Faculty and Staff Life 

  • Well-Being Days – Staff may now use up to two sick days per year for personal well-being. Previously such time could only be used for illness, injury or to care for a family member. This change allows for more flexibility in how staff use their accrued sick leave. You can request a Well-Being absence by submitting a leave request through myUK. The type of leave would be TDL well-being. Click here to read more about this and other exciting program enhancements.
  • UK CSA Early Bird Rate Ends Feb. 29 – The early bird rate for the 2020 UK Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) season ends Feb. 29. Register this week to get the early bird price of $650 for non-students, $584 for students. $200 vouchers from UK Health & Wellness are still available to any UK full-time employee on a UK health plan via the Health & Wellness dashboard. Join the 2020 CSA season for 22 weeks of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs, and you-pick at the farm, May 21-Oct 15. Click here to sign up.
  • Online W-2 Now Available – Your 2019 W-2 tax form is now available online. Please note that employees that have more than one page, due to paying multiple tax authorities, (ex. school tax) will need to click the ‘Next Form’ button in order to access the next page.
  • Barnhart Fund for Excellence – The dean's office is now accepting proposals for the FY 2021 Barnhart Fund for Excellence. Eligible projects will take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The deadline for submissions is March 2. The application form and more information are available here.

Upcoming Events 

February

  • Feb. 24-26 – STARR (Self-Defense Tactics and Risk Reduction), 6-9 p.m., Gatton Student Center, STARR is designed for women and members of the LGBTQ* community to decrease the risk of becoming victims. The program includes classroom and hands-on, self-defense training, concluding with a simulated attack. Participants are taught to assert themselves physically and verbally by yelling commands with every strike to a padded instructor. The STARR class is comprised of three-hour classes for three consecutive days (Feb.  24-26). There is no fee for the class. Registration is required. Click here to learn more.
  • Feb. 27 – CAFE Resources Lunch & Learn, 12-1 p.m., N24B Ag Science Center North. Representatives from various college programs will present information about how to take advantage of some unique opportunities for CAFE employees. Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing Chris Fensin. Zoom option is available. Click here to learn more.

