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UK College of Communication and Information Names New Members to National Advisory Board

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2016) – The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information recently added four new members to its National Advisory Board: Angela Evans, Larry Forester, Lois Mateus and Peggy Noe Stevens.

 

The college’s National Advisory Board serves as an external advisory body to Dean Dan O’Hair. Members of the board have attained prominence in their respective careers and are chosen for their value in providing counsel to the dean. Advisory board membership includes graduates and non-alumni members throughout the nation and across professions.

 

Angela Evans is currently serving her first term as council member of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Clark Atlanta University. She received her juris doctorate in 2000 from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

 

Evans continues to practice law in her home state of Kentucky. Prior to her election in 2015, she served as an assistant attorney general of Kentucky for six years, providing legal services to various state agencies. She also served as general counsel to the Kentucky Secretary of State.

 

Larry Forester is senior vice president – senior lender for Cumberland Valley National Bank. He is a graduate of the University of Pikeville and the Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking.

 

Forester is active in the community and serves as a board member for many public and civic organizations in the Lexington area including Commerce Lexington, Urban League of Lexington, Lexington-Fayette Board of Adjustment, Lexington Community Land Trust and the East High Street YMCA.

 

Lois Mateus is a retired Brown-Forman executive, where for 26 years she oversaw the company's public relations, corporate communications, community relations and contributions activities. Representing Brown-Forman, she became the first woman to serve on the board of the Kentucky Distillers Association (KDA). In 2013, KDA created the annual Lois Mateus Mentoring Award in her honor.

 

Mateus serves on the board of Hardscuffle/American Life, a Louisville based insurance company, the Kentucky State Fair Board, and the Berry Center. She is chairman of the advisory board of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and serves on Centre College President’s Advisory Board.

 

Currently Mateus and her husband operate Tallgrass Farm, where they raise grass-fed Black Angus cattle and their Tallgrass Farm Foundation regularly brings inner-city children to the country for farm field-day experiences. Additionally, the pair are co-developers of several historic buildings in the NuLu East Market restaurant and arts district in Louisville.

 

Peggy Noe Stevens has devoted herself to more than years of hospitality, entertaining and the exploration of experiential marketing in both her life and career. She began her career in hospitality and marketing with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, engaging in all aspects of guest services, professional event planning and culinary arts and entertaining. Stevens then moved to the Brown-Forman Corporation to lead a newly developed travel and event planning department. She later became the world’s first female Master Bourbon Taster in the industry.

 

Currently, Stevens uses her role as author, global speaker, media spokesperson and experiential brand strategist to work with corporations to design women’s research and strategy studies for corporations that will help them attract and retain female executives.

 

Evans, Forester, Mateus and Stevens join current National Advisory Board members John Antenucci, Cathy Black, Janice Birdwhistell, Michael Carozza, Lewis Donohew, Henry Evans, Rufus Friday, John R. “Jack” Guthrie, Shae Hopkins, Jim Host, Patrick Leddin, Terry Meiners, Patrick Mutchler, James Nelson, Jackie Powell, Doug Robinson, Michael Ruehling, Robert Slaton, Jesse Stallsworth (student representative), David Thompson and Bill Wilson.

 

The National Advisory Board meets biannually to advocate for college programs, students, faculty and staff by opening doors for corporate connections as well as educating and updating our faculty on developments in the professional community. Board members also help with long range and strategic planning and provide leadership for philanthropic efforts.

 

 

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

 

 

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

Engineering Dean John Walz Elected President of Milwaukee School of Engineering

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) – John Y. Walz, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering, has been elected president of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His term will begin July 1, 2016.

 

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. The institution offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing.

 

"Dean Walz has been a tremendous leader - growing enrollment and private support of the college, while at the same time enhancing the quality of education for every engineering student at UK,” said UK Provost Tim Tracy. “He has been instrumental in increasing the number of engineers directly impacting the Commonwealth, and I have no doubt he will bring the same vision to MSOE.”

 

Walz has been in his current position since 2012. Previously, he was professor and department head of chemical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

 

During his time here, the UK College of Engineering's enrollment has reached record levels, increasing the number of engineers released into Kentucky's workforce each year. In the fall of 2015, the college welcomed more than 800 students in the incoming freshman class and more than 3,000 students in the college for the first time. At the same time, the Engineering Residential College has grown to 700 students and a freshman design lab has been introduced to meet the demand.

 

Under Dean Walz's leadership, the college has also seen a significant increase in gifts investing in students, faculty and facilities, including the $7 million gift made by F. Joseph and Joani Halcomb this year to transform biomedical engineering at UK.

 

“I am deeply grateful to have served as dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering," Walz said. "The enthusiasm of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the college have created momentum that will take the college forward for many years. I am thankful for the friendships and partnerships I experienced here at UK, and look forward to embracing new challenges at Milwaukee School of Engineering."

 

Walz earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Walz began his career as a support engineer for Shell Oil Company and later returned to Tulane as assistant professor after earning his Ph.D. In 1997, Walz joined Yale University’s faculty as an associate professor of chemical engineering, becoming the department’s chairman in 2002. He remained at Yale until 2005 when he assumed his position at Virginia Tech.

 

 

 

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

#seeblue

 

 

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

Making UK May Day a Future Wildcat's Day at UK

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 09:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2016)  High school sophomores and juniors from around Kentucky are invited to campus to experience the very first University of Kentucky May Day Open House. May Day gives future Wildcats a head start in the college selection process and allows them to learn more about what UK has to offer. Students will have the chance to truly make UK May Day - their day at UK!

 

May Day is an on-campus open house for all Kentucky sophomore or junior high school students, family members and guests. This day will allow students to not only see campus through a guided tour, but they will have the opportunity pick and choose activities ranging from residence hall walk-throughs to meeting with college representatives and learning about the enrollment process. Admissions, Financial Aid, Academic Scholarships and a variety of campus departments will also be present to answer any questions.

 

May Day will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, May 13, and will begin on the front lawn outside of the Main Building. Guests have the freedom to arrive at a time convenient for them and the opportunity to attend sessions and tours that spark their interests.

 

Guests will be able to attend one of three admission presentations, one of three campus tours, which will include UK's main academic area, the William T. Young Library and the Johnson Recreation Center, a residence hall showcase of Central Hall II and Woodland Glen III and college, department and program presentations.

 

Future Wildcats, families and guests can make UK's May Day - their day at UK by registering at www.seeblue.com/mayday.  Registration is not required, but encouraged.

For more information, email primwathen@uky.edu or call 859-257-7265.

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK College of Communication and Information Hosts Technology Usability Lab

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 09:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2016) — An innovative new program at the University of Kentucky explores human-computer interaction. Senior Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs Derek Lane and College Media Officer Nathan Stevens, along with Dean Dan O’Hair, of the UK College of Communication and Information, have pioneered a new multidisciplinary venture they are calling the CI Collective.

 

The CI Collective is a program hosted by the College of Communication and Information that includes a technology usability lab where students and faculty can work together to test emerging technologies. The primary purpose of the CI Collective is to support interdisciplinary research on human-computer interaction and related areas in understanding how people use communication technology and learn from information systems.

 

Technology developers might have one use in mind, but consumers of all ages may find that a technological device may be used to fill a separate and distinct need. Research conducted in the CI Collective will help determine how users interact with technology and learn from information systems.

