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Apply to be a Leadership Exchange Ambassador

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 13:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) — The Center for Student Involvement is now accepting applications to become a Leadership Exchange Ambassador. The Leadership Exchange Ambassadors (LEA) is an organization comprising student leaders committed to the development of leadership on the University of Kentucky campus. The main focus of LEA is to offer opportunities for authentic, intentional development through campuswide and statewide programming made available to all students interested in leadership.


Students who want to meet current LEAs and find out what the organization is all about are invited to attend the LEA Info Session from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Center for Student Involvement, 106 Student Center.


Duties of the Leadership Exchange Ambassadors include:

·       Focus on individual leadership development through creation of a personal leadership portfolio;

·       Assist with planning, promotion, and facilitation of leadership events for students;

·       Promote involvement on campus through meeting with students one-on-one; and

·       Help student organizations grow through leadership workshops and OrgSync trainings.


Benefits of becoming a Leadership Exchange Ambassador:

·       Develop relationships with other student leaders and organizations;

·       Develop a strong sense of personal leadership style;

·       Improve presentation and communication skills; and

·       Have the unique opportunity to help other UK students “lead from where they are.”


The application is due Friday, March 13.


Interviews will take place the week of March 30 - April 3. Students will be contacted to schedule an interview the week of March 23 - 27. Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 10, of application status, following the interview process.


For more information visit the LEA website. If you have any questions, contact Leslie Pedigo at



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

Gill Heart Institute Selected for Major Clinical Trial for Bioabsorbable Stent

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:01
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) -- The Gill Heart Institute at the University of Kentucky is participating in a multi-center clinical trial of a new medical device that has the potential to improve the outcomes and reduce the incidence of angina for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD).


For decades, cardiologists opened blocked coronary arteries using balloons and followed that by implanting stents (mesh-like devices) that act like scaffolds to maintain the patency of the artery. Traditionally, stents are a permanent implant made of metal.  The ABSORB IV trial will test a new stent called the Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS), a scaffold made of a polymer that can be completely absorbed by the body after the artery heals.  As with metal stents, the BVS is covered by a drug coating that prevents excessive scar tissue from re-narrowing the artery. The BVS, the coating and the drug all dissolve approximately 12-24 months after the procedure. The hope is that the artery recovers its ability to respond to the heart’s needs for more blood flow with activity.


Gill is one of 40 centers in the U.S. participating in this landmark clinical trial, which aims to enroll 3,000 patients nationwide.


Dr. Khaled Ziada, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at the Gill Heart Institute, is enthusiastic about the impact this study might have for the millions of people suffering from coronary artery disease worldwide.


"We've come a long way in the treatment of CAD, starting with balloon angioplasty in the 1970s, bare metal stents in the 1990s, and drug eluting stents in the 2000s," says Ziada. "Bioresorbable stents like the Absorb BVS allow us to take advantage of using stents to keep the arteries open, without leaving behind a permanent implant. 


"We hope this leads to healthier arteries and better control of patient symptoms."


Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and CAD is the most common type of heart disease. CAD occurs when arteries that supply blood to the heart are narrowed or blocked due to the buildup of fatty deposits called plaques, leading to angina (chest pain) and increased heart attack risk.



This is '80s Night

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:41

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2015) — The Student Activities Board's Pop Culture Committee celebrates the mega '80s decade with an '80s Night event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Student Center Grand Ballroom.


Members of the campus and local communities can relive the highlights and culture of one of the greatest decades at '80s Night. DJ Warren Peace will be playing the best '80s jams while adding his own wicked twist. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a trivia contest and record their memories by taking photos in a themed photo booth.


“'80s Night is set to be a fun-filled evening,” Brenton Smith, director of Pop Culture, said. “Vintage prizes will be given to the best costume, best dancer and trivia winners.”


Along with the music, costumes and trivia, refreshments will be provided throughout the night. This is a blast from the past the campus will not want to miss.


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.



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909


SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter,, 859-257-8868

Shake Off the Snow and Get Your Crafting On!

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) — The Student Activities Board’s Campus Life Committee continues the crafting fun with another Pinterest Party from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight, Feb. 24, in the Rasdall Gallery, located in the Student Center.


Pinterest Parties are designed to give the campus community the chance to create do-it-yourself crafts seen on the social media site, Pinterest. The Campus Life Committee takes the site’s tagline, “Less Pinning. More Doing.” and turns it into a reality for UK students, staff and faculty.


“The only thing attendees need to bring to this event is their ideas and a group of friends,” Abbey Tillman, director of Campus Life, said. “Materials will be provided for you, so stop by to figure out which theme we chose for this Pinterest Party and what crafts you can make!”


There will be one more Pinterest Party for the campus community to attend — Monday, April 20.


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.



