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Parking and Transportation Services Continues Investments in Bicycle Infrastructure

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 13:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) demonstrated its continued commitment to investing in campus bicycle facilities this summer, with considerable improvements to both on-street and end-of-trip bicycle infrastructure.

 

The university worked with Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in connecting two key segments of the existing campus and city bicycle road network. On Woodland Avenue, bike lanes were added from Rose Lane to Euclid Avenue. Rose Street between Rose Lane and Euclid Avenue is currently being widened to allow for bike lanes on both sides. This will provide a connection between the Euclid Avenue bike lanes and the Rose Street bike lanes. This project is currently in progress and expected to be completed in late September or early October.

 

Bicycle parking has been expanded or upgraded at multiple campus locations, including:

  • the new Academic Science Building
  • Jewell and Holmes Halls
  • F. Paul Anderson Tower
  • the Fine Arts Building
  • the Gillis Building
  • Woodland Glen I

In total, these improvements signify more than 700 new or upgraded bicycle parking spaces on campus, nearly half of which are covered.

 

PTS invests over $200,000 annually in campus bicycle infrastructure, education and encouragement projects, many of which are guided by the leadership of the Bicycle Advisory Committee. These efforts have been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists, in designating UK as a Silver level Bicycle Friendly University.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

More Parking and Transportation Options for 2016-2017 School Year

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 13:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) — Over the summer, UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) made improvements and investments in the mobility options available to the campus community, in preparation for the 2016-2017 academic year. The developments cover the broad range of ways that employees and students choose to travel to, from and around campus, including bicycling, mass transit and driving.

 

Bicycling

 

More than 700 bicycle parking spaces were added or upgraded during the summer months, with nearly half of those being covered. In addition, key on-road connections to the existing bicycle infrastructure were made or are in progress on Woodland Avenue and on Rose Street.

 

Transit

 

As of July 1, the campus Blue and White routes (Lextran 14) now operate year-round. During the fall and spring semesters, service hours have been extended and now run from 6:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Blue and White routes will run from 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday during the summer and academic breaks. This continues the transformation of the campus bus system begun in 2015.

 

Last spring, Parking and Transportation Services announced an extension of the BluPass partnership with Lextran, which allows students, faculty and staff to ride any Lextran route free of charge when showing their Wildcard ID. 

 

Parking and Transportation Services is now operating Kentucky Wildcab, the Student Government Association’s new free, late-night, on-demand ride option for students. The service operates 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday during fall and spring semesters. In its first weekend of service, Kentucky Wildcab provided 143 rides to a total of 369 passengers.

 

Parking

 

As the result of expanding the Blue and Green lots and of utilizing design efficiencies, 224 parking spaces were added in the Commonwealth Stadium area.

 

The High Street Lot expansion, completed in August, resulted in a net increase of 77 employee parking spaces, nearly doubling the previous capacity of the lot.

 

Another 45 spaces were added across campus through parking lot improvements and efficiencies, including in the South Limestone Garage, the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center Lot, the Columbia Terrace Lot, the Columbia Avenue East Lot, the Columbia Avenue West Lot and the Woodland Avenue Lot. An additional 34 spaces have been approved and funded, but work has not yet been completed.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Announces $10 Million Gift From The Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 11:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced today a $10 million gift from The Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation to further invest in undergraduate science education.

 

The majority of the gift — $8 million — will go toward the new academic science building that now takes the name Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building. Another $2 million will fund future academic and research investments yet to be determined.

 

The legacy of Lexington businessman and philanthropist Don Jacobs and his wife Cathy already lives on across the UK campus — from business education to health care. And now, that same legacy will impact thousands of UK students, who are projected to use the new science building annually.

 

Don and Cathy Jacobs have now donated funds in excess of $20 million to UK in areas ranging from science and health to the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The couple established the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The center serves as a university resource to expand executive education and leadership development in small businesses and nonprofit organizations. The Jacobs also established the Health Education Center at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. The facility serves as a central resource to help patients, families and caregivers research their medical questions and provides other services and outreach.

 

In addition, the Jacobs have been major supporters of UK's Markey Cancer Center and the UK College of Medicine.

 

Don Jacobs' philanthropy, leadership and service was recognized by UK in 2014 as he was awarded an honorary doctor of humanities degree during Commencement ceremonies.

 

“This gift extends a legacy of philanthropy to the University of Kentucky. Collectively, Don and Cathy Jacobs have contributed their support in excess of $20 million to UK,” said President Eli Capilouto. “This announcement is not only about today. It’s not about bricks and mortar. It’s about the faculty, staff and students empowered by the gift we have been given by Don and Cathy Jacobs.”

 

The Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building will transform science education at UK, preparing the next generation of researchers, doctors, teachers and more with early experimentation and engaged learning, Capilouto said.

 

It is part of a more than $2.1 billion campus transformation initiated in the last five years and includes classrooms, research space, residence halls, dining and athletics facilities. More than 90 percent of that transformation is being financed with university resources or private giving.

 

"The breadth of this campus — from our business college to those in need in our hospital and now students, faculty and researchers in the heart of our campus — will reap the rewards of what Don and Cathy Jacobs have sown," said C.B. Akins Sr., vice chair of the UK Board of Trustees. "This facility is a testament to learning and research, and it also speaks to the power of partnership, with the gift we are recognizing today further leveraging the impact of the $65 million contribution (UK) Athletics is making toward this incredible educational facility."

 

The 240,000-square-foot building opened this fall on the corner of Rose Street and Huguelet Drive and is home to the largest active learning space on campus. But students are not only learning — they're experiencing science. State-of-the-art laboratories, advanced lecture halls, technology enabled active learning (TEAL) classrooms, outdoor teaching spaces and interior green space emphasize science you can see.

 

The Jacobs have long invested in students and patients at UK, and in a wide variety of organizations across Central Kentucky, including the Hope Center in Lexington, which serves the homeless, and Lexington’s Sayre School, where they established a financial literacy seminar series.

 

"Don and I always believed that to whom much is given, much is required," Cathy Jacobs said. "I am grateful that we have been blessed so that we can help others."

