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UK Libraries to Present Willis Award, Dean's Awards

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 13:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016)University of Kentucky Libraries will honor four members of its faculty and staff at the UK Libraries Spring Gala tomorrow evening. Frank Davis, a clinical liaison librarian in the Medical Center Library, will receive the 2016 Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award and three staff employees, Josh Monroe, Beth Reeder and Kopana Terry, will be recognized with the 2016 Dean's Awards for Outstanding Performance.


The 2016 Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award winner, Frank Davis, is a clinical liaison librarian in the UK Medical Center Library's division of Research, Education and Clinical Services. He has served more than 15 years at UK.


“Frank is a friend and valued colleague. He is actively engaged in the profession, contributes to the field of health sciences librarianship, and is a dedicated and devoted faculty member within UK Libraries,” said Rick Brewer, director of the Medical Center Library. Brewer nominated Davis for the award.


Davis is the liaison to the UK College of Pharmacy, the Markey Cancer Center and the Department of Internal Medicine within the UK College of Medicine. He interacts with a diverse group of patrons including students, faculty, researchers and clinicians throughout UK HealthCare and the health colleges.


The Willis Award winner has been commended for serving each of his areas in an exemplary manner. For the Department of Internal Medicine, Davis attends morning report three days a week and provides support for learning issues identified during case discussion. He also works with residents who request his expertise concerning case report publications and grand rounds presentations.


At the College of Pharmacy, “Frank is a valued colleague and appreciated for his commitment and service to this nationally ranked program,” Brewer said. He is an active member of the college's curriculum committee, where he employs highly specialized, expert literature searching skills and provides input on issues relating to information resources. At the request of faculty, Davis presented on options and procedures for electronic books. He has participated in two accreditation reviews for the College of Pharmacy, and in the most recent accreditation process he was instrumental in writing the standard focused on library resources.


The Markey Cancer Center utilized work by Davis in their successful application for National Cancer Institute status as an NCI designated research center.


“For years, Frank has maintained an EndNote library of publications authored by Markey researchers that has enabled faculty to track such scholarship,” Brewer said. “Frank has provided assistance on grant applications by conducting complex and intense literature reviews.”


Davis has also demonstrated leadership and service at the national, regional and local levels. He served as chair of the Cancer Librarians Section of the Medical Library Association (MLA) and was selected as a reviewer for submitted papers for the 2015 National MLA annual meeting. Davis has also served as web editor for topical areas for the MLA Cancer Libraries Recommended Web Sites project. Regionally, Davis has invested substantial time and resources in the work of the Midwest chapter of the MLA.


“Within UK Libraries, Frank has consistently volunteered for committee assignments. He is a respected colleague and valued for his input and contributions. Whenever called to step up, one can always count on Frank to do just that,” Brewer said.


In addition to his clinical and service work, Davis teaches more classes than any other MCL librarian. He lectures to upper level pharmacy students on evidence-based pharmacy resources and is regarded by pharmacy faculty as an expert on the topic. He is also an expert trainer on the use of EndNote — a product designed to manage bibliographic references.


The Willis Award is named for Paul A. Willis, former director of UK Libraries.


At the UK Libraries Spring Gala and the UK Libraries Employee Celebration, Josh Monroe, Beth Reeder and Kopana Terry will be honored with the 2016 Dean's Awards for Outstanding Performance. The Dean's Awards are the highest honor accorded to staff by UK Libraries.


Josh Monroe is a monograph library specialist at William T. Young Library. He is head of the monographs area, and provides support to all academic liaison librarians by sourcing print and electronic materials needed by UK faculty, staff and students. He was nominated for a Dean's Award by Jen Bartlett, head of Young Library Reference Services.


“I have frequently been amazed at the speed and efficiency with which Josh locates and orders materials,” Bartlett said. “Rarely has there been a situation in which Josh has been unable to find what faculty need, in whatever format; often he locates these materials at much cheaper cost than anticipated.”