MEDIA CONACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter,, 859-257-8868


Author Laura Simms to Speak at UK

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:01


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) ‒ The University of Kentucky is pleased to welcome for a three-day campus visit prominent storyteller, writer and humanitarian Laura Simms. Simms is the mother of 2014-2015 Common Reading Experience (CRE) author Ishmael Beah.


Simms has been performing award-winning creative stories and personal narratives since 1968. She works by intertwining ancient oral tradition with performance art to create a unique storytelling experience. She prides her modern use of storytelling to promote tolerance, peace and environmental stewardship.


Currently serving as the Senior Research Fellow for the International Peace Institute at Rutgers University, Simms has always had a passion for being an advocate for people in need. She met her son, Ishmael Beah, at a United Nations conference in 1996. Beah had recently left his home country of Sierra Leone after serving as a child soldier for years. They soon moved to New York to start life as a new family. Today, Simms and her son travel around the country telling their story.


Simms’ UK events include:


“A Long Way Gone”: The Intersecting Stories of Laura Simms and Ishmael Beah

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 11 1 p.m.

Martin Luther King Center in the Student Center

At the free luncheon, Simms will talk about her inspiring journey becoming Beah’s adoptive mother. The award-winning author and humanitarian will also talk about her amazing storytelling process and provide insight on how to incorporate storytelling into our everyday lives. Space is limited. Please confirm your attendance on the following OrgSync form at If you are a student and have class during parts of the session, feel free to still attend as much as you can. Sponsored by the Common Reading Experience, Undergraduate Education, Center for Community Outreach, Martin Luther King Center and Office for Student Involvement.


An Evening with Laura Simms

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

Memorial Hall

In this free and non-ticketed event, Simms will tell the history of meeting Ishmael, what drove her to invite him to be her son, and the first months of becoming a mother to an African ex-child soldier in Manhattan. Laura's story shows how one action can change the world and about doing something that matters.Sponsored by Undergraduate Education, Center for Student Involvement, Martin Luther King Center, Center for Community Outreach and Office of New Student and Parent Programs. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Storytelling Workshop led by Laura Simms

Thursday, Feb. 26, Noon to 2 p.m.

William T. Young Library Multipurpose Room (B-108C)

In collaboration with the Common Reading Experience and the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, a free storytelling workshop and luncheon led by Simms is planned for students and UK faculty and staff. Simms will discuss the learning skills of a storyteller as it lends itself to emotional intelligence, structure and the difference between the one who tells the story and the story itself. This will entail working with a single folktale. Space is limited. RSVP to the following OrgSync form, If you are a student and have class during parts of the session, feel free to attend as much as you can.





UK Operating on Regular Schedule Monday, Feb 23

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 18:19

Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2015) — The University of Kentucky will be open and operating on a regular schedule, Monday, Feb. 23.  Classes will be in session, offices will be open, and UK HealthCare clinics and hospitals will be operating as normal.


UK President Eli Capilouto sent the following emailed message to the campus community Sunday, Feb. 22.


UK Community,


We plan to be open and operating on a normal schedule Monday, February 23.


We will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the night and into the early morning. You will be notified via email, text, or call by UK Alert if conditions warrant a change. You also can check the UK home page,, for the latest information.


To be sure, weather conditions will continue to be challenging for this week. In particular, as with last week, we will be challenged by frigid temperatures. However, over the last several days, because of the work of our facilities staff, we¹ve been able to significantly improve roads and walkways in and around campus, making for much better conditions overall.


Nevertheless, I want to urge everyone to please use caution, take your time and be extremely safe when coming to the university tomorrow. We all need to look out for one another.


I would also continue to ask faculty and supervisors to be patient and sensitive to our colleagues and students, many of whom commute to our campus from some distance.


I continue to be amazed by the incredible work of so many in recent days, who have toiled long hours to keep our campus operating and in good shape. From doctors, nurses and staff at UK HealthCare and its clinics to facilities, police and emergency management, housing and dining officials — thousands of our colleagues, literally, have worked long shifts and around the clock to keep UK operating. We all owe them our thanks.


This week, we will begin a series of events and festivities marking our 150th anniversary. It is a time of both reflection about our history, but renewal as we continue to look ahead. The hard work and sacrifice of so many these past several days reminds us, as well, of why this is special place.


Stay warm, be safe and continue to look out for one another. Thank you.


Eli Capilouto

Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law Symposium Open to Public

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 13:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2015) — Framing a discussion around the laws that uniquely impact Kentucky — equine, agriculture and natural resources regulations — the University of Kentucky College of Law will host "Improving or Impeding? The Local & National Effects of State & Federal Regulation,” sponsored by the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the College of Law Courtroom.


The symposium is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register at The equine law discussion will take place 9-11:30 a.m., and the agriculture and natural resources law discussion will follow from 1:15-4:30 p.m.


Legal scholars, practitioners and regulators from across the nation will share their thoughts on the benefits and limitations of equine, agriculture and natural resources regulations. Organizers of the event say regulations, at all levels, often have two competing goals that policymakers must balance: economic growth with human and environmental protection.


