Campus News

Meal Plans Provide Quality, Affordable Options for UK Faculty and Staff

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) — UK Dining offers faculty and staff the opportunity to save money through a variety of meal options and access to all of the restaurants, coffee shops, and convenience stores on the main campus as well as Kentucky Clinic Starbucks on the medical campus.


The three plans available to faculty & staff are:

•  The 20 Block Plan, which includes 20 all-you-care-to-eat meals at Blazer Café and Commons Market* or Wildcat Deals** at participating restaurants for $110, at approximately $5.50 per meal. Any extra meals roll over to the next semester and do not expire. This plan offers the most amount of food for the money.

•  The 10 Block Plan, which includes 10 all-you-care-to-eat meals at Blazer Café and Commons Market* or Wildcat Deals** at participating restaurants for $110 (approximately $6 per meal) and $50 flex. The meals and flex dollars for faculty/staff do not expire and will roll over.

•  The All Flex Dollars Plan, which includes $200 flex for $170. Flex can be used at all main campus cafés, restaurants and convenience stores as well as Kentucky Clinic Starbucks on the medical campus.


This summer, “meals” on the 20- and 10- block plans may be used for all-you-care-to-eat meals at Commons Market (open with varied schedule beginning June 5th for summer camps), for a Wildcat Deal at K-Lair or Intermezzo,  or after June 1st for a lunch Wildcat Deal at Greens to Go and a dinner Wildcat Deal at Chick-fil-A or Subway. This fall the main location to use meals will be The Fresh Food Company at The 90, which replaces Commons Market as the all-you-care-to-eat restaurant on south campus. Faculty and staff meals may be used to treat a guest. Flex dollars on the meal plans may be used at all dining locations on the main campus as well as Kentucky Clinic Starbucks on the medical campus. Find more information about open locations here.


As an added bonus, faculty and staff may receive a $1 off food purchases of $5 or more with a faculty/staff ID at Intermezzo or Apothecary Café (excludes combos, national brands and convenience stores). 


UK Dining is committed to providing the UK community a broad selection of food to meet all tastes and preferences. Menus are created by experienced chefs who have a passion for food. Kentucky Proud products are also used throughout campus to provide wholesome, locally grown food.


Visit the UK Dining website to learn more about faculty and staff meal plans.



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover and Rebecca Stratton; (859) 323-2395;,

BB&T Funds Education, Research Program at Gatton College

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:22

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (May 21, 2015) — BB&T has provided $2.5 million in support for the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, establishing the new BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism, and funding a significant study area in the new, state-of-the-art Gatton College building scheduled to open in fall 2016.


Completing their gift this week, Heath W. Campbell, president of BB&T’s Kentucky region, presented the final payment to David W. Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College, at BB&T’s Lexington advisory board meeting.


The BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism will provide financial support for research, education and outreach programs to engage both the academic community and the public in a sustained examination of capitalism from economic, historical, legal, and social perspectives. In addition to creating the BB&T Professorship for the Study of Capitalism, the program will support faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate coursework, enable the university to bring in relevant speakers, offer an academic conference and public forums, and provide research funding.


Gatton Professor of Economics John Garen will serve as the program’s director, and as the first BB&T Professor. His research focuses on the economics of incentive systems, economic organization, the role of government in the economy, and labor and human resource economics. His work has been published in many of the foremost academic journals, and he has produced numerous reports, manuscripts, and presentations to the public on the importance of economics to good public policy. Garen received his Ph.D. in economics from Ohio State University in 1982, served as chair of the UK Department of Economics from 2005-09, and during 2004-05 he was co-director of the Gatton College’s Center for Business and Economic Research.


“We are honored to partner with the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics, and we believe BB&T’s strong presence and identity will have an immediate and lasting impact on both the university and the broader community,” Campbell said. “We are confident that our commitment to providing needed resources for this new facility will help students in their future endeavors and contribute to tomorrow’s business leaders for the region and across Kentucky.”


"We are grateful to partner with a successful, community-oriented company like BB&T to expand our capacity to prepare even more principled business leaders for the Commonwealth and beyond, who are ready to contribute immediately to their companies, and to compete in a changing world market," said Blackwell. “This support of our new building, combined with the new BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism, will also allow us to produce influential research and support economic growth that has a direct, tangible influence on the lives of Kentucky citizens and people around the world.”




MEDIA CONTACTS: Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750/;

Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200/


'Healthiest Weekend in Lexington' to Benefit Markey Cancer Center

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) - Through his Ironcology fundraising organization, University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center oncologist and local triathlete Dr. Jonathan Feddock is partnering with the Markey Cancer Foundation to host "The Healthiest Weekend in Lexington," a two-day event June 12-13 that will focus on community engagement, cancer awareness, and promoting a healthy lifestyle while raising funds for cancer care at Markey.


The weekend includes the first-ever “Survive the Night Triathlon,” an overnight team relay that covers 140.7 combined miles of swimming, biking and running. The triathlon begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 12 at Spindletop Hall, 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Ky. Registration for the triathlon is $350 for individuals or $425 for a team of up to 10 athletes, and participants must register by June 1.


