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Ignite BBN Connects Students On Campus

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) – Students at the University of Kentucky love to chant “We Are UK” in the stands at Rupp Arena, but one student decided it was time to bring this type of camaraderie to other aspects of student life.  Avis Sampson, a senior majoring in communication and media arts and studies in the College of Communication and Information, brought together a group of her friends and started Ignite BBN. The organization, which came on campus this semester, focuses on instilling a spirit of unity between UK’s students.

Ignite BBN works to bring students together through various activities in order to create a sense of student community. Sampson and her friends spent the beginning of the semester recruiting people to join the organization and showing its face on campus at events like SAB’s Campus Ruckus and the Homecoming Coalition’s Kitty Karnival. Now at 12 members, they decided it was time to put on some events of their own.

To begin, they wanted to get more involved by serving the community. Ignite BBN is hosting a toy drive for NECCO, an organization that positively affects the lives of youth and foster families. Toys can be dropped off in the Student Center of UK’s campus in front of The Cats Den from noon to 2 p.m. through the Dec. 5.

Sampson says the group is very excited and will be wrapping the presents and giving them to the children.

“As an organization, there is no excuse. We need to get involved with this kind of thing,” Sampson said.

Ignite BBN also plans to host an Artist Showcase in the coming spring semester. Students are encouraged to come to the event and enjoy some music together. Some of the performers will participate in a DJ competition, including local DJ WarrenPeace.

The group is looking for more artists to participate in the event Jan. 30 at Memorial Hall. An informational meeting will take place at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 4, in Room 111 of the Student Center.

Ignite BBN is in the process of planning educational and professional events, as well. These include a study abroad information panel and a networking day. Regardless of the event, Ignite BBN wants to bring students together.

For more information about Ignite BBN, visit them on Twitter at @ignitebbn, Instagram and Facebook, or contact them at ignitebbn@gmail.com.  

Money Management Matters Site to Aid Students, Topic: Saving and Investing

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) — What might your degree be worth?

The University of Kentucky Graduate School is prepared to aid students in developing the personal financial knowledge to answer this question and others related to financial literacy.

The UK Graduate School has created a personal financial education webpage titled "Money Management Matters," built upon six salient personal financial topics that pertain directly to students and graduates:

1.         Student loans

2.         Employment

3.         Health care

4.         Credit

5.         Saving and investing

6.         Money management

This week, UKNow will highlight the fifth topic: saving and investing

Saving and investing money wisely is a key component of sustainable personal financial health. Whether one is putting money back for a down payment on a home or developing a strategy to save aggressively for retirement, saving and investing money effectively should be a priority. The MMM web page provides a list of resources that will supply the foundation of information for informed saving and investing decisions over all phases of one's personal financial life cycle.

"One of the smartest choices to implement is to begin saving early," said Chris Riley, project manager of the Enhancing Student Financial Education Grant and graduate student at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. "This allows the power of compounding to make small investments (now), become very valuable in the future.  The 'Saving and Investing' tab on the MMM web page provides some valuable information on early investment strategies that we feel will get you on the right path to a comfortable retirement.”

The UK Graduate School is one of 15 universities, in partnership with the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the investment firm TIAA-CREF, introducing a personal financial literacy initiative aimed at educating students and graduates.

Last fall the 15 university partners distributed surveys to their graduate student populations concerning a variety of personal financial questions, to understand their “baseline” of personal financial knowledge. Using this information, the CGS developed GradSense.org as a personal financial education platform designed to help students and graduates enhance their personal financial knowledge.

The UK Graduate School has created the "Money Management Matters" website to strengthen this initiative at UK. 

“We hope the information provided within GradSense.org and MMM will aid students and graduates in establishing a strong foundation of personal financial knowledge that they can build upon in order to make sound decisions across all stages of their personal financial life cycle,” Riley said.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; sarah.geegan@uky.edu

Martin School Honors Outstanding Service, Careers

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2014) — A former mayor of Lexington and a distinguished alumna were honored recently at the annual Alumni and Friends reception of the University of Kentucky's   Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.

Pam Miller, the first woman ever to be elected to Lexington's top local office, was inducted into the Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame. Margaret Prizer 'Peggy' Graymer, a Martin School graduate who served in higher education and governmental administrative and executive roles for a quarter-century, received the Martin School's Distinguished Alumnus Award.

In addition, longtime Martin School student affairs officer Sarah Lee, who is retiring, was recognized for her dedicated service to the school during her career at UK.

Miller, who served as mayor from 1993-2003, also was a member of the Lexington Fayette County Urban County Council for a total of 16 years. She was a founding member and former chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and currently serves as chair of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Graymer was an adminstrator at UK, the University of North Carolina, and UCLA.  She also served in the Governor's State Budget Office in North Carolina. Graymer later established a consulting firm to assist institutions of higher education and not-for-profit organizations.

