National Archives, UK Libraries Announce New Teachers' Award

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2014) — The National Archives and the University of Kentucky Libraries announced today the creation of the Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers (Clements Award). Created in partnership with the UK Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Clements Award recognizes promising and innovative Kentucky educators.


A panel of Kentucky educators will select three teachers annually for 10 years. Each teacher will receive $1,000 from the Foundation for the National Archives through the generosity of Clements’ daughter and foundation board member, Bess Clements Abell. Selection criteria include knowledge, enthusiasm, creativity, innovation and impact on student success.


National Archives educator Charles M. Flanagan will announce the award program at the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History’s annual meeting scheduled for Oct. 18, in Louisville, Kentucky.


"We are pleased to partner with the University of Kentucky Libraries to recognize Kentucky’s finest educators," said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. "We are grateful to the Foundation for the National Archives and especially to longtime supporter Bess Clements Abell and her family for making these awards possible."


The Earle C. Clements Innovation in Education Award for Civics and History Teachers honors the life and career of Earle C. Clements and his lifelong commitment to education and public service. Clements’ political career included service as a county sheriff, clerk and judge; in the state senate and as governor; and in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, where he was a close colleague to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Bess Clements Abell, Clements’ daughter, is a board member of the Foundation for the National Archives, a member of UK Libraries National Advisory Board, and UK alumna.


For more information about nominations contact Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean of UK Special Collections Research Center, at 859-257-3653 or Nominations for the Clements Awards should be sent to: University of Kentucky Libraries, Deirdre A. Scaggs, Associate Dean, Special Collections Research Center, Margaret I. King Library, Lexington, KY.


The National Archives is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our government, so people can discover, use and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at


The Foundation for the National Archives is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world.


UK Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



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WRD's Jim Ridolfo Connects With Samaritan Community

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2014) — As a graduate student at Michigan State University in 2008, Jim Ridolfo embarked on what he thought was a short-term research project that diverged from his dissertation work. This “secondary” project on Samaritan manuscripts has led to nationally funded, award-winning research. Ridolfo is now assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies.


An article that stemmed from his “side project,” “Delivering Textual Diaspora: Building Digital Cultural Repositories as Rhetoric Research,” was published by College English in November 2013, and was selected by the editor for the Richard Ohman Award. The award recognizes excellent scholarship in the field of rhetoric and is given annually by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Ridolfo’s fascinating article serves as a model of intellectual rigor and passionate study.

In his article, Ridolfo addresses the accessibility of manuscripts that have cultural significance to the Samaritan people. The Samaritans are “one of the smallest religious and ethnic communities in the Middle East today,” Ridolfo writes (136). Numbering fewer than 800 people, the Samaritan population is concentrated in the midst of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Historic manuscripts belonging to the Samaritan people have been dispersed from the Middle East, across Europe and North America. There are even a few documents in South America and Australia. Ridolfo calls this “textual diaspora.” The word “diaspora” typically refers to people who have been displaced from their homeland; Ridolfo’s innovative use of the term to describe texts, reiterates the significance these manuscripts, and their removal, have to Samaritans.

Housed in special collection libraries all over the world, Samaritan manuscripts are far from their cultural home and the people who cherish them. In fact, Ridolfo’s work on the Samaritan manuscripts began when he realized some were among the special collections library at Michigan State University.

Ridolfo was working on his dissertation in the Rhetoric and Writing program at MSU. While looking through the library’s works for the Chamberlin Warren Samaritan Manuscript Collection, he came across the notes from a meeting between Benyamin Tsedaka, a Samaritan Elder, and the University Board of Trustees in 2003. Since 1982, Tsedaka had been making trips from his home in Holon, Israel, to Europe and North America and visiting various public and university libraries that housed Samaritan manuscripts.

After reading the notes from the 2003 meeting, Ridolfo got in touch with Tsedaka to ask if he wanted to work on a project together. The nature of that project continues to develop new contours. Ridolfo noted, “As you get involved in these long-term projects, larger research projects that you might not expect can emerge from doing this kind of work.”

The goal of the collaboration between Tsedaka and Ridolfo was to make these texts available to the Samaritan cultural stakeholders by digitizing them. Since then, Ridolfo has worked closely with Tsedaka and other Samaritan leaders. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Startup Grant (2008-2009) and a Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Fulbright Scholarship (2011-2012) to develop the digitized archive. The funding also allowed him to conduct fieldwork in Israel.

For Ridolfo, this work has been so much more than a digitization project. Reflecting on the project as a whole, Ridolfo said, “I ended up learning a great deal about the diaspora of manuscripts in relation to what potential it might be for the Samaritans to communicate their cultural identity.  As they explain to their neighbors who they are and why they’re distinct and different and why they have unique cultural heritage in this region, digital resources have a greater role in that.“

His article delves into the history of the Samaritan people and their diaspora as well as their current uses of the digitized manuscripts. Ridolfo is “really interested in what happens to this work down the road with the community, how they use the digitized texts, how they reference them and draw on them.” Therefore, also significant to the project are the relationships Ridolfo has developed with Tsedaka, other Samaritans, as well as archivists, librarians and other scholars.

Ridolfo brings an ethos of activism to academic research, which he attributes to his graduate program. The program in Rhetoric and Writing at MSU emphasized the appreciation for rhetoric in combination with organizations within and beyond the community. Ridolfo explained, “Since rhetoric is a practitioner art, we learn it through practice, helping other groups if acceptable, if applicable, and we learn from that process of involvement.”

