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UK Theatre Opens Season With 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:26
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015) — Get ready for the return of the talents of University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance students as they open their season with performances of "The Importance of Being Earnest." The production will run Oct. 8-18, at the Guignol Theatre.

Oscar Wilde's satirical wit shapes the masterpiece, "The Importance of Being Earnest," which brings to life a case of mistaken identity. Who is Ernest? Could he be the disreputable brother of the honorable gentleman Jack Worthing? Is he the pseudonym of Algernon Moncrieff, Jack's best friend and avid supporter of the so called "Bunburysts"? Their fiancées would like to find out the truth. "Earnest" invites audiences on an amusing adventure into a world of illusion, deception and Victorian societal decorum.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" will take the Guignol stage 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8-10 and Oct.15-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 and 18. Tickets for the production are $15 for general admission and $10 for UK students with a valid ID through the Singletary Center box office. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 859-257-4929, visit online at or purchase in person during operating hours.

The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from the renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life. 

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

Panel of Experts Discusses Refugee Crisis in the Middle East, Europe

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 16:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015) — The images of untold thousands of people — many of them children — escaping the horror and despair of the war-ravaged Middle East are seared in the memories of anyone even semi-aware of global events in recent months.

Newscasters and reporters around the world have failed to find the words to adequately describe and explain the tsunami of humanity that washed upon the shores or stumbled across the borders of European nations. So many questions and so few answers.

A panel of nine experts from six disciplines was formed by the University of Kentucky’s International Studies Program and its director Sue Roberts to help the campus community better understand this ongoing crisis. The experts hope to shed light on questions such as:

  • What is actually happening (the basic flows of people, from where to where, via where; numbers, directions, etc.)?
  • What is causing people to leave their homes? What is happening in Syria (and other source countries)? Why?
  • What is the difference between migrant and refugee (and IDP)? What is the legal significance of refugee status?
  • What is going on with the EU and member states' responses?
  • What organizations (international, etc.) are involved in responding to the situation?
  • What could/should the U.S. do? What could/should we ourselves here in Lexington do?
  • What are some good sources for learning more about the crisis and for keeping up with the news on this situation?

To answer these questions and more, Roberts contacted people she knew with related research interests and expertise. This included people who work directly on questions of refugee migration as well as people interested in European union politics and policies, the Middle East, and refugee/immigration law (internationally and in the U.S.).  

“These experts and I want to provide the campus community, especially undergraduates, and the public with the chance to learn more about the on-going refugee crisis by hearing a range of expert perspectives and by participating in an open discussion,” said Roberts, who, in addition to directing UK’s International Studies Program, is associate dean for UK International Affairs and professor of geography.

The panel includes:

·       Patricia Ehrkamp, associate professor of geography, researches migration in Europe. She has a newly funded National Science Foundation grant (with Anna Secor below, and Jenna Loyd, a professor at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee) titled “The Geopolitics of Trauma: The Role of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Admission and Resettlement of Iraqi Refugees in the U.S.” Ehrkamp teaches a range of human geography courses, including an introductory course on immigrant America, and she is currently the director of UK Graduate Studies in Geography.

·       Emily Jones, an immigration attorney with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, helps refugees as well as other immigrant clients with a variety of immigration matters, such as applications for citizenship and legal permanent residence, family petitions (to bring family members to the United States), employment authorization cards, travel documents, and replacement documents. A native Kentuckian, Jones graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s in political science and French and holds a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

·       Kristin Monroe, assistant professor of anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist whose research concerns human mobility with a focus on Lebanon. Her book “The Insecure City: Space, Power, and Mobility in Beirut” will be published by Rutgers University Press in March 2016). Monroe teaches courses on urban anthropology, cultural anthropology and the anthropology of the Middle East at UK.

·       Michael Samers, associate professor of geography, studies migration, especially the life and experiences of immigrants in Europe, with a focus on France. He has a well-known book "Migration (Key Ideas in Geography Series)," (Routledge) and many academic papers on immigration, labor markets and cities in France. Samers teaches in the UK Department of Geography, the UK Honors Program and International Studies.

·       Anna Secor, the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Islamic Studies Professor at UK and professor of geography, is a political geographer whose research focuses on how spatial processes — such as those that demarcate territories and bodies, inclusions and exclusions — produce political subjects (such as “citizens”). She has worked primarily in Turkey, examining politics in the everyday lives of a range of people. In 2015 Secor was named the first Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Islamic Studies Professor here at UK. She teaches courses on political geography, the Middle East, and war and violence.

·       Christine Smith, postdoctoral fellow in geography, recently completed her doctorate in geography and also earned a Certificate in Social Theory here at UK. She has won National Science Foundation funding for her research into state violence and mobility in urban space, in which she focused on people’s experiences of violence in Cairo, Egypt. Smith has taught courses such as “Cities of the World” and “Geography of the Middle East.”

