to live on. Today he inspires a new generation of artists who have recently discovered his work. In addition to his music, Chapin created exceptional poetry to match his compositions and developed art collages as visual expressions of his jazz solos.

 

The new documentary, "Night Bird Song: The Thomas Chapin Story," by Emmy Award- winning director Stephanie Castillo gives an intimate portrait of this musical explorer who transcended the boundaries of jazz and dissolved the distinctions between sound and music. The film aims to transform Chapin from being a footnote in jazz music to being a well-known figure. 

 

"A Tribute to the Music of Thomas Chapin" will feature former Thomas Chapin Trio member and bassist Mario Pavone and prominent composer and musician Dave Ballou with jazz musicians from UK School of Music playing Chapin's compositions. A pre-concert discussion with the film's director, Stephanie Castillo, will be presented before at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Holmes Hall's Creative Arts Living Learning Program Studio. The lecture is also free and open to the public.

 

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts 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

Two UK Students Among SEC School Recipients of Dr Pepper Education Abroad Awards

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 17:10

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Sept. 15, 2016) — Two University of Kentucky students are among 28 students from Southeastern Conference universities who will study abroad during the 2016-17 academic year, the result of a contribution to the league by Dr Pepper. In 2015, the SEC corporate sponsor allocated $100,000 to the conference to provide study abroad opportunities for SEC students who excel in the classroom, demonstrate financial need and represent nontraditional study abroad participants.

 

Shazia Olivares, a sophomore poltical science major from Fort Knox, Kentucky, and Jevincio Tooson, a dietetics major from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, are the UK recipients of the awards.  Olivares plans to study in Spain and Tooson will study in Italy.

 

“We are enthused to expand upon the SEC’s commitment to education by giving deserving students a chance to study abroad through the SECU academic initiative,” Jaxie Alt, senior vice president of marketing for Dr Pepper said when the program was established. “Dr Pepper has continued to fund one-of-a-kind dreams since 2008 through our tuition giveaway program, and now we are able to support the great work the SEC is doing.”

 

Each SEC university identified two students to participate in a faculty-led program occurring during either the summer, fall or spring terms of the 2016-17 academic year.

 

“Increasing the amount and type of education abroad opportunities available to SEC students has been an SECU goal for more than a decade,” said Torie Johnson, executive director of the SECU Academic Initiative. “It’s exciting to know that thanks to Dr Pepper’s generosity, more SEC students than ever will have a life-changing experience in another part of the world.”

 

SECU was established in 2005 as the SEC Academic Consortium, and one of its original focal points was education abroad. In response, the consortium secured an Institute for Study Abroad Foundation grant to provide scholarships for SEC students to study at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland. In addition, by utilizing a cooperative agreement, students from SEC universities now have access to programs offered at other SEC universities. Finally, the SEC also has an exchange partnership with the Politecnico di Torino which gives SEC engineering students the opportunity to study in Torino, Italy, each spring and Italian students opportunities at several SEC universities.

 

Below is the list of SEC students, their universities, majors and destinations abroad.

 

Student                                                                     Major                                     Destination

Christopher Chirino, University of Alabama        Education                              Europe          

 

Kristin Hardy, University of Alabama                    Political Science                   Germany

Maria Andreatta, University of Arkansas             International Relations        Spain

Brandon Stienke, University of Arkansas            Classical Studies                 Italy

Charles Branch, Auburn University                      Special Education                South Korea

Madison Gohlke, Auburn University                     Animal Science                    Swaziland

Daniel Bertak, University of Florida                      Computer Engineering       Russia

Cynthia Joseph, University of Florida                   Political Science                   France

Shara Cherniak, University of Georgia                 Education                              Ghana

Austin Hayes, University of Georgia                     Computer Science               Sweden

Shazia Olivares, University of Kentucky              Political Science                   Spain

Jevincio Tooson, University of Kentucky             Dietetics                                 Italy

Giovanni Coakley, Louisiana State University    Architecture                           Italy

Morgan Crier, Louisiana State University            International Studies           Canada

Cellas Hayes, University of Mississippi                Classics                                 Italy

Chelsey Helman, University of Mississippi          Psychology                           Tanzania

Ruth Fowler, Mississippi State University            Physics                                  Europe

Ryan Matijevich, Mississippi State University     Mechanical Engineering     Russia

Jeffery Chininis, University of Missouri                Bioengineering                     Rwanda

Summer Elyse Schacht, University of Missouri Biological Science               Turkey

Cho-Fei Huang, University of South Carolina     Business Economics           England

Cindy Son, University of South Carolina             Business                               Hong Kong

Kristy Hatcher, University of Tennessee              Animal Science                    Jamaica

Timothy Herman, University of Tennessee         Biological Sciences             Germany

Courtney Kuehner, Texas A&M University          Landscape Architecture      Germany

Tung Nguyen, Texas A&M University                  Environmental Design        Italy

Ahmed El-Sadek, Vanderbilt University               Neuroscience                       France

Samuel Sarfo Edwards, Vanderbilt University    Medicine, Health & Society France

 

About Dr Pepper

Dr Pepper, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS), is the oldest major soft drink in the United States. Since 1885, the 23 flavors of Dr Pepper have earned legions of fans. DPS is a leading producer of flavored beverages, marketing Dr Pepper and 50-plus other beverage brands across North America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit DrPepper.com or DrPepperSnapple.com. For the brand's latest news and updates, follow Dr Pepper at Facebook.com/DrPepper or Twitter.com/DrPepper.

