Campus News

UK College of Nursing Fills Need for Community Health in Wilmore

Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 23, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Nursing opened its first faculty-run community health center to bill for patient services in historic downtown Wilmore, Kentucky, on Sept. 14.


Located beside the Sims Pharmacy on East Main St., the Phyllis D. Corbitt Community Health Center provides health care services for common illnesses such as respiratory infections, allergy symptoms, sore throats and skin infections.  Other services such as school, sports and pre-employment physicals, immunizations and health education and counseling are also provided. The clinic, operated by nurse practitioners in the UK College of Nursing, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and accepts walk-ins as well as appointments.


In addition to fulfilling a need for accessible basic health services in Jessamine County, the clinic provides a space where students from the UK College of Nursing can train under faculty in a clinical setting. In a recent report titled, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” the Institute of Medicine challenged the next generation of nurses to practice to the full extent of their knowledge and training. The new clinic accomplishes this objective by allowing students to see the range of health services a nurse practitioner is able to deliver in a small community.


“It’s nice for us to be able to demonstrate to our students how you practice to the extent of your license,” said Sharon Lock, professor, director of faculty practice and coordinator of the primary care doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program at the UK College of Nursing. “Some faculty members can practice here, and we can place our students here so they can see how a nurse practitioner-run clinic works.”


Family physician Dr. Phyllis Corbitt served the Wilmore community for more than 40 years. When Corbitt retired, the clinic building owner Hugh Sims, a graduate of UK, notified faculty members in the UK College of Nursing of the vacancy. The College of Nursing named their new clinic after Corbitt to honor her long-time service to the community and relational approach to health care.


Practitioners at the Phyllis D. Corbitt Community Health Center collaborate with Dr. Sam Matheny in the UK Department of Family and Community Medicine on cases requiring more complex care. The clinic will operate under a limited services licensure and accepts most insurance providers.


“The clinic is not only an opportunity for community engagement, but it signifies our commitment for advancing integrative and collaborative UK HealthCare learning and working environments,” Janie Heath, dean of the College of Nursing and Warwick Professor of Nursing, said.


To make an appointment at the clinic, call 859-858-0339. The clinic is located at 317 East Main St.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Thank-A-Donor Day Lets Campus Community Show Appreciation for Gifts to UK

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 23:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) — Donors play an integral role in making the University of Kentucky the outstanding institution it is.  They not only provide UK the ability to offer excellent facilities, academic programs and extracurricular activities, but they also provide many students the opportunity to attend UK through scholarships and fellowships.  Now, students and other members of the UK community can say "thank you" in a special way.


Thank-A-Donor day is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, when a large banner will be mounted on campus in the area between White Hall Classroom Building and the Ralph G. Anderson Building. Students can stop by and write a personal thank you note on the banner or make a short video recording of gratitude. Photos of the banner and a video of the event will be shared with UK donors and the banner will be displayed on campus.


Sponsored by UK Student Government and coordinated by the UK Office of Annual Giving, Thank-A-Donor day gives students the chance to show their appreciation for the impact donors make on them and the university as a whole.


“Last fiscal year, 54,275 donors made 101,277 gifts to UK, the first time we have topped the 100,000 mark," said Anne V. Lichtenberg, director of Annual Giving. "Many of our donors were once UK students paying tuition and other school expenses, and they now want to help today's students earn an education and hopefully inspire that cycle of giving to continue."


In a message to UK students this week, Student Government President Austin Mullins encouraged his fellow students to participate in Thank-A-Donor Day.


"Like many of you, our dream of earning a college degree at the University of Kentucky has been made possible through scholarships funded by a generous group of people who dearly love this university," he said. "You can sign a large ‘thank you’ banner or make a video thanking these individuals for funding scholarships and the facilities you see under construction across our campus. They have made all of this possible—for us!”


Evan Avery, a senior communications student from Danville, Kentucky, plans to sign the banner at Thank-A-Donor Day.


“The scholarship support I have received from UK not only has enabled me to pursue my college degree, but has given me peace of mind about covering my every day college expenses," said Avery, recipient of the Student Development Officer Scholarship. "I am forever grateful to the donor who has made this possible and thank them for supporting students like me.”


Last year, hundreds of students and members of the UK community filled every inch of the banner with their words of gratitude. Among last year's messages were:

·         "Because of your support, I was able to be a first generation college student and inspire my community!  Living Blue!"

