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Imagine If We Sat at a Global Dinner Table

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 17:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — Claudia Roden is said to have revolutionized Western attitudes about Middle Eastern and North African cuisines with "A Book of Middle Eastern Food," published in 1968. Since then, she has written many more internationally acclaimed books on Middle Eastern cooking and the stories behind the global dishes.


Roden will speak at the University of Kentucky at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the William T. Young Library auditorium as part of the College of Arts and Sciences' Passport to the World: "Year of the Middle East" series. The series presents a multicultural perspective of the region, focusing on interconnections and celebrating diversity and cultural complexity.


"She is one of the foremost experts on Middle Eastern and Jewish cuisine," said Janice Fernheimer, co-chair of Year of the Middle East, who secured Roden's visit to UK. "Given that the Middle East is often depicted in the news as a place of violence, we wanted to emphasize some of the things that brought these diverse peoples together," she said.


Roden's talk, "Gelfite Fish and Couscous," will highlight the development of Jewish cuisines as well as the stories behind them, drawing from her "Book of Jewish Food." Roden encourages students to come with questions as well.


"For me, the fact that a university is interested in food is something to be really excited about," said Roden. "The interest people have in food is a stimulus for me to go on with the research," she said.


Roden was born in 1936 in Cairo, Egypt, and raised in a Sephardic Jewish household. The opening of the Suez Canal in the late 19th Century meant that Jews from the Ottoman Empire and North Africa flocked to Egypt for business opportunities. Despite the many contrasting cultures present during her upbringing, Roden said she had an "extremely happy childhood."


"We shared a rich culture within the Arab world that included food, hospitality as a way of life, [and] a type of humor," said Roden. In "The Book of Jewish Food," Roden chronicles her childhood with memories of family and friends working in the kitchen, creating food and sharing stories. "Harmony and respect reigned between the communities and we had many close relations with Muslims," she said.  


At the age of 15, Roden left Cairo to complete her formal education in France. In 1954, she moved to London where her parents joined her in 1956 following the Suez Crisis, which forced Jews to leave Egypt.


"For years we were inundated by waves of refugees passing through London. Everyone was exchanging recipes with a kind of passionate desperation," said Roden. With no cookbooks in Egypt, recipes were passed down orally. She began writing down these recipes, as well as the stories that came with them. "I realized then that a dish was not a dish, that it could be full of emotional baggage, that it was about roots and identity," she said.


"Even though they didn't use books, the tradition was so strong that the dishes were the same," said Roden, who often found that people from across Egypt utilized the same recipes despite having never written them down.


It was from these experiences that Roden became inspired to write "A Book of Middle Eastern Food," the first of her many works that not only highlight recipes, but the stories and people behind them.


"There is so much to read into food — it's like archeology. You can find so much," said Roden, who is still traveling around the world in search of new recipes and stories.


Roden currently lives in London, where she is co-chair with Paul Levy of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. In addition to her writing, she has also been a cooking show presenter on the BBC.


The 2014-15 Year of the Middle East series integrates art, history, literature, religion, political analysis, architecture, geography, the social and environmental sciences, and other disciplines to enable students, alumni, and the Commonwealth to gain a better understanding of the Middle East as well as its connections to and differences from the U.S.


For more information about the event, contact Krista Greathouse at




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The Beat Goes On: UK Percussion Students, Alums Join Forces for 30-year Concert

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:29
 LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of James Campbell, will join forces with a generation of its distinguished alumni to present a performance of John Luther Adams’ outdoor masterpiece “Inuksuit” for 9 to 99 percussionists at the Singletary Center for the Arts. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin 3 p.m. Sunday, April 12. 

Designed as a concert with an open footprint, “Inuksuit” will feature 75 percussionists and take place on and around Stoll Field, the Student Center and the Singletary Center. The special event celebrates the 30-year anniversary of the award-winning UK Percussion Ensemble, who recently won the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) International Percussion Ensemble Competition for a record fifth time. If inclement weather arises, the concert will be moved inside the Singletary Center.


Andrew Bliss, UK alumnus and professor of percussion at the University of Tennessee, will serve as the concert’s artistic director. Bliss was involved in both the world and U.S. premieres of “Inuksuit” in Banff, Alberta, and Greenville, South Carolina.



Two pre-concert events will also mark this special reunion concert. Bliss and noted Wilco drummer, Glenn Kotche, will give a pre-concert talk in the Singletary Center President’s Room at 2 p.m.


Hear what percussionist Kothce had to say about returning to campus during his last visit to UK.


In addition, the UK Wildcat Marching Band Alumni Drumline will perform on Stoll Field in a pre-concert exhibition at 2 p.m. The talk, exhibition and concert performance are free and open to the public.


Noted music critic Alex Ross called “Inuksuit” “one of the most rapturous experiences of [his] listening life.” Composer John Luther Adams has been called "one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century" (The New Yorker). His life and work are deeply rooted in the natural world, and he is known "for melding the physical and musical worlds into a unique artistic vision that transcends stylistic boundaries." In 2014, Adams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his recent orchestral work, “Become Ocean.”


