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Rose Street Garage Evening Impact

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 11:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2015) — Yesterday, Sunday, Sept. 27, work began on the Rose Street Garage to reroute utilities in the area.

Between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., one entry lane of the Rose Street Garage (Parking Structure #2) will be blocked. Those who park in the Rose Street Garage may experience a slight delay in entering or exiting the garage during this time. One entry lane will remain open at all times.

The work is expected to take approximately three weeks.

Jon Fleischaker to Deliver 10th Annual State of the First Amendment Address

Fri, 09/25/2015 - 10:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2015) — An attorney who has spent a sizeable portion of his professional career fighting for government transparency in the Commonwealth of Kentucky will deliver the 10th annual State of the First Amendment Address.

Jon Fleischaker, who helped draft and then update the state’s Open Records and Open Meetings laws, will keynote the First Amendment Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Alumni Auditorium of the William T. Young Library.

At the same time, the James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment will be presented to Al Cross, former political reporter for the Courier-Journal and now director of UK’s Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues in the College of Communication and Information. Winners of the Constitution Day essay contest for UK students will also be announced.

Fleischaker was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in 2004, the only non-journalist so honored. He was the second recipient of the James Madison Award, given annually by the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center to a Kentuckian who has made an important contribution to the cause of a free press.

“Every journalist and journalism student, indeed every resident of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, owes a huge debt to Jon Fleischaker,” said Mike Farrell, director of the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center. “Because of his work with the legislature in drafting and updating the state’s sunshine laws, because of his ongoing advocacy of open government and because of the legal battles he has fought in courts around the state, Kentucky government is more transparent and more accountable to the taxpayers. That is a priceless gift Jon has bestowed on his fellow citizens.”

Fleischaker is chair of the First Amendment and media practice group in the Dinsmore Law Firm in Louisville.  He has represented broadcasters and newspapers, especially the Courier-Journal, during his 40 years of practice in media law and First Amendment issues. He has spoken at countless journalism meetings and worked with the Kentucky Press Association to advance the cause of a free press in the state. He has been the most visible attorney in Kentucky in dealing with First Amendment concerns.

He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he earned magna cum laude honors. Among his first responsibilities as an attorney was serving on the legal team that represented former Courier-Journal reporter Paul Branzburg in an important case concerning the question of a reporter’s duty to identify his sources when he witnesses a crime. The case ended in a 5-4 decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, the only time the court has considered the question.

Many of the important open government decisions in Kentucky came in cases that Fleischaker argued. Among them is the decision of the Kentucky Supreme Court that the University of Louisville must identify its donors and an Appeals Court ruling that the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services must turn over records involving children in the cabinet’s care who were neglected or abused.

The public is invited to attend the State of the First Amendment event. Parking is available adjoining the William T. Young Library.

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

UK Alum Brings Innovative Mattress Solutions HQ, Jobs to Lexington

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 21:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015)  A University of Kentucky alumna is bringing her business to the Commonwealth. Lieutenant Governor Crit Luallen and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray today announced UK graduate and Innovative Mattress Solutions CEO Kimberly Brown Knopf will locate her company’s headquarters in Lexington.

Innovative Mattress Solutions (IMS), operating in Kentucky as Sleep Outfitters, has mattress stores in six states. IMS will create 52 jobs and invest nearly $2.4 million in the project.

“This is a momentous occasion for Innovative Mattress Solutions and Lexington,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “I’m excited the company is expanding its successful Kentucky operation and establishing its headquarters here. I’m proud to welcome home a fellow University of Kentucky alumna who has gone on to enjoy great success as an entrepreneur.”

“Bringing a new business to the Commonwealth is always a rewarding venture,” said Lt. Gov. Luallen, “Bringing home a Kentucky native in the process makes this day all the more special. The local connection that Innovative Mattress Solutions has already established by offering a number of Tempur Sealy International Inc. products, and the generosity the company has already shown by giving back to the community, indicates that IMS has a bright future here in Lexington.”

IMS plans to occupy increased office and warehouse distribution space on Jaggie Fox Way, formerly the headquarters for Tempur-Pedic prior to the establishment of Tempur Sealy International Inc. The company needs the larger distribution facility for its Lexington operation since sales growth exceeded the capacity of its current home. The move to the new distribution warehouse will double the company’s existing Lexington distribution center capacity. The 52 jobs created with this project include operations, financing, information technology, marketing, human resources and sales.

“It’s exciting to bring my company’s headquarters to my home state of Kentucky,” said Knopf. “Lexington’s advantageous proximity to our region and its location to our strategic partner, Tempur Sealy International Inc., make it an ideal location for us. Our connection with my alma mater provides us with opportunities for internships and recruitment. We are grateful for the assistance and support we have received from the state, city and Commerce Lexington.”

Shortly after graduating from UK, Kimberly Brown Knopf founded her company, becoming its president and CEO. The Louisville native has continued to grow her company, which now operates 155 retail stores in six states as it continues to expand. Additionally, IMS conducts business as Mattress Warehouse and Mattress King.

“UK alumni succeed in myriad ways, and we’re proud when those alumni choose to bring their talent and expertise back home,” said UK President Eli Capilouto. “Kim has built a successful company with Innovative Mattress Solutions, and she maintains a close commitment to her alma mater through collaborations with the Gatton College of Business and Economics and as a mentor to young women in the Gatton College’s Women Business Leaders Program. She’s an excellent role model to young entrepreneurs, and we’re excited to see IMS develop a stronger foundation in Central Kentucky.”

In addition to the headquarters move, Knopf said IMS and Tempur Sealy International Inc. are donating to a local women’s shelter.

“Tempur Sealy International Inc. is not just a valued business partner, but also a company that shares our passion for giving back to the community,” Knopf said. “On the occasion of this exciting announcement about our headquarters move, we’d like to share some more exciting news. IMS is proud to work with Tempur Sealy International Inc. to deliver to an area women’s shelter more than 40 Tempur-Pedic mattresses, as well as foundations and bed frames donated by IMS. We are committed to providing a great night’s sleep to the residents of the shelter, and look forward to more IMS-Tempur Sealy International Inc. initiatives that will benefit our local communities in the future.”

“Deciding to locate its headquarters in Lexington is a vote of confidence from Innovative Mattress Solutions in our city’s workforce and quality of life,” Mayor Gray said. “Our unemployment rate is among the lowest in the state. Innovative Mattress Solutions is a welcome addition to Lexington, a university city that embraces talent, ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit.”