 

“A usability lab is where people bring in technology and folks to use the technology, and then they study and survey what they like about it, what they hate about it, what they think should be improved about it,” Stevens said.

 

Another facet of the program involves bringing in professional IT people, who actually study how and why people might adopt these technologies.

 

Together these two groups of people generate a report to review the product and send it to the technology companies.

 

“Basically it’s a partnership where we learn together about how any communication technology might be adopted and attempt to understand potential gains and pain points,” Lane said. “Companies make their technology available, then we conduct usability research with it, analyze the data, write the reports and send our results back to them. Our research is unbiased and tends to be more trustworthy than proprietary research.”

 

These reviews, based on empirical research, are impartial and objective — a valuable way for technology companies to understand how consumers might potentially use their products.

 

The CI Collective provides benefits to the UK campus community in multiple ways.  In particular, students can gain valuable experience as both interns and research participants.

 

“First, it gives the students experience of how a usability lab works,” Stevens said. “That’s vital because people can make a living managing a usability lab.”

 

It also gives students opportunities to work on personal research or product development. 

 

“If students have an idea and they want to engage in design thinking and rapid prototyping, they should be able to do that in our lab,” Lane said.

 

In addition, faculty will have access to technology that can help extend current research programs.

 

“It will help campus because one of our goals is to get faculty members in to help with their research or to find new ways to build their research agenda,” Stevens said.

 

“Faculty from across campus can access the resources and facilities and decide how, if at all, existing technology might extend their research programs,” Lane said.

 

Research in the CI Collective will also be used to help other communities. The lab is currently working with technologies that have been shared with UK researchers from places as far away as Paris, France.

 

Some technologies that are being studied include various devices that help monitor, track and report health diagnoses. These products can be especially helpful in the Appalachian region where patients are not always located near health care facilities. Eventually Lane and Stevens hope this research can be applied to developing countries as well.

 

“Being able to help communities that may not be able to help themselves is a goal of our lab,” Stevens said.

 

In addition to working with technologies to improve health care, the lab also explores interactive home automation systems, virtual reality technology, 3D printing, robotic telepresence and virtual video gaming.

 

“We are excited about the possibilities, and we think it’s a really cool place for students to think about the research we conduct in the college and across campus in very unique ways,” Lane said.

 

O’Hair and Lane began discussing this project a few years ago, and they are excited that it’s finally coming to fruition.

 

“I am so pleased that our initial idea about a usability lab is becoming a reality," said Dean O'Hair. "Information communication technologies are often ignored or slow-tracked because they do not have an empirical track record of success. That is where the CI Collective plays a key role."

 

While the project has been in development since October, Lane and Stevens hope to have it past the preliminary stage and fully developed before the end of the fall 2016 semester.

 

If anyone is interested in collaborative projects or if students are interested in working in the lab as an intern, participating in research studies as a product tester or learning more information about how to get involved, they should contact Nathan Stevens at nss@uky.edu

 

 

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

 

 

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

Plant Science Building Evacuated for Nearly Five Hours Monday

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 19:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's Plant Science Building was evacuated around 2 p.m. Monday, and the Lexington Fire Department was notified as a precaution after an unknown odor was detected in a second floor plant pathology lab. Lexington Fire Departments's Hazardous Materials Unit was called to the scene, evaluated the building, and determined there was nothing harmful present.

 

UK's Environmental Management officials followed up with monitoring and cleared the building for re-entry at 6:40 p.m. The cause of the odor, though not harmful, is under investigation.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kathy Johnson, 859-559-5396

Celebrated Kentucky Historian Receives Medallion for Intellectual Achievement

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 15:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) — Tonight University of Kentucky Libraries Spring Gala will recognize the 2016 recipient of the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement, James C. Klotter. The Lexington native, UK alumnus and Georgetown College scholar is the state historian of Kentucky.  

 

"Through his writing, his teaching and hundreds of talks on Kentucky history across the Commonwealth over the past four decades, Dr. James C. Klotter epitomizes what the UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement honors; high intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value," UK Libraries Dean Terry Birdwhistell said.

 

The UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement is one of UK's most prestigious awards. It was created in 1990 to recognize high intellectual achievement by a Kentuckian who has made a contribution of lasting value to the Commonwealth. The award also promotes education and creative thought. The recipient is determined by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board after receiving nominations from the public. Past recipients of the honor include: John Anthony, Wendell Berry, James Still, Bobbie Ann Mason, Thomas D. Clark, Laman A. Gray Jr., Guy Davenport, George C. Herring, Adalin Wichman, John Egerton, Karl Raitz and George Wright.

 

James C. Klotter received his doctoral degree in history from UK in 1975. He is the prize-winning author, co-author or editor of almost 20 books including “The Breckinridges of Kentucky,”Faces of Kentucky” and the second edition of  “Our Kentucky: A Study of the Bluegrass State.” He is also the author of the Kentucky history textbooks used at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels statewide.

 

The state historian of Kentucky since 1980, Klotter worked at the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) from 1973 to 1998, with his tenure culminating in eight years of service as the KHS executive director. Since 1998, he has been a professor of history at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. In both positions he has served in the public history field, giving almost a thousand public presentations around the Commonwealth, working with teachers in workshops and other forums, and serving as a resource person for various media outlets. He has also been chair or president of the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History, the Kentucky Council on Archives, the UK Library Associates, the Collaborative for Teaching and Learning and the Kentucky Civil War Roundtable.

 

Klotter is general editor, along with UK Libraries Dean Terry Birdwhistell and Douglas Boyd of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, of the book series “Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series” published by the University Press of Kentucky (UPK). He also serves as the general editor of the “Topics in Kentucky History” series from UPK. Together those 22 books span Kentucky history from early statehood to the present.

 

The recipient of several local, regional and national honors, Klotter has received the Governor’s Outstanding Kentuckian Award and the Clark Award for Literary Excellence. He also has delivered the McCandless Lecture at Oxford University.

 

In addition to celebrating Klotter's life and work, the UK Spring Gala, presented by the UK Libraries National Advisory Board, will also include the recognition of this year's recipients of the 2016 Paul A. Willis Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2016 Dean's Awards for Outstanding Performance. The Willis Award will be presented to Frank Davis, a clinical liaison librarian in the Medical Center Library. The Dean's Awards for Outstanding Performance will be presented to Josh Monroe, a monograph library specialist at William T. Young Library; Beth Reeder, library technician senior in the Agricultural Information Center; and Kopana Terry, oral history archivist in the Nunn Center in UK's Special Collections Research Center.

 

 

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

 

 

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

Helping a Co-Worker in a Time of Need Deepens UK IBU Employees Desire to Give Back to the Community

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 12, 2016) -  Participating in community service activities has always been a priority for a group of University of Kentucky employees in the Integrated Business Unit (IBU) for the UK College of Medicine.  However, when one of their own faced a serious illness and was unable to return to work, their desire to help others took on a more personal meaning. 

 

The IBU employees realized their colleague faced a huge financial burden and came up with the idea of collecting donations from employees in exchange for the privilege of wearing jeans to work.  A series of 'jeans weeks' over the months raised $2,000 and helped bridge the financial gap for their friend and co-worker. Eventually a 'GoFundMe' page was created. Out of their desire to help, a discussion evolved about how they could help others in their community.

 

“Our staff members have really been the driving force behind this effort and I’m so proud of the sense of community it has created within our team.  Projects like this that are born at the employee level and grow into something that benefits not only our department, but also the community we live in, are very inspiring.  It’s a fun way to boost morale and give back at the same time," said Amy Longeway, UK Healthcare IBU Business Operations Manager  

 

During a staff meeting, team members began to suggest charities to support on a monthly basis. A list of charities was created that will cover the remainder of 2016 and into 2017.

 

The project kicked off this past April with the Lexington Humane Society (LHS), Central Kentucky's largest pet adoption agency, as the month's designated charity.

 

The IBU employees made $5 donations or gave five cans of cat food during the week of April 18-22 for the privilege of wearing jeans that week. The money was used to purchase additional cat food and by the end of the week, 520 cans were donated, enough for the LHS to feed their feline friends for 13 days.

 

The LHS relies on the donations of individuals and organizations to help keep up their life-saving work for pets. Every year, their needs increase as they work to save more animals and expand community based programs.

 

"Wet food is a critical part of our enrichment program for our cats, and is also important for our feline friends who may be unable to eat regular dry food for medical reasons. We go through 40 cans of cat food a day so any support we receive is appreciated by not only staff but of feline friends as well!" said Ashley Hammond, LHS's senior development manager.

 

This month, the employees chose the Hope Center for their charity. The Hope Center in Lexington provides daily services to around 800 of Lexington's homeless and most at risk citizens per night. The designated jeans week is set for May 16 - 20, when employees will either contribute $5 or the equivalent in new personal hygiene items.

 

In the coming months, employees plan to support The Nest, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, The Ronald McDonald House, Wives Behind the Badge, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, the Big Blue Food Drive, Lexington Rescue Mission, The Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Autism Society of the Bluegrass, UK Healthcare Circle of Love and The Chrysalis House.

 

The IBU team also enjoy supporting UK sponsored activities like 'Go Red for Heart Health' and "Go Blue for Child Abuse Awareness' months.

 

 

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or ann.blackford@uky.edu

 

 

 

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

 

Experience the Fantastical at UK Art Museum

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 13:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2016) — For those looking for art with a sense of fantasy or an other-worldly feel, three new exhibitions at the University of Kentucky Art Museum featuring national and popular regional artists may scratch that itch. "Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm," "Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds" and "Ralph Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama" are on display now through July 31. All the exhibitions are free and open to the public.

 

"All three shows have a combination of realistic representation combined with elements of fantasy, sometimes combining beauty with the grotesque," said UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner. "Natalie Frank is a celebrated contemporary artist from New York and Lawrence Tarpey is a beloved local artist, Duane Michals and Ralph Eugene Meatyard are represented in our museum’s collection. We are excited to show this range of work, stressing the ways that artists confront the human body and stories of desire, violence, mystery, transformation and dream. All the artists use specific media in masterful ways — they are skillful and visionary in very precise ways, all connecting with the art of the past as well as classic literature."

 

A 'Grimm' Approach

 

Natalie Frank talks about her "Brothers Grimm" exhibition on display at UK Art Museum. Natalie_Frank_Interview_Full from UK Art Museum on Vimeo.

 

Between 2011 and 2014, artist Natalie Frank created 75 drawings based on 36 of the original fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm, Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) which were initially intended for adult audiences who could intuit the moral lessons embedded in the narratives.

 

Frank regularly manipulates the human form in her provocative and vivid paintings, and so the Grimms’ stories were a natural continuation. Like figurative forebears, including Max Beckmann, James Ensor, Käthe Kollwitz, Odilon Redon and Paula Rego, she affirms the connection between painting and flesh, using the intimacy of drawing to conjure complex images that combine realism and dream, beauty and grotesquery.

 

She does not simply illustrate "Cinderella," "Rapunzel," "Hansel and Gretel" and "Snow White," or the lesser known adventures of "The Stubborn Child" and "The Maiden Without Hands," but she uses them as departure points for a contemporary take on desire, identity, taboo and transformation. Her deft use of gouache and chalk pastel helps to situate the protagonists between the flatness of the page and the dimensionality of conjured worlds. Women, men and various animals interact with each other in densely patterned spaces and are often seen in revelatory close-ups. Eyes abound — haunted, watery and watchful.

 

These colorful compositions serve as touchstones and mirrors, allowing the artist to use the Grimm brothers’ accounts of vengeful protagonists, transgressive caretakers and rampant abuse to address our own age of public and private dramas. Presented in the context of a university, the works speak to the disciplines of art, literature and theater, as well as addressing young adults with warning, instruction and humor.

 

"Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm" was curated by Claire Gilman, senior curator at the Drawing Center in New York and presented there from April 10-June 28, 2015. It was later shown at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas in Austin from July 11-Nov. 15, 2015.

 

A Grounds for Dreaming


To call Lexington-based artist Lawrence Tarpey a painter is a bit misleading because he combines a range of techniques to call forth the human and animal imagery that populates his works on paper, panel and canvas. Tarpey often puts down a ground of ink or paint and then disturbs it with sponges and scrapers during the drying process. This provides him with indications of figures and landscape formations that he can further articulate in distinct acts of drawing and erasing, a process he calls “etching.”

 

This is not surprising since qualities associated with traditional printmaking inform much of Tarpey’s work. Color is kept to a minimum, with an overall monochrome palette establishing his pictorial spaces. Occasionally, a rich hue will help focus the viewer on a detail or establish a compositional rhythm.

 

There is a dreamlike quality to Tarpey’s intimate worlds that harkens back to surrealist practitioners like Marc Chagall, Max Ernst and Joan Miró. He is playful when he depicts heads and other disparate body parts experiencing humorous encounters or confronting minor quandaries. There are also potential nightmares, such as when his orchestration of countless bodies is overwhelming and an air of apocalypse hovers.

 

Tarpey works slowly, and his studio is filled with numerous works in progress. He waits and watches for the next move to become clear, a tonal shift here or a biomorphic shape redefined there. Recurring motifs and procedural obsessions make his work immediately recognizable, and he revels in conjuring likable characters and elusive personages.

 

“I’m not interested in storytelling,” Tarpey said recently. Distinct moods define his horror vacui — anxious, whimsical and elegiac. "Lawrence Tarpey: Figures & Grounds" demands viewers' time and concentrated looking.

 

Drama Caught on Camera

 

"Ralph Eugene Meatyard & Duane Michals: Camera Drama," an installation of photographs from the UK Art Museum’s permanent collection, was chosen to accompany the Natalie Frank and Lawrence Tarpey exhibitions. Ralph Eugene Meatyard and Duane Michals are each known for creating distinctive narratives using staged photography, often pushing their image-making toward other genres, including film, theater and literature.

 

A Lexington optician, Meatyard was an avid reader whose fascination with Zen philosophy informed his photographic practice. Rejecting the idea of photography as a mirror of nature, he experimented with multiple exposures and blurred images and employed a wide variety of props, including masks. He often worked in abandoned farmhouses, posing family and friends in mysterious and sometimes troubling tableaux that explore the ephemeral nature of life.

 

Michals, a native of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, is known for his use of sequential images, often with handwritten texts that add another layer of interpretive data to the visual experience. He claims William Blake, Lewis Carroll and René Magritte as influences on his work, which is not surprising given the altered reality and confessional aspects of his production.

 

The UK Art Museum will also present several educational programs developed in conjunction with these exhibitions in the next couple months, including the following free public events:


Exhibition Tour
6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3

Director Stuart Horodner discusses the connections between the three current exhibitions, focusing on representations of reality and fantasy.

 

Family Day Workshop

Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11
Join Lexington artist and educator Georgia Henkel, known for her confrontational art depicting humans and animals, for a spirited workshop that focuses on aspects of “the eye,” prompted by the "Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm" exhibition.
Adults and children of all ages are welcome; materials will be provided.

 

Family Day Workshop

Noon-1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9
Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner and special guest artists lead a monoprint workshop inspired by the Lawrence Tarpey exhibition. Adults and children of all ages are welcome; materials will be provided.

 

Curator Tour

6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 15

Art Museum Curator Janie Welker discusses the current exhibitions and related works in the permanent collection galleries.

 

Reading Fairy Tales
6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 29
Join us for a special reading of select fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm. Guests from the Lexington arts and culture scene lend their voices, attitudes and interpretive skills for this event in conjunction with the Natalie Frank exhibition.

 

The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection. 

 

The UK Art Museum, located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information on membership, contact Lyndi VanDeursen at 859-257-8164 or lyndi.vandeursen@uky.edu

 

 

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

 

 

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

"see blue." #selfie: Tiffany Molina

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:58

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2016) — Want to get to know the people behind some of the biggest student leadership positions on campus? We did, too! That's why we've introduced "see blue." #selfie - a series on UKNow that lets student leaders from across campus tell us a little bit more about themselves and their organizations. Up this week, the 2015-16 president of the International Student Council, Tiffany Molina!

 

Molina is going to be a senior majoring in business management and equine science. She is from Honduras and was drawn to the University of Kentucky after her mother visited Lexington in 2010 for the FEI World Equestrian Games. Molina envisions the International Student Council as a leader in introducing UK to different cultures of the world. Learn all about  Molina in her "see blue." #selfie!    

 

UKNow: What is your major and what year are you?

Tiffany Molina: I am going to be a senior and I'm double majoring in business management and equine science.

 

UK: Where are you from?

TM: I am from Honduras.

 

UK: Tell me about your position on the International Student Council (ISC).

TM: For this year, I was president of ISC. ISC is basically the umbrella organization for international student organizations. What we do is join students of different cultures. A big goal is to have international students mingle with local students. I make sure that for the next year, when I'm no longer on the board, we secure funds to help other organizations host events. We host two events during the year to show the diversity of the university.  

 

UK: What is your vision for ISC?

TM: I want ISC to grow and become something that helps not only the UK community, but Lexington. We worked with the Lexington Mayor's Youth Council this year. It's great that Kentucky's school system is taking a step to introducing Kentucky to different cultures of the world!  

 

UK: What makes you so passionate about this organization? 

TM: I think I love it because of the different cultures. I love meeting new people and gaining perspectives about how different nationalities see the world. Part of the college experience is meeting new people and expanding your network.

 

UK: What else are you involved in?

TM: This year I was part of Women Business Leaders in Gatton, the UK American Marketing Association….I'm in a lot of things. It's been crazy! I'm working with the International Student Leadership team and I also am a sitter for Wildcat Service Dogs.

 

UK: Has there been a teacher or employee that has made a positive impact on your time here at UK?

TM: Yeah! I feel like I've met awesome people willing to help me go the extra mile. I believe people in the College of Ag are super nice and are almost like friendly neighbors! I would say someone else that has helped me this year is my advisor in Gatton, and I so appreciate that!

 

UK: How often do you go home to Honduras?

TM: I go back quite a lot compared to other international students. I got to go back during Spring Break this year.

 

UK: What brought you to UK from Honduras?

TM: So, I was applying to different colleges and I didn't want to stay in Honduras. My mom came here for the World Equestrian games and encouraged me to apply at UK. I had never been to Kentucky before so I didn't know what to expect. I went ahead and applied. That's how I ended up coming here!  

 

UK: What would you say is a major difference between the United States and Honduras?

TM:  Personal space. Latin America in general - we love close contact with anyone. It was very hard meeting someone and getting used to handshaking. That's the biggest difference.

 

UK: What would you sing at a karaoke night?

TM: Probably that one Ed Sheeran song. The love song. "Thinking Out Loud!"

 

UK: If you had a warning label, what would it say?

TM: Loud. I feel like you know when I'm somewhere because I'm always laughing and it's super loud. I need to practice my inside voice!

 

UK: Have you ever had a secret admirer?

TM: I used to have one in the sixth grade! I remember he got me a rose….it was a fake rose. Through high school everyone made fun of him for it.

 

UK: What's your favorite thing about Lexington?

CF: I think my favorite is how you have city life and then farm life. The beautiful landscapes - that's my favorite thing.

 

UK: Growing up, what did you want to be?

TM: A doctor.

 

UK: What is your dream job now?

TM: Right now, my ideal job would be working in equine business. I have an internship with Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in marketing right now to give me a perspective. They are an equine hospital.

 

UK: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

TM: I love ice cream. It's my favorite thing! I would say my favorite flavor is caramel.

 

UK: If you were stranded on a desert with one person, who would it be?

TM: My boyfriend. He would be the only one able to deal with my madness!

 

UK: What is your favorite UK sporting event to attend?

TM: Basketball. Freshman year, being in the Eruption Zone was my main goal. By my sophomore year I wanted actual seats.

 

UK: If you could make anything a national holiday, what would it be?

TM: I think it would be a day honoring the beaches of the world. That's one thing I miss about being home.

 

UK: Who would you say knows you the best?

TM: I would say my mom because even when we are on the phone and I've had a bad day she knows just by the tone of my voice.

 

UK: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

TM: I would want to go to Dubai. I think that would be really cool!

 

UK: Have you ever studied abroad?

TM: I went to Australia last year with the equine program. It was awesome to see the differences. They are big into thoroughbreds. My dream was to hold a koala and I did it! It was really cute!

 

UK: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

TM: I would want to live somewhere in the south of the United States. Kentucky is still the south, but I want a place less cold.

 

UK: You are happiest when…

TM: I have peace of mind I am happiest! A lot of times after an exam, even if I didn't do well, I am just happy it is over.

 

UK: Do you have any advice for an incoming freshman?

TM: I would say to take risks and try new things. Don't get stressed with school stuff.

 

 

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UK Study Shows New Potential Marker for Obesity

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2016) ­– A new study led by University of Kentucky researchers and published in Nature shows a potential new biological marker for the development of obesity and a possible target for obesity prevention and treatment.
 

Neurotensin (NT), a peptide produced mainly in the gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system, is released with fat ingestion and facilitates fatty acid absorption in the intestine. Previous research has shown that NT can also stimulate the growth of various cancers and increased fasting levels of pro-NT (an NT precursor hormone) are associated with development of cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.

 

The new Nature study examined data from the Malmö Diet and Cancer Study, a population-based, prospective epidemiologic cohort of 28,449 men and women who were followed for an average of 16.5±1.5 years. The analysis showed that obese and insulin-resistant subjects have significantly elevated levels of fasting pro-NT, and the risk of developing obesity was doubled in non-obese subjects who had fasting pro-NT at the highest concentrations compared to subjects with the lowest concentrations.

 

The study further used animal models to show that a deficiency in NT protects against obesity, insulin resistance and fatty liver disease associated with high fat consumption, thus identifying NT as a potential early marker of future obesity and a novel therapeutic target for this disease.

