LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2014) — The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series will continue on Thursday with Mary Sue Coleman, former University of Kentucky faculty member and former president of the University of Michigan.
Coleman will address the UK community at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Lexmark Public Room of the Main Building.
Mary Sue Coleman led the University of Michigan as its 13th president from August 2002 until she retired in June 2014.
As president, she developed numerous large initiatives that impacted the community, the campus, and future generations of students. These initiatives included enhancing interdisciplinary richness of university, strengthening student residential life, bolstering the economic vitality of the state and nation, increasing the university's global engagement, and encouraging innovation and creativity.
TIME magazine has named Coleman one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents,” and the American Council on Education has honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
In anticipation of her presentation, UKNow asked Coleman the following questions.
1. What do you plan to discuss in your presentation on the UK campus?
I will talk about the need for America’s universities to be more innovative and entrepreneurial. We are doing great work teaching these values and talents to our students, and I believe we, as institutions, should be just as innovative. The principles we teach students about entrepreneurship are exactly the same principles all of higher education needs to navigate in today’s turbulent waters.
I also plan to leave time for conversation with the audience. I’m eager to hear what is working well at UK and how we can learn from each other.
2. You were president of one of America’s leading public research universities and have served in senior leadership roles at a number of institutions. How has the role of the presidency changed over time in your judgment?
I see the job of university president becoming more and more challenging. With the extensive reductions in aid from the federal and state governments, coupled with absolute need for higher education to control costs and keep tuition affordable, presidents must be very disciplined and very creative. An educated citizenry matters, and we must do whatever it takes to keep college affordable, accessible and excellent.
Today’s president must be a leader with a talented executive team and a commitment to working with those in business, government and philanthropic circles. And, more than anything, a president must be dedicated to an exceptional education for students.
3. What do you think are the most significant challenges confronting higher education, particularly public research institutions?
We are threatened by shrinking financial support from our federal and state governments. And threatened by waning public confidence and those skeptical of our value and our contributions. There is a compact between American society and public higher education that cannot be found anywhere else. I truly believe it is one of the great achievements of our nation. But that compact is frayed and it must be strengthened. It is frayed because of a divestment in public higher education that threatens our future — threatens it as much as climate change.
4. With those challenges, what do you think are the prospects for the future?
I am an eternal optimist. No other nation has a system of higher education like ours, and students from around the world continue to seek out an American education. When Congress passed the Morrill Act of 1862, establishing land-grant universities like the University of Kentucky, it launched a public education movement that is a crown jewel of our country and the envy of the world. But to remain so, we as a society must make higher education — and in particular, public higher education — a national priority.The "see tomorrow." Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the University Senate and the Office of the Provost. MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Geegan, (859) 257-5365; email@example.com
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2014) — After an October full of spells, potions and wizardry, University of Kentucky Honors Program students celebrated Halloween at a Yule Ball last night, straight from the world of Harry Potter himself.
The ball was a culmination of Harry Potter Month, a series of events sponsored by the Honors Program and the residence halls Central I and II. Now in its third year, the themed month has proven to be quite popular with Honors students, with 94 percent of those living in the Honors residence hall participating in events last year. This year's numbers appear just as high, with nearly 600 students participating.
Jillian Faith, resident director of Central Hall, originally came up with the idea of Harry Potter Month, and has worked with the students to implement it for last three years at UK.
"It’s something they grew up with — and they just own it," Faith said. "Before this generation there was 'Star Wars' or 'Lord of the Rings,' and this group happens to love 'Harry Potter.' And so we just capitalized on that. It works really well with the Honors Program and our student population because we can put an academic spin on it - it fits all the criteria that we would want."
The idea behind the month of activities is community building — encouraging students to get to know those in their residence hall and within the Honors Program better. Throughout October, students participate in a variety of Potter-themed events, such as a trip to Hogsmeade (the farmer's market), a workshop in "potions" (a study session for Chemistry 105 and 107) and social events like a house-sorting ceremony, among many others.
The program also works with faculty from across campus to offer an array of learning experiences that tie back to the theme. For example, Rita Picklesimer, a dance instructor in the UK College of Education's Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, attended the Yule Ball to teach the students the waltz dance from the movie.
