Campus News

SGA’s Leadership Development Program Now Accepting Applications

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 16:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2015)  The University of Kentucky Student Government Association is now accepting applications for its Leadership Development Program (LDP), an initiative dedicated to building future leaders on campus from the freshman class.


As part of the LDP, those selected will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a leader on campus by networking with other student leaders and the university’s administration, learning about various student organizations on campus and exploring their own personal growth as a leader.


“The Leadership Development Program prepares students for long term success and enables them to find their niche within the UK Community,” Jenna Hollinden, SGA student body vice president, said.


Last year, more than 200 applications were received. Applications are evaluated based on several criteria, including leadership potential and experience, academic success and dedication to community service.


Applicants are screened and half will advance to the interview process. There are two parts to the interviews: “speed dating” style and individual traditional style. The interviewers are student leaders from across campus, not just Student Government.


The top 40 students are chosen to participate in the Leadership Development Program.  Some of the events and activities that are planned for this year include:


•    Introduction to SGA, Student Activities Board, Center for Community Outreach, Leadership Exchange Ambassadors, WRFL and DanceBlue with various activities.

•    Wrap Up America fort-building competition, a service project to collect blankets for homeless individuals in the Lexington community.

•    Leadership Workshop through the Office of Student Involvement (OSI)

•    Discussion and Q&A with University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto

•    Tour of Keeneland, with discussion and Q&A with Connie Van Onselder, CFO

•    Resume Workshop at the Stuckert Career Center

•    Networking Dinner with the UK Alumni Association

•    Tour of the Ashland Estate, with special guest Mayor Jim Gray


To apply, visit this [link].  Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7. 


If you have any questions about the application or Student Government, please contact Jenna Hollinden at




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Wildcat Passport Facility Offers Variety of Travel Amenities at New Location

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 15:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2015) — Passport services can be found on campus at a new location. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility, in Room 106 of Bowman’s Den, is a service offered by the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) and now shares space with the OSI Ticket Center, which tickets all major Student Activities Board campus events, collects payments for DanceBlue and Alternative Service Breaks (ASB), and is an official Ticketmaster® outlet.


The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility accepts passport applications for the U.S. Department of State for any U.S. citizen planning international travel.


The Ticket Center and Passport Facility are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., and you can apply for passports by appointment Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  To schedule an appointment, call 859-257-2619.


Routine passport processing is four to six weeks, and the facility offers expedited processing of two to three weeks for an additional cost (planning ahead will save money). 


The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility also offers the following additional services:

·      Passport photos can be done without an appointment and are also useful for visas and OPT.  ($10 cash or check)

·      ISIC (International Student Identity Card) – This card offers student discounts worldwide.  Visit  Cards are issued at time of appointment ($25 cash or check, plus photo).


Passport services can be arranged for campus groups that are organizing international travel. Contact the facility for more information at (859) 257-2619.




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

VIDEO: Welcome Back From the UK Family!

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 14:17



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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2015) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has this special message to the UK family on the first day of the 2015-16 academic year:


Dear Colleagues and Students,


Over the last month, our faculty, staff and students have been returning to campus to begin their work for the 2015-16 academic year. As campus grows more vibrant with each passing day, I’m reminded of the transformative experience this place offers to those we serve.


We are fostering a true sense of community at UK, and we share a deep commitment to serving others through outstanding higher education, pioneering research and creative scholarship, impactful service, and sophisticated health care. 


As a we begin a new semester, please enjoy the thoughtful words of your colleagues and their dedication to this special place.


Welcome home, Wildcats.




Eli Capilouto




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



The UK Video Team would like to thank the following UK faculty, staff, students and alumni who “starred” in this special video:


Greg Luhan

Melissa Shankle

Cathy Black

Mark Stoops

Rachel Dixon

Kendra Harrison

Marisa Aull Fitzgerald

Lacey Buckler

Erica Shipley

Steve Beshear

Armando Prats

Arturo Sandoval

Rachel Webb

Lisa Cassis

Nancy Schoenberg

Andrew Hippisley

Kim Anderson

Jann Burks

Frank X Walker

Provost Tim Tracy

Chanel Friday

Austin Mullen

Susan Carvalho

Lori Hetzel

Endy Kailer

Elodie Elayi

Ana Rueda

Keiko Tanaka

Harold "Tree" Sandford

Everett McCorvey

Carol M. “Bill” Gatton

President Eli Capilouto






Chellgren Center Names 36 New Fellows, Five Endowed Professorships

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 13:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence honored its newest class of Chellgren Fellows Sunday, Aug. 23. Five Chellgren Endowed Professorships were also announced. 


The Chellgren Fellows Program is for students with exceptional academic potential and aspirations, who are eager to participate in a special learning community designed to cultivate extraordinary achievement. Outstanding faculty members from across campus serve as individual mentors for the Fellows.


The students selected as 2015-16 Chellgren Fellows include:

  • Sloan Ander, a biology major from Maricopa, Arizona
  • Annie Baker, a biology major from Olive Hill, Kentucky
  • Esias Bedingar, a biology major from N'Djamena, Chad
  • Drury Bell, a classics major from Prattville, Alabama
  • Curtis Bethel, a pre-med/chemical engineering major from Lexington
  • Andrea Bomkamp, a marketing major from Crescent Springs, Kentucky 
  • Sommer Cade, an architecture major from Louisville
  • Ben Childress, an economics major from Lexington
  • Kylie Colvin, an agricultural biotechnology major from Villa Hills, Kentucky
  • Sarah Coulson, a chemical engineering major from Decherd, Tennessee
  • Brianna Damron, a communication major from Louisville
  • DeAnna Duffy, a psychology major from Elk Grove Village, Illinois
  • Faith Evans, a biology major from Union, Kentucky
  • Heather Gosnell, a chemical engineering major from Aurora, Ohio
  • Jonathan Hamilton, a mechanical engineering major from Eagle River, Alaska 
  • Nicholas Hodge, an architecture major from Lexington
  • Claire Kellan, a French major from Lexington 
  • Aiko Lovejoy, a foreign language & international economics major from Deerfield, Illinois
  • Natalie Malone, a pre-med/psychology major from Smiths Grove, Kentucky 
  • Nicole Martin, a pre-med/chemical engineering major from Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Nora Mattingly, an international studies major from Louisville
  • Lillian McGhiey, a psychology major from Carmel, Indiana
  • Hannah Meredith, a secondary English education major from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
  • Elijah Myers, a biology major from Campbellsville, Kentucky
  • Christa Newman, a psychology major from Lexington
  • Bridget Nicholas, a Chinese language and literature major from Covington, Kentucky
  • Aya Omar, a pre-vet/animal science major from Crestwood, Kentucky
  • Christina Pistilli, a biology major from Lexington  
  • Alexander Polus, a computer engineering major from Lexington 
  • Madelyn Roeder, an interdisciplinary early childhood education major from Florence, Kentucky  
  • Shauna Rust, an international studies major from Georgetown, Kentucky
  • Brett Seymore, an accounting major from Princeton, Kentucky
  • Fox Thorpe, a chemical engineering major from Mount Sterling, Kentucky
  • Payton Wallace, an accounting major from Hebron, Kentucky 
  • Brenton Watts, a Spanish major from Jackson, Kentucky 
  • Sylvia Wilson, a biology major from St. Louis  