One of the outcomes of Ridolfo’s involvement is his development of a Samaritan keyboard, free and downloadable from his website. The keyboard will allows Samaritans, scholars, and students to type more easily in Samaritan across applications that support the UNICODE standard.  With this tool, users can continue to build on the Samaritan’s online presence in a new way—making it an active script on the web.

In thinking about his approach to digital studies and the people involved, Ridolfo recalled something one of his graduate school mentors, William Hart-Davidson, would say, “some of what we do is to put the humans back into humanities. And we’re not just dealing with inanimate texts, we’re dealing with the relationship of people to these texts.”

This relationship is something Ridolfo discusses at more length in his forthcoming book, "Digital Samaritans," on the Samaritans and their textual diaspora. And because the book (under contract with the University of Michigan Press) will be an enhanced text with maps that Ridolfo created and images of manuscripts, readers will have their own unique relationship with his text.

Ridolfo never thought his work on these manuscripts would lead to a book, national funding, or continued collaboration with the Samaritan community. But his article and future publications on the Samaritan textual diaspora are a testament to the fruitful course one follows when one begins with passion for the subject and the people connected to it.


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University Leaders Receive Flu Shots from Student Pharmacists

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:55

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — In what has become a University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy tradition, UK pharmacy students on Wednesday administered the flu vaccine to UK President Eli Capilouto, Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto, Dean Tim Tracy and Dr. Mike Karpf, UK’s executive vice president for health affairs.


Delivering the dose of seasonal disease prevention were third-year professional (Pharm.D.) students Brian Garcia, of Taylorsville; Katie Herren, of Lexington; Kylie Newman, of Park Hills; and Auburn Wigginton, of Campbellsville.  


“It is not really fall on campus until I receive my flu shot from one of the nation’s best pharmacy students,” Eli Capilouto said. “Not only is this a chance for our students to practice an important skill that is crucial to their health care careers, but it allows us to shine a spotlight on this important public health issue. For many Kentuckians, receiving a flu vaccine is of critical importance, and I hope citizens across the state consult with their local pharmacist to find out whether they should be immunized.”


Members of the UK Chapter of the American Pharmacists Association - Academy of Student Pharmacists are taking every opportunity to educate the public about what a pharmacist can do for them. In recent years, pharmacists have become heavily involved with the immunization process, with most pharmacies now offering influenza vaccinations to the public. UK's third-year pharmacy students were recently trained in administering the vaccine. 


UK students and employees have several opportunities to get vaccinated on campus. The cost is $10 for regular students, or $20 for campus employees, with a campus ID. The vaccine is free for UK HealthCare workers or students with the AHP/United student insurance plan. Students and campus employees can get vaccinated without an appointment at any of the following walk-in clinics:
  • 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the Alumni Gallery at William T. Young Library
  • 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the University Health Service First Floor Lobby
  • 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Alumni Gallery at William T. Young Library



MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-323-2396; 


'Bloody Breathitt' UPK's Most Decorated Book

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author T.R.C. Hutton has been named recipient of a 2014 Kentucky History Award given by the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) and the 2014 Appalachian Writers Association’s Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction for his book "Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South." These awards follow two other honors for "Bloody Breathitt" — winning the 2013 Weatherford Award for Nonfiction and being named a finalist for the Wiley-Silver Prize.


These accolades mark a milestone at the press. “The announcement of these two awards makes 'Bloody Breathitt' the press’ most decorated book in my tenure,” said Director Stephen M. Wrinn.


The Kentucky History Awards recognize outstanding achievements by historians, public history professionals, volunteers, business and civic leaders, communities, and historical organizations throughout the Commonwealth. The KHS encourages organizations, individuals and communities across the state to nominate deserving projects and individuals for their efforts to promote the preservation, awareness and appreciation of state and local history.


The Kentucky History Awards ceremony will be Friday, Nov. 7, at the Old State Capitol in downtown Frankfort, Kentucky. The ceremony is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Friday, Oct. 31. For more information, visit


The Appalachian Writers Association’s (AWA)  mission is to promote and recognize writing about the Appalachian region. The AWA aims to promote writers living in or having lived in the Appalachian region and those who have significant Appalachian connections through heritage or scholarship. Recognizing superior and significant writing, the award was presented earlier this month at a banquet held on Oct. 3.


In "Bloody Breathitt," T.R.C. Hutton casts a critical eye on Breathitt County, Kentucky, for the first time. From the Reconstruction period until the early 20th century, Breathitt’s 500 square miles of rugged upcountry land was known as “the darkest and bloodiest of all the dark and bloody feud counties.” Hutton carefully investigates instances of individual and mass violence in the county from the Civil War through the Progressive era, exploring links between specific incidents and broader national and regional events. This meticulously researched volume offers the first comprehensive narrative of the violence in this infamous Kentucky county, examining Breathitt’s brutal history and its significance to the state, the South, and the nation.


Hutton is the fourth UPK author in as many years to win a KHS award, joining the 2013 winner James C. Nicholson for "The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America’s Premier Sporting Event," 2012 winner William E. Ellis for "A History of Education in Kentucky," and 2011 winner Estill Curtis Pennington for "Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920." The win also marks the second time a UPK title was named winner of the AWA award for nonfiction, joining 2013 winner Helen Matthews for "Helen Matthews Lewis: Living Social Justice in Appalachia."


