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.


Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at or Instagram at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.



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

SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter,, 859-257-8868

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

Student Org Unites International Student Community

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) — The International Student Council (ISC) has revitalized its role on campus to creatively unite international students at UK.  


With its creation in 1988, the ISC was founded with the purpose of spreading diversity and acting as an umbrella organization for all international organizations within UK’s campus.


"Through our organization, we have been able to produce festivals and events for all audiences to help promote diversity," said ISC President Sarita Gustely, a sophomore majoring in vocal performance and international studies. "In the past, ISC was acting as an organization of its own and not incorporating other international student organizations, which was one aspect of our organization that we decided to change."


This year, ISC has brought together seven different international organizations: the African Student Association, Omani Student Association, Indian Student Association, Chinese International Fraternity Alliance, Brazil Without Borders, the Japanese Culture in Kentucky Society, and an upcoming Indonesian Student Organization.   


"We came up with the idea of having representatives of these organizations at our monthly meetings," said Omer Tariq, ISC vice president and a junior studying finance and accounting. "If organizations want to promote something or we want to discuss a certain topic, representatives will stop by. It’s a great network."


The UK Indian Student Association (ISA) has benefited from ISC's revitalization and continues to lend its support.


"For all international students, it is very important to have somebody to help them in a new country; the ISC is doing their job really well with this," said Ishan Kudale, president of ISA. "Recent events like having social hours at Sweet Mango were a nice way to interact with other international students. ISC really supports us by promoting our events on their social media sources, which has given us a really good response for ISA."


As ISC has created more partnerships on UK's campus, they hope that events will be more educational for participants about the internationalization of UK.


"The partnerships have helped our council tremendously. We’ve grown to a council of 40 members and have been able to establish our goals," said Gustely. "In the coming months we have many events planned. In previous years, all of the events were more fun and social. However, this year we’ve had much more organization and decided to lean toward a more educational stance."


ISC has several upcoming events within the next semester:

  • Saturday, Oct. 11: International Tailgate/Tent Party     
  • Saturday, Oct. 18: Culture Fest 2014 (The International Festival)
  • Monday, Nov. 17 – Friday, Nov. 21:  International Fair

Students interested in joining the ISC are invited to come to meetings held every Friday at 5 p.m. in room 207 in Bradley Hall. In addition to liking the UK International Student Council page on Facebook. 

UK Honors Program Collaborates With Colleges, Sees Significant Participation Increase

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — Since 2008, the University of Kentucky Honors Program has seen a significant increase in participants among colleges at UK. The increase is a result of the creation of strong partnerships between Honors and various programs within these colleges.


In fall 2008, the Gatton College of Business and Economics made up only 5.65 percent of the Honors Program cohort — this fall, it makes up 12.2 percent. Honors has seen similar results with the College of Engineering, which increased from 14.11 percent in 2008 to 25.7 percent this fall.


More than 1,300 Honors students are on campus today, a number that has nearly doubled since 2010. Just this year, the program set a goal to bring in 480 new students from the incoming freshman class, and instead brought in 533. The quality of students has improved as well, with average composite ACT scores increasing from 30 to 32.  Ben Withers, director of the program and associate provost for Undergraduate Education, says these college partnerships have supported the increase.


"There's no more important role for a university’s Honors Program than to create a challenging academic environment that attracts excellent students and calls attention to the diversity of academic majors UK offers," said Withers. "Our partnerships do just that and in ways that supplement the requirements for the majors. Honors interdisciplinary seminars provide breadth that complements the in-depth work in the student's home disciplines, helping create more well-rounded alumni."


One of the most successful partnerships has been with the Global Scholars Program, based in the Gatton college. 


"Our merger with Honors has been a great success, a boon for everyone involved, particularly our students," said Brendan O'Farrell, international director for the college. "The Global Scholars Program offers a specialized curriculum within the field of international business and pairs that with a semester-length education abroad experience.  Meanwhile, the Honors curriculum inspires students to think broadly in the tradition of a great liberal arts education.  Students are encouraged to think critically, write eloquently, and take intimate honors seminars in disciplines that extend beyond business.  Combining these academic pursuits creates a synergistic effect in which the students’ horizons are broadened in and out of the classroom, both here in Lexington and, quite literally, around all corners of the globe.  There’s also an outstanding sense of community that has only been strengthened due to the collaboration."


Honors has experienced similar success with other programs, such as Scholars in Engineering and Management (SEAM) and the Social Enterprise Program.


