2017 Summer Academy

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VimeoThe University of Kentucky offers the fourth residence-based, three-week summer enrichment academies in June 2017 for GEAR UP KY (GUK) students. In partnership with the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education (CPE) and their GUK staff, the UK Division of Student and Academic Life (SAL) works with many different colleges, academic support units and student services to provide a safe and educational college/career readiness program for selected Kentucky high school students in the CPE’s GUK schools. Here's the video by Bullhorn Creative on the students' experiences at 2017 GUK Summer Academy @ UK - click on the photo to the left.

Twitter avatarCheck out the Twitter feed for @GEARUPatUK, and you can download the 2017 GUK Handbook (.pdf file) that was distributed to families, students, staff and faculty. You can also follow along with the Site Director Matthew Deffendall's Notes for the Day on the next page here.

The academic and student life programming are directly linked to and should show evidence of students’ successful transition over the four years’ time to the University’s UK Core Program student learning outcomes – this year focusing specifically on those for Intellectual Inquiry: Arts and Creativity. Twenty-six students were enrolled in LA111-020 “Living on the Right Side of the Brain” offered in Summer Term II by the College of Agriculture, Food & Environment (CAFE). The students’ performance in the course and required co-curricular activities will be evaluated by the primary instructor, Dr. Ryan Hargove, and findings will be presented in a reflective media production supported by CAFE and the Landscape Architecture department.

Dr. Ryan HargroveThese high schoolers are chosen by the CPE GUK staff and assigned to UK; and, this year, Dr. Hargrove was allowed to include specific questions for the students to answer in their admissions packets. The Summer Academy @ UK 2017 is planned with the goal to prepare Kentuckians for success at the University of Kentucky as first-year, first-time students in 2018. Instructors for Summer Academy @ UK consist of a mix of staff, students and faculty at UK, and their work is to design the curriculum that will be used to determine the performance of student learning outcomes identified in the LA111 course as well as the co-curricular programming.

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Environment: Dr. Ryan Hargrove, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture will lead the instruction and program evaluation as well as co-curricular activities associated with the UK Core course, LA111 – “Living on the Right Side of the Brain.” He will be assisted by three instructional assistants from CAFE: Travis Klondike (graduate student); Margaret Maloney (graduate student); and, David Toda (undergraduate student).
  • Campus Recreation in the Division of Student and Academic Life:  Ron Lee, Executive Director for session on KHP and Campus Rec along with Courtney Hoffman, Kathy Rose, Mark Lattin, Casey Gilvin, and Natosha Harris; and, in addition, Letitia Hollingsworth-Gray, Aquatics Director, will be contributing to the Campus Recreation Day as well as overseeing the use of the pool for all three weeks.
  • International Center: Karen Slaymaker for instructional support regarding global and local issues of diversity, conflict negotiation and cross-cultural understanding and skills.
  • Office of Student and Academic Support in the Division of Student and Academic Life: Ray Clere, Azetta Beatty, Beth Hanneman, Reba Carroll, and Rachel Hoover from the James W. Stuckert Career Center will contribute to the College Knowledge sessions with modules on career decision making and interpret the students’ results of the Strong Interest Inventory; in addition and in support of the College Knowledge sessions across the three weeks, Robert Hayes will provide instruction on how to choose majors at the University of Kentucky as part of the application process. The Mini K-Week activities for the first three days of the Academy will be planned and implemented by Lauren Goodpaster, Nicole Jenkins, Nancy Stephens, and Kasey Borchardt.
  • UKAT Media Depot: Kirk Laird will support the students’ creation of digital media projects.

The Academy's day-to-day activities are co-led by UK and GEAR UP KY staff: Matthew Deffendall (UK First Gen Initiatives) and Tony Bartley (CPE GEAR UP KY). Deffendall and Bartley are supported by two Site Co-Coordinators: Martina Martin (UK First Gen Initiatives) and Bobby Walter (GEAR UP KY).

A new component to the residence hall staff this year are the two Site Residence Directors who take on co-curricular leadership after regular business hours on the weekdays and weekend evenings – 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. These two staff members - Tonya Smith and Dr. Michael English - are recruited from the CPE GUK academic staff in order to provide seamless transition from the GUK programming during the year to the Summer Academy @ UK 2017, and afterward. They will work in close partnership with the UK staff hired as residence advisors (RAs). The three RAs come from a pool of experienced RAs at UK: Brittany Hurd, Victoria Sewell, and Jerod Warren. The RAs live and work in the residence hall - Woodland Glen IV - during the Summer Academy @ UK and will supervise all program participants between the hours of 5 p.m. and breakfast each day from June 11-30, 2017. They are to rely on their UK training and professional development in educational policy and evaluation to enforce rules and regulations that support both the Academy and University policies to ensure student safety and overall success in the program. They participate in meetings set by the Site Co-Coordinators or the Site Residence Co-Directors and will participate in a 24-hour on-call rotation for emergencies.

As in the past, Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth serves as the Principal Investigator for the GUK Summer Academy @ UK grant. This year, administrative support for the Summer Academy @ UK is handled by Ms. Adrienne McMahan, Interim Assistant Provost of Student and Academic Support. Under her leadership, the Provost’s Office of Academic Excellence has organized meetings between UK administrators and CPE GEAR UP KY staff to prepare, plan for and assess the Academy @ UK 2017.


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