Eli Capilouto

We Are a Big Blue Nation United

Published: Jan 10, 2013

This week marked an important moment in the life of the University of Kentucky.
 

With the strong support of Gov. Beshear and legislative leaders, we unveiled a proposal to self-finance three vital facilities that will enhance our ability to serve students and embolden the efforts of our faculty and staff in their efforts to teach, conduct groundbreaking research and serve.
 

We still must receive the approval for these projects by the General Assembly, which convened this week and will continue its work through March. But the backing of our governor and legislative leaders is critical. It underscores strong support for the direction we are taking as we prepare students to compete in a global economy and as our faculty and staff grapple with the challenges confronting our Commonwealth and world. The facilities we are seeking authority to build:

  • A $65 million renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Using private dollars from committed donors, we will upgrade classrooms in the third-most-used classroom building on campus; educate more students; and better serve our community with a new, high-tech conference center, auditorium and MBA center.
     
  • A new $100 million, 263,000-square-foot Academic and Science Building, funded in large measure by the growing revenues associated with our successful athletics program and private fund-raising. Our current chemistry/physics building is the second-most-used classroom space on campus and it has outdated space for both learning and research. A technology-infused building will provide both our students and exemplary faculty the space necessary to grapple with complex challenges and their solutions. I am deeply appreciative of the continued leadership of Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and the entire athletics department. Their commitment to the university and all of our students is making this critically important academic and research space possible.
     
  • A $110 million renovation of Nutter Training Facility and Commonwealth Stadium, constructed in 1973. We will build luxury suites, club seating and a multi-purpose recruiting room, using revenues generated by the new suites for which there is a waiting list already. Football is the primary financial driver for 22 sports at UK and is one of the most important reasons we have one of the few financially self-sufficient programs in the country, one that gives millions each year to the institution's academic needs.

These facilities represent a $275 million investment that we are financing ourselves, while also committing to holding down tuition increases to no more than 3 percent next year as we strive to make education more affordable to more Kentuckians. You can read more about these facilities at BBNunited.com and learn about how you can get involved in supporting our leaders.
 

Thank you for your enduring commitment to UK. As always, "see blue."
 

 

 

The University of Kentucky is a Big Blue Nation united; learn more about #BBNunited at www.BBNunited.com. For updates on these projects, connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BBNunited and on Twitter, @BBNunited.

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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
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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
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Appalachian Forum with Dr. Fran Ansley
Dana Harper Gallery Reception
Wed
6
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Zona Sur
LNFS Presents: The Grand Budapest Hotel
UK Jazz Ensemble
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Abstract Workshop
Lauren Potter
Thu
7
LNFS Presents: V for Vendetta
Last Day to Withdraw or Reduce Course Load
Circle of Love Name Distribution
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
Circle of Love Name Distribution
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
#UKEDTALKS: International Opportunities for Education Majors
Leadership Assessment
Wed
13
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Iron Man 3
Chili and Pie Cook-Off Supper
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Campus Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics KY
LNFS Presents: La Demora
Thu
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LNFS Presents: Pretty in Pink
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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
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
UK Rep Bands Concert
College of Agriculture, Food & Environment 2014 Celebration of Land-Grant Research
Amanda Rogers, "Black Flags, ISIS 'Swag' & Jihadi Rap: Marketing Militancy after the Arab Spring"
Stories of Homelessness: Panel Discussion
Mon
18
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
A Positive Approach to Caregiving Conference
Education Abroad Open House
CatWatch Party
Appalachian Forum and Film Screening of "Up the Ridge"
Tue
19
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
LNFS Presents: The Princess and the Frog
Pinterest Party
International Games Day
Global Design with Phil Duncan
Caregiver Support Group
OXFAM Social Issues Banquet
Wed
20
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
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International Education Week Keynote Speaker: Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID
Tobacco-free Tailgate 5 Year Anniversary
Bollywood Night
Thu
21
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
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
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Fri
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The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
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The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
UK Symphony Band and UK Concert Band
Sun
24
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Mon
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Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Job Club - What is your money habitude?
Multicultural Student Thanksgiving Dinner
Tue
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Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
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Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
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Kentucky Volleyball vs. Arkansas
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