Chelsea Brislin, an admissions counselor with Honors, says students who have a variety of interests, and seek a breadth of knowledge, should be given every opportunity and resource to help them succeed.


"Honors aims to assist students in achieving all of their academic goals," Brislin said. "For many students in the past, it was difficult to balance participation in Honors, as well as these various programs within the colleges. Through our collaborative efforts, we were able to identify where there is overlap in curriculum, so these students don't have to pass up an opportunity they're interested in in order to maintain their four-year graduation plan. These customized pathways through Honors are our way of being as flexible as possible for these high achieving students and really allowing them to fully customize their UK experience."


Given the success of these partnerships, the Honors Program hopes to collaborate with even more programs across campus to reach more high-performing students who have multiple goals.


"We are excited to work with UK's great faculty to create even more opportunities like these for students," Withers said.


The Honors Program is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.



MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343;

UK Theatre Changes Season Musical to 'Hair'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will be closing its season with the quintessential “hippie” musical “Hair,” April 16-26, 2015, at the Guignol Theatre. “Hair” will replace the department’s originally scheduled production of “Cabaret.” The decision to change programs follows news that another local theatre will present a production of “Cabaret” in January of 2015.


“We are dedicated to the best theatre education possible for our students and hope to ensure that through all our classes and programming,” said Nancy Jones, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “We strive to make choices that support our students’ education and community engagement. We want to always do the right thing, and we have a mission to support other arts organizations in the community.”


“Hair” is a rock musical that tells the story of politically active young people living a bohemian life in New York City’s East Village in the 1960s. This “tribe” fights against the Vietnam War, questions authority and seeks freedom of expression. The musical opened off Broadway in 1967 and has since been presented around the world and on film. The Broadway revival won the Tony and Drama Desk Award in 2009.


Jones said “Hair” will be inclusive, pertinent and enlightening for participants and audience members alike.


The production will be directed by Russell Henderson, associate professor of theatre acting and voice, and choreographed by Susie Thiel, director of UK Dance Program.


Tickets to “Hair” are $20 for general admission and $15 for UK students with a valid ID through the Singletary Center Box Office. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at or purchase in person during operating hours.


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



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

Practice-Based Research Networks Funded to Study Differences in Public Health Delivery Strategies

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) —With $1.4 million of new research funding, Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) in 11 U.S. states will investigate strategies to more effectively and efficiently deliver services that protect the public against an array of preventable diseases and health risks.  


Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Dissemination and Implementation Research to Improve Value (DIRECTIVE) awards will support four projects examining the types of resources, infrastructures, partnerships, and inter-organizational coordination that best facilitate the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs and services by public health agencies and their community partners.


Each award will provide up to $350,000 to support multi-state studies by a consortium of two or more Public Health PBRNs, which bring together multiple public health practice settings and research partners to conduct applied and comparative studies. Using standardized measures and methods previously developed by Public Health PBRNs, investigators will assess both the quality and the costs associated with alternative strategies for delivering public health services, in order to draw conclusions about their comparative effectiveness and value. The two-year DIRECTIVE awards will be managed by the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research, housed at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.


“Evidence-based practices and policies can promote a healthier nation, but how those practices and policies are put into place in real-world settings can greatly enhance or dilute their effectiveness,” said Coordinating Center Director Glen Mays. “This research will help us identify the best strategies for maximizing public health system contributions to our nation’s health.” 


The funded Public Health PBRN projects are:


The California and Alabama PBRNs will identify best approaches for implementing sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention, screening, and treatment resources and services across public health agencies and their community partners. The PBRNs will collaboratively investigate how the organizational and financial arrangements of STD services influence the reach, effectiveness, and treatment costs of evidence-based STD interventions.


The Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas PBRNs seek to understand how state and other system-level dissemination and implementation initiatives and investments affect local health department (LHD) implementation of quality improvement (QI) projects, as well as LHD readiness to seek nationally recognized voluntary accreditation. The PBRNs will assess how local context and network connections among LHDs and state-level partners impact QI and accreditation readiness at the local level.


The Connecticut and Massachusetts PBRNs will assess the impact of cross-jurisdictional service sharing arrangements on the implementation of evidence-based food inspections, enteric disease investigations, and obesity prevention services. Further, the project will systematically investigate the ways in which political priorities influence the implementation of these public health services.


The Washington, Wisconsin, New York, and Oregon PBRNs will examine how cross-jurisdictional sharing of staff, money, and other resources influences the quality and cost of LHD service delivery. Focusing on the domains of immunizations, sexually transmitted infections, and enteric diseases, the PBRNs will identify sharing-related factors that promote and inhibit the efficient provision of evidence-based practice.