 

About SECU

Using its SECU academic initiative, the Southeastern Conference sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its fourteen member universities. The goals of the SECU initiative include highlighting the endeavors and achievements of SEC faculty and universities; advancing the merit and reputation of SEC universities outside of the traditional SEC region; identifying and preparing future leaders for high-level service in academia; increasing the amount and type of education abroad opportunities available to SEC students; and providing opportunities for collaboration among SEC university personnel. To connect with SECU, visit the academic initiative online – www.TheSECU.com; on Facebook – TheSECU; on Twitter – @TheSECU; on Instagram – @TheSECUniversity; and on You Tube – SECUniversity.

 

 

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 : Bryant Welbourne, bwelbourne@sec.org or 205-949-8960

UK HDI Helping Students With Disabilities Transition From School to Career

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 14:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 15, 2016) — The University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI), along with valuable partners, has received a five-year Partnership in Employment Systems Change grant from the Administration for Community Living. The grant will help students with the most significant disabilities, specifically students age 18-21, transition from school to meaningful employment or postsecondary education in their communities.

 

HDI; the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR); Department of Education; Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities; Protection and Advocacy; Office for the Blind; Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities; Office of Autism; and the Kentucky Autism Training Center will work together to directly impact post-school outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Kentucky. This state-level intervention will impact students at the most critical point – their final years of school.

 

HDI's aim, over the five years of this grant, is to improve youth outcomes within each of the Commonwealth's 174 school districts by increasing integrated employment and participation in postsecondary education.

 

“As my son enjoys a wonderfully inclusive setting during his high school years, we constantly think about how we can channel his talents and people skills into a meaningful career," said Stephanie Meredith, HDI information services director and the mother of a 16-year-old with Down syndrome. "I’m so incredibly excited to work on a project like this to help other young men and women like my son avoid ‘the cliff’ after high school and, instead, move seamlessly into employment opportunities where they can fulfill their potential as valuable members of their communities.”

 

The Partnership in Employment Systems Change intends to accomplish this goal by establishing a state-level employment work group that consists of the above partners, with representation from self-advocates and family members, to conduct a statewide needs assessment and develop policies fostering competitive, integrated employment as the first, preferred choice of youth with the most significant disabilities. HDI will also conduct professional development; create and disseminate information resources to families and students, as well as practitioners and employers; and track data outcomes to make sure we are making an impact.

 

Kathy Sheppard-Jones, the project’s lead and HDI executive director, is enthusiastic about the possibilities.

 

“The commitment that our partners have shown in developing this grant has been tremendous," she said. "In bringing together state leaders, family members and self-advocates, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make significant strides in building stronger communities for all Kentuckians, and particularly for students with the most significant disabilities. Students should end their high school journey with excitement to begin the next chapter of their lives — lives that include work, learning and meaningful participation in their communities. It’s an honor to be part of the Kentucky Employment Partnership.”

 

 

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's Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Hosting Reception Sept. 15

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 12:29

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 14, 2016)  The University of Kentucky’s chapter of the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is hosting a fun and informational reception tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 15) afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Center on Rose Street from 5 to 7 p.m. UK students who have been invited to membership are welcome to attend the event and meet current student, faculty and staff members of PKP.

 

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective, and most prestigious all-discipline honor society. Standards for election to PKP are extremely high. Membership is by invitation only to UK’s top 7.5 percent of second-term juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students.

 

When a student joins, he or she becomes one of a distinguished group. PKP members have served in the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States. They have won Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and numerous other national and international awards for service and achievement in their chosen fields. PKP is proud to include among its membership thousands of men and women who, for more than a century, have sought to make a difference in the communities where they live and work.

 

PKP members are eligible for one or more of the society’s grants and awards programs. PKP’s fellowships for graduate study, Love of Learning awards, and literacy grants all are worth looking into. To date, UK students have won more than $20,000 in awards from PKP. The society is proud of its record of helping members advance their education and serve their community through these programs.

 

Membership consists of a certificate of membership, a Phi Kappa Phi pin, national and local dues for one year, a one-year subscription to the Phi Kappa Phi Forum magazine, and access to members-only resources and benefits.

 

An induction ceremony and reception will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. More details should arrive soon via email and your postal box.

 

Anyone with any questions about the UK chapter of Phi Kappa Phi should contact C. Lynn Hiler, the program coordinator, at 859-257-6894 or clynnhiler@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: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200.

UK HDI Part of New Health Promotion Program for Individuals With Disabilities

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 10:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 14, 2016) The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute will participate with partners across the Commonwealth in a new health promotion program in concert with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Development and Intellectual Disabilities. The initiative, called Project CHEER, will aim to positively impact the health and well-being of Kentuckians with physical and intellectual disabilities.

 

The project will also be supported by the UK Colleges of Health Sciences and Education.

