Employee Parking Permit Renewal Now Underway

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 14:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 6, 2014) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is now accepting employee and retiree parking permit renewal applications.  University of Kentucky and Bluegrass Community and Technical College employees are encouraged to renew their permits at Employees may also apply for permit renewal via campus mail by using printable forms found at Starting Monday, June 16, employees may apply in person at Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6), located at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues. Office hours are 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Veterans Affairs Medical Center employees and UK retirees may apply for permits by mail; printable forms are available at Starting Monday, June 16, these user groups may also apply in person at the PTS offices in the Press Avenue Garage.


2014-2015 parking permits must be displayed no later than July 1. Employees are encouraged to renew their permits as early as possible, so as to ensure delivery by June 30. Online application renewals will be available through June 24.


After six years of no permit fee increases, the university has instituted a moderate increase in employee permit rates. Standard employee permits for the 2014-2015 permit year are $33 per month, or $396 a year. Retiree permits for the 2014-2015 permit year are $5 per month, or $60 per year. Those who retired from the University prior to July 1, 1995, are eligible for permits at no cost.


All outstanding parking citations must be paid before an application is accepted. Citations may be paid online at


Eligible UK employees may payroll deduct permit fees on a pre-tax basis. Pre-tax authorization must be completed each year. Employees may simply select the pretax option during the online application process or complete and submit an authorization form available at UK retirees and employees paying through methods other than payroll deduction are not eligible for pre-tax enrollment.


To complete an online application, applicants should have on hand their link blue login and password, correct home or work address and a credit card if not opting for payroll deduction.


For more information on permits, parking on campus or to receive forms, visit, call 859-257-5757 or visit Parking and Transportation Services in the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6). To stay up-to-date on campus parking and transit news, follow UK Parking on Twitter at, subscribe to the Parking e-News email newsletter at or tune into 1700 AM.


Today is UK Appreciation Day

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 5, 2014) — UK Appreciation Day (UKAD) is a day for the University of Kentucky community to give thanks for all the hard work and dedication UK employees make to our great university.


This year’s event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Student Center. Activities (free for all UK employees) include lunch, UK program exhibits, business and community exhibits, live music, special guest appearances and, of course, the annual UK Appreciation Day T-shirt giveaway. UK Parking and Transportation Services will provide bus service at several stops around campus. 


Supervisors from departments whose personnel are unable to attend are encouraged to download, complete and submit a T-shirt request form (PDF) to obtain shirts for their staff. Details are also available on the Staff Senate website,

Due to UK Apprecdiation Day, all restaurants and the Quick Stop store in the Student Center will be closed Thursday, June 5. Starbucks will be open for its regular summer hours.

SAB and SGA Partnering in Efforts to Host Kentucky Senatorial Debate

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 14:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 4, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Student Activities Board and Student Government Association have jointly submitted a proposal to host a debate between Kentucky’s candidates for the 2014 United States Senate race. The proposal focuses on civic issues including access to higher education, college affordability, post-graduate employment and a healthy economy.


SAB and SGA seek to host a student-produced event focusing on issues pertinent to young people. Civic participation and education of young voters has consistently been an issue in Kentucky elections, reflected in voter turnout in recent years. In 2008, the State Board of Elections reported that just over half, or 51.3 percent, of 17-24 year olds participated in the U.S. Senate election, and only 16.1 percent of that demographic voted in the primary election.


The event would help educate students on contemporary issues and each candidate’s platforms while engaging young people in the election, which has earned considerable national attention.


“SGA and SAB believe that a senatorial debate hosted at Kentucky’s premier, land-grant institution will benefit the candidates and their campaigns, but more importantly, Kentucky’s young citizens,” said Brad Allen, former SGA director of government relations and current senatorial debate co-director.


“With support from our fellow students and President Capilouto, we look forward to the possibility of working with the senatorial candidates to produce a thoughtful and engaging debate on our campus,” said James Collard, SAB director of engaging issues and senatorial debate co-director.


University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has expressed support of the student organizations’ bid to host a student-produced debate.


On Friday, May 9, letters were sent to Republican incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate and current Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes notifying them of the student organizations’ desire to host a debate.


SAB and SGA are two of the university’s largest student organizations. SAB regularly hosts prominent public figures, most recently Anderson Cooper, Soledad O’Brien and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Both organizations are committed to enriching students’ lives through advocacy, education and enriching experiences. Both are confident in their ability to produce a legitimate, reputable debate.


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


Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email


SGA represents all undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the University of Kentucky. SGA serves to increase student influence over academic policy; provide necessary student services; to protect and expand student substantive and procedural rights; and better represent the student body in relations with the faculty, administration, Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


Connect with SGA at, follow them on Twitter at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SGA, email




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UK Scientists Energize Lessons for Local Fourth-Graders

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 13:26


Video by UK Research Media


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 4, 2014) — Scientists at the University of Kentucky are making an investment in the future of energy research by going back to school — elementary school.


A partnership between the UK Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) and three Lexington elementary schools aims to kick-start interest in scientific learning at a young age, by putting working scientists into classrooms to lead fourth-graders in hands-on demonstrations and experiments.


The "CAER 101" education program, which began with Russell Cave Elementary School 12 years ago, was expanded this year to include Liberty and Yates as well. CAER scientists presented the same, one-hour lesson to each of the three schools. Their goal was to complement and reinforce “disciplinary core ideas,” part of the new science standards.


The core idea in this instance was "What is energy?" Anne Oberlink, CAER associate research scientist, focused on the many different forms that energy can take.


"We were demonstrating sound energy, light energy and electrical energy," Oberlink said. "We had a coffee can that we put a piece of paper on, so we would tap our fingers on that. Or we had a tuning fork that we would hit and put under water, up to our ear."


Robert Pace, CAER assistant research scientist, demonstrated how collisions transfer energy, using a giant Newton's cradle.


