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KET to Air Documentary on Nunn Center's 'Kentucky Bourbon Tales'

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:54


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) — Bourbon is booming in Kentucky and around the world. In the last two years alone, the number of distilleries has tripled, and the number of people employed in the industry has nearly doubled. Currently, there are more barrels of bourbon aging in Kentucky than there are citizens in the Commonwealth.


A new documentary, "Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business," drawn from oral history interviews conducted by the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, introduces viewers to the colorful characters who craft Kentucky’s signature spirit.


The program, which also explains the science and art behind the bourbon-making process and details how the beverage became a global phenomenon, will first air 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, on KET, and again 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, on KET2. The program will air several more times this month, to see a list of those times visit KET online here.


In partnership with the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), "Kentucky Bourbon Tales" is part of a multi-year effort by the Nunn Center in the UK Libraries to document the history of bourbon in the state, and features the stories of the master distillers and bourbon barons from iconic distilleries that participate in the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour, including Wild Turkey, Heaven Hill, Brown-Forman, Woodford Reserve, Bulleit, Maker's Mark, Four Roses and Jim Beam, as well as the new Michter's Distillery and Independent Stave Cooperage.  


"The bourbon industry plays a major role in Kentucky's social, cultural and commercial history, especially from the global perspective. This documentary captures the essence of Kentucky bourbon's recent history and renaissance, and promises to both educate and entertain," said Nunn Center Director Doug Boyd.


"Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business" was directed by Joanna Hay and produced by the Nunn Center. The archived oral history interviews can be accessed in their entirety via the Nunn Center's online catalog, and the project’s website,, features more than 175 video excerpts from the oral history project.


“Kentucky Bourbon Tales” is made possible through the support of the KDA and its member distilleries. The nonprofit organization, which traces its roots back to 1880, is a

leading international voice on bourbon and distilled spirits issues.


In 1999, the KDA created the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® experience, which has quickly

become one of the state’s most famous and fastest-growing tourism attractions. More

than 2.5 million people — from all 50 states and more than 50 countries — have visited

the state's legendary distilleries in the last five years alone.


KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization at


Part of the UK Special Collections Research Center at UK Libraries, the Nunn Center has collected more than 9,000 oral history interviews documenting various aspects of history including Appalachia, public policy, civil rights, agriculture, African American history, women, religion, the arts, education, culture, the history of UK, sports, health care and veterans, as well as industries such as coal, equine and Kentucky's bourbon industry.



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Ellington, Gabbard Win Supervisor of the Year Award

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 10:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) — Each year, the University of Kentucky Office of Work-Life recognizes supervisors who have been nominated by their direct reports and colleagues for the Supervisor of the Year award. This award is in place to formally recognize supervisors who are highly regarded by their employees for creating a work environment that enables their teams' success and encourages work-life effectiveness.


This year, the honor was awarded to Michelle Ellington, geographic information systems (GIS) coordinator in Facilities Information Services, and Crystal Gabbard, assistant employment manager in UK Human Resources.


Ellington has worked at UK since 2006. She has served in multiple roles since then and is best known as a technical evangelist for the development and adoption of innovative geospatial products that support the UK community. As a dedicated mapping professional, Ellington served two terms as president of the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP), and is currently a team lead for the Esri Facilities Steering Committee and event coordinator for the Campus Facilities Technologies Association (CFTA). Ellington is a frequent guest speaker for multiple university courses and local and international conferences. This past year she gave a TEDx Talk called “Mapping the New Normal,” along with being an invited plenary speaker for the 2014 Esri International Education Conference.


Ellington and her team are responsible for creating and supporting the university’s Enterprise Geospatial Systems, which are the heart of the university’s campus maps and the advanced mapping analysis used throughout the UK community. They have received numerous awards for their work including an international Esri Vision Award and an international Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award. 


Her team’s nomination included their appreciation for “inspiring us to greatness” and the “established trust” built within an atmosphere that promotes “continuous collaboration and a balance of focus and fun, and of work and personal life.” They also appreciate the way she “makes time on a weekly basis to nurture her team and to encourage healthy actions yet still meet her project goals,” and the way she encourages the team to “strive for excellence in all areas by implementing lean process and efficiencies to achieve more across the board.”


