Faculty and Staff Life

  • Self-defense Tactics and Risk Reduction Course – The program includes discussion to reduce risk of being targeted and hands-on, self-defense training. So, get ready to break a sweat! Students are taught to physically and verbally assert themselves by yelling commands "No!" or "Stop!" with every hit to a padded instructor. Strikes, kicks and ground defense techniques are taught in a non-threatening atmosphere by certified police officers. The final test of the class is a culmination of techniques learned in a simulated attack called Fight Night. Click here for information about upcoming sessions.
  • CI CoLab Usability Study: Technology Help Center Study – All faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to provide feedback for this study related to the technology help center. Please email the lab to schedule an appointment. Click here for more information.



Upcoming events 

  • Jan. 12 – Owl Night Hike at The Arboretum, 5:30-7 p.m. Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center. Learn about the owls of Central Kentucky and then hike around the grounds to hear them. Bring binoculars and a flashlight and dress for the weather. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Limited to 50 people, preregistration required. Call 859-257-9339 or email Jackie Gallimore to reserve your space. Suggested donation of $3/person or $5/family, cash or check only, please.  Click here for more information.
  • Jan. 8 – Winter Event, 4:30-7 p.m., Hilton Lexington Downtown. We hope you’ll join the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Alumni Association for a dinner and pep rally prior to the UK vs. Texas A&M men’s basketball game. Click here for more information.
  • Feb. 2. – Winter Tree ID, 1-3 p.m., Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center at The Arboretum. Join curator Emily Ellingson and Professor Rob Paratley to study the basics of winter tree identification. Learn tips and tricks to identify common Kentucky trees by silhouette, bark, bud and leaf scar. Limited to 15 participants; preregistration required.  Recommended for ages 13 and up. Cost is $10 per person. Click here for more information.
  • Feb. 20 – Spring Internship and Career Fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Gatton Student Center, Grand Ballroom. Business, arts, humanities and all non-engineering majors welcome. Come meet with potential employers looking to hire UK students for full or part-time, internships, co-ops and more. Click here for more information.
  • Various Dates January -March—Plant Families Series at The Arboretum. The programs below are from 10-11 a.m. on the dates listed below and are recommended for families with children ages 5-10. $7 per family (up to three people), $2 for each additional person; preregistration required, limited to 30 participants.  Visit The Arboretum website or contact Jackie Gallimore, 859-257-0339, for more information or to register. 
  1. Jan. 19 – Let it Snow! Learn how snow is made and create your own winter wonderland to take home.
  2. Feb. 2 – Soil Matters. Explore the different layers of the soil and the different creatures that live in it.
  3. Feb. 23 – Nature Art. Create art from nature and take a tour of the “Glories of the Garden” art exhibit.
  4. March 5 – Plant Meat Eaters. Did you know that some plants eat meat? Join us to learn about the different types of carnivorous plants.
  5. March 16 – Follow the Tracks. Animals leave behind signs of where they have been. Learn how to spot them and identify the animal that left them.
  • Various Dates January-July – Active Shooter Training, Gatton Student Center, 160 Avenue of Champions, Meeting Room 331.  While the possibility of being involved in an active shooter incident on campus may be remote, the consequences can be catastrophic. Preparation is critical. The UK Police Department has specialized instructors who prepare students, faculty and staff to have a survival mindset. They further train the community in how law enforcement will respond to an active shooting situation and describe the concerning pre-incident behaviors of potential active shooters. Click here for more information. Upcoming trainings are listed below:
    • Jan. 14, 12-1:30 p.m.
    • Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • March 13, 12-1:30 p.m.
    • May 15, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • July 10, 12-1:30 p.m.


Job Openings 

  • Department of Community and Leadership Development – assistant professor of agricultural and/or public communications. Apply by Jan. 21. Click here for more information.
  • Department of Community and Leadership Development – assistant professor of community-engaged research, tenure track position. Apply by Jan. 21. Click here for more information.




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