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.
  • Hepatitis A Vaccine – Afood service employee at UK Chandler Hospital Cafeteria was recently diagnosed with Hepatitis A, and UK is encouraging employees to get the Hep A vaccination. Employees may present their Express Scripts card to any pharmacy, such as CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s, etc. Employees may also go to any UK pharmacy during regular business hours. For more information, contact your health care provider or click here.
  • Employee Discount Program – Visit the program’s website for current discounts available to UK employees. Click here for more information.  
  • LiveWell Check-In – This fall, you have an opportunity to participate in an integrative health screening. If you're on a UK health insurance plan, you'll receive a $100 rebate. Click here to learn more and to schedule an appointment. Sessions are available through Dec. 12. 



Upcoming events 

  • Dec. 12 – Horticulture Club Holiday Plant Sale, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Agriculture Science Center North Deli area. Horticulture Club members have been busy growing and creating plant-themed holiday items. Poinsettias, living ornaments and small, holiday-themed planters are available. Click here for more information.
  • Dec. 12 – CAFE Holiday Reception, 3-5 p.m., Good Barn, Culton Suite. The college has had another great year, and we have many to thank for their innovative ideas and hard work. It is wonderful to be part of a college that maintains a family atmosphere and an unwavering commitment to service. As a small token of our appreciation, we are planning a holiday treat to end the year. You are cordially invited to join us for holiday cheer and light seasonal snacks.
  • Dec. 14 – Gracie Hale Retirement Party. Please join us 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the John A. Morris Library at the Gluck Equine Center. Email Debbie Mollett 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.
  • Various Dates December-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. It is critical to prepare. 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:
    • Dec. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • 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.
    • Various Dates December-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. 
      • Dec. 15 – Bulb Basics. Learn about all the different types of bulbs and how you can trick them into blooming earlier than spring.
      • Jan. 5 – Trees in Winter. How can you identify a tree with no leaves? How old is the tree? Explore these questions and more.
      • Jan. 19 – Let it Snow! Learn how snow is made and create your own winter wonderland to take home.
      • 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.


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