Merl Hackbart, faculty member and interim director of the Martin School said, "We are proud to bestow this well-deserved recognition on Pam Miller and Peggy Graymer. They both are shining examples for our current students and all of our graduates to emulate."

With regard to Lee, Hackbart added, "Sarah's contributions to the Martin School have always been above and beyond the call of duty. Individuals like her help ensure that our students and faculty get the support they need to be successful."

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu.

Spring Semester K and Evening Parking Permits Go on Sale Monday

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:33

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — Starting Monday, Dec. 8, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) will offer student spring semester permits for sale on the PTS website, www.uky.edu/pts.

UK and Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) students seeking K and evening permits for the 2015 spring semester may apply online through the Parking Account Manager. UK students must use their link blue login and password in order to apply for a permit online. BCTC students must use their KCTCS username and password. In addition to K and evening permits, PTS will also accept applications for R6 and R8 permits for eligible residents at this time. The cut-off date for online permit application is Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015.

Students may also purchase permits in person at the PTS office, located in the Press Avenue Garage, at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues, starting Monday, Dec. 15.

The K lots at Commonwealth Stadium will not be controlled for permits during the semester break, beginning Saturday, Dec. 20. The K lots will return to normal control Wednesday, Jan.14, 2015. For a list of dates when other lots resume control, visit the Spring Permits Calendar.

Eligible students who do not have a parking permit or who want to upgrade from a K permit may submit a lottery request online for C and R permits through the Parking Account Manager. Eligibility criteria must be met to purchase the desired permit. Drawings are typically held two to three weeks after the beginning of the semester; notification is sent to lottery winners via email.

New students are encouraged to visit the New Student Parking Information page for maps, frequently asked questions and more.

PTS Offers Special Holiday Parking Passes

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 19:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is offering peace of mind to those UK students concerned about leaving their vehicles out in the elements during the upcoming semester break. PTS is providing students with the chance to store their vehicles in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5), located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den, for the duration of the break. This is the fourth year for the program.

To obtain a holiday parking pass, students should visit the PTS office, located in the Press Avenue Garage, at the corner of Press and Virginia Avenues, or the South Limestone Garage office, located on the first floor and facing Limestone. Passes are available only to students with a valid UK parking permit; the passes will be issued at no cost, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday, Dec. 4, with a maximum of 200 passes issued.

Vehicles may be parked on the fourth or fifth floor of the South Limestone Garage beginning Monday, Dec. 15. Students should access the garage by pulling a visitor ticket from the ticket dispenser. The holiday parking pass must be clearly displayed on the dashboard.

Upon returning to campus, students should bring their holiday parking pass to the South Limestone Garage office, to be exchanged for an exit voucher.

Vehicles not removed by Tuesday, Jan. 13, will be charged the hourly parking rate starting at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, through the exit time and date.

UK Faculty, Staff, Students Gain Access to Adobe Creative Cloud Software, New Downloads Site

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 17:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — University of Kentucky Analytics and Technologies (UKAT) announced today a major expansion of campus licensing for Adobe software, and a new and improved software download website that will make accessing site-licensed software easier than ever before.

UK has signed a new 3-year contract with Adobe to provide the suite of Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications to all faculty, staff and students. The contract includes individual Creative Cloud licenses for students, and extends UK’s site license to cover additional video and multimedia apps, such as Premiere Pro and After Effects, which were not previously available campus-wide. During this 3-year period, UKAT will evaluate campus needs and usage of the Adobe software under this new licensing model.

Access to the Adobe software will be provided through the UK Download website at http://download.uky.edu, which has been completely redesigned with a clean new interface, enriched search tools and up-to-date software information. The new website, additional Adobe applications and student Creative Cloud licenses will be available starting Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. 

UK faculty and staff will continue to download site-licensed applications directly from the UK Download website. Adobe applications will be available individually and in specialized bundles for graphic design, web, and video production.

UK students can obtain a redemption code for an individual Adobe Creative Cloud license through OnTheHub, UK’s academic software store, available through the UK Download website. Each license is valid for one year and can be renewed annually. Students can review UKAT’s Adobe Creative Cloud Installation Guide for complete step-by-step instructions.

In addition to the Adobe software and access to OnTheHub, the UK Download website provides operating systems, desktop applications, virus protection, and other site-licensed resources for office and/or home use. The UK community is encouraged to browse the new site and explore all the products available.

A complete list of Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications is located at http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/desktop.html. For more information about contract details, eligibility and access to Adobe software, please visit the Adobe FAQ at http://uky.edu/ukat/help/software/adobe or contact the UKAT Service Desk at 859-218-HELP (4357), 218help@uky.edu, or @ukatstatus on Twitter.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2396, whitney.harder@uky.edu

Undergraduate Research Takes Flight With T.J. Flynn

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 16:10

Video by the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (Vis Center) as part of its "What's Next" series. It can also be viewed at Reveal Research Media: reveal.uky.edu.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — The University of Kentucky is shaping the next generation of scientists and scholars by exposing undergraduates to research early in their academic careers. For T.J. Flynn, of Lexington, research as an undergrad at UK shaped his path — he is currently a Ph.D. pre-candidate at the University of Michigan, with a focus on acoustics and fluid dynamics.

