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UK Faculty, Staff Invited to Halloween BOONEanza

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015) — University of Kentucky faculty and staff are invited to the second annual Halloween BOONEanza from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.


Sponsored by the UK Staff Senate and the Hilary J. Boone Center, festivities will include a lunch buffet, costume contest, best spirit award and trick-or-treat. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a $12 lunch buffet. To make reservations, call the Boone Center at 859-257-1133 by 5 p.m. Oct. 23. Departments may reserve a table for up to eight people, and individuals may also reserve spots.


To compete in the costume contest, "like" the Staff Senate on Facebook at then register here. Following the event, anyone may vote for the best costume on the Facebook event page.


The department whose table shows the best spirit (costumes considered) will receive a prize to take away from the event.


No reservations are needed for trick-or-treating with various local exhibitors throughout the venue.


For questions regarding the event, please contact the Hilary J. Boone Center at 859-257-1133 or the Office of the Staff Senate at 257-9242.  




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

King and Queen of 100th UK Homecoming Celebration Named

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 23:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2015) — Lauren Henrickson, daughter of Julie and Jeff Day and the late Donald Henrickson Jr., of Lexington, and Austin Mullen, son of Daryle and Patti Mullen of LaGrange, Kentucky, were crowned the University of Kentucky homecoming queen and king during halftime ceremonies at the UK versus Eastern Kentucky University homecoming football game today.


Henrickson is a senior integrated strategic communications major and pursuing a certificate in innovative and entrepreneurial thinking with a psychology minor and was sponsored in the homecoming royalty candidacy by Alpha Delta Pi. She is a Singletary Scholar, Honors Program student, a member of the UK Dance Team and music chair of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.


Austin Mullen is a senior finance, marketing and business management major and was sponsored by Alpha Delta Pi. Mullen serves the university as Student Body President. He is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, served on the leadership of DanceBlue and Wrap Up America.


Other finalists for queen and king were:


·         Chelsea St. Clair, daughter of Suzanne Lubbers, is pursuing a dual degree in psychology and integrated strategic communication along with two minors, from West Des Moines, Iowa. She was sponsored by Phi Mu sorority.


·         Chanel Friday, daughter of Rufus and Melody Friday is a senior integrated strategic communications major with a visual studies minor, from the state of Washington. Friday ws sponsored by STAT/Team Wildcat.


·         Amy Shelton, daughter of Doyle and Kelly Shelton, is a senior integrated strategic communications major with minors in digital media and design and Italian studies, from Hopkinsville, Ky. sponsored by Delta Zeta.


·         Lauren Bosler, daughter of Courtney and Bill Wobbe, is a senior marketing major with a minor in international business, from Louisville. Bosler was sponsored by the Global Scholars Program.


·         Jacob Ewing, son of Debbie Daly and Kevin Ewing, is currently studying integrated strategic communication and gender and women’s studies and seeking the certified nonprofit professional credential, from Covington, Ky. Ewing is sponsored by Student Government Association.


·         Ben Conner, son of Kenley and Dawn Conner and Steve and Beth Sterchi, is a pursuing a degree in career and technical education with a minor in animal sciences, from Smiths Grove, Ky. Conner was sponsored by Beta Theta Pi.


·         Arayo Sokan, son of Babatunde and Amanda Sokan, is a senior pre-medicine, pre-law, psychology, and Spanish major with minors in neuroscience and biology, from Lexington. Sokan is sponsored by Chi Omega.


·         Andrew Kirk, son of Michael and Deborah Kirk, is a senior chemical engineering major, from Lexington. Kirk was sponsored by Sigma Chi. 

UK, City Officials Outline Plans for Transportation and Safety During Oct. 15 Football Game

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 17:08




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — Next Thursday, Oct. 15, the University of Kentucky football team will host the Auburn University Tigers at the new Commonwealth Stadium. This matchup will mark UK's first Thursday night football game since 1939.


As ESPN's spotlight event, this game is an exciting opportunity to nationally showcase UK and the local community.


“Hosting a Thursday night game provides a distinctive opportunity to showcase, in the national spotlight, our transforming campus, our deep connection with the city of Lexington, and our great university community,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We thank the UK family in advance for their patience and cooperation on that day.”


“The entire city feels the energy of UK game day, no matter what day of the week,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “We want fans to have a good time cheering on the Wildcats, while being respectful of surrounding neighborhoods. That includes parking only in authorized areas.”


