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African Students Association Photo Project Debunks Stereotypes About Africa

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2015) — Students from the African Students Association (ASA) at the University of Kentucky recently gathered in the Student Center to participate in a photography project to raise awareness of stereotypes about Africa.

“We organize this event to help the UK community become aware that Africa is not a continent of just poverty,” said Bill Kofi Aboagye, president of UK African Students Association.

About 20 to 30 students participated in the event. Students were holding signs with quotes like "Africa is not a country," "I do not speak African," and "Africa is not filled with diseases."

Aboagye said a lot of students at UK have little knowledge about Africa.

“Many times when you run into people who do not have a lot of information about Africa, most of the things they say are basically stereotypes about the continent,” Aboagye said. “We’re just trying to help people understand what Africa really is.”

Aboagye said often people are only exposed to the negative side of Africa portrayed by the media. He said it is important to inform people about the positive aspects of Africa.

“Africa is a blessed continent,” Aboagye said. “Africa is not just about war, not just about poverty. It is a land blessed with a lot of natural resources and a very strong labor force. It’s a continent that is supporting the whole world with its resources.”

Yao Yu, a second year graduate student in journalism, who participated during the event, said she wanted to showcase African culture to people in China.

“I’m very interested in African culture,” Yu said. “I want to make some videos to introduce the lives of African students at UK and African culture to Chinese citizens through different Chinese social media platforms.”

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

Winter Expo Offers Interactive, Real-Time Instruction in Neuroscience and Stroke Care

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:35

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2015) -- Most symposia are highly intellectual affairs, offering lectures and poster sessions designed to bring the latest information on a designated topic to attendees.

The Clinical Neuroscience Winter Expo will go a step further, offering interactive, real-time instruction on the latest advancements in the neurosciences and stroke care.

"We wanted this to be very different from traditional symposia, so the Expo was designed to be highly interactive," said Dr. Michael Dobbs, interim chair for the University of Kentucky's Department of Neurology and director of UK HealthCare's Stroke Network. "Through the use of interactive learning methods and patient simulation equipment, our goal is to help attendees learn by doing and translate this new-found experience to current treatment practices."

The Expo, March 6 and 7, 2015, is presented by the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Office of Clinical Simulation, and the UK HealthCare/Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network. 

Three different tracks are available to attendees: medical, interventional and research, and tracks are staggered throughout the day so that attendees are able to follow a single track or cherry-pick from each track according to their interests.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Avindra Nath, clinical director of NINDS, the director of the Translational Neuroscience Center and chief of the Section of Infections of the Nervous System at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C., who will present "Cracking the Code of Neuroinflammatory Disorders."

Pointing to the fact that the human and economic impact of neurological disorders is exacerbated by a prevailing shortage of neuroscience specialists and the burgeoning aging population, Dr. Dobbs emphasized that augmenting multi-specialty provider groups’ neuroscience awareness and knowledge base is key to improving equitable access and patient outcomes.

"Our goal with the Winter Expo is to provide that guidance in a new and interesting way, to the ultimate benefit of patients."

For more information about the Expo or to register, go to

Sarah Bennett Holmes Award Nominees Announced

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 08:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2015) — Seventeen women at the University of Kentucky have been nominated for the 2015 Sarah Bennett Holmes award, and registration is underway now to attend the award ceremony and luncheon 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at the UK Student Center Grand Ballroom. Visit for more information. The registration deadline is March 2.

Coordinated by UK Women's Forum, the Sarah Bennett Holmes Award is granted annually to women working at UK who promote the growth and well-being of other women at the university and across the Commonwealth. Two awards are presented — one to a faculty member and one to a staff member.