·         "We appreciate what the university has done for us! Thank you for supporting our Agriculture community!"

·         "Thanks to your generosity, I am the first child in my family to attend college and follow my dream!"

·         "With your generosity, all UK students have the opportunity to succeed at UK and beyond!"


The rain location for this second annual Thank-A-Donor Day is inside the White Hall Classroom Building.



MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, 859-257-3155

Huguelet Drive Lot Now Disabled Accessible Parking

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 16:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) — As of Aug. 1, the Huguelet Drive Lot — located at the southwest corner of Huguelet Drive and Rose Street — transitioned to a disabled accessible parking area.


This change was precipitated by the desire to increase proximate disabled accessible parking in the campus core, as well as proactively replace disabled accessible parking adjacent to BBSRB, which will be eliminated in early 2016 to facilitate construction of the new Research 2 Building.


Additionally, this transition will accommodate the needs of the university’s Disability Resource Center, which recently relocated to the Multi-Disciplinary Science Building, adjacent to the Huguelet Drive Lot. Access to the Huguelet Drive Lot is via Rose Street.

UK Orchestra Opens 97th Concert Season With 'Pines of Rome,' Tchaikovsky

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 15:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (UKSO), under the direction of John Nardolillo, will open its 97th season this weekend with "Opening Night: 'Pines of Rome' and Tchaikovsky's Fourth." The free public concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.


Founded in 1918, the UKSO is regarded as one of the nation’s best college orchestras. The 100-member all-student orchestra, housed at UK School of Music, presents more than 50 concerts each year including classical, chamber and education concerts.


UKSO is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. The orchestra regularly performs with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Mark O’Connor, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan, Natasha Paremski, Joshua Bell and Arlo Guthrie. The orchestra performs in the Concert Hall at the Singletary Center for the Arts and on tour, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007 and 2010, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009.


The UKSO opening concert features two great symphonic masterpieces, the dramatic, Symphony No. 4 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the colorful tone poem "The Pines of Rome" by Ottorino Respighi. In this performance of "The Pines of Rome," more than 50 extra brass players will join the orchestra for the finale, a musical depiction of the ancient Roman army’s triumphant return to Rome along the Appian Way.


To hear a preview of this concert and the season, listen to WUKY's "UK Perspectives" interview with Maestro Nardolillo at


Only weeks after their opening concert, UKSO will join the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre for Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers' "South Pacific" at the Lexington Opera House. Nardolillo, Michelle di Russo and Jan Pellant will conduct. The show will begin 7:30 p.m., Oct. 8-10, and 2 p.m., Oct. 10 and 11. To order tickets, call the Lexington Opera House at 859-233-3535 or order online at


The UKSO season continues with a Breeders' Cup concert featuring clarinetist Walter Seyfarth of the Berlin Philharmonic. The concert program will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Overture to "The Magic Flute" and Clarinet Concerto, as well as Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. The free public concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


In December, ToniMarie Marchioni, assistant professor of oboe, and Dieter Hennings, assistant professor of guitar, will perform in concert with the UKSO. Alberto Ginastera's Dances from "Estancia," Richard Strauss' "Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks," Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" and "Concierto madrigal," as well as Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" and Oboe Concerto will be featured. Michelle di Russo will assist with conducting the free public concert, which will be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


The UK Women's Choir joins UKSO for an interstellar concert in the new year. "Star Wars, The Planets and Concerto Competition Winners" will include John Williams' "Star Wars" and Gustav Holst's "The Planets," as well as solo performances by concerto competition winners from the UK School of Music. The free public concert will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


The UKSO will join UK Opera Theatre again in the spring for Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte," with Nardolillo conducting. The show will begin 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26-28, and 2 p.m., Feb. 27, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Tickets for this concert may be purchased through Singletary Center ticket office at 859-257-4929, visiting online at, or in person at the venue.


In March, UKSO will present "Brahms Violin Concerto with David Kim." The concert program will include Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto and Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations." David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will be featured on violin. The free public concert will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


The UK Choirs and violinist Nathan Cole will join UKSO to close the season with Ludwig Van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Igor Stravinsky's Violin Concerto. A Lexington native, Cole is the associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The free public concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the Singletary Center Concert Hall. 