Along with excitement of the game, the day will present challenges regarding parking and transportation.


In an effort to accommodate the influx of fans and visitors, and to ensure campus continues to operate smoothly on game day, UK and UK HealthCare leaders assembled planning teams to address opportunities and challenges associated with the Thursday night game. The parking and transportation plan will require some faculty, staff, students and UK HealthCare workers to revise their regular parking and commuting routine for one day.


Today, officials from the university, UK HealthCare and the city of Lexington will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. to discuss the challenges that may arise on Oct. 15 and elaborate on the parking and transportation plan developed specifically for that day.


For detailed information regarding parking and transportation, all students, main campus and UK healthCare employees should visit


This website explains where to park on game day; it also provides an interactive map for each specific group including UK HealthCare employees, VA Hospital and Bluegrass Community and Technical College employees, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and south campus employees, main campus employees, residential students, commuter students and visitors to campus.


As with all other home football game days, student and employee parking will be restricted in the following areas, beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15:

  • Commonwealth Stadium Red Lot
  • Commonwealth Stadium Blue Lot
  • Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot
  • Orange Lot (corner of University & Alumni)
  • Greg Page Overflow Lot
  • Soccer/Softball Complex Lots
  • University Drive Garage (PS #1)
  • Sports Center Garage (PS #7)
  • Sports Center Lots
  • University Drive
  • Ag North and Ag Greenhouse Area


All vehicles without the appropriate football parking credentials must be removed no later than 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.


Additionally, three lots on campus will close earlier. The Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot (adjacent to the Oswald Building) will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, and the Gluck Equine Lot and expansion section of the Orange Lot will close at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. The Rose Street Garage (PS2) and the Press Avenue Garage (PS6) will be available for employee parking; however, employees are encouraged to remove vehicles from these facilities before 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, to accommodate additional football visitor parking.


Those students and employees who park in areas restricted for credentialed game day parking will be accommodated in a variety of community partner off-campus parking facilities. These parking areas are assigned by group in order to ensure adequate parking is available and to streamline the shuttle service. The university is partnering with a leading transportation management firm, Go Ground, to transport members of the UK community to and from the assigned remote, off-campus parking lots. All Go Ground buses are accessible for disabled individuals.


All students, main campus employees and UK HealthCare employees should anticipate longer commute times on game day and plan accordingly. UK HealthCare leadership has worked hard to ensure that the university's hospitals and clinics remain available to meet the needs of patients.


"HealthCare is committed to our mission of serving the needs of our patients. A Thursday night football game does present some challenges, yet it provides great benefits for the university and Lexington as well,” Ann Smith, chief administrative officer for UK HealthCare, said. “Our resourceful and talented team has succeeded in maintaining operations during Saturday night games, and we expect to uphold the same standards of quality and excellence during this game."


An information line will be available at noon Wednesday, Oct. 14, until 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, for the community to call with issues or concerns regarding parking and transportation. The number to call is 1-855-682-4115.


“With our team developing quickly and a beautiful new stadium, we can’t wait to show America what UK football is all about with this Thursday night game," UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. "I want to thank campus and city officials and my staff for the work they have done to prepare. We also ask for patience from the UK community and hope everyone enjoys the game.”


For more information about the game and pre-game activities, visit



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

Nursing Faculty Awarded Grant to Study e-cigs Effects in Pregnant Women

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 15:55

LEXINGTON, Ky(Oct. 5, 2015) — The U.S. has the largest and fastest growing market for e-cigs, and adult women of childbearing age are the most common users. However, no data exists regarding the health effects of e-cigs on pregnant women or their babies.


University of Kentucky College of Nursing associate professor Kristin Ashford and her team of researchers are working to generate this data through a four-year, $2.3 million R01 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for her proposal titled, "The Impact of Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigs)," which aims to determine the effects of e-cigs on prenatal biomarkers and birth outcomes. The multi-site study represents collaboration between the College of Nursing and the UK Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, as well as researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Previous research shows the consumption of nicotine, the main ingredient in e-cigarettes, is related to adverse pregnancy outcomes. Ashford’s study will collect data on pregnancy outcomes in three groups: mothers who use e-cigarettes, mothers who smoke traditional cigarettes, and those who smoke both during pregnancy. The research team will collect blood work from patients to identify biomarkers in women during each trimester of pregnancy. They will also look at factors including the risk of pre-term birth and the infant’s birth weight.