Crystal Gabbard has a Bachelor of Science in health services management with a minor in business from the university. She joined the Human Resources Employment team as an employment consultant in 2008 and was then promoted to assistant employment manager in 2012. She has been a strong contributor to UK Human Resource’s Hiring Enhancement Program and now leads the development of new resources to this program. Gabbard is a certified Targeted Selection Administrator, which is a type of behavior-based interviewing, and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. 


The Career Employment division of HR Employment is responsible for posting and processing all regular full-time positions. The team also assists hiring officials with faculty positions and direct user positions. This team handles a high volume of work to ensure appropriate steps are taken when hiring new employees, and provides hiring and selection guidance to hiring officials across the university. 


Her team’s nomination noted Gabbard's “dedication to her employees; her fun and friendly demeanor; and her passion for our work.” They appreciated her “belief in transparent and open communication that makes them feel important and allows them to see how their roles positively impact the university,” as well as the fact that “work-life balance is not just a philosophy to Crystal. She makes every effort to support her employees in areas of life that are just as, if not more important to them than work.”


They also mentioned that they have “the utmost respect for her” and submitted the nomination because “she constantly recognizes our hard work and this nomination is a way for us to recognize her outstanding leadership.”


The Office of Work-Life appreciates each person who nominated their supervisor or a peer for this year’s award. Nominations for the 2015 award will open in early September.  

Message From President Capilouto: The Community We Aspire to Be

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 18:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto sent an email message to the campus community Dec. 11 regarding responses to a recent "die-in" on UK's campus.  His message follows:


Dear Campus Community,


Whatever your perspective regarding the events in recent days in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, we should all be able to agree on one thing: they are tragedies — tragedies for the families involved, the communities impacted and all of us who have watched the painful conversations necessarily provoked across our country. It should be no surprise, moreover, that a university is where many of those difficult conversations are being held.


That is as it should be. That is who we are — a place safe for ideas, however challenging, to be given free voice. I am proud of the leadership of our students who have organized silent protests to express their outrage. These efforts are a demonstration, too, of the unyielding and unbreakable hope that we can finally muster the will and conceive the way to break down the unnecessary barriers that separate us.


However, the ability to challenge ourselves to promote peace and reconciliation is threatened by the anonymous reaction of a small number who choose to make incendiary and hate-filled comments behind the anonymity that social media sometimes affords. Everyone is entitled to their views, and college campuses are vibrant as places for robust debate about the issues of the day, safely ensconced in the mantle of free speech. It’s expected – and welcomed – that we will disagree as we participate in the spirited arena of ideas. But hate-filled slurs hurled for no reason other than to demean another person have no place here. Such language is indicative of narrow mindedness and mean spirit; and what I have read sickens me. It is not who we are or wish to be.


The reality of independent social media is we cannot control those conversations. But what we can and will continue to do is work hard to ensure the safety and dignity of our community and refuse to allow a hostile environment to take root on our campus.

We will not let the voices of a few define us. We will remain resolute in welcoming every member of the human family to join us here – to live, to learn, and to work; and to assert their views with the knowledge that they are full share-holders in this community of students and scholars. In that spirit of community, I stand firmly in support of those willing to protest, defend their views, and raise uncomfortable questions openly and honestly and with respect for others.


Words, of course, can dishearten and denigrate. But they also can – and should – galvanize and enlighten. For example, I was honored Wednesday to participate in a conversation at our Martin Luther King Center about the damage that is caused by bias and stereotype. Those who spoke reminded me, in vivid terms, of the harm that comes from words and actions; and they described their frustration and sadness at the unnecessary barriers that still divide us. That is the dialogue we must have – and continue to have – if we are going to continue the search for truth, peace, and justice.


It is against that backdrop of hopeful, but challenging dialogue that I want to express my deep appreciation to the members of our faculty and staff and to our students. Even with recent days of difficulty and painful reminders that we sometimes fall short of what we aspire to be in our country, we also are in a season of hope, a season of renewal. I see that spirit every day at this special place. Your talent, creativity, and hard work are the foundation for our success; and your love for and commitment to our campus community and the Commonwealth we serve reveals the giving heart and gentle soul of this special place. It is a gift to work alongside you in our common cause to improve the lives of others.


Our ultimate goal should forever be to create and sustain a community where everyone feels welcome, empowered, and safe. That is the community we are at the University of Kentucky.


Eli Capilouto


Mohr-Schroeder Receives Mathematics Education Service and Achievement Award

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 18:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2014) — Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, associate professor in the UK College of Education STEM Education Department, received the 2014 Mathematics Education Service and Achievement (MESA) Award in October.