Collectively, these projects will identify partnerships, arrangements, and other strategies that can efficiently and effectively support an evidence-based public health system.


About the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research:  The National Coordinating Center supports applied research that uncovers strategies for improving the organization, financing, and delivery of public health programs and policies, including ways of improving the health and economic impact of these activities. The Center designs and conducts research studies, provides technical assistance and direction for other researchers across the U.S., develops methodological advances in measurement and analysis, and accelerates the translation and dissemination of research findings for policy and practice stakeholders.  The Center is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at the University of Kentucky.


About the Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks Program: The Public Health PBRN Program is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that engages public health practice settings and research institutions across the U.S. in the collaborative study of innovations in public health practice and policy. More than 2000 state and local public health agencies located in more than 30 states are engaged in Public Health PBRN activities along with more than 50 academic research centers.  The PBRN program is directed by the National Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research based at the University of Kentucky. 



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Greens to Go Adds 'Wildcat Deals'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) UK Dining introduced four Wildcat Deals offered for lunch and dinner at Greens to Go yesterday. Available Monday – Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the deals feature a variety of salads, soups and wraps with a small fountain drink.


Greens to  Go is located in the UK Student Center. 


“We know class schedules can limit a student’s ability to visit our all-you-care-to-eat locations, so we are pleased to offer more options and savings with Wildcat Deals at Greens to Go,” said Ray Schmidt, retail manager for UK Dining. "Providing the most value when it is convenient for students to enjoy is a goal of our operations.”


Wildcat Deals, previously referred to as “Dining Plan” options, allow meal plan members to use a meal swipe to purchase a predetermined food combination at a participating location other than one of the two all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurants (Blazer Café or Commons Market). Students enrolled in any plan, including the Comfort Unlimited, block plans or meals per week plans, can use one swipe per meal period toward a Wildcat Deal. 


The popular Wildcat Deals are already available at a number of UK Dining locations and are identified by a paw print in UK blue. For more information on meal swipes, meal periods and Wildcat Deals, please read our meal swipes FAQ sheet or visit the UK Dining FAQ page.



About Greens To Go
Greens to Go offers fresh, quick and healthy choices for building made-to-order salads or wraps. Want a hot meal? Soups made of fresh, wholesome ingredients are also available. The menu also features Kentucky Proud® seasonal products.




MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365;

New Subway Café Restaurant Open at UK

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — UK Dining will host the grand opening celebration of the Subway Café on the University of Kentucky campus at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30.  The new restaurant is located in the Science Library, in the M.I. King Building.


Grand opening activities will include food samples and beverage samples, a ribbon cutting ceremony and giveaways.


The SUBWAY chain is famous for its made-to-order foot long and 6-inch submarine sandwiches. Fully customizable, the sandwiches are served on Italian, wheat and a variety of seasoned breads that are baked fresh daily in each restaurant. Hot, toasted and cold subs are available with an assortment of meats, cheeses, vegetables and condiments, all added per customer request. The SUBWAY chain’s “Under 6” menu features sandwiches with six grams of fat or less, while exclusively prepared gourmet-inspired sauces can be used to complement any sandwich on the menu.


“Students have been asking for additional dining outlets on campus and Subway is, by far, one of their favorite brands. We are thrilled to open this second Subway location in M.I. King Library,” said Dan Palombo, vice president of operations for UK Dining. “We are confident that the new campus dining addition will be a popular choice not only among students, but also staff and guests.”


Subway Café in The Science Library of the M.I. King Building is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  There is also a Subway located in the Student Center, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Both locations accept Flex Dollars, Plus Account, cash, Visa and MasterCard. 


For more information about the Subway chain, visit





MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365;





SAB Brings Murals of Baltimore Artist Michael Kirby

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:18

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — The Student Activities Board Cultural Arts Committee will host a Murals of Baltimore event in the Fine Arts Courtyard Oct. 6-9. Michael Kirby, an artist from the Murals of Baltimore, will be depicting the culture of the University of Kentucky by painting a Keeneland starting gate and horses galloping off of the canvas. He will be painting during the day and students can stop by to see him work outside the Art Museum at UK, housed in the Singletary Center for the Arts.


Murals of Baltimore is a studio founded by Michael Kirby, who has been in the business of mural painting for 16 years. Kirby and other artists have collectively studied at various academies across the world. They use the highest quality materials so they can customize their work to client needs. Murals of Baltimore has been commissioned by companies and events such as Honda, Carnival Cruise Lines, McDonald's and the Tonight Show with David Letterman.


