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Statements Released in Connection With Incident on Campus Sunday Night

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 19:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) —  Statements from the University of Kentucky's football coach, athetics director, and police chief were released Monday evening following investigation of an incident in the South Campus area of UK Sunday night, Sept. 28.  Witnesses reported to police that they heard shots in the area, triggering a series of UK Alerts warning campus of possible danger.

The police investigation revealed an air pistol, also referred to as a BB gun, found in the area.

Following further investigation, the following statement was released by UK Athletics:

Four University of Kentucky football student-athletes, freshmen Dorian Baker, Drew Barker, Tymere Dubose and Stanley Williams, have been suspended for Saturday’s game vs. South Carolina and will have additional internal team discipline for violation of team rules in relation to an incident on campus Sunday evening.

“Proper conduct is emphasized as a core value of our program,” Coach Mark Stoops said. “If we have a situation in which someone who does not act according to our standards, we hold him accountable.”

“We absolutely respect being part of a wonderful campus community,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK director of athletics. “It disappoints us when one of our student-athletes does not live up to our expectations. We respect the process of the University and are working hand-in-hand with the campus community on this issue.”

Meanwhile, UK Police Chief Joe Monroe released this statement:

"Today, University of Kentucky Police continued its investigation into Sunday’s incident on campus. We have been able to identify all of the people in a picture from last night’s incident captured on security cameras. Moreover, three BB guns connected with the incident were recovered as part of our investigation. UK Police officers also have interviewed those identified in the picture and worked closely with the Office of Student Affairs and the Department of Athletics on the appropriate next steps. To that end, we will be meeting tomorrow with the Fayette County Attorney’s office to determine what actions should take place. Once that investigation is completed, that information will be turned over to the Office of Student Affairs as dictated by university policy to investigate whether any violations of the code of student conduct have taken place.”

Flu Shot Season is Time to Consider Other Vaccines

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 17:41

This column originally appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 edition of the Herald-Leader

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) -- It is that time of year when you should be planning to get your annual flu shot. But many adults believe that after childhood they may not need any other vaccines.  However, immunizations do not end when you reach adulthood. Vaccines for adults are recommended based on your age, prior vaccinations, health, lifestyle, occupation and travel. 

Below are some recommendations that will help you make sure you have the protection you need.

What immunizations do I need?

  • A flu vaccine is recommended yearly.
  • Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). The CDC recommends the Tdap for adults 19 and older who have never received the vaccine. A Td booster vaccine (tetanus and diphtheria) should be repeated every 10 years.  
  • Varicella is essential if you never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine.
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) is important if you never received this vaccine or never had these diseases. Adults born after 1956 may need two doses if they do not have evidence of immunity.
  • Polio - Adults whose travel or job puts them at increased risk for exposure to polio should check with their doctor about a polio vaccine.
  • Hepatitis A -- Anyone who will be in close contact with an adopted child from a country with high rates of hepatitis A and adults who will be traveling to certain foreign countries or have certain risk factors, should be vaccinated for Hepatitis A.
  • Hepatitis B -- Adults 19 to 59 who have diabetes as well as adults whose travel, health condition, or lifestyle increases their risk of exposure should be vaccinated for Hepatitis B.

What vaccinations should I have if I'm an older adult?

  • Pneumococcal vaccine -- this vaccine doesn't prevent pneumonia, but it can prevent some complications.  All adults ages 65 years and older need one dose.
  • Shingles vaccine -- adults ages 60 and older need one dose, whether or not they've had shingles before.

What other vaccines should I consider or check to see if I missed when I was younger?

  • HPV vaccines -- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines protect against several types of HPV that cause cervical cancer, genital warts, and some less common cancers such as vaginal and anal cancer. Females 13 to 26 years and males 13 to 21 years old need the vaccine if they did not have it previously. Males ages 22 to 26 who have a weak immune system or who have sex with men need the vaccine if they did not get the shot when they were younger. 

Kimberly Blanton is the UK HealthCare Enterprise Director for Infection Prevention & Control/Safety

Student Org Unites International Student Community

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) — The International Student Council (ISC) has revitalized its role on campus to creatively unite international students at UK.  

With its creation in 1988, the ISC was founded with the purpose of spreading diversity and acting as an umbrella organization for all international organizations within UK’s campus.

"Through our organization, we have been able to produce festivals and events for all audiences to help promote diversity," said ISC President Sarita Gustely, a sophomore majoring in vocal performance and international studies. "In the past, ISC was acting as an organization of its own and not incorporating other international student organizations, which was one aspect of our organization that we decided to change."

This year, ISC has brought together seven different international organizations: the African Student Association, Omani Student Association, Indian Student Association, Chinese International Fraternity Alliance, Brazil Without Borders, the Japanese Culture in Kentucky Society, and an upcoming Indonesian Student Organization.   

"We came up with the idea of having representatives of these organizations at our monthly meetings," said Omer Tariq, ISC vice president and a junior studying finance and accounting. "If organizations want to promote something or we want to discuss a certain topic, representatives will stop by. It’s a great network."