Monroe is also active in UK Libraries committees and activities. He recently gave a presentation to LEX Week interns on the basics of acquisitions, and will be repeating the presentation for graduate assistant training. Every fall Monroe volunteers to work at the welcome desk to greet new students in Young Library.


Beth Reeder is a library technician senior in the Agricultural Information Center (AIC). She manages the public service operations of the AIC, including student hiring and supervision. Valerie Perry, director of the AIC and head of Branch Libraries, nominated Reeder.


“Not only is Beth completely reliable and dependable, but she is also an excellent problem solver and innovator,” Perry said. “Beth gained significant extra responsibilities in the past two years, as she coordinated and planned two major facility renovations and upgrades. We are fortunate to have such a fine employee leading our public service efforts.”


Reeder has taken on projects that were ongoing when she arrived at UK Libraries, including migrating VHS holdings to DVDs and major review of the AIC reference collection. She also serves on UK Libraries committees, and participates in numerous library workshops, campus activities, webinars and regional conferences.


Kopana Terry is an oral history archivist in the Special Collections Research Center Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History. She oversees the accessioning of new oral history interviews, the description of the existing collection, processing interviews, digitization and preservation of interviews, and preparation of interviews for reference requests. She also manages Nunn Center student employees. Terry was nominated by Nunn Center Director Doug Boyd.


“Last year we indexed a record number of interviews in a single year. Additionally, Kopana accessioned 624 new interviews in 2015 — also unprecedented,” Boyd said. “We have a very successful oral history archival operation. This is, in large part, thanks to Kopana’s determination, dedication and — most importantly — her focused attention on implementation.”


According to Boyd, “the Nunn Center’s success depends heavily on the oral history archivist position, and this year Kopana Terry has taken her role to a new level.”


As the premier research library in the Commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, services and programs. UK Libraries locations include the William T. Young Library, the Agricultural Information Center, the Hunter M. Adams College of Design Library, the Education Library, the John A. Morris Library (Gluck Equine Research Center), the Kentucky Transportation Center Library, the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center, the Medical Center Library, the Science and Engineering Library and the Special Collections Research Center.



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CI Grad's Next Step? Yale Law School

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — Graduates from the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information have degrees and experiences that prepare them for post-graduation life — including the rigorous challenges of Yale Law School.


Brad Polivka, a UK communication and philosophy dual-degree graduate from Columbus, Ohio, will soon take on those challenges at Yale in the fall.


After visiting for the admitted students program in April, Polivka described Yale as “downright impressive” and knew he wanted to attend. Everything about the campus — leading professors, fellow students and even the history — appealed to him.


“The campus, the grounds, the building, the classrooms and the portraits on the walls simply ooze history and prestige,” Polivka said. “And all the students I met, both current students and other admitted students, were really nice and down to earth.”


He began considering law school as a sophomore when he landed an internship with the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson’s office. The work of an attorney appealed to Polivka, and he knew it was work he would enjoy.


He interned again the following summer in the Governor’s office in Frankfort, Kentucky, learning about public relations and legal aspects of government.


“While I enjoyed the work I did for each, I found the legal work more challenging and more rewarding,” Polivka said. “While I was working on some sensitive issues, it really hit me that the work the attorneys did had a huge impact on the lives of actual, individual people.”


Polivka took the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) after his junior year and began the application process.


“Much of applying to law school involves knowing what to say and knowing how to develop the kind of story I want my personal statement to tell,” Polivka explained. “Assembling a cohesive application is essential, and my communication degree gave me the skills I needed to do so.”


The application, combined with his high GPA and impressive LSAT score, led to an acceptance letter from Yale.


“I would credit CI for the practical skills I gained in my communication classes and in my internships,” Polivka said. “CI made me a better writer and a better communicator.”


Polivka gives credit to Cyndy Miller, his professor, mentor and friend, for his success. She helped him find his first internship, wrote him a letter of recommendation for law school and offered him a teaching assistant position for the communication internship program.


