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New Book on Self-care for Social Workers Edited by UK College of Social Work Professor

Thu, 08/18/2016 - 10:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2016) — Social workers and others in the helping professions can be especially vulnerable to burn-out due to the heavy time and emotional demands, responsibilities and the uncertainties that come with helping other people. To meet these demands in a healthy way, self-care is essential.


Justin "Jay" Miller, assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, is one of three social work educators who co-edited a new book published in July by The New Social Worker Press, that uses an A-to-Z format to outline strategies to help the helping professional build a self-care plan with specific goals and ways to reach them realistically.


"Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals" provides, in a compact and structured format, an alphabetized array of strategies, resources, and pointers for engaging in self-care as a core part of ethical professional practice for social workers and other helping professionals. The tone of the book is intended as collegial conversation, while providing a substantive, pragmatic resource. The accessible format is meant for busy professionals who do not necessarily want an academic tome on burnout, but who recognize — experientially — the need to address these concerns.


“It’s amazing that this book started as a class project! With this work, we wanted to create a self-care work, not only for social workers, but for all helping professionals. Self-care is such an integral component of many professional disciplines and we hope that this book can serve as a resource for folks interested in engaging in self-care as a professional practice," Miller said.



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K Week: Kicking Off Your Kentucky Story

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 16:04


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2016)  Joining the college world can be an overwhelming rush of nerves, excitement or a combination of both for a recent high school graduate. During the first week of college, students begin meeting new people, finding their way around campus and learning the traditions and ways of being part of the University of Kentucky community. To ease this transition, 300 of UK's best student leaders, called K Crew leaders, are here to assist new Wildcats during one exciting week - K Week.


This year, K Week takes place from Aug. 19 through Aug. 27. Students will not only have the opportunity to participate in the 175+ events offered, but this week will be a time where students will learn just what it means to truly be a Wildcat. During K Week, the class of 2020 will receive the best pieces of advice for how to navigate through their time at the university.

From study tips to joining student organizations; from the best spots to eat on campus to learning to grow and better as a student – UK has the top 10 pieces of advice for the class of 2020.


"During K Week there are so many opportunities to learn about all of the different organizations on campus," said Madison Rose, recent graduate of UK.


There are more than 600 different and unique organizations on campus, offering countless chances for new students to find just where they feel at home and where each individual can branch out. Students will be surrounded with opportunity to get involved throughout K Week, especially during Campus Ruckus and the K Week Spectacular, which are two events geared specifically toward highlighting student organizations that live on campus.


"It is 100 percent okay to be yourself, whether that means you're a little weird, or a little lazy, or you really like your sleep or you need to have coffee alone, by yourself at Starbucks…I think it's 100 percent okay to be yourself," said Lauren Henrickson, recent graudate of UK. "I think incoming freshmen shouldn't hold back with who they are, and they should go for the opportunities that are available to them."


Some students, such as Chanel Friday, a recent UK graduate, didn't hold back her freshman year as she became involved right off the bat. Friday, being an out-of-state student, didn't know a single person when she arrived on campus. Her biggest advice is for incoming freshmen to jump at opportunity as soon as they get to UK.


"Definitely for the incoming freshmen I would encourage them to get involved right away," said Friday. "But beyond that, I would say take a hold of those K Week activities because you do get a group of other students who probably don't know anyone also, so you can meet up with one of them, and you never know, they might still be your friend by the end of your senior year. I am still best friends with one of the students that I met in my K Team that first week."


Building relationships – that is the purpose of K Week.


President Capilouto also offers wisdom when it comes to students building relationships and broadening surroundings at the university. At nights, he likes to walk the campus to see students out and about, joining in community with one another.


"I think it's gratifying when people are just getting to know each other and meeting those that are different than themselves," President Capilouto said. "I always try to tell people to find somebody different than you: grew up in a different place, different culture, color, language – sit down and have a conversation."


K Week is ardently planned each and every year. It takes input from numerous students, faculty and staff to create this unforgettable week. The 2016 K Week coordinators, Trent Patrick and Pete Comparoni, worked the past year planning this upcoming nine-day extravaganza for the class of 2020. For these two young men, K Week holds a special place in their hearts, and they want each incoming freshman to share in their passion for UK.