"You might have seen the desktop toys that have the balls that clink back and forth, but mine is a little bit bigger," Pace said. "The energy is always getting transferred around; it doesn’t just disappear. It certainly allows me to really teach the principles that I’m trying to get across in a very visual and hands-on kind of way."


Andy Placido, CAER associate research engineer, focused on how electricity is produced.

"We just basically had a pole with a magnet in the middle and copper wire outside," Placido said. "You flip the magnet in the middle really fast, and you could actually show them on a multimeter that electricity was produced. We took a hand crank and hooked it onto a hobby generator, and we used that to power fans and lights and buzzers."


But that wasn't the only energy being generated in the classroom. Placido says the children's enthusiasm for learning was contagious.


"Once they got into it, they really had good questions — like they wanted to know 'Why does the number sometimes go negative?'" Placido said. "I would get pumped up every time, because you could tell the kids were interested. I am sure that’s what teachers really enjoy, when they see they’re getting through to the kids or the kids are interested in what you’re talking about."


Teachers and scientists alike say they hope that children who participate in the program will come away from the experience not just with a greater appreciation for the work that scientists do, but also a greater desire to "do science" themselves.


"A number of years, I’ve had kids draw what they think a scientist looks like," said Josh Radner, a science teacher at Yates Elementary. "And you’ll see a frizzy-haired white man in a lab coat. Today we had people of all colors. We had men and women, and people speaking with different accents. That’s really neat for (the students), because our kids are very diverse here, so they can see that scientists could look like them."


Liberty Elementary science teacher Kristi Fehr says she wishes she had received a similar introduction to science when she was in elementary school.


"I know when I was a senior in high school I was trying to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up," Fehr said. "If I had had more opportunities like this it might have been an easier decision."


Jack Groppo, a CAER principal research engineer who has been part of the project from the beginning, shares Fehr's sentiments.


"The reason I do it is because I wish somebody did it for me when I was in school," Groppo said. "That’s my primary motivation. Whenever you can take real engineers and scientists and bring them into a classroom and let children know that real people do these kind of things, right here in your own back yard, I think it makes science more real to them."


CAER 101 has three basic goals: to get scientists into classrooms, to provide experiments that teachers can easily duplicate, and to challenge other groups to do the same kind of outreach.


Groppo says the program is one that can be "pre-packaged" so that it may easily be copied by others.


"We'll give you the resources," he said. "Find a school in your neighborhood and just go do it. It doesn’t take that much time. It’s a phenomenal benefit — to the teachers and especially the students."




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They Preserve the Past for the Future

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:47


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 4, 2014) — This year’s Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award for outstanding commitment to historic preservation is being presented to not one, but two of the most dedicated preservationists and archaeologists working in the Commonwealth, University of Kentucky Adjunct Assistant Professors A. Gwynn Henderson and David Pollack. No two people could better represent the mission and meaning of this award. Not coincidentally, they also happen to be married.



Henderson is the education coordinator for the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a joint partnership between the Kentucky Heritage Council and the UK Department of Anthropology.  Pollack is director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, and for many years served a dual role as director of KAS and as staff archaeologist, review coordinator and site protection program manager for the Kentucky Heritage Council. Both are also adjunct assistant professors in the Department of Anthropology at UK.


Although neither is a native of Kentucky, it would seem you cannot think of an aspect of Kentucky archaeology in the past 30 years in which one or both of them didn’t have some kind of involvement.


Individually, Henderson has prepared archaeology-related content for teacher activity guides, worked on a traveling exhibit about Kentucky archaeology, and developed and administered two programs: the Kentucky Archaeological Registry, a landowner site protection program; and the Kentucky Archaeology Education Network, which serves as a clearinghouse of information for teachers and educators.


Her book, “Kentuckians Before Boone,” is likely responsible for more people being aware of Native American presence in the Commonwealth and debunking the “Myth of the Dark and Bloody Ground” than any other single publication.


Pollack has served as the director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey since its inception in 1995. In this capacity, he has also provided employment and research opportunities for numerous undergraduate and graduate students at UK, offering practical field experience and training. Through KAS, Pollack has been able to mobilize cost-effective efforts to assist state agencies and local governments in their compliance with state laws protecting archaeological sites and cemeteries — and improving our understanding of Kentucky’s past in the process. 


Among the most noteworthy of such projects — Frankfort’s forgotten cemetery, the many unmarked graves on the grounds of Eastern State Hospital and the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and the incredible site along Highway 61 in Cumberland County with evidence of occupation that spans nearly the entirety of human presence in Kentucky.


Pollack was also the lead in developing a Geographical Information Systems (GIS) database for archaeological sites and historic structures throughout Kentucky, which has helped correct errors in the collection of data and recording of sites, and greatly facilitated the way archaeology is conducted.


One of the most important legacies Henderson and Pollack have imparted to Kentucky preservation was borne out of a terrible travesty — the organized looting of hundreds of Native American graves by a few unscrupulous individuals at the Slack Farm site in Union County in 1987.  Once the looters were stopped by law enforcement, archaeologists and a group of more than 500 local volunteers — organized by Henderson and Pollack — participated in a massive recovery effort to glean as much useful data from this important site as possible.  These efforts resulted in a booklet written by Pollack, Henderson and Cheryl Munson of Indiana University-Bloomington, “Slack Farm and the Caborn-Welborn People,” as well as strengthened state laws regulating the looting of burial sites.


In addition to many other publications, Henderson and Pollack have worked with others to research, write and produce a series of videos through the Kentucky Archaeology and Heritage Video Series. Collectively, their work has greatly influenced and changed what we now know about Kentucky’s prehistoric Native American cultures as well as our more recent past.

UK Awarded $1.9 Million to Improve Retention of STEM Majors

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 17:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2014) — The University of Kentucky has been awarded a $1.9 million grant to improve retention of students in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics, through a collection of initiatives dubbed "STEMCats."


UK is one of 37 research institutions selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to receive an award, from among 170 institutions competing for a share of $60 million in total funding. The five-year awards, ranging from $1.2 to $2.4 million, are intended to enable schools to focus on "significant and sustained improvement in retaining students" in the STEM disciplines.


Although the need for STEM graduates is growing nationally, fewer than half of all students who enter college with the intention of majoring in a STEM field leave with a STEM degree. Nationwide, STEM matriculation rates hover around 40 percent, but the rate is only half that, roughly 20 percent, among historically underrepresented ethnic groups.


Part of the challenge for educators is that many first-year students arrive on college campuses without adequate preparation for the rigors of college-level science and math, said Professor Vincent Cassone, chair of the UK Department of Biology and STEMCats project director. 


"They have no idea what to expect, and I think it comes as a shock to some of them just how much work is actually involved in passing an introductory-level STEM class," Cassone said. "By the time they realize it, they may already be in trouble. It's not that they can't do the work. They just are not mentally and psychologically prepared for the challenges they face at the university level. The STEMCats initiatives are designed to help students get ready to succeed."


UK is partnering on these initiatives with colleagues from Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). Tammy Liles, BCTC's associate dean for natural science, is associate STEMCats project director.


"BCTC is excited to be a partner in this very innovative STEMCats program," Liles said. "With both institutions working together to increase and retain students in the STEM pipeline, STEM students at BCTC will have opportunities to work in UK research facilities, live in STEM-designated communities at UK, and be part of a FastTrack student cohort designed to remove barriers of success while enhancing STEM opportunities and knowledge."


Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, dean of the UK College of Arts and Sciences, said that collaboration is a core strength of the STEMCats project.


"The strong collaborative relationship of this grant is a hallmark to the initiative, and will serve the program well in its multi-layered approach to improving student success, diversity and retention in STEM education," Kornbluh said. "The grant’s attention to all areas of instruction — in-class pedagogy, co-curricular research experience, preparatory training, residential life experience, among others — demonstrates the thoughtful commitment the university as a whole has to the success of STEM education at UK."


UK President Eli Capilouto said the HHMI award provides critical support for the future of university research, which will in turn produce dividends for the Commonwealth and the nation as a whole.


"The twenty-first century economy, and Kentucky’s future economic readiness, will be built upon innovative solutions to complex challenges," Capilouto said. "At the leading edge of the innovation-based economy is the American research university, the faculty who create new knowledge through research and discovery, and the students we teach. The grant support from HHMI we are announcing today will bolster our effort — in partnership with BCTC — to improve retention rates in STEM education, to create a talented workforce for Kentucky, and to prepare the next generation of creative scholars."


The STEMCats project has five key components, each aimed at improving the recruitment, preparation and retention of STEM majors.


1.     'FastTrack' Courses for Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics
To improve preparation of incoming students, two residential FastTrack courses, in biology and chemistry, will be offered preceding their fall admission, in addition to the successful math FastTrack courses already being offered. Similarly, a physics FastTrack course will be offered preceding the start of the physics curriculum in the sophomore year. Each course will be one week in duration.


2.     STEMCats Living Learning Community
Based on the successful model of the "Wired" Arts and Sciences freshman residential college, students enrolled in the STEMCats program will be immersed in a community of learners within one of the residence halls on campus. There, they will engage in constant community-based academic and social activities. STEMCats from underrepresented minorities will have additional support from sophomore mentors from minority backgrounds, who will also reside in the community.


3.     Freshman STEM Research Course
A new, multidisciplinary and inquiry-based research course — containing discussions, seminars, workshops, discovery-based wet-lab activities, and scientific and professional development activities — will be piloted in a year-round course that meets weekly. Course meetings will be conducted by a Community of Scholars, comprising research faculty from across campus and by invited external experts.


4.     Team-based Summer Research Experience
During the summer session at the end of their freshman year, groups of eight to 10 STEMCats will join a research project in a laboratory of a faculty member in the Community of Scholars. STEM faculty across campus will be recruited as mentors for a cohort of 200-250 students each summer. The research experience will be enriched by research-related educational and professional activities, including students' presentation of their work in science forums.


5.     Improving Introductory STEM Curriculum
Following the successful model of the current, two-part "Calculus for Life Sciences" series, new introductory chemistry and physics courses will be developed, with an interdisciplinary focus and a life-sciences orientation. Biology-enriched chemistry introductory courses are already underway.


These contact-intensive initiatives are being developed alongside vast advances in instructional technology, such as MOOCs (massive online open courses), which enable thousands of students to share a virtual classroom with a virtually unlimited seating capacity. Incorporating digital texts, video-based lectures, interactive virtual demonstrations, online discussion, and self-administered quizzes, MOOCs can be a cost-effective way to provide standardized instruction to many students at once.

UK launched its own successful Advanced Chemistry MOOC this spring, developed by UK faculty in partnership with the educational technology company Coursera. Some 10,000 registered for the eight-week, college-preparatory course, far exceeding the university's expectations.

While advances in instructional technology are helping instructors to be more effective, Cassone says there is still a real need for direct interaction between students and teachers.


"While the inclusion of instructional technology is a very exciting addition to the lexicon of educational tools in higher education, engaging students by committed professors and instructors, and exposing students to scientific research early in their academic lives will be critical in improving retention in diverse STEM majors and future careers," he said. "This is what STEMCats is all about — technology and scientific research with a human touch." 


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UK Pharmacy Student Lands Prestigious National Internship

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 15:50
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2014) — Caroline Beaulieu, a second-year Pharm.D. student from Rimouski, Quebec, has been named the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) summer intern. Only one student across the nation is selected for this program each year.


The ASHP summer internship is a 10-week training program for a Pharm.D. student, with one week conducted at the ASHP Summer Meeting and the remaining nine weeks being conducted at the ASHP Headquarters in Bethesda, Md.


A native of Canada, Beaulieu first arrived in the United States in August 2008 to play tennis for the University of Tulsa, in Oklahoma. After completing her undergraduate degree in biochemistry, she enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.


The ASHP Summer Internship program is designed to provide a pharmacy student with “an opportunity to gain association experience in the specific areas of membership development and membership marketing at a national association headquarters.”


