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VIP, Army ROTC Co-sponsor Run/Walk to Benefit Victims of Violence

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 21:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — A special event highlights the University of Kentucky calendar Friday morning — very EARLY tomorrow morning. About 6:45 a.m. Oct. 24, dedicated students and staff will meet for the Green Dot Fall Run/Walk, a 1.5-mile trek, beginning from Buell Armory at 7 a.m.

Co-sponsored by the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center and the UK Army ROTC, the event was created to raise awareness for sexual assault and violence prevention. It is the first time Army ROTC has co-sponsored the event.

One goal of the run/walk is to raise awareness about sexual assault and violence prevention, but there’s a second, more tangible goal ‒ to raise proceeds for the UK Victim Assistance Fund, which helps support UK students, staff and faculty who have been impacted by interpersonal violence.

“With these funds,” said VIP Center Director Rhonda Henry, “we are able to assist individuals with housing, transportation, food, the cost of changing locks and other emergency assistance.”

“We are committed, just as UK and Army senior leaders are, to eliminating events of sexual assault and harassment from our ranks and our campus,” said UK Army ROTC LTC Shawn Umbrell.

This week’s ROTC/VIP co-sponsorship had its beginning in June, when the two organizations co-authored a charter between ROTC, VIP, and the University of Kentucky. President Capilouto endorsed the charter. In September, the VIP Center trained 100 members of Army ROTC in the principles of Green Dot bystander intervention and led discussions about sexual violence, partner violence and stalking. Their training covered:

·       Legal and UK definitions of these forms of violence

·       Green Dot bystander intervention programming

·       Active by-standing activities

·       Discussion of the campus judicial process

·       Discussion of criminal process

·       Discussion of military process and efforts

·       Resources available on campus and in the community to those who have been impacted by violence.

“Since that time, ROTC and VIP have shared training resources and collaborated on training events,” said LTC Umbrell.

Free T-shirts for all participants and refreshments will be provided following the run. All donations will benefit the VIP Center Victim Assistance Fund.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,

'UK at the Half' Catches Up With UK Alumni Association

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 18:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — The work of University of Kentucky's Alumni Association was the focus of "UK at the Half" on Oct. 18 that aired during the UK vs. Louisiana State University football game, broadcast on radio.

President of the UK Alumni Association, Elaine Wilson, discussed various opportunities for alumni around the world to be involved. Wilson also discussed the Alumni's Association's participation and support for UK Homecoming 2014 activities.

"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.

To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Oct. 18 "UK at the Half" interview, click here.

Summers' New Book on the Reconstruction Captures Attention

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — Mark Wahlgren Summers, the Thomas D. Clark Professor of History at the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, has published his 10th book, “The Ordeal of the Reunion: A New History of Reconstruction.”

Summers takes a new look at the Reconstruction years, focusing on the nation’s need to form an enduring Union without sacrificing the framework of federalism and republican democracy.

"As one of the country’s most respected 19th-century political historians, Dr. Summers’ latest book showcases his strengths in research, writing and storytelling,” said Mark Lawrence Kornbluh, dean of the UK College of Arts and Sciences. "In ‘The Ordeal of the Reunion,’ a new synthesis of the history of Reconstruction in America, Dr. Summers demonstrates an extraordinary ability to unearth long-lost details and to weave them together into a compelling tale that illuminates the past while offering a new lens on current politics."

For 20 years or more, scholars have defined Reconstruction’s success or failure largely in terms of the Emancipation. However, “The Ordeal of the Reunion,” goes beyond this vitally important issue.

In “The Ordeal of the Reunion,” Summers looks at the Reconstruction era nationally, as opposed to the more common narrow view of what was happening in the South. Summers emphasizes the variety of conservative strains that confined the scope of change, highlights the war's impact and its aftermath, and brings the West and foreign policy into an integrated narrative. His point of view presents a new understanding of the era’s heart-breaking failures as well as the underlying goals that were achieved.

Summers depicts not just a heroic, tragic moment with equal rights advanced and then betrayed, but a time of achievement and consolidation, in which nationhood and emancipation were placed beyond repeal and the groundwork was laid for a stronger, if not better, America to come.

“Scholars have called the Civil War an American Iliad. If so, then Reconstruction is more of an American Odyssey, a troubled journey towards equal justice; the only catch is, unlike Odysseus, America hasn’t made it all the way home yet,” said Summers.