In addition to the Fellows, five Chellgren Endowed Professorships were also announced at Sunday's reception. The new endowed professors include:

Chellgren Endowed Professors maintain an active research program in their discipline; teach courses in one of the university's programs of excellence or within their college or department; and direct a specific project intended to advance progressive reform of undergraduate education. Each endowed professor conducts a specific project designed to improve undergraduate education. They also collaborate with colleagues in the Chellgren Center on other initiatives and activities that are intended to improve the quality of the undergraduate experience and help UK become a beacon of undergraduate excellence.


The Chellgren Endowed Professors and Chellgren Fellows Program were made possible by the Chellgren Center, which was created in 2005 with an initial gift from Paul Chellgren and his family. His total commitment of $2.25 million was matched by the state’s Endowment Match Program, creating a $4.5 million endowment for the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence. 


As a UK undergraduate, Chellgren was an Honors Program student and star intercollegiate debater. After earning his MBA from Harvard and a D.D.E. from Oxford University, he began a successful career that culminated with his retirement as chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc. He was inducted into UK’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2000 and the Gatton College of Business and Economics Hall of Fame in 1995, and served on the UK Board of Trustees for 11 years. His commitment to improving and enriching undergraduate education at UK continues to impact thousands of UK students, faculty and staff. 


The Chellgren Center is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

Gatton Offers Certification in Business Foundations, Leadership

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 16:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2015) — If you are willing to invest 10 evenings, you just might change your entire outlook on your career. The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, through its Don  and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center, is offering a pair of Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) programs in 2015-16, Business Foundations in the fall and Innovative Leadership in the spring.


"This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire the basics of a business degree without the time commitment a degree requires," said Joe Labianca, a Gatton Endowed Chair in Management and director of the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center and the Executive MBA Program. "Or, if you're interested in exploring whether an advanced MBA degree is right for you before committing to it, this CBA series could be just right for you."


The first 10-week series, Business Foundations, begins Thursday, Sept. 17, and continues on Thursday evenings through Thursday, Nov. 19. The lively instructional environment, led by distinguished faculty from the Gatton College, is complemented by opportunities for hands-on experience with each three-hour class, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., focusing on a different vital topic.


The second series, Innovative Leadership, will run for 10 Thursday evenings starting March 24 and concluding May 26, 2016.


"These twin programs are designed to provide an understanding of business terms, practices, and tools to enable people to make better informed business decisions," added Labianca. "The CBA program is open to all interested persons who want to energize their careers and broaden their horizons."


The newly renovated Gatton College of Business and Economics building, located in the heart of the UK campus in Lexington, is the site for these stimulating weekly classes. Lighted, free parking is available close to the building for registrants. The cost is $1,000 for each series, or $1,800 for individuals registering for both the fall and the spring program. Groups of three or more people from an organization are eligible for a special discounted rate.


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


Fees include instruction, all materials, and light refreshments at each session, in addition to parking. Individuals who attend 10 sessions will earn 27.5 course hours of continuing education credit and a certificate of completion.


Topics in the first series, Business Foundations, offered in the fall, include:

·         Organizational Design & Environment

·         Individual Behavior in Organizations

·         Essentials of Human Resources (HR) Management

·         Essentials of Marketing

·         Economics in the Workplace

·         Accounting Measurement and Reporting

·         Lean Supply Chain Management

·         Business Law

·         Strategic Management

·         Financial Decision Making


Topics in the second series, Innovative Leadership, offered in the spring, include:

·         Making Sense of Economic Data

·         Power, Conflict and Negotiation in Organizations

·         Emotion & Emotional Intelligence

·         Decision Making

·         Personal Selling

·         Integrated Marketing Communications

·         The Service Focused Business

·         Risk Management & Organizational Control

·         The Strategic Role of HR Management

·         Entrepreneurship & Writing a Business Plan


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




MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe,; 859-257-3200



Kentucky Obstetricians Receive Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida Resources From UK Human Development Institute and Partners

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 15:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2015) — During the week of Aug. 25, the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute (HDI)/National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources and the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky (SBAK) are mailing packets of accurate, evidence-based, current, and medically reviewed information about Down syndrome and spina bifida to nearly 400 obstetricians statewide. 


These resources for new and expectant parents cover physical, developmental, educational and psychosocial outcomes, life expectancy, clinical course, intellectual and functional development, local support group information, and treatment options. Families who receive the news that their child has a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis are often overwhelmed and need up-to-date information handed to them right away to understand what the condition means.
The mailing is being funded by a grant from WHAS Crusade for Children, as well as HDI, SBAK, and local Down syndrome organizations to help clinicians meet the requirements of the recently passed Down Syndrome and Spina Bifida Information Acts (SB 159) in Kentucky. This law is important in assuring that families get the full spectrum of support following a prenatal or postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome or spina bifida.


Notably, Kentucky has some of the highest rates for spina bifida in the nation, including Eastern Kentucky with twice the national average. The packets will also include information from local Down syndrome organizations, including Down Syndrome Louisville, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky, the Green River Area Down Syndrome Association, and the Down Syndrome Association of Western Kentucky, explaining what they offer as support organizations.