"When we tell faculty it’s part of Harry Potter month, they’re usually very excited to take part in it," Faith said.
While the students all go crazy for "Harry Potter," it's not the only month of activities the program offers. Every month centers on a timely theme. For example, November and December will offer opportunities for students to learn about community service.
Heather Carpenter, advisor and co-curricular programmer in Honors, said these themed activities get students excited and make them feel more at home within the residence hall.
"We had 98 students return this year that lived in Central last year," Carpenter said. "I think if you provide them with programming that is both interesting and fun — and also ties to their academics — then you can increase retention."
Elementary education junior Colleen Kochensparger is "very much a "Harry Potter" fan, and was in attendance at last night's ball.
"I know a lot of the people in the Honors residence hall are fans, and I think this is a good community where you can be unashamedly passionate about nerdy things like 'Harry Potter,'" she said. "I was sorted into Gryffindor for the month, so in order to earn points we had to get with other people who were also sorted into our house. We went to programs with them and made videos about the importance of our house. It was very fun and a way to meet new people in our residence hall."
Faith said the month's programming is student-led, with residence advisors and peer mentors coming up with most of the ideas.
"I think that is what really helps get all of these students involved — the RAs and peer mentors befriend the students and are able to reach all four corners of the hall,” she said.
Samuel Burkhardt, an animal science junior, has served as a peer mentor in the program for that past two years. He believes creating smaller programs of this nature within the university helps students acclimate more to the campus community.
"The first few months you're on campus can be really stressful if you come from a small school background like I did," Burkhardt said. "The peer mentors' roles are to create programs to help students get to know each other better. Harry Potter Month brings a great theme into the programs because I feel like everyone in Honors loves Harry Potter — it’s what we grew up with as kids. It's a really special event for a lot of people."
Carpenter thinks the world of "Harry Potter" resonates particularly well for Honors students.
"There is something special about the notion of 'I am like a wizard because I’m curious and I'm an enthusiastic learner.' Maybe they come from a high school where that's not so cool, but here it is. Everyone is an active engaged learner — and that's kind of what Hogwarts is like — everyone is passionate about learning magic."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2014) — The National Guard Bureau recently honored a staff member of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment for his impact on the state’s military youth and youth programs.
Tyrone Atkinson, program coordinator for Operation Military Kids at UK, received the Youth Development Volunteer Award from bureau chief Gen. Frank Grass at the National Volunteer Workshop in Oklahoma. Cindy Culver of the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort nominated Atkinson.
“Words cannot describe Tyrone’s passion and compassion for military kids and families,” said Culver, lead child and youth programs coordinator for the Cognitive Professional Services Company, a Kentucky National Guard contractor. “There’s never a request too large or small for Tyrone to handle, and he has shown great dependability and enthusiasm for his career and those he serves.”
Since 2009, Atkinson, a 2007 UKAg graduate from Louisville, has managed the day-to-day operations of UK’s Operation Military Kids contract with family and consumer sciences extension. He regularly collaborates with the military personnel to provide enriching programs to National Guard and Active Duty youth and families. In addition, he trains civilians on ways they can build a stronger community capacity to support military families, especially those facing or just returning from a deployment. Through several Department of Defense family and adventure camps, Atkinson and colleagues help military families reconnect after a deployment.
"We couldn't be more proud of Tyrone,” said Kerri Ashurst, senior extension specialist in UK family and consumer sciences extension and director of the Operation Military Kids contract. “He gives so much of himself to our Kentucky military families. His passion is working to strengthen families, and it shows through in everything he does in his work with the military. He is so very deserving of this award.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2014) — Current UK employees may receive up to four complimentary tickets for the Kentucky Women's Basketball PACK THE HOUSE game against Baylor 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Rupp Arena. For this event only, bring your UK employee ID to the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Friday, to pick up the tickets. This option must be done in person and in advance and is based upon availability.
If you are unable to pick up tickets in advance, you may present your UK Employee ID at the gate at Rupp Arena to gain free admission for yourself and one guest, based on ticket availability in the general admission areas.
