LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2014) — Kathi Kern will engage the UK community today at 3 p.m. in the William T. Young Library Auditorium, as the third speaker in the "see tomorrow." Speaker Series.
Kern serves as the director of the UK Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and as an associate professor in the UK Department of History. She is an innovator in her own classrooms and brings energy and enthusiasm to her teaching.
Her presentation, titled "From the Ground Up: Faculty Innovation and the Future of Teaching and Learning at UK," will survey the national landscape of trends and challenges in teaching and learning in higher education, then highlight faculty innovations at UK.
"I will focus on changes in student experience and expectations; changes in learning environments and modalities; changes in technology that affect our teaching strategies; and faculty empowerment and development," Kern said.
Kern has won UK's Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching (1995), the Alumni Great Teacher Award (2003) and the College of Education's "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Award (2001, 2004). She has authored several successful grants funded through the Teaching American History Grant program of the U.S. Department of Education with awards totaling nearly $4 million. Kern also served as the Stanley Kelley Jr., Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University, 2009-2010.
"President Capilouto and I strongly believe that "see tomorrow: The University of Kentucky Strategic Plan" cannot be a document that simply sits on a shelf. It must inform what we value as an institution, how we bring those values to life and how we fund those aspirations," UK Provost Christine Riordan said. "An ongoing speaker series provides an avenue to continually remind us all that the strategic plan is never complete. It is an ongoing process of continuous improvement and aspiring to do more on behalf of the Commonwealth we serve."
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The photographs were not just put up on the walls by happenstance. Someone had to figure out how the exhibit should be set up so that visitors have an “experience” they can’t find anywhere else.
Discover “Who Does That?” for the UK Art Museum by watching the video above.
This video feature is part of a series produced by UKNow called "Who Does That?" The idea is to show you the unique students, faculty and staff who make UK tick.
We want to showcase how UK students, faculty and staff work each and every day to keep The Kentucky Promise alive and well.
Since the "Who Does That?" series is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas. If you've ever wondered, "Who does that?" about something at UK, please email us. Who knows? We might just use your question for our next feature!
For more information on the UK Art Museum, visit: http://www.uky.edu/ArtMuseum/.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2014) – Illustrious graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment were inducted Feb. 21 into the 2014 class of the college’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni.
Of the 13 honorees, this year’s living inductees are James Mahan, Herbert Ockerman and Glenn Stith. These honorees have had outstanding careers and continue to serve as important members of their fields and their communities.
This award is the highest honor the college bestows. The college’s Ag & HES Alumni Association spearheaded the formation of this award. The college’s Office for Advancement along with the alumni association administers the program.
“As an alumni association, we are pleased to support the college’s highest honor, reserved for an elite group whose professional careers and service have distinguished them,” said alumni association president Diana Doggett. “Our distinguished alumni represent some of the most innovative, visionary and influential graduates in the world. We are confident that their impact will be felt for decades and even centuries to come. We are honored to count them among our own.”
James “Jim” Mahan, of Lexington, has been an active and important part of Kentucky agriculture since his youth. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in animal science in 1967, Mahan devoted his life to his farm, family, youth and agriculture. From opening his farm and sharing it for many years with the local 4-H sheep club, to providing leadership for the development of Locust Trace AgriScience Farm and school, he is an advocate for youth leadership. He also provided leadership and financial support for the construction of the Ag Pavilion at Masterson Station Park.
Herbert Ockerman was born in Chaplin in 1932 and came to UK to play football under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant in 1950, but an injury changed those plans. Ockerman has had a distinguished career in animal sciences at The Ohio State University, where he continues to teach. Through his philanthropic endeavor, he collects and distributes books to libraries throughout the world. To date, he has donated more than $850 million in books to 350-plus global destinations. Ockerman lives in Columbus, Ohio.
Glenn Stith, a native of Meade County, graduated from UK in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. Immediately following graduation, he joined Monsanto and has held a variety of positions in the company. At his retirement in 2010, he was vice president of commercial operations, North America and Latin America North, for Monsanto’s crop protection division. Stith also lends his time and talents to the country’s youth, especially through FFA, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and the UK Ag & HES Lincoln Trail Scholarship endowment. Stith lives in Ankeny, Iowa.
