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UK Unveils New High-tech Interactive Campus Map

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — Have you ever gotten lost on the University of Kentucky campus?  Or, maybe started walking to your destination and realized it's taking longer than you thought?  Maybe your GPS is no help because it's not updated for new construction on campus or you don't have a street address?

No worries.  UK Facilities Information Services is unveiling its new state-of-the-art, interactive online campus map.  It was developed to provide an array of services to users -- UK students, employees and visitors.  With all the current construction on campus, the map quickly provides the most accurate information available.

Features include:

·         finding most efficient walking routes from and to specific buildings on the map, including estimated travel times

·         quick searches of buildings by name or academic area, parking locations, dining venues, residence halls, computing centers and dozens of other services on campus

·         ability for users to create their own maps, print a copy, or embed it into their own website, eliminating the cost of mapmaking services

·         information on various modes of transportation on campus

·         photos and information of each building on the map including what units occupy the building

·         multiple user-friendly map displays that show a perspective view of campus, building shape, depth and detail as well as annually flown high resolution aerial photography

·         Google Street View 360 degree images of campus sidewalks

Andrew Blues, associate director of Facilities Information Services, said the latest geographic information system (GIS) technology is used in this map, making UK unique among universities offering this service. 

“This is the university’s fastest and most advanced campus map to date," Blues said.  "It builds a foundation to expand into many other areas of campus life.” 

The map can be a useful tool to many people who are trying to navigate campus for many different reasons, said Michelle Ellington, GIS coordinator in Facilities Information Services.

“This map opens the door to unlimited and advanced campus routing capabilities," Ellington said.  "It offers a wealth of information that tightly connects us to our campus, environment which adds value to the university experience.” 

More features are expected to be added to the map later this fall. Become acquainted with the map at

Your Chance to See Rising Star Rapper

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:36

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — The Student Activities Board is excited and proud to announce Chance the Rapper as the fall concert artist. Chance will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, in Memorial Coliseum. Doors to the event will open at 7 p.m.

“We first considered Chance after reviewing the results of the All Student Survey that we issue each semester. His name has been appearing with increasing frequency the past few semesters on the survey, and we recognized that he has a substantial fan base on campus. Those considerations, coupled with our desire to bring a hip hop concert to campus after the Lumineers last year and Brantley Gilbert the year before, led us to actively pursue Chance as a concert option,” said Jordan Keeton, director of concerts.

Chance the Rapper is an American hip-hop recording artist. The Chicago-native became well-known after his second mixtape “Acid Rap” was released in 2013. “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and “Acid Rain” are among Chance’s more popular songs included in the album.  

“If you haven't heard of Chance's music at this juncture, then it's likely that you will in the very near future. He's a rising star, and he's on the brink of great achievement in the music industry," Keeton said.  "I'm excited to introduce campus to this great artist, who exemplifies many traits that I respect, including social awareness,” 

Tickets are now available to students with a valid UK ID for $10 and will go on sale to the general public for $20 beginning Thursday, Sept. 4. Student tickets can be purchased in the Student Involvement Ticket Center, located at 253 Student Center. General public tickets can be purchased at the Student Involvement Ticket Center and

Involvement is an important part of any student’s experience and growth at the University of Kentucky. The Student Activities Board provides a place for any student to become involved through a variety of positions. Committee chairs will be celebrated, utilized and challenged through their positions on the board. They will receive a hands-on experience of the diverse and engaging events the board offers.

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

UK, EKU Announce Major Federal Investment in Occupational Health and Safety in Kentucky and Central Appalachia

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:31

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) —The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC), housed in the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Public Health, has received a major federal investment to advance occupational health and safety in Kentucky and Central Appalachia. A collaboration between UK and Eastern Kentucky University, the CARERC supports graduate education for students and professionals in five disciplines and serves as a cohesive, fully-equipped resource for occupational safety and health research and training in Central Appalachia.

U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers, UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto, UK interim vice president for research Lisa Cassis, CARERC director Wayne Sanderson, and two CARERC students will announce funding at a news conference on 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3. 

Each of the Central Appalachia states included in the scope of the CARERC reports high proportions of fatal occupational injuries related to transportation and highway incidents; injuries in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting; and mining−industries that are vital to the region and state but also require highly trained health and safety professionals across multiple disciplines to ensure the wellbeing of employees and the public.

In order to address the urgent regional health and safety needs−particularly in the face of anticipated shortages in the occupational health and safety workforce−the CARERC was formed in 2012 as a combination of the academic resources of the colleges nursing, public health, and engineering at the  (UK) as well the college of justice and safety at Eastern Kentucky University. One of only 18 ERCs in the country, it provides interdisciplinary graduate education for students and health professionals in five programs: agricultural safety and health, occupational epidemiology, mining engineering safety and health, occupational health nursing, and occupational safety (at EKU). Beyond supporting students, the CARERC also serves as a resource for industry, labor, government agencies, and other stakeholders.

Please check back to at 11 a.m. for more information. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell,

UK, EKU Receive $5 million CDC Grant to Advance Occupational Health and Safety in Central Appalachia

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:40

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — The Central Appalachian Regional Education and Research Center (CARERC), housed in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has received a five-year, $5 million grant to advance occupational health and safety in Central Appalachia and Kentucky. The funding, from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will support the CARERC as a cohesive, fully equipped and recognized resource for occupational safety and health research and training in Central Appalachia.

Just as Kentucky and Appalachia experience elevated rates of many preventable health problems, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes, rates of occupational injuries and fatalities are also higher than the rest of nation. Each of the Central Appalachia states included within the scope of the CARERC reports high proportions of fatal occupational injuries related to transportation and highway incidents; injuries in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining — industries that are vital to the region and state but also require highly trained health and safety professionals across multiple disciplines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of employees and the public.

"While Central Appalachia has witnessed economic progress over the past several decades, systematic attention to the safety and health concerns of its work force has been limited," says Wayne Sanderson, director of the CARERC and interim dean of the UK College of Public Health.

In order to address the urgent regional health and safety needs, particularly in the face of anticipated shortages in the occupational health and safety workforce, the CARERC was formed in 2012 as a combination of the academic resources of the colleges nursing, public health, and engineering at UK as well the college of justice and safety at Eastern Kentucky University. One of only 18 ERCs in the country, it provides interdisciplinary graduate education for students and health professionals in five programs: agricultural safety and health, occupational epidemiology, mining engineering safety and health, occupational health nursing, and occupational safety (at EKU).

"The CARERC works to train professionals who are well equipped to identify and address workplace safety and health hazards, thereby preventing injuries and their associated costs," says Sanderson.

A full 70 percent of the current funding goes directly to support students in the CARERC program, who receive multiple forms of assistance and career development opportunities to prepare them as expert health and safety professionals. In addition to tuition and a stipend, they also benefit from the opportunity to attend professional conferences where they can engage with and learn from national leaders in their field. Through a field studies course, they network with professionals and gain site experience in diverse industries ranging from coal mining to dairy processing to bourbon distilling. And, most importantly, they learn and train in an interdisciplinary program that exposes them to the complex and interconnected dynamics of occupational health and safety.

U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers was present to announce the funding at UK on Sept. 2.

"Students in southern and eastern Kentucky will now have access to greater educational opportunities in the field of occupational safety and health research, which in turn strengthens our workforce here at home," said Congressman Rogers. "I applaud this partnership between UK and EKU that invests in our most rural areas, where were are working diligently to diversify the economy and plan for the future with better health and job opportunities."

Bryan Basford, a CARERC EKU student studying the funding of transportation safety, security, and ergonomic improvement, says that the support he's received from the program has been the single greatest thing to happen to him in graduate school.

As a working professional, he currently serves as the transportation director of the Kentucky River Foothills Development Council in Richmond.  Basford struggled to balance his desire to continue his education with the need to keep the day job that he loved. He took out student loans to fund his first year of graduate work before learning about and successfully applying to the CARERC.

"The ERC has been key to keeping me in the program because it's an opportunity for me to continue my education without taking further student loans," he explained. "There are thousands of students out there in the same position - young professionals who are committed to their field and want more education, but they're not sure how to pay for it without giving up their job."

CARERC support has also been decisive for John Flunker, who is pursuing his master's degree in environmental health and preventive medicine at the UK College of Public Health. He was initially interested in the college because of its Top 25 ranking, but it was the opportunity to be part of the CARERC that finalized his choice.

Flunker is currently finishing his practicum project, which, in collaboration with the UK College of Agriculture, examines the respiratory health of Latinos working in the horse industry. He says that without the CARERC, he mostly likely wouldn't have had opportunities for such interdisciplinary education and collaborative work.

"The ERC creates ways for us to continually interact with other students and professionals who are involved in the same field so we can discuss ideas and current research and share experiences," he says.

Scotty Dunlap, director of the EKU component of the CARERC, recognizes that the interdisciplinary training and on-site experiences are a unique combination that gives students a professional advantage.

"Each industry has its own health and safety challenges," he says. "It's important that students get comprehensive training as well as some on-the-ground experience during their program so they can hit the ground running in their careers."

Beyond students, the CARERC serves as a resource for industry, labor, government agencies, and other stakeholders. For example, the CARERC works with the OSHA Training Institute at EKU to provide occupational safety and health education training opportunities for employees and employers in Central Appalachia. According to Dunlap, many businesses in the area are too small to afford dedicated occupational safety professionals, and therefore give such responsibilities to operations or human resources managers who often aren't appropriately trained.

The CARERC is also partnering with stakeholders in the mining industry to develop new methods to reduce coal dust exposure for miners. In response to an increase in black lung disease, which had been declining, last year's CARERC annual conference convened government, academic, industry, and labor stakeholders to discuss the problem.

"There aren’t many courses or programs where you're out in the field working with nurses, epidemiologists, and safety experts," says Sanderson.  "Everything we do is very interdisciplinary, which is how the real world works— people working together to solve problems."

MEDIA CONTACT: Mallory Powell,

Local Legend Anne MacFie Opens Appalachia Concert Series

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 12:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — The sounds of traditional folk music will fill the air in Lexington once again as local artist Anne MacFie kickstarts the "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series this fall. The first concert will feature this accomplished folksinger/songwriter, whose music has been heard all over the state of Kentucky. MacFie will perform noon Friday, Sept. 5, at the Niles Gallery, located in the University of Kentucky’s Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

A native of Portales, New Mexico, MacFie held her first professional folk singing gig in 1966. Later in 1969 she began to perform in the duo, Dick and Anne Albin, and then went on to launch her solo career in 1988. MacFie has performed at music festivals in the Kentucky State Parks, and she also directs the Pine Mountain State Resort Park Great American Dulcimer Convention.

In January 2013, MacFie performed at the Kentucky Music Winter Weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, a classic track named "Every Day is Saturday Morning to a Dog." 

A transcript of this video can be seen here.

"Her sweet southern voice is complemented by her guitar and mountain dulcimer accompaniment," said Ron Pen, director of the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, which organizes the concert series.

The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim.

This year’s other series artists and their performance dates are:

· Lee "Boy" Sexton, folk legend from Letcher County, Kentucky, and his son Johnny Sexton, Sept.12;

· The Red State Ramblers, native and adopted Kentuckians with UK ties, Sept. 19;

· Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, internationally recognized musicians, authors and storytellers, Sept. 26;

· SkiPdiPPerS, Letcher County's only female fiddle duo, Oct. 3;

· The Local Honeys, female trio specializing in old time music, Oct. 10;

· "A Kindly Visitation," a play based on the music of North Carolina musician Thomas Jefferson Jarrell by James Leva, Oct. 17;

· "Singing Family of the Cumberlands: The Ritchie Family," Oct. 24;

· Julia Weatherford and Pearl Angeline Shirley, folksong mother-daughter duo, Oct. 31;

· Rich Kirby, a virtuosic fiddle, banjo player and mandolinist, Nov. 7;

· The Rail Splitters, an old time string band with deep roots in Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky, Nov.14

· United Baptist Church of Lexington, a congregation and its distinctive musical worship, Nov. 21; and

· Don Pedi, legendary dulcimer player, Dec. 5

The Niles Center for American Music, host of the concert series, is a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine ArtsUK School of Music and UK Libraries.