Additional tickets for purchase are available in the reserved lower level and in the general admission upper level. Prices are as follows: $9 reserved seats (all ages), $8 adult general admission, $5 youth/senior general admission (18 & under, 65 & over). Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge in the general admission area.
Contact the UK Ticket Office at 859-257-1818 with any questions.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2014) — The Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) is pleased to announce the launch of the newly enhanced KyBIZinfo.com website, with much of the restructuring resulting from a call for help by the Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) initiative.
Formed by Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, the SOAR initiative held over 100 listening sessions with residents throughout Eastern Kentucky during the summer of 2014 and collected valuable input from business owners regarding what were deemed the greatest needs. From the numerous conversations with residents, one of the top requests presented to the initiative administrators was to develop and promote a web portal clearinghouse to better market resources currently available to potential entrepreneurs and existing small business owners.
In response to this need, the center, in partnership with the East Kentucky Technical Assistance Providers network, has launched KyBIZinfo.com. The extensive online directory contains detailed profiles and information on Kentucky’s non-profit and government agencies that provide services to assist the region with its continued economic growth.
“When Gov. Beshear and Congressman Rogers launched the SOAR initiative last year,this is exactly the type of success they envisioned; a unique collaboration and the elevation of an organization that is already doing fantastic work within the region,” said Jared Arnett, executive director for SOAR. “We are encouraged to see the Small Business Development Center responding so quickly to meet one of the needs identified in the final report as submitted to the SOAR Executive Board in September.”
Entrepreneurs who need help starting a new business or growing an existing business can gain access to an array of services by using KyBIZinfo.com’s advanced search functionality. The system allows the user to select the type of assistance they need. It then filters through the available catalog of resources and delivers a customized list of local service providers offering the specific support requested.
The website’s resource partners provide assistance with issues relating to business planning, business training, economic development, financing/loan programs, importing and exporting, management assistance, manufacturing and product development, marketing, small business advocacy, business networking, permits and licenses, procurement assistance, research and technology and many more areas.
“KSBDC is pleased to collaborate with service providers to help make it easier for entrepreneurs to find the resources they want,” said Becky Naugle, KSBDC state director. “We heard over and over that they wanted and needed a one-stop place to find all the help available, and that is what KyBIZinfo provides.”
Access to the website is free for entrepreneur hopefuls and participating resourcepartner organizations. Currently, KyBIZinfo.com hosts more than 325 service providers with detailed profile information available to Kentucky businesses.
Additional information is available at the KyBIZinfo website, http://KyBIZinfo.com/ or 877-592-4946.
The Kentucky Small Business Development Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a network of 15 offices located throughout the state that helps existing and start-up businesses succeed by offering high quality, in-depth and hands-on services. The center is a partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. More information on KSBDC services is available online at http://www.ksbdc.org/.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2014) – Coldstream Park will host the city's fourth annual Free to Breathe fundraiser this Saturday, Nov 1. The inspirational event will feature a 5k run/walk and a 1-mile walk for all fitness levels, with awards for top fundraisers and finishers.
All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring surviving lung cancer is the expectation, not the exception.
Kentucky leads the nation in both new incidences of lung cancer and deaths from the disease. Though tobacco use is the biggest risk factor for developing lung cancer, anyone can develop the disease regardless of his or her smoking status. Lung cancer kills nearly twice as many women as breast cancer, and it is the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the U.S. Despite this, lung cancer receives proportionately less government funding per death than other types of cancer.
Free to Breathe aims to rally Kentuckians to create change and help defeat lung cancer. Supporters and participants are creating communities of hope by raising awareness of the disease and funds which can fuel advances in detection and treatment and ultimately save lives.
Registration for the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the opening rally at 9:40 a.m. The cost to register that day is $30. Registrants can choose to participant in one of three events:
· 5K Run, beginning at 10 a.m.
· 5K walk, beginning at 10:05 a.m.
· 1-mile walk, beginning at 10:10 a.m.
