University Leadership Forum, Oct 23-25, on cross-generational diversity and inclusion

Leading Across Generations
October 23-25, 2017

The theme for this year’s University Leadership Forum organized by the University of Kentucky Office of Human Resources is “Leading Across Generations.” All UK faculty, staff and graduate students are welcome to attend.

The three-day forum gives us the chance to explore and gain a  greater appreciation of how so many different generational influences on our campus impacts our leadership every day. We need to understand this kind of age-centric lens for diversity in order to hire the best faculty and staff as well as to empower our students to succeed.

Registration has been going on since early September, and several sessions offered are now closed. However, there are a few still open for registration:

  • Deans Roundtable: Leading Across Generations (Oct 24, 12:45-2 p.m.)
  • Multigenerational Leadership in the STEM Disciplines (Oct 25, 8:30-10 a.m.)
  • Mentoring Faculty (Oct 25, 10-11 a.m.)

In addition, the two keynote speakers are located in large venues and these sessions are still available. By the way, livestreaming will be available for several session – visit this page to see what will be available when via your computer.  The two keynote speakers are:

  • Oct 23, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Singletary Center Recital Hall
    Ryan Jenkins on “Next Generation Leadership: Proven Strategies to Engage a Multi-Generatioal Workforce” – this session will provide you with context on why generations matter; understanding of each generation’s perspective of leadership, communication, technology and work; and, proven strategies for engaging a multigenerational workforce.
  • Oct 25, 2:15-3:15 p.m. Woodward Hall, Gatton College of Business & Economics
    Tracy Sanson on “Prioritizing Generational Synergy” – this session will draw on her expertise as an emergency physician in hospitals, universities and the Air Force, as well as her role as the CEO of a consulting firm that specializes in leadership training.

UK HR invites you to register to attend as many sessions as your schedule allows.


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Free Speech and Social Justice in Higher Ed

The College of Education’s Inclusiveness Committee is hosting an event on free speech issues in higher education settings. They have invited Dr. Neal Hutchens (Higher Education, University of Mississippi) to present on Monday, October 23rd at 4 p.m. in 109 Dickey Hall.

The Search to Reconcile Free Speech and Social Justice Concerns on College and University Campuses

Monday, Oct. 23 | 4 p.m. | 109 Dickey Hall

Presentation Abstract: Is it possible or desirable to balance institutional commitments to free speech with values related to social justice, diversity, and inclusivity? Should all speech be tolerated by a college or university, even that which is hateful to members of the campus community and beyond? This interactive session will focus on free speech controversies that have arisen at colleges and univesities throughout the United States. Among the issues for discussion, participants will be able to consider and reflect upon legal standards relevant to how public colleges and universities navigate both free speech and civil rights obligations in a campus context.

Dr. Neal Hutchens

About the Speaker: Dr. Neal Hutchens is a professor of higher education at the University of Mississippi. He was the 2015 recipient of the William A. Kaplin Award from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy. Dr. Hutchens is a member of the American Association of University Professors Litigation Committee and on the board of directors for the Education Law Association. He is a member of the author team for the upcoming sixth edition of The Law of Higher Education.

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Taking colleges courses while in high school

A new report on dual enrollment by high schoolers in community colleges was issued last month from the Community College Research Center at Columbia University.  It is titled “What Happens to Students Who Take Community College “Dual Enrollment” Courses in High School?” A link to the report is at

The report shows that Kentucky ranked number 1 in the nation in the percent of 2010 community college entrants (34%) who were dual enrollment students.  Nationally, the percent of community college entrants in 2010 was 15%. And, after graduation from high school, Kentucky’s dual enrollment students had a good success rate (though not as high as the national percentages):

  • 42% of Kentucky’s dual enrollment students who graduated high school went on to first attend a community college (nationally, nearly 50%)
  • 31% first attended a four-year college (nationally, 41% went on to first enroll at a four-year institution)

Former dual enrollment students from Kentucky’s KCTCS did not go on to complete a bachelor’s degree as did many others in other states nationally, but there is a stronger tendency for them to complete a community-technical college credential (certificate, diploma, associate’s degree) here in Kentucky than nationally.

Nor is the dual enrollment option for Kentucky’s lower income families showing to have as good results as it does nationally. Intriguingly, however, Kentucky’s completion rates comparing lower income students to higher income students are more equitable than what is shown nationally. The socio-economic advantages that usually show up in college completion rates in Kentucky are not demonstrated in that cohort that enrolled in community college courses while in high school. In other words, lower income dual enrollment students in Kentucky actually DO fare as well as higher income students.