“During his time as my undergraduate apprentice, I saw him become more comfortable in leadership roles and in mentoring students who were essentially his peers,” Miller said. “Despite all his accomplishments, he is humble and gracious. Brad's calm, quiet demeanor belies a strong, determined nature and a really great sense of humor!”


Pairing his communication degree and experience with a philosophy degree has proved a beneficial combination.


“I think my undergraduate experience — both in communication and in philosophy — helped me most in teaching me how to think critically and logically, to read dense and complex texts and in honing my writing skills,” Polivka said. “These are also the skills law schools say are most important for legal training, and I think my undergraduate education at UK has prepared me well to enter the legal profession.”


Polivka isn’t exactly sure where his Yale degree will lead him, but he knows that continued success is in his future. For now, he’s just looking forward to the next step.


“I'm excited about pretty much everything, but I mostly look forward to being surrounded by the people that teach at and attend Yale Law School,” Polivka said. “These are brilliant, amazing people, with a wealth of diverse and unique experiences, and some of them are probably the future leaders of the world. They have a lot to teach me, and I look forward to learning everything I can from them.”


Polivka will move to Connecticut with his girlfriend, integrated strategic communication graduate Hannah Jeffries, who will work for Teach For America in the fall.



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Barnstable Brown Family Takes Pride in Supporting UK Diabetes Center Via Their World-Famous Derby Eve Party

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 07:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) - It isn't uncommon in the Bluegrass to celebrate the Kentucky Derby by having friends come to your home for a party.


But if you are Chris Barnstable-Brown, the family party just happens to have a guest list of about 1,200, including performer Kid Rock and members of Boyz II Men, as well as sports figures such as NFL quarterback Aaron Rogers and a host of former University of Kentucky and University of Louisville basketball players.


Chris Barnstable-Brown is the son, grandson and nephew of the founders of the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala in Louisville that include his mother Patricia "Tricia" Barnstable Brown, his late father Dr. David E. Brown, his Aunt Priscilla "Cyb" Barnstable, and his grandmother, Wilma Barnstable.


Now in its 28th year, the annual bash is internationally recognized as the “premier” Kentucky Derby gala and counted among the “10 Best Parties in the World” by Condé Nast.


Along with being a famed party destination for celebrating the night before the running of the Kentucky Derby, the celebrity-packed gala also has a greater purpose and has raised more than $11 million for the University of Kentucky's Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center.


Chris began attending the family's party from its early beginnings when he was about 5 years old. "My involvement has expanded since then," he said with a laugh, "but my main role is, and always has been, is to support my mom, grandmother and my aunt who deserve so much credit for putting something on that has been completely remarkable now for nearly three decades."


The Derby Eve Gala is held at the home where he was raised in the Highlands area of Louisville and where his mom Tricia still lives. "As a kid growing up I had a very normal, average life but then one week out of the year our house was transformed for a party for a thousand people and it was just this very surreal experience," he said. "I learned early on that the celebrities were just normal people and many of them are very down to earth and they like coming to Kentucky, to the Derby and supporting the charity."


Today, Chris lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters, 2-year-old Caroline and 4-month-old Catherine. Earlier this week from his Manhattan office he was fielding calls and emails from media and celebrities for the Derby Eve Gala all in addition to his work as an attorney specializing in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance.


"I won't be getting to Louisville as soon as I like this year with the two little ones at home but I'm doing what I can from here," he said. "It really is a family affair and everyone pitches in and can be found doing everything from sweeping floors to hanging decorations."


Preparing for the party is "as crazy as you think it would be getting ready for 1,000 people in your home," he said. "There's a lot of motion and commotion but surprisingly these days it is also almost calm because we've been doing it so long everyone knows what to do and how to bring it all together."


Once the party begins on Friday evening, Chris will shake the hand and greet every single person who comes to the party, a job he says he inherited from his father.  "After all they are entering our family's home," he said. He also handles the media and makes sure celebrities make it to the red carpet. Later in the evening he will sneak a bite of food - if time allows - then his job is just to keep the party going and accommodate his guests.