On Saturday, June 13, the event continues at 9 a.m. with the Something for Every Body Exercise Event and Expo, also at Spindletop Hall. Numerous local fitness centers have volunteered their time and expertise to create a choose-your-own-exercise format, where attendees can participate in a variety of small group fitness classes throughout the morning including yoga, TRX, Silver Sneakers, water aerobics, boxing, barre, body rolling and more.


Each fitness class will be available for a $5 donation. Participants will need to register at the event to reserve a spot for their preferred classes and times.


During the exercise event, local businesses will be on hand with information highlighting a healthy lifestyle for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The expo is free and open to the public.


Feddock, a seasoned triathlete who regularly competes in Iron Man competitions, began using his talents as an athlete to raise money for patient care at Markey last year. He raced in four long-distance events in 2014, using crowdfunding to raise more than $142,000 for Markey.


"After seeing the success I had raising money racing in triathlons, a lot of people expressed an interest in helping raise money for Markey in a similar way," Feddock said. "So I created the Healthiest Weekend in Lexington fundraiser with the idea that there would be something for everyone, whether you are a seasoned athlete or brand-new to fitness."


The Healthiest Weekend in Lexington is sponsored by UK HealthCare, Audi of Lexington, Big Ass Fans, Clark Material Handling Company and West Sixth Brewing. Fitness services will be provided by CycleYou, Fit4Mom Lexington, Legacy All Sports, LiveWell Training Club, Proof Fitness, PureBarre, Source on High, SweatLex and the YMCA of Lexington.



The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation’s mission is to reduce cancer mortality in Kentucky and beyond by supporting innovative cancer research and treatments, education and community engagement, state-of-the-art facilities, and compassionate patient care at the UK Markey Cancer Center.



Ironcology is an exercise-based fundraising effort started by UK Markey Cancer Center radiation oncologist Dr. Jonathan Feddock in 2014. Feddock, a long-distance triathlete, originally set out to raise $200,000 through crowdfunding pledges for his efforts in the 2014 Ironman Louisville to put a downpayment on a new, state-of-the-art radiation implant suite at the Markey Cancer Center. With that goal now attained, Feddock is expanding Ironcology to the masses to engage others to participate in pledge-based competition and events to raise money on behalf of the UK Markey Cancer Foundation. 



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

BLOG: Remembering Paul Bummer

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:33

The following is a blog from University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy Interim Dean Kelly Smith


May 21, 2015


Paul Bummer, a beloved University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy faculty member for the past 25 years, passed away May 15 at the age of 59. Dr. Bummer is lovingly remembered by his parents, Philip and Georgette Bummer, his sister, Phyllis Atkinson, his niece and nephew, Adrienne Lipka and Douglas Lipka, and many other relatives, friends, professional colleagues, students, past and present, from the UK College of Pharmacy.


Dr. Bummer was the type of educator that we all admired. No matter how complex the lesson, he was able to deliver it in a compelling and thoughtful manner. His best attribute, however, was that he was a great listener. And when he spoke, we all listened. Above all else, he was the dearest of friends to so many. He will be sorely missed.


He was widely-recognized by students and colleagues alike as the consummate educator and mentor. In fact, he was named the top professor by the College’s first-year professional class – the Class of 2018 – this spring. In late April, one of our second-year PharmD students recognized Dr. Bummer with UK’s “Teacher Who Made a Difference” award.


Dr. Bummer first came to UK in 1990 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Utah’s Center for Controlled Chemical Delivery.  He established himself as one of the nation’s most respected educators and researchers and ascended through the faculty ranks to become an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.


His research efforts centered on colloid systems, interfacial phenomena, and their application to drug delivery. His work focused on the application of lipid excipients and surfactants as means of enhancing the delivery of poorly-soluble drugs (most notably anti-cancer agents) by both the oral and parenteral routes. His publications included studies on drug solubilization and mass transport in lipid assembly systems, and biophysical properties of pulmonary surfactant. He was a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences (AAPS) Lipid-Based Drug Delivery Focus Group Steering Committee, and served as a field editor for the journal Pharmaceutical Research. His passion for teaching and inspiring others was evident in the graduate degree program, as he chaired the dissertation work of 8 PhD and MS students and mentored 8 post-doctoral scholars, and at one point served as Director of Graduate Studies.


Dr. Bummer served the College and University communities in a variety of capacities over the years. His classroom work earned him distinction from students and colleagues. He was a four-time recipient of the College’s Blouin Award for Excellence in Education and a recipient of the William T. Miles Award for community service.


In addition to his faculty awards from the College, Dr. Bummer was recognized by peers with the AAPS Young Investigator Award and the Commonwealth of Kentucky Science and Engineering Award.


One of his many hobbies was woodworking.  He spent many hours in his workshop creating gifts and furniture for friends and relatives. Ever the teacher and creator, and because of his love for working with wood, he developed a strong commitment to Habitat for Humanity.