"We have a fantastic group of speakers from around the country and around Kentucky. The symposium will provide a platform for these professors and practitioners to discuss how current and future equine, agriculture, and natural resources regulations affect Kentucky’s economy," said Dillon Nichols, executive development editor of the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law. "While this discussion will focus on legal and regulatory implications affecting these industries, it is open to everyone, and the journal strongly encourages anyone interested in these fields to attend."


Thomas Rutledge, adjunct professor in the UK College of Law and member of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, will moderate the equine law discussion. The discussion panel includes:



Michael Healy, Senator Wendell H. Ford Professor of Law in the College of Law, will moderate the agriculture and natural resources law discussion. The discussion panel includes:


  • Herb Miller, UK College of Law alumnus and current president of Columbia Gas of Kentucky;
  • Tom FitzGerald, UK College of Law alumnus and director of Kentucky Resources Council;
  • Jim Huffman, dean emeritus at the Lewis and Clark Law School;
  • Baylen Linnekin, founder and executive director of Keep Food Legal Foundation; and
  • Allen Olson, an agricultural lawyer and adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.


To view the full agenda, visit


The Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law is a multi-disciplinary journal of law, science and policy published by the University of Kentucky College of Law. The journal is edited entirely by students of the College of Law. A forum for articles by practitioners, academicians, policy-makers, and other professionals throughout the United States and abroad, the journal welcomes original manuscripts focusing on the legal, policy, and ethical issues related to the environment, natural resources, land use, and energy.




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

VIDEO: UK Alumni Association Honors Great Teachers

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:00


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2014) — Basketball players weren't the only ones in the spotlight at Rupp Arena this weekend.  


On Saturday, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association presented its 2015 Great Teacher Awards to six recipients at a recognition dinner.  The award-winners were then recognized on the court of Rupp Arena during the Kentucky vs. Auburn men’s basketball game.


The recipients are:


The Great Teacher Award, started in 1961, is UK's longest-running award recognizing teaching. Educators must first be nominated by a student in order to be considered for the award. The UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa, makes the final selections.  The winners receive an engraved plaque and cash prize in addition to the special recognition.


Here is a compilation of what the student nominators had to say about this year's Great Teachers:


The fact that Sameer Desai goes out of his way for his students really impacted students in the College of Medicine.  


"Dr. Desai has been one of the most influential clinical instructors in the College of Medicine," said Christopher Belcher, a UK graduate student.  "He is always willing to help both students and residents and does so with a smile on this face."


Michelle Justus Talbott, a UK Ph.D. candidate, spoke of Pearl James' connection with her students.  


"Dr. James' investment in my academic success is one of the primary reasons I've been able to complete the Ph.D. requirements in a timely manner," said Talbott.  "She is a patient counselor...and a trusted confidant."


An undergraduate student in the College of Engineering's computer science program recognized Brent Seales' vision for the future.  


"Dr. Seales is highly invested in the future success of the computer science program at UK and how that success should start and end with the students," said UK sophomore Stephen Parsons.


A graduate assistant in the College of Engineering noticed Tim Taylor's dedication to fellow civil engineering students.


"Dr. Taylor invests a great deal in his students," said Ying Li, a graduate assistant.  "He leaves his door open and is always happy to help students with whatever questions we have."


The theme of investing in students continues in the comments  about Tim Uhl.  


“Dr. Uhl's investment in UK students is unquestionable," said Sharon Frank, a UK graduate student.  "His passion for educating the next generation of scholars is hard to miss and should be properly recognized."


A compilation of students in the College of Fine Arts admire Irina Voro's ability to connect music to emotion.  


"Dr. Voro is not simply competent, she is truly a Master Teacher who truly advances the art of teaching and who can speak the language of intellect, emotions and body,” the students said.  


Watch the video above to discover what this award means to this year's award-winners and why they're so happy great teaching is recognized and celebrated at UK.  


Inclement Weather Schedules for Feb. 21-22

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 09:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2015) — Updated information on services and events at the University of Kentucky this weekend.


Police Information

UK Police resumed normal operations Friday morning.  Those needing assistance in removing cars from campus should contact the Delta Room 257-2830.


Student Center information

The UK Student Center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-10 p.m. on Sunday.  UK Bookstore hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The Federal Credit Union hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday; and Closed Saturday; Sunday, Feb. 22, the Student Center will resume regluar hours:


Dining Services Information

Dining Services facilities on campus will be open.  Visit


Thursday and Friday:

Commons, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Blazer, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Commons Starbucks, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Commons Pantry, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; K-lair, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Subway at the Student Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Kentucky Clinic Starbucks, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Saturday and Sunday:

Commons, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Blazer, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Commons Starbucks, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Commons Pantry, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; W.T. Young Starbucks, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Ovid's, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; K-Lair 4 to 10 p.m. Subway at the Student Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday


Library Information

For latest information: William T. Young library will be closed Saturday and resume regular 24-hour schedule at Noon Sunday.