 

“In recent years, Don and Cathy Jacobs have made major gifts to Lexington nonprofit agencies to improve the lives of countless individuals in the Bluegrass,” said Mike Richey, UK vice president for philanthropy. “And through their extraordinary generosity to multiple areas of the University of Kentucky, they are making an impact on the Commonwealth. This most recent commitment from The Don Jacobs Sr. Charitable Foundation to the university is yet one more shining example of Don and Cathy Jacobs' philanthropic leadership and support of science education and research. Both undergird UK’s commitment to our students’ academic success and for that, we are deeply grateful.”

 

Growing up as the son of a general store owner in Bennettsville, South Carolina, Jacobs, who passed away April 15, 2015, would become a very successful automobile dealer and entrepreneur. He learned the importance of providing excellent customer service at an early age.

 

Jacobs pursued an opportunity to sell cars at a Ford dealership in Nashville, Tennessee. He eventually became the No. 1 retail salesperson of automobiles in the entire U.S. for two years running. He followed that by becoming sales manager at a Chevrolet dealership in Nashville, where he developed an employee training manual which stressed quality, integrity and dependability in business dealings.

 

Jacobs then applied to General Motors to acquire his own dealership, and was offered an Oldsmobile franchise in Lexington.

 

From opening at its original location on High Street in downtown Lexington in 1970, Don Jacobs Oldsmobile expanded to a 19-acre site at Nicholasville and New Circle

Roads in 1974. Through the years, Jacobs added Honda, Volkswagen and BMW to his lineup of new car offerings, while simultaneously opening dealerships in other markets in Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida. 

 

And he did not stop at selling and servicing cars. Jacobs co-founded Dealers' Financial Services and later established the Military Installment Loan and Education System program to assist military personnel with their automobile financing needs.

 

Cathy Jacobs is also an accomplished entrepreneur, having founded and operated a successful advertising agency for many years. After its sale, she and her husband focused attention on their community-minded philanthropy. 

 

The  Don & Cathy Jacobs Science Building, a $112 million total project, opened in August for the fall semester.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Features Author Crystal Wilkinson

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 18:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Sitting in for Godell today is Julie Wren, director of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference, which takes place Sept. 16-17 in Lexington.  Wren interviews author Crystal Wilkinson, who talks about her new book "The Birds of Opulence" and the workshop she will lead at the Women Writers Conference. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/crystal-wilkinson-builds-opulence-one-character-time.

 

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

 

 

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

UK Law Professor Gives Inside Look at True Crimes Behind American Ballads

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 16:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2016) Richard H. Underwood, the William L. Matthews Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law, has published a new book, "CrimeSong: True Crime Stories From Southern Murder Ballads." The 328-page book plunges readers into the riveting true crimes behind 24 southern murder ballads.

 

"CrimeSong" brings to life a series of stories filled with jump-off-the-page real and memorable characters, shadowy history, courtroom dramas, murders, mayhem and music. Professor Underwood presents his case studies, documented through contemporary news accounts and court records, which show universal themes of love, betrayal, jealousy and madness through true-life tales that are both terrifying and familiar.

 

“I am excited about the book,” Professor Underwood said. “It is different. It’s not a law book, strictly speaking, but there is a lot of evidence and trial law in it. It is about murder ballads, but from a lawyer’s perspective!”

 

Professor Underwood began teaching at the University of Kentucky in 1980. He has taught a variety of courses, including Evidence, Scientific and Forensic Evidence, Litigation Skills (Trial Advocacy), Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Insurance Law, Remedies, Law and Medicine, Bioethics, and Professional Responsibility (Legal Ethics). He is the co-author of several books on evidence, trial technique and legal ethics, and he has published numerous articles on the law, legal history, perjury, famous trials and true crime.

 

The idea for "CrimeSong" came from an article Professor Underwood wrote years ago with research help from Carol Paris, a former UK law librarian. He dedicates this book to her.

 

“I had written some of the material for 'CrimeSong' in article form before, and the research was in one of my many stacks on the floor of my office — and at home. I felt like it was finally time to turn the stacks into books,” he said.

 

What’s next? Professor Underwood currently has two additional books in the production process — one about lawyers and criminal trials in the Gilded Age in New York City, the other about an old murder in Connecticut. He is in the middle of finishing a fourth book, about perjury, that he has been working on for years.

 

"CrimeSong: True Crime Stories From Southern Murder Ballads" is available for purchase through Shadelandhouse Modern Press LLC at http://smpbooks.com/

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Receives Record Number of Grant Awards

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:46

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 2, 2016) — Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) brought in a record amount of grant awards from outside sources during the past fiscal year.

 

Grant awards totaled more than $39.2 million in fiscal year 2016, which was from July 1, 2015 to June 30. It is the most the college has ever received and is an increase of nearly $3 million from fiscal year 2015. It continues the steady increase in external grant awards for the college’s researchers in the past several years. The award total includes grants that received first-time funding as well as those being funded for subsequent years.

 

“Our college continues to build on our tradition of providing a balance of basic and applied research to address challenges facing the region and state,” said Rick Bennett, the college’s associate dean for research and director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. “We maintain a statewide presence in agricultural, food and environmental research, which are key components of Kentucky’s economic future.”

 

Awards included such diverse projects as a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention grant that seeks to help lower obesity rates in counties with a high number of obese adults and a grant from DuPont that explores how to increase poultry’s digestion of amino acids, which could reduce their environmental footprint.

 

An award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service funds the Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center, which was established in 2015. Housed in the college’s School of Human Environmental Sciences, the center is led by Ann Vail, director of the school and the project’s lead researcher, and Joann Lianekhammy, center director. Its mission is to improve coordination between nutrition assistance programs, which will in turn increase program participation and reduce childhood food insecurity in persistently poor communities. The center has awarded $1.3 million in grants to 17 organizations in 12 states. Currently, members of those organizations are conducting research on barriers that prevent children from accessing nutritious food and participating in nutrition assistance programs. They are also developing partnerships with others in their communities to help them successfully implement their projects.

 

In another study, UK virologist Udeni Balasuriya is leading a team of Gluck Equine Research Center scientists to find a way to stop the spread of equine arteritis virus, which causes high rates of abortion in mares, death of young foals and stallions to become carriers. Before they received the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant, researchers already had found a subpopulation of white blood cells that makes some horses more susceptible to becoming carriers. They also have shown that genetics play a role in whether horses have this susceptibility.

