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Stay Dry With New Umbrella Loan Program UK Campus

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 07:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 29, 2016) — Forget your umbrella - ella - ella?  No worries if you're on the University of Kentucky campus on a rainy day. LoanBrellas is here to keep you dry.

 

Some 800 umbrellas, in 80 display units have been placed in 21 locations throughout UK's campus.  They are on loan for rain emergencies.  Visit  http://uknow.uky.edu/sites/default/files/umbrella_map_2.jpg to view the locations.

 

LoanBrellas is the brain child of David Bertram, vice president of Campus Marketing and Digital Media for UK Sports & Campus Marketing, part of JMI Sports, which holds the multimedia contract for UK. The LoanBrellas project was developed in partnership with sponsor Coca Cola.

 

"JMI's role on campus is to develop sponsorship opportunities that provide meaningful benefits to students, faculty, staff and visitors to UK.  It is in that spirit that my daughter Katherine and I came up with an umbrella sharing idea," Bertram said.  "The concept is simple — if you are caught in the rain without an umbrella, then borrow one of ours, but please return it to one of 80 convenient bins around campus when you are through with it." 

 

"This is a practical and helpful program for the UK campus community and one that we appreciate JMI launching," said Eric Monday, executive vice president for finance and administration.

 

The full size umbrellas are branded with the UK LoanBrellas logo as well as that of Coca Cola. Bertram said they hope to place additional umbrellas very soon with a new sponsor, as well.   

 

"To the best of our knowledge, we are the first college campus to launch an umbrella sharing program," Bertram said.  "We certainly hope it becomes a permanent and successful program, but much of that depends on how well people embrace the concept and kindly return the umbrellas for the next person to use." 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155, kathy.johnson@uky.edu

 

National Summit on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse Spotlights UK Leadership, Clinical Research

Sun, 03/27/2016 - 14:50

ATLANTA, Ga. (March 28, 2016) — The spread of prescription drug and heroin abuse in America has escalated to the status of a national epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported more deaths from drug overdose than car crashes in 2014.

 

The crisis is amplified in Kentucky, where an estimated 1,000 people die every year from opioid or heroin-related drug overdose.

 

The University of Kentucky and UK HealthCare remain at the forefront of a national movement to end the scourge of prescription drug and heroin abuse. As part of fulfilling this important mission, UK sent a delegation of executive, clinical and research leaders to join national thought-leaders and policymakers at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, March 28-31 in Atlanta, Georgia. President Barack Obama, who pledged $1 billion in the federal budget to fight the substance abuse epidemic in February, will address the expected 1,600 conference attendees on March 29.

 

Hosted by the nonprofit Operation UNITE, summit is the largest collaboration of federal, state and local professionals seeking to end heroin and prescription drug misuse, abuse and diversion. At UK’s “Vision Session,” Drs. Catherine Martin and Daniel Wermeling will present on the issues of substance abuse intervention and prevention in their panel titled “Rescuing the Opiate Overdose: From Receptors to Relatives to Regulations.” UK HealthCare serves as a supporting sponsor of the summit. 

 

Martin, the director of child and adolescent psychiatry at UK, and Wermeling, a professor in the UK College of Pharmacy, are two members of a UK contingent, which also includes UK President Eli Capilouto, UK Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis, UK HealthCare Vice President for Administration and External Affairs Mark D. Birdwhistell, and Dr. Michael Kindred, a professor in the College of Medicine’s psychiatry department. The delegation will moderate panels and breakout sessions with national policy makers throughout the week.

 

"We have a monumental task in this country to reverse the tide of opioid overdose deaths that now takes a life every 20 minutes,” U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, the creator of Operation UNITE, said. “This life-saving mission requires a holistic approach with all hands on deck, from our law enforcement, treatment and education communities. I commend Dr. Capilouto for his leadership and the University of Kentucky for helping lead this important discussion for solutions at the fifth annual National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit, hosted by Operation UNITE."

 

Other keynote speakers and presenters at the conference include Capilouto; U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; Michael P. Botticeli, director of the National Office on Drug Control Policy; U.S. Surgeon Gen. Dr. Vivek H. Murthy; Francis Collis, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Tom Frieden, director of the CDC; and Nora Volkow, director of the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

 

“Too many Kentucky families are too often confronted by the dark and painful scourge of prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction. It’s an epidemic that penetrates communities across the nation, both urban and rural, but has especially intractable roots in Appalachia and the regions served by the University of Kentucky,” Capilouto said. “UK’s expert faculty and clinicians are on the frontline – heroes in the field – confronting these challenging policy and health care questions with the support of our federal leaders and community partners.” 

 

Operation UNITE (Unlawful Narcotics Investigations, Treatment and Education, Inc.) was created in 2003 by Rogers to rid communities of illegal drug use through a comprehensive approach that includes educating youth and the public, coordinating substance abuse treatment, and providing support for families and friends of substance abusers. UNITE serves a 32-county region in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

 

The University of Kentucky is one of 22 universities in the nation to house a trifecta of nationally accredited research institutions, including an National Cancer Institute-designated cancer research center (Markey Cancer Center), an National Institute of Health-funded Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), and National Institute on Aging-funded Alzheimer’s research center (Sanders-Brown Center on Aging). In fiscal year 2015, University of Kentucky faculty members were awarded more than $95 million in research funding from the NIH and more than $12 million from NIDA.

 

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, visit  uky.edu/uk4ky. #uky4ky #seeblue

UK Dining and Green Tree Plastics Create 100 Percent Recycled Bench for a Cleaner Future

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 13:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — Today, March 28, University of Kentucky Dining and UK students will see the results of their efforts from collections of their plastic lids over the past several months. Throughout February and March, UK promoted waste reduction activities across campus through its lid collection competition — “Blazer's Call to Battle.” Students and staff supported their favorite on-campus dining units by collecting plastic lids and caps that would be used for the production of a recycled bench.