“HDI is the home of the National Center for Prenatal and Postnatal Resources (, including Lettercase, Down Syndrome Pregnancy, and Brighter Tomorrow. All of our materials have been reviewed by nationally recognized medical and disability experts," said Stephanie Meredith, medical outreach director at the Human Development Institute. "Our goal is to make sure that families throughout Kentucky get the support and accurate information they need at a time often described as a flashbulb memory — that moment of diagnosis indelibly marked in their memory for a lifetime. This law and this distribution will give clinicians and patients the tools they need to give a framework of support during that defining moment.” 

Shannon White, executive director of SBAK said, “This law will change countless lives across Kentucky. Babies born today with spina bifida have a normal life expectancy. Children and adults with spina bifida have average to above average intelligence and can go to college, work in meaningful careers, and have families of their own. Many can walk, and those who cannot, use their wheels to go anywhere an able-bodied person can. That’s why this new law is so important. It will allow expectant parents across the state to receive the information and support they need to make informed decisions.”




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

UK Libraries Welcomes Campus Back Sesquicentennial Style

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 14:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2015) — As part of the welcome back events offered to students during the first day of classes, the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center will host an open house featuring a photo booth, free ice cream and reproduction souvenir pennants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, in the foyer of the Margaret I. King Library Building. The open house and corresponding exhibit celebrating UK’s sesquicentennial are free and open to the public.  


The exhibit showcases more than 150 artifacts, photographs, documents, publications and memorabilia related to UK’s campus life, academics, athletics, student organizations and traditions such as the “Little Kentucky Derby,” tug-of-war at Clifton pond, and of course, UK basketball. Items rarely seen by the public, such as a ball of presidential cat fur, a 1912 winning football, cadet button, vintage K Books and event posters, and sorority serveware, will be out for viewing.


Examples of items available online using ExploreUK, such as the recently added collection of UK football media guides, Commencement programs, yearbooks and Kentucky Kernel editions will also be on display.


The exhibition will remain in place through Oct. 15. King Library is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 


UK Special Collections Research Center is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center and the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection. The mission of the Special Collections Research Center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.




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

UK Moving from Blackboard to Canvas

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 10:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2015) — The learning management system (LMS) countdown is on: the University of Kentucky is moving from Blackboard to Canvas, and on June 1, 2016, the university will retire Blackboard completely.


Students may find that some of their fall courses are in Canvas while others are in Blackboard. Individual faculty will choose the best for their course this semester, but all courses will be in Canvas by June 1.


During the last four years, UK faculty, students, and staff have provided feedback and usability preferences for a “next generation” LMS. Instructure’s Canvas fit the bill. A software-as-a-service (SaaS) system, Canvas provides seamless, continuous small upgrades over time that do not require downtime, along with enhanced usability, and robust mobile functionality and text notifications through the Canvas app. Students also will find a helpful calendar, a “what-if” grade analysis, a personal e-Portfolio, and the option to choose how Canvas will send them notifications, among other things.


Students and faculty using the system have 24/7/365 support that is only a click away. Once in Canvas, users can click the Help button (at the bottom of the menu at left) anytime to access live chat, call the support hotline, or search the online Canvas Guides.


If help is needed to get started, visit Students can click the online tutorials link to find the Student Video Orientation, where they will learn how to choose the right browser, check grades, manage personal files, set up an ePortfolio, and more. Faculty who visit the page will find orientation and transition resources for themselves and their courses. The page also provides login links to Canvas and to Blackboard.


Students who find that they are unable to login to Canvas should contact the UK Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) Service Desk at 859-218-HELP (859-218-4357).




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

VIDEO: UK Family Welcomes New Students to a Transformed Campus

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 09:33



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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2015) — UK’s newest Wildcats are settling into college life on a transformed campus.


Watch the video above to see the warm welcome they received from UK faculty, staff and students as they moved onto campus.  You’ll hear from freshmen who appreciate the warmth, and you’ll even see President Eli Capilouto “dunking” a basketball on a pair of UK students. 


For more information about K Week 2015, visit:




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





Ceremony Marks Official Name of Lyman T. Johnson Hall

Sun, 08/23/2015 - 15:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2015) — One of the University of Kentucky's new residence halls now bears the name of Lyman T. Johnson, the late civil rights pioneer who became the first African American admitted as a student to UK.  The official unveiling of the sign in Lyman T. Johnson Hall took place Wednesday, Aug. 19, in the lobby of the building previously named Central Hall I.


Lyman M. Johnson, Lyman T. Johnson's son, joined UK President Eli Capilouto, UK Board of Trustees Chair Keith Gannon and others, for the unveiling ceremony. A reception at K-Lair, hosted by the Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni group and the UK Alumni Association, followed the ceremony.


UK's Board of Trustees approved the renaming of Central I in honor of Lyman T. Johnson at its May 8 meeting. The request to rename the residence hall was submitted by the Lyman T. Johnson African American Alumni group and was recommended by the Advisory Committee on Naming University Property. The hall, which opened in August 2013, is one of the first two residence halls constructed as part of the major transformation of campus facilities underway at UK.


Thanks to Johnson's successful suit in Federal District Court, African Americans were admitted to graduate and professional programs at UK beginning with the summer session of 1949. African Americans were admitted to the undergraduate program beginning in 1954, when the U.S. Supreme Court settled the constitutional question for Kentucky and the nation in regard to separate education for blacks and whites in Brown v. Board of Education.


A Tennessee native, Johnson, the grandson of former slaves, earned his high school diploma from the preparatory division of Knoxville College. After receiving a bachelor's degree in Greek from Virginia Union University, Johnson attained a master's degree in history from the University of Michigan. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.


He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and during the latter part of his tour of duty, helped run a school at the Great Lakes Naval Base, which enabled young and often illiterate sailors to obtain an educational foundation.


Johnson taught history, economics, and mathematics at Louisville Central High School for more than 30 years before becoming an administrator at two different schools in the Jefferson County Public Schools system, then spent three years in an administrative capacity at a Catholic high school. He also served as a member of the Jefferson County Board of Education for four years.


In 1979, Johnson received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from UK.


Widely known as an eloquent speaker, Johnson not only opened the doors to education for thousands of minority students, he also led struggles to integrate neighborhoods, swimming pools, restaurants and other facilities. Johnson headed the Louisville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for six years.


He died in Louisville in 1997 at the age of 91.


UK Establishes First LGBTQ* Resources Office

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 17:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Office of Institutional Diversity has established its first Office of LGBTQ* Resources to create a more inclusive environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer members of the campus community. One of the office's first events is a trans* speaker’s visit to campus to address her transition process and current activist focus.


