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UK raises starting pay, improves workforce benefits that ‘makes possible an incredible dream’

(Photo by Mark Cornelison, UK) By Sarah Geegan and Jay Blanton UK Now Saying it is “the right thing to do,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced Thursday that beginning July 1, 2020, the starting wage for regular employees will increase from $10.40 an hour to $12.50. “We have a wonderful team of employees that makes possible an incredible dream,” Capilouto said. “And we...

UK Board to consider funding for demolition of Kirwan-Blanding Residence Hall Complex

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto next week will ask the UK Board of Trustees to approve a funding proposal to demolish the Kirwan-Blanding Residence Hall Complex and Dining Commons as part of a plan to construct new student living space, add new greenspace and preserve a majestic tree allée that underscores UK’s commitment to the natural environment. “The proposed transformation...

Mitch McConnell: Kentucky is turning the tide against substance abuse, but there’s more work ahead

Families in nearly every neighborhood of our country have suffered because of the opioid and substance abuse epidemic. For years, the situation just seemed to get worse as addiction hurt more families. Kentucky has tragically been among the hardest-hit states. Thankfully, however, our years-long efforts are finally producing a glimmer of hope. A new report released this summer showed overdose deaths...

UK has record number of first-year students; greater diversity, higher quality, more preparedness

The University of Kentucky has a record number of first-year students, greater diversity and more quality and preparedness of students, the Board of Trustees was told on Friday. UK says the record first-year class of 5,396, represents 319 more students than last year and underscores their commitment to educate more Kentuckians and other young people. President Eli Capilouto told the board they are...

New shared use path at Arboretum connects commuters to UK campus, city of Lexington

  Located on the wester edge of the Arboretum Woods, the new shared use path links Shady Lane to University Court, providing improved connection for dozens of commuters who cycle and walk along this corridor each day. (Photo from UKNow)   A new shared use path opened today at the Arboretum in Lexington, connecting bicyclists and pedestrians from south Lexington neighborhoods to campus and...