UK Art Museum Show Features Famous 20th Century Artists

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 17:31



LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 15, 2014) – From Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein to Christo and Jean-Claude, “Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection,” showcases modern and contemporary landscapes by some of the nation's most popular artists. "Landscape/Mindscape" will be displayed at the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky from May 18 to Aug. 27.


“'Landscape/Mindscape' is just a breath of fresh air—glowing color, bold compositions and innovative takes on a very old art form. And, it includes some of the leading artists of the 20th century, from Andy Warhol to Helen Frankenthaler,” said Janie Welker, curator of the Art Museum at UK.


The exhibition, featuring some of the 20th century’s most prominent artists, includes works in a wide range of styles from pop art to color field painting and various forms of abstraction.



Artist Roy Lichtenstein renders sun, sea and sky in bright color and simplified form.


Andy Warhol offers up his trademark multiple images in a series of three sunsets printed in rich, varied colors.


Jim Dine offers a glimpse of a landscape through an elaborate wrought iron gate in one work, and sets a heart down amidst a field of sparse flowers in another.


Helen Frankenthaler, known for her “stain” paintings—in which she poured thinned paint over raw canvas to achieve clouds of rich color—adapts the process to printmaking in glowing compositions. While abstract, her work is drawn from the natural world, and the titles—“Bilbao” and “The Red Sea”—offer clues to her inspiration.


While the “mindscapes” are all thought provoking, many are fun and figurative.


Jennifer Bartlett’s “Earth Fireworks” explodes in brilliant color.


Christo and Jean-Claude, installation artists known for wrapping both manmade and natural landmarks in yards of fabric, offer a view of their “Running Fence” installation, an 18-foot-high structure that ran for 24 miles through California’s hilly Sonoma County.


Other featured artists include Sam Francis, Robert Motherwell, Philip Pearlstein and Kiki Smith.


The exhibition is made possible by the Bluegrass Complex of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Member SIPC. Promotional partners include Meridian-Chiles and Thoroughbred Printing.


The Art Museum at UK is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. Admission to “Landscape/Mindscape: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection,” is $8 for general admission, $5 for senior citizens, and free for all students, UK faculty, staff and alumni. The exhibition is also free to the all on Friday nights from 5 to 8 p.m.


The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for the people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects, including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from their permanent collection.



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Board to Consider 5 Percent Tuition Increase; Increases in Compensation, Financial Aid

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 14:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved a proposal to increase tuition and mandatory fees for resident students by 5 percent in Fall 2014.


The increase – the second lowest in more than 10 years – is a cornerstone of one of three guiding principles that UK President Eli Capilouto said will be the basis for the university’s budget that the board will consider in June:


·         Continuing consistent faculty and staff pay raises

·         Ensuring no across-the-board cuts and minimizing any impact on our academic core.

·         Proposing moderate tuition and fee increases to ensure affordability.


“We are part of an institution that places students first in everything that we do,” Capilouto said. “In this budget, we will propose specific strategies to keep college affordable, continue to increase the compensation to our faculty and staff, and maintain our commitment to a revitalization that makes this university a national model for a thriving, public research and residential campus.”


Elements of the tuition and mandatory fees, housing and dining proposal being considered by the Board of Trustees Friday include:


Tuition, Mandatory Fees and Housing


·         Last week, the Council on Postsecondary Education authorized the state’s public universities to increase tuition and mandatory fees by no more than 8 percent over the next two years.

·         UK’s rates for Fall 2014 will reflect a 5 percent tuition increase for resident students and 8 percent for non-resident students. First-year in-state tuition and mandatory fees would go from $4,983 per semester to $5,232 this coming fall, an increase of $249.

·         An increase in financial aid provided by UK of $11 million is planned for the preliminary budget. In 2014-2015, UK would provide $86 million in scholarships and financial aid that do not have to be repaid, up from $75 million this current academic year.

·         In 2014, the four-year average for tuition increases will be 5 percent, if the board adopts this year’s rates. In 2006, the four-year average for increases was 13.1 percent. Since 2008, UK’s annual state appropriations have been cut by $55 million – from $335 million to $280 million. That includes a 1.5 percent – or $4.3 million annual reduction – in the university’s state appropriation for the budget year that will begin in July. So, the four-year average tuition and mandatory fee increases have declined even though state appropriations have also been reduced.

·         In Fall 2013, 85.5 percent of resident undergraduates received financial aid or scholarships that did not have to be repaid. The average out-of-pocket expense for tuition and mandatory fees for those students was $1,079 for the semester – about $200 less than the previous year.

·         The mandatory tuition and fees will not have to be increased beyond the CPE set ceiling for Fall 2014 even though the university will begin design and construction of a $165 million renovation and expansion of its Student Center. Capilouto said private fundraising, Student Center reserves and careful financial management are helping the institution hold down fee increases, which traditionally pay for facilities such as a Student Center.

·         Housing rates for new residence halls built since 2006 will increase by 3 percent. Rates for the traditional double room residence halls will not increase. And rates for single occupancy rooms in these older residence halls will be reduced by 19 percent. UK’s new residence halls are “subscribed” at 180 percent, while its older residence halls are only half-full in terms of requests at this point. UK is in the process of replacing the vast majority of its residence halls through a public-private partnership with EdR.

·         Dining rates – depending upon the meal plan – would increase between 3 percent and 4 percent. One meal plan will have no increases.


“While no numbers can diminish the fact that families are bearing more of the cost burden for higher education in the wake of declining state support,” Capilouto said, “we can be proud that this university is keeping the needs of Kentuckians first.”


UK employees and the budget


Capilouto also announced that for the coming year, he will propose a budget that includes a 2 percent merit pool for salary and wage increases for faculty and staff on top of the 5 percent pool we created last year. The FY 2014-15 budget will be presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration on June 10.


“We must continue investing in our most valuable resource – our people,” he said.


With state funding cuts, the plan to raise compensation, and increases in fixed costs such as utilities and financial aid, UK will confront nearly $40 million in funding needs beyond what was in our budget this current year. However, two years ago, Capilouto said “we made often-painful decisions to cut costs, which included the elimination of several hundred positions along with other management strategies identified to minimize impact on the academic core. Because we made tough decisions then, we are in a better position now to address continued financial challenges.”


As a result, Capilouto said the upcoming budget proposal will not include across-the-board cuts to handle the state reductions and increased funding needs. Specifically, he said the budget proposal will include an internal reallocation of $7 million made possible through efficiencies, the creation of new revenues, and realignment of the budget. In addition, funds previously earmarked for capital renewal will fund the remaining $3 million gap.