The new UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources, led by Lance Poston, intends to grow its outreach to reliably serve all the LGBTQ* individuals on campus and to function as a communication and educational hub for the entire community in sustainable and organized ways.


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The acronym LGBTQ* stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, broad terms to describe the individuals who are a part of this community. However, everyone in the community does not identify solely with these five words; the asterisk has become a commonplace way to reflect that gender identities and sexual orientations exist beyond the acronym and that the university is open and affirming to everyone.


“Transgender, often shortened to trans*, is the accepted term for individuals whose gender identities do not match the gender identity they were assigned at birth. Often the term is assigned to individuals who physically transition (from male to female, or female to male), however, this does not represent all of the trans* population," said Poston, director of the LGBTQ* Resources Office. "One can be transgender without physically transitioning and is not required to follow the socially constructed male/female binary. To affirm a person's dignity of being authentically born a certain way, we use transgender or trans* in lieu of transgendered.”



Opening its doors to students for the fall 2015 term, the LGBTQ* Resources Office will host a number of events for students, staff, faculty and the community. A panel discussion of the Matthew Shepard/James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 is scheduled for noon Thursday, Aug. 27, in the William T. Young Library UK Athletics Auditorium. On Oct. 6 Kristen Beck, a trans* Navy Seal, will describe her transition and her current advocacy focus. Later that month, an expert panel is being developed by Gender and Women's Studies to focus on the word “queer.”


UK President Eli Capilouto has developed a strategic vision for UK that highlights diversity and inclusion, and the LGBTQ* office is positioning itself to fulfill that vision.


"For the last 10 or 15 years, offices similar to this one have popped up, especially in leading institutions," Poston said. "I think the university has, for the last several years, had a reevaluation of what it means to be a diverse and inclusive space."


In response to this reevaluation, Poston is developing a pilot program, SafeZone, to facilitate community awareness of the basic competencies relating to LGBTQ* experiences. SafeZone will provide a regular educational workshop throughout the spring 2016 term.


Originally from South Carolina, Poston attended South Carolina Presbyterian College for his undergraduate studies, with a primary focus on history and English. Poston relocated to Athens, Ohio, finishing his master's degree in LGBT history at Ohio University. Poston was very active in LGBTQ* advocacy and focused on trans* health benefits and student health insurance. Poston also founded the university's annual LGBTQ* history month lecture and co-founded a regional career studies conference in Ohio.


"A lot of the themes that I'm working with in everyday experiences in this job are things that I've read about, written about, and for the last two years taught about. I see this all as a culmination of things that interest me, that I'm passionate about, and that I think are important to talk about and work on," Poston said.


Poston is dedicated to expanding the LGBTQ* outreach across UK's campus, in hopes that the office will develop and continue to grow and operate beyond him.


UK's LGBTQ* Resources Office is the fourth such center in Kentucky. While the office may be the first of its kind on UK’s campus, many other student organizations and faculty have been involved in relevant issues long before its creation. Other student- and faculty-run organizations dedicated to the special concerns of the community included the UK LGBTQ* Task Force, the Counseling Center, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and OUTSOURCE. These organizations have developed the beginnings for the LGBTQ* Resources Office to build and expand on the focus of this community.


Poston hopes the office's impact will  serve all of the students, faculty and staff on campus by creating safe places for important conversations about sex, sexuality and gender identity to take place.


"Whether they are coming out spaces, social spaces for LGBTQ* folks, spaces for cultivating allies, or spaces for simply finding a middle ground of mutual respect, having these areas for dialogue is my main goal," Poston said.


"I have been listening to folks across campus and building the groundwork to create specialized programming and services that serve UK’s unique needs," he added. "I have learned from them that the office needs to help increase visibility of the LGBTQ* communities, to celebrate the life experiences of folks in those communities, while at the same time work to decrease marginalization of LGBTQ* focus whether its on campus or more broadly in many places in Lexington."


The office, located temporarily in 302 Blazer Hall, will include an additional meeting space for students to use at their leisure. When construction is completed, the office will be located in the new Student Center. Poston has also opened an extension office in H Pavilion at Chandler Hopspital to support medical students and professionals within UK HealthCare. He is in that office every Friday.


“I’m there doing many of the things as far as advocacy and education that I do on main campus, but I am an intentional physical presence in the hospital and for our allied medical students and professionals," Poston said. "So I’m looking forward to many expansions in Chandler and throughout UK HealthCare.”



MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155

UK Addiction Researchers Part of First Laboratory Study Explaining Effects of Marijuana Compound

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2015) — Addiction researchers are only beginning to understand how dozens of chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant, known as cannabinoids, influence human health and behavior.


According to Shanna Babalonis, a researcher and assistant professor of behavioral science at the University of Kentucky, research investigating the effects of cannabinoids on humans is limited. The well-known marijuana compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, induces a "high" in recreational smokers, but researchers suspect other compounds derived from the complex marijuana plant could potentially hold some therapeutic benefit. 


Babalonis and a team of researchers at the UK Center for Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) recently completed a research trial examining the effects of a cannabinoid compound called cannabidiol, or CBD, when consumed in combination with smoked marijuana. The multi-site study was funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse to determine if CBD could be explored as a treatment for marijuana dependence. During the two-year recruitment and trial period, researchers examined the effects of varying dosage amounts of CBD when consumed in conjunction with marijuana.


With proper clearance and oversight from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the UK CDAR team conducted double-blind laboratory tests on 31 individuals in the local community who identified as heavy marijuana smokers. Subjects completed a series of laboratory sessions where they were administered CBD capsules (containing various CBD doses) before smoking marijuana or placebo cigarettes.  After the drugs were administered, the subjects were tested for a number of outcomes, including subjective and physiological responses and cognitive functioning. Additionally, several hours after the doses were administered, the researchers gave subjects the option of selecting additional smoked marijuana to determine whether CBD could change the number of marijuana puffs the participants selected to smoke. Subjects were required to attend eight sessions to complete the study. 


Results from the trial suggested CBD did not change the physiological, cognitive or subjective effects of marijuana. Babalonis said the study serves as evidence that CBD does not reduce the high caused by smoking marijuana. The study also provides evidence indicating CBD has low abuse liability, which refers to the degree to which a drug produces psychoactive effects that may lead to abuse or dependence. Based on the research trial, Babalonis said CBD does not appear to produce intoxication – participants did not report feeling high from CBD.


