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UKAg Jumps into Wholesale as Teaching Tool for Farmers

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 15:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2015) — Sometimes, to teach someone to swim, you have to jump in the water yourself. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently took the plunge into wholesale sales and GAP certification, and Kentucky growers could start swimming in the wholesale market on their own, supported by UKAg’s experience.


GAP, short for Good Agricultural Practices, and the related Good Handling Practices, or GHP, are voluntary food security and safety practices to minimize microbial food safety risks throughout the production, packaging, handling and storage phases. Many, if not most, food distributors require it of their suppliers.


“It’s all important: worker hygiene, how you harvest, how you pack, how you store your food, how you ship your food,” said Paul Priyesh Vijayakumar, principal investigator of the college’s Food Systems Innovation Center. “You’re trying to show you have procedures in place to reduce the risk of contamination from chemical, physical or microbial sources at every point along the way.”


Vijayakumar works with food processors and producers to understand aspects of food safety as it pertains to GAPs and the upcoming rollout of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

“It’s good for farmers, because it shows their commitment to minimize food safety risks and increases customer confidence. It’s good for the consumer, because as best as it can, it helps reduce risk,” he said.


The UK Department of Horticulture decided to use three acres at its research farm in Lexington to grow produce for the wholesale market. In May they became GAP/GHP certified by the U.S Department of Agriculture.


Mark Williams, UK horticulture professor and director of UK’s sustainable agriculture program, said the intent is not to compete with Kentucky farmers.


“We’re trying to increase production of wholesale farming among local farmers and, at the same time, increase awareness and training in good agricultural practices,” he said.


To provide such training to farmers, the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has joined with the Food Connection at UK, UK Cooperative Extension Service, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Bluegrass Farm to Table and Kentucky Horticulture Council.

At a recent pilot GAP-certification workshop for farmers at the UK Horticulture Research Farm, a small number of invited Central Kentucky producers—mostly produce growers along with a few livestock producers—gathered to hear what has to be done to receive USDA GAP/GHP certification.


Food safety practices can be a stumbling block when farmers try to find a distributor for their products. There are a number of certifying agencies that focus on anyone from massive growers down to smaller producers. To be effective, food safety programs must be tailored to the specific farm.


The Food Connection at UK works closely with the university’s dining contractor, Aramark, to find sources for local and Kentucky proud products and to identify and create strategies to address key barriers in the food system.


“Food safety kept coming up as a major obstacle for getting farmers into the distributors who then sell to the university,” said Lilian Brislen, The Food Connection executive director.

Piazza Produce and Sysco are the main food distributors for Aramark. Both require GAP certification.


“There are not a lot of farms that are GAP-certified,” KDA’s Joshua Lindau said. “Currently there are only three farms that are USDA GAP/GHP certified in Kentucky, one of which is the UK organic farm. There are, however, a plethora of companies that conduct GAP audits, so the total number of GAP-certified farms could be higher. We do know that in 2013 five farms used the Horticulture Council cost-share grant for third-party GAP audits, and in 2014 seven farms used the grant.”


Aside from workshops, UKAg and KDA offer on-farm consultations and mock audits to help prepare farmers. Lindau will conduct the mock audits, and Vijayakumar and Kristi Durbin, UK food safety field extension associate, will be available to walk farmers through the process on their farms, reviewing topics such as how to write a food safety manual, how to interpret the USDA guidelines and how to evaluate their GAP-readiness.


“I provide the farming perspective for the growers,” Durbin said. “I bridge the gap between the food safety and the farming practices, so I can look at their farming practices and their post-harvest handling procedures and help them figure out what they need to change.”


“Here’s the thing,” Williams said. “Farmers can view this as extra expense—certification can cost about $2,000 a year depending on the scope—and it is extra trouble, but it protects the food system, and it helps the farmer reduce their risk of hurting somebody.”

It may also open them up to a growing local wholesale market, but Williams isn’t sure yet if there is money to be made in that arena.