Other major themes of the report included:

  1. Nationally, nearly half of former community college dual enrollment students first attended a community college immediately after high school, and 84% of those students reenrolled at the college where they had taken dual enrollment courses. 41% enrolled at a four-year institution and only 12% did not enroll in any college by age 20.
  2. Among former dual enrollment students who started at community college after high school, 46% earned a college credential within five years.
  3. Among former dual enrollment students who started at a four-year college after high school, 64% completed a college credential within five years.

The University of Kentucky is receiving more and more transfer credit from our incoming first-year students who earned these hours from the KCTCS while still in high school. For information about all the dual enrollment and dual credit programs in Kentucky, see the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education website: For more, on how the University of Kentucky offers dual credit opportunities for high schoolers, visit our website at:

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SALutations! Teaching and Research

“In the end, our goal must not be only to prepare students for careers, but also to enable them to live with dignity and purpose; not only to give knowledge to the student, but also to channel knowledge to humane ends. Educating a new generation of Americans to their full potential is still our most compelling obligation.”
—Ernest L. Boyer
President, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (1979-1995)

Teaching and Research

We are approaching the 20-year anniversary of the Boyer Commission Report that sparked significant controversy in higher education. A number of high-profile faculty refused to endorse the report, and the president of the American Association of Universities was highly critical of its recommendations. The reflections of the surviving commission members are quite interesting, revealing how much undergraduate education has changed at research institutions over the past two decades.

What was so controversial about the Boyer Commission Report?  It called for the “radical reconstruction of undergraduate education at research universities in the United States.”  The report contained essentially a student bill-of-rights, and urged research institutions to embrace their distinctive missions by making research an integral part of the baccalaureate experience by creating a new kind of undergraduate experience only available at research institutions. Specific recommendations included making research-based learning the standard, and constructing an inquiry-based freshman year, along with a number of other ideas that are now routinely practiced on our campus.

Today, the Office of Undergraduate Research at UK provides a wide variety of programs and activities in support of research-based learning across the disciplines. I encourage you to make your students aware of the grants and scholarships available to them, and faculty, please consider providing mentorship to undergraduate students as a part of your research agendas.

Grace Hahn Hester, Director, Office of Student Organizations and Activities

Grace Hahn Hester, SAL Project Lead for Foundations of Excellence self-study improvement process

Regarding an inquiry-based freshman year, in my last brief, I mentioned the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. John N. Gardner served as the first director of that center, and he subsequently founded the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.  The Division of Student and Academic Life has engaged with the Gardner Institute, and will implement their Foundations of Excellence self-study improvement process over the next year. Grace Hahn will serve as the project director for this effort. Many of you have already offered to participate. We will make sure to include you as committees are organized over the next few months.

Curricular, Co-curricular and Extra-curricular

What do these terms actually mean? Curriculum is a Latin word that means “the course of a race,” derived from currere, meaning “to run.” Today we use this term to refer to the specific set of degree requirements a student must complete to receive a degree. I’m sure our students sometimes feel the original definition is more appropriate. In my view, co-curricular activities must be an extension of the learning experiences associated with degree requirements. In other words, to be so-named, a co-curricular activity must be directly tied to the learning outcomes associated with a curriculum. Examples include undergraduate research opportunities, service-learning, and internships. Extra-curricular activities, on the other hand, are activities that contribute to the development of the whole student, but are not directly tied to a given program’s learning outcomes. Examples include athletics, honor societies, and fraternity/sorority life.  I welcome your feedback and am interested to hear if you agree with my interpretation of these words. As always you can email me directly at

Design Thinking

Companies in Silicon Valley are employing design-thinking methodologies to spur the creativity necessary to generate innovative products. At Stanford University, the was built around the notion that people can use design to develop their creative potential. Design thinking is human-centered approach to problem solving that integrates the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for success necessary to generate innovative solutions.

We are taking a design thinking approach to facilitate the creation of co-curricular activities in UK’s new student center. We are actively seeking participation from those who have responsibilities within UK’s academic programs, and have set aside $200,000 to support their work. An information session on October 26 will include an introduction by Professor John Nash, director of UK’s Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education (dLab), to the design thinking methodology that will be used . In order to better understand the capabilities of the new student center, we have set up opportunities to tour the construction site on October 16 and October 24. Use this form to sign up and reserve your place on the tour, and the first design-thinking meeting.