The award was presented by the Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics (KCTM) during its fall conference, which was held at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester, Kentucky.


The Kentucky Council of Teachers of Mathematics has honored educators, administrators and other professionals with the MESA Award since 1991. The awardees are nominated by KCTM members and are chosen by an awards committee. This state-level award is KCTM’s highest honor. Award winners are selected for their outstanding work in their area of expertise and their service to the mathematics community.

UK Students Impact Fellow Students Through Big Blue Pantry

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 17:09




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2014) — University of Kentucky students are coming together to help fellow students who many not have access to healthy food through a new initiative called the Big Blue Pantry.


Watch the video above to discover how this resource, made possible through the UK Center for Community Outreach, is helping students in need as well as students who serve as coordinators for the program.  

Whistleblower Statute Protects UK Employees

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2014) — Congress has enacted many whistleblower protection statutes to encourage employees to report fraud, waste, and abuse. All University of Kentucky employees working on federal grants or contracts should be aware of the latest whistleblower protection statute that went into effect July 1, 2013.  The statute (41 U.S.C. §4712) applies to all contractors, grantees, subcontractors and subgrantees on federal grants and contracts.


The implementation of this "Pilot Program for Enhancement of Employee Whistleblower Protections" by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) states that an "employee of a contractor, subcontractor, grantee (or subgrantee) may not be discharged, demoted, or otherwise discriminated against as a reprisal for 'whistleblowing.'"  In addition, whistleblower protections cannot be waived by any agreement, policy, form or condition of employment.


Whistleblowing is defined as making a disclosure "that the employee reasonably believes" is evidence of any of the following:

  • Gross mismanagement of a federal contract or grant;
  • A gross waste of federal funds;
  • An abuse of authority relating to a federal contract or grant;
  • A substantial and specific danger to public health or safety; or,
  • A violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a federal contract or grant (including the competition for, or negotiation of, a contract or grant).

To qualify under the statute, the employee's disclosure must be made to:

  • A member of Congress, or a representative of a Congressional committee;
  • An Inspector General;
  • The Government Accountability Office;
  • A federal employee responsible for contract or grant oversight or management at the relevant agency;
  • A court or grand jury; or,
  • A management official or other employee of the contractor, subcontractor, grantee, or subgrantee who has the responsibility to investigate, discover or address misconduct.

Additionally, the statute requires all grantees, their subgrantees, and subcontractors to:

1.  Inform their employees working on any federal award that they are subject to the whistleblower rights and remedies of the pilot program;
2.  Inform their employees in writing of employee whistleblower protections under 41 U.S.C. §4712 in the predominant native language of the workforce; and,
3.  Contractors and grantees will include such requirements in any agreement made with a subcontractor or subgrantee.

The requirement to comply with, and inform all employees of the "Pilot Program for Enhancement of Contact Employee Whistleblower Protections" is in effect for all grants, contracts, subgrants, and subcontracts issued beginning July 1, 2013 through Jan. 1, 2017.


The University of Kentucky's policy can be found at According to topic #16 under the Code of Conduct "it is a violation of university policy to retaliate against an individual because she or he has made, in good faith, a disclosure of noncompliance or has participated in an investigation, proceeding or hearing involving noncompliance of any of the above."


For more information about this policy and notice, contact Deborah Davis, director of the UK Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, at 859-257-8311 or

Sing Along With UK Opera, Alltech at 'Celebration of Song'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 15:45




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2014) — Alltech and University of Kentucky Opera Theatre invite you to the ninth annual "Celebration of Song" beginning at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the The Square (previously the Victorian Square Shoppes Atrium), located at the corner of West Main Street and North Broadway in downtown Lexington. Both concerts are free and open to the public.


Director of UK Opera Theatre Everett McCorvey leads the orchestra and award-winning vocalists from UK Opera Theatre in this sing-along holiday concert. Join the vocalists in a selection of beloved carols to get you in the spirit of the season. Endowed Chair, Professor of Voice Cynthia Lawrence; UK artist-in-residence Gregory Turay; UK Blue Steel; and the Lexington Singers’ Children’s Choir join the celebration for a fourth year. New to "Celebration of Song" is Zeb Harrison and Sounds of Praise, a foot-stomping, hand-clapping trombone ensemble from Charlotte, North Carolina.  


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.


For more information on “Celebration of Song” visit or contact UK Opera Theatre at 859-257-9331.



