Eli Capilouto

Our Progress and Planning to Move Forward

Published: Oct 31, 2013

 

I am continually gratified by the support the University of Kentucky receives from so many people like you in so many profoundly important ways.

 

Last weekend, our Board of Trustees met for an intense and focused set of meetings with one purpose in mind -- planning for UK's future growth and development.

 

After nearly two days of deep dialogue and earnest discussion, the Board strongly endorsed guiding principles for the continued development of two plans central to our shared future -- our institution's strategic plan and a long-term master plan. One speaks to our vision for the kind of academic and research institution we want to be, one that educates Kentucky's best and brightest and that uses the skill and intellect of our faculty and staff to find solutions to our most vexing challenges.

 

The other plan -- a master plan -- aims to help guide our physical development and growth -- now and for decades to come. We must grow to meet our responsibilities and mission, educating more students and preparing them for a complex world. But we must do so smartly and strategically, with an eye toward enhancing relationships with neighborhoods around us and the community we call home.

 

Our strategic plan for 2014-2020 – what we are calling “see tomorrow. A Strategic Plan for the University of Kentucky” – will be developed by our entire campus. Informed and enhanced by conversations with alumni, donors and so many who support us, we will be developing this long-term plan in a collaborative fashion between now and June. Six principles for the strategic plan include:
 

·        Creating a vibrant undergraduate learning community

·        Advancing a high quality graduate and professional education portfolio

·        Cultivating a robust research environment

·        Developing a strong and sustainable UK infrastructure

·        Creating a positive work environment for faculty and staff

·        Having a meaningful impact on the Commonwealth and community

 

Principles for the master plan, which has been under development for a little more than a year, are focused on:
 

·        Academic environment: creating a 21st century learning environment that supports the needs of today’s students

·        Campus life: enhancing the student life experience

·        Community: forging partnerships that strengthen neighborhoods and downtown

·        Growth: establishing a long-term plan for growth consistent with UK’s mission

·        Mobility: facilitating safer and more efficient mobility

·        Landscape structure: establishing legible open space and landscaping that improves campus quality

·        Sustainability: integrating sustainability in every aspect of planning

 

For these plans to be more than mere papers enclosed in thick binders on a shelf, they will need the collaborative focus of an entire campus community and the support of our board and people like you, some of our most valued friends and supporters.

 

These plans can have a lasting impact so long as we keep in mind the essential truth of our promise as an institution.

 

For three weeks earlier this month, I traveled across Kentucky and neighboring states, representing UK in several cities in Kentucky and the region. I was reminded again of what UK means to Kentucky and how tied we are to each other.

 

My time out in the state has only deepened 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.

 

After all, that was our founding promise, forged nearly 150 years ago. I know you join me in seeking to renew that promise today as we lay a foundation of progress to carry us forward for the next generation and the one that follows.

 

Thank you for what you do to make the promise real today and for many tomorrows to come.

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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