"I had toured UK maybe once, and so K Week — as a new, incoming student — that was everything," said Patrick. "If it weren't for K Week, I wouldn't know where I would be."


Both coordinators were so positively impacted by their K Week experiences, they got involved the following year as K Crew leaders, Super Crew leaders and they now oversee the entire entity.


"I would say one vision I have for K Week 2016 would be to leave new students and the K Crew with a lasting experience," Comparoni said. "We want to make sure that each student has a valuable experience."


For the class on 2020, K Week is more than just a week filled with free food, T-shirts and activities. K Week allows new Wildcats to branch out, build new friendships and broaden their surroundings while taking in all the University of Kentucky has to offer. K Week kicks off each and every student's Kentucky story.


For more information about K Week and to access a schedule of events, visit For events directed toward diversity and inclusion, visit


Students can hear more advice from President Capilouto, Randall Cobb, current students and recent UK graduates about kicking off their Kentucky stories by visiting here or by watching the YouTube video above.



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Start the Year Off in a Spectacular Kind of Way!

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 12:18


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2016)  Start the school year off right at Student Activities Board and K Week’s Spectacular event. Swing by Memorial Hall lawn from 8 to 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, to enjoy free food, music and tons of other giveaways. Join the biggest party on campus!  


The Spectacular will be full of cool events like a photo booth and personalized sign and koozies station. This event is coordinated with the creative ideas from multiple organizations on campus, including the Student Center, Cat’s Den, Late Night Film Series, the MLK Center, WRFL, and the New Student and Family Programs. Students can learn more about these organizations and what they have to offer at Spectacular.  

"I am so excited for Spectacular," said Miranda Scott, director of Campus Life. "This is such a fun and relaxed event that is perfect for new students. It's great to come, grab some free shirts and prizes, and hangout with some new friends!"


SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Lexington community.

Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at, or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email


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Wildcat Tractor Team Places High at International Competition

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 10:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 18, 2016) — Once again, students from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment put together a successful team that built one of the top entries at the recent American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.


This year, the team’s offering placed third overall. Success is nothing new to the team with three first-place finishes in the past five years. In 2013, the team placed second.


“The Wildcat Pulling Team is always successful in many ways,” said Michael Sama, team advisor and assistant professor for the college’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. “The key to that success is the students who are willing to sacrifice quite a bit of time and put forth their best efforts.”


The average team member spends a few hundred hours during the school year fundraising, designing the tractor and writing the report.


“Most of our students work during the summer, but they come in during evenings and weekends to finish what they've worked toward all year,” Sama said. “The students don't get college credit for being involved. It's a completely voluntary commitment that allows a diverse group of students to participate at whatever level they are comfortable."


ASABE states that the International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition is unique among student engineering design contests, in that it provides a realistic 360-degree workplace experience. Student teams are given a 31-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine and a set of Titan tires. The team then determines the design of their tractor. A panel of industry experts judges each design for innovation, manufacturability, serviceability, maneuverability, safety, sound level and ergonomics.


Teams also submit a written design report in advance of the competition. They must sell their design in a formal presentation to industry experts playing the role of a corporate management team. Finally, the teams put machines to the test in a performance demonstration comprising three tractor pulls.


Through involvement in the competition, students gain practical experience in the design of drivetrain systems, tractor performance, manufacturing processes, analysis of tractive forces, weight transfer and strength of materials. In addition, they also develop skills in communication, leadership, teamwork, fundraising, testing and development.


The 2016 team placed first in the tractor pull category, second in durability and third in maneuverability, for an overall third place finish. The overall winning team was the University of Nebraska, which just happened to have two former Wildcat Pulling Team members Joe Luck and John Evans as advisors.


Team members were: Shawn O’Neal (captain), Brent Howard, Lee Frazier, Chris Good, Matthew Wagner and Garrett Daniels. Advisors were: Tim Smith, Michael Sama, Sue Nokes and Aaron Turner.


