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Gatton College to Host Citigroup Whistleblower on Friday, Oct. 28

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Oct. 27, 2016)  Citigroup whistleblower Richard Bowen will be on the University of Kentucky campus on Friday (Oct. 28) to share his story with students, faculty and staff at the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Bowen’s presentation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the college’s Kincaid Auditorium. Admission is free and members of the community are welcome to attend.

 

Bowen will discuss his effort to warn Citigroup about the possibility of a financial crisis due to faulty mortgage loans before the market officially crashed in 2008.

 

Following Bowen’s talk, students will take part in their choice of five different breakout sessions to be led by the following individuals:

· Alfonzo D. Alexander, president of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy's Center for the Public Trust, on ethics;

· Darrell Ratliff, special agent (ret.) for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, on Treasury special investigations;

· Gary Smith, president and CEO of Kentucky Trailer, on servant leadership;

· Kourtney Nett, certified public accountant (CPA) and director of Risk Advisory Services, and Brad Smith, CPA and director of Assurance Services, at Mountjoy Chilton Medley, on fraud; and

· Paul Fiorelli, co-director of Cintas Institute for Business Ethics at Xavier University, on "Why Good Accountants Do Bad Things."

 

CPAs who attend this event are eligible for 2 CPE (continuing professiona education) hours of ethics credit.

 

The Von Allmen School of Accountancy and the Gatton College appreciate the support of the sponsors for this event, including Blue & Co., Crowe Horwath, Dean Dorton Allen Ford, EY, KyCPA, Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP and UK MBA Programs.

 

 

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; Ann Mary Quarandillo, 859-257-0750, annmary.q@uky.edu

Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Honored for International Outreach on Water Issues

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 15:40

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) — Alan Fryar, an associate professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES), received the 2016 International Association of Hydrogeologists, U.S. National Chapter International Service Award at the recent national meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, Colorado.

 

Fryar studies water quality, particularly water in the ground used for drinking water. Groundwater is the largest source of unfrozen fresh water on Earth, but access to sufficient amounts of clean water is a challenge in developing countries. The International Service Award honored Fryar's 15 years of working on this problem with students and scientists in Africa and Asia, including developing a program to train graduate students from these regions.

 

“Alan is not only an educator who instills a love of learning and exploring the unknown but someone whose actions inspire hope and compassion,” said Cara Peterman, one of Fryar’s doctoral students. “Leadership is not about title or designation, but about the influences and impacts that one has on another, whether it is a small gesture to a few or large contribution to the whole. Alan has embodied what it means to be a true leader, not just to the hydrogeologic community, but to the world in general. Having Alan as an advisor and mentor, I can say with all honesty and humility that if I end up being half the hydrogeologist and humanitarian that Alan is, then I will have led an amazing life.”

 

Fryar has spent time working as a scientist in Morocco and Pakistan as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. He has also hosted scientists from the same program visiting the U.S. from Morocco and Niger. This outreach is part of his laboratory’s overall research agenda, which has been funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences’ commitment to the study of the Earth extends to the communities that are impacted by Earth processes, as EES Chair Dave Moecher points out.

 

“Professor Fryar has made international research engagement a priority for the past decade,” Moecher said. “Much of this research provides international exchange opportunities for senior scientists and students from the developing world. He has either traveled in or supported visits by scientists and students from China, India, Morocco, Niger, Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. He has collaborated on research projects with faculty from Egypt, Sweden, Iran and Bangladesh. And he has had graduate students from India, Nepal and Eritrea complete the Ph.D. degree under his supervision. He is so dedicated to international scholarship that he even took four semesters of French at UK, in order to be able to communicate more effectively with his international colleagues from Morocco and Niger.”

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

UK Recognized for Sustainable Transportation Options

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) — The University of Kentucky was recently highlighted in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) 2016 Sustainable Campus Index (SCI) for its sustainability in transportation options.

 

UK Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) has worked steadily over the last 5 years to promote alternative transportation.

 

"In the past several years, PTS has greatly expanded its efforts to offer a broader menu of mobility options, particularly ones focused on incentivizing UK students and employees to shift their primary mode of transportation,” said Lance Broeking, director of Parking and Transportation Services. “It is gratifying to see these efforts rewarded, however, the benefits to the entire campus community extend well beyond that."

 

In 2015, Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) launched a pilot bicycle voucher program encouraging students and employees to consider alternatives to driving a vehicle to campus. In exchange for not bringing a motor vehicle to campus for the next two years, 100 qualified students and employees received a $400 voucher, redeemable at local bicycle shops. Due to the program’s tremendous success in its first year, PTS renewed the bike voucher program for 2016. This program works in tandem with Big Blue Cycles, which provides bikes to on-campus students who sign a one-year car-free commitment.

 

In addition, UK's BluPass partnership with Lextran allows UK students and employees to ride any Lextran route for free with their valid Wildcard ID. In its first 15 months of operation, BluPass has given more than 1,000,000 rides to students and employees. In April, UK and Lextran announced the extension of the program through June 2019.

 

SCI recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 distinct aspects of sustainability, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The full 2016 SCI can be found here.

 

"These transportation initiatives boost our efforts to promote sustainability using a triple bottom line approach," said Shane Tedder, UK sustainability coordinator. "They make financial sense for individuals and the institution, promote health and safety, and reduce congestion, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions."

