Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader http://weku.fm en UK Pension Perk Retained for Current Administrators http://weku.fm/post/uk-pension-perk-retained-current-administrators <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/23/2381860/university-of-kentucky-faculty.html">University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has refused a faculty group's request to end a little-known perk for administrators that has cost about $1.5 million since 2006. Capilouto did pledge Monday to stop the extra retirement benefit for future administrators, but that concession did not placate rank-and-file workers worried about layoffs and other budget cuts.</a> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:30:55 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 34790 at http://weku.fm UK Trustees OK Privatized Dorm Construction http://weku.fm/post/uk-trustees-ok-privatized-dorm-construction <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/14/2371709/uk-board-of-trustees-oks-plan.html">The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees authorized the next phase of construction for student dorms, giving the go-ahead Sunday for a private developer to build and manage five new residence halls on four sites. The cost for a total of 2,317 modern beds would be $133.7 million. Construction is under way for a new $25.2 million dorm next to Haggin Hall near the William T. Young Library. The other five dorms would be built after several housing structures are demolished.</a> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:36:26 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 34360 at http://weku.fm UK Trustees Discuss Money and Online Education http://weku.fm/post/uk-trustees-discuss-money-and-online-education <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/13/2370788/at-annual-retreat-university-of.html">The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees spent its annual retreat Saturday weighing the numerous pressures it faces in the greater world of higher education, including less state support, higher costs for students, fewer research dollars, and the uncertain but inevitable future of online education. More particular to UK are issues such as a new way of budgeting, a housing boom, and a large and talented freshman class met with a nervous campus community that's facing another round of budget cuts.</a> Sun, 14 Oct 2012 17:06:33 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 34312 at http://weku.fm UK Faculty Group Criticizes Capilouto Over Budget http://weku.fm/post/uk-faculty-group-criticizes-capilouto-over-budget <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/10/04/2360392/university-of-kentucky-faculty.html">The University of Kentucky Senate Council sent a scathing memo on Thursday to President Eli Capilouto over past and upcoming budget cuts, complaining about a lack of transparency and accusing him of creating a "false crisis." "Faculty recognize that the reduction in state government support represents a small part of the budget cutback," council chairwoman Lee X. Blonder wrote in the memo. "As such, they feel that the current crisis is largely due to presidential priorities that include new spending proposals in excess of $50 million."</a> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:37:09 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 33933 at http://weku.fm UK Professors Discover Prehistoric Italian Settlement http://weku.fm/post/uk-professors-discover-prehistoric-italian-settlement <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/09/24/2349541/university-of-kentucky-professors.html">UK professors Paolo Visona and George Crothers have spent their professional lives studying ancient civilizations — Visona, mostly Greek archaeology; and Crothers, mostly early Native American populations in Kentucky's Green River valley. This summer, their research was in neither of those areas, yet it turned out to be one of the most unexpected and exciting professional moments in either man's career — a culmination of expertise, planning and lots of luck. Visona now calls it a "perfect combination of circumstances."</a> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:51:21 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 33433 at http://weku.fm UK Professors Discover Prehistoric Italian Settlement UK HealthCare Hopes to Become Regional Powerhouse http://weku.fm/post/uk-healthcare-hopes-become-regional-powerhouse <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/09/15/2338582/goal-for-university-of-kentucky.html">The $592 million hospital bed tower at the University of Kentucky medical complex now stands tall on the Lexington skyline. The head of UK HealthCare, Executive Vice President Michael Karpf, has a vision for the entire system that will in the end cost $1 billion and, he says, turn the University of Kentucky's health care system into a regional powerhouse for Kentucky and parts of West Virginia, Ohio and Tennessee.