Coping with Suicide Loss: You're Not Alone

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:55


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2014) — If you're grieving after a loved one died by suicide or attempted suicide, you don't have to suffer alone.


Many of us personally know someone who has died by or attempted suicide, but we don't really talk about it - suicide is scary, confusing, and stigmatized. The recent death of Robin Williams is a tragic reminder that mental illness and suicide don't discriminate, and that the grief associated with suicide loss is both sadly common and uniquely difficult to process.


Each year, approximately 39,000 Americans die by suicide. To put this into perspective, this is about the same number of Americans who die from breast cancer (about 40,000) and more than double the number are murdered (about 16,000). 


In Kentucky, more than 650 lives are lost every year to suicide, which is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 years olds. A recent survey showed almost half of Kentuckians knew someone who had died by suicide. 


Talking about your loss and your emotions can help you process what you're experiencing and can also help prevent future deaths by reducing stigma and offering hope and healing to the countless others who are affected by suicide.


Here are some things to keep in mind about coping with suicide loss:

  • You don't have to suffer alone! More people than you know have experienced personal loss from suicide, and virtually everyone is exposed to celebrity deaths by suicide.


  • If you're exposed to suicide - either personally or distantly--you can feel a range of emotions including shock, confusion, anger, sadness, guilt, and even relief. You can also experience psychological problems from the trauma, including sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression. These reactions usually go away with time, but if your problems continue for more than a few weeks, talk to a trusted health care professional.
  • Exposure to suicide increases the likelihood of someone attempting or dying by suicide himself or herself. It's important to take care of yourself.
  • Only about 20 percent of people who die by suicide leave notes.  Just because there isn’t a note, doesn’t mean it wasn’t suicide.


Dr. Julie Cerel is a psychologist and associate professor in the UK College of Social Work and currently serves as Board Chair of the American Association of Suicidology.



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ACE Sisters Land Roles in Broadway's 'Matilda,' 'Annie' National Tour

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:28


Brooklyn Shuck sings "Name in Lights" from "The Boy From Oz "at "Songs for Story Shifters."  A transcript of this video can be found here.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — Two of the University of Kentucky's youngest stars are demonstrating the talents they honed as part of UK Opera Theatre's Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE) in major musical roles. Brooklyn Shuck, who previously starred in "Annie: The Musical" on Broadway, landed one of the four alternating title roles in "Matilda The Musical" on the Great White Way. Her sister, Sydney Shuck, will step into her shoes taking the role of Kate in the national tour of "Annie."


On Aug. 31, Brooklyn took the stage as Matilda. The 9-year-old rotates in the title role of Matilda created by novelist Roald Dahl. A Tony award-winning musical, "Matilda" is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, the youngster dares to take a stand and change her destiny.


Brooklyn first performed on Broadway in 2013, starting as a swing portraying various orphans in "Annie." That summer, she moved up to take over the role of Kate in the Tony award-winning show.


Sydney will take on the role of Kate starting Sept. 26, as "Annie" begins its national tour in Detroit, Michigan. The 11-year-old will use her versatile talents to portray the next-to-youngest orphan of the six orphans in the popular musical's cast. Together the group led by Annie comprises a gritty, ‘unloved’ and vulnerable group of young girls.  


After showing special dancing talents at a very early age, Brooklyn and Sydney joined the ACE program at UK, which promotes a well-rounded and balanced approach to arts training that focuses on both individual development and teamwork. At ACE, the sisters were able to hone their dancing skills, as well as study voice and acting. While the program maintains a fun atmosphere that reflects the joy of live performance, it also strives for professional-level standards and intends to train children and youth for potential careers in the performing arts, from triple threat performers in musical theatre to actor-singers in opera and beyond.


During Brooklyn's time studying with ACE, she appeared in several productions including UK Opera Theatre's town-and-gown musical revue, "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" and at the annual holiday sing-along concert "Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song," where Brooklyn was the lead vocalist on “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” During Sydney's time with ACE, she appeared in "Seussical the Musical."


Brooklyn and Sydney are the daughters of Angie and T.G. Shuck, of Lexington.


To find out more about Brooklyn or follow her experience on Broadway visit her website,; like her fan page on Facebook at; or follow her on Twitter at


ACE is an outreach program of UK Opera Theatre in the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, theory and music history.



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Center for Health Services Research Launches Website, Invites Membership Applications

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:27


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — The University of Kentucky ">Center for Health Services Research (CHSR), which serves as a connector, catalyst and creator at UK and UK HealthCare, announces the launch of its ">new website and seeks membership applicants for its efforts in applying research to optimize health care delivery.


The CHSR is focused on creating, testing, and scaling next-generation health services research solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health delivery within Kentucky and beyond. Building on UK’s culture of collaboration and leveraging  UK's extensive resources and talented faculty, the CHSR represents a unique center that will accelerate discovery of new knowledge concerning clinical effectiveness and engineer healthcare delivery to achieve optimal patient value.


The new CHSR website includes information about ongoing educational activities, internal and external advisory board members, staff biographies, the vision of the Center for the future, and how to become a member, which is free. Members of the CHSR join a broad network of established researchers and enjoy a number of valuable benefits, including a wide range of educational opportunities, research support from interdisciplinary faculty members, and many more.  Faculty members from any college or department, as well as clinical faculty or community faculty from affiliated health systems who are engaged or interested in HSR, are encouraged to apply.