Under the direction of Campbell, the UK Percussion Ensemble has won the prestigious PAS Collegiate Percussion Ensemble Contest five times. They have also performed at several PAS International Conventions, the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, The Bands of America Percussion Ensemble Festival, and alongside international guest artists such as Robin Engelman, Steve Houghton, John Bergamo, Michael Burritt, Bob Becker, William Cahn, Michael Spiro, Chalo Eduardo, Ney Rosauro, Liam Teague, Dick Schory, Anders Åstrand, Richie Garcia, Dave Samuels, Danny Gottlieb, Glenn Velez, Emil Richards, Joe Porcaro, Jerry Steinholtz, David Johnson, Rich Holly, Dean Gronemeier, Fred Sanford, Thomas Burritt, John Parks, J.B. Smith, N. Scott Robinson, Andy Harnsberger and many others.


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



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

UK, Gatton Students in Major Entrepreneurial Competitions

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 14:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — Students from the University of Kentucky’s MBA and undergraduate programs will be competing in several major intercollegiate entrepreneurial and business plan competitions over the next few weeks.


·         A team of Gatton College MBA students is traveling to the University of South Carolina for the 2015 SEC MBA Case Competition taking place April 9-11.


·         Another team of Gatton MBA students is competing in the third annual Alltech Innovation Competition April 11 at the Newtown Campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College.


·         Four graduate and undergraduate student teams will represent UK in the statewide Idea State U Competition April 25 at the Lexington Center.


·         A UK MBA team has been invited to compete in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition May 8-9 at the University of Texas in Austin. This premier worldwide competition is often referred to as the Super Bowl of Investment Competitions.


About the Student Teams

UK’s “SEC Team” — James Davey, Jordan McMurtrey, Luke Williams and Lauren Scanlon — will compete against teams from each of the 14 Southeastern Conference universities. Each team will analyze information about a current, real-world problem facing a company and present their strategy for addressing it before a panel of judges. This year’s case will tackle a strategic sustainability issue facing a global mining company.


The “Red Natural” team of four MBA students — Joanna Foresman, Andrew Wachs, Jeremy Madigan, and Qianwen Zhao — developed a business plan for a natural source of red food dye based on research by Seth DeBolt in UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. This team recently competed in the Georgia Bowl business plan competition hosted by Georgia Tech and was recognized for having the best long-term business potential. “Red Natural” will be competing in the Alltech, Idea State U, and Global Venture Labs competitions.


The “AIRboost” team of three MBA students — William Walker, Kyle Hogue, and Bryan O’Neill — developed a business plan for a mining safety product based on research by Andrzej Wala and Todor Petrov in UK’s College of Engineering. This team recently competed in the Cardinal Challenge business plan competition and placed second in the fast-pitch competition. “AIRboost” will be competing in the statewide Idea State U competition.


UK College of Design graduate student Mark Manzcyk has developed a business model for “re.3” which will produce sustainable consumer accessories, like sunglasses, with an end of use program, which offers customers incentives to recycle old products. “re.3” won UK’s internal student Venture Challenge competition and will be competing at Idea State U.


The “FinanceU” team of two Gatton undergraduate students — Michael Lewis and T.J. Barnett — created an innovative, community-based platform that empowers students to build their own scholarship through crowdfunding. This team recently placed third in both the UK Venture Challenge and the statewide regional competitions. “FinanceU” will be competing at Idea State U.


About the Gatton Programs

The Gatton College of Business and Economics provides academic and experiential learning opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students interested in entrepreneurship. Three of the teams participated in a new MBA elective focused on technology commercialization where student teams developed business plans based on UK intellectual property or business concepts from program sponsors.


“We are really looking forward to the SEC competition and feel like our students are ready for the challenge,” said Harvie Wilkinson, director of Gatton's MBA Programs.


“We are very proud of these students,” said Dean Harvey, executive director of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship within the Gatton College. “They have taken their business ideas beyond the classroom and are gaining invaluable experience in these competitions.”


Advisors to the UK students include Wilkinson; Gordon Holbein, Gatton senior lecturer; Harvey; Mariam Gorjian, commercialization specialist, in the Von Allmen Center; Deb Weis, director of the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking (iNET) in the College of Communication and Information; and, Warren Nash of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, also part of the Gatton College.




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Science Fair Showcases Kentucky's Brightest Students

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 13:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — The 13th annual Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair (CKRSEF) was held in the University of Kentucky Student Center Feb. 28, 2015. The fair featured work from students in the fourth grade through high school who came from 40 different counties in central and eastern Kentucky.


Since its start, the CKRSEF has grown to five times the number of participants and has become the largest science outreach program on campus. Some participants advance to national competitions including the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Students awarded with first or second place at ISEF also receive the honor of having an asteroid or minor planet named after them. Five past CKRSEF participants have been awarded this honor. One middle school participant chosen as a national semifinalist even had the opportunity to compete in Washington, D.C. and meet President Obama.


The CKRSEF prides itself on being a selective student science fair.


"In the CKRSEF, one will find hypothesis-based research investigations and engineering projects characterized by creative design and invention," said Edward DeMoll, director of CKRSEF and member of the UK Outreach Center for Health and Science Opportunities. "The volcanos, Mentos fountains and pet's favorite food studies have been left behind."


Many CKRSEF participants move on to attend some of the most respected colleges in the nation. UK takes the opportunity of hosting this fair to recruit some of the best students in the state. Over the past five years, one in four high school students who participated in the CKRSEF chose to attend UK to complete their undergraduate education.