 

Each week, victory was rewarded to the dining venue with the highest weight of collected plastics. Every dining unit across campus participated and contributed to the reduction of UK Dining’s waste stream.

 

Green Tree Plastics (GTP) has transformed the recycled plastic into a recycled bench. The bench will be presented to the UK Early Childhood Lab on April 4.

 

According to UK Sustainability Coordinator Elizabeth Ferguson, UK has redirected more than 400 pounds of waste to be repurposed into durable product by Green Tree Plastics (GTP) since 2015. Since its establishment in 2004, GTP has recycled and repurposed more than 15 million pounds of plastic waste.

 

UK Dining has plans to continue its partnership with GTP to create more benches for campus. UK Dining hopes to encourage more student participation with continuous contests and events dedicated to reducing the university’s waste reduction rates through 2016.

 

According to M.K. Cole, UK Dining senior operations director, the world produces more than 300 million metric tons of plastic each year. The majority of these plastics are directed to landfills where they can take more than 1 million years to decompose.

 

Such a slow decomposition rate reduces the plastic to smaller pieces that could eventually contaminate groundwater systems. “In a sense,” Cole notes, “lid and cap waste can negatively impact the Earth for centuries to come.”

 

For more information on how to get involved, contact UK Dining sustainability assistant, Elizabeth Ferguson at eafe224@uky.edu.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Special Collections Launches Aeon

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 12:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — On March 31, 2016, the University of Kentucky Special Collections and Research Center (SCRC) will join the ranks of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, University of Texas at Austin and more than 50 other research libraries by launching a new, online requesting system, saying goodbye to paper callslips and sign-in ledgers. 

 

The requesting system, also known as “Aeon,” will allow all researchers visiting the SCRC the convenience of making requests for materials using a custom web-based interface. Researchers will be able to submit requests for use of materials in the Breckinridge Research Room, place digital reproduction orders, and schedule their visit online — anytime, anywhere — without ever logging into email or typing a message.

 

According to Jaime Marie Burton, director of Research Services and Education at the Special Collections Research Center, “Aeon has been in use at top research institutions for several years and has proven to be an invaluable solution for efficient access to research collections, rare books and original primary source materials, as well as improving the security of collections. We are looking forward to new data points on how researchers use our collections, and establishing improved metrics that will inform decision-making and collection development for the future, all geared towards helping the SCRC better support UK’s vibrant research community.“

 

UK patrons will be able to create an account using their linkblue IDs, while non-UK visitors will establish an account with a chosen username and password. After completing online registration, patrons will have access to their own requesting history, be able to track the status of active requests in real-time, make changes to requests and orders, and receive digital deliveries. In coordination with an archivist, the “Activity” feature will allow class material lists to be saved, shared, edited or used again in future semesters. A new “Tags” feature will also allow patrons an additional way to organize their requests to accommodate their own individualized research projects and needs.

 

The requesting system roll out will include the submission of requests through an online manual form, or through a new “Request” button and submission options embedded directly in an updated layout for collection guides and finding aids on ExploreUK, as well as oral histories through the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History online catalog SPOKEdb, and eventually UK Libraries’ catalog InfoKat Discovery.

 

The Breckinridge Research Room will be closed on Wednesday, March 30, to allow for staff training and system set-up; services may also be limited on Tuesday, March 29.

 

On the staff side, the system will centralize registration and patron data, utilize processing queues and efficiencies that automate tracking of materials across four buildings and multiple storage locations, create instantaneous usage statistics, generate reports for long-term data gathering, trend analysis, and program assessment. The enhanced efficiency, improved security and the facilitation of data-driven management decisions will provide a higher level of knowledge and control of collections, which will also inform planning around functions like cataloging, digitization, collection development, acquisitions, donor relations, conservation and materials storage.

 

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, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. As part of the mission, the Special Collections Research Center advances and supports the research, teaching and scholarship of the university and beyond by preserving and providing access to its holdings.

 

Aeon is automated request and workflow management software specifically designed for special collections libraries and archives that improves patron service and maximizes staff efficiency while providing unparalleled item tracking, security and statistics, and is produced by Atlas Systems, a software development company headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Founded in July 1995 with the mission of “promoting library excellence through efficiency,” Atlas is best known for creating the ILLiad interlibrary loan management system used by more than 1,000 libraries worldwide.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Men's Chorus, Women's Choir Welcome Spring in Concert

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 11:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Men's Chorus and Women's Choir will join voices for their spring concert this week. These nationally recognized choral ensembles represent a range of majors across campus from the College of Fine Arts to the Gatton College of Business and Economics. The concert will begin with a pre-show with the acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen, two of UK’s noted a cappella groups, before the main stage performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall.

 

The UK Men’s Chorus is an 80-voice ensemble composed of students who range from freshman to graduate students. Begun in fall 2002, the Men’s Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester and is conducted by Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chant to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice a week, the Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester.

 

UK Men’s Chorus has achieved several distinguished honors in recent years. Most recently, the ensemble was selected to perform at the prestigious 2015 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference and at the 2016 Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar. Both of these appearances earned standing ovations and national acclaim for the chorus.

 

The UK Women’s Choir is the university’s largest choral ensemble composed of more than 130 of the school’s most talented female voices. These singers, ranging from freshmen to graduate students, represent a variety of musical backgrounds. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature spanning from Gregorian chant to eight-part music of the 21st century. With an emphasis on music by female composers and contemporary composers, the ensemble performs works of many different languages and compositional forms.

