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UK College of Nursing, UK Office for Institutional Diversity Highlight Transgender Health Disparities

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 14:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) — Social stigmas, discrimination and infringement of civil rights have led to health care disparities impacting individuals who are transgender.

According to UK College of Nursing assistant research professor Amanda Fallin, members of this population have higher rates of smoking, higher rates of drug abuse and higher rates of HIV infection than the general population. In addition, a recent study indicated that 41 percent of transgender people have considered or attempted suicide. Sixty percent of the participants in this study reported a doctor or health care provider had refused to treat them.

Transgender Remembrance Day on Nov. 20 brings visibility to acts of violence and bigotry experienced by transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. The UK College of Nursing and the UK Office for Institutional Diversity’s Office of LGBTQ* Resources will spread awareness of the health disparities affecting members of the transgender community in the lead up to Transgender Remembrance Day Nov. 20. Representatives will distribute resources on promoting equality and inclusivity on UK’s campus and in health care settings from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the common area outside the UK College of Nursing.

Fallin said reducing transgender heath disparities begins with creating welcome, inclusive environments for individuals to seek out health care. The Health Professionals Advancing Equality (GLMA) maintains a list of LGBT-friendly and competent providers. However, there are only 18 Kentucky providers on the list. The UK College of Nursing will offer assistance helping providers join the registry throughout the day.

“The UK College of Nursing is committed to increasing diversity and inclusivity,” Fallin said. “We need to prepare our students to tailor their services to care for this population. We also want to encourage more Kentucky providers to promote their own LGBT-friendly and competent health services. We know many providers in Kentucky are currently providing excellent care to the LGBT population, and we want to help them advertise that service.”

Lance Poston, director of the Office of LGBTQ* Resources, said this collaboration with the UK College of Nursing represents an effort to build bridges across campus to highlight the experiences of LGBTQ individuals.

“Some of the most important spaces to foster inclusivity and build cultural competencies to better support LGBTQ* Kentuckians is in our hospitals and clinics,” Poston said. “We hope that the information we provide at this event will continue an ongoing process of making the University of Kentucky an inclusive space for everyone to work, learn and receive world-class care.”

For more information on the GLMA registry, click here.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Adams,; Gail Hairston,

UK's Shades of Blue Trumpet Ensemble Releases CD

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) — It's an exciting time for the University of Kentucky’s Shades of Blue Trumpet Ensemble as the group has just released its first compact disc, "Competition Pieces for Trumpet Ensemble." The CD’s concept was inspired by the group’s 2014 trip to the National Trumpet Competition, where they took second prize in a highly competitive field of ensembles from around the United States.

The UK music students were inspired to pursue this ambitious project of recording the most difficult competition music for the trumpet ensemble as a resource for future ensembles who are seeking appropriate reference recordings of challenging music.

Shades of Blue is made up of seven students at UK:

· music performance sophomore Morgan Bay, from Butler, Kentucky;

· accounting senior Aaron Brewer, who is minoring in music, from Madisonville, Kentucky;

· music education junior Drew Burke, from Pikeville, Kentucky;

· music performance junior Caden Holmes, from Madisonville;

· music education senior Conner Kinmon, from Williamstown, Kentucky;

· music education sophomore Zachary Robinson, from Lexington; and

· 2015 music performance graduate Jared Wallis, from Talala, Oklahoma.

"Competition Pieces for Trumpet Ensemble" includes six tracks. The first track on the disc is "Abstracts No. 2 for Seven Trumpets," written by Robert Russell and arranged by Wiff Rudd, professor of trumpet at Baylor University. This piece was the selection performed by the Baylor University Trumpet Ensemble, when they took first prize at the 2015 National Trumpet Competition.

The second track on the disc is "Centrifuge" by Jason Dovel, assistant professor of trumpet at UK School of Music. "Centrifuge" was the selection performed by Shades of Blue at the 2015 National Trumpet Competition, where they advanced to the semi-final round of competition.

The third track on the disc is John Adler’s   "Clockwork," which was performed by the Virginia Tech Trumpet Ensemble at the 2010 National Trumpet Competition.

The fourth track on the disc is Erik Morales’s   "Cyclone," which was the piece the UK Trumpet Ensemble took second prize with at the 2014 National Trumpet Competition.

The fifth track is Roland Barrett’s "Graffiti." Barrett is the Henry Zarrow Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma. This piece was written for the University of Oklahoma Trumpet Ensemble.

Last but not least, the final track is Danny Judd’s arrangement of Giacomo Puccini’s famous "Nessun Dorma," featuring Dovel as soloist.

The CD was recoded May 2015 in various locations around UK’s campus with the help of several people. Joel Crawford, a doctoral student in trumpet performance, served as the engineer for the project. Dovel served as the students’ advisor and project producer, with assistance and consulting from Bradley Kerns, assistant professor of trombone. All of the students contributed to the post-production process.

The recording project was supported by a grant from the UK Office of Undergraduate Research.

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;

UK Highlights Globalization and Multiculturalism With International Education Week Events

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:01

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 16, 2015) — The University of Kentucky is celebrating the cultural diversity of campus — where more than 2,200 international students and scholars representing more than 120 countries study or teach — during International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 13-20.

“Given that international residents make up 20 percent of the Lexington population, it’s an excellent place for international celebrations and discussions regarding our multicultural heritage,” said Elizabeth Liebach, UK director of International Student and Scholar Services. “At the University of Kentucky, International Education Week is one of many ways we can join campuses and communities nationwide in celebration of international education.”

