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Create a 2020 Appreciation Day T-shirt Design

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2019 Appreciation Day T-shirt

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2020)  With University of Kentucky’s Appreciation Day (UKAD) on the horizon, employees have the chance now to design the T-shirt that will be given away at the May 21 event.

“We have some guidelines that must be honored in order for the design to be considered,” said Jon Gent, chair of the UK Staff Senate.

Outdated versions of the logo or mascot are not allowed, and the logo itself cannot be enclosed within a circle or square. Designs must feature only one color and be suitable for a dark (UK Blue) T-shirt. If the UK logo is included in your design, it can be used in solid white only.

Finalists will be selected by the UK Appreciation Day Commission and approved by UK Marketing and Brand Strategy. Some minor modifications may be necessary. Three designs will be chosen and voted on by the university community in March.

T-shirt designs must be submitted to the Staff Senate office at by Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. The winner will receive a prize from the UKAD Commission.

Appreciation Day T-shirts for departments will again be done through an online form to be completed between April 1 and May 8. To pick up an individual T-shirt or a department order the day of the event, UK employee ID cards will be required.

UK will take time out from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21, to say thank you to all those who make the university a prosperous, connected academic community. Traditional activities that employees have enjoyed over the years — food, music, exhibits and the UK T-shirt giveaway — are planned, as well as some new ways for employees to engage in the annual event. Activities will take place at Kroger Field between Gates 4 and 9. Participation in all activities is free.

UK Appreciation Day is sponsored by the Office of the President, coordinated by the Staff Senate, and brought to you by the Appreciation Day Commission.

For more information, contact the Office of the Staff Senate program coordinator Caitlin Durbin at or UKAD Commission chair Melissa Barger at

For more information about the correct use of the UK logo in the design of the T-shirt, visit UK Graphic Standards. Nearly every year, designs are disqualified because UK Graphic Standards were not addressed.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.