 

Despite their limited rehearsal schedule of two and a half hours per week, the UK Women’s Choir has achieved several distinguished honors in recent years under the direction of Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK School of Music. In 2008, the choir was featured at both the ACDA Southern Division and MENC (National Association for Music Education) National Convention. Most recently, UK Women’s Choir participated as a demonstration choir for the ACDA National Convention in 2013. The choir has also toured internationally including performances at Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral, in Vienna, in 2005; and St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome, and St. Mark’s Cathedral, in Florence, in 2009. The choir has toured England, Ireland and Wales in June 2012 with performances at Canterbury Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Bath Abby and Evensong in St. Patrick’s, in Dublin. In June 2015, the Women’s Choir took their fourth international tour to Spain with performances in Seville, Grenada, Toledo, Cordoba and Madrid and a collaboration with the Seville Youth Orchestra and the University of Toledo.

 

The acoUstiKats, founded in 1993 by Johnson, as a subsection of the UK Men’s Chorus, are the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. Without the strong support of the UK Choral Department, widely known as a national powerhouse for male singing, this group would not be what it is today. The acoUstiKats have been featured on national television as a part of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” season four.

 

Paws and Listen is a premiere a cappella ensemble auditioned from the nationally-renowned UK Women's Choir. The ensemble is coached by undergraduate music education majors and advised by Hetzel. This highly esteemed group performs pop and contemporary music while serving as ambassadors on behalf of UK's choral program at numerous prestigious events throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Tickets for UK Men's Chorus and Women's Choir Spring Concert are $10 for general admission and $5 for UK students and children at the door.

 

For more information on this concert or UK's choirs and/or a cappella groups, contact Joseph Wrightson, administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at joseph.wrightson@g.uky.edu.

 

The UK choral ensembles are part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: March 26-28, 1912

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 11:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 185th, 186th and 187th diary entries from March 26, 27 and 28, 1912, recount times working on the yearbook (The Kentuckian) with friends, meeting up with the dean, skipping classes and a trip to a campus lunch stand .

 

March 26th. The first day of the most strenuous week of all. Work on annual. Addie and I take the last pictures and go to town where we meet a friend of hers, Mary Word!

 

March 27th. Hurrah! Passed in Logic, so don't have to go to class this week! Oh! The amount of work we have to do on that annual yet! Addie has a headache, so after the Annual meeting we (Mr. Tinsley, Addie, and I) go to Sarris' for a refreshment, and meet the Dean! In the evening Addie and I write up men whom we do not know, but who must have write-ups! Addie and I purchase some fruit, and in the evening Mr.Tinsley and "J.I." come over. We "compose" the calendar for our good times books and Mr. Utley's diary.

 

March 28th. The same four skip chapel and rest of morning classes and finish the calendar, wherein the whole campus suffers! Xmas at home is a gay time and commencement is tragic! Addie and I go to the Lunch Stand for dinner, and then we all work until supper at that third floor room in the Civil Building.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.

 

The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.

 

Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish.

 

McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.

 

The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections 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, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

UK Alumni: Come Sprint for Scholarships, Help Deserving UK Students Reach their Goals

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Alumni Association invites alumni, students, faculty, staff and community members to participate in the inaugural Sprint for Scholarships 5K Run/Walk to benefit deserving UK students. This exciting event will be held on Sunday, April 17, at Coldstream Park, located at 1875 Newtown Pike in Lexington.

 

Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the race begins at 3 p.m. All revenues from the event will go solely toward the funding of scholarships.  

 

Alumni, student and community participation is the key to the success of the Sprint for Scholarships 5K and will afford students the opportunity to pursue their dream of attaining a college education, some as the first in their family to reach this goal.

 

The UK Alumni Association is working to provide more scholarship opportunities for University of Kentucky students. The association awards scholarships every year to incoming freshman and continuing students and hopes to grow this number.

 

“Without the generosity of your organization, it would be impossible for students like me to obtain a college education. Each scholarship helps me get one step closer toward the goals I have set for myself,” said a previous UK Alumni Association scholarship recipient.

 

The entry fee for the Sprint for Scholarships is $25 for pre-registered attendees who register by the early bird deadline of April 1. The price for all participants is $30 after April 1. Cost includes a bib with timing chip and T-shirt. T-shirts are only guaranteed for those that register by the April 1 deadline. Participants may run or walk in this event. Registration information and details are available at www.ukalumni.net/sprint.

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsorship packages begin at $250 and are guaranteed a spot on the event T-shirt and business logo used on advertisement at the event. All sponsorships go directly towards UK Alumni Association scholarship funds.

 

For more information, please contact Sara-Elizabeth Bush at saraelizabeth.bush@uky.edu or 859-257-8905.

 

Many past scholarship recipients have expressed great appreciation for the awards, evident in the notes of gratitude below that the association has received.  

 

“Thank you so much for considering and accepting my application for your generous scholarship," one UK student said. "It means a lot to myself, my family and especially my father who is a proud member of the UK Alumni Association. I cannot wait to represent this great organization during my time as a UK student!”

 

“This scholarship will help me pay for my final year as an undergraduate at the University of Kentucky. I cannot express how much I appreciate your generosity.”

 

“It is truly an honor to have received the UK Alumni Association Scholarship. Thank you for selecting me as a recipient of this prestigious award. This scholarship will aid me in paying for my college expenses. Thanks to you, I am able to concentrate on my students instead of how I will pay for college. This is such a blessing and honor.”

 

“I would like to express my appreciation for the scholarship awarded to me. This scholarship will assist in offsetting the cost of attending my dream school and completing my degree. Thank you!”