·       Janet Stamatel, assistant professor of sociology, is a sociologist with interests in transitional crime and political sociology. She has researched how macro-level political change affects crime rates — with a focus on Eastern Europe. Stamatel teaches sociology and international studies courses and leads a UK summer Study Abroad program in Morocco and Spain called “Crime and Justice at the Crossroads.”

·       Todd Stoltzfus, a former relief worker and U.S. Department of State Refugee Officer, is now with UK’s Certified Nonprofit Professional program (Division of Undergraduate Education). He is director of Social Enterprise and Innovation/Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) Program. Stoltzfus provides overall leadership and day-to-day management of the new CNP program, which launched January 2015 at UK. He has over 10 years of international experience at nonprofits and at the U.S. Department of State working on complex humanitarian emergencies and refugee assistance programs, particularly in Africa. He also brings 10 years of extensive business management, finance, and negotiations experience from a Fortune 500 company.

·       Mohammad Zannoun, is a visiting lecturer in the UK Department of Sociology and the International Studies Program. He is a sociologist with interests and expertise in sociology of gender and has researched the relationships between gender and religion, especially Islam. He has deep, personal knowledge of the Middle East.

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

Final Round of Transportation Master Plan Forums Provides Opportunity for Community Feedback

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 6, 2015) — The third and final round of public forums for the UK Transportation Master Plan will occur this week: Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday Oct. 9.

Two forums will take place at the following times and locations:

  • Thursday, Oct. 8, beginning at 3:30 p.m., Pavilion A Auditorium in the Chandler Hospital
  • Friday, Oct. 9, beginning at 10 a.m., Gatton College of Business and Economics, Room 399

The forums will also be live streamed on UKNow.

The UK Transportation Master Plan (TMP) aims to improve access and mobility to, from, and around campus for all members of the UK community.

Sasaki and Associates, the consulting firm developing the TMP, will present the final draft of the Transportation Master Plan at the forums. The plan is highly informed by feedback the university received from the first two rounds of public forums, which took place in January and March, as well as through the "send us your feedback" feature on the EVPFA website, and from the TMP online survey that yielded nearly 4,800 responses. 

Feedback from these conversations has already led to new programming on the UK campus.

The new BluPass partnership with Lextran, which began in July, was a direct result of feedback received at previous Transportation Master Plan forums.

Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday said that he hopes to continue receiving feedback from the UK community.

“We have received an exceptional amount of feedback regarding the challenges and opportunities that we face in regard to parking and transportation on our campus, and we have listened,” Monday said. “We look forward to having another meaningful conversation with the community in this next round of forums."

Use the following links to view videos of the January and March campus forums.

The TMP aligns with the UK Campus Master Plan — the blueprint for UK's campus transformation that‘s allowing it to become a national model for a thriving, public residential research campus.

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

College of Dentistry Presents White Coats to Class of 2019

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 15:27

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015) − The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry welcomed 65 new students into the dental profession with the presentation of the traditional doctors white coat at a ceremony Aug. 21 at Memorial Hall on UK's campus.

The College of Dentistry Alumni Association, American College of Dentistry and the International College of Dentistry sponsored the event, making it possible for each member of the class to receive a personalized monogrammed white coat.

Keynote speaker Stephanos Kyrkanides, dean of the College of Dentistry, charged the class of 2019 to reflect on this rite of passage and to "accept both the rights and the responsibilities that come with the role of a dental professional."

“We will help guide your steps for the next four years,” Kyrkanides said.  “…you will be well prepared to walk the professional path on your own thereafter when you constantly reflect on both the rights and the responsibilities of caring for the oral and thus the overall health of your patients.”

The College of Dentistry's class of 2019 is comprised of 31 males and 34 females, 43 of whom are from Kentucky. 

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

UKSGA to Host State Election Forum

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 11:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015)  The University of Kentucky Student Government Association (UKSGA) is hosting a state election forum for candidates for state treasurer, secretary of state, auditor and agriculture commissioner at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

The purpose of the forum is to discuss current events and issues pertinent to both the state elected positions and the needs and interests of the students. UKSGA Director of Government Relations Boone Proffitt will host the forum and Josh Douglas, a faculty member at the UK College of Law, will moderate.

“The forum will be a platform that celebrates civic processes, reflecting on the freedom that comes with being an American. Voting allows us to express our opinions — whether we regard it as a tedious process or not,” Proffitt said. 

Introductory statements from each candidate will begin the forum, followed by a series of general question and answer dialogue. Then, each college that is sponsoring the forum will have the opportunity to ask candidate-specific questions.

The Gatton College of Business and Economics will develop questions to ask state treasurer candidate Allison Ball, along with auditor candidates Mike Harmon and Adam Edelen. The Martin School of Public Policy will develop questions to ask secretary of state candidate Steve Knipper. The College of Agriculture, Food and the Environment will develop questions to ask agriculture commissioner candidates Ryan Quarles and Jean Marie Lawson-Spann. Students will also have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions.