For more information on Free to Breathe, visit www.freetobreathe.org.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2014) -- As we reset our clocks and watches for daylight saving time, it's a good opportunity to think about our body clocks as well. Our bodies naturally operate on 24-hour cycles, called circadian rhythms, that respond to external cues such as time of light and dark, eating and physical activity.
While we often think of the body as having one "master clock" in the brain, current science now makes it clear that every cell in the body has its own individual clock. Together, these timekeepers direct our behaviors--telling us when to sleep, wake up and eat-- and work to keep our cells healthy.
When we set our clocks back an hour each autumn, we don't see it as anything more than gaining an extra hour of sleep. In reality, though, all the cell clocks in our body are making an adjustment to this change in time. Even this small time change can cause our body clocks to become slightly and temporarily out of sync. As a result of the time change, for about a week you might feel tired earlier at night and wake up earlier in the morning. The good news is that the fall time change, where we delay the clocks and our exposure to light by an hour (known as a "phase delay"), is easier for us to adjust to than setting our clocks forward.
For best health we need to be mindful our body clocks all year long. Minor changes like daylight saving time can have small, temporary effects on us. But long-term disruptions to your circadian rhythm, like chronic sleep deprivation, shift work, or eating and exercising late in the day, can cause more serious problems. According to the National Institutes of Health, abnormal circadian rhythms have been associated with obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder.
How do you keep your body clock in healthy working order year round?
-- Use light as your guide. The best way for you to keep your body clocks synchronized is to keep light, eating, and activity consolidated. Use daytime hours for your meals and exercise, and try to do most of that earlier in the day.
-- Get enough sleep. Sleep serves an important function - it's when our bodies do maintenance, which is why our body clock tells us to go to sleep every day. Try to get about eight hour of sleep each night.
-- Pay attention to your natural time cues of light exposure, when you eat, and when you're physically active/exercising. Your sleep cycle is an output of your body clock system, and eating, exercising, and bright lights (including your cell phone, computer or TV) near bedtime can make it difficult to sleep.
Dr. Karyn Esser is a professor of physiology at the University of Kentucky. She specializes in targeting circadian rhythms to optimize health and directs the Center for Muscle Biology.
This column appeared in the November 2, 2014 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2014) — Priority registration for the University of Kentucky's 2104-2015 winter intersession and the 2015 spring semester begins Monday, Nov. 3. UK Parking and Transportation Services is reminding students who have unpaid parking citations that they may be unable to register for classes due to an administrative hold. Students are urged to pay all of their citations before their class registration window opens. Students can pay citations online at www.uky.edu/pts/online-services_pay-a-citation.
Administrative holds for outstanding citations are not automatically released upon payment of fees. To remove an administrative hold from a student account, please call Parking and Transportation Services at 859-257-5757 after paying any outstanding fees. The PTS office is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you are unsure whether you have outstanding parking citations, you may check on PTS website at www.uky.edu/pts/online-services_pay-a-citation. You may also use the myUK portal to check your student account, including any unresolved academic or financial holds.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2014) — Fifty-six University of Kentucky staff members were honored during the 2014 Outstanding Staff Awards (OSA) recognition ceremony Wednesday at Spindletop Hall. This was the fifth year for the event sponsored by Staff Senate and the President's Office.
More than 100 people were in attendance to honor the award winners, including University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto, representatives of the Board of Trustees, colleagues, and other campus leaders. Entertainment included performances by students from the UK Department of Theatre and Dance.
“The University of Kentucky is full of dedicated, passionate people who help advance our multi-faceted mission of teaching, research, service and health care,” said President Capilouto. “Our campus is about people, and the Outstanding Staff Awards is a special opportunity to congratulate and thank the UK Family."
OSA winners were all referred by their respective work units as their most deserving employees of 2013-14.
"Since implementation of the program in 2010, unit participation across the university has more than tripled from eight to 20," said Holly Jones Clark, the OSA program chair. “We are delighted that administrators see the value in recognizing the professional contributions of our diverse staff.”
The 56 OSA winners represented 20 colleges and administrative units, including the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, College of Arts and Sciences, Gatton College of Business and Economics, College of Communication and Information, College of Dentistry, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health Sciences, College of Law, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Human Resources, Office of Development, Office of the Treasurer, Student Affairs, UK HealthCare, UK HealthCare IT, UK Libraries, and Undergraduate Studies.
