Faculty and Staff Life 

  • Fidelity Retirement Planning Session – This session is 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 next date is Feb. 15, Culton Suite in the E.S. Good Barn.
  • Staff Professional Development Fund – A college fund has been established to support staff professional development. The funds may be used for training courses, conference fees, development-related travel, etc. A department may request up to $1,000 per request. Requests will be accepted until March 15. Ag business officers, click here to request funds.
  • Sustainable Pedagogy Grant – UK faculty with an interest in sustainability are invited to apply for admission to the Sustainable Pedagogies Workshop, supported by the UK Sustainability Challenge Grant. With a goal of interdisciplinary collaboration, the workshop will go beyond merely teaching about sustainability by focusing on the ways faculty can implement sustainable methods of teaching into their curricula. A maximum of 12 grants of $2,000 each will be awarded. Click here for more information.
  • 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 

  • Feb. 15 – 2018 National Land-Grant Diversity Conference, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Cincinnati Airport Marriott, Hebron. Hosted by five land-grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, “Intentional Connections: Education and Application in a World of Differences,” is designed for all who want to expand diversity efforts and to increase cultural understanding in their communities and workplaces. Registration is $195 for the main conference; $65 optional pre-conference Feb. 14. Click here to register or for more information.
  • Feb. 15 – Friends of The Arboretum Founder’s Lecture Series, 7 p.m., Gluck auditorium. Matthew Clarke will present “The Culture of Parks and Open Space: Building Community.” The lecture is part of the Founders’ Lecture Series and 2018 Bur Oak Society Inductions. Clarke, an architect, planner and writer, is the director of Creative Placemaking at the Trust for Public Land in New York. He has been recognized as a national leader in the urban placemaking movement which strengthens the role of parks and open space as an integrated part of the community. Click here for more information.
  • Feb. 19 – Promotion and Tenure Workshop, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Gorham Hall, E.S. Good Barn. All faculty members applying for promotion in 2018 should attend this workshop, organized by the CAFE Faculty Council.  For more information, email Megan Lucy.
  • Feb. 19 – Great Backyard Bird Count, 10 a.m.-2 p.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. This 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.
  • March 7 – Little Sprouts at The Arboretum, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. or 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m., The Arboretum visitor center. Explore the joy and wonder of nature with us each Wednesday in March. Each session has a special theme that begins with a story and hands-on exploration. You will rotate through crafts, science experiments and planting stations. Last, you get outside and explore nature on a short hike (weather permitting; make sure to dress warmly). Recommended for ages 3 to 5.  Cost: $3 per child per session, Cash or check only.  Preregistration required. Click here for more information.
  • March 15 – Opening Day at Kentucky Children’s Garden, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Kentucky Children’s Garden at The Arboretum. For details, click here.
  • April 4 – 2018 Boot, Scoot & Boogie 5K, The Club at Spindletop Hall, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington. The UK Agricultural Education Society is hosting its third annual 5K race. All monies from participation will be used to meet our goal of a $100,000 endowed scholarship fund for agricultural education students. Includes timed race, DJ, awards for overall and age groups, finisher medals, raffle for participants and race T-shirt if registered by April 1. Click here for more details.
  • 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.
  • Sept. 17-22 – Mountain Ag Week and Field Day, Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability. The UK RCARS Mountain Ag Week is Sept. 17-22 with the Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our theme this year is "MountainFest" and will include a competitive “punkin chunkin” event Saturday afternoon. There are several events throughout the week to gain public/community service experiences. Click here for more information.


Job Openings

  • Kentucky Children’s Garden Interns – The Kentucky Children’s Garden,located at The Arboretum, is a two-acre garden designed for children and their families. Interns will receive training and practice in environmental education methods, native and horticultural plant care and more. Internships are paid, last March-October and may lead to class credit. For more details, click here. Deadline for application is Feb. 9.
  • Philanthropy and Alumni Services Coordinator/Manager - Seeking an experienced administrative professional with a passion for agriculture. This position serves as the executive assistant to the senior director of philanthropy, as well as, the relationship manager and office manager for the department. For more information, click here.

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