 

A team of researchers led by Jan Smalle, associate professor in the UK Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, found nanoparticles can easily extract flavonoids from plants. Flavonoids are plant-made chemicals that have many potential human health benefits. Until the Smalle lab finding, scientists had no easy way to extract them from plants. Smalle and his team are now using their USDA NIFA grant to study how nanoparticles travel through the plant and whether this extraction process works on many different crops.

 

“We’re proud of our landmark achievements in research this past year. We look forward to our continued trajectory of securing external grants needed to conduct research, which will expand our fundamental and applied knowledge impacting the lives of Kentuckians in all parts of the state,” Bennett said. “Our outstanding research conducted by CAFE researchers with delivery through the Cooperative Extension Service, is a vital component of our state’s economy.”

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774

UK Student-Athletes Lead Donation Drive for Flood Victims

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 15:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2016)  The University of Kentucky’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has organized a drive for supplies to assist victims of historic flooding this August in southern Louisiana. Donations will be accepted today (Friday, Sept. 2), Saturday and Sunday.

 

"LSU is a part of our SEC family and we want to do everything we can to help ease their pain as they deal with catastrophic flooding,” SAAC President and national champion swimmer Danielle Galyer said. “Our thoughts are with all who are struggling in Louisiana."

 

SAAC is asking for fans to bring supplies of the greatest need for victims, including cleaning products, tools, household goods and toiletries. A complete list of suggested items can be found below.

 

“Our hearts go out to the victims of the floods in Louisiana,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “I’m proud our students have taken it upon themselves to play a small part in assisting with the relief effort, reflecting the service-oriented spirit they show every day. I look forward to our fans joining them in helping.”

 

Donations will be accepted in the small paved lot by the Physical Plant Division (PPD) coal pile near John Cropp Stadium and the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex, located at 570 Wildcat Court. To access the drop-off point, enter the soccer/softball drive off College Way and take the first available left. The drop-off point — staffed by SAAC members — will be open at the following times:

· 1-8 p.m. Friday – In conjunction with the UK men’s soccer game vs. Dartmouth

· 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday – Prior to UK football’s season opener vs. Southern Miss

· 1-7 p.m. Sunday – In conjunction with the UK women’s soccer game vs. High Point

 

At the conclusion of the drive, supported by Price Coomer Relocation Services and Allied Van Lines, supplies will be transported via tractor trailer, provided by Red River Ranch, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and delivered to victims.

 

Suggested donations:

 

CLEANING PRODUCTS

bleach

heavy duty buckets

facial masks to block out mold spores

rubber disposable gloves

liquid disinfectant

brooms

dustpans

anti-microbial cleaner

super heavy duty trash bags

 

TOOLS

1-2 gallon sprayer

work gloves for pulling sheetrock

crowbars

hammers

generators

sheetrock cutters (with replacement blades)

boxed fan (new or used)

dehumidifier (new or used)

 

HOUSEHOLD GOODS/TOILETRIES

linens

pillows

blankets

sheets

toilet paper

tooth brushes

soap

shampoo

bottled water to drink and clean with

plastic storage with lids

 

MISCELLANEOUS

mosquito spray with DEET

gift cards for Lowe's, Home Depot, Costco and Menards

 

                                                         

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Guy Ramsey, guy.ramsey@uky.edu, 859-257-3838

The Future of the Memorial Hall Mural

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 14:30

 

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2016)  The following is a blog from University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto.

 

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”

 

 Henry David Thoreau

 

Thoreau’s lesson to us is about perspective. In a sense, too, it is about empathy — the ability and the desire to walk a mile in another’s shoes, to see through someone else’s eyes, to experience what they experience.

 

Over the last several months, members of our campus community — from the student body, faculty and staff, and the broader Lexington community — have been discussing the historic mural housed in the foyer of Memorial Hall.

 

The strong sentiment of the committee, after months of thoughtful discourse, has been to preserve this significant work of art for those on our campus today and for those who will follow tomorrow.

 

The deeper discussion, really, has been about what we see and how each member of our community experiences that work of art. Painted in the 1930s by University of Kentucky alum and accomplished artist, Ann Rice O’Hanlon, the fresco is considered by some to be one of the most important works of art in the Commonwealth.

 

It was designed to be the centerpiece of a building that was — and is — an iconic structure on our campus. Memorial Hall was built for the entire university community to gather. And it was erected to memorialize and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country in World War I. Some 3,500 names — representing each county in our Commonwealth — hang on the walls of the foyer on each side of the mural.

 

The hall was designed to represent freedom.

 

But what does it mean to represent freedom today?

 

Ms. O’Hanlon — in a beautiful and compelling way — told a story through a talented artist’s eyes within the context of her time.

 

Now, as the committee recommended, it is time to tell the story more completely and through the eyes of many experiences — preserving the art as part of our history, but adding to it to tell a more complete and sensitively rendered story of our human experience.

 

Some, for example, see a work of art that seeks to track the progression of our state. Still others, viewing the art in today’s context, see a misshapen view — a distortion — of the experience that people of color have had in Kentucky.

 

We know that is time to provide a more contextualized view.

 

It is time to complete the story.

 

In recent weeks, the committee provided me a number of recommendations about how to rectify that lack of context, while creating a foundation for dialogue and action that will help us make sustained progress as we strive to be what Dr. King called the “beloved community.”

 

Several steps will be taken this academic year that include:

  • Unveiling the mural again, but surrounding it with other works of art from a variety of perspectives that provide a larger narrative of our history, our aspirations, our shortcomings and the progress we still must make. You can see a conversation about the mural that recent UK graduate Nigel Taylor and I had here: https://youtu.be/pETpyH_t8Tw
  • Digital boards that will also tell the history of the mural and of the artist, who gave it life along with other aspects of our institution’s history.
  • A commitment to programming in Memorial Hall through discussions, classes and events that focus on issues of race and identity from many perspectives. For instance, syllabi from classes and programs from events held in Memorial Hall will contain a description of the piece and surrounding art as part of the effort to continue to tell a powerful story in a more complete and nuanced context.
  • A broader discussion — and decision process — about art in public spaces throughout our campus. A committee already exists on our campus that discusses public art. I will be tasking them with thinking through a more formal process for how public art is displayed on our campus to ensure that it tells as broad and sensitive a story as possible, wherever it is displayed.
  • Later this month, for example, we will dedicate a statue near Commonwealth Stadium that memorializes four men who broke the color barrier, not only on the UK football team but for an entire conference. It is another step we take, as art reminds of where we have been, but also what we aspire to be. We need such reminders throughout our campus.
  • As we think about art erected in other places — from the new Student Center to campus buildings under construction — we will place an emphasis on the story we tell and the context in which we tell it.

