Faculty and Staff Life 

  • Access to digital Wall Street Journal offered by UK – Members of the UK community can now access The Wall Street Journal free of charge. The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise in the Gatton College of Business and Economics, along with the Student Government Association, have partnered with WSJ to provide school-sponsored memberships to all students, faculty and staff. Visit WSJ.com/UKentucky. Those who currently pay for an existing WSJ account can call 1-800-JOURNAL for a possible partial refund.
  • Safe, Swift, Sustainable - W-2 Program – You may elect to receive the 2020 W-2 online through Employee Self Service. Benefits include: earlier access to W2, eliminate the possibility of your W-2 being delayed or lost in the mail and accessing your W-2 statement anytime (2013 and future W-2s will remain online for multiple years). Click here to get started. Note: Employees who have previously enrolled in the online W-2 program are automatically enrolled for 2020.
  • Employee Discount Program – Click here to learn about discounts for UK employees.
  • Goodin Student Awards Established – The Michael Goodin Global Aspirations Award for undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has been established to honor the late Goodin for his dedication and passion for student success and his sensitivity to student needs. Awards will first be given to students who are facing challenges in their personal life and/or in their academic career and need urgent financial assistance. If no primary award students are identified, then awards may be used for research-related travel expenses. Preference will be given to students in the agricultural and medical biotechnology program. The funds for the award have been established through charitable donations from friends who wish to honor Goodin’s legacy of embracing student diversity in all aspects, his recognition that students learn in different ways and his work to engage students across many modalities. Students who wish to be considered for this award should contact Esther Fleming, efleming@uky.edu. Please contact Elizabeth Vaughn, elizabeth.vaughn@uky.edu, for information on this new fund.
  • UK Community Supported Agriculture Sign-Ups Now Open – The University of Kentucky Community Supported Agriculture project kicked off sign-ups for its 15th growing season on Jan. 21. The UK CSA is open to all UK faculty, staff and students. UK employees on a UK health plan may be eligible for a $200 CSA voucher from UK Health & Wellness. CSA shares include organic vegetables, fruits and herbs for 22 weeks, May 20 - Oct.14, grown at the Organic Farming Unit at South Farm. Pick up shares Thursdays on campus or at the farm. Learn more here.
  • Retirement Planning - Ask Fidelity Sessions. Join Fidelity Retirement Planners for a brief presentation followed by open Q & A taking place Jan. 27, Feb. 1, 17, 24, and March 18 and 20. Register here.

Virtual Events

January

Jan. 25-Feb. 22 – Beginning Birder Challenge, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Are you interested in learning how to identify birds? Starting Jan. 20 through Feb. 22, visitors are encouraged to follow a self-guided adventure on the paved path through the Walk Across Kentucky Native Plant Collection at The Arboretum. You will be challenged to distinguish between two birds (pictures only!) hidden in the trees and shrubs. Print out the Beginner Bird Challenge worksheet (available on our website) before you come and bring a birding book (or download) a birding app. Learn more here.

February

Feb. 4 – Cultivating Inclusion Series: Allies and Accomplices 101, 12-1 p.m. Learn the difference between being an ally and being an accomplice, and discover how to leverage your power and influence to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive community. Register here.

Feb. 9 – Critical Compassion and the Pedagogy of People, 12-1 p.m. What does trauma look like? How might it affect the learning environment and the people within? This case-study based workshop will consider the ways that stressors shape learning to understand the ways trauma can present itself in a classroom setting. Participants will explore what learning looks like when people are traumatized and how to nurture a pedagogy that is built on the foundation of compassion for each student and ourselves. Register here.

Feb. 10 – Lunch & Learn Session - Managing Stress and Building Resiliency, 12-1 p.m. Join us for a Lunch & Learn on Managing Stress and Building Resiliency by CAFE Staff Council. RSVP here.

March

March 16 – Equity and Inclusion Online, 12-1 p.m. Recognizing that understanding ourselves and the diversity of our society, including race, ethnicity, gender, age, appearance, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, education and political beliefs, among others, is an ongoing journey, this workshop will explore common language and concepts to increase an awareness of diversity and the societal dynamics that shape our world. Register here.

April

April 1 – Cultivating Inclusion Series: Microaggressions from an Intersectional Lens, 12-1 p.m. Increase intersectional identity awareness by growing your power and respect for names and differing identities and learning how everyday behaviors and attitudes can change the culture we work and educate. Register here.

April 6 – Diversifying Syllabi and Curricula: A View Towards Enhancing the Discipline, 12-1 p.m. For this workshop, we acknowledge that extant paradigms at the structural, collective and individual levels can be limiting to the rewards of building diverse and inclusive courses. Participants will explore theoretical and practical approaches to enhancing syllabi and course materials with an eye toward diversity. Register here.

May

May 6 – Cultivating Inclusion Series: Leveraging Connections: A Restorative Approach to Community Building, 12-1 p.m. The Cultivating Inclusion Series provides an informal, safe environment for faculty, staff and students to engage in conversations related to diversity and inclusion while fostering an appreciation of inclusivity within the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. In this session, participants will utilize restorative justice circles to enhance community building strategies. Register here.

 

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