2014 Outstanding Staff Award winners are:
Amy K. Triana
G. Wayne Rogers
Heather Yattaw Wagoner
Marc K. Blevins
Mary Ann Nestmann
The OSA Program Committee includes Holly Jones Clark, Jann Burks, Chris Crumrine, Misty Dotson, Keith Hautala, Mindy McCulley and Clem Stambaugh.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2014) — On UK’s campus, you can see and hear the transformation taking place.
A major part of that transformation is the construction of new residence halls for future students. While some halls are already occupied and others are still being built, this effort is changing the way students live and learn on campus.
Watch the UKNow video feature above to discover what it’s like for current students to live on UK’s campus in the midst of UK’s residential transformation.
For more information about all the different residence halls available to undergraduate students, click here: http://www.uky.edu/housing/undergraduate/places-to-live.
To apply for housing at UK, visit: http://www.uky.edu/housing/undergraduate/how-to-apply.
Click on this playlist to watch more videos about what it’s like to live on UK’s campus!
Rich Kirby, who will play UK Nov. 7, performs "Rocky Island" at Portland Oldtime Music Gathering in Portland, Oregon.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 30, 2014) — From a mother-daughter duo boasting both music and dancing skills to a traditional music virtuoso, "Appalachia in the Bluegrass" concert series is sure to present a rollicking good time at Niles Gallery. On Friday, Oct. 31, old-time musicians Julia Weatherford and Pearl Angeline Shirley will perform. The next week, on Friday, Nov. 7, virtuosic fiddler, banjo player and mandolinist Rich Kirby is in the spotlight. Both free public concerts will take place at noon at the Niles Gallery, located in the University of Kentucky Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library and Learning Center.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
Growing up in Berea, Kentucky, Julia Weatherford’s magical youth was filled with traditional old-time music, handcrafts, folk dancing, baroque ensembles and church choirs. She studied cello from the age of 10, sang in harmony vocal groups, performed and sang in summer theater and puppetry theater, and folk danced her way through high school and college.
In 1980, Weatherford settled at the family home place near Black Mountain, North Carolina, and has lived in a cabin built by her grandfather ever since. For 13 seasons, she has played cello with the Asheville Symphony, meanwhile moonlighting as a traditional dance fiddler. In addition, she previously was the artistic director of the legendary Black Mountain Festival from 1986 to 1995. Weatherford has performed and taught at such venues as the LEAF, the Black Mountain Festival, Berea Country Dance School, Pinewoods, Moondance, The Gypsy Meltdown and Folkmoot International.
Weatherford has been a longtime member the Akira Satake Band, Far Horizons, Fly by Night and The Free Range Ensemble. Currently, she is the logistics director at the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College and the coordinator of Fiddle Week for that same event. A visual artist as well, Weatherford is a member of the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild and is the mother of Pearl.
Pearl Angeline Shirley grew up in Black Mountain soaking up traditional Appalachian music and dance almost without noticing. She picked up a tiny violin at age 5, and since then has fiddled her way through hundreds of footstomping contra and square dances and concerts.
Shirley has toured with the popular contra dance band Mock Turtle Soup from Alnwick, England, to Santa Barbara, and currently performs with the acclaimed old-time band, Blue Eyed Girl. She is a step dancer and the director of Asheville’s “Twisty Cuffs” Cape Breton performance dance troupe. Shirley is a first grade teacher and the mother of two.
Traditional Music Virtuoso Rich Kirby Returns
Rich Kirby is a virtuosic fiddler, banjo player and mandolinist, who has served as news director for WMMT, Appalshop’s radio station. He has played and recorded with a number of bands including Wry Straw and Rich and the Po' Folks, and has produced many albums for the June Appal label including a recent release of his grandmother’s music, "Addie Graham: Been a Long Time Traveling."