"Inevitably, it is also my job in the family to be the last person awake — even though there is security, someone needs to make sure everything is ready for the next day, (the actual running of the Kentucky Derby)."


Although Chris now calls New York home, he says there is no doubt that the event is a "Kentucky party." "Having people to our family home is part of the Southern charm of the evening and we've never wanted to move to a hotel ballroom or other venue and lose that uniqueness and elegance that attracts people from all over the world to Louisville and to Kentucky."


While raising money for diabetes is huge component of the party for the family, Chris said for their guests, they focus on providing them a ‘let your hair down and have a good time' atmosphere.


"The approach we like to take for the party is, we want everyone to come and have a good time and then from that we have been able to turn it into something that is really meaningful," he said.  "We like that the success of the party means people want to come back year after year, not only to support the party but the charity and that's really what we take the most pride in."


Chris' father, the late Dr. David Brown, died from complications of diabetes in 2003. "The thing no one realizes or often remembers is we actually started benefiting diabetes even before my dad was diagnosed," he said. "It (diabetes) ran in his family but he was diagnosed after the parties began."


Since Brown's death, the Barnstable Brown family has made not only the essential initial investment to create the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center at UK but has provided continuous support since 2008 via proceeds from the Derby Eve Gala.


In Kentucky and in the U.S., diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability. Both types 1 and 2 diabetes are associated with complications that threaten quality of life and are the leading cause of adult blindness, end-stage kidney disease and nontraumatic lower-extremity amputations. But it doesn’t have to be that way, the UK's Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center — a leader in prevention, education, research, and comprehensive care — improves the lives of those impacted by diabetes.


"Our family takes a lot of pride in doing whatever small part we can in supporting this work at UK to combat this disease that is near and dear to us."



WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Highlights Two Graduating Seniors

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 18:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 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. Today, "UK Perspectives" will celebrate UK's Commencement this weekend by offering separate interviews with two different graduates. 


WUKY News Director Alan Lytle talks to Shalara Wells who graduates with an animal science degree — a degree she earned in four years while she worked full time, raised a child and took care of her dying mother. Wells will be featured on the "UK Perspectives" that airs at 8:45 a.m. today.


To listen to the podcast interview from which the show was produced, visit


During the "UK Perspectives" that will air at 5:45 p.m. today, Lytle talks to Christina Walker, a former soldier who, when growing up in California, never expected to attend college. Now she will graduate with a communication degree and has already been accepted to multiple graduate programs including UK College of Law. While at UK, Walker has been involved in a number of honor societies including Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. 


To listen to the podcast interview from which the show was produced, visit


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



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New Hall of Fame Remembers Target Recruiter's Service to UK

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — Family, friends, coworkers and University of Kentucky staff came together in a rare sea of red on campus yesterday to honor the life and service of one of the best corporate recruiters to work with the university.


Rodney D. Branum, the Target store team leader of Lexington's Reynolds Road location who recently died after a long battle with cancer, was honored with the inaugural Recruiter Hall of Fame Award by the James W. Stuckert Career Center.


Branum is the first person to be inducted into the Stuckert Career Center Recruiter Hall of Fame. The honor is intended to recognize employers and community partners whose work has supported the career advancement of UK students and alumni.


"Rodney was one in a million. He was a great recruiter, friend and professional. He was a wise, compassionate, reliable, optimistic and considerate leader. His life mattered, and he will never be forgotten” said Azetta Beatty, senior assistant director of the Stuckert Career Center.


A native of Somerset, Kentucky, Branum graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1987 and received his bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Kentucky University.

He was a store team leader and campus recruiter for Target Corporation, and worked tirelessly to build and strengthen the partnership between UK and Target.


Branum was remembered by the center as a tireless recruiter. He participated in countless career fairs, on-campus interviews, panels, class presentations, festival events and employer focus groups on campus. Branum also helped with some community outreach efforts.


"Every single person who came across his path, he wanted them to be successful," said Joe Eckels, a district team leader for Target®.