IEW is a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education, which began in 2000 and takes places in more than 100 countries worldwide. The celebration focuses on promoting programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The activities hosted during this week aim to facilitate cross-cultural understanding, integration and prepare U.S. citizens for the interconnected world of today.

“Going to college is all about having a new experience and UK is great about getting its students immersed in this experience,” said Tiffany Molina, a UK student from Honduras. “Attending events during this week is extremely important to get to know what the student body at UK is made up of and be able to not only have a great college experience, but get to know about the world around us. With a rapidly globalizing world, what better way to understand this globalization than attending fun events and meeting new people?”

The week's events include “Bridge the Gap,” a student panel discussion on international issues and student life; an Education Abroad open house; International Conversation and Cultural Coffee Hour; the Kentucky Council on Education Abroad Conference; and “The Vexillology Contest,” which is a study of flags contest sponsored by the UK Libraries.

A complete schedule of the IEW events can be found below.


Bridge the Gap @ 2-3 p.m.

Fine Arts Library, Niles Gallery

Panel Discussion on International Student Life; Food & Drinks Served

Organized by ISC, Sponsored by UKIC


Education Abroad Open House @ 1-4 p.m.

Bradley Hall, Third Floor

Door Prizes, Refreshments & Snacks Served

Sponsored by UK Education Abroad


International Conversation Hour @ 5:30-7 p.m.

W.T. Young Library, Room B108B

Sponsored by UKIC & UK Writing Center


KCEA Conference @ 8:30 a.m.-1:50 p.m.

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

One-day Conference on Education Abroad

Cultural Coffee Hour @ 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Frazee Hall, Room 201

Sponsored by UKIC, UK Counseling Center & VIP Center


The Vexillology (Study of Flags) Contest

W.T. Young Library Auditorium

Contest Nov. 16-20; Winner Announced Nov. 24

Sponsored by UK Libraries

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

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Welcomes Poet and Painter Wayne Koestenbaum

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 20:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2015) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell.  Today's program features New York poet, essayist and painter Wayne Koestenbaum and UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner.  Koestenbaum's art is on display at UK Art Museum through Dec. 18, and he will read his poetry at a fundraising event Saturday at the Peoples Bank on South Broadway.  Koestenbaum and Horodner will speak tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the White Hall Classroom building on UK's campus.

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

'Peoples Portal' Pop-up Supports Preservation of Peoples Bank

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 16:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Art Museum will present the pop-up exhibition "Peoples Portal" Nov. 14-15, at the popular Peoples Bank structure on 343 South Broadway, in support of the preservation and move of the building.

Curated by Stuart Horodner, director of the UK Art Museum, "Peoples Portal" features emerging and established artists from Lexington, Atlanta, Chicago and London, including several current UK talents, including Brian Frye, assistant professor of law; Rae Goodwin, director of Studio Foundations at UK School of Art and Visual Studies; Mike McKay, assistant professor of architecture; Ebony G. Patterson, associate professor of painting; and Alan Rideout, preparator at UK Art Museum.

Installed in the Peoples Bank, "Peoples Portal" was conceived by Horodner as a way of drawing attention to the history of the structure and the recent effort to relocate it. Other non-UK artists featured in the exhibition are Louis Zoellar Bickett, Matt Bryans, Katrina Dixon, Sandra Erbacher, Georgia Henkel, Scott Ingram, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Didier Morelli, Robert Morgan, Kristina Rideout and Aaron Skolnick.

The two-day event was developed in partnership with Lucy Jones, organizer of the Facebook campaign People for the Peoples; Laurel Catto, board chair of the Warwick Foundation; and Langley Properties Company, owner of the building who is donating it to the Warwick Foundation.

The free public pop-up exhibition will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15. Several events are scheduled in conjunction with the show, including:

· dining available from Commonwealth Canteen food truck, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14;

·a reading by Wayne Koestenbaum, 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14; and

· a closing reception, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

The closing reception will include food by local "MasterChef" contestant, culinary evangelist and UK alumnus Dan Wu; drinks by Wine + Market; music by LeeRoy; and a reading by poet Frank X Walker, professor of English at UK. The reception is $30 per person with limited availability. To purchase tickets, visit Ticket sales will benefit People for the Peoples and UK Art Museum.

"When I walked through the space a few months ago, I was struck by the state of glorious decay and formal elegance — the blue glazed brick on the outside and angular concrete ceiling inside, the rooms with peeling paint, and sunlight streaming through the windows. It seemed like a perfect readymade gallery for works that engage issues of architecture, history, time, accumulation, and transformation," Horodner said. "And the idea of a bank — where transactions happen, and emotional and financial resources are protected — quickly brought artists to mind. They were thrilled with the opportunity. I’m so excited to see great art, performances and readings in there."

Asked about the Peoples Bank, Lucy Jones added, "The building is not only one of the finest remaining examples of Googie commercial architecture in Kentucky, it is one of the finest examples in the nation. As a community, we are responsible for the architectural stewardship of our city. We are incredibly fortunate that this building has endured the changing trends of the last 50 years and still retains the defining characteristics that architect Charles Bayless envisioned. It is a time capsule which evokes the optimism of the late 1950s and early 1960s. To lose it would have been to lose a piece of our past."