 

“Words cannot express the gratitude I feel in being awarded this scholarship. This award will help cover the cost of textbooks, and will provide money for living expenses, allowing me to spend less time working and more time focusing on my studies. I am looking forward to being a wildcat and alum of the great University of Kentucky.” 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

VIP Center Establishes Bias Incident Support Services

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Division of Student Affairs Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center has expanded its scope of services to provide support and advocacy to those who have experienced violent, threatening or harassing behavior based on an aspect of their identity or perceived identity including:

  • Ability (physical, psychological and cognitive)
  • Age
  • Ancestry
  • Citizenship or immigration status
  • Gender
  • Gender expression
  • Gender identity
  • Ethnicity
  • National origin
  • Parenting and pregnancy status
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Religious practice
  • Sexual identity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Veteran status

Bias Incident Support Services (B.I.S.S.) includes support at the time of crisis and resources to support the physical, emotional and academic well-being of the individual or individuals impacted. In addition, advocates can provide information and assistance with reporting options, both on-campus and off-campus. B.I.S.S. focuses on the negative impact on the targeted individual or group.

 

B.I.S.S. are available to all UK undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students, faculty and staff. A bias incident is any activity that intimidates, demeans, degrades, marginalizes or threatens individuals or groups based on their identities or perceived identities. A bias incident can occur whether the act was intentional or unintentional, and may or may not be a legal act.

 

“This is expansion is in direct response to marginalized students who communicated to administration their need for a place of comfort, advocacy and support in those instances when they’ve been the targets of bias and hate,” said Carol Taylor-Shim, bias incident response coordinator. “We know that a sense of safety and belonging is what keeps students, staff and faculty here at UK. It is our obligation to do all we can to provide that.”

 

Advocates are available to discuss individual concerns regarding confidentiality to ensure that those reporting are well informed of their rights and limitations of confidentiality. B.I.S.S. provided by the VIP Center are confidential unless there is a legal reporting requirement.

 

Those seeking services may call 859-257-3189 or email Carol Taylor-Shim (carol.taylor@uky.edu) to arrange an appointment or stop by the VIP Center in Frazee Hall 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday to schedule an appointment.

 

Visit the VIP Center’s website for more information about Bias Incident Support Services (B.I.S.S.). 

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

Session to Provide Information on Fulbright Opportunities for Students

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 10:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is hosting a kick-off event for those who are interested in applying for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2017-2018 academic year.

 

A panel of UK and Fulbright alumni will be present to discuss the application process and their experiences abroad with the program on the date the program begins accepting applications for 2017-18. Hear from Alex Brooks, museum manager at the 21c hotel in Lexington, who studied in England; Mallory Powell, communications director at the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, who taught English in Vietnam; graduate student Ryan Voogt, who conducted history research in Romania; and Brittany Woodrum, who is currently teaching English in Mexico.

 

The kick-off event will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the William T. Young Library Gallery. Lunch will be provided. To reserve a seat, email Jennifer Stevens at jennifer.stevens@uky.edu.

 

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

 

A second information session for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program with Lora Seery, senior program officer for the program, will be held 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the James W. Stuckert Career Center. To reserve a seat for this event, email Jennifer Stevens at jennifer.stevens@uky.edu .

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Talks Bad Bugs, Good Bugs

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 17:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today he talks to UK entomologist Jennie Condra and graduate student Bernadette Mach about ways to protect your trees from ash borers and how to attract beneficial insects to your yard. 

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/bugs-bugging-your-trees-uk-entomologist-has-answers.

 

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

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

DanceBlue 2017 Committee Applications Now Available

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016)  Over the past 11 years at the University of Kentucky, DanceBlue has raised $9.8 million for the Golden Matrix Fund, which benefits the Kentucky Children’s Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. But, DanceBlue is defined by something much greater than the number it has raised. The no-sitting, no-sleeping 24-hour dance marathon is a way to get involved on campus with a dedicated, passionate group of students who collaborate throughout the year to prepare for the 2017 event.

 

There are three committee applications available now:

 

Family Relations Committee - Members volunteer weekly with the clinic patients, attend and put on seasonal parties for the families and act as the hands and feet of the organization with the families DanceBlue exists to serve.

 

Morale Committee – Members act as the liaisons between student dancers and committee during the marathon by leading a morale group of 20-25 students. Throughout the year, morale attends mini marathons with the rest of committee at high schools across the state. They also table throughout the year during different DanceBlue initiatives, attend community events, and help all areas of committee when needed.

 

Corporate Committee – Members work with the corporate chair and coordinators to secure corporate donations throughout the year. In the fall, this committee works to put on the DanceBlue Silent Auction event. After this event, all efforts move toward acquiring corporate donations to benefit the final total, as well as the marathon as a whole.

 

Once students are back on campus for the fall 2017 semester, applications will be released to the two other committees — programming and operations.

 

Programming Committee – Members plan each minute of the 2017 marathon. Programmers work with partners, as well as the programming chair and coordinators to bring fun events to the marathon for the dancers, crowd and everyone else involved.

 

Operations Committee – Members work to plan, organize and put on the DanceBlue 5K that takes place in the fall. After, they work to plan and organize for the 2017 dance marathon. The marathon is put on by this committee, from set up, check in and breakdown, they make sure DanceBlue happens!

 

For those interested in any of these committees, do not hesitate to apply. DanceBlue encourages everyone to apply to any and all opportunities that peak their interest.

 

“What you learn from your involvement with DanceBlue committee is hard to put into words," said Allee Williams, DanceBlue public relations chair. "You learn how to love a cause and the people around you much deeper. You learn how to commit to something bigger than yourself and see it through. You learn that kids much younger than you are much stronger and more inspiring than imaginable. Ultimately, DanceBlue changes your heart, mind and gives you some pretty great dance skills while you are at it. I would do committee for the rest of my life if I could. Do not miss out, come to the Committee Information Session and apply while you can!”