One critic wrote, "Mark Summers, one of the more prolific scholars of the Reconstruction era, has written on everything from ideas of paranoia to political corruption. ‘The Ordeal of the Reunion’ is characterized by a depth of research that reflects a lifetime of labor and reflection. Summers' newest work is worthy of scholarly attention while being lively enough for a popular audience."

Another added, “ ‘The Ordeal of the Reunion’ exhibits the hand of a seasoned and thoughtful historian, thoroughly conversant with both the time period and its sources."

Karen Petrone, chair of the UK Department of History, is quick to point out that Summers’ readers are not the only ones who will benefit from his expertise and knowledge base. “Mark Summers captivates his students in the lecture hall, and this book will captivate readers by immersing them in the political world of Reconstruction and leading them to reconsider its impact on the fate of the nation.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Gail Hairston, 859-257-3302,

Celebrated Jazzman Branford Marsalis 'Goes for Baroque' in Return to Singletary

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:28
Branford Marsalis and Sally Beamish perform Robert Muczynski's Sonata for Saxophone and Piano, Op. 29 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — From jazz (Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock) to rock (Dave Matthews Band, Grateful Dead) to hip-hop (Public Enemy, Gang Starr) and now Baroque music, few instrumentalists showcase their versatility and skill as well as Branford Marsalis. A Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer known for his extensive selection of musical collaborations, Marsalis returns to the Bluegrass with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in “Marsalis Well-Tempered” beginning 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. A special rate will make it possible for children to college students to take in this master musician.  

While Marsalis is known as being the leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, he is also a frequent soloist with classical ensembles as he is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. His "Well-Tempered" tour has a decidedly more classical bent featuring Baroque masterpieces by Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, François Couperin, Pietro Locatelli and more. The stop in Lexington is one of only 20 in the nation.

A three-time Grammy Award-winner, Marsalis has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new and established artists.

A founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia is a 33-member professional ensemble led by Music Director Dirk Brossé. The Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1964, has a well-established reputation for distinguished performances of repertoire from the Baroque period through the 21st century. Approximately 22 members of the orchestra will perform with Marsalis.

The Chamber Orchestra has performed with such internationally acclaimed guest artists as Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mstislav Rostropovich, Issac Stern, Rudolph Serkin, The Eroica Trio, Jean-Pierre Rampal, The Romeros Guitar Quartet, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Sylvia McNair, Steven Isserlis, Joseph Silverstein, Ransom Wilson, Gerard Schwarz, Jahja Ling and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, among others. The ensemble travels regularly, having toured the United States, Europe and Israel.

The Singletary Center is offering deeply discounted student tickets for Sunday’s performance, just $15. 

“The Singletary Center is dedicated to providing musical experiences of the highest caliber, and we believe that a student’s chance to see great performers live in concert is an unparalleled learning moment. We want to make this opportunity available to as many students as possible,” said Singletary Center Marketing Director Matthew Gibson. 

The student rate for Sunday’s concert applies to all students, elementary through college (college students require Student ID); student tickets are available throughout the concert hall.

General admission ticket prices are based on seating location and range from $25 to $50 plus processing fees. The tickets can be purchased via phone at the Singletary Center Ticket Office at 859-257-4929, online at, or in person at the ticket office 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A part of the UK College of Fine Arts, the Singletary Center for the Arts presents and hosts around 400 artistic, cultural and educational events annually for the university community, Lexington community and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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

It is Time to Prepare for Priority Registration

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) — Now is the time to prepare for the spring semester!

The Winter/Spring 2015 priority registration period begins Monday, Nov. 3, and goes through Tuesday, Nov. 25.

For the first time, once a student's registration window opens, it will remain open until midnight Nov. 25. This allows students more flexibility when registering for classes and eliminates the issue of a student's window closing before they were able to register. Additionally, students now have the opportunity to plan their courses and use the new pre-register check tool prior to the opening of their window.

Don Witt, associate provost for enrollment management and university registrar, said, “The student user experience has been greatly improved and advisors will have an additional, powerful tool to aid students as they plan throughout their academic careers toward a degree.”

Undergraduate students must have their advisor hold lifted before registering for classes. For instructions, they should contact the dean's office in their college. Students who are undeclared are advised in Undergraduate Studies located on the first floor of Miller Hall.

