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Training Available for UK Faculty, Staff Who Want to Assist in Disaster Response

Fri, 09/09/2016 - 12:18

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2016)  Recognizing that managing events following a serious emergency on campus can quickly overwhelm the resources of first responders, University of Kentucky Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness will host the third annual Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training for faculty and staff. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 13, training will be held each Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for five weeks in The 90. The training will end with a mock disaster exercise Thursday, Nov. 10. 

 

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

 

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

 

UK Police Chief Joe Monroe encourages faculty and staff to become part of the university’s investment in emergency preparedness and disaster resiliency. “Utilizing the skills and knowledge of campus volunteers will not only tremendously enhance the safety and security of our entire campus community, but support an environment of teamwork and an attitude toward readiness,” Monroe said. “I challenge you to discover new perspectives on your limitations and capabilities for providing assistance to those around you.”

 

Registration is open now through Oct 7. Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. The training is free and open to regular full-time UK faculty and staff. To register, please click here.

 

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

 

To find out more, visit UKPD’s C-CERT website, UKPD Facebook page or contact Laurel Wood by calling 859-257-6655 or by email at laurel.wood@uky.edu.

 

 

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

 

 

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A Preview of Fall Shows at the Singletary Center on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 22:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Matt Gibson, UK Singletary Center for the Arts marketing and ticketing director, is today's guest. He previews the various shows coming to the Singletary Center this fall.

 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/theres-something-everyone-fall-singletary#stream/0.

 

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

 

 

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

 

VIDEO: UK Board Underscores Commitment to State With Meeting in Bowling Green

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 21:24

 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2016) – For the second year in a row, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees is taking to the road for its regularly scheduled meeting, further underscoring the statewide commitment of the Commonwealth’s flagship, land-grant institution.

 

“We are the university for Kentucky,” said UK Board Chair Britt Brockman. “Meeting in Bowling Green exemplifies two things – that statewide reach and commitment and the power of partnership as we are working with outstanding institutions such as Western Kentucky University to further health care and grow the number of physicians who are serving our state.”

 

UK’s board is holding a series of meetings yesterday and Friday on the campus of WKU. UK currently has 288 students from Warren County and more than 1,500 alums from UK live in the county.

 

Some of those outstanding students are featured in this video:

 

 

Video produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.

 

Over the two-day meeting, trustees highlighted two recent partnerships, involving WKU and Med Center Health:

 

 

  • In addition, UK trustees heard details of a recently announced partnership with regional health leader Med Center Health to provide orthopaedic medicine to Bowling Green and the region. The partnership in orthopaedic care formally began in January 2015 with the opening of Medical Center Orthopaedics located on the Med Center Health campus. Medical Center Orthopaedics combines the excellent staff and facilities of Med Center Health with fellowship-trained UK orthopaedic surgeons. Currently there are three UK faculty members providing orthopaedic care at Med Center Health.

 

 

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UK Takes Steps to Reduce Pedestrian-Vehicle Conflicts on Rose Street

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 16:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2016) — Safety must come first on the University of Kentucky campus. This includes continually assessing and making changes when necessary in order to enhance pedestrian safety.

 

It is with this focus on safety that UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS), in partnership with the UK Police Department, is actively diverting non-authorized traffic away from the restricted portion of Rose Street between Columbia Avenue and Funkhouser Drive.

 

The university’s goal is to enhance pedestrian safety by reducing vehicular traffic in the area, specifically by eliminating non-authorized traffic. A traffic study conducted earlier this week by university officials showed that the majority of non-authorized vehicles included those dropping off or picking up passengers as well as lost motorists.

 

Drivers wishing to drop-off or pick-up passengers are encouraged to do so in areas outside of the campus core, which would result in little to no impact on traffic or pedestrian flow.

 

For those who are lost or trying to get to A.B. Chandler Hospital or Kentucky Clinic, officials are handing out maps to assist them with appropriate routes.

 

Authorized traffic includes delivery vehicles, official vehicles and those with permits for the Funkhouser Drive area, which includes a mixture of ADA accessible, employee and reserved parking.

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

Geologists Focus on Issues Making Headlines in the Energy Field, Sept. 25-27

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 11:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 12, 2016) — The Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky and the Geological Society of Kentucky will host a significant meeting of geologists, earth-science educators and students interested in energy resources from around the eastern U.S. and Canada on Sept. 25-27.  

 

The 45th annual meeting of the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) will focus on the opportunities and challenges of energy resources in the eastern part of North America. Borrowing from the world-famous bourbon industry of the region, organizers have chosen the theme of “Basins to Barrels” for the event.

 

Dozens of technical talks on current industry issues, research and regulation are planned for two days of morning and afternoon sessions, with poster sessions and networking breaks in between. Many session topics will include issues making headlines in the energy field. They include emerging sources and locations of oil and natural gas, new methods for improving energy resource recovery (such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing), the potential for inducing earthquakes with oil and gas exploration activities, and environmental issues (greenhouse gas emissions, disposal of wastewater, and others).

 

Most of the meeting sessions will be held at the Lexington Convention Center complex in downtown Lexington. Pre- and post-meeting field trips are also planned, allowing participants to visit unique features in the Bluegrass region, such as the water resources needed for the bourbon industry and the coal geology of eastern Kentucky. A geochemistry workshop is also available, to give participants opportunities to improve their professional knowledge and skills.

 

University students and young professionals in the oil and gas field will have the chance to mingle with industry representatives, make presentations on their research, and share networking opportunities.

