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UK Sophomore Named Miss Kentucky 2015

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 12:14

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2015) — On July 4, University of Kentucky sophomore Clark Davis, Miss Horse Capital of the World, was crowned Miss Kentucky 2015 at the Singletary Center for the Arts. She will represent Kentucky in the Miss America Pageant to be held Sunday, Sept. 13, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The national pageant will be broadcast live on ABC.

A native of Lexington, Davis, 17, is the daughter of Ginger and Jonathan Davis. She is majoring in vocal performance with a minor in political science and will be a sophomore in the fall at UK.

Davis's personal platform issue focuses on raising awareness about dyslexia, a condition she was diagnosed with as a child. She received the second runner-up award for the Heather French Henry Quality of Life category due to her incredible work with her platform. Davis also received a preliminary talent award for her a cappella vocal performance of the George Gershwin class "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess." Davis competed against 30 other hopefuls for the state title, including first runner-up Claire Butler, who holds the title of Miss Jefferson Country, and second runner-up Hannah Estes, who holds the Miss Metro Louisville title. Butler and Estes are students at the University of Louisville.

As Miss Kentucky 2015, Davis will serve as the spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Kentucky Proud program, which encourages consumers of all ages to purchase products produced in Kentucky. She will deliver the message to all age groups in schools throughout the Commonwealth.

Approximately $40,000 in cash scholarships was awarded to contestants in the Miss Kentucky pageant in addition to numerous prizes and scholarships to multiple colleges and universities.

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

UK Tomorrow Corps Offers Unique Opportunity for UK Students, Appalachian Communities

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 10:27

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 7, 2015) — When Ann Kingsolver, former director of the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, began speaking with grandparents raising grandchildren in Appalachian communities, two things became clear to her. First, these grandparents need a break every now and then. Second, they may not always feel comfortable helping their child with the curriculum offered in schools today.

So the idea for UK Tomorrow Corps was born, tackling both issues of respite care and education enrichment. Eventually it expanded beyond the idea of aiding grandparent caregivers to support many types of families and students across Appalachia.

Kingsolver also realized the program could benefit another group: UK students.

In total, 29 UK interns have taken it upon themselves to tutor students ages K-12 throughout 19 Eastern Kentucky counties.

“One of the main things that we are interested in is creating long-term mentoring cycles, a mentoring relationship, with the young folks,” said Shane Barton, assistant director of the UK Appalachian Center and director of UK Tomorrow Corps. “Not only is curriculum important and covering some of the math and literacy work over the summer, but what may be more important is creating those positive mentoring relationships."

For Gabrielle Davis and Fallon Olexa, the opportunity was a one-of-a-kind professional experience.

“Technically, teachers don’t really get internships,” said Olexa, a special education senior at UK, noting that most of their experience is gained through student teaching or observing local teachers. “I wanted to do something different."

Olexa joined Davis, an elementary education senior, in Floyd County, Kentucky, for the month of June to host tutoring sessions at the Minnie Branch of the Floyd County Public Library. Both are from Illinois and were excited to experience Appalachia for the first time.

"It's just been a really amazing experience, because you're in a beautiful place and the people are awesome," Davis said.

And although they think the mountains are a bit frightening to drive on, they say any other stereotype about the region simply isn’t true.

“It’s not what I expected it would be like, but I wouldn’t say it’s too much different (from Illinois),” Olexa explained.

While there, both worked one-on-one with children, mainly kindergarten through middle school, on math and reading skills and would incorporate historical or science concepts whenever they could. The program ensures that children don’t lose certain skills before the start of a new year and can receive the extra personal attention they sometimes need outside the classroom. 

“You know, we can really get down and see where their problem is or see what they're not understanding,” Davis said.

Each UK Tomorrow Corps intern, selected through an application and interview process, was prepared for their placement throughout the year. Beginning with an “Introduction to Appalachia,” UK students first became familiar and comfortable with the region. Partners on campus, such as the Partnership Institute for Math and Science Education Reform (PIMSER), as well as the Carnegie Center For Literacy and Learning in Lexington, supported additional tracks of training in literacy and language arts and mathematics.

Although none of the children she worked with had special education needs, for Olexa, the experience in lesson planning and figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of each child was invaluable.

“It’s been cool to see the process of them growing and starting to actually like bring the sounds together to make the words to making a sentence to then reading a book,” she said. “We’ve only been here for four weeks and in those four weeks the kids have made that much progress.”

With the support of the local library and its resources, Davis and Olexa tutored five hours a day, four days a week. And just as the program and students have benefited from the library, the library has benefitted from the program. Visitors from surrounding counties are beginning to utilize the library, first for the tutoring program, then returning to see what else it has to offer.

“We’ve had people come 30 miles just traveling for tutoring,” said Marilyn Bailey, branch manager of the Minnie Branch. “And they’re coming here and checking out books and getting cards that they’ve never had.”

Bailey says since the UK Tomorrow Corps program began at the library, there has been an increase in books checked out, computers used and new library cards administered. Tutoring sessions will continue at the library through July with two new UK interns.

Aside from spending most of their time mentoring younger students, Davis and Olexa explored the surrounding communities and people, and lived in nearby Wayland, Kentucky, thanks to Mayor Jerry Fultz who provided Wayland’s community house.

“It was a way of supporting the program because I believe in the program,” Fultz said. “I think the need is here; the 'want to' is here. So providing the housing was just a small piece for us to play in order to have a greater impact down the road.”

UK Tomorrow Corps is having an impact not only on the children and their education, but also on the entire community and the UK interns.

Fultz said the interns “are having an impact with the students that they’re coming in contact with, the different age groups and maybe even the parents and the community as a whole at the library. But I’d like to think that they, being from outside the area, have found that maybe the stereotypical vision that people have maybe is not true. And what better way to change it than having someone from out of the area come in and actually look and see firsthand and meet people that have grown up here, that live here, that call this place home.” 

And he was right.

“Some of the smartest people that I’ve met have been here and the students here are very smart, and people stereotype them wrong,” Davis said. “I cannot sit here and think, ‘oh this student is this so he’s going to be like this.’ All students are going to be different.”

While the program has provided a one-of-a-kind opportunity to UK students like Davis and Olexa, not all of the interns are aspiring educators. Some are medical students in the Rural Physician Leadership Program experiencing service in rural communities, and for others, UK Tomorrow Corps offered an opportunity to give back to their hometown. 

“It’s through this tutoring that I’m hopefully able to give the students in my home community, who may not otherwise be able to receive individualized academic tutoring, some of the tools necessary to foster a successful future, regardless of the path they choose in life,” said Kody Ruark, a senior history major from Carlisle, Kentucky.

