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Indie Rockers Helio Sequence Come to UK Campus

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 15:52


Video for "Battle Lines" by The Helio Sequence.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov 10, 2015) — An exciting evening lies ahead for the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass as the Oregon dream pop duo The Helio Sequence comes to town. The Helio Sequence concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Singletary for the Center for the Arts. Local band Idiot Glee will open for The Helio Sequence.   


The Helio Sequence is a duo whose music can be described as indie rock, electronic and neo-psychedelic rock forming a high fidelity kaleidoscopic sound. The band consists of two members, Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel, who formed the band in 1999 in Beaverton, Oregon. The group is currently signed to the Seattle's Sub Pop Records.


Currently, The Helio Sequence is touring to promote their latest self-titled album. This is their fourth album with this record label; they have released seven albums total plus their debut EP in 1999.


The latest album is described as "A collection that depends upon an effortless kinetic energy. Crisscrossing vocals and cross-talking guitars and drums map a broad swirl of emotions. There's a delightful candor to The Helio Sequence an openness that is a rare and special feat for a brand about to enter its third decade." 


This concert is presented by the Singletary Center in conjunction with media sponsors WRFL. Tickets for The Helio Sequence concert are $20 and can be purchased at the Singletary Center box office at 859-257-4929, on their website at, or in person at the box office. Processing fees will be added to all transactions upon purchase. Student rush tickets will be available for this concert for $10 with a valid student ID beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, exclusively at the Singletary Center box office.


A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational event annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 



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


Inside Higher Ed Publishes Op-ed by UK's Thelin

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 15:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015) — John Thelin, professor of educational policy studies and evaluation in the University of Kentucky College of Education, authored an opinion piece on perpetual endowments published Nov. 5 in Inside Higher Ed.  


In the piece, headlined "Forever Is a Long, Long Time," Thelin said colleges should rethink perpetual endowments that honor the donor but thwart good stewardship today.


"Endowments need to be reconceived as organic, comparable to the college’s garden," Thelin wrote. "As such, they need continual care in weeding and seeding."


He invites higher education institutions to consider working with donors so that each gift has an appropriate life span to accomplish a worthy and timely educational goal.


Thelin, whose teaching and research interests focus on the history of higher education and public policy, is co-author, with Richard Trollinger, of "Philanthropy and American Higher Education."


To read the opinion piece, visit




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PTS Offers Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 14:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is making Thanksgiving travel easier for students by offering complimentary shuttle service from campus to the Blue Grass Airport prior to the break.


The shuttle, which is in its twelfth year of operation, will operate Monday, Nov. 23 through Wednesday, Nov. 25, with daily campus pick-up times of 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Students should plan to leave campus at least two hours prior to take-off.


Although the shuttle is free, reservations are required. To schedule a pick-up, students should submit a ride request through the form found here: Ride requests should be submitted at least two business days in advance.


A PTS representative will email to confirm the pick-up time. Students are responsible for their own transportation back to campus.

For more information visit the PTS website.

Binge Eating Disorder Can Be Treated

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 14:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015) — When most people hear the term "eating disorder," they usually think of anorexia or bulimia nervosa. While anorexia and bulimia are more commonly recognized, doctors are concerned about a different kind of eating disorder that is on the rise.


Binge-eating disorder, or BED, is a disorder characterized by excessive overeating. Though it is common to overindulge occasionally, especially around the holidays, those with BED are plagued with insatiable cravings that lead to recurrent episodes of intense overconsumption. Unlike the binge and purge aspect of bulimia, those with BED do not try to compensate for the caloric intake by excessive exercise or induced vomiting.


Symptoms of binge eating disorder include:

·         Eating unusually large amounts of food in short periods of time

·         Feeling like your eating behavior is out of control

·         Eating when full or not hungry

·         Frequently eating alone or in secret

·         Feeling guilty about binge episodes


BED is quickly becoming the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder in the United States, affecting one in 35 people. More than six million people have been diagnosed with BED since the American Psychological Association first recognized it as a disorder in 2013. BED is what doctors call an ‘equal opportunity’ disease. Unlike anorexia and bulimia, which more commonly affects women, or body dysmorphic disorder, which is seen more in men, binge eating disorder tends to occur equally among the sexes.  