“That said, we cannot cut our way to a brighter future. It may be seductive to think so, but it is illusory to believe it,” Capilouto said. “In the last three years alone, with our board's leadership, we have started -- or been authorized to begin -- nearly $1 billion in construction of new facilities and renovation of existing buildings that are transforming our campus. The state's investment in all of that is $35 million. UK has generated the rest through public-private-partnerships, a unique collaboration with our athletics department to fund academic space, fundraising and greater efficiencies in our operations and administration.


The university is, without question, doing its part. We will continue to urge the state to re-invest in this institution, which is so vital to Kentucky's future.”

UK to Begin Negotiations With Aramark for Partnership on Dining Services

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2014)University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Friday said contract negotiations are beginning with Aramark to create a “public-private partnership for dining that has the potential to transform this vital service for our students and the larger community we serve.”


“We have the opportunity to improve service, provide healthier food at lower cost to our students, invest millions in facilities and enhance our commitment to locally sourced food,” Capilouto said Friday in announcing the contract negotiations to the UK Board of Trustees. “Much like a public-private partnership has revitalized our approach to residence halls and the living and learning environment, we can now build a national model for dining services and its impact on our students and the Commonwealth.”


"A proposed public-private partnership in dining offers the opportunity for even more transformative change throughout the campus through healthier options, more convenient options and hours, and more cost-effective pricing of plans," said Britt Brockman, chair of the UK Board of Trustees. "It underscores through what has been a transparent and comprehensive process how we are working on this campus to put students first. Our board is excited about the potential of this partnership as well as the opportunity to consider the continued revitalization of our campus infrastructure as part of enhancing this critically important service."


“Aramark is honored that the University of Kentucky is recommending us for this innovative partnership,” said Mark Nelson, president of Aramark’s Higher Education business.  “We are excited about the opportunity to partner with UK Dining’s employees to transform the student experience and environment, and we look forward to supporting the Kentucky Proud program and the College of Agriculture to expand local sourcing, sustainability and nutrition and wellness initiatives on campus.”


Specifically, Capilouto said contract negotiations with Aramark would begin immediately, with the goal of executing a contract this summer. Key principles that both UK and Aramark want to achieve, include:


·         Retaining existing dining services employees as of February 2013 as UK employees. That includes 107 current dining employees.


·         Increasing the annual investment in the Kentucky Proud program and local purchases, which currently totals $1 million annually and $800,000 respectively.


·         Executing a long-term contract that would include the investment of tens of millions of dollars in renovation of existing facilities and construction of new facilities to improve access to dining and the quality of service. Construction and renovation of facilities greater than $600,000 would be subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.


·         Lowering the cost of current UK dining plans and providing more flexible meal plan options.


·         Creating a Food Institute run in partnership with the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, which would include internship programs and a student scholarship endowment ― all total, a seven-figure investment in the study of food in a scholarly context.


·         Enhancing the commitment to sustainability, nutrition and wellness with the hiring of a full-time sustainability coordinator and dietician as well as investments in wellness programs and education initiatives.


·         Creating strict measurements of performance and customer satisfaction.


If a contract is successfully executed, its details will be made public in keeping with the institution’s commitment to a transparent and comprehensive process, said Eric Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration.


Aramark currently partners with more than 1,000 colleges, universities, K-12 and preparatory schools across the country.  The company employs approximately 2,500 people at a variety of businesses, municipalities, and education and health care institutions in the Commonwealth.


UK has been assessing dining service options for more than a year. Three committees ― with representation from faculty, staff and the student body ― have studied the issue. Three campus-wide forums have been held, and numerous meetings have been held with dining services employees throughout the process.


“This review process has been as exhaustive and inclusive as the process to build a public-private partnership for residence halls,” Monday said. “That partnership has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in technology-infused residence halls that are improving the living and learning capacity of our student body. With dining services, we have the same opportunity. We have outstanding employees, who will continue their important work with us.  We now can create a partnership that provides the opportunity to improve every facet of what we do in this critically important service in ways that benefit our students as well as the community and state beyond our campus.”


In 2011, UK announced a partnership with EdR, a publicly traded company based in Memphis, to construct and manage the university’s residence hall system. By August 2014, 2,982 new beds will have been constructed, creating 4,400 direct and indirect jobs and representing $163 million in investment in a revitalized housing system.



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Four UK Professors Honored for Outstanding Research Programs

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 12:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2014) ― One of the University of Kentucky's most prestigious awards is the University Research Professorship. Four UK professors were recognized by the UK Board of Trustees today with that honor: Richard Charnigo, Francie Chassen-López, Debra Moser, and Mark Prendergast.


University Research Professorships were established by the university in 1976 to promote research, provide an opportunity for concentrated research effort, recognize outstanding achievement, and emphasize the function of research and discovery.


“The University Research Professorships enhance and encourage scholarly research productivity while celebrating the discoveries of UK’s top faculty scholars,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We are proud to recognize their contributions to campus, their fields and the people they touch and teach.”


The honor carries an award of $40,000 to enable professors to devote time to their research or continue to teach and use the award to support research activities.


Richard Charnigo is a tenured full professor in the Departments of Statistics and Biostatistics at the University of Kentucky.  He received his Ph.D. in statistics from Case Western Reserve University in 2003. His research interests include mixture modeling, nonparametric smoothing, cardiology, psychology, and public health.  Charnigo has published more than 100 articles in peer-review journals, is currently an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biometrics and Biostatistics, and has been principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation and the Army Research Office.


Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Francie Chassen-López was also recently named Provost´s Distinguished Service Professor. She received her master's and Ph.D. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and her B.A. from Vassar College.  Before she returned to the U.S., she taught in Mexico City for 10 years, first at the National University and later at the Autonomous Metropolitan University. She continues to work closely with colleagues in Mexico City and Oaxaca.  She has been a visiting researcher at both the Institute for Sociological Research and at the Humanities Institute of the University of Oaxaca. She has produced two single-authored books; two co-authored books; two short books; three edited short anthologies, and 37 journal articles and books chapters. Chassen-López has twice served as director of Latin American Studies at UK and was the first woman to chair the UK Department of History.


Debra K. Moser is a full professor and holder of the first endowed chair in nursing at the University of Kentucky. Her research concentrates on improving morbidity, mortality and quality of life outcomes in patients with heart failure and acute myocardial infarction. Her research program includes more than $30 million in funding. Her work has been recognized with more than 23 awards, including the Lembright and Heart Failure Research Awards from the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Nursing.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Heart Association. In addition to her academic position, she is the co-editor of the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, the co-director of the RICH Heart Program, and the director of the Center for Biobehavioral Research in Self-Management of Cardiopulmonary Disease.  Known for expertise in heart failure and acute myocardial infarction patient care, she has published more than 290 journal articles, 25 chapters, and three books, and lectures extensively in these areas.