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Alumnus Gives UK Theatre's 'She Kills Monsters' its Fight

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 14:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) When the protagonist, Agnes, in University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance's production of "She Kills Monsters" begins waging war on monsters this weekend, she has alumnus Andrew Dylan Ray to thank for her winning fighting form.

 

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Lexington Herald-Leader video by Pablo Alcala of a fight demonstration presented by the cast and crew of UK's production of "She Kills Monsters."

 

Since fall of 2012, Ray has been returning to Lexington each semester from his home in Shreveport, Louisiana, to train UK students in stage combat. The actor, director, motion capture performer in the video game industry, and 2003 UK theatre graduate is one of only 116 certified stage combat instructors with the Society of American Fight Directors in the U.S. and is the main reason UK theatre students have a fighting edge in the arts.

 

"We have developed the most successful stage combat program in the country here with UK Theatre," said Ray, who can teach certification courses in eight different weapons for stage and screen. "Last year we graduated a group of seniors who have moved to do this type of work all over the country." 

 

This fall, Ray has been hard at work preparing the cast of "She Kills Monsters" to bring the Qui Nguyen story to life on stage at Guignol Theatre. The play follows an average young woman, Agnes, who after her teenage sister dies in a tragic accident, discovers the sibling's "Dungeons and Dragons" notebook and sets off on an extraordinary adventure into the fantasy world of RPGs (role-playing games).

 

Ray was a great match to serve as assistant director and fight director of the UK production of "She Kills Monsters," as much of the cast has little stage combat experience yet and benefited from the expertise he was able to bring to the action in the play.

 

"The group in 'She Kills Monsters' are really doing most of this stuff for the first time and some of them haven’t taken my class yet. They are learning on the fly," Ray said. "The fights in this are open for a lot of interpretation and we have really pushed them to make these fights fun and exciting, but be performed at a level where the audience buys into the world and begins to believe, while never sacrificing safety and technique to do so."

 

Many times stage combat can be shorted in the rehearsal process of stage productions, which often is easily detected by more and more savvy theatre audiences. "Fights are typically given the least amount of time in rehearsal, and a lot of the time are just thrown together by someone with no qualifications or real skill in this art form," Ray said. "What you get are bad, sloppy and dangerous moments on stage that take the audience out of the moment rather than draw them in."

 

Even as Ray kept a busy work schedule flying back and forth to Kentucky to work with his cast, he has truly enjoyed the opportunity to teach his actors a new set of skills that will benefit not only this weekend's performances but also the cast's future careers. "The thing I’ve loved the most about this show is I’ve been here every night, and the students are allowed to explore these fights in an environment they feel safe in. This work is about trust and developing partnering skills." 

 

The students appearing in UK's "She Kills Monsters" are: Lyndsey Jayne Pennington as Narrator/Farrah; Kelsey Reese as Tilly Evans; Sloan Gilbert as Agnes Evans; David Cole as Chuck; Joshua Cox as Miles; Tamia Fair as Lilith; Cameryn Zupon as Kaliope; Henry Harris III as Orcus; Tucker Keel as Steve; Madeline Williamson as Vera; Raiffa Syamil as Evil Tina; and Allyson Ledford as Evil Gabbi. Isaac Hines-William, Austin Lytle, Amy Pan and Brea Rollston will lend their talents to the play as members of the ensemble.

 

"She Kills Monsters" will storm the Guignol Theatre stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 27-29, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 29 and 30. Tickets for the production are $15 for general admission and $10 for UK students with a valid ID through the Singletary Center box office. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at www.scfatickets.com or purchase in person during operating hours.

 

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

 

 

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

New Stadium Blue Lot Bus Shelter to Open Monday

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) On Monday, Oct. 31, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) will open its newest bus shelter, located in the Commonwealth Stadium Blue Lot adjacent to University Drive. The new shelter will serve as a stop for the Blue and White Routes (Lextran 14), the Green Connector Route (Lextran 26) and the Yellow Night Route.

 

Campus buses will begin utilizing the new shelter at 6:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 31, effectively moving the Commonwealth Stadium bus stop from its current location at the President’s Pavilion.

 

“The completion of this shelter and the move from our temporary stop location will enable PTS to offer more efficient bus routes to our riders,” said Lance Broeking, director of Parking and Transportation Services.

 

Also on Oct. 31, the Green Route will change slightly to add a stop at Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s Academic Technical Building. This stop will replace the shuttle service between the designated overflow parking areas along Wildcat Court and the Green Lot.

 

 

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

UK Symphony Orchestra to Join Soprano Karen Slack in Concert

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:59
 

 

Karen Slack sings "Who will be witness for my Lord." 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) The critically acclaimed University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will continue its 98th season in concert with celebrated soprano, Karen Slack, who has appeared on stages around the world. The concert with Slack will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

 

The upcoming UK Symphony Orchestra concert program is an evening of collaborations featuring Karen Slack accompanied by the orchestra on Richard Strauss’ "Vier letzte Lider" ("Four Last Songs"). The orchestra will also perform Richard Wagner’s "Tannhauser" overture, Prelude and "Liebestod" ("Love-death") from "Tristan und Isolde," as well as Strauss’ suite from "Der Rosenkavalier."