The research conducted by and/or in collaboration with the CHSR provides guidance to health care teams at UK HealthCare by leveraging expertise and focusing on critical health research needs, such as population health, implementation science, quality improvement and measurement, patient-centered outcome and comparative effectiveness research, and health informatics. For more information, visit the CHSR's new website. The membership application process and materials can be found at


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Bringing "see blue." to You: UK Preview Nights are in Full Swing!

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:54




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — We're coming to your city! UK “see blue.” Preview Nights are bringing the University of Kentucky to you.


Faculty and staff from various UK colleges and departments are on the road over the next several weeks to share a little bit of UK with communities across the Commonwealth and select cities in nearby states. UK "see blue." Preview Nights give high school students a glimpse into the spirit of being a UK Wildcat, as well as into the variety of opportunities UK offers. The events kicked off this week in Lexington, Northern Kentucky and Louisville, and will stop in 18 more cities before the end of October. All events begin at 7 p.m. local time and are open to the public.


The Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar, along with various departments and colleges across campus, will send representatives to set up these special events in different communities throughout the state and region.


At "see blue." Preview Nights, staff members will share what UK has to offer and take prospective UK students through the ins and outs of applying. Students attending will be able to visit various booths to learn how the programs and resources at UK support their goals and interests for the future.


Representatives will also provide information on admissions, financial aid, scholarships, housing and the wide array of majors and degree programs that UK offers. Plus, students will have the opportunity to meet UK representatives and current students from the particular area. Following each "see blue." Preview Night presentation will be a special session on Financing Your Future, which will allow students, parents and guardians to learn more about financial aid, scholarships and the billing process.


"Preview Nights are an exciting opportunity to show off the momentum that is unfolding at UK," said Don Witt, associate provost for enrollment management. "The University of Kentucky is so proud of the robust variety of opportunities it provides students, and a Preview Night is an exciting occasion to learn about all of those opportunities in one place."


Preview Nights will visit Dayton, Ohio; Cleveland; Indianapolis; Chicago; Somerset, Ky.; Corbin, Ky.; St. Louis; Paducah, Ky.; Hopkinsville, Ky.; Owensboro, Ky.; Bowling Green, Ky.; Elizabethtown, Ky.; Ashland, Ky.; Pikeville, Ky.; Atlanta; Nashville; Maysville, Ky.; and Columbus throughout September and October. For dates and locations, visit


The beginning of Preview Night season also marks the launch of this year's "see blue." marketing campaign featuring the 2014 Viewbook and recruitment video. This year's campaign highlights UK's storied past and traditions while focusing on our bright future as the university celebrates its sesquicentennial in 2015.


In the recruitment video, you are introduced to four current UK students who share their "see blue." stories. Their stories are just a sample of the millions of "see blue." stories that make up our institution's past, present and future.


Students may now also apply for admission to the university for the Class of 2019. The application is now available online at UK also accepts the Common Application. New this year, the University of Kentucky is now offering the option of two tracks for students to apply for admission.


For the first time ever an Early Action Track is being offered to incoming freshmen. Through the Early Action Track students may apply for admission, scholarships and the Honors Program.


The application deadline for those who choose the Early Action Track  is Dec. 1. Students who choose to take the Early Action Track can be considered for competitive academic scholarships and the Honors Program. Information on UK's 2015-16 academic scholarship for incoming freshmen is available at


Additionally, Early Action Track students will be permitted to submit an application for a housing and a Living Learning Program early with a deadline of Feb. 15.


On the other hand, students who chose the Regular Decision Track have an admission application deadline of Feb. 15, as well as a Living Learning Program application deadline of April 1 and a housing application deadline of May 1.


Students who choose the Regular Decision Track will not be considered for competitive academic scholarships, competitive diversity scholarships or the Honors Program.


Whether students choose the Early Decision Track or the Regular Decision Track, there are other important dates to keep in mind. Feb. 15 is the priority FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submission deadline for all students. The deadline for automatic scholarships is March 1 and the deadline for enrollment deposit, advising conference/orientation fee and the scholarship acceptance deadline is May 1. A detailed freshmen admission timeline is available at


For more information about applying to the University of Kentucky, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar by email or by phone 866-900-GO-UK or connect on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. Share your "see blue." experiences using the hashtag #seeblue.


University of Kentucky Announces Largest Gift in its History

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:31


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Thursday announced the largest gift in UK's history — a $20 million commitment and lead gift by UK graduate and Trustee Carol Martin (Bill) Gatton toward the construction of the university's new 330,000-square-foot Student Center.


“Bill Gatton’s unwavering support for the University of Kentucky has had a profound impact on the students, faculty and staff on campus, and on higher education in the Commonwealth," Capilouto said at a news conference announcing the gift in the UK Student Center's Frank H. Harris Grand Ballroom. "Through his unprecedented, inspiring and enduring support, and his invaluable service on the UK Board of Trustees, Bill is helping us meet the challenges we face today so that we can move the University of Kentucky boldly forward into the future.” 


The new Student Center — a $175 million, self-financed renovation and expansion scheduled to open in 2017 — was authorized by the Kentucky legislature during its 2014 session. It is part of more than $1 billion in campus transformation projects being self-financed by the university.


The Student Center was originally constructed in 1938 and expanded in 1963 and 1982. A central facility to the university community, it hosts nearly 2 million visitors annually.


The new Student Center will include state-of-the-art student activity and study spaces, dining and retail operations; parking; a bookstore; a health, fitness and recreation center; and other amenities that support student success. It will also serve as the new home for the UK Visitor Center upon its completion.


The new Student Center will be designed to serve the entire campus by providing shared space for student, faculty, staff and community engagement. Groundbreaking is scheduled for June 2015, with completion anticipated in 2017.