CKRSEF participants are judged by UK faculty, post doctorates and advanced graduate students. Over the years, 125 faculty and staff in 40 different departments or colleges have been involved in CKRSEF. Many UK faculty and staff also mentor participants with their research projects. In addition, a number of students participating are children of UK faculty and staff members.


The CKRSEF helps fulfil the university's mission of spreading knowledge and science competence within the state. It also provides a great opportunity for the state to show off the excellence of Kentucky students.


Planning for next year's CKRSEF has already begun and the fair is always in need of judges. Any faculty, post doctorates or graduate students in any scientific discipline interested can email Edward DeMoll at

Tie Dye Goin' Up ... On a Tuesday

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:49

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2015) — Join the Student Activities Board's Campus Life Committee for the second annual Tie Dye Tuesday event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, at the Student Center Patio. The campus community is invited to create their very own tie dye T-shirts.


The event allows the campus community to share a fun experience with their friends and peers before summer break as the end of the semester is quickly approaching. They will be able to create something that can be worn during summer break and are able to make it their own by selecting different colors and patterns.


“Tie Dye Tuesday makes for a fun event that allows everyone from the campus community to interact with others while creating their own T-shirt,” Abbey Tillman, SAB director of Campus Life, said. “Participants can enjoy the warm weather with their friends and anticipate the arrival of summer.”


Materials, such as white T-shirts of all sizes, several different colors of dye and rubber bands, will be provided at the event at no cost to participants. Participants can also bring their own items to tie dye.


SAB brings more than 100 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 Instagram at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.



SAB Contact:  Olivia Senter,, 859-257-8868

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



Build Your Interest for Architecture at fab-Ÿri-cŸate

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:20

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Student Activities Board’s Cultural Arts Committee is proud to present the fab-Ÿric-Ÿate exhibit and reception. The reception will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Rasdall Gallery, and the exhibit will stay open from April 11 through April 28 in the Rasdall Gallery and Grand Hall of the UK Student Center.


The fab-Ÿric-Ÿate exhibit will showcase installations from the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) Midwest Conference. The event will be an exposition of contemporary design education through the collaboration of architects from several midwestern colleges and universities. It will provide an introduction to the creative, interesting world of fabrication as it applies to architecture.


“SAB Cultural Arts is grateful for the opportunity to work in a collaborative role with UK AIAS to host an exhibit in conjunction with the conference,” Taylor Hamilton, SAB director of Cultural Arts, said. “These pieces will demonstrate the innovative design techniques that the conference aims to reintroduce to students from all disciplines.”


Selected pieces will be chosen to remain on display in the Rasdall Gallery until April 28.


SAB brings more than 100 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 or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.



SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter,, 859-257-8868

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



UK MANRRS Three-peats With National Honors

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 09:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8 2015) — The University of Kentucky MANRRS chapter has pulled off a three-peat as National Chapter of the Year at the recent 30th annual conference for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. The chapter, housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, also brought home honors for students and Kentucky 4-H agents.


Last year was the first time in their history that the chapter received back-to-back recognitions as National Chapter of the Year. This year’s honor added icing to the cake, said Quentin Tyler, UKAg assistant dean and director of the college’s Office of Diversity. The chapter also won the Region III Chapter of the Year for the fifth straight year.


“This shows the continuity we have in place and the strong foundation we have to support our students,” Tyler said. “The conference theme was 'Branching Out and Excelling to Greater Heights.' Our students represent that theme well. They are prepared, they’re motivated, and they have the family structure here in the college to succeed.”


Tyler and co-adviser Natasha Saunders took 27 students to Houston, Texas, for the conference. The students’ written report and oral presentation to the national gathering described the chapter’s membership, leadership development, community service and activities, and contained ideas for promoting the national society. They were among 75 chapters from 38 states who competed for the title.


In addition to the overall chapter recognition, UK MANRRS brought home a number of individual honors. They include:


Kierra Crawford, a junior dietetics major, took second place in the National MANRRS Public Speaking Contest.


Alexandria Burns, a junior merchandising, apparel and textiles major, took third place in the National MANRRS Written Essay Contest.


Tyler assumed the office of National MANRRS president.


Kelly Moore, a senior majoring in community and leadership development, was elected National MANRRS undergraduate student president.


Marcus Bernard, who is working on his doctorate in rural sociology, was named National MANRRS parliamentarian.


Ashley Holt, a doctoral student in education leadership and a 4-H youth development agent in Jefferson County, was elected to the office of Region III graduate vice president.


Marcus Tyler Jr., a freshman in agricultural economics, was elected Region III undergraduate vice president.


Antomia Farrell, 4-H youth development agent from Christian County, acted as the National Jr. MANRRS co-chair, organizing the Jr. MANRRS portion of the conference. Jr. MANRRS is a pre-collegiate outreach program geared toward promoting future career pathways and educational opportunities in the MANRRS fields of study.


Whitney McKoy, 4-H youth development agent in Franklin County received the National Jr. MANRRS Special Recognition Award for her years of service and leadership.


Jr. MANRRS students Fabian Leon, Montreale Jones and Diana Croney also came home with honors. Leon, from Woodford County, was awarded the only national John Deere Scholarship for a high school student. Jones and Croney, both from Christian County, took second place and third place respectively in the public speaking contest.