For more information on the Anne MacFie concert or the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to or visit the website at

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

UK Theatre Chair Presents Play at NYC's La MaMa

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 11:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — Nancy Jones, chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance, recently presented a performance of "The Maids" at the invitation of New York City's La MaMa. The French play by Jean Genet was translated and directed by Jones and performed by a small cast of UK seniors on Aug. 25.

Genet's 1947 drama centers on two maids, Claire and Solange, who engage in ritualistic, sadomasochistic “games” while their employer, known only as Madame, is away. In this intimate three-person piece, with repetitive action and dialogue that ranges from ornate to crude, Genet delves into issues of class, power, sexuality and gendered performance.

Jones' cast featured theatre senior Erica Chappell, of Lexington; theatre and integrated strategic communication senior Peter LaPrade, of Marietta, Georgia; and theatre and integrated strategic communication senior Les Gibbs, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The set was designed by Tony Hardin, associate professor of theatre set and lighting design at UK. Theatre and art history and visual studies sophomore Abby Schroering, of Louisville, Kentucky, served as stage manager for the production.

In addition to her duties as chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Jones teaches performance, directs productions, and brings an international resume of theatre experience to the classroom at UK. "Moliere’s Women" (a play she wrote and directed) premiered in 2006 at the Mae West Festival in Seattle, Washington, and in Paris, France, July 2007.

Jones' work as a theatre director has been featured in New York before at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, where she staged William Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream"; the New York International Fringe Festival; the American Living Room Festival at HERE; Immigrant’s Theatre Project; New York Performance Works; New Dramatists, the country’s premiere playwright development organization; and the Actors Theatre of Louisville 24-Hour Play Festival.

On UK's campus, Jones has developed many interdisciplinary projects including: "Tartuffe" and "Le Grand Guignol" (both cross-disciplinary collaborations with the UK Program of French and Francophone Studies); "El Mundo de los Suenos" (a project with the UK Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program); and "Affrilachia" (developed with UK's Department of Anthropology and African American and Africana Studies Program). Her passion for French theatre led to the development of a UK Education Abroad program held in Paris, France, each summer.

Jones' professional performance career includes equity tours, dance companies, television, commercials and film. She has received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Arts Council, is active in the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and serves on the board of the Kentucky Theatre Association.

Founded in 1961, La MaMa is dedicated to the artist and all aspects of the theatre. La MaMa has a worldwide reputation for supporting fearless and provocative theater while helping artists gain a foothold in New York. La MaMa is a global organization with creative partners and dedicated audiences around the world. In its 50 year history, La MaMa has been honored with more than 30 OBIE Awards, dozens of Drama Desk and Bessie Awards, and Villager Awards. As a landmark institution for artists and audiences alike, La MaMa presents cross-disciplinary work in theatre, dance, performance art and music that defies form and transcends boundaries of language, race and culture.

The UK Department of Theatre and Dance at UK College of Fine Arts has played an active role in the performance scene in Central Kentucky for more than 100 years. Students in the program get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from a renowned professional theatre faculty. The liberal arts focus of their bachelor's degree program is coupled with ongoing career counseling to ensure a successful transition from campus to professional life.

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

Markey, Hardin Memorial Health Join Together to Provide Complex Cancer Care in Central and Western Kentucky

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 09:52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) – Hardin Memorial Health celebrated a new affiliation between its Cancer Care Center and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.

"The Markey affiliate agreement provides a great opportunity for professional education and training for our staff and physicians," said Hardin Memorial Health President Dennis Johnson. "Collaboration with Markey and their affiliates across the state allows our team to stay up-to-date on the newest cancer treatments and research." 

"There is no reason for cancer patients in central Kentucky to leave this area to seek treatment, because the HMH Cancer Care Center provides personalized cancer care close to home," said Dr. Adam Lye, medical director of the Hardin Memorial Health Cancer Care Center. "This care can be enhanced when combined with Markey's specialized treatment, technology and clinical trial opportunities that will help us take cancer care to the next level. This is great news for cancer patients and their families in our community."

The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network was created to provide high-quality cancer care closer to home for patients across the region, and to minimize the effects of cancer through prevention and education programs, exceptional clinical care, and access to research.

By joining the UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network, the HMH Cancer Care Center will be able to offer their patients access to additional specialty and subspecialty physicians and care, including clinical trials and advanced technology, while allowing them to stay closer to home for most treatments. The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network supports UK HealthCare's overall mission of ensuring no Kentuckian will have to leave the state to get access to top-of-the-line health care.

"UK HealthCare doesn't just serve Lexington and central Kentucky – our mission is to provide all Kentuckians with the best possible care right here in the state," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs. "The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network allows us to collaborate with community hospitals to provide top-notch cancer care much closer to home -- saving both travel expenses and time for the patients, in addition to keeping them close to their personal support system."

Markey is one of only 68 medical centers in the country to earn an NCI cancer center designation. Because of the designation, Markey patients have access to new drugs, treatment options and clinical trials offered only at NCI centers.

Moving forward, the Markey Cancer Center is working toward the next tier of designation – an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Currently, 41 of the 68 NCI-designated cancer centers in the country hold a comprehensive cancer center status. The Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network will play a large role in bringing that next level of cancer funding to Kentucky.

"The burden of cancer in Kentucky is huge, and unfortunately we have some of the worst cancer rates in the country," said Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center. "By collaborating with our affiliate hospitals across the state, we have the potential to make a serious impact on cancer care here in the Commonwealth."

The UK Markey Cancer Center Affiliate Network began in 2006 and comprises eleven hospitals across the state of Kentucky:

  • ARH Cancer Center-Hazard
  • Frankfort Regional Medical Center
  • Georgetown Community Hospital
  • Hardin Memorial Health Cancer Care Center, Elizabethtown
  • Harlan ARH Hospital
  • Harrison Memorial Hospital, Cynthiana
  • Norton Cancer Institute, Louisville (Norton Healthcare-UK HealthCare partnership)
  • Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland
  • Rockcastle Regional Hospital, Mount Vernon
  • St. Claire Regional Medical Center, Morehead
  • Williamson ARH Hospital

Evaluations are under way for several other hospitals, including two more outside the state of Kentucky, extending Markey's reach and establishing it as the destination cancer center for the region. 

