Eli Capilouto

A Thanksgiving Message

Published: Nov 21, 2012

Dawn Nelson never attended the University of Kentucky. Until several months ago, Dawn and other members of her family had never even set foot on our campus. But on Tuesday afternoon, the 29-year-old sat in a conference room in downtown Louisville, effectively celebrating an early Thanksgiving and discussing the work of the people of the University of Kentucky.

 

Through remarkable efforts of doctors at UK HealthCare, Dawn received two lungs and a heart from the same donor in one procedure ― the first heart lung block performed in the state in 15 years. Such procedures are rare ― less than 30 were performed nationwide in 2011. One of them was here at the University of Kentucky. 

 

After a few months of treatment and follow-ups, Dawn is strong enough to start resuming her normal life. Now she is telling her story. It’s the kind of transformative work that happens so often at UK. Lives are touched. Communities are impacted. A state and world are changed for the better.

 

Breakthroughs in advanced health care are but one example. A group of students is developing gardening and agriculture initiatives in Owsley County. A continent away our faculty and students are ensuring clean water is available in Ecuador. In China, researchers with our Center for Applied Energy Research are consulting on cleaner, more sustainable production of energy. Closer to home students captured the imagination of audiences in sold-out performances of "Phantom of the Opera" in the Lexington Opera House ― inspiring not only their fellow students, faculty and staff; but an entire community and region. 

 

I hear and see these stories every day. They reinforce an apparent truth: The University of Kentucky is you. It is revealed in the young and ambitious scholars who inspire us each day and in faculty who teach and mentor future leaders, create new knowledge and art, and discover life-saving treatments. It is evident in clinicians and health care professionals deeply devoted to rendering remarkable care and in extension agents uplifting communities through service and support. All of this is made possible by committed staff. Each of you is an integral part of our Promise for a new generation and a brighter tomorrow. 

 

As we embark upon a season of gratitude and hope, I know these stories remind us all of the appreciation we hold for one another, our families and our communities.

 

Please know how thankful I am ― each day ― for all you do to make real the promise of the University of Kentucky. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. And remember to always "see blue."

 

 

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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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