Though doctors and psychologists are unsure of what triggers binge eating disorder, they have noticed increased prevalence in those with a history of depression or dieting and weight fluctuation, and/or a family history of eating disorders. Young adults are also more likely to suffer from eating disorders.


Since binge eating disorder is treated as a mental illness, other psychiatric disorders are often linked with BED. The most common are depression and anxiety. Obesity is also frequently associated with BED and can cause other medical conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).


If you or someone you know shows signs of binge eating disorder, encourage them to talk to a physician or psychologist. BED is very treatable through medication, lifestyle changes, and/or psychotherapy.


Lori Molenaar, APRN, is a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team at the University of Kentucky's University Health Service.


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 


The New Yorker Explores Work of Brent Seales

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 08:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — As Brent Seales and a group of international collaborators meet today at the University of Kentucky for a “Herculaneum Summit” to discuss future plans of their work, readers across the world are exploring the progress they have made thus far. A story published online today in The New Yorker delves into the group’s mission to digitally reveal text in an ancient Herculaneum scroll. 


The Quest to Unlock an Ancient Library,” written by John Seabrook, chronicles the journey Seales, professor and chair of the UK Department of Computer Science, and others began embarking on several years ago. The journey to do what was once thought impossible: read text inside a 2,000-year old scroll without opening it.


Seabrook asks his readers if digital technology can make the Herculaneum scrolls legible after 2,000 years. Seales believes the answer is yes.


“As Seales worked on more manuscripts, he realized that what he had thought of as a two-dimensional problem was really three-dimensional. As a writing surface ages, it crinkles and buckles. If Seales could design software that reverse-engineered that aging process with an algorithm—‘something like the stuff that lets you see the flag waving in reverse,’ as he put it— he might be able to virtually flatten the manuscript,” Seabrook wrote.


Seales accomplished that feat recently with another ancient manuscript, the Ein Gedi scroll, by revealing the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus through the software he and his team developed.


Weaving in past efforts to reveal the Herculaneum text with that of Seales and his collaborators today, The New Yorker piece explains the history behind the scroll and the strides made so far.


But where Seabrook’s story ends is where the Herculaneum project’s next chapter begins. This week, Seales is hosting Daniel Delattre, Vito Mocella, Emmanuel Brun and Claudio Ferrero on UK's campus to plan what’s next in their undertaking to bring back writings from an ancient world.


To read The New Yorker story, visit




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UK College of Nursing Celebrates 50 Years of the Nurse Practitioner Profession

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 17:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — Fifty years ago, the first nurse practitioners program was established at the University of Colorado. Today, more than 205,000 nurse practitioners are licensed to practice in United States.


The University of Kentucky College of Nursing joins the nation in marking 50 years of the nurse practitioner profession during National Nurse Practitioners Week, Nov. 8-14. The college offers a doctor of nursing practice program, which prepares nurse practitioners to design, implement, manage, evaluate and lead health care delivery systems at the highest level.


According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Nurse Practitioners Week celebrates the profession and reminds legislative leaders of the importance of removing barriers that limit the ability of nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their license. Nurse practitioners are expert clinicians with advanced education and clinical training to provide primary, acute and specialty health care services.


These professionals combine expertise diagnosing and treating disease with an emphasis on prevention and health management.  Nurse practitioners partner with patients to guide decisions and lifestyle choices, which is why an estimated 916 million Americans choose to visit a nurse practitioner every year.


“I know I can speak for the college and for the community when I say that our nurse practitioners are exceptional nurse leaders and we are grateful for their service,” Janie Heath, dean of the UK College of Nursing and Warwick Professor of Nursing, said. “This week is a reminder to celebrate the selflessness of these health care providers and recognize the care that they have given to so many patients.”


For more information about Nurse Practitioners week, visit


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UK Phi Kappa Phi Chapter's Annual Induction is Tonight

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 17:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will induct a total of 46 new members this evening in ceremonies at the William T. Young Library's UK Athletics Auditorium.


Forty-two students together with four faculty and community honorees will be welcomed into the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a reception next door in the UK Alumni Association Gallery for the new initiates together with family and friends.