 

Hailed by critics for possessing a voice of extraordinary beauty, seamless legato and great dramatic depth, American soprano Karen Slack was most recently heard in the title role of "Tosca" and as Leonora in "Il Trovatore" with Arizona Opera, and as Aida with West Bay Opera, as well as a soloist for Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Latvian National Symphony and Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Alabama Symphony. Other recent engagements include the role of Violetta in "La Traviata" with both Sacramento Opera and West Bay Opera, Serena in "Porgy and Bess" with both Washington National Opera and San Francisco Opera, Mimi from "La Bohème" with the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, Cilla in Richard Danielpour’s "Margaret Garner" with Michigan Opera Theater, and a featured role in Tyler Perry’s movie and soundtrack “For Colored Girls” as the Opera Diva.

 

Slack made her Carnegie Hall debut as Agnes Sorel in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s "Maid of Orleans," a role she also performed with the San Francisco Opera. She made her Metropolitan Opera and international radio broadcast debuts in the title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s "Luisa Miller." She sang Johann Sebastian Bach’s "St. Matthew’s Passion" and George Frideric Handel’s "Messiah" with the Messiah Festival of the Arts in Kansas and Vaughan Williams’ "Dona Nobis Pacem" with the Sacramento Choral Society. Additionally, she appeared as Sister Rose in "Dead Man Walking" with Madison Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera. The 2016-2017 season and beyond includes performances of Donna Anna in "Don Giovanni" with Nashville Opera, Serena in "Porgy and Bess" with the National Chorale and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sister Rose in "Dead Man Walking" with both Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Vancouver Opera, and her debut with the Scottish Opera.

 

Founded in 1918 and made up of undergraduate and graduate musicians from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe, the UK Symphony Orchestra has long served as one of the university’s most prominent musical ensembles. This year they continue that tradition with performances of some of the greatest works in the orchestral repertoire, alongside contemporary works which push the boundaries of orchestral music. Concerts will feature music by the likes of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and George Gershwin, and by modern composers John Adams and current UK student Logan Blackman. The orchestra will also continue its partnership with UK Opera Theatre, performing next in the program's production of "The Barber of Seville."

 

John Nardolillo has appeared with more than 30 of the country’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Pops, the National Symphony and principal orchestras of Seattle, San Francisco, Detroit, Atlanta, Dallas, Milwaukee, Utah, Columbus, Indianapolis, Oregon, Fort Worth, Buffalo, Alabama, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, Toledo, Vermont, Columbus, Omaha and Hawaii. He also recently conducted concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia; and Carnegie Hall in New York. Nardolillo made his professional conducting debut in 1994 at the Sully Festival in France, and has since made conducting appearances in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and China. He has led major American orchestras in subscription series concerts, summer and pops concerts, education concerts and tours, and for television and radio broadcasts. In 2004, Nardolillo joined the faculty at the UK School of Music, where he is currently serving as the director of Orchestras.

 

Doors for the UK Symphony Orchestra concert with Karen Slack open 7 p.m. with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, and free for UK students with a valid ID purchased before the day of the performance (at the Singletary Center ticket office). Tickets are available through the Singletary Center ticket office online at www.scfatickets.com, by phone 859-257-4929, or in person at the venue.

 

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

 

 

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 Law Student Organizes First ABA Leadership Conference

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2016) Jordan Dye, a second-year law student at the University of Kentucky College of Law, recently organized the first American Bar Association (ABA) leadership conference for the 6th Crcuit, held Oct. 15, in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Dye, who has served as the ABA 6th Circuit Ambassador (a liaison between Student Bar Association presidents, ABA representatives and the ABA) since July, brought the idea of a leadership conference to Circuit Governor John Weber. Weber then gave him the task of both planning and implementing his idea. He reached out to campus leaders to inquire whether the conference sparked any interest. It quickly became clear that the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas was the perfect plan.

 

The ABA 6th Circuit Leadership Conference brought together 15 campus leaders to learn about the benefits the ABA offers to both practicing attorneys and current law students. Leaders attended various sessions throughout the one-day event including:

  • a general information session about the ABA that focused on the benefits of membership and information about the upcoming mid-year conference;
  • a roundtable discussion dedicated to talking about upcoming events and resolutions for common campus issues, such as parking for graduate students and involvement in student organizations;
  • a skype session with guest speaker Kareem Aref, chair of the Law Student Division for the ABA, who informed attendees about the structure of the ABA and the benefits of holding a national position; and
  • a session with guest speaker Jaiza Page, a local attorney and councilperson, who discussed her experiences and the importance of both networking and seeking leadership positions.

“My favorite part of the conference was meeting the different ABA representatives and SBA presidents from across the circuit,” Dye said. “I really enjoyed getting to hear these leaders collaborate with each other and discuss events for the upcoming year.”

 

In addition to the conference, leaders attended an informal meet and greet the evening before. Though this was the first 6th Circuit leadership conference, Dye hopes to make it an annual event. 

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

Op-ed by UK Election Law Expert Published in USA Today

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 09:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016) Joshua A. Douglas, Robert G. Lawson and William H. Fortune Associate Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law, recently authored an opinion piece, "The good news on voting and democracy," published in USA Today on Oct. 23.

 

To read the op-ed, visit www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/10/23/elections-voting-law-counties-states-column/92372896/.

 

“All politics is local, as the saying goes, and the same is true of election law," Douglas wrote in the piece.

 

He went on to discuss three important takeaways from local experiments in election rules.