</a> Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:57:26 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 32983 at http://weku.fm UK HealthCare Hopes to Become Regional Powerhouse UK Reports Record Enrollment http://weku.fm/post/uk-reports-record-enrollment <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/09/11/2332531/university-of-kentucky-reports.html">The University of Kentucky's freshman class is the largest, most diverse and most academically prepared group in the school's history, officials announced Tuesday. Spokesman Jay Blanton said UK had budgeted for a freshman class of roughly 4,500 students, which helped soften some budget cuts made this year.</a> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:32:03 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 32791 at http://weku.fm Anti-Coal Protesters March at UK http://weku.fm/post/anti-coal-protesters-march-uk <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/09/05/2324343/anti-coal-protestors-march-on.html">An anti-coal rally at the University of Kentucky ended Wednesday with police asking a group of protesters to leave the Joe Craft Center, the nerve center of UK Athletics. A couple dozen students marched first to UK's new Wildcat Coal Lodge, which houses the UK men's basketball team and was paid for by $7 million in donations from coal operators. They shouted "Ho, ho, hey, hey, Wildcat Coal Lodge needs a new name!" The protesters, part of the UK Beyond Coal Coalition, want UK Athletics to drop sponsorships from the coal industry, which has been a generous supporter of sports.</a> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:00:05 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 32520 at http://weku.fm Anti-Coal Protesters March at UK UK and Shriners Hospitals Plan New Facility http://weku.fm/post/uk-and-shriners-hospitals-plan-new-facility <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/09/04/2322841/university-of-kentucky-and-shriners.html">The University of Kentucky is in final negotiations with Shriners Hospitals for Children to build a facility for the charitable organization on South Limestone across the street from UK's new patient bed tower. It's not clear what would happen to the Shriners hospital on Richmond Road, but C.J. Parrish, spokeswoman for Masonic Homes of Kentucky, confirmed Tuesday that the organization has had informal discussions with Shriners officials about buying the 29-acre property for a seniors community.</a> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:31:31 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader & Beverly Fortune, Lexington Herald-Leader 32438 at http://weku.fm UK and Shriners Hospitals Plan New Facility Kentucky Horse Park Hopes New Plan Brings Success http://weku.fm/post/kentucky-horse-park-hopes-new-plan-brings-success <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/21/2266158/kentucky-horse-park-is-finding.html">As a competitive venue,</a> the Kentucky Horse Park has it all &mdash; except a way to break even financially. Despite the 2010 World Equestrian Games, which brought $85 million in construction projects to the park, officials had to ask the General Assembly for an extra $3.5 million to balance the budget for the 2012 fiscal year. Legislators were less than pleased and asked for a business plan that showed a road to self-sufficiency. Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:18:42 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 29972 at http://weku.fm Kentucky Horse Park Hopes New Plan Brings Success Rupp Arena Committee Appointed http://weku.fm/post/rupp-arena-committee-appointed <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/19/2263871/committee-appointed-to-lead-rupp.html">The Rupp Arena Arts</a> and Entertainment District project will be led by a subcommittee of the Lexington Center board of directors, which will try to parlay an initial $3.2 million into an urban-renewal project that could cost $300 million. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:03:21 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 29894 at http://weku.fm College Grad Gap Widens for Poor Kentuckians http://weku.fm/post/college-grad-gap-widens-poor-kentuckians <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/09/2253489/graduation-gap-between-poor-and.html">More Kentuckians are getting</a> college degrees, but a troubling trend has emerged in who receives them.&nbsp;According to a new report, the gap between graduation rates for low-income college students and moderate- to high-income students jumped 8 percentage points between 2008 and 2010.&nbsp;In those two years, the graduation rate of low-income Kentucky students fell from 46 percent to 35 percent, according to an annual accountability report from the Council on Postsecondary Education. In comparison, the graduation rate of moderate- to high-income students dropped four percentage points, from 57 percent to 53 percent.