Faculty and Staff Life 

  • 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 
       · BMI is between 25 and 35 
       · Do not currently exercise 
  • Citizen’s Police Academy, Classes will be each Tuesday from 6-8 p.m., Jan. 24-April 4, except the week of Spring Break, March 14. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a UK police officer, this series will help remove the mystery that often surrounds law enforcement. Participants will gain insight into the daily functions and responsibilities of UK law enforcement personnel. Click here for more information.
  • Staff Professional Development Fund – Applications due May 1. Funding may be used to support goal-oriented training and professional development activities that will increase the employee’s skill in areas specifically related to their major job responsibilities. For applications and more information, click here.
  • Sarah Bennett Holmes Award nominations are now open  -- The Sarah Bennett Holmes Award recognizes two female UK employees, one faculty member and one staff member, for their contributions to issues that affect women at UK and across Kentucky. These awards bring recognition for efforts that would otherwise go unnoticed through typical channels. Award winners will receive a prize of $1000. All nominees will be recognized during the annual Sarah Bennett Holmes Awards luncheon in March. The deadline to nominate is Feb. 1. Click here for more information.


Upcoming events 

  • Jan. 23 – Green Heart Louisville: Connecting the dots between nature and our health, 6-8 p.m., E.S. Good Barn. The Urban Forest Initiative Speaker Series picks up with Chris Chandler of The Nature Conservancy. Chandler is an environmental project manager, certified arborist and Louisville native whose work is having a big impact in his hometown. UFI seminars are structured as a social hour of light refreshments and exhibitors first, followed by the talk. Parking for the event is free at the E.S. Good Barn. Click here for more information.
  • Jan. 24 – UK SafeZone Training, 12 p.m., Office of LGBTQ* Resources, UK Student Center. This is a workshop for those wanting to support LGBTQ* students and learn more about their identities. Attendees will receive a light lunch and SafeZone magnet for their space. 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. 2— Dance Blue Mini Marathon, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., E.S. Good Barn. Register as a team or as an individual. The fee is $20 per person. Pizza and a drink will be provided to participants. If you can’t attend, you can still support the efforts by purchasing a Dance Blue Dance Party T-shirt or donate to the Dance Blue-Golden Matrix Fund. 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-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: Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.; March 13, 12-1:30 p.m.; May 15, 6-7:30 p.m. and July 10, 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Various Dates January -March—Plant Families Series at The Arboretum. The programs 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. 
    • Feb. 2 – Soil Matters. Explore the different layers of the soil and the different creatures that live in it.
    • Feb. 23 – Nature Art. Create art from nature and take a tour of the “Glories of the Garden” art exhibit.
    • March 5 – Plant Meat Eaters. Did you know that some plants eat meat? Join us to learn about the different types of carnivorous plants.
    • 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.
    • March 20 – Novel Tall Fescue Renovation Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. CDT, Research and Education Center, Princeton. Toxic tall fescue reduces livestock weight gains and lowers reproductive performance. This one-day workshop will give you the tools and information needed to remove toxic tall fescue and replace it with novel tall fescue varieties. Topics include symptoms and causes of fescue toxicosis; economics, establishment and first-year management; seed testing; long-term pasture management; company products; incentives and a producer panel. Click here for more information.


Job Openings 

  • Department of Entomology – HR coordinator. The human resources coordinator is a key member of the department’s management team, providing key insight to the chair on administrative and personnel issues. Apply by Jan. 23. Click here for more information.
  • Kentucky Children’s Garden at The Arboretum – education and garden assistant. This is a student position that may receive internship credit.  The assistant will help with education programming and garden interpretation, planting and maintaining gardens and provide a welcoming atmosphere and excellent customer service to all visitors. Compensation is $9-10.50 per hour. Click here for more information.



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