During a student's advising appointment, a student should receive a car decal of the University of Kentucky state outline graphic; the backside of the sticker is a reminder of the registration windows. These car decals are exclusive to academic advising appointments and are available only while supplies last. Students are encouraged to make their academic advising appointments now.

After priority registration concludes, eligible students will be able to register and add/drop courses from Dec. 3 through 22 and again Jan. 5 through 21. The first day of the spring 2015 semester is Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Spring 2015 priority registration details:

·       View the schedule of classes/course catalog on the myUK in the registration tab

·       Contact your college or program office for advising now

·       Plan your courses and use the new pre-register check tool before your window opens

·       Receive a free UK decal when meeting with your advisor

To view the spring 2015 schedule of classes, visit, click on the “Student Services” tab, then the “Search Course Catalog and UK Core” link. 

For more information about priority registration, call 859-257-7173 or visit

To review a PDF of myUK registration instructions, visit

MEDIA CONACT: Katy Bennett,

Markey Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner Featured on National Radio Program

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 23, 2014) – The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center's Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner Jennifer Bradley will be the featured guest on SiriusXM Family Talk Channel 131's "Aches and Gains" with Dr. Paul Christo the next two Saturdays.

Originally scheduled for just one show, Bradley's interview was expanded to two. The first airs Saturday, Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., with the second installment airing Saturday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. Podcasts are accessible after the show at

Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is an ancient form of touch therapy similar to acupuncture in philosophy. Bradley, a licensed practitioner, originally began offering free JSJ sessions to patients as a Markey volunteer in 2009. In 2010, she received a $49,000 initial grant from the Lexington Cancer Foundation to provide the touch therapy to cancer patients full-time. Since then, Bradley has offered up to five free sessions to Markey patients at no charge.

JSJ is considered part of an integrative treatment plan at the UK Markey Cancer Center. Patients may self-refer, though many patients currently seen are referred by their physician or Markey staff.

During a session, patients receive light touches on 52 specific energetic points called Safety Energy Locks as well as fingers, toes, and midpoints on the upper arm, upper calf and lower leg in predetermined orders known as "flows." Patients remained clothed except for shoes and all hand placements are done over clothing.

Gatton College, Ross Tarrant, SKANSKA 'Top Off' Building

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 18:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) — Another milestone was marked recently in the  Gatton United Building Campaign at the University of Kentucky.

UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics, together with its design and construction partners, Ross Tarrant Architects and SKANSKA, hosted a 'topping off' ceremony for the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Gatton College building.

Those in attendance included: Gerry Benjamin, Michael Bowling, Gregory Burns, Paul Chellgren, Luther Deaton, Bill Gatton, Doug Gerstle, Richard Huxley, Howard Lewis, Elizabeth McCoy, Rodney McMullen, Sam Mitchell, Nate Morris, Mike Richey, Donald Rogers, Geoffrey Rosenberger, Sean Smith, James Stuckert and M.S. Vijayaraghavan. Council members were given group tours of the construction site so they could see first-hand the progress being made on the building, in addition to signing a ceremonial construction beam.    

"It was so exciting to tour the construction site with members of our Dean's Advisory Council," said David W. Blackwell, dean of the Gatton College. "Our members have been with us since the inception of the project and have given their time and resources to help us re-imagine the new Gatton College facility."

The Gatton College is pressing forward with a bold plan to renovate and expand its facilities and is paying for the project entirely through private donations. The $65 million project will transform the Gatton building into a state-of-the-art business education complex that will help build a strong sense of community while providing space and support for modern teaching and learning methods.

To find out more about the Gatton United Campaign, visit There you can find news stories, profiles of donors, sketches and videos of the new building, and a live webcam of the progress of building construction.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; Michelle Lowe, 859-257-1838.

December Graduates: Apply to be Student Speaker at Commencement

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 17:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014)  Keeping with UK tradition, an undergraduate student will be selected to speak at the undergraduate December 2014 Commencement ceremony, which will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in Memorial Coliseum.

Students interested in speaking must submit their applications by Friday, Oct.31.

A Commencement Speaker Selection Committee will determine which student will have the honor of addressing their fellow graduates. Applications are available online at

To be considered, applicants must be receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky at the Dec. 19 Commencement Ceremony. Additionally, the applicants must have contributed to UK through campus or community activities and through their fields of study. Applicants must also demonstrate strong public speaking skills.

