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UK Employees Can Vote for Appreciation Day T-shirt Design

photo of people at Appreciation Day 2019
UK employees enjoy Appreciation Day 2019. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2020) — Employees are marking their calendars for Thursday, May 21, when the University of Kentucky takes time to thank all those who make the university a prosperous, connected community.

UK Appreciation Day is scheduled 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Kroger Field. In addition to new ways for employees to engage in the annual event, UK Appreciation Day will feature some traditional activities that employees have enjoyed over the years, including the T-shirt giveaway.

Vote for Your Favorite T-Shirt Design

UK employees can vote now through March 31 for their favorite T-shirt design. The design with the most votes will be printed on T-shirts to be given away at the event. To vote, click here.

Department T-Shirt Orders

Department orders for Appreciation Day T-shirts must be completed through the Staff Senate online order form  no later than April 30, 2020. Every department that completes the form will receive a confirmation code on May 18 to bring when picking up orders between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., May 21, the day of the event. There will be plenty of parking at Kroger Field to pick up shirts that day, and permits are not required to park. Department T-shirts that are not picked up by 1:30 p.m. will be returned to the general Appreciation Day giveaway.

Department orders can be placed here:

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 three 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" two 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 four 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.