GEAR UP KY Summer Academy@UK 2015 Final Showcase

GEAR UP KY Summer Academy@UK 2015 will conclude its three-week residential experience with a Final Showcase this Friday, featuring an address by President Capilouto, representatives from KY Council for Postsecondary Education (CPE), and selected high school student presentations. The event begins with a reception at 5 pm on Friday, July 24, held outside Woodland Glen II – the residence hall where the 65 high schoolers and their resident advisors have been living this summer. Dinner for the high school students and their parents will be provided courtesy of Enrollment Management in the tent on Woodland Avenue from 6-8 p.m.

GEAR UP Kentucky Summer Academy@UK 2015This Showcase marks the conclusion of GEAR UP KY Summer Academy@UK 2015, a partnership between UK and CPE. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federal program designed to promote college readiness. For the last two years UK has received approximately $150,000 in matching funds from GEAR UP KY to provide an educational experience for high school students from selected, under-performing Kentucky schools. Our goal is to strengthen the students academically, encouraging them to understand that a college education is within their reach. We hope that many of these students will consider UK in particular and for this reason we have purposefully designed the UK GEAR UP curriculum to introduce key learning objectives of UK Core, our nationally recognized general education program.

Though organized through the Division of Undergraduate Education, this program would not be possible without the hard work of people from several colleges and central units. A list of contributors is provided below; please consider attending the reception and the Showcase to help President Capilouto celebrate accomplishments of the students and recognize the significant contributions of faculty and staff in your area.

  • College of Agriculture, Food and Environment: Molly Davis (Director of the Arboretum); Jason Headrick (Director of Student Relations); Associate Dean, Dr. Larry Grabau; Dr. Stacy Vincent and Aly Sowder (Ag Education) for “Walk Across Kentucky” and “Following Our Food, Learning to Lead” in Ag Sciences
  • College of Arts & Sciences: Maher Alkateeb (Arabic Studies) for Global Studies; instructors from Ecuador and the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)
  • College of Communication & Information: Dr. Allyson DeVito, Dr. Sarah Kercsmer and Chelsea Woods (Instructional Communication & Research) for General Studies Core – Communications
  • College of Design: Patrick Lee Lucas, Director of School of Interiors, for “Design in Your World”
  • College of Education: Fatih Destebasi for Global Studies (Turkish as a Second Language); Yasuka Miura for Global Studies (Japanese Language and Culture); Associate Dean, Dr. Laurie Henry, Sara Flanagan and Erin Sienicki for General Studies Core – Education
  • College of Engineering: Dr. Bruce Walcott for “Engineering and Autonomous Systems”
  • College of Fine Arts: Robert Dickes (School of Visual Arts); Justin Cornelison (Music); Dana Clark (School of Visual Arts); Michael Lewis Johnson (Theatre); Erin Walker (Music); Nicole White (School of Visual Arts) for the Arts & Creativity Core courses: Creativity and the Art of Acting, Introduction to Photographic Literacy, Performing World Music
  • Campus Recreation in the Division of Student Affairs: Ron Lee, Executive Director for College Café session on a tour of the University’s campus recreational facilities
  • Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching: Cara Worick for General Studies Core (video production and blogging)
  • Enrollment Management: Don Witt and Jonathan Blazejewski for the Final Showcase and Dinner for all the students and parents
  • International Center: Karen Slaymaker for Global Studies in College Cafe as well as coordinating the weekly courses featuring a different Language & Culture: Arabic, Japanese, Turkish
  • Science Outreach Center (in the College of Medicine): Margaret McConnell and Dr. Don Frazier for “Using Problem-Solving Tools in Science”
  • Office of Sustainability: Shane Tedder and Victor Smith for College Café sessions on sustainability on campus and bicycle safety
  • Undergraduate Education: Matthew Deffendall (First Gen Initiatives) for “Global Workplace Communications”; Christine Kindler for “History Comes Alive: Heritage, Heists, and Human Rights”; Rachael Deel (Transformative Learning) for “Marketing Me”; and Kelsey Carew (First Gen Initiatives) leading the Summer Academy@UK Living Learning Community
  • UKHC IT: Seth Anderson “Scratch Programming”
  • UK Libraries: Jaime Burton (Special Collections) for General Studies Core – research

Benjamin C. Withers, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
University of Kentucky


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