Join us for Alumni Weekend April 24-27

April 22, 2014

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The UK Alumni Association will host its annual Alumni Weekend on the University of Kentucky campus Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 27. Alumni Weekend provides alums with the opportunity to get reconnected with campus, visit with former classmates and make new friends, all while remembering their days as Wildcats.

The weekend will kick off Thursday with Connections at Country Boy Brewing from 7-9 p.m. Friday’s events will begin at 5:30 p.m. wit8704486169_e6d08493a0_zh Big Brew Tasting, a beer sampling by Lexington Beerworks. These events are available to both members and nonmembers for a minimal fee. Friday’s events will conclude with a free UK Symphony Orchestra concert at the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Saturday is Legacy seeblue. Day! From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boone Center, high school students who are UK legacies will have the opportunity to learn about the college admissions process, enjoy Wildcat spirit and hear about the experiences of students. This event is free and brunch and a walking tour of campus will be provided. Later that afternoon, the Blue/White Football Game and tailgate will be held at Commonwealth Stadium, followed by the UK Dance Ensemble Spring Concert at the Singletary Center. Tickets will be available for purchase.6554757081_57f1b710cf_z

A Spindletop Hall Steak and Seafood Buffet will be available to members and prospective members Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a price of $20. After the buffet, attendees can visit the Singletary Center for the Arts to view performances by the UK Wind Symphony Concert and UK Symphony Band and Concert Band for free!

Members will also be eligible to receive up to two free tickets to attend a softball and baseball game over the course of the weekend. Nonmember tickets will also be available for purchase. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will also be showing at the Lexington Opera House over the weekend.

For more information or to register for any events, visit www.ukalumni.net/alumniweekend. For questions, call 1-800-269-2586. We hope to see you there!


Two inducted into Gatton Alumni Hall of Fame

April 17, 2014
Pictured, from left to right, are: Douglas D. Tough, David W. Blackwell and Chuck Martz.

Pictured, from left to right, are: Douglas D. Tough, David W. Blackwell and Chuck Martz.

Chuck Martz ’73 BE and Douglas D. Tough ’72 BE were recently inducted into the UK Gatton College of Business and Economics Alumni Hall of Fame.

Martz is the CEO, president and chairman of the board of Link-Belt Construction Equipment Co., a lattice and telescopic boom crane producer based in Lexington. He also serves as the executive vice president of Sumitomo Heavy Industries.

Tough is the board chairman and CEO of International Flavors and Fragrances Inc., headquartered in New York City, N.Y. He was formerly the CEO and managing director of Ansell Limited and a president of Cadbury Schweppes PLC.

For more information courtesy of UK Public Relations & Marketing, click here.


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 http://www.ukalumni.net/marchmadness. 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.


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