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2021 UK Appreciation Day is Today

UK employees enjoying the photo booth at the 2019 UK Appreciation Day
Fun times abound like the photo booth at the 2019 UK Appreciation Day. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 4, 2021) — All University of Kentucky employees are invited to attend the 2021 UK Appreciation Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Gatton Student Center. This year’s event may look a little different than events in the past, but one thing that remains the same is the gratitude to all UK staff and faculty for their hard work and dedication to the university. 

Supervisors are encouraged to adjust schedules accordingly without requiring leave to be utilized. UK HealthCare employees should notify their supervisors in advance if they would like to attend, so schedules can be adjusted accordingly not to impact patient care.

All Appreciation Day activities are free and include:

  • lunch;
  • Bluegrass Photobooth;
  • cornhole; and
  • UK Department and Vendor Exhibit.

Employees can join UK HR Health and Wellness for opportunities to relax their mind and body during UK Appreciation Day. Come loosen up with a gentle 15-minute yoga routine — no special equipment or clothes are needed. Yoga sessions will take place out front of the Gatton Student Center, along Avenue of Champions, beginning at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., so plan to arrive just a few minutes before to sign in. A brief walking meditation between yoga sessions on the new portable labyrinth also will be available if you are short on time.

Parking at the Gatton Student Center is limited so employees are encouraged to utilize UK’s on-campus bus routes. UK Appreciation Day attendees may utilize the Blue Route and White Route provided by Lextran.

Campus buses can be tracked in real time using the TransLoc Rider app on iPhone and Android devices or by visiting the website here, allowing users to plan for delays caused by traffic, accidents or inclement weather.

T-shirt Distribution

Department order T-shirt distribution is scheduled for Kroger Field and Good Samaritan Hospital on Friday, Aug. 6. UK HealthCare PAV A distribution will be on Tuesday, Aug. 10. Department order contacts received emails on Monday, Aug. 2, that contained the confirmation number and pickup instructions. Pickup instructions were based on the pickup location selected when the order was placed earlier in the year. You must have your confirmation number and UK ID to pick up your departmental T-shirt order. No individual shirts will be available on Aug. 4, 6 or 10. Pickup is limited to orders previously placed.

Mask Policy

Per university guidelines posted here, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask or face covering in campus outside spaces or inside non-UK HealthCare campus buildings. Mask requirements for non-vaccinated individuals will remain in place.

All current COVID-19 best practices will be in place during the event such as distancing and the use of outdoor dining spaces. Lunches will be available to grab and go as well.

The UK Staff Senate extends a special expression of thanks to the Office of the President, exhibitors and University of Kentucky entities whose support makes UK Appreciation Day possible.

UK Appreciation Day is sponsored by the Office of the President, coordinated by the UK Staff Senate.

For more information on UK Appreciation Day, click 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 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.