‘Sweeney Todd’ Serves Up Sweet, Sinful Revenge

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2014) — University of Kentucky Opera Theatre lives up to its tradition of presenting some of Broadway's most popular hits again this fall as it presents a new production of Stephen Sondheim’s maniacal masterpiece "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A Musical Thriller." The dark musical comedy will haunt the Lexington Opera House stage Oct. 4-12.


From Broadway and West End stages, to the big screen featuring Johnny Depp, to its most recent presentation on PBS with a Lincoln Center cast featuring Bryn Terfel and Academy Award winner Emma Thompson, "Sweeney Todd" is known for seizing audiences' attention with its story full of murder, mayhem and revenge. Set in 19th century England, the musical explores the life of Benjamin Barker, alias Sweeney Todd, who returns to London after serving 15 years on trumped-up charges.


Stage director Richard Gammon has assembled a creative team that helps bring light to the dark comedy in a fantastical new production. Gammon is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and currently is the stage director for Ash Lawn Opera’s Young Artist Program. He previously worked in Kentucky when he directed the 2010 production of "Much Ado About Nothing" for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, in Louisville. Rounding out Gammon's team are assistant director and choreographer Cassey Kikuchi Kivnick, set designer Carolyn Mraz, lighting designer Tanya Harper and costume designer Susan Dudley Wigglesworth.


“Richard Gammon has directed an innovative, creative and spectacular new production," said UK Opera Theatre Executive Director Everett McCorvey, producer for the show. "While the show is a dark comedy, Richard has really focused on the comedy aspect, and the truth and life in each of the characters.”


Bringing "Sweeney Todd" to "life" is a double cast of talented UK students including: Thomas Gunther and Matthew Turner as Sweeney Todd; Holly Dodson and Rachel Snyder as Mrs. Lovett; Christopher Baker as Judge Turpin; Peter LaPrade and Zackery Morris as Anthony Hope; Gabrielle Barker and Mary Catherine Wright as Johanna; Andrew Miller and Wesley Hammond as Tobias Ragg; Brittany Jones and Kathrin Thawley as Beggar Woman; Joshua Randall Price and Brock Terry as Beadle Bamford; and Jonathan Parham as Adolfo Pirelli.

Under the baton of John Nardolillo, 36 UK Symphony Orchestra members perform one of Sondheim’s most intricate scores. Performances will also be conducted by Lucía Marín and Jan Pellant, doctoral candidates and UK Symphony Orchestra assistant conductors.


Performances of "Sweeney Todd" take the stage 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 and 8-11, and 2 p.m., Oct. 5, 11 and 12. Tickets range in price from $40.50 to $76.50, with student tickets available for $20.50. To purchase tickets in advance, contact the box office at 859-233-3535, visit or purchase in person at the Lexington Center Box Office. Tickets may be purchased at the Lexington Opera House 90 minutes before each performance.


For more information contact Patrick Joel Martin, marketing coordinator for UK Opera Theatre, at 859-257-4590.


UK Opera Theatre is one of a select group of U.S. opera training programs recommended by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community and heightening appreciation for opera by supporting music education enrichment programs.


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



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

Hispanic Literature and Culture Journal Available Online

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 10:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2014) — The 2014 issue of Nomenclatura: Aproximaciones a los estudios hispánicos, a publication dedicated to investigating Hispanic literatures and cultures, is now available online via UKnowledge through a collaboration between the University of Kentucky Department of Hispanic Studies and UK Libraries. This journal encourages work that employs innovative writing styles as well as formal scholarly work and is edited by graduate students from the Department of Hispanic Studies at UK.  


The first issue of Nomenclatura: Aproximaciones a los estudios hispánicos: “Acts of Remembering” was published in 2011 and edited by Alice Driver and Rebecca Pittenger. The second issue was edited by Jeffrey Zamostny and Grace Martin under the title of “Apocalypse and the End Times.


The third issue, edited by Constantin C. Icleanu and María López-Soriano, is titled “At the Crossroads of Literature and Technology.” This volume foregrounds creative and academic contributions in English and Spanish from graduate students and early-career professors tackling the growing field that studies the interconnectivity of technology and literature. The authors therein attempt to answer the following defining questions:

  • how have changes in technology altered the way we identify ourselves and relate to others?
  • how do popular culture products reimagine the relationship between the body and technology?
  • how have blogs and other publishing platforms impacted Hispanic narrative forms?
  • has technology opened the door to increased literary production or has it obstructed its creation?


The online publishing of Nomenclatura via UKnowledge was make possible with the support and work of Susan Larson, associate professor of Spanish, and the journal's editorial team, as well as UK Libraries led by Adrian Ho, director of digital scholarship.


UK Libraries has provided free journal hosting services since the launch of UKnowledge in December 2010. With a state-of-the-art online platform, the system provides editors of UK-based journals with custom-designed sites and an online system to streamline the editorial process. UK Libraries-hosted journals have high visibility through search engine optimization, and authors receive monthly reports of the download counts of their articles. Additionally, UK Libraries undertakes the long-term preservation of the published contents to ensure perpetual access to them in the future. UK Libraries currently hosts five journals on UKnowledge.