“To date, we do not know what effects these products have on pregnant mothers and their children; however, we do know that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can cause birth defects,” Ashford said. “We also know that women who smoke traditional cigarettes are more likely to be hospitalized during pregnancy, have preterm birth, and their infants are more likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit.


According to Thomas Kelly, associate dean for research in the College of Nursing, pregnant women are switching to electronic cigarettes in an attempt to reduce the adverse effects of cigarette smoking, but may not be aware that nicotine delivered through electronic cigarettes also poses a significant fetal health risk.


“Dr. Ashford’s new grant is focused on this conundrum and will fill an important research gap in examining issues impacting electronic and regular cigarette use among pregnant women and the consequences of these choices on fetal health. This is an exciting new research area for the College of Nursing,” said Kelly.


Ashford started her career as a labor and delivery nurse, which exposed her to the detrimental effects of tobacco use during pregnancy. She is also working with the Kentucky Giving Infants and Families Tobacco-ree Starts (GIFTS) program, which partners with the Kentucky Department of Public Health to provide smoking cessation services to prenatal and postpartum women in Appalachia.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Submit an Abstract for NCUR 2016

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 15:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — University of Kentucky undergraduates participating in research projects are encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) — the annual student conference dedicated to undergraduate research in all fields of study. The call for abstracts is now open and will remain open through Dec. 2.


Students involved in research or creative activities on campus are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their work for this highly valuable opportunity. Information about how to apply can be found at


"NCUR is the premier venue for undergraduates to present their research and creative activity, and to network with other students across the nation and beyond,” said Diane Snow, director of UK’s Office of Undergraduate Research. “UK, a former two-time host of NCUR, is an enthusiastic supporter of this high impact experience for our students, and strongly encourages all interested students to submit applications.”


The 2016 NCUR will be held at the University of North Carolina-Asheville April 7-9, 2016.  


For more information, call the UK Office of Undergraduate Research


The UK Office of Undergraduate Research is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.


Tickets Now Available for PTS Ride Home Express

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) offers a variety of shuttle and bus services to aid students and employees throughout academic holidays.


PTS Ride Home Express provides reliable, affordable and comfortable transportation on deluxe motor coach buses to and from particular destinations. The service provides an economical and efficient alternative as compared to other means of travel. 


Ride Home Express will operate for both Thanksgiving and Winter Break, with the following major routes:


·      Atlanta Area Route - Thanksgiving and Winter Break (Corbin, Kentucky; Knoxville, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Kennesaw, Georgia)

·      Chicago Area Route - Thanksgiving and Winter Break (Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Lafayette, Merrillville, Indiana; Naperville, Illinois)

·      Cleveland Area Route - Thanksgiving and Winter Break (Florence, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Mansfield, Medina, Ohio)


The PTS Ride Home Express program offers significantly cheaper fares than airlines, and faster travel times than other major bus companies. This year will mark the sixth year of the program, which has continuously improved with feedback from those who utilize the service.


UK students are able to reserve a round-trip seat via the Web by logging on to the Parking Account Manager with their Link Blue ID. Bluegrass Community and Technical College students are also able to purchase round-trip tickets online with their Kentucky Community and Technical College System login. Ride Home Express tickets will be available under the "Purchase Permits" section once logged in. All other riders must purchase their seats from the UK parking office in person. One-way fares may only be purchased in person or over the telephone.


Tickets will not be issued. All passengers will be added to a manifest and will need to bring a photo ID to board the bus. Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $55-$155, with prices varying based on the final destination; a complete price list is below.


Ride Home Express will run Nov. 24 and Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving break; it will run Dec. 18 and Jan. 10 for winter break.


PTS recommends purchasing tickets as soon as possible. Space is limited, and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-servedbasis. In the event that a route sells out, PTS will maintain wait lists.


Answers to frequently asked questions about Ride Home Express can be found here. For more information visit



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

Miguel Announced as Fall Concert Artist

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015)  The Student Activities Board is excited to announce Miguel as the 2015 fall concert artist. Miguel will perform at 8 p.mMonday, Nov. 9,  in Memorial Coliseum. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Student tickets go on sale today.


“Miguel is such a talented artist, and I believe he will be able to provide a unique and exciting experience for students," said James Collard, SAB director of concerts. "Our main method for selecting artists is based upon market research and opinions of the student body, so Miguel was really chosen by the University of Kentucky community.”


Miguel first hit the mainstream in 2010 with his popular single “All I Want is You.”  His unique sound has established him as one of the most soulful voices in modern R&B.