In conjunction with the UKSO season, the orchestra will present several masterclasses throughout the season with visiting artists. Musicians presenting masterclasses at UK are:

· Dwight Parry, principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and adjunct faculty member at Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Northern Kentucky University, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, Niles Gallery, located in Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center;

· Walter Seyfarth, clarinetist with the Berlin Philharmonic, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, Singletary Center Recital Hall;

· Alex Kerr, violinist, concertmaster of Dallas Symphony and principal guest concertmaster of Indianapolis Symphony, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, Singletary Center Recital Hall;

· Stephen Rose, principal second violin of Cleveland Orchestra and head of the violin department at Cleveland Music Institute, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, Niles Gallery, in the Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center;

· David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, Singletary Center Recital Hall; and

· Nathan Cole, violinist and associate concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, Singletary Center Concert Hall.

All masterclasses are free and open to the public.


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



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


UK Dining Hosts Local Foods Week

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 10:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2015) — In an effort to promote Kentucky Proud products and local foods, UK Dining is hosting Local Foods Week on the University of Kentucky campus Monday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 25.


The schedule is as follows:


Custom Food Solutions

Location: The 90

Date & Time: Monday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


University of Kentucky Horticulture Research Farm

Location: The 90

Date & Time: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Boone Creek Creamery

Location: The 90

Date & Time: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Weisenberger Mills

Location: The 90

Date & Time: Friday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Students will have a chance to meet the local vendor and sample various products such as salsa, kale salad, cheese, and muffins. Inside the Fresh Food Company, students may try menu items that include a local ingredient from the participating vendors.


Custom Food Solutions provides pizza and pasta sauces, and soups that are available daily. UK Horticulture Farm supplies kale, romaine, and leaf lettuce. The cheese used for omelets, pizza and the salad bar comes from Boone Creek and UK Dining purchases corn meal, grits, and honey from Weisenberger Mills.


Everyone is invited to sample local vendors and vote for your favorites to return for encore visits next semester. The most popular items may be found on future UK Dining menus.



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

UK Police Department Offers Campus Emergency Response Team Training

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 17:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2015) — Recognizing that managing events following a serious emergency on campus can quickly overwhelm the resources of first responders, UK Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness will host the second annual Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training for faculty and staff.  Beginning Thursday, Oct. 22, training will be held for five weeks in The 90, each Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and ending with a mock disaster exercise Thursday, Nov. 19. 


The primary purpose of UK C-CERT is to apply established CERT curriculum, adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to the university environment.  Every campus is a virtual “city within a city,” with many of the same challenges to public health and safety faced by any other community, but also some unique risks and vulnerabilities.  UK has a large, diverse and multicultural population of faculty, staff and students on campus in offices, residence halls, classrooms and patient areas.  The complexity of UK's critical infrastructure and the tens of thousands of visitors for special events and conferences underscores the need to educate employees about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact campus and its vital resources.  


UK C-CERT members will receive hands-on training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, team organization, disaster psychology and terrorism.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, C-CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.


UK Police Chief Joe Monroe encourages faculty and staff to become part of the university’s investment in emergency preparedness and disaster resiliency. 


“Utilizing the skills and knowledge of campus volunteers will not only tremendously enhance the safety and security of our entire campus community, but support an environment of teamwork and an attitude toward readiness,” Monroe said.  “I challenge you to discover new perspectives on your limitations and capabilities for providing assistance to those around you.”


Registration is open now through Oct 16.  Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first come-first served basis.  The training is free and open to regular full-time UK faculty and staff.  To register, please click here.


Prospective participants will be expected to obtain approval from their supervisor and submit to an electronic background check.  Refresher trainings on a variety of topics will be planned each year for UK C-CERT members along with opportunities to utilize these skills in responding to campus events or emergencies. 


To find out more, visit UKPD’s C-CERT website, UKPD Facebook page, or contact Laurel Wood by calling 257-6655 or by email at

Power Power Restored to Campus Buildings

Sun, 09/20/2015 - 09:14

10:12 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20

Power has been restored to all affected buildings.


9 a.m. Sunday. Sept. 20

There has been a electrical outage at various locations on campus including Ag Science North & South, W.T. Young Library, Commonwealth Stadium, softball and soccer fields and Nutter Field House.  Also the Wethington Building, and Health Sciences Research Building at Chandler Hospital are on generator power.  Both Campus and Medical Center Physical Plant Divisions are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it. 


