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UK Campus Transformation Designed to Build Community


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2015) — From state-of-the-art residence halls to new dining facilities, the University of Kentucky is fostering community throughout campus.

Yesterday members of the community were welcomed to tour three new residence halls, Woodland Glen III, IV and V. These halls surround Woodland Glen I and II, which opened last year, and mark the completion of the Woodland Glen community.

Residence halls throughout campus are home to Living Learning Programs (LLP). Living Learning Communities offer students an opportunity to live and learn together in an integrated academic residential environment.

Woodland Glen III is home to the Engineering LLP, which complements classroom expectations by integrating students into the engineering community with programs centered on professional development and enhancement.

This year, more than 600 residents of Woodland Glen III are part of the Engineering LLP.

But community isn't built solely in the residence halls.

Today at 10 a.m. the campus community will celebrate the grand opening of its new academic support and dining facility — "The 90." (Live stream of The 90 grand opening here.)

The 90 is part of a $245 million dining partnership with Aramark. This space will house the Fresh Food Company, Taco Bell Express®, La Madeleine®, Aqua Sushi®, Wildcat Pantry and the Food Connection — an academic partnership with Aramark and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to strengthen the food economy in Kentucky.

Watch the video below to get an inside look at what The 90 will offer students, faculty and staff.

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With more than 1,000 seats, this dining space provides an area for students to interact with one another, learn from one another and ultimately build community.

The 90 will also accommodate Living and Learning support spaces including classrooms and faculty/staff offices.

These innovative classrooms are designed with collaborative learning in mind. Instead of individual desks, round tables with multiple chairs encourage synergy between classmates.

President Capilouto said, "I often say buildings can serve as a proxy for how much you value something, and I hope people see in these buildings how much the University of Kentucky values a student's education, a faculty member's commitment to discovery and our collective commiment to being the University of Kentucky."

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