In 2013 Miguel was nominated for five Grammy Awards. His lead single “Adorn,” written and produced by the artist himself, gave Miguel his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and resided at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for more than 23 weeks becoming the longest running No. 1 in the history of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.


“The Fall Concert is one of our hallmark events, and it's always awesome to help students come together and experience a well-known artist," Collard said. "I've received too many questions to count about who the concert is going to be, so I'm excited that the event has come together, and we are able to announce it to the student body.”


Tickets will be available to students with a valid UK ID for $10 today and to the general public for $20 beginning Oct. 9. Student tickets can be purchased in the Bowman’s Den Ticket Office. General public tickets can be purchased at the Bowman’s Den Ticket Office and


For more information, please visit


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

Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at, or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email


SAB CONTACT: Jazmine Byrd, Email:, Phone: 859-257-8868


MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, 859-257-1909;; Rebecca Stratton, 859-323-2395;

Enjoy 'Some Enchanted Evening' With UK Opera Theatre

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:57

Jenna Day and André Campelo perform "Some Enchanted Evening" on WKYT. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre opens its 2015-16 season with a one-weekend run of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II multi-Tony Award-winning musical, "South Pacific," Oct. 8-11, at the Lexington Opera House.


"South Pacific" is based on the James A. Michener Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, "Tales of the South Pacific," which sends a strong progressive message about racism through the power of love. Considered among the 20th century's greatest musicals, the 1949 production won 10 Tony Awards and inspired a 1958 film adaptation and several successful revivals, including the 2008 production featuring Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot and Matthew Morrison.


Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, Nellie refuses Emile’s marriage proposal. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl he’s fallen in love with out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. Tragedy must come to the couples before they realize life is too short to hold such prejudices.


UK's production of "South Pacific" will star Jenna Day, a 2015 political science graduate working on her second bachelor's degree in vocal performance, as Nellie Forbush and doctoral student André Campelo as Emile de Becque. Kentucky audiences will recognize Day as Miss Kentucky 2013.


"South Pacific" is being guided by two of Lexington's own Broadway veterans, Jeromy and Lyndy Smith. The couple serve as both directors and choreographers for the production, which features several talents from both the UK School of Music and the UK Department of Theatre and Dance, who are participating in the college's musical theatre certificate program. It will be staged with Michael Yeargan’s 2008 Broadway revival set.


The show will begin 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at the Lexington Opera House. "South Pacific" tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the Lexington Center.


UK Opera Theatre is part of the 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 music theory.



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

New Traffic Light on Avenue of Champions

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — A new temporary traffic signal will become operational Saturday, Oct. 3, on the University of Kentucky campus.  The signal is at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Avenue of Champions, and a new pedestrian crosswalk has been located there. 



Meanwhile, the signal at South Martin Luther King Boulevard and Avenue of Champions will go into flashing mode for the duration of the Student Center construction project.  These changes are being made to improve traffic flow and safety in the area.


UK Police will monitor the Lexington Avenue intersection through Monday morning to insure safe and proper signal operation.

'Picking Cotton' Authors Teach the Healing Power of Forgiveness

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — For seven years, the University of Kentucky’s Common Reading Experience (CRE) has challenged new students with enthralling, controversial and thought-provoking books to read the summer before their move to campus and to engage in group discussions and events once classes begin. The 2015-2016 book, “Picking Cotton,” by Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo is no exception; it is the true account of a life-threatening sexual assault, the imprisonment of an innocent man and the redemption both victims eventually earn.


The campus and Lexington community is invited to the highlight of CRE’s academic year — the annual authors’ lecture — at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Memorial Coliseum.


“The Common Reading Experience is an opportunity to join in the shared exploration of a single book,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We’re excited to welcome Jennifer and Ronald to our campus as we continue engaging in an important academic dialogue about its themes on assault, unconscious bias, reconciliation and our humanity.”





The New York Times bestseller, “Picking Cotton,” has received continual attention since it was published in 2009, due primarily to the social issues it addresses with sensitivity and honesty — racial prejudice, sexual assault, eyewitness identification, a flawed court system, prison life, forgiveness and redemption. The book is considered controversial by some; it comes with a trigger warning that it could be upsetting for some readers.


“We are so excited about this year’s Common Reading Experience book, ‘Picking Cotton’,” said Kasey Borchardt, assistant director of New Student and Family Programs and coordinator of the CRE program. “The book encompasses powerful themes of forgiveness and resiliency, and it also allows us to have courageous conversations around the important topics of sexual assault, racial injustice, and bias in the criminal justice system.”