Mark Prendergast is a full professor in the Department of Psychology and an associate member of the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, a unit of the UK College of Medicine.  He received his doctoral degree in developmental psychobiology from the University of Nebraska in 1994 followed by a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Georgia. In 1997, he started a second postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at UK and two years later joined the Department of Psychology with direct responsibility for both undergraduate and graduate education. Prendergast has maintained an externally funded research program since 1999, almost entirely based on awards from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In addition, he has been a training faculty member on two National Institute on Drug Abuse programs since 2000. Prendergast has 81 publications of refereed scientific manuscripts and four book chapters. Since 2005, he has been the area coordinator for the Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology Area of the Department of Psychology. 


Nominations for University Research Professorships are made by UK faculty members and screened by a faculty committee appointed by the Vice President for Research. 



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Cassis Named UK's Interim Vice President for Research

Fri, 05/09/2014 - 10:19


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2014) –Lisa Cassis, professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology, has been appointed to serve as the University of Kentucky's interim vice president for research, announced UK President Eli Capilouto. She will begin her term on June 2.


"Dr. Cassis is an exceptional scholar and is a noted leader in her field with an extensive research portfolio, focusing primarily on metabolic, vascular and obesity-associated diseases," said Capilouto. "She received broad support from her colleagues during my conversations with the deans and other stakeholders."


Cassis is also a faculty member of the UK Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences, the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, the Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center and the College of Pharmacy.


She is currently principal investigator on several, multi-million dollar federal grants including serving as program director of an $11.3 million National Institutes of Health grant that supports the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) focusing on obesity and cardiovascular diseases.


Cassis earned a Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in pharmacology from West Virginia University and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Wurzburg in Wurzburg, Germany, and the University of Virginia. 

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Explores New Book: 'The Historic Kentucky Kitchen'

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 20:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2014) — 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's guest is Deirdre A. Scaggs of UK Libraries, co-author of a new book, "The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today’s Cook," published by University Press of Kentucky at UK. 


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

Eastern Tent Caterpillars on the Move in Central Kentucky

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 17:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2014) — Eastern tent caterpillars in Central Kentucky are mature, have dispersed from trees and are on the move, leading experts to advise horse farm managers to move pregnant mares, if practical, to avoid contact with the crawling caterpillars.


According to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist, populations are up in Central Kentucky this year.


“Mature eastern tent caterpillars leave trees in search of protected pupation sites, where they will spin cocoons and transform into adults. This dispersal is a normal part of their life cycle,” Townsend said. “These wandering caterpillars may move several hundred feet from the trees where they developed. The direction of travel tends to be random and directly related to air and ground temperatures. Movement will be slower when temperatures are cool and faster when they arewarm. The caterpillars wander for a period of time until internal hormones signal that it is time to stop and pupate.”


According to Townsend, wandering caterpillars orient to dark, vertical objects so they will often climb treetrunks and fence posts. Check fence posts and rails to monitor caterpillar movement. If caterpillars are around, they are likely to be on these objects. Activity is expected for the next two weeks.


“Insecticides are not very effective against large, dispersing caterpillars. They feed very little, ifany, so they are not going to consume treatments and little insecticide is picked up from treated grass or bare ground. Direct treatment of caterpillars may provide some control, but the effect is usually delayed,” he said.


The eastern tent caterpillar is active early each spring. It is an important insect in horsecountry due to its role in Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, which resulted in staggering losses of foals in the 1999-2001 outbreak. MRLS can cause late-term foal losses, early- and late-term fetal losses and weak foals. Subsequent studies by UK researchers revealed that horses will inadvertently eat the caterpillars, and the caterpillar hairs embed into the lining of the alimentary tract. Once that protective barrier is breached, normal alimentary tract bacteria may gain access to and reproduce in sites with reduced immunity, such as the fetus and placenta.



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UK Honors Outstanding Nurses During National Nurses Week

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 15:50

LEXINGTON, Ky, (May 9, 2014) − UK HealthCare nurses are being honored and celebrated with nurses across the nation this week as part of the annual National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6, known as National Nurses Day, through May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.


The week has included a series of receptions and presentations at different locations throughout the UK HealthCare enterprise, including an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 8, to recognize some of UK's brightest and most shining examples of excellence in the nursing profession.


"Our nursing vision is to 'lead the way for every patient every time,' said Colleen Swartz, chief nurse executive at UK HealthCare.”We celebrate our discipline’s unique role in making substantial contributions to the care we provide in a complex, high acuity environment with our interprofessional team of colleagues. We want to celebrate nursing's ability to lead in our patient-centered, cultural transformation."


The annual awards and their recipients include the following:    


The Diana Weaver Leadership/Management Award, named for Ms. Diana Weaver, Associate Hospital Director from 1984 to 1991, recognizes nurses who have excelled as dynamic and confident leaders in positions of management and administration. This year's recipient is Jill Dobias, clinical nurse specialist at Markey Cancer Center, most noted for her leadership capabilities, and as a model of excellence in every aspect of her practice.


The M.J. Dickson Quality Nursing Care Award, named for Mary Janice Dickson, executive hospital director from 1970 to 1979, recognizes nurses who demonstrate a commitment to professional nursing practice through high quality nursing standards. This year's recipient is Alice Carpenter, registered nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), most noted for her clinical expertise and outstanding compassionate nursing care.


The AI UK Quilt of Teamwork Award recognizes an individual or group of professionals that support the practice of nursing at UK HealthCare. This year's award goes to the Emergency Department Pharmacy program (ED PharmD). The ED PharmD's have a significant impact on nursing care by providing just in time medication consultations, drug delivery during high acuity trauma care, and being available to collaborate with ED nurses regarding dosing and medication choices.  


The Nightingale Preceptor Lamp Award, named for Florence Nightingale, who spent her night rounds giving personal care to the wounded, establishing her image as 'the lady with the lamp,'  recognizes an experienced staff nurse who functions as a teacher, advocate, and role model in guiding, directing, and supervising the preceptee. This year's recipient is Christina King, a UK critical care nurse for more than 20 years, most noted for acting as a mentor and a preceptor to others, and one who seeks out learning opportunities for herself.


The Nursing Professional Advancement Award (NPA) is named to honor the professional contributions made in nursing. The award is bestowed to a nurse who demonstrates excellence in efficiency, quality and safety, service practice, and professional development and is based on portfolio presentation and score. This year's recipient is Tsitsi Gwanyanya, a registered critical care nurse in the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care Unit with 22 years of experience.


