Common Grounds Opens New Location on UK Campus

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 08:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) — UK Dining is proud to announce the grand opening of locally owned Common Grounds on the University of Kentucky campus on Monday, Sept.15,.  The new coffee shop is located on the ground floor of Champion’s Court residence hall on the corner of Avenue of Champions and Lexington Avenue. 


Common Grounds is locally owned by the McCreary family. Started in 1992 as a local coffee shop, it grew into the largest locally owned coffee business in Lexington. Besides their five stores, Common Ground's has a warehouse facility where coffee is roasted fresh every week by Master Roaster AJ.  In addition, the warehouse is where the majority of the food products are made in the company's commercial kitchen and where other local Kentucky coffee shop owners come to purchase coffee shop products like DaVinci® syrups, Ghiradelli® chocolate, and, of course, freshly roasted coffee.


Complete with a dine-in area, the new location boasts expansive space for students to study and relax. In addition to serving freshly roasted specialty coffees, pastries and fruit smoothies, the new location will serve a lunch menu with a large variety of sandwiches, wraps, paninis and salads.  


At the ribbon cutting celebration held Tuesday, Sept. 9, Common Grounds’ President Lori McCreary spoke to the new partnership saying, "we appreciate the support of UK and appreciate the opportunity to bring our unique style to campus."


Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The new location will also host a weekly open mic night just like the East High location has for over a decade.




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

UK Police Offers Community Emergency Response Team Training

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 17:10


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept 15, 2014) –  The University of Kentucky Police Department is offering a new and exciting opportunity for UK faculty and staff this fall.  Recognizing that managing events following a serious emergency on campus can quickly overwhelm the resources of first responders, UK Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management & Preparedness will host the first Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training for faculty and staff.  Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 28, training will be held for four weeks in the Student Center, each Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and ending with a mock disaster exercise on Tuesday, Nov. 18. 


The primary purpose of UK C-CERT is to apply established CERT curriculum, adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to our university environment.  Every campus is a virtual “city within a city”, with many of the same challenges to public health and safety faced by any other community, but also some unique risks and vulnerabilities.  UK has a large, diverse and multicultural population of faculty, staff and students on campus in offices, residence halls, classrooms and patient areas.  The complexity of the University’s critical infrastructure and the tens of thousands of visitors for special events and conferences underscores the need to educate employees about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our campus and its vital resources. 


UK C-CERT members will receive hands-on training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, team organization, disaster psychology and terrorism.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, C-CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.


UK Police Chief Joe Monroe encourages faculty and staff to become part of UK'ss investment in emergency preparedness and disaster resiliency. 


“Utilizing the skills and knowledge of campus volunteers will not only tremendously enhance the safety and security of our entire campus community, but support an environment of teamwork and an attitude toward readiness,” Monroe said.  “I challenge you to discover new perspectives on your limitations and capabilities for providing assistance to those around you.”


Registration is open Sept. 15–Oct. 15.  Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.  The training is free and open to regular, full-time UK faculty and staff.  To register, please click here.


Prospective participants will be expected to obtain approval from their supervisor and submit to an electronic background check.  Refresher trainings on a variety of topics will be planned each year for UK C-CERT members along with opportunities to utilize these skills in responding to campus events or emergencies.


To find out more, visit UKPD’s C-CERT website, UKPD Facebook page, or contact Laurel Wood by calling 257-6655 or by e-mail at



MEDIA CONTACT: Laurel Wood, 859-257-6655;

UK's Ziliak Co-authors Report on Children's Food Insecurity

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:57


Washington, D.C. (Sept. 15, 2014) - Despite an increase in federal food-assistance programs, food insecurity continues to plague millions of U.S. children. Providing better access to these programs may be a solution, according to a new report released by the Future of Children, a joint project by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and the Brookings Institution. 


The authors – James P. Ziliak, Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics in the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics and director of the Center for Poverty Research, and Craig Gundersen of the University of Illinois – explain that while programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have proven successful in terms of reducing food insecurity, applying for and receiving SNAP benefits may be difficult for parents, especially those who are working or those with disabilities. Likewise, school feeding programs are sometimes incomplete, exposing children to a host of health and cognitive issues.


"Policy makers should examine improving access to the program along with determining whether food-assistance programs' benefit levels are adequate," the authors write. "Both would likely reduce U.S. food insecurity and its corresponding health issues."


“Improving the food security of America’s children today will lead to better health and academic outcomes, and ultimately greater economic security for their families and the nation,” Ziliak said.


In the new policy report, "Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Trends, Causes and Policy Options," the authors highlight new research and outline potential policies to address this crippling social issue. Their specific policy suggestions follow.


· Take-up rates and program access to programs like SNAP and school meal programs must be improved.

· Policy makers should examine whether food-assistance programs are adequate, especially with regard to SNAP.  For example:


o   The SNAP benefit is currently fixed across the lower 48 states and DC.  However, there are substantial differences in cost-of-living across states and benefits may need to reflect these differences.


o   Families are expected to contribute one third of their net income to food. This is based on a poverty line that was established in the 1960s. Today, families spend closer to one seventh of their budget on food. This may be worth revisiting.

o   Research shows that take-up rates fall quickly as the potential benefit declines. Therefore, even though a family may be eligible for assistance, the benefits aren't enough to make it worthwhile to apply. Raising the minimum benefit – currently $16 – could address this problem.


· Because a mother's mental and physical health can affect her children's food security, access to mental health services should be improved. There should also be a focus on how to better coordinate provision of programs like SNAP and WIC in conjunction with mental and physical health counseling.