An avid undergraduate researcher, Flynn worked on projects including carbon sequestration using algae at the Center for Applied Energy Research, novel nanomaterials in the physics department, and microfabrication techniques in the mechanical engineering department. Flynn received dual bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering, with an aerospace certificate, and physics from UK in 2014.

Flynn said, "My time at the University of Kentucky led me to a senior design course. I was actually able to get involved with the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle specifically for measuring turbulence in the atmosphere.

"I've also been fortunate to be a part of a high school Wing Design Competition that we run here at UK, where we get a number of high school students to compete in designing a wing, and they get to actually test their wing with different metrics such as speed and ability to carry payload. It’s a really fun time."

Since 2011, NASA Kentucky and the UK College of Engineering have partnered with the Kentucky Institute for Aerospace Education to host the Wing Design Competition for high school students interested in the aerospace industry. 

In 2013, Flynn received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. These scholarships are the largest monetary awards available to United States science, technology, engineering, and math students based solely on merit.

"I was very fortunate to be awarded the astronaut scholarship," said Flynn. "I got to represent the University of Kentucky going to the astronaut scholarship technical conference, so I got to present my research to other like-minded students. Research is as rewarding as it is challenging, and I think that’s one of the things that brings a lot of people to it. The sum of all these experiences has been great. It’s definitely convinced me that I want to pursue a career in research sciences, particularly in engineering.”

Retired Nurses Continue to Influence Patient Care through Volunteer Roles

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:55

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — More than a decade ago, Ruth Berry and Gail Carpenter retired from longtime careers practicing and teaching nursing to college students. But even in retirement, the two friends and former colleagues are drawn back to the health care setting where they continue to serve patients in meaningful ways.

Wearing the volunteer uniform of pale blue button-down shirts and navy blue slacks, the retirees sort through piles of mail, organize a cart full of cookies and help families navigate the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. During the Thursday morning shift they share at the UK HealthCare Volunteer Office, they deliver mail, bouquets of balloons and flower arrangements to patients throughout the hospital.

Often during deliveries, they will offer to open and read mail to incapacitated patients. As former nurses, they are well-versed on bedside manner and sensitive to the health care circumstances affecting each patient. Although their role today is on the periphery of medical care, they know a few moments to sit and listen could make a difference in the patient's life.

"Going into a room in pediatrics where a child is alone, and opening up the mail for them and spending a few moments with them — those are precious moments just to be able to talk to them," Berry said. "They might not have family member there all day."

When asked why they volunteer, Carpenter and Berry say their roles keep them connected to the health care profession, but they also enjoy the camaraderie of the volunteer office. Both women retired from faculty positions in the UK College of Nursing and at Lexington Community College (now known as Bluegrass Community and Technical College) and are now members of the hospital's auxiliary board of directors. Berry and Carpenter first became acquainted as colleagues from their involvement in the university community and professional organizations. Carpenter, who retired in 1997, helped recruit Berry to the volunteer office after she retired in 2000.

Carpenter's interest in a profession in nursing started in high school when she learned of a friend's sister who was completing a nursing program in New York City. She was attracted to a profession caring for people and was fascinated by the science of nursing. She accepted a position teaching fundamental courses and pediatric nursing at Lexington Community College in 1976 and eventually become coordinator of LCC's nursing program, retiring in 1997.

Berry, whose mother was a neonatal nurse who emigrated from Germany, read the popular Sue Barton series of youth novels when she was young, which sparked her interest in a nursing career. At the age of 14, she started working as a nurse's aide in a local hospital. While she originally intended to study chemistry in college, she chose to study nursing at the collegiate level. She joined the faculty of the UK College of Nursing in the Department of Public Health Nursing in 1965, and after a period of time away from the profession, returned to the department in 1986. During her time at UK, she established a health clinic for the homeless and a parish nursing program, retiring from her role in 2000.

"I always liked helping and being with folks," Berry said.

When she first started volunteering, Carpenter was assigned to assist with a health clinic run by Berry, who was still working as a faculty member. Berry was thrilled to have Carpenter, a former nurse, as a volunteer in her clinic. Carpenter also volunteered as a patient liaison in the surgery department for several years before she changed roles to delivering mail and flowers. After her retirement, Berry decided to join Carpenter as a UK HealthCare volunteer on Thursdays. She also works in the auxiliary gift shop, which is primarily staffed by volunteers, on Mondays.

In addition to serving together at on a weekly basis, the women fill their schedules with volunteer roles for the Lexington Public Library, God's Pantry and the Department of Veteran's Affairs hospital. They are members of the same theater club, which meets several times a year. Outside of the volunteer office, Berry said Carpenter is a reliable friend. Carpenter has helped Berry through periods of hospitalization, picking her up for appointments at 5 a.m.

"(Volunteering) is more enjoyable when I know we can be there together and we can catch up at some of our other events," Berry said of Carpenter. "If we have concern about something, we can share it with each other."

As volunteers, Berry and Carpenter have heard many stories and met many interesting people of all ages. They have developed a sense of community and purpose within the hospital through their involvement. They are always encouraging others to become new volunteers at UK HealthCare as help is constantly needed for patients and visitors.  

"We get to see how the medical center really works," Carpenter said of volunteers. "We have a way of helping people navigate them through this physical maze at the medical center — it's enjoyable to do."

To learn more about volunteering, visit http://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/volunteer

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams, elizabethadams@uky.edu

Tis the Season to Celebrate Good Health

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:09

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) -- Winter is on its way, and along with colder temperatures come holiday celebrations and precious time with family. It’s the season to feel good about ourselves and cherish what we have. It is also time to value the most important things in life, including our family, our accomplishments, and our health.

Health is not necessarily about visiting the doctor. Rather, it is about being proactive to prevent illness whenever possible. Before the new year arrives, think about how healthy you want to be in the coming year. Here are some tips for making your health a priority this holiday season:

·      Take advantage of community resources: Your county health department is a good place to start. Talk to them about vaccinations, special precautions that will help you stay healthy in winter, and how to prepare for emergency situations like snowstorms, floods and tornadoes. Call your primary care provider or pharmacy and get an updated list of your prescribed medications. Talk to them about ways to get your medications in case of inclement weather or other emergency situations. Keep your list of medications handy (including any vitamins, supplements, and over the counter medications) and share it with emergency management if required.

·      Find ways to be physically active this winter: You are more likely to stick with it if you find an activity you enjoy. Anything and everything that keeps your circulation flowing counts, including dance, yoga, squeezing stress reliever balls, simply lifting your arms and legs up and down, or cleaning your house.

·      Celebrate safely: Holiday partying doesn't have to be no-holds-barred. Enjoy special meals in moderation to avoid holiday weight gain. If you consume alcohol, do so in moderation. If you are going to be consuming alcohol at a celebration, arrange for safe, dependable transportation beforehand. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or accept a ride with a driver who is intoxicated. Always wear your seatbelt. Practice safe sex by using barrier contraceptives (like condoms) to avoid sexually transmitted infections.  

·      Get outdoors, weather permitting: Many companies offer activities and clubs for their employees, and this paper publishes a weekly calendar of events. To find out about parks and recreation opportunities in Lexington, visit the website. For more information on recreation parks statewide, visit the Kentucky State Parks website.

Don't wait until Jan. 1 to make your resolutions.

Dr. Somu Chatterjee is an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences in the Physician Assistant Studies Program.

WUKY and Lexington Farmers' Market Team Up for a Great Cause

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 23:10
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014)WUKY, the University of Kentucky's NPR station, and the Lexington Farmers' Market have teamed up this holiday season to feed those in need. Anyone who donates during WUKY's Winter Fund Drive will help feed a family.  For every $1,000 raised during the WUKY fund drive, the Lexington Farmers' Market will donate $100 worth of food to God's Pantry.

The WUKY 2014 Winter Fund Drive begins Monday, Dec. 8 and continues through Friday, Dec. 12.  The radio station staff is in need of volunteers to help take pledges.

"We need groups, organizations, and individuals who are willing to volunteer to help answer calls and take pledges from our listeners," said Robert Hansel, membership manager at WUKY.  "Feel free to contact your friends and have them join you during this worthwhile event.  Computers are available for all volunteers to take pledges, entering them in automatically, while making the transaction seamless and cost effective for the donor and station."     

Benefit of bringing your organization/group:

Companies or organizations that are able to provide multiple volunteers for a day or multiple shifts can benefit from extra announcements on the radio station.  WUKY will designate that specific day or the specific shifts to the volunteering group.  On-air announcements will be made that fund-drive phones are being answered by volunteers from the company or organization and 10 free public service announcements will be supplied.

Shifts available include:

Monday, Dec. 8                    6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9                   6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 10           6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 11               6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 12                     6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

"We are listener supported, with a loyal audience, but we need your help to collect their dollars and make it all work," Hansel said. "WUKY is located on the third floor rock 'n' roll penthouse of McVey Hall, which is at the heart of UK's campus. Be prepared to meet an eclectic group of people and get a real taste of what WUKY offers. And that's not just delicious radio station coffee!"

For more information to sign up, call 859-257-3272 and ask for Robert Hansel, or send an email to Robert.hansel@uky.edu with contact information.

UK Unveils Historical Marker Honoring FCS Extension, Myrtle Weldon

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 20:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — Family and consumer sciences extension personnel honored an early, influential extension educator and their program’s centennial anniversary with a historical marker. The marker was unveiled Dec. 2 outside of the Myrtle Weldon Suite in the E.S. Good Barn on the University of Kentucky’s campus.

“We are honored to place this historical marker in recognition of 100 years of family and consumer sciences extension at the University of Kentucky,” said Ann Vail, assistant director of UK family and consumer sciences extension. “Thousands of agents have served the people of Kentucky over the last century. It is fitting that we also recognize Myrtle Weldon on the same marker. She had the initial vision for what has become the FCS extension program in 2014.”

Joining Vail at the ceremony were Weldon’s nephew, Bob Weldon, Jimmy Henning, director of the UK Cooperative Extension Service, and Becky Riddle, coordinator of the Historical Marker Program for the Kentucky Historical Society.

In Kentucky, family and consumer sciences extension programming began in 1914 when UK hired 17 county extension agents to teach food preservation. Weldon became state leader of the then UK home economics extension program in 1924. Weldon oversaw the program grow in educational emphasis and in agent numbers during her 31-year tenure. In addition, she played an instrumental role in the beginnings of the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association, a group that formed in 1932.

Bob Weldon said the marker carries forward his family’s legacy of self-betterment to the state.

“As a young person, Myrtle learned how several generations of her family overcame obstacles and became farmers, educators and business people,” he said. “We hope that others will reflect on this and become aware that whatever their current situation, if they persist with their personal set of values, then they can improve their own and their family’s economic well-being and enjoyment of life, just as my aunt did.”

Connee Wheeler, UK senior extension associate, was the driving force behind the historical marker.

“I love reading the historical markers on campus and all over the state,” Wheeler said. “We have a lot of things in family and consumer sciences extension that could be placed on them.”

The Kentucky Historical Marker program provides Kentuckians with the opportunity to explore historical events, people and places in their own communities.

VIDEO: UK Triplets and Quadruplets Discuss College Life With Multiple Siblings

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 19:10

Video by UK Public Relations and Marketing

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — This semester's undergraduate population is thought to have the most sets of "multiples" in the university’s history, with 113 sets of twins, plus a set of triplets and quadruplets in the freshman class.

In October, UKNow featured three sets of twins in a Big Blue Family video. This month, triplets Ben, Adam and Cameron Childress and quadruplets Sajidah, Dua'a and Nasreen Omran (their brother Jadallah will transfer to UK from Bluegrass Community and Technical College next year) sat down with UKNow to describe what it's like being in college with multiple siblings by their sides.  

"UK was the best choice for all of us, so I think independently we all each ended up here," said Adam Childress, who went to Tates Creek High School in Lexington with his brothers and the Omran quadruplets.

"In high school, people always grouped us together — we were always 'the quads,'" said Nasreen Omran. "It has been really nice to come to college, and people not really know you and you can get to know other people. It's nice to have that individuality. I'm me, and not 'the quads.' Even though I love them — don't get me wrong — it's just nice to be your own person."

Cameron Childress says being able to branch out at UK has been important, not only for personal growth but for becoming even closer with his brothers.

"When you're not around (your brothers) all the time, you tend to appreciate the qualities they have more, so I think that that has been a really positive experience for all three of us," he said.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jenny Wells, 859-257-5343; jenny.wells@uky.edu 

'Kentucky's Changing Energy Landscape' Documented by UK Vis Center, Kentucky EEC

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 17:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — The Commonwealth of Kentucky produced more than 1 million vehicles in 2013, and the automotive industry has brought more than 17,000 jobs and $4 billion in capital investment to Kentucky since 2010. According to the University of Kentucky Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments' (Vis Center) latest production, Kentucky's success with the industry stems from low energy prices.

The documentary, " Shifting Lines: Kentucky's Changing Energy Landscape," produced by the Vis Center and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (Kentucky EEC), explores the ongoing changes in Kentucky's energy generation.

A collaborative effort, the Kentucky EEC was actively involved in providing data for the visualizations and connected the Vis Center to individuals representing the different viewpoints presented in "Shifting Lines." Production is still ongoing for a long-form piece, set to release sometime next year.

"Shifting Lines" proposes that a major factor in Kentucky's low energy prices is its "historic abundance of cheap coal." As the coal industry continues to undergo change, however, so too, does the entire energy landscape in Kentucky.

"We're seeing changes in demand, we're seeing changes in the amount produced and where it's produced," said Kentucky Coal Association President Bill Bissett in the documentary.

Bill Adkisson, president and chief executive officer of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, suggests that Kentucky isn't alone, and new technologies have altered the energy landscape across the U.S. An example is fracking, as Rebecca Taylor, senior vice president of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, points out in the video.

"The rise of fracking in the United States has really dramatically increased the availability of the pool of natural gas, which drives prices down," Taylor said.

The documentary also examines other factors in Kentucky's changing energy industry, and both sides of the coal and clean energy spectrum, advising viewers in the end, "no matter how you interpret the history, the law and data, our energy future requires bold, yet common sense thinking to promote the prosperity and well-being of all Kentuckians."

View the video below.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, whitney.harder@uky.edu, 850-323-2396

Hark! 'Collage' Holiday Concert Bigger Spectacle Than Before

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 17:18

UK Choirs, UK Steel Band and Lexington Singers Children's Choir perform the Nigerian carol "Betelehemu," a favorite carol sung annually at "Collage." To view a transcript of the video, click here.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — "Collage" — one of Lexington’s favorite holiday traditions — is back and bigger than ever before. In addition to an added matinee performance, University of Kentucky Choirs will be collaborating with even more members of the Lexington community as the Lafayette High School Madrigals join the list of esteemed musicians.

With this newest addition, "Collage" will feature nearly 500 performers sharing the same stage in the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. “Collage: A Holiday Spectacular” will grace the stage for three performances 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

The list of Collage ensembles performing features all of UK Choirs choral groups including UK Choristers, UK Chorale, UK Women’s Choir, UK Men’s Chorus, acoUstiKats and Paws and Listen. In addition, three other UK School of Music ensembles, GrassCats, UK Steel Band and SaxCats, will share their instrumental talents.

Several other community talents will share the stage with the UK and Lafayette vocalists, including Alluring, the Lexington Singers and the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir.

One of the most active and vibrant collegiate choral programs in the country, UK Choirs involve more than 250 students presenting 60 performances annually. Under the direction of Jefferson Johnson, director of UK Choral Activities, Men’s Chorus and Chorale, and Lori Hetzel, associate director of UK School of Music and director of Women’s Choir, UK Choirs create a positive learning environment that encourages students to seek the great rewards that choral music has to offer.

Tickets for "Collage" are $26 for general admission, $13 for UK students with a valid university ID and children, and $20 for groups of more than 10. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Singletary Center box office by calling 859-257-4929, visiting online at www.ukscfatickets.com, and in person at the box office.

UK Choirs are part of 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.

For more information on "Collage" or UK Choirs, contact Evan Pulliam, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at evan.pulliam@uky.edu

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

Students Invited to Participate in MLK Day of Service

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 13:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 4, 2014) — Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January every year. It celebrates the life and achievements of the influential American civil rights leader. It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background.

In celebration of King, people across the nation come together to participate in service activities that positively impact different aspects of their community — the Martin Luther King Day of Service. For the third year, the University of Kentucky is offering a service opportunity for students, hosted with the support of the Center for Community Outreach, as part of our MLK Day celebration.

"Our goal this year is to create more awareness about the event and get more students involved," Daisia Jackson, one of the MLK Day of Service coordinators, said.

The Center for Community Outreach will be volunteering with organizations around Lexington such as the Hope Lodge, St. Agnes House and Habitat for Humanity.

"Through our event, we hope to encourage service throughout the year," Jackson said.

MLK Day of Service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17. Students should sign up through Volunteer Match to get involved with event. The official starting point for the day of service is the Lyric Theatre. Transportation will be provided for those who do not have a way to get there on their own. Shuttle pickups will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 10:40 a.m. at the Student Center parking lot and the Young Library parking lot facing Columbia Ave. T-shirts and food will be provided for participants.

MEDIA CONTACT: Katy Bennett, katy.bennett@uky.edu, 859-257-1909

UK Student, Grad Selected as Rhodes Finalists

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 12:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — Two University of Kentucky students were recently named finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship. Luke Glaser, a 2013 English and Hispanic studies graduate from Louisville, Kentucky, and Grace Trimble, a political science senior and UK Women's Tennis Team member from Winchester, Kentucky, interviewed for the prestigious scholarship that funds graduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.

Glaser, the son of Jennifer and Lawrence Glaser, of Louisville, is currently teaching at Hazard High School with Teach for America (TFA), where he teaches calculus and precalculus, coaches the academic team, and continues to develop the theater program as its director.

A summa cum laude graduate of UK, Glaser was one of the university's two commencement speakers in May 2013. Prior to his graduation, he was extremely active at the university as a Gaines Fellow, member of the Honors Program, a Student Government senator and a College of Arts and Sciences ambassador. Glaser also served as an editor at the Kentucky Kernel from March 2011-May 2012.

Prior to taking a teaching placement with TFA, he served as UK's TFA campus community coordinator, where he helped recruit students for the Teach For America Program and managed a student assistant group “Cats for the Corps,” to facilitate students from application to interview.

Trimble, the daughter of Morton and Robin Trimble, of Winchester, has advanced her studies in politics, nonprofits and public service as an undergraduate researcher at UK. As part of her research at the university, the Chellgren Fellow had the opportunity to design and implement a survey to gauge the effectiveness of her nonprofit organization, Lexington Tennis Club Smart Shots. Through the surveying process, Trimble has been able to take steps toward improving the overall effectiveness of Smart Shots. As a junior, Grace was named one of the nation's Truman Scholars.

Trimble is not only a competitor in the classroom but also on the court playing for the UK Women's Tennis Team. In 2014, she was named to the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team. Trimble has been recognized by the U.S. Tennis Association with many national awards through the years including the National Arthur Ashe Essay contest award and a Dwight F. Davis Memorial Scholarship. 

Glaser and Trimble applied for the Rhodes Scholarship through the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education. The office assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These major awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with Director Pat Whitlow well in advance of the scholarship deadline.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

An Appalachian Literary Pioneer

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — Jim Wayne Miller (1936–1996) was a prolific writer, a revered teacher and scholar, and a pioneer in the field of Appalachian studies. A new book co-edited by alumnus and University of Kentucky Graduate School Assistant Dean Morris Allen Grubbs, and Miller's wife, Mary Ellen Miller, seeks to honor and revive the legacy of this influential member of the Appalachian writing community.

During his 33-year tenure at Western Kentucky University (WKU), Miller helped build programs in the discipline in Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio, and worked tirelessly to promote regional voices by presenting the work of others as often as he did his own. An innovative poet, essayist and short story writer, he was one of the founding fathers and animating spirits of the Appalachian renaissance. “Jim was the first person I ever heard talk about such a thing as Appalachian writing,” said novelist Robert Morgan.

Published by University Press of Kentucky (UPK), with commentary by Miller’s widow and frequent editor, Mary Ellen, in "Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader," includes work from his books of poetry "Miracle and Mystery," "Slow Darkness" and "Family—Love, Marriage, Children," among others. The book also features an extensive collection of Miller’s fiction and nonfiction, including excerpts from his novels "Newfound" and "His First, Best Country," both of which explore the vastness of Appalachian culture and history.

Born in 1936 and raised in rural North Carolina, Miller charted his course to Kentucky through Berea College, where he earned a degree in English before moving to Vanderbilt University as part of a German studies program. A roving ambassador for the literature and culture of the Appalachian region, Miller also served as a professor of German at WKU. Many never understood the strange division between his careers as an Appalachian writer and German scholar, but for Miller, German culture and poetry shared a sense of connection to a specific place and people like that of Appalachia.

Miller was a friend and mentor whose work was in constant dialogue with the passage of time and Appalachian history. In the poem “Every Leaf a Mirror” (which lends its name to this collection), Miller strikes an elegiac tone as he imagines his reflection on the leaves of the mountain’s trees — his image, once set against a simpler time, now placed against a changing, modern landscape. Documenting these rapid and drastic disruptions to life in the region became one of Miller’s recurring themes. In the time since his passing, few writers or personalities have been able to better describe and enact the sense of loss and the paradoxes of identity in the mountains.

Perhaps fittingly, one story appearing in print for the first time in "Every Leaf a Mirror" is Miller’s fictional account of his fellow Kentucky writer and friend, James Still. Truth and Fiction,” was a draft which Miller planned to publish following Still’s death. The older Still outlived him by almost five years. The story attempts to provide an explanation of why Still — renamed “McLean” — never returned to his pre-World War II levels of productivity, a mystery that has puzzled many. Miller’s own output of writing never waned, though he died shy of his 60th birthday, cutting short a dynamic career. "Every Leaf a Mirror" is a rejuvenating selection of Miller’s influential work that firmly re-establishes his voice in the Appalachian community.

Grubbs is assistant dean of the Office of Graduate Student Development in the UK Graduate School. He is editor of "Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories" and "Conversations with Wendell Berry."

Mary Ellen Miller is a professor of English at WKU. She is the author of "The Poet’s Wife Speaks."

Readers interested in learning more about Jim Wayne Miller and "Every Leaf a Mirror" can meet Grubbs at an upcoming book signing featuring four UPK authors with UK ties. Joining Grubbs for the event will be:

· Alan Sullivan, author of "Voice of the Wildcats: Claude Sullivan and the Rise of Modern Sportscasting";

· retired UK anthropology professor John van Willigen, author of "Kentucky’s Cookbook Heritage: Two Hundred Years of Southern Cuisine and Culture"; and

· alumna and part-time history instructor Maryjean Wall, author of "Madam Belle: Sex, Money, and Influence in a Southern Brothel."

The signing will begin 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, located in The Mall At Lexington Green.

UPK is the scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representing a consortium that now includes all of the state universities, five private colleges and two historical societies. Led by Director Stephen Wrinn, its editorial program focuses on the humanities and the social sciences. Offices for the administrative, editorial, production and marketing departments of the press are found at UK, which provides financial support toward the operating expenses of the publishing operation.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716; whitney.hale@uky.edu

UK Economist to Louisville: 'No' on Minimum Wage Hike

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — A University of Kentucky economist has told the Louisville Metro Government that a proposed citywide minimum wage actually could  have a negative impact on employment.

Aaron Yelowitz, associate professor and director of graduate studies in economics in UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics, citing economic research he has done on citywide minimum wages in  Santa Fe, New Mexico and San Francisco, California, said, "There is consistent and compelling evidence that raising the citywide minimum wage increases unemployment and harms the labor market."

Yelowitz, testifying recently before a Louisville Metro Council committee studying the issue, added, "The concerns about businesses relocating and unemployment rising are amplified in Louisville. And if your goal is to improve the lives of working families, a citywide minimum wage doesn't solve that problem."

The committee is scheduled to meet Thursday, Dec. 4, to decide whether to recommend bringing the proposed ordinance before the full council on Dec. 11 for a vote.

Citywide minimum wage ordinances are uncommon across the U.S., and Yelowitz said there is a good reason for that.

"The answer is that some businesses can escape the minimum wage by moving outside of city lines," said Yelowitz. "Even if businesses don't relocate, customers do, by shopping elsewhere. If people can do their shopping outside of city lines, it restricts the ability of businesses to pass along the higher labor costs of the minimum wage through higher consumer prices. In turn, that means businesses adjust in other ways -- such as cutting hours, laying off workers, or not hiring when someone leaves -- in order to maintain their bottom line."

According to Yelowitz, if Louisville raised its minimum wage from the current $7.25 to ultimately $10.10 per hour, a 39 percent increase, the main avenue of adjustment by businesses would be through the labor market rather than through consumer prices.

Another factor is the relatively low cost of living in Louisville as compared with many other cities. Hiking the minimum wage in San Francisco to $10.74 per hour is not that dramatic because the cost of living is so high. Raising it to $10.10 per hour in Louisville has a real effect on a businesses' operating costs. In addition, areas surrounding Louisville, including southern Indiana and the rest of Kentucky, have the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

"The final issue to consider is whether minimum wages improve the lives of working families," said Yelowitz.  "The answer is 'no.' In an analysis of Kentucky, I found two important things that relate to the discussion in Louisville. First, just 12 percent of low earners are single earners with children. The largest group, 28 percent, lives with parents or relatives. Poverty among the working poor is about hours of work, not wages.

"Full-time, full-year work leads to greater reductions in poverty than raising the minimum wage, said Yelowitz. "It is about hours, not about wages."

Yelowitz concluded his testimony on the Louisville minimum wage issue by saying, "Based on all of the evidence, enacting a minimum wage in Louisville would do more harm than good."

A video of Yelowitz' testimony before the Louisville Metro Council can be accessed here http://www.cato.org/multimedia/media-highlights-tv/aaron-yelowitz-testifies-proposed-minimum-wage-ordinance-louisville.

More on Yelowitz' analysis can be found here http://www.economics21.org/commentary/citywide-minimum-wage-hikes-do-more-harm-good.

Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Louisville) disagrees with Yelowitz on the issue as evidenced by this recent Louisville Courier-Journal article http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/metro-government/2014/10/30/john-yarmuth-encourages-metro-council-increase-minimum-wage-locally/18205179/.

MEDIA CONTACT: Carl Nathe, 859-257-3200; carl.nathe@uky.edu.

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PTS and SGA Offer Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 08:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2014) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS), in conjunction with Student Government Association, is providing a transportation option to simplify holiday shopping for students. The groups will provide free shuttle service between campus and Fayette Mall Sunday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 14.

The shuttle will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Sunday, with daily campus pick-up times of 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Passengers will be picked up at the north side of the mall, near the entrance to Macy’s, at 12 noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and returned to campus.

Although the shuttle is free, reservations are required. To schedule a pick-up, students should submit a ride request through the form found here: www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_seasonal-shuttles_holiday-shopping-shuttle. Ride requests must be submitted no later than noon Friday, Dec. 5 or Friday, Dec. 12, respectively.

A PTS representative will follow up via email to confirm a pick-up time and convenient location.

Green Dot Training Offered

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 16:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Violence, Intervention and Prevention Center (VIP Center) offers the campus community — faculty, staff and students — the opportunity for a free introductory class in Green Dot training, a comprehensive approach to the prevention of violence.

The training will introduce the basic elements of Green Dot, while using persuasive and inspirational language to engage participants in immediate action.

The training is slated 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in Room 206, Student Center.

This training may be particularly useful for employees who interact with students who might need someone to initiate conversations with those who may be experiencing interpersonal violence. Pre-register here.

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