Recreation Information

The Johnson Center will be open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Alumni Gym will be open noon to 4 p.m. Friday and closed Saturday for a special event. Lancaster Aquatic Center will be open noon-3 p.m. Saturday.


SAB Information

Jim Gaffigan, SAB's spring comedian, is happening tonight at the Singletary Center for the Arts as scheduled.


Parking and Transportation Information

Lextran Stadium Route and CATS Red and Blue Routes will not operate; the CATS Break Route will provide daytime campus service both days. UK HealthCare and Kentucky Clinic Shuttles will run on normal schedules. CATS Night Route and On-Demand will also run on a normal schedule. SGA's Cats Cab will operate regular hours Thursday-Saturday.


Buses that are still operating during campus emergency closures/delays will be contingent upon campus conditions. Service may be interrupted due to imminent severe weather, road conditions, or at the direction of emergency officials.


For campus bus routes and schedules, visit


For the most up-to-date information, riders can view the actual location of all CATS buses on all routes by using Cat Tracker, a real-time GPS-based bus locating system at Riders may also track the buses via the free TransLoc iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, by using their smartphone to scan the QR codes found on each bus stop sign or by using the SMS codes found at each bus stop.


UK Theatre Information

Due to inclement weather, the UK Department of Theatre and Dance's "The 39 Steps" will now open Wednesday, Feb. 25, instead of Thursday, Feb. 19. This weekend's shows have been canceled. Shows will be Wednesday, Feb. 25-Sunday, March 1:


UK Fire Marshal Information

Due to the expected extreme cold weather, the University of Kentucky Fire Marshal’s Office is asking everyone to use extreme caution in the use of secondary heat sources, e.g., space heaters.


In an office setting, it is required that the secondary heat source be attended at all times during use.  The secondary heat source must also have an automatic shut off if tipped over, and be at least three feet away from any combustibles.  In other words, DO NOT use it near anything that will burn.


Be advised that secondary heat sources are not permitted in any UK Residence Hall. Report any severely cold conditions to the front desk or residence hall staff.


WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Previews UK's Upcoming Sesquicentennial Events

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 16:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 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 WUKY News Director Alan Lytle talks to Deirdre Scaggs, associate dean with UK Libraries and co-chair of the UK Sesquicentennial.  She talks about plans on campus next week to celebrate UK's 150th anniversary. 


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 Men's Chorus to Present ACDA 'Send-Off' Concert

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 15:29



"Gaudete" performed by the UK Men's Chorus. Video courtesy of American Choral Directors Association. A transcript of this video can be seen here.



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus is one of only two all-male collegiate groups who have been selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference being presented later this week in Salt Lake City. This evening, the 2015 UK Men’s Chorus will give audiences a free sneak preview of the national concert 7 p.m. tonight (Monday), Feb. 23, at the Singletary Center for the Arts before leaving for Utah.


Under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of Choral Activities at UK School of Music, the UK Men’s Chorus will perform at the prestigious ACDA National Conference on Feb. 26 alongside many of the world’s most revered choral musicians and conductors. The UK Men’s Chorus was one of only two all-male collegiate choirs selected to perform at this year’s ACDA conference with the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club being the second.


The ACDA “Send-Off” Concert will not only showcase several works commissioned specifically for the UK Men’s Chorus, but it will also highlight featured soloists Scott Wright, associate professor of clarinet, and guest vocalist Keith Dean, of the American Spiritual Ensemble.


Joining the UK Men’s Chorus for the “Send-Off” Concert will be special guests Lafayette High School Madrigal Singers, conducted by Ryan Marsh. The Lafayette Madrigal Singers have distinguished themselves as one of the top high school choirs in America.  They will be performing a reprise of the 30-minute program that they presented at the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) conference in Louisville on Feb. 5. 


The UK Men’s Chorus is a 90-voice ensemble composed of students from a variety of academic majors on campus. Last year they performed at the National Collegiate Choral Organization's (NCCO) National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina, and in 2012 at the ACDA Southern Division Convention in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They were also featured at the 2011 ACDA National Convention in Chicago, as well as at the 2010 Intercollegiate Male Choruses National Seminar in Miami, Ohio; the 2008 ACDA Southern Division Convention in Louisville; and the 2006 MENC National Conference in Salt Lake City. That same year the Men’s Chorus was featured at the inaugural NCCO National Convention in San Antonio, Texas.


As part of the ACDA National Conference, UK Men's Chorus will have performances at the prestigious Salt Lake City Tabernacle (home of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir) and at Abravanel Hall (home of the Utah Symphony). The chorus recently commissioned and premiered new works by Richard Burchard, Michael Engelhardt and Stacey Gibbs.


Rehearsing twice weekly and touring frequently, the UK Men’s Chorus is dedicated to promoting and celebrating male singing at all stages and for all ages.


