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UK Venture Studio's 2nd Entrepreneurship Hour Focuses on Local Game Development

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2015) — The UK Venture Studio, which is a part of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky, will be hosting its second Entrepreneurship Hour and Game Demo Day during Lexington's 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week. This event is scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, and is being cosponsored by the UK Department of Computer Science. The session, to be held in Room 299 of the new Gatton building, will feature a panel of local game development companies discussing the growing independent game development industry in the region, as well as some of the games that their respective companies are currently developing.


This panel will include these companies which are based in Lexington:


·         FrogDice - an indie video game studio currently developing its newest game "Stash."


·         Gun Media - a video game designer and publisher which has produced games such as "Breach and Clear" and is currently in production with its newest product   "Friday the 13th : The Game."


·         Super Soul  - an award-winning digital arts studio with a diverse portfolio that includes PC, console and mobile video games, educational and training games, marketing materials, art installations and consultation.


·         RunJumpDev – a nonprofit organization of independent game developers created to grow and cultivate the local game development community in Kentucky. Seeded with the passion for creating games, the group hosts meetups, talks, and game jams in order to bolster its members’ skills and connections. The organization also strives to raise local awareness of game industry concerns.


Following the panel discussion, attendees will also have an opportunity to network with game developers, partake in some great food and play these companies' games in the new UK Venture Studio space. Also at the Game Demo participants will get to play games that are currently under development by members of the RunJumpDev organization.


This event is one of the many workshops and other special activities that are part of Lexington's fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, which will take place from Nov. 16-22. This week of  events, is organized and hosted by the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP), which is comprised of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship and the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network within the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center and Commerce Lexington.


Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international initiative that celebrates today's innovators and creative thinkers, who bring ideas to life and foster economic growth and human development. During the week the BBDP will host informational panels, networking events, workshops, competitions and other events that focus on the entrepreneurial community of Lexington.


“The UK Venture Studio’s Entrepreneurship Hour and Game Demo Day are great additions to Lexington’s Global Entrepreneurship Week events and are just the latest examples of where university and community innovators and entrepreneurs can come together to network and celebrate an ever growing and flourishing Bluegrass entrepreneurial community,” said Warren Nash, director of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network


This is a free event open to the entire university and Lexington communities, but registration is required. Register here.




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

Students, Faculty and Staff Invited to Provide Gifts this Holiday Season With Circle of Love

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 11:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2015)  As the holiday season quickly approaches, the University of Kentucky's Beyond the Blue program would like to invite all students, faculty and staff to take part in Circle of Love. Circle of Love kicked-off Nov. 2 and plans to bring a smile to many of the 600 underprivileged children in Lexington it will serve this year.


The Circle of Love program provides gifts to families who could use a little extra support during the holiday season. This program is sponsored through the UK Center for Community Outreach's Beyond the Blue program.


Participating in this event is easy, fun and can serve as a great community-building opportunity. 


The following provides instructions on how to get involved:

1)Pick up a wish list from the Center for Community Outreach (located in Room 361 of Blazer Hall) or in White Hall Classroom Building on the remaining days of Nov. 12, 13, 16 or 17. 


2) Hit the stores and shop to provide the child on your wish list with three to four gifts from the list. 


3) Return the gifts to the Presidents Room of the Singletary Center anytime from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


In addition, for individuals or organizations interested in volunteer service opportunities, Circle of Love is looking for volunteers to aid with both tabling and sorting events. Thirty minute times slots are now available to be filled between Nov. 30 - Dec. 4 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information and to volunteer, click here! 


Circle of Love is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service.


For questions, e-mail




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

UK Hosts Wilderness First Responder Training Course at Raven Run

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 10:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) — The National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medicine Institute is bringing their Wilderness First Responder Training Course back to the Bluegrass Jan. 2-10.


Sponsored by University of Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Science degree program in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, the course will be held at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary in Lexington.


A wilderness first responder training course is essential for anyone pursuing a professional career in the outdoors. Wilderness medical certification is required for a variety of jobs and internships, including a position on a restoration crew, resident wilderness educator, internships in conservation and clean water, ecology, research and education and in schools for field studies.


“Working in a natural setting can mean spending extended periods of time in remote locations. Anyone thinking of such a career should consider taking this course,” said Geri Philpott, academic coordinator for Natural Resources and Environmental Science. “The wilderness first responder certification gives our students a leg up in the job market and prepares them for medical emergencies in the field. This is really the industry standard for educators, guides and trip leaders in the outdoors education field or outdoors recreation.”


The nine-day course is not just open to UK students, however. Participants from around the country came to Lexington the past two times UK offered the program. The training includes a comprehensive wilderness medicine curriculum that focuses on extended care and unique wilderness therapies. Participants will increase their medical knowledge, skills and confidence, and they will complete the course with the ability to make tough medical decisions in remote places.


Students will receive more than 80 hours of contact time, taught by experienced professionals using teaching methods that include both lectures and hands-on, experiential workshops and scenarios. One of the highlights of the course is a mock rescue at night, where students will experience what it takes to evacuate an injured or ill person from a backcountry setting.


