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New Hall of Fame Remembers Target Recruiter's Service to UK

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 15:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — Family, friends, coworkers and University of Kentucky staff came together in a rare sea of red on campus yesterday to honor the life and service of one of the best corporate recruiters to work with the university.

 

Rodney D. Branum, the Target store team leader of Lexington's Reynolds Road location who recently died after a long battle with cancer, was honored with the inaugural Recruiter Hall of Fame Award by the James W. Stuckert Career Center.

 

Branum is the first person to be inducted into the Stuckert Career Center Recruiter Hall of Fame. The honor is intended to recognize employers and community partners whose work has supported the career advancement of UK students and alumni.

 

"Rodney was one in a million. He was a great recruiter, friend and professional. He was a wise, compassionate, reliable, optimistic and considerate leader. His life mattered, and he will never be forgotten” said Azetta Beatty, senior assistant director of the Stuckert Career Center.

 

A native of Somerset, Kentucky, Branum graduated from Pulaski County High School in 1987 and received his bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Kentucky University.

He was a store team leader and campus recruiter for Target Corporation, and worked tirelessly to build and strengthen the partnership between UK and Target.

 

Branum was remembered by the center as a tireless recruiter. He participated in countless career fairs, on-campus interviews, panels, class presentations, festival events and employer focus groups on campus. Branum also helped with some community outreach efforts.

 

"Every single person who came across his path, he wanted them to be successful," said Joe Eckels, a district team leader for Target®.

 

When he wasn't finding ways to help UK students get jobs or internships, he was building a friendship with Clara Samuels, a staff associate with the Stuckert Career Center, who he supplied with Target dog toys. Each visit to the center meant another special delivery to Samuels. Even as he became too sick to visit, Branum had one last Target® dog delivered to her.

 

"He was a kind, generous, really sweet man. I'm going to miss him," Samuels told the crowd on hand for the ceremony. 

 

Outside of his passion for finding opportunities at Target for UK students and recent graduates, Branum was also a longtime supporter of UK Athletics. The Wildcats superfan attended a wide range of basketball, gymnastics, volleyball and football games. He missed only two home basketball games in the past 28 years and attended the 2016 SEC Tournament in Nashville.

 

On hand to accept the award presented by Ray Clere, assistant dean of career and academic exploration, was Branum's wife, Karen (Sexton), and his daughter Kelsey Nicole. 

 

This year's Recruiter Hall of Fame ceremony was co-sposored by the Graham Office of Career Management in the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

 

As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the James W. Stuckert Career Center’s mission is to prepare students for a lifetime of career possibilities through an educational journey that fosters engagement, reflection and holistic development, while connecting passion to purpose.

 

 

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

 

Watch Live: UK's May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:59
WATCH LIVE:

The May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will be livestreamed here Sunday, May 8. Please ensure your computer or device's software is up to date. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — This Sunday, the University of Kentucky May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will recognize the accomplishments of undergraduate, graduate and professional students who will have completed their degrees by the end of the spring 2016 semester. Undergraduate degrees will be conferred at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and graduate and professional degrees will be conferred at 7 p.m. 

 

Nearly 2,500 undergraduates and over 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate in Sunday's ceremonies, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, approximately 3,200 undergraduate, 1,110 graduate and 450 professional degree candidates have been approved by the UK Board of Trustees. 

 

All ceremonies will be streamed live on UKNow.

 

Sunday’s ceremonies include:

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing.

 

Graduate Stories

While all graduates are celebrated for their tremendous achievements, many have particularly interesting stories to share about their lives and time at UK. This includes former UK football player Randall Cobb, who will be the first person in his immediate family to graduate with a college degree. Cobb, who plays in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, will earn a degree in community and leadership development from the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

 

Chris Stewart transitioned from being a professional violinist in Los Angeles to a law student at UK. As a blind person, he used his musical knowledge and skills to help him critically analyze components of the law.

 

Read more stories about UK's May 2016 graduates.

 

Featured Speaker

UK President Eli Capilouto will introduce noted African-American scholar and President of Prairie View A&M University George C. Wright to deliver formal commencement remarks at both the 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. undergraduate ceremonies. A native of Lexington, Wright received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from UK and his doctoral degree in history from Duke University. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from UK.

 

Wright's teaching experience began in 1977 as an assistant professor at UK. In 1980, he began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin where he would eventually become a full professor and holder of the Mastin Gentry White Professorship of Southern History. He received the top teaching award in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Natural Sciences, the Jean Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, and the top teaching award for the entire university, the Lillian and Tom B. Rhodes Centennial Teaching Fellow, which garnered him a $10,000 prize. In 1993, he joined the faculty at Duke University as vice provost for undergraduate programs, director of the Afro-American Studies Program and held the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in American History. Wright has authored three books on race relations.

 

Student Speakers

A student will also address the audience at each of the undergraduate ceremonies, as per UK tradition.

  • Jared Scott, from Saginaw, Michigan, is graduating with a degree in finance from the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics. He will deliver the Commencement address at the 9 a.m. ceremony.  
  • Jackie Dallaire, from Arlington, Virginia, is graduating with a degree in the UK College of Social Work. She will give the Commencement address at the 2 p.m. ceremony. 

Read more about the undergraduate student speakers here.

 

Honorary Degrees

The University of Kentucky will award honorary doctorates at the 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ceremonies. The recipients include:

  • W. David Arnett, Honorary Doctor of Science. One of the world's pre-eminent astrophysicists, an area in which he has published more than 400 papers and a renowned scientific book, Arnett also has a physical law named for him. Arnett's Law describes how stars regulate energy transport as they explode. He currently is Regents Professor at Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona where he continues to conduct research to bring further clarity to understanding the universe. Arnett will be honored at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
  • Thomas Patterson "Patt" Maney, Honorary Doctor of Laws. Maney has attained the highest levels of recognition in two fields — the military and the law. Maney served in the military for 34 years reaching the rank of general, and he served in various hot spots around the world, including Panama, Haiti, Bosnia and Afghanistan. Maney now serves as a judge in Okaloosa County Court in Florida. His law career has focused on improving the lives of American veterans which led to the Florida legislature's passage of the T. "Patt" Maney Veterans Treatment Intervention Act. Maney will be honored at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
  • Herbert W. Ockerman, Honorary Doctor of Science. A world-renowned professor of animal science and researcher in the areas of food chemistry and meat science, Ockerman has served his entire faculty career at the Ohio State University where he continues to work full time. Long ago, he established the tradition of collecting books and donating them to school and university libraries around the world. That tradition became the Frances J. Ockerman International Book Endowment, named for his late wife. He also created a separate endowment at UK in memory of Frances. Ockerman will be honored at the 7 p.m. ceremony.
  • Eileen Recktenwald, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Recktenwald serves as executive director of the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs that oversees 13 Kentucky Rape Crisis Centers throughout the state. She is recognized as a national leader in victim services and has helped Kentucky become nationally prominent in the field of sexual violence prevention. She was one of the first graduates of the UK College of Social Work's satellite programs in the Master of Social Work Education program in Eastern Kentucky. Recktenwald will be honored at the 7 p.m. ceremony.

Read more about the May 2016 UK Honorary Degree recipients here. 

 

Livestream

All three ceremonies will be streamed live at www.uky.edu/uknow, the university’s news website. Full video of each ceremony will be available within two weeks after Commencement on the university’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/universityofkentucky.

 

Social media users are encouraged to use the hashtag #ukgrad.

 

For more information about UK Commencement, visit www.uky.edu/commencement.

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu

Students, Alumni, Faculty and Staff Receive College of Communication and Information Awards

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — The University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information held its 16th annual Excellence Awards Dinner on Friday, April 22, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.

 

The college recognized the following staff, faculty, alumni and friends:

 

Friend of the College Award: Recognizes a person that has demonstrated support to the college or one of its units by volunteering, providing internships or by their involvement in programs supported by the college. This year the college honored:

 

Jamie Leddin, board co-chair for UK's Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking (iNET)

 

Outstanding Alumnus Award: Recognizes an alumnus of the College of Communication and Information for their many contributions to the college and to our community. This year the college honored:

 

J.D. Shelburne, country music singer from Taylorsville, Kentucky (Telecommunications, 2007)

 

Faculty Teaching Excellence Award: Recognizes faculty who not only demonstrate mastery of the subject matter, but also awareness of current developments, and a vision of what is to come. Recipients demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate that knowledge to students in ways that foster understanding, intellectual growth and a broadening of perspectives. This year the college honored:

 

Namjoo Choi, assistant professor in the School of Information Science

 

Graduate Teaching Excellence Award: Recognizes students who not only excel in their own studies, but they also demonstrate knowledge and expertise of their field through teaching undergraduate students. This year the college honored:

 

Anna-Carrie “Annie” Beck, second year doctoral student specializing in family, interpersonal and instructional communication

 

Faculty Research Award: Recognizes faculty achievement in research that is important to both the college and the faculty member’s area of expertise. This year the college honored two recipients:

 

Patric Spence, associate professor in the School of Information Science

Jeannette Sutton, assistant professor in the Department of Communication and the director of the Risk and Disaster Communication Center

 

Outstanding Staff Award: Recognizes outstanding work and contributions by a staff member. This year the college honored two recipients:

 

Heather Burke, student affairs officer in the School of Information Science

Megan Sizemore, chief of staff, Dean’s Office

 

Faculty Community Service Award: Recognizes achievements by our faculty in service to our community. This year the college honored:

 

Kakie Urch, associate professor of multimedia in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications

 

Outstanding Advisor Award: Recognizes the critical role played by advisors in fostering academic achievement, clearing pathways to graduation and providing meaningful engagement on campus and in the community. This year the college honored:

 

Scoobie Ryan, associate director of the School of Journalism and Telecommunications

 

The College of Communication and Information also honored the following outstanding graduate students at the Excellence Awards:

 

Molly Burchett, Bruce H. Westley Memorial Scholarship, Carozza Graduate Fund

Sarah Sheff, Palmgreen Fellowship

Chrissy Gentile, Martha and Howard Sypher Memorial Graduate Scholarship

Tara Watterson, R. Lewis Donohew Graduate Fellowship

Minhao Dai, Health Communication Research Fellow

Ana De la Serna, Health Communication Research Fellow

Amanda Slone, Instructional Communication Research Fellow

Kevin Wombacher, Health Communication Research Fellow, Risk/Crisis Research Fellow

Anna-Carrie “Annie” Beck, Instructional Communication Research Fellow

Jacob Matig, Interpersonal Communication Research Fellow

Xialing Lin, Health/Risk Communication Research Fellow

Ashley Householder, SLIS Alumni Scholarship

Lauren Farmer, SLIS Alumni Scholarship

Aaron Williams, Hallie Day Blackburn Scholarship

Lucy Whalen, SLIS Endowed Fellowship Fund

 

 

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

 

 

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

Scott and Dallaire Selected as Commencement Student Speakers

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — In what has become a University of Kentucky Commencement tradition, two students have been selected to serve as speakers for the two undergraduate ceremonies Sunday, May 8.

 

Jared Scott will speak at the 9 a.m. ceremony and Jackie Dallaire will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Scott and Dallaire were selected among several candidates by UK President Eli Capilouto to represent the May 2016 undergraduate class.

 

Scott, from Saginaw, Michigan, is graduating with a degree in finance from the Gatton College of Business and Economics

 

During his time at UK, Scott participated in UK Alternative Spring Break, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, UK Fusion as a site leader, Martin Luther King Day of Service in Lexington, Every National Campus Ministry, UK Venture Studio Boot Camp Team, the National Association of Black Accountants, AMSTEMM, and undergraduate research. He also served as a liasion for the UK Student Government Association and studied abroad in the Czech Republic.

 

“I had such a great experience in college and I just thought addressing my classmates would be the perfect end to my college career,” Scott said. “The people I met here, without a doubt, is what I love most about UK. It is a perfect mixture of the South, North and Midwest. No matter where you are from, you don’t feel too far from home. Wherever we go in life after college as Wildcats, we are a diverse network for each other. We must keep persevering and enduring in all our endeavors.”

 

Dallaire, from Arlington, Virginia, is graduating with a degree in social work. She is a four-year member of the UK Women’s Soccer Team, making the SEC Academic Honor Roll and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll with a 4.0 GPA. Through the College of Social Work, Dallaire has interned at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and The Learning Center.

 

“When I sat down to write my speech, I found that I have a lot to say. It isn’t often a platform like this comes around, and I think it is an incredible opportunity to represent myself, the College of Social Work, and the University of Kentucky,” Dallaire said. “I think when you have been grinding away at a degree for four long years, you can sometimes lose perspective. Then all of a sudden you are at graduation, with a diploma — it can feel kind of surreal! I hope that my fellow graduates remember all of the amazing things they can do with their degree after they hear my speech, and understand how badly the world needs them to use that education to make a positive impact."

 

The May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies will be held Sunday, May 8, in Rupp Arena. The Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., followed by the Graduate and Professional Ceremony at 7 p.m. The 9 a.m. ceremony will feature the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; the Gatton College of Business and Economics; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; and the College of Nursing. The 2 p.m. ceremony will feature the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Communication and Information; the College of Design; the College of Fine Arts; the College of Health Sciences; and the College of Social Work. 

 

More than 2,400 undergraduates and approximately 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate and professional degree candidates had their degrees approved by the UK Board of Trustees.   

 

All three ceremonies will be live streamed on UKNow.

 

For more information about the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies, visit www.uky.edu/Commencement

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu

 

Summer Parking Control, Bus Service to Start May 9

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — During the summer months, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) implements some changes to campus parking and transit operations due to the reduced campus population.

 

Summer parking control will begin Monday, May 9. While all lots will remain on control, permit holders will experience more flexibility in student parking areas. Most university student parking lots will be controlled for any valid permit during the summer months. The exceptions are the R6, R16, R17 and R18 parking areas, which will remain on control for their specific permit types.

 

A summer parking control map can be found at www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_parking-maps.

 

PTS will be operating the Summer Route from Monday, May 9, through Thursday, June 30, with the exception of Monday, May 30. Service will run 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. As announced on April 20, starting on Friday, July 1, the Blue, White and Green Routes will run for the remainder of summer, on a limited schedule of 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The expansion to year-round operations on these routes will ensure consistency of service.

 

More information about all the bus routes, including maps and schedules, can be found at www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles. Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices, allowing for users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather.

 

 

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

Entrepreneurial Showcase Applications Due May 12

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 6, 2016) — If you or your organization is interested in being an exhibitor at the Soirée and Bluegrass Showcase of Emerging Entrepreneurs and University Researchers (SPARK) on Wednesday, May 25, the time to take action is now. The exhibitor application deadline is Thursday, May 12. Click here for the exhibitor application.

 

The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, housed within the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business ane Economics, will be awarding prizes at the SPARK event. The local office of the network will provide a $500 prize for the Best Company display, while the Von Allmen Center will provide a $500 award for the Best University Researcher display, as selected by an independent panel of judges. Research posters will be judged on their overall potential for commercialization.

 

The showcase will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., May 25, at Copper Roux, located at 861 South Broadway in Lexington. Exhibitor set up begins promptly at 4:15 p.m. General admission tickets, which include refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, are priced at $25. As an added incentive, the first 20 companies and 10 university researchers to register, and be accepted, will get one free ticket to the event. Space is limited. Register here for general admission.

 

Non-exhibitors are also welcome to attend and show your entrepreneurial support.

 

Exhibitors please note:

  • 3x4 table space available to companies only
  • UK researchers will have space for posters only and must bring their own easels
  • Limited and/or no guarantee of electrical outlet
  • All equipment must be charged and able to run independently of electricity

Please follow these steps to upload your document:

1. Open attached file and complete required info

2. Save file as your company name (do not close document)

3. Click on the application link at the bottom page to upload your PDF

4. Click "Add to Drive" box

5. Click "Open in Drive" box

6. Right-click on the circle in middle of screen

7. Choose "Upload Files"

8. Browse and select your file to upload

9. Verify that your document uploaded properly

 

Commerce Lexington is a co-sponsor of this event. 

 

Please contact Becky Marefat at 257-7666 or becky.marefat@uky.edu if you have any questions or problems uploading your document.

 

 

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: Becky Marefat, 859-257-7666.

Thro Elected to Board of National Association of College and University Attorneys

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 19:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016)William Thro, general counsel at the University of Kentucky, was elected as a member-at-large of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Board of Directors.

 

Before assuming his present position at UK in 2012, Thro served as solicitor general of Virginia, university counsel for Christopher Newport University, and as an assistant attorney general in both Colorado and Virginia. He began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the late Judge Ronald E. Meredith of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville.

 

As a legal scholar, Thro's research focuses on constitutional law in educational contexts. In recognition of his scholarly work, he received Stetson University’s Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy Scholarship (2014) and became a Fellow of both the National Education Finance Conference (2012) and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (2007).

 

During almost a quarter century of NACUA membership, Thro has served as chair of the Editorial Board of The Journal of College & University Law, was a member of the Advisory Group on the Future of the Journal and the Annual Conference Task Force, was the co-editor of two compendia and author of several monographs and NACUANOTES, and has been a frequent conference speaker.

 

In addition to his NACUA service, he has served as president of the Education Law Association, chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section, board chair for a local Red Cross chapter, a trustee of the National Education Finance Academy, and an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

 

Thro is a native of Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Hanover College; his graduate degree with honours from the University of Melbourne; and his law degree is from the University of Virginia, where he was a published member of the Law Review.

 

Headquartered in Washington, D.C.,, is the primary source of higher education law programming for its members and for the higher education community.  Founded in 1960, the association serves more than 850 public and private higher education institutions and more than 4,500 attorneys throughout the United States and internationally.  NACUA produces publications (including The Journal of College and University Law), sponsors continuing education workshops (including webinars), operates a website with a multitude of higher education legal resources and establishes cooperative relationships with other associations and groups. 

 

 

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

UK Dining Announces Summer Hours

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 18:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — Summer hours of operation for University of Kentucky Dining locations begin Saturday, May 7.  The schedule below will be in effect Monday through Friday from May 7 through June 5.  All locations will be closed Saturdays and Sundays during that time period.  All locations will also be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

 

Starbucks @ Kentucky Clinic: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

 

Ovid's: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m.

 

Starbucks @ W.T. Young Library: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

 

Einstein Bros. Bagels: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Apothecary Café: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Starbucks @ Bowman's Den:  8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Subway @ Bowman's Den:  8 a.m.-2 p.m.

 

Wildcat Pantry @ The 90:  7 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. 

 

For UK Dining updates, visit www.uky.campusdish.com.

 

 

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, 859-257-6396; blair.hoover@uky.edu

USDA's National Institute Director to be at UK on Friday

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 17:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture will visit the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment on Friday, May 6. He will give a seminar titled “Perfect Storm to Nutritional Security” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Cameron Williams Hall of the Plant Sciences Building.

 

During the seminar Ramaswamy will discuss what is needed to ensure nutritional security and better health outcomes as the Earth's population continues to grow while under the context of changing climate, diminishing land and water resources, environmental degradation, changing incomes and diets, and minimal ecological footprint.

 

Much of the focus of Ramaswamy’s seminar is on transformative approaches needed including gene editing and other biotechnology methods, genomics to phenomics — phenomes are physical and biochemical traits, nanotechnology, pest management, robotics, use of smart systems, the “internet of agricultural things” and big data analytics.

 

President Barack Obama appointed Ramaswamy in 2012 to serve as director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. NIFA addresses many challenges facing the nation through exemplary agricultural science. It works with scientists to find innovative solutions to issues related to agriculture, food, the environment and communities.

 

Prior to his tenure at NIFA, Ramaswamy held a number of academic positions, most recently as dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences. He is an award-winning scientist, educator and administrator. He has received numerous grants for research in integrative reproductive biology of insects. Ramaswamy received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and master’s degree in entomology from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India. He earned a doctoral degree in entomology from Rutgers University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Management Development Program.

 

Ramaswamy will take questions following the seminar. Contact Cecilia Virtue at 859-257-3333 or Cecilia.virtue@uky.edu for special accommodations.

 

 

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: Laura Skillman, 859-323-4761.

 

 

Gatton Hosts Professional MBA Open House Event on May 17

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — The University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics will host a Professional MBA Open House event for interested UK employees and companies in Central Kentucky that would like to learn more about UK’s professional MBA programs, which include the Professional Evening MBA and Executive MBA.

 

The Professional MBA Open House event will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17in the newly-renovated Gatton College of Business and Economics Building. Attendees and prospective candidates will have the opportunity to interact and network with current MBA students, alumni, instructors and other important constituents affiliated with the professional MBA program.


The alumni spotlight at this event will showcase members of Tempur-Sealy, who will talk about how the UK MBA helped them gain the necessary skills to be a part of the new Cocoon by Sealy project team.

Harvie Wilkinson serves as director of the Gatton MBA programs. "If you want to make yourself more marketable in today's competitive job market, or if you want to expand your skill set so that you can be successful in your career, then acquiring a professional MBA may be an attractive option for you," Wilkinson said.


If you are interested in attending the Professional MBA Open House event, please register in advance at www.gatton.uky.edu/MBA-RSVP.

 


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 CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200/carl.nathe@uky.edu; Chris Carney, 859-257-7645/christopher.carney@uky.edu

Celebrate Mom at Special Mother's Day Concert

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 15:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — Musicians from the University of Kentucky campus community and around the Bluegrass will come together to present a concert celebrating mothers and honoring one with a special appreciation for music this weekend. The 11th annual Anita Roos Baker Memorial Mother’s Day Concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

Lexington native Anita Roos Baker loved singing. She was a long-time member of the Friends of the UK School of Music, a volunteer organization that provides support and advocacy for the school. Following Baker's death in 2005, her family wanted to find a way to celebrate her life and her passion for music. They have done so through an annual concert, appropriately scheduled for Mother’s Day.

 

The program this year has been arranged as always by Vocal Coach Tedrin Blair Lindsay of UK Opera Theatre, and will feature soprano and UK alumna Catherine Clarke Nardolillo, soprano and graduate student Elizabeth Mayhew, and cellist and alumna Yoonie Choi. The varied program will include pieces for piano and cello by Johannes Brahms, vocal selections from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's "Camelot" and André Previn's "A Streetcar Named Desire," as well as several show tunes by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jeanine Tesori, Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown. In addition, Lindsay will also perform a couple piano solos sure to delight the audiences.

 

Baker’s family and friends will be in attendance to honor a very special person with a joyful collection of music. This concert is presented by the Temple Adath Israel Music Fund.

 

A reception will follow the concert.

 

 

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 Day in the Life of a UK Student: May 5, 1912

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 13:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 212th diary entry is from May 5, 1912. In this entry, the senior recalls studying philosophy with a friend on a Sunday.

 

May 5th. Bernice goes to church and Sunday school, and Addie and I study Philosophy. In the afternoon Jessie Mit and I take Bernice to the car and she goes to Elizabeth's.

 

 

More on Virginia Clay McClure

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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6 UK Students to Study Critical Languages Abroad

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 12:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Office of Nationally Competitive Awards has announced six UK students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian abroad. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in 13 critical need foreign languages during the summer of 2016.

 

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

 

The six UK students awarded scholarships from CLS and the languages the scholarships cover are:

· Lee Clark, a graduate student in the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce from Richmond, Kentucky, for Russian;

· Lauren Copeland, a gender and women's studies doctoral student from Gainesville, Florida, for Arabic;

· M. Ruth Dike, an anthropology doctoral student from Memphis, Tennessee, for Arabic;

· Faiyad Mannan, a College of Medicine student from Staffordsville, Kentucky, for Japanese;

· Bridget Nicholas, a Chinese language and literature and international studies junior, Chellgren Fellow and member of the UK Honors Program from Covington, Kentucky, for Chinese; and

· Kathryn Showers-Curtis, a linguistics theory and typology graduate student from Janesville, Wisconsin, for Russian.

 

For many of the UK students, the scholarship will advance research in their studies and for others it will also feed a passion for a culture they have developed a profound interest in.

 

"I've always been fascinated with China and, from the first time I heard spoken Chinese, I fell in love with the language," said Nicholas, who will study Mandarin in Changchun, China. "Since then, as I've had opportunities to travel to China and Taiwan, I've further discovered a deep interest in Chinese history, culture and literature, as well as cross-strait politics."

 

Like Nicholas, Mannan has a great interest in not only language but the culture and the people in his location of study, Japan. He hopes the intensive studies will make him a better doctor for Japanese-Americans.

 

"While I have many different ideas involving work in Japan with Japanese physicians and researchers, the main opportunity I am looking forward to with the CLS is a chance to gain the ability to communicate with Japanese patients when I begin practicing medicine," Mannan said. "I am very interested in practicing medicine in areas of the U.S. that historically have high populations of Japanese immigrants and families. Being able to communicate effectively with these families would allow me to deliver a high quality of care and also build relationships with my patients."

 

The CLS Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences for seven to 10 weeks for U.S. citizens who are undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students. The application for the 2017 summer program will be available in the fall on the CLS website, http://clscholarship.org.

 

For students interested in language immersion, the National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship may also be an opportunity to consider.

 

UK students interested in the CLS and/or Boren Scholarships may apply through the university’s Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. Part of the Academy for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, the office 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 Pat Whitlow at the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

 

 

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

 

Mission Accomplished for Soldier Turned Campus Leader

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 5, 2016) — U.S. Army Veteran. Musician. Leader. Wife. Christina Walker wears many hats, and she wears them well. On Sunday, May 8, she’ll be donning one she never imagined wearing — a graduation cap.

 

Walker, from San Bernardino, California, turned to the Army a decade ago for a better life, for an opportunity. She saw her peers dropping out of high school and getting into things she wanted no part of. 

 

"I needed to make a change in my life and it seemed like the best option," she said. "I needed a way to make a better future for myself."

 

She served from 2007-2010 as a supply specialist and deployed to Kuwait and Iraq from 2008-2009 in the role of staff sergeant. Coordinating logistics, transporting food, equipment and weapons, Walker supported more than 5,000 deployed soldiers during that time. She received several honors for her performance, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal with the Campaign Star, the Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

 

Her military experience taught her to be a leader, and it also led to one of the most significant milestones of Walker’s life — meeting her husband Daniel, who served as a human resources generalist. The two married in 2010 and returned to Daniel’s hometown, Lexington, and eventually started school together at UK in the College of Communication and Information.

 

Christina said her transition from the military to college was difficult at first, but the military made her more focused and open-minded, often giving her the leg up in her courses.

 

Daniel will also be awarded his bachelor’s degree this week, but will save the commencement walk for 2017, when he graduates with his master’s degree in communication. He began the graduate program in the fall of 2015 as a University Scholar, a program that allows particularly gifted and highly motivated students to integrate their undergraduate and graduate courses of study in a single continuous program culminating in both a bachelor's and a master's degree.

 

"Daniel has pushed me through everything; he’s made me see my potential," Christina said. 

 

And at UK, Christina is known for her potential.

 

"Christina is one of the most talented people I have ever had the opportunity to work with," said John Herbst, UK Student Center director and Christina’s mentor. "She is a creative and positive thinker, whose skill set for accomplishing goals is incredibly refined."

 

Herbst and Christina met through the UK chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), a national leadership honor society; Herbst serving as advisor and Christina as the new president. Christina has also served as vice president of the UK chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. Experience in the esteemed honor societies has given her the ability to "walk into a room and network with community leaders of all kinds comfortably."

 

When she wasn’t planning meetings and hosting leadership seminars, Christina was often spending her time as a reading volunteer at the High Street Neighborhood Center, a mentor for high school students, a volunteer at local retirement homes and a Veteran Advocate Committee member for the UK Veterans Resource Center.

 

She was also called on for her musical talent — performing in UK Opera Theatre’s annual "It's a Grand Night for Singing!" and singing the National Anthem at community events, including a UK men's basketball game. Her studies in communication never wavered though; she will graduate with a 3.975 GPA.

 

"I don’t feel like I’ve been able to maintain a great GPA because I’m the smartest student, but because the military taught me to open my mind and focus," she said. "It’s not out of luck, but by my merit alone. And it’s not just a degree, but a stepping stone to get me through other doors."

 

Those other doors include Columbia University, Dartmouth College and the UK College of Law. Daniel suggested that she apply to the schools, otherwise “I never would have imagined I’d be applying to Ivy Leagues.” Now, she’s not only celebrating graduation — a far off dream when she was younger — but also the acceptance to all three schools, and a commitment to keep seeing blue at the UK College of Law.

 

"I chose to stay at UK mostly because I was fortunate enough to receive funding to cover the cost of my law school education," Christina said. "In addition, although this is not my original hometown, living here in Lexington and attending UK has allowed me to develop a deep connection with this city and I now view it as my home, which I am very reluctant to leave."

 

"I was so proud when she was announced as a recipient of a Wethington Fellowship to attend law school here at the University of Kentucky," Herbst added.

 

And as the Walkers often tackle many of the same missions together, the next chapter in their life is no different. Daniel also plans to pursue a career in law, but will wait until Christina has completed her degree.  

 

"He is sacrificing everything for me to accomplish this," she said.

 

Eventually, Christina wants to return to the Army as part of the U.S. Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, using her education for a career she’s passionate about and serving her country at the same time.

 

"In my mind what sets Christina's talents at a stellar level is her 'heart,'" Herbst said. "She accomplishes project tasks with incredible grace, humility and a true principled servant-leadership attitude. I see only brilliant horizons and remarkable accomplishments ahead for her."

 

This week, UKNow is featuring stories about our May and August 2016 graduates who will participate in the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies this Sunday, May 8, at Rupp Arena. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the Graduate and Professional ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. More than 2,400 undergraduates and approximately 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate and professional degree candidates had their degrees approved by the UK Board of Trustees. For more information, visit www.uky.edu/commencement.

 

 

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

 

 

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Arrests Made in March 30 Robbery on Campus

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 08:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2016) — Arrests have been made in a March 30 robbery on the University of Kentucky campus.  A UK Alert was issued Wednesday afternoon, March 30, following report of a robbery at the Kentucky Clinic Parking Garage.

 

UK Police say the victim, a UK student, contacted an acquaintance to purchase marijuana, however when they met, the suspects robbed the victim and fled campus.  UK Police investigators were able to identify the suspects and obtain arrest warrants.

 

"Information obtained by UKPD investigators led them to locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service and Louisville Metro Police were able to arrest three individuals," UK Police Chief Joe Monroe said. "Several weapons and ammunition were recovered along with marijuana and materials for packaging marijuana."

 

Avion Camp, 22; Joshua Whetstone, 19; and Phillip Coleman, 19, all of Louisville, were lodged in the Louisville Metro Detention Center. Camp was arrested April 14, and Coleman and Whetstone were arrested April 26. They are charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, and theft by unlawful taking. They will be brought to Lexington for arraignment.

UK Ag Students Grew Strong Through Their College Years

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:37

LEXINGTON, Ky., (May 4, 2016) — Jeffrey Mitchell Jr. and Shalara Wells will walk across the Rupp Arena stage at the University of Kentucky's Commencement ceremonies this Sunday (May 8) with a well-earned sense of pride and accomplishment. Mitchell will be the first person in his family to ever graduate from college, while the fact that Wells will receive her degree on Mother's Day holds some extra special significance. Both are graduating from UK's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

 

Mitchell, from Lousville, Kentucky, grew up in an urban environment far from any farm pastures, yet always had a love for animals. During his teenage years at Cenral High School, he developed a strong interest in horses. While he did not grow up with any close role models in the equine industry, he was intrigued by the chance to study equine science business and management at UK.

 

"Over the years, I have seen people react with great surprise when I tell them about my passion for horses and my desire to make it my career," Mitchell said. "The business side of the equine industry is not something you see a lot of African-American males aspiring to. That's fine with me and makes me feel like I stand out in a crowd, not only because of my diversity, but also thanks to the education and experience I have been able to obtain while here at UK. It feels like I've gained a second family with similar interests during my time here."

 

Mitchell credits UK's award-winning MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) chapter for helping develop him as a well-rounded person. The UK chapter of MANRRS just brought back to campus its fourth consecutive National Chapter of the Year Award.

 

"It's a terrific organization," Mitchell said. "I would not be where I am today without MANRRS."

 

Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a career in the animal health industry.

 

Quentin Tyler, assistant dean and director of the Office of Diversity in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE), had high praise for Mitchell.

 

"I have known Jeff for over four years and he has flourished academically, professionally and socially during his time at UK. The summer before his freshman year, he would always call my office and inquire about scholarships and other opportunities."

 

Tyler, who has served as the national professional president of MANRRS, added that Mitchell has been a great role model to other students and has been instrumental in the success of the UK chapter of the organization.

 

Wells, the valedictorian of her senior class at Hopkins County Central High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, will graduate with a degree in animal sciences on Sunday. Also a member of UK's MANRRS chapter, her path to graduation could very easily have gotten off track, yet she persevered.

 

While tackling a challenging course load, Wells is raising her son, Kyson, who turned five at the beginning of April. She also held down a full-time job during her years at UK, and took care of her now deceased mother during her final months.

 

"A great deal of my time, energy and attention has been diverted away from my academic pursuits during my four years at the university," Wells said. "Not only is walking across the stage a huge accomplishment for me, I think it symbolizes more than a diploma. I am living proof that with determination and the right people supporting you, anything is possible. Thanks go to my MANRRS family, phenomenal advisors and wonderful professors that have shown me compassion and patience through my tumultuous times."

 

The weekend following her graduation from UK, Wells will leave for a month of study abroad in the Dominican Republic. Upon her return, she will begin work on a MBA degree at UK.

 

Wells' long-term goal is an ambitious one.

 

"I hope to someday own and operate a conservation and rehabilitation organization for exotic, endangered animals such as tigers and lions," she said.

 

Natasha Saunders, extension associate for the Office of Diversity in CAFE said, "Shalara is an outstanding young woman who has managed to overcome and prevail with grace and resiliency despite the numerous obstacles life has thrown her way. It has been a joy to watch this young lady blossom into the fearless woman she has become; a bright young woman with blazing intelligence, energy and determination."

 

Yes, Jeffrey Mitchell Jr. and Shalara Wells both will remember UK's Commencement ceremonies of May 8, 2016 for a very long time.  

 

This week, UKNow is featuring stories about our May and August 2016 graduates who will participate in the May 2016 Commencement Ceremonies this Sunday, May 8, at Rupp Arena. Undergraduate ceremonies will take place at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the Graduate and Professional ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. More than 2,400 undergraduates and approximately 500 graduate and professional students are expected to participate, marking the largest Commencement in UK's history. Overall, more than 3,200 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate and professional degree candidates have been submitted to the UK Board of Trustees for approval. For more information, visit www.uky.edu/commencement

 

 

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

 

 

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Capilouto: Budget Will Present Challenges, Opportunities

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 12:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2016) – The University of Kentucky budget for 2016-2017 will be marked by challenges, but also by a relentless resolve to continue the institution’s remarkable momentum of the last five years.

 

That was the message that UK President Eli Capilouto conveyed Tuesday to the Board of Trustees as university officials continue putting the finishing touches over the next month on a proposed budget as well as tuition and fees for the 2016-2017 academic year.

 

“Yes, the final state budget does present challenges,” Capilouto told trustees during a session to provide an overview of issues surrounding the budget. “But amid a busy and sometimes difficult spring semester, there are powerful indicators of the incredible work happening across our institution.”

 

On research and service, Capilouto cited the recent faculty involvement and leadership at the National Drug Summit last month in Atlanta as well as the visit to campus by the U.S. Department of Energy Secretary to discuss the state and UK’s leadership role in a global energy economy.

 

On continued student success, Capilouto pointed to the more than 4,800 students who will graduate Sunday during commencement ceremonies on the heels of another record year for the size of the first-year class and overall student body.

 

Looking ahead to the fall, Capilouto remarked that UK has had another record-breaking year for applications, which topped 24,000 this year for the first time.

 

“Our students created, performed, discovered and learned,” Capilouto said. “Our faculty broke new barriers of understanding in the pursuit and creation of knowledge. We served more communities, healed more people, and educated more students than at any point in our history.”

 

These challenges are not insignificant,” said UK Board Chair Britt Brockman. “But our commitment to Kentucky – as the university for Kentucky – is even greater. As President Capilouto often says, we will have to find new and innovative paths to earn our way forward. That’s what we intend to do.”

 

To that end, Capilouto said four principles – informed by the recently adopted UK Strategic Plan -- will guide the formulation of the budget, which will have to confront a 4.5 percent – or $12.6 million cut – in state appropriations.

 

The following year the state appropriation will be flat, but 5 percent of that base will be determined by an as-yet-developed performance funding plan. At the same time, student financial aid and scholarships will increase by more than $20 million over the next two years. Those figures don’t yet include millions more in fixed costs, such as utilities.

 

Yet, Capilouto said his guiding principles against that budgetary backdrop, include:

 

·         Student access and affordability. The rolling four-year average for tuition increases is now under 5 percent.

·         Competitive pay for faculty and staff. Staff and faculty have experienced merit pay raises each year for the last three years.

·         Strategically plan to prevent across-the-board cuts and maintain and enhance academic quality. Since 2008 – and now with the new budget – UK has experienced nearly $70 million in recurring cuts. In the last four years, though, the university has worked to insulate academic areas and the teaching and research mission from those reductions, increasing the size of the faculty and their compensation, for example. UK’s research enterprise has continued to grow and retention and graduation rates have increased.

·         Diversity and inclusion. UK has record levels of diversity among students, but progress must be made in closing the gap in retention and graduation rates that exist for students in underrepresented populations. As part of that effort, more will continue to be done to create a campus environment where everyone feels included.

 

“Throughout every difficult budget, we’ve worked hard and been smarter in how we plan. We’ve tried, to the extent possible, to insulate our academic enterprise from deep reductions,” Capilouto said. “We’ve avoided across-the-board cuts to all programs, because that’s not how you build success toward priorities."

 

Capilouto’s presentation to the Board of Trustees can be found at: http://uknow.uky.edu/sites/default/files/botbudgetpresentationdraftv4.pptx

UK Board of Trustees Accepts Gifts

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 11:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees accepted six gifts and pledges today totaling nearly $17.5 million.

 

The College of Engineering is the recipient of three of those commitments:

 

·         $4 million pledged from C. Michael Garver of Houston, Texas, to establish and endow the Garver Endowed Scholarship Fund in the College of Engineering.  A Lexington native, Garver earned a mechanical engineering degree from UK in 1960.  He owns BRH-Garver Construction Inc. in Houston.

 

·         $5.8 million from the Halcomb Family Foundation of Camarillo, California.  This is part of a recently announced gift to endow the F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Chair in Biomedical Engineering Fund; the Halcomb Family Graduate Fellowships in Biomedical Engineering Fund; the Department of Biomedical Engineering Program Fund; and the Halcomb Family Faculty Fellowships in Biomedical Engineering Fund. Halcomb, founder and CEO of Phoenix Initiare, is a native of Scottsville, Kentucky, and received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1974 and his medical degree in 1978 from UK.  His wife Joan received her nursing degree from UK in 1974.

 

·         $4.5 million from the Hardymon Foundation to fund renovation of the third floor of the F. Paul Anderson Tower to create the James and Gay Hardymon Center for Student Success in the College of Engineering and to establish and endow the James and Gay Hardymon Student Enrichment Fund. The center will house the college's Office for Student Advising, Office of Career Services and the Elbert C. Ray eStudio, as well as provide computer, tutoring and study space. The enrichment fund will provide for opportunities such as education abroad and undergraduate research. James F. Hardymon, a native of Maysville, Kentucky, earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering, and Gay Hardymon earned a bachelor's in English from UK.

 

Other gifts include:

 

·         $1,294,379 from the estate of Dr. Ewa Marciniak to establish and endow the Ewa Marciniak, M.D. Chair in Medicine. An additional gift is expected later this year to fully endow the position. Marciniak, a Lexington native, was appointed to the UK College of Medicine faculty in 1969 and was known for teaching and inspiring physicians and scientists.

 

·         $1.5 million from the William T. Young Foundation of Lexington pledged to establish and endow the Dr. Michael Karpf Endowed Chair in Precision Medicine at the Markey Cancer Center. The endowed chair is in recognition of Karpf's service as executive vice president for health affairs at UK. Young was a Lexington businessman, thoroughbred horse owner and breeder and UK benefactor.

 

·         $400,000 from Robert N. Trunzo of Brookfield, Wisconsin, to establish and endow the Robert and Anne Trunzo Scholarship in Political Science and Pre-Law Endowment Fund in the UK College of Arts and Sciences.  Trunzo, a Louisville native, earned his bachelor's degree in political science fro UK in 1978.  He is president and CEO of CUNA Mutual Group of Madison, Wisconsin.

 

 

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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Board Approves Creation of the UK Lewis Honors College

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2016) — Today, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved the creation of the new Lewis Honors College at UK. The board approved first reading of revisions to the university’s Governing Regulations that allow establishment of the Honors College. This major educational unit, which will join UK’s existing colleges, The Graduate School, and UK Libraries, will include leadership by a dean and governance by college faculty. 

 

UK has had an Honors Program since 1961, currently operating out of the Division of Undergraduate Education in the Office of the Provost. Transitioning the program to an Honors College will help attract top-quality students and improve access for underrepresented students and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to educational environments otherwise reserved for students at expensive, private institutions.

 

The proposed Honors College will not offer baccalaureate degrees of its own; rather, the Honors College curriculum and requirements will emphasize interdisciplinary approaches, methodologies, and learning outcomes. Honors College students will all declare majors in other undergraduate colleges, but will have their completion of Honors College requirements acknowledged on their diplomas and transcripts. Faculty governance will be through tenured faculty borrowed from other UK colleges assigned to the Lewis Honors College.

 

The creation of both an Honors College and the living-learning facility where it will be housed was made possible last fall by UK alumnus Thomas W. Lewis and his family, of Paradise Valley, Arizona, who committed to the single-largest gift in UK’s history — $23.5 million to create one of the country’s leading Honors programs. For this reason, the board previously approved the facility to be named in honor of the Lewis family. Lewis Hall is expected to be online by August 2017. 

 

“Across the University of Kentucky campus are profound examples of people’s faith in our institution, the work we do and the lives we shape,” President Eli Capilouto said in February when the board approved the development and naming of the facility. “The Lewis family is investing in the University, and their investment will yield an extraordinary academic experience for students in the new Lewis Honors College. We place our students first; so, too, do our donors and alumni who believe those students represent a bright future for Kentucky and the communities they touch."

 

Located at the corner of University and Hilltop Drives, Lewis Hall will be a five-story, 346-bed and LEED-silver certified student housing facility constructed and managed by Education Realty Trust, Inc. (EdR). EdR will invest nearly $27 million toward the total estimated scope of $37 million for project. The T.W. Lewis Foundation and the university will fund the remaining amount for 20,050 square feet of space dedicated to the Lewis Honors College.

 

“I have a strong belief in the value of education and helping young people become the best they can be,” Lewis said during his gift announcement last fall. “This gift is our way of helping University of Kentucky honors students reach their full potential as leaders who will create, shape and influence people, ideas and discoveries for this and generations yet to come.”

 

In the last five years, at the direction of Capilouto and the Board of Trustees, participation in the university's Honors Program has nearly doubled, growing from 750 students to 1,400 — part of an effort to enhance the undergraduate educational experience, while also improving retention and graduation rates.

 

 

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: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu

UK Board Approves 17 University Research Professorships

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 09:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved 17 University Research Professorships for the 2016-17 year.

 

To align with the overall objective for research within UK's 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, the revised University Research Professors Program now recognizes excellence across the full spectrum of research, scholarship, and creative endeavors within each college. College leadership developed criteria for excellence in research and scholarly activity within their area of expertise and then nominated faculty who excelled at these criteria.

 

The purpose of the revised University Research Professorship program is to recognize and publicize research accomplishments of these scholars across the full range of disciplines at UK.

 

“It is truly gratifying to recognize these distinguished experts who have made significant contributions in so many different fields of research at the University of Kentucky,” said Lisa Cassis, UK’s vice president for research. “The University Research Professorship Awards honor 17 members of our faculty who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and creative work that addresses scientific, social, cultural and economic challenges in our region and around the world.”

 

The 2015-16 University Research Professors are:

  • Arthur G. Hunt: College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Qiang Ye: College of Arts and Sciences; Mathematics
  • Thomas R. Zentall: College of Arts and Sciences; Psychology
  • Sherali Zeadally: College of Communication and Information; School of Information Science
  • Jeffrey L. Ebersole: College of Dentistry; Oral Health Practice
  • Gary P. Rohrbacher: College of Design; School of Architecture
  • W. Brent Seales: College of Engineering; Computer Science
  • Diana R. Hallman: College of Fine Arts; School of Music
  • Stephen P. Borgatti: Gatton College of Business and Economics; Management
  • Esther Dupont-Versteegden: College of Health Sciences; Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Mary J. Davis: College of Law

  • Eugenia F. Toma: Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Bret N. Smith: College of Medicine; Physiology
  • Edward D. Hall: College of Medicine;
Spinal Cord Brain Injury Research Center
  • Ellen J. Hahn: College of Nursing
  • Chang-Guo Zhan: College of Pharmacy; Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Terry L. Bunn: College of Public Health;
Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health

 

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: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky

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