Kirby is a founding member of the celebrated East Kentucky old-time string band, Rich and the Po’ Folks, the best (and only) old-time string band in Letcher County, Kentucky. The band explores the full range of traditional mountain music — fiddle tunes, ballads, coal mining songs, Carter Family pieces and contemporary mountain songs. Rich and the Po' Folks' repertoire comes from the members' home territory of eastern Kentucky and southwest Virginia, hot spots for one of America's great musical traditions. They recorded the album "When the Whistle Blew" on the June Appal label in 2010.
The “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series celebrates the old-time roots of American folk music by featuring a diverse range of traditional musical expression. The concert series will showcase 13 different artists, duos and groups from southern Appalachia ranging from artists straight off their front porch to those who have earned international acclaim. The concert series is generously presented by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a collaborative research and performance center maintained by the UK College of Fine Arts, UK School of Music and UK Libraries.
For more information on the “Appalachia in the Bluegrass” concert series or the concerts featuring Julia Weatherford and Pearl Angeline Shirley or Rich Kirby, contact Ron Pen, director of the Niles Center, by email to Ron.Pen@uky.edu or visit the website at http://finearts.uky.edu/music/niles.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2014) ‒ University of Kentucky faculty’s and staff’s little ones can get a head start on Halloween trick or treating this Thursday evening.
For the 18th year, students living in selected campus residence halls will open their doors this Halloween season to the children and grandchildren of UK faculty and staff. Children ‒ 12 years and younger only ‒ should come dressed in their trick or treating costumes. Adult supervision is required.
The lobbies of South and Hilltop residence halls ‒ Blanding/Kirwan Complex, Ingels, Baldwin, Smith and the new Woodland Glen ‒ will be open 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.
Employees can park in the baseball stadium lot during the event.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2014) —When N'Deyah Belle, Brandon King and Abel Rodriguez first set foot on the University of Kentucky campus, they had one thing in common: they were each the first person in their families to go to college.
Today, they have something else in common.
As part of a class tailored for first-generation students, they had the opportunity to enroll in an education abroad course in London, England during the summer of 2014.
In a three-week course led by Director of First Generation Initiatives Matthew Deffendall, the students explored global communication and business, visiting various international corporations and global brands in London such as Coca Cola, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and the Chelsea Football Club. The class also met with the vice president responsible for Europe at the global, but Lexington-based-corporation, Alltech.
The course is part of UK's larger initiative to support first generation students from recruitment to graduation through research based programs, resources, best practices and campus wide advocacy about the needs of students who are the first in their families to go to college.
"It's already hard for first generation students comparatively to adjust to college," said Rodriguez. "You don’t have parents who have had the experience that you are going through now, so it is kind of hard to find someone who relates to you and can help you transition through it. And it's even harder to find opportunities outside of just going to college, like education abroad, because it's hard enough to deal with college as it is."
The UK Office of First Generation Initiatives addresses these issues. Through tailored pre-departure sessions and programming, the course is designed to create a strong community among the students before they even set foot on a plane, (some for the first time). The course also provides pre-departure information session for parents.
“The First Adventures Program provides an opportunity for first generation students to have an education abroad experience while also being in a supportive, small community environment of fellow UK students," Deffendall said. "We go beyond just teaching a course but creating a holistic program that empowers students to feel inspired to travel again in the future on their own. Our students return ready to go again and accept the challenges of an international experience.”
King said that this support was incredibly important.
"I'm so grateful that they guided us through everything, because I certainly didn’t know how to go about any of it," he said. "So with Matthew we had several sessions where they laid everything out in front of us; it would have been very difficult to navigate that myself and to figure out what I needed to do and by when, how to prepare, how to pack, how to do my finances, how to budget, things like that. So being able to have them guide us through it, and being able to do it together, was the most important thing as a first-gen student."
Citing the relationships she developed, the knowledge she gained and the fun she experienced, Belle said that the most rewarding part of her time in London was learning more about herself.
"I learned a lot," Belle said. "I learned that I am able to adapt to different environments, and I’m so welcoming to it. It meant realizing that there is so much more in the world, and that I’m not afraid of it. I’m into trying a lot of new things now, and it was really fun and different to see how accustomed I can get in that short amount of time. I just fell in love with a place that I’d never been to before."
