For many new students and their families, Big Blue Move-In—which took place last week—represents a major turning point. It is a moment when students, ready for the challenges and transformation of college, begin new responsibilities and independence; for the University of Kentucky, it is an opportunity to welcome them into their new campus family.
Our community — our faculty, staff and students from across our campus — banded together as volunteers to make a lasting first impression on more than 7,000 new members of the Wildcat family. It’s undertakings like that—experiences of shared commitment and purpose—that make the University of Kentucky such a special place to live, learn, and work.
Earlier this summer, the University of Kentucky received national distinction for that spirit of community, belonging, and excellence. The Chronicle of Higher Education named UK among its list of “Great Colleges to Work For” in 2018.
UK is one of only three schools in the Southeastern Conference and the only school in Kentucky to receive the award, which is based primarily on employee feedback.
And while this distinction serves as a reminder of the strong culture and community UK continues to foster, importantly, it also serves as a valuable tool to attract and retain talented faculty and staff.
Of course, as demonstrated through the hundreds of volunteers who greeted our new students throughout move-in—and who support their success throughout the year—UK is a great place to work because of our people.
As President Capilouto often says, the UK family shares an uncommon commitment to our shared mission of teaching, research, service and health care. This collaborative spirit is critically important as our work becomes increasingly interconnected.
I’d like to thank each member of the UK family for your contribution to making our campus even more collaborative and collegial. After all, we each play a role in creating an environment of belonging and community for all who call this special place home.
To learn more about the survey, visit The Chronicle of Higher Education's website.
Have a great week.
Eric N. Monday