The team relies heavily on sponsors to provide supplies and fuel. Altec Industries Inc. supplied the laser-cut steel, Qualex Manufacturing provided metal forming assistance and the Kentucky Corn Growers Association provided funding and also sponsored all of the fuel at the competition. Funding was also provided by the UK College of Engineering, and the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering provided shop space and much support to get the tractor built and transported. Team members spent many fall Saturdays parking cars for football games to raise funds for team expenses.


The tractor will be on display at the Kentucky State Fair in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s exhibit in the West Wing.




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UK Ag Economics Students Bring Home The Gold

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 16:40

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 17, 2016) —For the first time since 1997, the University of Kentucky Department of Agricultural Economics’ Academic Bowl team brought home the national championship.


The double elimination tournament was held at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s annual meeting in Boston from July 31-Aug. 2 and featured 34 teams from 18 universities. The members of this year’s championship team are Erica Rogers, Daniella Straathof and April Winebarger. Will Fox, Megan Harper and Rachel Hart comprised the other team from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.


The team’s undefeated first-place achievement follows last year’s runner-up performance at the event and several years of constant improvement under the guidance of agricultural economics professor Wuyang Hu and coach Jerrod Penn, a doctoral student.


The teams started practicing at the beginning of fall semester 2015 and met at least once a week throughout the year. Over the summer, because team members were separated by internships and summer jobs, they met online to continue their practices.


“This team has the passion, and their perseverance carried them through,” Hu said. “They’re tough, and they have a good team spirit.”


Though the team has always done well during competitions, finishing in first place this year meant something special to Rogers.


“To me, the most gratifying thing was to see all the hard work we put in the past few months paying off, especially because April and Daniella have graduated. They’ve been working on this for several years, so for me it was special to be part of this for them and help get them that win that they’ve been trying to get for so long,” said Rogers, who is a junior from Murray with a major in agricultural economics and a minor in plant and soil sciences.


Straathof and Winebarger both graduated in May with bachelor of science degrees in agricultural economics. Competition rules allowed them to compete.


Academic bowl competitions carry many benefits besides the opportunity to take home a trophy. Students integrate material across the curricula, develop a nationwide professional peer network and experience professional conferences where they are often encouraged to enter graduate programs.


Leigh Maynard, chair of the UK Department of Agricultural Economics, said he is proud of the students performing so well at the highest level.


“It requires long hours of training over multiple years, teamwork and trust and mental toughness under pressure. We are also proud to see the results of years of coaching effort and high expectations. Jerrod is (UK) Ag Econ’s version of Martha Karolyi — rigorous and supportive,” he said, referring to the famously tough coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. women’s gymnastics team.


“Jerrod is a fantastic coach for us, and we definitely could not have done this without him; he really deserves a lot of the credit for this,” Rogers said. “He made sure we stayed motivated, and he expected big things from us; I think of him as a mentor after this whole process. He has a lot of passion for what he does.”


Penn and Hu have spearheaded the ag economics teams since 2011.


“I am most impressed in the way they played, truly exceeding my expectations of how much they knew and how much they trusted and relied on each other in each match,” Penn said. “I am happy for Erica, the eager and worthy new recruit, and for Daniella and April, the two already-graduated seniors, I am pleased they can end their UK careers on top. I am thankful to them all for enduring the many hours of practice — they worked for and earned the championship — and for sharing the memory with me as a coach and friend.”



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Behind the Blue: What to Expect for New UK Families

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 16:27



LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 17, 2016) — For many families, the transition of a child from high school to college brings with it an array of excitement, nervousness and emotion that they’ve seldom had to experience up to that point.

This is the first of a two-part series on "Behind the Blue" that will take a look at the college transition for both students and families. In this podcast, Nancy Stephens, from UK's New Student and Family Programs, discusses academic success, personal growth, and an abundance of tissues as families see their children step into a whole new world.

Become a subscriber to receive new episodes of “Behind the Blue” each week. UK’s latest medical breakthroughs, research, artists and writers will be featured, along with the most important news impacting the university.

If you have questions or comments about this or any other episode of "Behind the Blue," email us at, or Tweet your question with #BehindTheBlue.

Click here for "Behind the Blue" on iTunes.