Those who pass the written and practical exam at the conclusion of the course will receive a Wilderness Medicine Institute’s Wilderness First Responder two-year certification as well as a WMI Adult and Child CPR certification. Emergency medical technicians will earn a Wilderness EMT certification.


For more information or to register, go to or contact Geri Philpott at 859-257-2337 or The fee for the course is $650 for UK students, faculty and staff and $700 for non-UK participants. To ensure a place, registration is due by November 25.




MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Lea Spence, 859-257-8324.

Learn More About Gatton's MBA Programs This Friday at Noon

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 17:34

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Nov. 10, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, in partnership with the UK Alumni Association, is presenting a convenient way to learn more about Gatton's MBA programs at noon this Friday, Nov. 13.


"Have You Ever Considered an MBA?" is a free, one-hour webinar which is part of a series of Alumni Career Services programs offered through the university. You will be able to get more information about the long-term benefits of having an MBA and how it is useful in the workplace. Gatton College MBA representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.


To register, click here. Or, you can visit, or call Gatton MBA Recruitment Director Christopher Carney at 859-257-7645.




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

Lexus for the Little Ones Raffle Improves Patient Facilities at KCH

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 16:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015) — On Dec. 10, a lucky ticket holder will walk away with a new 2016 Lexus ES 350 because they chose to support Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) through the third annual Lexus for the Little Ones raffle.


Every raffle ticket sold through Lexus of Lexington will improve facilities for children receiving treatment at KCH. Lexus of Lexington has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 for the 2015 raffle. Lexus of Lexington sponsors the Ocean Pod, a section of aquatic-themed patient rooms at KCH.


“Giving back to the community has always been an important part of our business, and who better to support than KCH, the pediatric care center that takes care of Kentucky’s kids,” Lexington businessman Rick Avare, co-owner of Lexus of Lexington, said.


Raffle tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at, in person by visiting the Lexus dealership on 1264 E. New Circle Road, or by contacting the KCH Development office at (859) 257-1179. There is no limit on the number of tickets purchased, and ticket holders do not have to be present to win. A maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held at 1 p.m. in Pavilion A of the UK Chandler Hospital on Dec. 10.


“Lexus of Lexington’s annual raffle has allowed us to create a more vibrant and kid-friendly care environment at KCH,” Dr. Carmel Wallace, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, said. “The improvements in our facilities made possible by their fundraising contributions have benefited everyone at the hospital, from our patients and families to our providers.”


The KCH Development office welcomes groups or individuals who would like to sell raffle tickets to family, friends and colleagues. If your group is interested, please contact Chloe Hurley at (859) 859-257-1121 or 


MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Two UK Vocalists Named Ky. Met Audition Winners, Advance to Regional

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 16:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015) — Two University of Kentucky vocalists, doctoral student Shareese Arnold and vocal performance senior Mary Catherine Wright, were among the four winners of the Kentucky District Auditions of the Metropolitan (Met) Opera National Council Auditions held Nov. 7, at Memorial Hall.


The two UK Opera Theatre sopranos are still in the running to sing on the Metropolitan Opera stage, and their next audition will be at the Mid-South Regional round of auditions being held Feb. 6, 2015, at the Germantown Performing Arts Center in Germantown, Tennessee. Joining them will be fellow district winners Nicolette Book, a student at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Ashley Dannewitz, of Charleston, West Virginia. Traditionally, only one singer from each regional round will advance to the national semi-finals in New York.


Soprano Shareese Arnold, of Sheffield, Alabama, has several opera production credits. Prior to coming to UK, she had performed the title roles of "Suor Angelica" with Converse Opera Theatre and "Madama Butterfly" at Indiana University, as well as Marschallin in "Der Rosenkavalier," Agathe in "Der Freischütz," Bess in "Porgy and Bess" and the Sorceress in "Dido and Aeneas" with Converse College. In addition to opera, Arnold is an avid performer of sacred works and song recitals. She was a featured soloist in Johannes Brahms' "Ein Deutches Requiem" and Benjamin Britten’s "World of the Spirit" while at Indiana. Arnold is also a recipient of the Ursula Springer Endowment Award from the Wagner Society of New York.


Kentucky audiences will remember Arnold from her performance as Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni." Arnold, who holds a bachelor's degree from Converse College and a master's degree from Indiana University, is a previous recipient of the Encouragement Award at the Kentucky District Auditions. She currently studies with Cynthia Lawrence, professor of voice and Endowed Chair of Vocal Performance at UK School of Music.


A native of Lexington, soprano Mary Catherine Wright was the first-place winner of the 2012 Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. In November 2014, she was also an Encouragement Award winner at the Kentucky District Auditions of the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions. Most recently, Wright traveled to Prague to perform Zerlina in "Don Giovanni" at the Estates Theatre in July. Wright made her made her professional debut as Nuria in Osvaldo Golijov's "Ainadamar" in April 2015 with the Lexington Philharmonic and UK Opera Theatre. She is a past recipient of first place honors in both the musical theatre and classical divisions of regional and divisional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) competitions, first place at the Peterson Undergraduate Vocal Competition in November 2014, and a national finalist at the Classical Singer Conventions in New York and California.


