November 19, 2013
UK alumni percussionists Glenn Kotche ’94 FA and Colin Campbell ’07 FA are currently on the road with the Radiolab tour. The two are playing with Kotche’s band, On Fillmore, to provide a live score for the tour, which showcases famous comedians Reggie Watts, Patton Oswalt and more as they humorously explore the topic of the apocalypse.
Kotche is most commonly known for his connection to alternative rock band Wilco. In 2007, he was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award from the UK College of Fine Arts.
Campbell is sponsored by Innovative Percussion and is a member of rock trio Le Tour. His father, James Campbell, is a professor and director of UK Percussion Studies.
Learn more about these alumni and their musical involvement, courtesy of UK Public Relations & Marketing.
Members of the band On Fillmore, featuring UK alumni Glenn Kotche (right) on drums, are pictured above.
UK alumni Colin Campbell, who will join Kotche on the Radiolab tour, is pictured above.
November 5, 2013
John Astle enjoys the “eRUPPtion Zone.”
In November 2002, UK created a new place for students to cheer for men’s basketball in Rupp Arena called the “eRUPPtion Zone.” The section would make its debut for UK’s matchup with Athletes in Action on Nov. 11, 2002.
John Astle ’06 AS, back then a freshman political science major, was excited to check it out. “It was going to be my first UK game as a student, so I got there a couple hours early,” Astle says. “I ended up being first in line!”
That meant he was the very first student to ever stand in the now famous “eRUPPtion Zone.”
Learn more about Astle’s experience in “the Zone,” courtesy of UK Public Relations & Marketing.
October 29, 2013
King Alumni House
For 50 years, the Helen G. King Alumni House has been an important landmark on the University of Kentucky campus. In honor of its 50th anniversary, the UK Alumni Association is hosting a celebration on Friday, Nov. 1, from 3 – 5 p.m. in the building’s lobby, located at the corner of Rose and Euclid.
Throughout the years, the King Alumni House has been host to special events, reunions, meetings and visitors from across the country and around the world. Alumni, friends and the campus community are invited to stop by to reminisce, enjoy a photo display as well as a board of memories (Click here to share your memory). There will be a brief program at 4 p.m. Don’t miss this special Homecoming celebration!
October 24, 2013
Seniors Tyler “T.J.” Flynn and Josiah Hanna each received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) from Joe Kerwin, former Skylab astronaut.
Flynn and Hanna are the first two UK students to win ASF scholarships in the same year. Flynn is working toward a dual degree in mechanical engineering (with aerospace certificate) and physics. Hanna has a double major in computer science and mathematics.
Both students received assistance in applying for the ASF scholarships from the UK Office of External Scholarships.
Watch a video of the students, Courtesy of UK Public Relations & Marketing. Congratulation, seniors!
October 22, 2013
From left: Patricia Brantley Todd, the late Elizabeth Cromwell Kremer and Martha Allen Nall
Image: Courtesy AFE
Patricia Brantley Todd, Martha Allen Nall and the late Elizabeth Cromwell Kremer became the newest members of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony at the UK Hilary J. Boone Center on Oct. 18. These three alumnae made distinctive, positive contributions in their professions, their communities and in the School of Human Environmental Sciences.
Patricia Brantley Todd ’68 AFE began her career as a high school nutrition teacher in Massachusetts. As first lady at UK, Todd worked to improve the aesthetic and functional qualities of the university and its grounds. Her many awards include the UK Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and the 2013 Winner’s Circle Award presented by the Lexington Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Today she focuses on philanthropic work linked to human environmental sciences and currently serves as the honorary chairwoman for the UK Plaid Project.
Martha Allen Nall ’70 AFE served as president of the Kentucky Association of Future Homemakers of America and as vice president of the Student Association of the American Home Economics Association. She worked with the UK Cooperative Extension Service from 1974 -2012 and received Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service Awards. Nall served as a past president of the Human Environmental Sciences Alumni Association and played an active role in the merger with the College of Agriculture Alumni Association.