He participated in the Lexington Habitat/Catholic Build projects for approximately 20 years.  As a natural teacher with a strong but understanding voice, he transferred his professional skill of teaching to the building projects.  He spent many hours instructing volunteers from age 16 to 82 on the art of home building.


A memorial service honoring Dr. Bummer’s life and legacy will be held in the atrium at the UK College of Pharmacy on Thursday, May 21. The memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. and a reception with family and colleagues will take place immediately following the service. A funeral will be held in Pittsburgh, Penn., on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at St. Alexis Church, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford, PA 10590.  Reception to follow at Vincentian Villa.


In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Lexington Habitat for Humanity at or to the American Cancer Society at


Annual Routine Maintenance Work Begins on University Parking Structures

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 14:03
LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services announced that summer maintenance projects began this week in the University Drive Garage and the Rose Street Garage.


Annual maintenance on the University of Kentucky campus parking structures began Tuesday.  Approximately 30 spaces are scheduled to be blocked in the University Drive Garage (PS #1) as part of the annual routine preventive maintenance.


The summer maintenance work in campus parking structures will require blocking of a varying number of parking spaces throughout the duration of the project. Throughout the summer, the maintenance will take place during evenings and weekends whenever possible, so as to minimize the impact on parking spaces.


As part of the annual routine maintenance work on the university's parking structures, most of the Rose Street Garage (PS #2) will be closed beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 22. Only the first level will remain available for parking. The upper levels will re-open no later than 6 a.m. Monday, May 25.


This closure is necessary to facilitate the application of a protective coating to the floors of levels two and three. While the recoating process will limit parking in most of the garage over the weekend, Parking and Transportation Services is undertaking this process to help extend the lifespan of the facility. Furthermore, this work has been scheduled to take place on a weekend to minimize the impact to the university community.


Vehicles parked in the garage after 4:30 p.m. Friday will be allowed to exit the garage; however, all vehicles are asked to be removed by 5 p.m. if possible.


For more information regarding summer parking and closures, visit the UK Parking and Transportation Services website.




MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover, (859) 323-2395;,

School-Record Three Teams Win Academic Progress Rate Honors

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 13:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) — The University of Kentucky has a school-record three teams — women’s cross country, men’s golf and men’s basketball — that have received awards for their Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, the NCAA announced Wednesday.


The Wildcat squads received the honor for placing in the top 10 percent of Division I schools in their respective sports. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by the progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR scores are a four-year composite, covering the 2010-11 through 2013-14 school years, that measure eligibility, retention and graduation.


Having three teams earn the APR top-10 award ties the school record set a year ago. It’s also the first time that a UK squad has won in four consecutive years, as this marks four in a row for men’s golf. Women’s cross country has won two years in a row. Men’s basketball earned the honor for the second time, also in 2009.


"I’m proud to have three teams win top-10 awards again this year," said Mitch Barnhart, UK director of athletics.  “Obviously, the teams have done their job in the classroom and I recognize Coach (John) Calipari, Coach (Edrick) Floréal and Coach (Brian) Craig for their success in managing their programs.”


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


“Our athletes continue to prioritize academic success, and this award highlights that,” Floréal said.  “Our CATS (Center for Academic and Tutorial Services) academic counselors, Passion Richardson and Mike Pirrman, have played a key role not just supporting and guiding our athletes, but preparing them for the NCAA model of going pro in something other than sports.”


"This is a nice honor that is a direct reflection on our CATS center and our team's academic advisor, Amy Craiglow, along with the quality of the men we have in our program,” Craig said. “I do not know of a better academic support program than CATS, or a better academic advisor/mentor than Amy Craiglow.  They are just outstanding and tremendous assets for our team's student-athletes. Our guys also made a 3.3 GPA this spring semester, and we are very proud of their work in the classroom."


"I'm proud of what has happened on the court with the Final Fours, national championship and league titles, but I'm just as proud of the commitment our young people make to academics,” Calipari said. “To be honored in this way says a lot about their character and their drive to be lifetime learners. Congrats to Mike Stone and our academic support staff. They're the best in the business."


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


Wednesday's news is a continuation of the academic accomplishments of UK student-athletes. In October, it was announced that UK has broken or tied the NCAA Graduation Success Rate every year since the NCAA began measuring that statistic in 2005. UK athletes have posted an overall grade-point average over 3.0 in each of the last six semesters. On May 9, 62 student-athletes participated in graduation ceremonies, giving UK Athletics a total of 93 graduates for the 2014-15 school year.




MEDIA CONTACT: Tony Neely,; 859-257-3838.




Employee Parking Permit Renewal Now Open

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 12:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015)  University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is now accepting employee parking permit renewal applications. UK employees are encouraged to renew their permits at Employees may also apply for permit renewal via campus mail by using printable forms found at or in person at Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (Parking Structure #6). Office hours for permit sales are 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


2015-2016 parking permits must be displayed no later than July 1. Employees are encouraged to renew their permits as early as possible, so as to ensure delivery by June 30. Online application renewals will be available through July 7.