 

“Local voter expansions represent an emerging area in the debate about the right to vote. We should encourage these local innovations in our democratic process,” Douglas said. “If states are ‘laboratories of democracy,’ then localities can be what I have called ‘test tubes of democracy’ that may try out voting innovations on a smaller scale. The best ideas will ‘trickle across’ to other cities and ‘trickle up’ to states. In this way, local voting rules can bring about nationwide reforms.”

 

He goes on to tell readers that the right to vote comes from the U.S. Constitution, as well as from state constitutions and local ordinances. He concludes by writing, “We ignore these state and local voting rules at our peril.”

 

Douglas teaches and researches election law, civil procedure, constitutional law and judicial decision making. He is also a co-author of an "Election Law" case book (Aspen Publishers 2014) and a co-editor of a new book, "Election Law Stories" (Foundation Press 2016), which tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the major cases in the field.

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

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

UK Receives $19.8 Million Clinical and Translational Science Award

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 21:14
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2016) – Please stay tuned for a major announcement of a research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The announcement will be made at 10:30 a.m. by University of Kentucky officials, who will be joined by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Representative Andy Barr.

 

The announcement will be livestreamed here. 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell, mallory.powell@uky.edu

UK Receives $19.8 Million Clinical and Translational Science Award

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 21:00
 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) announced today that it received a four-year, $19.8 million Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Clinical and Translational Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. CTSA grants support innovative solutions to improve the efficiency, quality, and impact of translating scientific discoveries into interventions or applications that improve the health of individuals and communities.

 

UK officials were joined by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr for the announcement.

 

This is the second CTSA grant that the UK CCTS has competed for and received. In 2011, the CCTS received a five-year, $20 million award. These grants are extremely competitive and place UK in elite company. Other institutions funded in this round include Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Rockefeller University and UCLA.

 

Additionally, UK is one of only 21 institutions in the country with federally-designated research centers in translational science, aging and cancer.

 

“While this trifecta of competitive grants positions us to recruit the brightest scientific minds of our generation and host potentially transformational clinical trials, it is the impact on community that is the heart of the CTSA and, indeed, our work as a University for Kentucky,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “Our capacity to engage at the intersection of research disciplines – which we translate from the cellular-level, to the community, and to the Commonwealth – will be emboldened by this highly competitive award.”

 

The mission of UK CCTS is to accelerate the process of translating scientific discoveries into tangible applications for individual and community health, with particular focus on health disparities in Kentucky and Appalachia. A "disease agnostic" center, the CCTS does not focus on one particular disease but supports research on an array of diseases across the lifespan in order to quicken the process of moving new science, treatments and tools to the patient bedside or into communities.

 

"The CCTS has focused our work over the last five years to create a robust spectrum of resources and expertise that enhances translational research at UK, within communities, and through a network of regional research collaborations. We are also committed to training the upcoming generation of physician scientists and researchers who will make the scientific discoveries of the future " said Dr. Philip A. Kern, director of the UK CCTS.

 

Senator McConnell, who contacted NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins on behalf of the University, said, “I was pleased to work with University of Kentucky President Dr. Capilouto and faculty and staff to help secure this federal assistance. The competitive grant we are celebrating today is not only great news for UK and its students and researchers, but it is great news for the entire Commonwealth which benefits from the critical health research undertaken by UK and the healthcare provided by the University and its partners. 

 

“UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science administers multi-level, proactive training which equips health care providers to not only address current health issues facing my constituents, but also to create innovative ways to improve the lives and health of Kentuckians. UK has long made it a priority to undertake important research specific to Kentucky and the Appalachian region’s population, which has resulted in better health care access and outcomes for my rural constituents in Eastern Kentucky.”

 

Since receiving its first CTSA grant in 2011, the CCTS has made significant investments to transform the research enterprise at UK and has established itself as the CTSA hub for Central Appalachia.

 

“The awarding of this competitive grant is a testament to UK’s national leadership in training the next generation of researchers and engaging the community in collaborative efforts to improve public health,” said Barr. “I am proud to support and to have voted for increased funding for the National Institutes of Health because programs such as the Center for Clinical and Translational Science have a tremendous return on investment in terms of improving outcomes for patients, lowering costs, and expanding access to care."

 

The CCTS provides critical research infrastructure, funding and support services; facilitates team science and a regional research network; engages with communities for research and training to address health needs; and prepares the upcoming generation of clinical and translational researchers. These efforts integrate UK's tripartite mission to provide the best clinical care, conduct innovative research to improve health and educate the health care and research workforce.

 

“In order to provide the most advanced care for Kentuckians, we need to be active in developing new treatments and diagnostics, as well as training top-notch physicians and researchers who can carry on the processes of discovery," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "Our focused efforts and investment in translational team science mean we have more clinical trials available to our patients, and we’re able to bring the best and most innovative science to their care."

 

UK's research enterprise has benefited from a multitude of CCTS efforts. The CCTS pilot funding program, which supports innovative, early-stage research, has provided $4 million in awards which have yielded $38.5 million in competitive extramural research funding at UK — a return on investment of more than 8 to 1. These pilot awards support diverse research studies, from new treatments for Parkinson's disease to increasing lung cancer screening in Appalachia.

 

In order to catalyze team science, CCTS has funded 100 multidisciplinary team sciences projects and recently partnered with the College of Medicine and the UK vice president for research to establish the new Multidisciplinary Value Program, which creates multidisciplinary research teams and new clinical trials at UK.