 

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Project CHEER (Community Health Education and Exercise Resources) will include educational programs focused on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices; adapted exercise programs promoting increased physical activity; and community partnerships promoting healthy lifestyle choices of all Kentuckians.

 

The programs will significantly expand the implementation of the HealthMatters curriculum under HDI’s existing Health and Wellness Initiative that has been serving people with disabilities in Kentucky for the past two years.

 

“HDI is pleased to be part of this innovative and much needed project," said HDI Executive Director Kathy Sheppard-Jones. "We recognize the significant health challenges faced by Kentuckians, and particularly for people with mobility or cognitive limitations. We look forward to enhancing partnerships throughout the state and providing enhanced skills and knowledge that lead to healthier lifestyles across the Commonwealth!”

 

According to a 2015 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 53 million adults in the U.S. live with a disability. This constitutes a diverse group of individuals who experience limitations in mobility (difficulty or inability to walk), cognition (developmental/intellectual disabilities or behavioral/emotional disorders) and/or sensory function (vision/hearing difficulties).

 

"The overall health of Kentuckians with disabilities is an important issue that must be addressed,” said Health and Family Services Cabinet Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson in a news release. “We must work to erase physical activity barriers that are prohibiting individuals with disabilities from leading full, active lives and increase access to healthy food in our communities. If we are truly committed to moving Kentucky forward, we must address the health of our state — and for all Kentuckians.”

 

Partners who have committed support for Project CHEER include the Kentucky Department of Public Health; the UK Human Development Institute; the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Developmental Disabilities and Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago; the Kentucky Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities; the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities; the Arc of Kentucky; the UK Colleges of Health Sciences and Education; and Medicaid Home and Community Based waiver provider agencies.  

 

For more information regarding Project CHEER, contact Claudia Johnson, assistant director of the Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, at 502-782-6219.

 

 

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

Beware of 'Your September Salary Issue' Hacking Attempt

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 22:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) — University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) is warning the campus community of an email hacking attempt. A series of phishing emails were recently sent to UK employees with a subject line "Your September Salary Issue." 

 

Phishing emails are those posing as official correspondence, but sent from illegitimate sources — often for illegal and damaging purposes.  These specific emails appear legitimate and appear to have been sent from Human Resources & Payroll Benefits, however they have all been fake.  These phishing emails have attempted to gather LinkBlue IDs, passwords, and bank account numbers. 

 

UKAT's security team blocked the fraudulent web site related to these emails from being accessed while on campus, but it is still possible to click the link if you are off campus or using a cellular connection on your mobile device.

 

If you receive similar phishing emails that request account information or ask you to perform tasks that are outside your normal activities or duties, please forward the email as an attachment to security@uky.edu and then delete the email.  For information regarding phishing emails, visit www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing.

 

 

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

 

UK Researchers Urge Integration of Medication-assisted Opioid Treatment Into Hospitals

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 17:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) — Individuals who inject drugs are at risk of endocarditis, a bacterial infection that enters the bloodstream and clusters on the valves of the heart. The infection requires prolonged antibiotic treatment and, in some cases, surgery. Without intervention, the infection can be fatal.

 

In the past 10 years, the number of patients presenting to U.S. hospitals with endocarditis has doubled with the proliferation of prescription opioid and heroin addiction. Endocarditis requires a team of providers, including doctors trained in infectious disease, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, working together to manage the condition through antibiotic therapies and heart valve repair or replacement procedures. Patients with opioid use disorder receive evidence-based treatment to repair their hearts. But the underlying cause of endocarditis —opioid addiction — lacks evidence-based treatment and intervention during hospitalization.

 

Two health care providers at the University of Kentucky called attention to the need to integrate treatment of substance use disorders during acute care hospitalizations in a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In the article, Dr. Laura Fanucchi, a UK HealthCare internist and faculty member in the Center for Health Services Research, and Dr. Michelle Lofwall, an addiction medicine specialist and psychiatrist at the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, delineated the course of treatment for an addicted patient admitted to the hospital for endocarditis. Without evidence-based treatment for addiction, this patient returned to injection drug use after discharge. He suffered a recurrence of endocarditis, required subsequent heart valve replacement surgery and died from complications after another prolonged hospitalization.

 

Although tragic, this patient’s case illustrates a common outcome for endocarditis patients with an untreated opioid addiction. Patients who continue to participate in injection drug use after their initial surgery are at risk of a repeat infection and life-threatening complications. Addicted patients who receive a heart valve replacement are 10 times more likely to die or require reoperation between 90 and 180 days after the initial surgery than other patients. These cases also overburden health care providers, who might perceive the valve replacement procedures as futile, and cost the health care system billions for inpatient care.

 

“Currently, we are not routinely assessing the severity or treatment needs of the underlying opioid use disorders, initiating evidence-based treatments, and supporting risk reduction,” Fanucchi said. “Though opioid use disorder is a complex medical illness amenable to treatment, stigma and conflict unfortunately continue to influence care, frustrate providers and marginalize patients.”

 

The authors argued hospitalization for conditions such as endocarditis present medical teams with opportunities to introduce medication-assisted therapies (MAT) for opioid use disorder such as buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. Fanucchi and Lofwall implored medical providers to integrate substance use disorder assessments, MAT, and harm-reduction measures into the treatment process.