The program also seeks to help the intern understand the importance associations provide to the profession, while grasping a better understanding the value of remaining engaged in local, state and national pharmacy organizations.

Reed to Lead Core Program on Renewal of $5 Million Appalachian Research Grant

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 14:19


LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2014) - Deborah Reed, professor in the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, will lead one of five CORE programs of the Central Appalachian Regional Education Research Center (ERC) after a successful re-competition for a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health grant. The original grant was awarded in 2012 for two years.


The Central Appalachian ERC, an occupational safety and health training program, led by Wayne Sanderson, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the UK College of Public Health, consists of five programs: Occupational Health/Environmental Nursing, Professional Safety (a joint effort with Eastern Kentucky University), Mining Safety, Agricultural Safety, and Occupational Epidemiology. All five programs were renewed for $990,000 per year over the next five years for a total of $5 million in funding.   


Reed leads the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) core which is geared specifically toward doctoral students in the college’s Doctoral (PhD) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. The goal of the OEHN program is to equip doctorally-prepared nurses to conduct interdisciplinary occupational- and environmental-focused research in rural and Appalachian areas that will inform and influence nursing practice, research and education in those regions.


“We have too few nurses who are specifically trained in occupational health and safety," said Reed, director of the Central Appalachian Regional ERC's Nursing Program. "We hope this training will benefit workers and employers in the Commonwealth and beyond."


Media Contact: Ann Blackvord at 859-312-3587 or 

UK AdvoCats Encourage Literacy by Supplying New Books to Family Care Center

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 12:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2014) - A storybook serves as a healthy distraction for children during doctor's visits at the University of Kentucky Family Care Center located on Red Mile Road.


The 19 UK medical residents who provide pediatric care at the center offer children ages 6 months to 5 years a book to take home as part of a routine check-up. Statistics show that when a doctor encourages reading, children and parents are more likely to sit down together with a book. As an added benefit, the gift of a book leaves children with a positive impression of the clinical experience.


"They're just delighted - their faces light up and it changes the tone of the visit from something frightening to welcoming," said Dr. Susan Robbins, medical director at the Family Care Center, said of the children.


Earlier this year, members of AdvoCats, a patient advocacy group comprised of UK attendings, residents and lawyers, raised $1,800 to refurbish the library at the Family Care Center. The AdvoCats sold 276 t-shirts to raise funds, which will be used to purchase books for both single mothers and children who attend the daycare at the Family Care Center. 


Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Family Care Center provides a place for teen mothers to complete their high school education while their children attend daycare at the same location. More than 30 pregnant and parenting teens from the Lexington area receive support through the center. With recent renovations to the library, many old and outdated books were discarded, leaving the shelves sparse.


Joanna Rodes, director of the Family Care Center, said the AdvoCats stepped in to help stock the library with new and relevant books for children as well as high school-age mothers. Members of the AdvoCats surprised Rodes with a check for new books after a group tour of the Family Care Center on May 8. Rodes said she was impressed with the high dollar amount the group raised for books and the group's genuine enthusiasm for the program.


"I was astounded by the size of the check, but what was even more surprising was that the residents were so excited," Rodes said. "That was a validation that we have a nice partnerships with the clinic, which is an essential part of the center."


Rodes is working with Holly Von Gruenigen, president of the AdvoCats, to purchase $1,300 worth of children and young adult books for the library and $500 worth of children’s books to be given out when the medical residents host literacy sessions with young mothers in the future. The donation to support literacy coincides with the American Academy of Pediatrics national advocacy theme for 2014.


"It's nice to be able to give extra books to the Family Care Center," Von Gruenigen said. "If you educate parents on the importance of reading, it makes a huge difference."


The AdvoCats plan to coordinate group literacy sessions with mothers and children at the Family Care Center later this year. Sessions will aim to instill an appreciation for reading in both mothers and children.


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UK Libraries Seeks More Information on Hazard Photo Album

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 11:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2014) — The public is invited to visit an online collection of historical photographs of people from Hazard, Ky. University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections has recently uploaded a vintage photo album on the Hazard Ice and Storage Co. Flickr page in hopes that citizens within the Hazard community can help identify the people in the photos.


The album is part of a collection that also includes copies of the incorporation and dissolution papers of the Hazard Ice and Storage Co. After outreach to the community, the collection will be available on UK's Special Collections digital library, Explore UK.


The Hazard Ice and Storage Co. was incorporated in Hazard County in 1921 by J. A. Roan, W. F. Ficklen Jr. and W. H. Oliver Jr. The company manufactured and sold artificial ice, ice cream and soft drinks. Additionally, the company operated cold storage plants and leased houses to its employees. The board of directors during the company's lifespan included V.C. Ficklen, D.H. Goodlette, Reta Gustat and Willis W. Reeves. The company was dissolved in 1944.


Though a small part of the collection relates to the business, the album of more than 130 pictures features mostly unidentified photos of everyday people and life in the community. UK Special Collections needs your help to give these photographs more meaning. If you have information on any of the individuals or places in the photographs, all you'll need to do is visit the album's Flickr page, click on a photo, and use the commenting feature to describe who or where the people are.


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 and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. The mission of Special Collections is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


For more information on the Hazard Ice and Storage Co. project, contact UK Special Collections at 859-257-8611 or




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Historian Named Next Gaines Center Director

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 3, 2014) — The next director of the University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has been named subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. If approved, historian and Distinguished Service Professor Phil Harling, who was selected from a national field of candidates, will take over the directorship and the position of John R. Gaines Endowed Chair in the Humanities on Aug. 15.


"It is a combination of recognized excellence in research and teaching, combined with his extensive service to UK and his knowledge of the administrative workings of our university that makes Dr. Harling an ideal director for the Gaines Center," said Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Ben Withers. "He will help us all make sure that the Gaines Center remains one of UK’s defining features, providing an unparalleled opportunity for undergraduates to explore ideas, discover their own voices, and learn from UK’s best faculty and staff."