Ruark tutors in Bath County Monday through Wednesday and Nicholas County, about 35 miles north, on Thursday and Friday.

“I have worked really hard and been blessed with being able to attend what I truly consider to be one of the best universities in the country. It’s my hope that through this program and programs like it that other students will be given the tools to attain a successful future and make the world brighter for those around them,” he said.

For more information about UK Tomorrow Corps, visit

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

UK Alums Receive Knowles Science Teaching Fellowships

Mon, 07/06/2015 - 09:47

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 7, 2015) — Two recent University of Kentucky graduates, Michael Delfino and Samantha Dougherty, are among only 34 high school mathematics and science teachers in the U.S. named to the 2015 cohort of Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSF) teaching fellows.

Michael Delfino’s calling took him from firmware engineering at Lexmark International to the classroom, where he will begin his first year teaching math to high school students. Delfino earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from UK in 2011 and a Master of Arts in secondary mathematics education from UK in 2015.

"It is exciting to see Michael, who has the technical skill to work for any of the top software companies, honored with this national fellowship as one of our top educators," said Brent Seales, professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science. "His students will surely benefit from his technical excellence and passion for teaching."

Samantha Dougherty will begin her second year of teaching at North Hardin High School in Radcliff, Kentucky, this fall. Dougherty earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from UK in 2013 and a Master of Arts in secondary education from UK in 2014.

"Samantha has mastered mathematical content and demonstrated her strong ability to teach," said Carl Lee, professor in the UK Department of Mathematics who had Dougherty in class in the fall of 2012 and spring 2013. "She is the kind of teacher I would want my children to have."

Both the UK College of Arts and Sciences Department of Mathematics and the UK College of Education Department of STEM Education share the responsibility for training math teachers who are earning their degrees at UK.

“We are proud to have two recent graduates from our College of Education be awarded such a prestigious fellowship,” said Jennifer Wilhelm, chair of the Department of STEM Education. “Samantha and Michael are both incredibly worthy of the award and will benefit from the fellowship and its resources. They are both going to grow to become strong teacher leaders, and this fellowship will afford them the support and resources to do so.

“To have two of our UK College of Education Alumni receive the prestigious Knowles Science Teaching Foundation fellowship in the same year (with only 34 total selected across the nation) is a testament to the strengths and qualities of these recent graduates from our Masters with Initial Certification Program in STEM,” Wilhelm said.

KSTF selects teaching fellows who are just beginning a promising career in teaching mathematics and science. KSTF seeks to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by building a stable, sustainable cadre of networked leading teachers, who are trained and supported as leaders from the beginning of their careers.

The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program — the foundation’s signature program — offers stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials, professional development and coaching from a staff of experienced teachers and teacher educators, support from a national network of mathematics and science teachers, and opportunities to take on leadership and mentoring within KSTF and beyond through a comprehensive five-year fellowship. With an emphasis on inquiry and collaboration, the Teaching Fellows Program supports participants as they advance their teaching practice and student learning, while leading from the classroom.

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Harder, 859-323-2393,

Record Number of Cats to Invade Mouse House

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 14:58

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2015) — This fall, a record number of University of Kentucky Wildcats will participate in the Disney College Program. Thirty-one of 39 UK students offered spots in the 2015 program will travel to one of the happiest places on Earth to work. UK students have participated in the program since its establishment in 1981.

"In recent past, we’ve had around 20 to 25 students participate per year. So to have 39 Disney internship offers in one term is really special," said James W. Stuckert Career Center Experiential Education Coordinator Cindy Edwards.

As a part of the Disney College Program, participants have the opportunity to advance strengths and interests, meet guests and cast members from around the world, and take part in educational opportunities students can't get anywhere else. Participants are assigned to one of two locations: Orlando, Florida, home to Walt Disney World, and Anaheim, California, home to Disneyland. Participants get to network with Disney leaders, take part in personal and career development classes, and build transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, customer service and effective communication.

Disney College Program promotional video.

"To make it even better, Disney offers a special course in which the students work on developing a personal brand, workplace awareness and more," Edwards said.

"Disney Marketing You," a course recommended by the American Council on Education, uses directed discussion and cooperative learning experiences to define a personal brand for career marketing and to focus students who don't have clear career objectives. Students will learn how to promote skills of communication, customer service, problem solving, conflict resolution, decision-making, self-management and creative thinking obtained while working for Disney and other employers.

Students taking part in the "Disney Marketing You" course will finish the class with a career focus and marketing plan that includes a personal brand, 30-second commercial, resume and networking strategy. Participants will also work on their interviewing and negotiation techniques.

In addition to educational and career skills, the Disney College Program also offers participants discounts to Disney recreation locations, resort properties, cruises and products; health and wellness programs, fairs and seminars; and life-management services.

To be selected for the Disney College Program, students must be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university and have completed at least one semester of studies, as well as meet school requirements for participation. At UK, students participating in the program are required to enroll in either the Career Center’s EXP internship course or in a departmental internship course so they can actively reflect on their experiences with a UK faculty sponsor. As for type of majors taking part in the program, participants represent a myriad areas of study.

"From English to engineering, this program appeals to students across the board. They know they will gain valuable professional experience, develop transferable skills and join a network of thousands of Disney alumni," Edwards said.

UK's group is already preparing for their fall semester. In fact, hospitality management and tourism senior Raquel Harrington, of Frederick, Maryland, has even created a Facebook group for UK's Disney College Program participants to keep them connected. The students are excited to embark on this magical adventure working for one of the world's most successful companies that has been in their lives since they were children.

"I am a Disney junkie. Always have been and always will be. This is my chance to live at Disney while having a fantastic experience that will give me a leg up in my career," Harrington said.

As part of the UK Division of Undergraduate Education, the Stuckert Career Center mission is to prepare students to successfully connect with employers and post graduate educational opportunities. The Stuckert Career Center is here to help students explore their college major options and career goals, engage in the process of expanding their knowledge and experience of the work place, and to connect with those who can help students on their career path. For more information on the Stuckert Career Center and how the staff can provide assistance, visit

UK Professor Honored with Alabama's Distinguished Artist Award

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 14:39

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2015) — University of Kentucky's Everett McCorvey received the 2015 Alabama Distinguished Artist Award at the Celebration of the Arts awards ceremony, which took place May 20 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery.