When he wasn't finding ways to help UK students get jobs or internships, he was building a friendship with Clara Samuels, a staff associate with the Stuckert Career Center, who he supplied with Target dog toys. Each visit to the center meant another special delivery to Samuels. Even as he became too sick to visit, Branum had one last Target® dog delivered to her.


"He was a kind, generous, really sweet man. I'm going to miss him," Samuels told the crowd on hand for the ceremony. 


Outside of his passion for finding opportunities at Target for UK students and recent graduates, Branum was also a longtime supporter of UK Athletics. The Wildcats superfan attended a wide range of basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and football games. He missed only two home basketball games in the past 28 years and attended the 2016 SEC Tournament in Nashville.


On hand to accept the award presented by Ray Clere, assistant dean of career and academic exploration, was Branum's wife, Karen (Sexton), and his daughter Kelsey Nicole. 


This year's Recruiter Hall of Fame ceremony was co-sposored by the Graham Office of Career Management in the Gatton College of Business and Economics.


As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center’s mission is to prepare students for a lifetime of career possibilities through an educational journey that fosters engagement, reflection and holistic development, while connecting passion to purpose.



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Watch Live: UK's May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:59

The May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will be livestreamed here Sunday, May 8. Please ensure your computer or device's software is up to date. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — This Sunday, the University of Kentucky May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate, graduate and professional students who will have completed their degrees by the end of the spring 2016 semester. Undergraduate degrees will be conferred at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and graduate and professional degrees will be conferred at 7 p.m. 


Nearly 2,500 undergraduates and over 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate in Sunday's ceremonies, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, approximately 3,200 undergraduate, 1,110 graduate and 450 professional degree candidates have been approved by the UK Board of Trustees. 


All ceremonies will be streamed live on UKNow.


Sunday’s ceremonies include:

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing.


Graduate Stories

While all graduates are celebrated for their tremendous achievements, many have particularly interesting stories to share about their lives and time at UK. This includes former UK football player Randall Cobb, who will be the first person in his immediate family to graduate with a college degree. Cobb, who plays in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, will earn a degree in community and leadership development from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.


Chris Stewart transitioned from being a professional violinist in Los Angeles to a law student at UK. As a blind person, he used his musical knowledge and skills to help him critically analyze components of the law.


Read more stories about UK's May 2016 graduates.


Featured Speaker

UK President Eli Capilouto will introduce noted African-American scholar and President of Prairie View A&M University George C. Wright to deliver formal commencement remarks at both the 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. undergraduate ceremonies. A native of Lexington, Wright received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from UK and his doctoral degree in history from Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from UK.


Wright's teaching experience began in 1977 as an assistant professor at UK. In 1980, he began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin where he would eventually become a full professor and holder of the Mastin Gentry White Professorship of Southern History. He received the top teaching award in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural Sciences, the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, and the top teaching award for the entire university, the Lillian and Tom B. Rhodes Centennial Teaching Fellow, which garnered him a $10,000 prize. In 1993, he joined the faculty at Duke University as vice provost for undergraduate programs, director of the Afro-American Studies Program and held the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in American History. Wright has authored three books on race relations.


Student Speakers

A student will also address the audience at each of the undergraduate ceremonies, as per UK tradition.

  • Jared Scott, from Saginaw, Michigan, is graduating with a degree in finance from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics. He will deliver the Commencement address at the 9 a.m. ceremony.  
  • Jackie Dallaire, from Arlington, Virginia, is graduating with a degree in the UK College of Social Work. She will give the Commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony. 

Read more about the undergraduate student speakers here.