The Karen E. Hall Nursing Education Award, so named for Karen E. Hall, staff development specialist and critical care nurse at UK from 1967 to 2010, recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated quality education to the nursing staff either in their unit or to the enterprise. This year's recipient is Sarah Quigley, registered nurse in the Cardiothoracic Vascular Intensive Care Unit (CTVICU). Quigley is noted for demonstrating quality education to her patients and co-workers as well as her role in the development of the Step Up for Ambulation Project.


A special award was announced for the first time this year. The Firestarter Award is named in recognition of Karen Sexton who served as the associate hospital director from 1992 to 2001. During her tenure, Sexton's values, interdisciplinary teambuilding and teamwork, organization-wide education and a commitment to excellence were evident in her leadership. Sexton was instrumental in UK's initial Magnet journey and the expansion of the airmedical program. She was a constant force for change at the bedside to improve the nurse and patient experience.


The first recipient of the Firestarter Award is Sarah Gabbard, a clinical nurse specialist in Trauma and Acute Care Surgical Services.


"Sarah was instrumental in leading the Nurse Sensitive Indicator (NSI) steering team initiatives for prevention of infections," said Kathleen Kopser, senior nurse administrator. "As a result of her persistence and efforts she made a significant impact on decreasing infection rates on the Trauma and Surgical Services service line.  She is the impetus in bringing together interdisciplinary teams that support nursing excellence initiatives.  Sarah stands firm in her conviction for leading the way for every patient, every time."


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


Celebrating UK Graduates: the 147th Commencement Ceremonies

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 12:53

A live stream of the 2014 May Commencement Ceremonies can be viewed here, beginning at 8:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m. and again at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, May 10. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2014) — Tomorrow, University of Kentucky students will celebrate a different kind of victory in Rupp Arena, as they walk across a stage and officially become UK graduates. Graduate and professional degrees will be conferred at 9 a.m.; undergraduate degrees will be conferred at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. All ceremonies will take place in Rupp Arena


The 147th Commencement Ceremonies will be streamed live here, and videos of each ceremony will be uploaded to the university's YouTube channel within two weeks following Commencement.


Saturday's ceremonies include:


9 a.m. — Graduate and Professional Ceremony


1 p.m. — Undergraduate Ceremony for the Colleges of: Agriculture, Food and Environment; the Gatton College of Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; and Nursing.


6 p.m. — Undergraduate Ceremony for the Colleges of: Arts and Sciences; Communication and Information; Design; Fine Arts; Health Sciences; and Social Work.


More than 2,100 undergraduates and 400 graduate and professional students are expected to participate in Saturday's exercises; overall approximately 2,818 undergraduate, 1,020 graduate and 448 professional degree candidates have been submitted to the UK Board of Trustees for approval.


UK President Eli Capilouto will deliver remarks at all three ceremonies. In addition and keeping with university tradition, a student will also address the crowd at the each of the undergraduate ceremonies.


Emily Willett, from Ormond Beach, Fla., is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in management from the Gatton College of Business and Economics.  She will give the Commencement address in the 1 p.m. ceremony.


Willett is a third-generation UK student and has been involved in the UK Women's Choir (serving as president for one year); Paws and Listen (UK's female a capella group); UK Student GovernmentDanceBlue  (2013-14 corporate relations chair); and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.  She is also a campus tour guide and student director at the UK Visitor Center


Pooja Reddy from Glascow, Ky., is graduating Cum Laude with a degree in psychology from the UK College of Arts & Sciences. She has two minors, political science and international studies, and a global studies certificate. She will give the Commencement address in the 6 p.m. ceremony.


While at UK, Reddy has served as co-creator of the "Get Fit, Get Active" initiative, an effort to mobilize UK's campus, and as a peer mentor for the Emerging Leader Institute. She was the recipient of the "Wildcats in Washington" Congressional Scholarship and was chosen for the Freshman Leadership Development Program. She has worked with the World Health Organization headquarters under the Tobacco Free Initiative in Geneva, Switzerland, and completed a legislative internship with the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. This semester she held a legislative internship in Frankfort under the Majority Caucus Chair. Reddy is also a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, the Indian Cultural Exchange Dance Team, and is an on-air DJ for WRFL, 88.1FM.


Read more about the two undergraduate student speakers.


Honorary Degrees

The University of Kentucky will also present honorary Doctor of Humanities degrees to Harrison B. Wilson Jr., who led Norfolk State University with distinction for 22 years, and UK alumnus, corporate leader and philanthropist Paul W. Chellgren at the 9 a.m. Graduate and Professional Commencement Ceremony.


Read more about the honorary degree recipients. 



The UK Alumni Association will host a Commencement Reception on Saturday, May 10, from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. in Thoroughbred Rooms 5, 6, 7. More information at


Several colleges are holding individual receptions as well.


  • College of Communication & Information: Saturday, May 10, from 8:30-10 p.m. in the Thoroughbred Pre-Function Area of the Lexington Convention Center
  • College of Design: Friday, May 9, from 6-7 p.m. at the Livery (238 E Main Street)
  • UK Graduate School: Saturday, May 10, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (immediately following Graduate and Professional Ceremony) in the Bluegrass Ballroom
  • College of Public Health: Saturday, May 10, immediately following the Graduate and Professional ceremony (approximiately noon) in the College of Pharmacy atrium.


Visit for updated reception information.


Watch the live stream

Friends and family of graduates who cannot make it to Lexington do not have to miss out on this special event. UK is utilizing social media and other technology to bring Commencement directly to one’s computer or mobile device.


Both the graduate and professional students and undergraduate Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live online at, the university’s daily news website. Fifteen minutes prior to each ceremony's beginning, “Live from the Blue Carpet” will air and feature students and special guests as they prepare for Commencement, and will be hosted by UK students.


The graduate and professional student ceremony begins at 9 a.m., with the preshow starting at 8:45 a.m. The first undergraduate ceremony begins at 1 p.m., with the preshow beginning at 12:45 p.m. The second undergraduate ceremony begins at 6 p.m., with the preshow beginning at 5:45 p.m. 


Followers of UK’s Twitter account ( can follow along with the Commencement activities via live tweets prior to and during the event. Social media users are also encouraged to use the hashtag #ukgrad to honor all our graduates.


Graduates can view the ceremonies within two weeks after Commencement on the university’s YouTube site at



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University Drive Garage Construction to Begin May 10

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 08:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2014) ― As part of the annual routine maintenance work on the University of Kentucky's parking structures, UK Parking and Transportation Services has announced that construction will significantly impact the University Drive Garage (PS #1) starting Saturday, May 10.