Click here for more information about the Student Center transformation project. 


View the video below to hear from Bill Gatton about his gift and love of the University of Kentucky.


Gatton made another record-breaking gift to the university in 1995 when he committed $14 million for the UK College of Business and Economics. At the time, the gift to the college was the largest one in the university's history. The college was later named in Gatton’s honor.


"When Bill Gatton stepped forward 19 years ago with his original record-breaking gift, it set the university on a totally new path," said Mike Richey, UK's vice president for development. "It demonstrated how private philanthropy can elevate a public university to a higher level of excellence.”


Gatton’s total philanthropy to UK is now more than $45 million, and his total gift impact upon the university is nearly $57 million, with some of his gifts having been matched by the state’s “Bucks for Brains” program. He is the single largest donor in UK's history.


New student center facility


The iconic 21st century Student Center will be located near the corner of South Limestone and the Avenue of Champions, and will be designed to present a new front door to campus. The facility will retain the historic 1938 original Student Center building with its Frank H. Harris Grand Ballroom, and the 1924 Alumni Gymnasium will be incorporated into the new construction.


Dozens of student organizations will occupy office space in the new facility, making it a center for student volunteerism and philanthropy, the focus of many campus organizations. The current Student Center has nearly 2 million visitors annually.


Gatton’s business career


Gatton is a native of Bremen, Kentucky, and the son of Harry William Gatton Sr., and Edith Martin Gatton. In 1954, he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky College of Commerce, the original name of UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. After a stint in the U.S. Army, he earned an MBA degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in finance and banking.  


Gatton is a lifelong entrepreneur. At an early age, he marketed packaged garden seeds door to door for his elementary school, outselling all the other students combined. Later, he sold watermelons he grew on his family’s farm by the truckload to local grocers. At age 8, he bought his first piece of real estate and then sold it at age 12, doubling his original investment.   


While a student at the University of Kentucky, Gatton began his career in the automobile industry as a sales associate at L.R. Cooke Chevrolet in Lexington.  After receiving his MBA, he opened one of the first Volkswagen dealerships in Kentucky. Eventually, he owned a total of nine automobile dealerships in Tennessee, Alabama and Texas.


Gatton has also made investments in banking. In 1981, he formed Area Bancshares of Owensboro, which grew to become the largest bank holding company headquartered in Kentucky, owning 17 banks with 65 branch offices across the state. Area Bancshares had $3 billion in assets when he sold it to BB&T in 2002.


Gatton has likewise been involved in major real estate ventures in multiple states including the Beaumont development in Lexington.


Gatton’s philanthropy


In 1985, Gatton formed his own charitable foundation, and since that time, has made many philanthropic gifts.


“When I was age 30, I planned to retire at 40," Gatton said. "And when I was 40, I planned to retire at 50. When I reached 50, I planned to retire at 60. But at age 60, I decided never to retire. Rather, I determined to continue earning more money so that I could give it away. I believe in giving.


“I am a son of Kentucky, and I believe deeply in higher education. I believe deeply in what this university — the University of Kentucky — means to my native state. By investing in the students at the University of Kentucky, I am investing in Kentucky's future."


Gatton also has given significantly to the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, located on the campus of Western Kentucky University and named “America’s Number One Public High School” by Newsweek magazine. He made the lead gift to the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University, and he has made substantial gifts to several other educational institutions, as well as numerous gifts to other worthy causes.


Gatton has likewise made gifts to more than 2,300 public school teachers in eastern Tennessee and western Virginia to purchase educational supplies for their students.


“Bill Gatton, as he has done throughout his life, is helping young people achieve their dreams for higher education," Capilouto said. "We are deeply grateful for his partnership with us and his visionary generosity, which will have a significant impact on our students and their educational pursuits for generations to come.”    


To hear more from Bill Gatton, click on the play arrow below. 

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Kalliney and Trask Honored with Named Professorships

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:08


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 5, 2014) — Two University of Kentucky English faculty members have been honored with named professorships in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.


Peter Kalliney was named the William J. Tuggle Professor in English. The appointment is for five years and will be renewable at the discretion of the college dean on June 30, 2019. The professorship carries annual additional salary of $15,000 and an additional $10,000 research allowance.


Michael Trask has been named the Guy M. Davenport Professor in English. The appointment is for five years and will be renewable at the discretion of the college dean on June 30, 2019. The professorship carries annual additional salary of $15,000 and an additional $10,000 research allowance.


Kalliney, who is also the associate chair of the Department of English, specializes in 20th century British literature, postcolonial literature, literary theory and globalization, and cultural studies. He is currently writing a book about the Cold War and decolonization, emphasizing African, British and Caribbean literature.


Trask’s research interests include 21st century American literature and culture with a special interest in women’s literature and gender studies. Although he is most interested in 20th and 21st century American literature, he also teaches classes in 19th century British literature. He is currently writing about post-1970 social trends in literature.



MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, 

UK Celebrates Largest Gift in Institution's History

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:06
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, Governor Steve Beshear, UK Board of Trustees Chair Britt Brockman and other guests will announce the largest gift in the University of Kentucky's nearly 150-year history.  Today, a celebration of the gift will take place at 10 a.m. in the Frank H. Harris Grand Ballroom at the UK Student Center.


Live streaming of the event will be available here beginning at 10 a.m.


Check back here later this morning for the full story. 

Deadline Draws Near for Gatton CBA Registration

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — Time is running out to sign up for Series 1 of the Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) Series 1 & 2, offered through the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center (EEC). Series 1, featuring distinguished faculty and guest speakers from the Gatton College, will be held Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning next Thursday, Sept. 11, and continuing through Nov. 13, at the Boone Center, located in the heart of the UK campus in Lexington.