New this year, PTS is offering express pick-up for employees who order their permit online after noon Monday, June 22. Employees who order their permits during this time period will only be able to utilize express pick-up and should plan accordingly. They should allow three business days for processing, and may pick up their permit at the PTS offices in the Press Avenue Garage (721 Press Avenue). Hours for permit pick-up will be 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Standard employee permits for the 2015-2016 permit year are $34 per month, or $408 a year. This represents a $1 per month increase in rates. 


Employee reserved permit renewal will begin on June 1. Reserved permit holders will receive more information closer to the start date.


All outstanding parking citations must be paid before an application is accepted. Citations may be paid online at


Eligible UK employees may payroll deduct permit fees on a pre-tax basis. Pre-tax authorization must be completed each year. Employees may simply select the pretax option during the online application process or complete and submit an authorization form available at UK retirees and employees paying through methods other than payroll deduction are not eligible for pre-tax enrollment.


To complete an online application, applicants should have on hand their link blue login and password, correct home or work address and a credit card if not opting for payroll deduction.


For more information on permits, parking on campus or to receive forms, visit, call 859-257-5757 or visit Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6). To stay up-to-date on campus parking and transit news, follow UK Parking on Twitter at, subscribe to the Parking e-News email newsletter at or tune into 1700 AM.



MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover, (859) 323-2395;,

VIDEO: UK's Center for Clinical & Translational Science Helps Researchers "see discovery."

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:38


Video Produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) —The task of turning research discoveries from the lab into tangible clinical treatments and applications would be a much more arduous task if not for a special resource on the University of Kentucky campus. 


The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), established in 2006, works with faculty and staff across campus to translate discoveries in basic science to improvements in public health.


Guoqiang Yu, a biomedical engineering associate professor, has been working with the CCTS on research that originated in the Biomedical Optics Lab.  He focuses on developing and testing non-invasive methods for measuring changes in tissue by using light. 


Watch the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video above to understand why the CCTS is so valuable to Yu as he works to translate his research into something that could ultimately help patients.


This video feature is part of a special series produced by UKNow focusing on locations across campus that are meaningful for UK students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni.   The idea is to show how the physical spaces on campus help foster discovery, community, research, knowledge and success for the UK family.   As the university celebrates its 150th anniversary, we want to show readers what our campus is like today by showcasing locations that have stood for decades along with some of our newest spots.  Click on the playlist below to watch other videos in the series. 




  Since the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If there’s an obscure spot on campus you don’t think many people know about or an area that’s on everyone’s radar but you have a special connection to it, email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!


VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,


WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' on UK Orchestra Members Performing in Prague

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 17:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 22, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  On today's show, UK Symphony Orchestra conductor John Nardolillo talks about the role orchestra members will play in the performance of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" this summer in the theater where the work was given its world premiere in Prague over 200 years ago. 


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


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

UK Transportation Master Planning Continues Through Summer 2015

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2015) — Work on the University of Kentucky’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is ongoing. The TMP aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community, and work on this initiative will continue throughout the summer months. The university remains committed to sharing draft recommendations and soliciting feedback from the campus community. Despite the pace of the planning process, no major changes in permit allocation or pricing models will be implemented for the coming academic year. However, there is a tremendous amount of work underway to ensure the university continues to meet the access needs of the campus community.


TMP Ongoing Planning Efforts:

Over the past three years, the university has invested — or is about to begin construction on — $1.7 billion in a campus transformation unlike any other in higher education.  “Along with these incredible opportunities, we know that the campus transformation also provides challenges,” said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration. 


Over the past many months, there has been a comprehensive process of gathering information and input regarding the challenges and opportunities for transportation and mobility on campus.  Based on the feedback received to date and their analysis, Sasaki and Associates will submit draft recommendations and an associated financial plan to UK over the summer.  The university will then have the opportunity to provide further feedback and revisions, with the goal of finalizing the plan during the fall semester.


“The university will continue to foster an open dialogue with the campus community throughout this process,” Monday said. ”We want to reach as many people as possible who are affected by campus transportation.”


No Major Permit Allocation or Pricing Changes for Academic Year 15-16:

Given the planned timing for the completion of the TMP, there will be no major changes to parking permit allocation or pricing for the coming year. As recently noted in a communication from President Capilouto regarding the FY16 budget, parking rates will increase by only a modest $1 per month this coming year for most permit types.


Planned Improvements for Academic Year 15-16:

While the plan will not be finalized until this fall and implementation of the TMP will be phased over the ensuing months and years, the university is not waiting to make improvements to campus transportation and mobility.  For example, several projects are underway to increase parking supply for this fall, including:

  • Expansion of the Commonwealth Stadium Orange Lot (~500 spaces)
  • Construction of the Reynolds Lot at the northwest end of Scott Street (~230 spaces)
  • Addition of spaces at Commonwealth Stadium through design efficiencies (~200+ spaces)
  • Expansion of the Linden Walk Lot (~36 spaces)
  • Construction of the new Greek Park Lot at the southeast end of Rose Lane (~35 spaces)

Moreover, the university is also exploring options to improve transit service and expand transportation alternatives.