 

University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center Director Dr. Mark Evers, a surgical oncologist and professor in the UK Department of Surgery, led the study in collaboration with other investigators from the University of Kentucky, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Lund in Malmö, Sweden.

 

"Our findings have redefined how we view the role of NT,” said Evers, whose laboratory has been studying this peptide for over two decades. “NT appears to be a metabolically ‘thrifty’ peptide which increases the absorption of ingested fats; however, with the abundance of fats in typical Western diets, NT can have a detrimental effect by contributing to increased obesity and related metabolic disorders.”

 

Additionally, because NT can contribute to the growth of certain cancers and is now linked with obesity, Evers speculates that increased NT may contribute to the higher incidence of certain cancers associated with obesity. Building on the findings from this study, future research at the University of Kentucky will examine this possible link.

 

Worldwide, more than 1.7 billion people are overweight, with a body mass index (BMI) higher than 25, or obese (BMI higher than 30). Additionally, more than 2.5 million deaths are attributed to the consequences of obesity each year. 

 

Media Contact: Allison Perry, allison.perry@uky.edu

UK Staff Trustee Candidates Will Debate Thursday

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) – The University of Kentucky Staff Senate will moderate a debate between staff representative to the Board of Trustees candidates at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the auditorium of the William T. Young Library.

 

Anthany Beatty, assistant vice president for public safety at UK, will moderate the debate. Staff members are encouraged to attend or view via the Staff Senate website by visiting https://connect.uky.edu/staffsenate.

 

The UK Staff Senate invites all university staff to participate in the campaign and election process to help determine the next staff representative to the Board of Trustees. The campaign period begins May 13, 2016. The staff trustee candidates are Mike Adams, space and facilities coordinator in the UK Department of Biology and David Melanson, assistant director for external affairs and development in the Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER).

 

Adams is from Eastern Kentucky and went to Hazard Community College (now Hazard Community and Technical College), which led him to Lexington. He worked in consumer electronics for some time, advancing to the role of service manager. Adams later decided to pursue a new direction and enrolled at Lexington Community College (now Bluegrass Community and Technical College). After his time there, he attended UK where he began working as a lab technician. Adams is currently the space and facilities coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences.

 

He has served on the College of Arts and Sciences Staff Council, Staff Senate, serving as chair for three terms, the Staff Appreciation Day Commission, the President's Strategic Review Committee, the Campus Revitalization Committee and on two of the past provost search committees.

 

A native of New Hampshire, Melanson graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in English-Journalism. Following college, he moved to Kentucky and began his career as a news reporter at the Advocate-Messenger in Danville. He then moved to St. Louis, where he served as communications manager for an international not-for-profit organization.

 

Melanson returned to Kentucky in 2004 and began his higher education career at UK. He was named the first presidential speechwriter at UK in March 2004, a position he held for nearly seven years. Melanson then became director of alumni and external relations at the UK College of Pharmacy and later joined the team at CAER in December 2015.

 

Thestaff trustee campaign period will run May 13-27.

 

Eligible staff members are encouraged to take part in the election process. Regular staff with a full time equivalency (FTE) of .75 or greater and those in phased retirement are eligible to vote any time between May 13-27 in the election via the Staff Senate website and at UK Appreciation Day May 26.

 

On Monday, June 6, official election results will be announced. The newly elected staff trustee will begin his term July 1.

 

Questions and comments may be directed to Ann Eads, Staff Senate Election Committee chair, at aeads2@uky.edu, or Jann Burks, chair of the Staff Senate, at jburks@uky.edu.        

 

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College of Medicine Student Working to Address Role Physicians Can Play in Criminal Justice Reform

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) – There are many professions we see as central to the criminal justice system; police officers, lawyers and judges are some of the jobs that come to mind. When we think about the people playing an integral part in reforming that system, politicians and activists may come to mind. Cameron Henry, a second year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, realized there was a role he and other physicians could play in lowering the incarceration rate in the United States.

 

During a presentation at the Student National Medical Association’s Annual Medical Education Conference, Henry along with several physicians and medical students addressed the role physicians can, and should, play in criminal justice reform.

 

About a year ago, Edjah N'duom, a member of the same fraternity as Henry, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and a neurosurgical staff clinician at the National Institutes for Health, approached him with the idea for Physicians for Criminal Justice Reform (PCJR). N'duom wanted to provide access to information about the relationship between health care and the criminal justice system.

 

One of the core issues the organization addresses is the decriminalization of mental health and addiction disorders. According to the PCJR website, individuals with a mental illness are three times more likely to be jailed or imprisoned than the general population. They also report 20 percent of prison inmates have a serious mental illness and 30 to 60 percent have, or have had, an addiction disorder. In addition to working to keep people out of jails and prisons, the organization proposes ways to help those who are already in those facilities, making them less likely to return. They propose increasing access to mental health care for inmates. The group also addresses how physicians can work to reduce the incarceration rate by targeting and diverting children in resource poor areas and keeping them out of the juvenile justice system.

 

Improving communities in need isn't new to Henry, neither is developing and founding a nonprofit organization. During his time as an undergraduate at Stanford University, he and several others, founded StreetCode Academy in East Palo Alto, California. The organization works to teach technology skills, like web design and coding, to low income and at-risk kids.

 

Henry continues to work with the organization and regularly travels back to California to assist in its development. StreetCode Academy is currently under the leadership of one of the founders and executive director, Olatunde Sobomehin. Henry said his work with StreetCode Academy inspired him to "look at simple tech solutions to solve disparities in health and health care." Ultimately, he developed PCJR as a tool to accomplish that goal.

 

UKPR CONTACT: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, 859-257-1076

 

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StreetLaw: UK Law Students Teach Practical Law Lessons at Local High Schools

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2016) — Over the last few months, University of Kentucky law students have lived and breathed StreetLaw — a brand-new student organization at the UK College of Law dedicated to teaching high school students and members of the Lexington community about law and the legal system.

 

Working under the supervision of faculty advisor Cortney Lollar, assistant professor of law at the UK College of Law, and local attorneys Carmen Ross and Lindsay Perdue, UK Law students utilized their legal education to teach real-life lessons in law and government to high school students, empowering them to go forward and make positive changes in the community, while also inspiring them to consider a future legal career. Lessons taught include criminal and civil law, employment law, housing law and family law.

 

The idea for StreetLaw at UK came from the national nonprofit organization that began in 1972, when a small group of Georgetown University Law Center students developed an experimental curriculum to teach District of Columbia high school students about basic legal principals. It was Lollar's vision to establish such a program at UK Law and use it to make a difference in the Lexington community.

 

Following Lollar’s initial announcement of StreetLaw at UK, 60 law students quickly jumped at the idea to join. This meant that UK Law could place students in more than one high school. Bryan Station High School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy for Excellence agreed to be host schools.

 

“I was overwhelmed by the law students’ level of interest and commitment to starting a StreetLaw program," Lollar said. "A number of students invested significant time, energy, and hard work to get this program off the ground in a very short period of time. Of course, we also could not have had such a successful program without the incredible assistance of our partnership schools — Martin Luther King Academy and Bryan Station High School.

 

"The administrations at both schools recognized the value of the StreetLaw program for their students and were willing to provide both their students and our students the opportunity to further their education in a very hands-on way. The law students and the high school students both learned a lot from each other over the course of the semester.”

