Campus News

Volunteer Now to Assist With WUKY Winter Fund Drive

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 13:25
Campus NewsBy Kathy Johnson and Robert Hansel Tuesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 22, 2016)  The University of Kentucky's NPR Station, WUKY, will connect with listeners across Central Kentucky for its 2016 Winter Fund Drive, Monday, Dec. 5, through Friday, Dec. 9. WUKY is seeking volunteers to assist with the fundraising effort. 

"We need groups, organizations and individuals who are willing to volunteer to help answer calls and take pledges from our listeners," said Robert Hansel, WUKY membership manager. "Feel free to contact your friends and have them join you during this worthwhile event."

For organizations or companies that provide multiple volunteers for a day or multiple shifts, WUKY will designate those specific days or shifts to the group. Announcements will be made on the air that phones are being answered by volunteers from that group. Furthermore, WUKY will provide 10 free public service announcements for the organization or company.

"We are listener supported, with a loyal audience, but we need your help to collect their dollars and make it all work," Hansel said.

Computers are available for all volunteers to take pledges, entering them in automatically, while making the transaction seamless and cost effective for the donor and radio station.     

Shifts available include: 

Monday, Dec. 5:                   6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 6:                  6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7:            6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 8:                 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 9:                      6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

WUKY is located on the third floor of UK's McVey Hall. If you have questions or want to sign up to volunteer, call 859-257-3272 and ask for Robert Hansel, or send an email to robert.hansel@uky.edu with your contact information.

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

Contact Kathy Johnson
kathy.johnson@uky.edu
859-257-3155 Summary: WUKY seeks organizations or individuals to help answer phones and take pledges Dec. 5-9.

Kentucky Wins Big Blue Crush Blood Battle Over Tennessee

Sun, 11/20/2016 - 12:24
Campus NewsBy Denise Fields Sunday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2016) — Kentucky took the lead early and kept up the momentum all week, beating Tennessee 2,471 to 2,135 in the 29th annual Big Blue Crush.

“The Big Blue Nation has proved they are a generous nation,” said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s executive director of marketing and recruitment. “Thanks to all who donated, volunteered, shared the word or provided refreshments for donors.

“The community’s blood supply for Thanksgiving is strong, and we look forward to the 30th Big Blue Crush Nov. 13-17 next year.”

Big Blue Crush is the yearly blood battle between Kentucky and Tennessee fans and Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville.

Kentucky now leads the annual competition 16 to 12 with one tie and has won the competition seven years in a row.

For more information about KBC, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522. 

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

Summary: Kentucky outpaced Tennessee blood donations 2,471 to 2,135 to win the seventh Big Blue Crush competition in a row.

UK Dentistry Alumnus Craig Adams Gives Back to Alma Mater

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 14:59
Campus NewsBy Staff Report Monday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2016) — November is National Philanthropy Month, and a time when the University of Kentucky can show its gratitude to the many individuals whose gifts play such an important part in the life of the institution.  One of those Paducah, Kentucky, native Craig Adams.

"When Craig Adams was in high school and his father told him to consider dentistry as a career, he took the advice very seriously,” said Mike Richey, vice president for philanthropy at the University of Kentucky. “After graduating from the UK College of Dentistry on a full tuition scholarship, Craig established a very successful dental practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has also used his dental skills as a volunteer to benefit needy individuals in clinics in Haiti and Mexico, and he has helped organize and host similar charity clinics in the U.S.

“With gratitude for his UK education and a desire to help students follow his career path, Craig has made the largest gift commitment in the history of the College of Dentistry. Craig’s phenomenal success in his profession, his exceptional volunteerism and his farsighted philanthropy distinguish him as one of UK’s most outstanding graduates.”

Adams lived in Paducah until he was in the ninth grade, when his father, a chemical engineer with the B.F. Goodrich Co., was transferred to Cleveland where the family, which included Craig Adams' mother and older sister, moved.

Following high school, Adams pursued an undergraduate education at Miami University of Ohio and graduated in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in zoology. He applied to five dental schools and was accepted at all of them. He decided to attend the UK College of Dentistry, but he wasn’t sure how he would pay for his dental education.

“I came from a middle class family,” he said. “Dad said he could provide four years of college for my sister and me, but after that, he wouldn’t be able to pay for professional school.”

By working off-campus and obtaining a loan, Adams covered the cost of his first year of tuition and living expenses. Then he learned that two full-tuition, merit-based scholarships were available, and they were renewable for each subsequent year of dental school. He applied and received one of the scholarships for his second, third and fourth years of study. 

“That was huge for me,” Adams emphasized. “Tuition was about $3,000 a year. Receiving the scholarship meant that I could borrow less. So when I graduated, I had just $20,000 of debt.”

Not only did the scholarship fund his tuition, it also made him strive for excellence because being able to apply for it each year was contingent upon his standing in the top 10 percent of his class.

“The scholarship was a motivation for me to make myself better and quietly build myself to the next level,” he reflects. “This valuable life lesson would carry over into my practice.”

Adams knew he made the right choice in selecting the UK College of Dentistry.