The authors note several areas where further research is needed. These include food security among children with disabilities and overlooked groups (such as the homeless), and how parental education levels play a role in terms of food security. Additionally, linking administrative and survey data may help with evaluation, as well as using qualitative research data to better understand financial decision-making within the household. They also cite a need for surveys that follow families and their food security status over time to understand better the long-term consequences of food insecurity on family well being.


To request a copy of the report, contact B. Rose Huber at 609-258-0157 or


Future of Children thanks University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research for financial support through funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (contact number AG-3198-B-10-0028/AG-3198_K-0057).


The Future of Children journal promotes effective policies and programs for children by providing timely, objective information based on the best available research. Their Research Report series complements the journal by focusing in depth on a contemporary issue of children's wellbeing, presenting the latest research and explaining its implications for policy in a succinct and accessible format.




MEDIA CONTACT: B. Rose Huber, 609-258-0157/office; 609-619-7097/cell. UK CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200.

UK Study Identifies Molecule That Induces Cancer-killing Protein

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) – A new study by University of Kentucky researchers has identified a novel molecule named Arylquin 1 as a potent inducer of Par-4 secretion from normal cells. Par-4 is a protein that acts as a tumor suppressor, killing cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed.


Normal cells secrete small amounts of Par-4 on their own, but this amount is not enough to kill cancer cells. Notably, if Par-4 secretion is suppressed, this leads to tumor growth.


Published in "Nature Chemical Biology," the UK study utilized lab cultures and animal models to show that low levels of Arylquin 1 induced Par-4 secretion without causing harm to the producer cells.


Additionally, researchers found that Par-4 is bound to a protein called vimentin, which contributes to tumor metastasis. Arylquin 1 binds to vimentin, displacing the Par-4 for secretion -- which means it may also be useful for inhibitiing the spread of cancer.


These findings have strong implications for the development of future cancer treatments, as researchers are now focusing on developing Arylquin 1 into a drug to inhibit both primary and metastatic tumors.


"We found that Par-4 is inactivated by pro-metastasis proteins such as vimentin," said Vivek Rangnekar, UK professor and Alfred Cohen Chair in Oncology Research in the Department of Radiation Medicine. "This implies that by using small molecule drugs that target metastasis proteins, we may be able to both inhibit the spread of cancer while also releasing the tumor suppressor -- Par-4 -- to then induce the death of the cancerous cells."


Rangnekar, who also serves as associate director for the UK Markey Cancer Center, initially discovered the Par-4 gene in 1994. Working closely with UK medicinal chemist David Watt and a multidisciplinary team across the UK campus, their labs are developing secretagogues that can cause elevated secretion of Par-4 for the inhibition of primary and metastatic tumors.


This study was funded by grants from the National Cancer Institute, the National Center for Research Resources, and the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.


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

Twitter Chat Offers Insight on Participating in Health Research

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 14:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) -- Did you know that you can help others by participating in research? Health-focused research affects every aspect of our lives, from the medications we take to the health of our environment. Researchers are working hard to identify new treatments and strategies to improve the health of our communities, but research needs healthy volunteers and volunteers with medical conditions in order to succeed. Participating in research is a safe, easy way for you to give back to your community and give hope for the future while learning more about your own health.


Find out how you can participate in research during the University of Kentucky's next #AskACat Twitter chat, beginning 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at @universityofky. UK researchers will answer general questions about participating in research. They will also answer questions about ResearchMatch, a registry that pairs volunteers with researchers looking for participants, and UK's new Research Registry and Specimen Bank, or the "biobank."  


UK patients are being invited to help researchers by allowing leftover blood and tissue from their normal medical procedures to put into the biobank. For example, when a patient undergoes a blood draw or tissue biopsy, the blood or tissue that isn’t used for testing is normally thrown away. In the new biobank project, however, patients will be given a consent form to allow any “leftover” blood or tissue from their regular medical procedures to be stored in the biobank for research purposes. No additional procedures will be performed or extra blood or tissues collected whatsoever. Participation is voluntary, and to protect patient privacy, all identifying information (such as name, address and social security numbers) will be removed from the samples and corresponding medical records.


Four UK experts will respond to questions during the chat: 

· Belinda Smith, education specialist at the Office of Research Integrity;

· Ada Sue Selwitz, director of the Office of Research Integrity;

· Dr. Susanne Arnold, associate professor in medical oncology and radiation medicine and associate director for clinical translation at the Markey Cancer Center; and

· Dr. Phil Kern, director of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center.


Join the conversation or follow the chat at the university's official account @universityofky, or use the hashtag #AskACat for questions and responses from the Twitter chat.


Individuals interested in asking questions about participation in health care research, ResearchMatch, or the biobank can send their questions to through 3 p.m. Sept. 16, or to the UK Facebook page prior to 2 p.m., Sept. 16.  Responses to questions will be shared with the university's Twitter followers and those following the hashtag #AskACat.


UK will present its next #AskACat Twitter chat Oct. 21.



MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale or Elizabeth Adams, 859-257-1754

Statement from University on Inadvertent UK Alert Message

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) — Today the University of Kentucky conducted an exercise to test the capabilities of different emergency response partners on campus. These exercises are an important part of keeping the university community safe by allowing the response plans to different incidents to be evaluated and to identify areas for improvement. This allows us to be able to not only test the personnel response and physical security components, but also the emergency notification communication. 


In the event of a real emergency, there are prescript messages in the emergency notification system to save valuable time in alerting the campus community. Today, that message was sent out inadvertently before being edited to identify that the incident today was only an exercise and not a real emergency. A corrected notification was immediately sent out to clarify that the incident was only an exercise.


We apologize for any concern or confusion caused by the message. 