The faculty and community inductees are:

·         Roszalyn Akins, an educator in Fayette County Schools for more than 30 years and dean of students at Carter G. Woodson Academy.


·         Sonja Feist-Price, assistant provost for faculty affairs at UK and coordinator for the Kentucky ACE Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education. 


·         Lawrence Prybil, the Norton Professor in Healthcare Leadership at UK's College of Public Health.


·         Buck Ryan, associate professor of journalism and director of the Citizen Kentucky Project at UK's Scripps Howard First Amendment Center.


The mission of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897, is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."


Membership is strictly determined by the standards set forth in the society’s bylaws. Juniors must be in the top 7.5 percent of their class, seniors in the top 10 percent of their class, and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class.


The characteristic of Phi Kappa Phi that makes it unique among the leading honor societies is its policy of electing undergraduate and graduate members from all schools, divisions, or departments of the institution. Faculty, professional staff, alumni and community members who have achieved scholarly distinction also may qualify.


Strong participation by members in campus and national activities over the past year resulted in UK's PKP Chapter being named a 2015 Chapter of Excellence by the national organization. This is the third time the UK chapter, in only its seventh year of existence after being chartered in the spring of 2009, has received the 'excellence' distinction. The chapter has twice earned Chapter of Merit designation, as well.


The most recent example of the UK chapter's rapid rise to prominence among the more than 300 chapters across the country is the awarding of a competitive PKP fellowhsip worth $5,000 to May 2015 UK graduate Christina Zeidan, a double major in political science and anthropology at the university who is now studying law at Emory University in Atlanta.


History of University of Kentucky Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Award Recipients


2015 Christina Zeidan

2014 Dominique Luster

2012 Taylor Lloyd

2011 Jenna Brashear


Study Abroad Grant

2012 Brittany Kidwell


Love of Learning Award

2014 Sarah Ehrensberger

2013 Demetrius Abshire


Literacy Grant

2012 Heather Davis


Nationally, Phi Kappa Phi's robust award programs give more than $1 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, grants for literacy initiatives, and member and chapter awards. To learn more about these programs, visit


"The University of Kentucky Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi continues to distinguish itself nationally," said UK Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Frank Ettensohn, president of PKP on the UK campus. "The recognition received this year is a credit to the exceptional women and men who have become active members of the UK chapter."


For more information on the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, go to, or visit

Phi Kappa Phi is supported by The Chellgren Center which is part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.




MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200;

Patterson School Students Japan Bound

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 16:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015) — Eleven graduate students from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce will head to Japan in December as part of the Kakehashi Project to develop a better understanding of Japanese politics, economics, and culture. 


The Japan-bound students — one third of this year’s entering Patterson School class — will participate in the all-expense-paid study program promoted by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and commissioned by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan). The principal aim of the Kakehashi Project is to promote deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan and the United States, establishing a connection that will help future leaders form networks and develop wider global perspectives. The students will be accompanied by Patterson School Director Carey Cavanaugh.


Cavanaugh said, “We are delighted and honored that UK has been singled out for this prominent program. The sponsors told us that the Patterson School’s international reputation and the success of our graduates set the program apart and led to UK’s selection.”


Past participants in the Kakehashi Project were primarily undergraduates, but last year the Japanese also included a group of master’s degree students from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and young professionals from Washington-based think tanks like CSIS, Brookings, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. This year’s selection of the Patterson School reinforces that new professional focus.


The Patterson School has always placed a premium on exposing students to how government and business actually work, building into its curriculum visits to corporations, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Toyota (TMMK) in Georgetown is an annual stop, but the program’s three-day spring break study trips have included Washington, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Windsor, Canada. 


The Patterson School group will depart the United States Dec. 14, returning from Japan on Dec. 22.  The UK group will be joined by a smaller group from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.  In Japan, the program will include briefings by key officials and visits to government agencies, businesses and industry, academic institutions and cultural sights.


Cavanaugh noted, “For our program, the opportunity for so many students to spend eight days in Japan with meetings at the Foreign and Defense Ministries, tours of high-tech industries, and exposure to Japanese history and culture is unprecedented.”