“These honors directly reflect the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s commitment to our students,” Tyler said. “Our administration, faculty, staff, 4-H agents and groups such as the UKAg and HES Alumni Association and Farm Credit Mid-America are vital in helping our students attain their goals.”


For more information about UK MANRRS and the UKAg Office of Diversity, visit




MEDIA CONTACT:  Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Staff Senate Election

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 17:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2015) — Self-nominations for the University of Kentucky Staff Senate are now being accepted through Friday, April 24. Staff senators are elected by their UK peers and serve 3-year terms. 


Service on the Staff Senate is an excellent opportunity for UK’s employees to become involved in shared governance and contribute to the greater university good, according to Elections Committee Co-Chair Jeff Spradling.


“I joined Staff Senate because I wanted to give some of my time to the community that has been so good to me,” Spradling said. “We have a very dedicated group of senators who are passionate about serving our co-workers and creating a positive and productive work environment, and we are always looking for new people to get involved.”


To run for an elected senate office, the employee must be .75 full time equivalent or more and receive supervisor approval to participate. Typically, senators commit about 3-4 hours a month to senate meetings and events. Service time to the senate is officially sanctioned for those who are elected.


Staff senators are involved in a wide variety of activities on campus, from serving on decision-making committees to planning and facilitating special events, such as the annual UK Appreciation Day and the Outstanding Staff Awards recognition ceremony.


“There are many opportunities in the Senate for individuals to develop their leadership skills, learn about the university on a larger scale, and contribute to a positive work environment. I especially encourage early and mid-career professionals at the university to get involved in this rewarding endeavor,” Spradling said.


Guidelines to run for senate, as well as the self-nomination form, are available at the following link:


For more information, contact Senate Office Coordinator Holly Clark at 859-257-9240 or

Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center Exposes Surprising Facts about Distracted Driving

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 17:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2015) — By now, most Americans are aware of the dangers associated with driving while using a cell phone. But injury prevention experts at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) based at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, in partnership with the National Safety Council (NSC), are calling attention to a few surprising facts about distracted driving to encourage safe practices at the wheel. 


Cell phone distractions lead to fatalities in Kentucky. According to the Kentucky State Police, in 2013 there were 955 collisions on Kentucky roads in which cell phone use was listed as a contributing factor. Six of these 955 collisions involved a fatality.  These numbers represent only the cases where the officer had clear evidence of cell phone involvement.


Hands-free devices are unsafe too. The NSC reports an estimated one in four crashes involve cell phone distraction, hand-held and hands-free. Unlike talking and chewing gum, driving and talking on a cell phone are both thinking tasks, and the brain must focus first on one task, then the other.  While it appears that a person is doing both tasks at once, the reality is that attention is shifting back and forth, and it only takes a brief shift to cause a roadway disaster.  


While driving, talking to someone on a cell phone is different than talking to a passenger in the car. Another adult in the car, or "backseat driver," is more likely to also be watching the road and will help alert drivers to road conditions or oncoming traffic problems.  Driving while talking on a cell phone, on the other hand, places the driver, and others, at unnecessary risk.


Text messaging by voice dictation is a considerable hazard for drivers. New studies show that using voice to text is actually more distracting than typing a text by hand. 


Car crashes are the number one cause of workplace deaths. Companies have paid millions for cell-phone related crashes. When surveying companies of all sizes who issued total bans on cell phone use, the NSC discovered only 1 percent of employers saw a productivity decrease. 


“We urge Kentuckians to learn as much as possible and to teach others about distracted driving with cell phones," Terry Bunn, Ph.D, director of KIPRC, said. "As part of the National Safety Council's Distracted Driving Awareness Month throughout April, we are providing free learning materials, video links and explanations to educate drivers on this important issue.” 


To access a fact sheet about distracted driving from KIPRC, click here. Make an informed decision to keep the roadways safe by driving cell free, and take the pledge to do so at .


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

UK Mechanical Engineering's Henninger Wins GE Challenge

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2015) — Tom Henninger, University of Kentucky Department of Mechanical Engineering lecturer, has been named a winner in GE's Water & Process Technologies Challenge. Henninger is one of five winning contestants who each will receive a cash prize award of $20,000 and the opportunity to work with GE Water engineers.


The challenge asked contestants to create 3D designs for novel means of connecting the components of a plastic central tube assembly — a critical part of spiral wound membranes, used in GE's advanced water systems.


Using the winning designs, GE wants to improve the means of connection to eliminate unnecessary components, reduce cost and improve efficiency for its customers as it relates to spiral wound membranes.


Henninger joined UK in 1999 as an industrial extension engineer. In this role, he worked with manufacturers and entrepreneurs in the state providing low-cost engineering design and analysis of products, manufacturing processes, facility layouts, and prototype design and fabrication.


In 2010, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is now a co-director of the Kentucky Industrial Assessment Center, part of the UK College of Engineering and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, performing free energy audits for manufacturers in the region with a team of students. 


Henninger also conducts design and analysis consulting work through JTH Consulting LLC, and is a co-advisor for the UK Solar Car Team. 