Kentucky audiences will remember Wright in such roles as Olympia in the "The Tales of Hoffmann," Johanna in "Sweeney Todd," the Princess in UK's premiere of "Little Nemo in Slumberland" and Suor Genovieffa in "Suor Angelica." She is currently covering the role of Despina in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte." Wright studies with Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre and the OperaLex Endowed Chair in Opera Studies.


The two Kentucky District Auditions Encouragement Awards were presented to UK vocalists as well. The individuals presented with this honor were 2008 and 2011 UK graduate Amanda Balltrip, director of Vocal Education at McNeil Voice Studio in Somerset, Kentucky; and voice performance junior Thabang Masango, of Pretoria, South Africa.


The highly acclaimed UK Opera Theatre program is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. For more information on the program, visit online at


The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program provides a venue for young opera singers from all over the U.S. to be heard by a representative of the Met. Applicants prepare a minimum of five operatic arias in their original language; selections must demonstrate contrasting style as well as languages. Upon completing the audition, candidates are given the opportunity to meet with the judges personally to discuss matters of evaluation and advice.


The Met holds the auditions to discover new talent and to search for possible participants in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. The Lindemann program, designed to nurture the most talented young artists through training and performance opportunities, provides financial aid together with supervised artistic direction to the young artists.

The district level is the first stage of the three-tiered audition process, and contestants can choose to compete in any district regardless of their place of residence. There is no set number of singers to advance to compete in the regional with roughly 1,500 singers participating each year in the 16 regions across the country. Regional finals for this area include participants from the Kentucky, Arkansas, Middle/East Tennessee, North Alabama and West Tennessee/Mississippi districts. Winners at the regional level advance to the National Council Auditions Semi-Finals in New York in the spring. Only eight to 10 singers are selected as national finalists and perform in the Winners Concert at the Met.




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

UK’s Administrative Fundraising Office to Become 'Office of Philanthropy' - A First Among Major Public Research Universities

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 15:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015)  The University of Kentucky’s administrative fundraising office, formerly known as the Office of Development, will soon become the Office of Philanthropy, making it perhaps the first major public research institution in the nation to do so, announced D. Michael Richey, UK vice president for development and chief development officer. The new name will take effect Wednesday, Nov. 11.


“Philanthropy is assuming a greater leadership role at the University of Kentucky as it has played a significant part historically funding the Markey Cancer Center and more recently the Gatton College of Business Building, Student Center, Academic Science Building, the future Lewis Honors College and many more capital projects and academic programs, and will provide noteworthy and measurable resources toward funding UK’s recently approved Strategic Plan,” said UK President Eli Capilouto.


“In light of this enhanced role, UK’s philanthropy program is evolving as a voice of philanthropy for the university, our community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Capilouto. “Becoming the Office of Philanthropy allows UK to create and encourage a new culture of private investment in our mission. Philanthropy unifies us as a community of scholars as we embrace our Commonwealth and its dreams, needs, challenges and opportunities. At UK, philanthropy provides opportunities throughout the lifetime of our alumni — from cradle to grave — and creates roaring advocates for our institution and state.”


During 2015, UK has received its two largest gifts from philanthropists and UK alumni Bill Gatton and Tom Lewis, amounting to nearly $44 million. According to Richey, last fiscal year, 54,275 donors made 101,277 gifts to UK, the first time the university has topped the 100,000 mark. UK secured record results in both gift receipts of $118.2 million and in new commitments received more than $168.3 million.


Richey noted that the word “development” has several connotations, thereby often leading to prospective donors’ confusion.


“Renaming the office is more than changing the name on a building, letterhead or business card,” said Richey. “Becoming the Office of Philanthropy better clarifies what we do as professionals and how we interact with current and prospective donors on behalf of the University of Kentucky.”


“For many, development can be attributed to other aspects of a university such as student development, career development, and even construction and facilities,” said Richey. “Philanthropy, on the other hand, more clearly defines the mission of our office.  For the public, UK’s philanthropy represents the quality and condition of our institutional heart. We care for people. We desire to make a difference in the lives of all Kentuckians by improving their quality of life. We are committed to being donor centered and principle driven.”


Richey said that with this move, he believes the Office of Philanthropy will further establish itself as a national, if not global, model among colleges and universities as he anticipates others favoring the use of "philanthropy" over "development."


Sue Cunningham, president of Washington, D.C.-based Council for Advancement and Support of Education, one of the world's largest nonprofit educational associations in higher education, praised UK for its decision.


“The University of Kentucky is to be congratulated on the changing of the name of its Office of Development to the Office of Philanthropy,” said Cunningham. “UK demonstrates a spirit of innovation through this renaming, placing further emphasis on the importance of philanthropic support and donor engagement in the advancement and support of education. It is this passionate commitment to the furtherance of education that is transforming lives and impacting the world.”


A formal announcement of the renaming will be made Wednesday by Capilouto at UK’s newest dining facility, The 90, in conjunction with National Philanthropy Week. A brunch will follow with guest speaker and author of the soon-to-be-released book, "The Almanac of American Philanthropy," Karl Zinsmeister, vice president of The Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, D.C.




MEDIA CONTACT: Marc C. Whitt (859) 257-7825;

Indie Rockers Helio Sequence Come to UK Campus

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 15:52


Video for "Battle Lines" by The Helio Sequence.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov 10, 2015) — An exciting evening lies ahead for the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass as the Oregon dream pop duo The Helio Sequence comes to town. The Helio Sequence concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Singletary for the Center for the Arts. Local band Idiot Glee will open for The Helio Sequence.   