Hutton is a lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Tennessee.


UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.




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

Freshman Senate Elections End Today

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — The polls are open for freshman senate elections! It is important for freshmen to use this opportunity to make your voice heard by electing four of your fellow classmates to the UK Student Government Senate. Voting ends at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 16.


Freshmen may vote online at or visit a campus polling location. The polling locations include the White Hall Classroom Building, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Student Center from noon until 4 p.m. 


Freshmen are urged to get out and vote today.




MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

SGA CONTACT: Blair Hoover,

Butterfield to Receive Mentoring Excellence Award from Major National Society

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) – The University of Kentucky's Dr. Allan Butterfield will be receiving the Society of Free Radical Biology and Medicine’s (SFRBM) Mentoring Excellence Award at the society's national conference in Seattle, Nov. 19-23.


In his 39 years at UK, Butterfield has graduated more than 65 doctoral and master's degree students and approximately 150 undergraduates. He has also trained about 20 postdoctoral scholars.


In 2012, he was selected to be a fellow of SFRBM and earned their prestigious Discovery Award for his work in the field of redox research related to Alzheimer’s disease. In 1998, he earned a trip to the White House to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Bill Clinton.


“This Mentoring Excellence Award from SFRBM is highly meaningful to me because it validates my efforts of paying forward what was done for me when I was an undergraduate and graduate student – namely, providing a laboratory environment that is full of encouragement and support particularly for women, Appalachians, and persons of color, who are each underrepresented persons in the discipline of chemistry," Butterfield said. "In my opinion, students I have mentored feel validated in their pursuit of their dreams and, consequently, produce even more important research in our quest to understand and treat Alzheimer’s disease."


Butterfield is the Alumni Association Endowed Professor of Biological Chemistry at UK and serves as director for both UK's Center of Membrane Sciences and the UK Markey Cancer Center's Free Radical Biology in Cancer Shared Resource Facility. Additionally, he is a faculty associate for UK's Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center and is a faculty member of UK's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.


MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or

UK Bands Welcome Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet to Campus

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:04

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet plays the Third Movement of Carl Nielsen's Quintet, Op. 43.



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Bands will present the internationally renowned Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in concert this weekend. The program will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Paul Hindemith, Jaques Ibert, Darius Milhaud and Jean Francaix. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.


The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has performed all over the globe and is, according to Manchester Evening News, “arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world.” The quintet was founded in 1988, during the era of Herbert von Karajan, the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra's rich tradition of chamber music.


Members of the quintet are living musical witnesses to the hugely productive and influential musical partnerships of the Berlin Philharmonic not only with Karajan, but also with its two most recent musical directors: Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. Naturally, as members of the Berlin Philharmonic, they have also enjoyed important collaborations with every other major conductor of their times, whether Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber, Sir John Barbirolli, Günter Wand, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti, Pièrre Boulez, James Levine or Daniel Barenboim, to name a few.


Credited with changing the sound of the classic wind quintet, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet found themselves recording with Swedish company BIS Records in 1991. In most recent years, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has been coaching youth in workshops in many different countries. They have a special commitment to the youth orchestra program of Venezuela.


Cody Birdwell, director of UK Bands, saw the quintet perform with the Berlin Philharmonic while attending a conducting workshop in France in 2012. Birdwell began correspondence and now is excited that UK Bands will host the quintet for their final performance on their current tour. The members of the quintet will also be working with UK students during a series of master classes Saturday, Oct. 18.


To learn more about Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, as well as see photos and video from performances, visit their website at


Tickets for the Berlin Wind Quintet are $30 for general admission or $20 with a valid UK student ID. For more information regarding this concert, contact Cody Birdwell at


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




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Q&A: Infrastructure Expert to Speak to UK as Part of "see tomorrow" Series

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series will continue with Leonard Sandridge, former executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of Virginia. Sandridge will address the UK community at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Lexmark Public Room.


Responsible for overseeing operations of all nonacademic support areas at the University of Virginia, Sandridge is an expert with regard to campus infrastructure. His areas of oversight at UVA included athletics, the architect for the university, student affairs, management and budget, information technology and communication, police, finance and compliance, as well as the financial and managerial oversight of the health system.


Sandridge sat down with UKNow to address a few important issues related to infrastructure in higher education. 


What do facilities say about a university’s priorities and strategic planning?

I believe people often make assumptions about the quality of an institution on the basis of how its facilities look and function.  If they are maintained well, kept clean and in good repair, they are more likely to believe that programs and activities conducted by the college or university are given the same attention and will be of equal quality.  We know that buildings and grounds are an important factor in the first impression students and parents form when they visit a campus.  Equally important, those who teach and do research are more effective if the facilities have modern amenities, are pleasant and are technologically current.  Those who are responsible for the operation of our plant will tell us that we save money when our buildings have good systems and are cared for properly – much like what we know to be true about a poorly maintained automobile.  When I consider these factors, it is easy for me to conclude that the condition of facilities is a strategic issue that must be addressed in our planning and priority setting process. 


Are there particular trends you see in terms of funding for infrastructure or planning?