For WUKY reporter Chase Cavanaugh’s “Bookmarks” interview with Jennifer Thompson, visit .


Thompson and Cotton now work together as vocal activists, combatting sexual violence; advocating judicial reform, including the abolition of the death penalty and acceptance of the fallibility of eyewitness testimony; and proclaiming the healing power of forgiveness.  Together, they have successfully lobbied state legislators to change compensation laws for the wrongly convicted, to abolish the death penalty, to revise police eyewitness line-up procedures, and for many other causes. They speak frequently at schools, conferences and various advisory committees.


“We need to remove the anger and the hate and really start working on figuring out solutions to the problems,” Thompson said during her WUKY interview.


Borchardt agreed, pointing out that the authors’ commitment to societal and personal change was one reason the CRE committee chose “Picking Cotton.”


“UK has an incredible opportunity with this book, given current events in our nation, to engage students, faculty and staff in a campus-wide discussion and keep the conversation going with our year-long programming efforts,” she said.


UK junior Ann Baillie of Lemont, Illinois, agreed, "Every day, in the news, on social media and around campus, we hear debate and discussion on the same issues presented in ‘Picking Cotton.’ Yet, what the book does that those other sources do not do is turn those issues into positive lessons on friendship, resilience and forgiveness. It is these lessons that I am excited to hear Jennifer and Ronald talk about, and these are the lessons I hope everyone learns from the Common Reading Experience program."


"The Common Reading Experience … unites not only the students and faculty, but it extends to our community and embraces the diversification of Lexington,” said Alyssa Miller, a senior from Collinsville, Illinois. “The CRE is vital to this campus because it promotes unity, encourages higher-inquiry thinking, promotes global and local knowledge, and extends a helping hand to struggling students.


“Personally, the Common Reading Experience has molded me into the student and person I am today,” Miller added. “I could not be more excited to learn from Jennifer and Ronald, because I know their experiences will allow me to see things from new perspectives, which will help me develop into a better person. Learning new things and being exposed to different experiences only helps me become the best version of myself I can be.  


“The Common Reading Experience makes my heart happy because it unites this town and this university; it creates a bond that is unlike any other because it weaves together academic, social, and individual elements into one.” 


CRE is a collaborative effort shared by New Student and Family Programs, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education and other campus partners and designed to introduce new students to academic life at UK. The goal is two-fold: first, to bring new students together for a common reading experience that introduces them to academic discourse prior to the start of classes; and second, to engage the entire UK community in a common intellectual experience through yearlong programming.


New students quickly learn that reading the book is not the end of the Common Reading Experience; it is in fact the beginning of a full year of campus-wide curricular integration and co-curricular programming. (See the remaining CRE schedule below.)


Author Lecture: Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton

Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., Memorial Coliseum

Sponsored by New Student and Family Programs


Green Dot/Bystander Intervention Overview

Oct. 13, at 4 p.m., VIP Center

Sponsored by the Violence Intervention & Prevention Center


#UKindaWanna: Make the World a Better Place

Oct. 13 at 4 p.m., 101 Stuckert Career Center

Sponsored by the Stuckert Career Center and Undergraduate Studies


A Night with Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center



Oct. 29 at 5 p.m., VIP Center

Sponsored by the Violence Intervention & Prevention Center


Beverly Gooden: #WhyIStayed Lecture

Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., Seay Auditorium

Sponsored by the Student Activities Board


“Dear White People,” a Late Night Film Series Movie

Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center


Soup and Substance Discussion of “Dear White People”

Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m., 208 White Hall Classroom Building

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center




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


Alum Discusses Upcoming Show on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 19:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  On today's program Godell talks to UK alumna Lecresha Berry who is bringing her one-woman show "BrownGirl. BlueGrass." to the Lyric Theater in Lexington next week. 


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


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

President Capilouto Talks "All Things UK" at Oct. 7 Good Morning Bluegrass

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 16:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — As the Bluegrass region’s largest employer, the University of Kentucky’s impact is felt far and wide across the Commonwealth. From its academic programs to its advances in health care to important research efforts and of course the successful athletics programs, UK has seen many changes and a lot of activity on campus lately.


UK is also undergoing a significant physical transformation of its academic, research, residential, health care and community spaces. Through partnerships, increased philanthropy and effective financial management, UK is self-financing the vast majority of its more than $1.7 billion infrastructure development.