The Alabama State Council on the Arts annually recognizes individuals who made significant contributions to the arts at the Celebration of the Arts event. The ceremony brings art enthusiasts together to recognize and appreciate a group of exceptionally talented Alabamians and their work in support of the arts in Alabama and beyond. McCorvey was one of seven individuals recognized at this year's event, receiving the 2015 Alabama Distinguished Artist Award. Tenor Roderick George performed at the event in honor of McCorvey with a Metropolitan Opera favorite from "Rigoletto." George is an acclaimed member of the American Spiritual Ensemble.

In 1995, the council added the Distinguished Artist Award to recognize artists who made especially significant contributions to the Alabama arts and their art forms. The award is presented to a professional artist considered a native Alabamian or an adopted son/daughter of the state, who earned national recognition and acclaim for their artwork over a period of time.

A professor of voice and the director and executive producer of UK Opera Theatre at UK School of Music, McCorvey received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama. He is the artistic director of the National Chorale, as well as the founder and music director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, and president of a production and management company for musical/theatrical events named Global Creative Connections. Additionally. McCorvey, a tenor, has traveled the world with performances in a number of festivals and theaters.

A former member of the board of directors for the National Assembly of State Art Agencies, McCorvey was appointed by Kentucky's governor to two terms on the board of directors of the Kentucky Arts Council and currently serves as a vice-chair. He also previously served as the executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

UK Opera Theatre is one of a select groups 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.

UK Opera Theatre is 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;

WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Looks at UK's Transportation Master Plan

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:51
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 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 guest is Eric Monday, executive vice president for finance and administration at UK.  He is discussing UK's Transportation Master Plan, including UK's contract with Lextran allowing students and employees to ride free.

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

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

UK Faculty Explore New EA Opportunities in China

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:50

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2015)  The University of Kentucky Confucius Institute and UK Education Abroad recently collaborated to offer a programming site visit to China. The visit allowed faculty and staff members from across different colleges to learn first-hand about international higher education issues in China and to explore education abroad programming opportunities for UK students to study in China.

The program was facilitated by Chen Gu, Chinese culture event coordinator of the UK Confucius Institute; Yiyi Tang, financial manager and scholarship coordinator for Education Abroad; Thomas Teague, advisor for the Gatton College of Business and Economics; and Anthony Ogden, executive director of Education Abroad.

Each college dean or unit head nominated one faculty/staff representative to participate in the site visit. The following nominees were selected:

Ben Allen, WRFL, UK Media Advisor

Jen Bartlett, UK Libraries

Ellie Holliday, College of Education

Jim Holsinger, College of Public Health

Patrick Lee Lucas, College of Design

Kamyar Cyrus “K.C.” Mahboub, College of Engineering

Sam Matheny, College of Medicine

Katherine McCormick, Undergraduate Education (Service-Learning)

Jasmine McNealy, College of Communication and Information

Kathleen Montgomery, Patterson School of Diplomacy

Sue Roberts, College of Arts and Sciences

Rachel Shane, College of Fine Arts

Diane Snow, Undergraduate Education (Undergraduate Research, Honors)

Sharon Stewart, College of Health Sciences

Kirsten Turner, College of Arts and Sciences

Scarlett Wesley, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Prior to departure, representatives attended a series of orientation sessions that provided an introduction to Chinese culture, an overview of Chinese higher education, and an introduction of the curriculum integration process rapidly underway at UK that is focused on integrating education abroad opportunities in every discipline.

The site visit consisted of three cities: Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin. Representatives visited several prestigious institutions like Fudan University, Beijing Normal University and UK's Confucius Institute partner, Shanghai University.

“Fudan University is a remarkable institution that teaches over 100 courses in English,” said Holsinger. “UK students spending a semester abroad at Fudan will be able to take courses with their Chinese counterparts, giving them the opportunity to make lifelong friends.”

The itinerary also included visits to affiliated partners in China through which UK students are doing internships, enrolling in advanced Chinese language study, engaging in service-learning and much more.

Chinese cultural professional development activities also included time an architectural walking tour of Shanghai, an evening cruise on the Huangpu River and visits to several landmarks, such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. These visits were excellent opportunities to network and better understand Chinese culture and contemporary society.

“No less valuable was the opportunity to get to know many talented, dedicated faculty and staff across our campus with a deep understanding and experience of education abroad programs,” Bartlett said.

Upon return, delegates have attended a series of debriefing meetings to discuss the site visit and further develop college-specific action plans for enhancing education abroad programming in China for UK students.

“I know I came back to the states thinking differently about the place of our university in the world and the many potentials of partnerships in China,” said Lucas. “Although the College of Design boasts that nearly one-half of its students undertake an education abroad experience during their undergraduate years, certainly China represents a significant opportunity for aspiring designers to understand global impact on the practice of design.”

"This was the first time UK Education Abroad has been able to facilitate such a large and diverse delegation and we are incredibly grateful to Dr. Huajing Maske and the UK Confucius Institute for their good partnership," Ogden said.

For more information on future faculty opportunities with the Education Abroad office, visit the EA website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover, (859) 323-2395;,

Passport to the World Takes UK Faculty to Middle East

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2015) — In support of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Passport to the World Initiative and the 2015 Year of the Middle East campaign, University of Kentucky Education Abroad partnered with the college to sponsor a faculty development seminar in the Middle East focusing on contemporary issues pertinent to the region.

The seminar was developed to provide faculty members with an opportunity to gain firsthand experience with the issues concerning the region and thus, to better equip them to share their knowledge and experience with their students and subsequent international initiatives, such as developing institutional partnerships and further education abroad programming at UK.

The following faculty members were selected to attend the seminar:

Paul Chamberlin, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History

Nancy Johnson, Gatton College of Business and Economics

Jim Ridolfo, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies

Lynn Roche Phillips, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Geography

Janet Stamatel, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology

Monica Visonà Blackmun, College of Fine Arts

Raegan Wilson, College of Arts and Sciences

Facilitated by Anthony Ogden, the executive director of UK Education Abroad and Exchanges, the seminar hosted educational lectures and cultural site visits to both Jordan and Morocco. Participants were able to study the effects of transculturation issues in Morocco.

The first week of the seminar took participants to Amman, Jordan. The capital city enjoys a thriving arts scene featuring film and music festivals and is a hub for culture, education and business. UK Faculty members studied women’s legal challenges and rights through interaction with women in leadership positions and personal narratives with women in the community.

“The faculty seminar on Women in Islam in Jordan allowed us to interact with women in a variety of settings, like professionals in Amman, mothers in the countryside, widows in a small town,” Stamatel said. “This is important to move beyond stereotypes of women living in Muslim countries and understand how religion interacts with people’s everyday lives.”