He recalls, “UK’s dental school was ranked in the top five in clinical dentistry and that was the direction I wanted to go in my career. The faculty-student ratio was more intimate than at larger schools. And UK was very kind to me right from the beginning. I was accepted as an out-of-state student, but when my dad was transferred back to Kentucky from Ohio, UK changed my tuition to the lower, in-state rate.”

Adams was most impressed with the faculty, who he says treated students with respect. 

“The professor who had the most influence on me was Dr. Jeff Okeson. I admired him a great deal. He was very kind to me and was a tremendous mentor and example. He also had the same model of motorcycle as I did, a Honda 400,” Adams said with a smile. “His was blue and mine was red. We parked them side-by-side most days at the dental school. I still confer periodically with Dr. Okeson."

Adams graduated in 1987 and was voted “Top Clinician” in the class by the College of Dentistry faculty. He was offered an associate position at the dental practice in Raleigh where he had completed his externship. He worked in this position for four years and then purchased a practice partnership. A few years later, he bought out the remaining partner. His practice grew and in 2001, Adams built a new building and relocated the practice to north Raleigh. In 2006, he took on a young partner, Dr. William Bryan Cheek, whom he had mentored through college and dental school.

Adams believes the success of his practice has been based on providing the highest quality dental care with the greatest integrity.

“Always putting patients first has been the key. The thing that makes dentistry unique and complicated is that to have a successful practice, in addition to being a dentist, I also have to be a business manager, an anesthesiologist, a radiologist, a surgeon and a leader of the people working with me. And together, we create the vision for the long term."

In addition to his practice, Adams also serves as a member of the adjunct clinical faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and the community faculty of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry.

Adams' volunteer pursuits increased when he moved to Raleigh. One of the ministers at the church he attended invited him to join a group of medical professionals on a mission trip to Haiti to provide free medical, optical and dental clinics for the indigent. 

“I didn’t want to go,” Adams said. “But I couldn’t think of a valid excuse not to go.

“It was the week of Thanksgiving in 1989, and I was the only dentist on the trip. Word got out that a dentist was coming, and when I arrived, it looked like 500 people were waiting for me. Due to lack of facilities, I had to pull teeth under a palm tree with patients sitting in a metal chair set up on cinder blocks.”

Even though Adams became very ill by the end of the week with resistant strains of malaria and dysentery, the volunteer experience and the faith perspective that it provided were transformational for him.

Since then, he has been on approximately 15 other similar mission trips to Haiti and Mexico, and he has enlisted some of his friends to come along as volunteers with him.

“These trips to serve others in need are humbling, life-changing experiences,” he reflects.

Adams has also organized full charity clinic days in Raleigh. He and a colleague open their offices for two full Saturdays per year. Together, they see about 120 patients in a one-day clinic each spring and fall.

Adams also gives of his time, talent and resources in other ways —taking pro bono patients, working with a relief organization that brings orphans from Belarus to the U.S. for dental treatment and volunteering with other charitable clinics.

His philanthropy turned toward UK when he discovered that the scholarship he was awarded as a dental student was no longer available, and he decided to begin a similar merit scholarship program.

“Dental school is expensive,” he said. “Nationwide, today’s students are graduating with an average debt of $250,000. I know I can’t help all the students pursuing dentistry at UK. But by endowing a scholarship, I can help one or two students per year, every year, for many years to come.”

Adams contacted J. Ford Stanley, UK senior director of Gift and Estate Planning, to help him define the parameters of the scholarship endowment he wanted to create and to fund it in a tax-wise manner.

“Craig is making what I call a ‘hybrid gift,’” Stanley explains. “He is establishing an endowed scholarship to be funded with both outright gifts during his lifetime and deferred gifts through his estate plan. This enables him to brainstorm with us on the details of how he wants the scholarship to function and gives him the opportunity to see his philanthropy at work as scholarship grants are made.” 

“I anticipate the first awards being made in 2020," Adams said. "I know I will have a tremendous sense of satisfaction when the scholarships are awarded, and I get to meet the first student dentists receiving them.”

All totaled, Adams’ gift commitment is in excess of $3 million, making it the largest in the College of Dentistry’s 54-year history.

“We are very grateful for Craig’s generosity and the tremendous benefit it will provide,” Richey notes. “With his carefully planned philanthropy, he is making the same kind of opportunity available to other students that enabled him to obtain his dental education. And because he is endowing his scholarship in perpetuity and expanding it through wise estate planning, he will provide dental education to generation after generation of future UK students.”

Adams says he was motivated to make his gift for a number of reasons.

“I have a tremendous love for the university and the College of Dentistry, and a huge appreciation for what my professors did for me as a dental student. I therefore feel a great responsibility to give back,” he shares.

“I also want to put something in motion at UK so that my name will be associated with the university for a long time. I want to set an example in giving for my daughter and son. And most of all, I want to make a difference in people’s lives.”

UK President Eli Capilouto observes, “I deeply appreciate Craig’s wonderful gift and the transformational impact it will have upon many students at his alma mater. His thoughtful philanthropy is remarkable and his enthusiasm for helping others is inspiring.”