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

Announcement Today of Multi-Million Dollar Unprecedented Public-Private Partnership

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 22:49

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — In an unprecedented multi-million dollar public-private partnership between the University of Kentucky, University of Kentucky Dining (Aramark), and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the Food Connection at the University of Kentucky will be launched today.

Housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and designed to leverage the innovation and research of UK and the market position of Aramark, the program is being developed to substantively grow a vibrant food economy in Kentucky.

UK President Eli Capilouto, Aramark President and CEO Eric Foss, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, and UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Dean Nancy Cox will make the announcement at 10 a.m. today at the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Plaza.

Check back here for the full story after 10 a.m. today.

See blue this evening throughout UK campus

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 18:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2014) — University of Kentucky students and visitors to campus will notice even more blue than normal this evening.

In celebration of the UK Football team’s victory over UT Martin, see blue lights on top of four residence halls will be on this evening.

The lights — which UK administrators activate for both athletics and academic victories — are on top of Central Halls 1 an 2, Haggin Hall and Woodland Glen 1.

UK opened five new residence halls in August at four locations throughout campus as part of the institution’s ongoing housing and campus transformation. 

UK will spend up to $500 million over the next few years on up to 9,000 residence halls with private partner EdR as part of a massive campus revitalization effort.

Unprecedented Public-Private Partnership to Support and Promote Vibrant, Innovative Food Economy in Kentucky

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto — flanked by state and corporate leaders as well as Kentucky farmers — today announced a $5 million public-private partnership designed to elevate and promote a vibrant, healthy, sustainable food economy in Kentucky.

The Food Connection at the University of Kentucky is an unprecedented public-private partnership between the University of Kentucky and Aramark, housed in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The partnership is designed to leverage the innovation and research of UK and the market position of Aramark to substantively grow a vibrant food economy in Kentucky.

Partnering closely with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky farmers, community partners, and consumers, the Food Connection at UK aims to enhance the production, distribution, and consumption of local and Kentucky Proud food products.

The Food Connection at UK is backed by a $5 million investment by global food leader, Aramark. The partnership includes $1 million to endow undergraduate and graduate internships and fellowships as well as another $250,000 in one-time start-up costs for equipment and programmatic needs, and $250,000 annually over a 15-year term for staff, programming, research grants, and other initiatives in the Food Connection at UK.

"This is an unprecedented public-private partnership and potentially a national model for the study and promotion of food in the Commonwealth," Capilouto said Tuesday. "Agriculture is a way of life in Kentucky. Food is a central issue for our country and our world. The University of Kentucky should be — and is — leading the way in furthering scholarship as well as practical applications for Kentucky producers.

"In Aramark, we have a partner, who like the university, is committed to Kentucky and one of our most important industries and way of life — agriculture and locally sourced and produced food."

"We are pleased to invest $5 million in the Food Connection to fund internships and fellowships for undergrad and graduate students, research grants, programming and staffing, as well as other vital support," said president and CEO of Aramark, Eric Foss.

UK and Aramark recently embarked on a 15-year, $245 million partnership for dining services at the university. The partnership includes an immediate decrease in the price of UK's current student meal plans as well as more than $70 million in facilities investments.

The university’s dining partnership also contains provisions to grow employment in UK Dining and increase commitments to locally sourced food and cutting-edge sustainability practices.

“The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Proud program are eager to work with the University of Kentucky and Aramark on this new partnership to increase local food production and purchases," Comer said. "The Food Connection at UK will enhance the educational component of local food production at the College of Agriculture, while the UK Dining contract will give our Kentucky Proud farm families the opportunity to sell more product.  We believe that the UK students, faculty, staff and their families will become ambassadors for Kentucky Proud products and will not only expect access to them on campus, but demand them in groceries, restaurants and retailers across the state. That demand will put more money in the pockets of our farm families and contribute to a vibrant economy in Kentucky.”

The Food Connection at UK will be housed inside a new dining and student support facility, currently under design, and scheduled for groundbreaking later this month.

"This partnership further inspires the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment community to enhance the food economy through new ideas to promote and enhance Kentucky’s food producers and their products," said UK CAFE Dean Nancy Cox. "Our community is passionate about the new possibilities afforded by the Food Connection."

Details of the Food Connection partnership announced at a news conference today include:

  • A faculty director and executive director to guide and implement programming, such as an annual Kentucky food summit and youth educational programming;
  • Funding internships and fellowships in food innovation, dietetics and wellness at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Funding food innovation seed grants for faculty research on innovation in food and nutrition efforts as part of larger initiatives to grow a vibrant food economy in the Commonwealth; and
  • Sustaining and expanding collaborations with the UK Butcher Shop, Lemon Tree Restaurant and Food Systems Innovation Center as well as existing undergraduate majors in food and nutrition.

"For nearly 150 years, we have been the Commonwealth's flagship, land-grant institution. Agriculture and farming were a cornerstone of our founding. They are pivotal to why we are here today," Capilouto said. "This collaboration, in partnership with a global leader in food, is a natural extension of our mission and purpose as the state's indispensable institution."

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

Prospective Pharmacy Students Invited to Open House

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:40
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — The UK College of Pharmacy will host two open house events for prospective students this fall. The first is designed for current college students who are considering a career in pharmacy and will be held Saturday, Sept. 20.

The second Open House is geared toward current high school students and will take place Saturday, Nov. 1. 

Both Open Houses will feature a three-hour information session and will provide an opportunity for students and guests to learn more about the pharmacy profession, career opportunities in the field, and specific information about UK's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) professional program.

Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Biological Pharmaceutical Complex, located at 789 S. Limestone, with the program beginning promptly at 10. The event will end by 1 p.m., followed by optional tours. Registration is required and is available online at

Pre-pharmacy students may also sign up to receive updates by email to be notified of future open houses and other special opportunities at

UK Office's New Name Reflects Work with Nationally Competitive Award Opportunities for Students

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:08

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — The University of Kentucky Office of External Scholarships (OES), part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence, received approval from the Office of the Provost to change its name to the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards to better reflect the types of awards, scholarships, fellowships and internships that students pursue with the help of this office. Though the office's name may have changed, its programming still includes several information sessions on scholastic and research opportunities, which return this fall beginning Sept. 3.

Nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships are awards that are funded by sources independent of UK including nonprofit groups, government agencies and companies. Criteria for scholarships vary but generally include academic performance, financial need, community affiliations and specific elements important to the sponsoring organization.

One of the primary responsibilities of the UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is to administer the campus nomination process for 12 major awards that require an institutional endorsement. For these particular opportunities, students must apply first to a campus review committee, which then selects the students who will represent UK. Nominees receive feedback on their application and are then officially nominated by the institution. 

In addition, there are many scholarship opportunities that allow direct application. For those awards, the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards provides advice and assistance to students preparing an application. The primary goal of this office is to recruit and prepare UK students with strong academic and extracurricular records to help them be successful in pursuing nationally competitive opportunities.

In 2012, OES began considering a name change to better reflect the services they provide, prevent confusion and reduce overlap with the university's Office of Academic Scholarships. After presenting a survey of options to various students, faculty and staff and compiling answers and suggestions, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards was selected to represent their programming. The name change was approved this summer.

"The term scholarships is used by several offices on campus and for students — it generally refers to awards that pay their university tuition," said Pat Whitlow, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. "The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is designed to mentor and support students as they prepare to apply for awards that support graduate study and travel abroad, language acquisition, research support, etc. These awards are merit-based and require competition on both the campus and national level. I hope this name change will better reflect the work done by this office to help UK students succeed.

As part of its services, Nationally Competitive Awards will present three information sessions this month for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in England, students interested in graduate fellowships in the STEM fields, and students interested in pursuing language studies abroad.

The first information session, scheduled for Sept. 3, will provide details on the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost scholarships awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

The NIH Oxford Cambridge Scholars Program is an accelerated doctoral program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research careers. Participants complete the program at either Oxford or Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom.

Individuals interested in pursuing their graduate studies in the United Kingdom should join Pat Whitlow for this information session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in 213 Funkhouser Building.

Students needing fellowships to pursue graduate studies in the STEM fields should attend the second session on Sept. 10, related to opportunities with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship and the Hertz Fellowship.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are awarded to outstanding students who are planning to attend graduate school in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or U.S. national for these fellowships

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of interest for the U.S. Department of Defense. Fellows do not incur any military or other obligation by pursuing this fellowship.

The Hertz Fellowship recognizes students in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences who are planning to enroll in a doctoral program and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Individuals interested in pursuing fellowships in the STEM fields should join Pat Whitlow for this information session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in 213 Funkhouser Building.

Undergraduate and graduate students wanting to advance their foreign language skills with studies abroad should consider attending the last information session of the month, Sept. 24, on the Boren Fellowship and Scholarship and the Critical Language Scholarship.

The Boren Fellowship supports graduate study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests including, Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. The Boren Scholarship enables undergraduate students to study abroad to learn less commonly taught languages including, but not limited to, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

The Critical Language Scholarship offers intensive summer language institutes for both undergraduate and graduate students in 13 critical foreign languages including, but not limited to, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Individuals interested in pursuing foreign language studies abroad should join Pat Whitlow for this information session at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in 213 Funkhouser Building.

Space is limited for all the September sessions, so students are asked to register to attend at If you have questions, contact Jennifer N. Strange at

The UK Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence are within the Division of Undergraduate Education

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

Tickets to UK Opera Theatre’s 'Sweeney Todd' On Sale Now

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — University of Kentucky Opera Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s maniacal masterpiece "Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: A Musical Thriller" Oct. 4-12, at the historic Lexington Opera House. Single tickets for the production are on sale now.

Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for Best Musical, “Sweeney Todd” has since seen two Broadway revivals and a major motion picture featuring Kentuckian Johnny Depp. UK Opera Theatre presents a new production by director Richard Gammon and assistant director Cassey Kikuchi Kivnick, featuring a set by Carolyn Mraz. UK-based designers Tanya Harper, on lights, and Susan Dudley Wigglesworth, on costumes, complete the creative team bringing life to “Sweeney.”

Performances are 7:30 p.m., Oct. 4 and 8-11, and 2 p.m., Oct. 5, 11 and 12, at the Lexington Opera House. Individual tickets go on sale 10 a.m. today (Sept. 2) at the Lexington Center Box Office, located at Rupp Arena. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 859-233-3535, in person at the box office, or online through Ticketmaster. Tickets range in price from $40.50 to $76.50, with student tickets available for $20.50. There is no ticketing fee for tickets bought in person at the box office. Fees apply online and over the phone.

In addition to “Sweeney Todd,” UK Opera Theatre’s season will also include the French fantasy “The Tales of Hoffmann” by Jacques Offenbach. The new production by director David Lefkowich will feature tenors Gregory Turay and Jonathan Parham in the title roles running March 5-8, 2015, at the Lexington Opera House. Sung in French with English super titles.

For more information on these productions please visit the UK Opera Theatre website, or contact Patrick Joel Martin, marketing coordinator for UK Opera Theatre at 859-257-4590.

UK Opera Theatre is one of a select group of U.S. opera training programs recommended by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. The Tucker Foundation is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the support and advancement of the careers of talented American opera singers by bringing opera into the community and heightening appreciation for opera by supporting music education enrichment programs.

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;

New UK Board of Trustees Members to be Sworn In

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — Four new members of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees will be sworn in Saturday, Aug. 30, in advance of the next Board of Trustees meeting Friday, Sept. 5.

The new members are Robert D. Vance, and alumni representative Cammie DeShields Grant, both recently appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear; student trustee Jake Ingram, who was elected Student Government president last spring; and Robert Grossman, faculty representative elected by his peers. Board of Trustees Chair Britt Brockman was also reappointed to the board by Gov. Beshear this summer.