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

Students to Explore, Connect with 130+ Employers at Showcase

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:55



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) – University of Kentucky students will have the opportunity to meet with more than 130 employers at the Fall 2014 UK Employer Showcase, sponsored by the UK James W. Stuckert Career Center.


The showcase will bring employers in both technical and non-technical professions to the Student Center Ballrooms from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, and Wednesday, Sept. 24. 


“I felt the showcase was an amazing success. Immediately I received multiple interviews," said chemical engineering major Josh Ayers.


The first day of the event will showcase employers in technical career fields such as engineering, computer science, construction, information systems/technology and scientific research.


The second day will host employers in non-technical career fields such as communications, accounting, banking, consulting, health care, government, management, human services, retail and sales and other fields.


More than 130 employers will participate over this two-day event, including private companies, government agencies and nonprofit groups. Among the registered employers are Enterprise Inc., Belcan, Amazon, Lexmark, AK Steel, Big Ass Fans, Johnson & Johnson and Auto Owners Insurance.


The College of Engineering’s Career Development Office and Gatton College of Business and Economics' Graham Office of Career Management also offers the UK Employer Showcase VIP Program, an interactive program designed to develop career-ready students at UK and offer exclusive exposure to employers. VIP program participants attend a preparation workshop that helps maximize their showcase experience. VIP Program participants can enter the Employer Showcase 30 minutes early to begin connecting with employers.


Students can prepare for the showcase by researching companies of interest by registering through Wildcat CareerLink. This online career management tool allows students to secure company information and sign up for campus interviews. Students should check out the company's website, view their job listings and know basic information about what the company does. By having completed their research, students should know exactly what questions to ask of employers while still showing that they are familiar with the company. 


The center suggests students prepare a two to three-minute introduction that states their name, graduation date and major; and career interests. Students shouldn't be afraid to mention honors or special achievements received, such as a high GPA or campus leadership positions.


Students should print résumés on high-quality white or ivory paper. Résumés should include an objective, work or volunteer experience, internships, any relevant upper level courses and special honors.


Participants in the showcase should carry about 20-30 resumés in a nice portfolio with a nice pen and a pad of paper to take notes. Business attire is appropriate. Students should dress professionally in dark colors such as black, charcoal gray or navy blue. Women can wear either a skirt or pant suit with a solid color conservative shirt, closed toe shoes and minimal jewelry. No extreme heels, short skirts or low necklines. For men, a suit, a button-down white shirt, tie, sports jacket, slacks and shined shoes will make the best impression.


For more information on the Fall 2014 UK Employer Showcase and the other career-building services offered by the Stuckert Career Center, students can stop by or visit the center's webpage at


As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center mission is to prepare students to successfully connect with employers and post graduate educational opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center is here to help students explore their college major options and career goals, engage in the process of expanding their knowledge and experience of the work place, and to connect with those who can help students on their career path. For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit




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

Record-breaking International Student Enrollment Enriches UK

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) — A record number of international undergraduate students from 107 different countries are enriching UK's campus with diversity, culture and innovation.


Currently, 807 international undergraduate students are on campus, which is a record-breaking 32 percent increase over last year.  In 2007 there were only 185 international undergraduate students on UK's campus, which means enrollment has grown 336 percent since then.


It takes strategy and talent to make the University of Kentucky an attractive option for international students, according to Susan Carvalho, UK's associate provost for internationalization.


"Our international enrollment manager Audra Cryder has become a national leader in terms of recruitment strategy, focusing on areas where there are many potential applicants, but at the same time keeping an eye on true global diversity for our campus," said Carvalho. "She has artfully re-designed our marketing materials, and works tirelessly at home and abroad to provide that personal touch that matters so much to faraway applicants and their families.”


UK's Enrollment Management team is also responsible for this success.


"They have been willing to move mountains to create international-friendly processes throughout the application cycle," said Carvalho. "We share information constantly, we have aligned our marketing approaches, and in general it's a shining example of how partnership works better than silos."


Cryder celebrates her International Student Ambassadors for promoting UK throughout the world.


"They played a pivotal role by reaching out to applicants and admitted students, and by helping them prepare for their time at UK," said Cryder.


"As international student ambassadors, we are proud that we can give back to UK's international community," said Bill Aboagye, the lead International Student Ambassador, who is from Ghana. "We couldn’t be happier that our collaborative efforts have made such a huge impact."


By hosting web conferences, managing social media, responding to hundreds of international applicants inquiries and sending information about UK to high schools around the world, the International Student Ambassadors have come together to promote the university.


"Our one goal was to significantly increase the international population here at UK – and we have succeeded!" said Aboagye.


"There is no question that we have profoundly changed the nature of our undergraduate experience, by making the campus a global crossroads in the heart of Kentucky," said Carvalho. "Faculty have been welcoming and eager to support the varying needs of international students. Residence Life and UK Dining have also opened their doors to the world and classrooms are enriched by the global dialogues and friendships that are built there."



MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; 

‘Pick It Up’ for a Cleaner, Greener, More Beautiful UK

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:45

Video produced by Hive, College of Arts & Sciences Creative and Technical Services


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) — The University of Kentucky is launching the “Pick it Up” campaign this week, urging participation from the entire UK community to help make our campus litter-free. The program was developed by a group of campus partners and is funded by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration.


"The University of Kentucky has one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the nation," said Eric N. Monday, executive vice president for Finance and Administration. "We hope that Pick it Up will not only help us to preserve the natural beauty of our campus, but also encourage everyone to take a personal role in eliminating litter."