The Helio Sequence is a duo whose music can be described as indie rock, electronic and neo-psychedelic rock forming a high fidelity kaleidoscopic sound. The band consists of two members, Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel, who formed the band in 1999 in Beaverton, Oregon. The group is currently signed to the Seattle's Sub Pop Records.


Currently, The Helio Sequence is touring to promote their latest self-titled album. This is their fourth album with this record label; they have released seven albums total plus their debut EP in 1999.


The latest album is described as "A collection that depends upon an effortless kinetic energy. Crisscrossing vocals and cross-talking guitars and drums map a broad swirl of emotions. There's a delightful candor to The Helio Sequence an openness that is a rare and special feat for a brand about to enter its third decade." 


This concert is presented by the Singletary Center in conjunction with media sponsors WRFL. Tickets for The Helio Sequence concert are $20 and can be purchased at the Singletary Center box office at 859-257-4929, on their website at, or in person at the box office. Processing fees will be added to all transactions upon purchase. Student rush tickets will be available for this concert for $10 with a valid student ID beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, exclusively at the Singletary Center box 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 event annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 



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


Inside Higher Ed Publishes Op-ed by UK's Thelin

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 15:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015) — John Thelin, professor of educational policy studies and evaluation in the University of Kentucky College of Education, authored an opinion piece on perpetual endowments published Nov. 5 in Inside Higher Ed.  


In the piece, headlined "Forever Is a Long, Long Time," Thelin said colleges should rethink perpetual endowments that honor the donor but thwart good stewardship today.


"Endowments need to be reconceived as organic, comparable to the college’s garden," Thelin wrote. "As such, they need continual care in weeding and seeding."


He invites higher education institutions to consider working with donors so that each gift has an appropriate life span to accomplish a worthy and timely educational goal.


Thelin, whose teaching and research interests focus on the history of higher education and public policy, is co-author, with Richard Trollinger, of "Philanthropy and American Higher Education."


To read the opinion piece, visit




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

PTS Offers Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 14:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is making Thanksgiving travel easier for students by offering complimentary shuttle service from campus to the Blue Grass Airport prior to the break.


The shuttle, which is in its twelfth year of operation, will operate Monday, Nov. 23 through Wednesday, Nov. 25, with daily campus pick-up times of 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Students should plan to leave campus at least two hours prior to take-off.


Although the shuttle is free, reservations are required. To schedule a pick-up, students should submit a ride request through the form found here: Ride requests should be submitted at least two business days in advance.


A PTS representative will email to confirm the pick-up time. Students are responsible for their own transportation back to campus.

For more information visit the PTS website.

Binge Eating Disorder Can Be Treated

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 14:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015) — When most people hear the term "eating disorder," they usually think of anorexia or bulimia nervosa. While anorexia and bulimia are more commonly recognized, doctors are concerned about a different kind of eating disorder that is on the rise.


Binge-eating disorder, or BED, is a disorder characterized by excessive overeating. Though it is common to overindulge occasionally, especially around the holidays, those with BED are plagued with insatiable cravings that lead to recurrent episodes of intense overconsumption. Unlike the binge and purge aspect of bulimia, those with BED do not try to compensate for the caloric intake by excessive exercise or induced vomiting.


Symptoms of binge eating disorder include:

·         Eating unusually large amounts of food in short periods of time

·         Feeling like your eating behavior is out of control

·         Eating when full or not hungry

·         Frequently eating alone or in secret

·         Feeling guilty about binge episodes


BED is quickly becoming the most commonly diagnosed eating disorder in the United States, affecting one in 35 people. More than six million people have been diagnosed with BED since the American Psychological Association first recognized it as a disorder in 2013. BED is what doctors call an ‘equal opportunity’ disease. Unlike anorexia and bulimia, which more commonly affects women, or body dysmorphic disorder, which is seen more in men, binge eating disorder tends to occur equally among the sexes.  


Though doctors and psychologists are unsure of what triggers binge eating disorder, they have noticed increased prevalence in those with a history of depression or dieting and weight fluctuation, and/or a family history of eating disorders. Young adults are also more likely to suffer from eating disorders.


Since binge eating disorder is treated as a mental illness, other psychiatric disorders are often linked with BED. The most common are depression and anxiety. Obesity is also frequently associated with BED and can cause other medical conditions such as heart disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).


If you or someone you know shows signs of binge eating disorder, encourage them to talk to a physician or psychologist. BED is very treatable through medication, lifestyle changes, and/or psychotherapy.


Lori Molenaar, APRN, is a member of the Eating Disorder Treatment Team at the University of Kentucky's University Health Service.


Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 


The New Yorker Explores Work of Brent Seales

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 08:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — As Brent Seales and a group of international collaborators meet today at the University of Kentucky for a “Herculaneum Summit” to discuss future plans of their work, readers across the world are exploring the progress they have made thus far. A story published online today in The New Yorker delves into the group’s mission to digitally reveal text in an ancient Herculaneum scroll. 


