Eli Capilouto

Our UK Story - From Extension to Education

Published: Aug 5, 2013

At the end of July, I traveled throughout Central and Western Kentucky, meeting with extension agents, legislators and civic leaders.

 

My goal was simply to tell the UK story – the profoundly important ways in which this remarkable institution is impacting and changing our Commonwealth for the better.

 

But as is typically the case when I travel across our Commonwealth, I learned much more than I could ever impart.

 

In Grayson County, I heard extension agents – those trusted UK ambassadors to our state – talk about the economic transformation they’ve helped engineer in a transition from burley to beef cattle.

 

I heard stories about the lives of disabled children changed because of their participation in 4-H camps or the impact of literacy and food assistance programs.

 

I listened in a hushed room as one agent told me how he was looked to from families in their darkest hour, to serve as a pallbearer at funerals or to hear the needs of husbands and wives as they struggled through personal crisis.

 

In Princeton, on the research farm we operate, I saw firsthand the work we are doing in horticulture, livestock and other research – practical research applied directly to the challenges associated with agriculture, a multi-billion dollar enterprise in Western Kentucky.

 

I sat around a kitchen table over dinner with legislators at a home in Paducah, as they told me about the ripple effects of hundreds of jobs potentially leaving because the threat of closure of the Gaseous Diffusion Plan looms like a dark cloud over this community.

 

But I also heard their hope, in part stirred by the promise of the engineering students we educate in Paducah in cooperation with West Kentucky Community and Technical College and Murray State University. Bright, incredible kids – many of whom can’t afford to travel for college – earn a first-rate education, close to home.

 

And I heard their pride in this university as we discussed the progress we are making, with the authority they granted UK earlier this year, to self-finance $275 million in the construction of new classrooms, research facilities and athletics space that will continue our campus revitalization. They understood the impact of our efforts to construct thousands of new residence hall beds and how that will make it easier for our students to be more successful. And they lauded our resolve – made possible because of the efforts of the UK family – to hold down tuition increases and better compensate the faculty and staff who make a sophisticated educational experience possible.

 

They know what the UK family is making possible – a university that has tremendous momentum; that is as committed to transformation today as it was nearly 150 years ago at its birth.

 

That was our promise then. It is our promise today.

 

And it is a story I am deeply privileged to tell in every corner of our state.

December
 
1
Resumes and Cover Letters
Circle of Love Gift Return
Mon
2
UK Guitar Studio
Circle of Love Gift Return
Tue
3
Networking and Job Search
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Wayne's World
Study Sounds: Classical Concert
Wed
4
LNFS Presents: Frozen
Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky
Circle of Love Gift Pick-Up
Live Screening of Orion Spacecraft Re-entry
Massage on the Go
Thu
5
LNFS Presents: Winter's Bone
LNFS Presents: Gremlins
Open Studio
Circle of Love Gift Pick-Up
Fri
6
Snow Skiing @ Perfect North Slopes
Sat
7
Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Fayette Mall
Sun
8
Undergraduate Research Information Session "How to Find a Faculty Mentor"
Mon
9
Job Club - Identifying Your Skills
Paws for Stress Relief
Tue
10
 
Wed
11
 
Thu
12
Last Day of Classes
Fri
13
 
Sat
14
Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Fayette Mall
Finals Treats
Sun
15
Final Exams
Crunch Brunch
Mon
16
Final Exams
Jazzy Holiday Concert
Tue
17
Final Exams
Caregiver Support Group
Wed
18
Final Exams
Thu
19
Final Exams
End of 2014 Fall Semester
Fri
20
 
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