Faculty and Staff Life 

  • 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 which 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.
  • 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.
  • Parking Survey – The UK Staff Senate invites staff to take a short survey about parking on campus. Click here to take the survey.


Upcoming events 

  • Feb. 13 – Chinese New Year Celebration, 5-8 p.m., Hilary J. Boone Center. Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the UK Confucius Institute, The Year of the Dog. Musical Presentations, Prizes, Red Envelopes, Raffles, Year of the Dog Gifts. Please send an RSVP email to Yixuan Jin.
  • Feb. 14 – Horticulture Club Valentine’s Day Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Agriculture Science Center North Ground Floor Lobby. Remember your sweetheart with a plant-themed gift. Students have crafted terrariums with love, created bud vases and botanical jewelry, planted themed mugs and baskets, and cooked biscuit happy, apple-butter-love. We are now VENMO enabled. Click here for more information.
  • 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 Feb. 14 pre-conference. Click here to register or for more information.
  • Feb. 15 – Friends of The Arboretum Founder’s Lecture Series, 7 p.m., Gluck auditorium. Matthew Clark 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. 15 – KSU Third Thursday Thing, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Kentucky State University Research Farm, 1525 Mills Lane, Frankfort. The February topic is Organics and Hemp. There will be featured speakers from KSU, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Organic Association of Kentucky. Lunch will be provided by Good Foods Co-op. Contact Marion Simon for more details.
  • Feb. 15 & 16 – Reimagining Graduate Education Lecture – Professor Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It (Harvard UP, 2015) and The Graduate Advisor, a column in The Chronicle of Higher Education, will be on campus for a series of talks and conversations with faculty, staff and students. 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, 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 – Quentin Tyler Farewell Reception, 3-5 p.m., E.S. Good Barn. Please join us as we celebrate Tyler’s years of service at UK.
  • 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.
  • Feb. 27 – Intercultural Awareness Day, 2-4 p.m., E.S. Good Barn.  All UK faculty, staff are welcome. The focus of this year's event will be religion and spirituality. The program will include a campus religious resource fair and panel discussions. Food and refreshments will be served. For more information, 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, 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.  Pre-registration 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 14 – 2018 Boot, Scoot & Boogie 5K, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., The Club at Spindletop Hall, 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, 40511. The UK Agricultural Education Society is hosting its third annual 5K race. All monies will go toward the 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, race t-shirt if registered by April 1. Click here for more details.

 Job Opening

  • CAFE Student Ambassadors – We are now accepting applications for 2018-19 ambassador positions. College ambassadors serve the college and assist with student recruitment, speak to community and university groups, plan social, philanthropic and educational activities for peers, assist with alumni functions, and represent the college at receptions and meetings. Being selected as an ambassador is a distinct honor and tremendous leadership opportunity. Click here for more information.

Save the Date

  • May 8 – UK Wheat Field Day, UKREC Farm, Princeton. For more information, click here.
  • May 12 – French Toast 5K Run and 3K Walk at North Central 4-H CampClick here for more information.
  • July 11-20 – Public Speaking CampClick here for more information.
  • July 24 – Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field DayClick here for more information.
  • Sept. 17-22 – Mountain Ag Week and Field DayClick here for more information.

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