Editors of UK-based journals can contact Adrian Ho at to explore opportunities for collaboration. 



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

Education Abroad Growth Focus of 'UK at the Half'

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 19:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2014) – University of Kentucky's Anthony Ogden, executive director of Education Abroad and Exchanges, was the guest of "UK at the Half" that aired Sept. 27, during the radio broadcast of the UK vs. Vanderbilt University football game.


Ogden discussed the opportunities education abroad and exchanges provide to students at UK and the benefits of international education to enrich students' education and career goals. In addition, Ogden provided information about the  growth of the program at the university.


"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.


To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Sept. 27 "UK at the Half" interview, click here.

UK Students Attend IdeaFestival

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 17:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2014) — Some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators are in downtown Louisville this week for the annual IdeaFestival (IF), which runs through Friday at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. The University of Kentucky continues to serve as a sponsor for this four-day event.


Eight UK students received funding to attend the conference for all four days, thanks to a grant from the Council on Postsecondary Education. Tomorrow, more than 70 University of Kentucky students will attend the IF with representatives from the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence in the Division of Undergraduate Education


IF, which began in Lexington in 2000, is a unique event that celebrates innovation in ways designed to stretch the imagination and broaden horizons. IF has grown into one of the world's premier showcases of creativity and discovery, exploring innovation across different fields including design, science, business, arts, technology, industry, spirituality, medicine, media, literature, international affairs, and more.


For more information about the IdeaFestival, and to view the full schedule of events and speakers, visit the website at  

The Kentucky Law Journal and UK College of Law Present Data Privacy Symposium

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2014) — The Kentucky Law Journal and the University of Kentucky College of Law will present a symposium on data privacy titled “Your Rights in a Digital World,” from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10. The event will take place in the College of Law Courtroom.


This symposium is dedicated to the question of how we govern data privacy when personal data is ubiquitous.


Guest speakers for this event include:


Leslie P. Francis, Distinguished Professor of law and philosophy, Alfred C. Emery Professor of Law, and associate dean for faculty research and development in the College of Law at the University of Utah.  Professor Francis teaches and writes extensively in the areas of health law, bioethics, and disability. She currently serves as co-chair of the Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics.


Raymond Ku, director of the Center for Cyberspace Law & Policy and professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. An internationally recognized scholar, Professor Ku writes on legal issues impacting individual liberty, creativity, and technology. His articles appear in the law reviews and journals of Berkeley, Chicago, Georgetown, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin, among others, and he is the lead author of the first casebook devoted exclusively to the study of cyberspace law.


Dennis D. Hirsch, Geraldine W. Howell Professor of Law at Capital University Law School. Professor Hirsch conducts research on privacy regulation. His scholarship argues that privacy injuries are to the information economy what environmental damage has been to smokestack industry – a negative side-effect of business activity. His work explores whether environmental law can serve as a constructive model for privacy regulation.


David Thaw, assistant professor of law and information sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and an Affiliated Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. His research and scholarship examine the regulation and impact of Internet and computing technologies, with specific focus on cybersecurity, privacy, cybercrime, and cyberwarfare. 


Patricia Sánchez Abril, associate professor of business law at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. She spent several years at Univisión Network, the largest Spanish-language television network in the United States, where she specialized in international business transactions, specifically intellectual property rights, talent, and other entertainment-related contracts.  Professor Abril has published primarily in the areas of intellectual property and privacy law, with her most recent work focusing on privacy and its relation to social media, health, securities, and tort law. 


Jacqueline Lipton, Baker Botts Professor of Law and co-director for the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Houston Law Center.  While Professor Lipton will not be at the symposium, she worked closely with Abril on her presentation. Her scholarship focuses on law and digital technology, as well as law and the creative arts.  She is the co-author of multiple editions of a leading cyberspace casebook, "Cyberspace Law:  Cases and Materials," (with Professor Raymond S. R. Ku) as well as sole author of "Internet Domain Names, Trademarks and Free Speech" (Edward Elgar, 2010) and "Security Over Intangible Property" (LBC Thompson, 2000). 


Lawrence Siry, collaberatuer scientifique at the University of Luxembourg.  Siry received his J.D. from New York Law School and practiced in the field of criminal defense in New York for nearly 15 years, most recently at the criminal defense practice of the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan, where he served as a supervising attorney. In 2013 he received his Doctorate of Law from the University of Luxembourg and has conducted research on freedom of expression and comparative privacy rights in the U.S. and Europe.


Jennifer B. Coffman, retired U.S. District judge, is the moderator for the symposium. She became the first female federal judge in Kentucky at the time of her appointment in 1993. She went on to become the first female federal chief judge in 2007. On January 8, 2013, Coffman retired after serving on the court for 19 years.

Guests may register for this event by visiting the website, and clicking on the cover story.


This program is approved by the Kentucky Bar Association CLE Commission for three hours of continuing legal education credit.


MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 

SGA Offers Child Care Grants

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2014) — Each year Student Government offers child care grants to students who need financial assistance for day care service for their children. These grants were created to help students with children further their education with less financial stress. Child care grants are available for part-time and full-time students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 


To be eligible a student must be enrolled at the University of Kentucky in the semester they apply for the grant and their children must be enrolled in a daycare or after school program that requires a weekly or monthly payment.


This is a one-time grant with applications available each semester. The grant will be credited through myUK to your student account. If both parents are UK students, please note this on the application but it is not necessary for both parents to apply.


The selection committee reviews numerous applications, so please be as detailed in your responses as possible. Once you begin, you must complete the application in its entirety. The application cannot be saved.


The deadline to apply for a child care grant is by noon Tuesday, Oct. 7. No late applications will be accepted.


You can find the application online at


MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

SGA CONTACT: Blair Hoover,



UK HealthCare Pediatric Team Brings Guatemalan Child Closer to a Normal Life

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:17



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2014) — After Cony Puac delivered her daughter Evany, birthing attendants placed the newborn in her arms and cleared the room. 


Born in a remote Guatemalan village surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, even in the first moments of life, children born with facial clefts are ostracized from society. Evany was diagnosed with a severe midline cleft palate by an orthodontist in her community. An opening at the center of her face spanned from her bottom lip to the space between her eyes. On either side of the opening, her eyes were separated by 38 centimeters — 20 centimeters wider than that of an average child's. Evany's nostrils were pushed to the left side of her face in cluster of tissue. At the crown of her head, Evany suffered from several holes in the cranium bone beneath the skin.


Evany also lacked an upper lip, which she needed to receive nourishment early in life through breastfeeding. In order to feed Evany, her parents obtained special bottles designed for children with severe cleft palates from a charity called Evelyn's Baskets of Love and Life. Adapting to her condition, Evany learned to feed herself without a palate by mashing solid foods with her fist and the inside of her mouth. As she continued to grow in her first year, the facial cleft impeded Evany's speech development. Only able to form sounds in the back of her throat, she replaced the word "Papa" with the sound of "a-a."  


University of Kentucky pediatric reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr. James Liau said children born with craniofacial cleft palates in countries with limited medical resources are deprived of the chance to live a normal life. Facial clefts and cleft palates are widely misunderstood abnormalities that affect babies across countries and cultures, although environmental conditions and hereditary factors could contribute to the condition. At the University of Kentucky, Liau helps counsel families that have severe facial clefts while babies are still in the womb, and he intervenes as soon as possible after birth. In Guatemala, most rural populations don't have access to surgical experts who can correct these facial abnormalities in children.


"I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to do what I can do," Liau said. "In Guatemala, that's it. Your child dies, or you try to find someone overseas that can help you. It's sad, but it's an unfortunate fact of life."


Liau travels to Guatemala once a year with the Children of the Americas, a nonprofit dedicated to providing medical and surgical services to women and children rural Guatemala. Liau packs a small surgical kit to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries during his volunteer trips in conjunction with other medical professionals. When he encountered Evany and her family during a trip in January 2014, he knew that correcting Evany's condition would require a major procedure that couldn't safely be performed in Guatemala.


"Her case was pretty severe and pretty dramatic," Liau said of Evany's facial cleft. "It's probably one of the most exotic facial clefts that you'll ever see."


Working with a national network of doctors and volunteers, Children of the Americas, arranged for Evany and her mother to travel to the UK Chandler Hospital for the first, and the most intensive, of three reconstructive surgeries. Evany's craniofacial surgery involved a team of UK HealthCare specialists representing the divisions of anesthesiology, pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric plastic surgery.


Cony Puac and 18-month-old Evany arrived in Kentucky on May 12 and visited the UK Chandler Hospital for a pre-surgery cat scan on May 23. While in the waiting room, the new walker clanged a tambourine and grinned while playing games, oblivious to the impending surgery. Puac, 19, quietly sat with translator Jennifer Christmann, who is also interim director of facilties planning and development at UK HealthCare and volunteers with Children of the Americas.


Puac traveled away from her husband and 3-year-old son in Guatemala to accompany Evany through the surgery. A volunteer family based in New Albany, Indiana, hosted the Guatemalan mother and daughter for several weeks before and after the surgery. While Puac's host family treated her to shoe shopping and Culver's cheeseburgers, she said she missed her home and family.


"She knows she is here for a purpose," Christmann said.


On May 30, Evany was underwent a cranial vault reconstruction  at the UK Chandler Hospital to bring the orbits of her eyes closer together. Liau worked with UK HealthCare pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Pittman to correct Evany's cranial bone structure, laying the groundwork for future soft tissue surgeries. During the surgery, Liau and the plastic surgery team removed a part of her skull, and then united the facial bones at the location where they plan to reconstruct Evany's nose. Evany was held in the pediatric intensive care unit for a few days as part of post-operative protocol.


Walking with more confidence in an examination room two weeks after surgery, Evany recovered with her same playful and sweet spirit as before, which Liau said was a good sign. Her hair would eventually cover a scar left from a line of stitches marking the incision made at the crown of her head. With the adjustments to the orbits of her eyes, Evany was now seeing straight ahead. She inspected Liau as he held her in his lap, speaking in Spanish and calling her "sweet pea." Mom, Conny Puac, was overwhelmed with gratitude to Liau and the surgical team.  