Tobacco Industry Uses Advertising to Target Youth with e-Cigarettes

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 16:18

This article first appeared in the Sept. 20 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2015) — In the 1970s U.S. Congress banned tobacco ads to protect our impressionable youth from perceiving smoking as socially desirable.


Now, for the first time in decades, advertisements portraying the recreational use of tobacco products are reappearing in popular media. Advertisements present e-cigarettes and vaporizers as safer alternatives to conventional cigarettes. Tobacco control advocates fear this type of exposure will unravel decades of progress in America by renormalizing smoking.  


Researchers know little about the long-term effects of e-cigarettes. We do know nicotine, a highly addictive substance, has harmful effects on the adolescent brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report more young people are trying e-cigarettes, and those who try e-cigarettes are twice as likely to express intent to smoke conventional cigarettes. About three out of four teen smokers will continue to smoke into adulthood.


It’s imperative that parents, mentors, teachers and youth are not misled about dangers of e-cigarettes through advertising.


No Regulatory Standards

The e-cigarette is classified in the U.S. as a tobacco product, not a tobacco cessation therapy. These devices came on the market in 2007 without any FDA testing and escaped many of the safety controls that protect consumers from potential harm.


FDA investigations are finding inconsistences with the chemical and nicotine content reported on the product’s label and what is actually in the e-juice. Both devices and e-juice can be customized. Currently, no government standards exist for the production process or ingredients used in e-cigarettes or e-juice.


Exposure to Highly Addictive Nicotine

Tobacco control advocates are especially concerned about the consequences of exposing teens to any amount of nicotine, which is highly addictive. Most people start using tobacco products before age 18. The younger a person is exposed to nicotine, the harder it is to quit later in life. Nicotine exposure can cause lasting harm to the brain and promote sustained use.


In addition to nicotine, e-cigarette users are exposed to 40 to 60 other chemicals found in e-juice. To date, no scientific evidence can fully explain the effects of those chemicals on the body when they are heated and inhaled.


Use for Illegal Substances

Youth are able to modify e-cigarettes for the consumption of illegal drugs. The devices can mask an illegal substance and facilitate smoking at school.


E-cigarettes are not innocuous devices. The unanswered questions regarding the safety of these devices and the detriments of exposing youth to nicotine aren’t worth the risk of trying them.


Audrey Darville is a tobacco treatment specialist at the University of Kentucky and an assistant professor in the UK College of Nursing. 

UK, UofL Win Large Federal Grant, Join New National Nanotech Network

Fri, 09/18/2015 - 15:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2015) — The University of Kentucky and University of Louisville today announced a $3.76 million grant to create a national center of excellence in micro/nanotechnology. The highly competitive grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of just 16 awarded to universities across the country. 


UK and UofL are joining a new national network which will make university facilities, tools and expertise in nanoscale science, engineering and technology available to outside users.


"This collaboration integrates a diverse set of researchers, expertise and capabilities, allowing manufacturers across the nation to explore nanotechnology and how it can provide solutions to real-life challenges," said UK Provost Tim Tracy. "It will establish our campuses and our Commonwealth as hubs of next generation advanced manufacturing."


Eight key nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing facilities at UK and UofL will provide a collaborative center for academia, small businesses and industry to “build miniature solutions for applications in healthcare, energy, security, and beyond," said Todd Hastings, director of the UK Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering and UK College of Engineering professor.


"This award enables academic and industrial researchers nationwide to join us, and these collaborations will create educational and economic opportunities for the citizens of the Commonwealth," he said.


The five year grant will be used to:

  • Enhance and upgrade advanced manufacturing equipment at UK and UofL research facilities.
  • Add staff to help train and support up to 500 additional external users.
  • Provide seed money for research projects in key advanced manufacturing areas. 
  • Engage more minorities and women in nanoscale science, engineering and technology.


"The next generation of commercial, medical, and industrial products will contain embedded tiny sensors and miniature wireless communication electronics.” said Prof. Kevin Walsh, director of UofL’s Micro/Nanotechnology Center. “New manufacturing technologies will need to be developed so these smart products can be made quickly, reliably and economically. UofL and UK are tackling those challenges.”


More than 100 colleges and universities competed for the NSF program.




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

UK Symphony Orchestra is Topic of WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 22:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's guest, UK Symphony Orchestra conductor John Nardolillo, provides a preview of the orchestra's upcoming 2015-16 season. 


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


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

Hazing Prevention Events Slated

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 18:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — The University of Kentucky’s recognition of National Hazing Prevention Week (NHPW) runs Monday, Sept. 21, through Friday, Sept. 25, with daily events, sponsored by several campus organizations, including the organizer of the activities, the UK Hazing Coalition.


The mission of the Hazing Coalition is to create and foster “a culture of care for all students,” according to Marie Hartke, prevention co-ordinator for the Dean of Students Office.


The week will focus on the various ways student organizations can engage new members in a way that is both positive and healthy.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in an anti-hazing social media campaign, new member education workshop and community service.


“Staff, faculty, and students at the University of Kentucky are dedicated to addressing the issue of hazing and creating a culture of respect on campus. While we recognize that there are issues with hazing on our campus, we are optimistic about the direction we are moving thanks to the positive efforts of many members of our campus community,” Hartke said.


The national week of observation and education is an opportunity for campuses, schools, communities, organizations and individuals to raise awareness about the problem of hazing, to education others about hazing, and to promote the prevention of hazing.


Activities for UK’s National Hazing Prevention Week:


Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Monday, Sept. 21

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location  TBD



Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Tuesday, Sept. 22

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location TBD



Organization Membership Education Institute

Tuesday, Sept. 22

6 p.m.

200 Funkhouser


Men’s Soccer Game vs. Eastern Illinois

Tuesday, Sept. 22

7 p.m.

@ Bell Soccer Complex

Free for students with student ID

See for more info


Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Wednesday, Sept. 23

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location ‒ TBD



SAB Pinterest Party

Wednesday, Sept. 23

6 p.m. ‒ 9 p.m.

The Hub, William T. Young Library

See or @uksab for more info


Student Wellness Ambassadors Photo Project

Thursday, Sept. 24

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Location ‒ TBD



Student Involvement Fair

Thursday, Sept. 24

11 a.m. ‒ 1 p.m.

Whitehall Building Patio and Lawn

See or @ukgetinvolved for more info


CCO Service Opportunities

Friday, Sept. 25

2 p.m. ‒ 4 p.m.

Signups at

See or @ukcco for more info


Women’s Soccer Game vs. Missouri

Friday, Sept. 25

7:30 p.m.

Bell Soccer Complex




MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,



CCTS Researcher Appointed Associate Editor of Stem Cell Text

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 17:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — A University of Kentucky doctoral student in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) served as a major contributor to a scientific reference book about emerging concepts in stem cell developmental biology, research, therapy, politics and ethics.


Dr. Krisha Vyas, a 2014 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, was appointed as associate editor of the three-volume "SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition." Vyas received his bachelor’s of science in biology from UK in 2009, then went on to receive a master’s of health science in molecular biology and immunology from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. After returning to UK for medical school, Vyas conducted research on adipose-derived stem cells in the UK Department of Surgery.


During his time at UK, Vyas has published over 80 manuscripts and book chapters and has presented his research at several national conferences. He currently serves as a reviewer and on the editorial board for several surgical journals and plans to pursue an academic career as a surgeon-scientist, with research interests in surgical oncology, stem cell biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

North Campus Parking Impact Sept. 21-23; Career Center Lot Closed Sept. 23

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015)  The Career Center Lot, located off Linden Walk, will be unavailable to general parking from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in order to support the “see blue work.” series hosted by the University of Kentucky James W. Stuckert Career Center.


The lot has 39 spaces. Members of the University community with valid E permits who normally park their vehicles in this area may park in other E areas on campus and are encouraged to allow for additional commute time during this impact. Go to to view a campus parking map.


Additionally, although the majority of “see blue work.” series attendees will be using a remote park-and-ride lot, employees and students who park in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5) should expect a slight increase in visitors parking in the facility on Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23, and plan accordingly by allowing extra time for their commute.


If the garage is full, employees with valid E permits may park in another E lot. Go to to view a campus parking map. Students with valid C5 or C7 permits may park in the Taylor-Dickey Lot or the Scott Street Lot (E/C7), the Reynolds Lot (E/C9), or the K areas at Commonwealth Stadium and ride the Blue and White Route buses to the campus core.