If you're looking for a way to acquire the basics of a business degree without the time commitment a degree requires, or if you're interested in exploring whether an advanced MBA degree is right for you before committing to it, this CBA series could be just right for you.


Series 1 consists of 10 weekly sessions this fall, while Series 2 features another 10 sessions on Thursday evenings in the spring of 2015. The lively instructional environment will be complemented by opportunities for hands-on experience with each three-hour class focusing on a different vital topic.


Lighted, free parking is provided on site for program registrants. The cost is $1,020 for each series, or $1,800 for individuals registering for both Series 1 and 2. Groups of three or more people from an organization are eligible for a special discounted rate.


The fee also will be discounted for UK faculty, staff, and students. Interested UK personnel must contact the EEC to receive a special promo code for the UK discount before registering online.


Fees include instruction, all materials, and refreshments at each session, in addition to parking. Individuals who attend all of the sessions will earn 27.5 course hours of continuing education credit and a certificate of completion.


"The Certificate in Business Administration Series 1 & 2 are designed to provide an understanding of business terms, practices, and tools to enable people to make better informed business decisions," said Joe Labianca, Gatton Endowed Chair in Management and director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center and the Executive MBA Program. "The CBA program is open to all interested persons who want to energize their careers and broaden their horizons."


Topics in Series 1 include:

·         Organizational Design and Environment

·         Individual Behavior in Organizations

·         Essentials of HR Management

·         Economics in the Workplace

·         Strategic Management

·         Accounting Measurement and Reporting

·         Business Law

·         Lean Supply Chain Management

·         Financial Decision Making

·         Essentials of Marketing


Topics in Series 2 include:

·         Teams and Creativity

·         Power, Conflict and Negotiation in Organizations

·         Emotion and Emotional Intelligence

·         Decision Making

·         Risk Management and Organizational Control

·         Integrated Marketing Communications

·         The Service Focused Business

·         Personal Selling

·         Strategic Human Resource Management

·         Entrepreneurship and Writing a Business Plan


To register or for more information, go to, call 1-800-284-6407, or email Connie Blakemore at




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Meyer-van der Westhuyzen Study of Oxidized LDL Shows Early Promise For Treatment of Heart Disease

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 15:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — A team of investigators has made a thought-provoking discovery about a type of cholesterol previously believed to be a "bad guy" in the development of heart disease and other conditions.


Jason Meyer, a University of Kentucky M.D.-Ph.D. candidate, worked with Deneys van der Westhuyzen, a professor in the departments of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, to study the role oxidized LDL plays in the development of plaque inside artery walls.


According to Meyer, the medical research community has traditionally believed that oxidized LDL plays a pivotal role in that process.


"Oxidized LDL moves rapidly into arterial walls and engorges them with cholesterol," Meyer said.  "Cholesterol ultimately converts into plaque, blocking the arteries or, in a worst case scenario, rupturing and sending clots into the bloodstream, causing heart attacks and/or strokes."


However, more recent studies in animals and humans have brought that assumption into question, and the oxidized LDL theory is currently the subject of lively debate.


"Though in its very early stages, our research will add considerably to that controversy," Meyer said, "because it seems to indicate that oxidized LDL might, in fact, be a 'good guy' in the process."


The team's findings come from a project studying a pathway of cholesterol transport called "selective lipid uptake."


"Based on our analysis, we were surprised to find that, instead of increasing the amount of cholesterol uptake and accumulation in the macrophage foam cells, mildly oxidized LDL almost completely prevents increases in cholesterol," van der Westhuyzen said. 


Meyer says the implications of the study are potentially profound.


"If it is demonstrated that oxidized LDL actually has a preventive effect on the accumulation of cholesterol in arterial walls, it may be possible to create a medicine from oxidized LDL to help prevent or treat this killer disease," Meyer said. "There is still much work to do because this project is very early in development and has not been tested in animals, but the results we have so far are very promising."


Meyer and van der Westhuyzen's findings were published in the August issue of the Journal of Lipid Research.

Houndmouth Helps SAB Celebrate Kentucky Week at Kentucky Theater

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 14:05

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — The Student Activities Board Concerts Committee is hosting the band Houndmouth with special guest Andrea Davidson Thursday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. The concert will take place in downtown Lexington at Kentucky Theater, 214 E Main Street.


“As Wildcats, we're always proud of our ties to Kentucky. However, one week each year, SAB gives campus a chance to remember why with 'Kentucky Week.' As a part of Kentucky Week, the concerts committee is bringing one of the most popular bands affiliated with our state, Houndmouth, to one of the most heritage-rich venues in our state, the Kentucky Theater,” Jordan Keeton, SAB director of concerts, said.


Houndmouth is an alternative country band that formed in 2011. Band members include Matt Myers, Katie Toupin, Zak Appleby and Shane Cody. They have performed on Letterman, Conan and at several major music festivals, such as Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo.


“I'm excited for this event because it's a great opportunity for our students to learn that there's more to the Kentucky music scene than bluegrass. For those students who don't already know about Houndmouth, I think they'll be pleasantly surprised at the talent found nearby,” stated Keeton.


Tickets are available to students with a valid UK ID for $5 and to the general public for $15. Student tickets can be purchased in the Student Involvement Ticket Center, located at 253 Student Center. General public tickets can be purchased at the Student Involvement Ticket Center and


Buses from campus to the Kentucky Theater will be available to students from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. Campus stops include Complex Drive/Johnson Center Front Entrance, in front of William T. Young Library and Avenue of Champions bus stop by Alumni Gym.