"It’s a big change, and I am very happy that she’s changed." Puac said of her daughter through a translator. "I am very happy (Liau) did such a good job. I am very appreciative and very thankful to him."


Liau said moving the cranial and facial bones into place was the hardest step in Evany's journey. The next two surgeries, which will be performed by Liau in Guatemala, will involve reconstructing the soft tissue features of Evany's face. Liau will use existing tissue to construct Evany's nose and upper lip during the second surgery in January. He will return the following year to perform a procedure that will rebuild the palate. Through the course of two years and three surgeries, Liau hopes to achieve the closest semblance to "normal" for Evany. He believes all children deserve a chance to live normal life. 


"A cleft palate should not keep you from having a healthy, normal, productive life," Liau said. "We are at a stage in cleft care when you should just continue on with what you're supposed to be doing, which is to be happy and have a family and have a life. The ability to do that either here in Kentucky or overseas is something I'm really happy to have." 

UK Football Ticket Discount Offered for Faculty and Staff

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) - UK faculty and staff are invited to use the special promo code “BEATSC” at to purchase $25 upper level reserved tickets for this Saturday’s game against South Carolina. Kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Commonwealth Stadium.


In addition, the code “BEATLM” can be used for $20 upper level reserved tickets for the Heroes’ Day game at noon against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, Oct. 11.


To redeem, visit and click “see tickets” for Kentucky versus South Carolina. On the event page there is a box labeled "offer code." Enter the code for the game you desire and then select your seats using the interactive seat map. Each ticket will have a minimal service charge.



MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

PTS Home Express Service Ticket Sales Begin Today

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 23:16
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) – UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) will begin selling tickets for the Thanksgiving and Winter Break editions of its Ride Home Express bus service today. The PTS Ride Home Express is a bus service travelling to hometowns and other destinations during the major academic breaks. The service provides an economical and efficient alternative as compared to other means of travel.


The PTS Ride Home Express is in its fourth year of operation. For the 2014-15 edition of the Ride Home Express, PTS will operate three routes, with a total of 15 stops. The final destinations include the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; and Cleveland, Ohio. For individual route maps, visit


The program offers significantly cheaper fares than airlines, and faster travel times than other major bus companies. Ride Home Express is open to both students and employees.


UK students are able to register and pay for their trip via the web by logging on to the Parking Account Manager with their Link Blue ID. BCTC students are also able to pay for trip registration online using their KCTCS login. Ride Home Express registration will be available as an option under the "Purchase Permits" section once logged in. Riders utilizing the online option must pay using credit or debit cards. All other riders must register and pay for their seats in person at the main PTS office, located in the Press Avenue Garage, at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues. One-way fares may be purchased in person only. The office is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Tickets will not be issued. All passengers will be added to a manifest and will need to bring a photo ID to board the bus. Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $55-$155 for round-trip rates; one-way fares begin at $30. A complete price list can be found here:


PTS recommends registering for the trip as soon as possible. Space is limited, and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The motor coaches used for PTS Ride Home Express offer many amenities, including restrooms and reclining seats.


For more information on the Ride Home Express, including a list of fares, visit the Ride Home Express page or the Ride Home Express Frequently Asked Questions.



UK Women's Forum Blasts 'Back to the Future' With Eighth Annual Conference

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 22:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Women's Forum is jumping "Back to the Future" with their 2014 conference featuring UK Provost Christine Riordan as the keynote speaker. This year the conference will discuss female leaders from the past, present and future and will occur Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Student Center Grand Ballroom beginning with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and ending with giveaways at 3 p.m.



The Women's Forum Annual Conference is free and open to all UK faculty and staff. "The conference is an opportunity for the Women’s Forum to inform the audience of our mission and to encourage general membership," said Debra Ross, the UK Women's Forum conference co-chair.


Riordan will present the conference's keynote address at 9 a.m.  As UK provost, she oversees all of the academic operations of the University of Kentucky including more than 30,000 students. Riordan is responsible for supporting and advancing academic programs, teaching and scholarship and has a leadership role in the development and implementation of UK's strategic plan. She also is involved in the implementation of a new financial budget system, expansion of the Living and Learning Program, refinement of the academic brand and enrollment growth. Riordan has been featured in and written articles for publications such as The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, USA Today, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC and Wall Street Journal.


All topics to be covered at the event will focus on being successful both professionally and personally. The topics to be covered include: inclusive excellence, personal safety, emotional intelligence, setting realistic expectations, superwoman syndrome, women in history and speed networking.


"It is a personal and professional development opportunity offered on campus at no charge to encourage, inform and celebrate women at UK," Ross said. "They can take this knowledge and networking opportunity to grow in their roles at UK."


The UK Women's Forum was created in 1991 and is an organization for all faculty and staff members of the university. Its mission is to exert a leadership role in empowering, validating, informing, including and celebrating all women employed through the University of Kentucky by addressing the challenges, communicating issues and recognizing successes within the context of the workplace.