UK Faculty and Staff are Invited to the 2015 ACPA Presidential Symposium

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015)  The Student Affairs Staff Development team in partnership with the Office of Student Involvement invites University of Kentucky faculty and staff to the 2015 ACPA Presidential Symposium, "Fulfilling Our Promises to Students: Fostering and Demonstrating Student Success," from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. 


The 2015 Presidential Symposium is a live, virtual event that brings higher education thought leaders and professionals together, using online technology and local in-person discussion groups, to discuss the ways student affairs professionals foster student learning and success and how we can all do a better job demonstrating this impact.


This live-streamed event will be held on campus in the King Alumni House Ballroom and Lounge. Light Refreshments will be provided.  To RSVP, click here.


Speakers for the event include the following:

·      Deborah Garrett, vice chancellor for Student Services at Arkansas State University-Beebe and president for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

·      Shaun Harper, associate professor in the Graduate School of Education, Gender Studies, and Africana Studies at Penn and Education Week’s 50 Most Influential Professors in the field of education

·      Jillian Kinzie, associate director for the Center of Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute at Indiana University Bloomington



For a detailed schedule of the event, Click Here.


For more information, contact Sarah Hermsmeier, program director for Civic Engagement in the Office of Student Involvement at or visit




MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, (859) 257-1909;; Rebecca Stratton, (859) 323-2395;

UK to Soon Offer an Online Academic Exploration Tool

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015)  Since 2012, the University of Kentucky Office of Enrollment Management has envisioned an innovative tool to streamline and centralize information about academic degree offerings.  This tool would improve and transform the way prospective and current students blueprint their academic experience.  This fall, this vision will become reality as the university will offer the new Academic Exploration Tool. 


"With the university’s breadth and depth of academic degree programs, we needed a robust Web tool to match the expansive academic opportunities available here at UK," said Tyler Gayheart, communications and technology director for Enrollment Management. "Our team conducted in-depth research and analysis across other benchmark institutions, prospective and current students, faculty and staff - ultimately uncovering how we can make a better user experience for someone exploring degree programs at UK." 


In an effort to create a better search and exploration process for prospective and current students, existing academic major sheet PDFs will be discontinued and transformed into an adaptive and responsive website.  This outdated website that hosts the major PDFs will be replaced by the university's very own Academic Exploration Tool (AET). 


Congested major PDFs, which are found at, will be revamped into a structured and user-friendly webpage that will be easily accessible. The website functionality will allow students to discover degree programs at a personal level.


"This will be a new way for prospective and current students to search, explore and find an academic degree program that best fits their interests, skills and academic and career goals," Gayheart said.


Enrollment Management has partnered with the myUK: GPS (Graduation Planning System) team to utilize a Web service to dynamically feed curriculum and course information into the Academic Exploration Tool. The myUK: GPS reshapes the student planning, advising and course registration experience, delivering real-time, critical information via self-service features to promote proactive planning for students.


The first phase of the Academic Exploration Tool project will capture all undergraduate degree programs with subsequent phases capturing graduate, Ph.D. and professional programs.


Web analytics, user feedback and a 3-year survey have influenced the redesign and approach for this new Web property. The tool will be in full use by Fall 2016.


Research shows that content regarding academic majors and minors is the most searched feature on the university's main website. However, there can be slight differences between information that lives on the colleges' websites versus the university's website. The AET will effectively create a uniform voice flowing from the information projected by individual colleges to the information housed on  This will cause less confusion when prospective and current students search for information about majors on different websites within the university. 


"Behind the scenes, we’re using some pretty cool technology," Gayheart said. "However, the best feature is the collaborative effort by all colleges and departments to make a better user experience when exploring academic degree programs at UK."


After the launch, plans include adding more features to the AET by incorporating information from Glassdoor and the U.S. Department of Labor.


The AET revamps the way students prepare for college classes and their futures, making the process more user friendly and allowing for more creativity when searching and considering forthcoming career possibilities.


"I’m incredibly proud of the cross-departmental collaboration on behalf of the colleges, departments, Mobile Portal Workflow and Enrollment Management," said Associate Provost for Enrollment Management Don Witt. "This will be an incredible tool for our prospective and current students when searching and exploring the academic degree program offerings at the University of Kentucky." 




