Faculty and Staff Life


  • Horticulture Spring Service Project – The Horticulture Department is accepting donations of new or gently used clothes and toys to benefit clients of The Nest, a safe place for education, counseling and support to children and families in crisis. Clothing sizes from newborn to adult 14/16 are welcome. Drop off March 28 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at N318 Agricultural Science Center North. Click here for more information.
  • Donovan Grants – Staff members may submit proposals. Herman Lee and Nell Stuart Donovan Memorial Endowment will fund qualifying projects that  create an atmosphere of culture and enrich educational opportunities by developing an appreciation of culture and beauty in the environment among students. Awards may range from $1,000-$15,000. Submission deadline is April 13. For more information, contact Mary Fister-Tucker, 257-2956 or click here.
  • Fidelity Retirement Planning Sessions – April 11 and 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.


Upcoming events


  • March 19-April 2 – Family Action Council Donation Drive, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 128 Erikson Hall, 315 Funkhouser Building and Center for Student Success, 24 Ag North and One Parent Scholar House. Collecting donations of children’s backpacks and clothing, diapers, baby wipes, Christmas stockings, birthday gift bags, toys and adult clothing to help single parents. One Parent Scholar House provides child development care for parents pursuing postsecondary degrees. Click here for more information.
  • March 27 – Log and Lumber Grading Course, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Pine Mountain Lumber, Whitesburg. Click here for more information or call 859-257-6230.
  • March 28 – Kentucky Blood Center Blood Drive – 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 154 Barnhart Building. Click here for more information.
  • March 31 – UK CSA Early Bird Registration Ends, The UK Community Supported Agriculture program is accepting registrations for the 2018 season. The 2018 season runs May 24-Oct 18. Enjoy 22 weeks of certified organic vegetables, herbs and fruits grown by CAFE students and staff. Early bird price of $650 for staff/faculty and $584 for students ends March 31. Grab your spot today! For more information, contact Kristi Durbin.
  • March 31 – Arboretum Volunteer Fair, 9-10 a.m., The Arboretum visitor center. Learn about all of the volunteer opportunities at The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. Opportunities include working with plants, people and children in a beautiful outdoor setting.
  • March 31 – Kentucky Children’s Garden Volunteer Orientation, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., The Arboretum visitor center.  Do you enjoy working with children in the outdoors? Would you like to volunteer to make a difference in your community? Join us for a Kentucky Children's Garden volunteer orientation to learn about how you can help! Preregistration is required. Click here to register and for more information.
  • April 4 – Horticulture Club Open “Green” House, 3:30-6 p.m., Greenhouse 12 of the Agriculture Science Center greenhouse complex. This week, we will feature hardy herb transplants of chives, oregano, thyme, parsley, lavender and sage. Available cool-season vegetable transplants are cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, collards, kale, Swiss chard and mustard. We will also have tropical houseplants of various species.
  • April 5 – Rooted in Soil Workshop, 5:30-7 p.m., The Arboretum visitor center. You will learn how soils are created and formed, examine the three general soil types that are present throughout the state and learn how Kentucky soils provide the foundation for very different plant environments. We will visit a specially created soil pit so you can experience the view below the surface. Preregistration required. Suggested donation $3. Click here for more information.
  • April 6 – First Friday with Bill Best, 7:30-8:30 a.m., E.S. Good Barn. April’s First Friday Breakfast will feature Kentucky’s own, Bill Best in a presentation about his work and new book, “Kentucky Heirloom Seeds: Growing, Eating, Saving.”  Click here for more information.
  • April 7 – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 5:30-7 p.m., The Arboretum visitor center. Animals, birds and insects interact with plants in a multitude of ways. You will learn some of the amazing, and sometimes weird, ways animals interact with and even change plants, and some of the ways plants have changed animals. Click here for more information.
  • April 7 – Spring has Sprung, Kentucky Children’s Garden, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Discover the joy and wonder of the seasons with the whole family. Have fun while learning by visiting booths that include demonstrations, crafts and plant giveaways. Each booth will be hosted by local organizations and volunteers. Help us plant the Arbor Day tree at 11 a.m. The Kentucky Children’s Garden will remain open the rest of the day. Admission is $3 per person or $10 for a group of four or five. FREE for KCG members. Click here for more information.
  • April 11 – LGBTQ and Friends, Faculty and Staff Cookout, 5:30-7 p.m., in the courtyard between Bradley and Breckinridge halls. This event is open to all UK employees and their families. It is a great way to meet new folks, to grow community and to enjoy delicious food and music. Email Emily Brenzel for more information.
  • April 12 – Bats of Eastern Kentucky, Educator Workshop, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Robinson Center for Appalachian Resources Sustainability Community Center, Jackson. Must register by April 6; click here to register or call Laurie Thomas, extension forester at 859-257-2703.
  • April 14 – 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 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 and race T-shirt, if registered by April 1. Click here for more details.
  • April 17 – Log and Lumber Grading Course, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Dunaway Timber, Fordsville. Click here for more information or call 859-257-6230.
  • April 19 – From Pawpaws to Parasites, 5:30-7 p.m., The Arboretum visitor center. In this workshop, participants will get an overview of the various ways trees and plants are connected, starting with the obvious and moving to the more obscure, culminating in a fun outdoor excursion to see connections in action. Preregistration is required. Suggested donation $3 per person or $5 for a family. Click here for more information.
  • April 23 – 4-H Forestry Senior Statewide Competition, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bernheim Arboretum, 2499 Clermont Road, Clermont. Click here for more information.
  • 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.


Job Opening

  • Arboretum Internship –TheArboretum is currently accepting applications for the Walk Across Kentucky Native Plants Internship. This is a full-time, paid internship for UK students who are interested in learning about native plants and ecosystems, landscape maintenance and public gardens. Click here for more information.

Save the Date

  • May 8 – UK Wheat Field Day, UKREC Farm, Princeton. For more information, click here.
  • May 12 – Lexington Family Nature Club at The Arboretum. Click here for more information.
  • May 12 – French Toast 5K Run and 3K Walk at North Central 4-H Camp – Click here for more information.
  • May 17 – Obesity/Diabetes Research Day – Click here for more information.
  • July 11-20 – Public Speaking Camp – Click here for more information.
  • July 24 – Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day –Click 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 Day – Click here for more information.

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