“The jury is still out for me, because we haven’t been in this long enough,” he said. “But the idea is we’ll do this for a few years, get some publications out to farmers and then be able to tell them how much money they can expect to make and how to get GAP certified.”




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Aegis' Global CEO Opens Patterson School Event

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 14:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2015) — India’s people, politics and economy are the focus of the University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce Fall Conference 2015.


Every year, the Patterson School holds a fall conference focused on a pressing international issue or key global development.  The dramatic rise of India and its increased importance in the economic, political and security spheres made this a natural choice for 2015. 


“Today, India and China share the title of ‘fastest growing economy in the world.’ With a growth rate of 7 percent, the subcontinent has become a major driver of the global economy,” said Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh, director of UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy.


“The key question is whether needed government reforms can be advanced that will continue to lift millions from poverty and maintain the subcontinent’s phenomenal economic momentum,” he said.


As part of the Patterson School’s conference, Global CEO Sandip Sen of Aegis will deliver the welcoming keynote address, “The Economic Story of India,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the William T. Young Library Auditorium. Aegis is a Mumbai-based business process outsourcing and technology company, with 57,000 employees across 13 countries. Aegis’ growth has mirrored that of India with corporate revenue expanding from $52 million in 2003 to more than $1 billion today.  Sen’s address is free and open to the public.


For a video interview of Sen, visit


As Global CEO, Sen is well placed to evaluate the dramatic changes that have been taking place in India, as well as the challenges posed with managing such growth.  Sen also teaches consumer behavior for the MBA curriculum at the Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship in Bangalore. He holds an honors degree in economics from Presidency College in Kolkata and a master’s degree from the Xavier Labor Relations Institute in Jamshedpur.


Ashok Malik delivers the closing keynote address at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the Hilton Hotel Salon. Malik is a senior Indian journalist and political columnist for several national and international publications, including The Pioneer, Asian Age and NDTV. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs and a senior fellow of the Observer Research Foundation, a world-renown think tank.  


In his writing, Malik focuses on the increasing interplay of Indian domestic politics and foreign/trade policy as well as on the broader process of globalization and how it is influencing policy choices in in health, education and urbanization. In 2011, he co-authored a paper: "India’s New World: Civil Society in the Making of Foreign Policy," published by the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney. In 2012, his book "India: Spirit of Enterprise" was published. It encapsulates the story of the growth of India’s leading private sector industries since 1991, and their role in the Indian economy.


Patterson School’s new Visiting Professor of Diplomatic Practice is Anupam Ray; he will provide concluding remarks on Friday. Ray returned to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi in 2011, serving as deputy coordinator of the 2012 BRICS Summit, director in India's new Development Partnership Administration (India’s equivalent of USAID or DFID), and most recently as a director in personnel. From 2008-2011, Ray was deputy head of India's United Nations Security Council team in New York. Earlier diplomatic postings included London, Dhaka, and Bonn. He has been assigned to the Patterson School for two years.




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UK is Part of Consortium Investigating Impacts of 'Nano' Agrochemicals

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 14:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2015) — Two University of Kentucky scientists are part of a newly established international consortium investigating the environmental impacts of nanotechnology-based agrochemicals.


The three-year $1.2 million grant titled Fate and Effects of Agriculturally Relevant Materials (NanoFARM) was funded by the European Union and the U.S. National Science Foundation through the European Area Research Networks (ERA-NET). Typically this is a program for scientists in E.U. member states, but this year the U.S. participated in the program by providing funding through various agencies, enabling participation of U.S. researchers.


The National Science Foundation funded Jason Unrine and Olga Tsyusko, in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, to participate in ERA-NET consortium.  Additionally, the consortium includes scientists from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Aveiro in Portugal and the University of Vienna in Austria.  The proposal was highly ranked by peer reviewers. Out of 48 proposals, only five projects with U.S. partners received funding.