 

Students can now apply for committee positions for DanceBlue 2017 applications until April 8 at www.danceblue.org or by searching for DanceBlue on Orgsync.

  

Students are invited to come find out more at a Committee Information Session on March 31, in 106 White Hall Classroom Building. Sessions will be held at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. 

 

Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/danceblue and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/UKDanceBlue.

 

DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote lifelong community service. For more information about the CCO, visit www.ukcco.org.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett or Rebecca Stratton, katy.bennett@uky.edu or rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-257-1909/859-323-2395 

Old Crow Medicine Show Comes to Singletary Center

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 16:20

 

Old Crow Medicine Show performing "8 Dogs 8 Banjos" at the Grand Ole Opry.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 28, 2016) — Old Crow Medicine Show is coming to the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts for two nights this week. The Grammy Award-winning country music group will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, and will follow with a sold-out performance Thursday, March 31.

 

Old Crow Medicine Show started busking on street corners in 1998 in New York state and north through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. They eventually found themselves in Boone, North Carolina, where they caught the attention of folk icon Doc Watson while playing in front of a pharmacy. He invited the band to play at his festival, MerleFest, helping to launch their career. Shortly thereafter, the band was hired to entertain crowds between shows at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

It's been over 15 years since these humble beginnings. The band has gone on to receive the honor of being inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry, and have won two Grammy Awards: Best Folk Album for "Remedy" (2014) and Best Long Form Music Video for "Big Easy Express" (2013). Additionally, their classic single, "Wagon Wheel," received the Recording Industry Association of America's platinum certification in 2013 for selling more than 1 million copies. 

 

This concert is presented by Emporium Presents. Tickets for Old Crow Medicine Show are $39.50. Tickets purchased the day of the show will be $42. A processing fee will be added upon completion of transaction. Tickets can be purchased at the Singletary Center box office in person, by phone at 859-257-4929, or online at www.scfatickets.com. Tickets for the March 31 show are sold out.

 

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.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

 

Boot, Scoot and Boogie Across the Finish Line with UK Ag Ed

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 15:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2016) — Run, walk, jog or dance your way through the Boot, Scoot, and Boogie 5K for Ag Ed Saturday, April 16, at Spindletop Hall. The University of Kentucky Agricultural Education Society will be hosting the race recognizing the 100th year anniversary of agricultural education courses being taught on campus. The race is set to begin at 9 a.m.

 

Registration for the family friendly event can be done online until 11:59 p.m., April 15, with a racing fee of $30 per racer. Race T-shirts are guaranteed if registered by April 3, and can be picked up on race day with a race packet at 8 a.m. upon arrival at Spindletop for pre-race festivities.

 

All proceeds from participation and sponsorship of the 5K will be used to meet the Ag Ed Socitey’s goal of $100,000 for an endowed scholarship fund for agricultural education students at UK.

 

Race day festivities will include music from 98.1 WBUL-FM “The Bull,” raffle prizes, awards for overall male and female in each age group, and finisher medals for those runners representing the theme.

 

For more information on the Boot, Scoot and Boogie 5K for Ag Ed, contact Rebekah Epps at rebekah.epps@uky.edu.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 MEDIA CONTACT: Ashley Cox, aco264@uky.edu, 513-464-2548.

UK Big Blue Family VIDEO: Colleagues in Liver Disease Research, and in Life

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:41

 

 

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

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 25, 2016) — When you ask Brett Spear about what he most admires in his wife and colleague, Martha Peterson, a smile instantly appears on his face.

 

The pair, both professors in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, has been married for 32 years and has two sons. Yet, because they have different last names, not everyone on campus recognizes their connection. 

 

“When I meet people on campus, and they talk about how, ‘oh I just love Dr. Peterson,’ or ‘Martha's great, I was on a committee with her,’ and they'll say this and they don’t know I'm her husband,” Spear said. “So it's really fun when I can hear that and I can say, ‘oh I know, she's my wife!’”

 

Peterson, who also serves as senior associate vice president for research at the University of Kentucky, most admires the passion and creativity in her husband. 

 

“Brett is so passionate about a number of different things,” Peterson said. “He’s very passionate about the graduate students and he’s the creative one. He’s the one most likely to think outside the box when it comes to trying to approach a problem a slightly different way.” 

 

Spear and Peterson met in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Once they graduated and ultimately completed post-doctoral training, they knew it would be a challenge finding two positions in the same general field at the same institution. 

 

“I was actually six months pregnant when I came to interview so I didn’t have a whole lot of time,” Peterson said. “But Kentucky had more than one position in molecular biology, a really broad area that we were both qualified for, and they did a really good job to recruit the both of us.”

 

“It was our first time in Lexington or Kentucky,” Spear said. “We didn’t know a lot about the university, but we really enjoyed talking to the faculty and so I think both of us thought this would be a good group of people to work with, both professionally, but personally, as well.”

 

“When we moved here in 1989 our son was six months old and we got the labs going and we've been here ever since,” Peterson said. 

 

Each professor has slightly different research interests. Spear studies liver disease and liver cancer, while Peterson looks at gene regulation, calling RNA her “favorite molecule.” But the two came together 12 years ago for a research project related to liver disease.

 

“Martha's experience really was relevant to this project so we actually started working together on that project,” Spear said. “Fortunately for us the project really took off, it's been very successful, so we've continued to collaborate since that time.”

 

Their collaboration led to a successful cloning of a gene related to liver cancer. Though they celebrated the feat, the discovery led to more questions.

 

“We've learned a lot of new things but we've also learned that it's a lot more complicated than we thought,” Spear said. “That's the challenge of basic research, you make a discovery and you think you've made some progress, and you have but it just leads to more and more questions.”

