UK Unveils New High-tech Interactive Campus Map

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:53

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


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


Features include:

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

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

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

·         information on various modes of transportation on campus

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

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

·         Google Street View 360 degree images of campus sidewalks


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


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


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


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


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


Your Chance to See Rising Star Rapper

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:36

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:31


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


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


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


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


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

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:40


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Local Legend Anne MacFie Opens Appalachia Concert Series

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:42

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


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


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

A transcript of this video can be seen here.


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

· Don Pedi, legendary dulcimer player, Dec. 5


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


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



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UK Theatre Chair Presents Play at NYC's La MaMa

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:47

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:52

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:49

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


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


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


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