History of Outreach and Feedback and Call for Ongoing Involvement:

The campus community has been heavily involved in the TMP planning process from the beginning. At the end of January, UK hosted two public forums to receive feedback from the university community. A representative from Sasaki and Associates presented a timeline for the plan, answered questions from the audience and noted the feedback that audience members provided.


Sasaki and Associates returned to the campus in late March to host a second round of public forums and to present preliminary solutions for the campus community to consider. These concepts were highly informed by community feedback.


Videos of all forums are can be accessed by clicking the links below.


The planning team has also been receiving feedback on these important issues from the TMP online survey — developed and administered with the University of Kentucky Transportation Center — which yielded more than 5,000 responses — and through the EVPFA website (


Members of the community are encouraged to visit the EVPFA website throughout the summer to stay apprised of TMP progress, review draft plans and provide valuable feedback.


Additional feedback and input can be sent to




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

UK Announces Third-party Administrator Sought for Body Bequeathal Program

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2015) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto today announced that UK's body bequeathal program (BBP) will be overhauled, including a transition to third-party administrator to manage it, following a comprehensive audit he ordered that uncovered shortcomings in overall operations, administrative oversight and record keeping.


The comprehensive audit did not uncover financial impropriety or misuse of donated remains.  The body bequeathal program (BBP) supports medical training for students, physicians, dentists, physical therapists, and other health care workers by allowing individuals to donate or will their body for the advancement of medical science and for teaching needs. It has existed at UK since 1960.


"I want to apologize on behalf of the entire UK community for the failings we uncovered in this important program," Capilouto said. "The body bequeathal program has long been important to our teaching mission. It also has been important to so many individuals and their families who made selfless donations, born of compassion and fueled by a sense of service to others. We apologize to them and want them to know that we are moving quickly to fix what was broken and restore their trust in us."


Specifically, a more than three-month examination Capilouto ordered of the program has resulted in the decision by the president and senior administrators to have the program managed by external third-party professionals. However, even before the comprehensive audit was completed, Capilouto ordered significant management and oversight changes for the program that have been enacted as the transition to a third-party administrator continues over the next few months.


In January, Capilouto wrote to dozens of families after The Herald-Leader identified a backlog in burials of cremated remains. Capilouto apologized to families and said an immediate, comprehensive review would be conducted. A copy of the letter can be found here: Families and others with questions about the program can call 859-323-6582.


Within weeks of that outreach, management of the program was shifted to the Dean's Office in the UK College of Medicine. Previously, the program was in the anatomy department. In addition, a new oversight committee is being formed to help provide governance structure and support while the transition is made to a third-party administrator.


New program management software has been approved to develop and to ensure appropriate record-keeping and reconciliation of financial records.  And UK officials stopped accepting new registrations for donation in late February. Anyone who has previously registered will be received into the program provided the criteria for acceptance at registration is met.


Moreover, during the transition period, officials are working to contact families to appropriately resolve issues with 235 cremated remains that are at UK.  The cremated remains will either be interred or returned to the family as per their wishes.


In addition, some 90 donated bodies are currently being utilized in the program. The audit did not find problems associated with the cadavers. Those cadavers will either be cremated as they are at the end of the normal period for study or will continue to be utilized for educational research as they normally would.


"Our core mission is teaching, research, care and service," said UK Provost Tim Tracy, who helped lead the management and financial reviews of the existing body bequeathal program. "Even before a comprehensive audit was completed, we determined that the operational and programmatic failures were such that we needed to move forward with an overhaul of the program as quickly as possible. We believe, to that end, that it is in the best interests of UK and the families involved to work with an outside partner to manage and administer this important program.


Specifically, the audit cited as deficiencies:


·         The need for clear, consistent communication to families and ensuring a timely disposition of remains in accordance with donor or family wishes.


·         Much of the administrative processes were conducted via inconsistent paper records, rather than utilizing modern software technology and data management.


·         Funding for the program — and sources of funding whether through donations or fees — also were difficult to track and reconcile along with an appropriate accounting of when burials took place. The audit, however, found no misappropriation of funds.


·         There were unclear practices for donations and fees associated with the program as part of a financial model for funding the initiative that was inadequate.


·         An inadequate governance structure was in place that did not ensure sufficient oversight and quality control.


·         Questions were raised about whether one employee — the coordinator — had too many responsibilities to appropriately administer the program.


·         It was determined that a crematorium, while functional, was not on a routine maintenance schedule, and there were poor records for its usage levels.


"We are a learning institution. That means when problems are found, we acknowledge them and work, collaboratively, to fix them," said Eric Monday, UK's executive vice president for finance and administration. "That's precisely what we have done here. As soon as the university became aware of issues, we conducted a thorough and comprehensive examination, the results of which are being made completely public to the community we serve. As importantly, we are reaching out, apologizing to those impacted and detailing precisely how we will fix this important program so that it can continue the important service it provides to both UK and our state."