The Adams family is establishing a UK tradition, as both Craig Adams' daughter and son are current undergraduate students at UK.

“I couldn’t be happier with their college choice," said Adams, who is a proud advocate for his alma mater.

“The university and the College of Dentistry have great leadership,” he says. “I strongly support Dean Stephanos Kyrkanides in his vision for UK to have one of the top-rated dental schools in the country.

“President Capilouto has tremendous leadership skills. He is very well respected by the deans on campus, and the students love him. He is inspiring others to succeed and to lead. And he is always the first person I see shaking hands at UK ball games.

“I hope that alumni will come forward with support and create a greater movement to help our university continue its climb upward. The more support we give as alumni, the better equipped the university will be to shape the programs, students and graduates of tomorrow.” 

of Organizational Unit: Dentistry

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

Contact Marc C. Whitt
marc.whitt@uky.edu
859-257-7825 Summary: Adams attended UK College of Dentistry on a scholarship, and now he is funding a scholarship there to help future generations of dentists.

VIP Center to Host Green Dot Training for Faculty and Staff

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 13:31
Campus NewsBy Blair Hoover Monday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2016) — The University of Kentucky is home to the Green Dot prevention strategy, which is one of the many ways in which the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center) engages students, faculty and staff to learn how to reduce interpersonal violence by being an active bystander who steps in, speaks up and interrupts potential acts of violence.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in 249 Blazer Dining, the VIP Center will host Green Dot training for faculty and staff. Participants will go through the entire Green Dot Bystander Intervention training and explore their own connection to violence and violence prevention while learning about the importance of being an active bystander.

Following the training, a representative from the Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity will discuss the university's campus response system including applicable polices and resources for interpersonal violence.

For more information about Green Dot or if you have questions about the training, email laura.brasie@uky.edu.

To register for the Green Dot training, fill out the registration form here.

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

Contact Blair Hoover
blair.hoover@uky.edu
859-257-6398 Summary: The Violence Intervention and Prevention Center will host Green Dot Bystander Intervention training for faculty and staff Thursday, Dec. 15.

UK Election Blog Attracts Visitors Around the World on Election Night

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 09:00
Last week, people from across the U.S. and world turned to the UK Election Analysis Blog as several UK law students and Professor Joshua Douglas live-blogged significant election law issues.

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Introduces Interim Director of VIP Center

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 08:30
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

Today is Final Day to Give Blood in Big Blue Crush Competition With Tennessee

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 08:30
Mobile blood donation sites at UK on this final day of Big Blue Crush are the Singletary Center, W. T. Young Library and UK Hospital Bloodmobile on Rose Street.

SPARK Recognizes Entrepreneurial Community for Creating 307 Jobs, Raising Over $65 Million

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 08:00
SPARK, formerly known as Lexington Venture Club, is managed by the city of Lexington, Commerce Lexington Inc., and the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, which is a part of University of Kentucky’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship within the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

SPARK Recognizes Entrepreneurial Community for Creating 307 Jobs, Raising Over $65 Million

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 07:56
Campus NewsBy Eric Hartman and Hannah Crumrine Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov 18, 2016) – As part of Lexington’s sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, SPARK, a Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP) initiative, held its annual Entrepreneurial Celebration Thursday, Nov. 17, and announced that the Central Kentucky entrepreneurial community created 307 new jobs and raised $65.3 million in capital funds in Fiscal Year 2016.

The companies, employing a total of 1,090 people, reported an average salary of $72,280 for full-time jobs. They represent industry sectors in biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, e-commerce, independent game development, IT and software development, energy technologies and business services. This further demonstrates Lexington’s position as a leading location for high-growth and high-wage technology-based jobs. 

"Outside of family and health, having a good job is about the most important thing in life. Everyone in the world wants a good job," Mayor Jim Gray said. "We work to bring economic opportunity and growth to Lexington by making investments in our community to improve the quality of life, which in turn attracts entrepreneurs and good jobs."

“With Lexington’s low startup costs and a highly educated workforce, we continue to see our entrepreneurial community thrive,” said Bob Quick, Commerce Lexington Inc. president and CEO. “Entrepreneurship is essential to grow our economy and to enhance our quality of place. Our team is proud that the companies recognized by SPARK call Lexington home!”

 “The funding and jobs numbers clearly demonstrate the continued growth of Central Kentucky’s startup companies,” said Eric Hartman, the director of the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network. “These companies are in turn, creating high-paying, high-tech jobs and also producing revenue that is spurring additional economic growth for the region.”

SPARK also recognized recipients of the Lexington eAchievers Award for excellence in entrepreneurship. Twenty-four startup companies in the Bluegrass Region were honored with the eAchiever award for receiving at least $1 million dollars in funding and/or creating five new full-time jobs in Fiscal Year 2016, based on self-reported data. 