"The Murals of Baltimore event allows students to be immersed in a completely new art form. Kirby is a 3-D mural artist that specializes in street painting and 3-D creations,” Melissa Simon, director of cultural arts, said. “This will be a fantastic opportunity to actually interact with the artist and see him creating work in the purest form."


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.


Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at or Instagram at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.


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

SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter,, 859-257-8868

UK Police Recover Weapon, Release Photos From Incident on South Campus

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) — University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe said Monday that police officers recovered the weapon — an air-soft pistol — apparently used in a shots-fired incident Sunday evening on UK’s South Campus along with a photo of “persons of interest” the officers want to interview.


About 9:30 Sunday evening, UK Police received two calls about possible shots fired outside the Kirwan-Blanding residence hall complex on UK’s South Campus. Multiple witnesses reported seeing a group of college-aged students dressed in dark attire leaving the area, heading into the construction zone around Woodland Glen residence halls. UK Police, joined by Lexington Police, advised residents on UK’s South Campus to stay in their rooms while an investigation and search was conducted. Police declared the area all clear shortly after 11:30 p.m.


Early this morning, UK Police recovered an air pistol in the area, near where witnesses heard the shots fired. UK Police also utilized cameras installed across campus to release a picture of people who Monroe characterized as “persons of interest” who officers want to interview in connection with the incident.


“We appreciate the seriousness with which students took this incident last night, fully cooperating with our efforts to ensure safety in the area as well as conduct an initial investigation,” Monroe said. “Now, with this additional information, we are asking the campus community and the general public to help us in identifying these persons of interest as we seek to gather more information about what happened Sunday evening and determine who was responsible.”


Over the last year, the university has implemented a nearly $5 million safety initiative with significant technology upgrades including hundreds of safety cameras, campus emergency phones and loudspeakers. The cameras that were installed last year already have helped police in thwarting crimes in the area. The picture of persons of interest released this morning came from cameras in the South Campus area.


“We take this issue — and the safety of our campus community — very seriously,” Monroe said. “Now, we need everyone’s help in identifying people who can help us determine who was responsible for this incident.”


Monroe said anyone with tips or information can call 859-257-8573.

Fourth Annual Markesbery Symposium Features Latest Research on the Aging Brain

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) -- The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky will hold its fourth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22.


The Markesbery Symposium is named in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia.


More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease (AD) today and millions more are affected by their role as family member, friend or caregiver to those with memory loss. The Markesbery Symposium was established to improve awareness of and education about AD and the latest research on it and other age-related dementias.


On Friday, Nov. 21, a scientific symposium will be held where scientists and physicians will share their research findings through lectures and poster sessions. Featured speakers on include Steven Greenberg of Harvard University; William Van Nostrand of Stony Brook University; and four members of the UK SBCoA faculty:  Anika Hartz, PhD; Ai-Ling Lin, PhD; Paul Murphy, PhD; and Donna Wilcock, PhD.  Scientific sessions will be held in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium. 


On Saturday, Nov. 22, the general public is invited to the community symposium, where the keynote speaker will be Roberta Diaz Brinton from University of Southern California, who will discuss "Lessons from the 68 percent: What the Female Brain Tells Us about Preventing Alzheimer's Disease in Women and Men.”


In addition, a panel of SBCoA faculty will take questions from the audience about AD, dementia, and brain aging, moderated by SBCoA faculty member Fred Schmitt, PhD. The faculty and their specialty topic are:


  • Elizabeth Head, PhD, Down’s Syndrome and AD
  • Chris Norris, PhD, Forgotten Cells in AD
  • Dr. Peter Nelson, PhD, Not all Dementia is AD
  • Dr. Ronan Murphy, What’s New in AD Clinical Trials


In addition, Linda Van Eldik, PhD, SBCoA director, will offer closing remarks.


The community symposium will be held from 8:30 am to noon in the Bluegrass Room of the Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St, Lexington.  A continental breakfast will be served.  The symposium is free and open to all, but registration is required.

For more information or to register for the symposium, visit; phone 859-323-6040; or email


The William R. Markesbery Senior Star Awards and the David R. Wekstein Centenarian Awards presentation luncheon immediately follows the symposium in the Regency Ballroom of the Lexington Convention Center. The luncheon honors individuals who exemplify graceful aging and serve as an inspiration to others to remain engaged in life and the pursuit of personal goals.  


Luncheon tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling the Center on Aging Foundation Office at 859-323-5374.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.




UK ALERT: All Clear

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 23:06

Last updated 12 a.m.:  UK Police has given the all clear.  They have searched the south campus area and deem it safe for students to resume their normal activities. More information at Mobile users select "view full site" at bottom of page.




Police searched area near Woodland Glen residence hall construction site, which is direction suspects fled.


Three shots were reported fired in the Kirwan Blanding Complex area around 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. No one was injured. UK and Lexington Police are on scene. K-9 units are searching for assailants. Witnesses say the shots came from a group of group of college aged males in dark attire and they fled on foot. Everyone is asked to avoid the area and students are urged to remain in their residence halls.

Kentucky REC Recognizes Providers at 7th Annual Kentucky eHealth Summit

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 17:16


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) -- The Kentucky Regional Extension Center, based at the University of Kentucky, recently honored eight health care provider organizations for leading the charge to transform primary care in Kentucky.


The “Practice Transformation Award” was presented to members of Kentucky REC’s inaugural Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) cohort in recognition of their commitment to improving health care quality outcomes and cost. Recipients of the award were recognized on Tuesday, Sept. 16,at the 7th Annual Kentucky eHealth Summit in Louisville, which brings together parties invested in advancing Health Information Technology in Kentucky.


Sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information, the event draws hundreds from around the state who come to present ideas and listen to state and national leaders speak about new initiatives and opportunities in Health Information Technology.


Recipients were:

  • Bluegrass Community Family Practice – Bardstown
  • Central Internal Medicine – Lexington
  • Drs. Borders and Associates – Lexington
  • Family Medicine Clinic of Danville – Danville
  • Georgetown Pediatrics – Georgetown
  • Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky – Hazard
  • UK Family and Community Medicine – Lexington
  • UK HealthCare – Georgetown – Georgetown

These practices are working to achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH Recognition. A Patient-Centered Medical Home is a team-based model of care led by a personal physician who provides continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient's lifetime to maximize health outcomes. 


The PCMH practice is responsible for providing for all of a patient's health care needs or appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals. This includes the provision of preventive services, treatment of acute and chronic illness, and assistance with end-of-life issues. The team members work collaboratively to provide high levels of care, access, communication, care coordination, integration and safety.


Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve experience of care for both the patient and provider.


Kentucky Regional Extension Center works with health care organizations to enhance the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of care through the use of Health Information Technology. Kentucky REC is one of 60 Regional Extension Centers across the country commissioned by the Office of the National Coordinator to help providers and hospitals transition to EHR technology. Kentucky REC Health IT Advisors provide resources and guidance to help providers earn federal incentives through the Meaningful Use Incentive Program.


To date, Kentucky REC is assisting more than 2,800 providers and more than a third of all Kentucky hospitals. Kentucky REC has helped providers in Kentucky secure over $100 Million in Meaningful Use incentive dollars. For more information about the Kentucky REC, visit  Follow @KentuckyREC on Twitter and connect on Facebook at


Singletary Center to Produce Live Orchestration of Kubrick’s '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) — The Singletary Center for the Arts and the University of Kentucky School of Music will make history this January as it presents a live orchestration of Stanley Kubrick’s legendary film, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” featuring the UK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo, and the UK Chorale, conducted by Jefferson Johnson. This will be the first-ever performance of the repertoire by a university orchestra and chorus.


Highly regarded as the most groundbreaking sci-fi movie of all time, "2001" is a masterpiece achievement of artistic innovation in cinema. Known for its astute integration of music in film, it features a score like none other. From the iconic first notes of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” to the gentle drift of Johann Strauss’ “Blue Danube Waltz” and the dramatic tension of Gyorgy Ligeti’s contemporary compositions for orchestra and choir, the power and beauty of the score accompany breathtaking large-format scenes of outer space exploration to create an unforgettable journey “beyond the infinite.”


This program has been presented by an exclusive selection of the world’s greatest orchestras including the London Philharmonia Symphony, The New York Philharmonic, The Brussels Symphony, and the National Symphony. The UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Chorale have the prestigious honor of being the first university ensembles to perform this concert. 


Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 1, in the Singletary Center Concert Hall.


Tickets prices range from $40 to $30 for the general public, and $20 for UK students, faculty and staff (all tickets subject to box office fees). Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday), Sept. 30, at the Singletary Center Box Office (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), by phone at 859-257-4929, and online at


A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.