Founded in 1984 by a generous gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education on UK's campus. Devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty, the center embraces varied paths of knowledge, and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.


The new director is looking forward to take over the leadership position of such a prestigious program. "From my perspective, the Gaines directorship must surely be one of the best jobs on campus. So, I feel very fortunate and deeply honored to have been selected. Like all jobs worth having, it will present its share of challenges, but it will surely be very good fun, too," Harling said.


The Gaines Center is also designed to provide a link, intellectual as well as geographic, between the campus and town communities. It sponsors an array of public events, seminars and workshops that bring rich and varied resources of the Lexington community and UK together.


As part of its curriculum, the center provides an intensive education for approximately 25 third- and fourth-year undergraduate students. The main components of the center’s pedagogical program include an annual Gaines seminar taught by multiple faculty and a senior thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor.


An admirer of the center's goals of providing extraordinary learning and leadership experiences, fostering the discussion of timely ideas, and advancing town-and-gown relations, Harling hopes to bring more campus awareness to the great work the center is doing and develop even more opportunities for its fellows.  


"First and foremost, I’d like to see the Gaines Center reach out and build even stronger ties with the broader UK campus," Harling said. "The center needs to work in especially close cooperation with the other units in UK’s Academy for Undergraduate Excellence — the Honors Program, the Chellgren Center, the offices of Undergraduate Research and of External Scholarships. UK is enrolling more high-achieving students than ever before, so it’s crucial that we collaborate to create synergies that will optimize the success of those students."


In addition, Harling will look for new ways to be an advocate for the importance of studies in the humanities. "I think it will be important for the center to articulate and to champion the value of a humanistic education at a time when that value is, alas, no longer quite as taken-for-granted as it once was, even by many well-educated citizens. It seems to me that this goal is best advanced in tandem with yet another: to promote the Gaines program as an excellent opportunity for especially promising students across all of UK’s colleges, and to try to recruit the strongest applicants whether they aspire to be humanities professors, doctors, engineers or biotech researchers."


Harling has been a faculty member at UK for over 20 years. He grew up in Evanston, Ill., and received his bachelor's degree from Grinnell College in 1986 and his doctoral degree in history from Princeton University in 1993. A specialist in the history of modern Britain and the British Empire, he is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has authored two books and numerous articles.


Harling is the recipient of several teaching awards at UK, notably the Provost Award for Outstanding Teaching, as well as research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Philosophical Society. A Distinguished Service Professor at UK, for several years he served as associate dean of faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, and was interim dean of the college for the 2008-09 academic year.


Harling's wife, Bettina Morrish, is a veteran history teacher and department chair at the Sayre Upper School. The couple live in the Bell Court neighborhood of downtown Lexington with their sons Nate and Nick, and their two dogs, Sally and Mason.     




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Cooper Drive Resurfacing Begins Monday

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 23:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — The section of Cooper Drive between Sports Center Drive and Nicholasville Road will be impacted by road work beginning Monday, June 2. The work includes road resurfacing and restriping, resulting in enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Vehicle through traffic will be maintained, but motorists should expect delays.


Anyone who normally travels in the vicinity should allow extra time for their commute. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to use caution as they navigate the area.


The project is scheduled to conclude by Friday, July 11.

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Offers a Preview of Grand Night for Singing

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 23:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's program features UK Opera Theatre Director Everett McCorvey giving a preview of the upcoming It's a Grand Night for Singing. 


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

UK to Jazz Up China's Music Scene

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 18:23


Video by Jenny Wells/UK Public Relations.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — Before embarking on a two-week tour of China, the University of Kentucky’s Jazz Ensemble will take a Bluegrass stage to present a preview concert of music they plan to perform on tour. The free public concert will begin 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 2, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.


The concert, featuring everything from big band swing music to more contemporary jazz performed by the UK Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Miles Osland, is designed to showcase the tremendous breadth of the American art form for Chinese audiences, who have become major fans of the genre but rarely get to hear live American performances. 


UK is serving as an ambassador for the American music genre. "We're one of the first American university jazz ensembles ever to play in China. So the programming that I have is wide and varied, doing some Count Basie, Duke Ellington, but then doing a lot more contemporary, more updated things too," said Miles Osland, director of UK Jazz Studies and a professor of saxophone at UK School of Music.

The ensemble will also play some hip versions of popular tunes like the theme song to "The Flinstones," as well as a jazz version of "My Old Kentucky Home."


UK Jazz Ensemble, composed of 17 undergraduate and graduate students, will pack up their instruments and depart for Beijing June 4. During their 14-day stay, the group will perform at the Beijing Contemporary Music Institute in Beijing, the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in Xi’an, and the JZ Club and Shanghai University in Shanghai. At the last concert, the ensemble will even perform with students from Shanghai University’s music program during UK Week at the institution.


Based on the popularity of jazz in China the ensemble is looking forward to playing for the Asian audience. "I think the crowds are really going to enjoy it. They will probably come out to hear an American ensemble playing a variety of different types of big band music. I think we are going to be rock stars over there," said Carlos Espinosa, a saxophone player and doctoral candidate from Fort Worth, Texas.


In addition to playing concerts for audiences abroad, the UK students and Osland will also open their rehearsals and present seminars and master classes in jazz for the Chinese music students and educators where they hope to also learn from the local artists.


"We're actually going to be working with students form Shanghai University. I am really excited to see not only how they play jazz, but how they approach it, how the ensemble works together and in the back of my mind compare it to how we do things here and hopefully take something back from that," said UK Honors Program member and Singletary Scholar Drew Burke, a trumpet player and music education and music performance freshman from Pikeville, Ky.


Osland is also interested in hearing the Chinese musicians. "It will be real interesting to see how they feel and play jazz. I am not saying that you have to be American, but it is America's indigenous art form. Hopefully they'll learn a lot from us, but it will be interesting to hear how they foresee or pursue their jazz interests also."