 

The Eastern Section is one of six North American sections of the AAPG, which was formed in 1917 to advance and promote the science of geology and energy exploration. The Geological Society of Kentucky is the state affiliate of the AAPG.

 

For more information, contact: Liz Adams, eladam2@uky.edu, 859-343-0518; or Mike Lynch, mjlync2@uky.edu, 859-323-0561

 

 

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UPK Biography on Russell Kirk Wins Paolucci Award

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 9, 2016) University Press of Kentucky’s (UPK) biography, "Russell Kirk: American Conservative" by historian Bradley J. Birzer, has been named the winner of the Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award given by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).

 

ISI is a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the promotion of conservative thought on college campuses. It was founded in 1953 by Frank Chodorov with William F. Buckley Jr. as its first president. "Russell Kirk" was selected from among 60 nominees for this year’s award, which honors the book that best advances conservative principles. The judges who selected the Paolucci Book Award winner include: Amity Shlaes, author of "Coolidge" and "The Forgotten Man"; Angelo M. Codevilla, author of "Advice to War Presidents" (winner of the 2010 Paolucci Book Award); Serphin Maltese, former chairman of the Conservative Party of New York; Clara Sarrocco, executive director of the Council on National Literatures; Matthew A. Pauley, chair of political science and legal studies at Manhattanville College; and Ronald F. Docksai, president of the Walter Bagehot Council.

 

Emerging from two decades of the Great Depression and the New Deal and facing the rise of radical ideologies abroad, the American right seemed beaten, broken and adrift in the early 1950s. Although conservative luminaries such as Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin all published important works at this time, none of their writings would match the influence of Russell Kirk’s 1953 masterpiece "The Conservative Mind." This seminal book became the intellectual touchstone for a reinvigorated movement and sparked a change in Americans’ attitudes toward traditionalism.

 

In "Russell Kirk," Birzer investigates the life and work of the man known as the founder of postwar conservatism in America. Drawing on papers and diaries that have only recently become available to the public, Birzer presents a thorough exploration of Kirk’s intellectual roots and development. The first to examine the theorist’s prolific writings on literature and culture, this magisterial study illuminates Kirk’s lasting influence on figures such as T. S. Eliot, William F. Buckley Jr. and Sen. Barry Goldwater — who persuaded a reluctant Kirk to participate in his campaign for the presidency in 1964.

 

The winner of the Paolucci Book Award will receive a $5,000 cash prize. In addition, Birzer will deliver a talk about the legacy of Russell Kirk at ISI’s awards dinner in Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 1. C-SPAN’s “Book TV” has broadcast the Paolucci winner’s talk each of the past ten10 years and plans to do so again this year.

 

Bradley J. Birzer is the Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies and a professor of history at Hillsdale College. He is also the second Visiting Scholar of Conservative Thought and Policy at University of Colorado-Boulder. Birzer is the author of "American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll" and "Sanctifying the World: The Augustinian Life and Mind of Christopher Dawson."

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

Mains New Leader of Kentucky 4-H

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 10:50

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 9, 2016)  A lifelong 4-H’er has taken the helm of one of Kentucky’s most popular and storied youth development programs.

 

The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has named Mark Mains the assistant director of Kentucky 4-H after a national search. He began this role Sept. 1.

 

Mains has served as a Kentucky extension specialist for 4-H youth development since 2004. Prior to that, he was the 4-H youth development agent in Kenton County.

 

“The work he has done to develop the middle school and upper teen programs, the state teen council and his mentorship of the state 4-H officers has been nothing short of amazing,” said Jimmy Henning, director of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. “The program has grown in quantity and quality, and while it takes many to do these programs, Mark provided clear and insightful leadership.”

 

Developing young leaders has been one of Mains’ top priorities since he was an agent.

 

“One of the greatest things about 4-H is the leadership opportunities it provides for countless young people,” he said. “It has been very exciting and fulfilling for me to work with the state 4-H officers each year to see how they develop within that year of service and then to see what they go on to accomplish as adults.”

 

As assistant director, he will provide oversight to Kentucky 4-H and work with state extension specialists to conduct state-level awards programs and events as well as the 4-H camping program.

 

“In this position, I want to continue to develop and promote volunteerism across the state. I also want to identify the core life skills that 4-H helps youth develop and use and communicate those successes to our stakeholders,” he said.

 

Mains comes from a family with ties to extension. Both of his parents have served as 4-H leaders in Kenton County for decades and continue to do so. In fact, his first experience as a 9-year-old 4-H’er was in Captain Clovers, a club run by his mother, Cathy. As he progressed through the program, Mains was particularly active growing a variety of vegetables for 4-H horticulture projects and raising and showing rabbits.

 

In addition to 4-H, Mains is a product of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, earning three degrees from the college including a bachelor’s degree in agricultural biotechnology, a master’s degree in vocational education and a doctoral degree in family sciences.

 

Mains replaces Charlene Jacobs, who retired from the position.

               

 

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

 

 

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'UK at the Half' Features UK President Eli Capilouto

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 18:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) – University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto was featured during "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. Southern Mississippi University basketball game, broadcast on radio Sept. 3.

 

He discussed the many elements of the UK campus transformation that has been taking place over the last few years.

 

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

 

To hear the Sept. 3 "UK at the Half," click on the play button below. To view a transcript of the show, click here.

 

 

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

Moving Forward Together: Increasing Accessibility to Resources and Funds

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 17:02

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) — Last November, African-American student representatives met with President Eli Capilouto, Provost Tim Tracy, Interim Vice President for Institutional Diversity Terry Allen and other administrators at Maxwell Place. The gathering was held to discuss the campus racial climate. The students presented their top five concerns with solutions that referenced the strategic plan.

 

The concerns presented are as follows:

1. Accessibility to resources and funds for organizations, scholarships, African-American programming, etc.

2. The Office for Institutional Diversity is not effectively structured or empowered.

3. Measurable benchmarks for diversity and accountability measures.

4. Lack of African-American professors and their retention on campus.

5. Class on race and ethnicity should be a graduation requirement for all students.

 

"The students provided a thoughtful and comprehensive list of recommendations that have been, and will continue to be, taken very seriously and acted upon. We must communicate these actions with transparency," said Interim Vice President for Institutional Diversity Terry Allen. "Our primary objective is equally valuing the contribution of every student and providing an inclusive environment that supports student success."

 

Through a series of UKNow stories, updates on the on-going work associated with each of the students' concerns will be communicated.

 

The first of the concerns being addressed is the accessibility to resources and funds for organizations, scholarships and African-American programming.

 

UK has increased investment in diversity scholarships at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

 

During the 2015-2016 academic year, 209 students were awarded the Provost Persistence Grant — a grant that assists undergraduate students who are experiencing financial challenges. Of the 209 students that received the grant, 115 (54 percent) were underrepresented minority students.

 

Additionally, scholarships for minority students have increased. The amount of the Parker Scholarship fund for undergraduate students has more than doubled from $7.5 million in the 2009-2010 academic year to $16 million in the 2016-2017 academic year. The amount of the Lyman T. Johnson Fellows Award fund for graduate students has increased from $926,000 in the 2011-2012 academic year to $1,064,900 in the 2015-2016 academic year.

 

As it relates to African-American student programming, Student and Academic Life and the Office for Institutional Diversity have taken the students' comments into consideration. Adjustments have been made to ensure any requests and needs are appropriately considered in a timely manner. Last semester, Underground Formal was reinstated by the Student Activities Board. The event took place on Feb. 19, and more than 400 students attended. As it relates to programming needs, $5,000 has been allocated to the Martin Luther King Center for programming. The 2016-2017 fiscal year budget will also retain a $10,000 annual increase to the Diversity Organizations Council programming budget.

 

Students were also concerned with access to campus facilities for programming. With the decommissioning of the Student Center, more demand has been put on existing facilities. Administrators across campus have been working diligently to identify appropriate venues for routine meeting and special events and off-campus facilities to the extent necessary.

 

In the Graduate School, new positions have been established as Health Colleges Student Diversity Services expanded its mission to include all graduate and professional students and changed its name to the Center for Graduate and Professional Diversity Initiatives (CGPDI).

 

Allies for Diversity — a mentoring program for underrepresented minority graduate students — has been established. The Graduate School has compiled a list of faculty mentors that expressed interest in being involved in this initiative. Processes are underway to identify online resources that will provide guidance to faculty mentors on the mission, purpose and best practices for the program.

 

"These initiatives, and many more currently underway and yet to come, require the commitment and involvement of every member of the university community," Allen said. "It takes well-focused strategies and ongoing assessment to remedy disparities, to implement sustainable change over time. Much work remains."

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-257-6398; blair.hoover@uky.edu

Dig Into 'The Archive' of Louis Zoellar Bickett

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 16:08

 

Interview with artist Louis Zoellar Bickett by Creative Lexington.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) — Since 1972, artist Louis Zoellar Bickett has maintained a rigorous practice of collecting and cataloging items from his daily life to form a vast archive of found, gifted, purchased and made objects. As part of a citywide retrospective of the work of this celebrated Lexington-based artist, the University of Kentucky Art Museum is currently presenting the free public survey exhibition, "Louis Zoellar Bickett: Saving Myself," through Sunday, Nov. 27.

 

In "Saving Myself," the UK Art Museum brings together several specific projects that are part of what Bickett calls "The Archive," his vast and detailed accumulation of photographs, receipts, articles of clothing, books, toys, furniture and even bodily fluids. All have been preserved and placed throughout his home/studio.

 

The exhibition affords viewers a chance to examine some of the artist’s most consistent subjects — religion, sexuality, family, friendship and history — both personal and cultural. Soil collected from Civil War battlefields and notorious gravesites are sealed in glass jars. Portraits of the artist holding some of his favorite books or wearing his collection of hats show a hyper-aware performer channeling his inner Buster Keaton. Postcards obtained by Bickett at faraway locales are modified and mailed to himself at home, revealing his Dadaesque spirit. Annotated objects and haiku poems are seen throughout the galleries, attesting to his love of language and assessing the importance of experiences and objects. As the artist states, “Life is a meaningless series of events that lead to the grave. The charge of civilization is to live as if that was not true.”

 

UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner comments, "This is a thrilling moment in the history of visual art in the Commonwealth. Louis Bickett has been making rigorously conceptual and emotionally rich work in our midst for decades, and this is a unique opportunity for audiences to encounter the scope of his creative activities. I believe visitors to these exhibitions will come away understanding something profound about paying attention to one’s life with humor, generosity and grace.”

 

Next week, Horodner will present a Director Tour of "Saving Myself." As part of the tour, Horodner will discuss the exhibition and aspects of self-portraiture and archive strategies beginning 6:30 Friday, Sept. 16. The tour, like the exhibition, is free and open to the public. 

 

“Saving Myself” is part of a citywide focus on Bickett’s art taking place throughout the fall at several venues. The other free public Bickett exhibits and installations are as follows:  

· “What You Don’t Surrender the World Strips Away,” through April15, 2017, at 21c Museum Hotel;

· “Selections from the Art Collection,” Oct. 27-Nov. 26, at Institute 193;

· “All We Ever Wanted,” Oct. 28-Nov. 27, at Lexington Art League; and

· “The Kentucky Dirt Project: 120 Counties,” a permanent installation at the new Chandler Dining located in UK A.B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A.

 

Bickett has exhibited in galleries and museums, including Institute 193 and the Lexington Art League in Lexington; the Speed Art Museum, Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville, and Zephyr Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky; and Galerie Eugen Lendl in Graz, Austria.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK Presents Bounty of Community Art Classes for Fall

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 15:43

Students talk about a few of the many classes offered through the UK Fine Arts Institute. Videos courtesy of UK School of Art and Visual Studies.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) Are you interested in further developing your artistic skills and exploring your creativity? University of Kentucky Fine Arts Institute is offering classes and workshops this fall through the School of Art and Visual Studies that may fit the bill. These noncredit community education courses offer a wide array of class options to suit your creative side. The courses are designed to fit into the working schedules of most adults with courses taking place during the evenings and on weekends.

 

Classes are offered three times a year at the institute and vary from the more tratiditional drawing and painting to metalworking and an introductory Photoshop class. The institute's programs range from beginner to advanced levels. This fall, the institute is offering 16 courses including: 13 classes and three workshops. Classes meet once or twice a week for typically eight-10 weeks, and workshops may meet from one to six times. Locations for the courses include the School of Art and Visual Studies Building, Dancin’ Dogs Designs Studio, Metal Arts Building and the Farmers Market Fifth Third Bank Pavilion on West Main Street

 

The institute's fall 2016 classes are:

  • “Beginning Ceramics” with Jill Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22-Nov. 17;
  • “Taking Ceramics to the Next Level” with Coldiron, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 17;
  • “Explorations in Drawing” with Christine Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12-Nov. 14;
  • “Figure Drawing for Advanced Students” with Thomas Baker, 6-9 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12-Nov.14;
  • “Foundational Portrait Drawing” with Baker, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 16;
  • “Jewelry-Making for Beginners" with Dwayne Cobb, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 15;
  • “Metalworking” with Jeremy Colbert, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 10;
  • “Learn to Paint. Yes, You Can!” with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 15;
  • “Layering It On: Mixed Media Painting Techniques” with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 16;
  • “A Fresh Approach to Improving Your Painting Skills” with Kuhn, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 15-Nov. 17;
  • “Printmaking Using Contemporary Woodcut Practices” with Sarah Brown, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27;
  • “Photoshop for Beginners” with Lennon Michalski, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 20-Nov. 17; and
  • Open Drawing Sessions with Anthony Roccanova and Brandon Smith, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays and/or 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays (throughout the fall session).

Due to its popularity, the “Woodworking” class led by Lynn Sweet is already full for the fall session. If you are interested in being put on a waiting list for this course, contact Jane Andrus at either Jane.andrus@uky.edu or 859-257-8151.

 

Individuals looking for more abbreviated experiences like one- or two-day workshops have multiple options to select from as well. The institute’s workshops include:

  • “One Day Digital Photography Workshops for Beginners” with Michalski, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 10, Oct. 8 or Nov. 12;
  • “An Introduction to Architectural Photography and Walking Tour” with Rich Greissman, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, (rain date: Oct. 2); and 
  • “Felting on the FeltLOOM Felting Machine” with Laverne Zabielski, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 1, 15 and/or 22, and/or Nov. 5, 12 and/or 19.

For more information on any of the Fine Arts Institute courses or to read more about specific instructors, class costs and other details, visit the institute online at http://finearts.uky.edu/art/FAI/.

 

The Fine Arts Institute is an outreach program at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies in the UK College of Fine Arts. It demonstrates all the resources and classrooms that the school has to offer through its noncredit art offerings. All courses and workshops are open to the public and are not restricted to students of the university.

 

Registration for UK Fine Arts Institute courses is available by visiting http://finearts.uky.edu/art/FAI/registration, by calling the institute at 859-257-8151, or by emailing Jane Andrus at jane.andrus@uky.edu

 

 

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

 

 

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

Outstanding Staff Awards Ceremony Slated for October

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 13:55

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) — The sixth annual University of Kentucky Outstanding Staff Awards (OSA) ceremony will be held in October at the Woodford Reserve Club room in Commonwealth Stadium.

 

The Office of the President and the UK Staff Senate sponsor OSA to recognize the professional accomplishments of staff across the university and the work of their colleges and units. Individuals who have been designated as outstanding staff of the year in their respective areas will be honored by President Eli Capilouto, Staff Senate Chair Troy Martin and others. 

 

Registration is now open, and award sponsors may click here to register. The registration deadline is Sept. 23.  

 

Official invitations will be extended in the fall to honorees and other special guests. For questions regarding the OSA program, please contact Jon Gent, chair, at Jon.Gent@uky.edu, 859-323-6540 or Brittany Begley, vice chair, at BrittanyBegley@uky.edu, 859-257-9242.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

 

 

Confucius Institute Asks Community to Explore 'China in My Lens'

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 10:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute (UKCI) wants to get to know your China — the people, places and cultural aspects dear to you as part of it's 2016 "China in My Lens" photo contest. UK students and faculty as well as local high school students who have visited China are encouraged to enter.

 

Individuals are asked to submit original work taken in China by the participant. Each participant can submit two original photographs. Submissions should include a title and indicate where and when the photo was taken. Selected photos will be exhibited in the Headley-Whitney Museum from Nov.19 to Dec.18. To guarantee professional quality, all entries should ensure the photo pixel count is no lower than 300 dpi.

 

The contest will be divided into three groups: UK faculty, UK students and KY high school students. A review committee will select one first prize, two second prizes and three third prizes from each group. Individuals submitting designs to the Confucius Institute are authorizing UKCI and UK to make unlimited, unrestricted use of their design for promotional purposes. Awards will be announced and given in the first week of November. Prizes by division are as follows:

 

· Faculty Group - first prize: $800; second prize: $500; third prize: $300;

· UK Student Group - first prize: $500; second prize: $300; third prize: $150; and

· High School Student Group - first prize: $200; second prize: $100; third prize: $50.

 

Submit entries for "China in My Lens" to Zengxiang Yang at zya229@uky.edu by the submission deadline of Oct.10. 

 

A gateway for Chinese language, culture and art to the people of Kentucky, UKCI provides leadership, support and coordination for Chinese language and programs in K-12 schools as well as on UK's campus; assists and facilitates establishing and maintaining faculty and student exchanges between UK colleges and Chinese universities; conducts Chinese language and cultural exchange; and promotes education about China on campus, across the Bluegrass region, and throughout the Commonwealth. To keep up with UK Confucius Institute and future events, join the institute's listerv and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (UKConfucius). 

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK Employee, Cancer Survivor Faces Second Birthday as an Inpatient

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 20:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016) – On his 45th birthday, University of Kentucky employee Jimmy Thomas got some dire news. After weeks of feeling under the weather, Thomas was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 8 of last year.

 

“The news from my doctor telling me that I had leukemia was shocking and devastating,” Thomas said. “As many times as I’ve visited friends and family in Markey, I never thought in a million years that I myself would be a patient there.”

 

Thomas underwent several rounds of chemotherapy at the UK Markey Cancer Center. As the months passed, the prognosis looked good: his cancer appeared to be in remission. After being off of work for 11 months, he was finally cleared to return to his job.

 

But on Aug. 12, a mere few weeks after returning to UK, his routine bloodwork and a bone marrow biopsy showed that leukemia had come back. Thomas was readmitted on Aug. 22. This time, he’ll need a bone marrow transplant to beat the cancer if he can get back in remission. As an African-American — a population that only makes up roughly 7 percent of the bone marrow registry – Thomas knows that finding a bone marrow match will be difficult for him.

 

For the second year in a row, Thomas will spend his birthday as an inpatient at Markey. But to make the day as special as possible, his family came up with a plan: since Thomas cannot leave the hospital, they’re bringing the party to him.

 

On Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., Thomas’s friends, family, UK coworkers and others will gather at the Markey courtyard to sing “Happy Birthday” to Thomas as he sits on the balcony of the inpatient floor. Attendees have been asked to wear orange, bring orange balloons or carry orange signs in honor of National Leukemia Awareness Month in September.

 

Immediately following the serenade, Thomas’s family, along with a representative from Be The Match, will be in the Combs Atrium with a supply of bone marrow registry kits from the Be the Match registry. Testing only requires a sample of cells, taken with cotton swab on the inside of the cheek. The kits will be mailed back to Be the Match and added to the registry.

 

Joining the registry is not a guarantee that you will be asked to donate – some people are never called; others may be called multiple times as a potential donor. Additionally, medical research shows that younger donors are best for patients and provide the greatest chance for transplant success. Because of this, doctors request donors in the 18 to 44 age group more than 95 percent of the time and the cost for this age group to sign up on the registry is free. Potential donors age 45 and older can participate but must enroll online and are required to make a $100 payment to cover the cost to join the registry. Potential donors over the age 44 are also able to join the registry through another donor site, DKMS, for a slightly lower fee of $60.

 

Though there’s no guarantee that any participants in their bone marrow registry drive will be a match for Thomas, he hopes the event will at least help raise awareness about bone marrow donation and the need for minority donors. While he says that dealing with the disease itself and side effects from chemotherapy are hard, knowing that he might face difficulty finding a bone marrow match is even harder.

 

“I guess the hardest part of it all is knowing that my best chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant and knowing that there’s such­­ a low percentage of finding a possible match because I’m African-American,” Thomas said. “I encourage, plead, and beg not only African-Americans, but everyone to sign up on the National Bone Marrow Donor registry. There still might not be a match out there for me after people sign up, but at least it will give someone else a better chance for a life-saving match.”

 

Visitors are welcome to attend both Thomas’s birthday serenade in the Markey courtyard and the ensuing bone marrow registry drive at 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Public parking is available in the UK HealthCare garage on the corner of South Limestone and Transcript Avenue.

 

If you are interested in joining the Be the Match registry but are unable to attend the drive, visit Be the Match for information on requesting your own testing kit.   

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or allison.perry@uky.edu

Graduate Students Prepare for the Three Minute Thesis

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 17:04

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Graduate School’s Graduate Student Congress is hosting a series of workshops to help students prepare for the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.

 

The 3MT competition is a research communication competition that challenges students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. Competitors are evaluated on three main criteria: comprehension, engagement and communication style.

 

Students must register for the September workshops before Friday, Sept. 9. It is not necessary for participating students to attend a workshop to compete, however it is recommended. The workshops are free to competitors. http://uky.us12.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=4073d0e64283cb93b11600f60&id=f8510f0a90&e=e2ecdfba54>

 

The workshops include:

“Getting to Your Point" - How to tell your story in three minutes or less

5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 15, White Hall Classroom Building, room 204

 

“Visually Representing Your Idea" - How to show your story in one slide

5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 21, White Hall Classroom Building, room 204 (tentative)

 

"How to Talk Good" - The Art of Delivery

5-6:30 p.m., Sept. 27, White Hall Classroom Building, room 204

 

Each year the doctoral first place winner is sent on an expenses-paid trip to the regional competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools annual meeting. UK is one of nine SEC schools that have a 3MT competition.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

 

UK Alums' Movie to Premiere at Kentucky Theatre

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 16:03

 

Trailer for the "Couch Survivor."

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016) A movie featuring the talents of two University of Kentucky alumni, Alex Beh and Matt Perry, and a host of others from the Commonwealth will premiere at the Kentucky Theatre this week. “Couch Survivor," a comedy that follows the executive of a failing cable network and the contestants in his latest reality TV project, will be shown 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the historic theater located in downtown Lexington. A Q&A will follow the screening.

 

A tanking network, a clueless producer, seven unlucky contestants and a reality show to save them all is the background given for the new movie "Couch Survivor." A comedy, the film follows the executive of a failing C-level, cable network and the contestants of a reality show in which seven people compete to see who can stay on one couch the longest. 

 

Among the cast and crew bringing "Couch Survivor" to the big screen is UK alumni Alex Beh and Matt Perry. Beh is one of the stars of the movie and Perry lends his talents as a producer.

 

Beh, a 2005 graduate of UK College of Communication and Information from Winnetka, Illinois, is an actor, producer and director best known for his work in "Warren" (2014), "Coffees" (2012) and "Babe" (2010).

 

Perry, a 2000 UK graduate of the UK College of Fine Arts from Murray, Kentucky, is an actor, editor and producer best known for his work in "Zombie Planet" (2004), "Murderer" (2006) and "Zombie Planet 2: Adam's Revenge" (2005). He is also co-owner of Cineline Productions, which produced the film "Couch Survivor."

 

Four others with Central Kentucky ties have been in involved in "Couch Survivor," they are:

· producer and co-owner of Cineline Productions Aaron Champion, who was raised mainly in Kentucky and attended Asbury;

· producer Zac Heath, of Arkansas, who is an Asbury graduate;

· actor Jeremy Kozeluh, of Lexington, who also attended Asbury; and

· writer/director Jonny Walls of Wilmore, Kentucky, who also attended Asbury.

 

For ticket information for the "Couch Survivor" premiere at the Kentucky Theatre, visit www.kentuckytheater.com/2016/08/30/couch-survivor-premiere/. For more information on the movie, visit the movie on Facebook at www.facebook.com/couchsurvivor/ or online at www.cinelineproductions.com/couchsurvivor.html.

 

 

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

 

 

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

UK, Atalo Holdings Partner for Hemp Research

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Sept. 7, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) and Atalo Holdings Inc., a hemp research, development and processing company based in Winchester, are partnering in research efforts to make the crop more commercially viable.

 

"The UK CAFE agreement with Atalo is a great example of a public university-private sector partnership in which both parties benefit,” said Rick Bennett, the college’s associate dean for research and director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station. “It will enhance the development of an emerging industrial hemp industry in Kentucky resulting in economic opportunities and new uses for a historical crop."

 

“The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has provided excellent leadership in the study of hemp as an addition to Kentucky’s agricultural output. Atalo Holdings has followed their lead at our Hemp Research Campus,” said William Hilliard, Atalo Holdings’ CEO. “We’ve been actively researching the characteristics of hemp seed varieties for planting, harvesting, processing and commercializing fiber and grain crops. We look forward to working with the university to benefit both Kentucky farmers and consumers.”

 

The partnership will begin with two research projects to improve hemp seed traits. Ling Yuan from UK will lead both projects. He is a professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and research director of the Kentucky Tobacco Research and Development Center. Tom Hutchens will be the point person at Atalo Holdings. Hutchens is the chief research officer at Atalo’s Hemp Research Campus.

 

Yuan and his team will try to improve the male-to-female plant ratio. Doing so could allow farmers to plant a hemp crop that produces all male plants or all female plants, depending upon their market. Male plants are better suited for fiber production, and female plants work better for seed and cannabidiol production. Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid used in food and dietary supplements marketed for consumer health and wellness benefits.

 

In a second study, Yuan’s team will look at potential ways to control shattering to keep seeds on the plants longer. Currently, seeds on a hemp plant will ripen at different times, and many seeds drop to the ground before farmers can harvest them. Finding a way to control shattering would increase producers’ yields and, in turn, their bottom line.

 

“We have initiated both research projects and are excited about the opportunity to work with Atalo,” Yuan said.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774

GO BRO Project Designed to Interest More Male Students in Study Abroad

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016)  University of Kentucky Education Abroad (UK EA) and International Studies Abroad (ISA) are launching the “GO Study aBROad,” or GO BRO, campaign this fall. The GO BRO campaign is a competition for UK fraternity chapters running now through Oct. 14.

 

The GO BRO campaign was developed to increase male enrollment, because this population is underrepresented in UK EA programs, consistent with national trends. Nationally, the EA ratio of female participants to male participants is 65 percent to 35 percent. This ratio has held steady for more than a decade. UK EA and ISA are working together to increase the percentage of men studying abroad.

 

“Traditionally, male students and male Greek students are two underrepresented student populations in education abroad,” said Miko McFarland, acting director of UK EA. “Our goal is to make sure our Greek students know they can pursue international academic opportunities and still be fully engaged in Greek life here at UK.”

 

Fraternity chapters will receive points based on participation in several UK EA events this fall. For example, if 10 people from a chapter attend the Education Abroad Fall Fair today, the chapter will receive 10 points. If the chapter completes a 30-minute presentation in their house or meeting place, the chapter will receive 25 points. Fraternity chapters may receive up to 200 points. The fraternity chapter in first place at the end of the competition may select one fraternity member to attend an ISA site visit to San José and Heredia, Costa Rica, and Santiago, Dominican Republic, or Lima and Cusco, Peru.

 

The ISA Kentucky Office, an embedded ISA office located in Bradley Hall, works to extend UK EA’s mission of providing academically sound international experiences to UK students. Since the opening of the ISA Kentucky Office, ISA has collaborated with UK EA on several strategic initiatives that promote education abroad to underrepresented populations on campus. The GO BRO campaign is one of those strategic initiatives.

 

An ISA site visit itinerary typically includes visits to two or more ISA program sites and consists of both academic and cultural activities. The fraternity member will engage with ISA’s host institutions, observe various classes, and meet with university personnel, including international office administrators and faculty when possible. The fraternity member will visit ISA offices at each site and will meet the ISA staff responsible for supporting students during their study abroad program. The fraternity member will also be able to spend time with ISA students currently abroad. This will help prepare and enable him for the opportunity to speak openly with his peers about their experience and assist in helping UK EA and ISA develop a course of action that will increase male student participation in education abroad.

 

It is the hope of UK EA and ISA that by visiting ISA program locations on an arranged site visit, the fraternity member’s knowledge of ISA programs, along with his confidence in the benefits of studying abroad, will substantially increase. After the arranged site visit, the fraternity member will present his experience to fraternity chapters across campus.

 

The fraternities in second and third place will receive a donation towards their national philanthropy and an ISA scholarship for a chapter member to use towards an ISA program.

 

To learn more about this campaign and how to participate, please visit www.uky.edu/international/gobro or contact:

 

ISA Kentucky Office – 313 Bradley Hall

Patrick Barker – pbarker@studiesabroad.com – 859-323-2180

 

UK EA Advisor

Susan Meredith – susan.meredith@uky.edu – 859-323-2143

 

 

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

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

UK Grad Gets 'Flying Start' in International Thoroughbred Industry

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 15:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016) Much like the team behind thoroughbreds that try to find the perfect balance of gallops, breezes and races needed in preparation for a chance at a Triple Crown race, University of Kentucky graduate Madison Scott has been preparing for her prestigious Godolphin Flying Start scholarship since she stepped on campus in 2012 by finding the right combination of studies in marketing and equine science and management as well as the needed horse industry internships to prove she could go the distance.

 

This summer Scott proved to have the right pedigree when she was selected as one of only 12 individuals from around the world for the two-year full-time thoroughbred industry international management and leadership training program, formerly known as Darley Flying Start.

 

What lies ahead for Scott is a once-in-a-lifetime work experience that will take her to the premier horse racing communities around the globe. Founded in 2003, Godolphin Flying Start is the brainchild of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai. Each year a dozen candidates are selected to receive the scholarship, which includes course fees, accommodation, transport, health insurance and a monthly allowance. The program is accredited by the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Business School as a graduate certificate in management (thoroughbred industry), as well as the University of Arizona Racing Officials Accreditation Program and the Kentucky Horseshoeing School.

 

For the next two years, Scott and her fellow trainees will start each morning around 6 a.m. working hands-on as part of the stud or stable staff on a Godolphin operation where they are based in County Kildare, Ireland; Newmarket, England; Lexington, Kentucky, United States; Hunter Valley, Australia; or Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Much of the work will be physical and will continue through inclement weather as horses have to be cared for every day. In the afternoons, Godolphin Flying Start trainees will attend lectures, management meetings, workshops, sales, race meets, as well as official visits to other equine operations.

 

The tremendous value of this business training is not lost on Scott. "The Godolphin Flying Start Scholarship offers unparalleled exposure in the international horse racing industry. Besides providing ample networking opportunities, Flying Start students are given management and leadership training to equip them with the skills to become leaders in the racing business," Scott said.

 

There are also a number of social events and race meetings to attend as part of the program, which leads to busy weekends and evenings for trainees, who will have the opportunity to network in a more relaxed setting.

 

"The benefits of the course are numerous, and include the opportunity to meet and learn from the top people in the business worldwide while receiving a top notch education," Scott added.
 

Growing up in Austin, Texas, Scott knew she was destined for a future in the horse racing industry at an early age. In 2004, she developed a fascination with champion race horse Smarty Jones that was so strong she began sending letters to Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Kentucky, where the horse pursued his stud career. Three Chimneys employees Ann Hayes and Jen Rotyz responded to her, recognizing Scott was not your ordinary fan. The correspondence would continue for years.

 

In 2009, Roytz invited Scott and her mother to come to the famed breeding farm to meet the horse in person. However, Scott didn't know until she arrived that she would have the honor of naming one of his colts. The name "Mad for Smarty" honored the colt's legendary bloodline as well as its most dedicated fan.

 

"Mad for Smarty was two years old at that point," Scott said. "He was already in training at the track, but I followed him closely through his racing career, which concluded in September of 2011."

 

After a two-year career, Mad for Smarty was retired from racing, and Three Chimneys Farm offered the horse to Scott. "He had just been taken off the track and was ready to start a new career, not racing," Scott said. "I definitely said yes, we wanted him!"

 

Ownership of Mad for Smarty fulfilled another dream after so many years of riding lessons and wanting a horse of her own. Scott still owns Mad for Smarty to this day.

 

When it was time to start looking at colleges, Scott knew exactly what field she wanted to pursue. She considered several institutions with strong equine programs, but knew when she arrived in Lexington, UK was where she belonged.

 

"For me, there is no other place in the country that can offer what Lexington and the University of Kentucky do," Scott said. "UK not only has the equine classes, which are wonderful — not many schools offer an equine program at all — but they’re offered in Lexington, the horse capital of the world." 

 

While at UK, Scott put in the hours of study and work to build a résumé worthy of one of the best starts in the equine management industry, a spot in the Godolphin Flying Start program.

 

"I met her (Madison) when she was a first-year student and she told me then that she wanted to apply for the Godolphin Flying Start and how competitive it was," said Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. "And at that time I knew nothing about it, but I said 'well, we'll work on it, we'll work toward it and help you get prepared.' And she obviously worked very hard on it, so we are really very proud of that." 

 

Part of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Student and Academic Life at UK, the 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 Whitlow well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

 

A member of the Honors Program, a Chellgren Fellow and Singletary Scholar, Scott earned degrees in equine science and management as well as a business degree in marketing at UK in May of this year. In addition, she pursued undergraduate research in agricultural economics under the direction of Associate Professor Jill Stowe in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

 

Scott also took advantage of study abroad opportunities offered through the university attending Maynooth University in County Kildare, Ireland, in the spring of 2015. "I chose to study abroad to deepen my understanding of the Irish racing and breeding industries and gain experience working internationally."

 

Outside of the classroom, Scott was a member of the UK Horse Racing Club all four years and served as president her senior year. She credits Professor Laurie Lawrence, club advisor, as the faculty member who influenced her most at UK. 

 

Madison Scott shares why she chose UK in her "see blue." story filmed her sophomore year. 
 

When she wasn't on campus, Scott worked for some of the most noted leaders in the equine industry. She first interned as a seasons assistant at Three Chimneys Farm, where she got her first experience working on the business side of the industry. In 2014, she worked as a sales prep intern at Shawhan Place Farm, where she got her first experience sales prepping horses and working sales. While studying abroad in 2015, Scott worked at Moyglare Stud where she got her first exposure to the racing industry internationally. That same year, she served as an intern at the Blood-Horse magazine, where she honed her writing skills. Scott's last internship was in sales at Fasig-Tipton, which offered her insight into how large scale sales organizations are run. 

 

 

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

 

 

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

Education Abroad Presents Its Annual Fall Fair

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 14:44

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2016)  The University of Kentucky Education Abroad (EA) program holds its annual Fall Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Buell Armory.

 

From A to Z, the Education Abroad Fair showcases every international education opportunity available at UK. Students will find a range of global options, including study, intern, research, teach and service abroad programs. In addition, campus offices involved in the education abroad planning process, such as Financial Aid, the J. W. Stuckert Career Center and others, will be available to answer questions.

 

“Having any kind of experience abroad is so important given the global and multicultural world we live in,” said Andrea Gils, marketing and communications manager for the UK International Center. “While you’re abroad, you learn to develop tools and techniques that you can leverage when working in a project or meeting with a potential employer. It adds a depth of understanding to your field of study.”

 

The Education Abroad Fall Fair will provide students an opportunity to find a program that aligns with their academic interests and personal preferences. At the fair, students will be able to talk to UK EA’s partners and faculty who teach abroad, ask questions about scholarships and other resources, and get excited about what it is like to #seeblueabroad.

 

“UK has a diverse student body and we want to meet all of our students’ needs, which is why we have so many programs available to them,” Gils said. “But having many options can seem overwhelming so we want students to know we’re here for them, whether that is at the Fall Fair, at our Advising Center, or at any of our other events and workshops.”

 

Prior to attending the fair, education abroad adviser Niamh Minion said she recommends students to check their Major Advising Pages, which will allow them to understand how education abroad fits with their studies at UK. It will help them get started with planning their experience abroad.

 

“When coming to the fair it is important to have thought about some big questions about education abroad — for example — What type of experience do I want to have? Which credit do I want to earn abroad? When do I want to go? What is my price point?” Minion said. “If students think about these answers beforehand, they can really maximize their time at the fair by focusing on talking with key players there.”

 

In addition, UK students who are first-time passport-seekers will be able to sign up for the Education Abroad Passport Caravan. The Passport Caravan is an initiative launched by the Council on International Educational Exchange where a select group of universities, including UK, will provide students the opportunity to apply and obtain a passport on campus, free of charge.

 

During the fair, students are encouraged to visit the following sponsors:

 

Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI): Automatic $1,000 scholarship awarded to UK students on semester and academic year KEI programs.

 

International Studies Abroad (ISA): UK students of diverse backgrounds planning to participate in an ISA program may apply for the UK EA Diversity Scholarship. For more details, click here.

 

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): UK EA and TEAN have partnered to design an innovative new program with the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Fine Arts: Bluegrass Down Under.

 

Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS): UK students can apply for two $750 scholarships awards for any KIIS winter programs.

 

SOL Education Abroad (SOL): SOL offers $250 awards for winter programs in Latin America.

 

Faculty and advisors are also encouraged to attend the Education Abroad Fair. For questions regarding the event please contact Andrea Gils, UK International Center’s marketing and communications manager, at andrea.gils.uky.edu.

 

Considering the benefits of an education abroad program? Read the following articles.

"Want a Job? New Research Shows Studying Abroad May Get You Hired," Huffington Post

"Study Abroad Positively Impacts Personality, Study Says," Inside Higher Ed

"Research Shows College Grads Who Study with IES Abroad Get Jobs Sooner & with Higher Salaries," PR Web

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302, gail.hairston@uky.edu

 

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