“I understand that Innovative Mattress Solutions has been looking to make the move to a permanent distribution center and corporate headquarters in Lexington for some time now, and I am pleased that they have worked something out,” said Sen. Ralph Alvarado, of Winchester. “It is encouraging to see this company’s growth, and the more than 50 jobs they will create in our community is tremendous news.”

“I’m really pleased to see Innovative Mattress Solutions take this step forward and invest further in Fayette County,” said Rep. George Brown, of Lexington. “Today’s announcement shows that our community is continuing to do the right things to help our local businesses grow and to bring others here. I appreciate the work our local and state economic development leaders are doing to create this favorable environment.”

“We are so excited that Innovative Mattress Solutions has ‘bounced’ into Lexington with its new headquarters, new jobs for our community and an economic investment that will impact our region for many years,” said Bob Quick, president and CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. “Congratulations to UK alumna Kim Knopf, who is bringing her company back home to the Bluegrass. Our economic development staff is proud to have worked with IMS since 2010, as we explored the opportunity to place its headquarters here. Both UK alumni and headquarter operations are points of emphasis set forth in our economic development strategic plan.”

To encourage the investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) preliminarily approved the company for tax incentives up to $750,000 through the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based incentive allows a company to keep a portion of its investment over the term of the agreement through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by meeting job and investment targets. 

Innovative Mattress Solutions also has received preliminary approval from the City of Lexington for a $250,000 Jobs Fund loan. The Jobs Fund was established to promote high-quality job creation with a focus on relocating primary base operations to Lexington.

In addition, Innovative Mattress Solutions is eligible to receive resources from the Kentucky Skills Network. Through the Kentucky Skills Network, companies are eligible to receive no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job training incentives. Last year, the Kentucky Skills Network trained more than 84,000 employees from more than 4,100 Kentucky companies.

UK Student Earns Halcomb Fellowship for Research Merging Physics and Medicine

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 17:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2015) — University of Kentucky medical student and doctoral candidate Scott Thalman, who is developing novel imaging techniques for identifying early risk factors for sudden cardiac death, received the Halcomb Fellowship for researchers in medicine and engineering.

The fellowship supports a graduate student in the University of Kentucky Colleges of Engineering and Medicine who is involved in interdisciplinary research in the field of biomedical engineering.

Now a biomedical engineering student, Thalman studied solid-state physics at Brigham Young University before entering the joint medical degree and doctorate program at the University of Kentucky. Having completed his first two years of medical school, he is now helping to develop innovative techniques in cardiac imaging in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lab of Moriel Vandsburger. In place of standard MRI techniques, Thalman employs his expertise in physics to characterize clinical scans of the heart using magnetization transfer-weighted methods.

The lab group is testing a non-invasive technique to diagnose cardiac fibrosis in patients  with chronic kidney disease who are unable to receive injected contrast agents. Cardiac fibrosis, the development of scar tissue in the heart, is a strong predictor of cardiovascular death, particularly in patients with renal failure.

“I want to be involved with people and projects that apply the engineering mindset to solve clinical problems,” Thalman said. “I hope to solve problems that my colleagues with a purely medical training might not be able to figure out.”

The Halcomb Fellowship was established by Dr. Joseph and Joan Halcomb of Camarillo, California.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,

Homecoming VIDEO: History in the Making

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 16:26

Video Produced by UK Public Relations & Marketing. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2015) — When the University of Kentucky football team takes the field against the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, it will mark the 100th anniversary of Homecoming at the University of Kentucky. UK's 2015 Homecoming celebration begins Saturday, Sept. 26, and concludes Sunday, Oct. 4.

The first Homecoming was celebrated in November 1915; UK beat the Tennessee Volunteers 6-0 on the gridiron, but the real fun of the celebration were the friendships and fond memories revisited by alumni, students and their families.

One hundred years later, that fun and celebration remains the goal of Homecoming.

"I feel honoring those traditions from the past just makes for a better today and a better future for UK," Zoe Pittman, chair of UK's Homecoming Coalition, said.

For the first time, several traditional UK events are coming together to be part of Homecoming. This year's Homecoming celebration welcomes Family Weekend, hosted by the Office of New Student and Family Programs, and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment's Ag Roundup as part of the festivities.

"Homecoming is something that has transcended time," Grace Hahn, program director for student engagement in the Office of Student Involvement and Homecoming Coalition advisor, said. "It's maybe looked a little bit different over time but it is one word that everyone can connect to in one form or another."

Tailgating tents will not be the only tents seen on campus during Homecoming week. The annual campout for Big Blue Madness tickets begins Wednesday, Sept. 30, with distribution of tickets beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

Traditional events, including Paint the Town Blue, Homecoming royalty and class reunions, play a large role in celebrating the "Race to 100," this year's homecoming theme. Students, families and alumni will also enjoy racing at Keeneland during the opening weekend of the fall meet.

"This year we really wanted to celebrate the traditions and places that make the UK experience so unique and special," Garrett Goolsby, Homecoming Coalition public relations chair, said. "The coalition selected 'Race to 100' as the theme because it spoke not only to Homecoming and our 100th anniversary but also to horse racing at Keeneland, a favorite October pastime of UK students and alumni alike."

Keeneland will host the Breeders Cup at the end of October, marking the first time the elite racing event has been in Lexington.

This momentous moment in UK history deserves a big celebration, so we are having one! The UK Alumni Association, New Student and Family Programs and the Homecoming Coalition are partnering to celebrate in a big way with the Race to 100 Homecoming Celebration. Students, families, alumni and friends are invited to join together for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening from 6 until 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at William T. Young Library. Traditions tours will be offered, weather permitting, along with food, music, games and some of your favorite Wildcat teams. Register for this free event here.

"I'm honored to be a part of the 100 years," Pittman said. "I'm excited to see what campus is going to feel like and to see how many people come back and our students now excited for Homecoming."

Watch the video above to see what UK's first Homecoming was like and how it has changed over the years through the stories of generations of UK alumni.

Below is an abbreviated schedule of Homecoming, Family Weekend and Ag Roundup events. For complete schedules, visit the Homecoming website, the Family Weekend website and the Ag Roundup website.

Saturday, Sept. 26 - Sunday, Sept. 27

Paint the Town Blue Painting
8 a.m. (Sat.) through 8 a.m. (Mon.)

Various off and on campus locations
Student organizations depict UK's Homecoming "Race to 100" theme through Paint the Town Blue. Artwork will be displayed throughout campus and various Lexington business locations beginning the week of Sept. 28. Paintings will be displayed all week long.