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

UK Professor to Lead Concert Commemorating Civil War Sesquicentennial

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 10:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2015) — Jefferson Johnson, UK choral director and conductor and musical director of Lexington Singers, will lead a world premiere concert commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The "Peace and Reconciliation" concert, featuring the Lexington Singers, Lexington Singers Children’s Choir (LSCC) and the Centenary United Methodist Church (UMC) Chancel Choir, will begin 8 p.m. Friday, April 10, at Centenary United Methodist Church


The centerpiece of the concert will be the world premiere of Rollo Dilworth’s “In the Spirit of Reconciliation.” The five-movement work for chorus, children’s choir and chamber orchestra incorporates a creative blending of the traditional Latin mass text with iconic American and African-American songs. The piece, commissioned by the Lexington Singers, is a fresh, moving appeal for peace and reconciliation from the pen of one of the most prolific choral composers of the 21st century. 


Also on the program is the premiere of Lexington composer Johnie Dean’s “Sing the Song of Peace” for the same performing forces. In addition, the Lexington Singers will perform spirituals and patriotic songs joined by the Centenary UMC Chancel Choir, under the direction of Scott Heersche; the LSCC, under the direction of UK School of Music Associate Director Lori Hetzel; and the Lexington Ringers — a new handbell ensemble formed from the Lexington Singers’ membership. 


About the concert, Lexington Singers Music Director Jefferson Johnson said: “There have been a number of concerts and events over the past four years commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War.  But we thought, in light of the social struggles that we still experience in our culture, it would be enlightening and possibly instructive to celebrate the end of the conflict with a new piece of art on a theme of unity and peace. Rollo Dilworth is a composer known for his spirituals and gospel arrangements as well as for his classical compositions. 'In the Spirit of Reconciliation' weaves these genres together into a thoughtful commentary on the legacy of the Civil War.” 


Tickets for "Peace and Reconciliation" are $22 for general admission, $20 for seniors and $18 for children and students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 859-338-9888.           


For more information on the concert or the Lexington Singers, contact Jefferson Johnson at or 859-351-0348.



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


UK's CBER Shows Impact of Education on the Economy

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 09:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 7, 2015) — If you have ever wondered what impact educational attainment levels have on the Kentucky economy, a new research poster published by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), part of the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, spells out the answer very clearly.


"The Impact of Education Cascading Through the Economy" graphically shows the overwhelming evidence that higher levels of education are generally associated with:

·         Higher Income

·         Higher Earnings and Employment

·         Better Health

·         More Volunteerism

·         Increased Technology Use

·         Lower Public Assistance


"Research confirms what common sense suggests," said CBER research associate Michael T. Childress. "Higher levels of education are associated with better economic outcomes like higher wages and lower unemployment. And by improving health, increasing technology use, expanding volunteerism, and reducing public assistance, higher education levels have long-lasting effects on the economy."


The CBER poster goes on to state that Kentucky's educational position has improved significantly over the last 25 years, but the state still lags the U.S. average in college attainment (23 percent to 30 percent) and academic achievement gaps continue to mute overall educational progress. 


"In the global economy, Kentucky's future economic prosperity will be determined largely by the pursuit of, and investment in, educational excellence," said CBER Director and Gatton Endowed Professor of Economics Christopher Bollinger.


A PDF of the CBER poster is available via email by contacting Childress at The research document can also be accessed via the CBER website at




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



Country Music Star Deana Carter Visits Alpha Delta Pi

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 08:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Apr. 6, 2015) — Country music artist, Deana Carter, visited Lexington last week to give  a private performance for the University of Kentucky Alpha Delta Pi sorority sisters on Tuesday, March 31. The concert was the grand prize of a contest which encouraged each Alpha Delta Pi chapter in the country to raise money for their philanthropy, Ronald McDonald House Charities.


Carter is a country music singer and songwriter sensation. She is the daughter of famous country artist, Fred F. Carter. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Carter got her start in music by performing on the campus of the University of Tennessee. Her career took flight when her demo tapes caught the attention of renowned country star Willie Nelson. She then signed with Capitol Records and released her debut album, "Did I Shave My Legs for This?" which sold over 5 million copies in the United States. Her debut single from the album, "Strawberry Wine" reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks.


Carter released five more studio albums before taking a break from music to spend more time with her son. Then one day Carter got a call informing her that country music star, Kenny Chesney, wanted to record a song she wrote called "You and Tequila." The song went on to be nominated for both a Country Music Award and a Grammy award. She started writing music again and her latest album, "Southern Way of Life" was released in late 2013.


During her time at the University of Tennessee, Carter was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She is still actively involved as an alumna and even performed at the sorority's National Convention in Atlanta last summer. Carter started the contest "Do or Die ADPi" where chapters were encouraged to raise money for their national philanthropy, Ronald McDonald House Charities. The chapter with the most money won an acoustic performance from Carter herself.


"In doing a new record last year, I was just looking at what was in my life that's been important to me and I went back to college and ADPi," said Carter. "I thought about my song 'Do or Die' and I just thought of the campaign and Ronald McDonald House and how much of a difference they can make."


The UK Alpha Delta Pi chapter, Beta Psi, won the contest by raising $87,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Kentucky chapter held two large-scale philanthropy events. Co-hosted with Sigma Chi Fraternity in the fall semester.


The Main Event is  an amateur boxing match that allows members from different fraternities and sororities to compete in the ring. There is also a dance competition which allows sororities to perform in between each match. The chapter raised $51,000 from this event through a combination of restaurant nights, ticket sales, corporate donations and individual donations.