MEDIA CONTACT:  Jay Blanton, 859-257-6605

UK Student's Win at International Competition Places Her on Carnegie Hall Stage

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 15:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 20, 2015) — This Memorial Day, the University of Kentucky will be well represented on one of the nation's most prestigious stages as doctoral candidate Hye Jin Yeom performs at Carnegie Hall. Yeom was one of only 12 first place winners in the college students and professionals' pianist category at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, which qualifies her to perform in a special winners recital held in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall on May 25.


A solo appearance at Carnegie Hall is no small feat. "It is a dream for any serious musician to play solo at Carnegie Hall. A performance there never 'just happens' — one has to earn it with hard work, dedication and never-ending self-improvement," said Yeom's professor, Irina Voro, professor of piano at UK School of Music.


Yeom will play Allegro de Concierto, op. 49 by Spanish composer Enrique Granados.


American Protégé is dedicated to advancing the careers and promoting the talents of all participants and winners. Judges select several winners from different categories including brass, wind, piano, string and voice. The competition is open to artists from around the world who qualify in any of five categories related to age and experience.


The 2015 competition saw submissions from musicians from approximately 30 countries. Previous winners have gone on to perform on TV shows, such as "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "The Voice," as well as several prestigious concerts.


"Hye Jin Yeom definitely earned her performance at Carnegie Hall. It is an honor for UK School of Music and the entire university that our student won first prize at the international competition," Voro said.


Yeom recently completed her second year of doctoral studies under Voro. She earned her master's degree in piano performance from Morehead State University.


Music has been an important part of Yeom's life from a very early age when she began playing the piano at the age of 5 in her home in South Korea. "Music is beyond language, I believe. And the music depicts the ‘beyondness’ of the world and human beings."  


Locally, the award-winning musician can be heard not only on a UK stage but also at Harrodsburg Christian Church, where she plays the piano and organ.


Yeom's passion for music is still strong more than 25 years after the first time sitting down at a piano. "I love Hans Andersen’s expression about music: 'Where words fail, music speaks,'" Yeom said. "Without music, I don’t know how I could awake my soul to see the world the way it is."


The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts 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.



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


SEC Enrollment Management Conference Discusses Issues, Challenges

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 14:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2015) — Colleges and universities across the country face both significant opportunities and challenges associated with recruiting and retaining students.


How does financial aid work and what are the challenges in explaining the process to families? How do universities ensure that primary and secondary educational curricula are aligned with admission requirements? What are the importance of social media and branding when it comes to engaging with prospective students?


Those are some of the weighty and important topics and questions that will be addressed at the 9th Annual SEC Enrollment Network Meeting, which starts today and is being hosted at the University of Kentucky.


“We all face so many of the same challenges and tremendous opportunities as research universities in the South,” said Don Witt, UK’s associate provost for enrollment management. “Coming together with sister institutions provides us with a unique opportunity to discuss issues and the values we share, along with potential opportunities for partnership.”


Over the course of two-and-a-half days, Witt said representatives from each of the 14 SEC schools will hold sessions on issues ranging from counselor relations to implementation issues surrounding the new SAT. In between sessions, enrollment management leaders will hear from UK President Eli Capilouto and Provost Tim Tracy, while also getting the opportunity to get a bit of Lexington flavor at area restaurants and in the region’s horse country.


“Enrollment management leaders are on the front lines of some of the most important issues we face in public higher education,” Tracy said. “We are serving as host of this conference at a particularly interesting time for higher education, as recruitment and retention issues are more important than ever before for our institutions."


“Stephen Barnett, Prim Wathen and our entire enrollment management team at UK have put in countless hours to prepare for this conference, while continuing to work on advising conferences and the first-year class that will be here before we know it,” Witt said. “I’m proud of our team and excited for the opportunity to showcase Lexington and what UK is doing, while also sharing best practices and some challenges with each other.”



MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155

ACE Presents 'Peter Pan Jr.'

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 12:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2015) — Faith, trust and just a hint of pixie dust! The University of Kentucky Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE) is proud to present its spring musical, "Peter Pan Jr." from Musical Theatre International (MTI). The musical, based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's play, will take the stage May 22-24, at the Downtown Arts Center (DAC).


"Peter Pan Jr." is a modern version of the timeless story about Peter, the boy who didn’t want to grow up. Peter, along with Wendy, Michael and John fly to Neverland where adventure awaits as they befriend the lost boys, mermaids and Indians. But things take a turn as the friends encounter Captain Hook and his band of pirates. Filled with adventure and rated G for all audiences, this musical is a magical story for the young and young at heart.


ACE was created in 2009 as a preparatory performing arts program for young students in Lexington and the surrounding communities. The academy provides training and instruction in performing arts and encourages excellence, enthusiasm, professionalism and passion among its students. ACE is a department of UK Opera Theatre.