An active member of the UK Alumni Association, Grant served as president of the group in 2011-2012 and continues to serve on the association's Board of Directors. She was president of the Clark County UK Alumni club and recipient of the UK Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award.  An educator and speech pathologist in communities in Kentucky and Georgia for more than 30 years, Grant resides in Clark County where she is active in several civic endeavors.

Grossman, a professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, came to UK in 1994 after earning his doctorate in organic chemistry from MIT. His research interests include organic synthesis, biochemistry of natural products and pedagogical software development, and he is the author of an organic chemistry textbook. Grossman has been active in the University Senate and in various college, departmental and university-level committees.

Ingram is a senior from Nicholasville, Kentucky, and is majoring in mechanical engineering with minors in business, economics and mathematics.  He has been involved in Student Government since his freshman year; he served as SGA vice-president last year and was elected president for the 2014-2015 year.  Ingram's other involvements include Sigma Chi fraternity, Wrap Up America service organization and serving as a tour guide at the UK Visitor Center.

Vance, a banker and businessman from Maysville, recently retired as secretary of the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet, a position he held since December 2007.  Most of his career was spent in banking, serving as chairman or senior officer at banks in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.  In 2013, the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission presented Vance with the prestigious Livingston Taylor Ethics Award for outstanding achievement in promoting ethical conduct in the executive branch of state government.

Vehicle Relocation Required on Home Football Days at UK

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:57

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — With the kickoff of the home football season slated for Saturday Aug. 30, University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) is reminding the UK community about parking policies on game days.

Students and employees who park at Commonwealth Stadium and in the Sports Center Drive Lots, including the R3 and R7 areas, must move their vehicles before 7 a.m. on the days of home football games. Please note, this time is earlier than in past years. R3 permit holders parked on Complex Drive do not need to move their vehicles.

Parking is prohibited on University Drive at any time on game days. Failure to move any vehicle from the stadium parking lots, the Sports Center Garage, the Sports Center Lots or University Drive may result in a citation or impoundment at the owner’s expense. This includes all of the stadium lots (Red, Blue, Green, Black and Orange) as well as the Greg Page Overflow Lot and the Soccer/Softball Complex Lots. In addition to the E spaces on University Drive, anyone in motorcycle spaces or parked at meters must be moved.

Vehicles may be moved any time after 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and must be moved back by 5 a.m. Monday.

For more on PTS game day policies and parking options, including a map of vehicle relocation options and a schedule of home football games, visit

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Explores Seminar on Russian Gulag

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 22:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's guest, Cynthia Ruder, associate professor of Russian studies in the UK Department of Modern and Classical Languages, discusses her semester-long seminar this fall exploring the Soviet prison system known as the Gulag. 

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

"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:35 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

The Middle East: Crossroads of the World

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2014) — The University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences’ Passport to the World program has already whisked students on four virtual globetrotting tours, yearlong explorations into the culture and history of a country or region. For the program’s fifth academic year, the college will delve into the turbulent, headline-grabbing region of the Middle East.

Once again the UK College of Arts and Sciences has chosen a region that impacts all of us. The eyes of the world have focused on the area for months, years. And yet, for many Americans, the Middle East is still mysterious and threatening, a culture and people churning with unfamiliar beliefs, traditions, expectations and dreams.

Like past programs about South Africa, China, Russia and Mexico, Passport to the World’s 2014-15 program, Year of the Middle East: Crossroads of the World, will engage the campus community in crucial global conversations through public lectures, cultural events, coursework and travel opportunities.

For a podcast featuring the event's organizers, visit .

Although they come from different backgrounds, with different interests and fields of study, a common thread binds Crossroads of the World organizers, Janice W. Fernheimer and Paul Thomas Chamberlin. They both recognize the history, an Arab-Israeli conflict with American involvement that has become perennial and devastating.

While not ignoring the military conflict, “We wanted the Year of the Middle East program to push beyond the headlines and serve as an introduction for UK students and the Lexington community to the rich and diverse cultures and history of the region and its peoples,” said Chamberlin, an associate professor of history.

Fernheimer, an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Studies and director of Jewish Studies, was an undergraduate at the University of Maryland majoring in English when she was drawn to the Hebrew language.

“I had and continue to have a deep passion and love for languages and wanted to take my basic Hebrew literacy to a living level," Fernheimer said. "As an undergraduate, I began to study Hebrew language intensely and to develop a deeper awareness of the many complexities surrounding Israel and the region along with my increasing fluency in the language.” 

Her desire to become fluent in Hebrew led her to apply for and receive a Dorot Fellowship, which enabled her to live in Israel during 2000-2001, a very tumultuous time. She arrived in the summer of 2000, shortly before the Camp David Summit between President Bill Clinton, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli leader Ehud Barak. Despite “a palpable feeling of excitement over the possibility for lasting peace,” the talks failed and the Second Intifada erupted.

“Those hopes were replaced by a very palpable fear as suicide bombings became part of the daily news, not only on TV and in the newspapers, but also part of my daily reality,” Fernheimer said. In spite of the conflict, that year she traveled widely throughout Israel and the region to Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Greece, and has returned to the region time and time again.

Chamberlin’s personal interest in the Middle East began during his college years, as the United States embarked on the so-called Global War on Terror and prepared to re-invade Iraq. He began learning Arabic in graduate school and soon had the opportunity to study at the American University in Cairo and the University of Damascus.

“This meant that I was able to spend a considerable amount of time living in both Egypt and Syria, which allowed me to travel around the region,” Chamberlin said. It wasn’t long before he too was captivated by the region, its history and its people.

“The United States has, of course, become involved in multiple wars in the region in recent years, and the Arab-Israeli conflict is a topic of perennial interest,” said Chamberlin. But it has been the people, their rich history and their diverse cultures, that keep him enthralled.

Following are some of the Middle East: Crossroads of the World events scheduled for September. Check the Year of the Middle East calendar for events scheduled later in the fall semester. Unless otherwise designated, the entire campus (faculty, staff and students) is invited to attend.

Sept. 3 Sepharad at the Tip of Africa – Vanessa Paloma ‒ a pre-kickoff event – Niles Gallery ‒ Noon-1 p.m.

The Jewish community of Morocco has benefited from the history of migrations across the Strait of Gibraltar. The influences of Africa, the Mediterranean and the Iberian Peninsula are represented in their music and poetry. Accompanying herself with a medieval harp and percussion, Paloma will perform Judeo-Spanish Romances, Judeo-Arabic piyyutim and Hebrew prayers rarely heard in public settings.

Vanessa Paloma -- Natasha's Bar and Bistro (off-campus, downtown) -- 8-9 p.m.

Free concert.

Sept. 4Year of the Middle East Kickoff ‒ Vanessa Paloma ‒ Student Center lawn ‒ Noon-2 p.m.

A second chance to hear Vanessa Paloma perform.

Sept. 8Kosher/Soul Presentation: Black-Jewish Identity Cooking ‒ Michael Twitty ‒ Martin Luther King Center, Student Center ‒ 7-8 p.m.

Twitty is a recognized culinary historian and independent scholar focusing on historic foods, folk culture and culinary traditions of historic regions.

Sept. 10The Future of Islam – John Esposito -- Recital Hall, Singletary Center ‒ 6:30 p.m.

A world-renowned scholar of Islam and professor of Islamic studies and international affairs at Georgetown University, Esposito is the founding director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown. He is the past president of American Academy of Religion and Middle East Studies Association and editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and author of 45 books and monographs about Islam.

Sept. 14Modern Islamic Art and its Sources in the Middle East ‒ Oliver Leaman -- Art Museum at UK ‒ 2 p.m.

Oliver Leaman, Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies and professor of philosophy at UK, discusses Islamic art.

Sept. 17 UK Education Abroad Fair – Student Center Ballroom ‒ 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Education Abroad Fair showcases every international education opportunity available at the University of Kentucky. Students will find a range of options, including study, internships, research, teaching, and service abroad programs. In addition, campus offices involved in the education abroad planning process, such as Student Financial Aid and the Stuckert Career Center will be available to answer questions.

Sept. 30Start-up Army: Military Entrepreneurs and the Evolution of Israel’s Special Operations Forces ‒ Ami Pedahzur ‒ lecture ‒ 249 Student Center ‒ 7 p.m.

For October, November and December events, including programs about the influence of social media, Americans at war, art and ceramics, regional diplomacy and revolution and much more visit .

Fernheimer has conducted much research and published two books related to the Middle East.

·       “Stepping Into Zion: Hatzaad Harishon, Black Jews, and the Remaking of Jewish Identity” (forthcoming University of Alabama Press, October 2014). The book analyzes the history and archives of Hatzaad Harishon, a New York-based, multiracial Jewish organization that worked to increase recognition and legitimacy of black Jews in the 1960s and ’70s.

·       “Jewish Rhetorics: History, Theory, Practice” (forthcoming Brandeis University Press, November 2014) builds on the previous work about definitions to establish and clarify the significance of Jewish rhetorics as its own field and as a field within rhetoric studies.

Chamberlin has also spent a great deal of time in Beirut, researching his two books.

·       “The Global Offensive: The United States, the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Order” (Oxford, 2012). The book examines the rise of the Palestinians as major players in the Middle East and the creation of an indirect war between the United States, Israel and Palestinian guerrilla fighters.

·       “The Cold War's Killing Fields: A Global History of the Wars of Containment” (forthcoming HarperCollins) looks at those places where Cold War turned hot. It argues that the Middle East and East Asia represented the two principal regions where the U.S.-Soviet rivalry erupted in open warfare, leaving some 15 million people dead.

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

UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications Celebrates 100 Years

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:51

LEXINGTON (Aug. 29, 2014) — The 2014-15 year marks 100 years of journalism education at the University of Kentucky.

The Department of Journalism began in 1914 under department chair Enoch Grehan.  He served as chair until 1937; the Enoch Grehan Journalism Building was dedicated in 1951.

Under Grehan’s direction, the department became one of the nation’s pioneers in the field of professional journalism instruction. The journalism department grew from a small beginning to become one of 32 Class A departments in the nation.

Grehan was joined by Marguerite McLaughlin, one of the first female general reporters in the South.  McLaughlin was the first female journalism teacher in the United States.  The Marguerite McLaughlin Room in the Grehan Building is named in her honor.

Today, the journalism program is one of three undergraduate degree programs in the School of Journalism and Telecommunications.  It offers emphases in broadcast/multimedia journalism and print/multimedia journalism. 

Broadcast/multimedia students provide the morning news on WRFL-FM, the weekly “Campus Voices” public affairs program, also on WRFL, and the live, daily UK Student News Network newscast on Channel 16.

Print/multimedia students write for the Kentucky Kernel, UK’s award-winning, daily student newspaper, and for a wide variety of web sites and other media properties.

Students in the capstone course of the journalism major, Multimedia Storytelling, produce BlueCoast Live, a multimedia news blog.

The UK Journalism program also includes the Scripps Howard First Amendment Center and the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.

The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014-15.  It offers a wide range of activities designed to fulfill its mission: to promote understanding of the First Amendment among citizens of Kentucky, to advocate for First Amendment rights in the Commonwealth and nationally, and to produce internationally recognized scholarship concerning the First Amendment and its related freedoms. 

The center hosts an annual First Amendment Celebration.  As part of the celebration, a noted First Amendment advocate delivers a state of the First Amendment address.  The center also awards the James Madison Award for Service to the First Amendment to a Kentuckian who has made a substantial contribution to freedom of the press in the Commonwealth.  The award is presented at the First Amendment Celebration.

The center funds Citizen Kentucky, a program that uses a freshman seminar to engage citizens in public issues through the power of the press.  The center also co-sponsors an annual high school essay contest with the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office and provides a range of focused programming.

This is also a milestone year for the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues.  2014-15 marks 10 years since the institute became part of the UK journalism program.