Alpha Delta Pi also hosts Color Me Rad, a 5K race that leaves its participants covered in every color imaginable. An additional $11,000 was raised from this event and the chapter hopes that their  numbers will only increase every year.


The chapter also hosts smaller fundraisers for the charity and visits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass weekly. With the Ronald McDonald House only being a mile away from the sorority house, the girls are able to be actively involved in working with their philanthropy.


"We set up meals twice a month or more, and we also have holiday parties or game nights, and we just help the Ronald McDonald House with whatever they’re doing. Whether it be a red tie gala or an open house for Christmas, we will help them with that," said Hannah Maddox, Alpha Delta Pi's former philanthropy chair. "We've gotten to know the families and all the people that work there so it's really cool."


Since its partnership in 1979, Alpha Delta Pi chapters across the country have raised more than $9 million for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Carter recalls the importance that serving others played in her college career and wanted to encourage that in current members of Alpha Delta Pi.


"It teaches you early on focus and commitment and something bigger than yourself, and that your input can really make a difference," said Carter. "Every time I drive by a Ronald McDonald House or even go to a McDonalds, I think about ADPi because it's such a beautiful thing."


Carter's visit to the house was not only a concert, but also a personal meet and greet with the girls.  As Carter took the time to talk with the sorority sisters, she shared personal stories and asked questions about their lives as well. During the concert, the room was filled with laughter, singing and even some tears as Carter reminisced on what being an Alpha Delta Pi meant to her. Before she left, Carter took the time to take pictures with the sorority members to document their special day.


“Our Alpha Delta Pi collegians and alumnae, as well as friends and family of members of Alpha Delta Pi, are passionate about our philanthropic partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities,” foundation president Dawn Victor-Herring said. “We are proud of our long-standing relationship with RMHC and Beta Psi chapter who has led the way in demonstrating their charitable spirit on their campus and in their community."


Alpha Delta Pi was founded at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia. in 1851. The principles of scholarship, leadership, sisterhood and service guide more than 235,000 women in 153 active collegiate chapters and more than 150 alumnae associations of Alpha Delta Pi. The sorority partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities in 1979 and has contributed over $9.3 million dollars during their 35-year partnership. Alpha Delta Pi headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia.

Power Outage on South Campus

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 20:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 3, 2015) — There has been a utility outage in parts of South Campus reported around around 8 p.m. The outage has affected the College of Agriculture, Greg Page Apartments, Shawneetown Apartments, Commonwealth Stadium, and all buildings on Coal Pile Road. The cause for the outage is unknown at this time. PPD is on scene and is working on the problem.



Service and Sustainability: Earth Days in the Bluegrass 2015

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2015) – As countries, organizations and individuals across the globe celebrate Earth Day on April 22, the University of Kentucky celebrates the occasion throughout the month of April with "Earth Days in the Bluegrass," promoting sustainability, responsible global citizenship and the power of local action.


This week, the UK community is invited to participate in one of many UK events celebrating environmental stewardship: the Campus Clean Sweep service event, presented by the Pick It Up campaign in partnership with Bluegrass Greensource.


UK students, faculty and staff will take to the streets with gloves, trash bags and a mission to rid Limestone Ave., Woodland Ave. and surrounding areas of litter from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. Participants will meet at the UK Student Center patio, where supplies, free food by UK Dining and free t-shirts will be provided while supplies last.


“The clean sweep will be a fun way for all members of the campus community to pitch in for a litter-free campus," said Shane Tedder, UK sustainability coordinator. "Even if you can’t make it over to the student center, you can be a part of the clean sweep just by picking up litter as you walk the campus.”


Alex Miller, an environmental and sustainability studies and international studies junior who spearheaded the Pick It Up campaign, thinks the event is an easy way for students to get involved in UK's sustainability efforts. 


"The Campus Clean Sweep is a great opportunity to sweep the campus of litter, especially with the end of the semester coming," said Miller. "Students can do their part in keeping the campus clean and protecting the environment as Earth Day approaches."


Following the Campus Clean Sweep, UK faculty, staff and students will pedal their way to a more sustainable campus with UK Bike Week 2015 presented by the UK Bicycle Advisory Committee, from April 13-17.


UK Bike Week includes:


DIY Fix-It Station Demonstrations

From 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 13, fix-it demonstrations will take place at the campus bicycle repair stations located on Patterson Drive, at the College of Nursing and at William T. Young Library. Wildcat Wheels Bicycle Library staff will join members of the UK Bicycle Advisory Committee in demonstrating how to use these resources.


Tour de Downtown Art

From 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, participants will depart from Wildcat Alumni Plaza and cycle throughout downtown Lexington to get a unique perspective on downtown murals. The tour will be led by a League of American Bicyclists-certified instructor, as well as an art guide familiar with the murals. The tour is expected to cover 2-3 miles and last approximately 90 minutes. Space is limited to 25 people; please sign up to attend this free tour via the Facebook event page.


3rd Annual Bike to Campus Day

On Thursday, April 16, the UK community is encouraged to bike to campus and show support by using the Bike to Campus avatar (below) as a profile picture on Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.