 

The authors also demonstrated that the current system for advising opioid users during acute care has failed to produce positive outcomes. Patients with opioid use disorders and endocarditis are often hospitalized for weeks to administer antibiotic therapies. Forced withdrawal from opioids during hospitalization creates tension between the patients and health care providers and sometimes leads to early discharge. Health care providers often interpret requests for opioid medications during hospitalization as drug-seeking behaviors. Patients are discharged from the hospital lacking sufficient treatment for their addiction, often returning to injection opioid use, which can lead to a recurrence of endocarditis.

 

Fanucchi and Lofwall aim to develop an evidence-based mechanism for integrating MAT as a simultaneous treatment during hospitalization for acute problems. The researchers are conducting a study to assess the needs of opioid-addicted patients who are admitted to UK HealthCare with endocarditis. They plan to use the results to inform the medical community of how to address opioid addiction in the most beneficial manner for patients, providers and the health care system at large.

 

 

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

 

 

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Craft Beer and Writing? Not the Unusual Pairing You Imagine

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 16:31

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) – With the notable exception of the southeast, craft beers have flooded most regions of the country in the past decade. Microbreweries, craft brews and brewpubs, large and small, have challenged the way Americans drink and think about beer.

 

Once regarded as a product created exclusively by traditionalists and hobbyists for self-consumption, craft beer has become one of the fastest-growing segments of alcoholic beverage sales in the United States. According to the Brewers Association, which calls itself “a passionate voice for craft brewers,” craft beer provides over 108,000 jobs, and many of the breweries and brewpubs have, in turn, helped revitalize city neighborhoods, generated new jobs in related industries, and played a key role in expanding digital and social media usage.

 

According to the Brewers Association, the 2015 craft beer market produced 24.5 million barrels of brew, showing a 13 percent rise in volume and a 26 percent increase in retail dollar value, amounting to about $22.3 billion, or 21 percent market share. Brewing, selling and drinking a craft beer has grown at such an astounding rate that the association even offers a handy Beer Style Guidelines for the brewer and consumer.  

 

When Americans are that enamored with something, that personally committed to something, what do they do? They tell their friends, of course. They communicate their likes and dislikes, they critique the latest craft beer sold at the local pub, they compare, they discuss, they debate, they argue on and on. Using primarily social media, people are writing reviews of breweries, their craft, their brew, their pub, their profits, their growth, their potential; how to get started; how to attract customers; how to train servers. The list spins on and on.

 

For those of you who are still unsure of expressing an opinion in this heady new world, the University of Kentucky Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies chair Professor Jeff Rice has scheduled UK’s second Craft Writing: Beer, the Digital and Craft Culture symposium. The event is only the second of its kind in America; Rice offered the first one just two years ago.

 

“I thought, when we organized the first craft beer writing symposium two years, it was just a fluke. But we got such a tremendous response from the public, we decided to try it again,” said Rice.

 

“The event showcases the professional writing — in print and digital media — dominant in the craft beer industry. Writing has played a major role in promoting the business of craft beer. The event draws interdisciplinary attention to the ways industry utilizes writing — in various digital forms — to promote, inform, highlight, argue, market, brand and foster relationships between products, consumers and other relevant parties,” he said.

 

“Craft Writing: Beer, the Digital and Craft Culture” features speakers Joseph Tucker, executive director of ratebeer.com; Heather Vandenengel, author of “All About Beer, Beer Advocate” with All About Beer Magazine; John Holl, editor of All About Beer Magazine; Jeremy Danner, brewer at Boulevard Brewing; Julia Herz, director of the Craft Beer Program for the Brewers Association and publisher of CraftBeer.com; and keynote speaker Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, founder of Evil Twin Brewing. The event is slated 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept 30 in UK’s Taylor Education Building,Room 158. It is free and open to the public. Register at http://craftwriting.AS.uky.edu.

 

After the symposium concludes, attendees 21 and older will be invited on an informal crawl around Lexington. Everyone is on their own, but the group will make its way to as many of Lexington’s beer spots as possible.

 

“Craft beer can be thought of as belonging to the other emerging artisanal movements we associate with food: farmers' markets, local food movements, small batch production,” said Rice. “Craft beer tends to emphasize similar values over the conglomerate ethos. In addition, like these movements, craft beer emphasizes flavor above all else.”

 

But why focus on writing about craft beer?

 

“All businesses engage in writing,” explained Rice, who has a book coming out in November called “Craft Obsession: The Social Rhetorics of Beer.”

 

“The medical profession, the diamond industry, the horse industry, the food industry, etc. They produce histories, memoirs, specific genres, insider publications, newsletters, magazines, websites, blogs, social media based writing, videos, and so on,” he said. “Craft beer, in that sense, is no different from any other industry. I, for instance, once worked as a writer in the diamond and jewelry industries. Writers are always needed because everything we do depends on print and digital communication.”

 

Rice’s College of Arts and Sciences Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies focuses on the study of writing. The students study how persuasion, argument, information distribution, social media usage, web development, public policy, decision making and so on work via writing and rhetoric.