For additional information about the Women's Forum or the conference, visit their Facebook page or website If you have any questions, contact Debra Ross at or 859-218-3381.  Click here to register for the event. 

Behold the Spectacle of 'Dancing at Lughnasa'

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:29

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance kicks of its season with its opening production of "Dancing at Lughnasa." Shows will be held at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 2-4 and 9-11, and 2 p.m., Oct. 5 and 12, in the Guignol Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.


“People should come see 'Dancing at Lughnasa' because it’s a beautifully written theatrical piece loaded with spectacle,” said Peter Stone, director of the production and visiting professor at UK. "It's everything theatre should be, but often is not.”


This bittersweet drama by Brian Friel won the 1992 Tony Award for best play and is widely regarded as Friel’s masterpiece. The story is set in the fictitious town of Ballybeg, Ireland, in a cozy family cottage. Michael Evans narrates as he recalls his childhood in the late summer of 1936 that he spent preparing for the harvest festival with his young mother and four aunts. The family is reunited with their peculiar uncle and receives an unexpected visit from Evans' estranged father. It was during this summer that the family grew, struggled and danced on the threshold of transformation.


“[The show’s] themes are very relevant to family issues that many people unfortunately face today. The play focuses on themes of unemployment, poverty and religious repression. Michael's oldest aunt, Kate, is the backbone of the family. We witness her constant effort to keep her family and country from changing.  owever, this Irish family must inevitably reap a bitter harvest of their past actions,” said Stone.


Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased by calling 859-257-4929, by visiting, or in person at the ticket office.


The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.

Gatton One-year MBA Debuts Entrepreneurial Elective

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) – Intellectual property, innovation, venture capital,

technology and commercialization -- all of these terms and many more will be a living, breathing part of students' lives in MBA 624, one of three new electives making its debut today (Wednesday, Oct. 1) in the One Year Accelerated MBA program in the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics.


28 UK MBA students will be joined by three UK College of Design students as they get a hands-on opportunity to learn commercialization skills in a real-world environment that combines theory and practice.


The course, "Entrepreneurial Marketing and Management Technology Commercialization," will run for 13 weeks through Feb. 4, 2015. It is intended for students interested in startup companies or the assessment of new technologies in larger companies.


"Students in this course will work in teams on six real-world projects," said Dean Harvey, executive director of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship in the Gatton College. "Working in a living laboratory environment, teams will take projects from business concept to full business plan and investor pitch in just 13 sessions." The course is built around a proven 'ABC' commercialization model – an Assessment module, a Business Planning module, and a Capitalization module.


The projects will be based on intellectual property developed at UK, Eastern Kentucky University, and by private entities. Highly experienced entrepreneurs and mentors will provide guidance throughout the project, and guest speakers will complement class discussions and project work.


"Multidisciplinary teamwork represents a major source of innovation in most organizations," said Harvie Wilkinson, director of MBA programs at Gatton. "This new elective provides our students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in entrepreneurship and the commercialization process."


Following the conclusion of the course, select students and teams will have the opportunity to compete in business plan competitions including:


·         UK Venture Challenge

·         Idea State U

·         Alltech Innovation Competition

·         Other regional and national competitions


"Innovative thinking and entrepreneurial skills are essential for success in business, whether you are part of a small startup company or a large corporation looking to be more nimble," said Harvey.


Wilkinson added, "We are very excited about what this new course offering brings to our MBA students."


Harvey and Wilkinson both expressed appreciation to community service providers and investors who are contributing their time and efforts to serve as topic experts and team mentors.




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


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Resources are Focus of Mental Illness Awareness Week

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 14:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2014) – As the nation observes Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 5-11, the University of Kentucky community will have a chance to focus on mental health and learn about services that help take care of their minds.


With such stressors as midterms coming up, it's important to know how stress can affect students and what services are available to combat mental health issues. One in four college students are living with a diagnosable mental illness, with higher prevalence of mental illnesses, and suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. There are a number of services offered through UK Student Health Service and the Counseling Center, on the main campus, which help students in managing their mental health.


For full-time students, tuition includes a student health fee, which allows them to utilize University Health Service (UHS). The Behavioral Health Clinic on the fourth floor of the UHS building can be a great resource for students. Students can discuss any issues they are having related to mental health, including test anxiety, issues sleeping or suicidal thoughts and schizophrenia.


 According to Dr. Ann Hays, the clinical director of UHS, it will take about a week or two to get an appointment with the qualified physicians working in that office. However, students can make appointments with a primary care physician, who can do screenings and assess patients. Those appointments can usually be made for the same day or possibly the next. If the doctor thinks a patient is in need of further assistance, they can issue a referral to Behavioral Health.


Another great resource is the UK Counseling Center, located in Frazee Hall. The Counseling Center offers their services free of charge to any UK student enrolled in at least six credit hours.


“I tell people every day it [mental illness] is a medical model like any other illness," Hays said. "You’re not afraid to come to the doctor for a cold; you shouldn’t be afraid to take care of your mental health.”


Students who are not struggling with mental health issues, but think a friend or acquaintance might be, have the option to submit a referral to the Community of Concern. This panel of UK staff will assess these referrals and assist students with coping with issues, be they related to mental health or otherwise.