While they aren’t rehearsing, teaching and performing, the UK students will get to visit such popular and important historic sites as the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven and the Bird’s Nest. The UK Jazz Ensemble Tour is made possible by support of the China Jazz Association and the UK Confucius Institute.


For many of the students this will be their first trip abroad. "This experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us. We get to travel halfway across the world and play jazz," said Colleen Wagoner, a saxophone player and music education senior from Lexington. "I know I am going to be overwhelmed with the amount of people and the size of the buildings. I am just excited to just experience China because I have no idea what to expect and know I will be in disbelief."


"Personally, I just want to share my love of this music and show them individually the things I have to offer as a musician. I want to speak basically from my heart, my soul, my mind in music and I want to put that out there for other people to see. And collectively as a group, I think we can really showcase how much fun it is to be in an ensemble like this, the camaraderie that's built, not just through music but personally. And just bring them a taste of Kentucky," Espinosa said.


Even after the students head back to the United States, Osland will remain to participate as one of a group of 15 UK faculty members teaching at Shanghai University during the inaugural UK Week at the school. He will present a jazz appreciation course during his time at the university. Osland will also perform in the week’s opening ceremony to be held June 20.


"I get to impart not only the music with the ensemble performing, but also the knowledge, a little bit of our history and what it really is," said Osland. "What's nice is that I've got recordings, I've got videos, and I plan on personally playing in class a lot because the music says it all. I can talk all day about it, but when you hear it, that says it all."


Osland has made appearances throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia as a guest conductor, performer and clinician for Selmer Saxophones, Jody Jazz mouthpieces and D'Addario Woodwinds, Osland’s compositions and arrangements have been recognized and supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Arts Council and by numerous other art foundations.


Under Osland, the UK Jazz Ensemble has received invitations to perform at the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference three times, most recently in 2013, and the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference.  In July 2011, UK Jazz Ensemble, along with the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, toured France, Switzerland and the Netherlands, performing at two of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals.


Recipient of the Outstanding Jazz Ensemble certificate at the Annual Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, and winner of “Downbeat Magazine’s” DeeBee award for Best Jazz Instrumental Studio Orchestra, UK Jazz Ensemble has been featured with many national touring artists, including David Liebman, Tom Harrell and Mel Torme.


UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has achieved awards and national and international recognition for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as for music education, composition, theory and music history.



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Kentucky Office of Rural Health Hosts State's First Rural Health Clinic Summit

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 17:16

HAZARD, Ky. (May 30, 2014) – More than 100 participants came to Kentucky’s first Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Summit, hosted by the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) on May 16, 2014. Attendees from 28 Kentucky counties, along with a few from Tennessee and North Carolina, traveled to Hazard for a full day of networking and learning at the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (CERH).


Bill Finerfrock, executive director of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics in Washington D.C., delivered the opening keynote and provided a legislative update.  New sequester-related cuts are not expected for Medicare, though the 1.6 percent reduction in provider payment is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, said Finerfrock.


Kentucky’s decision to expand Medicaid coverage to the levels identified in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to 138 percent of poverty level, new and proposed rules affecting regulatory requirements and independent contractor status of mid-level practitioners, and a delay in the ICD-10 implementation to Oct. 1, 2015, were among Finerfrock’s updates.


Robin Rowe, with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Office of Inspector General Division of Health Care, presented on the licensure and certification process for RHCs.  Panel presentations and breakout sessions throughout the day offered participants a wide range of educational topics including, patient centered medical home, Medicaid managed care, community health workers, electronic health records, revenue cycle and more.


Kentucky is home to 175 RHCs, which are certified to receive special Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to help improve access to primary health care in underserved rural areas. RHCs operate with a team approach of physicians and mid-level providers for staffing.


“The many recent changes in health care have created significant challenges for RHCs from a number of angles,” said Ernie Scott, director of the KORH.  “We surveyed attendees to ask what they would like to see happen as a result of the RHC Summit.  Establishing an RHC network, concern about the future of RHCs, patient centered medical homes, and rural health access and growth were among the excellent feedback we can use to chart our course for a stronger future for rural health,” Scott said.


“We are thrilled with the level of participation and interest at this inaugural RHC Summit.  An RHC Advisory Board is in the process of being developed and KORH is optimistic about the potential of the RHC Summit continuing as an annual event,” said Scott.


Shelia Bowling, billing supervisor at Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky, attended the summit and said it was “informative and helpful in topics that we are currently facing.”


The UK CERH serves as the federally designated Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), which was established in 1991 as a framework to link small rural communities with local, state and federal resources while working toward long-term solutions to rural health issues. The KORH assists clinicians, administrators and consumers to find ways to improve communications, finances and access to quality health care while insuring that funding agencies and policy makers are made aware of the needs of rural communities.


Some of the programs available at the KORH include Kentucky’s Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex), a grant established to assist rural hospitals and improve access through critical access hospital (CAH) designation. Since the majority of CAHs have been converted, the Flex grant has evolved to support quality and performance improvement activities, financial improvement activities and the integration of emergency medical services (EMS) into rural healthcare systems.  


Other services of the KORH include the Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant (SHIP), which provides funding to support quality improvement initiatives in small hospitals, and the Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program, which is a 50/50 matching program that increases availability of primary health care services through repayment of education loans to eligible health professionals practicing in health professional shortage areas.


To learn more about KORH services and technical assistance, visit, or call 606-439-3557, or toll-free 855-859-2374.


MEDIA CONTACT: Beth Bowling,, 606-439-3557, ext. 83545


UK Equine Farm and Facilities Expo is June 3

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 15:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 6th Annual Equine Farm and Facilities Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 3, at the Kentucky Equine Humane Center in Nicholasville, Ky. The event is free and open to the public and a meal will be provided.


“The expo is a great opportunity for any equine owner on any size farm to learn some of the latest information from all of the various equine industry companies and UK specialists,” said Nick Carter, Fayette County agriculture and natural resources extension agent.


