LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 25, 2014) ― WUKY's Phoenix Fridays, a new free outdoor summertime concert series presented by Bunbury and Buckle Up Music Festivals and WUKY, the University of Kentucky's NPR station, opens this Friday, June 27, in downtown Lexington.
The series, which offers concerts beginning at 5 p.m. every fourth Friday of June, July, August and September in Phoenix Park, will open this Friday with Dawn Landes, followed by headliner Simone Felice.
According to the WUKY website, "New York-based singer-songwriter Dawn Landes uses traditional American roots and alternative folk elements in her music. Incorporating a variety of instruments, ranging from guitar and accordion to glockenspiel and Optigan, her songs have a sweet sounding indie-pop groove, colored by touches of bluegrass."
" Simone Felice translates tragedies and miracles into Americana stories and songs," says the website. "Inspired by two near-death experiences, Felice's solo debut is a meditation on life and death, but it's hardly his first foray into heavy subject matter: He's written poetry, published novels and played in several bands, including The Felice Brothers and The Duke and the King. It wasn't until he had a heart attack at 33, though, that Felice realized he needed to swallow his self-doubt and go solo."
Local food trucks will be onsite at Phoenix Park, located at the corner of Main Street and South Limestone in downtown Lexington.
"Enjoying live music and good food under the stars in Phoenix Park ― we hope to see you there!" said Mike Graves, music director at WUKY.
Produced by the Downtown Lexington Corporation, WUKY's Phoenix Fridays will feature local bands as the opening act, followed by nationally touring bands.
The schedule for the rest of the summer is:
5-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 25
Opening act – Small Batch
Headliner – Saintseneca
5-9:30 p.m. Friday, August 22
Opening act – Coralee and the Townies
Headliner – Ben Sollee
5-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26
Opening act – The Northside Sheiks
Headliner - TBA
Band details, interviews and videos can be accessed at www.wuky.org.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 25, 2014) – Not all learning experiences are created equally – and at the Learning Center at Linlee, an innovative partnership with the University of Kentucky College of Medicine allows young students to get rich, hands-on experience in the sciences and better their chances of succeeding in college and beyond.
As part of the Fayette County Public School System, The Learning Center (TLC) is an alternative school for at-risk students who are facing personal challenges that might impede their ability to learn. These include socioeconomic factors, and, perhaps surprisingly, intellectual giftedness. Students may struggle inside a traditional classroom because the learning style or pace isn't matched to their capabilities.
At TLC, the teaching style is adaptable, says Scott Diamond, a TLC science teacher and adjunct assistant professor of physiology at UK.
"I have the freedom to try whatever it takes to make it work," Diamond said. "And I have the freedom to stop when it doesn't work."
Through the new UK-TLC Partnership, Diamond and his colleagues at TLC and the UK College of Medicine are able to offer a truly immersive experience for students looking for a career in the sciences – the chance to work with college faculty and trainees to gain experience working in a real laboratory on real-world problems.
A chance meeting brought the UK-TLC Partnership to life – Diamond met up with UK's Anthony Sinai, a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, and Luke Bradley, associate profesor of anatomy and neurobiology, who were both looking for ways to provide undergraduates and high school students with meaningful research experiences.
"We wanted to allow them an opportunity to learn something different, but that's also meaningful and real science, rather than repetitive work," Sinai said.
At TLC, students are able to conduct their own experiments with guidance from their teachers. They come to UK several days per month, where they elevate their experiments using more sophisticated equipment and procedures in the university's labs. Working on their projects with both UK faculty and student instructors, the TLC students are given the chance to perform at a high level and to form relationships with real scientists.
"What we're really trying to do is take at-risk kids and treat them like the gifted individuals they are, like grad students," Diamond said.
At the same time, the closeness in age between the TLC students and their UK student mentors allows for a closer bond, says Jessica Gambrel, an agriculture biotechnology major who works in Bradley's lab. Gambrel and Elizabeth Watts, a technician in the Sinai laboratory, are both the first in their families to attend college – serving as ideal near-peer role models to the TLC students
"I can work with them and say, this is how we do these things, sure, let's mix some plates to grow some bacteria," Gambrel said. "But also, I think they can come to me and say, 'I'm really nervous about college, do you have any advice about applying?' Things like that."
TLC's overall student population is nearly 200 of Fayette County’s most at-risk students, and this year's inaugural class of the UK-TLC Partnership saw three students earn their coveted white coats. As a TLC science teacher, Diamond recruits students into the partnership, looking for kids who show an interest and passion for science. While there's room to grow the program, the classes will remain small to give each student the individualized attention he or she deserves.
Newly graduated TLC student Ceaser Lynch has already become an undergraduate summer researcher in Sinai’s lab at UK. He'll be attending UK as a freshman in the fall, and will experience a role reversal when he continues working for UK-TLC from the mentoring side. He describes the program as a "family" atmosphere that helps prepare its students for a brighter future.
"It's more personalized," Lynch said. "They're trying to build you up to the career you want to go into."
The TLC students aren't the only ones who benefit from this partnership. Bradley notes that playing the role of mentor is beneficial to both parties involved.
"The greatest way to learn is by teaching," he said. "And so our students at UK will actually become much stronger in the lab through this exposure to teaching the high school students at TLC."
Bessie Guerrant of the UK's Office of Undergraduate Research and the UK College of Medicine Dean’s Office have provided support for the school's laboratory in the form of supplies and equipment – much of it surplus that would otherwise be sold for scrap. The laboratory space at TLC was recently dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided on by Rebecca Dutch, the UK College of Medicine's Associate Dean for Biomedical Education, cementing what promises to be a long-term relationship benefiting both TLC and UK.
Overall, the goal of the UK-TLC Partnership is to foster an appetite in the science fields for many students who may have otherwise felt such a career was beyond their reach. Inspiring young minds to keep asking questions and stay hungry for knowledge is a big part of what motivates the faculty to continue to push and improve the new partnership.
"I think the important thing to realize here is that by providing opportunities to students, it's incredibly enriching to see the spark where perhaps we saw the spark in ourselves 25 or 30 years ago," Sinai said. "When you see that, it's quite invigorating, and reminds us why we are doing this in the first place."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2014) — Everyone agreed; the approach to W.P. Garrigus Building had seen better days. Well, better days are here again, with the completion of the new College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Plaza.