Additional information about UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce can be found at




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


Lexington Evolves From College Town to 'University City'

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 16:12


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — It's a partnership unlike any other, relying on each other to complete pivotal projects and daily deeds, constantly working together to find solutions. Yes, the city of Lexington and the University of Kentucky are intertwined, but a recent discovery proves it's much more than a partnership — it's a new species of community.


Lexington, often referred to as a college town, has evolved into a "university city," according to new research by Lexington's own Scott Shapiro, senior advisor to Mayor Jim Gray, which was confirmed in an analysis by UK Department of Statistics Professor and Chair Arnold Stromberg. As a university city, Lexington boasts the positive characteristics of both a large city and a college town, making it a very special place to live, work and play.


"These research findings confirm how special our community truly is and what is possible when a flagship university and thriving city support each other," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "We serve the entire Commonwealth, and we are proud to call Lexington home. Together, we are primed to move forward as a university city, serving mutual interests to foster a creative, well-educated and prosperous community."


Only five other cities in the U.S. join Lexington with this new classification, including Madison, Wisconsin; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Fort Collins, Colorado; Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Lincoln, Nebraska. Being classified as a university city is simple — each has a major research university in its urban core, a population between 250,000 and 1 million, and students making up at least 10 percent of its population.


"With universities there's research money that flows in, they hire a lot of people — a lot of well-educated people — and they tend to ride out recessions pretty well, so they're an anchor of stability in any community," Shapiro said. "That’s true of any research university. But when you have a college town, you can only leverage that so much. When you grow into a university city, with a diversified economy, there's all kinds of network effects that happen."


For example, research from labor economist Enrico Moretti shows that having more highly degreed people in a university city (40.1 percent of persons age 25 and older in Lexington have a bachelor's degree or higher) does not only raise median income for those folks, it also raises productivity and income for those without degrees in the same city.


And highly degreed graduates leaving the university aren't necessarily leaving the city. In fact, in a university city like Lexington, many of those graduates are staying and pursuing their careers here, unlike a lot of college towns.  


Another economic effect is the level of patent use. Other research finds the prevalence of entrepreneurship and patents available here raises the level of patent use by companies that have no direct connection to the university.


Like large cities, these university cities have high rates of educational attainment, new business startups and economic growth. But similar to small towns, university cities also have low cost of living, low unemployment rates (3.5 percent for Lexington according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and low violent crime rates. According to the research, university cities' violent crime rates are 36 percent below the average of other cities the same size.


"So that's one reason why Lexington, for example, has the lowest violent crime rate of any city its size in the country," Shapiro said.


Another unique feature of university cities is their outsized arts and culture sectors, morphing Lexington into what Shapiro calls a "culturally rich idea-filled community."


"In fact if you look at the arts and cultural institutions per capita, university cities have more than average of the largest 15 cities in the country," he said. That higher demand is driven by educational attainment levels, Shapiro said.


In June, USA Today ranked Lexington sixth, right behind Los Angeles, on its list of 15 most inspiring cities for young artists, noting Lexington's art institutions, affordability and high percentage of students. Larger cities like Seattle, Portland, Denver, Austin and New Orleans ranked further down on the list.


University cities are perhaps most distinct though in that their positive network effects happen organically; it would be difficult for other similarly sized cities without a major research university at their cores to replicate. Those cities could invest in one area or another — their police force, startup business community, arts and culture sector or initiatives to lower unemployment rates — but, as Shapiro pointed out, there isn't enough money to invest heavily in all of those areas.  


“The data show that Lexington is off the charts in terms of its highly educated workforce, outsized arts and culture sector, low unemployment rates, low violent crime and low cost of living. That turns out to be the perfect formula for the 21st century knowledge economy, for advanced industry,” said Shapiro. "One interesting thing about this idea is that because it's based in data, there's a certain sort of truth about it."


That truth, confirmed by an unbiased statistical analysis, proves this new type of city isn't rhetoric, it's reality. After Shapiro began examining data of numerous cities, he asked Stromberg to conduct an analysis of all cities with a population between 250,000 and 1 million.


"So we did something called the cluster analysis, which basically starts by grouping the two closest cities together mathematically," Stromberg said.


Stromberg and the Applied Statistics Laboratory looked at 48 cities across a range of data sets — such as population, the percentage of students in the city, crime rates and employment variables — and confirmed that these six cities are in a class of their own.