The work will initially cause the bottom three floors of the facility to be closed for approximately two weeks. During this time, access in and out of the garage will be by ramps only. After that stage has been completed, the construction will shift to the upper floors and the garage entrances and exits will reopen as access points.


During the summer months, parking demand is significantly reduced, providing increased flexibility in parking alternatives and allowing the construction team to compress the work schedule on the University Drive Garage. This focused effort will reduce the construction timeline and ensure that the garage is fully accessible well before the start of the fall semester.


Employees who normally park in the University Drive Garage, at the corner of University and Cooper Drives, should allow extra commute time. If the facility is full, employees may park in any E or R areas or the K areas at Commonwealth Stadium. Visit to view the campus summer parking map and identify alternate parking locations.


The work on the University Drive Garage is expected to last approximately one month. However, as always, construction is weather-dependent and the timetable may change.

UK's Elvis Burrows is a 'Master' of Many Talents

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 16:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 8, 2014) — Elvis Burrows Jr. likes to challenge himself — in fact, he thrives in taking on multiple challenges and succeeding. The newest measure of his success will come Saturday morning, May 10, in Rupp Arena as he receives a master's degree in hospitality and dietetic administration from the University of Kentucky during the Graduate and Professional Commencement Ceremony.


Burrows, a native of Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas, came to Louisville with his family in 2001. His father, the Reverend Elvis Burrows Sr., moved to Kentucky's largest city so that he could enroll in the Ph.D. program at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Besides father and son, the rest of the Burrows family includes his mother, three brothers, and one sister.


Drawn to the water and to athletics, young Elvis joined the Lakeside Seahawks aquatics program and continued to develop his talents as a swimmer.


"My father completed his Ph.D. at the same time I completed high school," Burrows said. "I was recruited to swim by both the University of Louisville and UK.  As things worked out, I couldn't have made a better choice."


Burrows competed as a non-scholarship athlete on the UK swim team under then head coach Gary Conelly.  Due to his strong high school academic record, he was selected to receive a William C. Parker Scholarship from the university and said he will be forever grateful for the guidance he received from folks in UK Student Affairs, specifically Buzz Burnam and Joyce Beatty. 


By 2008, his swimming career with the Wildcats was beginning to show great promise.

That summer, he challenged himself to reach for a dream.


"I earned a spot on the Bahamian Olympic team to compete in Beijing, China," said Burrows.  "I qualified in the 50-meter freestyle.  The Olympics was the best experience of my life."


Burrows recalled feeling a new level of confidence when he returned to UK from Beijing.


"I was set up to have a great season," he said.


Burrows established multiple school records in 2008-09, won medals at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, and received All- American honors.  UK's team attained a top-16 finish at the NCAA Championships. 


Graduating from UK with a bachelor's degree in hospitality and tourism management in 2010, Burrows then focused on training for the 2012 Olympics in London, England, though he did not compete.


"After that, I missed UK so much that I decided to come back and pursue a master's degree," Burrows said. "I earned experience and paid for grad school by working as a part-time teaching assistant and head team manager for the UK swim team."


The competitive fire still burns within Elvis. He plans to continue training for the next Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016.


"Looking back at my time at UK, I can say that the relationships I've formed here and the education and skills I've received from my professors have changed my life," Burrows said. "If I could stay at UK forever I would, I have no regrets. GO CATS!"




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A Record Three Teams Win NCAA Academic Award

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 16:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 8, 2014) — The University of Kentucky has a school-record three teams — women’s cross country, men’s golf and men’s tennis — that have received awards for their Academic Progress Rate scores, the NCAA announced Wednesday.


The Wildcat squads received the honor for placing in the top 10 percent of Division I schools in their respective sports.  The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.  The APR scores are a four-year composite, covering the 2009-10 through 2012-13 school years, that measure eligibility, retention and graduation.


In addition to having three teams recognized in the same year, it’s also the first time that a UK squad has won in three consecutive years, as this marks three in a row for men’s golf. 


"I’m very proud to have three teams win top-10 awards," said Mitch Barnhart, UK director of athletics.  “Obviously, the teams have done their job in the classroom, and I thank Coach (Edrick) Floreal, Coach (Brian) Craig and Coach (Cedric) Kauffman for their success in managing their programs.”


The Wildcat coaches were excited to hear the news about their teams’ achievements.


“Receiving this APR award from the NCAA is a testament to the commitment that each of our athletes has put toward succeeding in the classroom,” Floreal said.  “Our CATS (Center for Academic and Tutorial Services) academic counselor, Mike Pirrman, also deserves a lot praise for not just supporting and guiding our athletes, but setting them up to have successful careers after they’ve graduated from the University of Kentucky.”


"The UK men's golf program is proud to accept this Academic Progress Rate honor for the third consecutive year,” said Craig, whose team will compete in the NCAA Regional May 16-18. “This award is simply a reflection of two important groups.  First, our guys are committed to their academics and do an excellent job in the classroom and taking care of their responsibilities. Second, a big thank you to our CATS program and, specifically, Amy Craiglow who is the finest academic counselor and mentor in all of collegiate athletics.  I cannot say enough about Amy and all that she has done for this program for many years."   


"I'm really proud of our guys for earning this prestigious honor,” said Kauffman, whose Wildcats will host an NCAA Regional on Friday and Saturday. “The players have conducted themselves in a first-class manner. It's not easy to be a student-athlete and they have really gone to work in the classroom and on the court. We have been successful on the court in large part due to our success off the court, and a lot of that can be attributed to our former players who set an extremely high standard for our current players. I also appreciate Bob Bradley and the CATS staff for their help. I couldn't be more pleased for our players for earning this award."


The APR scores of these teams, along with the scores of every Division I team in all sports, will be released by the NCAA later in May.  Teams are subject to penalties if the APR target score is not achieved.


Wednesday's news is a continuation of the academic accomplishments of UK student-athletes. In October, it was announced that UK has broken or tied the NCAA Graduation Success Rate every year since the NCAA began measuring that statistic in 2005. UK athletes have posted an overall grade-point average over 3.0 in each of the last three semesters. On Saturday, 59 student-athletes are slated to participate in graduation ceremonies, giving UK Athletics a total of 89 graduates for the 2013-14 school year.




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Yasuma Receives Prestigious ARVO/ALCON Award

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 16:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2014) − Reo Yasuma, postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has been named one of only four recipients worldwide to receive the annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology(ARVO)/Alcon Early Career Clinician-Scientist Research Award.


The ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician-Scientist Research Awards are presented annually in recognition of significant research by clinician-scientists engaged in basic or clinical vision research. 


Yasuma started her research fellowship at UK in May 2012, where she studies the pathogenesis of ocular angiogenesis and of age-related macular degeneration in the laboratory of Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati.


ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. Members include more than 12,750 researchers from over 80 countries. ARVO encourages and assists research, training, publication and knowledge-sharing in vision and ophthalmology.


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Emily Holsopple Wins NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 8, 2014) — After an outstanding career with the University of Kentucky rifle team, Emily Holsopple has been awarded a $7,500 part-time or full-time postgraduate scholarship at a university or professional school by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.  


"It's a great honor to receive this scholarship and I owe thanks to many people for helping me along the way," Holsopple said. "I truly appreciate Mr. (Mitch) Barnhart nominating me for the scholarship, as well as Mr. (Joe) Sharpe and Robin Cooper (UK biology professor), for helping me throughout the application process, and, of course, I am thankful for all that Coach (Harry) Mullins has done for me over these past four years."


Majoring in biology with a minor in neuroscience, Holsopple boasts an impressive 3.491 GPA. The senior has been recognized academically by the Southeastern Conference all four years of her career, including the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2010-11 and the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll the following three seasons. Holsopple was also named Great America Rifle Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 


"As the awards continue to pile on for Emily, I can't help but continue to talk about how proud we are of her and all she has done over these past four years," Mullins said. "Emily worked tirelessly on the range and in the classroom, and it is always so rewarding to see that hard work come to fruition and the accolades that follow." 


For her performance on the range, Holsopple racked up the awards nationally and within the conference. She was selected to the inaugural Lapua Coaches Association First Team All-America, recognizing her as one of the five-best aggregate shooters in the country, as well as NRA First Team All-America in smallbore and air rifle. 


The Wilcox, Pa., native was named GARC Shooter of the Year and Senior of the Year based on her 2013-14 season as she averaged 584.8 in smallbore and 590.8 in air rifle.


The Kentucky rifle team has seen tremendous success in Holsopple's tenure, posting top-three finishes in four appearances at the NCAA Championships, including helping Kentucky bring home its first national title in 2011. 


Holsopple has also spent many hours in community service, volunteering at the Salvation Army, United Way and packing meals for Haiti. She spent 10 days in Ethiopia during the summer of 2012 on an educational/service trip with other UK student-athletes, working with a church at a leprosy colony and helping at local orphanages.


After graduation, Holsopple plans to move to Colorado Springs, Colo., to train at the Olympic Training Center in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the games, Holsopple plans to head back to school and work toward a Ph.D. in sports psychology.



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UK Design Students Create Murals for New Residence Halls

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 14:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 8, 2014) — When James Kenner, EdR vice president and senior director of design, was approached by University of Kentucky officials about allowing a student-designed mural in each of the five residence halls under construction, he was intrigued.


Mark O’Bryan, associate dean of administration at UK College of Design; Rebekah Ison Radtke, assistant professor at UK School of Interiors; and Penny Cox, director of housing project implementation and new strategies, envisioned a contest for design students. The students were given specific colors and themes and instructed to submit one or more designs to be judged. The students were thrilled with the project opportunity and got busy.


“We explained that we especially wanted something large and bold for the public areas, especially study areas and the laundry room. We didn’t want framed artwork in areas like that. Originally, we had intended to purchase commercial wall coverings, so this idea of wall graphics fit perfectly with our plans,” Kenner said.


Within weeks, Kenner’s office was flooded with “some of the most impressive artwork I have seen in a long time,” he said. “They were all stellar. You have quite a lot of creativity there at your campus, you know. I was profoundly inspired.”


EdR chose five winning designs that will appear in five residence halls that will open in fall 2014 — Champions Court I and II, Woodland Glen I and II, and Haggin Hall. Each of the students were also awarded a $1,000 prize from EdR. The graphics will be created in vinyl and applied to the wall, with the student artists’ names on name plates to recognize their talents.


“This was a hugely successful ‘first’ for EdR; we’ve never tried anything like this before. It’s a win-win-win for UK, EdR and the students. We got original artwork in the new halls and the students got some experience, exposure and a little cash in their pocket,” Kenner said.


EdR was so impressed, in fact, that they plan to pursue more art/design contests for UK students whose work will go in additional residence halls as they are completed.


The five winning designs were created by six architecture and interiors students in the UK College of Design. Those winning designers are:

  • Lucas Brown, a second year interiors student from Princeton, Ky., who created a design for the laundry room at Champions Court II;
  • Matthew Ireland, a second year architecture student from Louisville, Ky., who created a design for the sitting room (Room 329) in Haggin Hall;
  • Brenna Murphy, a fourth year interiors student from Prospect, Ky., who created the design for the laundry room at Woodland Glen II;
  • Chris Phillips, a third year interiors student from El Paso, Texas, and Sarah Moyer, a third year interiors student from Georgetown, Ky., who created a design for the third floor elevator lobby at Champions Court I; and
  • Sophia Triantafyllopoulos, a third year architecture student from Carmel, Ind., who created the design for the laundry room at Woodland Glen I.

The students were thrilled to work on something for UK and fellow students. "As a May 2014 graduate, I jumped at the opportunity to give something back to the university that has given me so much. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of our ever changing and growing campus," Brenna Murphy said.


Lucas Brown's design for the laundry room at Champions Court II has school spirit literally written all over it. The wall features "University of Kentucky" written in several fonts in shades of blue, white and black. 


The theme of Matthew Ireland's piece in the third floor sitting room in Haggin Hall is thinking outside the box. Within an orthogonal box, there is a complex arrangement of asymmetrical geometry. Through this arrangement, the box becomes redefined, creating a network of different spaces within and outside of the box for people to experience.


"Unique geometries appear to be floating, fading, puncturing and connecting people to a unique place in time where dreams and ideas can be within a contained space, ultimately bridging the psychological disconnect between in-the-box, and out-of-the-box thinking," Ireland said.


Brenna Murphy's design for Woodland Glen II was inspired from her two study abroad trips to Brazil with the College of Design. Her proposal for the laundry room depicts another laundry room in the world, while bringing attention to the topic of sustainability.


"I hope that residents of Woodland Glen II will see my work and realize that UK is a gateway to the world, and your education, life and perspective will change if you open the door," Murphy said. "I also hope that residents will see how much the university cares for the well-being of its students, especially during their freshman year. Creating beautiful spaces is no easy task, and the fact that the task was given to students highlights now much our university believes in the talent here in Kentucky." 