Car-Free Day

On Friday, April 17, members of the UK community can take the car–free pledge and enjoy a day of fresh air and exercise. Pledge on the UK Sustainability Facebook page for a chance to win a free Earth Days in the Bluegrass t-shirt or a bike bell. Additional car-free resources are available from UK Parking and Transportation Services and UK Wildcat Wheels.


A tire sweep on the Licking River from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, will end the second week of Earth Days in the Bluegrass. The event is sponsored by the Student Sustainability Council and transportation, canoe rental and lunch will be provided. To reserve a space or to find out more information, email


Finally, on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, a celebration on the UK Student Center patio will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with free Kentucky Proud food, fun activities, prizes and a showcase of UK's sustainability efforts. Plus, Wildcat Wheels will have the famous "blender bike" spinning out free smoothies. That evening, UK Dining will celebrate with an Earth Day dinner at Commons Market.



To find out more information about Earth Days in the Bluegrass, visit




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Yoga, Farmers' Market Shopping Experience Part of National Public Health Week Activities

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 15:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Public Health is encouraging the campus community to strive toward becoming the healthiest generation during National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 6 through April 11. 


Sponsored by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the annual celebration seeks to bring communities together in recognition of public health and highlight health issues that are important to improving health at the local, regional and national level. As part of this year’s campaign, the College of Public Health will hold a series of events designed to educate, inform and raise awareness within the campus community of public health issues and concerns.  All students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in free daily events, which include:


·         Monday, April 6

o   11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – NPHW Kick Off on the Student Center Patio

·         Wednesday, April 8

o   11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in CPH 115 – APHA Panel Discussion with students who attended the APHA conference this year

o   12 to 1 p.m. in Wethington 411 – How to Stop Worrying and Love the Farmers' Market

·         Thursday, April 9

o   5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Center – Race, Money, and Health expert panel

·         Friday, April 10

o   12 to 1 p.m. on Scovell Hall lawn – Yoga

·         Saturday, April 11

o   7 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Fifth Third Pavilion Downtown – Participants are encouraged to put their new shopping skills to the test at the Lexington Farmers' Market


The theme of this year’s initiative is creating the healthiest nation in one generation.  Each of the activities planned by the College of Public Health is designed to encourage healthier lifestyles and healthier communities.  Those participating in NPHW events are invited to tag photos of the activities using #ukcphnphw.


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Text Message Alerts Keep More Kentucky Children Up-to-Date with Vaccinations

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 14:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2015) — Nearly a third of all children nationwide and in Kentucky aren't up-to-date with the vaccination schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but not because their parents are refusing vaccines. Evidence suggests parents tend to forget appointments when children are scheduled to receive immunizations.


A group of pediatricians at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine are helping parents remember vaccination appointments through a new text message alert system. Parents of babies born at the Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH) Birthing Center are presented with the option to receive a sequence of text message reminders the week before their child's vaccination appointments.


 Dr. Akshay Sharma, Dr. Anil George and Dr. Kimberly Northrip are testing the impact of the text message alert system and its ability to prevent missed appointments for publicly and privately insured patients. The ongoing project, which was awarded a grant from the Community Access to Child Health fund of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2014, was launched last August.


"The most common reason (for missed appointments) is parents don't have information or forget when their children’s vaccinations are due," said Sharma, principle investigator of the research and a pediatric resident at KCH.


Sharma stressed that timing is crucial for the efficacy of childhood vaccinations. Children receive vaccinations and booster shots at their two-month, four-month, six-month, one-year, 15-month and 18-month appointments. These vaccinations protect against infectious diseases including polio, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, pneumonia, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, measles, mumps and rubella. The CDC-recommended vaccination schedule is designed to immunize the child at a point in their life when they are most vulnerable to contracting or spreading these diseases.


An outbreak of the measles linked to an amusement park in California that started in December 2014 has spread to about 150 children in seven states, calling attention to the public health consequences of children with incomplete vaccinations. In Kentucky, an estimated 70 percent of children complete the recommended vaccination schedule by 35 months of age, which should ideally be completed by 18 months of age. George said parents attempt to update their child's medical records in preparation for preschool or kindergarten, as late as 5 or 6 years of age, only to learn their child has aged-out of certain vaccines.


"Like we are seeing with the measles outbreak, it's not that all the children were unimmunized, it's that they were not completely immunized," George said. "Getting vaccines for school entry is okay, but it doesn't help the community at large because there are still vulnerable children in the community."  


In the United States, 90 percent of people carry a cellphone, and text messages are typically accessed faster than voice messages. The text message alert system adopted at Kentucky Children's Hospital was designed by the same software developers that created a successful nationwide vaccination reminder system for the Indian Academy of Pediatrics a few years ago. The system reminders are individualized, providing an alert for each KCH child in the family.


Sharma said previous research suggests publicly insured patients are less likely to complete the recommended vaccination schedules. With the text alert system in place, preliminary results of the study show publicly insured patients are more likely to adhere to the immunization schedule when they opt to receive text message reminders.


"In this study, we found that while the immunization rates improved for all children when their parents received the reminders, the immunization rates for the publicly insured patients increased to the same levels as their privately insured counterparts," said Northrip, who is mentoring the residents.


The researchers are working to collect data from 1,000 patients, with 500 children already registered for the study. Half of the study's subjects will receive the alert system and half will not receive the alerts. The group recently presented some preliminary results at the Southern Regional Meetings in New Orleans and intend to publish their findings in a national medical journal on completion of the study. After the initial testing phase, the text message alerts will be available to any parent in Kentucky or the rest of the country.