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UK Employees Can Sign-up to Receive W-2 Forms Online Now

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2014) — University of Kentucky employees have the option of accessing their W-2 statements online. UK's 'Safe, Swift, Sustainable' W-2 program allows currently employed faculty, staff and students to receive their W-2 forms through the 'Employee Self Service' portion of password protected myUK.


Employees who enroll in the Safe, Swift, Sustainable W-2 program give the university consent to only provide their W-2s online. Enrolled employees will no longer receive a paper W-2 in the mail but will be able to view and print their W-2 at an earlier date. The enrollment period is now through Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, and prizes will be given as an incentive to enroll. Employees who consented last year to receive their 2013 W-2 online will continue to receive their future W-2s online.


The benefits of this online W-2 statements program are:

•  Earlier access to your W-2 statement than the traditional mail process;

•  Email notification when online W-2 statement is available;

•  Eliminate the possibility of your W-2 statement being delayed or lost in the mail;

•  Access to your W-2 statement at any time;

•  Ability to print W-2 at your convenience;

•  Contribute to UK’s sustainability initiative; and

•  Once enrolled future W-2s will remain online for multiple years.


"Safe, swift and sustainable really are key aspects of this program," said Ronda Beck, UK controller. "Electronic versions of W-2 statements are expected to be available for viewing as early as Jan. 20, 2015, whereas extra time is needed for printing and mailing paper versions, which are required to be mailed no later than Jan. 31, 2015. Also, employees have the added security of knowing their salary and social security number aren't on paper in the mail system."


The program fits well into UK's overall sustainability efforts by reducing the use of paper, and promoting cost savings. Beck estimates UK will see approximately $20,000 in annual savings in paper and postage costs.


For instructions on how to enroll in the Safe, Swift, Sustainable W-2 program, visit


All active UK employees who consent to receive online W-2s will be entered into a random drawing for prizes, which includes a chance to win:

· UK basketball tickets;

· $50 gift cards; and

· $250 gift cards

Prize winners will be notified weekly Dec. 15, 2014, through Jan. 20, 2015.  


Employees who do not want to enroll in the program do not have to take any action. They will have a paper W-2 form printed and mailed by the University of Kentucky no later than Jan. 31, 2015, to the employee’s permanent address on file in the SAP HR/Payroll system. Employees who have separated employment from the University of Kentucky will have a W-2 paper form printed and mailed.  



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UPK Book Gives Voice to Appalachian Speech

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:41



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 12, 2014) — Appalachians are one of the few groups left where stereotyping is not given a second thought by the media in todays' society. While often the subject of ridicule, the dialect and identity associated with Appalachia have special meaning to its people and culture.


In "Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community," now available in paperback through the University Press of Kentucky (UPK), editors Amy D. Clark and Nancy M. Hayward along with a team of scholars and creative writers combine linguistic research and testimonials about mountain dialects to explore what it is like to be an Appalachian speaker in today's times. Clark and Hayward bridge the gap between perceptions of Appalachian speech and the truth.


"Talking Appalachian" discusses the diversities of Appalachian English by examining linguistic history, small speech communities, dialects among African Americans in the region, and how language is approached in education. In the essay “The Historical Background and Nature of the Englishes of Appalachia,” Michael Montgomery looks to history and immigration patterns to explore the variation and commonality among dialects. Hayward’s essay, “Think Logically: Language as Community Practice,” explains how local factors play an important role in the construction of linguistic identities, putting to rest the myth that Appalachian speech is unified throughout the entire region. Walt Wolfram investigates “African American Speech in Southern Appalachia” and Jeffrey Reaser’s essay, “Dialect and Education in Appalachia,” chronicles the ways native speakers are stereotyped in mainstream educational systems.


"Talking Appalachian" also explores the experience of being an Appalachian speaker through the personal essays of contemporary writers from the region and by examining samples of their characters’ dialogue. In the essay “In My Own Country,” novelist Silas House describes his parents’ learning to “pass” as they tried to assimilate into a Michigan community and explores his resistance to standardizing his own dialect. In the essay “A Matter of Perception,” poet Jane Hicks reveals the prejudice and misinterpretation she has encountered as a student and educator because of her northeastern Tennessee accent. Authors Denise Giardina, Ron Rash, Rita Quillen and Crystal Wilkinson contribute passages from their works of fiction in which their characters face conflicts about identity and perception that arise as a result of their dialects.


