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UK Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment celebrates past and future at 50th Roundup

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is excited to celebrate its 50th annual Roundup, a four-day event packed with activities and celebrations for students, alumni, faculty and staff.

This year's Roundup will be a tribute to the college's rich history and vibrant present, and it's a chance to look ahead to a promising future.

“Our college has never had more to celebrate, and what better occasion than the 50th anniversary of our annual Roundup tradition,” said Nancy Cox, vice president of land-grant engagement and dean of the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. “I look forward to reminiscing with our friends as we look ahead to all of the achievements still on the horizon.”

Roundup 2023 is packed with a wide range of activities and celebrations Sept. 27-30. Here's a sneak peek at the highlights, all times EDT:

Sept. 27: Build a Better Burger @ the Barn, student and faculty teams go head-to-head to create the ultimate burger.

Sept. 28: Future Wildcat Day — high school students will learn about the college's programs, student life, scholarships and more.

Sept. 29: Staff Appreciation Day, Dr. Lisa P. Collins Outstanding Staff Awards, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Awards, Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology social, Plant and Soil Sciences alumni social, Animal and Food Sciences reunion and the Alpha Gamma Rho reunion.

Sept. 30: The official 50th-anniversary celebration with live music, tailgating, pep rally and the Kentucky vs. University of Florida football game. Roundup tents open at 8 a.m. and meal lines open at 10 a.m.; 4-H Reunion, E.S. Good Barn Culton Suite, 8 a.m.; Alumni and Friends Tailgate, at 8 a.m.; program and pep rally, 10:30 a.m.

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In addition to commemorating the 50-year milestone, the college will honor The Bill Gatton Foundation for its exceptional generosity and celebrate the college's new name. The Bill Gatton Foundation is enabling the college to thrive in its vital land-grant mission of teaching, research and extension.

The Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Organization with respect to education and employment and authorization to provide research, education information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

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