LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — Dr. Phillip K. Chang has been selected to assume the role of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the UK HealthCare enterprise as of March 1.
Chang has most recently served as medical director for perioperative services and associate CMO. As CMO he will participate in the implementation of strategic initiatives and overall operations management of the UK HealthCare enterprise and support clinical performance and resource management by facilitating improvement throughout the enterprise.
Chang will be a principal advisor to Chief of Clinical Operations Officer Bo Cofield and an active partner with the Clinical Operations Team on matters pertaining to service, safety, quality, professionalism, clinical outcomes, patient experience, team member and faculty engagement and efficiency. He will serve on all medical staff committees and participate in decision-making on behalf of UK HealthCare administration. As CMO he will also promote and maintain effective relationships with chairs, center directors, the organized medical staff and others.
Chang did his undergraduate work at The College of William and Mary in Virginia and then received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk. In 1999, he began a surgical internship here at UK, which led to a general surgery residency and a surgical fellowship, also at UK. Since 2005 he has been a member of our surgical faculty, rising to the rank of associate professor of surgery in the College of Medicine and the role of chief of the Section of Trauma and Critical Care. He is board certified in surgery as well as surgical critical care.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — Braving the colder temperatures of the northern Midwest, the University of Kentucky Forensics team said “ya sure, you betcha” to a win at the Icebox Classic hosted by St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Seven team members took part in the tournament, which featured competition in 12 public speaking events and parliamentary debate. In addition to winning first place in team sweepstakes, UK seniors Logan Hurley and Dianté Elcock placed second and third, respectively, in the quadrathlon competition, which takes the cumulative points earned from all individual event categories. The team also qualified for two more events for the National Forensic Association national tournament in April.
As part of the parliamentary debate competition, team members debated a wide range of topics, including income inequality, climate change, urban planning policy with respect to automobiles, and the benefits of online dating. Topics for this format of debate encompass the full spectrum of societal issues. Given the 15 minutes of preparation time, this challenges students to be fully engaged with the world around them.
Students compete in pairs and face off against teams from other universities. A judge selects the winning team at the end of each round. Students are also ranked individually based on the quality of their argumentation and their speaking ability. UK Sophomore Kaylon Kennedy earned the distinction of being the top speaker in parliamentary debate at this tournament.
Team members from UK won the following awards at the Icebox Classic:
4th Place - Logan Hurley
5th Place – Dianté Elcock
6th Place – Kaylon Kennedy
1st Place – Logan Hurley and Megan Wagner
2nd Place – Dianté Elcock and Kaylon Kennedy
3rd Place – Logan Hurley
1st Place – Logan Hurley
5th Place – Matt Karijolic
Interpretation and Children’s Literature
4th Place – Megan Wagner
Quarterfinalists – Dianté Elcock and Kaylon Kennedy
Quarterfinalists – Veronica Scott and Matt Karijolic
1st Place Speaker – Kaylon Kennedy
6th Place – Sam Northrup
1st Place – Dianté Elcock
Program Oral Interpretation
4th Place – Dianté Elcock
The UK Forensics Team’s next competition will be the Kentucky Forensic Association state tournament hosted this year by Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Feb. 19-20, 2016. UK Forensics is a student organization in the School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information. The team regularly competes in 12 different public speaking events in three forms of debate. To find out more, visit ukforensics.com.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center began releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure in fall of 2014. The diary chronicles the day-to-day activities of McClure's junior and senior years at the State University of Kentucky (now UK) from 1910-1912. McClure's 170th diary entry from Feb. 12, 1912, recalls McClure searching for a mysterious woman who had been looking for her while she was busy taking a philosophy exam.
Feb. 12th. Take Philosophy exam in Prof. Noe's office. Questions are all easy and it doesn't take me long. Everybody I meet tells me that a lady is looking for me, and I rush frantically in pursuit, but neither find her nor her name. Caroline Watkins spends the night with Addie and we try to toast bread before the fire.
More on Virginia Clay McClure
Virginia Clay McClure, a native of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, graduated in 1912 with an AB degree and received her master’s degree in 1928 from UK. After receiving her AB, she taught for a year at Middlesboro, Kentucky, another year at Paducah, Kentucky, and seven years in Cynthiana, Kentucky. After this, she returned to Lexington, where she taught for nine and a half years in the Fayette County schools. At this point, she took two and a half years off of work to complete her doctorate.