March

  • March 4 – Little Sprouts, Animal Habitats in the Garden, session 1, 10-10:45 a.m.; session 2, 11-11:45 a.m., The Arboretum. We will begin with a story and hands-on exploration. Next, we will rotate through crafts, science experiments and planting stations. Last, we get outside and explore nature on a short hike, weather permitting. Must preregister, and the cost is $3 per child. Click here to learn more.
  • March 4 – Internationalization at UK and Global Trend: First in Global Engagement Academy Series, 3:30-5 p.m., 375 Gatton Student Center. This event is a modular professional development program any faculty or staff member may take for the purpose of understanding UK as a global institution, working effectively across cultures, implementing policies and best practices regarding international engagement, and identifying and accessing university resources for international engagement. Earn a Certificate of Completion by successfully taking three Foundation Courses (each one two hours in length) and three Elective Courses over a three-year period. Click here to learn more.
  • March 5-8 – BAE Lawn Mower Clinic, Thursday/Friday: 4:30pm-9:00pm Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm, Sunday: 9:00am-12:00pm, 411 Stadium View Drive. The UK BAE Student Branch will hosttheir annual Lawn Mower Clinic fundraiser. Cost will be $45 for cleaning, blade sharpening and oil change, and an additional $5 will be charged if you want/need a new spark plug. This year, the fundraiser will be limited to the first 100 mowers, so be sure to sign up early! Please use one form for each mower that you want to have serviced this year. Click here to register.
  • March 7 – Winter Tree ID, 1-3 p.m., The Arboretum. Winter tree identification can seem daunting, but you may be surprised to learn that winter is a great time to identify trees! Many tree characteristics become more apparent when the leaves are gone, like bark and branching patterns. Join Curator Emily Ellingson to learn skills for identifying common Kentucky trees in the winter. Click here to learn more.
  • March 9-11 – STARR (Self-Defense Tactics and Risk Reduction), 6-9 p.m., Gatton Student Center, STARR is designed for women and members of the LGBTQ* community to decrease the risk of becoming victims. The program includes classroom and hands-on, self-defense training, concluding with a simulated attack. Participants are taught to assert themselves physically and verbally by yelling commands with every strike to a padded instructor. The STARR class is comprised of three-hour classes for three consecutive days (March 9-11). There is no fee for the class. Registration is required. Click here to learn more.
  • March 11 – Little Sprouts, Flower Power, session 1, 10-10:45 a.m.; session 2, 11-11:45 a.m., The Arboretum. We begin with a story and hands-on exploration. Next, we will rotate through crafts, science experiments and planting stations. Last, we get outside and explore nature on a short hike, weather permitting. Must preregister, and the cost is $3 per child. Click here to learn more.
  • March 12 – Cultivating Inclusion Series: Empowering Student Athletes, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Agricultural Information Center, N24B. Learn from student-athletes and their academic coach Rodney Lumpkins about how to equip, empower and engage student-athletes for holistic success; on and off the field of play. Light refreshments will be served. Click here to RSVP.
  • March 18 – Little Sprouts, Roots, Fruits and Shoots, session 1, 10-10:45 a.m.; session 2, 11-11:45 a.m., The Arboretum. We begin with a story and hands-on exploration. Next, we will rotate through crafts, science experiments and planting stations. Last, we get outside and explore nature on a short hike, weather permitting. Must preregister, and the cost is $3 per child. Click here to learn more.
  • March 23 – 2020 Kentucky Water Resources Annual Symposium, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Marriott Griffin Gate Resort, Lexington. The 2020 Kentucky Water Resources Annual Symposium will be held on Monday, March 23 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington. This daylong symposium combines platform and poster presentations that allow attendees to hear the latest in water resource-related research. Registration is now open. Learn more and register here.
  • March 25 – Little Sprouts, Trees, Roots and Leaves, session 1, 10-10:45 a.m.; session 2, 11-11:45 a.m., The Arboretum. We begin with a story and hands-on exploration. Next, we will rotate through crafts, science experiments and planting stations. Last, we get outside and explore nature on a short hike, weather permitting. Must preregister, and the cost is $3 per child. Click here to learn more.

April

  • April 2 – University of Kentucky Citizen Police Academy, 6-8 p.m. Pulling back the curtain of mystery that often surrounds law enforcement, the Citizens Police Academy provides insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of the UK Police Department. It is part of an ongoing effort by UKPD to foster cohesive relationships between law enforcement and the community. The class series is held from 6-8 p.m. every Thursday from April 2 through graduation on June 4. Registration is open to anyone 18 years or older; background check required. Click here for more information.
  • April 22 – Color Me Glam Fashion Show, 6 p.m., Gatton Student Center Ballroom. Join us for an evening of fashion! The night begins with a fabulous cocktail hour that includes hearty hors d'oeuvres as well as a cash bar. We invite you to peruse our silent auction over cocktail hour. There will be more than 75 items to bid on! Once the lights go down and the show starts, enjoy the best of Lexington fashion set to a Fashion Week-worthy setlist. The proceeds from this event fund student scholarships within the Department of Retailing and Tourism Management. Click here to get tickets.
  • April 24 – 9th Annual Jr. MANRRS Leadership Institute - Call for Presenters. For the 9th Annual Jr. MANRRS Leadership Institute, interactive workshop proposals are being sought to expose potential students to opportunities in agriculture and STEAM, to develop personally, and to continue their preparation for future educational endeavors and careers. Submissions that focus on topics related to UK CAFE majors, leadership, personal development and resulting careers are welcomed. Submissions are now being accepted online through April 24. Click here for more information.

Save the Date

  • May 21 – Kentucky Extension Diversity & Inclusion Network Annual In-Service

 

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