“These alumni are outstanding leaders in their professions and in society, and it is our honor to acknowledge their contributions,” said Nancy Cox, dean of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “We are proud of the many distinguished alumni we have in this college. They serve as models to our students of the many diverse opportunities a degree from this college can offer.”
This year’s posthumous award recipients are Charles D. Bennett, Rose Mary Brooks, Jim Corbin, H. David Hilliard, George M. Kurtz, Ira E. Massie, William A. Seay, Barbara Ellis Taylor, Henry D. White, and Patch G. Woolfolk. Find more information about these honorees at http://www2.ca.uky.edu/alumni.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2014) — A scientific collaboration between the University of Kentucky's Institute of Research for Technology Development (IR4TD) and two Lexington high school students showed real results, when both students were awarded prizes at the Kentucky American Water Science Fair Feb. 8.
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School students Kendall Kruszewski and Madison Donoho conducted research projects with IR4TD, guided by a mentor. Competing among nearly 700 students, Kruszewski won the Lexmark Engineering Award, and Donoho took second place for her project in the engineering category.
“This hands-on experience has allowed me to expand my knowledge within multiple fields and has instilled in me a desire to gain knowledge and insights that can contribute to society,” Kruszewski said.
IR4TD is a unique engineering research center dedicated to research, education, outreach and service at UK. The institute is the product of a long collaboration between Toyota and the university that has extended for more than 20 years. IR4TD offers two programs to assist many types of organizations: Research and Development, designed to offer new ideas and solutions, and Lean Systems, designed to offer training and coaching.
IR4TD provided a mentor for the high school students over the course of January to December 2013 to work on research projects that fulfilled a requirement of the Math, Science and Technology Center, a rigorous gifted and talented program at Dunbar that both Kruszewski and Donoho are members of.
Kruszewski and her mentor, postdoctoral scholar Ahmad Salaimeh, chose their project based on the career fields that interested Kruszewski: medicine, engineering and computer science. The pair also looked into society’s needs and determined that methods of medical diagnosis needed an upgrade. Their idea: infrared thermography as a potential method for medical diagnosis. So, they conducted a test matrix of 135 experiments to distinguish between multiple biological systems by using transient temperatures of the hand monitored by infrared thermography.
"They are very enthusiastic and they follow up with questions, start discussions, challenge and change experiments, and research on their own," said Salaimeh about IR4TD high school students having ownership of their projects.
Salaimeh directed Kruszewski toward literature relating to the project, educated her on MATLAB (a program for numerical computation, visualization, and programming), and is currently a co-author to Kruszewski’s paper on the project. Salaimeh was not only Kruszewski’s mentor, but test subject as well, fully engaging himself in the project and Kruszewski’s learning.
“Without my mentor, the idea of such a project would have not been developed. He taught me multiple subjects,” Kruszewski said. “Without learning these subjects from him and having him there to help, I wouldn’t have the knowledge necessary for this project.”
After presenting at the science fair and winning the Lexmark Engineering Award, Kruszewski and Salaimeh are now focused on publishing a paper on the subject and preparing for the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair on March 1 at UK.
Both Kruszewski and Donoho will advance to the regional science fair taking place at UK’s Student Center.
UK's IR4TD continues to practice collaboration and outreach with the mentorship of six high school students this year, up from four students last year. Salaimeh said the program is becoming competitive because of word-of-mouth from previous students. IR4TD Director Kozo Saito says the partnership benefits the institute as well.
"This broader mission of education inspires all our institute members including graduate students, faculty, and staff to participate in the high school student mentoring program,” he said. “Interestingly, we probably have learned more from them than we have taught them —a very rewarding feeling, a confirmation of the value of our service principles that keeps us going.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2014) — Designing energy efficient buildings that are both functional and attractive raises a question: How do people adjust to a building that is adapting to them?
Melody Carswell, an expert in engineering psychology and associate professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Psychology, investigated with her students how occupants, including themselves, were responding to the new, adaptable Davis Marksbury research building on the UK campus.