The premise of the campaign, outlined in the video above, is simple enough: If you see litter on campus, pick it up. No matter who you are, you can help make a difference. Most litter is recyclable and should be deposited into one of the new single-stream recycling containers distributed across campus.


UK community members who are caught "blue-handed," committing an act of campus beautification, will be eligible for special prizes, such as T-shirts or gift cards. Organizers say it is a fun way to promote awareness of the campaign and encourage participation. If you catch someone Picking It Up, and selfies are welcome, you are encouraged to report them by emailing


Also starting this week, members of the campus community are urged to keep their eyes open for a very special visitor.


“He’s a much older guy, with a long, white beard,” said UK Recycling Coordinator Mari Long. “If you see him, he’s typically wearing UK blue. Oh, and he’s about a foot tall.”

His name is Gnarly the Gnome, and he is the official mascot of the Pick It Up campaign. (If you watch closely enough, you might be able spot him a few times in the video above.) If you see Gnarly on campus, that means Gnarly can see you too. And if Gnarly spots you picking up litter in his vicinity, cool prizes are headed your way.


“Gnarly’s a pretty cool dude,” said UK Sustainability Coordinator Shane Tedder. “But if there’s one thing he can’t abide, it’s a trashy campus. I hope everybody will help make him feel welcome here by picking up litter, not just when Gnarly is around, but wherever they see it on campus.”


Campus community members are encouraged to help promote the campaign by using the #PickItUpUK hashtag in social media. Gnome sightings may be reported with the tag #GetGnarlyUK.


For more information about the Pick it Up campaign, visit the website at


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

Contemporary Photographer Nate Larson to Lecture at UK

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 16:34



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) –  Photographer Nate Larson, known for his work matching GPS coordinates and photography to tweets, will present a free public lecture 4 p.m. today (Friday), Sept. 12, at Wallace N. Briggs Theatre, located in room 127 of the University of Kentucky Fine Arts Building.


A professor of photography at Maryland Institute College of Art, Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video. His projects have been widely shown across the U.S. and internationally, as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including Wired Raw File, "The Picture Show from NPR," Hyperallergic, Gizmodo, Vice Magazine, the New York Times Lens Blog, Utne Reader, Hotshoe Magazine, Flavorwire, the BBC News "Viewfinder," Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, Marketplace Tech Report, The Washington Post and Art Papers. Larson's artwork is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago.


Larson's recent project "Geolocation" in collaboration with Marni Shindelman, tracks GPS coordinates associated with Twitter tweets and pairs the text with a photograph of the originating site to mark the virtual information in the real world. New site-specific work from the series was completed for Third Space Gallery in New Brunswick, the Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts in California, and the Format International Photography Festival in the United Kingdom. The pair were artists-in-residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in June 2013. "Geolocation" is featured in the “State of the Art” survey exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art this fall.


Larson's lecture is presented by the UK School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studies, and art education.



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


KY Transportation Center Research Available Online Via UKnowledge

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 15:40


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014)University of Kentucky Libraries has partnered with the Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) to make more than 1,400 research reports available on UKnowledge for free public access. The partnership aims to disseminate as widely as possible KTC’s research with the aid of UKnowledge’s search engine optimization capability. 


After several months of processing, most of the KTC reports are now online at: The reports have been accessed over 39,000 times by readers around the globe. The most popular report so far is titled "Innovative Rapid Construction/Reconstruction Methods" (, which has seen more than 4,700 downloads since it was first posted online in mid-2013. Thanks to UKnowledge’s access tracking feature, authors of the reports are notified monthly of the download counts of their works. 


Founded as the Kentucky Transportation Research Program in 1981, when the Kentucky Department of Highways transferred its Division of Research to UK's College of Engineering, KTC provides services to the transportation community through research, technology transfer and education. 


As a steadfast steward of research and scholarship, UK Libraries is enthusiastic about playing a role in enhancing the online visibility and availability of academic studies undertaken by members of the UK community. With UKnowledge being built as the repository of UK’s intellectual capital, UK Libraries welcomes opportunities to collaborate with academic departments and research centers to archive, disseminate, and facilitate reuse of their scholarly outputs. If you would like to find out more about this service, contact Adrian Ho at  



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

A Kentucky First: Two UK HealthCare Nurse Practitioners Win AANP Award for Excellence

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 15:09


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) - For the first time in Kentucky’s history, two nurse practitioners have been awarded the 2014 AANP (American Association of Nurse Practitioners) State Award for Excellence, and both are with the University of Kentucky/UK HealthCare.  Audrey Darville, assistant professor with the College of Nursing, family nurse practitioner and certified tobacco treatment specialist, and Vicky Turner, codirector of the Center for Advanced Practice and acute care nurse practitioner with UK HealthCare Critical Care Cardiology, were both honored recently at the national AANP Annual Conference in Nashville.


The AANP Award for Excellence is given to a dedicated nurse practitioner who demonstrates excellence in their area of practice. With special permission from AANP two awards were presented this year.


Pictured left to right are: Kathy Wheeler, state representative to AANP, Turner, Darville and Kenneth Miller, AANP president.


The AANP ( is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation’s 189,000 nurse practitioners, including more than 50,000 members, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy, promoting excellence in practice, education and research, and establishing standards that best serve nurse practitioner patients and other health care consumers.


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


College of Law Student Wins First Place in National Writing Competition

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) - Katherine Beyer, a third year law student at the University of Kentucky College of Law from Richmond, Virginia, won first place in the 2014 IDEA Student IP Writing Competition. Her article, “Hyper-Linking Content as Copyright Infringement: Not Worth All the Hype,” will be published in IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review this fall.