</p><p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 18:29:21 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 29350 at http://weku.fm Thunderstorms End Heat Wave, Cut Power for Thousands http://weku.fm/post/thunderstorms-end-heat-wave-cut-power-thousands <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/07/08/2252560/thunderstorms-put-end-to-heat.html">Some much-needed rain</a> and cooler temperatures finally got to Lexington on Sunday via some powerful but scattered thunderstorms that knocked out power in spots across Fayette County. The storms also affected power around the state, including spots in Bourbon, Clark and Fleming counties. Although some areas in Central Kentucky saw no rain from early storms, other areas received flash-flood warnings. The weather forecast calls for highs in the 80s all week. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 13:54:50 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 29267 at http://weku.fm Outrage Over MLK Center Director Dismissal http://weku.fm/post/outrage-over-mlk-center-director-dismissal <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/13/2223112/supporters-former-uk-students.html">Outrage over the University of Kentucky&#39;s</a> decision to lay off one of its longest-serving and best-known black employees continues to ripple across Lexington and beyond. Chester Grundy, who started UK&#39;s first Black Student Union in 1969 and went on to found the Martin Luther King Cultural Center and direct it for more than 30 years, was laid off last week. As the news has filtered through cyberspace, his former students and fans are making their voices heard. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:20:21 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 28038 at http://weku.fm Outrage Over MLK Center Director Dismissal UK President Defends Layoffs http://weku.fm/post/uk-president-defends-layoffs <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/13/2223029/faculty-members-of-uk-board-urge.html">A week after the University of Kentucky</a> laid off 1 percent of its employees, President Eli Capilouto called the cuts an unavoidable part of moving the university forward with goals to improve undergraduate education, build new classrooms and pay employees more. &quot;We deeply regret &mdash; deeply regret &mdash; the loss of any jobs here, but we know and feel very confident that we have the workforce, the expertise and the excellence to provide a student the best education they can find anywhere,&quot; Capilouto said Wednesday in an interview with the Lexington Herald-Leader. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:10:40 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 28037 at http://weku.fm UK President Defends Layoffs Faculty at UK Begin to Receive Lay Off Notices http://weku.fm/post/faculty-uk-begin-receive-lay-notices <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/07/2216556/university-of-kentucky-warns-some.html">Some full-time University of Kentucky</a> lecturers have received notice that they will be laid off at the end of the next school year, but officials say the cost-cutting move is a &quot;contingency plan.&quot; Regulations require lecturers to get 12 months&#39; notice that their jobs will end, so some deans have chosen to send letters that tell lecturers their contracts will end next spring, Assistant Provost Richard Greissman said. Fri, 08 Jun 2012 20:08:08 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 27784 at http://weku.fm UK lays off about 140, eliminates 164 vacant jobs http://weku.fm/post/uk-lays-about-140-eliminates-164-vacant-jobs <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/06/06/2214747/university-of-kentucky-staffer.html" style="font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; ">The University of Kentucky will</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: 20px; "> lay off about 140 people in full and part-time positions across campus, losing roughly 1 percent of its workforce in the most severe budget cuts the flagship school has seen in recent memory. &nbsp;UK Spokesman Jay Blanton said another 120 vacant full-time staff positions and 44 vacant faculty positions will be eliminated, but no faculty will lose their jobs.</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 13:23:14 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 27685 at http://weku.fm UK lays off about 140, eliminates 164 vacant jobs Coal Scholarship Proposals Resurface http://weku.fm/post/coal-scholarship-proposals-resurface <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/05/21/2196265/proposals-to-fund-college-scholarships.html">A proposal to use coal severance tax dollars</a> for college scholarships might have failed during the General Assembly earlier this year, but the idea is far from dead. Two proposals are vying for Gov. Steve Beshear&#39;s approval through the Department for Local Government, which distributes grants funded by coal severance money. Tue, 22 May 2012 14:40:45 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 26856 at http://weku.fm Coal Scholarship Proposals Resurface University of Kentucky Approves Tuition Increase