 

“That’s why we love it,” Peterson added. 

 

The couple is committed to continue working together in hopes of fighting an illness that more and more Kentuckians are facing. 

 

“Ultimately, I think that it will have an impact, and this is an important area,” Spear siad. “Liver disease is a growing disease in Kentucky so we have to figure out what causes the problems. We know that what we do may not have an impact for a long time, because going from understanding the molecular aspect of the disease to treatment is a long road.”

 

“But it’s a necessary first step,” Peterson said. “I like to think that this is fundamental knowledge that we need to have in order to help somebody else solve those problems.”

 

“These are complex diseases and we are learning more every day, but I still think we have a way to go,” Spear said.

 

Yet, they are determined to keep working to solve these lingering questions, together, as a team.

 

“In some ways we complement each other, the different ways we think,” Spear said. “We work together well, not only in marriage but as colleagues as well!”

 

“I think there are plenty of married couples who could not work together very well, but it works for us,” Peterson said. 

 

Click on the video above to discover how these two researchers met in the first place and watch their “Big Blue Family” story.

 

This video feature is part of a special series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community. There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields. The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and every day. 

  

Since the "Big Blue Family" series is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas. If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us. Who knows? We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu

 

LiveSafe Video Contest Could Score Student Winner $2,500

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 19:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2016) — University of Kentucky students are eligible to enter a national student video contest sponsored by LiveSafe, the company that developed the LiveSafe safety app that is available to all UK students and employees on campus.  The winning entry will receive $2,500 and dinner with reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The winning entry's campus safety or police department will also receive $2,500.

 

Students can enter the contest as an individual or group.  LiveSafe asks that the video demonstrate the use and value of LiveSafe at the participant's school and the video should be no longer than 90 seconds.  It should be posted to YouTube and the URL link emailed to video@lifesafemobile.com. For more information on the contest, visit https://s3.amazonaws.com/livesafe-html-emails/VideoContest/LiveSafe-VideoContest-Feb2016.pdf. The contest ends April 15, 2016.

 

Sponsored by UK Police and UK Student Government, the LiveSafe app launched on campus one year ago offering an exceptional new layer of security for the campus community.

 

LiveSafe makes it easy for people to share information about potential crimes and unsafe situations with campus police using their smartphone. Through their devices, users will be able to report GPS-tagged information with added pictures, video and audio clips. Another popular feature of the app is the “SafeWalk,” which allows users to virtually walk together through the app. Users can request, through the app, that a friend follow their GPS location until they arrive safely at their destination.

 

So far, nearly 5,200 people have downloaded the safety tool.  UK Police have received more than 100 tips, and nearly 1,000 users have utilized the SafeWalk feature.

 

LiveSafe empowers both citizens and law enforcement to make their community safer. Through LiveSafe, law enforcement can better identify and assess threats, prevent crimes and save lives, thus enhancing overall safety.

 

UK LiveSafe is available as a free download from iTunes or Google Play for iPhone and Android devices. The UK LiveSafe mobile app can be downloaded to smartphones in just three easy steps:

 

1.          Open Google Play or the Apple App Store on your phone. Search for "LiveSafe" and download the option with the blue shield.

2.          Tap "Sign up." Fill in your profile information and create a password.

3.          The University of Kentucky may pop-up if you are close to campus. If so, tap "Yes." Otherwise tap "Change" to select your school.

 

More information about the UK app is available at the UK Crisis Management and Preparedness website: http://www.uky.edu/EM/LiveSafe.html. More information in general about LiveSafe is available at http://www.livesafemobile.com/.

 

The mobile app company is based in Virginia and was co-founded by Virginia Tech shooting survivor Kristina Anderson. Though primarily focusing on higher education, the mobile app partners with high schools, sports arenas and the military.

Public Health Researcher Awarded Grant to Examine Lung Cancer Screening Behaviors in Appalachia

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 16:26

Lexington, Ky. (March 24, 2016) — University of Kentucky College of Public Health researcher Kate Eddens received a grant from the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program to investigate how social ties and communication networks influence Appalachians’ lung cancer screening behaviors.

 

Eddens, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, will examine the social models and communication networks that inform Appalachian residents’ attitudes toward lung cancer screening and cancer screening behaviors. The $150,000 grant will support the research and subsequent interventional efforts to promote discussions about lung cancer with health care providers.

 

Kentuckians experience the highest rates of lung cancer in the nation, and the disease is most prevalent in the state’s Appalachian region. According to Eddens, Appalachians rely on strong social and community networks to obtain and disperse information. In addition to measuring knowledge and attitudes about lung cancer screening and intention to screen, the study will describe community and social support networks Appalachians use to formulate attitudes and make decisions about lung cancer screening.

 

“Through this project, we hope to create effective, translational interventions that we can then implement through the natural advice and discussion networks that already exist in Eastern Kentucky communities to promote shared decision-making regarding lung cancer screening,” Eddens said. “Ultimately, this will reduce the tremendous burden of lung cancer death in Appalachian Kentucky among those at greatest risk of lung cancer.”

 

In 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services task force recommended annual lung cancer screening for high-risk adults. A new preventive procedure, lung cancer screening was approved for coverage by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in February 2015. While lung cancer screening isn’t appropriate for everyone, Eddens hopes to promote more discussions about screening among high-risk adults in Appalachia.

 

“For those of us who want to help reduce the burden of lung cancer in Kentucky, understanding how the people in an individual’s life influence what they think, feel, and do about lung cancer and lung cancer screening will help us to build the best interventions promoting discussion of screening with a health care provider,” Eddens said.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

 

 

PTS Program Collects More Than 2,500 Pounds of Donations for Big Blue Pantry

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 15:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2016) — Through a pilot program — Donations for Citations — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) accepted non-perishable goods Feb. 29 thru March 11 in exchange for waiving one regular parking citation of $25 or less.