When asked about the future of the building, Laurel Catto said, "A grassroots coalition fueled by social media — @People for the Peoples (P4P) — united the community in a race against the clock to save the building from imminent demolition. Since May, P4P has raised $250,000 to relocate the building to government land directly across from Rupp Arena. The Warwick Foundation will transform the Peoples Bank into the Peoples Portal, a public commons that engages Lexington in the global compassionate city movement and promotes respect, understanding and inclusion. We will transform the Peoples Bank and the Peoples Portal will transform us."

For more information on the "Peoples Portal" pop-up exhibition of the UK Art Museum, visit or contact Stuart Horodner at or 859-257-1152.

The UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, promotes the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. 

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

Smith Receives Education Award to Develop Simulation Program for Neurology Residents

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 15:43

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2015) —The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) has named Dr. Jonathan H. Smith of the University of Kentucky a recipient of its Faculty Innovation in Education award to support the development of innovative education projects that provide effective residency and fellowship training, as well as lifelong learning for practicing psychiatrists and neurologists.

Every year up to two neurologists are selected for this prestigious award. The two-year award provides a maximum of $100,000.  Smith's project will explore the use of unannounced simulated patients to evaluate neurology residents' communication and interpersonal skills.

Dr. Larry Goldstein, chair of the UK Department of Neurology, said Smith's work reflects the department’s long-term emphasis in providing the best possible experience for trainees. “Jonathan is an excellent teacher with a creative approach to neurology resident education, and this award is a well-deserved acknowledgment of that," said Goldstein.

Smith is currently an assistant professor in Neurology and the program director of adult neurology residency at UK. He is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a B.S. in biochemistry and a minor in clinical psychology. He received his M.D. from the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  He completed his neurology residency and headache fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, where he also served as chief resident.

Some of Smith's previous awards include the American Academy of Neurology’s (AAN) Annual Meeting Resident Scholarship Award in 2011 and the Chief Resident Award at the Mayo Clinic Department of Neurology in June 2012, and the Excellence in Teaching in the Department of Neurology award at UK in June 2015.

The ABPN’s main mission is to develop and provide valid and reliable procedures for certification and maintenance of certification in psychiatry and neurology. They have been a non-profit since 1934 and are one of 24 boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

Media contact:  Laura Dawahare,, (859) 257-5307

Annual 'Walk to Remember' Honors Memory of Tiniest Patients

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 13:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2015) -- Last year at UK HealthCare, about 140 families experienced the loss of an infant from stillbirth, miscarriage or neonatal death. To honor and acknowledge the lives of the infants and the loss experienced by their families, UK's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Labor and Delivery unit hold an annual event to remember these loved ones.

UK HealthCare's annual Walk to Remember is held the first Sunday in October each year at The Arboretum at UK and is an event that has been occurring now for more than 20 years. 

"This service provides a way for families to honor and remember their child that they have lost," said Michelle Steele, chair of the NICU/Labor and Delivery Bereavement Committee. "We walk to previously planted trees that were planted in honor and memory of the babies that had died during previous years. At the end of the walk, our grieving families help plant a new tree for that year in memory of their loved one."

In addition, families can write a message to their baby and plant it with the tree that includes an inscription and bronze plaque provided by UK HealthCare administration that reads, "In memory of your baby's life, gone but still cherished. Your baby will always be remembered." 

For UK HealthCare Palliative Care and Oncology Chaplain Diana Hultgren the Arboretum at UK is a very symbolic setting for the event. "It not only provides a beautiful, family-friendly setting, but a living framework for reflecting on and experiencing the cycles of life," She said. "In many cultures, trees are symbols of life and renewal, the span of generations and hope for the future and by blessing and dedicating these trees, we share in one another’s sadness and joy, knowing we are not alone and do not remember alone."

Families take pictures by the trees year after year, and it is amazing to watch the trees grow, Hultgren added. "Through these gestures and rituals of healing, we strengthen the bonds between us, draw our UK community closer together and let our love and remembrance take form in new ways to bless family and stranger alike."

Steele, a NICU nurse who has been a member of the committee for 16 years, said the event is a time of healing not only for the families but also the nursing staff. "We feel that it’s a way to give back to the families and help provide closure," she said. "We want them to know that we share in their loss by providing a service where they can remember and honor their beloved child."

Sandy Mojesky, divisional charge nurse in Labor and Delivery, is also a longtime committee member and says providing a memorial and remembrance for these babies and their families has been her calling since she first became a labor and delivery nurse 27 years ago.

"The ceremony means so much to the families and I find especially it is important for the families who have experienced a miscarriage or early loss because it gives them an opportunity to memorialize their baby that they may not otherwise have had."

Barbara Phillips Elected President of the American College of Chest Physicians

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2015) — Dr. Barbara Phillips, professor of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky, was elected the 78th president of The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) effective Nov. 1, 2015.  

Phillips previously served as president-elect in 2014. In 1982, she became an active member of CHEST, and in 1983 advanced to Fellow. She served as editor of CHEST SEEK Sleep Medicine, working on the second, third and fourth editions. Phillips also served as Regent-at-Large for the American College of Chest Physicians for eight years.  

Phillips is also involved with numerous other outside organizations. She has been chair of the National Sleep Foundation and has also served on several boards including the American Lung Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine. She was awarded with the Sleep Academic Award from the National Institutes of Health. In 2013, she was presented with the College Medalist Award at CHEST.  