Through sociolinguistic research and personal narratives, "Talking Appalachian" deconstructs the idea of one standard Appalachian English and connects readers with the contributors as they accept and appreciate their own identities. Clark and Hayward show these vernaculars are inextricably linked with identity, and they appeal to all who struggle to maintain their dialect, and therefore, their individuality.


Amy D. Clark is an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Nancy M. Hayward is professor emeritus of English at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.



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UK Researchers Awarded CDC Grants for Cancer Research in Appalachia

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 15, 2014) – Two University of Kentucky researchers have been awarded $1.62 million in grants through special interest projects from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


The grants fund projects that focus on methods for improving the dire cancer statistics in Appalachian Kentucky, which has some of the highest rates of cancer incidence and mortality in the country.


Robin Vanderpool, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior in the UK College of Public Health, was awarded a 5-year, $1.37 million grant to fund the Appalachian Center for Cancer Education, Screening, and Support (ACCESS), a collaboration between the University of Kentucky's Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC) and the national Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN).


CPCRN is supported by both CDC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). ACCESS will work to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based cancer prevention and control programs in Appalachian Kentucky communities and reduce the cancer burden in these underserved populations. The goal of the project is to use existing primary care resources in efficient and effective ways to promote guideline-recommended cancer screenings and improve overall health in the region. 


Specifically, ACCESS will conduct a regional research project with White House Clinics, a federally qualified health center that serves a medically underserved and high-poverty region in Appalachian Kentucky. The project will design, implement, and evaluate a proactive officer encounter (POE) intervention effort in eight community health centers, which will provide a systematic approach to offering breast, cervical, colorectal and lung cancer screening services at every office encounter for eligible patients.


Bin Huang, an assistant professor in the Division of Cancer Biostatistics in the Department of Biostatistics, UK College of Public Health, was awarded a 2-year, $250,000 grant to improve Kentucky Cancer Registry (KCR) data through ancillary data linkage. The main goal of Huang's project is to establish groundwork and examine the feasibility for the development of a sustainable Kentucky Cancer Quality and Outcome Research Data System, with the goal of improving the quality of care for Kentuckians with cancer.


The project seeks to generate enhanced KCR data, specifically in Appalachian Kentucky, by linking with external sources such as Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers; populating treatment summaries for breast and colorectal cancers; and conducting patterns of care research in cancer survival disparities for these types of cancers in Appalachian and non-Appalachian populations. 


These projects are a great example of the interdisciplinary work of investigators in the College of Public Health and Markey Cancer Center that spans the cancer prevention and control continuum, from screening interventions to surveillance, to remedy the cancer disparities faced by residents of Appalachian Kentucky,” said Margaret McGladrey, assistant dean for research in the UK College of Public Health.


Federal funds from the CDC and NCI financed 100 percent of the costs for these special interest projects; no non-governmental sources contributed to the funding. 


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New State Law on Personal Information Security Affects UK

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — A new state law, the Personal Information Security and Breach Investigation Procedures and Practices Act, goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015, and applies to all state agencies and universities.  This act concerns the protection of personal information, which is broadly defined (see definition of personal information below).


The major elements of the law require UK employees to:

  • Be aware of personal information (both in paper and electronic form) and secure it accordingly.
  • Contact the appropriate offices if there is a suspected breach of personal information and/or protected health information:


o   Non-health care areas should contact the Security Breach Reporting Line, by calling 859-218-3904;

o   Health care areas should contact UK HealthCare IT Security Help Desk by calling 859-323-8586 or the Office of Corporate Compliance by calling 859-323-8002;


  • Preserve all information and data for the incident response team to investigate.


Employees are asked to share this information with colleagues. More information will be coming soon. 


Any questions should be directed to the UK HealthCare Office of Corporate Compliance at 859-323-8002; UK Analytics and Technologies Security at 859-218-0306 / e-mail; or UK Office of Legal Counsel at 859-257-2936.



Personal Information

Personal information is defined as " an individual's first name or first initial and last name; personal mark; or unique biometric or genetic print or image, in combination with one or more of the following data elements:

·         An account number, credit card number, or debit card number that, in combination with any required security code, access code, or password, would permit access to an account;

·         A Social Security number;

·         A taxpayer identification number that incorporates a Social Security number;

·         A driver's license number, state identification card number or other  individual  identification number issued by an agency;

·         A passport  number or other identification number  issued by the United States government; or

·         Individually Identifiable Information as defined  in 45 C.F.R. sec. 160.013 (of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), except for education  records covered  by the Family  Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as amended 20 U.S.C. sec 1232g."