The companies that received the eAchiever award include: Acceleration Systems, LLC; AVAIL, LLC; Evolva; Fluent; Fooji, LLC; Gun Media Holdings, Inc.; Hera BioLabs; Intralink Spine, Inc.; Lumenari, Inc.; MakeTime; Medmyne; MEP Equine Solutions, LLC; Mercury Data Systems, Inc.; MosquitoMate, Inc.; nanoRANCH; Nexeon MedSystems Inc; nGimat, LLC; Piramal Pharma Solutions Inc.; Seikowave; Smart Farms Systems, Inc.; Summit Biosciences Inc.; Telicall; Twin Star TDS and VeBridge Holdings, Inc.

In addition to the eAchiever awards, the BBDP gave the Harvey Award, which is given annually to an individual or organization that has made a significant impact on the entrepreneurial community. The 2016 recipient of this award was Randall Stevens, who is the founder and CEO of AVAIL, LLC and founder and owner of ArchVision, Inc.

Randall Stevens has made a major contribution to the support, success and sustainability of Lexington’s entrepreneurial/small business community. Some highlights of Stevens' contributions:

  • Currently teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics.
  • Chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Kentucky Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking (iNET).
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.
  • Launched Base163 in 2009, which is a creative and tech co-working space for a variety of startups and established businesses.
  • Regular volunteer judge for community events such as Lexington’s 5 Across® pitch competition, produced by Awesome, Inc.

SPARK, formerly known as Lexington Venture Club, has a mission to provide a forum which fosters sharing between entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and professional services providers. Over the last year, SPARK planned and sponsored luncheons focused on the entrepreneurial community in addition to networking events, open coffees, business showcases and an Entrepreneur & Angel Investor Summit. The group is managed by the city of Lexington, Commerce Lexington Inc., and the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, which is a part of University of Kentucky’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship within the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

The Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network conducts an annual survey of these early-stage companies.  The results are based upon self-reported data for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. This year 137 companies responded to the survey, offering a 67 percent response rate from the over 200 BBDP clients. 

For information about the event and SPARK, please visit sparklex.org.  

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

Summary: SPARK, formerly known as Lexington Venture Club, is managed by the city of Lexington, Commerce Lexington Inc., and the Lexington Office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, which is a part of University of Kentucky’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship within the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

Today is Final Day to Give Blood in Big Blue Crush Competition With Tennessee

Fri, 11/18/2016 - 07:44
Campus NewsBy Denise Fields and Rebecca Stratton Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2016) – Generous blood donors have rolled up their sleeves this week and pushed Kentucky to a 1,947 to 1,635 lead over Tennessee in the 29th annual Big Blue Crush. Today is the final day of the competition.

“Cat fans have proved all week that they are definitely the best fans in the country. Thanks to everyone who has given during Crush," said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s executive director of marketing and recruitment. "We urge others to step up today to help Kentucky patients and help bring home another win.”

Big Blue Crush is the annual blood battle between Kentucky and Tennessee fans and Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) and Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville. Crush is held in partnership with University of Kentucky's DanceBlue and the UK Center for Community Outreach. It helps assure a strong blood supply heading into the holidays.

Everyone who registers to give blood during Big Blue Crush will receive a Crush T-shirt and a chance to win a pair of tickets to watch the Cats and the Cards' football game Nov. 26 in Louisville.

UK campus donation sites on this final day of the competition are:

UK Singletary Center – 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Young Library – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

UK Hospital Bloodmobile (on Rose Street) – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

In Lexington, the KBC Andover Donor Center and Beaumont Donor Center will be open until 7 p.m. today.

For more information about KBC, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522. 

Summary: Mobile blood donation sites at UK on this final day of Big Blue Crush are the Singletary Center, W. T. Young Library and UK Hospital Bloodmobile on Rose Street.

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Introduces Interim Director of VIP Center

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 15:54
Campus NewsBy Kathy Johnson Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2016) WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. This week guest host Alan Lytle talks with Ashley Rouster Rigby, who was just named interim director of the University of Kentucky's Violence Intervention and Prevention Center. 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-perspectives-new-leadership-vip-center.

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

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

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

UK Election Blog Attracts Visitors Around the World on Election Night

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 11:22
Campus NewsBy Ashley Ritchie Friday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 18, 2016)  Members of the Election Law Society at the University of Kentucky College of Law spent election night providing live analyses regarding significant election law issues in Kentucky and across the nation through their Election Analysis Blog. The blog received traffic from 40 of the 50 states and attracted visitors from 11 other countries including Ireland, Russia and South Korea.

“I am proud that our Election Analysis Blog had such a widespread impact, both in Kentucky and across the country and world,” said Joshua A. Douglas, election law expert and the Robert G. Lawson and William H. Fortune Associate Professor of Law. “The event provides a valuable educational exercise for our students while also benefiting the general public, as the traffic to the website shows."

The Election Analysis Blog, the first of its kind at the university, is staffed by a dozen Election Law Society members who are dedicated to exploring the role of law in politics. It was launched in October 2014.

Under the supervision of Professor Douglas, students fielded questions from the general public and media and provided easy-to-understand legal explanations during the vote counting and casting process. In a three-day period, more than 600 visitors landed on the blog with over 3,000 page views.