The U.S. Copyright Office recently solicited comments on the controversy of Internet users posting links to copyrighted materials without permission from the owners and thus being held liable for distributing. This right of “making available” content and infringing on the copyright owner’s distribution right was recently adopted by the European Union.  Thorough research into international law gave Beyer information to contrast rights in the E.U. and the U.S., and she argues in her paper that she feels unlikely that U.S. courts would uphold a similar law due to current distribution rights.


After reviewing the papers from his Copyright class, Professor Brian Frye encouraged his students to submit them into writing competitions. Beyer says she searched extensively to determine where to send her article. She ultimately chose the University of New Hampshire’s IDEA IP Law Review.


“I thought my paper would promote the journal’s stated mission of ‘providing practical articles which address new, controversial, and potential developments in intellectual property and related fields.’” Out of 20 submissions reviewed, Beyer’s article was chosen for first place and will be the only one printed in the journal.


Beyer says winning this award means a lot to her as it is an impartial affirmation that she can use her legal research and writing skills “in a practical and useful manner.” Beyer is the managing editor of the Kentucky Law Journal and feels her experience with the journal helped her win this award. “It definitely has shown me that hard work and effort pay off in the end.”


Beyer also credits the encouragement and support she received from Professor Frye. “I certainly couldn’t have done it without him.”


“I ultimately want to practice in the field of intellectual property, so this award also shows me that that is a real possibility, that my thoughts and ideas about the field are appreciated and respected,” says Beyer. “Overall, I am so honored and excited for this opportunity to see my name in print!” 


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

'Fall-o' Your Creative Side to UK Fine Arts Institute

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 13:04



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) – Are you interested in further developing your artistic skills and exploring your creativity? University of Kentucky Fine Arts Institute is offering classes and workshops this fall through the School of Visual Arts and Studies. These non-credit community education courses offer a wide array of class options to suit your creative side. These courses are designed to fit into the working schedules of most adults with courses taking place during the evenings and on weekends.


Courses are offered three times a year and vary from metal working to an intro to Photoshop class. The institute's programs range from beginner to advanced levels. This fall, the institute is offering 14 courses including: nine classes and five workshops. Classes meet once or twice a week for typically eight weeks, and workshops are a one-day event. Locations for the courses include the Fine Arts Building, Reynolds Building #1 and White Hall Classroom Building.


The institute's fall 2014 classes are:

· "Ceramics" with Jill Stofer, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 16;

· "Beginning to Draw" with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 16;

· "Beginning to Paint" with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 17;

· "Continuing to Paint" with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 18;

·  "Living a Layered Life: Felting and Shibori Dyeing Class" with Laverne Zabielski, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 18;

·  "Metal Working" with Jeremy Colbert, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 18;

·  "CAD/CAM/CNC 3D Design and Optimization for Fabrication: An Introduction to Rhinoceros (Rhino3d) 3D Printing and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing)" with Derek Eggers, times and dates to be determined; and

· "Beginning Photoshop" with Lennon Michalski, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Nov. 11.


For those interested in a one-day or two-day course, the fall 2014 workshops are:

· "Digital Photography One-Day Workshops" with Michalski, presented Sept. 20 or Sept. 28 or Nov. 8 or Nov. 29 or Dec. 13;

·  "Advanced Digital Photography and Studio Lighting Workshops" with Michalski, presented Nov. 2 or Nov. 16 or Dec. 14;

·  "Advanced Digital Photography and Outdoor Portrait Workshops" with Michalski, presented Oct. 5 or Nov. 9;

·   "One Day Natural Portrait Photography and Photoshop Editing Workshops" with Michalski and Shelly Petty of Rochambeau Photography, presented Sept. 21 or Nov. 15; and

·   "Living a Layered Life" with Zabielski, presented Sept. 20 and 27.


In addition to the courses and workshops being offered this fall, an open drawing session will be available at 9 a.m. every Saturday. There is a $5 fee per session to participate.


For more information on any of the Fine Arts Institute courses or to read more about instructors, class costs and times, visit the institute online at


The Fine Arts Institute is an outreach program at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts. It demonstrates all the resources and classrooms that the school has to offer through noncredit art classes. All courses and workshops are open to the public and are not restricted to students of the university.


Registration for UK Fine Arts Institute courses is available by visiting, by calling the institute at 859-257-8151, or by emailing Jane Andrus at

Coffee Research Leads to Successful Partnership in Brazil

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2014) — Since its cultural debut in the fifteenth century, coffee has become one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world.


“Coffee is second only to oil in terms of value in globally traded commodities, followed in turn by natural gas and gold,” explained Michael Goodin, associate professor in the UK Department of Plant Pathology.


Nearly 35 percent of the world’s coffee is produced in Brazil alone. Today, however, coffee plants within Brazil have become infected by a virus, which has the potential to spread worldwide. The agronomic impact of this virus led Goodin to Brazil to study how this universal beverage and its production are being affected.


Two of Goodin’s students studying agricultural biotechnology accompanied him in Brazil for two months this past summer to study the prevalence of Coffee Ringspot Virus (CoRSV) on coffee plants in Brazil’s major production areas. Although the virus is not infectious in humans, the virus does affect the quality and production of coffee.


Goodin and his students visited farms around Brazil in order to collect infected coffee leaves to study the virus. The level of hospitality that they received throughout the country was exceptional.


“You don’t just visit [farms] – first there’s a tour of the farm, then they offer meals in their houses. Farmers are going out of their way for you. It’s like that everywhere in Brazil,” said Goodin. “Everyone was supportive for what we were doing.”


Drawing not only on the coffee resources within Brazil, Goodin and his students partnered with Antonia dos Reis Figueira and her student Thais Ramalho from Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA). The partnership between UFLA and UK was funded through two grants: one from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States and the other through CAPES, the Brazilian equivalent of the NSF.