Carswell's work is featured in the above video, produced by UK's Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (the Vis Center) as part of its "What's Next" series. It may also be viewed at "Reveal," the official website for UK Research Media, at http://reveal.uky.edu.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2014) — Mandy Jones, clinical assistant professor in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy's Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, has received a highly-competitive UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) pilot award to analyze and transform the culture of medical error disclosure in health systems utilizing interprofessional teams.
The project is entitled “Transforming the culture of medical error disclosure in Kentucky through interprofessional education,” and it seeks to improve a long-standing medical error disclosure problem at health systems around the nation.
Jones will lead an interprofessional team of educators and researchers representing law, medicine, nursing and pharmacy in order to provide medical error disclosure training for healthcare providers and to study the impact of team-based disclosure on transparency and provider willingness to disclose.
“I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to generate information that may inform the development of evidence-based strategies for improving transparency of disclosure and provider willingness to disclose,” Jones said. “Given the increasing emphasis on team-based care and interprofessional education in health professions curricula, our research represents a first step in characterizing the impact of interprofessional teams on disclosure conversations. I am also honored to be working with such an impressive team of educators and researchers, without whom this project would not be possible.”
Major national agencies, such as the National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission, and the Institute of Medicine expect the reporting and disclosing of medical errors to provide information that can lead to improved healthcare quality and safety; however, little guidance is provided by these agencies in terms of how to effectively disclose an error or which model of disclosure is best.
Relational outcomes of disclosure research demonstrate that while clinicians desire transparency, these attitudes are often not translated into practice; when disclosures do occur, they typically fall short of patient or family expectations. There are numerous barriers that impact transparency and provider willingness to disclose, including lack of disclosure training, unclear guidelines when encountering an error, communication inexperience and fear of litigation, to name a few.
Despite these barriers, research indicates that ineffective communication between providers and patients is the single most significant factor in explaining why patients litigate. Given that team-based healthcare delivery improves patient outcomes and is an expectation in current healthcare delivery models, our study will determine if team-based disclosure results in more complete, transparent disclosures and more effectively enables clinicians to overcome barriers affecting their willingness to disclose.
“We have a tradition of pioneering advances in pharmacy and patient care here at the UK College of Pharmacy,” said Dean Timothy S. Tracy. “This CCTS project is a natural extension of that proud history. I applaud Dr. Jones for reaching out across campus and around the nation and building a dynamic team to help us change a healthcare issue that is in dire need of changing. The end result of this project will be better patient care, which is something pharmacists in every setting understand – as that is something our profession strives for every day.”
The training will take place over 18 months. The CCTS grant funding totaled $25,000.
Fellow collaborators on the project include Margaret Pisacano, director of risk management, UK HealthCare; Paula Holbrook, associate director of risk management, UK HealthCare; Darlene Welsh, UK College of Nursing; Dr. Christopher Doty, UK College of Medicine; Dr. Curtis Cary, UK College of Medicine; Andrea Pfeifle, director, UK Center of Interprofessional Healthcare Education, Research, and Practice; Craig Martin, UK College of Pharmacy; Joseph Fink, UK College of Pharmacy; Dr. Lee Wilbur, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine; and Dr. Douglas Carr, Indiana University, School of Medicine.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26 , 2013) – The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information will be offering a set of educational workshops June 23-27, 2014 uniquely designed for those looking to enhance their careers as professionals and as educators.
The 21st Century Communication Skills for Success in the Workplace and the Classroom academy capitalizes on the “10 Skills That Will Get You Hired” as outlined by the 2013 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found in Forbes Magazine.
Workshop topics will focus on specific communication and information skills including teamwork and decision-making, effective formal and informal communication, development of multimodal presentations, and responsible social media usage.
All participants will spend their mornings attending workshop sessions. Educators will continue instructional design training in the afternoon focusing on communication curriculum development while business professionals are free to leave at lunch and will be offered supplemental webinars.
The deadline to register for the Summer Academy is May 15, 2014. The registration form and payment information can be found at http://ci.uky.edu/icr/summeracademy.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2014) — The University of Kentucky campus community is invited to an open house at the new UK Transfer Center.
Transfer Center Director Mike Shanks hopes to introduce faculty, staff, students and administrators to the resources available for students making the transition to UK after attending other colleges and universities.