UK specialists will provide hands-on instruction and lead informal demonstrations on parasite control, equine digestion, fencing options and sampling techniques for soil fertility and hay quality. Other highlights include weed control, vaccination protocol, nutrition, pasture management and farm safety.


“The expo will provide equine enthusiasts the chance to learn practical information that can be used on their own farms,” said Ray Smith, professor and forage extension specialist within the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “It’s a great way to learn about multiple topics in a single day.”


The Kentucky Equine Humane Center, 1713 Catnip Hill Road, provides treatment and shelter for unwanted equines, regardless of breed. Directions to the center are available at




MEDIA CONTACT:  Jackson Wells, 859-257-5164.

Four UK Students Receive Scholarships to Study Critical Languages

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 2, 2014) — Three University of Kentucky students and an alumnus have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study the Arabic, Japanese and Turkish languages abroad.


The Critical Language Scholarship Program, a program of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will offer intensive summer language institutes overseas in 13 critical need foreign languages during the summer of 2014. The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Program 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 four UK recipients of Critical Language Scholarships are:

· marketing and media arts and studies sophomore Jordie Gamble, who will travel to Morocco for Arabic language studies;

· biology senior Naomi Hayes, who will travel to Japan for Japanese language studies;

· anthropology doctoral student Lydia Roll, who will return to Turkey for her second consecutive year of language coursework in Turkish; and

· 2013 Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce graduate Wade Wilson, who will travel to Jordan to study Arabic.


Honors Program member Jordie Gamble, a 2012 graduate of Christian Academy of Louisville, is the daughter of Lisa and Shannon Gamble of Louisville, Ky.


Gamble, who also plans to study abroad in Spain next fall, will use her Critical Language Scholarship in Arabic to strengthen her conversational skills and learn more about the culture. "I will bring my Arabic skills up to a fully conversational level that will increasingly open up the opportunities available to me. I will also gain valuable experience about living abroad and how to assimilate to new cultures gracefully, a lesson that will come in handy if I'm to become a viable player in the global marketplace."


The Global Scholar credits Nada Majzoub, her Arabic teacher in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages Literatures and Cultures, for her love of Arabic. "She helped inspire in me a love for the language while breaking it down into manageable portions. I'm so grateful to her," Gamble said.


Upon completion of her bachelor's degree, Gamble would like to work with a global nonprofit on marketing and promotional materials.

Honors Program member Naomi Hayes, a 2011 graduate of Louisville Male High School, is the daughter of Hiromi and Peter Hayes, of Louisville.


Hayes, who is also working on a Japanese minor at UK with her biology major, will use her Critical Language Scholarship to take intensive language classes in Himeji, Japan.


The choice to study Japanese is a very personal one for Hayes, who is president of the Japanese Culture in Kentucky Society. "I decided to study Japanese because even though my mother is Japanese herself, I am not able to speak the language fluently. I hope to reclaim some of my heritage by learning the language and culture. I also in general have an interest in Japan and its modern entertainment industry.  


Hayes hopes to one day be fluent in Japanese. Upon completion of her bachelor's degree, she would like to pursue graduate school in Japan.


This is the second Critical Language Scholarship awarded to Lydia Roll, daughter of Darla and Roger Pitman of Bloomington, Ind., and Michael and Cheryl Roll of Marathon, Fla. She will use the second scholarship to help prepare her for a year of living in Istanbul to complete her dissertation.  


"I conducted three weeks of preliminary dissertation fieldwork in Istanbul during May 2013. Additionally, I will conduct 12 months of dissertation research in Turkey, beginning in 2015. While there, I will engage in participant observation and ethnographic interviews with university students. For this reason, conversational Turkish language skills are essential. Participation in the Critical Language Scholarship Program will provide the opportunity to strengthen my Turkish language skills, thereby enabling me to conduct my research."

Roll, who holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University, became interested in studying Turkish after living in the International House at the University of Chicago while she was a master’s student at Loyola University. "At I-House, I was able to make friends from around the world, including a group of Turkish students, who over countless cups of tea and conversation, inspired my initial interest in studying Turkish."


At UK, Roll credits her advisor in anthropology, Diane E. King, with providing invaluable guidance, including the process of narrowing her research focus and crafting the application for the Critical Language Scholarship program.


Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Roll plans to become a university professor.


Wade Wilson, the son of Bill and Nancy Wilson of Owensboro, Ky., holds multiple degrees from UK. He earned his bachelor's degrees in accounting and economics and most recently received his master's degree from the UK Patterson School in December 2013. He will use the Critical Language Scholarship to advance his language skills in Arabic in Amman, Jordan.  


Studying a language critical to national security makes sense for an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who has seen U.S. foreign policy at work on the front line. "International relations and the American foreign policies that frame those relations have always been very interesting to me, especially after joining the military and experiencing the effects of our policies first hand," Wilson said.


Last year, Wilson studied Arabic at Yemeni College of Middle Eastern Studies in Sanaa, Yemen, with partial funding from the Patterson School. He hopes to continue his Arabic education after finishing his Critical Language Scholarship program, as well as studies in other foreign languages.


The Critical Language Scholarship 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. During the summer program, participants will cover approximately one academic year of university-level language coursework. The application for the 2015 summer program will be available in the fall on the program website,


Students interested in applying for the Critical Language Scholarship and/or Boren Scholarships should contact Pat Whitlow, director of the UK Office of External Scholarships (OES). Part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education, OES 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 OES well in advance of the scholarship deadline.



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

UK Playing a Role in 'Pitch' Competitions

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:37

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 30, 2014)  Imagine having five minutes to pitch your business idea to a group of investors who could make your dream come true. Sound like a reality show? It is reality, right here in Kentucky. And the University of Kentucky's Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, part of the Gatton College of Business and Economics, is playing a key role.


Earlier this week, Governor Steve Beshear announced the state will host eight regional pitch competitions this summer. Similar to the hit television show “Shark Tank,” these competitions will feature Kentucky entrepreneurs presenting their business ideas to a group of local angel investors, individuals who provide capital for startup companies. Winners will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to present their business plans to the entire Kentucky Angel Investors Network (Kentucky Angels) in Frankfort.