Art of UK's 'Les Femmes' Showcased at Barnhart

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — The University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies presents the senior B.A. (bachelor of arts) juried group show "Les Femmes." The group show, featuring art by only graduating artists of the female persuasion, is being held through Dec. 12, in Barnhart Gallery, Room 206 of Reynolds Building Number 1. A closing reception will be held to honor the artists 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the gallery. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.


"Les Femmes" features work by graduating seniors Sarah Day, Theresa Masterson, Jaime Michelle Robbins and Caitlin Sollee.


Sarah Day is an artist and a photographer. She graduated from Estero High School in Estero, Florida, in 2005 and relocated to her family’s hometown in Utica, Kentucky. After earning her associate of arts degree from Owensboro Community and Technical College in 2010, she moved to Lexington to complete her bachelor's degree in art studio at UK. Day took her first photography class at UK and began exploring digital, traditional and alternative-process photography. She creates her art in series, timelines and narratives that explore relationships, identity and memory.


Theresa Masterson grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and currently lives in Georgetown, Kentucky. She holds an associates of arts degree in communication from Jefferson Community Technical College, which she earned in 2011. After attending University of Louisville, where she studied hot glass for two years under Professor Che Rhodes, she transferred to UK. She will graduate with a bachelor's degree art studio and a minor in art history. Masterson works with whatever material the artwork needs to complete the creative thought and turn it into a tangible piece of art with concentrations in glass and clay.


"Every piece I make has its own story hidden in the medium waiting to emerge and come to life," Masterson said. "Its emotions push their way to the surface and the form takes on its own tone. You can see its personality emerge vibrantly from within the artwork. Making art is like reading a mystery book. You may not see it in the beginning but it slowly reveals its hidden story."


Jaime Michelle Robbins was born in 1986 in Heidelberg, Germany, to parents Lisa and Frank Robbins. As soon as she learned to glue, she became fascinated with creating. Robbins glued, she drew and she collaged everything she could. As she grew up, her skills branched out into jewelry making and music until she went to college in her 20s to explore and learn as much as she could. It was there that she discovered what the intentions of her creations would be. Robbins' pieces, whether it be photography, fiber or mixed media, has two distinct sides like the artist; one is light, whimsical and beautiful while the other is dark and chaotic discussing the issues that face those who struggle with mental illness.


Caitlin Sollee is a Lexington resident who typically uses a combination of photography and fiber mediums for the majority of her work.  Married, she often artistically collaborates with her musician husband, Kentucky native, Ben Sollee. During her time at UK, Sollee has interned with Lexington local artists in her studies by taking independent studies and volunteering at different studios to expand on her base knowledge of art and working studios. This has allowed her to study with prestigious photographer Guy Mendes and expanded her technique in silver gelatin photography, and with Paul Holbrook, who taught her bookbinding and letterpress at the UK's King Library Press.


Sollee's work often explores the idea of the passage of time represented to the viewer through tedious acts of repetition. Typically hand-embroidery is included in her artwork as a means to further push the idea of time because the process itself requires patience and dedication. Portrait photography is another recurring element of Sollee's artwork and is often printed using non-silver techniques such as cyanotype or gum printing.


For more information on "Les Femmes," contact Professor Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, at


The UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies and art education.



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

'Rooted in Our Communities: The University of Kentucky in Appalachia'

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — A special message from University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto:


"I gleaned the remains of my life, turned toward the hills that give me help, give me shelter, hold the sky where it belongs"

-  Jane Hicks


Over the next several months, we'll be examining and discussing the special relationship and partnership the University of Kentucky has with the Central Appalachian region.


A new series of stories, “Rooted in Our Communities: The University of Kentucky in Appalachia”, will examine the myriad ways in which UK faculty, staff and students are working in — and, more importantly, with — communities throughout the mountains. Those stories and other compelling features can be found at


These stories bring to life the significant challenges and even more promising opportunities that exist not only in Eastern Kentucky, but throughout our Commonwealth in areas such as health care, energy and conservation, education and economic development.


As important, though, these stories will celebrate and promote the incredible culture and heritage of the region as well as the progress we’ve made together. The richness of the mountains emboldens our shared effort and the promise of tomorrow. In the attached video, I discuss in more detail this mission of service and partnership with and for Appalachia.  