 

The CCTS has also created a significant infrastructure of research support services to assist investigators across the spectrum research, with targeted investments in specific research capacities. It has invested $1.2 million to enhance UK's imaging infrastructure and research through career development, pilot awards, and equipment. These investments resulted in patents for optical imaging equipment for breast cancer diagnosis, and novel MRI techniques to assess ACL and hip joint repair and to measure cardiac scar tissue in patients with kidney failure.

 

The CCTS also created UK's first biospecimen bank, which makes biological samples available to researchers. More than 18,000 patients have consented to participate.

 

A new Drug Discovery and Development core through the UK Center for Pharmaceutical Research and Innovation was also funded in part by the CCTS. This investment led to an exclusive UK Natural Products Repository, composed of pure natural products deriving from unique environments in Appalachian Kentucky. Collection site areas included active and abandoned coal mines and reclamation sites, thermal vents from longstanding underground coal mine fires and deep well drilling.  Compounds from these unprecedented collection sites are purified and tested for novel metabolic potential as new drugs. 

 

CCTS efforts and investments in biomedical informatics have greatly enhanced UK's research enterprise as well. A robust, cutting-edge research warehouse of clinical data from UK and state partners, called the Enterprise Data Trust, enables the use of health data for discovery and improved patient care. The CCTS was also active in recruiting UK's new, expert biomedical informatics team, and facilitated the development of the new Institute for Biomedical Informatics.

 

"The UK Strategic Plan for Research focuses on support of outstanding research that improves the lives of those in the Commonwealth.  We couldn’t achieve these important goals without the support of programs like the CCTS. To bridge the gap between basic and clinical research, we need a specialized infrastructure that facilitates translational research,” said Lisa Cassis, Ph.D., UK vice president for research. “This program provides that infrastructure. This grant is also vitally important to the new multidisciplinary research building, currently under construction, that will focus on health disparities facing Kentuckians."

 

Through partnerships with Kentucky communities and through its role as the CTSA hub for Central Appalachia, the impact of the CCTS also extends far beyond UK's campus. The CCTS is the founding member of the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN), which facilitates research collaborations with East Tennessee State University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, the University of Cincinnati, and West Virginia University. Marshall University, also an ATRN member, receives sub-award of UK's CTSA grant to bolster research capacity and support pilot research.

 

Another key initiative from the UK CCTS is the Community Leadership of Kentucky, which provides training and funding to enhance the capacity of community leaders and organizations to address health challenges. A series of pilot and mini-grants also support community-based research and health interventions.

 

Preparing the next generation of translational researchers and physician scientists is another pillar of the CCTS mission. Through its career development program, 15 junior faculty have received research funding and mentored research training; nine have since earned independent research awards, and six are current awardees. The CCTS additionally supports students in doctoral clinical and translational science training programs.

 

Over its next four years of funding, the CCTS will building upon its work to build infrastructure, enhance translational team science, engage with communities, and confront regional health disparities.

 

"Addressing the serious and complex health challenges in Kentucky and Appalachia requires multipronged, interdisciplinary approaches that leverage the strengths of our collective efforts," said Kern. "As we look to our work in the coming years, we will build upon our infrastructure and continue to stimulate innovative team science across a broad spectrum of disciplines with focus on the important health needs of communities. We look forward to continued participation with national CTSA consortium, in partnership with many other outstanding institutions, to represent Central Appalachia in the quest to help solve the many health problems faced by our nation."

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell, mallory.powell@uky.edu

Applications Open for UK Libraries 2017 Alternative Textbook Grant Program

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 19:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2016)  University of Kentucky Libraries is launching a second round of the Alternative Textbook Grant Program to encourage UK faculty to adopt peer-reviewed open access alternative textbooks or to create original learning materials for their courses. Faculty may apply for one of 10 grants of up to $1,500 each to implement any curriculum change required for the use of alternative textbooks. 

 

“The favorable feedback to the first round of the program demonstrates that faculty realize the benefits and opportunities alternative textbooks bring to teaching and learning,” said Mary Beth Thomson, UK Libraries senior associate dean. “We are delighted to continue our support for faculty’s adoption and creation of alternative textbooks.” 

 

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that prices for college textbooks increased by 88 percent between 2006 and 2016. Studies indicate that the financial burden of textbooks negatively impacts student success by limiting students’ access to essential learning resources. Alternative textbooks present a proven solution to the prohibitive prices of traditional textbooks and allow faculty to customize course content in a timely and innovative manner. 

 

Current UK faculty teaching a course in academic year 2017-18 using a commercial textbook are eligible to apply for one of the 10 grants. UK Libraries’ academic liaisons can provide faculty with assistance in identifying existing alternative textbooks and UK Libraries’ licensed information resources that are appropriate substitutes for traditional textbooks. 

 

Proposals must be submitted via the program’s online form. Selection criteria include the strength of a statement of concern, estimated potential savings by students in the course, ability to use the alternative textbook in academic year 2017-18, and reusability beyond the initial semester. Successful applicants will be notified in the spring of 2017.  

 

Each grant recipient is required to submit a report describing the alternative textbook, the number of students impacted, estimated student savings, and an evaluation of the experience with the program. Outcomes of the program will be shared with the UK community. 