At the same time, there is a fresh energy and sense of urgency to our efforts. I see all around me a desire for UK to be a truly welcoming and inclusive community for everyone who calls this place home.

 

Last semester, I met for more than three hours with 25 students of color at Maxwell Place. We discussed the mural and the feelings it evoked. But even more dialogue centered on issues of concern with efforts on our campus to create that community we all want. Further conversations and forums last spring created still more focal points for progress.

 

Working together, we have established five key areas — building blocks for a strong foundation and future. You can read more about those building blocks — our progress to date and what we must continue to build — at this website: www.uky.edu/diversity/mural.

 

We have made much progress, to be sure. But there is much work still to do. The commitment is there. Our community is more willing than ever to make progress.

 

It begins with a willingness to see. I’m proud to be part of a community committed to open eyes and broad perspectives.

 

To hear the entire discussion about the future of the mural, watch the video below. 

 

 

Let’s Get Cooking with SAB

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 13:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 6, 2016) — Join Student Activities Board (SAB) for Whipping in the Kitchen as they go to Wild Thyme to take part in a cooking class. On Sept. 11, students will be able to add Sri Lankan cuisine to their recipe book. This will be a ticketed event; limited spots are available. Tickets are available at the Student Involvement Ticket Center in Bowman’s Den, which is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday.

 

Wild Thyme will supply the ingredients and the instruction — come with an appetite and a few friends. Foodies will not want to miss this event! Whipping in the Kitchen will provide an interactive environment for students to learn something new.

 

“I know that food is a way to my heart, so I figured I wasn’t alone," said Rockia Harris, director of Multicultural Affairs. “There are plenty of people who love to cook and plenty of people who love to eat. I’m both and I want to share that with the students here at the University of Kentucky!”

 

SAB will provide transportation to Wild Thyme. Those with tickets will need to be at the Wildcat Statue at Wildcat Alumni Plaza by 2:15 p.m. The class will be from 3-5:30 p.m. Those joining should be sure to arrive on time with a ticket.

 

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


Connect with SAB at www.uksab.org, follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKSAB, or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UKSAB/. For more information about SAB and events, email publicrelations@uksab.org.

 

 

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

 

 

SAB CONTACT: Kaelin Massey, publicrelations@uksab.org, 859-257-8868

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, katy.bennett@uky.edu or rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-257-1909/859-323-2395 

 

Student Leadership Positions Still Available Through SAB

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 13:29

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2016) — The Student Activities Board (SAB) is still accepting applications for chair positions and the director position for Engaging Issues. The applications, requirements and other necessary information can be found online here. Applications are due Friday, Sept. 9.

 

The applications available are for chair positions for all seven programing committees as well as the promotions team. As well as chair positions, SAB is taking applications for the director of Engaging Issues.

 

With no prior involvement required, SAB is looking for hard-working, passionate and creative students that want to unite the campus and community by bringing exciting events to campus. Directorship, through programming or the executive team, provides the opportunity to earn internship credit, such as COM 399 and JAT 399.

 

“I am so excited for this opportunity to recruit students to join our SAB family," said SAB President Elizabeth Myers. “It's great to hear the excitement from new and returning students about the many possibilities to get involved that we offer.”

 

Applicants are highly encouraged to visit the SAB office before the application deadline. If you have any questions, please email Elizabeth Myers at president@uksab.org.

 

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

Connect with SAB at www.uksab.org, follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKSAB, or like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UKSAB/. For more information about SAB and events, email publicrelations@uksab.org.

 

 

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

 

 

SAB CONTACT: Kaelin Massey, publicrelations@uksab.org, 859-257-8868

 

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UK Professor Teaches English Skills at Qingdao Tech

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 13:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2016) Don Helme, associate professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Communication and Information, was in Qingdao, Shandong province of China, to work with scholars at Qingdao Technological University this summer. His three-week visit was sponsored by the University of Kentucky Confucius Institute’s annual summer UK Faculty China Short-Term Teaching Program.

 

“I was there to help refine interested scholars’ skills both in terms of writing and speaking English as well as to form connections with Qingdao Tech faculty who hopefully will provide future research and scholarship opportunities,” Helme said.

 

According to Huajing Maske, director of the Confucius Institute (UKCI) and executive director of the Office of China Initiatives, this program, which is in its second year, allows UK to strengthen its collaboration in teaching and research with Chinese universities.

 

This year, UKCI sent UK faculty to two Chinese universities, Jilin University and Qingdao Tech. Through its work with the Chinese universities, UKCI is able to send UK faculty with paid round-trip tickets, a teaching stipend by the receiving Chinese universities, living accommodations, food and weekend outings.

 

While on campus, Helme taught classes in English and in his area of specialty to faculty who wished to study abroad in the United States.

 

“Interested faculty are required to complete this three-week seminar in order to obtain permission and support from their home institution to study abroad,” Helme said.

 

During the weekends, Helme said he enjoyed the hospitality of Qingdao Tech.

 

“Qingdao Tech graciously took us on sightseeing tours to places of interest both in Qingdao and across the Shandong province,” Helme said. “While on these tours we experienced a city tour of Qingdao, a trip to hike up Laoshan Mountain near the city of Qingdao, and trips across the province to hike Mount Taishan in the city of Tai’an and to the city of Qufu to see the birthplace, temple and tomb of Confucius, himself.”

 

Helme was accompanied by Steven Alvarez, assistant professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and James Wright, of Transylvania University, both sponsored by UKCI.

 

For more details about opportunities with the UK Faculty China Short-Term Teaching Program, please click here

 

 

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Strong Academic Quality, Diversity Mark First-Year Class, UK Enrollment

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 16:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016) — The University of Kentucky’s first-year class of more than 5,160 students is among the most diverse and academically prepared in UK’s history.

 

The preliminary enrollment of 5,162 as of the first day of class Aug. 24 marks the third consecutive year the first-year class has topped 5,000 students and the overall enrollment has surpassed 30,000 students. Preliminary numbers based on the first day of class have overall enrollment at 30,678.

 

“The UK brand for academic quality in a vibrant residential research campus setting continues to draw some of the best students from across the Commonwealth and increasingly the region and country,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We have revitalized our campus facilities and reorganized our academic support units to create the kind of environment and community where every student belongs and where every student knows we are focused on their success.”

 

A snapshot of preliminary enrollment numbers includes:

  • After significant growth, UK officials are intentionally maintaining enrollment numbers of between 5,000 and 5,200 to ensure appropriate levels of student support as part of the institution’s Strategic Plan that focuses on improving retention and graduation rates as well as diversity. The Board of Trustees will discuss the numbers and progress on the Strategic Plan in more depth at its October retreat.

“We are focused with intensity on student success in all that we do,” said UK Provost Tim Tracy. “We want to open the doors wide to every student — particularly Kentuckians — who are academically prepared to succeed, but we also want to ensure that the resources and support are here as well to maximize the potential of these outstanding students.”

  • Under-represented student populations constitute more than 18.5 percent of the first-year class, again up over previous years and part of a continual increase since 2011 when under-represented students were about 14 percent of the first-year class.
  • Record applications to UK of 24,311, up from 22,521 last year. It’s the first time UK has received more than 24,000 applications.
  • In-state and out-of-state percentages remained roughly the same from last year, with 62 percent of students coming from Kentucky and 38 percent coming from outside the state.
  • Average ACT score for first-year students is 25.6, up slightly from last year’s average of 25.5, and 12 students scored perfect ACT/SATs. And the mid-50 percentile for the freshman class rose from 22-28 to 22-29 this year.

“Our incredible enrollment management team continues to meet with outstanding students in every corner of our state and throughout the country,” said Don Witt, associate provost for enrollment management.

 

Witt and his team visit every high school in the state and hold 21 preview nights in Kentucky and the region.

 

“I continue to be impressed by how students and families want academic rigor in a community setting that supports their goals and plans for the future,” Witt said. “Increasingly, for so many of the state’s best and brightest and the region, UK is that place.”

 

 

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Mensa Foundation Award Goes to Educational Leadership Studies Alum

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 16:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sep. 1, 2016) University of Kentucky College of Education alumna Susan McLaughlin-Jones, a science teacher at Lafayette High School, has received the 2016 Copper Black Award for Creative Achievement from the Mensa Foundation. This national honor included $500, a plaque and a medal, which were presented at the Aug. 22 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education.

 

The Mensa Foundation judges were impressed with McLaughlin-Jones’ development of Culturally Engaging Instruction (CEI) — a successful teaching strategy to address pervasive achievement gaps among students from diverse backgrounds. The CEI model emerged from McLaughlin-Jones’ 2012 dissertation in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies (EDL) at the UK College of Education. It uses subtle cultural cues to improve student engagement. Field-tested in her classroom and around the school district, CEI has produced anecdotal, qualitative and quantitative results.

 

“The CEI framework allows educators to understand why best practices such as nurturing relationships, group learning and smaller learning communities matter so much in improving student achievement,” McLaughlin-Jones said. “I am grateful to Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) for supporting my research and also to the individuals who have supported me — from proof-reading papers, being my sounding board, participating in the many projects I’ve initiated, and encouraging my relentless pursuit to improve schools for all students.”

 

Tricia Browne-Ferrigno, professor of educational leadership studies, was chair of McLaughlin-Jones’ dissertation committee.

 

“I witnessed her frustration with the status quo of pervasive achievement gaps in P12 schools and her deep rooted passion to assure all students learn,” Browne-Ferrigno said. “While conducting extensive literature reviews to develop her dissertation proposal, she conceived the concept of culturally engaging instruction (CEI), which bridges the chasm between theory and practice. She used CEI as the conceptual framework for her case study in an elementary school that had closed learning gaps across all student subgroups — despite student characteristics that are often cited as causes of students’ under achievement. She then began using CEI in her own high school science classes. When learning achievement improved for all her students, she created an action research laboratory at her school to engage her peers in studying the impact of using CEI in their classroom. When the collective findings revealed positive outcomes, she became an advocate for using CEI while disseminating results of her dissertation study and action research laboratory."

 

“Over the many years that I have known Dr. McLaughlin-Jones as she completed the UK principal preparation program and then the EDL doctoral program, I have watched her transformation into a recognized and respected educational leader. This recent honor is particularly gratifying because it honors her passion and commitment for student learning.”

 

McLaughlin-Jones earned her bachelor’s degree in physics from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree and doctoral degree from UK. She has taught in FCPS since 1996 and at Lafayette since 2000. She is also youth coordinator for Bluegrass Mensa, a local chapter of Mensa International.

 

Adapted from Fayette County Public Schools press release: www.fcps.net/news/press-releases/2016-2017/mensamclaughlin.

 

 

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Labor Day Bus Schedule Changes

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 15:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016)  Due to the Labor Day holiday, the Blue and White Routes (Lextran 14), the Green Route (Lextran 26), and all regular campus area transit buses — including the Pink Route (Kentucky Clinic), Orange Route (UK HealthCare) and Yellow Night Route — will not operate on Monday, Sept. 5.

 

The On-Demand Night Bus will serve campus from 7 p.m. until midnight both Sunday, Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 5.

 

All campus buses will resume regular service on Tuesday, Sept. 6. For route and schedule details, visit www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles.

 

As a reminder, all campus routes — as well as the Red Mile (Lextran 15) service frequently used by the campus community — are viewable real time on TransLoc Rider, UK’s GPS-based bus locating system. TransLoc Rider can be accessed at http://uky.transloc.com and via the free Transloc Rider Android and iPhone apps.