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#ServeTheLex During FUSION 2016

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 15:37


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2016) — For Unity and Service In Our Neighborhoods (FUSION), the University of Kentucky's annual largest day of community service, will begin 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23!


Over 1,000 students will be involved this year at Kentucky's largest single day of service. On Aug. 23, students will have the opportunity to serve the Lexington community for three hours, connect with peers, and learn about other community service opportunities both on campus and in the surrounding community. Volunteer work includes serving meals to the hungry, organizing donations at a local shelter, beautifying community gardens and many others.


"FUSION has given me a chance to spend several hours serving my community, learn about dozens of nonprofit agencies in Lexington and become a leader on campus," said FUSION Director Shannon O'Hara. "FUSION is my favorite event during K Week because I love seeing incoming students making connections with their new peers while doing amazing things for our community!"


The day will begin at 9:45 a.m. with an opening ceremony where students will have the honor to hear from several guest speakers, including President Eli Capilouto. Free lunch, T-shirts and snow cones will be provided to all participants. Students, faculty and staff may sign up at and register to volunteer at one of 62 different locations in Lexington.


FUSION is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach (CCO). 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



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Blue and White Routes to be Impacted by Aug. 17, Aug. 19 Move-Ins

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 15:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2016)  University of Kentucky Big Blue Move continues this week, as more first-year and returning students arrive on campus.


As a result of the traffic impacts of the Wednesday, Aug. 17, and Friday, Aug. 19, Move-In events, the campus Blue and White bus routes will be operating on modified routes those days. The Blue and White routes will not serve stops along the north and east sides of campus, including on Avenue of Champions, Columbia Avenue, Hilltop Avenue, University Drive or Woodland Avenue.


Four buses will run on the modified route. Since all of the vehicles will be running the same route, they will all have “Blue” listed on their marquees.


Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices allowing for users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather. TransLoc is a GPS-based tracking system that tracks all campus buses as well as the Red Mile Route (Lextran 15) frequently used by the campus community.

New Life Breathed into Lung Cancer Study Initiated 15 Years Ago

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 13:13


Video by UK REVEAL Research Media.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2016) – In the late 1990s, University of Kentucky Professor Douglas Andres found that mutations in a protein known as RIT1 could initiate cancer development in laboratory models.   


RIT1 works as a molecular switch. In response to signals from outside the cell, it turns on fundamental cellular activities, and then turns them off again to ensure they don’t continue unchecked.


“Proteins like RIT1 control everything from how cells differentiate to how they grow,” Andres said. “In a disease like cancer, they often get broken in the ‘on’ position. The cells that have RIT1 mutations constantly grow, even though they don’t receive the necessary signals from the environment.”


When Andres applied for funding to follow up on his findings, his application was declined. The reviewers of his grant wanted evidence that RIT1 mutations might actually promote cancer development in people. Unfortunately, searching for RIT1 mutations in human tumors was, at that time, a difficult undertaking. The technological advances required to successfully complete this mission would not be made until several years later.


But Andres didn’t lose hope. “I never really give up on anything,” he said.


Just over a year ago, his patience was rewarded – Alice Berger, a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Professor Matthew Meyerson at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, provided the evidence he needed. Working collaboratively, the research teams led by Andres and Meyerson showed what Andres had hypothesized all along: RIT1 mutations present in human lung cancers can transform non-cancerous cells into cancerous ones.


Now, after waiting more than 15 years, Andres has finally been awarded the funds to expand upon his initial discovery. Specifically, the breakthroughs gained from his collaboration with Meyerson helped him secure a two-year, $150,000 grant from the Kentucky Lung Cancer Research Program.


“With the grant we received, we will push the work forward,” Andres said. “We hope this will lead to greater understanding of RIT1 mutations and how tumors containing them may differ from other lung tumors.”


Ultimately, Andres hopes to use the insight obtained from these efforts to develop new tests that can diagnose RIT1-mutant lung cancers in patients. The awareness gained from such efforts could potentially lead to the development of therapies that specifically kill cancer cells containing RIT1 mutations.