 

“We teach students how to enter various professions as writers,” he said. “We live in an age dominated by writing. What better way to learn about writing than from those who do it professionally?

 

“Craft brewers are small and have limited resources. Take the example of marketing: they don't have the budgets that InBev or Miller Coors breweries do. So, they need to adapt to using social media as a writing space in order to tell their story, generate their brand, engage with audiences, build customer relationships, and so on. This is a writing/rhetorical issue.”

 

Rice welcomes students to the symposium, where neither beer nor other alcoholic beverages will be served.

 

“For UK, this event is perfect for WRD students and faculty, but also for English, agriculture, chemistry, communication, business and other students,” he said. “Craft beer is the fastest growing segment of the food and beverage industries. Now is the time to get involved since the industry is growing and generates billions of dollars in revenue — as well as creates new jobs in related sectors (service and production).

 

 

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

 

 

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Read&Write Software Free for All UK Students, Faculty and Staff

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 15:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) The University of Kentucky’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), in collaboration with Analytics and Technologies, has launched a software program called Read&Write Gold. This is part of a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Initiative that CELT is spearheading on campus. UDL is about incorporating principles and strategies to meet the needs of all learners, including those with disabilities.

 

The software has been out for about a year, and is designed to help individuals exceed academically. This useful tool is now available free of charge for students, faculty and staff. All you need to do is log in to Software Downloads in the Link Blue menu toolbar, and the rest awaits you.

 

Read&Write Gold is a customizable toolbar that integrates specific features into everyday common applications such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Chrome, Firefox, etc. Features include word prediction, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, translator, phonetic spell check, talking calculator and much more. The software helps students grow their skills in many different areas, including reading comprehension, writing and motivation.

 

When students across campus were asked about the software and how it helped them with their day-to-day student life, one responded, “This application allows for students, like myself to get the little help they need. I personally really struggle with reading comprehension and this application helps tremendously."

 

The software is universally designed. UK purchased a campus wide license in order for all students to get an equal opportunity to go above and beyond with this program's help. Tutorials are available within the software, so the process is smooth and simple for the user.

 

For more information, contact Deb Castiglione at the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching at deb.castigilone@uky.edu, or visit www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-and-write-family/read-write-for-education

 

 

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

 

 

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"see blue." #selfie: Ryan Hoover

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 11:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 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, a 2016 Wildcat Ambassador, Ryan Hoover.

 

Ryan Hoover, a sophomore special education major, is one of this year's Wildcat Ambassadors. Hoover is from Jamestown, Kentucky, and she came to the University of Kentucky after falling in love with the campus after her first tour while she was a senior in high school. Get to know all about this kind-hearted, football fanatic and UK-loving leader in her "see blue." #selfie.

 

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

Ryan Hoover: I am a sophomore and I'm a special education major.

 

UK: What is your hometown and how'd you get to UK?

RH: I am from Jamestown, Kentucky. I got to UK through my sister. She graduated in 2014…I mean 2015, same thing. During high school I would come to Lex and visit her. She'd show me around campus and all the cool things she did, and it made me want to be here too.

 

UK: Tell me about what you do as a Wildcat Ambassador.

RH: We are volunteers that recruit the next class of Wildcats. We help out at "see blue." Preview Nights and starting in late October we will do the Come "see blue." For Yourself event for high schools to come and visit. We give campus tours and help at recruitment events.

 

UK: How many other Wildcat Ambassadors does UK have?

RH: There are a total of 52 Wildcat Ambassadors this year.

 

UK: What made you want to apply for the position? 

RH: So, my sister had mentioned the program to me before. I talked to Spencer Tungate and he told me about his former experiences and how it led to him working at the Visitor Center. It seemed interesting and I wanted to somehow get involved on campus with the university.

 

UK: What are the cool perks?

RH: We get really cool polos! We also get to help with the president's tailgate tent at home football games and we get to meet different people that work at the university in different departments.

 

UK: What do you do at "see blue." Preview Nights? 

RH: We help greet prospective students as they arrive and answer questions from students, parents and guardians regarding the university. So far, I have helped out with the Lexington Preview Night!

 

UK: What's the best advice you would tell future Wildcats at these Preview Nights?

RH: I would tell them that they definitely need to schedule a campus tour because you learn a lot at Preview Nights, but you don't get the full experience and feel of the university until you take a tour. When I took a campus visit – that's when I knew!

 

UK: What else are you involved in on campus?

RH: I was involved in Best Buddies last year. I was in the Ed Life Living Learning Program and I am in a M Group with Christian Student Fellowship this year.

 

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

RH:  If I'm not studying, I like to go to any kind of UK Athletic events – volleyball, basketball, football and baseball.

 

UK: What's the most memorable thing that took place during your freshman year?

RH: Specifically, the Thursday night football game. It was the first one we had on a Thursday in a really long time! Everyone was so excited and ready to get to the game. We played Auburn, and we lost…but that's okay! It was still fun.

 

UK: There's so much going on during the fall semester at UK, from football games to Homecoming; classes starting up and Preview Nights – what's one of your favorite things during this time of year? 

RH: I would have to say definitely football games. I love them! Everyone is so excited. I like being around Commonwealth Stadium before the game starts and seeing the fan base of UK come together.