The open house takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in Room 11 of the Funkhouser Building. Students, faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to check out the new facility and meet the members of the Transfer Center team. Light refreshments will also be served.
For more information on transferring to UK, visit: http://www.uky.edu/Admission/transfer.htm.
For contact information of the entire Transfer Center team, visit: http://www.uky.edu/Admission/transfer-contact.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2014) — Kentucky will both benefit from and make important contributions to Detroit's new, $148 million light-materials manufacturing institute, announced today by President Barack Obama.
The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) will receive $70 million in Department of Defense funding, with $78 million in matching support from a public-private consortium, including more than $4 million from Kentucky.
ALMMII is charged with developing and deploying advanced lightweight materials manufacturing technologies, and implementing education and training programs to prepare the workforce. The institute is one of three to be created as part of the National Network of Manufacturing Innovation, a White House initiative founded to help U.S. manufacturers employ leading-edge technology to become more competitive.
The ALMMII proposal was selected through a competitive process conducted by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who strongly supported the proposal, said today's announcement was "great news" for the Commonwealth.
"This grant will help support domestic manufacturing and research jobs in Kentucky, and will lead to significant developments in manufacturing technology that may have positive applications for the U.S. military," McConnell said.
Kentucky, with its strong aluminum manufacturing base, also stands to benefit from education and training programs developed by the institute, says John Walz, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.
"This is a great opportunity for the college and for the university, to be a significant partner in a project of this scale and of this importance," Walz said. "Our participation in ALMMII will produce dividends, for the university, for the partnership and for the Commonwealth."
UK will also contribute to, and benefit from, collaborative research and development projects through the institute, said Yang-Tse Cheng, Frank J. Derbyshire Professor of Materials Science and one of the participating faculty members.
Faculty members will contribute to various projects that are vitally important to Kentucky, and to the United States as a whole, through the Center for Aluminum Technology, Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing, and Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. These collaborative research projects will also help enhance UK's research and development capabilities in lightweight metals, Cheng said.
UK President Eli Capilouto said UK's participation would help to advance the university's mission in a number of ways.
“UK’s partnership in this institute engages our human capital and intellectual curiosity in collaborative and creative scholarship,” Capilouto said. “Our role will support research and development in ways that are significant to education we provide, industries we support in our state and the economic competitiveness of our nation.”
UK is one of nine universities that have joined with 34 private companies and 17 other organizations in the public-private consortium, which was initiated by the Ohio-based tech nonprofit group EWI along with the University of Michigan and The Ohio State University.
UK's portion of the cost-sharing, $2 million, will come in the form of in-kind support from the UK College of Engineering over the next five years, including access to specialized high-tech equipment at its Center for Aluminum Technology and faculty participation in various projects.
Additional cash and in-kind contributions will come from Kentucky's Department of Workforce Investment, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and the state's Cabinet for Economic Development.
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Preview of Pink Martini and The von Trapps' "Dream a Little Dream" album releasing March 4.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2014) — Less than a week before the release of their seventh CD, celebrated musical group Pink Martini, known for their mastery of many musical genres, will return to the Bluegrass to perform with the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo. Pink Martini will be joined by special guest vocalists The von Trapps for a portion of the performance. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.
Pink Martini, or the "little orchestra," is a 12-member ensemble that brings lounge, swing, world, classical, jazz, samba and more together to create an original and beautiful sound for audiences around the world. All the members of the group come from multicultural families and study different languages and styles of music from across the world.
"If the United Nations had a house band in 1962," says Pink Martini’s bandleader and pianist, Thomas Lauderdale, "then hopefully we’d be that band."
Pink Martini (who sometimes travels with string sections) performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand and North America. The group made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Since then, the band has gone on to play with over 25 orchestras around the world, including multiple engagements with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and the BBC Concert Orchestra in London.
Other noted appearances by Pink Martini include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year’s Eve 2003, 2004 and 2008; two sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall; the opening party of the remodeled Museum of Modern Art in NYC; the Governor’s Ball at the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008; and the opening of the 2008 Sydney Festival in Australia.