Nanomaterials are materials that have at least one dimension which is less than 100 nanometers (a billionth of a meter).  Materials are engineered on this size scale to confer unique, tailored properties which result from their small size. Nanotechnology is used in agricultural applications ranging from fertilizers and pesticides to food packaging and sensing of food borne pathogens. Researchers hope that increases in efficiency to agricultural systems resulting from application of nanotechnology will help with increasing demands for food and fiber production with decreasing availability of water, energy and land.


The project will investigate the behavior and transport of commercial fertilizers and fungicides that contain nanomaterials. It will investigate the behavior, environmental transport and toxicity of these materials as well as entry into food chains including uptake of nanomaterials into crops consumed by humans.


“This is among the first projects to systematically investigate potential human and environmental impacts of nanomaterial-based agrochemicals” Unrine said. “These materials are used in relatively high concentrations intended to cause biological effects. This project will provide information and tools to ensure their safe use in agricultural production systems.”


Researchers hope that, through collaboration with the manufacturers of these products, that the project will provide feedback to the design process to increase their safety and decrease environmental impacts, he said. In addition, the value of trade in agriculture between the U.S. and the E.U. (total exports and imports) was $29.5 billion USD in 2013. Uncertainty in food safety due to the use of nanotechnology-enabled agrochemicals could lead to severe economic consequences to both the U.S. and the E.U.  Thus, a significant transnational benefit of the proposed work is to provide the relevant agencies in the U.S. and E.U. with knowledge and data regarding the safety of these products, Unrine said.


“The project will deliver a consistent message to key agencies in the U.S. and E.U. about the potential risks of nanomaterials in agricultural products,” he said. “This will allow the agencies to develop consistent science-based regulations that provide food safety, facilitating trade of agricultural products (both agrochemicals and food) between the U.S. and the E.U.”


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Doherty Receives Ohio State College of Medicine Academic Achievement Award

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 14:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2015) — Dr. Dennis E. Doherty, professor of medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, was recently awarded the 2015 Ohio State College of Medicine Academic Achievement Award.


Doherty graduated from OSU College of Medicine in 1980. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine and Ohio State, Doherty entered the Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship at the University of Colorado and National Jewish Health Medical Centers in Denver. Dr. Doherty has been the principal investigator of more than 50 grants and has published more than 175 articles, abstracts and chapters on pulmonary topics. His interests include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and pulmonary fibrosis.


Besides teaching at UK, Doherty has served as chairman of medicine at the Lexington VA Medical Center, president of the National Association for Medical Direction of Respiratory Care (NAMDRC) and is currently chairman of the Health Quality Expert Committee of the United States Pharmacopeia Society (USP). He has been named one of America’s Best Doctors for the last 12 years and listed in America’s Top Doctors the past 13 years.


“I am humbled,” Doherty said. “It is a true honor to be amongst the names who have won this award in previous years.”


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Become a Leader Through UK's Emerging Leadership Institute

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 14:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2015)  The University of Kentucky's Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI), an exciting program that helps students develop their leadership potential through a series of programs and real-life experiences, is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2016 ELI class.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.


This highly competitive program, in which a select group of emerging students are selected to participate, provides a unique opportunity for students to analyze and develop their leadership skills while also enhancing their abilities to network and foster relationships with other students, faculty, staff and community leaders.


“My experience is Emerging Leadership Institute was not only an applicable one, but one that still resonates with me today," said Brandon Linville, ELI class of '14. "As an involved leader on this campus and in my fraternity, ELI contributed largely to my leadership perspective. There are so many ways a leader can fault or fall short. ELI helped me to acknowledge these shortcomings and work through them with various leadership styles. My time in ELI will forever shape the leader I am, as well as the leader I become.”


In ELI, UK student leaders are encouraged to tackle a variety of issues such as being authentic, understanding core values, ethical decision making, communication styles, building teamwork, cultivating diversity, striving for global citizenship and many more.


Students grasp a strong understanding of civic engagement as they work in groups to propose meaningful leadership projects and events that bring about positive change to the campus and community. This group work helps teach students the value of working collaboratively to bring about this change, and also encourages students to work toward a common purpose and handle controversy with civility.