The same trends that I see for higher education as a whole apply to our infrastructure and the planning we must do.   We are not going to be able to rely on public funds to support our activities as we once did.  We will have to rely more on philanthropic support and new revenue streams.  We will need to look at tactics that not only make our infrastructure more effective but also save operating money.  Clearly there is a huge move toward making our facilities, operations and other infrastructure elements more environmentally friendly and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.  Those who pay the bills (states, students, donors, patients, research sponsors) increasingly will require that we demonstrate that we are using infrastructure efficiently.  I think we can sum it up by saying we will be accountable for how we spend money on infrastructure, how completely we make use of infrastructure and the outcomes we realize for the investment that we make.


You spent your career leading units that support the academic mission. Are there particular ways you think those areas under finance and administration have evolved or changed? 

Your question actually identifies one important part of the answer – our finance and administrative activities have evolved in significant ways as higher education and our environment has changed.  The support operations have become or are becoming more open to doing things differently when an advantage can be demonstrated.  I also think we have become more customer oriented – we understand the faculty to be our customers, students are our customers and, the public, donors and alumni are our customers.  Although some members of the academy do not like to be called customers, I have found it helps those of us in support roles when we are striving to provide high quality, timely, efficient and accurate services to those we serve. Increasingly, our internal operations expect to be compared to their private sector peers. We have become bolder in our investment strategies; we have adopted current business strategies for procurement, human resources management and debt financing – indeed, in many ways we are functioning like well-run businesses.   Those staffing finance and administrative units today are focused on innovation and accountability in ways that are extremely good for our institutions.  They work hard and our colleges and universities are the better for it.  


There’s a lot of concern in higher education right now about its future, given financial pressures and others. How do you feel about the future of public higher education in this country?

There are a lot of pressures on higher education today, especially the public institutions.  Our constituents expect us to keep tuition down, provide access for more students, prepare students to be successful in the job market and graduate school, discover cures to disease and ensure the patients in our hospitals are returned to their homes to enjoy a quality life and do all of this at an affordable cost.  It is a tall order by any measure.  Increasingly, colleges and universities are being asked to address issues that one might say are societal problems as well as higher education problems.  We will have to continue to focus on safety of students, holding down costs, retaining world-class scholars and giving the world’s best health care at costs the nation can afford, just to cite examples.  We will continue to be in the spotlight.  We will make mistakes and we will have to adjust to a world where higher education delivery systems are changing.   There will be some institutions that don’t make it in the form we know them today.  However, I am one who believes the U.S. higher education system will not only survive but continue to be seen as the best in the world.   




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"see tomorrow" Speaker Series Continues With Expert in Infrastructure

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2014) Leonard Sandridge, former executive vice president and chief operating officer at the University of Virginia, will address the UK community at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Lexmark Public Room as the next speaker in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series.


Responsible for overseeing operations of all nonacademic support areas at the University, Sandridge is an expert with regard to campus infrastructure. His areas of oversight at UVA included athletics, the architect for the university, student affairs, management and budget, information technology and communication, police, finance and compliance, as well as the financial and managerial oversight of the health system.


Sandridge has long been active in community affairs, serving on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the UVa Foundation, the Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development, the Charlottesville-Albemarle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the University of Virginia Investment Management Company. At present, he serves on the boards of the University of Richmond, the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation and the Charlottesville Free Clinic. 


Virginia’s Governor McAuliffe recently appointed Sandridge to the Virginia Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments and to senior advisor to the UVa Board of Visitors.

Sandridge won the 1987 Ern Award for service to the Student Council and in 1993 was presented the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University of Virginia's highest honor for a faculty member, given to recognize one who exemplifies Jefferson's principles and ideals in character, work, and influence. In 2003, he received the Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award, presented by the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce to recognize outstanding citizen contributions.


The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the UK University Senate and the Office of the Provost.




MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365;


UK Students Study Political Reporting From Seasoned Journalists

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — University of Kentucky journalism students interested in political writing and reporting have the unique opportunity this semester to learn and gain hands-on experience covering perhaps one of the most noted and heated senatorial races in Kentucky's history.


Students enrolled in  'Advanced Writing and Reporting: Covering the U.S. Senate Race' are focusing on the Senate race between long-time Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, arguably one of the most powerful and influential politicians in Kentucky and in the nation, and Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic challenger and Kentucky secretary of state.


Cheyenne Miller, a journalism and political science major from London, Ky., said he expected the course to be challenging and it has been, but he feels fortunate to be part of it.


"I want to be more educated about politics because I potentially want to become a political reporter," he said.


Megan Ingros, a journalism and business management major from Fairfax, Virginia., is taking the class as a means to decide if she wants to go into political reporting.


"The class is so drastically different from my other journalism classes," Ingros said. It's much more interactive, and I've learned more about actual skills required in the journalism field than other classes. I've gained a lot of experience and met people I wouldn't ordinarily meet.”


The curriculum includes familiarizing students with the key issues and how to approach politicians in the interviewing process. The class is led by co-instructors Al Cross and Bill Goodman. Cross was chief political writer at The Courier-Journal and is director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications in the College of Communication and Information. Goodman is the host and managing editor of the KET (Kentucky Educational Television) award-winning shows "Kentucky Tonight," "Education Matters," and "One to One with Bill Goodman." Both Cross and Goodman are in the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, housed at UK.


“One objective of this course is to provide coverage of the race for Kentucky newspapers that don’t have access to news services, or to bolster coverage in papers that do,” Cross said. “We will be doing stories about issues, the debate, other events and how voters see the race.”