Goodin and his students, along with Figueira and Ramalho, were successful in the discoveries they made about CoRSV. With the discovered information, they were able to teach Brazilian farmers so they could self-diagnose their farms. 


“We established the relationship between prevailing wind and sun exposure, which made it possible to identify potential virus ‘hot zones’ on farms. In addition, Brazil has been experiencing a drought similar to California, which is, in part, responsible for the spread of the disease, which was a surprise to everyone, including the farmers,” said Goodin.


Before Goodin and his students went to Brazil, Ramalho came to do a yearlong exchange at UK as a doctoral student through Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program. 


“It was the first time I went abroad. I was very happy with the opportunity but a little afraid, because everything was new to me,” said Ramalho. “In the Plant Pathology Department, where I worked for a year, everyone had extreme patience and solidarity with me. In the Goodin laboratory I learned new techniques, which had never been carried out in Brazil, and I was able to apply and teach these techniques at my university, UFLA.” 


While working with Goodin at UK, Ramalho also had the chance to make friends and work with Olivia Jones and Layne Duff, the two undergraduate agricultural biotechnology major students who accompanied Goodin to Brazil.


Duff and Jones noted how the experience in Brazil contributed greatly to their growth.


“I learned so much more than just virology and the coffee industry,” said Duff. “I learned that this international language called ‘agriculture’ is one I’ve been speaking all my life. I found that despite the occasional language barrier, whenever we went to the farms to collect tissue, I had no trouble understanding the farmers’ concerns, victories, joys and hopes. This was because agriculture in and of itself surpasses boundaries and provides an immediate connection with everyone I was privileged to work with.”


Using samples collected in Brazil, the next step for the CoRSV research team is to study the genetic variation within hundreds of square miles of coffee production.


Goodin hopes to continue this productive partnership with UFLA.


“There are so many parallels between Brazil and the United States in terms of agricultural production. The departments in our College of Agriculture, Food & Environment are mirrored at UFLA,” said Goodin. “This presents seamless opportunities for student exchanges and research collaborations for faculty at both institutions.” 

UK PTS Reminds Motorists, Cyclists to Share the Road

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 17:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) -- With the start of the academic year and the resulting increase in the campus population, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is reminding motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists to use caution when interacting with each other, in order to safely share the road. As part of these efforts, PTS has developed safety tips for both drivers and cyclists alike.


PTS, in conjunction with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fayette County Public Schools, UK and Lexington Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, wants to promote safety on our roads. Cyclists and motorists have the same rights, rules and responsibilities on most Kentucky roads. Below is a list of tips that will help keep the road a safe way to travel:



  • Be Alert: Check your mirrors. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists, yielding to them at crosswalks and intersections; pay special attention while driving on or around campus. Scan for cyclists before turning across a bike lane, driveway or onto another road.
  • Every Lane is a Bike Lane: Cyclists have a right to the road. Be alert and patient. Expect cyclists on the road at any time, especially on signed bike routes and on roads displaying the sharrow symbol on the roadway surface. Do not use a bike lane as a turn lane.
  • Pass with Care: Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way. A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing cyclists. Stay behind cyclists when you are turning right. Don’t honk your horn when approaching cyclists; doing so could startle the cyclist and cause a crash.
  • Don’t Speed or Text: Follow posted speed limits and follow distracted driving laws; don’t text message while your vehicle is in motion.


  • Respect the Red: Bicycles are vehicles. Obey traffic rules for safety and to gain respect from motorists. Never ride against traffic; it is illegal and unsafe.
  • Be Safe, Be Seen: Use front and rear lights and wear bright or reflective clothing. Be predictable and make eye contact with motorists, and use hand signals to indicate your intentions.
  • Pass with Care: A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing vehicles.
  • Wear a Helmet: Helmet use dramatically reduces the risks of brain injury and death for cyclists involved in accidents.

Additionally, cyclists are reminded to engage in safe sidewalk riding behaviors. Some campus sidewalks have been designated as shared sidewalks and, under certain conditions, serve as important connections for cyclists. These shared sidewalks are wide, do not run parallel to vehicular traffic and connect important campus destinations. Even so, these walks were designed for pedestrian traffic and bicyclists should always yield.


If you choose to ride your bike on any campus sidewalk, please follow these basic rules:

  • Always Yield to Pedestrians. Give audible warning, or dismount to pass when sidewalks are crowded or narrow.
  • Go Slow. Sidewalks are not designed for speeds faster than a slow jog.
  • Check Every Cross Street and Driveway. Vehicles often pull across the sidewalk before entering traffic or turn into driveways without scanning very far down the street.
  • Only Cross the Street at Crosswalks. Darting into the street mid-block is very dangerous.

For more information about sharing the road, visit For a complete list of local bike ordinances, visit


MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrissie Balding Tune, 859-257-3512; Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200.  

New Opportunities Abound as Six UK Colleges Offer New Majors, Minors, Certificates and Graduate Programs

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 16:28



LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 12, 2014) – From the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) to the College of Public Health and from undergraduate students to graduate and professional students, the university has several new majors, minors and certificate options to consider for their studies.


CAFE has welcomed two new majors, technical systems management and modern agronomic crop production (agronomy). 


Technical systems management (TSM) will be housed in the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. The major links agricultural, environmental, manufacturing, and machinery theory with industry practice, providing business and management skills from a hands-on, engineering point of view. TSM students will learn practical, theoretical and managerial skills, including how to prevent and solve problems, make decisions and manage teams. The undergraduate degree combines educational theory and workplace experience partly because of an awareness of the United States’ reported “skills gap” but also because, as a hands-on engineering department, its faculty expertise strongly lends itself to teaching these technical skills.


