Eli Capilouto

A Year of Promise

Published: Dec 23, 2013

As 2013 concludes – and our day fills more with friends and family than email and meetings – we find time for quiet reflection and celebration. The past year was one of promises made, promises kept. Together, we advanced our work in teaching, research, service and care.

 

Because of you, we moved the needle in improving our institution and, through it, the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

Our success is the result of bold leadership, transformative philanthropy, eager curiosity and compelling ambition for discovering the unknown. Over the last two-and-a-half years, I have come to realize the full measure of love and devotion of the UK Family to their students, colleagues and work.

 

Because of you, and guided by the values and vision of the University of Kentucky, we have: provided a better future for our students through education and experience; created new knowledge and scholarship in our laboratories, performance halls and in the field; treated and healed patients from all corners of the Commonwealth; and served communities from Pikeville to Paducah.

 

We have made meaningful progress because of the partnerships that carry our work forward and the opportunities that you create. This video message captures the success that is evident in a chorus of stories across our university. Success in:

 

·        Revitalizing our academic, athletics and fine arts facilities,

·        Providing modern living-learning communities for students,

·        Improving the quality of life for patients,

·        Advancing cutting-edge research and discovery,

·        And educating and mentoring scores of UK students.

 

We found new leaders to help guide the UK Family. Provost Christine Riordan joined us in August and has quickly become an indispensable part of our campus. And Dr. Nancy Cox was appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

 

In 2013, we created and adopted a Master Plan for our campus; guiding principles that will direct our capital investments and infrastructure improvements. We launched a new strategic planning effort, led by Provost Christine Riordan. The new Financial Model of Accountability is entering its partnership year. The Model holds potential for more closely aligning resources with our priorities identified in the strategic plan, and encouraging entrepreneurism in our colleges and units.

 

We welcomed national figures, artists and lawmakers to the University to add their insights to the scholarly fabric of our campus. Among them were Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan; Dr. Tamera Luzzatto, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for The Pew Charitable Trusts; renowned jazz musician, Arturo Sandoval; former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker; and artisans from Inner Mongolia University who joined UK students and faculty in an international performance at the Singletary Center. 

 

New partnerships were established that allow the University to extend the value of its work. Our faculty and staff are engaged with product innovators at General Electric Appliances; health care providers are supporting a network of cardiovascular care in eastern Kentucky; UK HealthCare’s skilled health administrators are managing the Commonwealth’s new Eastern State Hospital; and we are working with the Kentucky National Guard to better prepare medics in the field.

 

In addition to earning NCI-designation, UK’s research enterprise is addressing issues critical to Kentucky that have a global impact. The Center for Applied Energy Research is working with Duke Energy on a cost-efficient, effective method for carbon capture. Pioneering researchers are working diligently on two Kentucky killers; Parkinson’s disease and obesity. The discoveries we make today hold exceptional promise for a brighter tomorrow.

 

We invested in the people that make the University of Kentucky a great place to learn, grow and discover. To support our students’ education, we built a state of the art campus security system, and increased support for counseling, advising and the library. The 2013-14 budget held our tuition increase to three percent – the lowest increase in 15 years – and invested in student scholarships and financial aid. Also included in the budget was a five percent merit-based salary pool to reward hardworking faculty and staff.

 

And our students - whose brilliance and ingenuity amazes me – accomplished incredible things for themselves and for their community. The acoUstiKats had an outstanding run on NBC’s The Sing Off. Students volunteered thousands of hours helping the Lexington community; packed boxes and collected food for Haiti; and stood for 24 hours to raise more than $1 million for DanceBlue. At the same time, they wrote the University of Kentucky Creed that captures the essence of seeing blue on our campus and pursued their academic interests.

 

As we reflect on the past and look forward to our future, the University will continue to uphold its responsibility to serve Kentucky’s shared hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe in the promise of our institution, the vision you advance, and the collective capacity of our people to see it through to its fruition.

 

This past year was one of promises made, promises kept. In the year ahead, we will work to extend our commitments to all we teach and serve. But, today, we have an opportunity to pause, reflect and give thanks.

 

Thank you for all you continue to do for the University of Kentucky. Mary Lynne and I wish you a safe and happy holiday season and prosperous New Year. 

September
 
1
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Labor Day - Academic Holiday
Mon
2
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Internship Info Session
Student/Faculty/Staff Mixer
Tue
3
Employee Educational Assistance Award
LNFS Presents: The Wolf of Wall Street
Last Day to Add a Class
Last Day to Drop a Course with 80% Refund
UK Volunteer Fair
Wed
4
LNFS Presents: Children of Men
LNFS Presents: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Black and Latino Male Initiative
Advance Your Swagger: A Night with Fonzworth Bentely
Thu
5
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Northern Iowa
Kentucky Volleyball vs. USC
LNFS Presents: Spirited Away
LNFS Presents: Mulan
Fri
6
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Football vs. Ohio
#maxfest (Ukirklex Campus Ministry)
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Creighton
Lets Swing Dance!
Sat
7
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Morehead State
Sun
8
Diversity Organization's Council
Kosher/Soul? (Jewish, African American & Appalachian culture Fuse)
Mon
9
Working Moms Connection
Job Club - Job Search Strategies for Fall
Rock Star Professionalism Series
Tue
10
Massage on the Go
College: Do the Right Thing- A conversation with Dr. Smith
The Future of Islam
LNFS Presents: Fight Club
Wed
11
9/11 Vigil
UKNABJ presents: Ferguson, Missouri: A look at media, politics and black youth in the U.S.
LNFS Presents: Mr & Mrs Smith
Duo Damiana, Molly Barth and Dieter Hennings
LNFS Presents: 22 Jump Street
Thu
12
LNFS Presents: Searching For Sugarman
LNFS Presents: Sin City
Fri
13
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Men's Soccer vs. ETSU
Sat
14
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Pepperdine
Sun
15
Kentucky Week Farmer's MarCat and Craft Fair
Majestic U.N.I.T.Y.
Mon
16
Justice Delayed not Justice Denied: A Talk with Dough Jones
PRHBTN Gallery Reception and Concert
Men's Soccer vs. Xavier
Chellgren Seminar Series: Buck Ryan
Tue
17
Internship Info Session
Last Day to Drop a Course Without Appearing on Transcript
Caregiver Support Group
LNFS Presents: The Immigrant
Big Blue Commonwealth
Wed
18
LNFS Presents: Watermark
LNFS Presents: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Ryan Gardner Guest Trumpet Recital
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Lipscomb
Thu
19
LNFS Presents: A Band Called Death
LNFS Presents: Prisoners
The Case for Fossil Fuels-PEIK Seminar
Men's Soccer vs. Furman
Fri
20
Rock Climbing @ Red River Gorge
College of Pharmacy Open House
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Xavier
Sat
21
 
Sun
22
Diana Ferrus: 'Writing poetry has allowed me to live': Cultural Resistance in South Africa
Kentucky Law Schools Forum
Mon
23
Pinterest Party
University of Kentucky Chamber Winds
Employer Showcase
Job Club - 10 Questions to Ask Prior to Starting a Business
Men's Soccer vs. Lousville
Tue
24
Employer Showcase
Last Day to Drop a Course with 50% Refund
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn
BPH Open House
LNFS Presents: Saving Mr. Banks
Wed
25
LNFS Presents: Culture Jam
LNFS Presents: Maleficent
¡Baila!
Thu
26
LNFS Presents: Ponyo
LNFS Presents: The Little Mermaid
Opening Night Bohemiam Festival
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
Women's Soccer vs. Mississippi State
Fri
27
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
Kentucky Football vs. Vanderbilt
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Green Apple Day of Service: "Pick It Up"
Swing Dancing!
Sat
28
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
UK Chorale
Dirty Dancing Trip
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Auburn
Sun
29
 
Mon
30
#TrendingTopics: Immigration Reform
Apollo Duo - Flute and Percussion Guest Recital
Tue
 
 
 
 
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