The latter topic is the subject of the semester’s first two published stories, based on interviews with voters in the latest Bluegrass Poll who agreed to follow-up interviews. The poll is sponsored by The Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald-Leader, Louisville’s WHAS-TV and Lexington’s WKYT-TV.  To view student stories, go to:

and an audio podcast:   


The stories are also available as posts on the class blog,


Ben Tompkins, a journalism senior from Louisville, said there is a lot of decoding required when looking for the real meaning in what politicians say. "The class is engaging and I like reporting in real time on things that have a direct impact on our lives." 




MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 

Students Invited to Share Ideas Over Lunch at 'Monday on Mondays'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) Students are invited to come have lunch with Eric Monday, executive vice president for finance and administration, in his next "Monday on Mondays" noon-1 p.m. Oct. 20, from at K-Lair.


"Monday on Mondays" are opportunities for students to have lunch and engage with Eric Monday. Key priorities that fall under the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration's include UK's campus transformation, UK's housing partnership, UK's dining partnership and the UK Student Center renovation.


"Students are at the center of everything we do here at the University of Kentucky," Monday said. "We want to continuously engage with them to understand their perspectives, hear their ideas, and know the issues they find most important. These monthly lunches with students provide me opportunity to do just that."


All students are invited and should meet at the reserved tables in K-Lair at noon the day of the event.




MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365;

UK Football Awarded Thursday Night Home Game in 2015; Working Group Formed to Prepare

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 18:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — The announcement Tuesday that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will host a Thursday night SEC football game next year offers the opportunity to place UK in a national spotlight.


UK will play Auburn at the newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium the evening of Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Next season will be the first played after the completion of a $120 million renovation of Commonwealth, meaning an ESPN audience will be exposed to the dramatic transformation of the longtime home of the Wildcats as well as UK’s budding football program under head coach Mark Stoops.


But along with the opportunities come challenges associated with the game — from the logistics of parking to working with Keeneland, area hotels and other venues on maximizing exposure for Lexington and convenience for both fans and visitors. Against that backdrop, UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric N. Monday and Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart Tuesday announced the formation of a broad-based working group to address opportunities and issues associated with UK’s first Thursday night game at Commonwealth Stadium next October.


“This is a tremendous honor and opportunity for Lexington and the University of Kentucky,” Monday said. “But while maximizing the opportunities associated with the game, we also want to ensure that the event goes as smoothly as possible for everyone — both on our campus and in the community.”


“We can’t wait to showcase UK for the nation,” Barnhart said of the game next year. “Thanks to President Capilouto's leadership, we've initiated an unprecedented campus transformation, which as positioned us for success. And Thanks to Mark, his staff and our student-athletes, our program is making incredible strides. This game presents the opportunity for us to take another step forward. We are excited to partner as a campus and community to make sure we spotlight Kentucky football, our university and Central Kentucky in the best way possible.”


“This is an important chance for us to show work we have been doing and the progress we are making as a football program and as a university to the nation,” Stoops said. “I want to thank Eric, Mitch and everyone who will be involved in preparing to make our Thursday night game as much of a success as I know it will be.”


The working group, which will begin meeting this week and continue on a regular basis over the next year, includes representatives from UK’s finance and administration areas, university relations, athletics, police and emergency management, among others. The group will address issues ranging from parking logistics and security.


A website — — has been created. There, interested fans and others will, over time, be able to easily access information about the game, logistics and event opportunities.



“This game is a tremendous opportunity for UK. It’s a tremendous opportunity for our community and region,” Monday said. “But that means starting work now to make sure we think of and address the natural questions and challenges that will arise, while also making sure we take full advantage of a national spotlight.”



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The Perfect Mixer: Drinking and Responsibility With Mike Green

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — Theta Chi Fraternity and Delta Zeta are proud to present Mike Green for a talk on responsible, safe drinking at 6 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Worsham Theatre on UK's campus.


This is not a “don’t drink” talk, rather an engaging, interactive talk on how to be safe and responsible when consuming alcohol. The event is free and open to the general public.


Mike Green is the president and founder of Collegiate Consultants, a group focused on raising drug and alcohol awareness on college campuses. Over the past 18 years, Green has spoken to more than 2,000 campuses nationwide. He serves as a consultant to the student affairs and athletic departments of numerous universities, including Florida State, Penn State and Princeton University. He produced alcohol and drug programs for the medical societies of New Jersey and Virginia and for professional sports teams including the Philadelphia Flyers.


Winchell’s restaurant, Cornett IMS, Central Bank, the University of Kentucky’s Community of Concern and the Student Wellness Ambassadors are also partners for the event.


This event is part of Theta Chi’s Sacred Purpose Movement. Sacred Purpose launched this past January and is an idea focusing on Theta Chi’s motto of “an assisting hand.” Sacred Purpose was founded as a result of an alcohol related death at a Theta Chi chapter in California and is looking to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol, drug and mental health issues among college students.


College can be a very stressful time for young people and Theta Chi is starting this movement to let college students know that they are not alone.


From the Sacred Purpose website: Inspired by our most deeply cherished fraternal value—the assisting hand—the mission of Sacred Purpose is simple: to inspire a better brotherhood and deeper level of mutual caring for one another. In doing so, the Sacred Purpose movement will do more than assist and protect members; Sacred Purpose will help every member live his very best life.