The 2015 nominees are:


·         Henrietta Bada-Ellzey, Pediatrics, College of Medicine and Health Behavior, College of Public Health

·         Ruth Bryan, Special Collections Research Center, UK Libraries

·         Rebecca Collins, Pediatrics, College of Medicine

·         Beth Goldstein, Education Policy Studies, College of Education

·         Marty Henton, School of Art and Visual Studies, College of Fine Arts

·         Beverly A. Hilton, UK Libraries

·         Elizabeth Oates, Radiology, College of Medicine

·         Melynda Price, College of Law

·         Pamela Remer, Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, College of Education

·         Susan Smyth, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine

·         Anita Superson, Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences

·         Alice Thornton, Internal Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases, College of Medicine


·         Joanne Brown, University Health Service (student health)

·         Evie Russell, Undergraduate Research

·         Elizabeth Snider, UK HealthCare Polk Dalton Clinic

·         Gaye Whalen, UK Women's Health - Obstetrics and Gynecology

·         Shane Winstead, Pharmacy Services

The Sarah Bennett Holmes award was established by UK Women's Forum in 1994 and honors a distinguished former dean of women at the University of Kentucky. Holmes, who was widowed at a young age, raised four children while completing her own education.  She went on to have a successful career at UK where she inspired young women to persevere in the face of hardship and pursue their career goals.  Among her accomplishments, Holmes developed work programs for women during the Depression.

UK Researchers Awarded Grant to Study Aggressive Cancer Metastasis

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 17:05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2015) – The National Cancer Institute recently awarded a two-year, $357,743 grant to University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers to study the role of a certain protein in aggressive cancer metastasis.

The lab of Kathleen O'Connor, professor in UK's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, studies how tumor cells interact with their environment to make cancer more aggressive.

Specifically, O'Connor's lab studies a protein called integrin α6β4, a protein that integrates signals from its environment so that cells can respond properly and die off if they are in the wrong context. This protein can cause carcinoma cells to take on some of the worst properties of cancer, including invasion, metastasis and drug resistance.

The integrin can selectively increase the expression of genes that cause cells to become particularly invasive and metastatic through a process known as DNA demethylation, but O'Connor says they do not yet know how these specific genes can be regulated.

"Through this study, we expect that understanding how the integrin affects this process will tell us more about how specific DNA demethylation occurs, as well as how cancers can become more invasive without mutating the DNA," O'Connor said. 

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

Bill Cosby Program at Singletary Center Postponed

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) — By mutual agreement with Bill Cosby and the show’s promoter, National Artists Corporation, the show at the Singletary Center for the Arts at the University of Kentucky has been postponed. The Singletary Center box office will begin issuing refunds for the March 15 performance to all ticketholders on Monday, March 2.

Quit and Win Contest Winners Announced at Reception

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2015) - University of Kentucky employees who successfully quit smoking and/or using tobacco for 30 days as part of UK’s Quit and Win contest were honored at a reception at the UK Student Center on Tuesday afternoon.

“Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health,” said Janie Heath, dean of the UK College of Nursing, who recognized contest winners at the reception. “We are here today to celebrate your success. We believe in you.”

Winners of five cash prizes provided by UK HealthCare were announced.

The winner of the $1,000 prize was Lauran Devine, a nursing care technician at UK HealthCare. The $500 cash prize winners were:  Clarence Barton Switzer Jr., a carpenter with the UK Physical Plant Division; and Christine Johnson, human resources manager in the UK College of Fine Arts

The $250 cash prize winners were: Pamela Thompson, a medical technologist at UK HealthCare; and Benjamin Travers, a patient clerical assistant at UK HealthCare

“I am happy UK recognized the hard effort it is to quit smoking and helped motivate my desire to quit …I feel better than I have in a long time, and I would like to encourage others to quit smoking as well,” said Johnson. 

