2019 UK Appreciation Day

UK Appreciation Day: May 23, 2019

This day is to express thanks for UK faculty and staff's hard work and dedication to the university. Everyone from the UK community is welcome. Supervisors are encouraged to adjust schedules accordingly without requiring leave to be utilized. UK HealthCare employees should notify their supervisor in advance if they would like to attend so schedules can be adjusted accordingly to not impact patient care.


Sign Up to Volunteer!
Have you ever wanted to help pass out free t-shirts or welcome employees as they arrive to the big event? We are looking for fun, friendly employees to volunteer at this year’s UK Appreciation Day on May 23. Please click here to sign up for a shift. All volunteers receive a free volunteer t-shirt! Limited spots are available.

T-Shirt Department Order Pick-Up

If you submitted a department t-shirt order, you will receive a confirmation code to pick up your shirts between 10 am - 1:30 pm on May 23, the day of the event. Department t-shirts that are not picked up by 1:30 p.m. will be returned to the general Appreciation Day giveaway. If you did not submit a department order, bring your UK ID the day of the event to pick up a free shirt!

Free Event Activities

All Appreciation Day activities are free and include:

  • Lunch (pulled chicken sandwiches, nachos, chips, cookies and drinks)
  • T-Shirt Giveaway (UK ID required)
  • Yoga on the Field
  • Photo Booth
  • Cleary You Crystals
  • Virtual Reality
  • Massages
  • Caricature drawings 
  • Karaoke
  • UK Department and Vendor Exhibit Fair
  • Corn Hole

Voting booths for Staff Senate and the staff representative to the Board of Trustees elections

2019 Well-Being Week

From May 20-24, you’re invited to attend more than 30 fun and free events celebrating our second annual well-being week for employees.

New to this year’s event lineup, we’re offering a family movie night and a retreat on mindfulness in nature for the first time. Plus, all group fitness classes are free to drop in—no membership or registration needed this week. We’re also bringing yoga to Kroger Field for UK Appreciation Day on Thursday, May 23. While you’re there, stop by our resource fair and you’ll see how more than a dozen UK departments emphasize various elements of employee well-being.

All these great events are presented by your colleagues in UK HR Health and Wellness, as well as events with HR partners from Work-Life. These dietitians, exercise specialists, health coaches and mental health counselors also offer individual and group support to employees year-round.

  • Yoga on the Field at UK Appreciation Day
    Thursday, May 23 | New sessions start at 11-30 a.m., noon, 12:30 & 1:30 p.m. | Kroger Field
    Join in for 15 minutes of beginner poses designed to inspire inner joy and our largest group of employees yet practicing yoga together on campus.

  • Well-Being Way at UK Appreciation Day
    Thursday, May 23 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Kroger Field
    Discover your next step toward greater well-being at our resource fair highlighting more than 10 departments that support employee well-being.

Event Day Parking & Transportation

To provide ease of transport to the UK Appreciation Day site, bus service and specifically designated free parking have been secured.

Republic Parking will operate four buses specifically for those attending UK Appreciation Day. The buses will operate from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. One bus will service the southern side of campus and one bus will service the northern portion.

Northern Loop

  • Stop 1: Scovell Hall (Huguelet Drive at S. Limestone)
  • Stop 2: Administration Drive (near Gillis Building)
  • Stop 3: UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital (front entrance driveway)
  • Stop 4: Rose Street at Columbia Avenue
  • Stop 5: Kroger Field, Gate 4 (event location)

Southern Loop

  • Stop 1: Ag North
  • Stop 2: UK Chandler Hospital flagpole
  • Stop 3: Kroger Field, Gate 4 (event location)

UK Appreciation Day attendees may utilize the Blue Route and White Route provided by Lextran, as well as the Orange Route provided by Transportation Services. However, these routes will only provide faster access to the stadium area and will not drop off directly to the event.

Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices or by visiting their website here, allowing for users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather.

Kroger Field parking lots will be available for free Appreciation Day parking and will not be controlled for permits on Thursday, May 23.