 

The proposal submission deadline is Dec. 23, 2016. For more information about the Alternative Textbook Grant Program, contact Adrian Ho, UK Libraries director of digital scholarship, at adrian.ho@uky.edu, or Mary Beth Thomson, UK Libraries senior associate dean, at mbthomson@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

Díaz to Direct International Studies

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 16:50

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2016)  University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Kornbluh recently announced that Associate Professor nica Díaz will serve as director of a new program in international studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

 

Díaz has a joint doctorate in Hispanic literature and Latin American history from Indiana University. She came to UK in 2014 as an associate professor in Hispanic studies, with a secondary appointment in the Department of History. She has served as director of the Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Program since 2014. An active scholar, Díaz is author of “Indigenous Writings from the Convent: Negotiating Ethnic Autonomy in Colonial Mexico,” published by University of Arizona Press in 2010.

 

Díaz is deeply committed to international studies and to working with colleagues in building a strong faculty steering committee composed of individuals who are committed to international studies and willing to serve as ambassadors from the program to departments. She is eager to explore opportunities to develop the program through connections with the International Center and other units on campus, and to continue to build community amongst students in the program.

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

Great Scott! See What UK Men's Chorus Has Up its Sleeve for Fall Extravaganza

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 15:01

 

UK Men's Chorus, under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, perform R. Vaughan Williams' "Epitaph on John Jayberd of Diss" at 2015 ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2016) — Male vocal talents fill the fall air again at the 2016 University of Kentucky Men’s Chorus Fall Extravaganza. This year the acclaimed chorus will perform alongside the acoUstiKats and for the first time ever, the men of the Scott County High School choral program, including the Men’s Choir, Mastersingers and Great Scott! The concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

 

The UK Men’s Chorus is an 80-voice ensemble composed of students who range from freshmen to graduate students conducted by Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities. These young men represent a variety of musical backgrounds and academic disciplines. Founded in the fall of 2002, the Men’s Chorus has grown in size and popularity each semester. The choir’s challenging and diverse repertoire includes literature that spans from Gregorian chant to music of the 21st century. Rehearsing only twice a week, the UK Men’s Chorus maintains an active performing schedule throughout the state of Kentucky, touring each semester. The chorus has achieved several distinguished honors in recent years. Most recently, the UK Men's Chorus was selected to perform at the prestigious 2015 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference and at the 2016 Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar.

 

The acoUstiKats, founded in 1993 by Johnson as a subsection of the UK Men’s Chorus, are the premier all-male a cappella ensemble in the state of Kentucky. This group of men has been featured on national television as a part of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” season four and has performed in countless venues across the United States from the shores of Hawaii to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

The Scott County High School Choral Department is directed by UK alumni Brent E. Merritt and James F. Wright.

 

Merritt earned his bachelor's degree in music education at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, where he studied with David Nott. In 1999, he completed his master's degree in music education at UK, where he studied conducting with Johnson. Merritt began his teaching career at Olympia Middle School and High School in 1989 before moving in 1995 to teach at Franklin County High School in Kentucky. In 2002, he joined the Scott County faculty where he teaches chorus, singers, piano and voice and serves as the chair of the music department. He has served as president of the Kentucky chapter of the ACDA and is currently serving as vice president.

 

Wright has been teaching at Scott County for three years as the assistant choir director, piano instructor and a music theory scholar. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from UK, where he studied voice.

 

Tickets for the UK Men's Chorus Fall Extravaganza are $15 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased from the Singletary Center ticket office by phone at 859-257-4929, online at www.scfatickets.com, and in person at the venue. Free advance tickets for UK students with a valid ID are available at the Singletar Center ticket office up to the day before the concert during operating hours. 

 

For more information on the Men's Chorus Fall Extravaganza or the UK Men’s Chorus, contact William White, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at william.white@uky.edu.

 

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

 

 

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 Alumna Lands Second TV Series With 'Pure Genius'

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 11:01

 

Promotional video for CBS TV show "Pure Genius."

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2016) University of Kentucky Opera Theatre alumna Reshma Shetty will take her medical TV skills honed on USA Network's "Royal Pains" to the new drama "Pure Genius" premiering 10 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday), Oct. 27, on CBS.

 

The series is centered on a state-of-the-art hospital built by young Silicon Valley tech-titan James Bell, played by Augustus Prew. Bell and his carefully assembled team of medical mavericks and tech vanguards, including Shetty's character, Dr. Talaikha Channaraypatra, treat only the most rare and seemingly inpossible medical mysteries — at no cost to patients. In his mission to remove bureaucracy from medicine and use the most forward thinkers in technology, Bell discovers that his life might need saving too. Click here for more information about the series.

 

Shetty holds a bachelor's degree from James Madison University, a master's degree in music from UK, and an artist diploma from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Upon graduation from the conservatory, Shetty nabbed the lead role of Priya in A.R. Rahman and Andrew Lloyd Webber's first national tour of "Bombay Dreams" and was asked to appear as Ayah in Broadway's World AIDS day benefit "The Secret Garden."

 

Additional theatre credits for Shetty includes roles and readings with the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, the New Dramatists and the Lark Theatre Company.

 

Shetty has also appeared in NBC's "30 Rock" and CBS's "CSI: Miami." In 2008, she made her big screen debut opposite Ally Sheedy and Ruby Dee in "Steam." Additionally, Shetty, who resides in New York City, was featured in "Characters Unite," USA's award-winning public service campaign created to address social injustices and cultural divides in America. 