Services offered by UK are expansive, but people still need to be encouraged to make use of these tools. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with mental illness and receiving mental health care causes many people to ignore their illnesses or go without treatment. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) UK, a club here at UK, is working to eliminate that stigma by educating students, faculty and staff. The group works to educate students and the community about mental illness, and will be doing so on Oct. 11, when they literally "walk the walk" by participating in NAMIWalks.


Health care for college students frequently focuses on physical health and forgets about the importance of mental health. Mental Illness Awareness Week gives students the chance to take a moment to think about what they can do to improve their mental health and help those around them who might need it.


MEDIA CONTACT: Olivia McCoy, UK Public Relations, 859-257-8716


UK Receives $1.8 Million to Combat Obesity

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) — The University of Kentucky received a $1.8 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to focus on lowering obesity rates in the Kentucky communities most affected by this issue. Researchers and extension personnel in UK’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK College of Public Health, will work in six Kentucky counties that have obesity rates higher than 40 percent, which include Logan, Clinton, Lewis, Martin, Letcher and Elliott counties.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will administer the three-year cooperative agreement that will concentrate on the agency’s goal of reducing chronic disease incidence rates, promoting healthier lifestyles, reducing health disparities and controlling health care spending.


“This is the first time the CDC has directly funded a Cooperative Extension program,” said Ann Vail, director of the UK School of Human Environmental Sciences and principal investigator on the project. “The grant will support building and strengthening collaborations between extension and public health personnel at the university, community and state levels.”

Margaret McGladrey, assistant dean for research in the UK College of Public Health, is the community coalition leader for the project.


“This cooperative agreement is a unique opportunity for local health department personnel, extension agents and community health coalitions to partner and implement community-based solutions to this important issue,” she said.


In the project, titled Collaborative Environmental Approaches to Reduce Obesity Disparities in Kentucky, extension agents, state extension professionals, local public health departments, UK public health specialists and community health coalition members will implement programs to decrease obesity rates and improve their residents’ overall health using strategies based on the most pressing needs of each county. Other partners include UK’s Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition and the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky.


UK’s cooperative agreement is part of the $4.6 million in new funding the Department of Health and Human Services has dedicated to this program, which has resulted in awards to six land-grant universities. 




MEDIA CONTACTS: Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774; Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200


SAB Brings 'Scandal' Inspiration, Successful Businesswoman Judy Smith to Campus

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2014) — The Student Activities Board Multicultural Affairs Committee is launching the “Women of the World” lecture series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Memorial Hall. The first lecturer is Judy Smith, America’s No. 1 crisis management expert and the inspiration for ABC's smash hit "Scandal."


The “Women of the World” lecture series celebrates a diverse group of women in various forms of power. All students and staff are welcome, male or female. Attendees will hear about the struggles and successes Judy Smith has faced and will have the opportunity to ask her questions.


“Audiences will hear Judy Smith speak on her experience as a successful businesswoman, how she attained success and barriers she’s had to overcome on the way,” Kristyn Cherry, director of multicultural affairs, said. “Smith is known as the inspiration behind ABC's hit show 'Scandal,' and she is also the president and founder of Smith and Company and has been a consultant for many high profile clients including Monica Lewinsky and Michael Vick.”


SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty staff and the greater Lexington community.


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MEDIA CONACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

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Kentucky Women Writers, Actors Guild, Carson Kreitzer to Collaborate on Prize for Playwrights

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) – The Kentucky Women Writers Conference is now accepting scripts by women for its 2015 Prize for Women Playwrights, which awards a $500 cash prize and a full theatrical production to the winner. Actors Guild of Lexington will produce the winning script as a world premiere in summer 2015, and playwright Carson Kreitzer will serve as judge.


The submission deadline for the 2015 Prize for Women Playwrights is Nov. 1, and a winner will be announced on Feb. 20, 2015. Scripts must be submitted online at this link: .


“For this third cycle of our biennial prize, we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with Actors Guild of Lexington (AGL),” said Kentucky Women Writers Conference Director Julie Kuzneski Wrinn. “AGL Artistic Director Eric Seale has an impressive track record of producing outstanding contemporary plays by women. In the past five years AGL audiences have been treated to works by Sarah Ruhl, Laura Wade and Deborah Zoe Laufer, as well as by our guest judge Carson Kreitzer. We think any playwright would leap at the chance to join that list.”


Carson Kreitzer is probably best known for "The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer," which won the Lois and Richard Rosenthal New Play Prize, the American Theatre Critics’ Steinberg Citation, the Barrie Stavis Award, and is published in Smith and Kraus’

“New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2004” and by Dramatic Publishing. Her previous work, "SELF DEFENSE or death of some salesmen" has been produced across the country, and is published by Playscripts and in Smith and Kraus’ “Women Playwrights: Best Plays of 2002.” Other work by Kreitzer includes "Behind the Eye," "1:23," "Flesh and the Desert" and "The Slow Drag" (New York and London). Kreitzer's ”Freakshow," "Slither," "Dead Wait" and "Take My Breath Away" were featured in BAM’s 1997 Next Wave Festival.