A visit to the University of Jordan Center for Women Studies allowed participants a space to discuss academic and theoretical frameworks related to Middle Eastern women.

These discussions carried over to a visit to Wadi Mousa Village, a small town south of Amman, where faculty were able to see examples of women as household income-generators and better understand the challenges and achievements of women in small villages.

“I enjoyed visiting with the indigenous people of Jordan and Morocco — natives whose voices are being hushed by political powers,” said Dr. Lynn Phillips. “Hearing about their plight to retain their own traditions in an increasingly globalized world was enlightening.” 

The seminar’s second week transitioned to Morocco and focused on three pillars: Encounters, Conflicts and Transculturation. Objectives for this week sought to engage participants in discussions on community-based conflict resolution efforts as well as viewing the effects of Westernization and ‘Easternization’ on Moroccan transculturation. A visit to the Association Marocain des Droits Humains in Rabat gave the faculty a greater understanding of present human rights issues in contemporary Morocco and how they have been shaped by political and historical events.

"In Morocco we had the opportunity to see how a country responds to a diverse linguistic and cultural fabric,” Ridolfo said. “This inspiring experience will help me to convince WRD students to study abroad."

The group also spent one night in Casablanca in order to study the city’s role in cultural merging in Moroccan history, particularly in the resolution of conflicts. Other sessions included a visit to Meknès to study the aspects of Sultan Moulay Ismail’s rule and its contribution to the city’s resulting transculturation. 

Following the seminar, the group compiled their key findings and developed immediate action items for effectively disseminating their experiences throughout the UK community. 

“It was a terrific opportunity to work with these faculty and to explore important and relevant topics that are of importance to understanding the broader Middle East region,” Ogden said.

For more information on future faculty opportunities with Education Abroad, visit the EA website.

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, 859-323-2395;

14 UK Swimmers and Divers Named Scholar All-Americans

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 10:25

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 6, 2015) — Record-setting academic honors continue to come in for the Kentucky swimming and diving team following a 2014-15 season that was equally as impressive in the competition pool. Last week, 14 Wildcats were named Scholar All-Americans by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

The most Scholar All-Americans in a single season in program history, the 14 UK student-athletes recognized includes 10 first-team selections, also a UK record. It tops the eight CSCAA Scholar All-Americans from a year ago and beats the 11 in 2011, the previous high.

As second-year head coach Lars Jorgensen continues to build the UK swimming and diving program, he has done so with record-breaking success both in the water and in the classroom. Both the men’s and women’s teams were named Scholar All-America Teams by the CSCAA. The women were No. 22 among Division I teams with a 3.54 GPA, one of just two women’s teams to finish in the top 25 in both GPA and at the NCAA Championships. The UK men also eclipsed a 3.00 with a 3.06.

“I’m really proud of everyone for their hard work in the classroom this year,” Jorgensen said. “Everyone has worked extremely hard to improve not only in the water, but in the classroom as well, and it’s great to see so many of our student-athletes be recognized for their hard work. A special thanks especially to Bob Bradley and his staff in CATS (Center for Academic and Tutorial Services), who are dedicated to our student-athletes and do a great job of helping to put them in a position to be successful.”

Kentucky’s first-team honorees are seniors Christina Bechtel, Christa Cabot, Abby Myers, Samantha Shaheen and Kristen Wilson, sophomores Kendal Casey, Danielle Galyer, Rebecca Hamperian and Kyle Higgins and freshman Bridgette Alexander. Junior Matt Roman, sophomores Andrew Aviotti and Kendra Crew and freshman Walker Thaning were named honorable mention.

All nine UK women that competed at the NCAA Championships were named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team.

This is the third CSCAA Scholar All-America honor for Bechtel, Cabot, Myers and Wilson, while Casey, Crew, Galyer and Roman were recognized for the second time in their careers.

Swimmers and divers must earn a 3.50 GPA or higher and compete at the NCAA Championships to be named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team. Honorable mention accolades are given to student-athletes who post a GPA of 3.50 or higher and earn an NCAA “B” qualifying time.

Myers is a 2015 Academic All-American and one-time All-American, while Bechtel and Galyer each won a Southeastern Conference title along with four All-America accolades. Cabot and Hamperian were named All-Americans on two diving events, while Alexander, Shaheen and Wilson all earned All-America honors at their first NCAA Championship in 2015.

For complete news and updates on the Kentucky Swimming and Diving program, go to Breaking news, behind-the-scenes updates and more can be found on Twitter at @UKSwimDive and Facebook at

MEDIA CONTACT: Charlie Healy, 859-257-3838;

UK Ranks 2nd in First-year Student-athletes on SEC Academic Honor Roll

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2015) — Student-athletes from the University of Kentucky's 22 sponsored athletic programs combined to earn a total of 83 spots on the Southeastern Conference First-Year Academic Honor Roll, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced on Wednesday.

Kentucky’s representation of 83 student-athletes ranked second highest in the league.

Each student-athlete must 1) have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution; 2) be on scholarship or a letter winner; 3) have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit at the nominating institution; and 4) have been a member of the varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.

A total of 822 student-athletes from across the SEC were awarded a spot on the honor roll for their academic accomplishments from 2014-15.

The SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2014-15 academic calendar.