Involvement is an important part of any student’s experience and growth at the University of Kentucky. The Student Activities Board provides a place for any student to become involved through a variety of positions. Committee chairs will be celebrated, utilized and challenged through their positions on the board. They will receive a hands-on experience of the diverse and engaging events the board offers.


SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.


Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at or Instagram at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.

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Trombone Shorty to Give Kentucky a Taste of Supafunkrock

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 14:00


Trombone Shorty performing "Fire & Brimstone." A transcript of this video can be found hereVideo courtesy of artist. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts will be kicking off its 2014-2015 season with a performance by the Grammy-nominated artist Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. The celebrated artist and his ensemble will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


New Orleans native Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews is a rare artist inspired by a blend of musical genres, mixing rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul and creating a new name to describe his signature sound: Supafunkrock. A band leader since the age of 6, Trombone Shorty has made his presence known worldwide through appearances on the 2014 Grammy Awards, the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Austin City Limits." In 2012, Trombone Shorty performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month alongside music royalty including B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Jeff Beck. Later that same year he received the President's Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with his own Trombone Shorty Foundation, providing musical instruments to children in financial need.


Ticket prices are based on seating location and range from $27 to $35 plus processing fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at, or in person at the ticket office.


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.



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

UK Opera Director Active in Equestrian Games in Normandy

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) — As the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) 2014 are celebrated in Normandy, France, one of the University of Kentucky's own faculty is proudly participating in the Alltech Music Festival. Director and Executive Producer of UK Opera Theatre Everett McCorvey conducted several performances by the American Spiritual Ensemble, which he founded, at the games.


The American Spiritual Ensemble performed for an estimated 10,000 game visitors on Irish Night Aug. 28th. The festivities featured traditional Irish musician Sharon Shannon and her band as headliners. The ensemble also is sharing the stage with many international and local artists at the heart of the Games Village. These artists include Grammy award-winning R&B group Kool & The Gang, French vocal artist Joyce Jonathan and American singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc.


In addition, the American Spiritual Ensemble, led by McCorvey, performed during the Global Dairy and Beef Conference that took place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. This audience included 700 leading international beef and dairy producers and the Presidents' Club, an annual meeting of leading agribusiness executives. These events were also hosted by Alltech in collaboration with the games, taking place in Normandy.


Joining McCorvey and the ensemble in France were three UK Opera Theatre vocalists. Alumni Rebecca Farley and Gregory Turay, who is currently completing his PhD while serving as an Artist-in-Residence at UK School of Music, performed at the festivities as well as ensemble member and alumna Jeryl Cunningham. Tedrin Blair Lindsay, lecturer and vocal coach, provided accompaniment for the vocalists. 


Nearly 500,000 visitors are traveling from around the world to experience the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Normandy, which opened Aug. 23 and runs to Sept. 7


The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ are organized every four years and represent the most important equestrian event in the world. To follow the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy and get updates regarding the Alltech Music Festival visit


The American Spiritual Ensemble, comprised of talented vocalists, performs renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers. The critically-acclaimed professional group has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Boston Opera and the Atlanta Civic Opera in addition to many venues around the world in England, France, Germany, Japan, Scotland and Spain. To view one of the American Spiritual Ensemble's past performances, visit


McCorvey, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama. As a tenor soloist he has performed in various prestigious venues around the world such as Radio City Music Hall and Italy's Teatro Comunale. McCorvey serves as vice-chairman of the Kentucky Arts Council for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


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



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UK Unveils New High-tech Interactive Campus Map

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — Have you ever gotten lost on the University of Kentucky campus?  Or, maybe started walking to your destination and realized it's taking longer than you thought?  Maybe your GPS is no help because it's not updated for new construction on campus or you don't have a street address?


No worries.  UK Facilities Information Services is unveiling its new state-of-the-art, interactive online campus map.  It was developed to provide an array of services to users -- UK students, employees and visitors.  With all the current construction on campus, the map quickly provides the most accurate information available.


Features include:

·         finding most efficient walking routes from and to specific buildings on the map, including estimated travel times

·         quick searches of buildings by name or academic area, parking locations, dining venues, residence halls, computing centers and dozens of other services on campus

·         ability for users to create their own maps, print a copy, or embed it into their own website, eliminating the cost of mapmaking services

·         information on various modes of transportation on campus

·         photos and information of each building on the map including what units occupy the building

·         multiple user-friendly map displays that show a perspective view of campus, building shape, depth and detail as well as annually flown high resolution aerial photography

·         Google Street View 360 degree images of campus sidewalks


Andrew Blues, associate director of Facilities Information Services, said the latest geographic information system (GIS) technology is used in this map, making UK unique among universities offering this service. 


“This is the university’s fastest and most advanced campus map to date," Blues said.  "It builds a foundation to expand into many other areas of campus life.” 


The map can be a useful tool to many people who are trying to navigate campus for many different reasons, said Michelle Ellington, GIS coordinator in Facilities Information Services.


“This map opens the door to unlimited and advanced campus routing capabilities," Ellington said.  "It offers a wealth of information that tightly connects us to our campus, environment which adds value to the university experience.” 


More features are expected to be added to the map later this fall. Become acquainted with the map at


Your Chance to See Rising Star Rapper

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:36

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — The Student Activities Board is excited and proud to announce Chance the Rapper as the fall concert artist. Chance will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in Memorial Coliseum. Doors to the event will open at 7 p.m.