More information can be found at and



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UK THETA CHI CONTACT: Clayton Abernathy, Vice President of Health and Safety for Theta Chi,

Lexington's Nate Morris Named One of Fortune's '40 Under 40'

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014)  Fortune Magazine announced in its current issue that Nate Morris of Lexington has been named as a member of the sixth annual '40 Under 40' list.


Morris is a Kentucky native and co-founder and CEO of Rubicon Global, North America’s leading provider of sustainable waste and recycling solutions.


Founded in Kentucky, Rubicon Global provides waste and recycling services that deliver sustainable solutions and cost reduction to a variety of industries, including several Fortune 500 companies. The company uses Big Data analytics to solve the global issue of waste. The company uses proprietary software to empower small business owners to grow their businesses through a strategic sourcing platform.


Morris is also the founder and chairman of Lexington-based Morris Industries, a privately held industrial group focused on long-term holdings.


“I am incredibly grateful and humbled to be named a member of Fortune Magazine’s '40 Under 40,’” Morris said. “To be recognized alongside some of the nation’s most influential leaders in business is truly a tremendous honor.”


“I’m so proud of Nate’s achievements and pleased to have invested in his company,” said Bill Gatton, Kentucky entrepreneur and namesake of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. Gatton is an investor in Rubicon Global and a mentor to Morris. “Rubicon Global is a game changer. Both the company and Nate have very bright futures.”


Morris serves on the Executive Committee of the Dean’s Advisory Council at UK's Gatton College and is a member of the Young Presidents Organization Bluegrass Chapter. In 2007, he was named 'Outstanding Young Kentuckian' by the Kentucky Junior Chamber of Commerce and honored as one of the 2013 Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (US Jaycees).


See the full 2014 ranked list here:




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What's Next: The Congnition of Construction

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:48


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — Gabriel Dadi, assistant professor of civil engineering in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering and faculty member of the Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (the Vis Center), studies the cognitive aspects of constuction workers and how they interpret information from different sources.  


"You've got a ton of different technologies out there that help plan and manage work, whether it be GPS technology, ground-penetrating radar, LiDAR (a remote-sensing technology using lasers), flash LiDAR, laser scanning, all these great 3-D imaging tools," Dadi said. "But ultimately, those technologies tend to stop at the trailer. They don't make it out in to the field itself."


The problem, Dadi says, is one of data fusion. Although construction managers have the ability to gather extraordinary amounts of data from all these sources, they lack ways to analyze and use it. The challenge is to find a way to synthesize this data and present it in a way that is useful to managers and work crews. 

One way to do that is by rethinking the design of traditional construction blueprints. 

"Typically those are drawn to represent the design from a legal and contractual standpoint," Dadi said. "They're not necessarily conducive to understanding how this work needs to be executed by the end user. By rethinking how we design these blueprints from more of an instructional design perspective, we can give the end user the information that's needed to effectively execute their task."

Dadi's work is featured in the above video, produced by the Vis Center as part of its "What's Next" series. It may also be viewed at "Reveal," the official website for UK Research Media, at

MEDIA CONTACT: Keith Hautala, 859-323-2396;  

Popkin Awarded Bryan Chair of History

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — One would be hard pressed to find a resume with accolades, awards and appointments of the quantity and quality equal to Jeremy Popkin’s. He will be adjusting that resume again shortly, as he has been named the William T. Bryan Chair of History.


Popkin has been a faculty member of the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Department of History since 1978. Educated at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University, Popkin has served as chair of the history department (1996-2000), director of the Jewish Studies Program (2011-12), as well as the current (2007-) prestigious T. Marshall Hahn Professor.


The Bryan Endowed Chair was established by a nearly $4 million gift from William T. Bryan, a 1936 UK College of Engineering graduate, bequeathed by his estate upon his death in 1997. For 32 years, Bryan served Duriron Co. of Dayton, Ohio, as a metallurgical engineer.  His gift was matched by Kentucky's Research Challenge Trust Fund and used to create six endowed chairs in areas across the university: history, fine arts/vocal music, public finance, special education, Spanish, and women's studies/African-American studies.


Karen Petrone, chair of the history department who nominated Popkin for the prestigious chair, said her colleague “is a remarkable scholar, whose breadth of interests is matched by keen skills as a historian and his uncommon facility as a prose stylist.”


His career has been marked by a long and consistent record of achievement, including the National Humanities Center Fellowship (2000-01), the University of Kentucky Research Fellowship (2003-04), the School of Historical Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) (2006) and National Humanities Center Fellowship (2012-13).


He is a prolific author, but his most recent book, “You Are All Free: The Haitian Revolution and the Abolition of Slavery,” is also his most acclaimed, winning the2011 J. Russell Major Prize, best book in French history by the American Historical Association, the 2011 David Pinkney prize, best book on French history from the Society for French Historical Studies, and one of six finalists for the international Cundill Book Prize for 2011.


Petrone said “You Are All Free” “…overturns conventional wisdom on the causes of the abolition of slavery in France and Haiti — events that would transform not only the Francophone world but slavery worldwide. At the same time, it rewrites the history of the Haitian Revolution, an event that is still under-studied and poorly understood, despite its global significance.


