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Employee of the Year Nominations Due Tuesday

Nominations for the 2010-11 Employee of the Year award are now being accepted. Nomination forms as well as a list of eligible staff members, are available below. Please submit nominations to Meredith Houlihan no later than Tuesday, May 3. All nomination forms must be signed and sealed in an envelope.

Download nomination form (pdf)

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Awards Reception & Mother’s Day Brunch

All faculty and staff are invited to attend an Awards Reception and Mother’s Day Brunch in honor of our student and faculty award winners.

This event will take place immediately following the university’s morning Commencement Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel’s Regency Ballroom.

Please RSVP your attendance at

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Important Upcoming Changes to the GRE

The following changes to the GRE become effective August 1st.

Changes include the addition of write-in math problems, the deletion of the analogies section, and less emphasis on the vocabulary component. These changes anticipate making the GRE more strenuous, so if students are applying to grad school next year, it is strongly recommended they try to take it before this date.

The best time for a student to take the GRE is at least 4 months before they will be applying to graduate school. As different graduate schools have admissions deadlines ranging from October to April, the student will need to look at the individual schools admissions deadlines. We recommend taking the GRE at least 4 months ahead of the application submission because this would allow the opportunity for the student to take the GRE a second time, if needed. Students know scores from their exam immediately upon completing the exam, but it takes about a month for the official score report to be distributed.

Taking the GRE twice, or even three times, is not uncommon. Of course, if students only need to take it once, it provides a stronger application in general, but there is no penality for taking it more than once and admissions does not look down upon it (in general), so long as the student's score considerably increased.

Academic Enhancement: The Study is now offering a one-day GRE test prep workshop, GRE Plus +, to prepare students for succeeding on the Graduate Admissions test. This will be the last opportunity to take the GRE test prep workshop before the GRE test format will be changing in August 2011. The course includes two full-length practice exams, a pizza lunch, and four hours of instruction which includes test-taking strategies and content review.

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GRE Plus Workshop

Date Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, May 21
Time 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location 306C Complex Commons (computer cluster)

This is a quick, yet thorough, GRE workshop covering both math and verbal. Please contact Jessalyn Ubellacker or Amanda Smith with questions.

Students may register for one of the workshops for $100, or for Math and Verbal on both days for $200. Non-traditional students and non-UK students also welcome to attend.

Register online to reserve your spot today.

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Rehabilitation Sciences Department Meeting Today

Date Friday, April 29, 2011
Time Noon
Location CTW 405

Lunch will be provided. Please confirm your attendance by contacting Theresa Cook at

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Reds Tickets for Sale

The Ambassadors are selling tickets to the August 8 (Monday) Reds vs. Rockies game in Cincinnati as a fundraiser. The game begins at 7:10 p.m.

The tickets are limited in amount, so those interested should act now. Price details are listed below:

  • 10 tickets are for the sun/moon deck. $20 each (regular price is $25)
  • 20 tickets are for the infield box. $35 each (normally $45)

If you plan to purchase a ticket and are also interested in bus transportation for the group attending, please mention your interest at time of purchase so that this option can be looked into further.

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Exercise Science Seminar Series

Date April 29, 2011
Time 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Topic “Integration of biomechanics into innovative interdisciplinary research aimed to improve health and encourage an active lifestyle”
Speaker Kevin Ford, Ph.D., FACSM, Co-Director, Human Performance Laboratory, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Location 213 Seaton Center
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Wildcat Finale: UK’s Official Graduation Party

Date Friday, April 29, 2011
Time 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location Commonwealth Stadium – West Concourse (enter through Gate 4 or 9)

Wildcat Finale is the perfect event to say farewell and gather one last time before officially becoming UK Alumni.

Hosted by the UK Alumni Association and the Student Government Association, Wildcat Finale will feature FREE food and drinks, music, t-shirts, door prizes and more! Plus, a special guest will be in the End Zone for a big blue send off.

For more details, please call Meg Phillips at (859) 257-3569. To register for this event, please visit

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STEM Education Conference Today

Friday, April 29, 2011 – Student Center

The Second Annual STEM Education Conference at the University of Kentucky will focus on STEM research, teaching and learning and engagement with goals of generating new partnerships and collaboration across the STEM disciplines.

Faculty, K-12 educators and STEM undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to present STEM Education related research or experiences. Presenters may choose among three formats: paper presentation, “round table” discussion, and poster presentation.

Keynote Speaker President Lee T. Todd, Jr.
“Supporting STEM Initiatives in Kentucky and Nationwide”
President Todd will discuss how we are attempting to leverage STEM initiatives to positively impact the STEM pipeline in Kentucky and across the nation. The President will speak about various means of supporting the “Educate to Innovate” initiative as well as the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities’ Science and Mathematics Teacher Imperative.

Click here for more information

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Cardinal Valley Park Stream “Great American” Cleanup Tomorrow

Join community volunteers in removing unsightly trash from Wolf Run Creek (and tributaries). Activities include an in-stream clean up from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. followed by a celebration at Cardinal Valley Park on Cambridge Drive.

Date Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location Cardinal Valley Park, 2077 Cambridge Dr., Lexington, KY 40504

This is a full contact water sport so participants should be prepared to:

  • Get wet from the knees down
  • Wear sturdy submersable shoes or boots (Hip waders work well)
  • Bring work gloves you don't mind getting wet
  • Bring water or a snack to tide you over (refreshments will be served at a party for volunteers immediatly following the cleanup)
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult or be part of a sponsored youth organization with an adult leader present (Teacher, Scoutmaster, Youth Minister etc.)

Clean up event will be held rain or shine. Volunteers can evaluate their own participation based on weather conditions.

For more information, please contact the event chair, Peggy Henson, LFUCG 11th District Council Member.

Click here for event registration.

If you are interested in participating in the celebration only, please contact Laura Hatfield at

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No Limits Mark Wellman Tour

Mark Wellman made history as the first paraplegic to ascend the 3,000-foot El Capitan and Half Dome at Yosemite National Park. With his dynamic and bold determination, Mark encourages his audiences to fulfill their dreams by reaching for higher goals to success.

Come for a discussion that will motivate and inspire you to fulfill your dreams.

For those unable to attend the main event at Cardinal Hill, which is expected to be near capacity, a live video feed of the presentation will playing in CTW 219 and the Center for Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard.

Thursday, May 5

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Noon – 1 p.m.
    Center of Learning
  • 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Rock Climbing Demo
    Therapy Garden Parking Lot

For more information about this event please call 1-800-458-8267 and ask for Tammy. You can also visit our website, and check out our News and Events section.

Download promotional flier (pdf)

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Muscle Forum

Topic “Energy metabolism in bone”
Speaker Beata Lecka-Czernik, University of Toledo
Date May 5, 2011
Time 11 a.m. – Noon
Location MS 505, Physiology Conference Room
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Brain Injury Awareness Walk

The Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky (BIAK) and the Michael Quinlan Brain Tumor Foundation will be holding a "Walk Together" to promote brain injury awareness on Saturday, May 14th in Louisville.

Click here for registration, to obtain a team packet and poster, or for more information about the walk.

Additional questions? Contact Colleen Mahon at BIAK.

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Calendar of Events

April 29 Rehabilitation Sciences Department Meeting
CTW 405

April 29 STEM Education Conference
8 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
UK Student Center

April 29 Exercise Sciences Seminar Series
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
213 Seaton Center

April 29 Wildcat Finale: UK’s Official Graduation Party
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Commonwealth Stadium - West Concourse(Enter through Gate 4 or 9

April 30 Cardinal Valley Park Stream “Great American” Cleanup
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Cardinal Valley Park

May 3 Employee of the Year Nominations Due

May 5 No Limits: Mark Wellman Tour
Noon – 1 p.m.
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center, Center of Learning

May 8 CHS Awards Reception & Mother’s Day Brunch
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Regency Ballroom

May 14 GRE Plus Workshop
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Study, Complex Commons, Room 306C

May 21 GRE Plus Workshop
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Study, Complex Commons, Room 306C


Note: More dates can be found on the CHS Sharepoint Calendar

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