Students win broadcast awards at state competition

April 15, 2014

Several UK students brought home honors from the College Contest of the 2014 Kentucky Associated Press Broadcast Awards. The university’s Student News Network (SNN), a live student-produced television newscast, and WRFL, the student-operated radio station, were both recognized at the event.

Individual award winners include:

  • Elizabeth Suh (SNN): Best Public Affairs — TV, “Free Speech,” first place; Best Public Affairs — TV and Best Sports Coverage — TV, “Sports Handshake,” second place; College TV Best of Show winner
  • Garrett Wymer (SNN): Best College Television Reporter, “Tuition Hike,” first place
  • Stuart Hammer (SNN): Best News Story, “Jobless Vets,” second place
  • Garrett Gabehart (SNN): Best College Television Reporter, “Break-ins,” third place
  • Shelby Steele (WRFL): Best Sports Coverage — Radio, “Best High School Football Coach,” second place
  • Hadley Stein and Candice Cruz (WRFL): Best Public Affairs — Radio, “Campus Voices — Social Media,” third place

Congratulations to these students on their achievements!

UK alum creates blooming habitats for Cincinnati Zoo animals

April 10, 2014

Meet Steve Foltz ’85 AFE, director of horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.  Foltz has the task of creating habitats for hundreds of creatures every day, filling their environments with plants that make the animals feel more at home.

Watch the video above to learn more about Foltz, courtesy of UK Public Relations & Marketing.

UK student wins Kentucky Young Soloist Award

April 8, 2014

Young Soloist

For the second straight year, University of Kentucky vocal performance senior Gabrielle Barker has been named the VSA Kentucky Young Soloist Award winner.

VSA Kentucky, the state organization on arts and disability, recognizes outstanding young musicians between 14 and 25 annually, supporting them and encouraging them in their pursuit of a music career. Winning students receive a $500 educational scholarship, mentoring sessions with professional musicians and performance opportunities.

Click here for more information, courtesy of UK Public Relations & Marketing.

Couple follows Cats all season long

April 3, 2014

Sherri and Jacob

Fans of both UK basketball and traveling, Jacob Broderick ’05 BE and Sherri Sullivan Broderick ’05 CI, 08 ED set out in 2013 with a mission.

“As UK alumni and true blue fans, we wanted to do something crazy with one of the best recruiting classes ever coming to campus,” Jacob says. “Over the past several years we have traveled to all the NCAA tournaments, SEC tournaments, Maui Invitational, Champions Classic and UK home games. The only things missing were the SEC road games. And wSt. Louis Sherrie said, ‘Why not?’”

The two set out on their journey at the start of the 2013 season, creating an online presence with a Facebook page called Out of the Blue (sound familiar?) and a Twitter persona known as NoJortsNoProblem so friends and family could keep track of them along the way.

The Brodericks followed the Cats across the country, battling ice storms and flight cancelations, witnessing all of the wins and losses along the way. However, the couple never lost sight of their support for the Big Blue Nation and managed to sit in the stands at every 2013-14 season UK game todate.

Following the Cats through their regular season in the SEC was quite the experience, but the Brodericks said the crowds were never rude to them, even as they made their way through the rivaling crowds as lone specks of blue. “Most fans were just curious, and it was the same conversations each time,” Sherri says. “Are you from Kentucky? How long was the trip? What do you think about Coach Calipari? This weather is crazy!”

ScottradeWhile the regular SEC season was the original goal, once the Cats hit their hot streak, the Brodericks couldn’t resist following their team throughout the NCAA Tournament.

“All of the tournament games have been legendary,” Sherri says. “My favorite win has to be shocking Wichita State. Winning that game really sparked our players to realize they can beat anyone.”

The two are hopeful that they can end their journey sitting in the crowd as the Cats bring their ninth championship title home, but say no matter what, they are proud of their team.

“Remember our team members are only kids,” Jacob says. “Even though they look like grown men physically, they have to manage many more things than a normal teenager does. Respect the players, win or lose.”

Show us your Big Blue spirit!

April 1, 2014

The NCAA Tournament has been full of excitement this year! For Wildcat fans, that excitement continues as the team travels to Arlington, Texas, for the Final Four this Saturday in a match-up against the No. 2 seeded Wisconsin Badgers. Alumni from around the country (and world) have been showing us their Big Blue spirit this month. Where will you be cheering from this Saturday? Don’t forget to keep up with us during the tournament at GO CATS!

Greater Knoxville Area

The Greater Knoxville UK Alumni Club is pictured above, rallying on the Cats from one of the UK Alumni Association’s many game watch parties.

Dresden Germany

Twitter user @rachie240 sends this Big Blue greeting all the way from Dresden, Germany!

North Alabama

The Northern Alabama UK Alumni Club also gathered together recently to cheer on the Cats.

Beach Socks

Lucky socks abound! Member Saundra Kimberlain is pictured here rocking her lucky socks by the beach.

Continue to support the Cats in the Sweet 16

March 26, 2014


Both the men’s and women’s basketball programs have advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, and we here at the UK Alumni Association are ready to hUK PEPelp you celebrate and root on our Wildcats!

Meet us in Indianapolis, Ind., Thursday, March 27, at 1 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium to watch the Cats during an open practice. Then continue the madness Friday as we host our pregame event at 4 p.m. at the Tin Roof, the official UK Alumni Association headquarters during the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. UK spirit items will be available, and attendees may purchase drinks and food from the menu. At approximately 6:30 p.m., the UK Band and UK Cheerleaders will conduct a pep rally at the venue. The Tin Roof is located at 36 S. Pennsylvania St., just a little more than a half-mile from the stadium. The Louisville vs. Kentucky game will be shown at the Tin Roof at approximately 9:45 p.m. In the event that Kentucky advances, the association will host a similar event Sunday, March 30.

Meanwhile, in Notre Dame, Ind., come support UK Hoops! The ladies are set to take on Baylor at noon Saturday, March 29, at the Joyce Center. If the Hoops win, they will play the winner of Notre Dame and Oklahoma State Monday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, click here or contact UK Athletics at 859-257-1818, 1-800-928-2287 or

Cheer on the Kentucky Wildcats as they dance their way through the NCAA Tournament! For more information on tournament events or to find a game watch party near you, visit


Association to host NCAA Tournament kick-off events

March 20, 2014

Kentucky Banner

It’s almost time! The UK Alumni Association is helping you kick off the NCAA Tournament with events starting this weekend! Whether you find yourself in St. Louis with the Cats or you are sticking close to home cheering on UK Hoops, we have an event for you.

The official UK Alumni Association headquarters will be Joe Buck’s in St. Louis, Mo., during the first weekend of play in the NCAA Tournament. Drink specials and UK spirit items will be available. Attendees may purchase drinks and food from the menu. At approximately 6:30 p.m. CT Friday, the UK Band and UK Cheerleaders will conduct a pep rally at the venue. Joe Buck’s is a short walk (.3 miles) from the Scottrade Center, located at 1000 Clark Ave. The Kansas State vs. Kentucky game will be shown at the venue later in the evening.

On Saturday, stop by the UK Alumni Association on your way to cheer on UK Hoops as the team competes in the NCAA Tournament! Enjoy doughnuts, fruit, juice and coffee with fellow alumni and fans prior to the UK Hoops game against Wright State. Admission is free. UK Alumni Association members who show their cards will receive a free gift! The event will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. at the King Alumni House, located at 400 Rose St.

For those who are following the madness in the comfort of their own homes, stay up to date at!


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