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Wildcat Network Connects UK Alumni, Students, Friends in Online Community

Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 8, 2022) — Wildcat Network, a new networking platform, has launched and you’re invited to join.

The free online community is exclusive to University of Kentucky alumni, students, parents and campus partners. It provides a directory and mentorship platform and is designed to empower connections across the globe through personal and professional networks.

Wildcat Network serves as a platform for: 

  • finding, reconnecting and engaging with fellow Wildcats;
  • building a professional network;
  • mentoring alumni and students;
  • staying in the loop on virtual and in-person events; and
  • employment opportunities.

Mentoring connections can be made between alumni or between alumni and students. Employment opportunities are pulled from Handshake, an online employment network, while the Big Blue Business Directory promotes UK-affiliated businesses and any sales or specials they are offering.

"We're excited that Wildcat Network will offer something to University of Kentucky students and alumni that has never been available before," said Jill Smith, associate vice president for alumni engagement and executive director of the UK Alumni Association. “It takes less than two minutes to sign up. We hope everyone will become part of this exclusive online Wildcat community that’s created to engage alumni and students,” said Smith.

Enhance your career with engagement opportunities and join a community of support that serves the entire Wildcat family at

To learn more about Wildcat Network, email Christy Coffman at or

The UK Alumni Association is committed to fostering lifelong engagement among alumni, friends, the association and the university. For more information about the UK Alumni Association, visit or call 800-269-2586.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.