At the University of Kentucky, we take pride in the fact that our 150-year legacy of education, research, service and care means that we are — in creative and compelling ways — the university for Kentucky.


In Appalachia, that service and those partnerships are deeply rooted and grounded in a sense of community … in a spirit of partnership … with the idea that we, too, look toward the hills — for help and shelter, for partnership and meaning … for stronger communities and for a brighter future for our Commonwealth.




Seale Committed to Success of Gatton College, UK

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 15:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — When the leadership of the University of Kentucky and its Gatton College of Business and Economics laid out a vision for expansion and enhancement of the college's facilities, to be financed totally through private philanthropy, UK alumnus William E. "Bill" Seale 'stepped up to the plate' in a big way, donating $5 million to the $65 million project. Recently, he pledged an additional $5 million to the Gatton United Campaign to bring his total commitment to $10 million.  


With this funding, the college plans to honor Seale's generosity by naming the new finance learning center in his honor. The state-of-the-art installation will be called the William E. Seale Finance Learning Center. The center will allow students, both undergraduate and graduate, to flourish in a technologically advanced classroom that simulates a real trading environment with digital displays feeding real-time financial and market information.


Brad Jordan, chair of Gatton’s Department of Finance and Quantitative Methods and the Richard W. and Janis H. Furst Endowed Chair in Finance, said, “Once this is built, it will be the best of its kind. It will contain exactly the same types of databases, the same types of terminals, the same types of access that a trader would have at a Wall Street firm. It’s also a classroom designed in a way that facilitates group work and interaction between faculty and students.“


Students will sit in small clusters throughout the room allowing for more collaboration and giving them an introduction to the environment and atmosphere many of them will be working in following graduation. The most prominent finance program at the center will be the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF).


“Groups of students will be managing more than $5 million of UK’s endowment, making all buy-and-sell decisions,” Jordan said. “Every major university in the country is developing this kind of program and UK will now be at the forefront. This will be one of the larger student managed investment funds in the nation, and our students will have the very best facilities.”


Seale graduated from UK with a degree in chemistry in 1963 and then worked in the College of Medicine for several years. While holding down that job, he also found time to study for a master's degree in agricultural economics, which he received from the university in 1969. Seale earned his Ph.D. in 1975.


Seale previously demonstrated his commitment to UK and its future students when his monetary gift established the D. Milton Shuffett Agricultural Economics Endowment Fund, in honor of a former, longtime College of Agriculture, Food and Environment faculty member who was a mentor to him.


"It's an undergraduate scholarship designed for Kentucky kids, and it's a need-based scholarship," said Seale.  


Another UK teacher who made a huge impact on Seale was the late William J. Stober, a faculty member in the Gatton College's Department of Economics.


"Professor Stober and Professor Shuffett both had an unbelievable ability to impart knowledge," said Seale.


Now retired, Seale has deep family ties to UK. His father, Frank Seale, earned three letters as a member of the Wildcat football team in the early 1930s. Bill's son, Jim, also is a UK graduate.


Seale has a long list of career achievements. To mention just a few:

·         Chief economist and principal at the $28 billion mutual fund investment firm ProFunds

·         Chair of the Finance Department and senior associate dean of the business school at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

·         Former commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (an appointment by President Ronald Reagan)


These days, Seale spends most of his time in either Annapolis, Maryland or Key Largo, Florida.


The University of Kentucky will remain one of his major priorities going forward.


"It's a great institutution and is one of those things we have to continue to support," said Seale.  "I wouldn't be where I am without UK and that's why I give back."


To find out more about the Gatton United Campaign, visit

There you can find news stories, profiles of donors, sketches and videos of the new building, and a live webcam of the progress of building construction.




MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; Michelle Lowe, 859-257-1838.



Nursing Faculty Receives Grant to Promote Colorectal Screening in Rural Appalachia

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2013) – Jennifer Hatcher, associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, received a two-year $359,528 award from the National Cancer Institute for her project, “Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening (CRC) in Rural Emergency Departments.” 


The project will be the first to address the disproportionate incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer in rural Appalachia utilizing the emergency department as an access point. Hatcher and her team will pilot test a culturally tailored intervention using brief motivational interviewing by lay health advisors to promote colorectal cancer screenings in an emergency department serving rural Appalachian Kentucky in order to evaluate the feasibility of the intervention in this rural Appalachian setting and assess the effects of the intervention on perceived barriers to CRC screening and future cancer screening.