University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, CAFE Dean Nancy Cox and former dean Scott Smith were on hand June 24 to cut the ribbon. Also included in the dedication ceremony were Kevin Kreide, Physical Plant Division director; Boyd Sewe, landscape architecture student; and Ramona Fry, principal at element design and project manager for the plaza renovation. Fry and design team members, Liz Piper and Mark Arnold are alumni of the college’s Department of Landscape Architecture.
“The completion of our Alumni Plaza is cause for celebration — celebration of our college alumni, celebration of our students and celebration of our threefold land-grant mission of teaching, research and extension,” Cox said.
The diversity, beauty and seasonality of Kentucky’s agriculture inspired the plaza’s design. The plantings, in raised beds, are not just aesthetically pleasing, but have the practical function of providing spatial separation and controlling surface runoff. Along with agricultural plantings, a “demo forest” was planted, using 13 potentially blight-resistant sapling American chestnut trees 1.0 and 50 pure American chestnuts, which have started to sprout from planted nuts. The trees were donated by The American Chestnut Foundation, which has a breeding program that strives to restore the American chestnut to the Appalachian Mountains.
Fry told the gathered crowd that the plaza is now “a place that provides for outdoor classrooms, learning, socialization and research, with a meaningful investment in stewardship and greening our campus. It’s a place for large gatherings and for small, everyday conversations, a place to meet colleagues and make lifelong friends. It’s a place that celebrates the environment of education.”
The idea to renovate the space came from Kreide, who thought a revitalized plaza could make an important difference to that part of the college. He and now-retired Vice President for UK Facilities Management Bob Wiseman kept the door open for local firms to submit innovative designs for the plaza. The selection committee unanimously approved element design’s vision, saying it successfully reflected the image of UK and the college. Now that the work is done, Kreide believes the nine-month construction process was worth it.
“I think it's outstanding. It's money well spent. It's going to be a place that students, staff and faculty can enjoy and take pride in and use everyday,” he said.
For Fry, Piper and Arnold, the opportunity to give back to the college that gave them so much as undergraduates is something they’ll always value.
“To stand today in this vibrant, beautiful Alumni Plaza is both wonderful and humbling. The opportunity to help transform this place, to give something back of ourselves and our education here, where it all happened, is beyond measure. We are honored to be a part of this experience,” Fry said.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 25, 2014) — Presentation U!, the University of Kentucky's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), has just released the application for Cohorts 2 and 3 of its Faculty Fellows program. This program is designed to help faculty implement multimodal communication instructional materials into their courses and curricula.
"After several years of working with faculty, staff, and students across the UK campus, first, to select a QEP topic and then to develop a plan for implementing it, I am so excited to be launching the actual program," said Deanna Sellnow, interim director of the Presentation U! Initiative. "Presentation U! will provide important consulting services to help faculty integrate multimodal communication instruction and assignments into their courses, as well as tutoring support services to help students create and refine their assignments into products they can be proud of."
In April 2013, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved Presentation U! as the university's QEP, which is one of 12 core requirements the university takes on to reaffirm its accreditation through SACS. The overall goal of Presentation U! is to improve all students' presentation and communication skills across various platforms. The intention is to improve the student learning experience with a focus on developing integrated oral, written, visual, and multimedia communication skills, while also offering a unique service to faculty in developing opportunities in their courses for students to learn these skills.
Presentation U! is now housed in the Division of Undergraduate Education and is reaching across the university to serve.
The Faculty Fellows program is an important component of Presentation U!, as the fellows will get help from multimodal communication experts on developing necessary instructional modules, assignments and grading rubrics that they can integrate into their courses. They will also get help preparing and using rubrics to evaluate and assess their students' work as they integrate these components into upper division courses for their majors.
To apply to be a Faculty Fellow, visit http://www.uky.edu/UGE/pres-u-apply.html.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2014) — This week, 85 high school sophomores from across the Commonwealth will begin living and learning on the University of Kentucky campus for three weeks as part of the GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy@UK. In partnership with the Council on Postsecondary Education and the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, this college and career readiness initiative aims to develop a college transition path to UK for the students by showcasing the skills and attitudes needed to succeed at the state's premier research university.
"Our highest priority is the success of our students," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "By partnering with the CPE on the GEAR UP Summer Academy, Kentucky high school students are exposed early to college life so they can better prepare for advanced coursework."
For UK, GEAR UP marks the first time a high school preparation program will be linked with the university's innovative general education programming, UK CORE. During the three week period, UK faculty will manage the program through UK CORE student learning outcomes: all students are taking general studies courses that include research skills, information literacy, argumentative writing and public speaking, visual literacy, digital citizenship, video editing and web publishing. Laurie Henry, professor in the UK College of Education and director of the College Readiness P20 Innovation Lab, is managing the students' daily schedules that will reflect a typical UK student's schedule, as well as provide opportunities for interactions with UK faculty, staff and students.
All participating students will also have the opportunity to earn digital badges in elective courses that are modeled on undergraduate courses taught at UK, potentially leading toward a dual-credit program. Documenting student acheivement and college preparation through the use of digital badges marks another first for the university.
"Thanks to support from UK colleges and student success areas, we are able to offer an extremely innovative and diverse experience for the GEAR UP students," said Ben Withers, associate provost for undergraduate education. "This is the result of several years of intense discussions on campus about college preparation, and the innovative link of the summer courses to UK CORE will allow these students a better understanding of what college is like and, most importantly, demonstrate that they can succeed when they come to UK or go to the college of their choice."
The students attending the GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy were recommended and supported by their principals, teachers and guidance counselors for having strong potential to succeed in college with the necessary preparation.
About GEAR UP Kentucky
The GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy program was created to help students develop the skills needed for college and career success and create the opportunity to visualize themselves as a future college student. The program is provided at no cost for the students and their families, and includes the following three components:
- General Studies Core Courses: Courses focused on building research, reading, writing, and communication skills.
- Focus Areas: Courses that give students an in-depth, hands-on experience in a particular field including agriculture, engineering, science, fine arts, global studies, business and economics, etc.
- Cafe College: Interactive evening sessions in the residence hall that focus on the everyday life of the college student.
For more information about the program, visit http://summeracademy.gearupky.org/
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2014) -- UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare are building upon their history of collaboration to expand research and educational collaborations between the two institutions, with the goal of improving health and health care for all Kentuckians.
Beginning July 1, educational and research initiatives between UK and Norton will be lead by Dr. Stephen Wyatt, who most recently served two successful terms as the founding dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. Wyatt will return to the UK College of Medicine, with joint appointment as vice president for research at Norton Healthcare.