"The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) has been an important part of my life for most of my professional career." Phillips said."As incoming president of CHEST, I am excited about this opportunity to work with the next generation of clinician educations and leaders."

UK Observes World Diabetes Day Saturday, Nov. 14

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 07:16

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) — Advocates for diabetes care and prevention in Kentucky and around the world will recognize World Diabetes Day (WDD) this Saturday, Nov. 14.  World Diabetes Day is sponsored annually by the International Diabetes Federation, the World Health Organization and Kentucky diabetes advocates to draw attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world.

WDD is part of Diabetes Awareness Month in the United States, a time designated to renew efforts to combat the diabetes epidemic. World Diabetes Day is formally recognized in state law in Kentucky, the only state to have done so.

The University of Kentucky is participating in this recognition by lighting many of its buildings blue on Saturday. Since 2007 more than 1,000 sights and buildings in 84 countries have been bathed in blue lights as part of the World Diabetes Day Blue Monument Challenge.  The celebration has included the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, the United Nations Building, Rome’s Coliseum, the London Eye, Brandenburg Gate and the Egyptian Pyramids and hundreds more locations around the world.

UK buildings displaying blue lights include Memorial Hall, Taylor Education Building, Gatton Business and Economics Building, and these residence halls: Lyman T. Johnson, Central II, Haggin and Woodland Glen I.

Other confirmed sites going blue in Kentucky this year are the Louisville Water Company’s headquarters building, the Knott County Judicial Center, Hazard City Hall, Hindman City Hall, the Perry County Hall of Justice and the Carl D. Perkins statue in Hindman.  For a complete guide on participating in World Diabetes Day and the Blue Monument Challenge go to

An estimated one in 10 adult Kentuckians (390,000) are diagnosed with diabetes and another 138,000 may have undiagnosed diabetes.  Another 289,000 people are diagnosed with prediabetes, putting them at a very high risk for developing diabetes.  More than 3,000 Kentucky children are estimated to have diabetes.

In 2011 Kentucky became the first state to mandate a statewide, comprehensive Diabetes Action Plan and the first state to license diabetes educators.  Since then, 18 other states have passed similar legislation modeled on the Kentucky law.

Kentucky ranks 14th in the nation for the incidence in diabetes, an improvement on previous rankings.  Kentucky has dropped to 8th for the incidence of pre-diabetes.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Doug Alexander, 859-221-1032

UK Choristers, Dunbar Choir Join Voices

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 19:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's own Choristers will join forces and voices with local high school ensemble, the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Concert Choir, for an evening of song. The concert, which will include a variety of music styles ranging from work by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to selections from a Caribbean Mass, will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Choristers, conducted by Beth Wilson, is the oldest performing organization on the UK campus. Filled with underclassmen and representing a wide variety of majors, the group frequently performs on and off of campus. The 60-voice mixed choir specializes in choral repertoire of all periods and styles, both a cappella and accompanied and also performs a major work each year with the UK Symphony Orchestra. The Choristers have also been featured with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in the orchestra's “Unplugged and Untied” Concert Series.

The Paul Laurence Dunbar Concert Choir, conducted by Tiffany Marsh, is the school's advanced performing ensemble and has achieved much success at district choral contests obtaining distinguished ratings. The group is made up of more than 50 singers who perform in concerts throughout the year with various other ensembles at the school.

For more information on the UK Choristers or other UK Choirs, contact Joseph Wrightson, administrative assistant to UK Choirs, at

UK Choristers are part of the UK School of Music at the 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.

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

Students Invited to UK Law's Open House This Saturday, Nov. 14

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 16:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) — The University of Kentucky College of Law invites all interested students and their families to an open house from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 14.

Students will have the opportunity to talk to current students and faculty, receive advice from the director of academic success and the director of admissions, and take a free diagnostic LSAT practice test.

The open house, which begins with a continental breakfast, will feature information sessions from 9:30-11:45 a.m. followed by lunch and the diagnostic LSAT practice test for those interested; the practice test is not mandatory for attendees. Session topics include the admissions process for the college, which was recently ranked 4th Best Value Law School in the nation by National Jurist magazine, as well law school success, a professor's perspective and a UK Law student panel.

Students may register at

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

SGA Leadership Development Program Builds Future Campus and Community Leaders

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 16:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Friday 13, 2015)  The University of Kentucky produces and encourages leadership among its students, who are are encouraged to find their niche and strive toward making a difference.  The Leadership Development Program, a competitive program offered for freshmen, equips students with skills needed to become future campus and community leaders.

The UK Student Government Leadership Development Program (LDP) is dedicated to building future leaders. Participants of this program have the opportunity to work with various campus organizations, network with student leaders and administrators and learn how to become a leader on campus and throughout the Lexington community.

LDP offers its members many benefits.  The program exposes students to different, as well as similar, mindsets and viewpoints therefore bridging the gaps between various diversities, majors and backgrounds. These various viewpoints help in allowing them to become acclimated early on during their freshman year and create a sense of community.  The program also exposes members to different parts of campus, shows them leadership, connects them with Lexington area, teaches them how to start their own student organizations and connects them with other students at UK, opening up new perspectives and teaching them how UK fits into the greater Lexington community.

"Coming to UK and being from Lexington, I thought that as soon as I got on campus I would know everyone and be sure of what I wanted to do and where I wanted to get involved," said 2015 LDP student Alex Francke. "I couldn't have been more wrong as I was overwhelmed with not only the vast numbers of people, but the unique organizations present on campus as well. LDP has been so beneficial in helping me to see diversity across not only the student body, but across our myriad of student organizations as well."