To register for the text message alert system, visit


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UKAg Offers Annual Lawn Mower Clinic This Week

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2015) — Soon the sound of lawn mowers will fill the air, but some may not be in optimum condition. Students in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering will host their annual Lawn Mower Clinic April 9-11 to sharpen mower blades and their skills.


Blade sharpening isn’t the only service included in the $35 fee. Students will also change the oil, clean and gap spark plugs, thoroughly clean the mower including the air filter, and drain the fuel system. New spark plugs will cost an additional $5.


The goal for the clinic is to provide preventative maintenance for the upcoming season, but students are not able to offer repair services for broken machines. Organizers can only accept a limited number of mowers, so reservations are a must.


To reserve a spot, email or call 859-218-4329 and make sure to include name, phone number, make and model of mower, drop-off date and whether the mower needs a new spark plug.


Participants should bring their mowers to the Agriculture Machinery Research Laboratory machine shop on Stadium View off College Way and Alumni Drive in Lexington between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. EDT, April 9-11. Pick up is Sunday April 12 between 8 a.m. and noon. Owners may be able to pick up their mower on Saturday, if the mower is ready.


Clinic organizers are not able to accept reel mowers, garden tractors or riding mowers, and all machines must be operational.


Because of the challenges of servicing Honda mowers, those machines will cost an additional $10 to offset the additional time and effort to adequately service them.


A portion of the service fees will go to the Larry W. Turner Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for first-generation college students.



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#seeleadership: Student Leadership Organization Presented With National Award

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Leadership Exchange Ambassador (LEA) program has been presented with the Organization Achievement Award, which recognizes student-run organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, teamwork and organizational skills to plan and facilitate events that benefit the community.


On Feb. 13, Courtlynn Lindsay and Cody Williams, student ambassadors for the program, traveled to present at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. Their presentation was focused on starting a leadership-focused student organization, such as LEA.


“NCLC was an amazing experience. It allowed me to develop new skills as I presented to students from all over the nation and received great feedback,” said Lindsay, director of internal operations.


The National Collegiate Leadership Conference is a student-run annual conference that serves as the cornerstone of the leadership experience and training for hundreds of college students across the nation. Each year, more than 600 participants from universities and colleges in more than 20 states attend the conference to learn about leadership.


“During the conference, we were also able to attend sessions over various leadership topics that allowed us to grow as leaders and bring what we learned back to UK to impact the campus and promote authentic leadership throughout,” said Lindsay.


The philosophy of NCLC is that service, social justice, and leadership are all connected. Thus, this conference offers participants a variety of opportunities to learn, engage in and reflect on these three pillars of NCLC. The skills that participants learn from this conference can be applicable in students' organizations, families, campuses, job settings and local and global communities.


The Leadership Exchange Ambassadors is an organization comprised of student leaders committed to the development of leadership on the University of Kentucky campus. The main focus of LEA is to offer opportunities for authentic, intentional development through campuswide and statewide programming made available to all students interested in leadership.


More information about the program can be found at or by contacting Leslie Pedigo at



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Get Taste of Local Foodways at 'From Plows to Plates'

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 6, 2015) — With the food truck scene burgeoning in Lexington and the locavore movement gaining traction statewide, what we eat and why is in the process of changing. An event sponsored by the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) explores our cuisine and offers members of the Central Kentucky community a taste of traditions, texts and talk about local food.


“From Plows to Plates: A Journey Through Kentucky Foodways” brings together prominent local food experts for a panel discussion, along with an informational exhibit, a reception featuring local food, and book signings by Kentucky authors. The event will take place 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in Margaret I. King Library Building on UK’s campus. “From Plows to Plates” is free and open to the public.


Panelists for the event are: John van Willigen, author of "Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage: 200 Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture" and "Food and Everyday Life on Kentucky Family Farms, 1920-1950"; Ouita Michel, chef and proprietor of Holly Hill Inn, Wallace Station Deli and Windy Corner Market; Tiffany Thompson, horticulturist and manager of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program; and Kristy Yowell, marketing manager of Good Foods Co-Op.


Following the panel discussion, attendees can sample Kentucky foods and learn more about culinary culture and opportunities in the region. Local food authors will be on hand to sign their books including: 

· UK professor emeritus of anthropology, John van Willigen; 

· SCRC Associate Dean Deirdre Scaggs with "The Historic Kentucky Kitchen"

· Sullivan University Professor Albert W.A. Schmid with "The Old Fashioned" and "The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook"

· owner of The Green Apron Company, Maggie Green, with "The Kentucky Fresh Cookbook"

· associate curator of Special Collections at the Filson Historical Society, Michael R. Veach, with "Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey"; and 

· Aimee Zaring with "Flavors from Home."


The exhibit showcases the history of Kentucky food traditions as represented through agriculture, production and consumption, including handwritten recipes, menus, and other food-related ephemera. A number of artifacts from Kentucky’s bourbon industry, including a collection of bottle labels, will also be on display. In addition, representatives from Foodchain, Elmwood Farm, Bluegrass Farm to Table, Seed Leaf, UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the Lexington Farmers' Market will have information on their products and services available.


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



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