 

UK: What's your favorite candy?

RH: I love Swedish fish, which is so odd, but I do. If I could have one candy for the rest of my life it would be Swedish fish.

 

UK: Who would you say knows you best?

RH: My older sister, Blair.

 

UK: What are three things that are in your backpack that you could not live without?

RH: My laptop, my planner and my phone charger because my phone dies all the time.

 

UK: What chore do you hate doing in your apartment?

RH: Washing the dishes. Even though we have a dishwasher it's still awful.

 

UK: What would you sing at karaoke night? 

RH: Either country or anything Taylor Swift.

 

UK: You're happiest when…

RH: I am at home on the weekends with my whole family.

 

UK: What impression about UK do you hope to leave on future Wildcats?

RH: I want them to feel that UK is more than just any other school they have visited or read about. It's more than a place that they will just go to class and study; it's a place that will change their lives. It will give them opportunities that they would otherwise never have at another school.

 

UK: Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?

RH: Leighton Meester.

 

UK: If you could play one sport in the Olympics, what would it be? 

RH: Gymnastics, because I don't know how they do what they do. I would just like to be able to walk across a balance beam much less do flip on it.

 

UK: What's your favorite city?

RH: New York City! Oh my gosh, there's so much to do and so many things to see. There are so many cool things that you could experience while you're there.

 

"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 

UK Education Professor Appointed to American Psychological Association Council of Representatives

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 10:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 13, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Education's Candice Crowell has been appointed to the Council of Representatives for the Society of Counseling Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association (APA). Crowell is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.

 

In the APA, Crowell is an early career professional – having completed a doctoral degree within the past 10 years. She is the first early career professional in the Society of Counseling Psychology’s 70-year history to be appointed to the Council of Representatives, and among only a handful of early career professionals who represent their states and organizations on the council. The Council of Representatives is the legislative body of the APA, the largest organization of psychologists in the world.

 

In addition to serving on the council, the appointment also includes serving on the executive board of the Society of Counseling Psychology. Her appointment begins in January 2017 and will last for three years. In this position, Crowell is committed to navigating the landscape of APA governance in a way that accomplishes goals, rather than keeping them at the level of conversation.

 

Specifically, she intends to “contribute to transforming psychology from a field that aspires to be ethical and socially just to a field that has actualized these goals in word and deed.”

 

“Psychology has come a long way, and because I love this field, I know how much further we can go," she said.

 

Crowell earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2015 and her bachelor's degree from Spelman College. Her research interests include sexual health broadly, with a specific, although not exclusive, focus on black sexuality. Her secondary research focus includes education and training issues in psychology (e.g., social justice, cultural competence, and leadership). She is an APA Minority Fellow.

 

 

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

If Your Rest is Disrupted Because of Sleep Apnea, Get Medical Help

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 09:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2016) – The following column ran in the Lexington Herald-Leader Sunday, Sept., 11, 2016.

 

Unbearable snoring is often the reason sleep apnea is diagnosed. Sleep apnea occurs in about 18 million Americans, or about one in 15 people. The two types of sleep apnea are central and obstructive. Central sleep apnea is less common and is often associated with other conditions, like stroke. It occurs when the brain does not tell the muscles to breathe. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common and is caused by a repetitive (partial or complete) airway collapse which prevents air from reaching the lungs.

 

Sleep apnea can have negative consequences if it goes undiagnosed and untreated. First, it can cause chronic tiredness, which can lead to cognitive impairment including trouble concentrating and memory problems. Cardiovascular problems can also occur, the most common issue caused by sleep apnea is hypertension.

 

Often times, when a patient is not responding to medication for hypertension it may be due to undiagnosed sleep apnea. Additionally, the regulation of glucose levels can be negatively affected by lack of sleep; this problem increases the risk of diabetes.

 

Some people are more likely to be affected by obstructive sleep apnea. A high Body Mass Index is the number one indicator of sleep apnea. The higher the BMI, the greater risk for obstructive sleep apnea. Having a large neck circumference is another indicator. Men are also at higher risk than women, that is, until menopause when the risk increases for women. Smokers are also at increased risk. A large uvula and long soft palate, big tongue, deviated septum and enlarged tonsils can also cause the disorder.

 

In the 1950s sleep behaviors started being studied and became part of medical care. In the 1970s sleep clinics were developed so people could be monitored and diagnosed with sleep disorders. Today, sleep physicians are able to diagnose the disorder and decide on a course of treatment, which can include referral to a dentist.

 

The most common treatment option is a CPAP machine, which a patient wears that works to keep the airway open with steady airflow. Oral appliances can be used to move the lower jaw forward to improve airflow. Surgery is a less common treatment option, tonsilectomies may be done when the cause of the sleep apnea is enlarged tonsils.

 

Behavioral modification is a treatment option that should go along with other treatments. For example, if a patient is overweight weight reduction could be a solution, quitting smoking or changing sleeping positions can also help.

 

Sleep is an incredibly important part of living a healthy life. Anything that gets in the way of a sound night of sleep needs to be addressed and remedied.

 

Dr. Isabel Moreno-Hay is an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry’s Orofacial Pain Clinic

 

UK Board Accepts $10 Million Gift From Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 17:06

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today accepted a $10 million gift from The Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation during the board's meeting in Bowling Green.

 

Announced earlier in the week, the gift is a further investment in UK's undergraduate science education.  The majority of the funds — $8 million — will go toward the recently completed academic science building that now takes the name Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building. The remainder of the gift will fund future academic and research investments yet to be determined.

 

The legacy of Lexington businessman and philanthropist Don Jacobs, who died in April 2015, and his wife Cathy already lives on across the UK campus.  Their gifts to UK, now in excess of $20 million, are also benefitting the Gatton College of Business and Economics, UK Chandler Hospital, Markey Cancer Center and the College of Medicine. 

 

 

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:  Jay Blanton, 859-699-0041

 

Celebrating a Bridge to the Past

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 15:32

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2016) — Although Patterson Hall may look familiar on the outside, once you step through its doors, you will see the inside of the historical building has been transformed. Today at 10 a.m. in Patterson Hall, the University of Kentucky will celebrate the renovation of the building as well as the many women pioneers who passed through its doors.

 

UK alumna and former Patterson Hall resident, Myra Tobin, treasures the time she spent in Patterson Hall as a student.

 

"It was a dorm that had character. It was well built. It was stately. It was right in the center of a beautiful grove of trees. It was a prestigious place to live," Tobin said.

 

Women were admitted to the university beginning in 1880, but they were not permitted to live on campus until Patterson Hall opened in 1904.

 

"Patterson Hall had a meaning that went far beyond just a place where students lived," said Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center.

 

As the first women's dormitory, the hall gave female students the chance to further their education and truly experience campus life — an opportunity they had not had before.

 

"It is important that we not forget the legacy of those pioneers and then how we cast the buildings around it to further remember that we didn’t just have a founding father at the University of Kentucky," said President Eli Capilouto. "Our history is built on the endurance and perseverance of — what I like to say — ‘our founding mothers.’"

 

Through the doors of Patterson Hall passed many of the university's women pioneers including Sarah Bennett Holmes, Cleona Belle Matthews Boyd, Georgia M. Blazer and Frances Jewell. As the university celebrates the transformation of Patterson Hall, it is also celebrating the legacies those women left behind.

 

"This place, that building, its halls and its ground are hallowed and sacred because these people had to go through something that was difficult in their time," Capilouto said.

 

Outdated residence halls bearing the names of these four women were torn down to make way for UK's recent residential transformation. During today's ceremony, UK will formally announce the renaming of four north campus residence halls surrounding Patterson Hall to honor these women. Champions Court I has been named Frances Jewell Hall. Champions Court II has been named Georgia M. Blazer Hall. Limestone Park I has been named Sarah Bennett Holmes Hall. Limestone Park II has been named Cleona Belle Matthews Boyd Hall.

 

As renovation began on Patterson Hall, the design team reviewed original plans in order to best capture and preserve the building in a way that will better serve current and future students. During the renovation, many remnants of the past were found throughout the building including a 1906-07 class assignment schedule and old postcards.

 

"It should be a tribute to what UK was and where it’s going in the future," said Mary Vosevich, UK vice president for facilities management.

 

"I think you need bridges to the past and Patterson Hall is one of those bridges," said Tobin.

 

 

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

Bicycles Must Be Parked at Campus Bike Racks

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 14:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2016) — University of Kentucky students and employees are choosing bicycles as a means of getting to, from and around campus, in growing numbers. UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) would like to remind cyclists that bicycles may only be parked at bicycle racks, located at all residence halls, classroom buildings and throughout campus.

 

Bicycles may not be parked at any area other than a bike rack. Securing bikes to areas such as handrails or doors could block building access and egress, creating a hazard and nuisance. Parking bicycles along disabled ramps is prohibited. Likewise, bicycles may not be locked to benches, poles, signs or trees.

 

Over the past few months, more than 700 bicycle parking spaces were added or upgraded. Students and employees who notice a need for more bike parking in a particular area of campus may submit a request via www.uky.edu/pts/help-and-resources_forms.

 

Here is a complete map of campus-area bicycle lanes and facilities (PDF), including rack locations.

 

 

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

Parking and Transportation Services Reminds the UK Community to Share the Road

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 13:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2016) — As the start of fall semester brings an increase in campus population and a corresponding increase in vehicle and foot traffic around the University of Kentucky campus, UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is reminding all roadway users — including motorists, bicyclists and motor scooter users — to use caution when interacting with each other, in order to safely share the road. As part of these efforts, PTS has developed safety tips for each of these groups.

 

PTS, in conjunction with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fayette County Public Schools, UK and Lexington Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, wants to promote safety on our roads. Cyclists and motorists (including motor scooter users) have the same rights, rules and responsibilities on most Kentucky roads.

 

Below is a list of tips that will help keep the road a safe way to travel:

 

Motorists:

  • Don’t Speed or Text: Follow posted speed limits and follow distracted driving laws; don’t text message while your vehicle is in motion.
  • Every Lane is a Bike Lane: Bicyclists have a right to the road. Be alert and patient. Expect cyclists on the road at any time, especially on signed bike routes and on roads displaying the sharrow symbol on the roadway surface. Do not use a bike lane as a turn lane, for loading/unloading or to park.
  • Be Alert: Check your mirrors. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists, yielding to them at crosswalks and intersections; pay special attention while driving on or around campus. Scan for cyclists before turning across a bike lane, driveway or onto another road.
  • Pass with Care: Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way. A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing cyclists. Stay behind cyclists when you are turning right. Do not honk your horn when approaching cyclists; doing so could startle the cyclist and result in a crash.