Students accepted for the institute can earn three credit hours of elective college credit for their involvement in the program.


Applications are available at and are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27. For more information about ELI, contact Igor Vasilj, a co-instructor for the class, at




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Registration Open for Neurogastronomy Symposium

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 12:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2015) — A new science called neurogastronomy explores brain and behavior in the context of food, and the International Society of Neurogastronomy's inaugural symposium will bring together for the first time the "four pillars" of neurogastronomy to share their knowledge and begin a dialogue that, they hope, will ultimately lead to real changes in brain behavior as it relates to food.


Registration is still open for the symposium, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Pavilion A of the Albert B. Chandler Hospital. UK Neuropsychologist Dan Han and his ISN co-founders have structured the day to be very different than the typical scientific symposium. Instead of long lectures, there are several presentations in a TED-talk style format. Among the speakers:


Chefs: Next Iron Chef Runner-up Jehangir Mehta; James Beard finalist and Mind of a Chef host Ed Lee; Leah Sarris, program director for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University; and Fred Morin of Joe Beef Montreal.


Scientists: Physiologist Tim McClintock; prize-winning experimental psychologist Charles Spence; and Dr. Gordon Shepherd, who coined the term neurogastronomy -— first in 2006 in an article in Nature and six years later in an eponymous book.


The symposium will be a true culinary experience as well, with tasting breaks to help participants grasp the fundamentals of flavor perception (sweet, salty, umami, etc.) and chef-quality breakfast and lunch breaks.


Han is anxious to begin the dialogue that might ultimately provide tangible improvement to quality of life for people with neurologically-related taste impairments.  "When the concept of neurogastronomy was introduced, people realized it was a need that had been there for a long time – ever since mammals started eating," Han said. "If we could get together and simply provide ways to help these patients enjoy a meal, break bread with family and friends and enjoy that process again, then I would be very proud of that contribution to clinical sciences."


For more information about the ISN Symposium or to register, go to



UKAg's Barrett Fills Unique Role as EPA Liaison

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2015) — Farmers who have ever wondered how directions for use, warnings and other information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency get on herbicide labels need look no further than the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment for an explanation.


UKAg weed scientist Michael Barrett serves as the Weed Science Society of America’s liaison to the EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs. Barrett is the society’s third EPA liaison and came into the role two years ago after serving as an officer in the society for several years prior.


As liaison, he has intimate access to the inner workings of the agency. As a weed scientist, he is able to use his knowledge to influence national policy concerning herbicide rules and regulations. The most common topic for which he provides expertise is the agency’s plans to reduce herbicide resistance.


“They have been wrestling with how to handle new herbicides that will come on the market in the future so the problem is not made worse,” he said.


His other duties as liaison include connecting the agency to other technical experts and committees, training new agency employees on weed science and herbicide issues and arranging for agency personnel to meet with farmers.


“These farmer meetings are really important for agency personnel as it gives them a chance to talk with individuals who are directly impacted by the agency’s rules and regulations,” Barrett said.


At UK, he is able to share with his students the types of government jobs that may be available to them upon graduation and better explain EPA labels to students and farmers.




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KCH Cardiologists Credit Nurse's Quick Retrieval of AED with Saving Child's Life

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 17:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2015) — The rosy flush of Ethan Abel’s cheeks comforted school nurse Cassandra Artrip as she watched the 10-year-old doze with a plush dog in his arms.


“He’s pink and breathing on his own, and I am tickled to see he’s doing so well,” Artrip said during her visit to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Kentucky Children’s Hospital on Oct. 9.


Only a few days earlier, Artrip found Ethan unconscious and with a blue tone to his skin before she started administering CPR and rescue breathing on the playground of Robinson Elementary School. Her entire body was still sore from pushing chest compressions as she worked to save Ethan’s life.


Speaking to Ethan’s mother Marla Miller at KCH the first time since the day of the emergency, Artrip said she pleaded with Ethan to stay strong as she replenished his lungs with oxygen during a rescue period that seemed like “an eternity.” When the emergency responders arrived at the remote rural school, Artrip was given affirmation that Ethan’s heart was still beating. Moments later, she delivered the news to Miller in the school’s parking lot, where the worried mother collapsed in a wave of panic.


