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Serving the Commonwealth Throughout the Summer

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Our campus is buzzing with activity this week. Over the weekend more than 1,100 students moved in to their residence halls, and we will welcome nearly 5,000 more over the course of tomorrow,Friday and Saturday.


Campus may have seemed comparatively quiet over the past several months, but that of course does not mean that important, meaningful efforts were not underway while the bulk of students were on summer break.


In fact, hundreds of students from across the Commonwealth, K-12 to graduate, visited our campus through a variety of programs this summer.


Programs such as the UK College of Education's "See Blue STEM Camp," and the UK College of Design's "Design Discovery Program" provided opportunities for youth throughout the state to come to UK and learn. As the commonwealth's indispensable institution, our commitment to programs like these-- programs that allow young people from across the state to form learning communities, to pursue their passions and discover new disciplines-- is central to our mission.


I'm very proud of what I have seen unfold on this campus this summer.


Here are just a couple of examples, among many:


"See Blue STEM Camp"


The College of Education's Department of STEM Education  held its popular See Blue STEM Camp in July, which gave rising 5th-8th graders in Kentucky the opportunity participate in a week-long camp of hands-on projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 


In partnership with the College of Engineering, the camp offered 144 students a peek into the world of STEM, offering real-world applications that demonstrated what careers in the STEM fields might entail.


Led by Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, associate professor of STEM Education, and College of Engineering professor Bruce Walcott, the camp also gave many UK students volunteers valuable teaching experience, mentorship from faculty, and the opportunity to witness the powerful impact of the camp's unique teaching approach.


"Design Discovery Program"


For the fourth year in a row, high school students and incoming first-year students had the opportunity to explore design fundamentals in the UK College of Design’s  Design Discovery Program. This weeklong program is designed to expose prospective students to the type of learning environment they would encounter in a design education setting.


Participants took part in design and drawing exercises, model-making workshops led by College of Design faculty, and field trips to gain an understanding of what constitutes the studio experience of a first-year student at the college.


Students also toured local design firms Ross Tarrant Architects, alt32 and Gray Construction, where they spoke with UK/CoD alumni and design professionals.

My daughter, Mikaela, participated in the College of Design program. She had a wonderful time, formed great new relationships and, perhaps most importantly, fueled her passion for learning.


I'm very grateful for the dedicated individuals who executed and oversaw these programs this summer. Thank you for your commitment  to the university and state that we serve.


All the best,


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