 

 

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 Chadian Student Senator Strives to Leave a Lasting Impact on Campus

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 17:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2016)  Esias Bedingar can be described in many ways. University of Kentucky College of Arts and Science senator, a fellow with the UK Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, multilingual neuroscience student, and significantly involved individual are only a few of the descriptions that apply. Born in Mali, Bedingar has lived in Chad, Cote D’Ivoire and Tunisia, making the United States his fourth home. He is a native French speaker, but boasts proficiency in Chadian, Spanish and Arabic, as well as English.

 

Bedingar first became interested in the Student Government Association (SGA) when he was accepted into the Leadership Development Program as a freshman. This program enabled him to meet a lot of faculty, leaders and SGA alumni.

 

“I was able to make connections and meet a lot of influential people,” Bedingar said. “I was encouraged to run, and even though I barely understood English then, I did.” Although the language barrier made it difficult at the time, by his sophomore year, Bedingar had overcome all the hurdles and was elected into office as a senator for the College of Art and Sciences.

 

SGA President Rowan Reid said she is also glad to have Bedingar on board. “SGA wants our membership to represent the diverse backgrounds of students on our campus,” Rowan said. “It's great to have Esias bring an international student perspective to the table.”

 

As senator, Bedingar’s biggest hope is to see more international students getting involved on campus. His advice to international students is to “be more intentional about the things you get involved with on campus so that you can develop your career.”

 

“I see a lot of international students taking on leadership roles, joining the International Student Council, becoming RAs,” he added. “That’s exciting.”

 

In addition to his position as a senator, Bedingar founded a chapter of the American Mock World Health Organization on campus; as well as an NGO, Motocross for Malaria (MFM), which provides anti-malarial treatments to people in rural areas of Chad.

 

Bedingar said that his skill for languages enables him to make friends easily with people from different cultures. Last year, he served as public relations chair of the African Students Association and is currently an international student ambassador with the UK International Center, selected for his merit and willingness to promote diversity at UK.

 

"Esias is a world-changer,” said Ghana-native and UK student Bill Aboagye, who works on the international student ambassador team alongside Bedingar. “He has great potential and I have seen him become a better individual and leader since the first time we met.”

 

Bedingar hopes to further his education by pursuing combined doctor of medicine and doctor of philosophy degrees after completing his undergraduate studies in neuroscience. He is currently conducting research on Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia to further his knowledge in the medical field.

 

 

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

 

Grab Coffee With a Cop

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 16:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2016) — From 10 a.m.–noon tomorrow the University of Kentucky Police Department (UKPD) together with the Student Government Association (SGA) invite the UK community to Coffee with a Cop in the Starbucks in William T. Young Library.

 

This opportunity will allow students, faculty and staff to engage with Chief of Police Joe Monroe as well as other UKPD officers in a small group discussion related to campus safety. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

 

 

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

 

 

SGA CONTACT: Blair Johnson, SGA director of communications, uksgacommunications@gmail.com

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton, rebecca.stratton@uky.edu, 859-323-2395 

Kernel Awarded 'Pulitzer Prize of College Journalism'

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 16:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2016) The Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) has awarded the Kentucky Kernel with the Pacemaker, one of the most prestigious awards in the country for student newspapers. This is the third time the paper has received the award in 10 years.

 

Laura Widmer, executive director of ACP, said the award ranks the student paper in the top 1 percent in the country and that it is considered the "Pulitzer Prize of college journalism."

 

“An exciting part of getting this award was seeing all of the other student newspapers from around the country, and the great work they are doing,” said Will Wright, last year’s editor-in-chief. “It is cool to know there are so many talented and excited young reporters out there, just like those at the Kernel.”

 

Wright also took 10th place in the national feature writing competition for his piece on a former UK employee turned bank robber Crystal Little.

 

For their entries, student newspapers must submit five issues, two of their own choosing and three from dates selected by ACP. In addition, there are individual categories for writers, photographers and designers to submit their pieces.

 

The newspapers that were submitted included stories such as “The woman behind the mask,” “Driving under the radar,” “Observing UK’s gender pay gap” and “Local Congolese community welcomes refugee.”

 

“It is easy to forget, in the haze of sleepless nights spent working on the paper in this dusty basement, just why we pursue these stories,” said current Editor-in-Chief Marjorie Kirk. “We are reminded of our sense of purpose in this community when we can put disagreements and difficulties aside to celebrate this amazing recognition of our students’ efforts.”

 

Chris Poore, the Kernel's adviser, said the award was a testament to hard work.

 

“I have seen up close how hard these students have worked these past few years,” Poore said. “And I have great pride in them. But it’s thrilling to have a group of professionals recognize their work as some of the best in the country. I can’t wait to see what this staff does next.”

 

In addition to accepting the award in Washington, D.C. with fellow Kernel staffers Wright and Michael Reaves, Kirk spoke on a panel about how to report on and investigate sexual assault on college campuses.

 

Kirk was invited by Amy Herdy, a producer for the documentary about university cover-ups of sexual assault on college campuses “The Hunting Ground,” after she heard of the newspaper’s efforts to tackle the issue at UK. 

 

“This is evidence that The Kentucky Kernel is a professionally run newspaper that tries to do right for the many audiences it serves," said Al Cross, a UK journalism faculty member and director of the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues. "In the face of unjustified criticism of the paper, this award is useful to its cause at hand: accountability through transparency.”