Undergraduate students who wish to apply must submit a resume, information sheet and a copy of their proposed speech no longer than three typed, double-spaced pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the selection committee.

The committee may contact any applicant for a 15-minute interview and speech demonstration.

All graduates should register for Commencement at

For information regarding caps and gownsparking and travel,  college receptions or other questions, visit the Commencement website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343;

Two-Time Breast Cancer Survivor Shares Her Experiences to Help Others

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) – In 1994, University of Kentucky alumna Cathy Bell was diagnosed with breast cancer – for the first time.

Because she had a family history of the disease (her grandmother fought breast cancer), she began having mammograms at an earlier age than most. And during her baseline mammogram at age 39, her doctors discovered an unusual pattern of calcifications, and ultimately, a malignancy. 

Treatment quickly followed – a lumpectomy (a breast-conserving surgery) and radiation. Bell, then a busy elementary school principal, says she was mainly concerned about getting back to work.

"I had a school to run and needed to get past that 'bump in the road' and return to my duties," she said.

Ultimately, Bell only missed four days of school. She headed back to work as soon as she could, fitting in an hour of daily radiation into her schedule. When her treatment was completed, she thought she was done.

"I thought I had moved past it," she said.

Local recurrence, or the return of a cancer to its original location, is a relatively uncommon circumstance. Most of the time, a local recurrence will happen within the first five years following diagnosis.

However, in a few instances, a local recurrence can happen many years down the road. In Bell's case, she was nearly two decades cancer-free before receiving that sobering diagnosis for a second time.

In 2013, she noticed an unusual pain under her arm. Though she'd had a regular mammogram only six months earlier, she went back to her doctor for another. The results showed a similar pattern of unusual calcifications in the same breast – her cancer had returned.

Now retired, Bell says she spent a great deal of time researching treatment for breast cancer, and her investigations led her to University of Markey Cancer Center breast surgical oncologist Dr. Patrick McGrath. Because she'd undergone radiation therapy previously, Bell could not use that treatment again, which is commonly paired with a lumpectomy.

Instead, she opted for a bilateral mastectomy with delayed reconstructive surgery. Additionally, she underwent genetic counseling at Markey to determine if she carried the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation – a test she did on behalf her sisters, who are now considered "high risk" due to having two close family members with breast cancer. Luckily, Bell's results were negative.

Bell, an avid writer, says she turned to poetry to help work through her emotions after her second diagnosis. Shortly before her surgery, she composed a piece titled " This One is About Me." The poem, written in a catchy cadence with humor sprinkled throughout, served another purpose – to give her friends and family information on her health straight from the source and help them understand what she was going through.

"I turned to creativity to deal with my issues," she said. "That's how I dealt with all that information."

Shortly after she wrote her poem, Bell received a letter from the UK Markey Cancer Center inviting her to participate in the center's inaugural "Expressions of Courage" event, a creative exhibit showcasing original artistic expressions created by cancer patients, friends and family. Bell immediately knew she wanted to participate.

"I thought, wow, I already have this done!" she said.

Contributing to Expressions of Courage was just one way Bell has given back. She notes that she "loves UK" and supports the Markey Cancer Foundation and other cancer research organizations when she can. And having gone through the difficulties of dealing with breast cancer not once, but twice, she says her role now is to help others deal with their own diagnoses and to help in any way she can, noting that sometimes that just means lending an ear. She is frequently called up by friends or family members affected by breast cancer, who are seeking help and understanding for themselves or on behalf of a loved one.

"This is just the way it's supposed to be," Bell said. "I feel like I'm here to help other people… Famous people may write a book or talk publicly, but that's not my style. I'm a good listener when I need to be."

Earlier this year, Bell was dealt another small setback when she was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in her lip. After undergoing Mohs surgery, the former UK cheerleader was back to living her life yet again, staying busy in retirement – and remaining eternally optimistic.

"It's just what I've been dealt," she says. "I love life and I want to keep living it!" 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Perry, (859) 323-2399 or

College of Communication and Information Sends First Generation Classes on Underground Railroad Excursion

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 15:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) — A group of 36 University of Kentucky students, part of first generation sections of the CIS 110 course, “Composition and Communication I,” recently took a journey through time, and through the Ohio Valley, to explore the history of the Underground Railroad. An award granted by the College of Communication and Information funded the expedition with the aim of supporting diversity-related projects and promoting inclusion.

First generation, or “1G,” students, and their instructors, Conrad Davies and Matthew Deffendall, visited the National Underground Railroad Museum in Maysville, Kentucky, then journeyed across the Ohio River to Ripley, Ohio, to the home of John Rankin. At his home, students walked the infamous steps from his house on the hill down to John Parker’s house on the waterfront; both were conductors on the Underground Railroad. The final stop was the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Three sections — those connected with the First Generation Initiative Living Learning Community — of the university’s CIS 110 courses attended the “Underground Railroad Excursion.” Afterward, students formed groups and submitted papers discussing the effects of the Underground Railroad on the current generation, what ethnic groups were most affected through this historical event, and how 1G students can "pay it forward" in times of adversity.

“First generation students are a population dear to my heart since I am a second-generation college student. I personally know the effect their decisions have on their own lives, along with the lives of their families, directly and indirectly,” said Davies, who is a CIS faculty lecturer for the Instructional Communication and Research division (ICR) within the College of Communication and Information.

A valuable experience to the topic of diversity and the course’s focus on communicating effectively through written formats, the excursion and accompanying assignment proved to achieve the college’s diversity award goals, and give a unique learning experience to the 1G students. The college consists of 220 1G students or 11.5 percent of the college’s student base. 

“Excursions like these are amazing learning opportunities; some of these students may never have the opportunity to experience something like this or even think to experience something like this,” Davies said.

Media Contact: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or 

UK Graduate School to Host Screening and Discussion of 'Ivory Tower'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:51
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) — The UK Graduate School, the Preparing Future Faculty Program, and the department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation (EPE) will host a free screening of the new documentary "Ivory Tower" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in Room 158, Taylor Education Building Auditorium.

Filmmaker Andrew Rossi's documentary focuses on rising tuition costs and increasing student loan debt, asking the essential question: "Is college worth the cost?"  Exploring this crucial point in the university landscape from Harvard, to community colleges to online learning programs, the documentary provides an interesting lens into the state of higher education.

Featured representative institutions include Arizona State University, Bunker Hill Community College, Cooper Union, Deep Springs College, Harvard University, Spelman College, Stanford University and Wesleyan University. The film also features the “Uncollege Movement,” based in San Francisco.

A discussion will follow the screening. Panelists include Jeffery Bieber, EPE (moderator); John R. Thelin, EPE; Eugenia F. Toma, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration; and Heather Yonutas, a doctoral student in Anatomy and Neurobiology and president of the Graduate Student Congress. 

Click here to view the trailer.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365;

UK Alert - Armed Robbery

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 03:14

Reported armed robbery in the area of 315 Scott St. at approx 2:15 a.m. tuesday, Oct. 21. Suspects: two black males in black hooded sweatshirts armed with handguns.  They reportedly left the scene toward South Limestone in a black four-door car. Avoid area.

Numbers That Tell a Story of Transformation

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 18:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2014) Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday regularly blogs about UK's campus transformation. Over the weekend, Monday presented to the UK Board of Trustees about the university's transformational impact. He posted the following blog post today,telling a story with numbers:

40 months.

84 projects.

$1.36 billion.

Three numbers. Linked together for a transformational impact.

And more than anything else, the numbers tell a compelling story about you and this special place. We shared this story at our Board of Trustees retreat this past weekend; I'm excited to share it with you.

Over the last 40 months, under Eli Capilouto's leadership as president, our Board of Trustees has authorized 84 construction projects, each totaling more than $600,000. Those projects, in total, represent nearly $1.36 billion in investment — investment in quality of life, investments in academics and research, investments in health care, and investments in infrastructure.

Consider the breadth and depth of the investment that is taking place across our campus.

It's authorization for more than $1 million in construction each and every day and more than $33 million a month — all on this campus. It's nearly 4.4 million square feet of space.

The total investment represents roughly one-third of the value of UK's current total physical plant and is greater than our endowment, which at about $1 billion is the largest among Kentucky's colleges and universities.

But more important than sheer volume, square footage and space is what those numbers mean in terms of impact on this campus and for our Commonwealth.

New residence halls, with collaborative, high-tech learning spaces, are allowing faculty and students to work more closely together than ever before.

Additional space in the Chandler Hospital is further extending the network of specialized, complex care we offer to more Kentuckians throughout our state.

New classroom space affords us the opportunity to teach and learn with Kentucky's best and brightest in a setting that enhances learning and scholarship.

All of the investment means that we can extend and enhance the work we do for Kentucky … with Kentucky. We are — with nearly 150 years of history to guide us and a mission as Kentucky's flagship, land-grant institution — rooted in community.

And these numbers — 40 months; 84 projects; $1.36 billion in infrastructure — tell a story about steadfast commitment to making the future for Kentucky and the communities that we partner with even brighter.

I'm excited to be part of a team of people, working with a President and Board, dedicated to this place and committed to a mission that is uniquely ours at the University of Kentucky.

Go Cats.



Read more of the Monday Blog here.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; 

UK Students to Say 'Thank You' in a Big Way to University Donors

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 16:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2014) — As state funds become a smaller percentage of UK's overall budget, private gifts are becoming increasingly important to the university. And now UK students can say "thank you" to donors in a special way.

Thank-A-Donor Day is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, when a large banner will be mounted on campus in the area between White Hall Classroom Building and the Ralph G. Anderson Building. Students can stop by and write a personal thank you note on the banner or make a short video recording of gratitude. Photos of the banner and a video of the event will be shared with UK donors via email at Thanksgiving.

The event is sponsored by UK Student Government and coordinated by the UK Office of Annual Giving to provide students the opportunity to show their appreciation for the impact donors make on them and the university as a whole.

“Last fiscal year, more than 53,000 donors gave gifts to UK,” said Anne V. Lichtenberg, Director of Annual Giving and a recent UK graduate. “And most of those gifts are having a direct impact on students – funding scholarships, improving campus facilities, strengthening academics and providing resources in the W.T. Young Library.”

"UK students have many reasons to say thanks," said SGA President Jake Ingram. "More than 85 percent of all UK undergraduate students receive scholarships or financial aid they do not have to repay – and a considerable amount of that is the result of private gifts. Philanthropy is also expanding the Gatton College facilities, helping provide a new student center and impacting student programming. I invite all UK students to join me in letting donors know that we appreciate what they are doing for us."

UK President Eli Capilouto also plans to sign the banner.

“Many of our donors were UK students at one time, paying tuition and other school expenses,” Lichtenberg added. “They give now to help today’s students follow in their footsteps in pursuit of an education at UK. It’s very natural for us to say thanks to people like this.”

One student was able to sign the banner before it goes up later this week. Chelsea St. Clair works in the Office of Annual Giving as an intern and wrote this message to donors: "Scholarship assistance is one of the main reasons I can attend the University of Kentucky and be as involved around campus as I am. Thank you for supporting me and making a difference in my life."

The rain location for Thank-A-Donor Day is the Student Center patio.

For more statistics on giving to UK visit

UK HealthCare Efforts to Improve Patient Safety Showcased This Week

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) — When a patient experiences an unanticipated outcome or an employee is stuck with a needle, UK HealthCare leaders need employees to wave a red flag by reporting the incident.

In 2013, ambulatory clinics accounted for 4 percent of total incident reports at UK HealthCare. According to leaders within the department, the low percentage didn't signify a lack of patient safety incidents— it revealed that employees weren't reporting incidents through the system. 

"We knew they were happening, but we needed people to report them," Jenny Dusso, director of ambulatory clinical operations at UK HealthCare, said of safety incidents. "It's so important that our patients and employees are safe, but in order to do that we have to hear from those on the front line."

Dusso and Morgan Dezarn, systems and procedures analyst for ambulatory services, were tasked with heading the Ambulatory Patient Safety Team, a group of officials dedicated to patient safety and quality. Since the team was established, incident reports from ambulatory clinics have risen by 40 percent. The reports have prompted systemic process changes, including designated phone numbers for clinic staff to report a patient emergency as well as a process that ensures patients in the ambulatory clinics can access transportation to and from their appointments.

During National HealthCare Quality Week, Oct. 19-25, UK HealthCare departments and specialty areas will showcase their efforts to improve the quality, safety and accessibility to health care services for all patients. Representatives from ambulatory, women's health, radiology, pediatrics, ophthalmology and other areas across the UK HealthCare enterprise will display posters that showcase patient safety and quality initiatives. The interactive poster session will be held in Pavilion A of the UK Chandler Hospital from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22.

UK HealthCare joins the National Association of Healthcare Quality in observation of National HealthCare Quality Week. The National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is a professional organization that shares knowledge and represents healthcare quality in all settings and specialty areas.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

UK Medical Resident is Contributing Author in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Textbook

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 15:07

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2014) -- Dr. Ruhel Boparai, resident in the University of Kentucky's Department of Psychiatry, is a contributing author on one of the chapters in "Treatment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Targeting Neurobiological Mechanisms."

The book brings advances in genetics, neurobiology, and psychopharmacology to the clinic to enhance treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Boparai assisted in the writing of fourth chapter, entitled "Neurodevelopmental and Neurobiological Aspects of Major Depression: From theory to therapy."

"Significant progress has been made in identifying the neurobiological mechanisms of several disorders," Boparai said. "However, the ability to utilize this knowledge has not been summarized in one place for the practicing clinician. This book will fill that gap by providing the theoretical underpinnings and the latest advances in targeted treatments."

Several neurodevelopmental disorders are reviewed in detail including clinical features and behavioral phenotypes, standard treatments and new targeted treatments based on the latest advances in neurobiology and the animal model studies that have lead to new treatments.

The disorders covered include psychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, depression, autism and ADHD; single gene disorders including Tuberous Sclerosis, Fragile X Syndrome and fragile X- associated disorders, Angelman Syndrome, PKU, and Muscular Dystrophies; and complex genetic disorders such as Down syndrome. This book also highlights the commonalities across disorders and new genetic and molecular concepts.

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Candle Lighting Ceremony to Commemorate National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 22, 2014) -- The University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging will hold a National Commemorative Candle Lighting service at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9.

The service will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 541 Jefferson Street in Lexington.   It is free and open to the public.

The National Commemorative Candle Lighting is an annual event sponsored by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America to remember and honor people who have been or will be affected by Alzheimer's disease or related illnesses. It is held each November in recognition of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

"The ceremony is designed to bring together individuals from different backgrounds as we stand united lighting ‘candles of care’," said Sarah Smith, a research assistant at Sanders-Brown.  "Our hope is that by uniting as one we will be able to show all of those affected by this devastating disease that they are not in this fight alone." 

If you have someone you would like to honor during the recital of names in memory and recognition, please call Sarah Smith at 859-323-6316 or give the written name to a Sanders-Brown staff member at the beginning of the ceremony. 

Calling All Cats to the Post for "see blue." Day at Keeneland

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2014) — The University of Kentucky, DanceBlue and Keeneland have teamed up to bring big blue fans the best way to kick off Homecoming Weekend! Join UK students, faculty, staff, alumni and the rest of big blue nation for “see blue.” Day at Keeneland Friday, Oct. 24.

Festivities begin with a "see blue." tailgate on The Hill at Keeneland at noon. There will be live music, food trucks and giveaways along with appearances by the Wildcat, the UK cheerleaders, DanceBlue and other special guests.

The fun will continue with live racing beginning at 1:05 p.m. Students, faculty, staff and alumni with campus identification cards or UK Alumni Association membership cards will be admitted free. General admission usually is $5. 

Students who do not want to drive to Keeneland may utilize the "see blue." Day shuttle for $1. The shuttle will begin running at 11 a.m. and will depart from Wildcat Alumni Plaza. Students who ride the shuttle will receive a free long-sleeve "see blue." Day at Keeneland T-shirt (while supplies last)!

“See blue.” Day at Keeneland is just one of many events celebrating Homecoming Week at UK. For a complete list of events, visit the Homecoming website.

Wear your UK blue and show your UK pride at “see blue.” Day at Keeneland!

Faculty and staff who are unable to attend “see blue.” Day at Keeneland because of work commitments will receive free admission on Saturday, Oct. 25, with their valid ID card.

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett,, 859-257-1909

UK's Ziliak is Featured on 'PBS NewsHour Weekend'

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 13:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2014) — James P. Ziliak, Gatton Endowed Chair in Microeconomics in the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics and director of UK's Center for Poverty Research, appeared on national television over the weekend on " PBS NewsHour Weekend."

Ziliak was interviewed by producer/reporter Megan Thompson as part of a story about the new federal Promise Zone initiative in Kentucky. The Promise Zone initiative is aimed at fighting poverty by concentrating aid in specific regions of the U.S. The Promise Zone in Kentucky includes parts of eight counties in the southeast part of the state.

The work of Ziliak and other colleagues at UK has been featured in a number of national news publications and broadcast outlets in recent years, including the New York Times and National Public Radio (NPR).

"PBS Newshour Weekend" airs in Kentucky on KET2.

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

Trustees Say UK Must Invest in Research to Address State's Most Pressing Needs

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 22:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 18, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees Saturday adopted a sweeping statement of principles, directing President Eli Capilouto to focus on the "most pressing" needs of Kentucky by determining how best to grow UK's research enterprise through strategic investments in facilities and talent.

"The challenges are overwhelming, but we can be up to the task of making a difference," Capilouto said. "These are not easy issues, but they must be our issues. The University of Kentucky represents the greatest hope in making progress against these issues, but it will take focus."

The resolution, adopted unanimously at the board's two-day annual retreat, directs Capilouto to take the steps necessary recognizing "the essential nature and value of all scholarly and creative activity" to:

·         Align resource commitments to optimize efficiency and facilitate faculty, student and staff success;

·         Recruiting and retaining additional world-class scholars and research teams;

·         Strengthening the commitment to interdisciplinary exploration; and

·         Confirming and detailing the critical need for additional research infrastructure.

"These principles reflect who we are as a people and as an institution," said Keith Gannon, chair of the trustees. "These principles synthesize the depth of the challenge we face and what must be the approach as we honor the mission that must be — and is — uniquely ours at the University of Kentucky."

Trustees have used their annual retreats over the last four years to focus intently on university priorities and, with President Capilouto, to articulate an institutional agenda and direction for moving forward.

On the first day of the retreat Friday, UK trustees received an overview of the university's research enterprise in areas such as health and energy as well as information about the challenging funding climate for grants and awards.

Trustees also reviewed data illustrating the Commonwealth's distressing challenges, particularly with respect to health issues such as cancer, heart disease and other preventable deaths.

Kentucky has mortality rates above national averages in most major health indices  ̶̶ ̶  challenges that are particularly acute in the state's Appalachian region.

Capilouto described for trustees how UK is “uniquely positioned to help answer” the most fundamental challenges confronting the Commonwealth.

UK is uniquely positioned, Capilouto said, because of a number of factors:

·         An extension network and clinical programs that reach all of the state’s 120 counties;

·         170 clinical outreach practices;

·         17 colleges and professional schools supported by a campus-wide research library system;

·         The fact that UK is one of only eight universities in the country with the full range of health, professional and undergraduate programs on one contiguous campus; and

·         UK is one of only 22 institutions in the country with a trifecta of federal designations of excellence in three key areas of health — cancer, aging and translational science, the idea that discoveries can be taken from the laboratory into communities where they have an impact.

Capilouto and leading researchers at UK told trustees during the retreat that attacking Kentucky’s systemic challenges will require close collaboration among many academic and research disciplines.

Many of the maladies that affect Kentucky communities are manifest in issues indirectly tied to health care — poverty, education, socio economic mobility — and the University’s breadth and depth of intellectual expertise can help address these challenges, holistically.

In other board action Saturday, Trustees approved the awarding of two honorary doctorates:

—Don L. Jacobs will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities. Jacobs has owned 14 automobile dealerships in Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida. He is a passionate philanthropist on behalf of education in Kentucky, with gifts supporting the Sayre School, the Gatton College of Business and Economics and UK HealthCare.

—Brady J. Deaton, former chancellor of the University of Missouri from 2004-2013 and a graduate of UK, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science. Deaton grew up on a family farm in Kentucky and received bachelor's and master's degrees from UK. He held a number of key administrative appointments at the University of Missouri before becoming chancellor.

The board also:

—Approved an increase in scope from $1.6 million to $2.7 million for a project being conducted by UK's Center for Applied Energy Research. The Slipstream Capital Project is designed to test a carbon dioxide capture system and is funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory.

—Board members moved toward completely "paperless" meetings by utilizing a new meeting software tool called "Directors Desk." The new tool will allow board members to download all meeting materials, rather than using paper copies.


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