Kentucky – Sport – Major

Dustin Beggs – Baseball – Integrated Strategic Communication

Marshall Gei – Baseball – Physics/Chemistry

Jacob Hamilton – Baseball – Psychology

Erich Hartman – Baseball – Business Management

Zach Logue – Baseball – Undergraduate Studies

Trey Miller – Baseball – Integrated Strategic Communication

Zach Pop – Baseball – Undergraduate Studies

Evan White – Baseball – Undergraduate Studies

Bo Wilson – Baseball – Mechanical Engineering

Devin Booker – M Basketball – Undergraduate Studies

Trey Lyles – M Basketball – Undergraduate Studies

Karl-Anthony Towns – M Basketball – Undergraduate Studies

Tyler Ulis – M Basketball – Economics

Jaycee Coe – W Basketball – Undergraduate Studies

Ivana Jakubcova – W Basketball – Psychology

Alexis Jennings – W Basketball – Exercise Science

Alyssa Rice – W Basketball – Exercise Science

Mike Edwards – Football – Undergraduate Studies

Dylan Greenberg – Football – Finance

Jarrett LaRubbio – Football – Undergraduate Studies

Kendall Randolph – Football – Communication

Charles Walker – Football – Finance

Cristian DiMarco – M Golf – Undergraduate Studies

Chip McDaniel – M Golf – Accounting

Fred Allen Meyer – M Golf – Undergraduate Studies

Grace Rose – W Golf – Undergraduate Studies

Katie Carlisle – Gymnastics – Integrated Strategic Communication

Khadijah Hudson – Gymnastics – Sociology

Cori Rechenmacher – Gymnastics – Nursing

Billy Azzinaro – Rifle – Mechanical Engineering

Jenna Bethea – Rifle – Biology

William Dixon – Rifle – Forestry

Kevin Barajas – M Soccer – Finance

Nicholas Bigilin – M Soccer – Undergraduate Studies

Noah Hutchins – M Soccer – Business Management

Andrew McKelvey – M Soccer – Marketing

Stefan Stojkovic – M Soccer – Psychology

Taylor Braun – W Soccer – Biosystems Engineering

Michaela Dooley – W Soccer – Political Science

Kelly Novak – W Soccer – Exercise Science

Haley Andrus – Softball – Agricultural Biotechnology

Brooklin Hinz – Softball – Accounting

Erin Rethlake – Softball – Exercise Science

Samuel Day – M Swim & Dive – Biosystems Engineering

Phillip Emerson – M Swim & Dive – Finance

Matheus Gerotto – M Swim & Dive – Business Management

Jackson Gunning – M Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

Issac Jones – M Swim & Dive – Elementary Education

David Rubenstein – M Swim & Dive – Finance

Jacob Smith – M Swim & Dive – Undergraduate Studies

Zachary Smith – M Swim & Dive – Biology

Walker Thaning – M Swim & Dive – Undergraduate Studies

Bridgette Alexander – W Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

Courtney Clark – W Swim & Dive – Biology

Annie Davies – W Swim & Dive – Undergraduate Studies

Allyson Dupay – W Swim & Dive – Exercise Science

Rachael Freeman – W Swim & Dive – Business Management

Aubrey Jones – W Swim & Dive – Marketing

Alyssa Ruffing – W Swim & Dive – Undergraduate Studies

Lindsay Schultz – W Swim & Dive – Biology

Paige Wells – W Swim & Dive – Marketing

Gus Benson – M Tennis – Chemical Engineering

Jake Stefanik – M Tennis – Communication

Trey Yates – M Tennis – Information Communication Technology

Logan Bryer – M Track & Field – Nursing

Fred Dorsey – M Track & Field – Clinical Leadership and Management

Ian Jones – M Track & Field – Exercise Science

Victor Oye – M Track & Field – Information Communication Technology

Robert Sandlin – M Track & Field – Physical Therapy

Luke Sharkey – M Track & Field – Undergraduate Studies

Adrianna Brown – W Track & Field – Undergraduate Studies

Aundrea Busse – W Track & Field – Food Science/Human Nutrition

Ariah Graham – W Track & Field – Community and Leadership Development

Katy Kunc – W Track & Field – Undergraduate Studies

Michelle McKinney – W Track & Field – Human Nutrition

Whitney O'Bryan – W Track & Field – Biology

Javianne Oliver – W Track & Field – Nursing

Emma Sanchez – W Track & Field – Equine Science and Management

Kaitlyn Taylor – W Track & Field – Journalism

Jill Weston – W Track & Field – Accounting/Equine Science and Management

Kaz Brown – Volleyball – Communication

Ashley Dusek – Volleyball – Integrated Strategic Communication

Darian Mack – Volleyball – Information Communication Technology

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No CATS Bus Service Friday, July 3

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:53

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2015) — University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services will not offer bus service Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. This includes the Summer/Break Route, the UK HealthCare Route and the Kentucky Clinic Route.

All campus buses are on Cat Tracker, a real-time GPS-based bus locating system. Cat Tracker can be accessed at, via the free TransLoc Android, BlackBerry and iPhone apps and through QR and SMS codes located on each bus stop sign.

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover, (859) 323-2395;

Bush Appointed Kate Spade & Co. Endowed Professor in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2015) — Last week, the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees appointed Heather Bush as the inaugural Kate Spade & Company Foundation Endowed Professor in the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW). Bush is an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the UK College of Public Health.

"We are very excited to have Dr. Bush as an endowed professor within the Center for Research on Violence Against Women," said Diane Follingstad, director and Women’s Circle Endowed Chair of CRVAW. "Her design and statistical expertise has already been instrumental for our faculty receiving federal funding. But, beyond that, she is a biostatistician with vision, in that she brings new and distinctly different angles to our conceptualization of research questions, which is highly valued by all of us at the center."

Bush teaches courses at the undergraduate, professional, and graduate levels that focus on statistical consulting and introductory applications of biostatistics. Her work on outcomes research has an emphasis on injury and violence, especially as it applies to women's health and student populations.

"As a biostatistician, I have many opportunities to engage with researchers across campus to improve study design, data collection and management, and the application of analytical methods," said Bush. "However, the Kate Spade & Company Endowed Professorship  provides me the special opportunity to focus my expertise in the area of violence control, in particular in the prevention of violence against women in young adults."

Prior to her academic appointment in 2006, Bush worked as a senior biostatistician in industry and was responsible for the design and analysis of Phase IV studies, observational studies, health registries, and large simple safety studies. Building on these experiences, she has helped to transform the statistical support provided to investigators at UK through her leadership roles with the Clinical Translational Science Center BERD, the Applied Statistics Lab (co-founder), and DATAQUeST (co-founder). She has also served as the lead biostatistician of the Kentucky Women's Health Registry since 2007, and currently leads this work with Ann Coker, professor of epidemiology in the UK College of Public Health and Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair at CRVAW. Most recently, Bush and the DATAQUeST team provided the statistical support for C.A.T.S (Campus Attitudes Toward Safety), the annual longitudinal assessment of student perceptions and experiences that impact campus safety at UK.

"Building on what we have learned from our current research, assessing and evaluating violence prevention programs on high school and college campuses, I am excited about the opportunities for improvement in measurement and novel applications of statistical methodology in data capture and analysis that will specifically target the unique experiences of students," said Bush.

Bush is a past recipient of the Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching, the College of Public Health's Golden Apple Award, and the Dean's Outstanding Teaching Performance Award. She joins CRVAW with Follingstad, Coker and Claire Renzetti, the Judy Conway Patton Endowed Chair, as well as Charles Carlson, the Robert H. and Anna B. Culton Endowed Professor.

As an academic area of study, the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and their attendant risks present complex challenges. The Center for Research on Violence Against Women brings together cross-disciplinary faculty, staff and students to conduct and disseminate research to improve the quality of life of those affected by such forms of violence, with the ultimate goal of preventing it.