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

Information Communication Technology Program Graduates First Student

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 15:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — The first of its kind at the University of Kentucky, the Information Communication Technology (ICT) program is part of the School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information.


The ICT program encompasses emerging technologies — such as computer systems and network technologies, telecommunications technologies, and information systems technologies — and how these interplay with people, communities and society.


The ICT program made its debut at UK during the 2014 fall semester, graduating its first student, Dan Collins, in the summer of 2015. Collins knew from the beginning it would be a lot to take on as he would have to take 60 hours of coursework in just a few months to graduate within a year of beginning the program.


Collins began his undergraduate ICT classes last fall and completed several summer classes as well as an independent study.


"All of my professors were very knowledgeable in their own field," Collins said. "There is enough diversity within the program that you feel like you get a good grasp on all aspects, which gives you an idea of what you want to do."


After several months of coursework, Collins landed an internship at a local information technology professional service company, SDGBlue.


Deloris Foxworth — a lecturer in ICT — was Collins' advisor for his internship with SDGBlue.


"I believe Dan was a very determined student," said Foxworth. "He worked hard both inside and outside the classroom to graduate in a timely manner despite declaring the ICT major only last fall."


Collins has some advice for current and future ICT students, "Don't be lazy. Go get an internship. You will learn a lot in the classroom but you will learn even more on the job."


All of his hard work and eagerness to learn has since paid off. Collins is now a full-time employee at SDGBlue as an associate security consultant. He is part of a team that assesses infrastructure and works to pinpoint security weaknesses and flaws in information systems.


When asked what it means to the program to have Collins as its first graduate, ICT Assistant Professor Michail Tsikerdekis said, "It is exciting. It helps us be determined with our mission to make the best graduates we can to fill a market that is rapidly changing through technology."


For more information about the ICT program at UK, visit or email



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

University of Iowa Injury Prevention Researcher to Discuss Rural Teen Driving

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 13:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — Motor vehicle crashes cause more teen deaths than any other illness or injury in the United States. While more teen driving incidents per mile occur on rural roads, most safety interventions focus on urban driving. 


During a University of Kentucky College of Public Health Distinguished Lecture Sept. 18, Corinne Peek-Asa, the associate dean for research at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, will present strategies for improving teen safety on rural roadways. The lecture, ““Teen Driving on Rural Roads: What We Can Learn From Surveillance, Technology, and Intervention” takes place at 11 a.m. in room 220 of the Multidisciplinary Science Building and is open to students, faculty and staff members. 


A professor of occupational and environmental health, Peek-Asa also serves as the director of an Injury Prevention Research Center funded by the Centers for Disease Control. She received her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research concentrates on implementing and evaluating programs and policies to prevent acute traumatic injuries and violence. She serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and is a member of the Driver Education Committee of the Transportation Research Board. 


The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center based at the University of Kentucky is sponsoring the lecture.


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Soprano Cynthia Lawrence Performs for UNICEF Benefit in Rome

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — Cynthia Lawrence, a University of Kentucky endowed chair and professor of voice, was invited to perform this summer in Rome in aid of UNICEF in the "Caracalla for UNICEF" benefit held July 19 at the Terme di Caracalla of the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma.


The "Caracalla for UNICEF" was directed by David Giménez and featured special guest artists along with Lawrence, including guest of honor tenor José Carreras, soprano Carly Paoli, flutist Andrea Griminelli and tenor Alessandro Safina accompanied by Roma United Orchestra. The last-minute concert was made possible by YTL (Yeoh Tiong Lay Corporation) and its CEO, Malaysian philanthropist Francis Yeoh, who has an interest in opera stemming from his friendship with Luciano Pavarotti. In the past, Yeoh has raised funds for the United Kingdom, Asia and Rome.


The United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, is a program headquartered in New York City that provides long-term humanitarian assistance to mothers and children in developing countries. Created by the United Nations General Assembly, UNICEF's mission is to focus on the most disadvantaged children and assist them through a life-cycle approach.


Lawrence, a celebrated opera vocalist, arrived at UK School of Music in 2009. She has performed on five continents and has been a regular guest for opera companies worldwide as well as the star of several productions in such roles as Roxanne in "Cyrano de Bergerac," Micaela in "Carmen" and Mimi in "La Boheme".


The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts 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.