“Each time that we gain fundamental insight into a problem – that is an exhilaration,” Andres said. “Sometimes it happens in six months of work, or, in this case, it's taken 15 years between our initial discovery and our ideas actually coming to fruition.”


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New Program Sets UK Engineering Freshmen Up for Success

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 17, 2016) A new initiative in the University of Kentucky College of Engineering will better prepare freshmen for success at the top-ranked engineering college in Kentucky. The First-Year Engineering Program will expose students to engineering courses, disciplines and faculty from day one, enabling them to make a more informed decision when choosing their major.


Starting this fall semester, all incoming freshman engineering students will be admitted as undeclared engineering students. However, instead of taking only engineering prerequisites, students will take brand new, custom-designed courses and explore all nine majors in the College of Engineering during their first year.  


Courses in the program will cover crucial study habits, fundamentals of engineering computing and a hands-on design project, which was previously completed during a student's senior year. Transfer engineering students will also immediately find a close community in a course designed specifically for those students.


“First-Year Engineering will engage students in engineering problem solving and team-based learning," said Janet Lumpp, director of the program and professor in the UK Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. "Students will explore global issues like access to clean water, food security and engineering better medicine to see that it takes all type of engineers working together to make an impact.”


During the spring semester of their first year, students will declare their chosen engineering major when registering for their sophomore fall classes. With one solid year of fundamentals — as well as a design project — under their belts, students will be prepared to succeed in their desired majors and future careers.



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UK Issues Crime Bulletin Following Burglary on Campus

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 16:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 15, 2016) —  Following is a University of Kentucky Crime Bulletin emailed to faculty, staff and students Monday, Aug. 15, from the UK Police Department. 


In the interest of safety, the University of Kentucky Police Department has issued the following Crime Bulletin for the UK community.


The University of Kentucky Police Department received a report of a burglary that occurred between 5:30 p.m. August 12, and 1:30 p.m. August 13, 2016, when several unoccupied offices in the College of Nursing were forcibly entered and textbooks were taken.


University of Kentucky Police Department has issued this Crime Bulletin for the UK Community in compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.


If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact UK Police at (859) 257-8573.


The University of Kentucky values a safe community for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. In the interest of promoting a safe and secure campus environment, UK Police offer the following safety precautions:

  • If you see something, say something. For emergencies, call 911.
  • Report any suspicious activities in or around your building to UKPD immediately.
  • Assess your office for vulnerabilities. Report any issues to your building manager.
  • Lock all windows and doors while away.
  • Make sure that all lights, door locks, and window locks are in proper working order.
  • Maintain a thorough record of your valuables, to include: photographs, serial numbers, makes and models, etc.



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"see blue." #selfie: Trent Patrick and Pete Comparoni

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 15:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2016)  Want to get to know the people behind some of the biggest student leadership positions on campus? We did, too! That's why we've introduced "see blue." #selfie  a series on UKNow that lets student leaders from across campus tell us a little bit more about themselves and their organizations. Up this week, the 2016 K Week Coordinators Trent Patrick and Pete Comparoni.


Trent Patrick and Pete Comparoni are this year's K Week coordinators! Next week, thousands of incoming students will have an exciting welcome to campus all due to the behind-the-scenes organization by these two. This pair pours all their energy into making sure incoming Wildcats are beneficially impacted as soon as they step foot on campus! Meet these fun-loving, upbeat and caring leaders in their "see blue." #selfie!


UKNow: What are your majors and what year are you?

Trent Patrick: I'm now a senior and I'm a double major in political science and sociology. I'm pre-law.


Pete Comparoni: I'll be a senior. I also am a sociology major.


UK: Where are you from?

Comparoni: Whitley County, Kentucky, which is the southeast corner of the Kentucky-Tennessee line.


Patrick: I'm from Menifee County, Kentucky.


UK: Tell me about each of your positions as K Week coordinators this year!

Patrick: We oversee the 30 Super Crew leaders. We supervise the vast number of K Crew leaders and make sure they are prepared for new and incoming students. We put together retreats and plan different events.


Comparoni: We work with anything behind-the-scenes. We hold meetings and a retreat, like Trent mentioned, for K Crew and we have spent the summer getting everything in order and answering new questions for incoming students.