"Peter Pan Jr." will be presented 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22; 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23; and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Downtown Arts Center. Tickets for this show are $12 for children and $15 for general admission. To purchase tickets in advance, call the DAC box office at 859-425-2550. Tickets are also available at the door.


UK Opera Theatre is part of 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, and theory and music history.



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

Middle Schooler Shadows UK Neuropsychologists After Winning National Contest

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 09:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2015) -- Thirteen-year-old Abby Gottesman watched through the glass as the pineapple was strapped into place and made its way through the center of an enormous donut.


It sounds like something from the school cafeteria, but in fact Abby was enjoying her dream day learning from neuropsychologists from UK HealthCare.


Most 13-year-olds aren't really certain what they want to be when they grow up, or their career aspirations are more generic: nurse, fireman, lawyer.  But Abby's career goal to be a neuropsychologist puts her in rarefied company.  Her essay outlining her life's pursuit and why she felt she would be a good neuropsychologist made her one of only five middle schoolers in the country chosen to shadow people in their chosen discipline through the DreamUP! Program.


The DreamUP! Program is a no-cost career exploration program and contest for middle school students across the United States sponsored by Office Depot and USA TODAY. The program is designed for students to follow a set of career exploration lessons and concludes with students writing a 500-word essay about their dream job/career.


"When I read Abby's essay entry I was blown away," said Amelia Anderson-Mooney, Ph.D., the neuropsychologist who planned Abby's dream day.  "This young woman will achieve anything she puts her mind to."


Neuropsychologists specialize in assessing the cognitive and behavioral effects of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Down syndrome, and Alzheimer's disease.  By using standardized testing to assess behavior and cognition, coupled with technology such as MRI, neuropsychologists aim to understand how brain function influences the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of neurological disease.  They work hand-in-hand with neurologists and other physicians to assist patients in managing their situation safely and effectively.

Anderson-Mooney wanted to make sure that Abby learned about essential brain functions and the tools neuropsychologists use to measure those functions.   So the seventh grader from Lexington Traditional Magnet School started her day with the Neurocognitive Service team at UK HealthCare's Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, learning about their educational backgrounds and gaining hands-on experience with the cognitive tests neuropsychologists use with their patients. 


The group then discussed a case study so that Abby could to see how those tests are used in real life  The day concluded with a visit to UK's Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Spectroscopy Center (MRISC), where they put a pineapple through an MRI to demonstrate how the technology helps assess brain structure.  Finally, with the MRISC’s Dave Powell, Ph.D. at the controls, Anderson-Mooney served as a human volunteer for fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), which demonstrates in real time which parts of the brain are responsible for motor control as Anderson-Mooney followed simple instructions presented to her on a screen.  


"I was extremely excited because this is a big deal," said Abby. "It's great exposure so I can know what I'm going to do when I grow up."


And Abby wasn't the only one who enjoyed the experience.


"It’s my opinion that I have the best job in the world with the best people in the world, and I was very proud to introduce Abby to it,” Anderson-Mooney said. 

Strategic Plan Town Halls Provide Opportunities for Community Feedback

Sun, 05/17/2015 - 21:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2015) — The University of Kentucky campus provided valuable feedback in a series of town halls focusing on the UK Strategic Plan.


UK Provost Tim Tracy announced in an email to campus Wednesday, April 29, that a draft of the strategic objectives, strategic initiatives and action steps for the plan — an 8-page document — is now available, for community feedback.


The draft is available here on the Strategic Plan website.


The Strategic Plan town halls took place at the following dates and locations. Click on the links to view videos of the discussions.


1.    May 6, Lexmark Public Room   

2.    May 7, UK Athletic Association Auditorium, W.T. Young Library

3.    May 13, Bio-Pharm Complex, Room 234-B


The leadership team will review campus feedback and make final edits to the plan before presenting it to the UK Board of Trustees for its consideration in June.


The Strategic Plan focuses on five main areas and builds upon work that faculty, staff and students completed over the past year. These areas include:

  1. Undergraduate student success
  2. Diversity and inclusivity
  3. Community engagement and impact
  4. Graduate education (we will address professional education initiatives separately once this process is completed)
  5. Research 

In the coming days, a situational analysis and introduction for the proposed plan will be circulated, as well. After the campus and Board of Trustees consider the plan, the UK community also will be involved in development of an implementation plan as well as specific ways to measure progress.


"Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees and President Capilouto, we have a compelling vision for the University of Kentucky: to be one of the handful of exceptional public, residential research institutions in the country, with an unwavering commitment to our Commonwealth," Tracy said. "To make this vision a reality, the UK Strategic Plan will guide our actions, and how we measure our progress, as we move forward together." 



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


UK Police Issue Golden Alert

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 17:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 15, 2015) — University of Kentucky Police have issued a Golden Alert after a man disappeared from Kentucky Clinic on the UK campus this afternoon.


Salvador Lara Ortiz, 64, walked away from his family around 1 p.m. today while in Kentucky Clinic. According to police, Ortiz, who has Alzheimer's disease, does not speak English and has difficulty communicating verbally.