For more information on the ACDA Send-Off Concert or the UK Men’s Chorus, contact:

Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant of UK Choirs,


UK's Men's Chorus is part of UK School of Music at 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.



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

Linden Walk Lot Closed to General Parking Morning of Feb. 23

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 14:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 20, 2015) — The Linden Walk E Parking Lot on the University of Kentucky campus will be unavailable for general parking from 6 a.m. to noon Monday, Feb. 23, in order to accommodate event parking for the University Convocation. The lot consists of 63 spaces.


Members of the university community with valid E permits who normally park their vehicles in this area may park in other E areas on campus and are encouraged to allow for additional commute time during this impact. Go to to view a campus parking map.

UK HealthCare Receives State Approval to Add 120 Patient Beds

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 16:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2015) -- UK HealthCare has received approval from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Certificate of Need to add 120 patient beds. The application for the Certificate of Need to increase the number of licensed beds was filed in October 2014 and notice of approval has been received.


"This approval allows us to move forward in our strategic plan and further our mission to take care of patients throughout the Commonwealth who need our advanced subspecialty care and destination services," said Dr. Michael Karpf, University of Kentucky vice president for health affairs.


UK HealthCare’s previous licensing was for 825 beds but after experiencing consistently greater than 80 percent occupancy of its patient beds — the industry standard for efficiency — it was determined that a total bed capacity of approximately 945 beds will be required to meet future needs at UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital.


"About 10 years ago, we committed to develop UK HealthCare into a research intensive, referral academic medical center to ensure all Kentuckians — no matter how complex their medical problem — could be taken care of in Kentucky and not required to leave the state for advanced subspecialty medical care," said Karpf. "This strategy, while crucial to our goal of taking care of patients in the Commonwealth, has resulted in substantial growth beyond our initial aggressive projections."


This unanticipated growth in patient volume has led UK HealthCare to change plans throughout the past decade to meet increasing demand. Although the initial proposal in 2005 was for the Pavilion A patient care facility to be constructed as a replacement facility, continued and accelerated demand has led for the need to fit-out Pavilion A as well as keep patient care areas in the original UK Chandler Hospital (Pavilion H) open and operational for the foreseeable future.  


In addition to adding 120 beds, also approved was a plan to convert four acute care beds to Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) beds. Overall, Kentucky Children’s Hospital’s NICU will increase from 66 to 70 beds with a breakdown of 20 Level IV beds (for the most advanced newborn care); 38 Level III beds (for severely ill newborn care); and 12 Level II beds (for intermediate newborn care).


Currently, Pavilion A is nearly two-thirds completed. It has opened in phases beginning in July 2010 with the Emergency Department that includes both a pediatric and adult Level-1 trauma center. In addition, 192 patient rooms are completed and open including a state-of-the-art 64 bed cardiovascular patient unit which opened in December 2014. Pavilion A also currently contains an observation unit, nine operating rooms including a state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Room, 43 pre-op and post anesthesia care beds; surgery waiting area and a retail pharmacy, among other features and areas. 


Construction has begun on the next two patient floors (ninth and 10th floors) with a total addition of 128 beds. Also currently under construction, or approved for construction, is replacement of the hospital kitchen and cafeteria, relocation of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Pavilion A, relocation of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and a new entryway and family support space for Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Since 2006, UK has invested more than $763 million in modern, state-of-the-art patient care facilities.  

Tim Tracy Named UK Provost

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 23:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2015) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto Wednesday announced that Tim Tracy, dean of UK's nationally ranked College of Pharmacy, will serve as the institution's next provost, beginning Feb. 23.


"Tim is an accomplished scholar and academic leader, which has been clear since he joined our campus community in 2010," Capilouto said. "In addition, having served for more than a year as interim provost during a time of both challenge and progress gives him a unique ability to hit the ground running as we tackle the significant opportunities we have as an institution with tremendous momentum."


"I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to work with world-class faculty at an institution that means so much to me and to the Commonwealth of Kentucky that we serve," Tracy said. "I look forward to beginning my work in collaboration with faculty, staff and students as we continue our efforts to ensure that UK is one of the handful of thriving public residential research campuses in America."


To that end, Capilouto in an email to campus Wednesday afternoon cited several issues that Tracy and the campus will be confronting immediately, including:


•      Strengthening undergraduate student retention and graduation;

•      Strengthening graduate and professional education efforts;

•      Advancing the institution's research enterprise;

•      Fostering with greater urgency an inclusive campus environment that celebrates the multitude of backgrounds, identities, and perspectives;

•      Further refining and completing UK's next Strategic Plan;

•      Implementing a new financial model; and

•      Selecting deans for the colleges of Dentistry, Design, Medicine, and Public Health.


Tracy also will begin immediately the conversation about interim leadership in the College of Pharmacy. 


He replaces Christine Riordan, who announced last year that she would be assuming the presidency of Adelphi University in New York.


