Tips for traveling Wildcats

July 29, 2014

Whether it’s for a family vacation or a business meeting, traveling is often exciting. For the ill-prepared, it can be a frustrating experience, too. Patti Rai Smith, UK home-based business specialist, offers these tips to help keep your travels smooth sailing:

  • Select the right luggage — Choose appropriately-sized luggage for your travels. Going on a business trip? Try a larger suitcase that allows you to lay jackets, skirts or shirts flat with few folds. Waterproof luggage is also key and will keep other elements, like dirt, out, too. Lightweight, collapsible luggage carts or suitcases with wheels can also make travel less frustrating.
  • What to take — Review your plans. Think about what you will be doing and what you need to wear. How many changes of clothing will you need? Will you be able to do laundry? Most important, learn to travel light. Select two colors for your foundation wardrobe and don’t take anything that won’t work with them. Don’t forget to pack those items you might need, just in case! It’s always a good idea to bring an all-weather coat and folding umbrella.
  • Packing for your trip — Make a list of what you will need before packing. This will also provide you with an inventory in case your luggage is lost. Keep valuables and/or medications with you in a carry-on bag if traveling by plane, and pack heavy items in the bottom hinged end of your suitcase.
  • Before you leave home — If you will be gone for several days, ask the post office to hold your mail or ask a neighbor to collect it for you. Request your newspaper delivery be stopped, as a pile-up of newspapers can serve as announcement to thieves that you are gone. An automatic timer can also be helpful, as it will turn lights off and on in various rooms and appear as though someone is home. Make sure to check appliances, and turn your air conditioning or heat down or off. Cell phones aren’t always fail-proof, so don’t forget to leave a telephone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.


Safe travels, Wildcats!

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UK Week celebrated in Beijing, China

June 12, 2014

It’s UK Week at Shanghai University in Beijing, China! This week, the college held an open house with the help of Chinese Wildcats, answering questions and serving up Kentucky Fried Chicken!



Job Club releases 2014 summer schedule

June 3, 2014

Job Club Press Release Summer 2014

The University of Kentucky Alumni Association, in conjunction with Fayette County Cooperative Extension Services and UK Human Resources Staff Career Development, has released the 2014 summer Job Club schedule.

The Job Club aims to provide a positive environment for motivated job seekers to meet, connect, share and learn. The club is free and open to the public and meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office located at 1140 Red Mile Place in Lexington.

Job Club is a free resource to those who are currently out of work, underemployed or looking to make a career transition. Recruiters and employers are also welcome to attend meetings. Business attire is encouraged.

Dates and topics for upcoming meetings are as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 10: Overcoming obstacles in your job search
  • Tuesday, June 24: Landing your next job in a tough economy
  • Tuesday, July 8: Interviewing boot camp
  • Tuesday, July 22: Tough transitions — Is age impacting your search?
  • Tuesday, Aug. 12: Professional image and your job search
  • Tuesday, Aug. 26: Staying positive during a job search

For more information, contact the UK Alumni Association at 859-257-8905; the Fayette County Cooperative Extension Office at 859-257-5582; or the UK Staff Career Development Office at 859-257-1946. Additional details are also available online at

Softball and baseball teams gear up to compete

May 29, 2014

The UniverSoftballsity of Kentucky softball and baseball teams are gearing up to compete!

The softball team will face the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns tonight at 7 p.m. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, during their debut at the Women’s College World Series!





Tomorrow, the baseball team will hit the field at 2 p.m. in Louisville to battle the University of Kansas Jayhawks during the NCAA regional tournament.

Be sure to tune in and cheer on your Wildcats!

Wildcats Everywhere!

May 20, 2014

It’s almost officially summer, which means vacation season is in full swing! Do you carry your Wildcat pride with you wherever you go? Share the love with us wherever you are via social media or our website with Wildcats Everywhere!


The Hope Family is pictured here in front of Grand Teton in Jackson, Wyoming.


Abbie Roden and a friend are pictured above at the Great Wall of China.


UK alum Laura Cole’s husband is pictured above leaving some Wildcat spirit in the sand of Aruba during their honeymoon.


Clyde P. Baldwin submitted this photo of himself and others showing their UK pride during a trip to England.

‘Twas the week after Commencement…

May 13, 2014

Campus is so quiet. We miss our students already!




Tree planting initiative underway on campus

May 6, 2014


Over the next year, more than 400 trees will be planted across the UK campus. The announcement came from President Eli Capilouto last week, who says the aesthetic nature of the campus is one of many attributes that makes UK a beautiful place to work and learn.Tree planting 1

The initiative, known as “Planting for the Next 150 Years,” was announced in anticipation of the university’s 150th anniversary in 2015. Approximately 130 trees will be planted this spring, with an additional 80-100 planted in the fall, in 16 areas throughout campus.

For more on the announcement, courtesy of UK Public Relations & Marketing, click here.


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