Faculty and Staff Life 

  • Mitchell Award – Nominations are open for the 2018 George E. Mitchell Jr. Award for Outstanding Service to Graduate Students. This annual award of $500 is given to a college faculty member in honor of Mitchell, who was an outstanding graduate student advisor and mentor. This award recognizes outstanding career contributions to graduate training in the college. Nominations due by Aug. 1.  Click here for more information.
  • Master Teacher Award – Nominations open for the 2018 award. This annual award of $700 recognizes outstanding teaching in the college. Nominees should demonstrate effectiveness in the classroom, dedication to students through activities in and out of the classroom and evidence of activity to improve teaching. Nominations due by Aug. 1. Click here for more information.
  • ENT 110: Insect Biology – Advisors, please tell your students about this course, which is offered each fall and spring semester from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Erikson Hall. The course fulfills the core requirement for natural sciences and covers a wide range of topics including insect identification, insect pests, beneficial insects, pests of concern to Kentucky, diseases transmitted by insects, insects importance as pollinators and much more. Email Janet Lensing for more information.
  • Fidelity Retirement Planning Sessions – April 25, E.S. Good Barn. These sessions are for you to review your asset allocation, to make sure you are saving enough for retirement and to provide retirement income planning. Call 800-642-7131 or click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Recruiting for Exercise Study – Researchers invite 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
  • Benefits Open Enrollment – Please take this opportunity to match your benefits package to your and your family's unique needs. An open house is scheduled at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory on Bull Lea Road at Coldstream April 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., and the E. S. Good Barn on May 3 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Click here for the complete open house schedule.
  • College Business Management Institute – The institute will be at UK July 29-Aug. 3. This is an intensive course of study in business and financial management, and an excellent professional development opportunity for CAFE business and administrative staff. Dean Cox is offering a limited number of registration scholarships for regular, full-time staff members. If you wish to be nominated for a registration scholarship, please notify your supervisor and chair/director by Friday, May 18. Click here for more information.


Upcoming events

  • April 24 – Log and Lumber Grading Course, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Harold White Lumber, Morehead. Click here for more information or call 859-257-6230.
  • April 26 – Wonder and Joy, 5:30-7 p.m., Kentucky Children’s Garden at The Arboretum. Children build their earliest connections to the natural world through play, but not all play is equal in how it supports child development and/or lasting connections. This family event will help parents better understand the value of play and will offer strategies for supporting the exploration of nature through play. Preregistration required. Suggested donation $3. Click here for more information.
  • April 28 – Call to the Post Derby Bash, 6-11 p.m., The Round Barn Stable of Memories at Red Mile. Mix and mingle over complimentary drinks with college alumni and friends. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Bayou Bluegrass Catering. Superfecta will have you dancing throughout the night. We will have live music, a silent auction and a bourbon pull. Dress in your best Derby clubhouse attire. All proceeds support area chapter scholarships. Click here for more information.
  • April 30 – Healthy Trees, Healthy People, 6 to 8 p.m., Tates Creek Library. Become a citizen scientist while learning about trees, tree health and your health! “Healthy Trees – Healthy People” is an eight-week program to enhance engagement with local parks, provide training in tree and pest identification and provide opportunities to increase physical activity. Click here for more information.
  • May 2 – Spring into Summer Fundraiser, 3:30-6 p.m., Agriculture Science Center North Greenhouse Complex, Greenhouse No. 12 area. The Horticulture Club will offer at least 15 varieties of tomato transplants, several varieties of pepper transplants, many types of herbs, cabbage, broccoli, kale, collards, plus other assorted garden transplants and native perennials. Click here for more information.
  • May 8 – UK Wheat Field Day, UKREC Farm, Princeton. Scientists will discuss the latest research efforts on wheat management in Kentucky. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. CDT, and tours will end at noon. For more information, click here.
  • May 12 – Lexington Family Nature Club at The Arboretum. Beginning to Garden: A great way to explore nature is through gardening. Learn about gardening by going on a short tour of the Home Demonstration Garden. Next, create your own fairy garden using recycled containers and natural materials. Last, choose and plant seeds to grow. Free. Preregistration is required. Click here for more information. Click here to join us.
  • May 12 – French Toast Stick 5K Run and 3K Walk at North Central 4-H Camp – Open to individuals and teams of all ages. Preregistered racers will receive a race T-shirt and food service staff will serve French toast sticks, bacon and beverages for participants and spectators. Awards and door prizes will be given after the race, and all registration fees support the Camp Improvement Fund. Online registration is fast and easy. Click here for more information.
  • May 17 – Obesity/Diabetes Research Day – Researchers from the UK and other regional institutions will share their current findings and ongoing research focused on obesity and diabetes, which are major health concerns in Kentucky and the U.S. All obesity and diabetes researchers (including trainees and junior and senior faculty) are invited to participate in research BLITZes, fun and interactive rapid-fire sessions that will highlight exciting, ongoing research. Special recognition and prizes will be awarded. Click here for more information. 

Job Openings

  • Graduate Assistantship – For students interested in supporting undergraduate recruitment initiatives for the college. Position will work directly with director of student relations in planning and executing recruitment strategies. This person will directly support logistical planning for prospective students interested in visiting the college and may support student leadership within the college via the Ambassador program. Click here for more information.
  • Fiscal Compliance Officer – This individual will serve the UK Cooperative Extension Service. Primary responsibilities will include compliance monitoring, training, financial and business management, budget analysis, financial reporting, supervision and process improvement. This position will be a primary liaison for county extension offices and their staff for all financial operations matters. Position closes April 30. Click here for more information.

Save the Date

  • July 11-20 – Public Speaking CampClick here for more information.
  • July 24 – Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field DayClick here for more information.
  • July 26 – Horticulture Twilight TourClick here for more information.
  • July 28 – Kentucky Woodland Owners Short Course, CentralClick here for more information.
  • Aug. 18 – Kentucky Woodland Owners Short Course, EastClick here for more information.
  • Sept. 4, 10, 11 – 4-H Forestry Field Days –  Click here for more information.
  • Sept. 17-22 – Mountain Ag Week and Field DayClick here for more information.

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