Honorary Degrees

The University of Kentucky will award honorary doctorates at the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ceremonies. The recipients include:

  • W. David Arnett, Honorary Doctor of Science. One of the world's pre-eminent astrophysicists, an area in which he has published more than 400 papers and a renowned scientific book, Arnett also has a physical law named for him. Arnett's Law describes how stars regulate energy transport as they explode. He currently is Regents Professor at Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona where he continues to conduct research to bring further clarity to understanding the universe. Arnett will be honored at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
  • Thomas Patterson "Patt" Maney, Honorary Doctor of Laws. Maney has attained the highest levels of recognition in two fields — the military and the law. Maney served in the military for 34 years reaching the rank of general, and he served in various hot spots around the world, including Panama, Haiti, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Maney now serves as a judge in Okaloosa County Court in Florida. His law career has focused on improving the lives of American veterans which led to the Florida legislature's passage of the T. "Patt" Maney Veterans Treatment Intervention Act. Maney will be honored at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
  • Herbert W. Ockerman, Honorary Doctor of Science. A world-renowned professor of animal science and researcher in the areas of food chemistry and meat science, Ockerman has served his entire faculty career at the Ohio State University where he continues to work full time. Long ago, he established the tradition of collecting books and donating them to school and university libraries around the world. That tradition became the Frances J. Ockerman International Book Endowment, named for his late wife. He also created a separate endowment at UK in memory of Frances. Ockerman will be honored at the 7 p.m. ceremony.
  • Eileen Recktenwald, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Recktenwald serves as executive director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs that oversees 13 Kentucky Rape Crisis Centers throughout the state. She is recognized as a national leader in victim services and has helped Kentucky become nationally prominent in the field of sexual violence prevention. She was one of the first graduates of the UK College of Social Work's satellite programs in the Master of Social Work Education program in Eastern Kentucky. Recktenwald will be honored at the 7 p.m. ceremony.

Read more about the May 2016 UK Honorary Degree recipients here. 



All three ceremonies will be streamed live at, the university’s news website. Full video of each ceremony will be available within two weeks after Commencement on the university’s YouTube channel,


Social media users are encouraged to use the hashtag #ukgrad.


For more information about UK Commencement, visit



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Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff Receive College of Communication and Information Awards

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information held its 16th annual Excellence Awards Dinner on Friday, April 22, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.


The college recognized the following staff, faculty, alumni and friends:


Friend of the College Award: Recognizes a person that has demonstrated support to the college or one of its units by volunteering, providing internships or by their involvement in programs supported by the college. This year the college honored:


Jamie Leddin, board co-chair for UK's Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking (iNET)


Outstanding Alumnus Award: Recognizes an alumnus of the College of Communication and Information for their many contributions to the college and to our community. This year the college honored:


J.D. Shelburne, country music singer from Taylorsville, Kentucky (Telecommunications, 2007)


Faculty Teaching Excellence Award: Recognizes faculty who not only demonstrate mastery of the subject matter, but also awareness of current developments, and a vision of what is to come. Recipients demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate that knowledge to students in ways that foster understanding, intellectual growth and a broadening of perspectives. This year the college honored:


Namjoo Choi, assistant professor in the School of Information Science


Graduate Teaching Excellence Award: Recognizes students who not only excel in their own studies, but they also demonstrate knowledge and expertise of their field through teaching undergraduate students. This year the college honored:


Anna-Carrie “Annie” Beck, second year doctoral student specializing in family, interpersonal and instructional communication


Faculty Research Award: Recognizes faculty achievement in research that is important to both the college and the faculty member’s area of expertise. This year the college honored two recipients:


Patric Spence, associate professor in the School of Information Science

Jeannette Sutton, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and the director of the Risk and Disaster Communication Center


Outstanding Staff Award: Recognizes outstanding work and contributions by a staff member. This year the college honored two recipients:


Heather Burke, student affairs officer in the School of Information Science

Megan Sizemore, chief of staff, Dean’s Office


Faculty Community Service Award: Recognizes achievements by our faculty in service to our community. This year the college honored:


Kakie Urch, associate professor of multimedia in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications


Outstanding Advisor Award: Recognizes the critical role played by advisors in fostering academic achievement, clearing pathways to graduation and providing meaningful engagement on campus and in the community. This year the college honored:


Scoobie Ryan, associate director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications


The College of Communication and Information also honored the following outstanding graduate students at the Excellence Awards:


Molly Burchett, Bruce H. Westley Memorial Scholarship, Carozza Graduate Fund

Sarah Sheff, Palmgreen Fellowship

Chrissy Gentile, Martha and Howard Sypher Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Tara Watterson, R. Lewis Donohew Graduate Fellowship

Minhao Dai, Health Communication Research Fellow

Ana De la Serna, Health Communication Research Fellow

Amanda Slone, Instructional Communication Research Fellow

Kevin Wombacher, Health Communication Research Fellow, Risk/Crisis Research Fellow

Anna-Carrie “Annie” Beck, Instructional Communication Research Fellow

Jacob Matig, Interpersonal Communication Research Fellow

Xialing Lin, Health/Risk Communication Research Fellow

Ashley Householder, SLIS Alumni Scholarship

Lauren Farmer, SLIS Alumni Scholarship

Aaron Williams, Hallie Day Blackburn Scholarship

Lucy Whalen, SLIS Endowed Fellowship Fund



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Scott and Dallaire Selected as Commencement Student Speakers

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — In what has become a University of Kentucky Commencement tradition, two students have been selected to serve as speakers for the two undergraduate ceremonies Sunday, May 8.


Jared Scott will speak at the 9 a.m. ceremony and Jackie Dallaire will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Scott and Dallaire were selected among several candidates by UK President Eli Capilouto to represent the May 2016 undergraduate class.


Scott, from Saginaw, Michigan, is graduating with a degree in finance from the Gatton College of Business and Economics


During his time at UK, Scott participated in UK Alternative Spring Break, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, UK Fusion as a site leader, Martin Luther King Day of Service in Lexington, Every National Campus Ministry, UK Venture Studio Boot Camp Team, the National Association of Black Accountants, AMSTEMM, and undergraduate research. He also served as a liasion for the UK Student Government Association and studied abroad in the Czech Republic.


“I had such a great experience in college and I just thought addressing my classmates would be the perfect end to my college career,” Scott said. “The people I met here, without a doubt, is what I love most about UK. It is a perfect mixture of the South, North and Midwest. No matter where you are from, you don’t feel too far from home. Wherever we go in life after college as Wildcats, we are a diverse network for each other. We must keep persevering and enduring in all our endeavors.”


Dallaire, from Arlington, Virginia, is graduating with a degree in social work. She is a four-year member of the UK Women’s Soccer Team, making the SEC Academic Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll with a 4.0 GPA. Through the College of Social Work, Dallaire has interned at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and The Learning Center.


“When I sat down to write my speech, I found that I have a lot to say. It isn’t often a platform like this comes around, and I think it is an incredible opportunity to represent myself, the College of Social Work, and the University of Kentucky,” Dallaire said. “I think when you have been grinding away at a degree for four long years, you can sometimes lose perspective. Then all of a sudden you are at graduation, with a diploma — it can feel kind of surreal! I hope that my fellow graduates remember all of the amazing things they can do with their degree after they hear my speech, and understand how badly the world needs them to use that education to make a positive impact."


The May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will be held Sunday, May 8, in Rupp Arena. The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., followed by the Graduate and Professional Ceremony at 7 p.m. The 9 a.m. ceremony will feature the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; the Gatton College of Business and Economics; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; and the College of Nursing. The 2 p.m. ceremony will feature the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Communication and Information; the College of Design; the College of Fine Arts; the College of Health Sciences; and the College of Social Work. 


More than 2,400 undergraduates and approximately 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate and professional degree candidates had their degrees approved by the UK Board of Trustees.   


All three ceremonies will be live streamed on UKNow.


For more information about the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies, visit



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Summer Parking Control, Bus Service to Start May 9

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — During the summer months, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) implements some changes to campus parking and transit operations due to the reduced campus population.


Summer parking control will begin Monday, May 9. While all lots will remain on control, permit holders will experience more flexibility in student parking areas. Most university student parking lots will be controlled for any valid permit during the summer months. The exceptions are the R6, R16, R17 and R18 parking areas, which will remain on control for their specific permit types.


