Faculty and Staff Life 

  • 4-H Agent In-service Training Proposals – Feb. 1 is the deadline to submit proposals for in-service training directed primarily to extension agents with 4-H youth development responsibilities. This round of proposals is for trainings between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Click here for more information or email Martha Welch.
  • Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute Annual Symposium Call for Papers – KWRRI is inviting abstract submissions for presentations describing recent or ongoing water projects or other environmental activities. The symposium allows individuals conducting water-related work (e.g. research, management, education) to discuss their activities with others interested in the waters of the state. Submission deadline: Jan. 19; symposium: March 29 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington. For more information, click here
  • Staff Self-Evaluations – Now available via the myUK portal. The self-evaluation provides an opportunity to reflect on the past calendar year and provide feedback to your supervisor. Resources are available on the performance management site, click here.
  • Fidelity Retirement Planning Sessions – These sessions are for you to review your asset allocation, make sure you are saving enough for retirement and to provide retirement income planning. Make appointments by calling 800-642-7131 or click here.  The following are some of the times and locations: Jan. 17 and Feb. 15, Culton Suite in the E.S. Good Barn.
  • Ag Research Survey – A graduate student wants to learn more about departmental awareness and understanding of the Regulatory Services Department within the CAFE community. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. The deadline is Jan. 11. Responses are anonymous; information collected is for research purposes only and will be used for the creation of educational media. Click here to access the survey.
  • Recruiting for Exercise Study – Researchers are inviting you to participate in a 12-week exercise program to better understand how exercise could be used most effectively to promote weight control. Participants will be compensated $150 for their time. Click here for more information.
       You may be eligible to participate if you:
       · Are between the ages of 18-40 years
       · Do not use tobacco products
       · Do not have injuries or disabilities that prevent you from exercising
       · Are not pregnant
       · Are healthy enough to exercise
       · Do not currently exercise.

Event Promotion 

  • Jan. 13 – Winter Wonderland, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., The Arboretum. As part the ongoing event series, Celebrating the Seasons, The Arboretum is hosting “Winter Wonderland” for children and their families. It’s not too cold to explore nature and have some fun outside! Enjoy hands-on, winter-themed activities. Make some crafts and play with snow (we will make fake snow if there is not any on the ground). Activities will be indoors and outdoors, weather permitting, so be sure to dress for the weather. Cost $2 per person.  Click here for more information.
  • Jan. 19 – Hall of Distinguished Alumni Induction Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Hilton Downtown Lexington Grand Kentucky Ballroom. The college and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and its alumni association cordially invite you to attend this event. Email Jonathan Furnish for more information.
  • Jan. 24-25 – Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association’s Annual Spring Training and Showplace, Ramada Plaza Louisville Hotel and Conference Center, 9700 Bluegrass Parkway in Jeffersontown. The University of Kentucky Department of Horticulture will co-sponsor the event, and many of the sessions are taught by UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment experts. Click here for more information.
  • Feb. 19 – Great Backyard Bird Count, 10 a.m.-2p.m. Join The Arboretum and the Central Kentucky Audubon Society for the Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen science project of Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. Enjoy a short introduction to basic bird identification and some free bird-watching apps (please download Merlin and eBird in advance). Next, hike around The Arboretum to count and record birds you see, which will help scientists track migratory patterns. Suggested donation: $3 per person or $5 per family, cash or check only. Click here for more information.
  • Feb. 22 – Kentucky Arborists Association Conference, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Four Points Sheraton, Lexington. To view the program and more information, click here. To register, click here.
  • May 8 – UK Wheat Field Day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT, UKREC Farm, Princeton.  Scientists will discuss the latest research efforts on wheat management in Kentucky. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the tours will end at noon. For more information, click here.  
  • July 11-20 – Public Speaking Camp – The UK Debate team looks forward to sharing their speech and debate expertise with students looking to learn the art of public speaking. The program is perfect for students wanting to learn and practice the critical skills of logical thinking, confidence when speaking in front of others and the ability to think quickly on their feet in a supportive, noncompetitive environment. This program for middle- and high-schoolers breaks down barriers in a variety of structured activities to build fundamentals. Click here for more information.
  • July 24 – Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day,  8 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT, UKREC Farm, Princeton. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., and the field day will conclude at noon. Click here for more information.


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