Tracy received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University his Ph.D. in clinical pharmacy from Purdue University; and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacology at Indiana University.


After serving on the faculty at West Virginia University and the University of Minnesota (where he also served as department chair), Dr. Tracy became Dean of UK's nationally ranked College of Pharmacy in August 2010.


From April 2012 until August 2013, Dr. Tracy served as Interim Provost.


He has published almost 100 scientific manuscripts, more than 15 book chapters and edited two books. He has been principal investigator and co-investigator on numerous grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies.  He also holds two patents.


Capilouto also commended Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David Blackwell, who was a finalist for the position.


"I want to thank Dean Blackwell for his interest in the opportunity to serve as Provost, his willingness to participate in our public conversation about the position, and his tireless commitment to the Gatton College of Business and Economics and the University of Kentucky," Capilouto said. "I was gratified that nearly all of the feedback I received about our two finalists praised them both for their talent, commitment, and capacity to succeed in the role. This was not an easy decision."


Muslim Students, Faculty Reassured of Inclusion

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 18:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association, an organization with a sustained 43-year history on campus, was honored last week at a reception hosted by President Eli Capilouto at Maxwell House, the university president’s official campus home.


“The idea behind the reception was to make a statement to the Muslim students and faculty at UK that they are welcome here and also to make a statement to the UK community that UK's commitment to diversity includes Muslims,” said the student organization’s faculty advisor Ihsan Bagby, associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.


In December, UK President Eli Capilouto contacted Bagby, an expert on the American-Muslim community, to begin planning for the event, months before last week’s tragic events in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, that took the lives of three young Muslims.


“The students were ecstatic at meeting the president and hearing his message of inclusiveness,” said Bagby. “It is one thing to hear a general statement in favor of diversity, but it is another when the president addresses you personally and says that you are welcome here.”


Students agreed with Bagby's assessment of the event.


“Honestly, I did not know what to expect going into the event when I initially was told about it in early January,” said Emaan Qureshi, president of the UK Muslim Student Association.


“One thing that stood out was Dr. Capilouto's words about the three young Muslim students in Chapel Hill who were murdered the day before the reception took place,” she said. “After that, I could feel a sense of relief had taken over the room. Many MSA members, including myself, felt personally connected to what happened in North Carolina. The similarities between us and the three young lives lost made this tragedy hit too close to home.


“As a student on any college campus, feeling safe should never be in question, and I know that after hearing Dr. Capilouto acknowledge and condemn this act of hate helped many students feel much more comfortable.”


Bagby said Capilouto talked with “almost every participant,” asking about his or her background. Students, in turn, asked the president about his background. Bagby said Capilouto talked about growing up in Alabama and knowing what it is like to be a member of a religious minority in America.


“The University of Kentucky is fortunate to have a diverse campus population – in terms of culture, background, ethnicity, identity, religion and perspective,” said President Capilouto. “But exploring the richness of our unique identity and celebrating the array of understandings at UK requires that our campus be inclusive, safe and supportive of all people. That goal is one without end – it is a constant journey and one we are deeply devoted to in all of our endeavors and priorities.”


In a brief message to the gathering, Bagby said, “It is important for people of good will to speak out against discrimination and negative stereotypes against Muslims, because a sizeable percentage of the American public does hold negative views of Islam and Muslims. Muslim students also have a responsibility to counteract negative stereotypes by being involved at UK and the American society as good citizens who promote the common good.”


While Qureshi said she learned that such events are “meaningful in confirming in our hearts and heads the mutual commitment to diversity,” she hoped “the president learned how large of a presence Muslim students have on campus and that we really do appreciate and can all benefit through student and administrative communication.”


“I think the students were genuinely impressed by the president's warm gesture of having the reception,” she added, “as evidenced by the numerous selfies that they took with him.”


Founded in 1971, the Muslim Student Association endeavors to make Islamic teachings known to interested non-Muslims, to promote friendly relations between Muslims and non-Muslims as well as to promote unity and joint action among the UK Muslim community. The group also strives to educate, mobilize and coordinate students to struggle against injustice and oppression. They conduct social, cultural, religious and other activities in the best traditions of Islam, including community service events at the UK Children’s Hospital and local homeless shelters. With more than 60 active members, MSA includes undergraduate to graduate level students. For more information, visit



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Films Set in Appalachia Star in A&S Class

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 17:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 19, 2015) — Traveling on the winding roads through the mountains of West Virginia, six people quickly realize that the mountains and the mountain folk are their worst nightmare. This is the premise for the film “Wrong Turn,” which is an example of “hillbilly horror” and a derogatory portrayal of Appalachia in popular culture.


“Wrong Turn” will be shown at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the auditorium of the William T. Young Library. At 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in the same location, Emily Satterwhite, associate professor of religion and culture at Virginia Tech, will examine rape revenge narratives in horror movies set in Appalachia.