The Kate Spade & Company Foundation aims to empower women to transform their communities.

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

New MoveWell at 1020 Employee Fitness Facility Now Open

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:03

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2015) — The University of Kentucky’s employee-dedicated fitness center, MoveWell at 1020 Export, is now open. This new facility features something for everyone: more than 20 pieces of cardio equipment, a brand new set of strength training equipment and a full line of free weights. Plus, enjoy sweat and bath towel service and the expertise of on-site staff who can answer questions and assist your workout.

MoveWell is the fitness center relocated from what was previously Alumni Gym to 1020 Export Street.

“The news we were moving out of Alumni gym after 20 years in that location came as a surprise,” said Carrie Davidson, facilities planner for Health and Wellness.  “However, change is good, and our new facility at 1020 Export was soon realized as an opportunity to grow our programs, services, and our staff. It is our mission (Health and Wellness) to improve the health of the university community through education, intervention, and individual empowerment.” 

MoveWell membership is $7 a month and includes access to fitness facilities at 1020 Export and Seaton Center, training sessions and unlimited participation in group fitness classes. Locker rental at either facility is available for an additional $5 a month.

In collaboration with UK Parking and Transportation, there is a free shuttle to MoveWell. This shuttle runs Monday through Friday in the mornings and midday, making transport to the facility during the lunch hour and after work more of ease. This shuttle is currently operating on a 90-day trial period ending Sept. 15. 

MoveWell also offers bike racks, parking in the Press Avenue Garage (structure # 6), a parking lot at the 1020 location as well as parking in the UK Credit Union parking lot, which is available in the mornings, evenings and weekends.

“We are excited to bring this opportunity to 'Live Well' to UK employees, retirees, spouses, and sponsored dependents,” Davidson said. 

A grand opening ceremony is planned for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 23 at Export. Everyone is invited attend.

For details on joining, locations, classes, and more please visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Blair Hoover and Rebecca Stratton, (859) 323-2395;

UK Art Museum Closed for Independence Day

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 14:38

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2015) — The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky will be closed for the Independence Day holidays, Friday-Saturday, July 3-4.

The Art Museum at UK, which is closed Mondays, will reopen for regular museum hours beginning noon Sunday, July 5.

Currently three exhibitions are on display at the Art Museum at UK, "Chester Cornett: Beyond the Narrow Sky,"   "Vivian Maier: On the Street" and "Other Streets: Photographs from the Collection." These exhibitions close July 26. More on these shows can be read here:

The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote 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. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection. 

VIDEO: UK's New Residence Halls Help Students "see community." Year Round

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 11:21

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

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2015) — Though large numbers of students travel back “home” during summer breaks and other holidays, many simply can’t because “home” is an ocean or continent away from the University of Kentucky.

Endy Kailer, who is from Brazil, is living on campus for the summer.  But she says she never feels alone because she’s living with other international students, along with students from right here in Kentucky in Woodland Glen I

While the international exchange student relishes living in one of UK’s newest residence halls, her favorite part about living there goes way beyond the special beds, expansive study rooms and other amenities.

In the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video above, Kailer shares why Woodland Glen I is making her experience as a student in the United States so special.  

This video feature is part of a special series produced by UKNow focusing on locations across campus that are meaningful for UK students, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni.  The idea is to show how the physical spaces on campus help foster discovery, community, research, knowledge and success for the UK family.   As the university celebrates its 150th anniversary, we want to show readers what our campus is like today by showcasing locations that have stood for decades along with some of our newest spots.  

Since the “Where I ‘see blue.’” video series is now a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas.  If there’s an obscure spot on campus you don’t think many people know about or an area that’s on everyone’s radar but you have a special connection to it, email us.  Who knows?  We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!

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

UK Places 84 Student-athletes on SEC Academic Honor Roll

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:39

LEXINGTON, Ky., (July 1, 2015) — Student-athletes from all eight of Kentucky's spring sports teams combined to earn a total of 84 spots on the Southeastern Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced on Tuesday.

UK's honorees included 22 baseball players, 14 softball players, 13 women’s track and field members, 13 men’s track and field members, eight women’s tennis players, four men’s tennis players, six men’s golfers and four women’s golfers.

A total of 1,191 student-athletes from around the league earned spots on the honor roll, which is based on grades from the 2014 summer, 2014 fall and 2015 spring terms. In order to make the SEC Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have a 3.0 grade-point average for the preceding academic year or his/her entire collegiate career, be at least a sophomore in academic standing, and meet additional qualifications.

Kentucky – Sport – Major

Zach Arnold - Baseball - Communication

Kyle Barrett – Baseball - Community & Leadership Development

Bryce Bastien – Baseball - Accounting/Finance

Thomas Bernal – Baseball - Communication

Zack Brown - Baseball - Accounting

Marcus Carson – Baseball - Communication

Ryne Combs – Baseball - Business Management/Spanish

Dylan Dwyer - Baseball - Communication

Greg Fettes – Baseball - Communication

Dorian Hairston - Baseball - English

Connor Heady – Baseball - Communication

Spencer Jack - Baseball - Communication

Taylor Martin - Baseball - Communication

Andrew Nelson - Baseball - Civil Engineering

Blake Oyler - Baseball - Agricultural Economics

Logan Salow - Baseball - Undergraduate Studies

Matt Snyder – Baseball - Agricultural Economics

Troy Squires - Baseball - Undergraduate Studies

Zach Strecker - Baseball - Accounting/Finance

Blaze Tom - Baseball - Community & Leadership Development

Storm Wilson - Baseball - Business Management

Robert Ziegler – Baseball - Undergraduate Studies

Matthew Anderson - Men's Golf - Finance

Will Bishop - Men's Golf - Accounting

Hager Collins - Men's Golf - Finance

Harrison Greenberry - Men's Golf - Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles

Todd McDaniel - Men's Golf - Civil Engineering

Chris Meuth - Men's Golf - Business Management

Stephen Stallings - Men's Golf - Economics

Cylia Damerau - Women's Golf - Psychology/Communications

Sarah Harris - Women's Golf - Integrated Strategic Communication

Megan Kinney - Women's Golf - Integrated Strategic Communication

Ale Walker - Women's Golf - Business Management

Kara Howard – Softball - English

Griffin Joiner – Softball - Exercise Science

Stephanie Martino - Softball - Human Health Sciences

Kelsey Nunley - Softball - Community & Leadership Development/Leadership Studies

Meagan Prince - Softball - Agricultural Biotechnology

Buzz Ray – Softball - Communication Sciences & Disorders

Darington Richardson – Softball - Biology

Nikki Sagermann - Softball - Elementary Education

Sylver Samuel – Softball - Integrated Strategic Communication

Ansley Smith – Softball - Integrated Strategic Communication

Shannon Smith - Softball - Exercise Science

Maisie Steed - Softball - Health Promotion/Teaching Certification

Christian Stokes - Softball - Exercise Science

Nils Ellefsen - Men's Tennis - Economics

Kevin Lai - Men's Tennis - Economics

Charles Minc - Men's Tennis - Business Management/Marketing

Beck Pennington - Men's Tennis - Communication/Economics

Kelsey Dieters - Women's Tennis - Pharmacy

Stephanie Fox - Women's Tennis - Integrated Strategic Communication

Kate Lanier - Women's Tennis - Marketing

Kirsten Lewis - Women's Tennis - Exercise Science

Edmee Morin - Women's Tennis - Finance

Nadia Ravita - Women's Tennis - Finance

Aldila Sutjiadi - Women's Tennis - Mathematical Economics

Grace Trimble - Women's Tennis - Political Science

Zack Beavin - Men’s Track & Field - Mechanical Engineering

James Brown - Men’s Track & Field - Agricultural Biotechnology

David Cline - Men’s Track & Field - Biosystems Engineering

Nathan Donnellon - Men’s Track & Field - Business Management/Economics/Finance

Ray Dykstra - Men’s Track & Field - Exercise Science

Gabe Harm - Men’s Track & Field - Economics

Spencer Hrycay - Men’s Track & Field - Exercise Science

Tim Layten - Men’s Track & Field - Journalism

Jared Phillips - Men’s Track & Field - Chemistry

Ryan Polman - Men’s Track & Field - Biology

Bradley Szypka - Men’s Track & Field - Social Studies Education

Sean Willard - Men’s Track & Field - Accounting

MacKay Wilson - Men’s Track & Field - Mechanical Engineering

Alisha Adair - Women’s Track & Field - Community & Leadership Development

Dominique Booker - Women’s Track & Field - Psychology/Sociology

Dez Bryant - Women’s Track & Field - Community & Leadership Development

Michelle Canterna - Women’s Track & Field - Communication Sciences & Disorders

Kenyattia Hackworth - Women’s Track & Field - Community & Leadership Development

Kristen Hale - Women’s Track & Field - Exercise Science

Amy Hansen - Women’s Track & Field - Animal Sciences

Kendra Harrison - Women’s Track & Field - Community & Leadership Development

Caroline McCaslin - Women’s Track & Field - Biology

Leah Nugent - Women’s Track & Field - English

Daje Pugh - Women’s Track & Field - Exercise Science/Psychology

Brandi Walker - Women’s Track & Field - Animal Sciences

Angelica Whaley - Women’s Track & Field - Exercise Science/Spanish

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From Rocking Chairs to Photos of Everyday Life, Celebrate American Artists, Free Admission at UK Museum

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:26

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2015) — What better way to celebrate the new free admission policy at the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky then to catch the last days of three popular exhibitions showcasing the talents of a legendary Kentucky folk artist and the work captured through the lenses of several of America's best photographers?

Through July 26, arts patrons can take in "Chester Cornett: Beyond the Narrow Sky," "Vivian Maier: On the Street" and "Other Streets: Photographs from the Collection," the first three exhibitions mounted by the Art Museum at UK since adopting a new admission policy this May. Thanks to the generosity of several anonymous donors, the Art Museum at UK has become a free admission institution.

While donations are encouraged, there will be no required fee to view the temporary exhibitions and permanent collection at the Art Museum at UK.

Museum Director Stuart Horodner made the policy decision in consultation with several College of Fine Arts and UK colleagues. "In recent years, several major U.S. museums have gone in this direction and have seen their audiences diversify, memberships increase, and civic pride expand. We want to remove all obstacles that might prohibit art lovers from enjoying the range of historical and contemporary works we offer."

"Hand Carved" from Appalshop, Inc. on Vimeo. For a transcript of this video, visit here.

Kentucky King of Chairs

"Chester Cornett: Beyond the Narrow Sky" is a collection of extraordinary chairs and rockers, made by an Appalachian artisan and visionary artist who pushed the form of a functional object into more sculptural conceits. Cornett (1913-1981) was raised in both financial and emotional poverty in Kentucky's Letcher and Harlan counties. He achieved only a fourth-grade education and learned the craft of furniture-making from his uncle.

Cornett weathered personal traumas of childhood and service in World War II by developing an obsession with innovative chair design. He created such forms as “two-in-one” chairs with wide seats and four rockers, and would carve wood in decorative themes tailored to the patron who commissioned it.

In 1965, Cornett received a flurry of attention when writer Gurney Norman published an article titled "Rare Hand-Made Furniture Produced by Bearded Chairmaker." Other stories and essays followed including "The Tyranny of Charity" by Wendell Berry.

In 1973, Cornett made an elaborately carved rocker for U.S. President Richard Nixon, which he was able to present to him. The rocker remains in the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

"Chester Cornett: Beyond the Narrow Sky" illuminates the life and work of a complex man who aspired to be “king of the chairmakers.” The museum gives special thanks to Matt Collinsworth, director of the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead, Kentucky, and Adrian Swain, former artistic director, who organized this exhibition.

One Nanny's Perspective Behind the Lens

"Vivian Maier: On the Street" is an exhibition of 30 photographs by a woman whose talents were discovered only after her death. When a Chicago realtor named John Maloof purchased an unclaimed box from a storage unit containing 100,000 of her negatives in 2007, he had no idea of the story that would unfold.

After Maloof posted some of her work online, Vivian Maier (1926-2009) became an art world darling, discussed as part of the tradition of street photographers including Robert Frank, Helen Levitt and Garry Winogrand. Like them, she demonstrates a keen sense of timing, an eye for the nuance of gesture, and an ability to catch dramas, large and small, unfolding on city streets.

Lovers, antagonists, the strange intimacy of public transport, and the lives of children are all seen in Maier's tightly composed photographs. Her own face and body appear in numerous self-portraits, reflected in mirrors and windows, but also as a shadow, an eternal observer, seeing but unseen.

Maier worked for most of her life as a nanny in New York and Chicago where she roamed the streets with a camera and her young charges in hand. The job provided her the freedom to obsessively record the life around her. Maier was so secretive, that she used aliases when having her film developed; and the families with whom she lived had little idea of the seriousness of her work or the facts of her life.

In recent years, Maier has been the subject of numerous articles, exhibitions, books and a documentary film, "Finding Vivian Maier." The unearthing of her work and its subsequent reception raises questions about the expanded canon of art history and the possibilities of other unknown artists of consequence.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Art Museum at UK will present an exclusive showing of "Finding Vivian Maier" 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Kentucky Theatre in downtown Lexington. The Best Documentary Oscar-nominated film explores the life of the secretive nanny. Variety called the documentary "compelling, haunting, captivating" and "as fascinating for unraveling the life of its mysterious subject as it is for revealing her finely-observed photos." Art Museum at UK Curator Janie Welker will be on hand to give an introduction to the film. Tickets to "Finding Vivian Maier" are $8.

Art Takes the Streets

"Other Streets: Photographs from the Collection" examines American street photography between the 1950s and early 1980s which combined the observational skills of documentary work with the tightly composed aesthetic of modernism to create images that captured the look and feel of the times. Organized to help contextualize the photographs by Vivien Maier, this exhibition includes images by Van Deren Coke, Bruce Davidson, J.J. Jaffee, Robert C. May and Ralph Eugene Meatyard, among others. Some created single, iconic photos, while others spent months or years on specific projects.

Coke and Meatyard, who were both members of the Lexington Camera Club, set out in the 1950s to photograph the predominantly African American neighborhood of Georgetown Street. Meatyard carefully distinguished the kind of images they were making from documentary photography which traditionally focused on disadvantaged populations. "We have only one story to tell, and it is that these people are like you and me."

With the museum's new free admission policy in place, membership levels and benefits have been restructured to encourage even more engagement with the campus and community. For more information on membership, contact Lyndi VanDeursen at 859-257-8164 or

The Art Museum at UK is located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue. The hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Friday. The museum will be closed for the Independence Day holiday July 3-4, but will reopen at noon Sunday, July 5.

The mission of the Art Museum at UK, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote 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. Home to a collection of more than 4,500 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the Art Museum at UK presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection. 

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

UK Research Reveals Potential Environmental Harm of Nanomaterials

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2015) — Nanomaterials are a common component in many industrial and consumer products. A team of international researchers, led by University of Kentucky scientists, have found that these tiny metal-containing particles may be more toxic to plants and microorganisms than other forms of metals.

The group of scientists led by Jason Unrine, an assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, studied biosolids from a simulated wastewater treatment system containing the nanomaterials silver, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide and examined their effects on plants and microorganisms. Their findings were presented in two papers recently published in the academic journal Environmental Science and Technology.

Nanomaterials from common consumer products like sunscreens, cosmetics and textiles end up in wastewater treatment facilities where they are removed from drinking water and reside with sewage sludge. Further processing at the plant turns this sludge into biosolids. About half of the biosolids produced in the U.S. and parts of Europe are used as soil amendments on agricultural and other lands and have been for many decades. Biosolids can provide needed nutrients and organic matter to the soil. In the United States, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates biosolids used as fertilizers.

Until recently, these nanomaterials have not been present in biosolids. The researchers wondered whether current EPA regulations for metals would be protective when biosoilds contained metal-based nanomaterials.

Unrine, along with fellow UK researchers Jonathan Judy and Dave McNear Jr., studied the effects of the biosolids on legumes, soil microorganisms and nitrogen-fixing bacteria. They found that the biosolids with nanomaterials prevented the colonization of plants by nitrogen-fixing bacteria and changed the composition of microorganisms in the soil. As a result, the plants had stunted growth and took up far more zinc compared to biosolids containing typical forms of the metals.

A study led by UKAg scientists Olga Tsyusko and Chun Chen studied the molecular mechanisms behind the adverse effects on the plants and their nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Their portion of the study found dramatic differences in expression of genes in the plants receiving biosolids containing nanoparticles compared to those receiving normal biosolids. They believe some differences were likely caused by the increased zinc uptake.

“This study is the most realistic simulation of the potential effects of nanomaterials in biosolids on agricultural lands to date,” Unrine said. “It demonstrates that current regulations for biosolids may not be protective for nanomaterials, although current predicted concentrations of nanomaterials in biosolids are far below regulatory limits, and more work needs to be done to confirm these findings.”

Collaborators included researchers at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, who constructed a pilot wastewater treatment plant, and researchers at Rothamsted Research in the United Kingdom, who mixed the biosolids containing nanomaterials with soil and allowed the mixture to age outdoors. The aged biosolids were sent to the University of Kentucky for analysis. A research team at Carnegie Mellon University examined the chemical form of metals in the soil.

The research project was funded by the EPA and the United Kingdom’s Natural Environment Research Council.

MEDIA CONTACT: Katie Pratt, 859-257-8774.

AAA Corporate Travel Services, Avant Travel to Continue as UK’s Designated Travel Vendors

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 14:56

LEXINGTON, Ky. July 1, 2015 — The University of Kentucky announced this week that AAA Corporate Travel Services and Avant Travel were selected to continue as UK’s designated travel vendors.

Through the request for proposal (RFP) process, lower travel agency service fees were negotiated, beginning July 1.  UK operates a managed travel program primarily for the following three reasons:

  • To provide risk management tracking of UK travelers and to provide assistance to them while traveling
  • To provide cost savings, efficiencies and flexibility for UK travelers when arranging travel
  • To provide data to the university and Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport to allow for increased cost savings and improved services

For more information, visit the Office of the Treasurer.

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

Enjoy Fourth of July Fireworks on Campus

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 14:19

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 1, 2015)  University of Kentucky Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) invites the campus community to watch Lexington's Independence Day fireworks display from the top deck of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5).  This garage is located next to Kennedy's Wildcat Den.  The proximity of the garage to the downtown area offers a close view of the fireworks display while avoiding the crowds and congestion of the downtown festivities.

Anyone possessing a valid UK parking permit may park in the facility free of charge to view the fireworks from the upper level.

Those planning to attend the fireworks viewing may enter the South Limestone gates. The Upper Street gates will remain closed. The parking garage gates will open at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 4.  The top deck lights will be turned off during the display to enhance the viewing experience.

Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs, and food and drink are permitted.   However, alcoholic beverages, grills, open fires, and all fireworks — including sparklers — are prohibited.  No animals are allowed, with the exception of service animals.  To promote a safe and positive viewing experience for everyone, the University of Kentucky Police Department will be present to enforce restrictions.  Portable restroom facilities and trash receptacles will be provided.

MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Stratton and Blair Hoover, (859) 323-2395;,


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