The Quest to Unlock an Ancient Library,” written by John Seabrook, chronicles the journey Seales, professor and chair of the UK Department of Computer Science, and others began embarking on several years ago. The journey to do what was once thought impossible: read text inside a 2,000-year old scroll without opening it.


Seabrook asks his readers if digital technology can make the Herculaneum scrolls legible after 2,000 years. Seales believes the answer is yes.


“As Seales worked on more manuscripts, he realized that what he had thought of as a two-dimensional problem was really three-dimensional. As a writing surface ages, it crinkles and buckles. If Seales could design software that reverse-engineered that aging process with an algorithm—‘something like the stuff that lets you see the flag waving in reverse,’ as he put it— he might be able to virtually flatten the manuscript,” Seabrook wrote.


Seales accomplished that feat recently with another ancient manuscript, the Ein Gedi scroll, by revealing the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus through the software he and his team developed.


Weaving in past efforts to reveal the Herculaneum text with that of Seales and his collaborators today, The New Yorker piece explains the history behind the scroll and the strides made so far.


But where Seabrook’s story ends is where the Herculaneum project’s next chapter begins. This week, Seales is hosting Daniel Delattre, Vito Mocella, Emmanuel Brun and Claudio Ferrero on UK's campus to plan what’s next in their undertaking to bring back writings from an ancient world.


To read The New Yorker story, visit




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

UK College of Nursing Celebrates 50 Years of the Nurse Practitioner Profession

Sun, 11/08/2015 - 17:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — Fifty years ago, the first nurse practitioners program was established at the University of Colorado. Today, more than 205,000 nurse practitioners are licensed to practice in United States.


The University of Kentucky College of Nursing joins the nation in marking 50 years of the nurse practitioner profession during National Nurse Practitioners Week, Nov. 8-14. The college offers a doctor of nursing practice program, which prepares nurse practitioners to design, implement, manage, evaluate and lead health care delivery systems at the highest level.


According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, National Nurse Practitioners Week celebrates the profession and reminds legislative leaders of the importance of removing barriers that limit the ability of nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their license. Nurse practitioners are expert clinicians with advanced education and clinical training to provide primary, acute and specialty health care services.


These professionals combine expertise diagnosing and treating disease with an emphasis on prevention and health management.  Nurse practitioners partner with patients to guide decisions and lifestyle choices, which is why an estimated 916 million Americans choose to visit a nurse practitioner every year.


“I know I can speak for the college and for the community when I say that our nurse practitioners are exceptional nurse leaders and we are grateful for their service,” Janie Heath, dean of the UK College of Nursing and Warwick Professor of Nursing, said. “This week is a reminder to celebrate the selflessness of these health care providers and recognize the care that they have given to so many patients.”


For more information about Nurse Practitioners week, visit


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UK Phi Kappa Phi Chapter's Annual Induction is Tonight

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 17:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will induct a total of 46 new members this evening in ceremonies at the William T. Young Library's UK Athletics Auditorium.


Forty-two students together with four faculty and community honorees will be welcomed into the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The event begins at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a reception next door in the UK Alumni Association Gallery for the new initiates together with family and friends.


The faculty and community inductees are:

·         Roszalyn Akins, an educator in Fayette County Schools for more than 30 years and dean of students at Carter G. Woodson Academy.


·         Sonja Feist-Price, assistant provost for faculty affairs at UK and coordinator for the Kentucky ACE Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education. 


·         Lawrence Prybil, the Norton Professor in Healthcare Leadership at UK's College of Public Health.


·         Buck Ryan, associate professor of journalism and director of the Citizen Kentucky Project at UK's Scripps Howard First Amendment Center.


The mission of Phi Kappa Phi, which was founded in 1897, is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."


Membership is strictly determined by the standards set forth in the society’s bylaws. Juniors must be in the top 7.5 percent of their class, seniors in the top 10 percent of their class, and graduate students in the top 10 percent of their class.


The characteristic of Phi Kappa Phi that makes it unique among the leading honor societies is its policy of electing undergraduate and graduate members from all schools, divisions, or departments of the institution. Faculty, professional staff, alumni and community members who have achieved scholarly distinction also may qualify.


Strong participation by members in campus and national activities over the past year resulted in UK's PKP Chapter being named a 2015 Chapter of Excellence by the national organization. This is the third time the UK chapter, in only its seventh year of existence after being chartered in the spring of 2009, has received the 'excellence' distinction. The chapter has twice earned Chapter of Merit designation, as well.


The most recent example of the UK chapter's rapid rise to prominence among the more than 300 chapters across the country is the awarding of a competitive PKP fellowhsip worth $5,000 to May 2015 UK graduate Christina Zeidan, a double major in political science and anthropology at the university who is now studying law at Emory University in Atlanta.


History of University of Kentucky Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Award Recipients


2015 Christina Zeidan

2014 Dominique Luster

2012 Taylor Lloyd

2011 Jenna Brashear


Study Abroad Grant

2012 Brittany Kidwell


Love of Learning Award

2014 Sarah Ehrensberger

2013 Demetrius Abshire


Literacy Grant

2012 Heather Davis


Nationally, Phi Kappa Phi's robust award programs give more than $1 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, grants for literacy initiatives, and member and chapter awards. To learn more about these programs, visit


"The University of Kentucky Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi continues to distinguish itself nationally," said UK Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Frank Ettensohn, president of PKP on the UK campus. "The recognition received this year is a credit to the exceptional women and men who have become active members of the UK chapter."