 

In December, the organization held elections to establish an executive board. The elected board members then drafted and approved a constitution and provided training to certify 30 student teachers. With strengths, diversity and law class variation in mind, student teachers were paired off to complement each other in the classroom. After modernizing problems contained in each lesson, student teachers gave trial presentations to coordinators and volunteer attorneys who provided valuable feedback and direction.

 

“I’ve watched multiple presentations and I always enjoy seeing the different teaching approach each student takes,” said Thomas Wall, outreach coordinator for StreetLaw, who serves as a liaison between the high schools and the organization.

 

UK Law students successfully taught 20 lessons this semester, 10 at each of the two participating high schools, with 10 to 12 students at each lesson. At the end of the 10-week period, each participating high school student was presented with a certificate at an awards celebration in recognition of their accomplishment.

 

“Both schools were immensely appreciative of our cause, and the College of Law showed a tremendous outpouring of support,” said Wall, a third-year law student. “Our goal was to make a small difference, but the impact this unforgettable experience had on us as law students was profound.”

 

“It is very humbling to see the volunteer time committed by the law students, and especially Professor Lollar, and the attorneys Ms. Ross and Ms. Perdue,” said Ismaila Ceesay, president of StreetLaw and second-year law student. “The best part of this program was engaging with these talented and intelligent high school students. Amazing. I feel confident that our country’s future is bright when I envision these young people in future leadership roles.”

 

Looking ahead to the next school year, the organization is planning to continue the initiative, with the hope of adding a third high school into the program.

 

 

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

 

 

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College of Education Graduate's Impact Abroad Will Be Felt for Decades

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — When Molly Baldridge was a senior studying special education at the University of Kentucky, she signed up for a class that takes a spring break trip to India to volunteer at a school for students with special needs. Upon coming home, she was soon standing in Amy Spriggs’ office at the UK College of Education, asking for help in finding a way to go back.

 

“It hadn’t even been a month since we had returned from my first trip to India, where UK had partnered alongside the rural school for kids with special needs,” Baldridge said. “But I had seen a glimpse of the school, the needs, the lack of education and acceptance for these kids and I knew I had to get back. My teacher knew it, too.”

 

Baldridge graduated in December with a degree in special education, specializing in moderate to severe disabilities, and the offer of a job that would have kept her in Lexington. Instead, she took a leap of faith and made the trip to India, where she is staying in a rural village in the southern part of the country called Mayasandra. It is part of the state of Karnataka and is about three hours west of its capital, Bangalore. The school where she volunteers was created to provide a free education for students with special needs, who often are not accepted in “regular” schools in India.

 

“My faith played a big part in me making the trip back,” Baldridge said. “I've been so blessed and loved back home, and I felt called and invited to share that with these families here in the village.”

 

The trip has caused Baldridge to face many fears, but it seems her biggest is the fear of not making an impact during her four-month stay. 

 

“I am burdened because the situations that these families and their kids with special needs face in and around the village is a hard thing to swallow,” she said. “While the community may be proud of the school, many of the people refuse to come close to the students it educates because they believe them to be ‘demented.’ The lack of support and education for these families and these kids is heartbreaking.”

 

Every day, Baldridge asks herself whether she has done something that will, in the long run, impact the school, community, teachers, students and families. If she can answer yes to that question, she calls it a successful day.

 

“While I'm here I get to work alongside the teachers to give examples of instructional or behavioral strategies unique to each child and their special needs so that we can make sure that every student receives the best education possible,” Baldridge said. “I get to work one-on-one with students, whether it's to teach English, colors, strengthening vision, working on fine motor, or so much more. I also am currently working alongside the owner and manager of the school to come up with a way to begin implementing data collection and monitoring of the students' progress that is appropriate for the teachers' levels of education as well as the school's available resources within the village.”

 

Baldridge has worked with teachers at Morton and Crawford middle schools in Fayette County to arrange for needed resources to be sent to the school. She said it has been amazing to see teachers back home rally together to support the school in India.

 

In March, Baldridge got a treat from home. UK College of Education faculty members Amy Spriggs and Katherine McCormick, from the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling, brought a group of UK students to the school to help with a camp. It was the same trip Baldridge had made with faculty the previous year.  Spriggs couldn’t believe the changes in the school since her visit last March.

 

She said, “It was great seeing the improvements made just since our trip last year. Molly has definitely made an impact on that school. I believe the school has made an even bigger impact on her. Molly has grown in her ability to teach, but she has also been able to take a step back and really ask herself what this community needs. Identifying individual needs is one of the biggest strengths a teacher of students with disabilities can have.”

 

Spriggs went on to say, “Molly has this fear that she is not going to make an impact. She has already made a huge impact. Just ask anyone in the village. Just ask the parents of the kids she is teaching. Just ask the teachers who are so willing to try anything she suggests.”

 

When Baldridge returns to Kentucky this month, she will be seeking a job in her field.

 

“Coming to India has definitely created space for me to dream, and to dream big,” she said. “So while I don't think I can tell you where I'll be five years from now, I think short term I would love to teach special education at a school that serves mainly inner city or low-income families. Having the opportunity to love and serve those within my own community at home sounds amazing to me and being able to do that through a job I know I am going to love sounds even better.”

 

For more information about leading or participating in an alternative service break program, contact Katherine McCormick (kmcco2@uky.edu).  For more information about participating in the course Baldridge joined, contact Amy Spriggs (amy.spriggs@uky.edu) about the course EDS 558.

 

 

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UPK Book Shines Spotlight on Special Breed in Hollywood — Stuntwomen

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 11, 2016) — The entertainment industry has begun preparing for one of Hollywood's finest awards presentations, the Taurus World Stunt Awards Sunday, May 15, where the best stuntwomen and men in the industry will be recognized for their extraordinary performances in feature films of 2015.

 

While Hollywood is busy assembling for the Taurus Awards, University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Mollie Gregory is breaking the glass ceiling with her new book, "Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story," highlighting the history, accomplishments and continued struggles of stuntwomen in Hollywood.

 

Since the beginning of film, women have been competing in a heavily male-dominated career. For more than a century, they have faced sexism and flown hundreds of feet through the air. They have confronted unequal pay and driven sports cars recklessly around obstacles. And they continue to endure sexual harassment and rigorous physical challenges today.

 

"Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story" is an account of 65 brave women Gregory interviewed, as well as a testament to all those who faced and overcame prejudice in the industry. Gregory showcases the enthralling stories and uncommon courage of women who make their living trading punches, crashing cars and planes, leaping across buildings, and making feats of daring look easy to keep viewers’ hearts racing. 

 

Gregory's book is the first book to tell the full history of stuntwomen in film and television. She describes the first stuntwomen in film, the rise and fall of stuntwomen during the feminist and civil rights movements in the 1960s and '70s, and today’s technological advancements and how they have been incorporated into stuntwork.

 

Women first made their appearances as stunt doubles in the 1910s, before films even had dialogue. These women were revolutionaries in a time when women were still considered property. However, the freedom women had to appear on screen was soon diminished. With cinema’s rise in popularity, men began to take over major roles and reap the profits. Males began to double female stars, wearing wigs and dresses to play the parts. For decades, women had scant opportunity to work as stunt doubles. Women were seen as the weaker sex, and movie studios refused to hire them for fear that they could not complete taxing physical gags. The advent of television gave women the opportunity to perform stunt work, albeit not on the big screen.