 

 

UK Sports Medicine to Provide Team Physicians for Georgetown College

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016) – A new partnership with Georgetown College Athletics will provide sports teams at Georgetown College with team physicians from the University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.

 

The team physician’s first responsibility is the health and safety of each athlete they work with. They assess each athlete for previous injuries and review athlete’s medical histories for medications, hospitalizations surgeries and other information. The team physician also supports athletic trainers as they work with athletes to ensure they have injury free seasons or, if they have sustained an injury, receive proper care and are able to return to their sport at 100 percent. 

 

UK Sports Medicine currently provides team physicians to four universities and colleges: UK Athletics, Kentucky State College, Eastern Kentucky University and, now, Georgetown College Athletics. Robert Ullery, director of outreach in the department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, said of the partnership, “UK Sports Medicine is proud to partner with Georgetown College Athletics to provide excellent healthcare to those student athletes. UK’s focus has always been advanced and we’re glad to bring Georgetown college into the mix.”

 

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CAT to Host Wildcat Clean Up After Home Football Games

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016)  Help keep Lexington's neighborhoods beautiful by participating in the Community Action Team's (C.A.T.) largest event of the semester — Wildcat Clean Up, beginning Sept. 25.

 

Wildcat Clean Up is aimed at cleaning up the neighborhoods surrounding Commonwealth Stadium after tailgating. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays after home football games (Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Nov. 6 and Nov. 20), students will go to the most affected streets to pick up trash. This event is a partnership between C.A.T. and the Office of Off-Campus Student services, with support from University of Kentucky Athletics, UK Sustainability and Keep Lexington Beautiful. Participants will receive a free T-shirt to be worn while out in the neighborhoods cleaning up courtesy of funding from UK Athletics. 

 

C.A.T. is a new initiative designed to facilitate service opportunities for UK students on a regular basis by putting on a variety of pop-up events throughout the year. Additionally, C.A.T. provides service consultations to help students find the organization that best fits their volunteering needs based on the programs within the Center for Community Outreach.

 

Participation on all dates is requested. For more information, please contact CAT.ukcco@gmail.com.

 

C.A.T. is a new initiative by the UK Center or Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote lifelong community service. For more information about the CCO, visit www.ukcco.org.

 

 

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UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Receives $8.25 Million to Continue Alzheimer's Research

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016) —The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Alzheimer's Disease Center (ADC) has been awarded an $8.25 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue and further research and clinical initiatives geared toward treating Alzheimer's disease.

 

Currently, only 30 designated Alzheimer's Disease Centers exist in the U.S. In 1985, Sanders-Brown was among the first 10 ADCs funded by the NIH and has been continuously funded since the designation was launched.

 

"The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is one of UK's outstanding centers, and continued federal funding from the National Institutes of Health is yet another acknowledgement of its excellence,” said UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto. “The University of Kentucky is proud to play a leading role in the international effort to discover solutions for what is arguably one of society’s greatest medical mysteries and challenges.”

 

Capilouto noted that the University of Kentucky is one of an elite group of 21 universities in the nation to house a trifecta of nationally accredited research institutions, including a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer research center (Markey Cancer Center), an NIH-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and the National Institute on Aging-funded Alzheimer’s research center (Sanders-Brown Center on Aging).

 

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr said the grant means much more than dollars and cents. "By 2050, Alzheimer's diagnoses are expected to triple, with an associated cost of more than $1 trillion," Barr said. "We cannot stand by and watch people suffer both financially and emotionally, and this grant rightfully continues a legacy that has benefited not only the citizens of Lexington and the Commonwealth but also people around the world."

 

According to Linda Van Eldik, PhD, director of Sanders-Brown, the center is a leader in the detection of early neuropathological changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer's and other age-related dementias, made possible in part by a large cohort of more than 800 volunteers – both healthy and cognitively impaired – in the Sanders-Brown Longitudinal Study, which generates significant amounts of data about how healthy brain aging occurs and when and why some people develop Alzheimer's.

 

However, she says, research is just one component of the center's efforts.

 

"We often say Alzheimer's is a family disease.  It affects the patient primarily, but it is a devastating financial and emotional burden for family and caregivers as well," she said. "Sanders-Brown offers outreach, education and support to help patients and their families get the help they need to lead active and engaged lives."

 

"We're honored that the NIH continues to recognize the caliber and scope of our work with this grant," Van Eldik said.

 

Ron and Carolyn Borkowski of Lexington are both givers to and beneficiaries of Sanders-Brown's work. Carolyn, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2012, is a patient, and both she and Ron participate in the Longitudinal Study and will donate their brains to Sanders-Brown upon their deaths.

 

"I'd hate to see where we'd be without Sanders-Brown," Ron said. "The doctors and the staff are not just with you – they are truly for you."

 

"Sanders-Brown is a jewel in our own backyard."

  

UK initiated its aging program in 1963. With a grant from the Eleanor and John Y. Brown Jr. Foundation in 1972, the construction of the current Sanders-Brown Research Building was begun and, with additional funding from the state, a program in biomedical research was implemented. In 1979, under the direction of the late Dr. William Markesbery, Sanders-Brown emerged as a national leader in efforts to improve the quality of life for the elderly through research and education.

 

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

 

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UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Receives $8.25 Million to Continue Alzheimer's Research

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016) —The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Alzheimer's Disease Center (ADC) has been awarded an $8.25 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue and further research and clinical initiatives geared toward treating Alzheimer's disease.

 

Currently, only 30 designated Alzheimer's Disease Centers exist in the U.S. In 1985, Sanders-Brown was among the first 10 ADCs funded by the NIH and has been continuously funded since the designation was launched.

 

UK is one of an elite group of 21 universities in the nation to house a trifecta of nationally accredited research institutions, including a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer research center (Markey Cancer Center), an NIH-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and the National Institute on Aging-funded Alzheimer’s research center (Sanders-Brown Center on Aging).

 

A press conference announcing the details of the grant will be held at 10 a.m. today. Featured speakers include US Rep. Andy Barr, Ron Borkowski (husband of Sanders-Brown patient Carolyn) and UK officials. To watch the livestream, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx2RXPVG0o0 

 

Come back here for the full story later today.