"Our Applied Statistics Lab does data analysis for hundreds of projects every year so when the city called with a question, we're going 'oh, we better answer this,'" Stromberg said. "We like to collaborate with city and state officials, as well as those internal to the university. ...We do it because we're part of these communities."


"Yet another advantage of being in a university city is that you get to work with brilliant experts like Dr. Stromberg," Shapiro said. "In the mayor's office we work with the university quite a bit on a range of issues, so it seemed very natural for me to reach out to him."


Shapiro also reached out to assistant professor of geography Lynn Phillips, who specializes in urban planning, as well as Ernest Yanerella, professor and chair of the UK Department of Political Science; Merl Hackbart, professor and interim director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; and Rosie Moosnick, a lecturer in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, to receive feedback on the research.


So what's a community to do after discovering its new status as a university city? It leverages the information.


"Knowing that we're a university city, and knowing that Lexington is really built for the knowledge economy, helps us plan our economic development initiatives, our workforce development policies and our land-use planning as well," Shapiro said. "That means we have to plan ahead for things like traffic, we have to plan ahead for affordable housing."


Part of that planning includes a university cities conference hosted by UK and the city of Lexington, which Shapiro is currently working to organize with UK College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Kornbluh. The plan is to invite other university cities, as well as foundations and think-tanks, to compare data and best practices. And collaboration with one university city has already begun as Mayor Wade Troxell of Fort Collins is scheduled to speak at the 2016 Lafayette Seminar, hosted by the Gaines Center for the Humanities at UK.


"I think UK and Lexington know that their fates are intertwined and what this research really shows is that each benefits from the other in ways we’re only beginning to understand," Shapiro said.




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

Big Blue Thanks You

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 15:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — It’s time to take a pause to appreciate those who have sacrificed to keep books in your bag and your head in a classroom.


Now in its third year, the University of Kentucky Parent and Family Association created the Big Blue Thank You program to provide an opportunity for students to break from their hectic schedules to say thanks to the parent, family member or mentor back home who has helped them succeed at UK.


On Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 10 and 11, the Parent and Family Association staff will provide students with a pleasant atmosphere — complete with note cards, pens and refreshments — to write a quick thank you to those who matter most.


Tables will be set up outside 102 White Hall Classroom Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, and at the Hub at William T. Young Library from 8-10 p.m. Wednesday. Sealed, addressed letters left with Parent and Family Association staff will be mailed at no charge to students.


“We started Big Blue Thank You a few years ago as a response to the UK Parent and Family Association’s Letters from Home program where parents and families can send new students an encouraging note at the beginning of the school year,” said Nancy Stephens, associate director of New Student and Family Programs. “Now in this season of thanksgiving, students get a turn to grab a pen and tell those at home what their support means to them.”


“Students are so busy at this time of year between midterms and finals that we wanted to give them a quick break and a chance to focus on gratitude,” she added.


For more information regarding this event, please contact the UK Parent and Family Association staff by emailing or calling 859-257-6597.


“One of the most important keys to a student's success is building meaningful relationships and developing strong connections to the university through members of the UK community,” Stephens said. “Student Affairs provides many opportunities to facilitate these connections through internships, intramural athletics, volunteer work, student clubs, registered student organizations, community service and much more.”


The Parent and Family Association is a program within the Office of New Student and Family Programs, which is part of the Division of Student Affairs, an integral part of the University of Kentucky experience. With interactions among students, faculty and staff, Student Affairs seeks to facilitate the integration of the students’ academic experience with other aspects of university life that encourage personal and professional development.




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


SEC Schools Compete to Feed the Hungry

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 15:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — Tennessee beat Kentucky last year by more than 2,600 pounds. In fact, four SEC universities trounced Kentucky by a total of 7,833 pounds...of canned food earmarked for donation to worthy organizations in the universities’ hometowns.


The Big Blue Nation is not willing to let those numbers stand in the SEC Game Winning Food Drive, which this year includes University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and University of Missouri.


Provost Tim Tracy kicked off UK’s donations last week with cans of soup he brought from home to assure “a complete meal for someone who needs it,” he said. The SEC drive for donated canned food continues through November.


