Faculty and Staff Life 

  • Reserve Thanksgiving Bulk Veggie Boxes from UK-CSA – UK-CSA is taking preorders for bulk veggie boxes for the Thanksgiving holiday. Two types of boxes offered: fall greens boxes include items like brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, kale, celery, popcorn, garlic, herbs and more. Winter storage boxes include items like potatoes, sweet potatoes, assorted winter squashes, beets, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, garlic, herbs and more. Each box is $40. Pickup is Tuesday, Nov.23 from 4-6 p.m. at the Orange Lot. Reserve online here.
  • Kentucky Extension Diversity Award Nominations Open – We are pleased to support the continuation of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Diversity Award. For the past 26 years, we have been able to recognize Extension professionals who, through targeted efforts, excelled in reaching new clientele. Nominations are open until Nov. 15 and can be submitted here.
  • Faculty & Staff Covid-19 Testing InformationClick here for information regarding compliance and incentives.
  • United Way annual giving campaign – UK's United Way campaign and runs through Friday, Oct. 29. Please consider contributing to this year’s campaign. To donate via payroll deduction, go to myUK, click on the Employee Self Service tab, and click on Giving. Click here to donate via credit card. To learn more about United Way of the Bluegrass, click here.
  • Nominations Open for Faculty Awards – The CAFE Faculty Council is requesting nominations for the CAFE Master Teacher Award and the George E. Mitchell Outstanding Service to Graduate Students Award. The Master Teacher Award is one annual award of $700 to recognize outstanding teaching in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Criteria include, but are not limited to, effectiveness in the classroom, dedication to students through activities in and out of the classroom, and evidence of activity to improve teaching. Nominations may be submitted here. The George E. Mitchell Award is one award of $500given each year in honor of Mitchell, an outstanding graduate student advisor and mentor. This award is to recognize outstanding career contributions to graduate training in the college. Submit nominations here. Nominations will be accepted until 8a.m. E.T. on Nov. 4. The awards will be presented at the Fall Faculty Meeting in November.
  • National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Oct. 1-31, As our lives have become increasingly dependent on technology, virtually all personal and business data is kept on internet-connected platforms, which can become a gold mine for bad actors. Own your role in cybersecurity by starting with the basics. Creating strong passwords and using multifactor authentication (2FA), backing up your critical data and updating your devices software are great places to start. Learn more here.
  • Job Opening - HR Coordinator - Plant & Soil Sciences – The Department of Plant and Soil Sciences seeks a human resources coordinator. The coordinator serves the department by handling the administration of all personnel and payroll matters. The department is accepting applications through Oct. 21. For additional information, click here.

Virtual and In-person Events


Oct. 18 – Forest Products Week - "Forests and Forest Products For All", 11 a.m.-12 p.m. To kickoff Forest Products Week, we will have activities on the front lawn of the Thomas Poe Cooper Forestry Building. Learn more here.

Oct. 20 – Horticulture club apple and native plant sale, 3:30-5 p.m. The club will have red and yellow Delicious apples, select native plant species and carnivorous plants available at Greenhouse 12, Agriculture Science Center North. Learn more here.


Nov. 1 – 4th Annual Intercultural Awareness Day, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Themed “Learn Together, Grow Together,” this year’s event will focus on urban and rural sustainability within the local food system. The program will center around minority business owners in the food chain and their challenges of entrepreneurship and working with local farmers delivered through two panels and a networking brunch. Registration is open now through Oct. 22.

Nov. 8 – Harvest Hour, Cooperative Communities for Uncertain Times: Louisville Community Grocery, 3-5p.m., Cornerstone Exchange Building. The discussion will include a casual conversation with food system leaders across our food community and will allow attendees and presenters to learn about everyone’s thoughts of the area’s vibrant food ecosystem. Attendees will hear from Google leaders who are working on a community-owned grocery store. They will discuss the role of cooperative economics and community grocery stores’ role in community health and food security. Read more here.


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