 

The program was a tremendous success. Through Donations for Citations, participants donated 2,441 pounds of food and 381 pounds of personal care items to the Big Blue Pantry — a program that serves UK students who are experiencing food insecurity or hunger.

 

“Overall, I am very impressed with the UK community. Obviously, some of the motivation for donating was getting a parking citation waived but most people went above and beyond donating the minimum,” said Chrissie Tune, PTS marketing coordinator.

 

A total of 337 individuals participated in Donations for Citations — 228 students, 77 employees and 32 visitors.

 

Manning Kulis, Big Blue Pantry student director, said Donations for Citations will benefit the pantry tremendously.

 

“The Donations for Citations program was very successful. It’s crazy to see this amount of food in one space. This food will last us the rest of the spring semester and throughout the summer when we’re open and even into next semester. Having a good startup amount in the fall will be really helpful,” Kulis said.

 

During the second week of the program, Big Blue Pantry saw a 53 percent increase in customers. Tune and Kulis hope the program helped raise awareness of the resources Big Blue Pantry provides.

 

“There were some people that I interacted with personally that didn’t know the Big Blue Pantry existed so we were able to educate them about that as a campus resource,” Tune said.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

UK Grad Helps Return Nation's Capitol Building to Original Grandeur

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 14:21

 

Video courtesy of Architect of the Capitol.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2016) — Just a few drops.

 

In 1999, a few drops of water found their way to the rotunda floor from the upper levels of the U.S. Capitol Building.

 

Those drops would set in motion what is now known as the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration project.

 

And the success of this multi-year, nearly $60 million dollar project will not go unnoticed, as the building will be on display to the world when the nation's 45th president is sworn into office on the building's steps in front of more than a million spectators and millions more watching the ceremony in live TV broadcasts around the globe Jan. 20, 2017.

 

Helping to ensure the dome returns to its original splendor by that fated date is Project Manager and Capitol Jurisdiction Project Executive for the Architect of the Capitol Eugene Poole Jr., a 1985 architecture graduate of the University of Kentucky and native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky.   

 

"It is an awesome honor to serve as an ambassador for the United States Capitol building and a tremendous responsibility," Poole said. "In 1985 when I was in college at UK, if anyone were to have told me that I would, (in the future), become the project manager for the iconic Dome Restoration project and be the jurisdiction executive for the U.S. Capitol building, I would have laughed and said, 'No way!'; but, here I am, and it’s simply awesome!"

 

Since 1999, several years of study and numerous pilot projects were initiated to extensively assess the overall condition of both the interior and exterior dome shells. The project design required many trade professionals and industries coming together to fully assess, vet and define the project scope requirements before initiating the design protocol and subsequently drafting the statement of work and execution. In 2008, Poole was assigned as project manager with the responsibility to manage various phases of the U.S. Capitol dome project, including the interim painting phase and the two-year Dome Restoration Design Revalidation. In 2012, he managed procurement actions for the issuance and award of the complete restoration of the U.S. Capitol dome.

 

"Our main goal was to ensure that we performed the work in a responsible manner that is consistent with industry standards while also protecting the existing historical fabric, performing great historic preservation, minimizing any impact to the daily business of Congress, and keeping the project safe for all workers and consultants," Poole said.

 

The execution of the Dome Restoration project is being accomplished in three phases:

· Exterior: Repair of existing iron exterior cracks by metal stitching, removal of 150 years of built-up paint to reveal intricate details, preparation of iron substrate, and repainting the exterior dome shell with a high performance epoxy coating system.

· Interior: Upgrading of electrical, mechanical, fire alarm, communications and lighting systems in the interstitial space of the dome.

· Rotunda: Removal of 150 years of built-up paint from the inner dome coffers to reveal the intricate and delicate details of the 1850s iron work that expresses the masterful levels of artistry during that era.

 

The project also calls for the repair of iron work, upgrading mechanical and ventilation systems, and replacing the entire rotunda lighting system with energy efficient lighting. For information on the current phase of the project, visit www.aoc.gov/dome/project-updates. To see photos of the restoration process, the dome prior to restoration and other restorations in the building's history, visit www.aoc.gov/dome/images

 

As the jurisdiction executive and project manager for the Architect of the Capitol leading the building's central project, Poole's days are hectic. He reviews construction reports; coordinates any issues with task leaders; reviews contactor submittals and provides guidance recommendations; reviews requests for information; reviews product data and samples; performs routine site inspections and observations; reviews contractor payment applications; executes and signs modifications for potential change orders; coordinates with onsite safety personnel; develops weekly and monthly reports; briefs upper level management on current project status; reviews project schedules and payment applications, as well as a myriad of other daily tasks to keep the project on track, safe and productive and maintain construction quality requirements.

 

Poole's studies and work experience made him the perfect fit to take on such a monumental restoration. His interest in architecture started early and even shaped his college choice.

 

"I chose architecture because even as a child, I was interested in the built environment. I was very curious and precocious about how things fit together and at age 12, I knew I wanted to be an architect," Poole said. "I chose the University of Kentucky because of its outstanding accredited program and world class professors, many of whom have made significant strides globally in the architecture profession and overall construction industry. The UK College of Architecture (now UK College of Design) faculty comprises a diverse and mainly eclectic group of industry professionals that both challenge and provoke the thought process while simultaneously stimulating and demanding the best personal performance of each student."