For the third floor lobby in Champions Court I, Chris Phillips and Sarah Moyer wanted to create a mural that was bright, colorful and brought energy into the atmosphere. The duo was inspired by the energy and outdoors of UK’s campus. That experience influenced the pair's color palette selections and structure for the mural design.


Sophia Triantafyllopoulos' "Floating Bubbles" was inspired by nature. While the eye and mind appreciate symmetry and organization, Triantafyllopoulos decided to pursue a less structured design for the laundry room at Woodland Glen I. The bubbles are spheres of different sizes and colors that create an interesting visual pattern. Their upward, floating motion creates a relaxing and soothing image.


"A residence hall is a place where students congregate after sometimes stressful days, and I would like to present a design that is relaxing and calming, not something that they need to focus on and interpret in different ways. It was also inspired by nature in the sense that the bubbles could be little Earths all in motion," Triantafyllopoulos said.


Ultimately, all the designers hope that their work will stimulate the residents. "We hope to make an impact on the everyday lives of people passing through or using the space. Hopefully the mural will inspire them to be creative within their own work," Phillips said.



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UK Recognized for Successful Student Transfer Program

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 8, 2014) ― The University of Kentucky has been honored for its leadership in assisting community college students with successful transfer to UK and completion of four-year degrees.  Recognized at the first Transfer Triumph Award ceremony in conjunction with the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for Community Colleges convention last week, UK was presented with the Transfer Pathway Innovations award.


The award is given to four-year colleges that facilitate transfer student transition and overall success by offering unique opportunities such as on-campus transfer centers, transfer visit days, exclusive scholarships, special residential experiences and more.


"Our team felt that University of Kentucky was very deserving of this award," said Sarah Reynolds, associate director of college relations for Phi Theta Kappa, in her award letter to UK. "We sincerely appreciate all of your efforts to champion the transfer-bound community college student, and it has been a privilege to partner with you in this effort."


"I am immensely proud of our team in UK Enrollment Management for its dedication to developing a comprehensive transfer process that puts the student first," said Don Witt, UK associate provost for enrollment management.  “This award is representative of the collaborative spirit of efforts across UK to serve transfer students including Undergraduate Studies, each academic college, and Student Affairs.”


The Transfer Triumph awards event showcased the best and brightest in community and four-year college transfer initiatives, programming and pathways. The awards were presented during the Phi Theta Kappa annual convention in Orlando, where more than 4,000 members, chapter advisors, and college administrators were in attendance.  Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students.


Powered by Phi Theta Kappa, is a website dedicated to serving as a resource to promote positive two-year college completion and transfer pathways, empowering students and the higher education personnel who support them to achieve their goals in a seamless, timely manner.

Student-Developed QR Codes Engage Viewers of UK Arts in HealthCare Collections

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 12:00


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 8, 2014) ― The vibrant colors and variety of wildlife portrayed in Robert Tharsing's vibrant "A Natural History of Kentucky" draws a casual interest from visitors in a waiting room on the first floor of the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital.


With a new QR code providing background information and a simple activity, curious visitors can go a step further in their exploration of the painting with a smartphone. The artwork's assigned QR code, which is available on a new brochure developed by two classes in the School of Art and Visual Studies in University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts, engages visitors with an eye-spy game of Kentucky animals in the piece and thought-provoking questions concerning the artwork's theme.


To see what information (note image may be stretched when accessed via computer) the QR code will access for the Tharsing work, visit:


Earlier in the spring semester, Jackie Hamilton, director of UK's Arts in HealthCare Program, took 12 students in Marty Henton's museum education course on a private tour of the art collection in the hospital. Students then chose a work, as well as its respective artist, to research and study. They developed a short description of the work and created a mobile activity to prompt observers to think a little more about the piece.


The students also designed a brochure that includes QR codes for each of their selected pieces and a map of the galleries, which can be found at the information desks in Pavilion A of the hospital. With the brochure, visitors can scan a QR code assigned to a specific piece and access a photo of the artwork, a description and a creative activity.


Hamilton said if the analytic reports show that hospital visitors are accessing the codes, she will consider including codes for more pieces in the Arts in HealthCare collection. She applauds the students' creativity designing activities to encourage more observer involvement in the artwork.


"The QR codes will provide immediate access to information about the artist and the work," Hamilton said. "More importantly, the students have developed activities around the piece so the observer is pushed into a deeper level of engagement."


Arts administration senior Samantha-Jane Harris, of Nicholasville, Ky., accompanied her mother Cibina Harris, a registered nurse in the department of infection control at UK HealthCare, on a trial tour of the collection using the QR codes brochure.


When the new pavilion of the hospital opened a few years ago, Cibina Harris brought her daughter to view the art. She said the artwork, in addition to the ability to learn more about it through a QR code, adds to the quality of the patient's experience.


"It gives another topic of conversation to get their mind off of what they're really here for," Cibina Harris said.


Through the project, Samantha-Jane Harris memorized fascinating details about the artwork and the artist of the piece she selected in the hospital. She thinks the course work developing QR codes for public artwork has helped prepare her for a career in the arts.


"It's along the lines of what I want to do - bridge the gap between the arts and health care," Samantha-Jane Harris said. "It's learning to engage people in art."


The brainchild of Henton, senior lecturer of art education, and Dima Strakovksy, associate professor of art intermedia, the QR code project came about as Henton looked for ways to show her museum education students how to use modern technology to stimulate the public's interest in art.


Henton approached Strakovsky for advice on the technical aspects of the project and was excited when her colleague suggested the project would also work well for his course on coding.


Henton's class of art history, arts administration and music students went to work on researching details on artwork featured at the hospital as well as information on the artists themselves. While preparing biographies for their favorite piece, they also crafted activities for viewers at a variety of ages. To see examples of the information and activities accessed via the QR codes, visit for Marjorie Guyon's "Still 2" and for LaVon Williams' "Out of the Wailing Artist." 


The class even came up with ideas for video and interactive gaming that was too ambitious for the short timeframe, but could be added in the future.


Additionally, the QR codes are connected to Google analytics which will provide the students, faculty and hospital with important data -- from hometowns of viewers to popularity of a particular piece.

Arts administration senior and artist Caitlin Serey, of Ashland, Ky., was excited to participate in the project and sees the importance of combining more traditional education tools with advances in technology. "I believe it is very valuable because today we learn news about the community or arts through technological databases."


Strakovsky's coding students also enjoyed working on the QR project. "The project was interesting. Most of the classes you take at UK can only simulate the experience of working with another group to achieve a joint goal. Our issues and obstacles weren’t artificial or unrealistic, they were real," said Andrew Johnson, an art studio senior from Lexington.


