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.

November
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
College of Pharmacy Open House
Iron Pour
UK Women's Choir 20th Anniversary Concert
Adventure Hiking & Rappelling @ Red River Gorge
Pickin' Time Mountain Music and Harvest Day
Purposeful Retirement: Planning Your Next Stage of Life
Diwali Dhoom 2014
Sat
2
UK Percussion Ensemble
Day Hike
Curator Tour: Take My Word For It
Sun
3
Industry Career Week: Resumes and Cover Letters
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Morehead State
Mon
4
Industry Career Week: How to Impress Your Boss in 90 Days
Rock Star Professionalism Series
UK Lab Band
Tue
5
Industry Career Week: Networking and Job Search
Social Enterprise and Innovation / Certified Nonprofit Professional Program Informational Meeting
Dana Harper Gallery Reception
Wed
6
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Zona Sur
LNFS Presents: The Grand Budapest Hotel
UK Jazz Ensemble
Abstract Workshop
Lauren Potter
Thu
7
LNFS Presents: V for Vendetta
Last Day to Withdraw or Reduce Course Load
R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: Marvin Heiferman
Men's Soccer vs. Charlotte
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Georgia
Free Friday Evening Swing Dance
Fri
8
Kentucky Football vs. Georgia
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
The Power of Poetry
The Lexington Lowdown and Free Lindy Hop Workshop
Swing Dance Featuring Live music by"The Metrognomes Orchestra"
Sat
9
UK Combos Concert
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Missouri
Sun
10
 
Mon
11
UK Sax Ensembles
Job Club - Interviewing Strategies
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Jose Abisambra Presentation on Current Alzheimer's Research
Women of the World: Judy Smith
Tue
12
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Reservoir Dogs
Refugee Life in America
Leadership Assessment
Wed
13
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Iron Man 3
#TrendingTopics: Vegetarians vs. Meat-Eaters
Campus Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics KY
LNFS Presents: La Demora
Thu
14
LNFS Presents: Pretty in Pink
LNFS Presents: Mean Girls
Fri
15
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
16
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Florida
Greek Cinematography: Critical Approach and Discussion
"Storied Streets" Documentary Showing about Experiences of Homelessness
Sun
17
UK Rep Bands Concert
Stories of Homelessness: Panel Discussion
Mon
18
A Positive Approach to Caregiving Conference
CatWatch Party
Tue
19
LNFS Presents: The Princess and the Frog
Pinterest Party
Caregiver Support Group
OXFAM Social Issues Banquet
Wed
20
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
LNFS Presents: The Big Lebowski
Bollywood Night
Thu
21
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: Water For Elephants
4th Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging & Dementia
Freedom from Fear: On Black Childhood and Other Dangers
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Fri
22
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
23
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
UK Symphony Band and UK Concert Band
Sun
24
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Mon
25
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Job Club - What is your money habitude?
Tue
26
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Wed
27
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Thu
28
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Fri
29
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Arkansas
Sat
30
 
Sun
 
 
 
 
 
 

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