“We know we can do better than (the 108 cans of food donated) last year for our students, for our Big Blue Pantry,” said Courtney Pflug. The Big Blue Pantry, a students’ food bank recently relocated from Alumni Gym to the basement of the White Hall Classroom Building, is the chosen recipient of all proceeds from UK’s Game Winning Food Drive. Some schools have chosen civic instead of campus food banks.



About 200 individual students use the Big Blue Pantry regularly, with more joining every week. Any type of nonperishable food items are accepted, but the most needed items are canned meat, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, and pre-made meals.


Created in 2013 by the campus recreation departments at the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee, the 2014 Game Winning Food Drive included UK, UT, the University of Alabama, the University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University. The five SEC campus recreation departments collected a total of 9,275 cans of food for their communities, providing an estimated 6,600 meals.


Results of the 2014 SEC Game Winning Food Drive:


Rank      School                 Cans Donated

1          Tennessee                  3,245

2          Alabama                      3,015

3          Arkansas                     1,759

4          Mississippi State         1,148

5          Kentucky                        108


“UK Wildcats don’t like being at the bottom of any SEC ranking, especially if it involves the health and welfare of our students,” said Pflug. “Big Blue Pantry was created to serve UK students who are experiencing hunger or food insecurity. We want to make sure there are no empty shelves in our students’ pantries.”


UK will collect canned goods for the third annual SEC food drive through Nov. 30. Individuals or groups can donate nonperishable canned food in collection bins at the following locations:

·        The Johnson Center

·        Patterson Office Tower

·        University Health Services Building


As they are inclined to do, UK Wildcats are turning the campuswide effort into individual and group competitions. UK Campus Recreation is challenging students to bring a canned food item when they work out. Even if only half of those using the Johnson Center remembered, as many as 1,000 cans could be gathered in a single day. Other groups on campus are joining the challenge, including Greek intramural teams, with the winning team receiving 25 Greek points, and a student fitness group, whose members will receive a free T-shirt for donating five or more cans. A few campus departments are challenging each other to generously donate as well. For groups collecting very large amounts of food, arrangements can be made for pick-up on a limited basis by contacting Campus Recreation at


While they will not count toward the food drive final totals, toiletries and paper products are greatly needed by the students who regularly stop by the Big Blue Pantry, pantry managers added.


Big Blue Pantry is part of the UK Center for Community Outreach, which seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long service.




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

Join in the F-U-N at UK Theatre's 'Putnam County Spelling Bee'

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 15:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — The musical theater talents of University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will take center stage with their next production, the Tony Award-winning "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." This Broadway musical will run Nov. 12-15, at the Guignol Theatre on the UK campus.


"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" has something every audience member can enjoy. The journey of six whiz kids on the quest to win the Putnam County Spelling Bee has been described as charmingly quirky and surprisingly touching. Whether you identify with Olive Ostrovsky, whose best friend is a dictionary, or Marcy Park, an overachieving athlete/musician/multi-linguist, "Spelling Bee" will be a familiar throwback to those awkward adolescent years.


Lyndy Franklin Smith, who directs UK Theatre's production with her husband, Jeromy Smith, explains that the production is a comedy with heart.


"It's a comedy and there's plenty of zaniness abounding,” Smith explained. “But, at the heart of it, is a great story about kids, who are normally outsiders, finding a common connection and a place where they feel at home. There are some very poignant moments as well. For me, personally — as a new parent of two toddlers — it hits home a lot. The show takes a look at what makes these kids tick — and for many of them the impact that their parents (and their style of parenting) has on their view of themselves and the world. In this day and age of constant debates on over-scheduled kids, helicopter parents, the new normal of parenting — these themes are very current."


"It's a terrifically fun show," Smith said. "It's smart and silly all at the same time. It's a great fit for UK Theatre — each cast member has a great vehicle to demonstrate their talents. It works very well in an intimate space, like the Guignol."


Some audience members will not only enjoy watching the cast; they may join them on stage and participate in the bee. At each performance, volunteers from the audience will be invited to participate onstage, guaranteeing no two performances will be alike, Smith added.


Part sketch comedy, part musical, "Spelling Bee" contains some adult language and content.