The first woman to receive a Ph.D. from UK, McClure said that her department chairman did not “want a woman to get a doctor’s degree.” In spite of those words, McClure received her doctoral degree in American history in 1934.
Her dissertation was “The Settlement of the Kentucky Appalachian Region,” about which “nothing had been done before.” McClure did significant original research for the dissertation and made several trips to Eastern Kentucky with Katherine Pettit, who had taught in settlement schools, including Pine Mountain School, which she helped to establish.
McClure planned to teach at the college level but after finishing her dissertation in the midst of the depression, colleges were laying off faculty rather than hiring them. She then joined the Fayette County School system, then Lexington City Schools, and taught United States history and government at Henry Clay High School from 1934-1959. A position that she found quite rewarding.
The UK alumna and educator was very active in the community. McClure was a member of Central Christian Church and Kappa Delta Pi Honorary, Kentucky and National Retired Teachers associations, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Cardinal Hill Hospital Auxiliary and numerous historical societies. She was also a charter member of the Lexington Rose Society, twice serving as president, and was a member of the American Rose Society.
McClure passed away in 1980 at 91 years of age.
The Virginia Clay McClure papers are housed at the Special Collections Research Center and include a diary/scrapbook, a photograph album and other assorted photographs related to McClure's time as an undergraduate at State University, Lexington, Kentucky from 1910-1912. The scrapbook includes clippings, small artifacts, programs and invitations, but the bulk of the material is McClure's many personal writings. The photograph album and loose photographs also document this time period and include photographs of her UK classmates (many of whom are identified and also mentioned in her scrapbook); class trips and events (such as Arbor Day); and women playing basketball among other casual snapshots.
This story on UK's history is presented by UK Special Collections Research Center. UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press, the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center, the Bert T. Combs Appalachian collection and the digital library, ExploreUK. The mission of the center is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Diary transcriptions completed by senior Taylor Adams, Special Collections Learning Lab intern and history major from Ashland, Kentucky.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — The University of Kentucky School of Music will celebrate Black History Month with a special recital inspired by African-American poetry performed and composed by two accomplished alumni. The world premiere of “What Dreams We Have,” featuring Reginald Smith Jr. and Daniel Arnold, will begin 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
This new composition by Arnold incorporates the themes of night and dreams that are prevalent in poetry from such notable writers as Paul Laurence Dunbar, Georgia Douglas Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes and more. Works featured will also include Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” Morgan Collins’ “Creole Girl” and Clarissa Scott Delany’s “Night Song,” just to name a few.
The day after the recital, Smith and Arnold will participate in a public panel discussion from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Gail Robinson Memorial Library in the Schmidt Vocal Arts Center. This discussion will explore new musical compositions, what it is like working with composers and performers, and finding inspiration from poetry, along with other topics.
Baritone Reginald Smith Jr. was a grand finals winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. He has been praised by the New York Times as a "passionate performer" and by Opera News for his "powerful and attractive voice." In the 2015-2016 season, he had his company debut with Toledo Opera, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony. He is an alumnus of the Seagle Music Colony, the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, the Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and of the Filene Young Artist Program at Wolf Trap Opera. He is a 2013 graduate of UK where he earned bachelor's degrees in in vocal performance and choral music education. Smith studied with Everett McCorvey, director of UK Opera Theatre.
Daniel Arnold’s music has been performed in Germany, England, Portugal and Romania, in addition to cities across the United States. Primarily a composer of solo piano music and chamber music, Arnold received his master's degree in composition in 2012 from UK, where he studied with Joseph Baber. Arnold currently works as a freelance composer, arranger and engraver.
The UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told state lawmakers Thursday that tens of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to state funding would have a "chilling effect" on the institution's momentum and would stunt progress in student success, research, health care and service that touches every county in the state.
"At this very moment, we should be retaining and recruiting the professors, scientists and clinicians who would make this place their life's work," Capilouto told members of the House Budget Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education. "Instead, we are facing a budget reduction that would potentially stop our momentum in improved retention and graduation rates, path-breaking research and discovery, and quality patient care."
Capilouto raised three specific issues with lawmakers that he said were integral to the future of the university and the Commonwealth. His entire presentation can be accessed here.
--First, UK is an economic engine that deserves more investment, not less.
Capilouto said the state, to that point, receives a 12-fold return on its annual investment of $280 million in UK through a $3.4 billion budget, some 12,500 full-time employees, record numbers of students and graduates as well as a growing regional referral center in UK HealthCare.
"We are educating more students, creating more jobs, and healing more patients with complex illnesses than at any time in our 150-year-history," Capilouto said.
--Second, the proposed reductions would cause pain and diminish those returns.
The proposed budget includes a mid-year cut of 4.5 percent, or nearly $13 million this fiscal year. Moreover, the governor has proposed cuts of 9 percent — or more than $25 million — in 2016-2017. For the following year, the budget proposes cuts to UK's appropriation an additional $84.7 million, or 33.3 percent, and places the funds in a Postsecondary Education Performance Fund.
As a result, UK’s base state appropriation for FY 2018 would be $169.7 million prior to any performance funding allocation. UK is also already receiving more than $55 million less from the state annually than it did in 2008 — the impact of significant cuts during the national recession.
Capilouto said it is a myth that because of UK's size — and its $3.4 billion annual budget — that it can readily absorb further, significant state funding cuts.
For example, Capilouto said that of the university's overall budget, the bulk of it is restricted to specific uses.
Dollars from Medicaid for patient treatments, which make up the UK HealthCare budget, can't be used to offset tuition, he said. Or, likewise, a research contract — out of UK's annual $285 million in research grants and contracts — can't be used to hire a math instructor.
UK, as a result, utilizes state appropriations, tuition and fees to hire faculty and staff, further advance student support and success, determine scholarships and assess instruction and learning needs across the campus.
"We can't simply absorb these cuts — even with our size," Capilouto said. "Your investment fuels the engine that is helping drive Kentucky's economy. Cutting off fuel to that engine stops our progress. It hurts Kentucky. It threatens our future."
--Third, UK supports performance-based funding to increase accountability, but it must be fair, consistent and transparent to everyone.
"Making up rules in the middle of the game is akin to building a plane while trying to fly it," Capilouto told lawmakers. "What is being proposed would send a chilling signal to all we do and those who support us. It's a signal that this is not a place for investment. Your investment is the first dollar in, and it determines everything we do the education we provide our students, the care and service we render and the research we conduct."
Capilouto told lawmakers that most states now are investing more — not less — in higher education. Of the 20 states in the Southern region of the United States, only four – including Kentucky – are decreasing investments in higher education. Among those states increasing investments are states such as Indiana, Tennessee and South Carolina, which have been lauded in Kentucky economic development circles for what they are doing to grow jobs and the economy.
"I know you have big decisions to make. And I will always do what I can to support you in making them. But I would ask you not to put at risk the very future you have invested so much of your labors and our state's dollars in. Doing so risks Kentucky's future."
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. #uky4ky #seeblue
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — As winter weather strikes the University of Kentucky area, students, faculty and staff walking on campus have been able to stay informed of “smart routes” that include sidewalks and other paths throughout campus that ensure safer walking conditions, as well as areas where they need to take caution thanks to the UK WalkSafe campaign.
On Feb. 8, UK WalkSafe placed more than 30 signs around campus and the Albert B. Chandler Hospital in locations chosen from an analysis of slips and falls in prior winter seasons, in addition to high foot traffic areas on campus. The signs warning students, faculty and staff to take caution in these areas of high risk will be placed on campus during times of inclement weather.
“I hope these signs serve as one more reminder for everyone to slow down and remain alert of potential black ice or snowy walkway conditions,” said Michele Laur, safety specialist at UK. “Our goal is to be able to be proactive and addressing issues before they lead to an incident.”
WalkSafe promotes winter weather safety by encouraging others to make reports of any unsafe conditions to Laur at email@example.com. The WalkSafe website also provides practical tips for walking in inclement weather and the proper footwear to use. It also provides information on the priority snow clearing plan for campus used by Facilities Managment. Visit the website at www.uky.edu/hr/hr-home/uk-walk-safe-winter.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — When students arrive at the University of Kentucky, they will interact with hundreds of people. Out of the hundreds of interactions, the most memorable conversations will likely be with someone who helped make the student's transition to life at UK as smooth and efficient as possible.
“Every year, hundreds of student leaders on the K Crew lead new students on UK's campus, welcoming them into the Big Blue Nation. We are going to give next year's incoming class the best K Week ever, filled with great memories, new friendships and a sense of excitement about being a Wildcat,” said Director of New Student and Family Programs Lauren Goodpaster.
It takes quite a few UK upperclass student leaders — more than 300 to be exact — to manage the annual welcoming programs for freshmen and transfer students known as K Week. The student leaders call themselves the K Crew, and applications are now available to join their ranks for fall 2016.
“K Crew is a unique opportunity to lead a group of new students as well as refine and shape your own leadership skills,” said Pete Comparoni, K Week student coordinator.
The Office of New Student and Family Programs is currently accepting applications for next year’s K Crew. Apply to join K Crew on OrgSync by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. If you have any questions, email KWeek@lsv.uky.edu or call 859-257-6597.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) — Craig N. Carter, director and professor of epidemiology at the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL), recently took the helm of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) as president for a five-year term.
AVES was founded by James H. Steele in 1964 to recognize global leaders in infectious disease epidemiology and public health and to foster research to combat infectious diseases in both animals and humans. The society has recognized more than 70 world-renowned scientists through awarding the K.F. Meyer/James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award, which Carter received in 2011, primarily for his work on zoonotic diseases.
“I consider it such a great honor and privilege to serve as the president of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society for the next five years," said Carter. "Since leaving my ambulatory practice in Texas, I have worked as an epidemiologist in service, research and teaching roles in the university, military and international consulting environments for over thirty years. Dr. Jim Steele — founder of the AVES and the CDC division of epidemiology — was my graduate professor, mentor and dear friend for many years until his death at 100 years young in 2013."
Carter was recruited from Texas A&M University to the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment in 2005 to build an epidemiology program to provide for the early detection of animal disease outbreaks such as Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome. In 2007, he was appointed to his current position at UKVDL where he oversees lab operations, conducts research and works with his graduate students.
One of Carter’s goals for the AVES is to attract more bright students into careers in epidemiology. Sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corporation, the AVES hosts its annual meeting each year as part of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) meeting. The 2016 meeting will be held in July, in San Antonio, Texas. A celebration of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps will also be held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio in conjunction with the AVMA meeting. Carter’s military career spanned from 1967-2008, retiring as a full colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Veterinary Corps.
Carter said he has thoroughly enjoyed his many years as a faculty member at UK.
"Now nearing the end of my career, I delight in this opportunity to give something back to the AVES and to a scientific discipline that has been so good to me and the world.”
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UK Jazz Ensemble plays "My Funny Valentine," written by Rogers and Hart, arranged by Dave Barduhn.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble and Lab Band invite couples and jazz lovers alike to come in out of the cold for "A Jazzy Valentine Concert" 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), Feb. 11, at the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Conducted by Miles Osland, director of UK Jazz Studies, the UK Jazz Ensemble is composed of undergraduate and graduate students. The ensemble has received invitations to perform at the Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference multiple times and at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference. In 2011, the UK Jazz Ensemble, along with the Osland/Dailey Jazztet, toured France, Switzerland and the Netherlands, performing at two of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals. In 2014, the ensemble completed at two-week tour of China.
Under the direction of Raleigh Dailey, associate professor of jazz studies, the UK Lab Band has performed regionally as well as at jazz festivals in Elmhurst, Illinois, and Louisville, Kentucky.
UK's Jazz Ensemble and Lab Band are housed in the UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) — Submissions are being accepted until March 1 for the 2016 Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award competition, sponsored by SAS. This award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated operational excellence in supply chain management as evidenced in a recently completed supply chain improvement project.
The first winner of what is fast becoming a coveted salute was Lexmark International in 2015. The award is administered by the advisory committee of the Supply Chain Forum, which will be held March 31 and April 1 this year. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit http://gatton.uky.edu/eec/supplychain/scfaward/index.php.
An effective supply chain is a key component to business success, ensuring a product or service moves efficiently from supplier to customer.
"It’s an exciting time to be in the supply chain industry, and it’s especially exciting to honor one of our companies for their innovative work in the field with the 'Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award',” said David W. Blackwell, dean of the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics. “It’s great to see the inventive ways companies are enhancing their supply chain processes to not only improve customer service, but return on investment. I look forward to seeing all the entries this year."
The forum, which is hosted by the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center within the Gatton College, is now in its sixth year. The theme for the upcoming forum is "Winning Supply Chains: Integrating People and Technology." Lora Cecere, the president and CEO of Supply Chain Insights, will offer the keynote address entitled "Making the Digital Pivot."
The regular registration fee for the conference is $225 per person. However, organizers are offering one-third off that price from now through Feb. 29, making the cost $150.
The Supply Chain Forum events kickoff with a networking reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the new Gatton College building on campus. The forum itself goes from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 1, at The Grand Reserve, located at 903 Manchester Street in downtown Lexington.
To register or for more information on the forum, go to http://gatton.uky.edu/eec/Index.php.
“We’re thrilled to announce we’ve secured more sponsors than we’ve ever had, including SAS Institute Inc., Brown Forman, Blue World Supply Chain Consulting, LLC and LBX,” said Joe Labianca, executive director of the Gatton College's Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center. “This will ensure the quality of the event with nationally-recognized speakers like our keynote, Lora Cecere.”
For any questions regarding the upcoming Supply Chain Forum or the 2016 Commonwealth Supply Chain Innovation Award, contact Lucy Tepper, conference coordinator, at 859-257-8746, or via email: email@example.com.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 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. Today's guest host is WUKY News Director Alan Lytle, and his guest is Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries. Boyd talks about the increased interest in oral histories — partially sparked by the popular StoryCorps project.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/uk-perspectives-nunn-center-oral-history-leader-ever-evolving-field.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) program is launching a nonprofit website database to help facilitate the process of connecting students and faculty to nonprofits across the Commonwealth.
In its current phase, the database provides a simple listing of nonprofits with direct links to websites. Students and faculty can sort and filter the list by city and by sector. From sports and religious groups to animals and foundations, the database has a wide variety of options for those with an interest in becoming connected with the nonprofit sector.
The database may be accessed at www.uky.edu/UGE/CNP_nonprofit_database.
The website database may be helpful in facilitating the search for student internships, service learning projects, research and potential jobs after graduation. It helps connect students with nonprofits with which they may share a similar interest and passion.
There are more than 1,000 nonprofits across the Commonwealth currently in the database. Additional nonprofits are being added to the database weekly in order to provide as comprehensive a list as possible.
For more information on the database and the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) program, visit www.uky.edu/UGE/CNP.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Commencement committee has announced time changes for the May 2016 Commencement ceremonies in order to better accommodate a growing number of graduates.
All ceremonies will still take place Sunday, May 8 at Rupp Arena. The time changes are as follows:
- 9 a.m. — First Undergraduate Ceremony featuring the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; Gatton College of Business and Economics; College of Education; College of Engineering; and College of Nursing
- 2 p.m. — Second Undergraduate Ceremony featuring the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Communication and Information; College of Design; College of Fine Arts; College of Health Sciences; College of Public Health; and College of Social Work
- 7 p.m. — Graduate and Professional Ceremony
Registration for Commencement opens Tuesday, March 8, during Grad Salute. Grad Salute will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 8 through March 11, at the King Alumni House on Rose Street.
Keeping with UK tradition, a student speaker will be selected for each undergraduate ceremony. May graduates interested in being the student speaker can get more information and apply online at www.uky.edu/Commencement/speakers.html. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 28.
For questions regarding Commencement, visit the Commencement FAQs page.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) — Starting this weekend, visitors of the University of Kentucky Art Museum will be seeing double as the museum opens "One + One," a permanent collection installation that brings together several artists who repeat signature motifs and or utilize techniques that establish distinct states of the same image with small changes to composition or densit. The exhibition, which runs Feb. 13 through May 29, is free and open to the public.
The artists' works in "One + One" question the notion of singularity and uniqueness in drawing, printmaking, sculpture and painting; questioning the motives and methods of repetition. Andy Warhol and Kentucky folk artist Edgar Tolson unapologetically produced their art for a market, affirming that art and commerce have long walked hand in hand. Doris Ulmann, Paul-Cesar Helleu and Sol Lewitt used different photographic and printmaking techniques or a variety of colored inks to alter the aesthetics of an image. Knox Martin produced closely related images in a series of lithographs, while Victor Hammer made two sketches of a leg with subtle variations in preparation for a painting.
For UK Art Museum lovers, the highlight of this installation will invariably be the pairing of two almost identical paintings by Julien Dupré, whose canvas, "In the Pasture" from 1883, has long been a favorite of visitors to the museum. An earlier painting by Dupré, "In Pasture" from 1882, has been borrowed from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, in order to create a wondrous compare and contrast scenario. The artist’s paintings of French agricultural life won even more praise from patrons in America than in his native France, and now the Bluegrass can see two of his masterful paintings of a young milkmaid attempting to pull a recalcitrant cow to a stake in the ground.
The UK Art Museum is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information on membership, contact Lyndi Van Deursen at 859-257-8164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the UK Art Museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; email@example.com
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2016) — After over a decade of fundraising and advocacy "For The Kids," DanceBlue is gearing up for its best marathon yet.
DanceBlue is a 24-hour no siting, no sleeping marathon. All of the money raised by DanceBlue goes to the Golden Matrix Fund, which benefits the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic and cancer research. Students fundraise year round in order to participate.
The 2016 DanceBlue Marathon will take place Feb. 27-28, in Memorial Coliseum. Dancers will stand up at 2 p.m. Saturday and won’t sit until 2 p.m. Sunday. This is DanceBlue’s 11th marathon. Since the first marathon in 2006, DanceBlue has raised over $8.2 million dollars.
The marathon is open to the public from start to finish but only dancers are allowed on the floor of Memorial Coliseum. Family and friends of dancers are welcome and encouraged to come support their loved ones.
“Support in the stands is one of the most vital parts of the marathon," said DanceBlue Overall Chair Erica Shipley. "Not only is it a support system for our dancers who might just need a smile to get them through the next hour, but it also shows our families that the University of Kentucky and the community are there for them during the trying times of cancer. It is really what makes DanceBlue a celebration across the Commonwealth.”
DanceBlue is a program housed in the Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite UK with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote lifelong community service. For more information about the CCO, visit www.ukcco.org. Connect with the CCO on Facebook here and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ukcco.
Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at www.facebook.com/danceblue and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/UKDanceBlue and on Tumblr at danceblue.tumblr.com. You can also follow DanceBlue on Instagram.
Those nominated for the Sanders-Brown Centenarian Award must be age 100 or older within the 2016 calendar year and must live in Kentucky.
Centenarians will be recognized during the "I Know Expo" on Sunday, April 3. The expo is a free event attracting more than 1,000 people annually. Scores of experts who know about healthy aging and coping with disabilities will be on hand for one-on-one discussions and informative presentations on housing, health care and insurance, legal and financial planning, living well and staying active.
Centenarians will also be celebrated at the Sanders-Brown Annual Dinner on Thursday, April 7. The dinner will fund internationally recognized ongoing research at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, where researchers are engaged in the battle against Alzheimer's disease and other age-related illnesses. Captain Jim Lovell, famous for his calm, careful command of Apollo 13 will be the keynote speaker.
For more information, contact the SBCoA Foundation at 859-323-5374. The deadline for nominations is March 9. Recipients will be notified by March 30.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2016) — As part of the "Year of Europe" sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, UK Libraries is hosting a festival of European films accompanied by an exhibit in William T. Young Library. The award-winning films were chosen by faculty members on the Year of Europe Steering Committee and each film is introduced by a faculty member with knowledge of the country. The films and exhibition are free and open to the public.
The corresponding exhibit, "Europe through the Lens: A Festival of Contemporary European Films," displays posters promoting a series of films being shown throughout the academic year. The posters are the original artwork of Zach Lamb, a graduate student from Union, Kentucky, who works with the Late Night Film Series, and were created for this festival. The festival is sponsored jointly by UK Libraries and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Official trailer for the film "Biutiful," which is rated R.
Five films remain in the series, beginning with "Biutiful," screening at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the UK Athletics Auditorium of Young Library. "Biutiful," starring Javier Bardem, follows the journey of a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality amidst the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. The film, rated R, was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
A complete schedule of all the films along with descriptions, trailers and information about the directors can be found at http://libguides.uky.edu/eurofilm.
In addition to the film festival, UK Libraries invites members of the UK community to try their skills as vexillogogists, testing their knowledge of the flags of European nations. The 19 flags currently on display in the atrium of Young Library represent a selection of the 38 European countries represented by the "Year of Europe." Flag keys are available at library circulation, information services and security desks.
Information on featured European countries and the European Union can be found at http://libguides.uky.edu/year_of_europe.
A complete listing of Year of Europe campus activities can be found at: https://europe.as.uky.edu/.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2016) — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This week the students, faculty and staff are invited to check out UK Dining’s Valentine’s Day specials.
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, The Fresh Food Company will be offering special treats during lunch on Thursday, Feb. 11. The dessert station will feature themed desserts like cupcakes, cobblers, and parfaits. Blazer Dining will offer similar treats at their dessert station for lunch on Sunday, Feb. 14
The newest restaurant to campus, la Madeleine, will also be opening its doors on Sunday, Feb. 14 to offer reservations for a special Valentine’s Day event. The restaurant welcomes anyone looking to celebrate over a three-course meal. Guests can expect red roses, linen tablecloths, and a warm fireplace.
Guests will choose one of following salads, entrees, and desserts:
Course one: Garden Salad or Caesar Salad
Course two: Chicken La Madeleine or Spinach Pochette (Vegetarian) or Pesto Pasta
Course three: Cheesecake or Chocolate Sacher Torte
la Madeleine is located at The 90, across the street from the William T. Young Library. The exclusive Valentine’s Day event is reservation only. We will be taking dinner reservations starting at 6 p.m. The last reservation time slots will be at 8 p.m. that evening. Interested guests can make their reservations by contacting Paulette Camuel in the Dining Center at (859) 323-7159 or at email@example.com. The meal is $15 per person and can be paid by cash, card or Flex account. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, reserved guests will be notified by Feb. 12.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2016) — University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Brian Taves has been named one of the winners of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s 2016 John G. Cawelti Award for the Best Textbook/Primer in Popular Culture for his book "Hollywood Presents Jules Verne: The Father of Science Fiction on Screen." The award will be presented to the author at the 2016 PCA/ACA National Conference, which will be held March 23, in Seattle, Washington.
Taves' book shares this year’s award with "Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images" by Finis Dunaway. The PCA/ACA is a group of scholars and enthusiasts who study popular culture. The PCA/ACA offers a venue to come together and share ideas and interests about the field or about a particular subject within the field.
In "Hollywood Presents Jules Verne," Brian Taves investigates the indelible mark that the author has left on English-language cinema. Adaptations of Verne’s tales have taken many forms — early movie shorts, serials, feature films, miniseries and television shows — and have been produced as both animated and live-action films. Taves illuminates how, as these stories have been made and remade over the years, each new adaptation looks back not only to Verne’s words but also to previous screen incarnations.
Taves also examines how generations of actors have portrayed iconic characters such as Phileas Fogg and Captain Nemo, and how these figures are treated in pastiches such as "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" (2012). Investigating the biggest box-office hits as well as lower-budget productions, this comprehensive study broadens our understanding of this seminal figure in science fiction film.
The John G. Cawelti Award was established to honor the work of the retired University of Kentucky English professor who has been a pioneer in the study of popular and American culture. His books such as "The Six-Gun Mystique" and "The Spy Story" helped establish popular culture as a subject worthy of academic study.
Taves is the second UPK author to win the Cawelti Award. Joseph J. Foy received the award in 2008 for his book "Homer Simpson Goes to Washington: American Politics through Popular Culture."
Brian Taves is a film archivist with the Library of Congress. He is the author of more than 100 articles and six books, including "The Romance of Adventure: The Genre of Historical Adventure Movies" and "Thomas Ince: Hollywood’s Independent Pioneer."
UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. The editorial program of the press focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2016) — This weekend’s edition of Kentucky Educational Television’s (KET) "Kentucky Life" will be sure to catch your attention as one segment of the show focuses on the University of Kentucky’s Wildcat Service Dogs (WSD) program.
WSD is a student-run organization that works to provide basic training and socialization of puppies with the hope that they will be able to become certified service dogs through Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence (ADAI), an organization based in Ohio.
"Our motto is, ‘helping students, help dogs, help people,’ and I have never felt something more true. This club not only gives you a special feeling of helping someone else, but you gain a unique set of skills and form great bonds with the dogs and other people that can’t be mirrored anywhere else,” Gabe Mateka, vice president of WSD, said.
Students live with the program’s adorable puppies — which are typically golden retrievers or Labrador retrievers — full time until the dogs are a year old. They take the dogs along with them to classes, jobs and extracurricular activities, all while working to teach them basic obedience commands and assistance behaviors, such as “retrieve.” Once the dogs pass their final certifications, they are partnered with people in need of assistance as a result of mobility disorders or certain health conditions.
You can see the episode on WSD this weekend on KET at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, as well as on KET2 at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15. For more information regarding the WSD program, you can visit http://www.wildcatservicedogs.org.
"Kentucky Life" is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Valerie Trimble, Gary Pahler and Paul Smith. KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than 1 million people each week via television, online and mobile.