"Many media reports claim that CBD decreases the high from marijuana," Babalonis said. "But when tested under controlled conditions, this is not what we found. We did not see that CBD decreased the effects of marijuana – there were no measurable effects of CBD.”


Recent stories in the media have also highlighted anecdotal evidence suggesting CBD can be used to treat intractable pediatric seizure disorders. Mores studies investigating the side effects, safety and abuse liability of CBD will be necessary before CBD can be considered as a possible therapeutic application. The current study is one of the first to provide evidence CBD does not change marijuana effects and CBD displays low abuse liability. 


The UK CDAR laboratory joined with Columbia University and the Medical University of South Carolina to collect laboratory data for the study. Babalonis presented their findings at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, last June.   


"There is a great deal of interest in the therapeutic effects of marijuana right now,” Babalonis said of CBD. "CBD may be useful for other conditions, but it does not look like it is an effective treatment for marijuana dependence. However, we are excited to continue to test other cannabinoids to determine if they may be useful in treating drug abuse or other conditions."


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,; (859) 940-8104

Funkhouser Drive Parking Impacted Monday and Tuesday

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 15:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2015) — A total of 22 spaces will be blocked in the Funkhouser Drive area from 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24 through 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25. This includes four disabled spaces, five employee spaces, three service area spaces, two reserved spaces and eight metered spaces. They will be blocked due to staging for the We Are UK event.


Members of the University community with valid E or disabled accessible permits who normally park their vehicles in this area may park in other E or disabled accessible areas on campus. Go to to view a campus parking map.

Singletary Season Celebrates the Sounds of American Music

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 15:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2015) — With rock, pop, folk, classical, jazz and country music influences, the 2015-16 Signature Series at University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts is sure to have something for any American music lover. The Singletary Center will kick off its season with Texas roots-rocker Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys Oct. 24, in a season that showcases an eclectic collection of sounds of American music, including programs featuring the musical talents of pop/rock duo The Helio Sequence, violinist Mark O'Connor and songwriters Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell. Tickets for the season go on sale 10 a.m. today (Monday), Aug. 24.


Alejandro Escovedo performs "Man of the World." 


A Lexington favorite, Texas roots-rocker Alejandro Escovedo has been touring the country and entertaining audiences for more than 40 years and shows no sign of slowing. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, his resolute voice weathers the emotional terrain of our lives in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Escovedo’s own blend of alt-country has brought him through Central Kentucky many times over the years, but die-hard fans and new listeners alike will be thrilled to hear him backed by the Sensitive Boys beginning 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in a tremendous evening of music.


The Helio Sequence "Battle Lines" video.


Portland's dream pop duo The Helio Sequence play an enchanting blend of indie rock, electronic and neo-psychedelic rock to form a high fidelity kaleidoscopic sound.  Utilizing sequencers and midi-controlled instruments, the Oregon guitar and percussion duo create a rich sonic landscape indicative of a band with two or three times as many members. Now touring in support of their self-titled 2015 album, their fourth on Seattle’s Sub Pop Records, The Helio Sequence are poised to bring Lexington a musically exciting and sonically expansive concert experience 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.


Performance of "One Winter's Night" - Mark O'Connor's "An Appalachian Christmas."


A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey has garnered eight Grammy nominations, two Grammy Awards, six consecutive Musician of the Year titles from the Country Music Association, and seven National and Grand Master fiddling championships — all testaments to the outstanding skill and dedication of one of America’s most accomplished instrumentalists of any genre. With his body of work including 45 feature albums of mostly his own compositions, O’Connor has melded and shaped his classical, jazz and folk influences into a new American classical music form and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. "An Appalachian Christmas" is now in its fifth nationwide tour, combining the familiar melodies of traditional Christmas songs with O’Connor’s world-class musicianship. The Associated Press called the concert "heavenly" and the Boston Globe remarked, "All Christmas music should be played so elegantly on violin." A wonderful holiday experience for the whole family, O’Connor and company present "An Appalachian Christmas" 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.


For one night only, enjoy three of America’s finest songwriters on stage as Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell join together for a very special evening of music. Presented as a "songwriters-in-the-round" concert, all three of these distinguished performers will share songs and stories for an intimate and unforgettable evening.


In a celebrated career spanning over 20 years, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin is one of the most inimitable voices in contemporary folk music. In addition to her strengths as a vocalist, she is also an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for such notable artists as Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Martina McBride, Joan Osborne, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert. Griffin’s recent collaborations include touring in Band of Joy with Robert Plant and Buddy Miller. She received a Grammy Award for "Best Traditional Gospel Album," Grammy Nomination for "Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album," and the American Music Association's 2007 "Artist of the Year" and "Album of the Year" awards.


Singer and multi-instrumentalist Sara Watkins, first praised for her work as a founding member of Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek, has since established an extraordinary solo career including highly acclaimed studio albums and collaborations with artists such as John Mayer and The Decemberists. Watkins is a frequent guest on NPR’s "A Prairie Home Companion" and remains the only person invited to guest host on the program, which she did in 2010.


Widely known as "the Queen of Modern Folk Music," Anaïs Mitchell is first and foremost a storyteller. A Vermont-based singer-songwriter, Mitchell’s musical style, sound and performance have led her to be compared to Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Gillian Welch. Among Mitchell’s recorded works are five full-length albums, including 2010's sensationally reviewed "Hadestown" and 2012′s "Young Man in America," which was described by critics as "genre-defining" and her "second consecutive masterpiece," and for which she received a BBC Radio Two Folk Award nomination for "Best Original Song."


This must-see show for fans of Americana and folk music, featuring Griffin, Watkins and Mitchell starts 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. 


Ticket prices for the 2015-16 Singletary Signature Series vary by performance and seat location and are on sale today beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets to Singletary Signature Series shows can be purchased by calling the Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at, or in person at the venue. Processing fees will be added to all purchases upon transaction.


A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



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

UK Launches 'Venture Studio' for Student Entrepreneurs

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 15:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship is launching UK Venture Studio, an innovative learning space headquartered in the new Gatton College of Business and Economics building. Venture Studio is focused on providing a real-world, startup company experience for UK students, regardless of major, and is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs.