Banner Competition
8 a.m. (Sat.) through 8 a.m. (Mon.)

William T. Young Library and the Johnson Center
Student organizations begin Homecoming's "Race to 100" with a banner competition. The Banners will hang in William T. Young Library and Johnson Center throughout the week beginning Sept. 28. Banners will be on display all week.

Monday, Sept. 28

Royalty Showcase
7 - 9 p.m.

Singletary Center for the Arts
Come out and support the Royalty Court as all of the wonderful qualities of each candidate are highlighted. There will be a question and answer portion, a talent competition, voting for your favorite candidate, and a few awards will be given. This showcase will partially determine who will be the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen, crowned at the Homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 3.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Kitty Karnival
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Administration Lawn
Kitty Karnival features small carnival games created by student organizations for children to come and enjoy on campus. This event has become a UK and community tradition that both students and children love to attend! This event welcomes local schools, UK alumni family and UK faculty, staff and student families.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Homecoming Street Fair
6 – 9 p.m.

Area surrounding William T. Young Library
Celebrate Homecoming and being a Wildcat with the second annual Homecoming Street Fair located around William T. Young Library. Enjoy free food, games, activities, giveaways and much more. There will also be appearances by UK Cheerleaders, Dance Team and Pep Band. The Homecoming Royalty Court will also be announced and present.

Friday, Oct. 2

Royalty Reunion
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Commonwealth Stadium
Celebrate 100 majestic years of Homecoming with the UK Alumni Association at our Homecoming Royalty Reunion! Join all past UK Homecoming Kings and Queens for a special luncheon in your honor. Take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about the days when you wore the crown as the tradition of Homecoming continues! Invitations have been sent to all royalty candidates. Please contact Jill Smith with questions or for additional information at or 859-257-8906.

Family Weekend and Race to 100 Homecoming Celebration
6 - 9 p.m.

William T. Young Library, 401 Hilltop Avenue
Celebrate 100 years since the first UK Homecoming and UK's sesquicentennial! The UK Alumni Association is teaming up with New Student Family Programs and the UK Homecoming Coalition to celebrate Homecoming in a big way! Don't miss out on a fun-filled, family-friendly night at the William T. Young Library. Be sure to get your school spirit on with your favorite Wildcat teams paired with food, music, games and other activities. Traditions tours will also be offered, weather permitting. Come early for a complimentary gift commemorating this special year. Click here to register.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Roundup Reunion
3:30 p.m.

KY Farm Bureau Tents (E.S. Good Barn), 1451 University Drive
42nd Annual Roundup will take place at E.S. Good Barn. Come reconnect with fellow alumni and friends and learn about the exciting advancements of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Click here to register.

UK Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate Tent Party
5 p.m.

Tobacco Research and Development Center Lawn 1, 1401 University Drive
Get ready to cheer on the Cats as they take on Eastern Kentucky University at our Tailgate Tent Party. Enjoy tailgate food along with exciting games, entertainment, giveaways and performances by the UK Cheerleaders and Pep Band. Click here to register.

Eastern Kentucky University vs. UK Football Game
7:30 p.m.

Commonwealth Stadium
It's Colonels vs. 'Cats as UK takes on Eastern Kentucky University in the 2015 Homecoming game!

Royalty and Wildcat Cup Winners


Commonwealth Stadium

Stay in your seats during halftime to find out the 2015 Homecoming king and queen and the winners of the Wildcat Cup!

Sunday, Oct. 4

DanceBlue 5K
Registration 1 – 2:30 p.m.; Race at 3 p.m.

Coldstream Park, 1500 Bull Lea Road, Suite 100
The DanceBlue 5K is a Homecoming tradition. DanceBlue is a student-run philanthropy, which raises awareness and funds for the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Come be a part of the 5K to learn more about these brave children and families and run for the kids! Please visit for more information, including preregistration for the race. Click here to register.

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

VIDEO CONTACTS:  Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, or Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282,

UK Alum David Stevens Honored at National Small Business Conference

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 15:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2015) — The Kentucky Small Business Development Center announced David Stevens, principal accountant, as the recipient of the 2015 Sutton Landry State Star for Kentucky. Stevens was recognized at a private reception during the recent America’s Small Business Development Conference in San Francisco.

The America’s SBDC honors a state star from each SBDC annually. The award is presented to an individual who is considered an example of excellence, makes a significant contribution to their center’s program and exhibits dedication to assisting small businesses.

“I was honored to accept the state star award at the ASBDC annual conference. I want to give special thanks to our state sirector, Becky Naugle, for giving me this wonderful award and opportunity,” Stevens said. “In addition to receiving the award, I was given a special tour of Silicon Valley visiting Intuit, Google and Facebook. It was a very educational opportunity, which I will never forget.”

Naugle said, “This award is a wonderful way to honor David’s dedication and exemplary service to the small business community and KSBDC.”

Stevens began working at the University of Kentucky in 1980 and joined the KSBDC as the principal accountant in 1989. He is a UK graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting.

His dedication to crunching the numbers, proposal preparation and superb budgeting has contributed to the many successes the organization has realized over the past three decades. During his tenure, the network of Kentucky SBDC offices has been noted for extraordinary work, receiving statewide recognition for performance and productivity.

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 15 offices located throughout the state that helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. KSBDC is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information on KSBDC services, visit their website,

MEDIA CONTACT: Roberta Meisel, 859-257-0104.

Big Blue Families Gather for Family Weekend

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 15:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2015) — One week from now, thousands of strangers will swamp the University of Kentucky campus. Well, strangers to most, but loved ones for others. It’s Family Weekend, Oct 2-4, and also Homecoming Weekend.

“The Family Weekend schedule is bigger and better than it has ever been for the newest members of our Big Blue Family, at last count 44 events and attractions. We’ve included all sorts of activities, highlighting the best of campus and Lexington. Some are on campus and others take families out into the community. We’re confident everyone will find something that interests them,” said Nancy Stephens, associate director of New Student and Family Programs and coordinator of the Parent and Family Association. The offices recently changed their names – from New Student and Parent Programs and from the UK Parent Association.

“Families come in all sorts of forms these days. We felt that by changing from ‘parent’ to ‘family’ it better reflects our students’ support systems at home,” Stephens said.