UK: Did you two meet once you both were given these positions as K Crew coordinators?

Patrick: No. We were actually on Super Crew together last year. So, we met during K Week 2015!


UK: Leading up to the actual K Week, what are some major events that you have been working on?

Comparoni: I would say our separate events have taken up a lot of our time. I'm coordinating Lex-Mart and Trent does We Are UK. From the start, they've been ours to plan. The staff will prepare their things — both of these have been us from the ground up. Lex-Mart is a community vendor fair, so we ask Lexington businesses to participate. It gives new students and Lexington a chance to connect and know about Street Craves or Firehouse and other businesses that are local! On a business side, it gives them a chance to showcase themselves to students. They hand out food and cookies and play games. They can pay to be in Lex-Mart or donate a gift and we will give those out at the K Crew celebrations! It's one event, but it goes throughout the entire week.


Patrick: Like Pete said, We Are UK has really been my event from the start. Pete and I were really excited to see which events we would be planning for K Week 2016. We Are UK has meant so much to me because I have always felt that highlighting the differences in a group of people is so important for us to celebrate. We Are UK does just that, it brings us all together to celebrate the multitude of differences that make up the University of Kentucky community. With that purpose in mind, I have poured my heart into We Are UK, and I am so excited to share it with the UK community in August!


UK: What is one vision you have for K Week 2016?

Comparoni: I would say to leave new students and the K Crew with a lasting experience. We want to make sure that each student has a valuable experience, and that each K Crew leader has a valuable leadership experience.


Patrick: For me, I want to see change where it's necessary and needed and I hope we change for the better so new students, as well as the leaders, get out of K Week what they need. That's our hope! The main thing we want to see is to leave an impact that continues the idea of K Week.


UK: What are some major changes we will see during K Week 2016? 

Patric: There are some big events coming up and changes we are all excited about. Some are kind of new … and we don't want to spoil the surprise!


Comparoni: There are a lot of changes that will make this K Week the best we've ever had. We are very excited about new activities we haven't had the opportunity to have in the past. Kick-off will still be the same and Big Blue U will still be there!


UK: Why are you two so passionate about K Week?

Patrick: I consider myself a very extroverted person. I was lost when I came to college. I had toured UK maybe once and so K Week as a new, incoming student — that was everything. I figured out how to get to classes and met people in my residence hall. I made relationships that I still have today. That was my moment that I realized college was real. If it weren't for K Week, I wouldn't know where I would be. I was a K Crew leader the next year and I loved that experience, but I wanted to go higher and see that experience, so I joined Super Crew. I love it because of all those experiences I had. That's why I'm passionate about it and how I want to make new students feel.  


Comparoni: My first semester at UK was awful. No one from my high school came here. I knew a lot of people from the Governor's Scholar Program that came here, but that was it. I'm such a people person, so when I saw the opportunity to expand I ran with it. My K Crew leader was not great, so I didn't do much during K Week. When the application came out though, I jumped on that. I like being in the administration side — to make new students' first week better. I loved hanging with them and leading discussion. We became very good friends! To me, that was super rewarding. So after that, Super Crew came along. I liked to help K Crew leaders become the best version of themselves. With coordinator, we get free reign. That's me being a maximizer.


UK: What else are you involved in?

Patrick: I was in the Freshman Leadership Development Program. That was something I loved and once that ended K Crew was my go-to. K Week was something I wanted to hone in on and make it my own.


Comparoni: Once you get involved, you just grow. I had done the Certified Nonprofit Program — I'm still part of that too. This though has been it for me! I'm really happy I chose K Week to put all my time into.


UK: What is your spirit animal?

Comparoni: My favorite animal is different than my spirit animal. So I lose …


Patrick: Wait, let me explain it. Have you seen "Up?" So, the dog that says "squirrel" — that is Pete. Pete is the human version of that dog.


Comparoni: I love dogs. I will stop my car and pet them. I love otters too, but I can't deny dogs.


Patrick: I have no idea what mine is. A giraffe comes to mind. Giraffes are cool. I used to say my spirit animal was Judge Judy.   