For more information on the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, go to, or visit

Phi Kappa Phi is supported by The Chellgren Center which is part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.




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

Patterson School Students Japan Bound

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 16:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2015) — Eleven graduate students from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce will head to Japan in December as part of the Kakehashi Project to develop a better understanding of Japanese politics, economics, and culture. 


The Japan-bound students — one third of this year’s entering Patterson School class — will participate in the all-expense-paid study program promoted by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and commissioned by the Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan). The principal aim of the Kakehashi Project is to promote deeper mutual understanding among the people of Japan and the United States, establishing a connection that will help future leaders form networks and develop wider global perspectives. The students will be accompanied by Patterson School Director Carey Cavanaugh.


Cavanaugh said, “We are delighted and honored that UK has been singled out for this prominent program. The sponsors told us that the Patterson School’s international reputation and the success of our graduates set the program apart and led to UK’s selection.”


Past participants in the Kakehashi Project were primarily undergraduates, but last year the Japanese also included a group of master’s degree students from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and young professionals from Washington-based think tanks like CSIS, Brookings, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. This year’s selection of the Patterson School reinforces that new professional focus.


The Patterson School has always placed a premium on exposing students to how government and business actually work, building into its curriculum visits to corporations, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Toyota (TMMK) in Georgetown is an annual stop, but the program’s three-day spring break study trips have included Washington, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Windsor, Canada. 


The Patterson School group will depart the United States Dec. 14, returning from Japan on Dec. 22.  The UK group will be joined by a smaller group from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.  In Japan, the program will include briefings by key officials and visits to government agencies, businesses and industry, academic institutions and cultural sights.


Cavanaugh noted, “For our program, the opportunity for so many students to spend eight days in Japan with meetings at the Foreign and Defense Ministries, tours of high-tech industries, and exposure to Japanese history and culture is unprecedented.”


Additional information about UK’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce can be found at




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Lexington Evolves From College Town to 'University City'

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 16:12


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — It's a partnership unlike any other, relying on each other to complete pivotal projects and daily deeds, constantly working together to find solutions. Yes, the city of Lexington and the University of Kentucky are intertwined, but a recent discovery proves it's much more than a partnership — it's a new species of community.


Lexington, often referred to as a college town, has evolved into a "university city," according to new research by Lexington's own Scott Shapiro, senior advisor to Mayor Jim Gray, which was confirmed in an analysis by UK Department of Statistics Professor and Chair Arnold Stromberg. As a university city, Lexington boasts the positive characteristics of both a large city and a college town, making it a very special place to live, work and play.


"These research findings confirm how special our community truly is and what is possible when a flagship university and thriving city support each other," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "We serve the entire Commonwealth, and we are proud to call Lexington home. Together, we are primed to move forward as a university city, serving mutual interests to foster a creative, well-educated and prosperous community."


Only five other cities in the U.S. join Lexington with this new classification, including Madison, Wisconsin; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Fort Collins, Colorado; Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina; and Lincoln, Nebraska. Being classified as a university city is simple — each has a major research university in its urban core, a population between 250,000 and 1 million, and students making up at least 10 percent of its population.


"With universities there's research money that flows in, they hire a lot of people — a lot of well-educated people — and they tend to ride out recessions pretty well, so they're an anchor of stability in any community," Shapiro said. "That’s true of any research university. But when you have a college town, you can only leverage that so much. When you grow into a university city, with a diversified economy, there's all kinds of network effects that happen."


For example, research from labor economist Enrico Moretti shows that having more highly degreed people in a university city (40.1 percent of persons age 25 and older in Lexington have a bachelor's degree or higher) does not only raise median income for those folks, it also raises productivity and income for those without degrees in the same city.


And highly degreed graduates leaving the university aren't necessarily leaving the city. In fact, in a university city like Lexington, many of those graduates are staying and pursuing their careers here, unlike a lot of college towns.  


Another economic effect is the level of patent use. Other research finds the prevalence of entrepreneurship and patents available here raises the level of patent use by companies that have no direct connection to the university.


Like large cities, these university cities have high rates of educational attainment, new business startups and economic growth. But similar to small towns, university cities also have low cost of living, low unemployment rates (3.5 percent for Lexington according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics) and low violent crime rates. According to the research, university cities' violent crime rates are 36 percent below the average of other cities the same size.


"So that's one reason why Lexington, for example, has the lowest violent crime rate of any city its size in the country," Shapiro said.


Another unique feature of university cities is their outsized arts and culture sectors, morphing Lexington into what Shapiro calls a "culturally rich idea-filled community."


"In fact if you look at the arts and cultural institutions per capita, university cities have more than average of the largest 15 cities in the country," he said. That higher demand is driven by educational attainment levels, Shapiro said.


In June, USA Today ranked Lexington sixth, right behind Los Angeles, on its list of 15 most inspiring cities for young artists, noting Lexington's art institutions, affordability and high percentage of students. Larger cities like Seattle, Portland, Denver, Austin and New Orleans ranked further down on the list.


University cities are perhaps most distinct though in that their positive network effects happen organically; it would be difficult for other similarly sized cities without a major research university at their cores to replicate. Those cities could invest in one area or another — their police force, startup business community, arts and culture sector or initiatives to lower unemployment rates — but, as Shapiro pointed out, there isn't enough money to invest heavily in all of those areas.  


“The data show that Lexington is off the charts in terms of its highly educated workforce, outsized arts and culture sector, low unemployment rates, low violent crime and low cost of living. That turns out to be the perfect formula for the 21st century knowledge economy, for advanced industry,” said Shapiro. "One interesting thing about this idea is that because it's based in data, there's a certain sort of truth about it."


That truth, confirmed by an unbiased statistical analysis, proves this new type of city isn't rhetoric, it's reality. After Shapiro began examining data of numerous cities, he asked Stromberg to conduct an analysis of all cities with a population between 250,000 and 1 million.


"So we did something called the cluster analysis, which basically starts by grouping the two closest cities together mathematically," Stromberg said.


Stromberg and the Applied Statistics Laboratory looked at 48 cities across a range of data sets — such as population, the percentage of students in the city, crime rates and employment variables — and confirmed that these six cities are in a class of their own.


"Our Applied Statistics Lab does data analysis for hundreds of projects every year so when the city called with a question, we're going 'oh, we better answer this,'" Stromberg said. "We like to collaborate with city and state officials, as well as those internal to the university. ...We do it because we're part of these communities."


"Yet another advantage of being in a university city is that you get to work with brilliant experts like Dr. Stromberg," Shapiro said. "In the mayor's office we work with the university quite a bit on a range of issues, so it seemed very natural for me to reach out to him."


Shapiro also reached out to assistant professor of geography Lynn Phillips, who specializes in urban planning, as well as Ernest Yanerella, professor and chair of the UK Department of Political Science; Merl Hackbart, professor and interim director of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; and Rosie Moosnick, a lecturer in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, to receive feedback on the research.


So what's a community to do after discovering its new status as a university city? It leverages the information.


"Knowing that we're a university city, and knowing that Lexington is really built for the knowledge economy, helps us plan our economic development initiatives, our workforce development policies and our land-use planning as well," Shapiro said. "That means we have to plan ahead for things like traffic, we have to plan ahead for affordable housing."


Part of that planning includes a university cities conference hosted by UK and the city of Lexington, which Shapiro is currently working to organize with UK College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Kornbluh. The plan is to invite other university cities, as well as foundations and think-tanks, to compare data and best practices. And collaboration with one university city has already begun as Mayor Wade Troxell of Fort Collins is scheduled to speak at the 2016 Lafayette Seminar, hosted by the Gaines Center for the Humanities at UK.


"I think UK and Lexington know that their fates are intertwined and what this research really shows is that each benefits from the other in ways we’re only beginning to understand," Shapiro said.




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Big Blue Thanks You

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 15:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — It’s time to take a pause to appreciate those who have sacrificed to keep books in your bag and your head in a classroom.


Now in its third year, the University of Kentucky Parent and Family Association created the Big Blue Thank You program to provide an opportunity for students to break from their hectic schedules to say thanks to the parent, family member or mentor back home who has helped them succeed at UK.


On Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 10 and 11, the Parent and Family Association staff will provide students with a pleasant atmosphere — complete with note cards, pens and refreshments — to write a quick thank you to those who matter most.


Tables will be set up outside 102 White Hall Classroom Building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, and at the Hub at William T. Young Library from 8-10 p.m. Wednesday. Sealed, addressed letters left with Parent and Family Association staff will be mailed at no charge to students.


“We started Big Blue Thank You a few years ago as a response to the UK Parent and Family Association’s Letters from Home program where parents and families can send new students an encouraging note at the beginning of the school year,” said Nancy Stephens, associate director of New Student and Family Programs. “Now in this season of thanksgiving, students get a turn to grab a pen and tell those at home what their support means to them.”


“Students are so busy at this time of year between midterms and finals that we wanted to give them a quick break and a chance to focus on gratitude,” she added.


For more information regarding this event, please contact the UK Parent and Family Association staff by emailing or calling 859-257-6597.


“One of the most important keys to a student's success is building meaningful relationships and developing strong connections to the university through members of the UK community,” Stephens said. “Student Affairs provides many opportunities to facilitate these connections through internships, intramural athletics, volunteer work, student clubs, registered student organizations, community service and much more.”


The Parent and Family Association is a program within the Office of New Student and Family Programs, which is part of the Division of Student Affairs, an integral part of the University of Kentucky experience. With interactions among students, faculty and staff, Student Affairs seeks to facilitate the integration of the students’ academic experience with other aspects of university life that encourage personal and professional development.




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


SEC Schools Compete to Feed the Hungry

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 15:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — Tennessee beat Kentucky last year by more than 2,600 pounds. In fact, four SEC universities trounced Kentucky by a total of 7,833 pounds...of canned food earmarked for donation to worthy organizations in the universities’ hometowns.


The Big Blue Nation is not willing to let those numbers stand in the SEC Game Winning Food Drive, which this year includes University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, University of Alabama, University of Florida, University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University and University of Missouri.