http://weku.fm/post/university-kentucky-approves-tuition-increase <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/05/08/2180606/university-of-kentucky-trustees.html">The University of Kentucky Board</a> of Trustees approved a 6 percent tuition increase for the upcoming academic year on Tuesday, bringing the total cost of tuition, fees and housing for in-state undergraduates to $16,518 a year. The increase got push-back from some trustees, who said they worry about the long-term escalation of tuition costs and its effects on Kentucky families. In the past 10 years, UK tuition has increased 147 percent. Wed, 09 May 2012 15:30:45 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 26189 at http://weku.fm UK Officials Plan to Raise Tuition http://weku.fm/post/uk-officials-plan-raise-tuition <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/20/2158537/board-sets-maximim-tuition-increases.html">University of Kentucky officials</a> want to raise tuition by 6 percent for students and rule out raises for faculty and staff next year as they deal with a $43 million hole in the school&#39;s budget. For in-state freshmen and sophomores, that means tuition would jump from $9,128 this year to $9,676 in the 2012-13 academic year. For out-of-state students, tuition would increase from $18,740 a year to $19,864. UK&#39;s tuition will have grown 147 percent since 2002 if the UK Board of Trustees approves the tuition increase, as expected. Sun, 22 Apr 2012 15:57:59 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 25279 at http://weku.fm UK Expands Online Courses http://weku.fm/post/uk-expands-online-courses <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/14/2151086/uk-expanding-online-course-offerings.html">In 2010, the University of Kentucky</a> tried an experiment: professors in the College of Arts and Sciences took 20 summer school classes out of the lecture hall and into cyberspace, trying out the school&#39;s first large-scale attempt at online education. This summer, there will be 70 classes with more than 3,000 students already signed up. For Arts and Sciences Dean Mark Kornbluh, online summer school classes are less about entering some brave new world of online education and more about getting more students to graduate in four years. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:09:18 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 24930 at http://weku.fm College Sports Costly to Taxpayers http://weku.fm/post/college-sports-costly-taxpayers <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/04/01/2134910/college-sports-come-at-a-cost.html">As the frenzy over the NCAA Final Four proves,</a> many Kentuckians love college athletics. What they might not know is that taxpayers are picking up a large part of the tab. The state&#39;s eight public universities subsidize their sports programs with a total of almost $50 million a year from their schools&#39; general fund budgets, which largely rely on state tax money and students&#39; tuition and fees. Spending on athletics has remained strong despite nearly a decade of cutbacks in state funding, which have pushed much more of the financial burden of attending college onto students. Sun, 01 Apr 2012 16:51:01 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 24212 at http://weku.fm Celebrations Cause Destruction in Lexington http://weku.fm/post/celebrations-cause-destruction-lexington <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/31/2134111/south-limestone-sidewalks-filled.html#storylink=omni_popular%23wgt=pop">Jubilation over the University of Kentucky&#39;s</a> win over the University of Louisville quickly turned into scenes of couch-burning mayhem in key celebratory areas around campus. Lexington&#39;s State Street, which had become the epicenter of couch burning in recent weeks, was quickly filled with thousands of people, smoke and flying beer bottles. Police in riot gear with fire extinguishers and batons dodged bottles from the growing crowd and tried to stop a raft of couch fires. Sun, 01 Apr 2012 16:47:06 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader, Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader, Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader & Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader 24211 at http://weku.fm Celebrations Cause Destruction in Lexington Presidential Salaries at Universities Grow http://weku.fm/post/presidential-salaries-universities-grow <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/03/20/2119071/pay-for-university-presidents.html">Presidential salaries at Kentucky&#39;s</a> public universities and community colleges have grown far faster than the wages of faculty members in recent years. Pay increases for university presidents ranged from 5 percent to 34 percent between 2006 and 2010, according to a new report from the Legislative Research Commission. For faculty, the average pay raise was 7.7 percent statewide during the same period, according to the Southern Regional Education Board. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:10:20 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 23566 at http://weku.fm UK's Plan to Replace Housing http://weku.fm/post/uks-plan-replace-housing <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/05/2056660/university-of-kentuckys-plan-to.html">The University of Kentucky is about to embark</a> on a big, new experiment, hiring a private developer to replace and manage all of its on-campus student housing. Lots of questions about the plan remain unanswered as UK negotiates with Education Realty Trust of Memphis, Tenn., ironing out details of the expected massive project. But just down the road at the University of Louisville, and at other campuses across the nation, smaller versions of the same experiment have already played out. Sun, 05 Feb 2012 17:45:32 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 20851 at http://weku.fm Calipari and Capilouto Visit Frankfort http://weku.fm/post/calipari-and-capilouto-visit-frankfort <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2012/01/06/2017203/calipari-says-lawmakers-shouldnt.html">UK coach John Calipari and UK President</a> Eli Capilouto visited Frankfort Thursday to meet with state legislatgors. Calipari, for one, came to talk to lawmakers about UK&#39;s need for new academic buildings. He was the big draw, signing basketballs and taking pictures with various legislators before he told them about UK&#39;s construction needs amid a campus full of aging buildings.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 15:21:15 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 19275 at http://weku.fm Calipari and Capilouto Visit Frankfort UK Core Classes Emphasize Creativity http://weku.fm/post/uk-core-classes-emphasize-creativity <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/19/1998971/exploration-emphasized-in-university.html">The students in Marty Henton&#39;s art class</a> wear spattered smocks as they layer paint and stencil designs over their projects, but don&#39;t confuse them for virtuosos. &quot;I&#39;m not, like, an artist,&quot; said Bethany Brookover, a sophomore transfer from Cincinnati, as she mixed a gold glaze over her art project. &quot;I&#39;ve never even been to an art museum before.&quot; Given the choice, Brookover and most of her classmates might have kept it that way. But this class, Pathways to Creativity, is not an elective. It&#39;s a requirement, part of UK&#39;s new general-education-studies program, known as UK Core. The vast, multi-year undertaking has completely revamped undergraduate requirements in an effort to better prepare students for a different world than the one students faced in the 1980s, when the last general-education-studies plan was designed. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:36:58 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 18267 at http://weku.fm UK Core Classes Emphasize Creativity Lack of Specialists at UK Affects Patients http://weku.fm/post/lack-specialists-uk-affects-patients <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/11/1990876/lack-of-doctor-at-uk-raises-concern.html">The day before Thanksgiving</a>, 2-year-old Logan Esenbock went into a trance-like state, then screamed for an hour. Logan suffers from PKU, a rare metabolic disorder that makes it hard to break down protein. The condition was caught 10 days after his birth through a state newborn screening program and he was formally diagnosed at the University of Kentucky. Until this summer, he&#39;d been under the care of Dr. Charlton Mabry at UK&#39;s Mabry Metabolic Disease Unit. But Mabry, 81, retired this summer and hasn&#39;t been replaced. Instead, Logan&#39;s appointments &mdash; along with some 50 other patients being treated by Mabry &mdash; were canceled, and his mother was told another doctor wouldn&#39;t be available until January.</p><p> Sun, 11 Dec 2011 19:46:41 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 17808 at http://weku.fm Lack of Specialists at UK Affects Patients Six UK Professors Receive 'Great Teacher Award' http://weku.fm/post/six-uk-professors-receive-great-teacher-award <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/12/07/1986342/six-university-of-kentucky-professors.html">Six University of Kentucky professors have been given </a>the 2012 Great Teacher Awards by the UK Alumni Association. Wed, 07 Dec 2011 18:31:29 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 17578 at http://weku.fm OK Teen's Win Closes Out National Horse Show http://weku.fm/post/ok-teens-win-closes-out-national-horse-show <p><a href="http://www.kentucky.com/2011/11/07/1949725/oklahoma-teens-win-closes-out.html">Sarah Milliren of Sapula, Okla., finished the Alltech National Horse Show</a> on Sunday with a commanding win in the ASPCA Maclay Championship, ending a week of competition that organizers say is sure to return to the Kentucky Horse Park next year. Mon, 07 Nov 2011 15:00:20 +0000 Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader 15755 at http://weku.fm OK Teen's Win Closes Out National Horse Show