Serey and Johnson also enjoyed the change in art venue from a more typical museum or gallery to a hospital, where the art and corresponding QR codes make the visit not only more hospitable but also recognizes people's needs in digesting information.


"Users can translate the text more easily when it is digital. Users with visual disabilities can also change the color and size of the text if it is on a mobile display to make it more easily readable, which obviously isn’t possible with a traditional physical sign," Johnson said.


In the end, students in both Henton and Strakovsky's classes found the project rewarding and hope that it will benefit patients, visitors and staff at the hospital for years.


"I would say it's a prototype of bigger and better things to come from our classes in the future," Henton said.

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College of Social Work Inducts Three New Members Into Hall of Fame

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 11:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 8, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Social Work inducted three new members into their Hall of Fame Wednesday, May 7, at the Hillary J. Boone Center.       


In 1999, the College of Social Work inducted its first members into the Hall of Fame. Since then, each year the college recognizes the distinguished accomplishments of College of Social Work alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the field of social work. These individuals are deemed outstanding in their profession by their colleagues, and they are chosen by a committee of their peers.


This year's inductees are: Elizabeth Croney, Teresa James, and Carl Smith.


Elizabeth Croney is the president of KVC Behavioral Health Services Kentucky. She began her career developing extensive experience working with alcohol abuse and mental health programs, and in 1989, she was appointed as the first director of Stoner Creek Centre, an inpatient psychiatric unit for children and adults. Croney established a private practice in Bourbon County in 1990, where she worked extensively with children and families.


In 1999, she formed Croney & Clark, Inc., a private, for-profit corporation serving three rural counties, and over a 10-year period, she developed it into an agency providing services in metropolitan Fayette County and 16 surrounding counties. Croney & Clark delivered wrap-around behavioral health and community-based services to children and families identified by the Kentucky Department of Mental Health as needing intensive services. KVC acquired Croney & Clark in 2009 and appointed Croney president of Kentucky operations. In December 2010, she became president of the KVC West Virginia subsidiary, which she left in 2012 when Kentucky was awarded eight Intensive In-Home and Family Preservation contracts. This meant more than doubling the size of the Kentucky operation to 235 employees. In 2009, Croney was awarded Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky’s “Champion for Children” Award.


Croney holds a bachelor’s in criminal justice from the University of South Florida and a master’s in social work from UK. She has published in the area of ethics and supervision and is a sought-after workshop leader, trainer, and speaker in the U.S. and Canada.


Teresa James was appointed commissioner of Kentucky's Department for Community Based Services in September by Gov. Steven Beshear. Prior to accepting the role as commissioner, she had been the acting commissioner since December 2011 and the deputy commissioner since 2008. A native of Midway, Ky., James received a bachelor’s of social work from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in social work from UK. She has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1993.


She has over 25 years of clinical social work experience, including more than 22 years working with severely abused and neglected children, their families and vulnerable adults. She began her career as a front line child protective service worker with the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources in 1986 in Danville, Ky.


Commissioner James is a proud and passionate social worker who has a wide range of experiences in the field of social work and child welfare. She is committed to the cabinet’s mission of protecting our most vulnerable children and adults as well as insuring that every child has an opportunity for permanency and a forever family. She is a collaborator who is committed to working with community partners to promote safety, stability, and well-being for the citizens of the Commonwealth.


Carl Smith attended the UK Ashland Extension (later named Ashland Community College) and moved to the main campus in Lexington in 1966 where he worked at the University Medical Center as a chemical surgical technician in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics as he continued his undergraduate studies.


He was drafted and inducted into the U..S. Army in April 1969. Upon completion of basic and advanced training, Smith was selected for Officer Candidate School, and became an infantry officer. He served in the military for the next 30 years with nine of those (1972-1981) in the active Reserve and National Guard. It was during those nine years that Smith became involved in social work. He received his master’s in social work while working for the Bureau of Social Services in Kentucky. In 1981, he returned to the active Army as a social work officer where he served in various jobs for the next 18 years.


Smith retired from the Army in 1999 at the rank of lieutenant colonel and began working for the Air Force in the Family Advocacy Program in San Antonio, Texas. He became the coordinator/director of juvenile treatment programs for The Brown Schools (in Texas) and Cornell Companies where he worked for the next five years. In 2008, he returned to federal service as a clinical social worker at the Warrior Transition Battalion at Brooke Army Medical Center working with wounded warriors.  From there, he moved in 2009, to the Army Medical Department Center and School as branch chief of the Combat and Operational Stress Control Training Branch where he continues to serve.


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UK Center Develops Team Training to Create Safe Medical Homes for LGBTQ Patients

Wed, 05/07/2014 - 09:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2014) - In a clinical setting, conversations with the patient allow doctors, nurses and administrative workers to gather vital health information. But a University of Kentucky professor's research exposes a need to train health care teams to ask the right questions when treating patients part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.


For the past couple of years, Dr. Keisa Bennett, an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Family and Community Medicine, has studied nondiscrimination policies and basic knowledge of the LGBTQ community among health care practices in Kentucky. She is leading a project at the UK Center for Interprofessional Healthcare Education Research and Practice to develop continuing education modules that will train teams of providers to appropriately navigate conversations with the LGBTQ population. The project was recently awarded a grant from JustFund, a philanthropic organization that provides grants for small projects advancing equality and development of the LGBTQ community.


Bennett conducted 19 live interviews and nearly 400 surveys of patients in both rural and urban areas of Kentucky. In addition, she collected information from 64 rural health care providers about nondiscrimination policies, patient questioning processes, promotion of services to the LBGTQ community and other patient care practices. The online educational modules will instruct members of health care teams to hold constructive, patient-centered conversations and create a comfortable medical home for members of the LGBTQ community.


The two modules will cover topics including basic terminology, how to ask questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, and considerations for patient confidentiality. The second module focuses on implementing modes of LGBTQ communication as a health care team.


Bennett said the educational modules will eliminate awkwardness and assumptions that can hinder productive health care conversations between providers and LGBTQ patients. The training will be available to UK HealthCare providers through CE Central software in the fall. She also said the module training will reinforce the importance of creating a clinical environment that is centered on the health needs of the patient, incorporating each person's sexual orientation and gender identity as an integral part of his or her care. 


"When all your patients see you as being patient-centered and you have knowledge outside your social group, you will get more patients coming to you who want that from their doctor," Bennett said. "In terms of being models of business and service, I hope these modules will help health care providers have a good reputation in their community." 


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