“Most historians find it challenging enough to master one field of scholarship, with its unique linguistic, methodological, and theoretical challenges, and its constantly growing body of historical writing to master,” said Petrone. “Yet Prof. Popkin is maintaining an active research agenda in several distinct fields: the history of the French Revolution, with which he began his career; the history of the Holocaust; the history of historiography, broadly construed to include studies of memoirs, biography and autobiography, and the study of memory; and the field of Caribbean history, particularly Haiti.”


Yet, Popkin greets such high praise with a shy smile and a little shrug, admitting “I’m certainly at my best when I’m busy.”


Popkin will take the opportunities the Bryan Chair affords to return to Europe to complete research on his own history of the French Revolution as well as the Holocaust.


These days, Popkin is dreaming of returning to his much beloved Paris, “a great city built to the human scale,” walking familiar streets, stopping at a favorite street café, before spending the rest of the day in one library or another. He intends to “make the French Revolution approachable for everyone,” even though his editor has already told him it must be fewer than 1,000 pages.


“I’ve reached the point in my career that I can take my time on a large project of a huge topic,” he said.




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UK FUSION Foundation for Service and Leadership at UK

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 17:05



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — When Connor Appelman came to UK as a freshman, he knew he wanted to get involved on campus, but wasn't quite sure where to start. He heard a few guys in his residence hall talking about UK FUSION (For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods) and decided to join them. The rest is history.


"I volunteered a lot in high school," Appelman said, "and I knew I wanted to get involved with service somehow at UK right away. FUSION seemed like that first step without a big commitment — just a few hours on the Monday before classes started. I thought it would be a good way to get acclimated with campus and Lexington and meet new people."


Little did Appelman know then that a few hours on that first Monday he was on campus would turn into a four-year relationship with FUSION.


"In my four years volunteering with FUSION, I've done everything from painting curbs to stuffing care packages and just about everything in between," Appelman said. "FUSION has really helped me get out of the 'UK bubble' and see the needs of our community and how I can contribute."


UK FUSION is a program housed in the Center for Community Outreach (CCO) and is the largest one-day service event in the state of Kentucky. UK teams up with nonprofit agencies throughout Lexington and sends more than 1,000 student, faculty and staff volunteers to complete projects across Fayette County. Small groups of students are paired with a veteran student and a UK faculty or staff volunteer who serve as site leaders.


"My junior year, after two years as a participant, I volunteered to be a site leader," Appelman said. "I enjoy being a site leader because I participate in the day just like one of the gang, but I have some experience, both in service and on campus, that I can rely on to make connections with new students and help them feel comfortable being at UK."


"FUSION is such a great way to start off the school year — not focusing on yourself or on school but on service and giving back," Appelman said. "It just gives you a really good perspective; college is busy but you do have free time and volunteering is rewarding.


"The CCO is such a great resource on our campus; it helps get you off campus, breaks your routine and opens up your eyes to things going on off campus." 


"DanceBlue is the big spring service event on campus and FUSION is the large fall service event and I really want to encourage everyone to give it a try; service opens up your eyes to different people and teaches you how to be a better person," Appelman said.


Appelman has used FUSION as his kickstart to volunteering on campus; he has been involved with several organizations and opportunities including DanceBlue, the Children's Miracle Network and Kentucky Children's Hospital, and Habitat for Humanity.


"Obviously a big part of college is the academics and learning, but at the same time there is that aspect of learning how to be a person and to mature into an adult and learning how to interact with different people in different situations," Appelman said. "Eventually, I hope to go to medical school and pursue a career as a physician. But this kind of transcends pretty much any job and career that you’re going to have. You have to be able to work with people."


"There are obviously many people and many situations, many programs and places that need student help," he said. "FUSION is such a great program for the Lexington community and for UK students, and I’m just very glad that I was able to be a part of it these past four years. It’s one of the most rewarding and enriching things you can do while you’re at UK."


Learn more about UK FUSION and all the programs within the Center for  Community Outreach at The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. Connect with the CCO on Facebook here and on Twitter at


See photos from this year's K Week events, including UK FUSION, here.



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909


Richard Edelman To Deliver 2014 Bowling Lecture

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — Richard Edelman, president and CEO of Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm, will deliver the 2014 James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center Recital Hall.  This is the 15th year for the program.


Edelman will speak on “The Rise of Communications Marketing.”  The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications Alumni Association.


Edelman has 67 offices and 5,000 employees worldwide.  Richard Edelman was named president and CEO in September 1996.


As the creator of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer, Edelman has become one of the foremost authorities on trust in business, government, media and NGOs. He has spoken on this topic at several conferences including the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, where he regularly leads discussions among global heads of business, government and media conglomerates. The firm’s research is widely cited in media publications and academic journals from around the globe.


Edelman has extensive experience in marketing and reputation management, having led assignments with major corporations, NGOs and family businesses in more than 25 industries around the world.  He has counseled countries in every region of the world on economic development programs.


Edelman topped PRWeek‘s list of most powerful executives in 2013 and was recognized as the third highest rated CEO by Glassdoor in 2014. In 2011, he was ranked No. 78 on Ethisphere Institute’s “100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.” In 2010, Forbes named him one of “America’s Favorite Bosses” (No. 8). Advertising Age recognized Edelman as “Agency Executive of the Year” in 2008. 