 

The women’s and civil rights movements of the 1960s and 1970s happened not only across the United States, but also within the film industry. Stuntwomen came together to fight the oppression they experienced. Slowly but surely, the political and social climate in America began to change. Although they were still met with resistance from many powerful men in film, women were once again presented with a multitude of stunt work opportunities.

 

Today’s moviegoers know more about the behind-the-scenes process of filmmaking than ever before. With the utilization of green screens, CGI and suspension wires, stunt work is safer — and more digitized — than in the past. But filmmakers still understand the importance of bringing thrill to the scene. Stunt people are still as important as ever to the cinematic experience, giving the audience a sense of reality and adrenaline. Stuntwomen still face the gender inequalities they always have, but there is more opportunity for them both in positions as stunt doubles and even as stunt coordinators, a job that has been historically male-dominated. Additionally, respect for stunt work as a profession has grown exponentially over the years, a change that indicates the growth of acceptance in the film industry.

 

Gregory is also the author of "Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood, 1973–2000."

 

UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that includes all of the state universities, five private colleges, and two historical societies. The press’ editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at the University of Kentucky, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation through the UK Libraries.

 

 

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

 

 

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Meet the Muffin Man and More at ACE's 'Shrek'

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 16:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) — Bluegrass audiences can meet the Muffin Man and more as a cast of over 80 children and youth from the University of Kentucky’s Academy for Creative Excellence (ACE), a preparatory academy for students in first through 12-grade, present "Shrek the Musical, Jr." later this week. ACE will bring the friendly ogre and his sidekicks to town in a production based on the beloved Broadway musical and animated movie, May 13-15, at the Guignol Theatre, located in the UK Fine Arts Building.

 

The family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek,

who sets off on a quest to save Princess Fiona from a dragon. In order to succeed,

Shrek must learn how to believe in himself and open his heart to others.

 

With music by Jeanine Tesori, and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, "Shrek the Musical, Jr." is based on the Oscar Award-winning DreamWorks animation film and the book "Shrek" by William Steig. The original Broadway production, starring Brian d'Arcy James as Shrek and Sutton Foster as Fiona, also racked up awards and acclaim running 12 months and receiving a total of 12 Drama Desk Awards and eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical.

 

The musical was adapted for school-age students by educational musical theatre consultancy firm iTheatrics, under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

 

Jeni Benavides is directing the Lexington production, with Ashley Jackson as

choreographer and Vanessa Davis as musical director. Local preparations began with

auditions in early February and continued with several rehearsals each week up to the

show. ACE student performers range in age from 6-17 and hail from a number of

regional schools.

 

In addition to the public performances, ACE will also present a special private showing to residents of Greenhouse 17 this week. The cast got to tour the facility and see the work being done by the local advocacy agency. GreenHouse17, formerly Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, is committed to ending intimate partner abuse in families and the community. The program's specially trained crisis counselors are available to help people harmed by intimate partner abuse at a 40-acre property in rural Fayette County. From that location and three other offices in the service area, Greenhouse 17 provides an array of crisis intervention and stabilization services.

 

Prior to this week's performances, ACE earned some acclaim for this production. Earlier this year, ACE students joined more than 100 musical theater groups from 28 states and four countries at the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Each group prepared a 15-minute version of a Broadway musical and presented it in front of a panel of three industry adjudicators. ACE performed a condensed version of "Shrek the Musical, Jr.," and were commended for their characterization, vocal harmonization and ensemble work.

 

"Shrek the Musical, Jr." will take the Guignol stage 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. Tickets are $14 for general admission and $12 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available via the Singletary Center box office. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at www.scfatickets.com, or purchase in person during operating hours. A processing fee will be added upon completion of transaction.

 

Created in 2009, ACE is a preparatory performing arts program for young students in Lexington and the surrounding communities. The academy, a department of UK Opera Theatre, provides training and instruction in performing arts and encourages excellence, enthusiasm, professionalism and passion among its students.

 

UK Opera Theatre is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. The School of Music has garnered national recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

 

 

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

 

 

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New Leaders in the Gatton College

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 15:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) — University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David W. Blackwell recently announced plans aimed at continuing and enhancing the progress the college has made during his first four years at the helm. Blackwell said the college will be engaging in significant transition activity over the next couple of months, with several changes in the college’s executive team set to take effect July 1.

 

"These changes will enable me to increase my focus on broad strategic issues, on cultivating resources to finance our enrollment growth, and on fundraising to invest in elevating the Gatton College’s academic programs and research mission as we move toward conclusion of the capital campaign for the new building," Blackwell said.

 

Jenkins named executive associate dean

Nicole Jenkins, an associate professor in the Von Allmen School of Accountancy, has been named the new executive associate dean in the Gatton College, which replaces the current senior associate dean position. As executive associate dean, Jenkins will serve as the de-facto chief operating officer for the college, overseeing financial operations, human resources, faculty affairs, research administration, facilities, information technology, and accreditation/strategic planning.

 

Jenkins' strong academic career includes positions at Washington University-St. Louis and Vanderbilt University before she joined the Gatton College in 2012.

 

"Nicole has had much success in research and teaching, and her great leadership potential has been recognized around campus through various leadership opportunities and university service,” said Blackwell. “She has strong ideas for initiatives to improve the success of our faculty, and her extensive industry and academic accounting experiences will continue to enhance our fiscal management."

 

“I look forward to bringing my academic and business experience to a new leadership role in the Gatton College,” Jenkins said. “With our new building, innovative faculty research, and increasing student enrollment, the college and our faculty are poised for even greater successes.”

 

Troske to serve as associate dean for graduate programs and outreach

The associate dean for graduate programs position, which has been vacant for the past year, will be expanded into the new associate dean for graduate programs and outreach role, with Ken Troske, who has been senior associate dean since 2012, taking this post. Troske will be responsible for all of Gatton’s graduate and professional programs, including the college’s MBA programs, as well as the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship

 

“I am excited about the significant potential for growth in the Gatton College’s graduate, professional and outreach programs,” said Troske. “Increasing the partnerships between businesses, community leaders and our students and faculty is a priority, as our university continues to enhance the economic climate in Kentucky and our region.”

 

"This position is critical for the future of the Gatton College, given that it oversees units and programs that have great potential to generate new resources for the college," said Blackwell. "Ken has long had high visibility in the business community and in various public policy arenas. His contributions to the college have been countless, but none more challenging than his role in coordinating and overseeing the construction of our new building. I look forward to working with Ken in this new role."

  

Johnson now associate dean for international affairs

Blackwell also announced that he is elevating the executive director of international affairs position to that of associate dean for international affairs, with Nancy Johnson remaining in the job with additional responsibilities. Under her leadership, this position has greatly expanded, with increasing numbers of international partnerships, education abroad opportunities, and international students in the Gatton College. Johnson will continue developing and overseeing new international partnerships as the college works to diversify its global reach.

 

Scott Kelley will continue as the Gatton College's associate dean for undergraduate affairs, the position he has held since 2010.

 

In a message to the school's faculty, staff and students, Blackwell, who took over as dean of the Gatton College on March 1, 2012, thanked Troske, Jenkins, Johnson and Kelley for agreeing to serve in these roles. He also called on all members of the Gatton community to continue their support and hard work in enhancing the college and the University of Kentucky.

 

 

 

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A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 10, 1912

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 15:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 217th diary entry is from May 10, 1912. She recalls her last Latin and philosophy classes, a meeting of the seniors, dreams to attend graduate school and writing in her "good times" book.