UK: Pete, if Trent had a warning label what would it say?

Comparoni: So, you know the tow away signs that say "First Thursday of each month …" If Trent had one, it would be all those tow-away signs over his desk because he has this super frazzled look on his face over the smallest things. We are never more than six feet from each other. I'm like, "man, Trent, you are stressed." So definitely a tow-away zone sign but something more graphic. It will say, "please do not talk to me if I'm doing any sort of work whatsoever."  


UK: Trent, if you and Pete were stranded on a desert island, what would he do to drive you over the edge?

Patrick: Well, Pete would bring a dog, but if Pete had bubble gum he does this thing where he can pop it five times in a row … like 30 to 40 times in a row … so it would be that. It's really loud. That would drive me over the edge. I have no clue how he does it. It didn't bother me at first, but now it does.  


UK: You came to UK because….

Comparoni: My dad actually came here in 1978. He came from nothing and he worked to get into UK and it was the pinnacle of his life. He said it was the greatest time of his life. And here I am, doing the exact same thing. Dad coming here had a huge influence on me. I was stuck between here and Chicago, and it was too cold up there. UK was a clear choice for me.


Patrick: So for me, UK was always where I wanted to go. Being from Eastern Kentucky, UK was all I heard about. One parent went to Morehead and the other went to Eastern. I was never going to either. UK was where I wanted to go. I'm the first in my family to be at UK. I toured one time and it was everything that I wanted.  


UK: What advice do you have for an incoming freshman?

Patrick: I have two things. Meet as many people as you can. That's one of the largest pieces of success. Then you open up about who you are and you get connected. And make as many memories as you can.


Comparoni: Don't cut yourself off from opportunity or don't think you're too cool to miss out on trying something new. If you're here, you're here for a good reason! Become the person you can be while you're here. There's millions upon millions of opportunity at this university.


UK: What's one word or phrase you're guilty of saying too often?

Comparoni: Okay, so Trent in conversation has to have the last word. He says "interesting" in the exact same tone and inflection.


Patrick: Okay, I agree with that, but if something actually is interesting I will say it then too. Today I said "interesting" and I actually meant it! But Pete has a lot of catch phrases.


Comparoni: Do I? Such as……


Patrick: I feel like you say "well …" a lot. He is more of a noise person. He makes a lot of noises.


Comparoni: A good facial expression is so much better.  


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Nominations Open for 2016 James Madison Award

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 15:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2016) The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is again seeking nominations for its annual James Madison Award. The award, created in 2006, honors the extraordinary efforts of the man who worked diligently for the passage of the Bill of Rights, which includes the guarantee of freedom of speech and of the press.


Nominees should be someone with significant Kentucky ties who champions the values of the First Amendment and transparent government. Nominees are not limited to journalists. Educators, librarians, lawyers, judges, community leaders, students, legislators and government workers who have taken stands or action related to freedom of expression will be eligible.


The Madison Award recognizes someone who has made a contribution 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. 


Efforts of the nominees 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 longterm commitment to such ideals.


The deadline for nominations is midnight Friday, Sept. 9. The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is part of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky.


The nominator should 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 on Sept. 29, in the William T. Young Library UK Athletics Auditorium on the University of Kentucky campus.


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, retired 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; 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; and Al Cross, a former political reporter for the Courier-Journal known for insisting on government transparency and now teaching students to use sunshine laws as the director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky.     


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



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Preparing for Opportunity Series a Success in Eastern Kentucky

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 15:01

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 17, 2016) The Preparing for Opportunity training series, presented by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) in partnership with the Letcher County Fiscal Court, recently came to a successful conclusion.


“Many of the small businesses in this region wouldn’t have known there are so many agencies with services available to help them without these workshops,” said Jim Ward, Letcher County judge-executive. “From the Kentucky Small Business Development Center to the U.S. Small Business Administration, just learning about their services is a huge boost for our area.”


The series was developed to help prepare the region’s small businesses for the numerous prospects the proposed construction of a federal prison in Roxana will bring; 81 local businesses took advantage of the workshops. Live instruction was held at the Whitesburg campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College and broadcast to the college’s Middlesboro campus. For many of the participants, this was an introduction to government contracting and the discovery of how it can be a much needed expansion to each of their small business’ bottom line.