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues helps nonmetropolitan journalists define the public agenda for their communities and grasp the local impact of broader issues. It interprets rural issues for metropolitan news media, conducts seminars and publishes research and good examples of rural journalism. It helps journalists all over America learn about rural issues, trends and events in areas they’ve never seen but have much in common with their own. It helps rural journalists learn how to exercise editorial leadership in small markets.

The three anniversaries will be celebrated with special programming throughout the 2014-15 academic year.  Program graduates are invited to share their memories at and on other social media platforms using #UKJOU100.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ann Blackford at 859-323-6442 or  

UK, City Want Football Fans to be Aware of Changes for 2014

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 16:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 28, 2014) — While University of Kentucky Head Football Coach   Mark Stoops and his staff are working hard together with the Wildcat players to 'Change The Game' on the field this season, there are plenty of changes in store for fans attending games at Commonwealth Stadium, beginning with this Saturday's (Aug. 30 at noon) opener against the UT Martin Skyhawks.

To help spread the word, University of Kentucky   President Eli Capilouto was joined by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and other city and university officials today at a news conference detailing those changes, several of which are directly related to the stadium construction and renovation project, which will be completed before the start of the 2015 season.

"We want to thank our fans for their loyal support of our football program and ask everyone for patience and flexibility this season," said Capilouto. "We are in the process of transforming UK football's longtime home into a beautiful new venue. With these exciting upgrades come changes to habits and routines, which means there will be challenges to work through, especially early in the season."

“Game days bring people together from all over Lexington and the state, and we want to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe time,” said Mayor Gray. “Let’s respect campus neighbors and property as we cheer on the Wildcats.”

Other speakers at the news conference included UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart, UK Student Government President Jake Ingram, and the respective police chiefs of the university and the city, Joe Monroe and Ronnie Bastin.

One of the biggest changes is that Gates 10 and 11 at the stadium will be closed due to construction, meaning all fans entering through the south side will use Gates 7, 9, 12 & 14.  Additionally, tunnels leading to Sections 139 & 140 will be closed and the lower east concourse has narrowed, due to construction in the east end zone.

In addition to stadium construction, an ongoing flood mitigation project also is impacting game-day operations in areas near the stadium.

As for parking, many season-ticket holders were reassigned to new lots this offseason.  Fans are encouraged to display their parking permit when they leave their homes, enabling traffic personnel to efficiently sort and direct vehicles approaching the complex.

While parking availability at or near the stadium on game days is reduced, UK Athletics, and numerous university and community partners have worked diligently to minimize the impact to loyal season ticket holders. In fact, all 2013 reserved parking permit holders were offered permits in the 2014 reassignment process. Additionally:

·         Non-permit parking options in Parking Structures 2, 3 & 6 are still available and there will be an increase in the number of shuttles servicing these options

·         Downtown parking (High Street, Transit Center on Vine, etc.) and shuttle services are also viable options

·         Stadium seating capacity is slightly reduced for this year and future seasons

"Our collective purpose, with the support of numerous campus, local, state and national public safety agencies, is to provide a first-class guest experience in and around Commonwealth Stadium on game days," said Kevin Saal, senior associate athletics director for operations. "Safety and security are critical components of that experience. We urge the Big Blue Nation and our guests to arrive early and be aware of ongoing construction. Please be mindful of pedestrian & vehicle traffic entering and exiting the stadium pre- and post-game."

UK is urging fans to visit and click on the icon for the 'Game-Day Education Series' at  Additionally, for the most up-to-date information regarding changes to gameday operations, please visit


MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Nathe, UK Public Relations, 859-257-3200,; Susan Straub, Mayor's Office, 859-258-3111,

Since its founding in 1865, the University of Kentucky has been dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care as Kentucky's flagship institution and one of the nation's top land grant universities. Please join us in celebrating the university's 150 year storied history and help us build on that tradition of success as part of UK's sesquicentennial celebration through 2015. Visit to access UK sesquicentennial news, in addition to archived news stories and announcements. Keep up with UK sesquicentennial activities on social media by looking for #UK150.

UK Education Abroad Participation Jumps 24 Percent

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2014) — The number of University of Kentucky students exploring the international dimension of their disciplines by studying abroad increased by 24 percent this past year — eight times the national average.

"Our growth is massive, and even more significant when compared to the roughly 3 percent growth the rest of the nation is experiencing," said Anthony Ogden, executive director of education abroad and exchanges at UK.

The increasing number of students participating in Education Abroad programming is due in part to Ogden and his staff’s efforts to understand the goals of every academic department on campus.

"Many departments are interested in using Education Abroad programming to expand their curriculum,” Ogden said. “For instance, the English department does not currently offer a course on James Joyce and would like to find one abroad; other departments need language courses during specific times of the year. Several other departments have also shown interest in enrolling their students in intern and research abroad opportunities so as to enable their students to develop international networks."

Integrating Education Abroad’s (EA) portfolio into UK’s curriculum is a top priority for Ogden and his team.

"EA enrollment is growing because we are working with academic departments to support and enhance their international education goals through curriculum integration," said Ogden.

To integrate EA’s programming, Ogden and his team have developed Major Advising Pages (MAP), which help students select programs that ideally align with their major. These EA programs integrate into the students' degree programs, and do not delay the time to degree completion.

"By the end of this current year we will have a MAP for every single department at UK that wants one," Ogden said. "And many of the MAPS are now supported by new 'Pathways' for each UK academic department."

Pathways are four-year, enhanced academic plans that indicate which semester or summer term would be most ideal to pursue specific coursework abroad in a student's chosen discipline. This also helps incoming freshmen and high school students understand how an EA program will align with their major coursework and allow them to plan accordingly.

"Because of EA’s efforts to work with faculty and academic programs to incorporate international programming into existing curricula, it's becoming easier for students to envision participating in an education abroad program that truly complements their program of study," said Beth Barnes, interim assistant provost for internationalization. "I know that the students I meet with are more inclined to seriously consider education abroad while at UK.  That's a real change, and wonderful to see."

For more information about UK Education Abroad, visit

Video courtesy of UK Education Abroad. To view captions for this video, push play and click on the CC icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.  If using a mobile device, click on the "thought bubble" in the same area.

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


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