UK Theatre's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 12-14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Guignol Theatre. Tickets for the production are $15 for UK students with a valid student ID and $20 for general admission. To purchase tickets contact the Singletary Center box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at, or purchase them in person at the box office during operating hours.


The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from the renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life. 



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

Students Invited to "Monday on Mondays" Today at Noon

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9 2015) — All University of Kentucky students are invited to join Eric Monday, executive vice president for finance and administration, today at noon at The 90 to discuss issues that are important to them, as part of the series “Monday on Mondays.”


"Students are at the center of everything we do here at UK,” Monday said, “and much of what we do — from construction of new residence halls to how we provide dining — impacts the student experience. Their input is critical as we set the course toward an ambitious and exciting future at the University of Kentucky."


Come eat lunch, and bring your ideas and questions.




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College of Pharmacy Hosting Open House Dec. 5

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 11:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy will host an open house for students interested in the College’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) professional program on Saturday, Dec. 5.


“We always love opening our doors to prospective students and their families,” said Interim Dean Kelly M. Smith. “It is a great way to meet current students and faculty staff, while getting a glimpse of what it would be like to study in the world’s largest college of pharmacy building.”


This open house will feature a three-hour information session and will provide an opportunity for students and guests to learn more about the pharmacy profession, career opportunities in the field and specific information about the program.


Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Biological Pharmaceutical Complex, located at 789 S. Limestone, with the program beginning promptly at 10 a.m. The event will end by 1 p.m., followed by optional tours. Registration is required and is available online at

Op-ed by UK Election Law Expert Published in The Atlantic

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 11:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — In the wake of Election Day last Tuesday and joining the national conversation on voting rights, University of Kentucky College of Law Professor Joshua Douglas authored an opinion piece, "Will State Courts Fill a Void on Voting Rights?" published in The Atlantic on Nov. 5.


To read the op-ed, visit   


"In recent years, as the U.S. Supreme Court has limited its protections of the right to vote, some state courts have stepped in to fill the void," Douglas wrote in the piece. He went on to describe how state judges are looking toward state constitutions to go "beyond federal law to protect voting rights."


While he says that leaving the issues to state judges could mean varying state-by-state voting protections, "broader voting-rights protection through state constitutions for only part of the country is better than insufficient protection under the U.S. Constitution for all of it."


Douglas is the Robert G. Lawson & William H. Fortune Associate Professor of Law at UK. He teaches and researches election law, civil procedure, constitutional law and judicial decision making. His most recent scholarship focuses on the constitutional right to vote, with an emphasis on state constitutions, as well as the various laws, rules, and judicial decisions impacting election administration.




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Huguelet Drive Construction Sidewalk and Traffic Impact Nov. 7-8, Nov. 16-25

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 10:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2015) — Steam line repairs will impact sidewalk access and traffic patterns on a portion of Huguelet Drive over the next few weeks.


On Saturday, Nov. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 8, the sidewalk immediately adjacent to the Thomas Poe Cooper Building will be excavated and the portion of Huguelet Drive from the Cooper Building to Rose Street will be closed for steam line work.


Work will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on these days. Through traffic will be maintained at all times, with flagmen facilitating two-way vehicle traffic; posted detour signs will redirect traffic to turn left toward Limestone at the Rose Street and Huguelet Drive intersection, to turn right out of the Markey Cancer Center lots toward University Drive and to turn left out of the Kentucky Clinic Garage (PS #3) toward Limestone.


Pedestrians will be rerouted in the area 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but plates and handrails will be installed on the sidewalk adjacent to the Cooper Building to help maintain pedestrian access during times that work is not taking place.


From Monday, Nov. 16 to Wednesday, Nov. 25, work will resume on the steam line, with flagmen and traffic and pedestrian detours in place.


Members of the university community should allow extra time when traveling this section of campus.

NKU Partners with UK to Offer CTP for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 10:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI) welcomes its partner Northern Kentucky University (NKU) as the latest postsecondary institution in Kentucky to offer a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) for students with intellectual disabilities.


Approved by the U.S. Department of Education, NKU joins Murray State University, Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Spalding University in offering a CTP. CTPs provide services in academic enrichment; socialization; independent living skills, including self-advocacy skills; and integrated work experiences and career skills that lead to gainful employment.