 

And while he did find time to attend the occasional UK basketball game, Poole, like many other UK architecture students who followed him, spent most of his waking hours designing and constructing models in the studio and working in the wood shop. He also recalls many of the lessons and advice faculty offered him along the way, from scholarship recommendations by then-dean, Anthony Eardley, to encouragement to explore sustainable design by Richard Levine, to lessons in how to navigate the architecture profession and educate the public from Professor Clyde Carpenter, to advice on how to manage projects from a legal perspective from John Russell Groves.

 

After graduation, Poole's architecture and Air Force ROTC studies at UK propelled him to a valuable military career in the field of design.

 

"I knew that as an officer, I could immediately assume high levels of responsibility and be exposed to cutting-edge technologies within the industry, experience networking opportunities, and realize worldwide travel which allowed me to see, experience and study different cultures and their approaches to design given their geographic locations," Poole said.

 

His military service took him throughout the United States and overseas to Guam, Japan, Korea, Saipan, England and Germany and afforded him many opportunities. "As an Air Force officer, (captain), I was an architect during my entire Air Force career and experienced an enormous level of responsibility and accountability as I managed millions of dollars of construction and executed all types of new construction, renovations, upgrades, retro-fits, demolitions, building reassignments, restorations and horizontal construction for the Department of Defense."

 

While he may have never imagined taking on leadership of the U.S. Capitol Dome Restoration project, Poole is honored to take on such an important project for an icon of U.S. history and government.

 

"The most rewarding part of my job is the visual actualization of the work being performed and the three dimensional results of those efforts. It is extremely gratifying to design a project, then, watch that project become a reality," he said. "Restoration of this historic building is the pinnacle of my professional career."

 

And Poole's advice for young architects hoping to achieve the success he has in his career?

 

"Study, study, study. Success = Preparation + Opportunity. When you strive to do your best, eventually, your hard work will be noticed. To do anything great, preparedness, commitment, passion and your total commitment to a vision principle must be in place. You must have both feet firmly planted and demand nothing less than excellence from yourself in all of your pursuits."

 

 

U.S. Capitol Dome

 

Historical Facts

January 2016

 

· The U.S. Capitol dome has 36 structural ribs on its outer shell, (cupola). Each rib is set 10 degrees apart to make up 360 degrees.

 

· The U.S. Capitol dome is made of cast iron and weighs 8,909,200 million pounds.

 

· The U.S. Capitol dome stands at 288 feet high.

 

· Abraham Lincoln was the sitting president during construction of the redesigned iron dome of the U.S. Capitol.

 

· The top of the U.S. Capitol is 209 feet lower than the Washington Monument.

 

· The custom of flying the flags 24 hours a day over the east and west fronts was begun during World War I.

 

· Thomas U. Walter designed the U.S. Capitol dome and was the architect for the House and Senate building extensions.

 

· George Washington himself laid the cornerstone for the Capitol on Sept. 18, 1793, in a Masonic ceremony. 

 

· Congress first met in the U.S. Capitol building on Nov. 17, 1800.

 

· The U.S. Capitol Building Rotunda is used for inaugurations and distinguished individuals lying in state.  

 

· The iron used to build the U.S. Capitol Dome in 1856 cost approximately $0.07 cents per pound. 

 

· There are no back doors on the U.S. Capitol building; each entrance is called a “front” entrance; there are four main fronts (north, south, east and west).

 

· The Statue of Freedom was cast in bronze. It was cast in five sections. It is 19 feet 6 inches tall. The Statue of Freedom faces “east” atop the U.S. Capitol building and weighs 15,000 pounds (7 ½ tons).

 

· The U.S. Capitol was burned by the British in the War of 1812, however, a well-timed storm put out the blaze.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Orchestra to Perform with Acclaimed Concertmaster, Violinist David Kim

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 13:58

 

David Kim performs with the El Camino Youth Symphony.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 24, 2016) — The Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster and violinist David Kim will perform with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo, 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, in the Singletary Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

The concert will feature a performance with Kim of Violin Concerto in D Major (Op. 77) by Johannes Brahms. The orchestra will also perform Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations." Leading up to the concert, Kim will also present a master class, which is free and open to the public, 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), March 24, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

 

David Kim is an accomplished violinist who has served as the concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 1999. He began playing the violin at age three, started studying with Dorothy DeLay at age eight, and went on to obtain his bachelor's and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. Kim appears as a soloist each season with the Philadelphia Orchestra and numerous orchestras around the world. He also appears internationally at such festivals as Grand Teton, Brevard, MasterWorks (U.S.) and Pacific (Japan).

 

Since Nardolillo took the conductor's podium of the UK Symphony Orchestra, it has enjoyed great success accumulating recording credits and sharing the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell and Mark O'Connor, as well as the Boston Pops. In addition to its own concerts, UK Symphony Orchestra provides accompaniment for much of the UK Opera Theatre season. UK's orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label.

 

The UK Symphony Orchestra is housed at the UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Economics of Politics is Topic of March 30 Event at Gatton

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 12:04

LEXINGTON, Ky., (March 25, 2016) — Alex Tabarrok, professor of economics at George Mason University, will deliver a talk titled, "Democracy and Voting in a Free Society: Some Economics of Politics," from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the Kincaid Auditorium of the new Gatton College of Business and Economics building at the University of Kentucky. Tabarrok, who holds the Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at the Mercatus Center and serves as director of the Center for the Study of Public Choice, also is a senior fellow at the Independent Institute.

 

Tabarrok will discuss voting systems and their many unusual and paradoxical properties. In his presentation, he recognizes the strengths and weaknesses of voting and how this may influence views about the role of democracy in a free society and in an economy.

 

Tabarrok's appearance is presented by the John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise, the BB&T Program for the Study of Capitalism and the Gatton College.

 

Admission is free and open to the public.

 

 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750.

 

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