Images of Appalachia and Appalachians in popular media range from idyllic to horrifying, and this semester, students in professor Carol Mason’s course, "Gender, Film, and Appalachia," will examine this range of representation. The class is offered for credit through both the American Studies Program and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS), where Mason serves as the director of Undergraduate Studies. Mason encourages students to “analyze popular culture not only in terms of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ representations of Appalachian life, but also as an instrument with which audiences create their own sense of regional identity.” The general public is invited to view the related movies and to sit in on the course-related lectures featuring visiting scholars as guest speakers.


The speaker series, From Reverence to Resistance: Appalachians Fighting on Film, is a robust interdisciplinary effort organized in partnership with the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center and Appalachia Studies Program (ACASP), Environmental and Sustainability Studies, English, American Studies and GWS. The series invites everyone in the UK community to participate in the discussion about representations of Appalachia in film. Ann Kingsolver, professor of anthropology and director of the Appalachian Center, noted that she is “very excited about this opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty to interact with these scholars about issues of representation, a core concern in Appalachian Studies.”


Stacy Takacs, professor of American Studies at Oklahoma State University, gave the first lecture Jan. 27. Takacs addressed the figure of the Appalachian soldier in the made-for-TV movie “Saving Jessica Lynch.” In the audience were members of Mason’s class and an English course, "Narrating America’s Wars," taught by English professor Pearl James. James recalled that her students, “both those from Appalachia and those from elsewhere thought that this warranted investigation. They had not thought of Jessica Lynch as an ‘Appalachian soldier’ as much as a female soldier.”


James said, “Interdisciplinary opportunities are crucial in English, since much of what we do as scholars involves interpreting literary and cinematic texts in relation to their cultural contexts, which we learn about with help from other disciplines, including history, gender and women's studies, anthropology and others. So this (series) was a very good fit for my class.”


The discussion of Appalachia in film moves from derogatory to celebratory concludes with the final film and lecture in the series presented by Beth Stephens of University of Southern California and internationally known performance artist Annie Sprinkle. Stephens and Sprinkle will screen their documentary “Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story” and answer audience questions at 2 p.m. March 24 in the William T. Young Library auditorium. 


“The film is a story of a homecoming to West Virginia,” said Mason, “where big corporations blow the tops off mountains using mountain top removal.” Stephens and Sprinkle, two self-declared ecosexuals, return to Beth’s childhood home near Gauley Mountain. There they put their bodies on the line to demonstrate how the fight for environmental justice can be sexy, fun and diverse. Mason says she wanted to conclude the lecture series on a note of irreverence and resistance to the more derogatory images.


Kingsolver noted that “We often encounter and address understandings of Appalachia refracted through the lens of media stereotypes (from Deliverance to Buckwild), and we welcome heartily a larger conversation on campus about such representations through this film and discussion series.” A reception will follow each of the lectures in the series.


Like the many roads that wind across Appalachia, the course and series organized by Mason offers a way to explore the rich terrain of Appalachia as a location, an identity, and a multifaceted concept. 


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UK, UK HealthCare Scheduled to be Open Feb. 18

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 18:31

LEXINGTON, (Feb. 17, 2015) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Tuesday that UK and UK HealthCare Clinics are scheduled to be open Wednesday, Feb. 18, operating on regular business hours.


Of course, Capilouto noted that UK officials will continue monitoring weather conditions tonight and into the early morning hours, should conditions on the ground require a change.  Any changes will be communicated as quickly as possible to the UK community and community at large.


The latest information about parking, transportation and the hours for facilities and clinics can be found at: It will be updated as conditions change.


Even as the campus re-opens due to the tireless efforts of staff to ready the campus, Capilouto asked for "patience as the community and campus continue to grapple with weather conditions that will make parking, transportation and other operations still a challenge in some cases."


Capilouto also commended the “literally hundreds of employees who have worked tirelessly around the clock to clear roads and sidewalks in and around campus, prepare thousands of meals for students and keep dining halls, residence halls and other facilities open for the UK family to utilize during this historic weather event. 


We are a special community, never more so than in the last few days as our resolve and spirit have been evident in the attitudes and efforts of so many people.”



Discover 'The 39 Steps' With UK Theatre

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2015) — What do you get when you mix four actors, murder and comedy? "The 39 Steps." University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will present the mystery adapted from an Alfred Hitchcock film Feb. 20-March 1, at the Guignol Theatre in the Fine Arts Building


The play "The 39 Steps" is a hilarious and energetic comedy adapted by Patrick Barlow of the Hitchcock movie, which was adapted from the novel by John Buchan.


“We’re creating truth out of imaginary things,” said director and UK alumnus Andrew Gaukel. “That’s what’s so incredible about theatre. We are creating these amazing things that we invite the audience to believe with us.”


The production includes references to some of Hitchcock’s most famous movies including "Psycho," "The Birds" and "North by Northwest." The story follows average guy, Richard Hannay as he makes his way through Scotland to discover what a secret organization, The 39 Steps, is hiding.