The UK HDI's Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP) assists institutions in implementing CTPs and partners with participating schools to support students with intellectual disabilities as they enroll in courses and fully participate in the opportunities offered by a college experience. Additionally, SHEP provides professional development and technical assistance for faculty and staff.


“With the approval of NKU’s Comprehensive Transition Program, Kentucky now has four CTPs and two other partner institutions that offer a broad range of choices for students that meet their individual interests,” said Barry Whaley, SHEP director at UK.  “Our research reflects that students who participate in inclusive higher education have better life outcomes in terms of work, involvement in their communities, and healthy lifestyles.”


The approval of NKU's CTP allows SHEP students to apply for federal financial aid and receive Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship funds. For this program, students with intellectual disabilities are defined as those who have cognitive disabilities and benefited from a free and appropriate secondary education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


NKU began admitting students with intellectual disabilities in the fall of 2007.


“We are thrilled to be able to offer the possibility of accessing state and federal resources through financial aid to eligible students," said Melissa Jones, NKU faculty member and project coordinator. "It has been a long time coming, but little by little we are breaking down the barriers to building inclusive campus communities.” 




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

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Focuses on Veterans Resource Center

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 18:31
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 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.  This week's guest host is WUKY News Director Alan Lytle who talks with Anthony Dotson,director of the UK Veterans' Resource Center, about the range of services offered to nontraditional students with military backgrounds. 


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.

Farr Wins Prestigious Publication Award

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 16:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2015) — The publisher of the National Council on Family Relations’ scholarly journals, John Wiley & Sons, recently announced the winners of the 2015 Alexis Walker Award for the best paper in the field of family studies published in 2013 and 2014. University of Kentucky assistant professor of psychology Rachel H. Farr and University of Virginia professor of psychology Charlotte J. Patterson were recognized for their work, “Co-parenting Among Lesbian, Gay, and Heterosexual Couples: Associations with Adopted Children’s Outcomes,” published in Child Development, July/August 2013, Volume 84. The award comes with a $5,000 honorarium and will be presented at the National Council on Family Relations Conference on Nov. 12 in Vancouver.


Farr and Patterson’s work is particularly innovative in addressing an underrepresented and “double minority” population of sexual minority adoptive parent families. It was the first study of family interaction to include lesbian, gay and heterosexual couples and their young adopted children. The study was pioneering in its sample, methodology and findings, revealing that aspects of co-parenting were more important correlates of child outcomes than parental sexual orientation. These findings contributed important information about how co-parenting shapes child development in diverse families.


Farr and Patterson’s research results are relevant to legal and policy controversies about adoption by lesbian and gay adults in the U.S. and around the world. Such questions arise in the context of debates about marriage as well as adoption.


Their research has been cited in amicus briefs filed by the American Psychological Association (APA) and other professional organizations, notably for three cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court: Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), Hollingsworth v. Perry (2013), and U.S. v. Windsor (2013). Their research was also cited in 15 other amicus briefs filed by APA in related U.S. Circuit Court cases.


Their work has also been included in legal cases taking place in Italy, Switzerland and Malta. Their findings are central to current international controversies surrounding marriage and parenthood, given that children adopted by lesbian and gay parents were found to fare as well as those adopted by heterosexual couples and that same-sex couples show some distinctive patterns of interaction that could benefit children.


There are many opinions held by the public about such adoptions, but Farr and Patterson’s research is among the very few empirical studies to develop a solid scientific underpinning for understanding these children and families. Their work provides information that no one else has about how children fare in these diverse adoptive families. Farr and Patterson’s work has been widely cited in academic circles and was highlighted in the Huffington Post. Farr’s interview with New England Public Radio was aired on NPR’s “Fresh Air” and “Morning Edition.”  



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

SAB’s Behind the Lens Cancelled

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 6, 2015) —The Univesity of Kentucky Student Activities Board regrets to announce that the Behind the Lens event featuring Lee Daniels, originally schedule for Tuesday, Nov. 10, has been canceled.


Daniels has canceled his upcoming appearance at UK due to changes in his television production schedule. At this point in time, the event has not been rescheduled. Please visit SAB’s website and social media for updates on this and other events.


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.

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SAB CONTACT: Jazmine Byrd,, (859) 257-8868


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