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Greg HeilemanFeel free to send your comments to

Greg Heileman
Associate Provost for Student & Academic Life

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What it means to be an ally and how to be an advocate for inclusion

WRFL 88.1 invites you to join us for a conversation about what it means to be an ally and how to be an advocate across all identities.  We’ve invited community and campus representatives to discuss some of the challenges facing America, and more specifically, Lexington and the UK campus community.  This panel is part of the Queerslang series, a grant-funded weeklong series in partnership with the UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources. The majority of the week is focused on LGBTQ identities and ally-ship, but this discussion is an opportunity to expand a conversation about inclusivity and intersectionality in general.

Panelists will be discussing how they perceive the changing climate, what impacts some of the proposed state and federal legislation may have for students and Lexington residents, how they see the community moving forward in a divisive time, and how students can advocate for themselves and their communities.

Problems, Policies, Protections, and Progress: A Discussion on Ally-ship

Thursday, October 12th at 3:00pm
Singletary Center Recital Hall


  • Councilwoman Angela Evans, Attorney at McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland
  • Mayor Jim Gray
  • Dr. Randolph Hollingsworth, Assistant Provost, University of Kentucky
  • Erik Jarboe, The New Kentucky Project
  • David Luke, MLK Center, University of Kentucky
  • Rabbi David Wirtschafter, Temple Adath Israel

The panel is moderated by:

  • Dr. Joseph Mann, Professor Gender & Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky
  • Ben Childress, Student Body President, University of Kentucky

For more information, contact

Susannah Stitzer, J.D.
Graduate Assistant, WRFL
MPA Candidate, Martin School
University of Kentucky

Download flyer (.pdf file) to share and post. WRFL-Oct12-Panel-Flier

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Human Development Institute – UK’s Center on Disability

Kathy Sheppard-Jones

Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones

We recently received notice from Dr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Executive Director of the Human Development Institute (HDI) that their 2017 Annual Report is out.

Dr. Sheppard-Jones writes compellingly: “This was a year of change, of growth, and of softening the ground for new opportunities.” She encourages us all to read the report since we will find “some of our accomplishments around research, education, training and information sharing, along with spotlights of our staff, students, and those we serve.”

HDI, in partnership with many faculty and colleges, offers not only a graduate certificate but alsoan undergraduate certificate that focuses on Universal Design. It’s a unique and powerful program – worth revisiting the information about the undergraduate certificate if you’ve not looked at it lately:

If you are not familiar with HDI’s work, here are some highlights of the 2017 Annual Report – by the numbers:

  • 1100 Veteran Disability Guides printed
  • 3,578 database entries for safe, certified childcare providers in Kentucky
  • 522 health and wellness education for Kentuckians with disabilities and their families
  • 10 research assistants on projects about quality of life, employment outcomes, and transitions.
  • 84,210 users of the Lettercase, Brighter Tomorrows & Down Syndrome Pregnancy program (free, online and print materials for clinicians and families)
  • 114 attendees at “Connect the Dots,” HDI Fall Seminar Series
  • 45 attendees at “Beyond Curb Cuts: Universal Design for Learning,” HDI Fall Seminar Series
  • 80 attendees at “Establishing Trust: Developing Community Engaged Networks that Reach Underserved Rural Populations,” HDI Fall Seminar Series
  • 180 attendees for “Seeing STARS: Children with Special Needs in Early Care Settings,” HDI Spring Seminar Series
  • 65 attendees for “ABLE Accounts and other Financial Planning Tools: The Imporance of Developing a Financial Identity”
  • 85 attendees at “Serving Those Who Served Us: Understanding Military Culture and Disability Awareness in College”
  • 525 Peer Support Trainers for youth with disabilities
  • 24 book chapters and 12 peer-reviewed articles published

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Come Together Kentucky 2017

Come Together Kentucky 2017 - Call to ActionThis November, 10th -12th, the University of Kentucky is hosting the annual Come Together Kentucky Conference.

Come Together Kentucky is a conference for LGBTQ* students and allies from colleges and universities across the state of Kentucky to connect, learn and grow. This weekend retreat features workshops led by student leaders and local activists centered on LGBTQ* identities, issues and experiences.

This year’s conference centers around the theme “Call to Action: Living in this Political Climate” with speakers Wendy Leo Moore and Robyn Ochs.

