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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...

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...