“Residents of rural Appalachia have a higher incidence and mortality rate from colorectal cancer than residents of any other region of the country," Hatcher said. "In light of the fact that colorectal cancer is one of the few cancers that can actually be prevented by screening, this grant presents a tremendous opportunity for us to address one of the key factors affecting this disparity for rural Appalachians -- limited access to the health care system."


An emergency department provides services to many rural residents who may not have a primary care provider.  "We believe that using an emergency department as an access point for this project will allow us to reach more individuals who are at risk for developing colorectal cancer, thereby reducing the disparate mortality rates that rural Appalachians suffer from this disease,” Hatcher added.

UK Student Participating in UN Climate Change Conference

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 12:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — Caroline Engle, University of Kentucky junior majoring in both agricultural economics and natural resources and environmental science, is assembling with others in Lima, Peru, this week to represent the United States at the 20th annual Conference of the Parties (COP20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


Joining government officials, UN representatives and civil society organizations from across the world, Engle traveled to the conference as part of the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC). SSC is the youth-led chapter of the Sierra Club, the nation's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization.


Meetings from COP20, culminating Dec. 12, aim to provide a foundation for a global climate change agreement at COP21 in Paris next year, and Engle hopes for the same. She helped analyze the U.S. and China policy agreement, highlighting aspects that needed to be more ambitious "to truly address mitigation in a way that takes common but differentiated responsibility into account," Engle said.


"I think it's important for youth to be involved in this conversation because the policies and decisions that are created from COP20 and COP21 truly shape our future," she said.


Engle and her delegation joined with the China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN) to praise their countries for action already taken, and to encourage further climate action. Both SSC and CYCAN are calling for a 100 percent clean energy-powered world by 2030, according to a news release.  


A member of the Student Sustainability Council and recruitment chair for UK Greenthumb Environmental Club, Engle plans to bring her experiences at COP20 back to students at UK. With a sense of urgency, she says she will encourage more students to get involved in sustainability projects.


"As someone who is extremely interested and excited about international climate change policy, I felt like there needed to be someone to take the complicated alphabet soup the UNFCCC uses and explain it to youth in a way that is understandable to bring action," Engle said.


Engle would also like to see the Student Sustainability Council fund more renewable energy projects, "which have lasting impacts on the university." In November, the UK Sustainability Challenge Grant awards were announced, funding seven sustainability projects at UK with support from the Student Sustainability Council, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.




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

UK Junior to Study Abroad on Scholarship

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 10:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2014) — University of Kentucky materials engineering junior Zach Wildofsky, of Tremont City, Ohio, has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad, and he will study in Australia.


The Gilman Scholarship is a congressionally funded scholarship sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.


The scholarship supports students who have been traditionally under-represented in study abroad, including but not limited to, students with high financial need, community college students, students in under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students with diverse ethnic backgrounds and students with disabilities.


Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray the cost of tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.


Wildofsky is excited about the opportunities made possible with his Gilman Scholarship. "It will help me pay for my semester abroad this spring in Sydney, Australia. I believe this study abroad program at the University of New South Wales will offer me specific and valuable skills that I can use towards my career that cannot be taught anywhere else."


The son of Jackie and Sam Wildofsky, of Springfield, Ohio, has always been interested in science.


"For as long as I can remember I have known what I wanted to do with my life. Science has always been a passion of mine, and the science involving sports in particular has interested me for some time. Dedicating my life to improving the lives of others through engineering better and safer sporting equipment is very appealing to me," Wildofsky said.


An Honors Program member, Wildofsky has been involved in undergraduate research during his time at UK and credits Matthew Beck, an assistant professor in materials engineering, as a mentor and role mode. The junior has participated in thermoelectrics research and gaining experience with XRD (x-ray diffraction), EDX (energy dispersive x-ray analysis), SEM (scanning electron microscopy), TEM (transmission electron microscopy) and ZEM (Seebeck coefficient/electrical resistance measuring system).


"In addition, I have researched electromechanical actuators and presented a final project to professional engineers," said Wildofsky, who interned two summers at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.


Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Wildofsky would like to be a materials engineer working in the sports industry with a company like Nike, Adidas or Wilson.


Students who are interested in this and other study abroad scholarship opportunities should contact Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education. The office assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Director Pat Whitlow well in advance of the scholarship deadline.




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