“We first considered Chance after reviewing the results of the All Student Survey that we issue each semester. His name has been appearing with increasing frequency the past few semesters on the survey, and we recognized that he has a substantial fan base on campus. Those considerations, coupled with our desire to bring a hip hop concert to campus after the Lumineers last year and Brantley Gilbert the year before, led us to actively pursue Chance as a concert option,” said Jordan Keeton, director of concerts.


Chance the Rapper is an American hip-hop recording artist. The Chicago-native became well-known after his second mixtape “Acid Rap” was released in 2013. “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Acid Rain” are among Chance’s more popular songs included in the album.  


“If you haven't heard of Chance's music at this juncture, then it's likely that you will in the very near future. He's a rising star, and he's on the brink of great achievement in the music industry," Keeton said.  "I'm excited to introduce campus to this great artist, who exemplifies many traits that I respect, including social awareness,” 


Tickets are now available to students with a valid UK ID for $10 and will go on sale to the general public for $20 beginning Thursday, Sept. 4. Student tickets can be purchased in the Student Involvement Ticket Center, located at 253 Student Center. General public tickets can be purchased at the Student Involvement Ticket Center and


Involvement is an important part of any student’s experience and growth at the University of Kentucky. The Student Activities Board provides a place for any student to become involved through a variety of positions. Committee chairs will be celebrated, utilized and challenged through their positions on the board. They will receive a hands-on experience of the diverse and engaging events the board offers.


SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.


Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at or Instagram at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.


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UK, EKU Announce Major Federal Investment in Occupational Health and Safety in Kentucky and Central Appalachia

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:31


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) —The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC), housed in the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Public Health, has received a major federal investment to advance occupational health and safety in Kentucky and Central Appalachia. A collaboration between UK and Eastern Kentucky University, the CARERC supports graduate education for students and professionals in five disciplines and serves as a cohesive, fully-equipped resource for occupational safety and health research and training in Central Appalachia.


U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto, UK interim vice president for research Lisa Cassis, CARERC director Wayne Sanderson, and two CARERC students will announce funding at a news conference on 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3. 


Each of the Central Appalachia states included in the scope of the CARERC reports high proportions of fatal occupational injuries related to transportation and highway incidents; injuries in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; and mining−industries that are vital to the region and state but also require highly trained health and safety professionals across multiple disciplines to ensure the wellbeing of employees and the public.


In order to address the urgent regional health and safety needs−particularly in the face of anticipated shortages in the occupational health and safety workforce−the CARERC was formed in 2012 as a combination of the academic resources of the colleges nursing, public health, and engineering at the  (UK) as well the college of justice and safety at Eastern Kentucky University. One of only 18 ERCs in the country, it provides interdisciplinary graduate education for students and health professionals in five programs: agricultural safety and health, occupational epidemiology, mining engineering safety and health, occupational health nursing, and occupational safety (at EKU). Beyond supporting students, the CARERC also serves as a resource for industry, labor, government agencies, and other stakeholders.


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UK, EKU Receive $5 million CDC Grant to Advance Occupational Health and Safety in Central Appalachia

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:40


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC), housed in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has received a five-year, $5 million grant to advance occupational health and safety in Central Appalachia and Kentucky. The funding, from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will support the CARERC as a cohesive, fully equipped and recognized resource for occupational safety and health research and training in Central Appalachia.


Just as Kentucky and Appalachia experience elevated rates of many preventable health problems, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes, rates of occupational injuries and fatalities are also higher than the rest of nation. Each of the Central Appalachia states included within the scope of the CARERC reports high proportions of fatal occupational injuries related to transportation and highway incidents; injuries in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining — industries that are vital to the region and state but also require highly trained health and safety professionals across multiple disciplines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of employees and the public.


"While Central Appalachia has witnessed economic progress over the past several decades, systematic attention to the safety and health concerns of its work force has been limited," says Wayne Sanderson, director of the CARERC and interim dean of the UK College of Public Health.


In order to address the urgent regional health and safety needs, particularly in the face of anticipated shortages in the occupational health and safety workforce, the CARERC was formed in 2012 as a combination of the academic resources of the colleges nursing, public health, and engineering at UK as well the college of justice and safety at Eastern Kentucky University. One of only 18 ERCs in the country, it provides interdisciplinary graduate education for students and health professionals in five programs: agricultural safety and health, occupational epidemiology, mining engineering safety and health, occupational health nursing, and occupational safety (at EKU).


"The CARERC works to train professionals who are well equipped to identify and address workplace safety and health hazards, thereby preventing injuries and their associated costs," says Sanderson.


A full 70 percent of the current funding goes directly to support students in the CARERC program, who receive multiple forms of assistance and career development opportunities to prepare them as expert health and safety professionals. In addition to tuition and a stipend, they also benefit from the opportunity to attend professional conferences where they can engage with and learn from national leaders in their field. Through a field studies course, they network with professionals and gain site experience in diverse industries ranging from coal mining to dairy processing to bourbon distilling. And, most importantly, they learn and train in an interdisciplinary program that exposes them to the complex and interconnected dynamics of occupational health and safety.


U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers was present to announce the funding at UK on Sept. 2.


"Students in southern and eastern Kentucky will now have access to greater educational opportunities in the field of occupational safety and health research, which in turn strengthens our workforce here at home," said Congressman Rogers. "I applaud this partnership between UK and EKU that invests in our most rural areas, where were are working diligently to diversify the economy and plan for the future with better health and job opportunities."


Bryan Basford, a CARERC EKU student studying the funding of transportation safety, security, and ergonomic improvement, says that the support he's received from the program has been the single greatest thing to happen to him in graduate school.