A similar course designed for first generation students will be offered during the 2015 summer II session, in Dublin, Ireland. Click here for more information.
The Office of First Generation Initiatives is part of the Academy of Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2014) — President Eli Capilouto was the guest of "UK at the Half" that aired during the UK vs. Mississippi State University football game, broadcast on the radio Oct. 25.
President Capilouto discussed the importance of UK conducting research for the most pressing needs of the Commonwealth. These challenges include health issues such as cancer and heart disease.
"UK at the Half" airs during the halftime of each UK football and basketball game radio broadcast and is hosted by Carl Nathe of UK Public Relations and Marketing.
To hear the "UK at the Half" interview click on the play button below. To view a transcript for the Oct. 25 "UK at the Half" interview, click here.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2014) — The campus community is invited to enjoy refreshments while checking out a new, state-of-the-art peer tutoring space in action today.
University of Kentucky Academic Enhancement and Presentation U! will host a grand opening of The Study North and Presenation U! North from 4-6 p.m. today on the first floor of Champions Court I. The new facility recently became fully operational and now offers free peer tutoring every Monday through Thursday from 3-9 p.m.
"We are really excited about our new space and to have the opportunity to provide UK students with more options!" said Harley Gilman, an intern with Academic Enhancement. "That being said, our original space, The Study, will remain open Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will continue to act as a 'home base' for Academic Enhancement."
The Study North is also home to a satellite location for Presentation U! (aka Presentation U! North), a program developed to help UK students enhance their multimodal communication (oral, written, visual) skills for projects and presentations. Presentation U! North is open from 3-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The primary location, Presentation U! @ the Hub in the William T. Young Library, opened earlier this semester.
The complete schedule for peer tutoring at both The Study and The Study North is available at http://www.uky.edu/AE/peer-tutoring-schedule
Earlier this month, Dr. Mark Evers, director of the UK Markey Cancer Center, and Daret St. Clair, associate director for basic research, visited Nanjing Medical University to sign the memorandum with Nanjing Medical University Chancellor Shen Hongbin agreeing to collaborate on future projects in cancer research.
The initial contact between the two institutions developed with the exchange of researchers and clinicians between St. Clair’s laboratory and Nanjing Medical University Affiliate Hospital, the first Nanjing Hospital. Markey's strength in basic research was a collaborative match with Nanjing Medical University investigators who have specific expertise in the genetic and epigenetic analyses of lung cancers.
Kentucky has the highest mortality rate of lung cancer in the U.S., but lung cancer is also a common disease in China.
“Cancer is a global problem,” Evers said. “This partnership with Nanjing Medical University will establish collaborative ties with their talented investigators as we work together to fight cancers that have a high incidence in both Kentucky and China.”
In addition, there may be opportunities to share clinical trial expertise between the two institutions.
“This is an excellent example of how the Markey Cancer Center continues to expand its network and reach, not only regionally but globally as well,” Evers said.
Nationally Respected Sports Medicine, Military Human Performance Scholar Named Dean of UK College of Health Sciences
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2014) — University of Kentucky Provost Christine Riordan announced today that a nationally recognized scholar in sports medicine and the physical performance of military personnel has been named dean of the College of Health Sciences.
Scott Lephart is currently a Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh. He will take over as dean at UK on March 1, 2015, pending approval from the Board of Trustees.
Having served on the University of Pittsburgh faculty for 27 years, Lephart is widely published and recognized as a leader in sports medicine, particularly with regard to neuromuscular and biomechanical analysis of human movement associated with musculoskeletal injury, prevention, surgery and rehabilitation.
Lephart also has secured multiple research grants as the principal investigator leading the Department of Defense Human Performance Research initiative.
Lephart is the founding director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role and as chair, he has been successful in building a flourishing research enterprise with extraordinary growth in academic programs, personnel and facilities. You can read more about Lephart's academic and research background at http://www.nmrl.pitt.edu/content/scott-m-lephart-phd
"Scott has demonstrated impressive leadership in developing partnerships between academic units in allied health and an academic medical center, and has cultivated meaningful relationships with federal funding agencies, private and public foundations, and the industry," Riordan said in making the appointment. "President Capilouto and I are excited that he will bring a national reputation as a scholar in some critically important areas to a college that has had a growing research presence and impact in recent years."
