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Jamie Vaught: Homer Rice helped break color barrier in UK football, wrote ‘textbook’ on leadership

(This is the second of a two-part column about Kentuckian Dr. Homer Rice who had an illustrious career in football coaching and athletic administration. He also recruited Greg Page of Middlesboro who became the first black football player to sign with UK.) When Dr. Homer Rice was the athletics director at North Carolina from 1969 to 1976, one of his employees was a basketball coach named Dean Smith,...

UK Gluck Equine research Foundation inducts three notable scientists into Research Hall of Fame

The University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Foundation will induct three scientists into the UK Equine Research Hall of Fame Oct. 31, at the Hilary J. Boone Center on the UK campus. Thomas Divers, Steeve Giguère (a posthumous inductee) and Dickson Varner were selected for their contributions to equine science and research. Nominated by their peers and colleagues, Divers, Giguère and Varner...

University of Kentucky VIP center engaging wider community to bring awareness to domestic violence

By Ryan Girves Special to KyForward October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), a time to honor those who have been impacted by domestic violence and intimate partner violence, celebrate survivors, raise awareness and confirm our commitment to preventing domestic violence. During the month of October, the University of Kentucky’s Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center is collaborating...

University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown studies show connection between diet, cognitive function

By Laura Wright University of Kentucky We’ve all experienced a “gut feeling” — when we know deep down inside that something is true. That phenomenon and others, aptly describe what scientists have now demonstrated: that the gut and the brain are more closely connected than we once thought, and in fact the health of one can affect the other. Dr. Ai-Ling Lin (L) has recently published...

Dr. Gil Friedell, a champion for Kentucky healthcare justice, healthy communities, dies in South Carolina

Staff report Dr. Gil Friedell, a champion of health and well-being in Kentucky, has died in South Carolina, the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation announced. There will be a memorial event in Charleston later in October or early in November, the family said. Condolence cards can be sent to his wife, Jan Friedell, at the following address: 7 Harlston Place, Charleston, S.C. 29401.   For...

Two University of Kentucky Dining locally-sourced food initiatives to promote stable market for farmers

The University of Kentucky, through its UK Dining operation, launched two new Kentucky farm impact-purchasing initiatives this semester, which are having a significant positive impact on the farm economy in Central Kentucky. Locally-owned and operated businesses are helping to facilitate the logistics and delivery associated with two new UK Dining programs, expanding on the local economic impact...

UK to offer certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies to undergraduate students

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky students can now receive a certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies. The undergraduate certificate is offered by the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and is open to any undergraduate UK student, regardless of major. “Students completing the certificate will have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide thoughtful...

UK provost reports accelerated retention and graduation rates, meeting student financial needs

The University of Kentucky has dramatically accelerated retention and graduation rates to record levels in the last four years, UK officials have reported. Moreover, fueled by the nationally heralded UK Leveraging Economic Affordability for Developing Success (UK LEADS) program, unmet financial need is declining for university students as the institution launched a capital campaign with a chief goal...

‘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...

Transylvania professor’s ‘Elkhorn’ book wins Thomas D. Clark Medallion, highlights state’s history, culture

Richard Taylor, Transylvania University’s Kenan Visiting Writer and a former Kentucky poet laureate, has received the Thomas D. Clark Medallion for his new book, “Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape.” Named after the founder of the University Press of Kentucky, the medallion is awarded to one book each year for highlighting the state’s history and culture. “Elkhorn” is published...

Gatton’s Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise to host occupational licensing program Sept. 20

The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise (IFSE) at University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics is hosting a presentation about occupational licensing on Thursday, Sept. 20. The program, featuring a pair of key leaders from the Institute for Justice, begins 6 p.m., in Gatton’s Kincaid Auditorium (Room 111 in the Gatton College Building). The event is free and open to...

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky’s weak non-conference football schedule highlights need for solid rivalry

Except for its annual rivalry showdown with U of L, UK’s non-conference football schedule hasn’t been very attractive in years. But, to be fair, Kentucky isn’t the only school guilty of having a weak non-league, four-game schedule overall. As you know, SEC and ACC schools, looking for near-guarantee victories, will usually feature three cupcakes and one attractive non-conference showdown like...

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...

Three-term U.S. Senator, Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Bradley to Deliver Wendell Ford Lecture at UK Oct. 16

By Carl Nathe and Mike Ruehling From University of Kentucky Former Rhodes Scholar, Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley is coming to the University of Kentucky on Tuesday, Oct.16, as the featured speaker for the Fall 2018 Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Lecture. The event, named for the late former Kentucky governor and four-term U.S. senator, will take place at 3:30 p.m....

Faculty art show at UK’s Bolivar Art Gallery offers students an intimate look at professors artistic vision

By Whitney Hale University of Kentucky As an art student, what better way is there to get to know your professor than through their own artistic vision? This will be possible for many of University of Kentucky’s own aspiring young artists, as well as the community at large, as the Bolivar Art Gallery stages its first show of the year, “Faculty Series: VOL. II,” the second annual exhibition featuring...

MSU, UK students named winners of two Equine Scholarships from Kentucky Horse Council

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced the recipients of two Equine Scholarships for the Fall 2018 semester, Morehead State University student Brittany Rust and University of Kentucky student Morgan Dailey. The Equine Scholarship is awarded to student members of the Kentucky Horse Council currently enrolled with a university or college in Kentucky in an equine-related major or a horse-related program,...

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...

Few spots remain for Gatton Certificate of Business Administration program beginning Sept. 12

By Carl Nathe and Ann Mary Quarandillo University of Kentucky If you find yourself in a spot where you know you need more education to enhance your career, yet a huge time commitment scares you, take heart. There are still some spaces available in University of Kentucky’s Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) program beginning Sept. 12, offered through the Gatton College of Business and Economics...

UK Students hit the streets of New York to develop app to assist with outreach to the homeless

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky A group of University of Kentucky students is proving their impact can reach well beyond the Commonwealth. Together, they are using their knowledge of computer science to help some of the most vulnerable members of the largest city in the United States. More than 8.5 million people call New York City home, but far too many of them are homeless. Breaking Ground,...

UK researchers using lignin to make next-generation batteries; new technology could power cell phones

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A new study by University of Kentucky researchers is examining whether peach pits and walnut shells can be used to create cheaper, longer-lasting lithium ion batteries. The three-year project led by Jian Shi, assistant professor in the UK College of Agriculture Food and Environment, will study whether lignin, a component of cell walls in woody plants and stone...