The UK Indian Student Association (ISA) has benefited from ISC's revitalization and continues to lend its support.

"For all international students, it is very important to have somebody to help them in a new country; the ISC is doing their job really well with this," said Ishan Kudale, president of ISA. "Recent events like having social hours at Sweet Mango were a nice way to interact with other international students. ISC really supports us by promoting our events on their social media sources, which has given us a really good response for ISA."

As ISC has created more partnerships on UK's campus, they hope that events will be more educational for participants about the internationalization of UK.

"The partnerships have helped our council tremendously. We’ve grown to a council of 40 members and have been able to establish our goals," said Gustely. "In the coming months we have many events planned. In previous years, all of the events were more fun and social. However, this year we’ve had much more organization and decided to lean toward a more educational stance."

ISC has several upcoming events within the next semester:

  • Saturday, Oct. 11: International Tailgate/Tent Party     
  • Saturday, Oct. 18: Culture Fest 2014 (The International Festival)
  • Monday, Nov. 17 – Friday, Nov. 21:  International Fair

Students interested in joining the ISC are invited to come to meetings held every Friday at 5 p.m. in room 207 in Bradley Hall. In addition to liking the UK International Student Council page on Facebook.

UK Honors Program Collaborates With Colleges, Sees Significant Participation Increase

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — Since 2008, the University of Kentucky Honors Program has seen a significant increase in participants among colleges at UK. The increase is a result of the creation of strong partnerships between Honors and various programs within these colleges.

In fall 2008, the Gatton College of Business and Economics made up only 5.65 percent of the Honors Program cohort — this fall, it makes up 12.2 percent. Honors has seen similar results with the College of Engineering, which increased from 14.11 percent in 2008 to 25.7 percent this fall.

More than 1,300 Honors students are on campus today, a number that has nearly doubled since 2010. Just this year, the program set a goal to bring in 480 new students from the incoming freshman class, and instead brought in 533. The quality of students has improved as well, with average composite ACT scores increasing from 30 to 32.  Ben Withers, director of the program and associate provost for Undergraduate Education, says these college partnerships have supported the increase.

"There's no more important role for a university’s Honors Program than to create a challenging academic environment that attracts excellent students and calls attention to the diversity of academic majors UK offers," said Withers. "Our partnerships do just that and in ways that supplement the requirements for the majors. Honors interdisciplinary seminars provide breadth that complements the in-depth work in the student's home disciplines, helping create more well-rounded alumni."

One of the most successful partnerships has been with the Global Scholars Program, based in the Gatton college. 

"Our merger with Honors has been a great success, a boon for everyone involved, particularly our students," said Brendan O'Farrell, international director for the college. "The Global Scholars Program offers a specialized curriculum within the field of international business and pairs that with a semester-length education abroad experience.  Meanwhile, the Honors curriculum inspires students to think broadly in the tradition of a great liberal arts education.  Students are encouraged to think critically, write eloquently, and take intimate honors seminars in disciplines that extend beyond business.  Combining these academic pursuits creates a synergistic effect in which the students’ horizons are broadened in and out of the classroom, both here in Lexington and, quite literally, around all corners of the globe.  There’s also an outstanding sense of community that has only been strengthened due to the collaboration."

Honors has experienced similar success with other programs, such as Scholars in Engineering and Management (SEAM) and the Social Enterprise Program.

Chelsea Brislin, an admissions counselor with Honors, says students who have a variety of interests, and seek a breadth of knowledge, should be given every opportunity and resource to help them succeed.

"Honors aims to assist students in achieving all of their academic goals," Brislin said. "For many students in the past, it was difficult to balance participation in Honors, as well as these various programs within the colleges. Through our collaborative efforts, we were able to identify where there is overlap in curriculum, so these students don't have to pass up an opportunity they're interested in in order to maintain their four-year graduation plan. These customized pathways through Honors are our way of being as flexible as possible for these high achieving students and really allowing them to fully customize their UK experience."

Given the success of these partnerships, the Honors Program hopes to collaborate with even more programs across campus to reach more high-performing students who have multiple goals.

"We are excited to work with UK's great faculty to create even more opportunities like these for students," Withers said.

The Honors Program is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.

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

UK Theatre Changes Season Musical to 'Hair'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 15:12

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will be closing its season with the quintessential “hippie” musical “Hair,” April 16-26, 2015, at the Guignol Theatre. “Hair” will replace the department’s originally scheduled production of “Cabaret.” The decision to change programs follows news that another local theatre will present a production of “Cabaret” in January of 2015.

“We are dedicated to the best theatre education possible for our students and hope to ensure that through all our classes and programming,” said Nancy Jones, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “We strive to make choices that support our students’ education and community engagement. We want to always do the right thing, and we have a mission to support other arts organizations in the community.”

“Hair” is a rock musical that tells the story of politically active young people living a bohemian life in New York City’s East Village in the 1960s. This “tribe” fights against the Vietnam War, questions authority and seeks freedom of expression. The musical opened off Broadway in 1967 and has since been presented around the world and on film. The Broadway revival won the Tony and Drama Desk Award in 2009.

Jones said “Hair” will be inclusive, pertinent and enlightening for participants and audience members alike.

The production will be directed by Russell Henderson, associate professor of theatre acting and voice, and choreographed by Susie Thiel, director of UK Dance Program.

Tickets to “Hair” are $20 for general admission and $15 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 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 a 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;

Practice-Based Research Networks Funded to Study Differences in Public Health Delivery Strategies

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) —With $1.4 million of new research funding, Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) in 11 U.S. states will investigate strategies to more effectively and efficiently deliver services that protect the public against an array of preventable diseases and health risks.  

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Dissemination and Implementation Research to Improve Value (DIRECTIVE) awards will support four projects examining the types of resources, infrastructures, partnerships, and inter-organizational coordination that best facilitate the implementation of evidence-based prevention programs and services by public health agencies and their community partners.

Each award will provide up to $350,000 to support multi-state studies by a consortium of two or more Public Health PBRNs, which bring together multiple public health practice settings and research partners to conduct applied and comparative studies. Using standardized measures and methods previously developed by Public Health PBRNs, investigators will assess both the quality and the costs associated with alternative strategies for delivering public health services, in order to draw conclusions about their comparative effectiveness and value. The two-year DIRECTIVE awards will be managed by the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research, housed at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

“Evidence-based practices and policies can promote a healthier nation, but how those practices and policies are put into place in real-world settings can greatly enhance or dilute their effectiveness,” said Coordinating Center Director Glen Mays. “This research will help us identify the best strategies for maximizing public health system contributions to our nation’s health.” 

The funded Public Health PBRN projects are:

The California and Alabama PBRNs will identify best approaches for implementing sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention, screening, and treatment resources and services across public health agencies and their community partners. The PBRNs will collaboratively investigate how the organizational and financial arrangements of STD services influence the reach, effectiveness, and treatment costs of evidence-based STD interventions.

The Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas PBRNs seek to understand how state and other system-level dissemination and implementation initiatives and investments affect local health department (LHD) implementation of quality improvement (QI) projects, as well as LHD readiness to seek nationally recognized voluntary accreditation. The PBRNs will assess how local context and network connections among LHDs and state-level partners impact QI and accreditation readiness at the local level.

The Connecticut and Massachusetts PBRNs will assess the impact of cross-jurisdictional service sharing arrangements on the implementation of evidence-based food inspections, enteric disease investigations, and obesity prevention services. Further, the project will systematically investigate the ways in which political priorities influence the implementation of these public health services.

The Washington, Wisconsin, New York, and Oregon PBRNs will examine how cross-jurisdictional sharing of staff, money, and other resources influences the quality and cost of LHD service delivery. Focusing on the domains of immunizations, sexually transmitted infections, and enteric diseases, the PBRNs will identify sharing-related factors that promote and inhibit the efficient provision of evidence-based practice.

Collectively, these projects will identify partnerships, arrangements, and other strategies that can efficiently and effectively support an evidence-based public health system.

About the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research:  The National Coordinating Center supports applied research that uncovers strategies for improving the organization, financing, and delivery of public health programs and policies, including ways of improving the health and economic impact of these activities. The Center designs and conducts research studies, provides technical assistance and direction for other researchers across the U.S., develops methodological advances in measurement and analysis, and accelerates the translation and dissemination of research findings for policy and practice stakeholders.  The Center is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at the University of Kentucky.

About the Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks Program: The Public Health PBRN Program is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that engages public health practice settings and research institutions across the U.S. in the collaborative study of innovations in public health practice and policy. More than 2000 state and local public health agencies located in more than 30 states are engaged in Public Health PBRN activities along with more than 50 academic research centers.  The PBRN program is directed by the National Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research based at the University of Kentucky. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell,

Greens to Go Adds 'Wildcat Deals'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) UK Dining introduced four Wildcat Deals offered for lunch and dinner at Greens to Go yesterday. Available Monday – Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the deals feature a variety of salads, soups and wraps with a small fountain drink.

Greens to  Go is located in the UK Student Center. 

“We know class schedules can limit a student’s ability to visit our all-you-care-to-eat locations, so we are pleased to offer more options and savings with Wildcat Deals at Greens to Go,” said Ray Schmidt, retail manager for UK Dining. "Providing the most value when it is convenient for students to enjoy is a goal of our operations.”

Wildcat Deals, previously referred to as “Dining Plan” options, allow meal plan members to use a meal swipe to purchase a predetermined food combination at a participating location other than one of the two all-you-care-to-eat residential restaurants (Blazer Café or Commons Market). Students enrolled in any plan, including the Comfort Unlimited, block plans or meals per week plans, can use one swipe per meal period toward a Wildcat Deal. 

The popular Wildcat Deals are already available at a number of UK Dining locations and are identified by a paw print in UK blue. For more information on meal swipes, meal periods and Wildcat Deals, please read our meal swipes FAQ sheet or visit the UK Dining FAQ page.

About Greens To Go
Greens to Go offers fresh, quick and healthy choices for building made-to-order salads or wraps. Want a hot meal? Soups made of fresh, wholesome ingredients are also available. The menu also features Kentucky Proud® seasonal products.

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

New Subway Café Restaurant Open at UK

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — UK Dining will host the grand opening celebration of the Subway Café on the University of Kentucky campus at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30.  The new restaurant is located in the Science Library, in the M.I. King Building.

Grand opening activities will include food samples and beverage samples, a ribbon cutting ceremony and giveaways.

The SUBWAY chain is famous for its made-to-order foot long and 6-inch submarine sandwiches. Fully customizable, the sandwiches are served on Italian, wheat and a variety of seasoned breads that are baked fresh daily in each restaurant. Hot, toasted and cold subs are available with an assortment of meats, cheeses, vegetables and condiments, all added per customer request. The SUBWAY chain’s “Under 6” menu features sandwiches with six grams of fat or less, while exclusively prepared gourmet-inspired sauces can be used to complement any sandwich on the menu.

“Students have been asking for additional dining outlets on campus and Subway is, by far, one of their favorite brands. We are thrilled to open this second Subway location in M.I. King Library,” said Dan Palombo, vice president of operations for UK Dining. “We are confident that the new campus dining addition will be a popular choice not only among students, but also staff and guests.”

Subway Café in The Science Library of the M.I. King Building is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  There is also a Subway located in the Student Center, open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Both locations accept Flex Dollars, Plus Account, cash, Visa and MasterCard. 

For more information about the Subway chain, visit

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

SAB Brings Murals of Baltimore Artist Michael Kirby

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:18

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) — The Student Activities Board Cultural Arts Committee will host a Murals of Baltimore event in the Fine Arts Courtyard Oct. 6-9. Michael Kirby, an artist from the Murals of Baltimore, will be depicting the culture of the University of Kentucky by painting a Keeneland starting gate and horses galloping off of the canvas. He will be painting during the day and students can stop by to see him work outside the Art Museum at UK, housed in the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Murals of Baltimore is a studio founded by Michael Kirby, who has been in the business of mural painting for 16 years. Kirby and other artists have collectively studied at various academies across the world. They use the highest quality materials so they can customize their work to client needs. Murals of Baltimore has been commissioned by companies and events such as Honda, Carnival Cruise Lines, McDonald's and the Tonight Show with David Letterman.

"The Murals of Baltimore event allows students to be immersed in a completely new art form. Kirby is a 3-D mural artist that specializes in street painting and 3-D creations,” Melissa Simon, director of cultural arts, said. “This will be a fantastic opportunity to actually interact with the artist and see him creating work in the purest form."

SAB brings more than 100 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 Instagram at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.

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

SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter,, 859-257-8868

UK Police Recover Weapon, Release Photos From Incident on South Campus

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) — University of Kentucky Police Chief Joe Monroe said Monday that police officers recovered the weapon — an air-soft pistol — apparently used in a shots-fired incident Sunday evening on UK’s South Campus along with a photo of “persons of interest” the officers want to interview.

About 9:30 Sunday evening, UK Police received two calls about possible shots fired outside the Kirwan-Blanding residence hall complex on UK’s South Campus. Multiple witnesses reported seeing a group of college-aged students dressed in dark attire leaving the area, heading into the construction zone around Woodland Glen residence halls. UK Police, joined by Lexington Police, advised residents on UK’s South Campus to stay in their rooms while an investigation and search was conducted. Police declared the area all clear shortly after 11:30 p.m.

Early this morning, UK Police recovered an air pistol in the area, near where witnesses heard the shots fired. UK Police also utilized cameras installed across campus to release a picture of people who Monroe characterized as “persons of interest” who officers want to interview in connection with the incident.

“We appreciate the seriousness with which students took this incident last night, fully cooperating with our efforts to ensure safety in the area as well as conduct an initial investigation,” Monroe said. “Now, with this additional information, we are asking the campus community and the general public to help us in identifying these persons of interest as we seek to gather more information about what happened Sunday evening and determine who was responsible.”

Over the last year, the university has implemented a nearly $5 million safety initiative with significant technology upgrades including hundreds of safety cameras, campus emergency phones and loudspeakers. The cameras that were installed last year already have helped police in thwarting crimes in the area. The picture of persons of interest released this morning came from cameras in the South Campus area.

“We take this issue — and the safety of our campus community — very seriously,” Monroe said. “Now, we need everyone’s help in identifying people who can help us determine who was responsible for this incident.”

Monroe said anyone with tips or information can call 859-257-8573.

Fourth Annual Markesbery Symposium Features Latest Research on the Aging Brain

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2014) -- The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky will hold its fourth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22.

The Markesbery Symposium is named in honor of the late Dr. William R. Markesbery, founder and long-time director of the UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and an internationally renowned expert on aging and dementia.

More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease (AD) today and millions more are affected by their role as family member, friend or caregiver to those with memory loss. The Markesbery Symposium was established to improve awareness of and education about AD and the latest research on it and other age-related dementias.

On Friday, Nov. 21, a scientific symposium will be held where scientists and physicians will share their research findings through lectures and poster sessions. Featured speakers on include Steven Greenberg of Harvard University; William Van Nostrand of Stony Brook University; and four members of the UK SBCoA faculty:  Anika Hartz, PhD; Ai-Ling Lin, PhD; Paul Murphy, PhD; and Donna Wilcock, PhD.  Scientific sessions will be held in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium. 

On Saturday, Nov. 22, the general public is invited to the community symposium, where the keynote speaker will be Roberta Diaz Brinton from University of Southern California, who will discuss "Lessons from the 68 percent: What the Female Brain Tells Us about Preventing Alzheimer's Disease in Women and Men.”

In addition, a panel of SBCoA faculty will take questions from the audience about AD, dementia, and brain aging, moderated by SBCoA faculty member Fred Schmitt, PhD. The faculty and their specialty topic are:

  • Elizabeth Head, PhD, Down’s Syndrome and AD
  • Chris Norris, PhD, Forgotten Cells in AD
  • Dr. Peter Nelson, PhD, Not all Dementia is AD
  • Dr. Ronan Murphy, What’s New in AD Clinical Trials

In addition, Linda Van Eldik, PhD, SBCoA director, will offer closing remarks.

The community symposium will be held from 8:30 am to noon in the Bluegrass Room of the Lexington Convention Center, 430 W. Vine St, Lexington.  A continental breakfast will be served.  The symposium is free and open to all, but registration is required.

For more information or to register for the symposium, visit; phone 859-323-6040; or email

The William R. Markesbery Senior Star Awards and the David R. Wekstein Centenarian Awards presentation luncheon immediately follows the symposium in the Regency Ballroom of the Lexington Convention Center. The luncheon honors individuals who exemplify graceful aging and serve as an inspiration to others to remain engaged in life and the pursuit of personal goals.  

Luncheon tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling the Center on Aging Foundation Office at 859-323-5374.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

UK ALERT: All Clear

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 23:06

Last updated 12 a.m.:  UK Police has given the all clear.  They have searched the south campus area and deem it safe for students to resume their normal activities. More information at Mobile users select "view full site" at bottom of page.


Police searched area near Woodland Glen residence hall construction site, which is direction suspects fled.

Three shots were reported fired in the Kirwan Blanding Complex area around 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. No one was injured. UK and Lexington Police are on scene. K-9 units are searching for assailants. Witnesses say the shots came from a group of group of college aged males in dark attire and they fled on foot. Everyone is asked to avoid the area and students are urged to remain in their residence halls.

Kentucky REC Recognizes Providers at 7th Annual Kentucky eHealth Summit

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 17:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) -- The Kentucky Regional Extension Center, based at the University of Kentucky, recently honored eight health care provider organizations for leading the charge to transform primary care in Kentucky.

The “Practice Transformation Award” was presented to members of Kentucky REC’s inaugural Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) cohort in recognition of their commitment to improving health care quality outcomes and cost. Recipients of the award were recognized on Tuesday, Sept. 16,at the 7th Annual Kentucky eHealth Summit in Louisville, which brings together parties invested in advancing Health Information Technology in Kentucky.

Sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Electronic Health Information, the event draws hundreds from around the state who come to present ideas and listen to state and national leaders speak about new initiatives and opportunities in Health Information Technology.

Recipients were:

  • Bluegrass Community Family Practice – Bardstown
  • Central Internal Medicine – Lexington
  • Drs. Borders and Associates – Lexington
  • Family Medicine Clinic of Danville – Danville
  • Georgetown Pediatrics – Georgetown
  • Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky – Hazard
  • UK Family and Community Medicine – Lexington
  • UK HealthCare – Georgetown – Georgetown

These practices are working to achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH Recognition. A Patient-Centered Medical Home is a team-based model of care led by a personal physician who provides continuous and coordinated care throughout a patient's lifetime to maximize health outcomes. 

The PCMH practice is responsible for providing for all of a patient's health care needs or appropriately arranging care with other qualified professionals. This includes the provision of preventive services, treatment of acute and chronic illness, and assistance with end-of-life issues. The team members work collaboratively to provide high levels of care, access, communication, care coordination, integration and safety.

Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve experience of care for both the patient and provider.

Kentucky Regional Extension Center works with health care organizations to enhance the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of care through the use of Health Information Technology. Kentucky REC is one of 60 Regional Extension Centers across the country commissioned by the Office of the National Coordinator to help providers and hospitals transition to EHR technology. Kentucky REC Health IT Advisors provide resources and guidance to help providers earn federal incentives through the Meaningful Use Incentive Program.

To date, Kentucky REC is assisting more than 2,800 providers and more than a third of all Kentucky hospitals. Kentucky REC has helped providers in Kentucky secure over $100 Million in Meaningful Use incentive dollars. For more information about the Kentucky REC, visit  Follow @KentuckyREC on Twitter and connect on Facebook at

Singletary Center to Produce Live Orchestration of Kubrick’s '2001: A Space Odyssey'

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) — The Singletary Center for the Arts and the University of Kentucky School of Music will make history this January as it presents a live orchestration of Stanley Kubrick’s legendary film, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” featuring the UK Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo, and the UK Chorale, conducted by Jefferson Johnson. This will be the first-ever performance of the repertoire by a university orchestra and chorus.

Highly regarded as the most groundbreaking sci-fi movie of all time, "2001" is a masterpiece achievement of artistic innovation in cinema. Known for its astute integration of music in film, it features a score like none other. From the iconic first notes of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” to the gentle drift of Johann Strauss’ “Blue Danube Waltz” and the dramatic tension of Gyorgy Ligeti’s contemporary compositions for orchestra and choir, the power and beauty of the score accompany breathtaking large-format scenes of outer space exploration to create an unforgettable journey “beyond the infinite.”

This program has been presented by an exclusive selection of the world’s greatest orchestras including the London Philharmonia Symphony, The New York Philharmonic, The Brussels Symphony, and the National Symphony. The UK Symphony Orchestra and UK Chorale have the prestigious honor of being the first university ensembles to perform this concert. 

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, and 3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 1, in the Singletary Center Concert Hall.

Tickets prices range from $40 to $30 for the general public, and $20 for UK students, faculty and staff (all tickets subject to box office fees). Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Tuesday), Sept. 30, at the Singletary Center Box Office (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday), by phone at 859-257-4929, and online at

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

Luster Wins Phi Kappa Phi Award; UK Chapter Honored

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 29, 2014) — 2014 University of Kentucky graduate Dominque Luster is the recipient of a $5,000 graduate fellowship from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Luster, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater within UK's College of Fine Arts, recently began pursuit of a master's in library and information science  at the University of Pittsburgh.

In addition, two UK graduate students have received Love of Learning awards, worth $500 each, from Phi Kappa Phi. Sara K. Ehrensberger, who is pursuing a Master of Science in physician assistant studies in the UK College of Health Sciences, and Ekim Ekinci, a third-year student in the UK College of Pharmacy, are among 147 PKP members nationwide to be selected for this honor.

Due in part to these awards, together with strong participation by members in other campus and national activities, the UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was named a 2014 'Chapter of Excellence' by the organization at its recent biennial convention held in St. Louis. This is the second time the UK Chapter, in only its sixth year of existence after being chartered in the spring of 2009, has received the 'excellence' distinction.

"The University of Kentucky chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi continues to distinguish itself nationally," said Kenneth Roberts, dean emeritus of the College of Pharmacy and president of the UK chapter. "Our student members routinely excel in national competition and the chapter has consistently exceeded the expectations and high standards established by the national headquarters. Throughout the chapter's brief history it has prospered under outstanding leadership and institutional support. The recognition received this year is a credit to the exceptional women and men who have become active members of the UK chapter."

“It was an honor to receive the Certificate of Excellence at the biennial convention on behalf of our chapter,” said Austin Cantor, emeritus faculty member of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and UK chapter faculty vice president.The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has over 300 chapters across the country. We were one of a small number of chapters to merit this distinction.”

Luster's interest in library science, and more specifically in archives and records management, took hold while she served a Learning Lab internship in Special Collections at UK.

"As an undergraduate, I researched a variety of topics across the humanities and presented at a number of conferences, including the Harvard Collegiate Research Conference and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR 2014), which was hosted by UK in the spring," Luster said. "I am really grateful for all of the support I received from across the UK campus, including the folks involved in the Gaines Center for the Humanities, the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards."

Luster also spoke of her appreciation for PKP and the UK chapter. "Being named a PKP Fellow is about more than just name recognition or financial compensation, it's about being part of a community of scholars who are there to support or encourage you whenever you need them."

Phi Kappa Phi's robust award programs give more than $1 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

Founded in 1897, the society annually inducts students from more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. PKP membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff, alumni and community members who have achieved scholarly distinction also may qualify.

PKP's mission is "to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." For more information, visit

The UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi

will issue its annual invitations for membership Oct. 10. The chapter's annual induction ceremony will take place Monday evening, Nov. 3, in the Small Ballroom of the UK Student Center.

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

New Child Care Program Connects UK Families With Student Helpers

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 17:31

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2014) — The University of Kentucky's Office of Work-Life is helping to connect UK families in need of child care with UK students who are able to provide occasional care, through a new program called Big Blue Family Care (BBFC).  

“Last winter, we noticed that a lot more employees had to take vacation or sick days when Fayette County Schools were closed," said Erika Chambers, director of Work-Life. "Through the BBFC program, we are trying to address some of the breakdowns in child care that occur on school closings, after-school, and other school breaks.”

The goals of the program are to help UK families find great child care providers and to make it simple for UK students to connect with these families.

“UK has a lot of great students on campus who like working with children and have experience as nannies or in a daycare," says Bethany Smith, program coordinator for BBFC. "However, due to their schedule and studying, they need a job that is flexible.  The BBFC program meets these needs and makes it simple for students to connect with a UK family directly.” 

The Office of Work-Life also provides support in helping parents find center-based and activity-based child care activities when schools are closed. Many parents don’t realize that the YMCAs of Central Kentucky and the Living Arts and Science Center offer activities during school breaks and snow days, Chambers said. These can be great alternatives to in-home child care for parents seeking a group setting and activities for their child.

There is no charge to UK students or UK families for being part of the BBFC network.  For more information, including a program description and other caregiving solutions, visit the Work-Life Big Blue Family Care and Back-up Care Solutions website at  Students can apply to become a caregiver through the UK Jobs portal at

For any questions contact Bethany Smith at or the Office of Work-Life at 859-257-1003.

Aligning Assessment and Accountability Under Common Core

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 16:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2014) — Gene Wilhoit and Linda Pittenger, of the National Center for Innovation in Education (based at the University of Kentucky College of Education), and Linda Darling-Hammond, of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, have recently published an article on assessment and accountability in schools.

The authors write “As schools across the country prepare for new standards under the Common Core, states are moving toward creating more aligned systems of assessment and accountability. This paper recommends an accountability approach that focuses on meaningful learning, enabled by professionally skilled and committed educators, and supported by adequate and appropriate resources, so that all students regardless of background are prepared for both college and career when they graduate from high school.

"Drawing on practices already established in other states and on the views of policymakers and school experts, this paper proposes principles for effective accountability systems and imagines what a new accountability system could look like in an imagined '51st state' in the United States. While considerable discussion and debate will be needed before a new approach can take shape, this paper’s objective is to get the conversation started so the nation can meet its aspirations for preparing college- and career-ready students."

The full article can be viewed at

UK Adolescent Medicine Reaches Rural Teens through Health Clinics in Schools

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:41

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2014) — Off the top of her head, Kaylee Brown can think of 10 girls at her high school who are pregnant. One of them is her younger brother's age, and he's only 14.

But when asked about her priorities, 16-year-old Kaylee doesn't mention dating or boys. Wearing a swing purse and a denim shirt during an appointment with Dr. Hatim Omar at the University of Kentucky Adolescent Care Clinic, Brown talks about assuming a leadership role with her Future Farmers of America chapter, playing on her high school volleyball team and making good grades in her advanced-level classes. The farmer's daughter needs good grades to achieve her goals of going to college and becoming a large animal veterinarian.

A student at Lincoln County High School, Brown knows about the health stigmas associated with teens in her hometown and other rural areas of Kentucky. Lincoln County's teen pregnancy rate is high in a state that leads the nation in teen pregnancy. In a 2007 study of county health from the Kentucky Institute of Medicine, Lincoln County was one county that trailed in high school graduation rates, but showed high rates of youth smoking. Brown said many girls at her school also deal with intense social pressures to be "perfect" and other mental health issues.

"Lincoln County was like that high school that nobody thought any good would come out of," Brown said.

Brown believes Omar, chief of Department of Adolescent Medicine at UK, is one doctor who is trying to change that perception of teens in Lincoln County. Through a partnership with school district offices, Omar and his staff provide on-site health clinics at six high schools and middle schools in Lincoln and Boyle counties. A member of the UK Department of Adolescent Medicine visits schools once a week, and Omar visits the schools at least once a month. They provide services that range from physical examinations to mental health consultations to dietary recommendations, and when necessary, more specialized care.

Kaylee Brown and her mom Miranda Brown were so impressed with Omar and his staff that they travel to Lexington for more specialized headache care at the Kentucky Clinic. Omar diagnosed Brown with polycystic ovarian syndrome, which caused unbearable migraines that disrupted her daily life. He prescribed a medication that helps Brown concentrate on the activities she loves. In addition, he helped her cope with depression that was coupled with frequently feeling ill.

Omar has seen many teens in Lincoln County who are in dire need of attention. Most teens aren't dealing with illness, so health care issues in this age group are related to their environment, personal choices and mental wellness. Omar's clinic deals with issues including drug use, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and more. He's seen teens in Lincoln County who are homeless, abandoned by their parents and struggling to survive. He said having one adult who cares and one activity to engage them can direct teens toward a better life.  

"Most of the problems are the things that they do because of their environment," Omar said of teens. "The approach has to be, 'I am here for you — how do I help you make the best out of this life?'"

Eva Stone, a nurse practitioner and school health coordinator for Lincoln and Boyle county schools, reached out to Omar seven years ago after a teen attending one of the high schools committed suicide. After discussing the need for more adolescent health resources in rural Kentucky, she contracted Omar and UK Adolescent Medicine to provide regular in-house clinical visits at local schools. Stone said many students have difficulty accessing a health care provider. Stone doesn't believe adolescent health issues are unique to Lincoln County, but these health disparities are linked to environmental factors, such as poverty and high instances of drug use, which are found throughout rural Kentucky. 

"Being a rural community, there are stresses that go along with poverty," Stone said. "We have kids with unstable home situations, we have kids that are homeless, we have kids who don't have food on the weekend — and being in the middle of that, they are trying to be a teenager."

Since coming to Lincoln County, Omar has assisted with the development of student health protocol in the school system and hosted community outreach events, including a youth suicide awareness day. He also helped introduce a 20-question health screening, which is reviewed with middle school students at the beginning of every school year. Health officials then use the screening as a tool to measure preventable health risks in the student population.

Stone admires Omar's ability to relate to teens. She said he doesn't treat them like a "15-minute office appointment." For this reason, Omar has few no-shows for appointments at the Kentucky Clinic. 

"He has a heart for kids that I've never experienced before," Stone said.

Omar is now working with community activists in Lincoln County to establish an adolescent health clinic in the developing King's Mountain Community Center. He views Lincoln and Boyle County schools a platform for spreading awareness of the importance of adolescent health across the state. 

"Teens in all of rural Kentucky need help and attention," Omar said. "Lincoln County was one of the worst counties in teen outcomes statewide, and the school officials were happy to collaborate with us to improve these outcomes. Lincoln County is one of the examples of how doing the right thing can help."

Kentucky Education Television (KET) will air a program in the spring highlighting Omar and his work with teens in Kentucky. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

TGIF Means Free Musical Performances at the UK Chandler Hospital

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 14:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2014)  — Musicians will ring in the weekends this fall with free Friday performances during the lunch hour at the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

The UK Arts in HealthCare program and the UK School of Music have partnered to debut the TGIF Fall Performance Series, a series of musical performances held every Friday at noon in the atrium lobby of Pavilion A.  

To open the series today, the UK Opera Theatre program will perform a special preview of its much-anticipated showing of the dark musical Sweeney Todd. The performances will feature UK faculty and students in the School of Music and the genres will range from opera to classical guitar to pop hits by The Beatles. The schedule of performances includes:

  • Sept. 26 - UK Opera Theatre - A Preview of Sweeney Todd
  • Oct. 3 - Guitarist Jeremy Bass
  • Oct. 10 - The UK Oboe Studio - Selections from Telemann and Mozart to Billy Joel and the Beatles
  • Oct. 17 - Flutist Andria McElroy - Traditional Irish Folk Tunes
  • Oct. 24 -  Guitarist Ricardo Saeb Velenzuela - Concierto de Arajuez by Joaquin Rodrigo
  • Oct. 31 - The UK Faculty Brass Quintet - Jason Dovel and Steve Siegel (trumpet); Brad Kearns (trombone); David Elliot (horn); and Skip Gray (tuba)

Employees of UK and UK HealthCare, as well as patients and members of the general public, are encouraged to enjoy their lunch while listening to the live music in the Atrium Lobby. Performances will last no longer than one hour. The series will run through December and additional performances will be announced as more musicians are scheduled.

To learn more about the UK Arts in HealthCare program, click here

SAB’s “Nerd Night” Celebrates Fandoms and Folk Music

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2014)  Student Activities Board's Cultural Arts and Concerts Committees are collaborating to host an art gallery reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Rasdall Gallery in the University of Kentucky Student Center. The “Nerd Night” reception will feature artwork from different fandoms, including "Star Wars," "Harry Potter" and "Dr. Who," and a performance by the band Branches. Students will have the opportunity to win one of the prints on display.

“We are excited to be celebrating Nerd Night with an acoustic set by the band Branches and a nerd theme photobooth," said Melissa Simon, director of cultural arts. "It will be a really interactive and fun reception."

Hailing from California, Branches has recently received a lot of attention in the television industry, having their songs played on "Cougar Town," "One Tree Hill" and "The X Factor." Paste magazine recently named them one of "12 California Acts You Should Listen to Now." They will play original music, as well as some audience favorites in their own style. The band is perhaps most famous for their ingenious covers of songs like "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" and "Halo."

“In order to bring attention to one of the Student Center's most unique assets, Melissa and I have teamed up to plan an art exhibition reception that will showcase the value of the Rasdall Gallery," Jordan Keeton, director of concerts, said. "She is stocking the gallery with art that appeals to all of our contemporary pop culture favorites, including 'Harry Potter,' 'Dr. Who' and 'Star Wars.' To accompany the artwork, I'm bringing the band Branches to perform. Like the visual art, Branches is sure to appeal to a large audience. They are a 'fun-folk-force' that has been compared to Mumford and Sons and The Head and The Heart.”

SAB brings more than 100 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 Instagram at or like them on Facebook at For more information about SAB and events, email or text a question beginning with SABQ, followed by your question or comment, to 411-247.

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

SAB CONTACT: Olivia Senter,, 859-257-8868


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