“The next great idea can come from anyone,” said Gov. Beshear. “As a state, we need to support these visionaries and provide them the tools to turn their vision into a reality, including the financial means to get started. I look forward to seeing more small businesses and new jobs come to life as a result of these competitions.”


The competition is sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurship within the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, along with the Kentucky Angels Network and the Kentucky Innovation Network. The events will take place in Ashland, Pikeville, Murray, Elizabethtown, Richmond, Covington, Lexington and Louisville.


“These regional events help form the foundation for a statewide network of entrepreneurs and investors working together to create new businesses and jobs across the Commonwealth,” said Dean Harvey, executive director of the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship.


“Small businesses are job creators and the backbone of Kentucky’s economy,” said Mandy Lambert, acting commissioner of business development at the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. “This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to network with potential investors and get their businesses off the ground. We want to expose more people to investment opportunities right here in the Commonwealth.”


The pitch competitions will make the following appearances:


Ashland: June 3, 2014, Ignite Accelerator, 1100 Greenup Avenue, 5-7 p.m.


Pikeville: June 10, 2014, Coleman College of Business, UPIKE, 5-7 p.m.


Murray: June 17, 2014, Heritage Hall, Murray State University, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Elizabethtown: June 19, 2014, Brown-Pusey House, 128 North Main Street, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Richmond: June 20, 2014, Central Bank Community Room, 350 West Main Street, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.


Louisville: July 23, 2014, Greater Louisville Inc., 614 West Main St., Suite 6000, 4-5:30 p.m.


Lexington: Sept. 24, 2014, Commerce Lexington, 330 East Main St., Suite 100, 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Covington: TBD.


For more information on the competition, visit


Last year, the cabinet successfully launched the Kentucky Angels Network. Kentucky Angels brings new ventures and accredited investors together via monthly online meetings, providing investors access to form deals and partnerships with entrepreneurs statewide. Membership is open to those accredited investors in and outside the state who are passionate about investing in Commonwealth companies. To learn more about Kentucky Angels, visit


Information on Kentucky’s economic development efforts and programs is available at




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

UK Google+ Ranked Fifth

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Google+ account has been ranked fifth on the Most Influential Colleges on Google+ list created by published May 28. evaluated the social media efforts of major U.S. colleges and universities. The 2014 rankings focused on each school’s activity, reach and engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Instagram.  


"We were pleased to see an unusually broad set of colleges emerge as top performers in our social media rankings," said Branden Neish, general manager of "These schools offer immersive collegiate experiences and fervent alumni groups that positively impact students throughout their lives. Social media helps us measure these difficult-to-quantify, yet important, aspects of higher education."


Using a data set, ranging from the number of Facebook likes to tweeting frequency, developed proprietary algorithms to generate top 20 lists for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, as well as Google+. From those lists the website also developed at top 30 list for the social media platforms combined. teamed up with Shawndra Russell, a writer and social media educator for businesses, professionals and graduate students at Armstrong Atlantic State University, to analyze the top-performing colleges. Their findings are published as "A Study of Social Media in Higher Education."


The website anticipates its findings will be used by a wide variety of organizations to further develop their social media strategies, as well as by prospective students looking for colleges that offer tight-knit and supportive communities., which describes itself as the encyclopedia of higher education, aims to provide comprehensive and unbiased information about universities, degrees and academic programs. publishes rankings that help students make important higher education decisions. For nearly a decade, has been helping aspiring students and education-minded professionals make more informed choices by providing up-to-date information about college and higher education opportunities. More information is available at


Other colleges joining UK in top five of the Google+ list are Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and Columbia University.


To connect with UK online, visit the following social media outlets:



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


UK Arts Administration Group to Launch Kickstarter to Support Community Art Initiative

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 11:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 30, 2014) — A group of University of Kentucky arts administration students has taken a course project from the classroom to the community, launching an effort to bring art to Lexingtonians who need it the most. The group will begin seeking community support this weekend as they launch their own Kickstarter campaign June 1.


Art in Unlikely Places was founded by 17 students in an arts administration spring 2014 class under the guidance of UK Arts Administration Director of Undergraduate Studies Mark Rabideau. What began as a class project has grown into a fully functioning arts organization. Driven by the belief that creativity is the seed of hope, Art in Unlikely Places connects artists to those most in need of the transformative powers of the arts.


To support the development of the organization, the students were awarded a grant from the Michael Braun Endowment Fund, which awards projects and activities that enrich student knowledge of the arts administration profession and field.


The organization’s first project is Future Doors, launched with the belief that art by definition challenges the mind and emotions and refocuses our perspective of the world.


For the project, local artists were commissioned to create works of art on doors that reflect the mission of eight partner nonprofit organizations. These artworks serve as reminders of hope for the underserved of Lexington. Each door is on display at its respective nonprofit until June 25, at which time they will be auctioned off at the historic Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center. Proceeds from the auction will go to the artists and nonprofit organizations.


To help further support the Future Doors project and auction, Art in Unlikely Places will launch a Kickstarter campaign beginning June 1. Funding received through the campaign will be used for supporting the efforts of Art in Unlikely Places partner charitable organizations and future cultural and social entrepreneurial projects.


"For me, the real investment through Future Doors is empowering young people to see themselves as change-agents, leveraging their skills, knowledge, experience and passion toward providing hope for those most in need of the transformative powers of the arts," Rabideau said.


The Future Doors participating nonprofits and artists, including current UK students and alumni, are:

For more information about Art in Unlikely Places, visit the organization’s Facebook page,​, or contact Mark Rabideau, at


The Arts Administration Program at UK College of Fine Arts offers one of the most comprehensive curriculums in the country and the first online master's degree in the field at a public university. The program is designed to teach students the concepts, technologies and skills necessary to successfully direct an arts organization in a competitive and changing environment.




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