UK Police, Lexington Police and the Lexington Fire Department have been searching since Ortiz was reported missing.


Anyone with information is asked to call UK Police at #8573 on any cell phone or dial 911.

Breaking Barriers as a First-gen Female in Computer Science

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2015) — She comes from a Kentucky town of fewer than 7,000, but she’s no stranger to traveling the world’s most influential cities. She only just earned her bachelor’s degree in December, but began working toward her master’s last year. She is a female going into in a historically male-dominated field, but has had no trouble landing top internships and research positions.


And while many may think working at NASA and on an international project to unwrap ancient scrolls would be the pinnacle of Abigail Coleman’s career, this is actually just the beginning.


Coleman is a first-generation college student at the University of Kentucky. She graduated with a degree in computer science from the UK College of Engineering and is now a graduate student at the university. Her studies keep her busy during the academic year, so she’s eager that summer has begun.


She won’t be taking a break though; instead, she’ll work full-time on a project that fuses ancient history and modern technology.   


“I got this great opportunity to work on this project, and I figured I’d get my master’s at the same time,” Coleman said. “I didn’t apply to any other college. I knew it wasn’t a question.”


The ancient Herculaneum scrolls project has been in the works for years, led by Department of Computer Science Chair and Professor Brent Seales, but has reached a turning point this year, and with the help of Seales’ team, may reach another soon.


It’s an international collaboration: physicists from Italy, a papryologist from France, and Seales leading the computer science initiative at UK.


With the scrolls carbonized by the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy, it is simply impossible to unroll them without destroying them. So while the physicists can scan a 2,000-year old scroll at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and the papryologist can study the scroll’s content, computer software is needed to visualize the scroll and scan through it for writing. With the hundreds of carbonized layers, the software Seales and others are working on becomes vital for delivering full works rather than only individual letters.


Coleman, joined by several other student researchers, has specifically worked on UV mapping. UV mapping is a way to make a 2D image representation of a 3D model's surface, in this case 2D images or pages of the 3D scroll.


“It’s cool doing something that’s never been done before,” she said.


Coleman is from Princeton, Kentucky, and has always been fascinated by technology. She excelled in her computer science courses, becoming a University Scholar, which allowed her to  work toward her master’s degree before graduating with her bachelor’s. During her time at UK she has also been a member of Phi Sigma Rho, a social sorority for women in engineering and technology.


Last summer Coleman interned at NASA, working on a user interface to train individuals who work on controls for the international space station.


“It was a refreshment for people that work on mission control in Huntsville,” she said. “I loved it. I learned something new every day.”


This summer will again provide a unique learning and professional experience working on the ancient scroll software, otherwise known to the group as “Volume Cartography.”   


Following the end of the semester, Coleman traveled with the team to Paris, France, where they presented at the Google Cultural Institute and trained their collaborator at the Institut de France to use the software.


With much of the software developed this semester, the group is hoping to unveil a full page of text by the end of the summer.


”Once you actually start getting results, seeing your stuff working, it’s so worthwhile,” Coleman said.


What’s next for Coleman after working on the ancient scrolls project and earning her master’s from UK?


“I would love to go back to NASA, but I’ve learned a lot in this project with imaging processing,” she said. In other words, she is now ready for a range of opportunities that lie ahead.   




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

Mind Matters Health Fair Will Focus on Brain Health

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 09:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 18, 2015) — We often hear about the things we need to do to maintain heart health.  But did you know you should also be thinking about brain health?


In addition to the human suffering caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementias, there is an enormous financial strain on the health care system and families, consuming about $20 billion in direct costs alone.  As the baby boomer generation continues to age, that figure is expected to rise exponentially.  Finding a cure for Alzheimer's is our ultimate goal, but finding ways to help people stave off dementia by just five years  — whether through medicines or lifestyle changes — would make an enormous impact on the cost of patient care and the emotional stress experienced by the families of a loved one stricken by dementia.


The UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), one of the world's leading research centers on age-related diseases, is dedicated to finding ways to slow down and/or cure Alzheimer's disease.  We are always eager to share our knowledge with the world, but care especially for Kentuckians — the people in our own backyard.


To that end, we will be holding our seventh annual "Mind Matters" health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at the Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place, Lexington. The event is free of charge and anyone who is interested in learning about aging brain health for themselves or a loved one is welcome.


The focus of this year's event is proper nutrition for a healthy brain, providing information on how diet can help promote healthy brain aging and prevent age-related brain disease. There will be free 'brain healthy' food provided by chef Ouita Michel as well as live cooking demonstrations.


The event will also feature interactive exhibits, health and memory screenings, and presentations about healthy brain aging, Alzheimer's and music therapy.


The best health outcomes happen when patients, families, and physicians work together.  The Mind Matters Health Fair is an opportunity for you to arm yourself with the latest information on brain health for your own benefit and for that of others.


Dr. Greg Jicha is an aging and Alzheimer's disease specialist at the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.


This column appeared in the May 17, 2015 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader