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UK restart playbook begins and ends classes early, includes robust plan for testing, screening, tracing

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky on Tuesday released the pillars of its restart plan for the fall, which makes clear a commitment to returning to a residential campus experience in August: -In-person classes beginning a week early on Aug. 17 and end at Thanksgiving. -Testing for students for COVID-19, daily assessment for symptoms and mask-wearing in most places on campus. -Working...

University of Kentucky’s Nutter Field House being converted to field hospital for coronavirus surge

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky UK HealthCare is in the process of creating a field hospital on the University of Kentucky campus to care for a potential surge in patients who contract the COVID-19 coronavirus. “As the Commonwealth’s health care provider for advanced and critical care, it is essential that we are prepared for any scenario to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community...

UK celebrates latest campus construction project, announces naming contest for new facility

Rendering of the outside of the Winslow facility. (Image from UK) By Ryan Girves and Jay Blanton University of Kentucky The planned transformation of property at South Limestone Street and Winslow Street — what is now referred to as the Winslow Project — is moving quickly. So much so, that University of Kentucky officials, along with the institution’s real estate partner, launched a community...

University of Kentucky addresses record enrollment, along with increased desire for campus housing

By Jay Blanton University of Kentucky Expected record enrollment this fall and an increasing number of students choosing to live on campus have resulted in a temporary capacity issue in University of Kentucky residence halls. But over the last few days, UK officials — working closely with student resident advisors — have developed a plan that will enable all students, who want to live on campus,...

UK adds fourth graduation ceremony to accommodate rising number of graduates, family

The University of Kentucky has seen dramatic increases in the number of graduates and families and friends attending Commencement ceremonies. For example, in 2011, more than 2,400 graduates participated in May Commencement. In May 2016, that number increased to more than 3,100. To accommodate these rising numbers and to provide a better experience for UK graduates and their families and friends, in...

Proposed UK budget would increase financial aid by 12.5 percent, increase in-state tuition by 5 percent

By Jay Blanton Special to KyForward The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees will consider increasing investments in student scholarships and financial aid by 12.5 percent in 2016-17 – a record $117 million to help ensure greater access and affordability. That increased investment in scholarships and aid is part of a $3.5 billion budget for 2016-17 President Eli Capilouto will propose to the...

UK officials encourage students and fans to demonstrate #BannerBehavior this weekend

  In the hopes of encouraging “behavior worthy of the banners hanging from the rafters at Rupp Arena” University of Kentucky officials have created a social media campaign that includes the hashtag #BannerBehavior for Final Four weekend.   Various university social media accounts will be sharing information using #BannerBehavior throughout the weekend. Lexington traffic information...

UK 15-year dining contract with Aramark gives benefits far beyond Lexington campus

University of Kentucky Pres. Eli Capilouto announces plans to award Aramark a 15-year contract to provide dining services on campus. (Photo from UK)   By Jay Blanton Special to KyForward   Saying it will “transform overnight the way we provide a vital service to our campus,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said Tuesday the university is moving forward with a 15-year,...