Kreitzer is a New Dramatists alumna, an associated artist with Clubbed Thumb and

New Georges, a member of The Workhaus Collective and the Dramatists Guild, and is

a core member and current board member of The Playwrights’ Center. She recently finished a year as the first Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center and a year as a McKnight Fellow in Minneapolis. She and composer Matt Gould are currently under commission from Yale Rep and New Dramatists for their new musical "LEMPICKA." She is also writing a new play for the Guthrie Theatre, and will travel to Ireland in October as the current Dowling Annaghmakerrig Fellow. Kreitzer has enjoyed support from the Jerome and McKnight foundations, the NEA, and the Toulmin Foundation.


Kreitzer's most recent play, “Lasso of Truth,” explores the origins of Wonder Woman and is a National New Play Network Rolling world premiere, with productions at Marin Theatre Company, premieres this month at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta, and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City. 


The competition is open to all women playwrights, with no restrictions on age, place of residence, or experience. One-act or full-length scripts in English with a running time between 45 and 90 minutes, which have not been published or commercially produced, are eligible. The cast is limited to six actors, and there are no limitations on subject matter, but one-man or one-woman scripts, musicals and children’s plays will not be considered.


A judging panel of theater professionals and representatives from both the Kentucky Women Writers Conference and AGL will select semifinalists. “We’re also excited about a partnership with the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance, which will provide support for the workshop of the play prior to AGL’s production,” Wrinn said.


The Prize for Women Playwrights was launched in 2011, and Wrinn credits Lexington Herald-Leader theatre critic Candace Chaney for having the idea. “Playwrights often find themselves straddling both the literary and theater worlds, never wholly belonging to one or the other,” said Chaney. “The Prize for Women Playwrights welcomes women playwrights into the fold of writers it supports and encourages a unique collaboration with the theater industry.”


Previous winners are Keliher Walsh, whose "Year of the Rabbit: was produced by Balagula Theatre in Lexington in 2012, and Jo Morello, whose "E.G.O.: The Passions of Eugene Gladstone O’Neill" was produced by Balagula last year.


Now in its 36th year, the Kentucky Women Writers Conference is an annual event known for bringing notable women writers to Lexington for readings, writing workshops and discussions. A program housed in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, the conference is made possible in part by continued community partnerships, including its primary venue, the Carnegie Center. For more information on the conference, visit online at

Information Sessions Available on Study in the UK, D.C. Internships, Public Service Opportunities

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is offering various information sessions about awards, scholarships, fellowships and internships during the month of October. Students interested in pursuing studies in the United Kingdom; interning in Washington, D.C.; or public service opportunities, should plan to attend.


Nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships are awards that are funded by sources independent of UK. These sources include non-profit groups, government agencies and companies. Criteria for scholarships vary but generally include academic performance, financial need, community affiliations and specific attributes important to the sponsoring organization


The first information session will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 213 Funkhouser Building. Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, Pat Whitlow, is holding a session titled Summer Study in the United Kingdom. The session is about opportunities available through the Kentucky branch of the English Speaking Union Awards Scholarship. Junior recipients have the opportunity to study English literature, history and social sciences at Oxford University, University of Cambridge or the University of Edinburgh during the summer. Joining Whitlow for this session is English and gender and women's studies senior and 2013 English Speaking Union scholarship recipient Ryan Winstead. For additional information, visit the English-Speaking Union website at   


The second information session, Internships in Washington, D.C., will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 213 Funkhouser Building. Whitlow will provide more information about internships in Washington D.C. for students who are interested in public policy. The session will focus on three potential opportunities. The Carnegie Junior Fellows Program enables graduating seniors and recent graduates to work as research assistants for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship enables recent graduates to work as a junior staff member at the participating organization of their choice for six to nine months. The White House Fellows Program enables individuals to spend a year working as a full-time, paid fellow to senior White House staff, cabinet secretaries and other top-ranking government officials.


The third information session is titled Scholarships for Public Service and will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 213 Funkhouser Building. At this program, Whitlow will be provide more information about scholarships for students interested in attending graduate school and pursuing careers in public service. The informational session will focus on three specific programs. The Truman Scholarship provides current juniors funding for graduate school who are committed to public service. The Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship supports both undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs related to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management and science policy. The Rangel International Affairs Fellowship supports two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities and entry into the foreign service. Joining Whitlow for this session with be political science senior and 2014 Truman Scholar Grace Trimble.


Space is limited for all of the October information sessions. Students interested in attending should register at If you have questions contact Jennifer N. Strange at


Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.



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

UK Police Department Issues Crime Bulletin for Armed Robbery Near Campus

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 01:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — In the interest of safety, University of Kentucky Police Department has issued a Crime Bulletin for the UK community:


At approximately 11:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, an armed robbery was reported to have occurred on the north sidewalk of East Maxwell Street, across from the Max Kade German House and Cultural Center. The male victim was walking along East Maxwell Street when three unidentified male suspects with handguns approached the victim and demanded his wallet and cellphone. After turning over his cell phone, the victim was struck with a handgun by an unidentified suspect, causing minor injuries. 


