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Commentary: Managing an invisible enemy, UK crosses halfway point of an unprecedented semester

By Eli Capilouto and Robert DiPaola University of Kentucky We reached an important milestone recently at the University of Kentucky. With about 50 days left until Thanksgiving, we crossed the halfway point of this unprecedented semester. We know we confront an invisible virus that attacks indiscriminately. What seems to be manageable today can escalate tomorrow, particularly when we let our guard down...

KDA establishes annual scholars fund with UK distillation, wine and brewing studies program

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The Kentucky Distillers’ Association is establishing a scholars program to fund scholarships aimed at increasing diversity in the distilled spirits industry. The KDA UK Scholars Program Fund will annually support full tuition for up to four students in the University of Kentucky’s distillation, wine and brewing studies program. “As there are too few diverse...

UK administrators to engage in anti-racist training as part of effort to begin to ‘change the culture’

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto on Thursday announced that approximately 50 senior administrators will undergo anti-racist training as a first step in UK’s campus-wide initiative to “change the culture” as a community united against systemic racism. “Hundreds of members of our campus community are poised to begin the essential work of changing our campus and changing our culture,”...

Free on-campus COVID-19 testing expanded to include UK employees; tests begin on Monday

The University of Kentucky announced Friday that it will begin offering free on-campus COVID-19 testing, beginning on Monday (Aug. 10) to any UK campus employee who will be working on site this fall. This expansion follows the successful kickoff of student COVID-19 testing with UK’s partner Wild Health, which began Aug. 3. This testing is available for on-site faculty and staff, regardless of how...

UK’s James B. Beam Institute rallies industry partners to provide vital sanitizer during pandemic

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of vital sanitizer for everyone. The James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits at the University of Kentucky has rallied during the crisis and gathered industry partners to make sure UK HealthCare and the entire UK campus has enough sanitizer to reopen more safely this fall. “Early on in the pandemic, we made about...

UK Facilities Management implements plan to ensure campus is ready for upcoming fall semester

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky Along with 18 other workstreams, a facilities workstream with representatives from across the University of Kentucky was created this spring to discuss ideas to prepare the campus to reopen. With those ideas, UK’s Facilities Management division has created six internal workstreams — space, campus navigation, custodial services, informational signage, building...

UK fires four cheerleading coaches after three-month investigation into hazing allegations

KyForward staff The University of Kentucky fired four cheerleading coaches on Monday after a three-month investigation found the coaching staff and administrative adviser failed to provide reasonable oversight during off-campus events, where inappropriate conduct by members of the cheerleading squad included hazing activities, alcohol use and public nudity. In response, UK dismissed all four cheerleading...

Opinion: Kentucky’s research universities — UK and UofL — answering the call now and for the future

By Neeli Bendapudi and Eli Capilouto When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Commonwealth this spring, Kentucky’s research universities – the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville — answered the call. Local and state leaders turned to us to lead the way in identifying and treating patients, addressing shortages in testing and protective equipment and conducting research close...

University of Kentucky alum Bing Zhang makes $6.35 million pledge to Department of Statistics

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky University of Kentucky faculty member Connie Wood accepted a collect call in 1989 from a student a world away who was in need of a connection and a path forward. For Bing Zhang, the willingness of a director of Graduate Studies to accept that phone call and offer help in a time of need has made all the difference in a life’s work and, now, what has been a lifetime...

University of Kentucky to host 2020 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit March 19-20

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky will host the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit March 19-20 in the UK Student Center. The event brings together college students, faculty, administrators and hunger activists from around the world to discuss ways they can collectively reduce worldwide hunger. The event includes networking opportunities, breakout sessions and several...

National leaders, UK officials launch HEALing Communities Study to stem tide of opioid deaths

Flanked by national leaders in the fight to reduce deaths from opioid use – including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar – the University of Kentucky Monday officially launched the HEALing (Helping End Addiction Long-term) Communities Study – Kentucky. “Today’s launch symbolizes – in the most powerful and compelling way possible –...

UK’s proposed budget decreases tuition for some, gives faculty and staff seventh straight pay increase

More than 6,500 University of Kentucky undergraduate students will see a slight decrease in their tuition in academic year 2019-2020 over last year, and tuition increases for the remaining undergraduate Kentuckians will be the lowest in more than 30 years. And for the seventh year in a row, UK faculty and staff will experience a pay increase. UK President Eli Capilouto (Mark Cornelison, UK Photo.) Those...

UK President Eli Capilouto elected president of the Southeastern Conference, to serve one year

By Guy Ramsey University of Kentucky University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has been elected president of the Southeastern Conference. Capilouto will serve a one-year term after he was elected to the post by his peers at the SEC’s annual spring meeting in Destin, Florida, last week. University of Georgia President Jere Morehead will serve as vice president of the SEC. UK President Eli Capilouto...

A historic grant: UK gets four-year $87 million grant to lead HEALing Communities project on opioids

By Kristi Willett University of Kentucky In the largest grant ever awarded to the University of Kentucky, researchers from UK’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and across campus — in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) — will lead a project as part of the HEALing Communities study. The four-year,...

University of Kentucky, City of Louisville partnering for $2.1 billion ‘Kentucky Can’ campaign

UK President Eli Capilouto speaks to more than 250 supporters who attended the Kentucky Can campaign kickoff in Louisville March 19. (Photo by Mark Cornelison, UK) By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The state’s largest city has large aspirations for the future: at least 40,000 more residents with bachelor’s degrees in Louisville to fuel sustainable, long-term economic growth. Such goals, says...

Commentary: UK’s journey – like that of Lyman T. Johnson 70 years ago – is one of forward progress

By Eli Capilouto and Sonja Feist-Price Special to KyForward One man. One courageous step. Seventy years of a journey that is still unfolding and evolving. That is the story the University of Kentucky community is celebrating with particular reverence this month and throughout the next year. It is the story of an institution intentionally striving to be a community of belonging, even while acknowledging...

Eli Capilouto: Kentucky can stem the tide of opioid abuse and addiction — and UK will help

Kentucky families know better than most the plague of addiction. Kentucky ranks third in the United States in overdose deaths, and families residing in Kentucky’s rural communities are disproportionately impacted by the opioid crisis. But there is hope. There is us. We know that Kentucky can stem this devastating tide. At the University of Kentucky, our faculty and clinicians are doggedly determined...

UK takes its ‘Kentucky Can’ campaign on road, celebrating its $2.1B fundraising goal in Cincinnati

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The Roebling Bridge between Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati was under construction in 1865 when the University of Kentucky was opening its doors for the first time. When the Roebling opened, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world and was designed to power a regional economy. That is the same idea that undergirded the founding of the University...

‘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...