 

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UK Dining Introduces Worry-Free Zone in the Fresh Food Company

Wed, 08/31/2016 - 09:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2016)  University of Kentucky Dining has established a Worry-Free Zone inside the Fresh Food Company located in The 90.

 

The Worry-Free Zone is the only gluten-, peanut-, tree nut- and shell fish-free kitchen on campus.

 

“Peanut and tree nut allergies in addition to celiac disease and gluten intolerance are the most prevalent on campus so we expanded the special diets menu at this station," said UK Dining Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lauren McKnight-Ford.

 

Customers may enjoy flavorful dishes such as Korean barbeque pork loin served with garlic-roasted red potatoes and steamed vegetables and grilled chicken bruschetta served with a baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli. Waffles, cereal and deli sandwiches are also available daily.

 

The full-time chefs at this station have successfully completed the Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training offered by Beyond Celiac, a patient advocacy organization. The staff has also been trained on food allergy and safety procedures.

 

All Fresh Food Company customers may choose to eat the dishes prepared in the Worry-Free Zone. However, customers must refrain from bringing in any plates, utensils, cups or food into this area for the safety of those who have a medical need to eat at the Worry-Free Zone.

 

For more information about the Worry-Free Zone or special diet accommodations please contact UK Dining Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Lauren McKnight-Ford at lauren.mcknight-ford@uky.edu.

 

 

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Fall Into the Arts at UK

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 16:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2016) From the university's art studios and museum to the stages of Singletary Center for the Arts and Guignol Theatre, students, faculty and staff in the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts will transport audiences around the world with a diverse selection of concerts, theatre, dance and art offerings beginning this fall.

 

UK Art Museum

 

UK Art Museum has opened the fall arts season with a selection of five exhibitions and installations celebrating local talents, writers and even the upcoming election.

 

 

Interview with artist Louis Zoellar Bickett by Creative Lexington.

 

"Louis Zoellar Bickett: Saving Myself" brings together several specific projects that are part of what he calls "The Archive," his vast and detailed accumulation of photographs, receipts, articles of clothing, books, toys, furniture and bodily fluids, to name a few, all preserved and placed throughout his home/studio in Lexington. They tell the story of one man’s awareness of time, place and connectivity to others. "Saving Myself" kicked off a citywide retrospective of Bickett's work with exhibitions and installations at other Lexington art venues, including Institute 193, Lexington Art League, UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and 21c Museum Hotel.

 

"Mira Schor: Time & Flesh" showcases the work of a New York-based artist and writer who has made numerous contributions to feminist art history and contemporary criticism. Her paintings and drawings offer possibilities for representing the lived experiences of women, examining conditions of power, desire, voice and vulnerability. A modest sampling of Schor paintings, "Time & Flesh" is being presented with her participation in "Paying Attention," the Bale Boone Symposium developed by the Gaines Center for the Humanities and the UK Art Museum to be held Oct. 3.

 

Also on display is "Donald Lipski: Pieces of String Too Short to Save," industrial mesh cages filled with found objects. Since 1979, Lipski’s work has been defined by his ingenious manipulation of common materials in small and large sculptures and installations. Drinking straws, bits of wire, bottles, cigarettes, flags, musical instruments, and countless other everyday items have been assembled into precise formal studies. In his steadfast use of commercial objects, Lipski continues the legacy of 20th-century artists, including Arman, Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp. His ongoing investigations into conditions of materiality, composition, and site specificity affirm a connection to the Dada, Surrealism, Pop, and Minimalism art movements.

 

"James Baker Hall: The Poet’s Eye" explores Hall’s twin passions — writing and photography. A Kentucky poet laureate, he led the UK creative writing program for three decades and published novels and books of poetry, as well as collections of his photographs. This exhibition includes Kentucky landscapes; a work from his series "Orphan in the Attic," which explores childhood trauma; and a portrait of close friend Wendell Berry, among others.

 

Finally, with the upcoming presidential election in mind, UK Art Museum has gathered an eclectic selection of political portraiture in drawing, painting and video in "POTUS." Gutzon Borglum, Joel Feldman, Harry Shearer, Edward Sorel and Gilbert Stuart are among the artists representing past and possible future leaders of our country, including Hillary Clinton, Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon, Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and George Washington.

 

All five exhibitions are free and open to the public and run through Nov. 27.

 

In addition to these exhibitions, UK Art Museum's Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series will return this fall with two programs showcasing the work of Judy Linn on Oct. 21 and Nicholas Nixon on Nov. 11. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

 

For a list of tours, talks, lectures, workshops and symposiums presented in conjunction with UK Art Museum's exhibitions and installations, visit: http://finearts.uky.edu/art-museum.

 

UK Department of Theatre and Dance

 

Next door in the Guignol Theatre in the Fine Arts Building, students in UK Department of Theatre and Dance will take audiences on a ride from a world of fantasy to the beautiful islands of the Caribbean as part of their Main Stage Season.

 

Just in time for Halloween, UK Theatre will present "She Kills Monsters," an escape to a fantasy world of heroes and villains. Agnes is average. But when her teenage sister, Tilly, dies in a tragic accident, Agnes discovers Tilly’s "Dungeons and Dragons" notebook and sets off on an extraordinary adventure into the fantasy world of RPGs. "She Kills Monsters," a witty epic with trolls, dragons, wizards and a “girl-nerd” will run Oct. 27-30.

 

The beloved Jane Austen classic "Sense and Sensibility" comes to the Guignol Dec. 1-11. This adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel follows the Dashwood sisters after their father’s death. In matters of love, do they follow their heart or their head? Reputation, rumors, and romance in 18th-century England are explored through the stories of Austen’s strong-willed female protagonists.

 

In January a variety of dance works from faculty and guest artists, featuring students in the UK dance minor program will take center stage. "In Flight: Dance Concert" will run Jan. 27-28.

 

The following month, UK Theatre will explore how things can go wrong for "Good Kids." It was a great party … until everything changed. The kids at school are talking about Chloe, but Chloe can’t remember anything. Inspired by real events, "Good Kids" examines events before and after a rape by members of a high school football team. In an exceedingly digital world of Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, this play explores how "truth" is subject to public scrutiny and interpretation. "Good Kids," running Feb. 16-19, includes strong language and sensitive content; viewer discretion is advised.