"Our hope is that students from across campus with a passion for innovation and working with cross-disciplinary teams, will come join us on this exciting new adventure," said Dean Harvey, director of the Von Allmen Center.


In September, Venture Studio will kickoff a series of events and weekly educational sessions through a program called Venture Studio Bootcamp. Bootcamp is a one- semester program designed to assess and validate the feasibility of a business concept, create a business model, and provide hands-on experience with real world projects. The Bootcamp introduction session is scheduled for Sept. 17, and applications already are being accepted.  

Throughout each weekly session, students will work in teams on a particular project. Topics include interactive game development, smartphone applications, medical training simulators and more.  


Students must apply to compete for a spot on a project team. Each project will require a variety of skill sets to ensure a cross-disciplinary approach. Visit this website to apply:


Applications will be reviewed and team members selected based on skills needed for each project. The deadline to apply is Sep. 23, 2015.


”Venture Studio teams will have the opportunity to compete in local, regional, and national business plan competitions in the spring semester,” said Mariam Gorjian, manager of the Venture Studio programs.


To recruit applicants for the Venture Studio Bootcamp, the Von Allmen Center has lined up a group of Student Venture 'Sharks' from the colleges of Agriculture, Food and EnvironmentDesignEngineeringGatton Business and Economics, and Pharmacy. The Venture Sharks are available to answer questions and help form teams.


Initially, the Venture Studio will meet in Fellowship Hall located within the Mandrell Building, which temporarily is housing several Gatton offices and programs during the expansion and complete renovation of the Gatton College building. The Venture Studio is expected to move into its brand new, high-tech home on the ground floor of the Gatton building in the near future.


"It's going to be a unique space," Harvey said. "When Venture Studio is fully online, it will be a tremendously creative and collaborative space for entrepreneurial learning, growth, and innovation."


With a schedule of programs aimed at fostering collaboration among UK students, faculty, clinicians, postdocs, and community mentors/entrepreneurs, Venture Studio is open to all who are interested in immersive learning.


For more information on UK's new Venture Studio, visit



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The Big Blue Family is Glad You are Home

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 19:39




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2015) – We have been waiting all summer for today. It is time to officially welcome all of our Wildcats to their Kentucky home!


It is an exciting time at the University of Kentucky as we are in the midst of the largest transformation of our physical campus in its 150-year history. This week we opened the doors to the complete Woodland Glen community — five residence halls where nearly 2,500 Wildcats will live and learn together.


We celebrated the opening of The 90 - our newest campus dining facility and the "kitchen table" for students, faculty and staff.


We honored Lyman T. Johnson, the first African American to be admitted to the University of Kentucky, by naming a residence hall after him. Formerly known as Central I, Lyman T. Johnson Hall proudly overlooks the heart of campus, the William T. Young Library — a place Johnson himself would be delighted to know was serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


By the end of the day on Saturday, Aug. 22, more than 6,600 Wildcats will be settling in to their residence halls.


However, there is one more celebration we have planned for our campus community. The long-standing, popular tradition of K Week kicks off today.


K Week runs from Friday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, Aug. 29 — a week filled with more than 150 events and activities that help students get oriented with campus, get involved with student life and get connected to the city of Lexington. K Week is known as “the best way to get started at UK,” and is a great opportunity to make new friends, explore all the university has to offer and have some fun along the way.


K Week officially begins Friday evening with residence hall floor meetings at 6 p.m. followed by K Week Kick-off, where new students will meet their K Crew leaders and K Teams for the first time. K Teams are small groups of 10–15 students who are led by a veteran UK student, their K Crew leader. Meeting in these small groups quickly gives all students a chance to meet a few of their classmates and connects them to a returning student who can be a resource for them throughout the year.


Additionally, parents and families are welcomed to join faculty, staff and administrators on Friday evening for the Parents and Families Reception at the newly opened Starbucks at the William T. Young Library, the largest Starbucks on a college campus, while new students attend student-only events.


Saturday is full of sessions to answer everything you wanted to know about college, but have never asked, from how to navigate campus to keeping your car out of impound. At 3:30 p.m., the university community officially welcomes our newest Wildcats at the New Student Induction Ceremony. The ceremony will be live streamed; click here to watch!


At 6:30 p.m. Saturday, student-only activities begin, and so does all the fun (don't tell your families)! Highlighting Saturday night is two of K Week’s most popular events, Big Blue U and Campus Ruckus. Big Blue U introduces new students to the Big Blue Nation. Students learn what it means to be a Wildcat by learning UK’s cheers and songs and hearing from UK coaches and student-athletes. Students are then led onto the field at Commonwealth Stadium for an official class photo.


Immediately following Big Blue U, students head to Johnson Center Fields for Campus Ruckus. The Student Activities Board and other student organizations will be there with games, information and lots of free stuff!


K Week is full of fun that any Wildcat would not want to miss! Below is a list of key K Week events; for the full schedule visit Connect with K Week on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #KWeek to share your K Week experiences!


Returning Wildcats - please note: Several traditional K Week events have relocated due to construction on campus. Below is an abbreviated schedule; visit the K Week website for complete information.


Friday, Aug. 21


Residence Hall Floor Meeting

6 – 7 p.m.

Designated locations

If you live in a University residence hall, please join your Resident Advisor (RA) for you first official floor meeting at 6 p.m. There you’ll get to know your neighbors and start the school year off right. See your RA for additional information.


Parent and Families Reception

6 – 8 p.m.

Starbucks at Young Library

While students participate in the K Week Kick-off, the first social activity of K Week, parents and families are invited to meet and mingle with UK administrators, faculty and fellow UK parents. There will be activities for younger siblings and family members.


K Team Meeting: K Week Kick-off

7 p.m.

Johnson Center Fields

Students, this is your first don’t-miss event! Tonight you will meet your K Team and K Crew leader. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them during K Week. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone. When you arrive at Johnson Center Fields just look for a sign with your K Team number (indicated on the nametag you received in your K Week packet at check-in). Your K Crew leader will be there waiting to meet you!


Midnight Dodgeball


Johnson Center


Saturday, Aug. 22


Academic and Information Sessions

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Designated campus locations


New Student Induction Ceremony

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Memorial Coliseum; view the live stream online

Students, family members and guests are invited to join President Eli Capilouto and other members of the University community to commemorate the start of a new school year. All new students are expected to attend this annual University celebration where they will be officially inducted into the UK family. Parents, families and guests are encouraged to attend.


K Team Meeting: K Week Overview

6:30 p.m.

Johnson Center Fields

All new students will attend a meeting to learn more about the fun activities planned during K Week. This is also a great opportunity to ask questions of returning students who are eager to show you the best way to get started at UK! After your meeting, your K Team will march to Commonwealth Stadium for Big Blue U.


Big Blue U

Following K Team Meetings

Commonwealth Stadium

Join the Big Blue Nation with a march into Commonwealth Stadium. You’ll learn UK cheers and songs, hear from UK coaches, and get your class photo taken on the football filed! Be sure to wear UK blue to show your Wildcat pride. Go Cats!


Campus Ruckus

Following Big Blue U

Johnson Center Fields

Campus Ruckus is the perfect event to kick off the school year! Come join us after Big Blue U for great activities, inflatables, music and a huge firework show to end the night. Student organizations will have games and fun information to let you know what all UK has to offer. There will be free food, drinks and tons of free T-shirts too! This event is a UK and Student Activities Board tradition. We hope to see you there!


Sunday, Aug. 23


K Team Meeting: Lunch and Campus Tour

1 – 3 p.m.

Designated locations

All new students will meet with their K Teams for lunch and a campus tour to help them find their classes. Check with your K Crew leader to find out where to meet. Plus, at the conclusion of your tour you will receive a free K Week T-shirt (while supplies last).


Academic and Information Sessions

4 - 7 p.m.

Designated loctions


UK Lex-Mart

3 – 5 p.m.

Main Building Lawn

New to town? Don’t know where to shop? Or just want free stuff? Stop by UK Lex-Mart, our community business fair! Local stores, restaurants, and other businesses will be on hand to welcome you to Lexington. Come check out what services they have to offer, enjoy tasty treats, and stock up on coupons and giveaways.


Bowman's Bash

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bowman's Den and Singletary Center for the Arts

Don’t miss this new K Week addition as we celebrate the best our campus has to offer. Campus organizations have come together to bring you free food, music, art, inflatables, movies, comedians, novelties and more. Rumor has it that the live camel is back, and of course, don’t miss the free T-shirts! Be a part of K Week’s newest tradition!


Monday, Aug. 24



10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Johnson Center Fields

Come one, come all to FUSION 2015, featuring energizing Zumba lessons, free food, speeches from community leaders, and a whole lot of service! This annual gathering of students, faculty, and staff is the largest single-day service event in the Commonwealth of Kentucky! Each year more than 1,100 participants volunteer at 75+ sites in Lexington.


Service activities vary from outside yard work to painting and from sorting items in offices to serving meals in soup kitchens! Join more than a thousand other Wildcats in connecting to our community, and get to know one another even better at the carnival-themed after party on Johnson Center Fields until 5 p.m.! Food and drinks will be provided. Sign up for FUSION now at by creating an account and searching for FUSION 2015. Those who pre-register on VolunteerMatch are able to pick their site in advance. Individuals who have not preregistered will have an opportunity to do so in the on-field registration line but are not guaranteed the project of their choice.


Academic and Information Sessions

3 - 5 p.m.

Locations across campus


K Team Meeting: Dinner with your K Team

5 – 7 p.m.

Designated locations

All new students will meet with their K Teams for dinner.


Kentucky @ Kroger

9 p.m. – midnight

Buses will run continuously during the event and will pick up and drop off students at Wildcat Alumni plaza on Euclid Ave. across from Memorial Coliseum AND at the corner of University Drive and Huguelet Drive

Don’t miss this fun opportunity to catch a bus with other UK students and enjoy a late-night shopping excursion to the Kroger on Euclid. Stock up on laundry detergent, items for your residence hall room, soft drinks, snacks and anything else you might need to be at home on campus. You’ll be able to buy all this and more while enjoying discounted shopping, free food, cool activities and prizes!


Tuesday, Aug. 25

College Meeting Day

Various times

Designated locations

All new students are expected to attend.

Agriculture, Food and Environment

11:30 a.m.

Alumni Plaza adjacent to Agricultural ScienceCenter


Arts & Sciences

9 a.m.

Singletary Center for the Arts


Communication and Information

10 a.m.

213 Kastle Hall



10 a.m.

209 Pence Hall



9 a.m.

Front Lawn of Taylor Education Building



10 a.m.

Memorial Hall


Fine Arts

Arts Administration 10 a.m. 308B Fine Arts Library

School of Art and Visual Studies 9:30 a.m. School of Art & Visual Studies Building

School of Music 10 a.m. Study Room 1, Fine Arts Library

Theater and Dance 10 a.m. Guignol Theatre


Gatton College of Business and Economics

10 a.m.

Business & Economics Building


Health Sciences

8 a.m.

Charles T. Wethington Building



1 p.m.

NURS 201


Public Health


115 College of Public Health


Social Work

10 a.m.

645 Patterson Office Tower


Undergraduate Studies

10 a.m.

Students will receive an email with their designated check-in location (106 or 118 White Hall Classroom Building, The Hub at W.T. Young Library or 107 Morgan Biological Sciences Building).



K Team Meeting: Common Reading Experience Discussion

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Designated locations

All freshmen are expected to meet with their K Team for a small-group discussion session and to turn in their QLC assignment. These sessions will not only allow new students to participate in the campuswide Common Reading Experience but will also allow them to get last-minute questions answered by their K Crew leader. Participants will receive a free T-shirt from their K Crew leader at We Are UK for having their QLC assignment (while supplies last). Come even if you haven’t read the book. You can still talk and share your perspectives.


We Are UK

5:30 – 8 p.m.

Memorial Hall Amphitheater

We Are UK is an exciting event that celebrates the uniqueness of the UK community. This festival includes a variety of free food from Kentucky and from around the world. You’ll also see live performances ranging from hip-hop to country, poetry to debate, and other random talents from UK students, faculty, and staff.


Wednesday, Aug. 27


First day of classes!


Welcome Festival

5 p.m.

King Alumni House and Stuckert Career Center


Thursday, Aug. 28


Residence Hall Floor Meetings

7 p.m.

Your Residence Hall

If you live in a university residence hall, please join your Resident Advisor (RA) for an official floor meeting at 7 p.m. Get to know your neighbors and start the school year off right. See your RA for additional information.