In January 2012, bandleader Lauderdale began work on Pink Martini’s seventh studio album when he recorded the Charlie Chaplin song “Smile” with the legendary Phyllis Diller, who passed away seven months later. The new album, titled "Get Happy," was released Sept. 24, 2013, and features singers China Forbes and Storm Large along with special guests Rufus Wainwright, The von Trapps and Ari Shapiro, who appeared with the group at their last Singletary Center concert.
Most recently, the four great-grandchildren of Maria and Georg von Trapp have appeared with Pink Martini and are currently working on a joint album project with the band, "Dream a Little Dream." The collaboration album will be available March 4.
The von Trapps, Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August von Trapp, are the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp, made famous by the 1965 film "The Sound of Music." These siblings (ages 19–25) have been singing together for 12 years and have toured all over the world. Drawn into the magical orbit of Lauderdale, they now live together in a house in Portland, Ore., and have been frequent guest performers with Pink Martini for the past two years.
The four siblings originally began singing Austrian and American folk songs their grandfather, Werner von Trapp (portrayed as Kurt “the incorrigible” in "The Sound of Music") taught them at the family home in Kalispell, Mont. When he suffered a stroke 12 years ago, the siblings made a recording of the songs to cheer him up, never expecting it would inspire a new musical legacy.
Since that beginning, The von Trapps have recorded six albums, a concert DVD, and are currently working on a number of musical projects to be released next year. They recently collaborated on a song with Rufus Wainwright called “Kitty Come Home,” which is featured on Pink Martini’s upcoming release “Get Happy.”
In the last 10 years of its 95 year existence, with Nardolillo at the helm, the UK Symphony Orchestra has earned significant international acclaim. The orchestra has accumulated several recording credits and shared the stage with such acclaimed international artists as Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch and Mark O'Connor, as well the Boston Pops. UK Symphony Orchestra is one of a very select group of university orchestras under contract with Naxos, the world's largest classical recording label.
Tickets for the Pink Martini concert featuring The von Trapps and the UK Symphony Orchestra are all based on seating location and range from $35 to $55 plus fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at www.SCFATickets.com, or in person at the ticket office.
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.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2014) — University of Kentucky Police issued a retraction of the UK Alert sent to the campus community overnight. After further investigation, police have determined a UK student falsely reported a robbery. Following is the retraction as sent via email to students, faculty and staff today:
The University of Kentucky values a safe community for all students, staff, faculty and visitors.
Late last night, UK Police were called to Kirwan Tower for a reported robbery that had occurred approximately two hours earlier. The victim, a UK student, originally reported to law enforcement that he had been robbed of cash in the stairwell of his residence hall. In the interest of public safety, UK Police issued a UK Alert for the incident.
Upon further investigation by officers and additional interviews with the victim, it was determined that the robbery incident had been fabricated by the victim and the reported incident did not occur.
If convicted under Kentucky Law, falsely reporting an incident to law enforcement is punishable by up to a $500.00 fine and/or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months. Additionally, if a student, those falsely reporting an incident will be referred to the Dean of Student’s Office for violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2014) -- Dr. Adam Bachstetter, a scientist with the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, has received a prestigious K99/R00 award from the National Institutes of Health.
Also known as the Pathway to Independence (PI) Award, this grant provides two years of mentored postdoctoral support followed by three years of independent support. It is designed to fast-track promising young scientists to a more permanent research position with independent NIH or other research support.
PI candidates have an impressive record of research productivity and publications, and have identified a unique research direction to pursue after the mentored phase of the award.
"This award is super-competitive and practically assures the awardee a faculty position in two years," said Dr. Linda Van Eldik, director of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging. "We are extremely pleased for Adam. He has represented himself, the University of Kentucky, and Sanders-Brown well."
Dr. Bachstetter's research is exploring the underlying causes of damage to the brain's myelin -- the protective sheath covering the brain's "wiring" -- as a means of explaining how people transition from healthy brain aging to Alzheimer’s disease.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2014) ― WUKY 91.3 FM collaborates with the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame to broadcast readings of selections from the works of the new 2014 Hall of Fame authors on March 1.
The Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame announced the 2014 Hall of Fame class at an induction ceremony on Jan. 23 at the Carnegie Center. This is the second class to be inducted.