As a working professional, he currently serves as the transportation director of the Kentucky River Foothills Development Council in Richmond.  Basford struggled to balance his desire to continue his education with the need to keep the day job that he loved. He took out student loans to fund his first year of graduate work before learning about and successfully applying to the CARERC.


"The ERC has been key to keeping me in the program because it's an opportunity for me to continue my education without taking further student loans," he explained. "There are thousands of students out there in the same position - young professionals who are committed to their field and want more education, but they're not sure how to pay for it without giving up their job."


CARERC support has also been decisive for John Flunker, who is pursuing his master's degree in environmental health and preventive medicine at the UK College of Public Health. He was initially interested in the college because of its Top 25 ranking, but it was the opportunity to be part of the CARERC that finalized his choice.


Flunker is currently finishing his practicum project, which, in collaboration with the UK College of Agriculture, examines the respiratory health of Latinos working in the horse industry. He says that without the CARERC, he mostly likely wouldn't have had opportunities for such interdisciplinary education and collaborative work.


"The ERC creates ways for us to continually interact with other students and professionals who are involved in the same field so we can discuss ideas and current research and share experiences," he says.


Scotty Dunlap, director of the EKU component of the CARERC, recognizes that the interdisciplinary training and on-site experiences are a unique combination that gives students a professional advantage.


"Each industry has its own health and safety challenges," he says. "It's important that students get comprehensive training as well as some on-the-ground experience during their program so they can hit the ground running in their careers."


Beyond students, the CARERC serves as a resource for industry, labor, government agencies, and other stakeholders. For example, the CARERC works with the OSHA Training Institute at EKU to provide occupational safety and health education training opportunities for employees and employers in Central Appalachia. According to Dunlap, many businesses in the area are too small to afford dedicated occupational safety professionals, and therefore give such responsibilities to operations or human resources managers who often aren't appropriately trained.


The CARERC is also partnering with stakeholders in the mining industry to develop new methods to reduce coal dust exposure for miners. In response to an increase in black lung disease, which had been declining, last year's CARERC annual conference convened government, academic, industry, and labor stakeholders to discuss the problem.


"There aren’t many courses or programs where you're out in the field working with nurses, epidemiologists, and safety experts," says Sanderson.  "Everything we do is very interdisciplinary, which is how the real world works— people working together to solve problems."


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Local Legend Anne MacFie Opens Appalachia Concert Series

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — The sounds of traditional folk music will fill the air in Lexington once again as local artist Anne MacFie kickstarts the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series this fall. The first concert will feature this accomplished folksinger/songwriter, whose music has been heard all over the state of Kentucky. MacFie will perform noon Friday, Sept. 5, at the Niles Gallery, located in the University of Kentucky’s Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. The concert is free and open to the public.


A native of Portales, New Mexico, MacFie held her first professional folk singing gig in 1966. Later in 1969 she began to perform in the duo, Dick and Anne Albin, and then went on to launch her solo career in 1988. MacFie has performed at music festivals in the Kentucky State Parks, and she also directs the Pine Mountain State Resort Park Great American Dulcimer Convention.


In January 2013, MacFie performed at the Kentucky Music Winter Weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, a classic track named "Every Day is Saturday Morning to a Dog." 

A transcript of this video can be seen here.


"Her sweet southern voice is complemented by her guitar and mountain dulcimer accompaniment," said Ron Pen, director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, which organizes the concert series.


The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim.


This year’s other series artists and their performance dates are:

· Lee "Boy" Sexton, folk legend from Letcher County, Kentucky, and his son Johnny Sexton, Sept.12;

· The Red State Ramblers, native and adopted Kentuckians with UK ties, Sept. 19;

· Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, internationally recognized musicians, authors and storytellers, Sept. 26;

· SkiPdiPPerS, Letcher County's only female fiddle duo, Oct. 3;

· The Local Honeys, female trio specializing in old time music, Oct. 10;

· "A Kindly Visitation," a play based on the music of North Carolina musician Thomas Jefferson Jarrell by James Leva, Oct. 17;

· "Singing Family of the Cumberlands: The Ritchie Family," Oct. 24;

· Julia Weatherford and Pearl Angeline Shirley, folksong mother-daughter duo, Oct. 31;

· Rich Kirby, a virtuosic fiddle, banjo player and mandolinist, Nov. 7;

· The Rail Splitters, an old time string band with deep roots in Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky, Nov.14

· United Baptist Church of Lexington, a congregation and its distinctive musical worship, Nov. 21; and

· Don Pedi, legendary dulcimer player, Dec. 5


The Niles Center for American Music, host of the concert series, is a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine ArtsUK School of Music and UK Libraries.


For more information on the Anne MacFie concert or the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to or visit the website at



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UK Theatre Chair Presents Play at NYC's La MaMa

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — Nancy Jones, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance, recently presented a performance of "The Maids" at the invitation of New York City's La MaMa. The French play by Jean Genet was translated and directed by Jones and performed by a small cast of UK seniors on Aug. 25.


Genet's 1947 drama centers on two maids, Claire and Solange, who engage in ritualistic, sadomasochistic “games” while their employer, known only as Madame, is away. In this intimate three-person piece, with repetitive action and dialogue that ranges from ornate to crude, Genet delves into issues of class, power, sexuality and gendered performance.