LDP students attend bi-weekly workshops, averaging eight workshops each semester.  During these workshops, students learn to lead others, themselves and the community.  A wide variety of workshops are offered to guide each student so they can better understand and drive toward their passions while working together in a collaborative environment.

Jenna Hollinden, SGA vice president, plans and facilitates each workshop with the assistance of her LDP coordinator, Gammon Fain.  The planning of the workshops takes place during the summer and holiday breaks.

This semester, LDP students have taken part in a question and answer session with President Eli and Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto, heard from a panel of seniors who were once involved in LDP, took part and placed first in the Wrap Up America fort building competition, attended the SGA Fall Forum and participated in a diversity workshop where they collaborated with one another by expressing similar and different values to spark lesser conversed issues, such as sexual assault. 

Upcoming events for LDP include a connector campus workshop, which will discuss different problems on campus, a trip to Keeneland and a holiday party with the Kentucky Children's Hospital among others.

Hollinden, with the help of other LDP leaders, strategically plans each workshop, taking into consideration what will be of utmost benefit to the students within the program.  Each workshop is carefully decided upon in regard to how it will enhance each student, creating dominant, inclusive leaders.

"The leaders of LDP work hard to make sure we get a taste of some of the most impactful student organizations on campus because it gives each of us an inside look at what it's like to be a part of these powerful movements and groups," Francke said.

To assess the needs of the students in LDP and better plan for future workshops, a pre-assessment is presented to students at the beginning of the year to better understand what students are expecting to gain from the program.  At the end of each workshop, a post-evaluation is completed by each student.

This year, 247 eager freshmen applied to this competitive program.  The number of applicants this year is 50 more than last year, proving the competitiveness of acceptance to LDP is drastically increasing each year.

The total 247 applications were reviewed and scored during a blind application process. During this blind applications process, each application was scored three different times by three different people.

From the blind applications process, 110 applicants were selected.  These 110 chosen were then invited to partake in a final interview that consisted of a speed-dating type conversation as well as an individual interview.  Forty students interviewed were then awarded with acceptance to LDP.

"The Leadership Development Program prepares members to be active servant leaders in their respective communities," said Hollinden.  "It has been an absolute privilege seeing the freshmen grow in the few short months they have been a part of the program. They are challenged in their thoughts, words and actions to lead themselves, others and all members of the campus community. I look forward to seeing them grow throughout the rest of the program."

Members of the 2015 LDP class are:

Abby Yates

Adrienne Poole

Alex Francke

Allegra Tatusko

Amanda Gilles

Andie Walters

Anisha Sarver

Bharath Chithrala

Brady Ekman

Brady Grove

Catherine Stuckert

Chandler Unfried

Christoph Kositzke

Destiny Oakley

Emily Scott

Eric Poore

Esther Putman

Jenna Hazelbaker

Jessica Bailey

Joey Scaggs

Kailee Barnes

Kali Hedgespeth

Kassie Miller

Katie Swim

Kelsey Daley

Kennedy Hill

Lauren Norton

Lauren Williams

Luke Archer

Meghana Kudrimoti

Molly Fleming

Nick Henry

Noor Ali

Riley Grant

Ross Boggess

Sarah McCurrach

Shelby Lamar

Susie Smith

Trevor Payton

Trey Zimmerman

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton,, (859) 323-2395 

UK 'Sees Green' for Veterans Day

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 22:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2015) — As part of the new Greenlight A Vet campaign, the University of Kentucky is shining a green light in the cupolas of some of its residence halls this Veterans Day.

The Greenlight A Vet campaign is intended to show visible national support for America's military veterans by displaying a green light.  Individuals, companies and organizations around the country have been encouraged to display a green light on Veterans Day in support of the campaign for veterans.

UK will light the cupolas of its Lyman T. Johnson, Central II, Haggin and Woodland Glen I residence halls with a green light beginning at 8 a.m. today for a 24-hour period in recognition of veterans.

According to the Greenlight A Vet website: "Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being. 'Greenlight' is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and "greenlight" them forward as valued members of our communities."

A Greenlight Beacon will be on display during America's largest Veterans Day parade in New York City from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today.  Visitors to the Greenlight A Vet website can make an online act of support that will be displayed on the Greenlight Beacon.

Writer/Artist Wayne Koestenbaum to Lecture

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 19:51

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) — The University of Kentucky's Art Museum and MFA (Master of Fine Arts) Creative Writing Program in the Department of English welcomes to campus essayist, poet, artist and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum to discuss his paintings and writings with UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, in 106 White Hall Classroom Building.

The talk by Koestenbaum is presented in conjunction with the Department of English's  Visiting Writers Series and the first solo exhibition of his work, "Wayne Koestenbaum: Unfamiliar Grammar, Paintings from 2010-2015," at the UK Art Museum. Individuals attending the talk have an opportunity to meet with Koestenbaum prior to his presentation from 5-6 p.m. Friday, at the UK Art Museum. The talk, lecture and reception are all free and open to the public.

A graduate of Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and Princeton University, Koestenbaum's work explores the male body and the sexual, emotional and social impact that comes with its exposure. He has authored several poetry and prose collections and novels over the past 20 years. Koestenbaum likened his writing process to a bodily endeavor: “I extrude my vulnerable inner lining. I purge. And then I examine the contents — my expulsed interior — and begin the bloody interrogation."