At an upcoming Commerce Lexington Good Morning Bluegrass event presented by Fifth Third Bank from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Hyatt Regency Lexington’s Patterson Ballroom (401 West High Street), UK President Eli Capilouto will be on hand to talk about the plethora of changes and enhancements happening across the campus, and what we can look forward to during the next 150 years of the University of Kentucky.


Capilouto became the 12th president of the University of Kentucky July 1, 2011. Under his leadership, the $3.4 billion flagship and land-grant research university has gained significant momentum in fulfilling its multi-faceted mission of teaching, research, service and health care. A native of Alabama, Dr. Capilouto previously served as provost of the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and dean of the UAB School of Public Health.


The cost to attend Good Morning Bluegrass is $25 for Commerce Lexington Inc. members and $35 for non-members. To register, email to or register online at




MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; Mark Turner, 859-226-1606. 



DanceBlue Reveals 2016 Marathon Date

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 16:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015)  DanceBlue announced Wednesday that the 2016 dance marathon will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, and conclude 24 hours later, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. The countdown toward the "best day of the year" has officially begun! 


DanceBlue also released a "The Best Day of the Year" video, which announced the date for this year's marathon. The video not only announced this year's marathon date but it featured students elaborating on the true meaning behind DanceBlue as it kicked off the initial countdown of the 150 days until the marathon.


"We're so excited to begin the next decade of dancing For The Kids," Overall DanceBlue Chair Erica Shipley said. "Our committee works so hard to provide for families at the clinic financially as well as mentally to make sure that the University of Kentucky community is a shoulder to lean on. February 27th can't come soon enough!"


DanceBlue is UK’s 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Now in its 11th year, DanceBlue has raised more than $8.2 million for pediatric cancer research and child-life efforts.


For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at


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



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, 859-257-1909;; Rebecca Stratton, 859-323-2395;

Public Health Researcher Develops Innovative Tool to Quicken COPD Diagnosis

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 15:54




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — An umbrella term for impaired lung function, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), describes a number of diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and some types of asthma. More than 12 million Americans were diagnosed with COPD in 2011, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate twice that number suffer from undiagnosed cases.


Patients with COPD experience reductions in lung function, which interfere with their ability to perform routine activities. Modern medical therapies and disease management practices for COPD can delay lung impairment and improve the patient’s quality of life. According to Dr. David Mannino, at least a third of Americans living with COPD discover their diagnosis after experiencing late-stage disease exacerbations. At this point, lung deterioration eliminates the possibility of intervention.


“Undiagnosed and untreated COPD can lead to detriments in quality of life, and basically people start doing less because they have difficulty breathing,” Mannino, a professor in the UK College of Public Health. “Many people attribute this difficulty of breathing to just getting older when, in fact, they may have a disease that is potentially treatable. With the appropriate therapy and interventions, our patients can live near to normal lives and do many of the things that they would like to do.”


Mannino collaborated with a national team of public health experts to develop a novel tool intended to hasten the process of detecting and diagnosing cases of COPD in moderate to severely impaired patients. Maninno, professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health in the UK College of Public Health, led a team of researchers charged by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Heart, Lung and Blood Institute with designing a direct and timely process for identifying cases of COPD in the primary care setting. As the presenting author on the project and principal investigator on the grant awarded by the NIH, Maninno reported on the findings from a study examining the effectiveness a five-step diagnostic tool during a meeting of the European Respiratory Society in Amsterdam on Sept. 29.


The three-year trial tested the diagnostic effectiveness of a simple patient questionnaire, as well as two common methods for diagnosing COPD: a peak flow examination and spirometry. A peak flow procedure measures the amount of air pushed from the patient’s lungs and a spirometer calculates the air capacity of the lungs. The experimental design tested all three methods, with an additional condition of peak flow used in conjunction with the questionnaire, in patients with clinically-significant COPD and patients with mild or no COPD. Study results supported the five-series questionnaire paired with the peak flow condition as the most effective of the three diagnostic approaches.


The tool poses five simple “yes or no” questions related to the patient’s lifestyle. Questions ask about pollutant exposure in workplace environments, frequency of respiratory infections, energy levels, and occurrences of pneumonia. The tool did not ask about smoking history. Once tested in more populations, Mannino believes this tool can enable health providers to diagnose COPD in a matter of seconds, but will also help proactive patients find out whether they are suffering from COPD symptoms before a doctor’s visit.