“We’re honored to welcome Richard Edelman to UK for this year’s program," said Beth Barnes, director of the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications at the UK College of Communication and Information. "The public relations path is the largest segment of our integrated strategic communication program.  Having the head of the world’s largest PR agency come to campus is exciting for both our students and faculty members.  And it’s a special pleasure because Richard’s father, Daniel Edelman, was our executive-in-residence in 2003.”


Edelman earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1978 and a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1976. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1972.


Thomas T. Noland Jr., senior vice president of corporate communications for Humana Inc., is the 2014 Excellence in Public Relations award recipient from the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications.  He will be honored at a reception Oct. 21 preceding the annual James C. Bowling Executive-in-Residence lecture.


Noland leads and coordinates all of Humana’s internal and external communications and public relations. He also directs the company’s reputational equity initiatives and serves as Humana’s chief spokesperson.


Noland headed the team that won a national Silver Anvil Award, the “Oscar” of the public relations profession, for Humana in 2009 for strategic communications and media relations surrounding the company’s Freewheelin’ bike-sharing program at the 2008 Democratic and Republican national political conventions.


Noland joined Humana as manager of public affairs in 1984. He became vice president of communications in 1991. In 1993, he was recruited by The Cobb Group, a Louisville subsidiary of Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., New York, to create the Health Care Industry Group of high-technology, health-related newsletters and magazines. He returned to Humana in 1997 as vice president of corporate communications and was named senior vice president in 1999.


Noland was elected to membership in 2006 to the Arthur W. Page Society, a select national consortium of leading senior corporate communications executives across all industries. He is a member of the Strategic Communications Committee of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the health benefits industry’s principal trade association, and a national lecturer at conferences sponsored by AHIP, The Conference Board, the Public Relations Society of America, and the International Association of Business Communicators.


In Louisville and Kentucky, Noland is active in civic affairs, serving on the board of directors and executive committee of the Fund for the Arts and Historic Locust Grove, and on the boards of the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation, Yale in Kentucky, and (as an appointee of the Governor of Kentucky) the Governor’s Scholars Program. He is the former president of the board of directors of the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Filson Historical Society, and previously served on the boards of The Cabbage Patch Settlement House, Kentucky Opera, and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.


A native of Norwalk, Connecticut, Noland is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in history in 1975. He attended Duke University from 1971-73 where he was editor-in-chief of The Archive, the campus literary magazine. Noland completed the Stanford University Professional Publishing Program in 1993.

The Bowling Executive-in-Residence Program began in 2000 and brings to UK nationally known public relations practitioners to not only deliver an address, but also meet with students interested in public relations careers. The program includes the executive-in-residence visit, the excellence award and a scholarship for a senior integrated strategic communication major with an emphasis in public relations.  The 2014 scholarship recipient will be announced at the lecture.

The series honors James C. Bowling, the late retired assistant chairman of Philip Morris Companies Inc. He attended UK and later served the university as a member of the UK Development Council. In addition to serving on several national boards, Bowling also worked with the UK College of Agriculture, UK Gatton College of Business and Economics, and the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.




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Town Hall Meetings to Discuss UK Internationalization

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 15:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) — The University of Kentucky International Center will host a series of town hall meetings next week to get feedback on internationalization at UK and suggestions for improvements.


"Our goal is to make this a truly internationalized campus," said Beth Barnes, interim associate provost for internationalization and director of the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications. "For example, we have been fortunate to see tremendous growth in both Education Abroad enrollment and international student enrollment. We want to reflect on how we can continue to improve our internationalization efforts in these and other aspects of becoming a global campus."


To be as convenient as possible to all who are interested in joining, three different dates and locations have been scheduled throughout campus. The meetings are scheduled for:

  • 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 in the UKAA Auditorium of the Young Library
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 in the 127 Commons Room of the Wethington Building
  • 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 in the Seay Auditorium of the Agricultural Science Building North


All members of the UK community interested in participating in the town hall meetings are invited to discuss the internationalization of UK's campus.


For more information, contact

UK HealthCare Hosting 50th Anniversary Transplant Symposium on Oct. 24

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 14:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) – UK HealthCare will host a special symposium to mark a major anniversary: 50 years of transplantation on Friday, Oct. 24, 


The UK Transplant Center is celebrating its five decades of transplant innovation, expertise and patient-centered compassionate care at UK with presentations by some of the top transplant specialist in the country.


The following featured speakers will give presentations:


  • Dr. Ronald Busuttil, Dumont Professor of Transplantation Surgery at UCLA, who is internationally known as a leading expert in liver transplantation, will be the keynote speaker and discuss the evolution of transplantation.
  • Dr. James Wynn, professor of surgery at the University of Mississippi, who previously served as president of United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and chair of the UNOS Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation Committee, will share some of his experiences at UNOS.
  • Dr. Bruce Lucas, UK professor emeritus of transplant surgery, and one of the first UNOS presidents, will end the day sharing historical moments from the UK Transplant Center's history.


Presenters will be joined by speakers from the UK medical staff including Dr. Roberto Gedaly, chief of abdominal transplant surgery; Dr. Charles Hoopes, director of the Transplant Center; and Dr. Jay Zwischenberger, chair of the Department of Surgery.


The symposium begins at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and concludes at noon. All remarks will be held in the Pavilion A auditorium of UK Chandler Hospital.


This event is free, but registration is required. To register, please contact Debbie Cruse at or call (859) 218-4021 for more information.