Law students Justin Cloyd, Jeremy Faulk, Faith Gingrich-Goetz, Brandon T. Hamilton, Carly Kleiman, Roger Morris and Clifton Rogers drafted posts for the site, but every post was reviewed by Professor Douglas for substance and clarity. Though students’ bylines appeared at the top of the articles they drafted, they do not represent themselves to be practicing lawyers. Their analyses are objective and nonpartisan. Articles written included, “Extending Polling Hours,” “How the Electoral College Works” and “What to Expect at the Polls Today in Kentucky.”

“I really enjoy the opportunity to help explain complex topics to people,” said Clifton Rogers, president of the Election Law Society. “And I'm really happy with how the blog went this year. Students were busy preparing pieces for about a week beforehand and they wrote great content. I was proud to see ‘I voted’ stickers on all of them.”

To read posts from election night, visit the blog at www.uky.edu/electionlaw/

The UK Election Law Society and UK Law Professor Joshua Douglas live-blogging on Election Night.Organizational Unit: Law

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

Contact Whitney Harder
whitney.harder@uky.edu
859-323-2396 Summary: Last week, people from across the U.S. and world turned to the UK Election Analysis Blog as several UK law students and Professor Joshua Douglas live-blogged significant election law issues. Section Feature: Section Feature

BLOG From CESJ: No Tolerance for Bias and Hate on UK's Campus

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 15:35
Campus NewsBlogsBy Faculty Affiliates of the Center for Equality and Social Justice Thursday

November 17, 2016

Open letter to University of Kentucky Campus from affiliates of the Center for Equality and Social Justice:

At their best, universities are places where diverse people gather to share information, discuss ideas, and challenge one another. At the University of Kentucky, like all universities, our mission is to educate, challenge, and foster the intellectual, social, and emotional development of our students. That mission must inherently include providing a safe and protected place for students — for all of our students — to develop into their best selves. Our goal is for our students to graduate from our university better equipped to understand and improve the world in which they live.

Before students can be educated and challenged, however, they must first feel safe. Unfortunately, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 300 bias crimes have been reported since the presidential election on November 8. This compounds the 7% increase in hate crimes in the past year as reported by the FBI. The second most common place for these bias crimes are universities, second only to K-12 schools. Our students and colleagues who are immigrants, Muslim, Latinx, Black, LGBTQ, or female are statistically most likely to be targeted by a bias crime. This is unacceptable.

As faculty affiliated with the Center for Equality and Social Justice at UK, we are committed to advocating for social justice within our university, communities, and public policies. We cannot be advocates for social justice without first acknowledging that social justice must begin at home. Thus, we are stating, unequivocally and without hesitation, that the University of Kentucky will not tolerate bias in any form. We denounce and will not tolerate harassment because of gender, race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, religion, economic status, ability, or political beliefs. We will not tolerate threats, vandalism, or assault. We will not tolerate hate speech. Every student, faculty member, and staff person must be able to feel safe here at all times. Otherwise, we have failed to live up to our mission as the University for Kentucky. We cannot fully educate our students if they feel marginalized, threatened, or devalued. We cannot help them become the leaders of tomorrow if they are worried about their safety today.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.” In the coming weeks, months, and years ahead, we will be pushing policymakers to focus on socially just and equitable policies and laws for the citizens of Kentucky. Until then, we are committed to ensuring that justice is not a distant ideal, but a daily assurance.

Sincerely,

The more than 60 Faculty Affiliates of the Center for Equality and Social Justice

UK Student-Athletes Break, Tie Graduation Records

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 14:46
Campus NewsBy Tony Neely Thursday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2016)University of Kentucky student-athletes broke one school record for graduation rate and tied another in the annual report issued this week by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR), a four-year composite statistic for the freshman classes of 2006-07 through 2009-10, was 82 percent. That broke last year’s school record of 81 percent and continued UK’s trend of having broken or tied the mark for earning diplomas every year since the NCAA began charting graduation in 2005.

The GSR includes all scholarship athletes. Athletes who transfer in good standing do not count against the school’s GSR. Schools also are allowed to count incoming transfers and January enrollees who subsequently graduate.

Here are the annual scores for UK student-athletes breaking or tying the school record each year of the 12-year history of the GSR.

Year Announced           NCAA GSR Percentage

2016                             82 

2015                             81 

2014                             81

2013                             79        

2012                             79

2011                             77        

2010                             74

2009                             73

2008                             73

2007                             71

2006                             71

2005                             68

The Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes, also a four-year composite statistic for the freshman classes of 2006-07 through 2009-10, is 59 percent, tying the school record posted in three of the last four years. Data for this statistic is available since 1991. In the FGR, student-athletes who transfer count as non-graduates, regardless of their academic standing or subsequent graduation from another institution. Incoming transfer students, from junior college or four-year schools, who graduate at UK are not counted as graduates. These factors account for the difference between the FGR and the NCAA GSR.

These improvements reflect the emphasis on academic achievement by Mitch Barnhart, who became director of athletics in 2002.