“What we would like to see is that this tool be used certainly in primary care practices,” Mannino said. “There is the potential that this is something that could be used by individuals to screen themselves and sort of give them something to talk about with their physician.”

While smoking is a significant predictor of COPD, it is not the sole cause of the disease.


Previous screening methods to diagnose COPD relied on the smoking history of patients, as well as patient cough and sputum, as the primary determinants of a diagnosis. According to Mannino, COPD is caused by a number of factors, including surrounding environments and occupational hazards. Mannino said high rates of smoking parallel with high rates of COPD in Kentucky, but a number of other factors, such as coal mining, environmental dust and poverty, put Kentuckians at a high risk of COPD.


A 2011 survey reported 9.8 percent of Kentuckians have received a diagnosis of COPD from their doctor. Oxygen therapies and medications can help alleviate symptoms of COPD at an early stage. 


In the next stage of the project, Mannino and colleagues will test the effectiveness of the five-question tool in different populations.

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Improvisational Photographer Nina Katchadourian Opens May Lecture Series

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 13:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — Nina Katchadourian, a photographer known for her inventive and improvisational photographs, will open this year's Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series, organized by the University of Kentucky Art Museum. The lecture begins 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Both the lecture and exhibition of Katchadourian’s work, currently on display as part of a reinstallation of UK's permanent collection through Dec. 23, are free and open to the public.


A profound spirit of invention distinguishes Nina Katchadourian’s work in photography, installation, video and sound. She has exploited a diverse set of subjects and situations over the years: spider webs in the forest, the color of cars in parking lots, and the linguistic possibilities of stacked library books, to name a few. One of her most acclaimed projects is "Seat Assignment," in which the artist uses materials available during airplane trips (magazines, seat belts, pretzels, tissues and toilet paper) to craft unique images taken with her iPhone.


Katchadourian's work has been exhibited at many art institutions, including MoMA PS1, Serpentine Galleries, Saatchi Gallery, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, SculptureCenter and Palais de Tokyo.


The May Lecture Series explores photography's roots in the 19th century and its reinvention in the digital world. The lecture series is made possible through the Robert C. May Photography Endowment, a museum fund established in 1994 for the support of acquisitions and programs relating to photography. Other speakers coming to town as part of the series include Deborah Willis and Paul Shambroom.


The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection. 




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

December 2015 Graduates Invited to Grad Salute

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association invites all UK December 2015 graduates to take part in Grad Salute, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 6-7 at the King Alumni House.


King Alumni House is located on the corner of Rose Street and Euclid Avenue.


Grad Salute is the perfect opportunity for graduates to finalize all their Commencement needs in one stop. Representatives will be on hand to assist students in making final graduation selections. During Grad Salute, graduates will be able to:


•         Purchase an official custom cap, gown and tassel.

•         Verify there are no stops or holds on graduation records.

•         Obtain career information and employment resources.

•         Register to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

•         Order an official University of Kentucky class ring.

•         Purchase a University of Kentucky diploma frame.

•         Order official personalized graduation announcements.

•         Support a Big Blue tradition with a gift to the University of Kentucky.

•         Be part of a new UK tradition and order a Wildcat Alumni Plaza paver.

•         Become a member of the UK Alumni Association at a special rate of $25 per year for new grads. Those who select the Three-year Pre-paid Membership option will be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card!


For more information about Grad Salute, visit or contact Emory Jones at or 859-257-3569.


The UK Alumni Association is a membership supported organization committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association or to become a member, visit or call 1-800-269-2586.




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

UK Biofuels Team Receives Nearly $1 Million from U.S. Department of Energy

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 11:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded nearly $1 million to a research team at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) for its microalgae-based carbon dioxide capture project.


CAER's Biofuels and Environmental Catalysis team's project was one of 16 selected by the DOE to receive funding through the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Carbon Capture Program, which funds development and testing of transformational carbon dioxide (CO2) capture systems for new and existing coal-based power plants. According to the DOE's website, research funded by this program is expected to help overcome limitations of singular, standard gas treatment systems, such as those based on solvents, sorbents, or membranes alone.


"Our initial work has shown that capture and utilization of power plant CO2 emissions using microalgae is feasible from a technical standpoint," said Mark Crocker, CAER associate director in biofuels and environmental catalysis. "This project aims to lower the costs of this approach to CO2 utilization and identify remaining areas where work is needed."


The DOE is funding $990,480, while $266,935 will come from the university and other project partners. Total funding is $1,275,415. The UK team will also work with researchers from the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and ALGIX, LCC in Meridian, Mississippi.