Friday, Aug. 29


Sea of Blue

All Day

Show everyone what kind of Wildcat you really are! Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to wear UK blue to show our Wildcat pride! “GO CATS!”


DanceBlue U

6 - 9 p.m.

Seaton Center

This event will be an abbreviated DanceBlue to show new students why they should get involved with UK’s biggest philanthropy event.


World’s Largest Water Balloon Fight

9 - 10 p.m.

Johnson Center Fields

Help us once again shatter the world record for the World’s Largest Water Balloon Fight! Thousands of people. 200,000+ balloons. UK ID required. Bad weather? Check website.





MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Features UK Police Chief Joe Monroe

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 18:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 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.  WUKY News Director Alan Lytle is guest host today and talks to UK Police Chief Joe Monroe about many facets of safety on campus. 


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.

STEM Education Department Welcomes New Research Undergrads

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 16:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Department of STEM Education, under the direction of Molly Fisher, assistant professor and director of graduate studies, and Jennifer Wilhelm, associate professor and chair, is welcoming a new cohort of undergraduate students in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.


As an REU site, the STEM Education Department, part of the College of Education, hosts a cohort of undergraduates who work in its research programs. Each student is associated with a specific research project and works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and technology funds in order to carry out their research agendas.


The upcoming co-hort includes:


Working with Cindy Jong, Jonathan Thomas and Molly Fisher:


·         Meredith Davis (Special Education)

·         Mallory Bickett (Elementary Education)


Working with Becky Krall and Brett Criswell:


·         Kelly Corrigan (Elementary Education)

·         Fallon Olexa (Special Education)


Working with Jennifer Wilhelm:


·         Brittany Guido (STEM Plus – Math)

·         Dakota Yates (Elementary Education)


For more information on undergraduate research at UK, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research. The Office of Undergraduate Research promotes high quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship in all disciplines across campus.




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

Wanted: A Kentuckian Who Champions the First Amendment and Transparent Government

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 09:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2015) — The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is requesting nominations for its annual James Madison Award to recognize a Kentuckian for outstanding service to the First Amendment.  The award, created in 2006, honors the nation’s fourth president, whose extraordinary efforts led to the passage and ratification of the Bill of Rights.


The Madison Award recognizes someone who has worked in one or more of these areas: open government and open records; promotion of the watchdog role of the press; defense against government or private censorship, or robust debate in the marketplace of ideas. 


Nominees must have significant ties to Kentucky, and their efforts must have resulted in the preservation or expansion of freedom of the press and/or freedom of speech.  Dedication to the First Amendment principle of free expression is not accomplished in a day’s work but rather a lifetime.  Thus the award recognizes a long-term commitment to such ideals.


The deadline for nominations is Sept. 11.


Honorees do not have to be journalists.  The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center encourages recognition of those outside the journalism profession for their contributions to protect or expand First Amendment freedoms.  Nominees may include, for example, educators, lawyers, judges, scholars, librarians, students or ordinary citizens.  The most deserving recipient will be someone who has made a significant contribution regardless of how much public attention it has received. 


The nominator must submit a letter identifying the nominee, listing the nominee’s address, phone number and position, and explaining why the nominee would be a worthy recipient.  The letter should detail the specific efforts taken on behalf of First Amendment rights and should discuss obstacles and difficulties as well as the impact of the nominee’s efforts.  The nominator may include up to three letters of support as well as other materials such as published or broadcast information.


Entries will be reviewed by a committee that will include previous winners and the director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center.  The committee will have the option of not selecting a recipient if it does not believe any candidate is deserving.


Nominees who meet the award criteria but are not selected initially will automatically be considered for two more years. The award will be presented at the annual First Amendment Celebration Sept. 29, in the UK Athletics Association Auditorium in the William T. Young Library.


Past winners were Judith Clabes, founder of UK’s First Amendment Center and a strong supporter of a free press as a newspaper editor and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation; Jon Fleischaker, the Commonwealth’s foremost media law attorney; veteran Courier-Journal reporter Tom Loftus, who has used public records extensively to expose government corruption; David Hawpe, retired Courier-Journal reporter and editor who fought relentlessly to open records and meetings; John Nelson, managing editor of The Advocate-Messenger in Danville and executive editor of Advocate Communications Inc., who was recognized for, among other activities, organizing a statewide open records audit; veteran newsman Al Smith, whose KET public affairs program, “Comment on Kentucky,” informed the state’s citizens on government issues affecting them; retired media law attorney Kim Greene, who fought many battles for open government for media clients she represented; Jennifer P. Brown, who as a journalist fought a number of open government battles and created a culture of watchdog journalism at the Kentucky New Era, and Steve Lowery, who helped update the Kentucky open records and open meetings laws and as president of the Kentucky Press Association developed the Legal Defense Fund to help smaller newspapers in their efforts to seek greater access to government.   


Nominations should be sent to Mike Farrell, Scripps Howard First Amendment Center, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, 220 Grehan Building, Lexington, KY 40506-0042, or emailed to


For more information, contact Mike Farrell, director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center at (859) 257-4848, or



MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

UK Dining Offering Reusable Containers to Reduce Enviornmental Impact

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 08:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2015) — This fall, University of Kentucky Dining is making the move to a greener, more environmentally friendly alternative by eliminating all styrofoam from the residential dining halls.


The first step in this process is implementing a reusable to-go container program for Blazer Cafe and The Fresh Food Company. There will be a $5 initial fee for the reusable to-go box, however you will be able to exchange the container for the next two years.


How to Purchase and Use Your Container


1. You may purchase your resusable containter with Flex dollars, credit card or cash. The purchase will be connected to your UK account, so please have your Wildcat ID with you.


2. Your reusable to-go container can only be used at The Fresh Food Company and Blazer Cafe.


3. When you want to purchase a to-go meal, take your reusable container and your Wildcat ID with you to the cash register.


4. Present your container to be filled with your order.


5. The next time you would like to purchase a meal to-go, please bring your rinsed, reusable to-go container to the cashier to exchange for a clean container.


Note: You do not have to clean the container. UK Dining will handle the washing of all containers to ensure proper sanitation, but please discard any leftovers before returning.


Why UK Dining is Doing This


While styrofoam may be a more inexpensive, lighter alternative, it is not good for the environment. UK Dining hopes the entire campus community works together to effect positive change.


If you have any issues or comments on the containers, please email Leisha Vance at



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