 

 

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

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Whitney Harder, 859-323-2963

VIDEO: Providing a Place for Students to Help Other Students at UK

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 15:50

 

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. 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2016) — Sometimes, college can be tough. Exams, term papers, research projects and even homework can pile on students this time of year. 

 

Fortunately for University of Kentucky students, there is plenty of help. Student and Academic Life's new Student and Academic Services unit offers academic support for undergraduates in all colleges.

 

A popular offering is the Peer Tutoring Program (PTP), which provides free drop-in peer tutoring for students at The Study.

 

Last year alone, peer tutors assisted other students in more than 25,000 tutoring sessions!  Watch the video above to discover who leads the effort in helping over 120 peer tutors help their fellow students succeed. 

 

This video feature is part of our new UKNow series, “Kentucky’s Heartbeat — the pulse of our institution.” The goal is to highlight the people who are working every day to help each and every student succeed inside and outside of the classroom. 

 

If you know of someone who you think should be featured because of his or her dedication to the student experience, please email us. Who knows? We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature on UKNow!

 

 

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. #uk4ky #seeblue

 

 

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu

Sign Up Deadline for Minority and Women Construction Training Program is Nov. 18

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 15:25

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Oct. 26, 2016)  The Bluegrass Small Business Development Center will host a 10-week program offering instruction to women and minority business owners who wish to compete in the construction industry. Registration is open until Nov. 18, and classes will begin on Jan. 10, 2017.

 

The Minority and Women Training Program began in 2001 as a way to increase construction opportunities for women and minority business owners and has graduated more than 150 entrepreneurs statewide.

 

The program will cover topics that include business planning, contract law, insurance and performance bonds, accounting and financial statements, drawings and specifications, bidding and estimating, and cash flow analysis. Participants will acquire the necessary tools to grow their businesses and have an opportunity to network with one another, building relationships they can draw upon in the future.

 

The program is sponsored by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC), Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fifth Third Bank, Blue Grass Airport, Messer Construction Company, Fayette County Public Schools, University of Kentucky Facilities Management, Commerce Lexington, BEX Construction and Lextran.

 

Coordinated by LFUCG and KSBDC, classes will be held weekly from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST Tuesdays. Minorities or women with a 51 percent ownership in a company in the construction or construction-related industry are eligible for the program. The cost is $100 for companies accepted into the program. A boxed dinner is provided each night.

 

For more information on the Minority and Women’s Construction Training Program, contact Shirie Hawkins at shirie.hawkins@ksbdc.org or register online at www.ksbdc.org/lexington-minority-and-women-contract.

 

KSBDC, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 13 offices located throughout the state. The center helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website, www.ksbdc.org/.

 

 

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MEDIA CONTACT: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-7668

UK Heating Up in Preparation for 23rd Iron Pour

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 15:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2016) The heat is rising on campus again this October as the University of Kentucky School for Art and Visual Studies hosts its 23rd Iron Pour. UK's weeklong celebration of the metal arts will culminate with the Iron Pour on Oct. 29.

 

In this week leading up to the Iron Pour, several festivities are being presented, including mold-making workshops and a pair of lectures by visiting artist Bryan Massey Sr., of University of Central Arkansas. The mold-making workshops are being presented daily from 6-11 p.m. Oct. 24-28, at the Metal Arts Building. Massey will deliver two lectures as part of his visit. The first lecture will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Metal Arts Research Room in the Metal Arts Building. His final artist talk will be held at noon Friday, Oct. 28, in the Bolivar Art Gallery at the School of Arts and Visual Studies Building. Both Massey lectures are free and open to the public. The festivities will culminate with the Iron Pour running 1 p.m. until dark Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Metal Arts Building.

 

In addition to the workshops and lectures, Massey will also participate in classes and give critiques on student work as part of his residency at UK.

 

Massey is currently a professor of art and a sculptor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. He is primarily a stone carver, but does work with iron and aluminum as well. He was selected for the state's Governor’s Award for the Individual Artist of the Year in 2006.

 

Demonstrating the most dramatic part of the metal-casting process, historically UK's iron pours attract a national audience of artists, students and art enthusiasts alike, with past attendees coming from as far as New Mexico to take part in the event. During this year's iron pour, art students from other disciplines and art enthusiasts from the community can purchase a scratch block and leave with their own pieces of art. The pour provides an opportunity for individuals to test their talents by etching an image in the resin tablets, having graphite applied and processed in the iron pour.

 

For artists looking to finish work, it is $40 to produce a mold up to 100 lbs. in sand and 30 lbs. in metal. Another $20 covers each additional 100 pounds of sand or 30 pounds of metal. Additionally, $20 covers a 6” x 6” scratch block relief sculpture, $15 dollars with a valid student ID, and $80 covers a 16” x 16” scratch block relief sculpture. Proceeds from the Iron Pour benefit the SCRAP Student Sculpture Club, who helps organize the festivities.

 

"We host this national caliber event to share the experience of an iron pour so audience members may take the practice and experience back home and apply it for themselves in their schools or communities," said Garry Bibbs, associate professor of sculpture.

 

To find out more about any of the events presented in conjunction UK's 23rd Iron Pour, contact Garry Bibbs by phone at 859-257-3719 or email to garry.bibb@uky.edu.

 

The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at the UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studioart history and visual studies and art education.


 

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

 

 

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

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