“The academic success of our students is at the core of our mission as an athletics department,” Barnhart said. “The best measure of that success is the progress of those students toward graduation, so we are proud that they continue to raise the bar in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate. I want to congratulate our students on their hard work. We will challenge our staff, coaches and students to continue to raise the bar.”

The long-term outlook remains bright for UK’s student graduation numbers. One of Barnhart’s goals for UK Athletics is a composite 3.0 grade-point average for all student-athletes. The Wildcats have hit that goal the last eight semesters.

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

Contact Tony Neely

Summary: University of Kentucky student-athletes continue to set new highs in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate.Section Feature: Section Feature

Kentucky Leads Tennessee in Big Blue Crush, More Donations Needed

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 08:25
Campus NewsBy Denise Fields and Rebecca Stratton Wednesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2016) – After completing the first two days of the 29th annual Big Blue Crush blood drive, Kentucky leads Tennessee, 990 to 772.

“While it looks like we’re well on our way to our seventh victory in a row, we urge Cat fans to keep coming out strong to not only ensure the win but the holiday blood supply, too,” said Martha Osborne, Kentucky Blood Center’s executive director of marketing and recruitment.

Big Blue Crush is a yearly blood battle between University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee fans, sponsored by the Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) in partnership with DanceBlue and the UK Center for Community Outreach. It helps assure a strong blood supply heading into the holidays.

Not only can donors have a direct impact on others by giving blood, but Kentucky Blood Center will also donate $5 to the DanceBlue team of a donor's choice. Funds can also be allocated to the general DanceBlue fund. Ask for a DanceBlue slip at the drive.

Big Blue Crush continues through Friday.  Here are locations of blood drives on campus the rest of this week.

Wednesday, Nov. 16:

UK Singletary Center for the Arts – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 17:

UK Singletary Center – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

UK Johnson Center – 1-7 p.m.

UK Hospital Bloodmobile (on Rose Street) – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18:

UK Singletary Center – 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Young Library – 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

UK Hospital Bloodmobile (on Rose Street) – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Donor Centers will be open special hours during Crush week, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. In Lexington, those are the Andover Donor Center in the Andover Shoppes and the Beaumont Donor Center in Beaumont Centre.

Everyone who registers to give blood during Big Blue Crush will receive a Crush T-shirt and a chance to win a pair of tickets to watch the Cats and the Cards on Nov. 26 at Papa John’s Stadium.

Blood donors must be 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo ID and meet additional requirements.

Kentucky now leads the annual competition 15 to 12 with one tie and has won the competition six years in a row.

For more information about KBC, visit kybloodcenter.org or call 800-775-2522. 

Denise Fields, 859-519-3721 Summary: Kentucky leads Tennessee 990 to 772, after completing the first two days of the 29th annual Big Blue Crush blood drive.

UK Celebrates Seven Years of Being Tobacco-free

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 14:30
Campus NewsBy Kathryn Macon Wednesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2016) The University of Kentucky will celebrate UK’s tobacco-free policy for the seventh year. All students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to come help celebrate the anniversary of the tobacco-free policy along with the Great American Smokeout from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. The event will take place at the Rose Street Walkway, directly in front of the Mining and Minerals Resources Building, and is free and open to the public.

The UK Tobacco-free Task Force, the Tobacco-free Take Action! (TFTA!) Ambassadors, University Health Service, the UK College of Pharmacy, the Student Health Advisory Council, and UK Dining will host the annual Tobacco-free Tailgate: The Great American Smokeout celebration. The tailgate will give people the opportunity to learn more about the health hazards of tobacco as well as available tobacco treatment resources on campus. There will be games, prizes and free food (chili, hot chocolate and s’mores).

UK’s tobacco-free policy took effect in fall 2009 and the University is committed to promoting a healthy place to live, work, and learn for students, employees, patients and visitors. The use of all tobacco products is prohibited on any property that is owned, operated or occupied by UK within Fayette County, which includes buildings, parking structures and lots, sidewalks, streets and inside vehicles. Tobacco products are defined as all forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, smokeless tobacco and electronic smoking devices. Everyone on campus — employees, students, patients, visitors, and vendors — are asked to respect others and adhere to the policy.

Kentucky leads the nation in incidence of lung cancer and mortality from the disease and reports some of the highest rates of tobacco use across the nation, UK recognizes the importance of the tobacco-free campus policy and offers many options to help employees, students and sponsored dependents quit using tobacco. For more information on quitting, go to http://www.uky.edu/TobaccoFree/.

Jacyln Perryman, an tobacco-free ambassador, is proud of the ways the tobacco-free policy has influenced campus and the role she gets to play in making campus healthier for students, staff and visitors. “I love that my job has allowed me to make a lasting, positive impact on our campus and I truly believe that the Ambassador Program, along with our volunteers, have made a difference and are continuing to make UK a healthy place to live, work, and learn," Perryman said.