Koestenbaum is the author of several collections of poetry, including "The Pink Trance Notebooks" (2015), "Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background" (2012), "Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films" (2006), "The Milk of Inquiry" (1999), and "Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems" (1990), which was named one of the Village Voice Literary Supplement’s "Favorite Books of the Year." His prose works include "Humiliation" (2011); "Hotel Theory" (2007); the novel "Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes" (2004); "Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics" (2000); and National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated "The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire" (1993).

In recent years, paintings by Koestenbaum have been exhibited at institutions including the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Brian Morris Gallery and White Columns.

Koestenbaum's first solo show "Wayne Koestenbaum: Unfamiliar Grammar, Paintings from 2010-2015" opened at UK Art Museum Sept. 12 and runs through Dec. 18.

As an artist, Koestenbaum has examined such subjects as Andy Warhol, Jackie Onassis, Harpo Marx, opera, fashion, desire and humiliation. In 2010, he took up the paintbrush, and, since then, has produced hundreds of canvases of male portraits and nudes, landscapes and dense abstractions rife with meandering lines, riotous colors and suggestive iconography. One work features a male head looking straight at the viewer with the phrase “I pose problems” written above. This may be true of Koestenbaum’s creative output in art and literature, but it must also be said that he offers outrageously complex and candid revelations about the self and society.

Without any formal training but spurred by his numerous friendships with visual artists and years as a contributing critic to many magazines, Koestenbaum’s painting investigations continue those of modernist forebears like André Derain, Henri Matisse and Alice Neel.

In addition to his campus visit, Koestenbaum will also do a reading as a part of the pop-up exhibition "Peoples Portal," this weekend, an exhibition featuring established artists from Lexington, London, Atlanta and Chicago aiming to draw attention to the Peoples Bank's history and recent relocation efforts. Koestenbaum's talk will begin 2 p.m., Nov. 14, at the bank located at 343 South Broadway. This talk is also free and open to the public.

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

25-year Military Veteran's Next Mission: Teaching Middle Schoolers

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 18:34

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2015) — When in the military, once you learn and become proficient at something, you teach it to the people below you, according to retired Sgt. 1st Class David Gentry. That's what Gentry did — among many other duties — while serving in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserves and Kentucky National Guard. And that experience led him to his next calling as an educator, a different kind of service to the citizens of Kentucky.

"I love seeing students' lights turn on when they get it and when they have a passion for the subject I'm teaching," said Gentry, who is currently student teaching at the Carter G. Woodson Academy and a student in the University of Kentucky College of Education.

While in the classroom, Gentry — a Lexington native, Bryan Station High School graduate and father of three young girls — draws on experience from his distinguished military career spanning 25 years.  

"I find that my military bearing helps in the classroom. Sometimes keeping middle schoolers on task is a full-time part of teaching. Plus, I can't really drop them and make them do push-ups," he joked.

In his first 10 years of active duty service, Gentry was an intelligence analyst serving in Hawaii, South Korea, Maryland and on the USNS Observation Island, a missile range instrumentation ship. He went on to serve six years in the Air Force Reserves as an aeromedical evacuation technician at the Andrews Air Force Base and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, deploying in 2003 and 2005, which included an assignment as NCOIC (non-commissioned officer in charge) of personnel at a tent hospital in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, after Hurricane Katrina.

Following his time in the Air Force Reserves, he joined the Kentucky National Guard, serving as a medical technician for three years and a first sergeant for the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron for the next six years.

In October of 2014, Gentry retired, but began a new mission at the University of Kentucky.

"While I was a medic, I started to pull away from the medical field, and since I volunteered at youth camps, I decided to move in to teaching," he said.

Gentry is on track to graduate from UK in May 2016 with a degree in middle level teacher education, specializing in social studies and science.

"I have been blessed to have great instructors in the middle school program," Gentry said. "What they have taught me is invaluable."

But many believe it's Gentry's service to the nation and students of Kentucky that is truly invaluable. 

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

UK Students Support Each Other Through 'Cats Pay it Forward Wall'

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 15:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov 11, 2015)  A UK student initiative to encourage a community of giving, the “Cats Pay It Forward” wall, is now hanging in the dining area adjacent to the  William T. Young Library Starbucks.

Earlier this semester, a student approached UK’s administration with an idea: he envisioned a simple platform that students could use to better support each other, and called it the Cats Pay It Forward wall.

The Cats Pay it Forward wall is a large cork board to which community members can pin donations, gift cards, meal tickets, pre-paid credit cards, and other items.  Anyone desiring assistance can simply and anonymously take any item from the wall that meets his or her needs, serving as a symbol of community and giving. 

This idea represents the vision that the UK community is here to uplift and support each other.

The Cats Pay It Forward wall opened Nov. 9 and will remain year round.

The Cats Pay It Forward wall was created by students and is supported by UK Dining, UK Bookstore, UKPD, Office of the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, Office of Student Involvement and Student Organizations.

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

Air Force ROTC Cadets Run 29 Miles in Honor of POW/MIAs

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 15:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov 11, 2015) — The University of Kentucky Air Force ROTC Detachment 290 cadets commemorated POW/MIAs this past weekend with an annual 29-mile run from Lexington to Frankfort, Kentucky.

More than 100 AFROTC cadets and faculty from UK and the University of Louisville participated in the run along Old Frankfort Pike, including 18 cadets who ran the entire 29 miles. The Kentucky State Police, the Air Force Association, Boy Scouts of America Troop 457, Turning Point Church, Civil Air Patrol, Scott County JROTC, and the Navy Sea Cadets supported the runners along the route.

“We don't do this run for personal glorification, but in honor and remembrance of prisoners of war and of our comrades missing in action,” said Cadet Colonel Audrey Cochran, Cadet Wing Commander and UK senior. “The sacrifice we made as cadets by running those 29 painful miles will never parallel the sacrifice made by service members who cannot be here to run with us, but we use this opportunity to make sure POW/MIAs are never forgotten.”

The ran began at Barker Hall on UK's campus at 6 a.m. and concluded at noon with a ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Frankfort. The event included the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group accompanying the runners the last four miles, a presentation from Quilts of Valor ® Foundation and the presentation of the colors by the Detachment 290 Honor Guard.

“Finishing the POW/MIA run was one of the hardest and most painful things that I have done, but it was also one of the proudest moments of my life,” said Cadet Brianna Arnold, a junior at UK. “I felt so proud to be representing the U.S. Air Force as we honored these soldiers by going through a little bit of pain, for all of the pain that they have been through. I would not have finished [the full 29 miles] if I had not kept my eyes on the American and POW flags that the cadets in front of us were carrying.”

In addition to the annual tradition of running 29 miles to honor the POWs and MIAs, this year, the cadets raised more than $1,400 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

For more information on Air Force ROTC, Detachment 290 at the University of Kentucky please visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859 323-2396;

Food, Flavor and Science: Neurogastronomy Symposium Begins Pursuit of Solutions for the Taste Impaired

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 13:45

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2015) — Two women, seated at a table, told their stories in quiet tones.  A group of chefs, some standing, others seated, leaned forward eagerly, clearly interested in what these two women had to say. They peppered the women with questions: did food taste better cold or hot?  Was texture an issue? Did a glass of wine before dinner help or hurt the flavor experience?

The women have both taken chemotherapy for their cancer.  One of them — Gina Mullin — will be taking chemotherapy every three weeks for the rest of her life. Both she and patient Jen Cooper tell heartbreaking stories about a side effect of chemotherapy that gets swept under the rug: food tastes terrible.

"Can you imagine how much quality of life you lose when you can't enjoy your food?" asked Cooper.

Chemotherapy, by design, kills all fast-growing cells in the body. As cancer cells die, so do all the healthy fast-growing cells, including the cells responsible for hair growth and taste buds.  So your hair falls out and everything tastes metallic. 

"Here they are, critically ill, needing good nutrition more than ever and they can't enjoy food? It's beyond unfair," said Dan Han, a neuropsychologist at the University of Kentucky.

Han has become an ardent advocate for the concept that quality of life issues — specifically, the enjoyment of food — should be measured as a clinical outcome for patients. A chance meeting in 2012 with internationally acclaimed chef Fred Morin brought the issue to his attention.

"Like most clinicians, when patients brought up the issue of reduced or distorted flavor perception (if they brought it up at all), I was sympathetic but not motivated, because there's not much we can do to help," said Han. 

But Morin, chef and owner of the legendary restaurant Joe Beef, is a bioengineer by training and hugely interested in the concept of neurogastronomy, which merges the science and culinary worlds by studying the human brain and the behavior that influences how we experience food. Morin encouraged Han to read a book by Yale neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd, who coined the term in 2006. 

"I was hooked," said Han. "I knew that if we could bring together chefs, neuroscientists and food scientists to explore ways to help these patients enjoy a meal, break bread with family and friends and enjoy that process again, it would be a significant contribution to science and to life."

That chance meeting was the spark for the founding of the International Society of Neurogastronomy (ISN), and last week more than 200 scientists, patients, chefs, foodies and others gathered at UK for the inaugural ISN Symposium, sharing their knowledge and exploring opportunities to improve quality of life for people who have lost their perception of taste or smell due to cancer, brain injury, stroke, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or other neurological disorders.

The innovative event departed sharply from the typical academic symposium. There were no poster presentations, no prolonged scientific lectures. Instead, chefs such as Morin, "Next Iron Chef" finalist, and New York restaurateur Jehangir Mehta, and James Beard Foundation award finalist chef Ed Lee shared the podium with scientists including Shepherd, experimental psychologist Charles Spence, acclaimed physiologist Tim McClintock, agricultural researcher Bob Perry and many others for brief TED talk-style presentations that addressed every aspect of food, flavor, perception and health.

During breaks, participants were encouraged to visit eight tasting stations, where experiments demonstrated how the perception of flavor is shaped by more than just the tongue. Attendees wore blindfolds, sniffed scent jars, held their noses, and more while they sampled. At one station, tasters eating a pink cookie while listening to gentle music were astonished to learn that it was equally as sweet as the black cookie paired with harsh music.

The most emotional part of the day looped back to the conversation between the chefs and the cancer patients. Chefs were paired with neuroscientists and physicians to create two teams, which then competed in the "Applied Neurogastronomy Challenge "— a friendly competition to make food that appealed to Mullin and Cooper.

"Team Morin" prepared a chunky potato soup with a range of toppings to customize the flavor experience: diced potato and bacon, pulled chicken and ginger, garlic broccoli, and fried chicken skin with paprika. "Team Mehta" also took a mix and match approach, offering peppered scallops, grilled chicken and mustard lime halibut to be paired with chili jam, apple goji reduction, lemon marinated apples, carrot yogurt salsa, or a chocolate chili mole.