“The play really takes off when Richard Hannay decides to pull himself out of this slump, and his first instinct is to go to the theatre,” said theatre and integrated strategic communication senior Peter LaPrade, from Marietta, Georgia. “And from then on it’s nonstop running.”


Trouble for Hannay begins when the beautiful Pamela Edwards, played by theatre junior Alexis Slocum from Fort Knox, Kentucky, crosses his path. Hannay must dodge police, uncover The 39 steps and balance his love life in the course of a two-act play.


The versatile actors known as “clowns,” played in this production by theatre junior Rob Miller, from Hilliard, Ohio, and theatre senior Taha Mandviwala, from London, Kentucky, are making things difficult by throwing every obstacle imaginable Hannay's way. With the simple switch of a hat or a coat, these two clowns can appear as more than 100 different people. 


“My favorite character to play is Mr. Macquarie,” Mandviwala said. “He’s this thousand year-old man who’s managing to hold on. You won’t miss him, I promise.”


The show calls for only four actors of “Olympian fitness” to portray all 33 speaking roles and more. “The 39 Steps” made its world premiere in 2005 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in North England. It was nominated at the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Direction of a Play. The show won the Drama Desk award for Unique Theatrical Experience.


“This production is pure fun,” said Slocum. “It’s nice to just invite the audience to sit back and have fun.”


"The 39 Steps" will be presented 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20-21 and 26-29, and 2 p.m., Feb. 22 and March 1, at the Guignol Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling 859-257-4929, by visiting, or in person at the ticket office.


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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UK Classes Canceled Monday, Feb. 16

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 21:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2015) — Classes at the University of Kentucky are canceled Monday, Feb. 16, and only Plan B (essential) employees are required to report to work. Due to anticipated inclement weather conditions, the University of Kentucky has made the decision to cancel all classes Monday and close offices.  Plan B employees are required to report to work.


UK HealthCare hospitals and clinics including Dentistry will remain open on their regular schedules. 


Dining Services Information

Dining Services facilities on campus will be open.  Visit for times and locations.


Parking and Transportation Information

Lextran Stadium Route and CATS Red and Blue Routes will not operate; the CATS Break Route will provide daytime campus service. UK HealthCare and Kentucky Clinic Shuttles will run on normal schedules. CATS Night Route and On-Demand run on a normal schedule, unless circumstances prevent.


Buses that are still operating during campus emergency closures/delays will be contingent upon campus conditions. Service may be interrupted due to imminent severe weather, road conditions, or at the direction of emergency officials.


For campus bus routes and schedules, visit


For the most up-to-date information, riders can view the actual location of all CATS buses on all routes by using Cat Tracker, a real-time GPS-based bus locating system at Riders may also track the buses via the free TransLoc iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, by using their smartphone to scan the QR codes found on each bus stop sign or by using the SMS codes found at each bus stop.


Library Information

William T. Young Library will be open during the day (Monday) from 8 a.m. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center  will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. For more information: All other libraries on campus will be closed.


Recreation Information

Johnson Center will be closed Monday, Feb. 16:


DanceBlue Raises $1,615,057.18

Sun, 02/15/2015 - 14:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 15, 2015) — With sore feet, worn-out bodies and emotions running high, committee members revealed a grand fundraising total of $1,615,057.18 at the 10th annual DanceBlue dance marathon to a crowd of several thousand people.


Whether participating as a dancer, volunteer, committee member or even just a supporter, DanceBlue is something no one ever forgets, especially the last few hours. With a family talent show featuring children from the clinic and an emotional memorial hour to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer, the reveal this afternoon was a much anticipated moment for so many people at UK.


This year was special as DanceBlue celebrated its 10th anniversary. A large contingent of DanceBlue alumni joined the crowd to celebrate the reveal of the fundraising total.


It all began in 2006 by raising $123,323.16 and has increased every year. With this year's total, DanceBlue has contributed more than $8.1 million dollars to the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic.


More than 800 dancers completed DanceBlue. All of the money raised at this annual 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon benefits children with cancer and their families and cancer research.


"When we began this journey almost a year ago, every person involved with DanceBlue was committed, and determined, to make this year our most successful yet. But, when we said, successful, we knew that word meant so much more than just raising more money than last year," said Jonathan York, DanceBlue chair. "We wanted to have 800 dancers that represented the entire UK student body, we wanted to spread our mission throughout the state of Kentucky, and, most importantly, we wanted to give the kids of the DanceBlue clinic as much love and support as we possibly could. All the work that has been done by this year's DanceBlue committee, coordinators and, chairs, has allowed us to accomplish these goals. This weekend is the perfect way to celebrate their work, and the children we love so much. I will cherish leading this group, and being a part of this organization over the past four years for the rest of my life. For The Kids, forever and always.'


Everyone at DanceBlue was there for a reason this weekend. They were there for a cure, for hope and most importantly, for the kids.


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