 

May 10th. Last Latin class. Philosophy is my very last class in my university career. Dr. Tigert lectures. I write notices of Senior class meeting at second hour, and Mamie and I post them. Fourth hour Mr. Stanfill, Mr. Tinsley, Mamie, and I sit on the campus, and we Seniors discuss everything from the play to Baccalaureate sermon.

 

"Sandy" talks to the seniors about the graduate school, "of which I dream." We have our meeting on the campus, and I appoint by my dignity and authority as "vice-president", a committee to see about Senior chapel — Mr. Miller, Mr. Golden, Miss Battaile, Mr. Stanfire, and Mr. Dosthnizer. I am sorry to refuse Sandy's invitation to dinner at the lunch stand, but tell him I'll go during Senior Vacation. Addie spends the night with Louise Cory and I'm lonesome. Therefore I write up my good times book.

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

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

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Gatton's Oscar Portillo Shows What Dedication Can Do

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 15:02

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 9, 2016) — At age 34, Oscar Portillo is not your "typical" undergraduate student at the University of Kentucky. In fact, there is nothing very typical about this native of Mexico who walked across the stage at Rupp Arena Sunday, May 8, and received his marketing degree from the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

 

Twenty-one years ago, this promising young soccer player from Mexico was recruited to join an elite club team in Los Angeles. Only 13 at the time, Portillo played for four years while receiving educational instruction from tutors associated with the club. Then, at age 17, he sustained a serious ankle injury, ending his dream of playing as a professional.

 

An uncle (Juan) who lived in Lexington brought Portillo to Kentucky where he began working on a thoroughbred horse farm.

 

Several years later, Portillo became reacquainted with a young woman named Elvira whom he had first met while attending first grade back in his hometown of Aguascalientes. In 2004, Portillo and Elvira, a U.S. citizen and local restaurant manager, were married and now have three children.

 

Portillo did a little bit of everything on the farm, from cleaning stalls to grooming horses — you name it, he did it. Eventually, he rose to become farm manager, working 10-hour days from July to January, while being on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week the rest of the year during foaling season.

 

Portillo said that he had an epiphany of sorts one morning during his early years on the farm.

 

"I was mucking stalls and suddenly looked around and thought, 'is this what I want to do for the rest of my life?'" Portillo said. "I decided right then and there, I needed to get more schooling, more education."

 

Determined to make things better for himself and his family, Portillo, who had learned to speak English during the four years he lived in California, studied hard and earned his high school GED. With the encouragment of his wife and the support of his farm employer, Portillo enrolled in Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. He started out by taking two classes per semester in the evening at BCTC's campus in Lexington, and also at the college's sites in Paris and Winchester, depending on the coursework being offered. In short order, Portillo increased his academic load to four classes a semester, still working full time on the farm and driving his two older children to school five mornings a week.

 

In 2014, Portillo, who credits his BCTC advisors and teachers for believing in him,  graduated with his associate degree, compiling an overall GPA of 3.6. He applied to, and was accepted for admission, to several universities in Kentucky.

 

"I knew I wanted to major in business and the Gatton College was the best fit for me," Portillo said. "Being a first generation college student and knowing of UK's support through First Generation Initiatives made my decision an easy one."

 

The decision to attend UK may have been easy for him, but he found his first major exam in a management course to be anything but. Portillo failed the test miserably, yet was determined to learn from the experience.

 

"My teacher in the course, Dr. Gordon Holbein (senior lecturer in management) met with me and showed how I was looking at things too narrowly and trying to be perfect," said Portillo. "He encouraged me to look at the big picture and pay attention to more than business concepts, but to life concepts, as well. After that, I gained confidence and saw my hard work in and out of the classroom begin to pay off."

 

Having had the chance to be exposed to the major thoroughbred sales held in Lexington each year, Portillo was looking for a major to which he could apply his work experience, while gaining a more refined knowledge of principles and building a foundation for future career opportunities.

 

"I really am very grateful to my academic advisor in Gatton, Taurean Douglas," said Portillo. "He pointed me toward a major in marketing and it has been a great choice for me. I have been very happy. In addition, faculty members Adam Craig (assistant professor of marketing), Tereza Dean (assistant professor of marketing), and Holly Hapke (senior lecturer in marketing) have all been so helpful and supportive."

 

Earlier this spring, Portillo applied for a position with the Cintas Corporation's Louisville operation. After a series of in-depth interviews, he was hired as a production supervisor, a job he will begin a few weeks from now.

 

And, while he is very excited about the position, Portillo made it clear to his new bosses that he already has his eyes set on moving up in the company.

 

"I intend to make this just the beginning of a long, positive journey," Portillo said. "I want to contribute to the success of Cintas and really make a difference."

 

This ambitious young man is on a mission to dispel negative stereotypes that some Americans may have about people from his native country and other Hispanic immigrants.

 

"I want to show by example how much America means to me and how grateful I am for the opportunity to work here, gain an education, and make things better for me and my family," said Portillo. "It should not matter what country someone is born in, what matters is what a person does to make this nation a better place. It would be nice to see the nasty rhetoric in society toned down. The U.S. is a country where people from all nationalities should be judged on their merits, by their work and conduct, not by where they come from. The old saying, 'you can't judge a book by its cover,' is true."

 

Portillo's wife, Elvira, will be taking a well-earned break from her job, as he commutes from Lexington to his new job, at least in the short term.

 

"My wife has supported me so much during the past six years or so while I have been obtaining my higher education," said Portillo. "It's my turn to support her now."

 

As for achieving the milestone of graduating from UK, Portillo, who has become a big fan of American football to go along with soccer and horse racing, said, "It is very rewarding, yet humbling. It still seems unbelievable to me. There was a time not too long ago when a college degree seemed so out of reach for me."

 

Portillo, a U.S. resident who is in the process of earning his American citizenship, wanted to add one more thing.

 

"While I am the first in my family to graduate from college, I will not be the last," he said. "We want to do everything we can to make sure that our three kids (12-year-old son, 9-year-old daughter, and 2-year-old son) achieve this goal."

 

Oscar Portillo, UK class of 2016, is an inspiring example of what sacrifice, tenacity and hard work can do.

 

This is the final in a series of features on UKNow about our May and August 2016 graduates who participated in the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies Sunday, May 8, at Rupp Arena. More than 2,400 undergraduates and 500 graduate and professional students participated yesterday, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate and professional degrees were conferred for May and August 2016. For more information, visit www.uky.edu/commencement

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu.

 

A Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 7-9, 1912

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 14:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 213th, 214th, 215th and 216th diary entries are from May 7-9, 1912. In her diary, the senior recalls wrapping up the last of her philosophy, Greek literatureGerman and logic classes with quizzes and tests, working on the school newspaper, and spending time with friends.

 

May 7th. Philosophy quiz! Joy?!

 

May 8th. Last Kinky lecture! And alas, last class to Prof. Noe. How I do hate to give up his class.

 

May 9th. Greek Literature Exam! Joy again!? I go to Elizabeth's for supper. Write up Idea notes.

 

May 9th. Last German class, and last Logic, too. Oh, these last classes! Annie Louise is going to take swimming. I make Bernice miss her train, so we take the suitcase down, and go to the lunch stand for dinner. In the afternoon we go to town. Mamie Sledd comes, and we bum until Bernice's train leaves. After supper we take a walk and watch tennis.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

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

 

This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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