Provost Tim Tracy kicked off UK’s donations last week with cans of soup he brought from home to assure “a complete meal for someone who needs it,” he said. The SEC drive for donated canned food continues through November.


“We know we can do better than (the 108 cans of food donated) last year for our students, for our Big Blue Pantry,” said Courtney Pflug. The Big Blue Pantry, a students’ food bank recently relocated from Alumni Gym to the basement of the White Hall Classroom Building, is the chosen recipient of all proceeds from UK’s Game Winning Food Drive. Some schools have chosen civic instead of campus food banks.



About 200 individual students use the Big Blue Pantry regularly, with more joining every week. Any type of nonperishable food items are accepted, but the most needed items are canned meat, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter, and pre-made meals.


Created in 2013 by the campus recreation departments at the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee, the 2014 Game Winning Food Drive included UK, UT, the University of Alabama, the University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University. The five SEC campus recreation departments collected a total of 9,275 cans of food for their communities, providing an estimated 6,600 meals.


Results of the 2014 SEC Game Winning Food Drive:


Rank      School                 Cans Donated

1          Tennessee                  3,245

2          Alabama                      3,015

3          Arkansas                     1,759

4          Mississippi State         1,148

5          Kentucky                        108


“UK Wildcats don’t like being at the bottom of any SEC ranking, especially if it involves the health and welfare of our students,” said Pflug. “Big Blue Pantry was created to serve UK students who are experiencing hunger or food insecurity. We want to make sure there are no empty shelves in our students’ pantries.”


UK will collect canned goods for the third annual SEC food drive through Nov. 30. Individuals or groups can donate nonperishable canned food in collection bins at the following locations:

·        The Johnson Center

·        Patterson Office Tower

·        University Health Services Building


As they are inclined to do, UK Wildcats are turning the campuswide effort into individual and group competitions. UK Campus Recreation is challenging students to bring a canned food item when they work out. Even if only half of those using the Johnson Center remembered, as many as 1,000 cans could be gathered in a single day. Other groups on campus are joining the challenge, including Greek intramural teams, with the winning team receiving 25 Greek points, and a student fitness group, whose members will receive a free T-shirt for donating five or more cans. A few campus departments are challenging each other to generously donate as well. For groups collecting very large amounts of food, arrangements can be made for pick-up on a limited basis by contacting Campus Recreation at


While they will not count toward the food drive final totals, toiletries and paper products are greatly needed by the students who regularly stop by the Big Blue Pantry, pantry managers added.


Big Blue Pantry is part of the UK Center for Community Outreach, which seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long service.




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

Join in the F-U-N at UK Theatre's 'Putnam County Spelling Bee'

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 15:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9, 2015) — The musical theater talents of University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will take center stage with their next production, the Tony Award-winning "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." This Broadway musical will run Nov. 12-15, at the Guignol Theatre on the UK campus.


"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" has something every audience member can enjoy. The journey of six whiz kids on the quest to win the Putnam County Spelling Bee has been described as charmingly quirky and surprisingly touching. Whether you identify with Olive Ostrovsky, whose best friend is a dictionary, or Marcy Park, an overachieving athlete/musician/multi-linguist, "Spelling Bee" will be a familiar throwback to those awkward adolescent years.


Lyndy Franklin Smith, who directs UK Theatre's production with her husband, Jeromy Smith, explains that the production is a comedy with heart.


"It's a comedy and there's plenty of zaniness abounding,” Smith explained. “But, at the heart of it, is a great story about kids, who are normally outsiders, finding a common connection and a place where they feel at home. There are some very poignant moments as well. For me, personally — as a new parent of two toddlers — it hits home a lot. The show takes a look at what makes these kids tick — and for many of them the impact that their parents (and their style of parenting) has on their view of themselves and the world. In this day and age of constant debates on over-scheduled kids, helicopter parents, the new normal of parenting — these themes are very current."


"It's a terrifically fun show," Smith said. "It's smart and silly all at the same time. It's a great fit for UK Theatre — each cast member has a great vehicle to demonstrate their talents. It works very well in an intimate space, like the Guignol."


Some audience members will not only enjoy watching the cast; they may join them on stage and participate in the bee. At each performance, volunteers from the audience will be invited to participate onstage, guaranteeing no two performances will be alike, Smith added.


Part sketch comedy, part musical, "Spelling Bee" contains some adult language and content.


UK Theatre's production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" will take the stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 12-14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Guignol Theatre. Tickets for the production are $15 for UK students with a valid student ID and $20 for general admission. To purchase tickets contact the Singletary Center box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at, or purchase them in person at the box office during operating hours.


The UK Department of Theatre and Dance 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 the 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. 



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Students Invited to "Monday on Mondays" Today at Noon

Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 9 2015) — All University of Kentucky students are invited to join Eric Monday, executive vice president for finance and administration, today at noon at The 90 to discuss issues that are important to them, as part of the series “Monday on Mondays.”


"Students are at the center of everything we do here at UK,” Monday said, “and much of what we do — from construction of new residence halls to how we provide dining — impacts the student experience. Their input is critical as we set the course toward an ambitious and exciting future at the University of Kentucky."


Come eat lunch, and bring your ideas and questions.




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