Now, as a hospital heart monitor attached to Ethan beeped in a rhythmic pattern, Artrip could release a sigh — and a few tears — of relief.


“The truth is no matter how much fight he had in him, if you weren’t there, he wouldn’t be here right now,” Miller said. “You are my angel.”


Around 2 p.m. on Oct. 6, as students at Robinson Elementary were lining up from recess, a classmate spotted Ethan lying on the playground struggling to breathe. A teacher reached Ethan in time to hear him mention a feeling of “being hit in his chest” before he passed out.


As soon as the front office received an emergency call from the playground, Artrip bolted down the school’s main hall. After reading Ethan’s faint pulse, she utilized the school’s automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock his heart back into a regular pattern — a decision emergency responders and cardiologists at Kentucky Children’s Hospital credit with saving his life. With the help of another volunteer nurse who was visiting the school that day, Artrip continued chest compressions and rescue breathing until emergency responders arrived at the country school in Perry County.


“The whole time I am thinking, ‘Please, God, don’t take him. He’s just kid — he has his whole life ahead of him,’” Artrip said.


The moment Ethan’s heart beat out of sequence on the playground marked the first time his chronic heart condition disrupted his life since birth. As a newborn, Ethan was treated at the Kentucky Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for an infection in his heart. Although Ethan recovered from the infection as baby, pediatricians were concerned with the long-term risks associated with a scar left from the infection. The abnormal tissue put Ethan at heightened risk of arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat, which could one day result in a cardiac event.


Kentucky Children’s Hospital cardiologists Dr. Louis Bezold and Dr. Mark Vranicar, who travels to the KCH clinic in Hazard, followed Ethan’s case as he continued to grow older. Vranicar prescribed medications to help control the condition, and until the incident on the playground, Ethan lived a normal life. 


According to Vranicar, a number of factors and influences might have triggered the ventricular arrhythmia in Ethan’s already vulnerable heart. Vranicar said the principal and school nurse’s assertiveness in retrieving the AED saved Ethan’s life, but also averted long-term damage to the lungs and brain.


“I believe it was life-saving in Ethan’s case,” Vranicar said of the AED. “And there may be other children that develop arrhythmias that could be saved by AEDs too.”


Estill Neace has served as the principal of Robinson Elementary School for four years and as a school administrator in Perry County for more than 20 years, and in that time he’s never had to access a school’s AED. Neace, who knows all 300 children at his school by name, followed the ambulance to Appalachian Regional HealthCare where the Pediatric Transport Team transported Ethan to Kentucky Children’s Hospital. In addition to the principal, Ethan’s homeroom teacher, physical education teacher and school nurse Artrip were aware of Ethan’s heart condition prior to the emergency. When Neace learned Ethan was the child down on the playground, he knew there was a chance they were going to need the AED.


“It doesn’t matter how small a school you are or how large, if there is one child that for whatever reason has his heart stop beating, (the AED) is the difference in that child having a chance to live,” Neace said. “You have to have it.”


Through Kentucky Children’s Hospital’s developing pediatric heart program with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Ethan underwent surgery Oct. 13 to receive an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). If his heart goes out of rhythm, the device will automatically administer a shock to bring the rhythm back to normal. Vranicar said the device serves as a reliable preventive measure to ensure Ethan’s safety no matter where he’s located in the event of cardiac distress.

“Obviously, we don’t want it to happen again, but despite what we do, there is still a chance,” Vranicar said. “We are treating him to prevent another episode. The goal is to get him back to where he was before and let him run and play and lead as normal a life as he can.”


Miller feels some comfort knowing the ICD will administer an automatic shock if Ethan is struck with another cardiac event. But she was most touched by the dedication to keeping her child alive demonstrated by the Robinson Elementary School staff.

“If he was home, he would have been dead because (we don’t have) an AED,” Miller said. “I can say I am not scared to send him back to school because I know they’ll do everything possible and more for my son.”

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Music Sensation 'Time for Three' Plays Free Pop-Up Concerts at UK HealthCare, Community Venues

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 16:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2015) – Time for Three, a string trio known for defying tradition and reinventing classical music in the contemporary world, will perform three pop-up concerts at UK HealthCare locations and in the Lexington community this week.  


Known for their virtuosity and showmanship, Time for Three takes an innovative approach to classical composition by incorporating a variety of musical styles, including country western, Bluegrass and jazz, in their high-energy performances. Violinist Zach DePue, violinist Nick Kendall and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer share a passion for improvisation, composition and arrangement, which are prime elements of their musical ensemble. The classically trained musicians blend Bach with the Beatles, specializing in original mash-ups with hits from artists including Katy Perry, Kanye West and more.


The group went viral on YouTube and debuted as a top-10 album on Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart. In addition to appearances on the BBC and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, the group has performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall. Individual soloists have performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and completed prestigious residences at the Kennedy Center.


Pop-up concerts will be held:


·      October 21 at Noon, UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A Atrium

·      Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m., Eastern State Hospital

·      October 22 at 10 a.m., Discovery Education Concert at Keeneland and Keeneland National Anthem

·      Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., Ethereal Brewery


The pop-up concerts build momentum to the group’s Oct. 23 performance and presentation at the Singletary Center for the Arts as part of the UK HealthCare Saykaly Garbulinska Performer in Residence Series. The UK Arts in HealthCare program in partnership with the Lexington Philharmonic and the UK School of Music will present Time for Three Music Entrepreneurship Assembly at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.


The UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts has garnered national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition and music theory.


The UK Arts in HealthCare program's mission is to harness the healing power of art to create a comfortable environment focused on the spiritual and emotional well-being of patients, visitors and employees. 


The mission of the Lexington Philharmonic is to foster excellence and innovation in the performance and presentation of great music; to enrich the lives of our diverse citizenry; to educate current and future audience and to bring distinction to our community through the orchestra’s presence and standing.


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Singletary Center Welcomes Texas Roots-Rocker Alejandro Escovedo

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 14:59


Alejandro Escovedo performing "Man of the World" from his album "Big Station."


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct 20, 2015) — A tremendous evening of music is ahead as Lexington's favorite Texas roots-rocker Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys return to the Bluegrass. Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.


Alejandro Escovedo was born and raised in San Antonio,Texas, in a musical family of 12. He started out playing rock and roll, even opening a gig for the Sex Pistols with his punk band, The Nuns.  As he matured, Escovedo eventually asserted his independence and began to chart his artistic growth through a series of solo albums such as "Gravity," "Thirteen Years" and "With These Hands."  Through his gift for song craft and tireless touring, Escovedo has shared the stage and earned the respect of some of the biggest names in Americana and rock music including Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen.


Escovedo has been touring the country and entertaining audiences for more than 40 years. Over a lifetime he has managed to traverse the bridge between words and melody, his voice weathering the emotional terrain of our lives in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. His own blend of alt-country has brought him through Central Kentucky many times over the years, but both die-hard fans and new listeners will be thrilled to hear him perform backed by the Sensitive Boys.


Ticket prices for the performance range between $18-$27 depending on location. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to all purchases upon transaction.


A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



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"see BOO!": A Halloween Tradition

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 14:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2015)  The spookiest Halloween campus tradition, "see boo!" is happening from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Hilary J. Boone Center. The entire campus community is invited!


"see boo!" will have treats, pumpkins, hot cider and free T-shirts while they last! Join the fun by carving and painting pumpkins provided by UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment farms!


Children are more than welcome to attend the event and are encouraged to wear costumes.



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Kentucky to the World Presents UK Alumnus and Renowned Journalist Michael Wines

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 13:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct 20, 2015) —  Kentucky to the World, an organization that showcases the unique achievements of extraordinary men and women who claim strong Kentucky ties, will host University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information graduate, Louisville native and former New York Times Beijing Bureau Chief Michael Wines and award-winning New York Times journalist Sharon LaFraniere on Oct. 21.