The mission of the UKSGA is to represent all undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled at the university. UKSGA exists to increase student influence over academic policy, provide necessary student services, protect and expand student substantive and procedural rights and to better represent the student body in relations with the faculty, administration, Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The state election forum is free and open to the public.  A reception with the candidates will begin at 6 p.m. prior to the forum.  For any additional information or questions, contact Boone Proffitt at

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, (859) 257-1909;; Rebecca Stratton, (859) 323-2395;

UK Faculty, Staff Invited to Halloween BOONEanza

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 10:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015) — University of Kentucky faculty and staff are invited to the second annual Halloween BOONEanza from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at the Hilary J. Boone Center.

Sponsored by the UK Staff Senate and the Hilary J. Boone Center, festivities will include a lunch buffet, costume contest, best spirit award and trick-or-treat. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a $12 lunch buffet. To make reservations, call the Boone Center at 859-257-1133 by 5 p.m. Oct. 23. Departments may reserve a table for up to eight people, and individuals may also reserve spots.

To compete in the costume contest, "like" the Staff Senate on Facebook at then register here. Following the event, anyone may vote for the best costume on the Facebook event page.

The department whose table shows the best spirit (costumes considered) will receive a prize to take away from the event.

No reservations are needed for trick-or-treating with various local exhibitors throughout the venue.

For questions regarding the event, please contact the Hilary J. Boone Center at 859-257-1133 or the Office of the Staff Senate at 257-9242.  

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396,

King and Queen of 100th UK Homecoming Celebration Named

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 23:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 3, 2015) — Lauren Henrickson, daughter of Julie and Jeff Day and the late Donald Henrickson Jr., of Lexington, and Austin Mullen, son of Daryle and Patti Mullen of LaGrange, Kentucky, were crowned the University of Kentucky homecoming queen and king during halftime ceremonies at the UK versus Eastern Kentucky University homecoming football game today.

Henrickson is a senior integrated strategic communications major and pursuing a certificate in innovative and entrepreneurial thinking with a psychology minor and was sponsored in the homecoming royalty candidacy by Alpha Delta Pi. She is a Singletary Scholar, Honors Program student, a member of the UK Dance Team and music chair of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Austin Mullen is a senior finance, marketing and business management major and was sponsored by Alpha Delta Pi. Mullen serves the university as Student Body President. He is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, served on the leadership of DanceBlue and Wrap Up America.

Other finalists for queen and king were:

·         Chelsea St. Clair, daughter of Suzanne Lubbers, is pursuing a dual degree in psychology and integrated strategic communication along with two minors, from West Des Moines, Iowa. She was sponsored by Phi Mu sorority.

·         Chanel Friday, daughter of Rufus and Melody Friday is a senior integrated strategic communications major with a visual studies minor, from the state of Washington. Friday ws sponsored by STAT/Team Wildcat.

·         Amy Shelton, daughter of Doyle and Kelly Shelton, is a senior integrated strategic communications major with minors in digital media and design and Italian studies, from Hopkinsville, Ky. sponsored by Delta Zeta.

·         Lauren Bosler, daughter of Courtney and Bill Wobbe, is a senior marketing major with a minor in international business, from Louisville. Bosler was sponsored by the Global Scholars Program.

·         Jacob Ewing, son of Debbie Daly and Kevin Ewing, is currently studying integrated strategic communication and gender and women’s studies and seeking the certified nonprofit professional credential, from Covington, Ky. Ewing is sponsored by Student Government Association.

·         Ben Conner, son of Kenley and Dawn Conner and Steve and Beth Sterchi, is a pursuing a degree in career and technical education with a minor in animal sciences, from Smiths Grove, Ky. Conner was sponsored by Beta Theta Pi.

·         Arayo Sokan, son of Babatunde and Amanda Sokan, is a senior pre-medicine, pre-law, psychology, and Spanish major with minors in neuroscience and biology, from Lexington. Sokan is sponsored by Chi Omega.

·         Andrew Kirk, son of Michael and Deborah Kirk, is a senior chemical engineering major, from Lexington. Kirk was sponsored by Sigma Chi. 

UK, City Officials Outline Plans for Transportation and Safety During Oct. 15 Football Game

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 17:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — Next Thursday, Oct. 15, the University of Kentucky football team will host the Auburn University Tigers at the new Commonwealth Stadium. This matchup will mark UK's first Thursday night football game since 1939.

As ESPN's spotlight event, this game is an exciting opportunity to nationally showcase UK and the local community.

“Hosting a Thursday night game provides a distinctive opportunity to showcase, in the national spotlight, our transforming campus, our deep connection with the city of Lexington, and our great university community,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We thank the UK family in advance for their patience and cooperation on that day.”

“The entire city feels the energy of UK game day, no matter what day of the week,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “We want fans to have a good time cheering on the Wildcats, while being respectful of surrounding neighborhoods. That includes parking only in authorized areas.”

Along with excitement of the game, the day will present challenges regarding parking and transportation.

In an effort to accommodate the influx of fans and visitors, and to ensure campus continues to operate smoothly on game day, UK and UK HealthCare leaders assembled planning teams to address opportunities and challenges associated with the Thursday night game. The parking and transportation plan will require some faculty, staff, students and UK HealthCare workers to revise their regular parking and commuting routine for one day.

Today, officials from the university, UK HealthCare and the city of Lexington will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. to discuss the challenges that may arise on Oct. 15 and elaborate on the parking and transportation plan developed specifically for that day.

For detailed information regarding parking and transportation, all students, main campus and UK healthCare employees should visit

This website explains where to park on game day; it also provides an interactive map for each specific group including UK HealthCare employees, VA Hospital and Bluegrass Community and Technical College employees, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and south campus employees, main campus employees, residential students, commuter students and visitors to campus.

As with all other home football game days, student and employee parking will be restricted in the following areas, beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15:

  • Commonwealth Stadium Red Lot
  • Commonwealth Stadium Blue Lot
  • Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot
  • Orange Lot (corner of University & Alumni)
  • Greg Page Overflow Lot
  • Soccer/Softball Complex Lots
  • University Drive Garage (PS #1)
  • Sports Center Garage (PS #7)
  • Sports Center Lots
  • University Drive
  • Ag North and Ag Greenhouse Area

All vehicles without the appropriate football parking credentials must be removed no later than 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.

Additionally, three lots on campus will close earlier. The Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot (adjacent to the Oswald Building) will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, and the Gluck Equine Lot and expansion section of the Orange Lot will close at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. The Rose Street Garage (PS2) and the Press Avenue Garage (PS6) will be available for employee parking; however, employees are encouraged to remove vehicles from these facilities before 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, to accommodate additional football visitor parking.

Those students and employees who park in areas restricted for credentialed game day parking will be accommodated in a variety of community partner off-campus parking facilities. These parking areas are assigned by group in order to ensure adequate parking is available and to streamline the shuttle service. The university is partnering with a leading transportation management firm, Go Ground, to transport members of the UK community to and from the assigned remote, off-campus parking lots. All Go Ground buses are accessible for disabled individuals.

All students, main campus employees and UK HealthCare employees should anticipate longer commute times on game day and plan accordingly. UK HealthCare leadership has worked hard to ensure that the university's hospitals and clinics remain available to meet the needs of patients.

"HealthCare is committed to our mission of serving the needs of our patients. A Thursday night football game does present some challenges, yet it provides great benefits for the university and Lexington as well,” Ann Smith, chief administrative officer for UK HealthCare, said. “Our resourceful and talented team has succeeded in maintaining operations during Saturday night games, and we expect to uphold the same standards of quality and excellence during this game."

An information line will be available at noon Wednesday, Oct. 14, until 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, for the community to call with issues or concerns regarding parking and transportation. The number to call is 1-855-682-4115.

“With our team developing quickly and a beautiful new stadium, we can’t wait to show America what UK football is all about with this Thursday night game," UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. "I want to thank campus and city officials and my staff for the work they have done to prepare. We also ask for patience from the UK community and hope everyone enjoys the game.”

For more information about the game and pre-game activities, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

Nursing Faculty Awarded Grant to Study e-cigs Effects in Pregnant Women

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 15:55

LEXINGTON, Ky(Oct. 5, 2015) — The U.S. has the largest and fastest growing market for e-cigs, and adult women of childbearing age are the most common users. However, no data exists regarding the health effects of e-cigs on pregnant women or their babies.

University of Kentucky College of Nursing associate professor Kristin Ashford and her team of researchers are working to generate this data through a four-year, $2.3 million R01 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for her proposal titled, "The Impact of Electronic Cigarettes (e-cigs)," which aims to determine the effects of e-cigs on prenatal biomarkers and birth outcomes. The multi-site study represents collaboration between the College of Nursing and the UK Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, as well as researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Previous research shows the consumption of nicotine, the main ingredient in e-cigarettes, is related to adverse pregnancy outcomes. Ashford’s study will collect data on pregnancy outcomes in three groups: mothers who use e-cigarettes, mothers who smoke traditional cigarettes, and those who smoke both during pregnancy. The research team will collect blood work from patients to identify biomarkers in women during each trimester of pregnancy. They will also look at factors including the risk of pre-term birth and the infant’s birth weight.

“To date, we do not know what effects these products have on pregnant mothers and their children; however, we do know that e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can cause birth defects,” Ashford said. “We also know that women who smoke traditional cigarettes are more likely to be hospitalized during pregnancy, have preterm birth, and their infants are more likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit.

According to Thomas Kelly, associate dean for research in the College of Nursing, pregnant women are switching to electronic cigarettes in an attempt to reduce the adverse effects of cigarette smoking, but may not be aware that nicotine delivered through electronic cigarettes also poses a significant fetal health risk.

“Dr. Ashford’s new grant is focused on this conundrum and will fill an important research gap in examining issues impacting electronic and regular cigarette use among pregnant women and the consequences of these choices on fetal health. This is an exciting new research area for the College of Nursing,” said Kelly.

Ashford started her career as a labor and delivery nurse, which exposed her to the detrimental effects of tobacco use during pregnancy. She is also working with the Kentucky Giving Infants and Families Tobacco-ree Starts (GIFTS) program, which partners with the Kentucky Department of Public Health to provide smoking cessation services to prenatal and postpartum women in Appalachia.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Submit an Abstract for NCUR 2016

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 15:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — University of Kentucky undergraduates participating in research projects are encouraged to submit an abstract for the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) — the annual student conference dedicated to undergraduate research in all fields of study. The call for abstracts is now open and will remain open through Dec. 2.

Students involved in research or creative activities on campus are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their work for this highly valuable opportunity. Information about how to apply can be found at

"NCUR is the premier venue for undergraduates to present their research and creative activity, and to network with other students across the nation and beyond,” said Diane Snow, director of UK’s Office of Undergraduate Research. “UK, a former two-time host of NCUR, is an enthusiastic supporter of this high impact experience for our students, and strongly encourages all interested students to submit applications.”

The 2016 NCUR will be held at the University of North Carolina-Asheville April 7-9, 2016.  

For more information, call the UK Office of Undergraduate Research

The UK Office of Undergraduate Research is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

Tickets Now Available for PTS Ride Home Express

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) offers a variety of shuttle and bus services to aid students and employees throughout academic holidays.

PTS Ride Home Express provides reliable, affordable and comfortable transportation on deluxe motor coach buses to and from particular destinations. The service provides an economical and efficient alternative as compared to other means of travel. 

Ride Home Express will operate for both Thanksgiving and Winter Break, with the following major routes:

·      Atlanta Area Route - Thanksgiving and Winter Break (Corbin, Kentucky; Knoxville, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Kennesaw, Georgia)

·      Chicago Area Route - Thanksgiving and Winter Break (Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis, Lafayette, Merrillville, Indiana; Naperville, Illinois)

·      Cleveland Area Route - Thanksgiving and Winter Break (Florence, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Mansfield, Medina, Ohio)

The PTS Ride Home Express program offers significantly cheaper fares than airlines, and faster travel times than other major bus companies. This year will mark the sixth year of the program, which has continuously improved with feedback from those who utilize the service.

UK students are able to reserve a round-trip seat via the Web by logging on to the Parking Account Manager with their Link Blue ID. Bluegrass Community and Technical College students are also able to purchase round-trip tickets online with their Kentucky Community and Technical College System login. Ride Home Express tickets will be available under the "Purchase Permits" section once logged in. All other riders must purchase their seats from the UK parking office in person. One-way fares may only be purchased in person or over the telephone.

Tickets will not be issued. All passengers will be added to a manifest and will need to bring a photo ID to board the bus. Round-trip fares for the PTS Ride Home Express range from $55-$155, with prices varying based on the final destination; a complete price list is below.

Ride Home Express will run Nov. 24 and Nov. 29 for Thanksgiving break; it will run Dec. 18 and Jan. 10 for winter break.

PTS recommends purchasing tickets as soon as possible. Space is limited, and seats will be sold on a first-come, first-servedbasis. In the event that a route sells out, PTS will maintain wait lists.

Answers to frequently asked questions about Ride Home Express can be found here. For more information visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 257-6398;

Miguel Announced as Fall Concert Artist

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 14:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 6, 2015)  The Student Activities Board is excited to announce Miguel as the 2015 fall concert artist. Miguel will perform at 8 p.mMonday, Nov. 9,  in Memorial Coliseum. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Student tickets go on sale today.

“Miguel is such a talented artist, and I believe he will be able to provide a unique and exciting experience for students," said James Collard, SAB director of concerts. "Our main method for selecting artists is based upon market research and opinions of the student body, so Miguel was really chosen by the University of Kentucky community.”

Miguel first hit the mainstream in 2010 with his popular single “All I Want is You.”  His unique sound has established him as one of the most soulful voices in modern R&B.

In 2013 Miguel was nominated for five Grammy Awards. His lead single “Adorn,” written and produced by the artist himself, gave Miguel his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Song and resided at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for more than 23 weeks becoming the longest running No. 1 in the history of the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

“The Fall Concert is one of our hallmark events, and it's always awesome to help students come together and experience a well-known artist," Collard said. "I've received too many questions to count about who the concert is going to be, so I'm excited that the event has come together, and we are able to announce it to the student body.”

Tickets will be available to students with a valid UK ID for $10 today and to the general public for $20 beginning Oct. 9. Student tickets can be purchased in the Bowman’s Den Ticket Office. General public tickets can be purchased at the Bowman’s Den Ticket Office and

For more information, please visit

SAB brings more than 60 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff, and the greater Lexington community.

Connect with SAB at, follow them on Twitter at, or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email

SAB CONTACT: Jazmine Byrd, Email:, Phone: 859-257-8868

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, 859-257-1909;; Rebecca Stratton, 859-323-2395;

Enjoy 'Some Enchanted Evening' With UK Opera Theatre

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:57

Jenna Day and André Campelo perform "Some Enchanted Evening" on WKYT. 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre opens its 2015-16 season with a one-weekend run of the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II multi-Tony Award-winning musical, "South Pacific," Oct. 8-11, at the Lexington Opera House.

"South Pacific" is based on the James A. Michener Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, "Tales of the South Pacific," which sends a strong progressive message about racism through the power of love. Considered among the 20th century's greatest musicals, the 1949 production won 10 Tony Awards and inspired a 1958 film adaptation and several successful revivals, including the 2008 production featuring Kelli O'Hara, Paulo Szot and Matthew Morrison.

Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, Nellie refuses Emile’s marriage proposal. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl he’s fallen in love with out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. Tragedy must come to the couples before they realize life is too short to hold such prejudices.

UK's production of "South Pacific" will star Jenna Day, a 2015 political science graduate working on her second bachelor's degree in vocal performance, as Nellie Forbush and doctoral student André Campelo as Emile de Becque. Kentucky audiences will recognize Day as Miss Kentucky 2013.

"South Pacific" is being guided by two of Lexington's own Broadway veterans, Jeromy and Lyndy Smith. The couple serve as both directors and choreographers for the production, which features several talents from both the UK School of Music and the UK Department of Theatre and Dance, who are participating in the college's musical theatre certificate program. It will be staged with Michael Yeargan’s 2008 Broadway revival set.

The show will begin 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, at the Lexington Opera House. "South Pacific" tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the Lexington Center.

UK Opera Theatre is part of 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 music theory.

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

New Traffic Light on Avenue of Champions

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 13:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — A new temporary traffic signal will become operational Saturday, Oct. 3, on the University of Kentucky campus.  The signal is at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Avenue of Champions, and a new pedestrian crosswalk has been located there. 

Meanwhile, the signal at South Martin Luther King Boulevard and Avenue of Champions will go into flashing mode for the duration of the Student Center construction project.  These changes are being made to improve traffic flow and safety in the area.

UK Police will monitor the Lexington Avenue intersection through Monday morning to insure safe and proper signal operation.

'Picking Cotton' Authors Teach the Healing Power of Forgiveness

Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 5, 2015) — For seven years, the University of Kentucky’s Common Reading Experience (CRE) has challenged new students with enthralling, controversial and thought-provoking books to read the summer before their move to campus and to engage in group discussions and events once classes begin. The 2015-2016 book, “Picking Cotton,” by Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton with Erin Torneo is no exception; it is the true account of a life-threatening sexual assault, the imprisonment of an innocent man and the redemption both victims eventually earn.

The campus and Lexington community is invited to the highlight of CRE’s academic year — the annual authors’ lecture — at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at Memorial Coliseum.

“The Common Reading Experience is an opportunity to join in the shared exploration of a single book,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “We’re excited to welcome Jennifer and Ronald to our campus as we continue engaging in an important academic dialogue about its themes on assault, unconscious bias, reconciliation and our humanity.”

The New York Times bestseller, “Picking Cotton,” has received continual attention since it was published in 2009, due primarily to the social issues it addresses with sensitivity and honesty — racial prejudice, sexual assault, eyewitness identification, a flawed court system, prison life, forgiveness and redemption. The book is considered controversial by some; it comes with a trigger warning that it could be upsetting for some readers.

“We are so excited about this year’s Common Reading Experience book, ‘Picking Cotton’,” said Kasey Borchardt, assistant director of New Student and Family Programs and coordinator of the CRE program. “The book encompasses powerful themes of forgiveness and resiliency, and it also allows us to have courageous conversations around the important topics of sexual assault, racial injustice, and bias in the criminal justice system.”

For WUKY reporter Chase Cavanaugh’s “Bookmarks” interview with Jennifer Thompson, visit .

Thompson and Cotton now work together as vocal activists, combatting sexual violence; advocating judicial reform, including the abolition of the death penalty and acceptance of the fallibility of eyewitness testimony; and proclaiming the healing power of forgiveness.  Together, they have successfully lobbied state legislators to change compensation laws for the wrongly convicted, to abolish the death penalty, to revise police eyewitness line-up procedures, and for many other causes. They speak frequently at schools, conferences and various advisory committees.

“We need to remove the anger and the hate and really start working on figuring out solutions to the problems,” Thompson said during her WUKY interview.

Borchardt agreed, pointing out that the authors’ commitment to societal and personal change was one reason the CRE committee chose “Picking Cotton.”

“UK has an incredible opportunity with this book, given current events in our nation, to engage students, faculty and staff in a campus-wide discussion and keep the conversation going with our year-long programming efforts,” she said.

UK junior Ann Baillie of Lemont, Illinois, agreed, "Every day, in the news, on social media and around campus, we hear debate and discussion on the same issues presented in ‘Picking Cotton.’ Yet, what the book does that those other sources do not do is turn those issues into positive lessons on friendship, resilience and forgiveness. It is these lessons that I am excited to hear Jennifer and Ronald talk about, and these are the lessons I hope everyone learns from the Common Reading Experience program."

"The Common Reading Experience … unites not only the students and faculty, but it extends to our community and embraces the diversification of Lexington,” said Alyssa Miller, a senior from Collinsville, Illinois. “The CRE is vital to this campus because it promotes unity, encourages higher-inquiry thinking, promotes global and local knowledge, and extends a helping hand to struggling students.

“Personally, the Common Reading Experience has molded me into the student and person I am today,” Miller added. “I could not be more excited to learn from Jennifer and Ronald, because I know their experiences will allow me to see things from new perspectives, which will help me develop into a better person. Learning new things and being exposed to different experiences only helps me become the best version of myself I can be.  

“The Common Reading Experience makes my heart happy because it unites this town and this university; it creates a bond that is unlike any other because it weaves together academic, social, and individual elements into one.” 

CRE is a collaborative effort shared by New Student and Family Programs, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Education and other campus partners and designed to introduce new students to academic life at UK. The goal is two-fold: first, to bring new students together for a common reading experience that introduces them to academic discourse prior to the start of classes; and second, to engage the entire UK community in a common intellectual experience through yearlong programming.

New students quickly learn that reading the book is not the end of the Common Reading Experience; it is in fact the beginning of a full year of campus-wide curricular integration and co-curricular programming. (See the remaining CRE schedule below.)

Author Lecture: Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton

Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., Memorial Coliseum

Sponsored by New Student and Family Programs

Green Dot/Bystander Intervention Overview

Oct. 13, at 4 p.m., VIP Center

Sponsored by the Violence Intervention & Prevention Center

#UKindaWanna: Make the World a Better Place

Oct. 13 at 4 p.m., 101 Stuckert Career Center

Sponsored by the Stuckert Career Center and Undergraduate Studies

A Night with Dr. Terrell Strayhorn

Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center


Oct. 29 at 5 p.m., VIP Center

Sponsored by the Violence Intervention & Prevention Center

Beverly Gooden: #WhyIStayed Lecture

Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., Seay Auditorium

Sponsored by the Student Activities Board

“Dear White People,” a Late Night Film Series Movie

Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., Memorial Hall

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center

Soup and Substance Discussion of “Dear White People”

Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m., 208 White Hall Classroom Building

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Center

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

Alum Discusses Upcoming Show on WUKY's 'UK Perspectives'

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 19:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  On today's program Godell talks to UK alumna Lecresha Berry who is bringing her one-woman show "BrownGirl. BlueGrass." to the Lyric Theater in Lexington next week. 

To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit

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

President Capilouto Talks "All Things UK" at Oct. 7 Good Morning Bluegrass

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 16:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — As the Bluegrass region’s largest employer, the University of Kentucky’s impact is felt far and wide across the Commonwealth. From its academic programs to its advances in health care to important research efforts and of course the successful athletics programs, UK has seen many changes and a lot of activity on campus lately.

UK is also undergoing a significant physical transformation of its academic, research, residential, health care and community spaces. Through partnerships, increased philanthropy and effective financial management, UK is self-financing the vast majority of its more than $1.7 billion infrastructure development.

At an upcoming Commerce Lexington Good Morning Bluegrass event presented by Fifth Third Bank from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Hyatt Regency Lexington’s Patterson Ballroom (401 West High Street), UK President Eli Capilouto will be on hand to talk about the plethora of changes and enhancements happening across the campus, and what we can look forward to during the next 150 years of the University of Kentucky.

Capilouto became the 12th president of the University of Kentucky July 1, 2011. Under his leadership, the $3.4 billion flagship and land-grant research university has gained significant momentum in fulfilling its multi-faceted mission of teaching, research, service and health care. A native of Alabama, Dr. Capilouto previously served as provost of the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and dean of the UAB School of Public Health.

The cost to attend Good Morning Bluegrass is $25 for Commerce Lexington Inc. members and $35 for non-members. To register, email to or register online at

MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; Mark Turner, 859-226-1606. 

DanceBlue Reveals 2016 Marathon Date

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 16:22

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015)  DanceBlue announced Wednesday that the 2016 dance marathon will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, and conclude 24 hours later, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28. The countdown toward the "best day of the year" has officially begun! 

DanceBlue also released a "The Best Day of the Year" video, which announced the date for this year's marathon. The video not only announced this year's marathon date but it featured students elaborating on the true meaning behind DanceBlue as it kicked off the initial countdown of the 150 days until the marathon.

"We're so excited to begin the next decade of dancing For The Kids," Overall DanceBlue Chair Erica Shipley said. "Our committee works so hard to provide for families at the clinic financially as well as mentally to make sure that the University of Kentucky community is a shoulder to lean on. February 27th can't come soon enough!"

DanceBlue is UK’s 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Now in its 11th year, DanceBlue has raised more than $8.2 million for pediatric cancer research and child-life efforts.

For more information about DanceBlue, registration information or to support its efforts, please visit Connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at

DanceBlue is a program housed in the UK Center for Community Outreach. The CCO seeks to serve, connect and unite the University of Kentucky with the surrounding community in collaborative efforts to promote life-long community service. For more information about the CCO, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, 859-257-1909;; Rebecca Stratton, 859-323-2395;

Public Health Researcher Develops Innovative Tool to Quicken COPD Diagnosis

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 15:54

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — An umbrella term for impaired lung function, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), describes a number of diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and some types of asthma. More than 12 million Americans were diagnosed with COPD in 2011, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate twice that number suffer from undiagnosed cases.

Patients with COPD experience reductions in lung function, which interfere with their ability to perform routine activities. Modern medical therapies and disease management practices for COPD can delay lung impairment and improve the patient’s quality of life. According to Dr. David Mannino, at least a third of Americans living with COPD discover their diagnosis after experiencing late-stage disease exacerbations. At this point, lung deterioration eliminates the possibility of intervention.

“Undiagnosed and untreated COPD can lead to detriments in quality of life, and basically people start doing less because they have difficulty breathing,” Mannino, a professor in the UK College of Public Health. “Many people attribute this difficulty of breathing to just getting older when, in fact, they may have a disease that is potentially treatable. With the appropriate therapy and interventions, our patients can live near to normal lives and do many of the things that they would like to do.”

Mannino collaborated with a national team of public health experts to develop a novel tool intended to hasten the process of detecting and diagnosing cases of COPD in moderate to severely impaired patients. Maninno, professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health in the UK College of Public Health, led a team of researchers charged by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Heart, Lung and Blood Institute with designing a direct and timely process for identifying cases of COPD in the primary care setting. As the presenting author on the project and principal investigator on the grant awarded by the NIH, Maninno reported on the findings from a study examining the effectiveness a five-step diagnostic tool during a meeting of the European Respiratory Society in Amsterdam on Sept. 29.

The three-year trial tested the diagnostic effectiveness of a simple patient questionnaire, as well as two common methods for diagnosing COPD: a peak flow examination and spirometry. A peak flow procedure measures the amount of air pushed from the patient’s lungs and a spirometer calculates the air capacity of the lungs. The experimental design tested all three methods, with an additional condition of peak flow used in conjunction with the questionnaire, in patients with clinically-significant COPD and patients with mild or no COPD. Study results supported the five-series questionnaire paired with the peak flow condition as the most effective of the three diagnostic approaches.

The tool poses five simple “yes or no” questions related to the patient’s lifestyle. Questions ask about pollutant exposure in workplace environments, frequency of respiratory infections, energy levels, and occurrences of pneumonia. The tool did not ask about smoking history. Once tested in more populations, Mannino believes this tool can enable health providers to diagnose COPD in a matter of seconds, but will also help proactive patients find out whether they are suffering from COPD symptoms before a doctor’s visit.

“What we would like to see is that this tool be used certainly in primary care practices,” Mannino said. “There is the potential that this is something that could be used by individuals to screen themselves and sort of give them something to talk about with their physician.”

While smoking is a significant predictor of COPD, it is not the sole cause of the disease.

Previous screening methods to diagnose COPD relied on the smoking history of patients, as well as patient cough and sputum, as the primary determinants of a diagnosis. According to Mannino, COPD is caused by a number of factors, including surrounding environments and occupational hazards. Mannino said high rates of smoking parallel with high rates of COPD in Kentucky, but a number of other factors, such as coal mining, environmental dust and poverty, put Kentuckians at a high risk of COPD.

A 2011 survey reported 9.8 percent of Kentuckians have received a diagnosis of COPD from their doctor. Oxygen therapies and medications can help alleviate symptoms of COPD at an early stage. 

In the next stage of the project, Mannino and colleagues will test the effectiveness of the five-question tool in different populations.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Improvisational Photographer Nina Katchadourian Opens May Lecture Series

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 13:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2015) — Nina Katchadourian, a photographer known for her inventive and improvisational photographs, will open this year's Robert C. May Photography Lecture Series, organized by the University of Kentucky Art Museum. The lecture begins 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Both the lecture and exhibition of Katchadourian’s work, currently on display as part of a reinstallation of UK's permanent collection through Dec. 23, are free and open to the public.

A profound spirit of invention distinguishes Nina Katchadourian’s work in photography, installation, video and sound. She has exploited a diverse set of subjects and situations over the years: spider webs in the forest, the color of cars in parking lots, and the linguistic possibilities of stacked library books, to name a few. One of her most acclaimed projects is "Seat Assignment," in which the artist uses materials available during airplane trips (magazines, seat belts, pretzels, tissues and toilet paper) to craft unique images taken with her iPhone.

Katchadourian's work has been exhibited at many art institutions, including MoMA PS1, Serpentine Galleries, Saatchi Gallery, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, SculptureCenter and Palais de Tokyo.

The May Lecture Series explores photography's roots in the 19th century and its reinvention in the digital world. The lecture series is made possible through the Robert C. May Photography Endowment, a museum fund established in 1994 for the support of acquisitions and programs relating to photography. Other speakers coming to town as part of the series include Deborah Willis and Paul Shambroom.

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 museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection. 

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


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