Cyclists:

  • Respect the Rules: Bicycles are vehicles. Obey traffic rules for safety and to gain respect from motorists. Never ride against traffic; it is illegal and unsafe.
  • Be Safe, Be Seen: Use front and rear lights and wear bright or reflective clothing. Be predictable and make eye contact with motorists, and use hand signals to indicate your intentions.
  • Pass with Care: A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing vehicles.
  • Wear a Helmet: Helmet use dramatically reduces the risks of brain injury and death for cyclists involved in accidents.
  • Always Park at Bike Racks: Locking your bike to anything other than a bike rack can cause access issues, fire hazards and other problems and is prohibited by University of Kentucky regulations. Just park at a bike rack. Rack locations can be found on the Bicycle Facilities map.

Additionally, cyclists are reminded to engage in safe sidewalk riding behaviors. Some campus sidewalks have been designated as shared sidewalks and, under certain conditions, serve as important connections for cyclists. These shared sidewalks are wide, do not run parallel to vehicular traffic and connect important campus destinations. Nonetheless, these walks were designed for pedestrian traffic and bicyclists should always yield.

 

If you choose to ride your bike on any campus sidewalk, please follow these basic rules:

  • Always Yield to Pedestrians: Give audible warning, or dismount to pass when sidewalks are crowded or narrow.
  • Go Slow: Sidewalks are not designed for speeds faster than a slow jog.
  • Check Every Cross Street and Driveway: Vehicles often pull across the sidewalk before entering traffic or turn into driveways without scanning very far down the street.
  • Only Cross the Street at Crosswalks: Darting into the street mid-block is extremely dangerous.

Motor scooter users:

  • Use Appropriate Travel Avenues: Scooters, motor scooters and motorcycles are not permitted to drive or travel on sidewalks, bike paths, bike lanes or lawns.
  • Utilize Appropriate Parking Areas: Scooters, mopeds and motorcycles must use moped/motorcycle parking areas on campus. These areas are conveniently located throughout campus and are marked by the presence of signage, green lines or both. Motor scooters may also park at motor scooter-only parking racks, which are located in front of Memorial Coliseum and between Funkhouser Building and the Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center (ASTeCC). Scooters, motorcycles and motor scooters are not authorized to park at bicycle racks, or in any area that is not listed above.

For more information about sharing the road, visit www.moveitpeople.com/bike/safety. For a complete list of local bike ordinances, visit www.lexingtonky.gov/bikewalklex.

 

 

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

Training Available for UK Faculty, Staff Who Want to Assist in Disaster Response

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2016)  Recognizing that managing events following a serious emergency on campus can quickly overwhelm the resources of first responders, University of Kentucky Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness will host the third annual Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training for faculty and staff. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 13, training will be held each Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for five weeks in The 90. The training will end with a mock disaster exercise Thursday, Nov. 10. 

 

The primary purpose of UK C-CERT is to apply the 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 underscore 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 7. 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 859-257-6655 or by email at laurel.wood@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:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155, kathy.johnson@uky.edu

A Preview of Fall Shows at the Singletary Center on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 22:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 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. Matt Gibson, UK Singletary Center for the Arts marketing and ticketing director, is today's guest. He previews the various shows coming to the Singletary Center this fall.

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/theres-something-everyone-fall-singletary#stream/0.

 

"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

 

VIDEO: UK Board Underscores Commitment to State With Meeting in Bowling Green

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 21:24

 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2016) – For the second year in a row, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees is taking to the road for its regularly scheduled meeting, further underscoring the statewide commitment of the Commonwealth’s flagship, land-grant institution.

 

“We are the university for Kentucky,” said UK Board Chair Britt Brockman. “Meeting in Bowling Green exemplifies two things – that statewide reach and commitment and the power of partnership as we are working with outstanding institutions such as Western Kentucky University to further health care and grow the number of physicians who are serving our state.”

 

UK’s board is holding a series of meetings yesterday and Friday on the campus of WKU. UK currently has 288 students from Warren County and more than 1,500 alums from UK live in the county.

 

Some of those outstanding students are featured in this video:

 

 

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Over the two-day meeting, trustees highlighted two recent partnerships, involving WKU and Med Center Health:

 

 

  • In addition, UK trustees heard details of a recently announced partnership with regional health leader Med Center Health to provide orthopaedic medicine to Bowling Green and the region. The partnership in orthopaedic care formally began in January 2015 with the opening of Medical Center Orthopaedics located on the Med Center Health campus. Medical Center Orthopaedics combines the excellent staff and facilities of Med Center Health with fellowship-trained UK orthopaedic surgeons. Currently there are three UK faculty members providing orthopaedic care at Med Center Health.

 

 

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: Jay Blanton, 859-699-0041 or jay.blanton@uky.edu

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