More information at

Campus Encouraged to Provide Feedback in Final Round of Transportation Master Plan Forums

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2015) – Sasaki and Associates, the consulting firm developing the Transportation Master Plan, will return to the University of Kentucky campus for the third and final round of public forums on Thursday and Friday, Oct 8 and 9.


Two forums will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday, Oct. 8, beginning at 3:30 p.m., Pavilion A Auditorium in the Chandler Hospital
  •  Friday, Oct. 9, beginning at 10 a.m., Gatton College of Business and Economics, Room 399

The forums will also be live-streamed on UKNow.


The UK Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.


Sasaki will present the final draft of the Transportation Master Plan. The plan is highly informed by feedback the university received from the first and second rounds of public forums, which took place in January and March, as well as through the "send us your feedback" feature on the EVPFA website, and from the TMP online survey, which yielded nearly 4,800 responses. 


Feedback from these conversations has already led to new programming on the UK campus.


The new BluPass partnership with Lextran, which began in July, was a direct result of feedback received at previous Transportation Master Plan forums.


Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday said that he hopes to continue receiving feedback from the UK community.


“We have received an exceptional amount of feedback regarding the challenges and opportunities that we face in regard to parking and transportation on our campus, and we have listened,” Monday said. “We look forward to having another meaningful conversation with the community in this next round of forums."


Use the following links to view videos of the January and March campus forums.


The TMP aligns with the UK Campus Master Plan — the blueprint for UK's campus transformation that‘s allowing it to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus. 




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

Learning Through Play: College of Education Brings LEGO to Students, Kentucky Teachers

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2015) — A classroom full of college students tinkered with LEGO toys last Thursday, building ducks and snakes. But this wasn't play-time for University of Kentucky elementary education students. It was professional development.


In the one-day workshop led by LEGO Education trainers, a total of 98 UK College of Education students — who will be student teachers in the spring — learned how to use LEGO kits to teach hands-on language arts, science, math and engineering curricula in their own classrooms someday.


Fifty teachers in Fayette County and across Kentucky, from both private and public schools, also participated in a similar LEGO workshop co-hosted by the college, Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and LEGO on Friday at the Lexington Public Library. Representatives from the American Institute for the Blind also attended to explore how LEGO instruction might be adapted for the visually impaired. During the workshop for teachers, 10 school administrators visited classrooms and observed teachers using LEGOs in instruction.


"What is novel and important about this particular workshop is bringing together educators, working along the P-20 (primary through college) continuum — some just learning to teach, some many-year veterans — to leverage the expertise and perspectives we all bring to creative and engaging teaching and learning," said Joan Mazur, professor of instructional systems design in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.


Mazur helped organize the workshops, along with Leanna Prater, a technology resource teacher for FCPS and doctoral candidate in instructional systems design at UK, and Regina Dawson, co-chair of the Elementary Education Program.


Students and teachers learned how to lead simple activities that had deep and engaging content connections. For example, a task for first graders required using 14 LEGO blocks to build a snake. A second round of building required they use the same blocks but in a different configuration, and a third round required they build another snake with different blocks.


"Very simple but complex ideas of division that first graders might not necessarily tackle on paper," Mazur said.


Following the student workshop, one UK student said their takeaway was that "everybody thinks differently, everyone solves problems in different ways." Another student said it proved to her the power of communicating and sharing ideas in an elementary classroom. 




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

Lead UK Conference Applications Now Available

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015)  The fourth annual Lead UK Conference is coming up soon. This year, Lead UK will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.  Applications for this year's conference are now available.


Lead UK is a conference for University of Kentucky students who want to expand their leadership skills through workshop-style forums and intellectual speakers. This event is hosted by the Leadership Exchange in the Office of Student Involvement. The conference will include dynamic speakers from the Lexington community and fun breakout sessions from a wide selection of speakers from the University of Kentucky’s campus, the Lexington community, and the region.


This year’s theme is The Quest for Excellence and will include nautical themes throughout the conference. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


"I got so much information and guidance from the sessions I attended and left more inspired to take on leadership roles and become more of a servant leader," said UK student and Lead UK 2014 attendee Austin Horn.  "Overall, attending this conference was probably one of the best things I have ever done, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to become more involved or if they want to be a strong, cooperative leader.”


Applications are now available and can be completed either on OrgSync or via the link (


For more information, contact Tori Amason, program director for Leadership Education, at




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