"Research that impacts communities today is most often found between and at the intersection of disciplines," said Dr. Michael Karpf, UK's executive vice president for health affairs. "In Scott Lephart, we have someone who not only understands that fact, but that has taken a leadership position in working across disciplines in a collaborative way to advance research in this growing area of human performance."
“The College of Health Sciences at the University of Kentucky is a place where outstanding teaching and research are taking place,” Lephart said. “I am excited to join a faculty and an institution with a deep commitment to developing and growing interdisciplinary partnerships that directly address the challenges and needs of the Commonwealth."
Riordan said Lephart received a strong recommendation from both the search committee and the groups within the college that he met with during his visits to UK.
“Dr. Lephart has demonstrated success fostering growth in personnel and facilities, and he is an expert and scholar in the area of sports medicine, specifically neuromuscular research and optimization of human function,” said Carl Mattacola, chair of the dean search committee and director of the CHS Athletic Training and Rehabilitation Sciences Ph.D. programs. “He brings to the College experience in cross-disciplinary research and educational programs, participation in a Responsibility Centered Management (RCM) budget model, and has had success with philanthropic giving. He has been successful in stimulating a thriving research enterprise with innovative Department of Defense partnerships, and he is a proven and creative leader.”
“Scott Lephart is a game changer for UK and UK HealthCare,” said Dr. Darren Johnson, chair of the UK Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. “His leadership will enhance opportunities for innovative collaboration across multiple colleges and departments and his impressive research background and reputation in musculoskeletal sports and military injury prevention will elevate and provide even more opportunities for the college’s already emergent and successful programs.”
Lephart will replace Sharon Stewart, who has been serving as interim dean of the college since August 2011.
"I often say that people make the place. Dean Stewart embodies that credo, as she has ably led the college for more than three years, all the while further strengthening its commitment to preparing the clinical, educational and research leaders of tomorrow," Riordan said.
“Dr. Lephart brings with him an exciting research portfolio and a breadth and depth of administrative experience that will serve our College well,” said Stewart, who will return to her role as the associate dean of Academic Affairs in the college. “We are excited that he will be joining us at the College of Health Sciences, and we look forward to his arrival.”
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2014) — Though many faculty, staff and students walk around campus everyday, sometimes it’s nice to see the University of Kentucky from a different perspective.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2014) — University of Kentucky student-athletes set a school record for graduation rate in the annual report issued by the National College Athletic Association.
The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR), a four-year composite statistic for the freshman classes of 2004-05 through 2007-08, was 81 percent. That was up two points from last year and continued UK’s trend of having broken or tied the mark for earning diplomas every year since the NCAA began charting graduation.
The GSR includes all scholarship athletes. Athletes who transfer in good standing do not count against the school’s GSR. Schools also are allowed to count incoming transfers who subsequently graduate.
Here are the annual scores for UK student-athletes breaking or tying the school record each year of the 10-year history of the GSR.
Year Announced NCAA GSR
2014 81 percent
The Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes, also a four-year composite statistic for the freshman classes of 2004-05 through 2007-08, is 58 percent, just one point shy of the school record posted a year ago. Data for this statistic is available since 1991. In the FGR, student-athletes who transfer count as non-graduates, regardless of their academic standing or subsequent graduation from another institution. Incoming transfer students, from junior college or four-year schools, who graduate at UK are not counted as graduates. These factors account for the difference between the FGR and the NCAA GSR.
These improvements reflect the emphasis on academic success by Mitch Barnhart, who became director of athletics in 2002.
“I’m pleased that a new graduation record was set,” Barnhart said. “Completing degrees is a foundational piece of future success, and we’re proud of the achievements of our student-athletes.”
The long-term outlook remains bright for UK’s student-graduation numbers. One of Barnhart’s goals for UK Athletics is a composite 3.0 grade-point average for all student-athletes. The Wildcats have hit that goal the last four semesters.
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