TSM students will complete six work-based learning courses (supervised internships) to gain practical, hands-on experience, and to make the critical link between theory and industry practice. As a TSM graduate, alumni will be prepared to enter the workforce in areas such as manufacturing, agriculture, environment and systems management. TSM is available now as an Individualized Program in Agriculture (IPA).


CAFE's second new major modern agronomic crop production integrates the scientific knowledge and practical management skills needed by agronomists involved in modern crop production. Requirements focus on the basic sciences/principles needed by the modern agronomist. These are refined into the soil and crop science courses underlying agronomic crop management. Additionally, courses in pests (weeds, insects, diseases) are required in support of the field agronomist.


As the student advances in the modern agronomic crop production curriculum, the advanced courses provide more detailed information (crop ecology, statistics) and situation analysis (field schools) for grain, oil seed fiber, bio-fuel or forage crop production. Production sustainability is emphasized. Many classes consist of both lecture and active learning (field, greenhouse or lab) portions. Each student is required to have an internship or an international study abroad experience and to selects a specialty support area that supports the student’s professional goals.


The College of Arts and Sciences has opportunities for both undergraduates and graduate students. The college has added a new health major and a Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing this fall.


Health, society and populations (HSP) recognizes that health isn’t a simple physical matter, that society and the environment also play a crucial role in our well-being. The major focuses on understanding health outcomes and their unequal distribution as a product of multiple interacting influences, including health care, behaviors, environmental conditions, genetic and biological factors and social and cultural characteristics of groups and individuals.


Effective this semester HSP students can obtain a stand-alone degree or pursue the area of study as a second major with any other department or discipline-specific bachelor’s degree. The HSP program will draw on the expertise of numerous faculty members within the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as coursework across a number of colleges at the university. It is a complement to current undergraduate health-related programs, providing students the opportunity to pursue their interests in health-related issues through the analytical lens of the social sciences. The program simultaneously fosters collaboration with other health-related disciplines on campus through shared coursework. For more about the new HSP program, listen to co-directors Erin Koch, professor of anthropology, and Carrie Oser, professor of sociology, discuss the new program.


With realistic aspirations to be among the nation’s best programs by 2020, the UK College of Arts and Sciences will offer its students a full-residency Master of Fine Arts in creative writing this fall. Modeled after some of the finest graduate-level creative writing programs in the nation, UK’s curriculum will feature a faculty of prominent award-winning authors, from Kentucky Poet Laureate and NAACP Image Award winner Frank X Walker to the young author Manuel Gonzales, who just received an American Academy of Arts and Letters award for his first book.


Designed to dovetail with the Department of English’s undergraduate program in creative writing, the UK experience will feature exposure to diverse genres of writing, the full range of career possibilities, a combination of artistic and literary study, and the ever-expanding paths to publication.


In the College of Fine Arts, two long-awaited programs of study on campus now are being offered as minors in the School of Art and Visual Studies. UK undergraduates can now officially minor in photography and digital media and design (graphic design).


With over a billion photographs being created every day, it has never been more important to understand how to make compelling images. The UK photography minor offers students an opportunity to study a wide range of techniques and approaches, ranging from historic 19th century processes to cutting-edge digital, Photoshop and lighting techniques. In addition to still photography, students can also choose from courses in video and web-based design. The photography minor complements course work from a wide variety of majors and will equip students with the skills they need to navigate and create in a world in which we increasingly use images to communicate.

Experts in digital media are in high demand in today’s creativity and technology driven workforce. With career opportunities in graphic design, web design, animation and more, the digital media and design minor gives students multimedia skills that complement any major, especially ones in the Colleges of Fine Arts, Design and Communication and Information.


College of Health Sciences (CHS) has several new opportunities this fall. The college is offering a new health advocacy minor and clinical healthcare management certificate as well as a new freshman track in clinical leadership and management.


With an increasingly complex and dynamic health care system and an aging population, qualified health advocates are in demand across the U.S. Health advocates, also referred to as patient navigators, guide patients and their families through the health care system. The minor in health advocacy lays the foundation for pursuing a career as a health advocate or furthering graduate educational opportunities.


Want to acquire the skills necessary for a management position in health care? You will benefit from the undergraduate certificate in clinical healthcare management. The certificate is a great option for currently enrolled UK students, as well as practicing health care professionals who want to enhance their management skills.


The bachelor’s degree in clinical leadership and management is ideal for students who plan to enter a health administration or health law program or who plan to assume policy/administration roles in the health care field.


Students interested in adding the health advocacy minor, clinical healthcare management certificate or the track in clinical leadership and management, should contact CHS Office of Student Affairs, room 111 Wethington Building.


For professional students, College of Law is offering a Juris Doctor and Master of Health Administration (JD/MHA) dual degree program with the College of Public Health. Through this program, the student earns both degrees in a total of four years, one year sooner than if each degree was completed individually. The JD/MHA dual degree is designed to prepare a lawyer to work in and through many areas of health care management, a large and growing industry. This is the fourth dual degree program offered through the College of Law.


This fall also marks the first time the College of Public Health will offer an undergraduate degree. The public health major, which is the first professional undergraduate public health program in the state of Kentucky, will offer students a new opportunity to contribute to work that seeks to remedy long-standing health disparities in the Commonwealth and beyond.