Jones' cast featured theatre senior Erica Chappell, of Lexington; theatre and integrated strategic communication senior Peter LaPrade, of Marietta, Georgia; and theatre and integrated strategic communication senior Les Gibbs, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The set was designed by Tony Hardin, associate professor of theatre set and lighting design at UK. Theatre and art history and visual studies sophomore Abby Schroering, of Louisville, Kentucky, served as stage manager for the production.


In addition to her duties as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Jones teaches performance, directs productions, and brings an international resume of theatre experience to the classroom at UK. "Moliere’s Women" (a play she wrote and directed) premiered in 2006 at the Mae West Festival in Seattle, Washington, and in Paris, France, July 2007.


Jones' work as a theatre director has been featured in New York before at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, where she staged William Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream"; the New York International Fringe Festival; the American Living Room Festival at HERE; Immigrant’s Theatre Project; New York Performance Works; New Dramatists, the country’s premiere playwright development organization; and the Actors Theatre of Louisville 24-Hour Play Festival.


On UK's campus, Jones has developed many interdisciplinary projects including: "Tartuffe" and "Le Grand Guignol" (both cross-disciplinary collaborations with the UK Program of French and Francophone Studies); "El Mundo de los Suenos" (a project with the UK Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program); and "Affrilachia" (developed with UK's Department of Anthropology and African American and Africana Studies Program). Her passion for French theatre led to the development of a UK Education Abroad program held in Paris, France, each summer.


Jones' professional performance career includes equity tours, dance companies, television, commercials and film. She has received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council, is active in the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and serves on the board of the Kentucky Theatre Association.


Founded in 1961, La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. La MaMa has a worldwide reputation for supporting fearless and provocative theater while helping artists gain a foothold in New York. La MaMa is a global organization with creative partners and dedicated audiences around the world. In its 50 year history, La MaMa has been honored with more than 30 OBIE Awards, dozens of Drama Desk and Bessie Awards, and Villager Awards. As a landmark institution for artists and audiences alike, La MaMa presents cross-disciplinary work in theatre, dance, performance art and music that defies form and transcends boundaries of language, race and culture.


The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.




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Markey, Hardin Memorial Health Join Together to Provide Complex Cancer Care in Central and Western Kentucky

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) – Hardin Memorial Health celebrated a new affiliation between its Cancer Care Center and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.


"The Markey affiliate agreement provides a great opportunity for professional education and training for our staff and physicians," said Hardin Memorial Health President Dennis Johnson. "Collaboration with Markey and their affiliates across the state allows our team to stay up-to-date on the newest cancer treatments and research." 


"There is no reason for cancer patients in central Kentucky to leave this area to seek treatment, because the HMH Cancer Care Center provides personalized cancer care close to home," said Dr. Adam Lye, medical director of the Hardin Memorial Health Cancer Care Center. "This care can be enhanced when combined with Markey's specialized treatment, technology and clinical trial opportunities that will help us take cancer care to the next level. This is great news for cancer patients and their families in our community."


The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network was created to provide high-quality cancer care closer to home for patients across the region, and to minimize the effects of cancer through prevention and education programs, exceptional clinical care, and access to research.


By joining the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network, the HMH Cancer Care Center will be able to offer their patients access to additional specialty and subspecialty physicians and care, including clinical trials and advanced technology, while allowing them to stay closer to home for most treatments. The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network supports UK HealthCare's overall mission of ensuring no Kentuckian will have to leave the state to get access to top-of-the-line health care.


"UK HealthCare doesn't just serve Lexington and central Kentucky – our mission is to provide all Kentuckians with the best possible care right here in the state," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network allows us to collaborate with community hospitals to provide top-notch cancer care much closer to home -- saving both travel expenses and time for the patients, in addition to keeping them close to their personal support system."


Markey is one of only 68 medical centers in the country to earn an NCI cancer center designation. Because of the designation, Markey patients have access to new drugs, treatment options and clinical trials offered only at NCI centers.


Moving forward, the Markey Cancer Center is working toward the next tier of designation – an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Currently, 41 of the 68 NCI-designated cancer centers in the country hold a comprehensive cancer center status. The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network will play a large role in bringing that next level of cancer funding to Kentucky.


"The burden of cancer in Kentucky is huge, and unfortunately we have some of the worst cancer rates in the country," said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. "By collaborating with our affiliate hospitals across the state, we have the potential to make a serious impact on cancer care here in the Commonwealth."


The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network began in 2006 and comprises eleven hospitals across the state of Kentucky:


  • ARH Cancer Center-Hazard
  • Frankfort Regional Medical Center
  • Georgetown Community Hospital
  • Hardin Memorial Health Cancer Care Center, Elizabethtown
  • Harlan ARH Hospital
  • Harrison Memorial Hospital, Cynthiana
  • Norton Cancer Institute, Louisville (Norton Healthcare-UK HealthCare partnership)
  • Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland
  • Rockcastle Regional Hospital, Mount Vernon
  • St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead
  • Williamson ARH Hospital


Evaluations are under way for several other hospitals, including two more outside the state of Kentucky, extending Markey's reach and establishing it as the destination cancer center for the region. 


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Announcement Today of Multi-Million Dollar Unprecedented Public-Private Partnership

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — In an unprecedented multi-million dollar public-private partnership between the University of Kentucky, University of Kentucky Dining (Aramark), and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Food Connection at the University of Kentucky will be launched today.


Housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and designed to leverage the innovation and research of UK and the market position of Aramark, the program is being developed to substantively grow a vibrant food economy in Kentucky.


UK President Eli Capilouto, Aramark President and CEO Eric Foss, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, and UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Dean Nancy Cox will make the announcement at 10 a.m. today at the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Plaza.


Check back here for the full story after 10 a.m. today.