 

Closing out the 2016-17 season, UK Theatre will present "Once on this Island," April 20-23. In this musical, Ti Moune falls in love with a rich boy from the other side of the island after she saves him from certain death. Can love survive their cultural divide? The island’s arrogant gods place bets on the romance. This Caribbean-style adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” tells the legend of a capacity to love that transcends human life and social constructs.

 

Tickets for UK Theatre productions can be purchased through the Singletary Center ticket office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com or in person at the venue. All applicable fees will be added to tickets upon purchase transaction.

 

In addition to UK Theatre and Dance's Main Stage Season, the department also presents many readings and one-act productions throughout the year. For a list of all activities in UK Department of Theatre and Dance, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/theatre-dance.

 

UK School of Art and Visual Studies

 

Housed in the new Art and Visual Studies Building, the Bolivar Art Gallery is the primary gallery space of UK's School of Art and Visual Studies. The gallery features exhibition programming showcasing work by visiting artists, as well as UK students and faculty in the School of Art and Visual Studies.

 

This fall, Bolivar Art Gallery will present "Suspension" featuring selections from a new body of work by artist Tia-Simone Gardner. Through drawing, installation and video, Gardner addresses what literary scholar Saidiya Hartman terms “scenes of subjection.” Each work explores an event, or sequence of events taken from the writings of black feminist activists of the 19th and 20th century, including Harriet Jacobs, Audre Lorde and Winnie Mandela. Gardner uses excerpted texts, architectural and diagramatic drawings to illuminate acts of spatial violence and resistance that are ultimately unrepresentable. "Suspension" will run Sept. 2-Oct. 8.

 

In conjunction with "Suspension," and artist reception and talk will be presented. The reception will run from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Garnder's talk will follow the next day at noon Friday, Sept. 2. In addition, "Suspension" will be part of Lexington's Gallery Hop from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. All events and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

 

Other exhibitions scheduled for Bolivar Gallery for 2016-17 are:

· "Island Life," featuring the work of Kristina Paabus and Jessica Caponigro, Oct. 14-Nov. 19;

· ​Open Studio and the Carey Ellis Juried Student Art Exhibition, Dec. 2;

· "UNLOADED," a group show curated by Susanne Slavick, Jan. 20-Feb. 18;

· "​Integral," a group show curated by Lari Gibbons, Feb. 24-April 1;

· "Heirloom," featuring the work of Emily Hanako Momohara, Feb. 24-April 1; and

· "Healing Sutras," featuring the work of Erin Endicott, Feb. 24-April 1.

 

For a list of all events and exhibitions at Bolivar Art Gallery, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/savs.

 

UK School of Music

 

With more than 200 recitals, concerts and performances a year, UK School of Music alone could fill your calendar with a rich selection of music offerings that range from the classical to the contemporary.

 

The school is home to the popular UK Opera Theatre program, which will stage three large scale productions in 2016-17. This fall, UK Opera Theatre will present "Ragtime," Oct. 6-8, at Singletary Center for the Arts. A sweeping musical portrait of early 20th century America, "Ragtime" tells the story of three families in the pursuit of the American dream. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel, "Ragtime" is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations.

 

In the spring semester, UK Opera Theatre will present Gioachino Rossini's "Barber of Seville," Feb. 24-26, at Singletary Center. Considered one of the world's most popular comic operas, several of the opera's most recognizable melodies have entered the general musical unconscious, most notably the introductory patter song of the swaggering Figaro, the barber of the title.

 

Next June, UK Opera Theatre will mark 25 years of the popular musical revue "It's a Grand Night for Singing!," running June 9-18, at Singletary Center. Kick off the summer arts season in the Bluegrass with this production featuring the best from Billboard to Broadway and starring more 100 UK Opera Theatre and the community performers.

 

Ticket prices for these UK Opera Theatre productions range based on seating location. Tickets can be purchased through the Singletary Center ticket office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com or in person at the venue. All applicable fees will be added to tickets upon purchase transaction.

 

In addition to playing the opera performances, UK Symphony Orchestra (UKSO) will present six concerts of its own in the 2016-17 season. Two highlights of the orchestra season will include "All-American: Cliff Jackson plays Rhapsody in Blue" featuring beloved UK faculty member, pianist and vocal coach Cliff Jackson and the music of Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and George Gershwin on March 24 and the "Russian Spectacular with UKSO and UK Choirs" on April 21, featuring music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Sergei Prokofiev. All UKSO concerts will be presented at Singletary Center. For a list of UKSO's entire season, visit: http://finearts.uky.edu/music/ensembles/uk-symphony-orchestra.

 

 

UK Chorale performs "O nata lux" by Morten Lauridsen. 

 

For lovers of choral music, UK Choirs' holiday concert, "Collage" and a concert featuring UK Chorale and the Kentucky Bach Choir will be must-see concerts. "Collage" featuring the combined UK Choirs, faculty and student musicians and community artists will take the stage Dec. 3-4, at Singletary Center. The concert with UK Chorale and the Kentucky Bach Choir will feature Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor presented March 31, at Cathedral of Christ the King.

 

Major ensemble concerts are $10 general admission and $5 student admission. UK students with a valid ID may receive a complimentary ticket from Singletary Center's box office in advance the day before the concert. Tickets can be purchased through the Singletary Center by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com or in person at the venue. All applicable fees will be added to tickets upon purchase transaction.

 

In addition to the many concerts presented by more than 25 UK ensembles, the School of Music will also host the "Tribute to the Music of Thomas Chapin" and concerts presented as part the 83rd annual convention of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA). The Chapin concert will feature guess artist Mario Pavone with UK jazz students and faculty Sept. 21, at Singletary Center. In the spring, several of the nation's best bands will perform as ABA takes over campus March 8-10. Mark your calendars now to take in concerts featuring Dobyns-Bennett High School Symphonic Band, Ohio State University Wind Symphony, University of Louisville Wind Ensemble, UK Wind Symphony and "The Presidents Own" United States Marine Band at the Singletary Center.

 

To see a listing of all UK School of Music concerts, visit http://finearts.uky.edu/music.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

 

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