Eli Capilouto

My Kentucky Travels

Published: Oct 26, 2013

Between September 23 and October 10, I traveled 1,886 miles across Kentucky and neighboring states, representing you and our university in several cities in Kentucky and the region -- from Pikeville to Owensboro, and Corbin to Covington, with five visits to Louisville and stops in places like Henderson, Evansville, Elizabethtown, Cincinnati, Maysville, Ashland, Inez, Prestonsburg, Pikeville, Richmond, London, and Somerset.

 

In those three weeks, I met with more than 100 high school counselors, talked to hundreds of your fellow alumni, met generous supporters, and spoke to some 2,000 high school students considering the University of Kentucky.

 

I was on the radio, conducted two news conferences highlighting unique research and our continued campus rebuilding, and met with editorial boards. I talked with lawmakers individually in restaurants, hotels and places of businesses and presented to nearly 70 supporters that form the core of our legislative advocacy network across the Commonwealth.

 

In the coming weeks, I'll visit many of you in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and Dallas, along with Somerset, Madisonville and London again as we continue to spread the word about our institution and how we are extending our enduring mission to Kentucky and the region.

 

The travels underscore one important and irrefutable fact: unlike any other institution, our campus is the Commonwealth. We educate students, we conduct groundbreaking research that offers the potential of extending and enhancing life in innumerable ways, and we heal communities in need of our sophisticated care and treatment.

 

But we also serve -- directly -- needs throughout our state. Service is part of our DNA and we do it unlike anyone else in Kentucky. Whether it's advising the coal industry on reforestation practices in Hazard or expanding transplantation services to western Kentucky, we impact every county in every region of our state.

 

That is our mission. Who we are won't change. But how we provide that service -- and the manner in which we educate students at all levels and conduct research -- will have to undergo a fundamental transformation.

 

With a strong senior management team now in place, capped by the arrival of Dr. Chris Riordan as Provost, more and more of my efforts, time and focus will be devoted to communicating externally about our critical importance to Kentucky.

 

To continue our work, it will take the support of many partners. The state will be one of those partners if we are to recruit or retain our state's next National Book Award winner. We need the state as a partner if we are to build the research and educational space that will attract the next group of cancer specialists, cardiologists and pharmacologists who will lessen the scourge of disease that afflicts Kentuckians at disproportional levels.

 

We will also deeply examine the way we do business if we are to appropriately address the questions that parents, students, and policy-makers are asking of us:

 

•   How are we ensuring affordable access to a differentiated educational experience?

•   Are we harnessing the liberating force of technology, combined with the highest-quality classroom instruction, to maximize the potential of our students?

•   Are our world-class faculty and clinicians optimally producing both funded research that addresses the needs of Kentucky and beyond, while engaging deeply with students in ways that prepare them to compete and succeed in a competitive global economy?

 

My time out in the state has only deepened and renewed my sense of optimism about UK's future. I believe we have a window of opportunity, if we seize it now. We can be a leader in providing the highest-quality, residential educational experience in Kentucky and the region -- one infused with technology and emboldened by research and service that gives our students and our state unparalleled opportunities.

 

But we have to determine, together, as a Wildcat family, how we move forward to address and answer these questions. I look forward to that journey together and continuing to represent you to our Commonwealth and beyond.

September
 
1
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Labor Day - Academic Holiday
Mon
2
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Internship Info Session
Student/Faculty/Staff Mixer
Tue
3
Employee Educational Assistance Award
LNFS Presents: The Wolf of Wall Street
Last Day to Add a Class
Last Day to Drop a Course with 80% Refund
UK Volunteer Fair
Wed
4
LNFS Presents: Children of Men
LNFS Presents: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Black and Latino Male Initiative
Advance Your Swagger: A Night with Fonzworth Bentely
Thu
5
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Northern Iowa
Kentucky Volleyball vs. USC
LNFS Presents: Spirited Away
LNFS Presents: Mulan
Fri
6
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Football vs. Ohio
#maxfest (Ukirklex Campus Ministry)
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Creighton
Lets Swing Dance!
Sat
7
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Morehead State
Sun
8
Diversity Organization's Council
Kosher/Soul? (Jewish, African American & Appalachian culture Fuse)
Mon
9
Working Moms Connection
Job Club - Job Search Strategies for Fall
Rock Star Professionalism Series
Tue
10
Massage on the Go
College: Do the Right Thing- A conversation with Dr. Smith
The Future of Islam
LNFS Presents: Fight Club
Wed
11
9/11 Vigil
UKNABJ presents: Ferguson, Missouri: A look at media, politics and black youth in the U.S.
LNFS Presents: Mr & Mrs Smith
Duo Damiana, Molly Barth and Dieter Hennings
LNFS Presents: 22 Jump Street
Thu
12
LNFS Presents: Searching For Sugarman
LNFS Presents: Sin City
Fri
13
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Men's Soccer vs. ETSU
Sat
14
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Pepperdine
Sun
15
Kentucky Week Farmer's MarCat and Craft Fair
Majestic U.N.I.T.Y.
Mon
16
Justice Delayed not Justice Denied: A Talk with Dough Jones
PRHBTN Gallery Reception and Concert
Men's Soccer vs. Xavier
Chellgren Seminar Series: Buck Ryan
Tue
17
Internship Info Session
Last Day to Drop a Course Without Appearing on Transcript
Caregiver Support Group
LNFS Presents: The Immigrant
Big Blue Commonwealth
Wed
18
LNFS Presents: Watermark
LNFS Presents: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Ryan Gardner Guest Trumpet Recital
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Lipscomb
Thu
19
LNFS Presents: A Band Called Death
LNFS Presents: Prisoners
The Case for Fossil Fuels-PEIK Seminar
Men's Soccer vs. Furman
Fri
20
Rock Climbing @ Red River Gorge
College of Pharmacy Open House
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Xavier
Sat
21
 
Sun
22
Diana Ferrus: 'Writing poetry has allowed me to live': Cultural Resistance in South Africa
Kentucky Law Schools Forum
Mon
23
Pinterest Party
University of Kentucky Chamber Winds
Employer Showcase
Job Club - 10 Questions to Ask Prior to Starting a Business
Men's Soccer vs. Lousville
Tue
24
Employer Showcase
Last Day to Drop a Course with 50% Refund
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn
BPH Open House
Documentary Film Screening - Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis
LNFS Presents: Saving Mr. Banks
Wed
25
LNFS Presents: Culture Jam
LNFS Presents: Maleficent
¡Baila!
Thu
26
LNFS Presents: Ponyo
LNFS Presents: The Little Mermaid
Opening Night Bohemiam Festival
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
Women's Soccer vs. Mississippi State
Fri
27
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
Kentucky Football vs. Vanderbilt
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Green Apple Day of Service: "Pick It Up"
Swing Dancing!
Sat
28
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
UK Chorale
Dirty Dancing Trip
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Auburn
Sun
29
 
Mon
30
#TrendingTopics: Immigration Reform
Apollo Duo - Flute and Percussion Guest Recital
Tue
 
 
 
 
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