"I tried every dish, and it was really fun," said Mullin, who said the only time she cried during her diagnosis and treatment was the day she ordered two of her favorite restaurant dishes only to throw them away after one bite because they tasted so bad.

"Potato soup wins!" shouted Jen Cooper to widespread applause.  In truth, replied Leah Sarris, program director for the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University and a member of Team Morin, everyone won. 

"I learned so much from you, Jen and Gina, and it will inform the way I cook and teach others to cook," she said. "We read in books about how chemo affects taste, but your stories made it real."

While neurogastronomy, as a science, is still in its infancy, the symposium has opened the door to the flow of information and ideas among neuroscientists, culinary professionals, food scientists and agriculture scientists.  Participants were enthusiastic about the day's successes and the prospect for continued conversations that advance the science in the context of neurologically-related taste impairments, sustainability, disease prevention, and more.

"This really organically grew into something amazing, because people from such randomly different disciplines came together," said Han.  "The commonality that united us was to achieve better food, better flavor, better health, and better quality of life."

To view the symposium presentations, go to

Media contact:  Laura Dawahare,, (859) 257-5307

UKAg, UT Collaborating to Study Organic Dairy Production

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 12:23

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2015) — Kentucky is home to nearly 30 organic dairies, and that number is expected to double in the next three to five years. Organic dairy producers have voiced frustration at the lack of research-based forage production information available. Recently, however, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment recently began a partnership with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture to conduct research that may fill the gap and help organic dairies strengthen their profitability.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $1.8 million grant to UT, and UK will subcontract nearly $500,000 of that amount to begin multidisciplinary research in the departments of Animal and Food Science, Agricultural Economics and Plant and Soil Sciences.

“The organic dairy industry is growing in our state, and we are excited to have this chance to do research that could boost their success,” said Ray Smith, UK forage specialist. “Kentucky organic dairy producers have some challenges finding a suitable forage combination that will work over an extended grazing season, and they have to be able to do it without using pesticides.”

Another challenge for organic dairy producers is finding a forage that will sustain a lactating cow.

“Lactating cows have high energy and protein requirements,” said Jeffrey Bewley, UK dairy specialist. “In organic dairy, these requirements are largely met through forages. Organic dairy cows also have different animal care needs that we need to understand better.”

Economically speaking, the demand for organic dairy products is on the rise. The USDA Economic Research Service recently reported that national sales of organic dairy products have increased from $2.14 billion in 2005 to $5.071 billion in 2014.

“The demand is there and represents an opportunity for dairy producers,” said Kenny Burdine, UK livestock marketing specialist. “Hopefully we’ll be able to figure out a way for organic dairies to efficiently produce more high-quality products and help producers who may be exploring the feasibility of transitioning to organic production.”

While the research is specifically targeted to identify forage combinations in pastures to benefit Southern organic dairy farmers, the benefits will reach beyond that.

“I think many of our results will be relevant to non-organic dairy systems as well,” Smith said. “Dairy producers who use pasture as part of their traditional dairy management system will likely see a benefit from these studies as well.”

The project will last four years. In addition to providing research-based information to organic dairy producers, the results will also contribute data to the Southeast Milk Quality Initiative study.

MEDIA CONTACT: Aimee Nielson, 859-257-7707.

UK Extension Agent Named Professional of the Year

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 12:06

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2015) — Lora Lee Howard has been empowering Kentuckians to lead fuller, healthier lives since 1981 as a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension agent for family and consumer sciences in Clay County. Recently, she received recognition for those efforts when the Joint Council of Extension Professionals named her the 2015 Family and Consumer Sciences Professional of the Year.

She received the honor at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences annual meeting earlier this month in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

“I was very humbled to receive this honor,” she said. “I share this award with the businesses, organizations and individuals that work cooperatively and volunteer their time to provide successful programs to improve the well-being of families in Clay County.”

Through the years, Howard has spearheaded many programs and services from her Clay County base, and she has held many officer positions in professional development organizations. She’s also won numerous awards throughout her tenure in Cooperative Extension.

Howard has a long list of county programs she has initiated, many supporting women’s health and nutrition. She has encouraged women to take part in cancer screenings, exercise programs and financial health programs, and she played a key role in creating a leader’s guide for Green Gardening.

“Every educational program that Lora Lee presents is focused on improving not only the life of the individual participant, but the family as a whole,” said Louise Moore, UK Cooperative Extension District 2 director. “Whether it is teaching about nutrition, the importance of taking care of your health, increasing your physical activity or making handmade gifts, her programs provide tips on including the family in the activity, saving the family dollars or increasing family communication.”

The Joint Council of Extension Professionals was created in 1989 and is a partnership of professional extension organizations that focuses on strengthening the efforts of the member organizations and and accomplishes things jointly that cannot be accomplished individually.

The Professional of the Year award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated successful interdisciplinary teamwork and partnerships across program areas for program excellence throughout a significant part of their extension career.

“We are often told to find a job that we love and we will not work a day in our life; that happened to me,” said Howard. “My career as a family and consumer sciences agent has allowed me to work with many different individuals in a variety of roles to impact my community. I like to think that the work I am doing today will live on in the lives of the families and women impacting our community tomorrow and for years to come.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Aimee Nielson, 859-257-7707.


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