The star of the weekend’s on-campus schedule is, of course, the UK vs. Eastern Kentucky University football game with kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, at Commonwealth Stadium. But the biggest event of Family Weekend is two and a half hours before kickoff, at 5 p.m. That’s when the thousands who have already purchased tickets can attend the sold-out Family Weekend Tent Party, next to the Gluck Equine Research Center on Farm Road, off Nicholasville Road.

“The Tent Party definitely has the biggest attendance of all our events, but other events have their own unique charms,” Stephens said.

From 6-9 p.m. Oct. 2, for example, families can stop at the Family Weekend and Homecoming Celebration at William T. Young Library for a family portrait in a photo booth.

Visitors can travel the stars at the $1 million MacAdam Student Observatory from 8-10 pm. Friday or visit the very strange mindset of “Being John Malkovich” at the Late Night Film Series.

If a family is an early-rising group, they can begin exploring the city of Lexington Saturday with “Breakfast with the Works” at Keeneland Race Course on Versailles Road, near the airport. While world-famous Thoroughbreds do their morning workouts, visitors can enjoy a 7 a.m. breakfast in the Equestrian Dining Room.

On Sunday at 10 a.m., don’t forget “A Taste of Kentucky Doughnut Trail,” an event that seems to grow in popularity every year and is sold out again this year. It’s a taste testing of the best sugary goodness Lexington’s finest bakeries have to offer.

Last year, organizers were overwhelmed by the generosity of the Big Blue Family at one of the newer events, the Big Blue Pantry Food Drive. A new initiative, the Big Blue Pantry serves UK students experiencing food insecurity by distributing non-perishable food items.

“We asked for a single can of food or a small monetary donation. Instead of one can, people brought in grocery bags full of food for the less fortunate of our community,” said Stephens. “That expression of concern is the best definition I can think of when someone asks me, ‘What is the Big Blue Family?’”

For a detailed description of all Family Weekend events and activities, visit

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

View Sunday's Total Lunar Eclipse at Campus Observatory

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2015) — If you look up to the sky Sunday night, Sept. 27, you will see a red-tinted moon, a bit larger and brighter than usual — a supermoon lunar eclipse. A rare event, this has only happened five times since 1900.

And a campus spot, the MacAdam Student Observatory, is offering the best view. The observatory — with a powerful telescope and location atop the Rose Street Parking Garage (Parking Structure #2) — will open its doors to the public Sunday night, weather permitting.

The eclipse will begin at 9:06 p.m. EDT and will last a little more than three hours, ending at 12:28 a.m. Sept. 28.

During a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes directly behind the Earth into its shadow; an astronaut standing on the moon would see no part of the Sun. They would instead see only a sliver of reddish light scattered around the edges of the Earth.

"They would be seeing light from all of the sunrises and sunsets on the Earth at the same time," said Tim Knauer, director of the MacAdam Student Observatory. "Therefore, the moon will take on a copper or reddish hue for the same reason that sunsets are red."

The sight of a somewhat larger and brighter moon, or a "supermoon," as it is unofficially referred to, will also occur because of the full moon cycle coinciding with the closest approach to Earth during its orbit.

The Rose Street Parking Garage is located at 301 Hilltop Ave. On nights open to the public, observatory visitors may park at the top of the parking structure. 

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

Staff Senate Welcomes New Leadership for 2015-16

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Staff Senate is welcoming a slate of new officers for the 2015-2016 year.

The Staff Senate serves as the administrative voice for the more than 17,000 full and part-time staff at UK, and also runs several key activities for the university community, such as the CRISIS financial assistance program, Outstanding Staff Awards program (OSA) and the annual UK Appreciation Day through the UK Appreciation Day (UKAD) Commission. 

This year, the leadership team represents a range of areas across campus.

Chair Jann Burks is in her 24th year at the university, currently serving as a 4-H Youth Development extension specialist. She has also worked in the UK College of Dentistry. Burks is beginning her 10th year on the senate and second term as chair, having served previously from 2010-2011. She has also served as chair of UKAD, treasurer of the senate and chair of the Presidential Advisory Committee.

Misty Dotson, UK HealthCare clinical application analyst, is the vice chair and co-chair of UKAD this year, as well as vice chair of OSA. Dotson began her career at UK in 2003 as a patient relations assistant and previously worked at the Pikeville Medical Center. She is president of the Lexington chapter of the National Association of Professional Women and was former board director of Lamplighters of America. Dotson has served on various committees of the Staff Senate since 2010 and served as secretary in 2011-2012.

Orvis Kean, administrative assistant in the Office for Institutional Diversity, is this year’s secretary. He is in his fourth year at the university and is currently working in both the MLK Center and the Office of LGBTQ* Resources. He previously worked in the College of Health Sciences and in the College of Dentistry. This is Kean's second year on the Staff Senate. He is currently the co-chair for the Appreciation Day Commission, and represents the senate as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan Implementation Committee.

Troy Martin is serving as treasurer. Martin, human resources and payroll manager at UK Libraries, is in his eighth year at the university. This is his second year on the senate, serving as chair of the elections committee in 2014-2015.

Glen White is again serving as parliamentarian. He joined UK HealthCare in 2004 at the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital where he currently serves as a customer relations specialist in the Office of Service Excellence. White was elected to the Staff Senate in 2006 before being elected as parliamentarian the year after.

Serving as immediate past chair is Michael Adams, space and facilities coordinator for the UK Department of Biology. He joined UK staff in 1996 as a teaching assistant and lab technician in the UK College of Arts and Sciences. Adams, who also served as chair twice previously, has served on the Staff Senate for nine years.

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

UK Professor Wins Five International Awards Including Architectural Design of the Year

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 09:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2015) — University of Kentucky College of Design Assistant Professor of Architecture Martin Summers and his practice, PLUS-SUM Studio, received five International Design Awards (IDA) this summer. In addition, one of the award winners, the Guggenheim Helsinki Project, took home the honor of Architectural Project of The Year '14 in the competition's professional category.

Summers was surprised when they informed him of the win days before it was announced, and then astonished to realize later, in fact, the work had won five awards. "When I realized PLUS-SUM won four category awards and that each project submitted received recognition, I was a bit overwhelmed. I went to their website again a few days later and realized that the top prize was awarded to the Guggenheim Helsinki project, which was separate from the other award listings. It is a great honor to have my work recognized among such an amazing group of talented peers and to be selected as the best among that group."

The annual IDA competition recognizes, honors and promotes legendary design visionaries and uncovers emerging talents in architecture, interior, product, graphic and fashion design on a global level. This year the IDA honorary juries examined more than 1,000 entries submitted by architects and designers from 52 countries around the world. After final decisions were made, the jury rewarded the best professional and emerging designers for achievements in terms of design, creativity, usability and innovation.

A handful of designers, thinkers and entrepreneurs created IDA in 2007 as a response to the lack of recognition and celebration for smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design. Judging for the IDA awards was a rigorous process, with winners receiving publication of their work in the "International Design Awards Book of Designs." A coveted IDA trophy was also awarded to all Designer of the Year title winners at the official biennial IDA Ceremony. As the Architectural Designer of the Year for 2014, Summers was invited to an awards ceremony at the Harmony Gold Theater in Hollywood, California, where in addition to accepting his trophy, he gave a brief statement on his work.

Summers received the Architectural Designer of the Year Award and the gold or first place honor in the Urban Design subcategory of Architecture Awards for the Guggenheim Helsinki project. This proposal supplants the object/icon building with a strategy that redefines Helsinki as an urbanized landscape; the museum embedded in its context and in the rich, Finnish culture. Urbanistically, the museum's strata develop a dynamic experience of movement through the site while light appears to organize and sculpt the interior.

Strategically the building integrates with and accentuates its context drawing out the site's unique qualities. The northern edge forms a permeable threshold at the scale of the adjacent historic buildings giving definition to a future pedestrian district. From the west and south, the ground plane rises to link the roof with Tähtitornin vuori park, conceptually extending the park to the water's edge. Regionally the project connects to Helsinki’s “green fingers” blending the new park with this extended archipelago. At a national scale it evokes the Finnish ethos, manifesting the emotional connection to the natural landscape bathed in a sublime light.

Summers and PLUS-SUM received two honors for the "Grey-Matter" | Louisville Children's Museum project, taking silver or second place in the Urban Design subcategory and bronze or third place in the Conceptual subcategory of the Architecture Awards. Capitalizing on the naturally curious nature of children who seek opportunities to playfully explore the wondrous world, the project seeks to engage the minds' potential via an innovative architectural expression that activates the senses, ignites imagination, and heightens anticipation of new discoveries yet to be revealed. 

Using the competition's urban campus goals while acknowledging the park system by Fredrick Law Olmstead that is a treasure and point of pride for Louisville’s citizens, the proposal attempts to stich together public space in its context to produce an intensified experience. Vehicular and pedestrian traffic were separated on the campus, connecting the parking garage and high tech office incubator building through the park, which becomes an extension of the museum and a main entrance to the building. The design leverages internal and external environments to reveal the urban context as an extension of the museum, blurring its boundaries to encourage children to see the city as a space of wonder and exploration.

The final award Summers' studio took was a bronze or third place award in the Architecture - Urban Design subcategory for "nMAC" | ACCA Competition. Cognizant that museums of contemporary art enjoy a particularly elevated status in culture by embodying aspirations to shape and evolve culture, this project uses a systemic logic to develop a dual museum; the new Museum of Contemporary Art (nMAC - Nuevo Museo de Arte Contemporáneo) housing the majority of highly curated, inwardly focused galleries and a second museum the new Museum of Arts and Culture (nMAC – Nuevo Museo de Artes y Cultura) in Buenos Aires. The second museum erodes the institutional edges both conceptually and formally providing a space into which the culture of the city can flow and from which the city becomes a new canvas for exploration and interpretation.

To learn more about these winning proposals, visit

PLUS-SUM Studio has engaged in several International Ideas Competitions since its founding in 2012 and utilizes iterative design strategies that Summers researches and teaches in the UK College of Design's School of Architecture. In addition to his projects' connection to his research and lessons, each project was executed by Summers and one or two of his UK students.

"The work I do as PLUS-SUM is in direct relationship to what I teach my students in studios, however it is informed by my 19 years of professional experience. I attempt to fuse professional experience with the freedom of academia to teach a process and methodology I use in my own work," Summers said.

In contemporary architectural education, students use digital tools to produce what tend to be superficial models or visual representations of a built work; however in practice the digital model produces the constructed reality and Summers' students benefit from participating in these real world professional studio experiences. 

"I challenge my students to make intelligent and rapid decisions, within a digital workflow, to simulate contemporary professional practice freed from certain realities. It is difficult to comprehend in a single semester-long studio, so the students who work with me at PLUS-SUM get to see the process practiced at another level, which drives home the reality that they too can do this. Several former students have noted how well prepared they are to step into offices at the highest levels of the profession based on the work we did together."

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

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Talks With Professor Andrew Deane

Thu, 09/24/2015 - 09:37

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Sitting in for Godell today, WUKY news reporter Josh James talks to Andrew Deane, UK associate professor of anatomy and neurobiology, about his role in examining newly discovered fossils in South Africa that could revise our understanding of early human lineage. 

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

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

UK Researcher Robin Shoemaker Featured on LabTV

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 19:13

Video by UK REVEAL Research Media.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015) — Robin Shoemaker, a postdoctoral scholar, is the first biomedical researcher from the University of Kentucky to be featured on the national website LabTV.

This website features videos with medical researchers who tell where they came from, how they chose their career, what they do each day in the lab, and why they love it. LabTV’s founder, Jay Walker of TEDMED, said he started the site because if high school students can personally identify with a young medical researcher, they are far more likely to consider becoming one.

Shoemaker, who has spent five years in the laboratory of Lisa Cassis, vice president for research and professor of pharmacology and nutritional sciences, was eager to share her story with LabTV. She said her path to diabetes research wasn’t clear cut. She started in analytical chemistry, but didn’t feel a strong connection to the research.

“I came to the University of Kentucky and I met Lisa Cassis, my mentor. She was doing research in obesity and related diseases like hypertension and diabetes, and so she suggested that I could focus my interest in nutrition on some of those problems, since they’re really epidemics in our society,” Shoemaker said.

“The most exciting aspect of my work is the ability to implicate molecules or proteins in some disease process that no one else has really looked at before, and the chance to target that therapeutically and make a difference in treating people who have diseases like Type 2 diabetes. It’s really a compelling reason to go forward every day.”

LabTV’s network features more than 1,000 researchers working at dozens of leading universities, corporations, and the National Institutes of Health. For more, visit

Shoemaker’s video was produced by Reveal, part of UK Research Communications, in cooperation with LabTV. For more Reveal videos, visit

UK, UK Athletics Provide Parking, Transportation Information for Thursday Night Football Game

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015) — Today marks the joint launch of the informational websites for the University of Kentucky's Thursday night football game against Auburn University.

The Kentucky Wildcats will take on the Auburn Tigers three weeks from today at 7 p.m. Oct. 15, in the new Commonwealth Stadium. This is the first Thursday night football game in UK’s history.

UK Athletics and the Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration have each developed websites with logistical information on where to park, campus commuting and transportation, and other game-day details.

Visitors to campus, students, main campus and UK HealthCare employees, as well as VA hospital and BCTC employees should visit This website will best explain where to park and how to prepare for the unique circumstances related to commuting and parking on Oct. 15.

For game-related details and parking information for those attending the game, please visit the UK Athletics site.

UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday and Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart formed a broad-based working group in October 2014, including representatives from UK’s finance and administration, university relations, athletics, UK police and emergency management areas, among others, to address opportunities and issues associated with UK’s first Thursday night game.

For reference, the following parking lots and garages will be closed on Oct. 15.  All vehicles without the appropriate football parking credentials must be removed no later than 7 a.m. 

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


Additionally, three lots on campus will close earlier. The Commonwealth Stadium Green Lot (adjacent to the Oswald Building) will close at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, and the Gluck Equine Lot and expansion section of the Orange Lot will close at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. 

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

UK students and employees should anticipate longer commute times on game day and plan accordingly. Please monitor these websites for the most updated parking and game-day information over the next few weeks. The university is committed to developing the best plan for all members of the Wildcat family, students, faculty, staff, visitors and fans.

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

Registration Open for Fifth Annual Markesbery Symposium Set for Nov. 20-21

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015) - UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) is hosting its fifth annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging and Dementia on Nov. 20-21. This two day program will offer sessions for both scientific and community audiences. Clinicians and researchers from the University of Kentucky and other institutions will come together to share current findings, trends and the latest updates on dementia and aging disorders, particularly as related to Alzheimer’s disease. 

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

On Friday, Nov. 20, the scientific session will be held in the UK Chandler Hospital Pavilion A auditorium.  Scientists and physicians will discuss their latest research findings through lectures and poster sessions.  Featured speakers include Dr. Sam Gandy of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Dr. Ronald C. Petersen of Mayo Medical College - Mayo Clinic.  SBCoA faculty Steve Estus, Liz Head, Dick Kryscio and Mark Lovell will present updates on their research studies.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, the community session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Bluegrass Ballroom at the Lexington Convention Center.  A continental breakfast will be provided. Dr. Peterson, who treated former President Ronald Reagan and singer/songwriter Glenn Campbell, will be the keynote speaker. SBCoA faculty Erin Abner, Donna Wilcock, Greg Jicha, Steve Scheff also will present their study findings and answer questions from the audience.  SBCoA director Linda Van Eldik will offer closing remarks.

The symposium is free and open to all, but registration is required. For more information or to register for the symposium please visit:; phone 859-323-6040; or email

The DanceBlue 5K: A Race to the Centennial Finish Line During UK’s Homecoming Week

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 16:00

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2015)  Traditions will run strong during the Race to 100 Homecoming Celebrations at the University of Kentucky, and during this time, you can actually race in a running tradition! DanceBlue will host its annual DanceBlue 5K race Oct. 4 at Coldstream Park in Lexington.

In fact, Coldstream Park was once a prominent horse farm and home to the first Kentucky Derby winner, Aristides. You can play a role in a fitting conclusion to the centennial Homecoming celebrations by running where the Commonwealth’s racing prominence began.

Participants can register at the event for $25. Cash or check will be accepted. DanceBlue merchandise will be sold at the event with all proceeds from the DanceBlue 5K supporting the efforts of DanceBlue.

Those who participated in pre-registration, which ended Sept. 20, can pick up their race packets in the King Alumni House Thursday, Oct. 1 or Friday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. They are also available on-site the day of the race.

DanceBlue is UK’s 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic. Now in its 11th year, DanceBlue has raised more than $8.1 million for pediatric cancer research and children with cancer. Give to DanceBlue here and connect with DanceBlue on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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

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

DANCEBLUE CONTACT: Allee Williams, UK DanceBlue public relations chair,

UK HealthCare Celebrates Kentucky's Longest "Kidney Donor Chain"

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 15:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015) – Six of the eight patients who recently took part in UK HealthCare's first kidney donor chain learned who their respective recipients or donors were for the first time yesterday. The kidney donor chain was the first of its kind performed at UK HealthCare and the longest donor chain to date in Kentucky.

"UK HealthCare has been performing kidney transplants since 1964, but this is really a milestone for us and for the Commonwealth," said Dr. Roberto Gedaly, chief of Abdominal Transplant Surgery at UK HealthCare. "We're thrilled to come together today to celebrate our first successful kidney donor chain with donors, recipients, and many of the staff who made this complicated series of procedures possible."

Kidney donor chains, also called kidney paired exchanges, occur when a living kidney donor is incompatible with their intended recipient. The donor may agree to donate their kidney to a different patient, provided that their loved one receives a kidney from someone else. When multiple pairs are involved, this causes a domino effect, with each recipient receiving a matched kidney from a stranger.

While patients will be placed on the transplant list to receive a donor kidney, it may take weeks, months, or even years for an appropriately matched kidney to be found. While waiting for a match, patients may undergo dialysis multiple times a week, but their health usually continues to decline, leading to renal failure and eventually to death.

By participating in the donor chain, patients are likely to receive a kidney much sooner than if they had waited for one to become available via the transplant list. They also have the benefit of receiving a kidney from a live donor.

"Research shows that patients who are able to receive a kidney from a live donor have much better outcomes than those who receive a kidney from a deceased donor," said Dr. Stephen Strup, chief of the UK Division of Urological Surgery. "That's not always a possibility for many patients, and even if they have a willing donor, they're not always a good match. But with kidney donor chains gaining in popularity, it opens up a lot of doors for these patients."

Finding the appropriate patients for the donor chain was made possible with assistance from Nephrology Associates of Kentuckiana and the UK Transplant and Specialty Clinic at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Ky., who both refer patients for transplant and provide pre- and post-op care to patients in the region.

UK HealthCare performed the 8-person chain in-house over the course of two days, backed by a team of surgeons, nephrologists, nurses, pathologists, lab technicians, and many other staff from the UK Transplant Center and the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.

Four donors and four recipients participated, hailing from central and eastern Kentucky, Louisville, and southern Indiana. The chain was initiated by one altruistic donor who was willing to give her kidney to anyone who needed it: Nicki Coulter, a former nurse from Bloomfield, Ky.

"I used to be a nurse, and I just felt like this was something I needed to do," Coulter said. "I was blessed with good health and a good support system in my family. So I decided to do it!"

Altruistic donors are rare, though they have become more frequent in recent years. As kidney donor chains gain popularity in the U.S., these donors now have the potential to save multiple lives through the donation of a single kidney.

"With a kidney chain, the altruistic donor then benefits not just one person, but a whole group of people," Strup said. "Having that one person step up and offer to donate a kidney anonymously to anyone who needs it allows us to start matching incompatible pairs through the chain."

UK HealthCare performed 90 kidney transplants last year, with 26 of those coming from living donors. Though most people are born with two kidneys, many people can live a normal, healthy life with one kidney. When donors give away their second kidney, the remaining kidney can increase in size and become more efficient to return the donor to normal renal function.

To perform the kidney donor chain procedures, the UK Transplant Center joined the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Kidney paired donation program and created new policies at UK HealthCare that were modeled after UNOS guidelines. With one successful kidney donor chain under their belt, the UK Transplant Center staff is already working on connecting the next chain.

"The gathering of these patients, donors and their families demonstrates the true depth and breadth of advanced subspecialty services at UK HealthCare," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "Caring for highly complex patients who come to UK from across the Commonwealth and beyond to provide the most advanced treatment and procedures by our specialized, expert team of health care providers is not only our mission, but our promise and commitment to the region we serve." 

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

A Call to Join the Family at DanceBlue’s Blitz Week

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 15:32

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015) — During September, the University of Kentucky goes gold for the kids and supports National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. DanceBlue leads this effort each year with its annual Blitz Week event! The event, which runs from Sept. 21-25, features fun, games and giveaways, but most importantly, this is the last week to register as a team or an individual to dance at the DanceBlue Marathon.

All Week: Gold Ribbon Ready

This week, make sure you are Gold Ribbon Ready! The national symbol for pediatric cancer awareness is the golden ribbon, so be sure to get your gold ribbon at the DanceBlue stations around White Hall and the Mining Engineering building from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Then, share your location with the rest of campus by posting #GoldRibbonReady on social media!

Thursday, Sept. 24: DanceBlue Wants You!

As the registration deadline looms ahead, DanceBlue will be showcasing the best parts of the organization. Whether you want to dance independently, dance as a part of a team, or volunteer, swing by the stations on Thursday to see the line dance, hear the music, discover for yourself why people love to be for the kids!

Friday, Sept. 25: Join Our Family

The final day of Blitz Week will feature a reflection of sorts. The registration deadline will be a few hours away, but it will also be a time to recognize that those who will dance are now a member of the DanceBlue family. To celebrate, registration stations will have giant yellow ribbons on display, and you can bring out your inner kid as we cover them in colorful thumbprints! 

DanceBlue is one of the purest examples of a community on UK’s campus. From supporting the families in the clinic to dancing, sweating, and laughing together during the marathon, the bonds the organization creates are unbreakable. In order to be part of this, though, you have to sign up, and during Blitz Week, you get that chance.

DanceBlue is the University of Kentucky's 24-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon that benefits the Golden Matrix Fund and the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Now in its 11th year, DanceBlue has raised more than $8.1 million dollars for pediatric cancer research and child life efforts.

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

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

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

DANCEBLUE CONTACT: Allee Williams, UK DanceBlue public relations chair,

UK PTS Encourages the Campus Community to Share the Road

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 15:11

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015) — The beginning of the academic year is accompanied by an increase in campus population. University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is reminding motorists, bicyclists and motor scooter users to use caution when interacting with each other, in order to safely share the road. As part of these efforts, PTS has developed safety tips for drivers, cyclists and motor scooter users alike.

PTS, in conjunction with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Fayette County Public Schools, UK and Lexington Police and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, wants to promote safety on our roads. Cyclists and motorists (including motor scooter users) have the same rights, rules and responsibilities on most Kentucky roads. Below is a list of tips that will help keep the road a safe way to travel:


  • Be Alert: Check your mirrors. Watch for pedestrians and cyclists, yielding to them at crosswalks and intersections; pay special attention while driving on or around campus. Scan for cyclists before turning across a bike lane, driveway or onto another road.
  • Every Lane is a Bike Lane: Cyclists have a right to the road. Be alert and patient. Expect cyclists on the road at any time, especially on signed bike routes and on roads displaying the sharrow symbol on the roadway surface. Do not use a bike lane as a turn lane.
  • Pass with Care: Bicycles are considered vehicles and should be given the appropriate right of way. A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing cyclists. Stay behind cyclists when you are turning right. Don’t honk your horn when approaching cyclists; doing so could startle the cyclist and cause a crash.
  • Don’t Speed or Text: Follow posted speed limits and follow distracted driving laws; don’t text message while your vehicle is in motion.


  • Respect the Red: Bicycles are vehicles. Obey traffic rules for safety and to gain respect from motorists. Never ride against traffic; it is illegal and unsafe.
  • Be Safe, Be Seen: Use front and rear lights and wear bright or reflective clothing. Be predictable and make eye contact with motorists, and use hand signals to indicate your intentions.
  • Pass with Care: A minimum of three feet is recommended for passing vehicles.
  • Wear a Helmet: Helmet use dramatically reduces the risks of brain injury and death for cyclists involved in accidents.
  • Always Park at Bike Racks:  Locking your bike to anything other than a bike rack can cause access issues, fire hazards and other problems and is prohibited by University of Kentucky regulations. Just park at a bike rack. Rack locations can be found on the Bicycle Facilities map.

Additionally, cyclists are reminded to engage in safe sidewalk riding behaviors. Some campus sidewalks have been designated as shared sidewalks and, under certain conditions, serve as important connections for cyclists. These shared sidewalks are wide, do not run parallel to vehicular traffic and connect important campus destinations. Even so, these walks were designed for pedestrian traffic and bicyclists should always yield.

If you choose to ride your bike on any campus sidewalk, please follow these basic rules:

  • Always Yield to Pedestrians. Give audible warning, or dismount to pass when sidewalks are crowded or narrow.
  • Go Slow. Sidewalks are not designed for speeds faster than a slow jog.
  • Check Every Cross Street and Driveway. Vehicles often pull across the sidewalk before entering traffic or turn into driveways without scanning very far down the street.
  • Only Cross the Street at Crosswalks. Darting into the street mid-block is very dangerous.

Motor scooter users:

  • Use Appropriate Travel Avenues: Scooters, mopeds and motorcycles are not permitted to drive or travel on sidewalks, bike paths, bike lanes or lawns.
  • Utilize Appropriate Parking Areas: Scooters, mopeds and motorcycles are to use moped/motorcycle parking areas on campus. These areas are conveniently located throughout campus and are marked by the presence of signage, green lines or both. Mopeds may also park at moped-only parking racks, which are located in front of Memorial Coliseum and between Funkhouser Building and the Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center (ASTeCC). Scooters, motorcycles and mopeds are not authorized to park at bicycle racks, or in any area that is not listed above.

For more information about sharing the road, visit For a complete list of local bike ordinances, visit

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

UK Choristers, Alums Present Tribute to Sara Holroyd on 35th Anniversary of 'A Shaker Worship Service'

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 14:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Choristers will welcome home many of their talented alumni for a reunion concert focused on Shaker music and celebrating the 90th birthday of former director Sara Holroyd. The tribute concert marks the 35th anniversary of "A Shaker Worship Service" film and the "Music of the Shakers" LP. The free public concert will begin 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

In 1979, a historical landmark re-enactment of an original Shaker Worship Service was performed at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, by the UK Choristers. The original re-enactment was performed under the direction of UK Professor Sara Holroyd, and featured the work of renowned recording artist and choral composer Salli Terri. "A Shaker Worship Service" continued to be performed every year at Pleasant Hill until Holroyd's retirement.

This re-enactment was rehearsed and fleshed out in Room 17 in the Fine Arts Building, a room Holroyd’s students have since lovingly described as being holy and a sanctuary, so much so that they titled a song, written by alumnus Warren Cobb, in its honor.

In addition to staging the re-enactment at Pleasant Hill, the original performance was filmed for KET (Kentucky Educational Television) to air in 1980 and repeatedly ran throughout the early 1980s. A grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council provided funding for the film and taping. These uplifting services were seen by thousands of people from all over the globe who came to visit Shaker Village for its historical significance, including then newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

" A Shaker Worship Service" from Renee Collins on Vimeo.

The impact of the film was felt across the Bluegrass and appreciated by many worldwide. When asked about the film's influence and effect on others, Terri's daughter, Jennifer Biggs Walton said, "The first thing I thought after recently seeing this film was how wholeheartedly exuberant the men and women seemed to be. They are so removed from mainstream life but so free of the world’s focus on negativity. 'Tis the gift to be simple.'"

Beyond audiences around the world, the performers themselves were deeply touched by the experiences. The project helped foster relationships that have sustained long past the classroom. A Facebook group page, "UK Chorister Shakertown Memories," has more than 250 members who share a bond in bringing this story to life in the re-enactment. The performers and others associated with the concert in the group share memories and accounts of their experiences and have posted the film, pictures, music and programs from the event. Many still maintain relationships and feel they were "fueled to succeed in life by the very essence of the Shakertown performances and the powerful life altering inspirational guidance of Holroyd."

Holroyd taught at the UK School of Music for 26 years. A cornet player with no formal conducting training, she went on to become director of UK Choral Activities and conducted the Choristers, Chorus, Chorale, Madrigal Singers and the women’s and men’s glee clubs. She even prepared choruses four times for the Grammy Award-winning composer Robert Shaw, who noted that he had never worked with such a well prepared college choral group. Upon retiring in 1987, Holroyd left a collection of papers, photographs, letters and memories from her two decades at UK. It can be viewed in the UK Special Collections Research Center located at the Margaret I King Library Building.

Holroyd, who turned 90 this year, will be in attendance at this year's tribute and will get to see many of her former students perform again for her.

UK Choristers is the oldest performing organization at UK. Filled with underclassmen and representing a wide variety of majors, the group frequently performs on and off campus. This 55-voice mixed choir specializes in choral repertoire of all periods and styles, both a cappella and accompanied, and also performs a major work each year with the UK Symphony Orchestra, as well as hosts a successful music theater cabaret, "Night on Broadway." The Choristers tour frequently throughout the region.

The UK Choristers are housed at the UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts. The school has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history. 

Contributions to this story were made by alumni Warren Cobb and Renee Collins. 

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

UK Chorale to Open Season Masterfully

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2015) — The 2015 University of Kentucky Chorale will return to Cathedral of Christ the King this weekend to make its debut as part of the "Cathedral Concert Series." The UK Chorale, under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, UK School of Music director of Choral Activities, will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. The one-hour "Masterworks" concert, featuring a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Coronation Mass," is free and open to the public.

In addition to the Mozart work, the UK Chorale concert will include four shorter new works: "O Nata Lux" by Jens Klimek; "Rytmus" by Ivan HruĆĄovský, "No Time" arranged by Susan Brumfield, and "Ezekiel," a spiritual arranged for double chorus by Stacey Gibbs. The "Coronation Mass" will be accompanied by organist Michael Rintamaa and a string trio. William White, a graduate student from St. Cloud, Minnesota, will serve as assistant conductor for the concert.

The UK Chorale is the premier mixed choral ensemble at UK. It consists mostly of upperclassmen and graduate students. While the majority of singers are music majors, there are a number of other academic disciplines represented within the ensemble. The 40-voice group prides itself in performing a wide variety of choral literature from Renaissance to 21st century. Most recently, the UK Chorale has performed Mozart’s "Requiem" with the UK Symphony Orchestra and the live score to Stanley Kubrick’s iconic film, "2001: A Space Odyssey." The UK Chorale was the first non-professional chorus in the world to perform the challenging Kubrick film score in its entirety.

UK Chorale has received regional and national awards — most recently an invitation to perform at the American Choral Directors Association convention with the Chattanooga Symphony in March 2015. The group has toured Italy (St. Marks Cathedral); Switzerland; France (Cathedral of Notre Dame, Chartres Cathedral, American Cathedral in Paris and La Madeleine Church; Washington, D.C. (Kennedy Center); the Bahamas (private performance in the Presidential Palace); and New York City (Carnegie Hall in 2001).

The "Cathedral Concert Series" is presented by the Cathedral of Christ the King Music Ministry. It is funded by the Cathedral of Christ the King endowment fund. Christ the King is located at 299 Colony Boulevard in Lexington.

For more information on this concert or the UK Chorale, contact Joseph Wrightson,  

administrative assistant for UK Choirs, at

The UK School of Music at UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

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


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