During Wyatt's tenure as dean, the College of Public Health experienced tremendous growth in faculty, staff, students, extramural funding, and reputation, with the college now ranked 25th nationally by U.S. News and World Report. Wyatt will leverage his expertise in collaborative research and education to guide the partnership efforts between UK and Norton Healthcare.
"Dr. Wyatt's high caliber leadership, expertise, and experience -- demonstrated by a strong track record of success -- are critical assets to this important and evolving partnership that will help to improve the health of Kentuckians, advance health care, and enhance the capacity of both UK and Norton to serve their communities," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs.
According to Wyatt, further collaboration between UK and Norton is a logical and natural strategy to combine the resources and expertise of two institutions that, between them, provide health care services to a large population of the Commonwealth.
"This research and education partnership exemplifies the shared commitment of both institutions to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of all Kentuckians," said Wyatt.
Facilitating collaborative research is a key component of the partnership and will benefit Kentuckians by expanding access to novel clinical trials only available at academic medical centers that, like UK, have major federal research designations in cancer, aging and translational science, while simultaneously expanding access to industry-sponsored trials at Norton Healthcare. The collaboration will also allow researchers at both institutions to combine expertise and resources and better recruit diverse research participants from a larger area of Central Kentucky.
Initial areas for collaboration include UK's National Institutes of Health research center grants for cancer (Markey Cancer Center), translational research (Center for Clinical and Translational Science), and aging (Sanders-Brown Center on Aging). UK and Norton working together regarding cancer research has already borne fruit: In the last four years, Norton has supported several research efforts at UK, including UK's successful application for National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation.
In 2014, Wyatt and UK researchers have partnered with Norton Cancer Institute clinical staff to develop and submit three proposals for funding consideration by federal cancer research agencies and the American Cancer Society. In order to facilitate joint research studies, UK and Norton have established a shared Institutional Review Board process to approve clinical studies that involve both institutions
The two institutions are also working together to improve education for health care providers and administrators in the state.
“Through partnership, scientists and care providers at UK and Norton Healthcare will expand their capacity to conduct multidisciplinary research that improves treatment for thousands of patients across the region,” said President Eli Capilouto. “By leveraging the innovative discovery we conduct, and moving those discoveries from the lab to the bedside, we can do more for those in need of complex care.”
In May 2104, the UK College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies Program and Norton Healthcare launched a preceptor partnership to develop a robust network of qualified physician assistant preceptors within the Norton Healthcare system, with Norton pledging $715,000 over three years to support the program. Physician assistant (PA) students at UK receive instruction and supervision from Norton preceptors during their clinical clerkship rotations, and approximately 50 percent of the students receive employment offers at UK following completion of the program.
The first nine students in the program began clerkships at Norton in June 2014. Partnering with UK's PA program will allow Norton to further educate and develop its workforce in order to best serve its patients.
The partnership for physician assistant education builds upon previous collaborations in health care education. In 2012, Norton Healthcare gifted $250,000 to UK to endow a professorship in health care leadership at the UK College of Public Health and support an annual $10,000 scholarship for the college's master of health administration (MHA) program. Lawrence Prybil, professor of health services management at the UK College of Public Health, was named the first Norton Healthcare Endowed Professor in Healthcare Leadership.
"Previous partnerships for educational initiatives with Norton Healthcare have strengthened the public health capacity in our state, and I'm looking forward to expanding our work with our Norton Healthcare colleagues so that together we can make real and timely contributions to the Commonwealth," said Wyatt.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2014) — The Army Historical Foundation recently recognized outstanding contributions to U.S. Army history that were published in 2013. Among those select works honored by the foundation was “Exposing the Third Reich: Colonel Truman Smith in Hitler’s Germany,” by University Press of Kentucky (UPK) author Henry G. Gole, which won the Distinguished Book Award in the category of biography.
The Army Historical Foundation is a member-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the American soldier. Established in 1983, the foundation funds projects such as educational programs, research, publication of relevant historical materials and the acquisition and preservation of Army artifacts.
"Exposing the Third Reich" was recognized at an annual awards program June 18, at the 17th annual Members’ Meeting at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. The finalists were judged by a select awards committee of distinguished military historians and writers against a set of criteria, including significance to U.S. Army history, historical accuracy, and quality of writing.
In the early 1930s, most military and political leaders in the United States and around Europe did not take Adolph Hitler’s rise to power in Germany particularly seriously. Col. Truman Smith was an exception. In “Exposing the Third Reich,” Gole tells this soldier’s story for the first time. An American aristocrat from a prominent New England family, Smith was first assigned to Germany in 1919 during the Allied occupation and soon became known as a regional expert. During his second assignment in the country as a military attaché in 1935, he arranged for his good friend Charles Lindbergh to inspect the Luftwaffe. The Germans were delighted to have the famous aviator view their planes, enabling Smith to gather key intelligence about their air capability.
Smith’s savvy cultivation of relationships rendered him invaluable throughout his service, particularly as an aide to Gen. George C. Marshall, however the colonel’s friendliness with Germany also aroused suspicion that he was a Nazi sympathizer. Gole demonstrates that, far from condoning Hitler, Smith was among the first to raise the alarm: he predicted many of the Nazis’ moves years in advance and feared that the international community would not act quickly enough. Featuring many firsthand observations of the critical changes in Germany between the world wars, this biography presents an indispensable look both at a fascinating figure and at the nuances of the interwar years.
The award from the Army Historical Foundation marks the fourth time a UPK title has won an award from the foundation. In 2010, “Normandy to Victory: The Way Diary of General Courtney H. Hodges and the First U.S. Army,” edited by John T. Greenwood, won in the category of journals, memoirs, and letters. The following year, " Beetle: The Life of Walter Bedell Smith," by D.K.R. Crosswell, won in the category of biography and " The Way of Honor, Duty, Country: The Memoir of Charles Pelot Summerall," edited byTimothy K. Nenninger, won in the category of journals, memoirs, and letters. In 2012, " Advance and Destroy: Patton as Commander in the Bulge," by John Nelson Rickard, won in the category of operational/battle history.
Gole has taught at West Point, the U.S. Army War College, the University of Maryland and Dickinson College. In addition, he served as a rifleman in Korea and completed two tours as a Special Forces officer during the Vietnam War. He is the author of four books, including " General William E. Depuy: Preparing the Army for Modern War."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2014) — In one of the most valuable partnerships of its kind in college athletics history, University of Kentucky officials announced Monday that JMI Sports has been awarded UK’s athletics and campus multimedia marketing rights with a 15-year, $210 million agreement.
“This partnership reflects the fact that the University of Kentucky is a national brand with the largest and most loyal fan base in all of intercollegiate athletics,” UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “The size of this partnership – and our partnership with an emerging force in college sports in JMI Sports – will enable us to maintain and grow as one of the country’s few financially self-sustaining programs, allowing us to continue to provide incredible educational opportunities to more than 450 young men and women as well as continue to partner with the university in unique and distinctive ways.”
“It is critically important that our athletic program remain not only financially self-sustaining, but is also positioned to continue to be an aggressive partner in our academic efforts,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said. “Nowhere else in the country is an athletics program more essential to building a thriving public, residential, research university. This partnership with JMI Sports helps ensure those contributions are strengthened.”
Last year, Capilouto and Barnhart announced the UK athletics department was paying for $65 million of a more than $100 million Academic Science Building – an unprecedented partnership between academics and athletics in American higher education.
JMI Sports is an innovator in sales, marketing, and project management services to universities and professional teams. Kentucky will be JMI Sports’ first client for which it will serve as its multimedia rights holder, but its leadership has substantial experience in sports business.
The company was founded in 2006 by developer and philanthropist John Moores and Chief Executive Officer Erik Judson. Moores is the former owner and chairman of the San Diego Padres and Judson has experience managing major sports development projects, including the Padres’ Petco Park and the University of Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena. Tom Stultz, president of JMI Sports and a native of Greenup, Ky., formerly served as senior vice president and managing director of IMG College’s multimedia rights business.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Kentucky,” Moores said. “Erik, Tom and I would like to thank President Capilouto, Mitch Barnhart and the entire UK administration for the confidence they have placed in JMI Sports. We are enthusiastic supporters of higher education, recognizing the many important roles these institutions play in our society. We look forward to working with UK to build the most innovative and successful multi-media venture in the country.”
JMI Sports’ college clients include the Southeastern Conference, Alabama, North Carolina, Oregon, Auburn, Colorado, Duke, Syracuse and many more.
“We are very impressed with JMI Sports and excited to begin working with them,” Barnhart said. “Their work with many of our peers in college athletics and the experience of their team will make them an excellent long-term partner for UK Athletics and a valued part of the Big Blue Nation.”
UK will receive a guaranteed rights fee in each of the 15 years of the contract, starting at $9.1 million in 2015-16 and increasing to $16 million in 2029-30. The agreement also includes a $29.4 million signing bonus to be paid over the first two years of the contract. The signing bonus will help the university fund important capital projects. The deal includes:
· Radio rights to UK’s football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball games;
· Stadium and arena corporate signage and game programs for all home UK events, other than those hosted at Rupp Arena;
· Naming rights to university athletics facilities and premium areas;
· Sponsorship on UKathletics.com;
· Game sponsorships and game promotions;
· Coaches’ endorsements;
· Pre and postgame television shows and specials and postseason highlight DVDs;
· Video features on video boards, other than at Rupp Arena;
· Opportunities to develop UK Athletics Corporate Partnership Program; and
· The potential, at the university’s discretion, to market campus multimedia rights, creating the potential for an integrated approach to multimedia rights and marketing – something few universities are doing.
As part of the agreement, UK Athletics will continue to provide premium advertising inventory in support of the school’s academic mission. This advertising inventory is valued at more than $7.5 million over the 15 years of the contract. In addition to funding nearly two-thirds of the Academic Science Building, the Athletics Department also continues to contribute $1.7 million annually toward academic scholarships for the general student population, all while remaining one of the few self-sufficient departments in the country.
UK’s current deal, which expires in April 2015, was worth $80.5 million over 10 years. Despite television rights no longer being included due to the SEC’s broadcast agreements and the impending launch of the SEC Network, UK’s multimedia rights deal increased significantly.
By comparison, the University of Alabama signed a deal in April reportedly worth between $15-16 million annually over 10 years, giving the school the third-largest multimedia rights deal in the nation behind Texas and Notre Dame, two universities with unique television agreements. Concessions, pouring rights, isotonic beverage, seat rentals and merchandise are included in Alabama’s deal, while UK manages each separately.
The new agreement was awarded following a review process in accordance with the Kentucky Model Procurement Code KRS 45A. A Request for Proposals was issued in February 2014 and responses were received in April. The contract can be found at http://www.uky.edu/Legal/ORRContracts.htm.
Additional quotes from JMI Sports
Erik Judson, Chief Executive Officer, JMI Sports
“JMI Sports pursued this partnership with the University of Kentucky because it perfectly aligns with our strategy of serving an elite group of major universities. Our continual focus will be on providing white glove customer service to UK’s sponsors and partners as part of our effort to enhance the UK brand and provide an outstanding platform for success for UK and its many stakeholders.”
Tom Stultz, President, JMI Sports
“We are thrilled to begin a partnership with the University of Kentucky that will utilize much of our expertise, including producing and distributing quality sports content, selling and fulfilling innovative corporate partnerships, developing unique campus sponsorship programs, and delivering stadium financing and project management services. This contract enables JMI Sports to become established as a full-service provider of the highest quality university and sponsor centered services. And, knowing from personal experience how terrific UK’s administration, coaches, staff and fans are as partners, we could not be more excited for what the future holds.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2014) — Three University of Kentucky graduate students have received the fellowship award from the Association of Emeriti Faculty. Each award includes a stipend of $2,000.
Since 1996, the UK Association of Emeriti Faculty has awarded 53 fellowships to full-time graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to teaching at a university or college. Thanks to generous gifts from UK faculty retirees to the fellowship program and UKAEF’s Commonwealth of Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund, these gifts constitute a $77,000 donation of ongoing support of graduate students.
Winners for the 2013-14 school year were Brad Fox, Ashley Bourgeois and Michelle Bolduc.
Bolduc is in her fourth year as a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography. Her dissertation research is in the field of medical geography and involves an investigation of the economic, political and socio-cultural barriers that pregnant Haitian immigrants face in gaining access to prenatal care in a county in Florida. Bolduc has been active as a teaching assistant and primary instructor and was co-founder of the UK Critical Pedagogy Working Group.
Bourgeois joined the Department of English as a doctoral student in 2009. She is investigating film and fiction sources of theoretical views on sexual liberation that were associated with the New Left in the 1960s and 1970s and that later became largely submerged by more consumer-friendly versions of fulfillment. She is actively publishing and presenting at conferences. Bourgeois has served as a teaching assistant and as primary instructor of a number of English and gender and women studies courses.
Fox has completed two years as a doctoral candidate in the Department of Mathematics. His research is in the field of discrete mathematics or, more specifically, algebraic combinatorics, and he is currently working on four projects. Fox has extensive experience as a primary instructor, recitation instructor, guest lecturer and tutor in his department.
The UKAEF website gives details for applying for the fellowhips awarded annually: www.uky.edu/UKAEF. Deadline for students to apply is in October 2014.
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LONDON, ENGLAND (June 26, 2014) — Fifteen first-generation Univesity of Kentucky students are seeing blue across the Atlantic this summer. In a course designed specifically for first-generation students, the group is exploring global communication and business in London, England, led by Director of First Generation Initiatives Matthew Deffendall.
Throughout three weeks spanning the end of June and beginning of July, the students are visiting several international businesses and corporations, and UKNow is highlighting some of their experiences by publishing their blogs.
On Monday, June 19, the class toured the stadium of one of the most successful football clubs in Great Britain: the Chelsea Football Club. Beginning in the stadium seats, the tour then continued through the press conference room, the home and visiting locker rooms, as well as the press box in the stadium. The tour commenced in the Chelsea Football Club museum — a tribute to the success of the club, which included interactive "skill-building" displays, hanging jerseys of notable Chelsea players and opponents, as well as videos from the team's most memorable wins.
After the tour, a former financial representative, Stephen Pearce, from the Chelsea Football Club gave a lecture about the European football industry. Pearce recently transitioned from Chelsea to a smaller football club, Derby County, a club that last year generated enough momentum to ascend from the near bottom of their league's standings, to second place. He described the structure and financial workings of the industry and asked the students to compare European football to similar industries in the U.S.
Below is a blog from sophomore chemistry major Brandon King:
The tour of the Chelsea Football Club was a very interesting trip. It was more of a superficial tour, as we only saw the inside of the stadium, the changing rooms, the press rooms, etc. The inner workings were not touched on in the stadium tour. This was left for later in the evening when one of the former financial directors for Chelsea came to talk to us. Now, he helps to manage the finances for the Derby Football Club, a local football team on the rise from a hard period in their career.
The Derby director gave a very extensive look into the workings of managing a football club, and many techniques and tactics were quite similar to the workings of professional sports in the United States. In order to fund the club, they need extensive sponsorship — as many as possible from as many different kinds of companies as possible. The director mentioned that they recently got a new deal to rename the stadium iPro stadium, the largest financial sponsorship deal in recent times. For the next 10 years, their names will be connected.
In addition, they need public exposure to help bring in fans and raise money. The more the team is known about, and spoken about, the more success they will have. They do kids camps so they can come and talk to the pros and learn from them. In addition, they have a deal so that if the team makes it into the English Premier League (the tier they very nearly made it into, but sadly lost their promotion match), all season pass owners will be refunded half the price.
On the other hand, though, there are a few differences between American professional sports. The professional arena for the English and the American leagues are quite unique from each other. A lot of importance is placed on reaching the top tiers in England due to the level of sponsorship that is offered for those contenders.
In addition, the amount of trading and buying players is on a much higher level than in the States. In addition to trading, the players are often lent (literally loaned) to other teams so that they can get experience in lower leagues before they return to play for their main team. This is not as common in American sports, and was a surprising bit of information — especially when a list of players traded to other teams was given, including the prices paid and the success of the players.
One of the primary means of public and global communication for the Derby team was the usage of the Twitter page. It was used to advertise ticket sales, progress in training, news about the team, games, etc. This has helped to revitalize the public fandom for the team and raise morale in the team as well. Due to the recent upturn in the team’s success, their number of followers has increased significantly.
Before this trip, I had no idea of the behind-the-scenes deals that a football club needs to do to operate, including the sponsorships, promotions, techniques for public exposure, team management changes, etc. It was a very enjoyable trip!
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2014) — A group of 15 first-generation University of Kentucky students is seeing blue across the pond this summer. In a course designed specifically for students who are the first in their families to attend college, the group is exploring global communication and business in London, England, led by Director of First Generation Initiatives Matthew Deffendall.
Throughout three weeks, spanning the end of June and beginning of July, the students will visit several international businesses and corporations in London. Throughout their journey, UKNow will highlight some of their experiences by publishing their blogs.
The class began their series of business site visits with the British Broadcasting Company, the BBC.
Below is senior biology major Danielle Middleton's blog about the experience:
Friday, we completed our first business site as we took a tour of the BBC site. Prior to the visit, I knew two things of the BBC. First, that BBC is an acronym for British Broadcasting Corporation and secondly, that we owe our thanks to BBC for the television show "Doctor Who." After the visit, I can proudly say that I know more than two things!
I have always been taught the importance of a first impression; a lesson that I am sure was not lost on the designers of the BBC building. While making our way to the entrance we soon discovered that we instead were actually walking across the world. More specifically, the world piazza, as it is called is a collection of over 750 stone pavers each representing a place from around the world. Even more interesting, this map of sorts takes into consideration lines of longitude and latitude. We were fortunate to locate Kentucky and other common names as well as some more uncommon places that we inevitably mispronounced. The world piazza served as a great introduction as it mirrored the BBC vision to essentially cover the world.
If I had to choose a word to describe my first minutes of the official tour, I would select the word 'concerned.' I can recall drawing a blank, with the exception of the mention of Tony Blair in the guide's opening. I questioned how I would be able to find both similarities and interests in something so seemingly different. It only took the next portion of the tour to change my mind.
Our first full stop was a view of the newsroom and a look at the news market BBC caters to. While I have never toured a broadcasting station in the U.S., it is hard imaging one as grand as the BBC. The view from above revealed a large room bustling with workers. The glass barrier created an experience akin to a zoo as I observed the workers in their natural habitat. Some workers were collaborating with one another pointing at computers, while others seemed to be intently working alone at their personal stations. It was very dynamic and amidst all this motion we were assured both the domestic and international news stories were being produced.
It was at this stop we learned some general information about the BBC. We learned that this particular studio employed over 6,000 people while employing many others in different locations and abroad. Aside from delivering world news and political elections, the BBC also produced radio and television programs. We also learned that the BBC is funded primarily through grants and is commercial free. These latter bits of information were surprising as it offers contrasts to the U.S. system. The tour guide also proudly boasted that the BBC was about one-third larger than CNN, a figure I was shocked to learn. The next point of the tour provided me with some similarities to the U.S. network systems.
At the next point we were given a glimpse into the BBC’s entertainment market, by taking a tour of the studio where "The One Show" is filmed. "The One Show" is comparable to a talk show and has had many notable guests such as Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, and many other political and international celebrities. After this point we were taken to a radio system. It was here that I learned one of the ways the BBC tailors its messages. A radio drama, something that seems a thing of the past in America, is still wildly popular in the U.K. For this reason, the BBC produces many radio dramas and even allowed members of our group to get a behind the scenes look while creating our own production.
Continuing on with the hands-on experience, our tour was also given the opportunity to participate in a mock news and weather report. It was during this early portion of the tour we learned about the way the BBC incorporates its message with that of the nations and places it represents. We were able to learn how local segments of weather are used to customize a general BBC broadcast. This is yet another way the BBC spreads its influence and coverage to the world.
Returning to BBC’s entertainment market, we were taken to a small theater that has played host to many popular acts wishing to receive great publicity in exchange for a very small fee. Among performers were Elton John, Bon Jovi, and Rod Stewart. Like American networks, the BBC seeks to appeal to large audiences by presenting a wide variety of political and pop culture figures.
Lastly, I remember learning a bit about the history of the BBC, as we took time in the tour to visit a building originating in 1932. I became familiar with the BBC’s original goal to expand from radio to television and then the halting of this goal as World War II approached. I also learned the important role the BBC played during the war to relentlessly deliver news to those areas such as France who were under occupation. From the past to the present, I learned a lot during the visit and had a great time.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 23, 2014) — At first glance, it may not seem that the chair of cardiothoracic surgery in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and a horticulture extension professor and specialist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment would share the same research interests. But Sibu Saha and his son Shubin say the two areas fit together perfectly.
They started collaborating on an attention-getting study about the cardiovascular effects of watermelon when Shubin worked at Purdue University. Now that they are both on the same campus, they hope to use their shared expertise to further the study’s findings.
Their ties to UK run deeper still. Sibu’s wife, Becky Saha served as president of the Friends of the Arboretum and the couple established the Saha Cardiovascular Research Center Fund in 2010. Shubin’s wife, Amanda Saha is an academic coordinator at in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Watch the “Big Blue Family” video above to discover what it’s like for father and son to conduct research together on the same campus and why their work for this university means so much to both of them.
This video feature is part of a special new series produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community. There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields. The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday.
Since the "Big Blue Family" series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas. If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us. Who knows? We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2014) — As part of the annual routine maintenance work on the University of Kentucky's parking structures, UK Parking and Transportation Services says construction will significantly impact the Press Avenue Garage (PS #6) starting Saturday, June 21.
The Press Avenue Garage will be closed Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22. Once the garage reopens Monday, June 23, the work will cause approximately 50 parking spaces to be blocked at a time, although the area will shift throughout the facility during this project.
During the summer months, parking demand is reduced, providing increased flexibility in parking alternatives. Employees who normally park in the Press Avenue Garage should allow extra commute time. If the facility is full, employees may park in any E or R areas or the K areas at Commonwealth Stadium. Visit www.uky.edu/pts/parking-info_parking-maps to view the campus summer parking map and identify alternate parking locations.
The work on the Press Avenue Garage is expected to last approximately one week. However, as always, construction is weather-dependent and the timetable may change.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2014) — A portion of University Drive on the University of Kentucky campus will be closed this weekend to facilitate road resurfacing. No parking will be permitted on the northbound side of University Drive beginning at 8 p.m. today, Friday, June 20.
The resurfacing is scheduled to begin either Saturday, June 21 or Sunday, June 22. Once work commences, the northbound University Drive travel lane will close beginning near the intersection with Hospital Drive and ending just before the intersection with Huguelet Drive. The northbound parking area as well as the adjacent bike lane will provide northbound access to Complex Drive.
Access will remain to the UK and VA hospitals via Hospital Drive. Northbound through traffic on University Drive will be detoured to Veterans Drive at Hospital Drive with access back to University Drive at Huguelet Drive.
The work is expected to be completed by 5 a.m. Monday, June 23. However, as always, construction is weather-dependent and the timetable may change.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Today's guest, UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday, discusses details of UK’s new $250 million partnership with Aramark to provide dining services on campus.
To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit http://wuky.org/post/eric-monday-uks-aramark-partnership.
"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2014) -- It's a problem many women are embarrassed to discuss, but pelvic organ prolapse is a very common disorder, especially among older women. Roughly half of women who have had children will experience a form of prolapse later in life, and more than one out of every 10 women will have at least one surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence by the age of 80.
What is pelvic organ prolapse?
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor becomes weak or damaged and one or more pelvic structures drop from their natural positions into or even outside of the vaginal canal. Several structures can be involved, including the uterus, bladder, small bowel, rectum or the vagina itself.
What causes prolapse?
Prolapse is caused by damage to the tissues that support the pelvic organs. This damage is often a result of several factors, with the most common cause being the trauma of childbirth. Other risk factors include obesity, chronic constipation, lung diseases that result in a chronic cough, prior hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), menopause, and heavy manual labor.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse include a bulge or pressure in the vagina, a pulling or stretching feeling in the vagina or pelvis, discomfort with sexual intercourse, delayed or slow urine stream, difficulty with bowel movements, and urinary and fecal urgency or incontinence.
What's the best way to treat prolapse?
Treatment depends on several factors including the age and overall health of the patient, the severity of symptoms, the stage of the prolapse, the patient’s anatomy and prior surgical history and most importantly the patient’s preference.
For women with a mild case of prolapse, physicians may not recommend a surgical intervention. However, they may recommend nonsurgical treatments that can help prevent the prolapse from becoming worse, such as losing weight, quitting smoking, and avoiding lifting heavy objects.
For more severe prolapse, some women may choose to use a pessary (a medical device that provides internal support) while others may choose to undergo surgery.
Surgery can be laparoscopic with the assistance of the da Vinci robot or approached through the vagina. Women often have other pelvic floor disorders in addition to prolapse including overactive bladder (urinary frequency, urgency and urge incontinence) or stress urinary incontinence (leakage of urine with coughing, laughing, or exercise) that need to be addressed at the same time.
For younger women, the potential loss of childbearing ability plays a role in the patient's treatment. Treatment should be individualized for each patient and it is important to see a physician that specializes in the treatment of pelvic floor disorders, such a surgeon board-certified in Female Pelvic Medicine Reconstructive Surgery.
Why should women seek treatment sooner rather than later?
The symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse can worsen over time. The sooner a woman seeks treatment the sooner we can work on alleviating the symptoms and improving her quality of life.
Dr. Katie Ballert specializes in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at UK HealthCare.
This column appeared in the June 22, 2014, edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader
UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Selected for Major Clinical Trial of Drug to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 19, 2014) -- The University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is participating in a landmark multi-center clinical trial of an experimental drug that has the potential to prevent Alzheimer's disease (AD).
The A4 Study will recruit 1,000 participants ages 65-85 to test an amyloid antibody that may prevent memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease. Amyloid is a protein normally produced in the brain that can build up in older people, forming plaque deposits in the brain. Scientists believe this buildup of deposits may play a key role in the eventual development of Alzheimer's.
Sanders-Brown is the only center in Kentucky and the only center within 200 miles of Lexington participating in the study.
Dr. Gregory Jicha of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging is enthusiastic about the impact this study might have for the 35 million people suffering from Alzheimer's disease worldwide.
"As the baby boomer generation ages, the incidence of Alzheimer's and other age-related dementias will grow exponentially," Jicha said. "As of today, there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, so any opportunity to slow the progression of symptoms by intervening early in the disease process is important."
Since previous studies have demonstrated that changes in the brain occur many years before a person shows the signs of Alzheimer's disease-related dementia, researchers have targeted the amyloid plaques that accumulate in the aging brain as a means of identifying people at risk for developing AD and intervening before the onset of the earliest signs of memory loss.
A4 participant candidates will undergo a series of tests to determine their eligibility, including an imaging test called a PET scan to determine whether they do in fact have evidence of amyloid plaque buildup. This in itself is an interesting conundrum, said Jicha.
"Amyloid plaques don't guarantee that a person will develop Alzheimer's, but there seems to be a strong link between the two," said Jicha. "So using PET imaging to determine the buildup of amyloid plaques is similar to being tested for the BRCA1 gene for breast cancer: they help us determine who is at a higher risk for developing the disease in question."
Therefore, explains Jicha, patients who are identified by PET scan as at risk for Alzheimer's disease but aren't yet experiencing memory problems will now be able to explore their options for prevention and/or treatment.
Jicha notes that the A4 study is just one of many Alzheimer's-related clinical trials being conducted at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.
"We have clinical trials that target the entire continuum for Alzheimer's disease, from prevention to treatment," Jicha said. "But we'll never be able to answer the crucial question: 'Does this work?' If we can't enroll enough people for the research."
The University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) http://www.uky.edu/coa/ was established in 1979 and is one of the original ten National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Alzheimer’s disease Research Centers. The SBCoA is internationally acclaimed for its progress in the fight against illnesses facing the aging population.
For more information about the importance of volunteering for clinical trials, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TDfOG8blwU&list=PL0vC9-Q8LFcx88jdTlLemFkxCPXRk-pzB
For more information on participation in the clinical trials underway at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, contact Sarah Tarrant at 859-323-1331.
Lexington, June, 20, 2014 -- Keeneland Concours d’Elegance will host a Maserati Mingle
5:30 p.m.- 9.p.m., June 20, 2014, at the Court House Square, 120 and 150 N. Limestone, in Lexington.
Sponsored by Maserati of Cincinnati, event admission is free to the public and will feature a variety of exotic automobiles, including vintage models from Maserati, Ferrari, and Porsche. Food and beverages will be available on site and there will be a featured display of artwork from invited Concours artists.
“This will be a fun, memorable event with well over 50 classic cars on display at downtown Lexington’s Court House Square,” said Connie Jones, Concours co-chair. “It serves as a warm-up for the upcoming Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, July 17-20, and all proceeds will benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital. This is the 10th anniversary Keeneland Concours d'Elegance and this year we have invited back previous winning cars for a Winners Circle Reunion, on Saturday, July 19.”
Supporting sponsors for the Maserati Mingle event include the UK Federal Credit Union, WEKU, and Harp Enterprises.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance showcases the
finest in automobiles and the attractions of central Kentucky as each year more than 100 exquisite examples of automotive history gather on the lust grounds of the Keeneland Race Course. The event draws thousands for this one-of-a-kind experience unmatched in the collector car community. Activities include a Bourbon Tour, Hangar Bash and the Tour d’Elegance of scenic Kentucky back roads. Proceeds benefit Kentucky Children’s Hospital to help bring better healthcare to the children of Kentucky. For more information, visit www.keeenelandconcours.com
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2014) -- Wayne Sanderson, Ph.D., has accepted the position of interim dean of the College of Public Health, effective July 1, 2014. While serving as interim dean, he will remain director of the Central Appalachian Regional Education Research Center (CARERC) and deputy director of the Southeast Center for Agricultural Health and Injury Prevention (SCAHIP), CDC-funded centers that conduct research and education on the health and safety problems facing our nation’s workers and rural residents. Sanderson was selected after a college-wide nomination process and in close consultation with UK President Eli Capilouto.
Dr. Steve Wyatt, who has served two very successful terms as the founding dean of the UK College of Public, is returning to the UK College of Medicine where he will lead two critical initiatives: growing UK's Center for Clinical and Translational Science and guiding an emerging partnership that UK HealthCare has established.
"We are grateful to Steve for his contributions, and wish him every success in his new role," said UK Provost Christine Riordan.
The College of Public Health is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, and as a component of Kentucky’s land grant institution, its mission is to apply comprehensive health approaches to better understand and help reduce the burdens and disparities of health problems on individuals, families and communities. Kentuckians experience some of the worst health outcomes in the country, and the College of Public Health is committed to excellence in research, education, and service that addresses the unfortunate yet well-documented health challenges of the Commonwealth.
Under Wyatt's leadership the College has experienced tremendous growth in faculty, staff, students, extramural funding, and reputation, with the college now ranked 25th nationally by U.S. News and World Report. The College also began offering undergraduate public health courses during the past few years, a development that has garnered so much interest that a bachelor's degree program has been approved this month by the University Senate.
In moving forward, Sanderson's experience and expertise will be an asset to continuing the College's growth and success during this interim period. With a research focus on a wide variety of occupational and environmental exposures, he has served as chair of the Epidemiology Department in the College of Public Health since January 2010. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky in December 2009, he was a professor in the Occupational and Environmental Health Department of the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
He also was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service beginning in 1978, assigned to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH/CDC). His tenure culminated in 2002 with his position as chief of the Industrial Hygiene Section in the Industrywide Studies Branch.
Sanderson said he is delighted to be working with the wonderful students, faculty, and staff in the College of Public Health. “They inspire me every day to get to work early to help address the many public health problems facing the Commonwealth and around the globe," he said.
In the coming weeks, a search committee will be formed to identify candidates for the position of Dean of the College of Public Health.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 20, 2014) — What began as a class project in arts administration at the University of Kentucky has grown into a fully functioning arts organization that could benefit the community for years to come.
A group of 17 students has taken a course project from their 402 class with UK Arts Administration Director of Undergraduate Studies Mark Rabideau to new heights by founding a full-fledged arts organization dedicated to working with local nonprofits. Driven by the belief that creativity is the seed of hope, Art in Unlikely Places connects artists to those most in need of the transformative powers of the arts. The group believes that art by definition challenges the mind and emotions and refocuses our perspective of the world.
"Essentially what we want to do is to give something to people who may be facing a struggle in their life or have become defined by an illness. Bringing inspiring artwork to these people humanizes them again," said arts administration senior Katie Silver, executive director of Art in Unlikely Places.
To get the organization up and going, the students were awarded a grant from the Michael Braun Endowment Fund. The endowment, named for a former director of the UK Arts Administration Program, awards funding for projects and activities that enrich student knowledge of the arts administration profession and field.
The first project for Art in Unlikely Places is called Future Doors. For the initiative, local artists were commissioned to create works of art on doors that reflect the mission of eight partner nonprofit organizations. The idea was based on a concept pitched by an international student from the class. To help make the project a reality, Habitat for Humanity donated doors to the artists.
The students brainstormed a list of different groups of people they might want to help, including some organizations that had made an impact on their own lives.
"Some of us were very emotionally attached to certain organizations," Siver said. "My artist and I worked with Cardinal Hill on this project because both of us have suffered from physical injury and gone through physical rehabilitation and that has made a huge impact on our lives. We've both found that art is something that really helped us through that time. It was really important for us to work with an organization like that."
Artist and student Cameron White agreed. He selected his partner nonprofit, the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, based on personal relationships. "I have several friends who are or were in the military — and family members. The VA doesn’t just do medical care, they also help soldiers and service members re-integrate after their work."
White's door has an American flag as the background behind what appears to be shattered glass with two hands grasping. "It’s almost as though the glass has shattered but it’s more of reality. Then, there are two hands grasping in a warrior’s grip across the front. It was the idea of helping hands, that the human contact really helps, and then I did a little extra to mend the breaking glass of reality as the hands are clasping."
The eight participating nonprofits and artists in Future Doors are:
- Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and Emily Slusher;
- Christian Health Center and Caitlin Serey, a 2014 arts administration and art studio graduate;
- Hope Center and Spencer Reinhard;
- Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center and White, a creative writing and art studio junior from Lexington;
- NAMI Lexington and Sara Hadorn, an arts administration senior from Erlanger, Ky.;
- Ronald McDonald House and Jenny Kittinger, a 2008 art studio and art education graduate;
- Shriners Hospital for Children and Andria McElroy, a music education senior from Georgetown, Ky.; and
- The Nest Center for Women, Children and Families and Isabell Park, an integrated strategic communication sophomore from Hopkinsville, Ky.
The artwork serves as reminders of hope for the underserved of Lexington and the nonprofits were excited to team up with creative types in the Bluegrass.
"We know the healing powers of art. Anytime we can bring something in for our patients, either to encourage them more or inspire them more, just to see something different that they don’t see every day that they are here at Cardinal Hill, we certainly want to lift up our patients in any way that we can," said volunteer coordinator Marley Tribble, of Cardinal Hill.
Each door is currently on display until June 25 at its respective nonprofit where artists and the organizations hope it inspires members of the nonprofit community and promotes the work they do for Lexington.
At Cardinal Hill, Emily Slusher's door is very centrally located. "The reason why we put it in the Conservatory is this is a beautiful area for patients to be able to get out of the room, visit with family and friends, and have lots of people come in. It is a different setting than other hospital rooms they spend a lot of time in," Tribble said.
Cardinal Hill's door doesn't only inspire those who see it, it has a practical purpose as well and includes the artist's own story of rehabilitation.
"The door is interactive. There is a DVD with, I think at least, five different patient stories that Emily took, and she cut them up and put them together. She told her story with them as well," Tribble said. There is a light switch that you can flip and it turns on a light bulb. It is really available for anyone. Anyone can walk over, play around and see what they can explore there. The pulley is great, not only does it have the remote in there so patients and families can come up and see it. Pulling and grabbing is something that our therapists work with our patients on a daily basis. If a person had a stroke or lost some movement in their hand, they can bring them down here and use the door as part of their therapy."
Next week the doors will be moved to the historic Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center where the pieces of art will serve yet another purpose by raising money for the artists and nonprofit organizations they represent through an auction. Each artist plans to donate 50 percent or more of the proceeds from the doors to their partner nonprofit.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Lyric, located at 300 E. 3rd Street. The silent auction will begin around 6:30 p.m. In addition to the Future Doors silent auction, the event will also feature local live music, local foods and a cash bar.
"We encourage everybody to come out even if you aren’t bidding on a door to come see the artwork and enjoy yourself, eat some food, listen to some music, hang out with some of our artists while you’re there," Silver said.
"For me, the real investment through Future Doors is empowering young people to see themselves as change-agents, leveraging their skills, knowledge, experience and passion toward providing hope for those most in need of the transformative powers of the arts," Rabideau said.
To help further support Art in Unlikely Places, the group also launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this month. Funding received through the Kickstarter will be used to support the efforts of Art in Unlikely Places to partner with charitable organizations and to launch future cultural and social entrepreneurial projects.
In the future, Art in Unlikely Places hopes to present a variety of programs in different arts fields to support the community. "We would never limit ourselves to one art form. Everyone in the organization comes from different artistic backgrounds. We have painters, we have musicians, we have writers, we have all of it. It is very important for us to have that diverse artistic approach to it," Silver said.
The Arts Administration Program at UK College of Fine Arts offers one of the most comprehensive curriculums in the country and the first online master's degree in the field at a public university. The program is designed to teach students the concepts, technologies and skills necessary to successfully direct an arts organization in a competitive and changing environment.
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