A summer parking control map can be found at


PTS will be operating the Summer Route from Monday, May 9, through Thursday, June 30, with the exception of Monday, May 30. Service will run 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. As announced on April 20, starting on Friday, July 1, the Blue, White and Green Routes will run for the remainder of summer, on a limited schedule of 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The expansion to year-round operations on these routes will ensure consistency of service.


More information about all the bus routes, including maps and schedules, can be found at Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices, allowing for users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather.



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Entrepreneurial Showcase Applications Due May 12

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — If you or your organization is interested in being an exhibitor at the Soirée and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging Entrepreneurs and University Researchers (SPARK) on Wednesday, May 25, the time to take action is now. The exhibitor application deadline is Thursday, May 12. Click here for the exhibitor application.


The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, housed within the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business ane Economics, will be awarding prizes at the SPARK event. The local office of the network will provide a $500 prize for the Best Company display, while the Von Allmen Center will provide a $500 award for the Best University Researcher display, as selected by an independent panel of judges. Research posters will be judged on their overall potential for commercialization.


The showcase will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., May 25, at Copper Roux, located at 861 South Broadway in Lexington. Exhibitor set up begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. General admission tickets, which include refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, are priced at $25. As an added incentive, the first 20 companies and 10 university researchers to register, and be accepted, will get one free ticket to the event. Space is limited. Register here for general admission.


Non-exhibitors are also welcome to attend and show your entrepreneurial support.


Exhibitors please note:

  • 3x4 table space available to companies only
  • UK researchers will have space for posters only and must bring their own easels
  • Limited and/or no guarantee of electrical outlet
  • All equipment must be charged and able to run independently of electricity

Please follow these steps to upload your document:

1. Open attached file and complete required info

2. Save file as your company name (do not close document)

3. Click on the application link at the bottom page to upload your PDF

4. Click "Add to Drive" box

5. Click "Open in Drive" box

6. Right-click on the circle in middle of screen

7. Choose "Upload Files"

8. Browse and select your file to upload

9. Verify that your document uploaded properly


Commerce Lexington is a co-sponsor of this event. 


Please contact Becky Marefat at 257-7666 or if you have any questions or problems uploading your document.



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Thro Elected to Board of National Association of College and University Attorneys

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 19:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016)William Thro, general counsel at the University of Kentucky, was elected as a member-at-large of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Board of Directors.


Before assuming his present position at UK in 2012, Thro served as solicitor general of Virginia, university counsel for Christopher Newport University, and as an assistant attorney general in both Colorado and Virginia. He began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the late Judge Ronald E. Meredith of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville.


As a legal scholar, Thro's research focuses on constitutional law in educational contexts. In recognition of his scholarly work, he received Stetson University’s Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy Scholarship (2014) and became a Fellow of both the National Education Finance Conference (2012) and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (2007).


During almost a quarter century of NACUA membership, Thro has served as chair of the Editorial Board of The Journal of College & University Law, was a member of the Advisory Group on the Future of the Journal and the Annual Conference Task Force, was the co-editor of two compendia and author of several monographs and NACUANOTES, and has been a frequent conference speaker.


In addition to his NACUA service, he has served as president of the Education Law Association, chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section, board chair for a local Red Cross chapter, a trustee of the National Education Finance Academy, and an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).


Thro is a native of Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Hanover College; his graduate degree with honours from the University of Melbourne; and his law degree is from the University of Virginia, where he was a published member of the Law Review.


Headquartered in Washington, D.C.,, is the primary source of higher education law programming for its members and for the higher education community.  Founded in 1960, the association serves more than 850 public and private higher education institutions and more than 4,500 attorneys throughout the United States and internationally.  NACUA produces publications (including The Journal of College and University Law), sponsors continuing education workshops (including webinars), operates a website with a multitude of higher education legal resources and establishes cooperative relationships with other associations and groups. 



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