UK’s Bachelor's of Public Health (BPH) program is designed to provide exposure to students in a number of important areas of public health, including disease control and prevention, environmental health, health behavior, health care management, global health, local health, aging and nutrition. The program seeks to prepare graduates for work in public health that allows them to contribute to the improvement of quality of life for both individual citizens and the community as a whole. With the expansive introduction to the public health field that the BPH degree provides, students are prepared to either enter directly into population health service population in either community or public health or extend their education further into graduate study.


Public health is a growing field, with more than 250,000 public health workers needed by the year 2020.  It is a challenging area of study that allows students the opportunity to tackle complex health problems and work toward finding solutions that better the lives of individuals, families, and entire communities. Students who are interested in learning more about the BPH program are invited to attend an Open House noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in room 115 of the College of Public Health. 



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

Superfund Research Center Focus of 'UK at the Half'

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:38


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014)Bernhard Hennig, the director of University of Kentucky's Superfund Research Center (SRC) and professor of nutrition and toxicology at the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Lindell Ormsbee, director of the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute and associate director of the SRC, were the guests on the Sept. 6 broadcast of "UK at the Half," which aired during the UK vs. Ohio University football game that was broadcast on the radio.


Hennig and Ormsbee talked about a recent $12.2 million grant the center received from the National Insitutes of Health to continue its work to better understand and minimize negative health and environmental impacts from hazardous waste sites.


"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.


To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button below. To view a transcript the "UK at the Half" interview, click here

'Appalachia in the Bluegrass' Welcomes Lee 'Boy' Sexton, Red State Ramblers

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 10:50



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 11, 2014) – Locals and legends seem to be the theme of the next two performances in the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series. On Friday, Sept. 12, Letcher County native, Lee "Boy" Sexton, known for his legendary banjo music, and his son Johnny Sexton will perform. The next Friday, Sept. 19, an old time music group with University of Kentucky ties, The Red State Ramblers, will appear. Both free public concerts will take place at noon at the Niles Gallery, located in the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.


Master of the Banjo Back for More

Lee "Boy" Sexton performs "Whoa Mule." Video courtesy of Appalshop.


Lee "Boy" Sexton has played the banjo since he was eight-years-old and has been known for the sweet yet driving sound that comes from the banjo and fiddle ever since. Working in the mines on the weekend and playing music for the town was where he liked to spend most of his time.


Sexton worked on an LP of traditional material, "Whoa Mule," which was originally released in 1988, but later released in a CD version in 2004. He is one of the most respected and admired folk musicians in Eastern Kentucky. He even had a small role in the film "Coal Miner's Daughter," where he played the banjo at a square dance. In 1999, Sexton, was presented the Kentucky Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.


Joining Sexton in concert will be his son, Johnny Sexton, on guitar. Johnny is retired from the coal industry and is an Old Regular Baptist preacher.


To hear Sexton perform "Whoa Mule," visit   


Blue School Ties, Red State Sound


This old time string band came together through a shared love for folk music and the state of Kentucky at UK. The Red State Ramblers blend a sound of traditional old time music with a native feel.


The Red State Ramblers have performed all over the world, participating in tours in Kyrgyzstan and Ecuador. In 2008, the Red State Ramblers was a finalist in the string band competition at Clifftop Old Time String Band Festival.


The band, Will Bacon (banjo and kazoo), Kevin Kehrberg (bass, guitar),Jeff Keith (mandolin and guitar), Nikos Pappas (fiddle), and Ron Pen (fiddle and piano), released their second recording, “Commonwealth,” based on traditional music of Kentucky.


The Red State Ramblers is made up of alumni and a faculty member. Presently Keith and Kehrberg serve as faculty at Warren Wilson College and Pappas is a member of the faculty at University of Alabama. Bacon is the owner of the contracting firm, BaConstruction. Pen is director of the concert series host, the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music and professor of music at UK School of Music.


The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.


For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the concerts featuring Lee "Boy" and Johnny Sexton or The Red State Ramblers, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to or visit the website at




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

UK SOOP Presents Sneak Peek of 'Adventures of Alice in Opera Land'

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 17:07


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2014)The Schmidt Opera Outreach Program (“SOOP”), a University of Kentucky Opera Theatre outreach program now in its 11th year of producing opera for school children across the Bluegrass, presents "The Adventures of Alice in Opera Land." The 35-minute opera uses some of the greatest opera hits to teach students about opera and opera characters. Local audiences can get a sneak peek of the opera 2 p.m., Sept. 13, at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium.


Alice will travel to elementary schools, public libraries and performing arts centers across the state of Kentucky to expose children to the art form of opera in an educational and light-hearted manner.


UK Artist-in-Residence and alumna Gregory Turay directs a cast of familiar faces to UK Opera Theatre fans. Katherine Hay, last seen as Eponine in “Les Misérables,” plays Alice. Playing multiple characters are Wanessa Campelo, last seen as Zerlina in “Don Giovanni” and Fantine in “Les Misérables,” and Samuel Themer, last seen as Thernardier in “Les Misérables.” UK School of Music alumna and pianist Maris Deddens, who played keyboard for “Les Misérables” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” plays keyboard for the production.


Before SOOP travels this fall, local audiences are invited to take in an open dress rehearsal beginning 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Auditorium. The dress rehearsal is free and open to the public. The show is 35 minutes followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast. Free parking is available for the show in the hospital visitor garage on South Limestone and Transcript Avenue.


Schools or organizations interested in booking the show or wanting more information should contact Kathrin Thawley at 859-402-6946 or or visit and click “Opera Outreach.”


SOOP is the recipient of the 2012-2013 “Friend of Music Award” from the Kentucky Music Education Association. The award is the highest award for non-educator contribution to music education in the state of Kentucky.


To see video clips of previous SOOP performances, visit


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