We invite anyone who would like to share knowledge and ideas in line with this theme or other LGBTQ* related topics to lead a workshop, facilitate discussion or serve on a panel to submit a proposal by 11:59pm on Friday, October 27th. Applications can be accessed through the Come Together Kentucky 2017 tab on the University of Kentucky’s LGBTQ* Resources webpage (

Workshop sessions will run for an hour. Please think of your needs and indicate them in the space provided in the application (space outside, printed forms, an area to paint, personal accommodations). While exceptions can be made, please plan to provide supplies necessary for participants (ex. Scrapbooking supplies, art supplies, games, etc.).

Contact the University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources with questions by emailing or calling (859) 323-3312.

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Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentors Recognized

The Office of Undergraduate Research (UGR) has launched a series recognizing UK’s research faculty: see their website Faculty Mentor of the Week. Every week they highlight a research faculty mentor for undergraduate student researchers. The UGR staff say that all colleges will be represented in the series this school year. Here’s who they’ve showcased so far:

Week 1: Dr. Kevin J. Pearson, College of Medicine
Dr. Kevin J. Pearson
Week 2: Dr. Richard Milich, College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Richard Milich
Week 3: Dr. Mary A. Arthur, College of Agriculture
Dr. Mary Arthur
Week 4: Dr. Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf, College of Medicine
Dr. Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf
Week 5: Dr. Dan Howell, College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Dan Howell
Week 6: Dr. Luke Bradley, College of Medicine
Dr. Luke Bradley

Do you know a faculty mentor for an undergraduate student researchers who needs to be recognized? Send their name, department, and why you think they should be recognized as a Faculty Mentor of the Week to

Know of an undergraduate (full- or part-time) who should be alerted about the Oswald Research and Creativity Competition? They need to submit a paper or other project for judging no later than October 30th. In each of the 7 categories cash prizes will be awarded – 1st place: $350; 2nd place: $200. According to the UGR website: “The Oswald Research and Creativity Competition is intended to promote creativity in all fields of study. The competition accepts reports, of all forms of creativity, and scholarship by undergraduate students. This includes, but is not limited to artistic and musical creations; creative writing and poetry; and reports of studies and research in the humanities, the social, natural, and medical sciences, agriculture, business, architecture, and engineering.” For details, contact the UGR staff via email at, call 257-0049 or drop by their offices at 211 Funkhouser Building.

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Water Week at UK

The Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering will kick off a week of events on Saturday, October 7th, and continues through Friday, October 13th. They have an exciting line of up of events related to water, most of which are centered on the theme of climate change.

All events are free and food is provided. Here’s a quick summary of events:

Saturday, October 7
9 am to 4 pm
Project WET, certification workshop for K-12 teachers, cooperative extension agents and students who are studying to become teachers
Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, 3885 Raven Run Way, Lexington 40515
Monday, October 9
6-8 pm
Ignite Talks & Panel Discussion on Climate Change – includes lunch (see details and pre-register at
Hillary J.Boone Center, University of Kentucky
Tuesday, October 10
6-8 pm
Chasing Ice” Film Screening & Panel Discussion led by Steve Evans, Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute – refreshments served at 5 p.m.
W.T.Young Library Auditorium
Wednesday, October 11
11:45 am to 1:30 pm
Talk by Randy Kolka, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, on SPRUCE Project, peatlands and climate change
The 90, Room 202
Thursday, October 12
12:30-1:30 pm
Career Panel – refreshments served at 12 noon – panelists:

  • Andrea Erhardt, paleoceanography
  • Jennifer Hubbard-Sanchez, director of Center for Environmental Ed at Ky. State U.
  • Rick Price, Director of Global Environment, Health & Safety for Beam Suntory
  • Jon Walker, a hydrologist at U.S. Forest Service

W.T.Young Library, Multipurpose Room, B-108

Thursday, October 12
4-5 pm
Seminar: Geoff Ellis, research geologist with U.S. Geological Survey, on Coal Sourced National Gas Resources in the US and China – refreshments served at 3:30 pm
Chem-Phys, Room 139
Friday, October 13
3-6 pm
CATchment Cleanup, a service activity led by biosystems and ag engineering students – all are invited to help trim, mulch and mow
Rain Garden at Farm Road (near the Gluck Equine Research Center)

You can learn more about the events by visiting or their Facebook page at

Please distribute information on Water Week to your colleagues and students (download the flyer here – 2017_WaterWeekFlyer). They encourage you to distribute to those outside of UK. If you teaching a class, please consider providing extra credit for attendance. They will have sign-up sheets for students at all events.

To register for the Ignite event, visit the BAE website at

Water Week 2017 is sponsored by the Colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Arts and Sciences, and Engineering, and the Kentucky Geological Survey (members of the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment’s water systems working group), and the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute.

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