Elizabeth Cromwell Kremer ’25 AFE worked in food management in New York, N.Y, Louisville and Cincinnati, Ohio, until becoming a homemaker for her two daughters. In 1967, she returned to work and became the vice president for food service at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg where the Trustees Office Dining Room gained national prominence, served more than 2.5 million meals and sold more than 153,000 copies of “We Make You Kindly Welcome,” a cookbook of Shaker recipes.
October 17, 2013
Joanna Howerton Stevens,
2014 Kentucky High School
Teacher of the Year
Photo: College of Education
Congratulations to Joanna H. Stevens ’08 ’10 ED for winning 2014 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year and to all the UK alums who participated.
Ashland Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education announced the winners of the 2014 Kentucky Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers of the Year, as well as the overall Kentucky 2014 Teacher of the Year, during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda yesterday. Three of the semifinalists graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Education and qualify to compete for the 2014 Teacher of the Year Award.
The UK alums are: Scot A. Gill ’93AS ’94 ED, physics/science teacher at Tates Creek High School, and Catherine Vannatter ’06 AS, Bryan Station High School English teacher and English Department chairwoman, both in Lexington; and Joanna H. Stevens ’08 ’10 ED Lincoln County High School math teacher and math content lead specialist.
October 15, 2013
Photo by Kelli Elam
The UK Gatton College of Business and Economics Dean David W. Blackwell, above at the groundbreaking, was joined by UK President Eli Capilouto, Gov. Steve Beshear, other state officials, major donors, faculty, staff and students in unveiling details of the $65 million project.
The UK Gatton College of Business and Economics revealed architectural plans and held a ceremonial groundbreaking on its new $65 million college expansion and renovation as part of UK’s overall capital renovation plan (House Bill 7). Through generous donations from alumni, corporations and friends, the #GattonUnited Capital Campaign raised over $45 million of the $65 million toward expansion and renovations on the college. The renovation and expansion includes a new main entrance serving as a “living room” of the college, 500-seat auditorium, a smaller Special Events Hall, Finance Learning Center, Behavioral Research Lab, outdoor garden space and over 60 new state of the art class/study/breakout rooms to accommodate and foster more student collaboration. The college plans for 40 percent increase in enrollment, along with a 40 percent increase in faculty and staff after the renovations/expansion completes in late spring of 2016.
October 8, 2013
Jon Kimberlain has been elected chairman of the Glass Association of North America (GANA) Building Envelope Contractors (BEC) Division. Kimberlain is an application specialist in high performance building for Dow Corning, which he joined in 1999. He has provided expertise and technical knowledge for industry documents related to the use of sealants in construction applications including the GANA Sealant Manual and Joint Sealants: Product and Application for the Natural Stone Industry for Marble Institute of America.
“I am honored to have been selected as your incoming chair of the Building Envelope Contractor Division,” said Kimberlain. “Over the next two years, I hope that we can build a stronger association for the benefit of contract glaziers and provide needed support in educational and technical resources for the group.”
Kimberlain is a resident of Elizabethtown and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
October 1, 2013
Professor Subba Reddy Palli is the recipient of the Entomological Society of America’s Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology. He will receive the award during the society’s annual meeting Nov. 10-14 in Austin, Texas.
This award is important because the insect physiologist is being honored by his peers for his cutting-edge research involving gene expression in insects. Palli’s goal is to identify proteins and hormones and use them to develop environmentally safe pest management methods.
Read more about his research courtesy of an article by the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
September 26, 2013
Congrats to our 85 scholarship recipients!
This year, the UK Alumni Association and alumni clubs contributed more than $221,000 in scholarships to deserving students. To celebrate with the students this month, the UK Alumni Association Scholarship hosted a dinner in the Bluegrass Ballroom at the Lexington Center, Downtown, and 85 recipients were able to attend the event.
UK Provost Christine Riordan spoke to the 340 attendees at the dinner, which included the recipients and parents, alumni and campus representatives.
Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients!