Gail Hairston

Welcome Home, Wildcats

Published: Aug 22, 2013




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2013) — For weeks now, the traffic — both vehicular and pedestrian — around the University of Kentucky has been gradually increasing. This weekend, it will burgeon to tens of thousands as the campus overflows with students, their families, faculty and staff preparing for the first days of the 2013-2014 academic year.


Friday and Saturday, nearly 3,000 new students will join the 2,000-plus who have already taken up residence in the halls on campus. Thousands more upperclassmen are settling into apartments and houses surrounding campus as Lexington’s population mushrooms virtually overnight by nearly 30,000 new and returning students.


Many of them will be welcomed Friday morning by UK President Eli Capilouto, his wife Dr. Mary Lynne Capilouto and the UK Marching Band at the Kirwan-Blanding Residence Hall Complex Mall. Hundreds of volunteers — students, staff, faculty and members of the Lexington community — will be at the complex and other residence halls to help unload their cars, vans and pick-up trucks.


This joyous and helpful greeting, called Move-in Day, has become a treasured tradition for the campus and Lexington community. Before the moving experience is over, more than 100 of the university’s employees and more than 300 additional volunteers will:

·        Give away 40,000 bottles of water;

·        Answer untold thousands of questions;

·        Serve more than 8,000 hot dogs;

·        Staff eight information/cart distribution areas;

·        Track the whereabouts of 420 carts;

·        Set up and eventually break down 441 tables, 239 traffic cones, 42 barricades, 23 tents and 133 signs; and

·        Recycle 20,000 pounds of cardboard boxes.


“Our top priority is fostering student success at all levels in everything that we do,” said President Capilouto. “Creating that environment starts from the moment students and their families arrive on campus. The entire campus is invested in the success of our students -- from first-year students to graduate students engaged in doctoral studies. After all, our students are why we are here.”


After unpacking, students and families will participate in hundreds of K Week events and activities. Coordinated by the Office of New Student & Parent Programs in the Division of Student Affairs, K Week is UK's fall welcome week for freshmen and transfer students. It runs Aug. 23-31.


“K Week is the first experience many first-year students have with the university,” said Capilouto. “This fall welcome week is one of UK’s most exciting times of the year with events and activities scheduled from early morning to late night, but it also is a critical point at which to help students begin to understand the rigors of their studies while also helping them acclimate to a new life away from home.”


An informal Parent and Families Reception, scheduled 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, enables families of new students to meet faculty, staff, administrators, veteran UK students and UK Parent Advisory Council members.  Faculty and administrators participate in the New Student Induction Ceremony from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. This opening convocation closely mirrors Commencement and establishes a tone of academic excellence for new students. Freshmen can officially join the Big Blue Nation Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with the Big Blue U’s march into Commonwealth Stadium where they will learn UK cheers and songs, hear from UK coaches, and get a class photo taken on the football field. On Monday, new Wildcats will be introduced to the value the university places on community involvement as they participate in the state’s single largest volunteer service event, UK FUSION.


There are hundreds of K Week events; some focusing on topics such as parking regulations, graduating in four years, money and credit management, tips to a successful classroom experience, navigating William T. Young Library, and enjoying the diversity of a large university. A complete schedule of events can be found at A mobile app is also available for students’ convenience.


For a video sampling of K Week activities in recent years, visit


Welcome home, all new and returning UK Wildcats.


Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Dallas Buyers Club
College of Law Welcomes Trevor Potter
Dancing at Lughnasa
LNFS Presents: Notes on Marie Menken
LNFS Presents: Edge of Tomorrow
UK Jazz Ensemble/ UK Lab Band
Earth & Environmental Science Student Open House
"Nerd Night" Exhibit and Concert
"Anne Braden: Southern Patriot" Film Screening and Discussion
Dancing at Lughnasa
LNFS Presents: My Neighbor Totoro
LNFS Presents: (500) Days of Summer
Men's Soccer vs. Old Dominion
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Alabama
Dancing at Lughnasa
Kentucky Football vs. South Carolina
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Rock Climbing @ Red River Gorge
Cross Cultural Workshop 2014
Swing Dancing!
Dancing at Lughnasa
Cross Cultural Workshop 2014
UK Children's Hospital/Birthing Center Annual Perinatal Loss "Walk To Remember"
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Texas A&M
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
Resumes and Cover Letters
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
Networking and Job Search
UK Choristers
Rock Star Professionalism Series
Stillness in Motion: The Essence of Symmetry - presented by Dr. Carl Lee, Mathematics
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
LNFS Presents: Night of the Living Dead
UK Law Day
Dancing at Lughnasa
Murals of Baltimore
LNFS Presents: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Mark Berry, Guest Percussion Recital
National Depression Screening Day
LNFS Presents: Torch Song Trilogy
Dancing at Lughnasa
LNFS Presents: Shut Up and Play the Hits
LNFS Presents: Watchmen
KLJ Data Privacy Symposium
Family Weekend Check-in
Big Blue Pantry Food Drive #1
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. South Carolina
Family Weekend: Derek Hughes
Dancing at Lughnasa
Kentucky Football vs. ULM
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
UK International Tent/ Tailgate Party
CT Surgery Symposium: Advances in the Surgical Management of Cardiothoracic Diseases:
Family Weekend Tent Party
Dancing at Lughnasa
DNT 101: A Taste of the Kentucky Doughnut Trail
Big Blue Pantry Food Drive #2
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Auburn
Sunday Lunch at Historic Spindletop Hall
Men's Soccer vs. Marshall
Job Club - Social Media and Your Career
Massage on the Go
LNFS Presents: The Last Samurai
UK Symphony Band Concert
Women's Forum Conference 2014
#TrendingTopics: Pornography vs. Morality
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: The Tree of Life
LNFS Presents: Guardians of the Galaxy
UK Wind Symphony
LNFS Presents: Princess Mononoke
LNFS Presents: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Ole Miss
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Paint the Town Blue
Free Kaplan Entrance Practice Exams
4th Annual Big Blue Soccer Tournament
Men's Soccer vs. New Mexico
Swing Dancing and Costumes?
Paint the Town Blue
UK Men's Chorus and acoUstiKats
Jazz Spectacular
UK Student Pajama Party
Kentucky Volleyball vs. LSU
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Florida
Paint the Town Blue
Midterm of 2014 Fall Semester
Returning to Work and Breastfeeding
Open Access Week Kickoff Event (Webcast)
Grad School 101
Royalty Showcase
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week: Preparing for Law School
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week: Grad School Panel: Surviving Your 1st Year
Film & Panel Discussion: Be Like Others
Graduate and Professional School Showcase
Your Publication, Your Choice: Choosing the Right Open Access Journal
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week
Graduate and Professional School Prep Week
Kitty Karnival
Study Tips for Medical School
LNFS Presents: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Thank-A-Donor Day
Campus Sustainability Day
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Information Session
Getting Into Medical School
Writing a Winning Personal Statement
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Marimbas From Hell
LNFS Presents: The Fault in Our Stars
Generation Open: Researchers' Roles in the Age of Openness
Homecoming Street Fair
LNFS Presents: Kiki's Delivery Service
LNFS Presents: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
"see blue." Day at Keeneland
Peanut Butter Drive
Pumpkin Carving Tournament
Kentucky Football vs. Mississippi State
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
UK Women's Choir and Paws and Listen
Bill Cooper Faculty Recital
What Makes You "YOU: with Brett T. Spear
UK Trumpet Ensemble
Undergraduate Research Information Session "How to Find A Mentor"
Kentucky Men's Basketball Blue/White Scrimmage
Job Club - How To Get A Job at UK: Updates on IES Applicant Tracking System
Common Reading Experience Author Lecture: Presenting Ishmael Beah
Screening of the documentary Teached
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: The Shining
Pinterest Party
UK Lab Safety Fair
Leadership Assessment
"see boo." Halloween Party
Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Meeting
#UKEDTALKS: Design Thinking with Dr. John Nash
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Tennessee
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Lucy
Film Viewing and Discussion of The Other Boleyn Girl
LNFS Presents: Papirosen
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Alabama
LNFS Presents: ParaNorman
LNFS Presents: Carrie
All Hallow's Eve Concert (UK Symphony Orchestra)
Work-Life Retirement Conference
PEIK Seminar: Jim Rogers
Oct 31
LNFS Presents: ParaNorman 10/31/2014

Repeats every week until Sat Nov 29 2014 except Sat Sep 20 2014, Sat Oct 18 2014.
Sat, 11/01/2014

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