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‘Kentucky Can’: UK sets highest-ever fundraising goal in the history of the state — $2.1 BILLION

The largest fundraising campaign in the history of the Commonwealth will create thousands of scholarships to expand access to education at the University of Kentucky and to dramatically accelerate UK’s efforts to solve the Commonwealth’s most challenging health and economic issues. The $2.1 billion campaign – “Kentucky Can: The 21st Century Campaign” – was announced Friday at a special...

UK opens first Center for Student Philanthropy, to serve as basis for teaching the value of giving

A new center on the University of Kentucky campus aims to spread the joy of philanthropy throughout campus and the Lexington community through its innovative programming and events. The Center for Student Philanthropy is among the first of its kind in the United States and will serve as the basis for teaching students the value of philanthropy — whether it is giving charitably, volunteering or helping...

Eli Capilouto: Memorial Hall art, ‘Witness,’ is a powerful context for more dialogue and conversation

The work of art that now frames the vestibule of Memorial Hall is appropriately titled Witness. The word witness, I have been reminded recently, is both a noun and a verb. It speaks to the intentional act – the strong declaration – of telling a story. And it stands as a testament to the idea, deeply embedded in who we are as a university, to the responsibility we each share to both observe and...

Eli Capilouto: A powerful message about student success and the workforce we’re building for Ky.

Consider this economic fact: A recent national study from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce concluded that 95 percent of jobs created in the recovery of the last 10 years went to applicants with some college experience. In other words, a college education — some training and development beyond high school — has never been more important. The challenge — and the opportunity...

University of Kentucky: On Biennial Budget — net reduction 3%, saving University Press, ‘path forward’

Dear Campus Community, On Monday evening, the General Assembly passed a Biennial Budget that now goes to the Governor for his review. For the 2018-19 fiscal year, the state budget includes a reduction of $16 million in our base appropriation but does provide a performance funding pool of $31 million for postsecondary education institutions.   We likely will receive between $8 million to $10 million from...

Kentucky college presidents tell budget committee how Governor’s proposed budget will affect schools

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s public university presidents appeared before a legislative committee on Thursday to describe how Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget will affect them. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education that the cuts in programs contained in the state’s two-year spending plan will impact...

Dave Adkisson: Immigration reform needed to protect friends and neighbors, and fuel Kentucky’s economy

January is often accompanied by a sense of optimism and hope for the year ahead. But for Dreamers (children born in this country to undocumented immigrant parents), the start of 2018 brings continued uncertainty, as the program that has kept them protected from deportation still remains in jeopardy. In September, the Trump administration announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood...

Gatton College of Business and Economics dean David Blackwell named UK’s next provost

Gatton College of Business and Economics dean David Blackwell has been named the University of Kentucky’s next provost. Blackwell will begin his duties as provost on Jan. 8, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Tuesday in a campus-wide announcement. Blackwell has served as dean of the Gatton College since 2012, a time of tremendous growth and transformation. Most recently,...

UK announces $12 million gift to support Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto on Wednesday announced a more than $12 million gift from UK graduate and philanthropist Paul Chellgren and his wife, Deborah Cole Chellgren, to support the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence. The Chellgren Center has long been one of the premier centers of undergraduate excellence in Kentucky. Paul Chellgren As a result of the gift, university...

UK College of Medicine’s Northern Kentucky campus gets $2.5 million scholarship from St. Elizabeth

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has provided a gift of $2.5 million to support a tuition scholarship program for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Northern Kentucky. Through this gift, scholarships will be awarded to medical students enrolled at the Northern Kentucky campus, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. The affiliation between the University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky...

Raising the Bar: New $56 million building project significantly expands UK College of Law

The University of Kentucky College of Law began a new chapter with a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday on Mandrell Hall’s front lawn, across the street from the Law Building, now undergoing construction. UK President Eli Capilouto and UK Law Dean David A. Brennen were joined by students, faculty, staff, donors and alumni in unveiling details of the $56 million building renovation and expansion...

Eli Capilouto: Research one of the major factors helping to drive Kentucky’s economy

At the University of Kentucky, we strive to be at the intersection of innovation and impact. We are called, as a $3.7 billion academic, research and health enterprise, to answer still lingering questions while daring to pioneer the questions yet asked. This discovery helps drive Kentucky’s economy. Our rare mix of top ranked programs in agriculture, engineering, medicine, and pharmacy positions UK...

UK College of Engineering unveils $3.5 million Hardymon Center for Student Success

By Kel Hahn Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky College of Engineering has changed the way students learn through the opening of a new student resource, the James and Gay Hardymon Center for Student Success. The 9,600 square foot renovation opened August 25, and occupies the entire third floor of historic F. Paul Anderson Tower and centralizes essential student resources in one convenient...

It’s All Here: UK president Capilouto gives video tour of sweeping campus changes as students return

By Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward On Wednesday, the University of Kentucky campus came alive once again as the first classes in the 2017-18 academic year began. Students, faculty and staff are arriving to a transformed campus. During the past six years, the University of Kentucky has invested more than $2.3 billion in facilities designed to support students. In addition to the...

Eli Capilouto: As competition for talent increases, need for education and skills grows as well

Last week, 50 representatives with Greater Louisville, Inc. traveled to our campus to bridge a strong connection between their effort in developing Louisville’s workforce and our graduates. They are working on behalf of their community to recruit more of our graduates to the Louisville area; further connecting our cities and region, and adding to the more than 35,000 UK alumni already in the region....

Head of Duke University’s practice plans Newman selected new UK health affairs vice president

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Friday that the leader of one of the country’s largest and most renowned academic physician practice plans will be UK’s new Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. He Kentucky native Dr. Mark F. Newman is an anesthesiologist and currently serves as president of Private Diagnostic Clinic, the physician practice plan for Duke University’s...

Commentary: Our experiences frame what we understand about ourselves — and the world around us

By Eli Capilouto Special to KyForward Consider the story of a teacher I recently heard about: Young and enthusiastic, she faced a classroom in Los Angeles with the task of teaching them about negative numbers. She struggled. And they couldn’t grasp it, no matter how many times she would try to explain the concept. A short time later she returned home to her native Minneapolis, teaching another class...

UK officially opens 10,000-foot Sports Medicine Research Institute at Nutter Training Center

By Laura Dawahare Special to KyForward The opening of University of Kentucky’s Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI), spearheaded by the UK College of Health Sciences and supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, was marked in a special ceremony Thursday. The 10,000-square-foot facility, part of the UK Nutter Training Facility on campus, will conduct research into...

UK Board of Trustees approves $3.7 billion budget, includes 4 percent tuition increase for in-state students

President Eli Capilouto said the University of Kentucky’s proposed $3.7 billion budget for 2017-2018 will make historic investments in faculty and staff, while continuing to focus on affordability for students and families. Specifically, the recommended budget and tuition and fees that were presented to the UK Board of Trustees Tuesday include: — A salary merit pool of 2.5 percent that, if...

Celebration, Reflection and Honor: An unforgettable day for both veterans and UK alike

By Whitney Harder, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward When Thomas Kubeck returned home from the Vietnam War, he never received a hero’s welcome. He landed back in the states on a stretcher, not to a crowd of cheering people or handshakes of gratitude. Last Saturday, Kubeck, a former staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, finally received the celebration he deserved. He and nearly...