In order to improve policy effectiveness, TFTA! was developed in spring 2011. TFTA! Ambassadors promote compliance with the University’s policy on a daily basis. Individuals who would like to get involved with the TFTA! Volunteer program can sign up here: http://www.uky.edu/TobaccoFree/volunteersignup

Show your support for UK’s tobacco-free campus on social media by using the hashtags #seeclear #seeblue.

UKPR&M CONTACT: Olivia McCoy, olivia.mccoy1@uky.edu, 859-257-1076

 

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Summary: All students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to come help celebrate the anniversary of the tobacco-free policy along with the Great American Smokeout from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

Feast on Equality Dinner Will Benefit Office of LGBTQ* Resources

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 12:31
Campus NewsBy Blair Hoover Thursday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2016) — The Office of LGBTQ* Resources, in partnership with Feast On Equality, will be hosting the inaugural Feast on Equality dinner benefiting the University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources.

Feast On Equality is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that raises funds for at-risk LGBT youth by hosting signature fundraising events to engage the community and create awareness surrounding the issues that LGBT youth face.

The UK Feast on Equality will be held 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at The Carrick House in Lexington. The evening will consist of a cocktail hour, a three-course meal and an engaging program to learn more about the work that is taking place on UK's campus to improve the lives of LGBTQ* students.

To purchase tickets, visit the event page. All proceeds from ticket purchases will directly benefit the Office of LGBTQ* Resources in various efforts including:

  • Expanding scholarship opportunities to LGBTQ* students who would not otherwise be able to meet the financial demands of higher education.
  • Augmenting regular programming that includes an October LGBTQ* History Month speaker, November Transgender Week of Awareness activities, and Spring UK Pride Week activities.
  • Supporting a statewide conference for LGBT student leaders and introducing them to resources and support that will make a difference at college campuses across Kentucky for years to come.
  • Launching a study abroad program that specifically focuses on LGBTQ* experiences and providing substantial scholarship funds to offset the cost of attendance for the first annual student participants.
  • Hiring a graduate assistant to provide additional hands-on support for our five LGBTQ* focused student groups, allowing their membership to grow and flourish with additional structured support and advising.
  • Promote specific faculty development that continues to increase LGBTQ* related conversations in our classrooms.

"This exciting new partnership between LGBTQ* Resources and Feast On Equality provides a new way for us to tell our stories as students, faculty, staff and alumni," said Lance Poston, director of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources. "The event will highlight many of our inclusion focused campus accomplishments from the past year as well as highlight ways that we hope to grow in the future."

For additional information or questions, contact info@FeastOnEquality.com.

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

Contact Blair Hoover
blair.hoover@uky.edu
859-257-6398 Summary: The Office of LGBTQ* Resources, in partnership with Feast On Equality, will be hosting an inaugural Feast on Equality dinner 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

Women’s Basketball Game to Impact Campus Nov. 17

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 10:43
Campus NewsBy Chrissie Balding Tune Wednesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2016)  On Thursday, Nov. 17, the University of Kentucky women’s basketball team will host University of New Hampshire at 11 a.m. in Memorial Coliseum. As a result, students and employees who park in north campus lots may see a slight increase in visitor parking and should plan ahead, allowing additional time for their commute. However, due to the game time, the impact on morning arrivals is expected to be minimal.

To accommodate game day operations, 30 spaces will be reserved in the Coliseum Lot.

UK women’s basketball fans may choose to pay to park in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5), located on South Limestone next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den.

Impacted employees may opt to park in other E lots in the north campus area, which include the High Street Lot, the King Alumni Lot, the Linden Walk Lot, the Reynolds Lot (E/C7), and the Scott Street and Taylor-Dickey Lots (E/C7). Visit www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_parking-maps to view all campus parking options.

In the event that the South Limestone Garage is at capacity, C5 permit holders may park in the C7 areas, which include the Reynolds Lot, Scott Street Lot and Taylor-Dickey Lot, or in the K areas at Commonwealth Stadium.

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

Contact Blair Hoover
blair.hoover@uky.edu
859-257-6398 Summary: Thursday, Nov. 17, the UK women's basketball team will host University of New Hampshire at 11 a.m. in Memorial Coliseum. Students and employees who park in north campus lots may see an increase in visitor parking and should allow additional time for their commute.

KGS Exchange Enters 13th Year With China

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 15:37
Campus NewsBy Michael Lynch Tuesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 15, 2016) — An international exchange of researchers and information between a Chinese earthquake research institute and the Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky will continue for a 13th year, under a memorandum of agreement signed recently in Lanzhou, China.

State Geologist and KGS Director Bill Haneberg signed the memorandum with Lanmin Wang, director of the Lanzhou Institute of Seismology, China Earthquake Administration. Haneberg and KGS Geologic Hazards Section Head Zhenming Wang were visiting several locations in China, presenting technical lectures about landslide and earthquake hazard assessment to Chinese researchers.

During the exchange program, which has included several institutes of China’s Earthquake Administration, KGS researchers and UK faculty and students have visited China, and Chinese researchers have come to UK, to collect and exchange seismic data, assist with fieldwork, maintain seismic instruments, and participate in seminars on earthquake issues.

During the past year, Chinese researchers involved in the exchange also wrote papers accepted for publication in the Journal of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering and the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

Both UK and the Chinese institutes have seen benefits from the program. Early in the exchange, UK seismic researchers and students traveled to China to help staff at the Lanzhou Institute acquire their first quality seismic-reflection profiles of active faults, using both UK equipment and the Chinese hosts’ seismic instruments.

Using data from a 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Wenchuan, China, that occurred in 2008, Chinese researchers visiting UK participated in investigations that may help predict ground motions that could result from larger earthquakes in the central United States. The Wenchuan region and the central United States are both far from tectonic plate boundaries, but intraplate (midplate) earthquakes have occurred in both places. Exchange researchers Jiwei Feng and Shanyou Li, from the Institute of Engineering Mechanics in Harbin, China, assisted in the research and co-authored a study published by KGS that concluded “the ground-motion data set obtained from the Wenchuan earthquake can be used to develop a GMPE (ground motion prediction equation) for the central and eastern United States.” (The 2015 publication, “Comparison of the Ground-Motion Attenuation Relationship Between the Wenchuan, China, Area and the Central and Eastern United States,” can be found here.)

In 2013, UK graduate student Alice Orton, of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, visited China to evaluate building code, emergency planning, and other information for her master’s degree thesis. She is one of several UK students who have traveled to China to do work for their graduate degrees.

The new memorandum between KGS and the Lanzhou Institute calls for continued exchange of researchers, joint research on slope stability in locations where earthquakes can cause landslides, development of hazard maps for regions in China, and development of joint research papers for publication.

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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

Contact Gail Hairston
gail.hairston@uky.edu
859-257-3302 Summary: Under the updated memorandum of agreement, Kentucky Geological Survey researchers and UK faculty and students will continue to visit China, and Chinese researchers will visit UK to collect and exchange seismic data, assist with fieldwork, maintain seismic instruments, and participate in seminars on earthquake issues.Section Feature: Section Feature

UK Marks World Diabetes Day With Blue Lighting on Campus Nov. 14

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 08:58
Campus NewsBy Doug Alexander Monday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2016) —  Advocates for diabetes care and prevention in Kentucky and around the world will recognize World Diabetes Day (WDD) today, Monday, Nov. 14.  The University of Kentucky will participate with blue lighting on campus tonight.

 World Diabetes Day is sponsored annually by the International Diabetes Federation, the World Health Organization and Kentucky diabetes advocates to draw attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world.

World Diabetes Day is recognized around the world with the illuminating of historic sights and buildings in blue.  Numerous sites around Kentucky will be illuminated, including many at the University of Kentucky.  Scheduled for illumination are the Main Building, Memorial Hall, W.T. Young Library, Haggin Hall/K-Lair, Gatton College of Business and Economics, Holmes Hall (formerly Limestone Park 1), Woodland Glen 1, Woodland Glen 4, Johnson Hall (formerly Central Hall 1), Donovan Hall (formerly Central Hall 2), Jewell Hall (formerly Champions Court 1), Blazer Hall (formerly Champions Court 2), and The 90.

“This is a generous expression of diabetes awareness and changing the trajectory of the diabetes crisis,” said Bob Babbage of Lexington, who heads the World Diabetes Day Activities in the region.  “UK is nationally recognized for significant grant-funded diabetes research as well as the prominent role of the Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center.”

Since 2007 more than 1,000 sights and buildings in 84 countries have been bathed in blue lights as part of the World Diabetes Day Blue Monument Challenge.  The celebration has included the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, the United Nations Building, Rome’s Coliseum, the London Eye, Brandenburg Gate, the Egyptian Pyramids and hundreds more locations around the world.

This year’s theme for World Diabetes Day is "Eyes on Diabetes."  Activities will focus on promoting the importance of screening to ensure early diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications.

WDD is part of Diabetes Awareness Month in the United States, a time designated to renew efforts to combat the diabetes epidemic. World Diabetes Day is formally recognized in Kentucky state law, the only state to have done so.

An estimated 561,000 (one in nine) adult Kentuckians are diagnosed with diabetes.  Another 1,171,000 people are diagnosed with prediabetes, putting them at a very high risk for developing diabetes. 

In 2011 Kentucky became the first state to mandate a statewide, comprehensive Diabetes Action Plan and the first state to license diabetes educators.  Since then, 18 other states have passed similar legislation modeled on the Kentucky law. 

Kentucky ranks 14th in the nation for the incidence in diabetes, an improvement on previous rankings.  Kentucky has dropped to 8th for the incidence of pre-diabetes.

For a complete guide on participating in World Diabetes Day and the Blue Monument Challenge go to www.idf.org/wdd-index

blue light on Haggin Hall

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

Contact Kathy Johnson
kathy.johnson@uky.edu
859-257-3155 Doug Alexander, 859-221-1032 Summary: Several UK buildings will have blue lighting tonight, as will other landmarks around Kentucky and the world. World Diabetes Day is formally recognized in Kentucky state law, the only state to have done so.

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