UK supports its employees who want to quit using tobacco products by offering free tobacco treatment programs and medications. If individuals enroll in one of the programs, they can receive up to 12-weeks of FREE Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT). Anyone can also purchase low-cost NRT at on-campus pharmacies, hospital gift shops, and convenience stores to manage cravings while on UK’s tobacco-free campus. Learn more here:

UK’s Quit and Win Contest marked the end of UK’s five year tobacco-free anniversary celebration starting on Nov. 20, 2014. UK HealthCare and UK’s Tobacco-free Task Force joined together to sponsor the first ever Quit and Win Contest at UK. The Contest ran from Jan. 16 to Feb. 16 and was open to UK faculty and staff, including employees of any affiliated corporation, 18 years of age or older and current tobacco users. Contest enrollees and their buddies received weekly tips to quit and resources to help them via email during the 30-day contest. For more information on the contest:

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

UK Orchestra to Showcase Concerto Competition Winner Pianist Yuri Kim

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 15:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo, takes the stage this Friday with a variety of compositions that showcase the diverse talent of its own student musicians.

The concert will feature one of UK School of Music's own, Yuri Kim, winner of the UK Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, playing music by George Gershwin. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

Fresh off its dramatic live presentation of “2001: A Space Odyssey” with the UK Chorale, the orchestra will begin the concert with Gyorgy Ligeti’s “Atmosphères,” featured in the film. Next, the orchestra will back up Yuri Kim as she plays George Gershwin’s Concerto in F for piano and orchestra. The concert will conclude with German composer Robert Schumann’s uplifting Symphony No. 2.

The UK Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition presents a prestigious opportunity for UK music students to perform a solo concerto with the orchestra. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion, but students must also be fulltime music majors and prepare the entire concerto. A panel of judges composed of artists from outside UK reviews excerpts performed by each contestant and selects the top four to return and play their entire concerto. From these finalists, one to three winners are chosen to perform with the orchestra in the Concerto Competition Concert.

Yuri Kim, a native of South Korea, holds a master’s degree in piano performance from UK and a master’s degree in piano pedagogy from Campbellsville University, where she graduated with the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and was a member of the honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. Kim earned the certificate in piano pedagogy at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Regionally, she won the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Piano Competition in Kentucky and advanced to the Southern division. Kim is currently pursuing a doctorate in piano performance at UK School of Music, where she studies with Professor Irina Voro and serves as a teaching assistant in "Introductory Piano."

Founded in 1918, the UK Symphony Orchestra is regarded as one of the nation’s best college orchestras. The 100-member all-student orchestra presents more than 50 concerts each year including classical, chamber and education concerts. The group is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the United States, Asia, South America and Europe. The orchestra regularly performs with world-renowned concert artists including Itzhak Perlman, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Mark O’Connor, Lynn Harrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Denyce Graves, Lang Lang, Ronan Tynan, Natasha Paremski and Arlo Guthrie. The orchestra performs in the concert hall at the Singletary Center for the Arts and on tour, including concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2007 and 2010, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2009.

The UK Symphony Orchestra also collaborates yearly with UK Opera Theatre and has recently presented "Porgy and Bess," "La Bohème," "Die Fledermaus," "Carmen," "La Traviata" and "Madama Butterfly." Over the last three years, they have also begun an active outreach program bringing classical music to all corners of the Commonwealth. To date, they have performed for more than 10,000 students as part of this new initiative. In addition to live performances, UK's orchestra is one of the only collegiate orchestra programs to record for with Naxos, the world’s largest classical music label.

The UK School of Music at the 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;

Nominations Open for Sullivan Awards to Honor Humanitarians

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2015) Nominations for the 2015 Sullivan Awards, the University of Kentucky's prestigious honor for inspirational humanitarian achievements by students and community members, are open with a deadline of late March.

Three winners, an outstanding senior woman, an outstanding senior man and a distinguished community member, will be formally announced Monday, April 13, at the University Honors and Recognition Awards Program in the Student Center's Grand Ballroom.

To start the nomination process, email Buck Ryan, chairman of the faculty selection committee, at Letters may be sent to Buck Ryan, 134 Grehan Building, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0042

"The Sullivan Awards are a highlight of my academic year," said Ryan, director of the Citizen Kentucky Project of UK's Scripps Howard First Amendment Center. "We have so many amazing students who are out to change the world and so many friends dedicated to making our community a better place. Selecting winners is a difficult task for our faculty committee."

The non-student winner must have a connection with UK as an employee, alumnus or friend.

The criteria for selection, which puts a premium on character, integrity and humanitarian service, are written in the spirit of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a Southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late 19th century.

Officially known as the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards, they were established by the New York Southern Society in 1925 and aspire to honor recipients with "high qualities which ennoble and beautify living and bind man in mutual love and helpfulness."

The University of Kentucky has been recognizing Sullivan Award winners since 1927. UK is one of several Southern universities that present Sullivan Awards, sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, to recognize "those citizens and students who exhibit Sullivan's ideals of heart, mind, and conduct as evince a spirit of love for and helpfulness to other men and women."

Nominations are open until 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2015.

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

Global Health Fulbright Seminar Gathers Students from Around the World

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:30

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2015) The University of Kentucky will host 100 Fulbright students from 55 different countries who are studying public health and related areas in the United States for the 2015 Fulbright Global Health Innovations Seminar from Feb. 25 to March 1. The U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Program strengthens ties between the United States and countries around the world that are necessary to address global foreign policy issues like public health.

The seminar, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will explore various public health topics and trends, including pandemics and international response to disease outbreaks.  Beth Barnes, interim assistant provost for internationalization, said the Fulbright students will have a wide range of events to choose from including presentations, panel discussions, community service, skill building workshops and group discussion.

The primary text for the seminar’s curriculum is "Contemporary Public Health: Principles, Practice and Policy," which was edited by James Holsinger, associate dean for academic affairs in UK’s College of Public, and published by University Press of Kentucky.

“UK’s College of Public Health is rated one of the top 25 in the country,” Barnes said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase the important work our faculty members are producing.”

The Fulbright students will also participate in a Fulbright idea-generating session on the global response to Ebola and how it is shaping the future of public health.

“One of the critical issues in all health care areas — public health in particular — is to look at things that affect large populations rather than isolated incidents,” said Barnes. “Having a seminar like this that is going to look at a number of different issues and dimensions related to global public health is very important.”

This is the second Fulbright Program Seminar hosted by UK. Last November, 142 Fulbright graduate students from Pakistan attended the Fulbright Pakistan Enrichment Seminar on Social Movements from Nov. 5-9, 2014.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants from more than 160 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

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

Alumni Gym Parking Lot Closed Morning of Feb. 25, Student Center Lot Impacted

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 09:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services has announced the Alumni Gym E Lot will be unavailable for general parking from 6 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 25, in order to accommodate event parking for the Fellows Founders Week Luncheon. Thirty spaces in the Student Center Lot will also be blocked during the same time period for event parking.

Members of the UK community with valid E permits who normally park their vehicles in these areas may park in other E areas on campus and are encouraged to allow for additional commute time during this impact. Go to to view a campus parking map. Additionally, employees who park in other north campus lots should anticipate possible increases in demand for parking in their areas, and plan their commute accordingly. 

Two UK Vocalists Advance to Semifinals of Metropolitan Opera Auditions

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 16:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) — The Mid-South Region Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions were held Saturday, Feb. 21, on University of Kentucky’s campus. Singers from Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas, including three from UK, competed to advance to the semifinals to be held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera scheduled for March 15 in New York City. UK student Matthew Turner took first place at the regional in Lexington and will advance to the semifinals at the Met. Joining Turner in New York, will be another semifinalist from UK, Reginald Smith Jr., from the Southeastern Region Finals.

UK bass Matthew Turner appeared in the tile role of the fall 2014 UK Opera Theatre (UKOT) production “Sweeney Todd,” and will appear in the upcoming UKOT March production of “The Tales of Hoffmann.” A student of Everett McCorvey, director of UKOT and the Lexington Opera Society Endowed Chair in Opera Studies, and Dennis Bender, associate professor of voice, Turner received a cash prize of $4,200 from OperaLex, the host of the auditions, and an additional $800 from the Metropolitan Opera for the Mrs. Edgar Tobin First Place Award. A Lexington resident, he holds bachelor's degrees in accounting and vocal performance from UK.

Turner sang "Il lacerate spirito" from Giuseppe Verdi’s "Simon Boccanegra," "In diesen heil'gen Hallen" from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "Die Zauberflöte" and "Arise, ye subterranean winds" from Thomas Adès’ "The Tempest."

Smith, a baritone, advanced to the semifinals out of the Southeastern Region held in Atlanta, Georgia. A 2013 choral music education and vocal performance graduate of UK, Smith came to UKOT as an Alltech Vocal Scholar. Like Turner, he also studied under McCorvey at UK School of Music. Currently, Smith is in the young artist program at Houston Grand Opera.

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions program provides a venue for young opera singers from all over the U.S. to be heard by a representative of the Met. Applicants prepare a minimum of five operatic arias in their original language; selections must demonstrate contrasting style as well as languages. Upon completing the audition, candidates are given the opportunity to meet with the judges personally to discuss matters of evaluation and advice.

The Met holds the auditions to discover new talent and to search for possible participants in the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. The Lindemann program, designed to nurture the most talented young artists through training and performance opportunities, provides financial aid together with supervised artistic direction to the young artists.

The highly acclaimed UK Opera Theatre program is part of the UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts. For more information on the program, visit online at

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

UK Alum Becomes Two-time Oscar Winner

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 13:47

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) — University of Kentucky alum Henry “Bub” Asman took center stage during the Academy Awards Sunday evening as he accepted his second Oscar.

The 1971 UK graduate won the Oscar for sound editing for his work on Clint Eastwood’s film “American Sniper.”

The Louisville native, who now lives in Union, Kentucky, won his first Academy Award for sound editing in 2007 for his work with “Letters from Iwo Jima.”

A special section of the 2015 Oscars website features a Q&A session with Asman about being nominated for an Academy Award.

To read the original story that ran on UKNow in 2011 about Asman’s rise to Hollywood fame in the world of sound editing, visit:

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

Apply to be a Leadership Exchange Ambassador

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 13:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) — The Center for Student Involvement is now accepting applications to become a Leadership Exchange Ambassador. The Leadership Exchange Ambassadors (LEA) is an organization comprising student leaders committed to the development of leadership on the University of Kentucky campus. The main focus of LEA is to offer opportunities for authentic, intentional development through campuswide and statewide programming made available to all students interested in leadership.

Students who want to meet current LEAs and find out what the organization is all about are invited to attend the LEA Info Session from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Center for Student Involvement, 106 Student Center.

Duties of the Leadership Exchange Ambassadors include:

·       Focus on individual leadership development through creation of a personal leadership portfolio;

·       Assist with planning, promotion, and facilitation of leadership events for students;

·       Promote involvement on campus through meeting with students one-on-one; and

·       Help student organizations grow through leadership workshops and OrgSync trainings.

Benefits of becoming a Leadership Exchange Ambassador:

·       Develop relationships with other student leaders and organizations;

·       Develop a strong sense of personal leadership style;

·       Improve presentation and communication skills; and

·       Have the unique opportunity to help other UK students “lead from where they are.”

The application is due Friday, March 13.

Interviews will take place the week of March 30 - April 3. Students will be contacted to schedule an interview the week of March 23 - 27. Applicants will be notified by Friday, April 10, of application status, following the interview process.

For more information visit the LEA website. If you have any questions, contact Leslie Pedigo at

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

Gill Heart Institute Selected for Major Clinical Trial for Bioabsorbable Stent

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 11:01
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) -- The Gill Heart Institute at the University of Kentucky is participating in a multi-center clinical trial of a new medical device that has the potential to improve the outcomes and reduce the incidence of angina for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD).

For decades, cardiologists opened blocked coronary arteries using balloons and followed that by implanting stents (mesh-like devices) that act like scaffolds to maintain the patency of the artery. Traditionally, stents are a permanent implant made of metal.  The ABSORB IV trial will test a new stent called the Absorb Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS), a scaffold made of a polymer that can be completely absorbed by the body after the artery heals.  As with metal stents, the BVS is covered by a drug coating that prevents excessive scar tissue from re-narrowing the artery. The BVS, the coating and the drug all dissolve approximately 12-24 months after the procedure. The hope is that the artery recovers its ability to respond to the heart’s needs for more blood flow with activity.

Gill is one of 40 centers in the U.S. participating in this landmark clinical trial, which aims to enroll 3,000 patients nationwide.

Dr. Khaled Ziada, director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at the Gill Heart Institute, is enthusiastic about the impact this study might have for the millions of people suffering from coronary artery disease worldwide.

"We've come a long way in the treatment of CAD, starting with balloon angioplasty in the 1970s, bare metal stents in the 1990s, and drug eluting stents in the 2000s," says Ziada. "Bioresorbable stents like the Absorb BVS allow us to take advantage of using stents to keep the arteries open, without leaving behind a permanent implant. 

"We hope this leads to healthier arteries and better control of patient symptoms."

Heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, and CAD is the most common type of heart disease. CAD occurs when arteries that supply blood to the heart are narrowed or blocked due to the buildup of fatty deposits called plaques, leading to angina (chest pain) and increased heart attack risk.

This is '80s Night

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:41

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2015) — The Student Activities Board's Pop Culture Committee celebrates the mega '80s decade with an '80s Night event from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Members of the campus and local communities can relive the highlights and culture of one of the greatest decades at '80s Night. DJ Warren Peace will be playing the best '80s jams while adding his own wicked twist. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a trivia contest and record their memories by taking photos in a themed photo booth.

“'80s Night is set to be a fun-filled evening,” Brenton Smith, director of Pop Culture, said. “Vintage prizes will be given to the best costume, best dancer and trivia winners.”

Along with the music, costumes and trivia, refreshments will be provided throughout the night. This is a blast from the past the campus will not want to miss.

SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.

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

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

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

Shake Off the Snow and Get Your Crafting On!

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) — The Student Activities Board’s Campus Life Committee continues the crafting fun with another Pinterest Party from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight, Feb. 24, in the Rasdall Gallery, located in the Student Center.

Pinterest Parties are designed to give the campus community the chance to create do-it-yourself crafts seen on the social media site, Pinterest. The Campus Life Committee takes the site’s tagline, “Less Pinning. More Doing.” and turns it into a reality for UK students, staff and faculty.

“The only thing attendees need to bring to this event is their ideas and a group of friends,” Abbey Tillman, director of Campus Life, said. “Materials will be provided for you, so stop by to figure out which theme we chose for this Pinterest Party and what crafts you can make!”

There will be one more Pinterest Party for the campus community to attend — Monday, April 20.

SAB brings more than 100 entertaining, educational and enriching programs that are reflective of contemporary issues and trends to the University of Kentucky annually. These programs are designed to enhance the college experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater Lexington community.

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

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

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

Author Laura Simms to Speak at UK

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 10:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 24, 2015) ‒ The University of Kentucky is pleased to welcome for a three-day campus visit prominent storyteller, writer and humanitarian Laura Simms. Simms is the mother of 2014-2015 Common Reading Experience (CRE) author Ishmael Beah.

Simms has been performing award-winning creative stories and personal narratives since 1968. She works by intertwining ancient oral tradition with performance art to create a unique storytelling experience. She prides her modern use of storytelling to promote tolerance, peace and environmental stewardship.

Currently serving as the Senior Research Fellow for the International Peace Institute at Rutgers University, Simms has always had a passion for being an advocate for people in need. She met her son, Ishmael Beah, at a United Nations conference in 1996. Beah had recently left his home country of Sierra Leone after serving as a child soldier for years. They soon moved to New York to start life as a new family. Today, Simms and her son travel around the country telling their story.

Simms’ UK events include:

“A Long Way Gone”: The Intersecting Stories of Laura Simms and Ishmael Beah

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 11 1 p.m.

Martin Luther King Center in the Student Center

At the free luncheon, Simms will talk about her inspiring journey becoming Beah’s adoptive mother. The award-winning author and humanitarian will also talk about her amazing storytelling process and provide insight on how to incorporate storytelling into our everyday lives. Space is limited. Please confirm your attendance on the following OrgSync form at If you are a student and have class during parts of the session, feel free to still attend as much as you can. Sponsored by the Common Reading Experience, Undergraduate Education, Center for Community Outreach, Martin Luther King Center and Office for Student Involvement.

An Evening with Laura Simms

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

Memorial Hall

In this free and non-ticketed event, Simms will tell the history of meeting Ishmael, what drove her to invite him to be her son, and the first months of becoming a mother to an African ex-child soldier in Manhattan. Laura's story shows how one action can change the world and about doing something that matters.Sponsored by Undergraduate Education, Center for Student Involvement, Martin Luther King Center, Center for Community Outreach and Office of New Student and Parent Programs. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Storytelling Workshop led by Laura Simms

Thursday, Feb. 26, Noon to 2 p.m.

William T. Young Library Multipurpose Room (B-108C)

In collaboration with the Common Reading Experience and the School of Journalism and Telecommunications, a free storytelling workshop and luncheon led by Simms is planned for students and UK faculty and staff. Simms will discuss the learning skills of a storyteller as it lends itself to emotional intelligence, structure and the difference between the one who tells the story and the story itself. This will entail working with a single folktale. Space is limited. RSVP to the following OrgSync form, If you are a student and have class during parts of the session, feel free to attend as much as you can.

UK Operating on Regular Schedule Monday, Feb 23

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 18:19

Lexington, Ky. (Feb. 22, 2015) — The University of Kentucky will be open and operating on a regular schedule, Monday, Feb. 23.  Classes will be in session, offices will be open, and UK HealthCare clinics and hospitals will be operating as normal.

UK President Eli Capilouto sent the following emailed message to the campus community Sunday, Feb. 22.

UK Community,

We plan to be open and operating on a normal schedule Monday, February 23.

We will continue to monitor weather conditions throughout the night and into the early morning. You will be notified via email, text, or call by UK Alert if conditions warrant a change. You also can check the UK home page,, for the latest information.

To be sure, weather conditions will continue to be challenging for this week. In particular, as with last week, we will be challenged by frigid temperatures. However, over the last several days, because of the work of our facilities staff, we¹ve been able to significantly improve roads and walkways in and around campus, making for much better conditions overall.

Nevertheless, I want to urge everyone to please use caution, take your time and be extremely safe when coming to the university tomorrow. We all need to look out for one another.

I would also continue to ask faculty and supervisors to be patient and sensitive to our colleagues and students, many of whom commute to our campus from some distance.

I continue to be amazed by the incredible work of so many in recent days, who have toiled long hours to keep our campus operating and in good shape. From doctors, nurses and staff at UK HealthCare and its clinics to facilities, police and emergency management, housing and dining officials — thousands of our colleagues, literally, have worked long shifts and around the clock to keep UK operating. We all owe them our thanks.

This week, we will begin a series of events and festivities marking our 150th anniversary. It is a time of both reflection about our history, but renewal as we continue to look ahead. The hard work and sacrifice of so many these past several days reminds us, as well, of why this is special place.

Stay warm, be safe and continue to look out for one another. Thank you.

Eli Capilouto

Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law Symposium Open to Public

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 13:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2015) — Framing a discussion around the laws that uniquely impact Kentucky — equine, agriculture and natural resources regulations — the University of Kentucky College of Law will host " Improving or Impeding? The Local & National Effects of State & Federal Regulation,” sponsored by the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the College of Law Courtroom.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register at The equine law discussion will take place 9-11:30 a.m., and the agriculture and natural resources law discussion will follow from 1:15-4:30 p.m.

Legal scholars, practitioners and regulators from across the nation will share their thoughts on the benefits and limitations of equine, agriculture and natural resources regulations. Organizers of the event say regulations, at all levels, often have two competing goals that policymakers must balance: economic growth with human and environmental protection.

"We have a fantastic group of speakers from around the country and around Kentucky. The symposium will provide a platform for these professors and practitioners to discuss how current and future equine, agriculture, and natural resources regulations affect Kentucky’s economy," said Dillon Nichols, executive development editor of the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law. "While this discussion will focus on legal and regulatory implications affecting these industries, it is open to everyone, and the journal strongly encourages anyone interested in these fields to attend."

Thomas Rutledge, adjunct professor in the UK College of Law and member of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, will moderate the equine law discussion. The discussion panel includes:

Michael Healy, Senator Wendell H. Ford Professor of Law in the College of Law, will moderate the agriculture and natural resources law discussion. The discussion panel includes:

  • Herb Miller, UK College of Law alumnus and current president of Columbia Gas of Kentucky;
  • Tom FitzGerald, UK College of Law alumnus and director of Kentucky Resources Council;
  • Jim Huffman, dean emeritus at the Lewis and Clark Law School;
  • Baylen Linnekin, founder and executive director of Keep Food Legal Foundation; and
  • Allen Olson, an agricultural lawyer and adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

To view the full agenda, visit

The Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Law is a multi-disciplinary journal of law, science and policy published by the University of Kentucky College of Law. The journal is edited entirely by students of the College of Law. A forum for articles by practitioners, academicians, policy-makers, and other professionals throughout the United States and abroad, the journal welcomes original manuscripts focusing on the legal, policy, and ethical issues related to the environment, natural resources, land use, and energy.

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

VIDEO: UK Alumni Association Honors Great Teachers

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 12:00
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 23, 2014) — Basketball players weren't the only ones in the spotlight at Rupp Arena this weekend.  

On Saturday, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association presented its 2015 Great Teacher Awards to six recipients at a recognition dinner.  The award-winners were then recognized on the court of Rupp Arena during the Kentucky vs. Auburn men’s basketball game.

The recipients are:

The Great Teacher Award, started in 1961, is UK's longest-running award recognizing teaching. Educators must first be nominated by a student in order to be considered for the award. The UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award Committee, in cooperation with the student organization Omicron Delta Kappa, makes the final selections.  The winners receive an engraved plaque and cash prize in addition to the special recognition.

Here is a compilation of what the student nominators had to say about this year's Great Teachers:

The fact that Sameer Desai goes out of his way for his students really impacted students in the College of Medicine.  

"Dr. Desai has been one of the most influential clinical instructors in the College of Medicine," said Christopher Belcher, a UK graduate student.  "He is always willing to help both students and residents and does so with a smile on this face."

Michelle Justus Talbott, a UK Ph.D. candidate, spoke of Pearl James' connection with her students.  

"Dr. James' investment in my academic success is one of the primary reasons I've been able to complete the Ph.D. requirements in a timely manner," said Talbott.  "She is a patient counselor...and a trusted confidant."

An undergraduate student in the College of Engineering's computer science program recognized Brent Seales' vision for the future.  

"Dr. Seales is highly invested in the future success of the computer science program at UK and how that success should start and end with the students," said UK sophomore Stephen Parsons.

A graduate assistant in the College of Engineering noticed Tim Taylor's dedication to fellow civil engineering students.

"Dr. Taylor invests a great deal in his students," said Ying Li, a graduate assistant.  "He leaves his door open and is always happy to help students with whatever questions we have."

The theme of investing in students continues in the comments  about Tim Uhl.  

“Dr. Uhl's investment in UK students is unquestionable," said Sharon Frank, a UK graduate student.  "His passion for educating the next generation of scholars is hard to miss and should be properly recognized."

A compilation of students in the College of Fine Arts admire Irina Voro's ability to connect music to emotion.  

"Dr. Voro is not simply competent, she is truly a Master Teacher who truly advances the art of teaching and who can speak the language of intellect, emotions and body,” the students said.  

Watch the video above to discover what this award means to this year's award-winners and why they're so happy great teaching is recognized and celebrated at UK.  


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