WUKY will air a program showcasing the introductions, readings and musical performances as recorded from that evening. The broadcast will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
The seven new members of the 2014 Hall of Fame class include: children’s author Rebecca Caudill, best known for "A Pocketful of Cricket" and "Tree of Freedom"; University of Kentucky professor Thomas D. Clark, best known for "A History of Kentucky"; novelist Janice Holt Giles, whose work focused on Kentucky historical fiction; James Baker Hall, a UK professor and Kentucky’s 2001 Poet Laureate; Affrilachian poet Etheridge Knight, whose work was strongly influenced by the civil rights movement; Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and one of the most prolific 20th century Catholic writers; and Jesse Stuart, known for his sonnets and focus on rural Appalachia.
Selections from their work were read before a live audience by Marcia Thornton Jones, James Klotter, Katerina Stoyanova, Sarah Wylie VanMeter, Jude McPherson, Eric Reece and Georgia Green Stamper. Carnegie Center Director Neil Chethik served as Master of Ceremonies, providing the introductions for each writer and reader.
WUKY constructed a web page for this broadcast, including biographies, links, photographs, bibliographies and audio. For more information visit http://wuky.org/kentucky-writers-hall-fame-2014.
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Walker, an associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky as well as founder of the Affrilachian Poets, was recognized for his most recent book of poetry, "Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers."
Published last year, the 50th anniversary of Evers’ killing, the award-winning book addresses the life and murder of the civil rights leader, as told through the Walker-crafted poetic voices of those closest to the man and the 1963 assassination in Mississippi — Evers' widow, Myrlie Evers; his older brother Charlie; the white supremacist assassin who killed him, Byron De La Beckwith; and De La Beckwith's two wives.
“Frank X Walker's searing, haunting poetry dramatically captures a terrible moment in U.S. history,” said Jeffory Clymer, the chair of the UK Department of English. “Even more, Frank's poems move his readers, emotionally and intellectually, toward a fuller understanding of that history.
“This is a richly deserved award for a brilliant collection of poems,” Clymer added.
Walker, who is affiliated with UK’s African-American and Africana Studies as well as the Appalachian Center, has published other poetic works about historical African-American figures, including York, who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their exploration of America, and Isaac Murphy, the Lexington African-American jockey who was the winningest rider in horseracing.
Listen online to Walker reading from his work on a radio program produced by UK's NPR affiliate, WUKY 88.1 FM, at http://wuky.org/unghosting-medgar-evers.
Or, watch a video featuring Walker talking about what it means to be a writer and teach at his own alma mater.
The NAACP Image Awards program, now in its 45th year, celebrates the "accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors."
The other nominees in the category were: "Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid" by Nikki Giovanni; "Hum" by Jamaal May; "The Cineaste: Poems” by A. Van Jordan and "The Collected Poems of Ai" by Roslynn O'Carroll.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2014) − University of Kentucky students who are preparing to transition from college life into the workforce are invited to attend the Life After College Retreat, a day to learn what it takes to make this all important step a successful one.
The Life After College Retreat will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in Room 230 of the Student Center.
Breakfast, lunch, and giveaways are included in the day's events. Campus staff and Lexington area professionals will present topics such as: generations in the workplace, graduate school, relocating, professional presence and more.
Cost to attend this retreat is $5 per student. Reservations can be made online at https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1052/semi-blank-noimg.aspx?sid=1052&gid=1&pgid=4519&cid=9063.
The deadline to register is Wednesday, March 5, 2014. In case of inclement weather, the alternate date will be Mar. 29, 2014.
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Trailer for UK Theatre's "Eurydice." Courtesy of UK Theatre.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2014) — University of Kentucky Department of Theatre continues its 2014 season, "A Season to Wake the Dead," with "Eurydice" by American playwright, MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. Described by the New York Times as an "inexpressibly moving theatrical fable about love, loss and the pleasures and pains of memory," "Eurydice" will take the stage again this week at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27-28 and March 1, and 2 p.m., March 2, in UK's Guignol Theatre.
It is wedding day for Eurydice and Orpheus, when Eurydice meets a mysterious man with a message from her father. Down the elevator she travels to meet him, unwittingly arriving in the underworld. Does she return to the world of the living with her love, Orpheus, or does she remain in Hades with her long lost father? This modern interpretation of the myth of Orpheus lets Eurydice take the wheel, torn between a future with her husband and reliving the past with her father.
"Eurydice" is a timeless love story between a father and a daughter. It is a play about loss and the pain and joy memories can bring. It asks: at what price is it worth to remember our past? Ultimately, Eurydice finds herself faced with a decision to choose between the two men she loves the most: her father and her husband.
In UK Theatre's version, directed by visiting lecturer Peter Allen Stone, the production’s Greek origins take on a local vibe.
"I wanted to make this play as much about Kentucky as I could. Two thirds of the play takes place in the underworld. Since Kentucky has the largest caving system in the world, I thought it was imperative to set our 'Eurydice' in a cave. I wanted the Chorus of Stones and their interactions with Eurydice to reflect the youth of Lexington. I noticed a lot of punk rockers in Lexington and thought that this would create an interesting and dynamic relationship with the more sensitive Eurydice," Stone said.
Stone is an actor, playwright, director and teacher. He began his career in Los Angeles and has been working in New York City for eight years in film, television and theatre. In the theatre, he has performed regionally and off-Broadway.
Tickets for the play are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at UK’s Singletary Center Ticket Office, by calling 859-257-4929 or by visiting scfatickets.com.
The UK Department of Theatre at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.
MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; firstname.lastname@example.org
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2014) — In the interest of safety, University of Kentucky Police Department has issued a Crime Bulletin for the UK community today.
Officials at the University of Kentucky have recently been made aware of an attempted armed robbery that took place on UK property, which is being investigated by Lexington Division of Police.
- At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, an attempted armed robbery was reported to have occurred at Royal Lexington apartment complex, located at 695 Winnie St. The male victim, a security guard with the apartment complex, was approached by two suspects asking for money, one of which brandished a silver handgun. The first suspect is described as a juvenile black male wearing a black knit cap, a blue and white bandana over his face, and blue jeans. The second suspect is described as a juvenile black male also wearing a bandana over his face. After repeated unsuccessful attempts to rob the victim of money, the juveniles fled the scene on foot toward Royal Lexington’s leasing office.
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.
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.
- Carry a cell phone to be able to call for help in emergencies.
- Do not travel alone after dark; walk with a friend or with a group.
- Whenever possible, look out for your friends when you go out together; walk together and make sure that everyone gets home safely.
- Request a FREE SAFECATS student safety escort or coordinate after-hours on-demand bus service during the fall and spring semesters by calling (859) 257-SAFE(7233).
- Park in well-lit areas when possible.
- Turn over any requested items (purse, wallet, etc.).
- Make statements with authority – “BACK-OFF! STOP! NO-WAY!” You deserve to be respected.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2014) – With sore feet, worn-out bodies and emotions running high, committee members revealed a grand fundraising total of $1,436,606.24 at the ninth annual DanceBlue dance marathon to a crowd of several thousand people.
Whether participating as a dancer, volunteer, committee member or even just a supporter, DanceBlue is something no one ever forgets, especially the last few hours. With a family talent show featuring children from the clinic and an emotional memorial hour to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer, the reveal tonight was a much anticipated moment for so many people at UK.
It all began in 2006 by raising $123,323.16 and has increased every year. With this year's total, DanceBlue has contributed more than $6.5 million dollars to the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic.
More than 800 dancers completed DanceBlue. All of the money raised at this annual 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon benefits children with cancer and their families and cancer research.
Claci Ayers, DanceBlue 2014 overall chair, said, "Over a year ago I said to myself 'If there was one thing on this campus I could dedicate all my time to it would be DanceBlue and those families.' Early mornings, late nights, and lots of hard work but I wouldn't take any of it back. It is all worth it because this weekend kids will smile, laugh, dance and just get to be a kid for 24 hours. The committee has worked so hard and I am proud of every single one of them. For The Kids forever and always."
Everyone at DanceBlue was there for a reason this weekend. They were there for a cure, for hope and most importantly, for the kids.
MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, email@example.com, 859-257-1909