All three suspects fled north, away from campus. The first suspect is described as a light-skinned black male in his late 20s wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, light colored pants, and glasses. The second suspect is described as a heavyset light-skinned black male in his late 20s with hazel eyes. The third suspect was described as a light-skinned black male in his late 20s wearing a grey shirt. UK Police officers searched the area and were unable to locate the suspects. 


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


If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please contact UK Police at (859) 257-8573 or Lexington Division of Police at (859) 258-3600.


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

  • If you see something, say something. For emergencies, call 911.
  • Carry a cell phone to be able to call for help in emergencies.
  • Whenever possible, do not travel alone after dark; walk with a friend or with a group. 
  • Whenever possible, look out for your friends when you go out together; walk together and make sure that everyone gets home safely.

·         Request a FREE SAFECATS student safety escort or coordinate after-hours on-demand bus service during the fall and spring semesters by calling (859) 257-SAFE(7233).

  • Park in well-lit areas when possible.
  • Turn over any requested items (purse, wallet, etc.).
  • Make statements with authority – “BACK-OFF! STOP! NO-WAY!” You deserve to be respected.



Statements Released in Connection With Incident on Campus Sunday Night

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) —  Statements from the University of Kentucky's football coach, athetics director, and police chief were released Monday evening following investigation of an incident in the South Campus area of UK Sunday night, Sept. 28.  Witnesses reported to police that they heard shots in the area, triggering a series of UK Alerts warning campus of possible danger.


The police investigation revealed an air pistol, also referred to as a BB gun, found in the area.


Following further investigation, the following statement was released by UK Athletics:


Four University of Kentucky football student-athletes, freshmen Dorian Baker, Drew Barker, Tymere Dubose and Stanley Williams, have been suspended for Saturday’s game vs. South Carolina and will have additional internal team discipline for violation of team rules in relation to an incident on campus Sunday evening.


“Proper conduct is emphasized as a core value of our program,” Coach Mark Stoops said. “If we have a situation in which someone who does not act according to our standards, we hold him accountable.”


“We absolutely respect being part of a wonderful campus community,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK director of athletics. “It disappoints us when one of our student-athletes does not live up to our expectations. We respect the process of the University and are working hand-in-hand with the campus community on this issue.”


Meanwhile, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe released this statement:


"Today, University of Kentucky Police continued its investigation into Sunday’s incident on campus. We have been able to identify all of the people in a picture from last night’s incident captured on security cameras. Moreover, three BB guns connected with the incident were recovered as part of our investigation. UK Police officers also have interviewed those identified in the picture and worked closely with the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Athletics on the appropriate next steps. To that end, we will be meeting tomorrow with the Fayette County Attorney’s office to determine what actions should take place. Once that investigation is completed, that information will be turned over to the Office of Student Affairs as dictated by university policy to investigate whether any violations of the code of student conduct have taken place.”

Flu Shot Season is Time to Consider Other Vaccines

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:41


This column originally appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 edition of the Herald-Leader


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) -- It is that time of year when you should be planning to get your annual flu shot. But many adults believe that after childhood they may not need any other vaccines.  However, immunizations do not end when you reach adulthood. Vaccines for adults are recommended based on your age, prior vaccinations, health, lifestyle, occupation and travel. 


Below are some recommendations that will help you make sure you have the protection you need.


What immunizations do I need?

  • A flu vaccine is recommended yearly.
  • Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). The CDC recommends the Tdap for adults 19 and older who have never received the vaccine. A Td booster vaccine (tetanus and diphtheria) should be repeated every 10 years.  
  • Varicella is essential if you never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine.
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is important if you never received this vaccine or never had these diseases. Adults born after 1956 may need two doses if they do not have evidence of immunity.
  • Polio - Adults whose travel or job puts them at increased risk for exposure to polio should check with their doctor about a polio vaccine.
  • Hepatitis A -- Anyone who will be in close contact with an adopted child from a country with high rates of hepatitis A and adults who will be traveling to certain foreign countries or have certain risk factors, should be vaccinated for Hepatitis A.
  • Hepatitis B -- Adults 19 to 59 who have diabetes as well as adults whose travel, health condition, or lifestyle increases their risk of exposure should be vaccinated for Hepatitis B.


What vaccinations should I have if I'm an older adult?


  • Pneumococcal vaccine -- this vaccine doesn't prevent pneumonia, but it can prevent some complications.  All adults ages 65 years and older need one dose.
  • Shingles vaccine -- adults ages 60 and older need one dose, whether or not they've had shingles before.


What other vaccines should I consider or check to see if I missed when I was younger?


  • HPV vaccines -- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines protect against several types of HPV that cause cervical cancer, genital warts, and some less common cancers such as vaginal and anal cancer. Females 13 to 26 years and males 13 to 21 years old need the vaccine if they did not have it previously. Males ages 22 to 26 who have a weak immune system or who have sex with men need the vaccine if they did not get the shot when they were younger. 


Kimberly Blanton is the UK HealthCare Enterprise Director for Infection Prevention & Control/Safety