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

Four UK Accounting Students Selected for Leadership Institute

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 10:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2015) — The annual Kentucky Society of CPAs (KyCPA) College Leadership Institute took place recently at the KyCPA Gratzer Education Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Four students from the Von Allmen School of Accountancy in the Gatton College of Business and Economics represented the University of Kentucky at the program.


The UK students who attended the institute were:

•           finance and accounting junior Drew Brueggeman, of Fort Wright, Kentucky;

•           accounting and finance senior Katherine Dubin, of Harrogate, Tennessee;

•           finance and accounting senior Connor Gingrich, of Burke, Virginia; and

•           accounting senior Rosemary Osbourn, of Lexington.


Brueggeman was very thankful for the opportunity to attend. "I learned a lot of valuable lessons from different accounting professionals across the state of Kentucky. Many of their talks were not limited to accounting and hit home on important life lessons as well," he said. "Overall, it is a great program. I would recommend that every student who is interested in becoming a CPA apply for it."


Osbourn agreed the program was very beneficial. "Participating in the KyCPA Leadership Institute was a great experience and was extremely beneficial to my career goals as an accountant," she said. "We learned not only how to approach and interview, but also steps to take in order to maximize our networking opportunities and have our best foot forward for when recruiting season begins."


The KyCPA College Leadership Institute is a free, one-day event for college accounting majors that helps students develop professional skills and identifies future leaders in the CPA profession. Sessions were designed to provide tools needed to cultivate effective communication and networking skills, and help students perform well during job interviews. The program concluded with a "Meet the Firms" networking reception.


Twenty-one students from nine colleges and universities across the region completed the program this year. Each participant was nominated and recommended by an accounting educator.


The Douglas J. Von Allmen School of Accountancy, part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at UK, helps prepare its graduates for leadership roles in the accounting profession by offering high quality, fully accredited academic programs.  The Von Allmen School of Accountancy emphasizes strong analytic and communication skills among its students and keeps the accounting curriculum current as the profession changes.


For more information about College Leadership Institute and other KyCPA student programs, visit




MEDIA CONTACT: Weston Loyd,, 859-257-8716.



Ride Any Lextran Bus for Free With BluPass

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 17:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2015) — Did you know that you can travel all around Lexington for free with just your Wildcat ID card? A recent partnership allows University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff to ride all Lextran buses at no cost using BluPass.


With 21 Lextran bus routes that reach from Blue Grass Airport to the Hamburg Pavilion, anyone with a Wildcat ID card can travel anywhere in Lexington by simply showing their ID to the driver upon boarding.


Click here to view a map of Lextran routes.


"We applaud the university’s efforts to help improve traffic around campus," Mayor Jim Gray said. "Like the university, our city is growing, and responsible growth is good. It also means we will have some growing pains, like increased traffic congestion. We’re working on answers through mass transit, encouraging ride sharing, adding bike lanes, continuing to improve traffic signal timing and making our city, especially the urban core, more walkable."


As the City of Lexington works to improve traffic and transportation, the University of Kentucky also wants to ensure that students are able to travel safely. BluPass ensures that students have an affordable, safe way to commute around Lexington.


"The BluPass program, in partnership with Lextran, will provide safe, affordable and sustainable transportation options, while strengthening UK’s important relationship with the city," said Dr. Eli Capilouto, President of the University of Kentucky.


In addition to the immediate personal savings associated with reduced vehicle operating and parking costs, participation in the BluPass program also contributes to reduced road congestion and environmental impact. All buses are 100 percent wheelchair accessible, and are equipped with a bike rack. UK Parking and Transportation Services funds the BluPass program as a proactive effort to decrease single occupancy vehicle use and ultimately reduce campus-parking demand.


If you have already purchased a Lextran 2015-2016 Class Pass, you can receive a full refund at If you would like to use BluPass for your commute and cancel your parking permit for a prorated cost you will need to return the permit either in person or by mail to Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (721 Press Avenue). If you choose to return your permit in person, the office is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Click here for frequently asked questions about BluPass.


The BluPass program is just one part of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.


The TMP will align with our Campus Master Plan — the blueprint for a campus transformation that‘s allowing UK to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus. And, it is also a time when campus engagement is crucial. Community members are encouraged to provide input and feedback on the challenges facing the university in terms of transportation, parking, and mobility, by visiting the TMP website.




MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;; or  Sarah Geegan, 859-257-5365;