“The three-part government contracting workshops were very informative and beneficial,” said participant Tony Bowling, of CBC Engineers and Associates Ltd. “The instructors were knowledgeable and presented the information in an organized, well-paced manner. The workshops provided a great starting point for small businesses like us to expand into the government contracting arena.”


The KSBDC, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and startup businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website,


Series partners include: Kentucky Small Business Development Centers at Pikeville and Ashland, Southeast Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development, Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, Kentucky Innovation Network - Pikeville, Kentucky River Area Development District, Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Federation of Appalachian Housing Enterprises Inc., and Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet - Minority and Women Business Enterprise Certification.



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UK Professor Wins Silver Jubilee Professorship Award

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 09:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2016) — University of Kentucky School of Information Science Associate Professor Sherali Zeadally has received the Silver Jubilee Visiting Professorship Award from Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth, Australia. Zeadally is the recipient of one of the four ECU Silver Jubilee Visiting Professorships to host outstanding researchers and international research leaders from overseas academic institutions.


Zeadally is currently at the university giving a series of lectures and workshops on various topics related to his research.


At UK, Zeadally teaches in the College of Communication and Information's School of Information Science's newest program, Information and Communication Technology. Focusing on computer network and information security, he is the editor-in-chief of two peer-reviewed international journals and currently serves/has served as associate editor or editorial board member for more than 25 international refereed journals. He has also edited or authored six books and authored/co-authored more than 268 refereed publications, including over 155 international peer-reviewed journal papers and 32 refereed book chapters.


In addition to the Silver Jubilee Visiting Professorship Award in the summer of 2016, Zeadally is the recipient of several outstanding research and teaching university awards, 11 international awards and several prestigious national awards.


After earning his doctoral degree in computer science at the University of Buckingham, in England, he conducted postdoctoral work at the School of Engineering at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He joined the faculty of the UK School of Information Science in 2013 and was named a University Research Professor by the UK Board of Trustees in 2016.



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Make Sure to Dispose Unused and Expired Medications

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 07:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2016) — When was the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? Unlike a messy refrigerator there’s nothing in your medicine cabinet to send a scented reminder you need to throw out old bottles of ibuprofen and pain killers from your oral surgery two years ago.


Not only is this unsafe because medications should not be consumed past their expiration date, but they also have the potential for abuse. According to a 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health the most commonly abused medications are opiates and other pain relievers, which is consistent with information from other sources.


Many medications have the potential to be misused, this includes both prescribed and over-the-counter medications. There are multiple ways drugs can be used incorrectly or in some cases illegally; they can be misused (used in ways other than recommended), abused (used for nonmedical reasons) or diverted (given/sold/bartered to people other than the intended patients).  When taken as directed and in the recommended amounts, over-the-counter medicines are generally very safe. However, those same medications can present a significant danger in overdose. Even over-the-counter analgesics, like Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin) can cause organ damage or even death in some situations. It’s incredibly important that medications are taken as directed on labels or by a physician.


Children are especially at risk for abusing medications; either because they do not recognize medication as a danger or because of the impulsivity and risk-taking common in adolescents. It is recommended that medications be stored out of reach, such as in a medication lock box, to reduce to risk of misuse.


Medications should not, under any circumstance, be saved and used for future issues or ailments. This can be especially dangerous for antibiotics, which should be taken as directed until the full course of medication is completed. Other medications can become ineffective or potentially dangerous after their expiration. It is far safer to be evaluated by a medical professional to diagnose and treat a newly occurring issue rather than relying on old or expired medications.


Everyone can and should periodically dispose of old, unused and expired medications. In Lexington, there are several options for safe disposal including units at the Lexington Police Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s Office or on medication take-back days. Some pharmacies are also able to offer safe disposal of unused medication. Alternatively, if people are unable to access medication take-back programs, it is recommended that medications be placed in a sealable container or bag and mixed with kitty litter, dirt or coffee grounds before being thrown away.


Dr. Amy Meadows is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry in UK’s College of Medicine.


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