Wines and LaFraniere, who met while working at The Louisville Times, will return to Louisville for the first time in 19 years to bring the public a glimpse into the fascinating world of their intersecting private and professional lives, which includes covering Russia’s invasion of Chechnya and the Iran Contra affair. The Oct. 21 program titled “Breaking World News from The Louisville Times to The New York Times” begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Henry Clay Building in Louisville with a reception at 5:30 p.m.


“While Sharon and Michael built their early careers in Louisville, they went on to cover some of the most important global events for the world’s top media outlets. Theirs is a story many don’t know locally and just what Kentucky to the World wants to reveal with its programs,” said Kentucky to the World founder Shelly Zegart.


Wines, who has covered national and international affairs for The New York Times since 1988, started his first newspaper at age 5 from his home in Shively. In 1980, he left Louisville for Washington D.C. where he first worked for the National Journal, then the Los Angeles Times. He is known for having broken a number of significant stories on espionage issues during the dying days of the Cold War. From 1998 to 2012, he lived in and reported from Moscow, Johannesburg, and ultimately Beijing, serving as The New York Times bureau chief in all three locations.


LaFraniere, now a national investigative reporter at The New York Times, has held a number of roles in journalism including a reporter and editor for The Washington Post for 20 years, where she covered territories such as the war zones in Chechnya and Afghanistan.  LaFraniere began writing for The New York Times in 2003, covering southern Africa and is now based in New York. LaFraniere is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gerald Loeb Award in 2013, the Michael Kelly Award in 2006 and the Overseas Press Club Award in 1999.


A limited number of tickets for the evening event are now on sale for $25 and will include appetizers from Wiltshire Pantry with a cash bar available. The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and presentation at 6:30 p.m. Guests can purchase tickets for this exclusive event and learn more about the series at No tickets will be sold at the door.


Kentucky to the World, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that showcases the talent, ingenuity and excellence of the world’s prominent men and women who claim strong Kentucky ties, to promote Kentucky’s image and educate and inspire people of all ages.  Kentucky to the World is funded through the generosity of involved community members.  To learn more visit



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Smith Receives Racial Recognition Award

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 12:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2015) — Gerald Smith, University of Kentucky professor of history, the UK Martin Luther King Center scholar-in residence and the Theodore A. Hallam Professor (2015-2017) received the Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award on Oct. 14.


The Campbellsville University Racial Reconciliation Award is given to those who have shown outstanding characteristics of servant leadership in bringing people together past racial matters and across lines of ethnicity, and who have been significant bridge builders for the community, according to John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University.


Smith, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Lexington, was the kickoff speaker for the university’s Dialogue on Race, a special series of discussions about race through the months of October and November.


He is co-editor of the Kentucky African American Encyclopedia, released earlier this year. He is currently researching and writing a new general history of African Americans in Kentucky.

Student Government Association Announces Fall Forum

Mon, 10/19/2015 - 11:10


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 20, 2015)  The University of Kentucky Student Government Association welcomes all students to attend the 2015 Fall Forum from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in White Hall Classroom Building, Room 106.


The annual forum aims to create an insightful dialogue between UK students and the administration. President Eli Capilouto, Provost Tim Tracy and a representative from UK Student Affairs will be in attendance to answer questions.


Noel Ekman, chairman of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee for SGA, hopes students will seize the opportunity to communicate directly with administration.


“Our university is going through tremendous change currently, and there are a multitude of questions that students have for our leadership,” said Ekman. “This forum will provide the opportunity for healthy conversation, which can certainly lead to administrative action.”


The forum will be run in a Q&A format with a moderator.  Students are encouraged to submit their questions and ideas beforehand by Oct. 23 on the Google Form provided by UKSGA. The link can be found at here.


For any additional information or questions about the Fall Forum, please contact ASA Chair Noel Ekman via email at



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